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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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85
very good

734 Reviews
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Reviews: 734
Hads: 1,706
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Reviews: 734 | Hads: 1,706
Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with a two finger foamy white head.

S: Huge aroma of bread, crackers, toasted malts, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Crackers, toast, very slight sweetness, bitter hop flavors come through as well.

M: Creamy with a slight petulance, with a bitter yet dry finish.

D: This is one drinkable lager. The sweetness is nice balanced. I can't wait until the Victory Fall Fest. (383 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright toasty amber color with a thin grayish-white layer of foam. Spicy yet "smooth" aromas of noble hops (somehow reminds me of the smell of Scotch Magic tape) backed up by some doughy malt scents, like a loaf rising in a slightly warm oven. There is but a flash of grassy and spicy hop flavor right at the beginning of the taste, but the rest of the flavor profile here is almost entirely about bready malts, with a very faint caramel note appearing before a mildly spicy hop finish. A chewy bread flavor lingers in a most unhurried fashion through the aftertaste. There is moderate carbonation here, but it's felt only at the finish and is rather appropriate. Overall clean lager mouthfeel, gets a bit heavy as it warms. I appreciate that the alcohol is not overly amped-up in this Maerzen, unlike many other American interpretations. I tried this on tap a couple of weeks ago and didn't review it, but I seem to remember liking it far less than this bottle. Interesting. Anyway, a solid, drinkable beer for the beginning of the cooler months. Recommended. (1,067 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Amber gold with a white head. Nose is lightly suggestive of grainy malt and vague spices. Subdued and difficult to pin down given the stylt and the type of glass it was served in. Mouth is fresh with a lightly sweet, grainy expression. Pumpkin sugars? A super fresh, balanced and enjoyable Oktoberfest, enjoyed at the source. (348 characters)

Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with decent enough head and some lacing. Smells a touch doughy with some soft caramel and hops. Upfront is a nice lightly toasty malt note that gives way to a nice mellow malt base. All balanced by an even hop bitterness, ends drying. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect for an O'fest, i think. Almost medium bodied with vibrant carbonation and a terrific creamyness without getting too heavy. Impeccable balance. Drinkability is good. Best O'Fest i've had this year, though I'll admit to only having tried 5 or so. Extra points to this one for not being overdone. (578 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned out to be one of my favorite Octoberfest beers. Poured a perfectly translucent bright amber color with a lot of orange highlights. The beer has a beige head that was quite foamy and receded quickly. Just a touch of lacing.

Aroma was light, fresh, malt like and of nice bread like grains. A subtle sweetness as well.

Flavor was well balanced, slightly spicy and certainly featuring the malt flavor. Slight roasted flavor up front and then a nice hop bitterness at the end. Really nice crusty bread flavor. A bit of toffee.

Mouth feel was lively with a bit of carbonation, smooth and silky as well. Very nice drinkability.

I like this a lot. (655 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Marzen, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet...

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear amber color with a nice fluffy inch of head that fades a bit too fast leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Nothing outrageous for the style here, a nice whiff of bready/biscuity sweetness.

Taste: A robust taste of sweetness. Like the smell, it's got a bready/biscuity quality to it. It's almost got a nutty kind of taste to it too. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, good carbonation, easy drinking. To me, this beer is what the Fall is all about.

Drinkability: I love this beer. Victory has always produced quality beer, and this one is one of my favorites. Perfect for a cool autumn night. I have enjoyed this beer for years, and will continue to do so. (775 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that has some decent retention and some lacing. Body is a beautiful clear copper red.

Smell - toasty malt bread and grassy hops. Hint of caramel. Very simple, but enticing.

Taste - same as the smell. Toasty malt bread with hint of caramel washed with some grassy hops. Again, straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied with some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is a very good beer and very sessionable. (493 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great auburn color with legitimate hop aroma and flavor. An intriguing brew, to say the least. Possibly, next to the Hop Devil, my favorite brew on Victory's menu. Very malty in the nose and on the palate, this bier offers little in the way of a lingering head, but do not fret, this one is a winner. One of the better Marzen-style brews I have had in quite some time. Seek and ye shall find!

Prost! (404 characters)

Photo of weasbri
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbly head on this one. I had to slow the pour to get it all in the glass. Dark coppery color, with a sweet malty fragrance.
The taste was all about the sweetness of the malt to me with some caramel flavor too. There was a bit of a hoppy flavor in the finish to top it off as well.
On my recent foray to Norm's, I picked up a six-pack of this, with some singles to taste as well, and I'm thinking that the singles will have to wait, as I enjoyed this quite a bit. (470 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a foamy, off white head.

Really pleasant, doughy, slightly sweet malty notes primarily. Very faint, if any, floral hops.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done Marzen, one of the top American examples I have tried. Picked this up on a whim and am very happy I did. Certainly a "go to" example of the style. (356 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour brings a very Fall appropriate color. Its clear with a deep warm coppery, red-orange glow. Head on this average speed pour is small, and now no longer exists. No lacing to remind me of it either. Aroma is packed with yummy, chew-able quantities of German malt combined into some light hops. The spice-like aromas that come to mind are a little pumpkin, some allspice, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Taste matches the aromas very well also. This is probably one of my more liked Fall seasonal beers. Mouthfeel has nice creamy, lush malty feel to it. German malty. Very easy to drink additionally.

Good, yummy, and satisfying. (634 characters)

Photo of cameraman
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium to light amber color, with a light beige head forming on top, that is two inches thick. Then it quickly dissolves away, to being very feint appearance along the sides the glass. A strong maltiness at the front of the aroma. That is followed by bread and biscuit fragrances. There is a lemon citrus scent in at the end. The malt is very dominant right at the front of each taste. There is a very feint grassy bitterness at the end. A thin feel at the front, it gradually gains weight as flows across the palate. I am of the believe that there is no such thing as an undrinkable oktoberfest/marzen. This beer fits that believe, though a littlr more hop character would be nice to balance it out better. (709 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is clean and clear rusty amber. Two fingers of dense, buttery, slightly tanned head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing.

Smell: Very malty and sweet. Lots of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very enticing.

Taste: Smooth, malty, and sweet. The taste mostly mirrors the smell — chocolate, caramel, and toffee — and there is a slightly dry finish and a little earthy bite at the end.

Drinkability: Nothing too complex, but it is a solid brew. It reminds me a lot of Millstream’s Oktoberfest from last year. (576 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Quite a nice looking beer. Amber/Red and maybe a touch of golden color to it, excellent clarity. Small white head that goes away pretty quickly, not a heck of a lot of lacing but it's there a little. I really like the look of this.

Smell is great. Very sweet, malty and a little bready/yeasty with a slight touch of hop. I've never found too many octoberfests to be all that strong in smell, but this one kicks it up a notch in my opinion. Caramelized sweet malts dominate most octoberfests, but something about this is the slightest bit stronger.

Taste is about as good, unique, it's good without setting itself apart as the smell does. Caramelized malts with bread and yeast coming at you. Almost like fresh baked bread maybe slightly overcooked to give it a toasty flavor as well. Slight bitterness that balances out well slight earthy taste from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good and a little complex. Fuller in body yet it maintains a crisp bitter finish. Great coronation level, good overall.

Very drinkable, nice fall beverage, but easily could be a year round beer. Nice job Victory! (1,148 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with orange hues. Slight head, but not much there. Dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.
S: Soft and sweet malt notes. Slight hop presence.
T/M: Nice floral hop flavors with a sweetness thats inviting. Good underbelly of caramel malt with some fruit notes too. Soft and silky through the mouth with a slight carbonation burst at the back of the tongue. Wet finish with a sweet aftertaste. Good tasting O'fest with a medium body.
D: Try this if you see it. One of the better ones I've had this season so far. Easy drinking--not overly sweet or malty. Well balanced. (598 characters)

Photo of beerbutcher
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer pours a deep amber with a one finger tan head

aroma is of rich toasty malt, kettle caramels, some nuttiness, munich character and german hops.

on the palate, it's surprisingly light. there's a lager crispness about it that is astounding considering the richness of aroma. the toast and rich malt flavors hit the palate nicely with a leap to some less integrated hop bitterness. it's not raspy, just pronounced. diverse in flavors with the elements balanced nicely.

refreshing in texture and rich in aroma. lots of complexity with judicious noble hop bitterness.

overall, very good. i was hoping for more richness, but the beer is so nuanced and balanced that even without the weight it's delicious. (714 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy up at school saved on of these for me while I was away.

Color was of a carmel orange and poured a large bright white head that left a heavy lace. Aroma was sweet, bready, and offered a few fruity scents as well. Flavor was much the same with sweet malts towering over all else. Mouthfeel was full but not thick.

Another good Victory brew--thanks Andy (367 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber-brown color with a two finger, just off white head. Retention is ok, but not great, clarity is almost perfect.

S - Deeply bready, malty aroma. Some yeasty character with a slight caramel note and a hint of hops lurking in the background.

T - More intense malty flavors. Quite a bit more caramel with dark bready flavor and some pleasant roasted malt. There is some hop flavor in the middle that leaves a lingering bitterness that blends perfectly with the roasted character in the finish.

M - Smooth thick and creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and just a bit of astringency towards the finish.

D - Highly drinkable beer, it is easy to put a few of these down. Great festbier overall; the malt character is wonderful and it has just enough hops to balance. The head is good for an American beer, but a bit subpar by German standards and the beer could be just a little bit smoother but, aside from these minor flaws, this is easily one of the best festbiers I have had. (987 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS tulip. Gorgeous amber color and a frothy, off-white 2 fingers of head. Smells of sweet malt, earthy grain, a roasted nut quality, light hop scent. Up front a light fruity sweetness, followed by a blast of nuttiness. Lots of barley/undefined grains. Extremely light hop bitterness on the finish. Dry. Very creamy mouthfeel. Little to no prickly bubbles. Just smooth, easy drinking. Great Marzen. (438 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite fall beers, this Oktoberfest pours a dark, almost angry copper, with a head that rises fast and leaves almost as quickly, leaving a skim and just a little bit of lace. Slightly nutty aroma. Light and sugary on the tongue at first, but then a bit more brassy and full on the edges. It's fruitiness is like an English pale ale, with an almost watery aftertaste that is, actually, very pleasant. As with so many Oktoberfests, the only way to make it more drinkable would be to add an intravenous line. (517 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – This one poured a very nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Amble carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going. A nice bit of side glass lace was apparent, but the real story here was the complete and total clarity of the color and the great hue to it overall. A very nice, classic looking lager here.



S – Aroma was nice, very light with a touch of fruit to it. Dominated totally though by the earthen malted grans. Lots of cereal and spice with almost what smelled like a touch of pumpkin. I don’t know if itt was really strong enough to be a major competitor in the overall scheme of things, however it did round everything out very nicely. Overall a really good light fall like aroma.



T – The flavor was great. Very light and refreshing. Naturally the biggest player here would be roasted malts and yeast. Nice little floral taste in the finish, which was also quite dry, I have to say a lot drier then I thought it would be fore sure. A nice drinker that went really well with dinner. It did have a noticeable yeast flavor to it, but nothing that was distracting from the overall appeal of it. Really well done I have to say and I have had quite a few lately in these styles, and this was defiantly upper tier for sure.



M – Very smooth would be a perfect way to describe it. Great carbonation helped to keep the flavor light and keep the feel rolling along. A good crisp, quick, and clean finish to it really helped as well. Perfect feel though for the style as it was light enough to keep going but had enough depth to make you stop and think.



D – Great. I could have kept going on this one all night. It just had a great blend of properties that helped to show off at just the right time. The perfect blend of a spiced amber ale mixed with low abv and great carbonation, what more could you ask for other then a 32oz mug.



Overall what can I really say about this one. It was really superb and just what was needed at the time. This was an extremely drinkable, well designed and very filling brew that really gave a good represent of the style and offered a none complicated version. In a day and age where everyone and everything keeps going better, it was nice to see someone just keep it simple and put out a quality everyday brew, well done. (2,396 characters)

Photo of ExMachina1
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the better October/Marzen beers I've had. The aromas and flavors are appropriately complex--bready and nutty with a smooth malty sweetness-- but overall, the beer is subdued enough that your palate never gets fried. This beer would pair great with a lot of foods. Beyond that, Octoberfest beer is supposed to be eminently drinkable and this one has got drinkability in SPADES. This beer is so clean that it exudes quality by its subtlety. I'm gonna go broke this fall! (494 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very attractive dark orange with a half inch off-white head that probably could have been bigger had I given it a more aggressive pour. In any case, it sinks down to a spotty coating on top. I would knock it down for head retention, but I just can't get enough of the color.

Aroma has toasty caramel malts, some graininess, and a bit of earthy and spicy hops.

Taste starts with a bit of malty sweetness up front, but it is very subdued and then it becomes a bit more doughy and finishes with a healthy dose of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and crisp. Pretty much how this style should be. I did polish off an entire six pack in one night so it's very drinkable indeed.

Nice O-fest offering from Victory. Not my favorite but easily one of the best American ones out there. (843 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-orange color. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma mostly carmely malts, with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is again, mostly sweet carmel malts, with a cleansing and balancing hop finish. Carbonation helps with the clearing of the pallate. Clean beer all around. Maybe a touch higher FG for me. Perhaps my fall season, this IS the seission beer to have. I'm starting to like and appreciate Victory more and more. (427 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A malty, clean tasting 'fest that is highly drinkable....looks great in the glass....orangish...lace coats glass nicely...nose is of sweet malts...the body rates about medium....tastes of sweet malt and toasted grains...finishes on a dry, spicy note....very drinkable...very tasty....one of the better O'fests I've had this year... (331 characters)

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.