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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Festbier is a copper in color. It's very clear and has an orange tint when held to light. An off-white head rises to about a finger in depth before falling quickly. Lacing was definitely on the light side. Eh. The color's alright. The rest? Not really.

The nose is good. It starts out with light caramel and toasted malts. Spot on for the style. Yeast is rather prominent throughout. There's a praline-like nutty scent to it. Hops are in the mix and I'm very happy about that. They smell floral, but add a really nice element to the mix. Alcohol is a non-factor. It's not complicated, but neither is the style.

The flavor is pretty good. It starts out with an impressive blend of caramel and toasted malts. It's a nice, simply base that's a little sweet. Hops jump into the mix early. They are floral, and add a little edginess to the flavor. It's not very bitter, but I like it. Secondary flavors include yeast and pralines. As nice as it starts out, it seems to lose its way and finishes a little bland. I like it, but it needs a little something extra on the finish.

The body is light and quite thin. Carbonation is active, but not overly so. It's not smooth, but it doesn't have a bad feel. Drinkability is good. Festbier has a pretty good flavor overall, and it goes down super easy. I could take down quite a few of these.

Festbier is a solid Oktoberfest release. I think it performs alright for a style that's simple and straight forward. My only complaint about is that the flavor seems to trail off to a weak finish. I don't know what it needs to carry it through. Maybe more hops? All in all, it's a good release. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours an amber/copperish color with a good amount of frothy white head. Bubbles throughout. Smell is sweet, very herbaly- also getting touches of cinnamon every now and then. Malty.

Taste reminds me a lot of lemon iced tea. As I'm not a fan of iced tea, this kind of kills something for me a little bit. However, the hints of cinnamon and the herbalness balances things out for me. Maltyness is nice, too.

Mouthfeel is bubbley, smooth, light. Drinkability is pretty decent on this guy, though maltyness could get to be too much after a few. Still, I'd drink this again.

scooter231, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are about moderate, given the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about one finger of thin soapy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Body color is a beautiful burnt copper with stunning clarity. Very nice.

S - Smell is pretty light, but nice. Subdued nutty roasted malt character, toasted grains, and some brown bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: nutty malt, toasted grain, hint of corn, wet paperboard, and some metallic well water presence. Maltiness belongs to the Munich malts, I think.

M - Feel is clean, smooth, and malty with a somewhat metallic well watery finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid, if slightly above average representation of the style by Victory. Crisp and light with a rewarding, moderate 5.60% abv. Definitely makes for a nice fall / winter warmer. Recommended.

Victory Festbier ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of LaLaSnite
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

LaLaSnite, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

pours a rich copper, with a slight off white head.
the aroma is clean, malty, but not much to it.
the flavor malty, clean, hint of hop spice, finishes clean.
thie is a good beer, but not as good as i would expect form victory. this beer is worth a try for sure.

plaztikjezuz, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of halo21
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance:Enjoyed in a Duvel tulip, this marzen is a solid glowing orange, with a white thin head, that left beautiful lacing all the way down.

Smell:Doughy and a little toasted malt; with a little bit of hops and yeast esters at the end.

Taste:Toasted malt sweetness up front, with herbal hops in the middle, and a drying coating sweetness back on the end. The flavors come full circle leaving you wanting to take another sip.

Mouthfeel:Solid medium bodied, with a nice creaminess that I love in Oktoberfests

Drinkability/Palitability: High, which is what this style really needs.

Notes: Solid all around; toasted malt sweetness, creamy mouthfeel, and high drinkability. I'm going to miss this seasons Oktoberfests come winter.

halo21, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of taez555
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer poured a reddish amber brown body with a white head.

Nose is very clean with mostly just a fresh dough-like smell, some caramel and a simple lager smell.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich bready malt. A surprisingly large bitterness comes up about half way through and fades by the end leaving little in the finish. Caramel, some toasted grain and a tad bit chewy. Really very simple but big and tasty.

It's funny how one of the few true american octoberfests is called a festbier. Anyway, a nice example of an octoberfest, very true to the german style. One of the best american octoberfests out there.

taez555, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

It pours a flashy ambery gold, crystal clear and flitting highlights about. A finger of pithy white head settles quickly to spring-fed islets of foam. Mere pinpricks of lacing punctuate the inner surface of the glass.

The aroma delivers a quick, basic tenet of lightly toasted autumnal malt, along with an earthy noble hops ambience that promptly whispers away.

The first taste carries a light film of breezy malt sweetness, developing into a rather sparse melange of flinty fruitiness and smooth rondelles of earthen hops. The finish fades to a strain of baked pretzel doughiness and noble hops dryness. It actually comes across as unexpectedly light and airy, and might not be the very best credit to the style, but it delivers something worthwhile.

Between light and medium bodied, it physically has a bit more spine than the flavor it strives to deliver. A classical lager dryness lingers glowingly in the mouth.

As happens at times, the rather simple and thin flavor goes a long way toward making this quite quaffable. It’s utterly inoffensive, and pretty much unremarkable as well. Still, it’s well better than just average, and it absolutely qualifies as satisfying. It’s not likely to stand up well to much but the more mild food dishes, but as a standalone session beer it would be nicely recommended. You can’t be amazed by every beer you try, but this one impresses just enough to make it desirable.

Foxman, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Ah, I've been waiting for Victory Festbier ever since Victory arrived here back in the Spring. Bright orange tinted amber, very clear with a small fizzy cream colored head, quite nice looking in the glass.

The aroma is softly pungent, much like a pilsner with a toasted malty sweetness.

Crisp and clean with a softly sweet maltiness, toasted and somewhat biscuity in character and niceley balanced with a mild floral hoppiness. In other words a quintessential easy drinking amber Festbier!

The mouthfeel is medium light, nicelty slick across the palate with just enough carbonation to help keep things crisp.

I love hoppy beers but Fall with it's advent of malty Oktoberfest style beers is my favorite season. Victory Festbier will definitely be one of my mainstay Festbiers this year.

BlackBearForge, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of sommersb
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Tasted On: 10-22-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear and bright copper beer topped by a healthy off-white head. Very good retention and a fair level of lacing. Lots of carbonation is seen streaming in the glass.

Aromas are rich and malty, with sweet caramel and bready notes. The taste starts off with the malty sweet flavors as noted in the nose, and then features earthy hop bitterness and roasted grains. The bitterness seems a bit high to me for the style.

Medium bodied and a feel of medium to high carbonation. The finish is balanced between the caramel malts and hop bitterness. Overall I liked this Oktoberfest, but would prefer a bit less hop profile.

sommersb, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of lpayette
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours crystal clear, medium copper with a very small white head.

Smells- not too strong on anything, but mostly malty. Flowery notes come through too along with some alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel- again mostly malty - perhaps caramel to be more specific. No surprise there. Herbal tastes come through as well. Moutfeel is pilsner-like in carbonation. It has that tingly feeling. Ends grainy.

Drinks easy like a good lager does.

lpayette, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of shirfan
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Copper-orange with a thin but sticky cream-colored head.
Aroma is a bit weak, only giving away a vague bicuity malt.

Taste is medium-bodied, clean bready malts predominate. Light on hops; just a hint of bitterness before an almost soda pop finish.

Carbonation is a little high for an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

A good beer, but not in the stratosphere like most of Victory's offerings.

shirfan, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

A-Pours a dark color nearing copper. Decent glow. Head is minimal. Little bubbly clusters. Also, mild lacing.

S-Standarn Oktoberfest aromas. Caramel, dark baked bread, barley and an elegant Noble hop whiff. The hops are fairly noticeable which is definitely a plus.

T-You getting all the toast and caramel and grains, but you are also awarded with a significant grassy hop finish that lingers respectably. One of the better overall Oktoberfest beer flavors I have stumbled upon.

M-Medium bodied with zippy carbonation and a creamy feel. Light bitterness and dryness. Sessionable.

O/D-One of the better takes on a style I don't love. Enjoyed the hop intensity. Another solid Victory brew.

VelvetExtract, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of JasonL02
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

JasonL02, Sunday at 09:25 PM
Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

A decent Octoberfest beir from one of my favorite breweries. It had a good fall oragne color with a clean white head that gives lacing in the glass. The smell is clean muted heavy malt and a bit of spciy acidic hops. It has the traditional Marzen taste that I have come to expect of these beers, but the malt seems weak a little. Overall it is a good clean beer that can be enjoy enmass and would be a solid session beir all session.

Higravity, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of pershan
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, deep amber with a thin white head into a pint glass. The aroma was of sweet caramel malt, and not much else. The taste was of sweet malt, with caramel undertones and a very subdued hop profile. Nice carbonation and lacing. Seems to be a fairly accurate representation of the festbier style.

pershan, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of JDK
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a very nice clear amber color with about 1/2" of head that quickly diminished.
Very light lacing which didn't hang on very long
Nice taste but has just a bit too much hop after taste for me.
Good Oktoberfest beer but I like others like Summit, SA better

JDK, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.69/5  rDev 0%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a copper color, produced a above average white head, nice retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread and piney hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of toasted malt, caramel and a semi dry, bitter hop finish. Very nice session beer and nice example of a Oktoberfest beer.

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of kpantz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Executive Review: Not Victory's best, but still a great Oktoberfest...one of my favorite American versions (along with Brooklyn).

Appearance: Clear copper/gold with a small head that quickly reduces to a ring.

Smell: Not as fest-y as I'm used to...kinda thin. Definite malt presence, but comes up a bit short for my tastes.

Taste: Very nice. Not overpowering, but not without character. It's got a solid malt backbone with a shot of spice. No notable hop presence here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. I'd use this as a beer to carry you into fall, not out of it. Definitely suited for the milder autumn nights.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A good fall session beer. Less than 6% ABV and no overpowering flavor or body so as to make this tough to drink more than once. I could easily cozy up with a sixer and call it a night!

kpantz, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured out a really thin head, which evolved to a thin ring quickly. Color is an amber/copper that appropriately recalls the color of autumn.

Pleasing, earthy aroma, with plenty of caramel, breadiness, sweet spices. Also has that unmistakeable lager-y character: a little steely, a little corny, though hardly reminiscent of a macro.

Flavor nearly crosses over into Winter Warmer territory, with its sweet, dessert-like spices at the fore the sip. Maltiness come through in the form of caramel, while the finish is crisp, the mouthfeel slick and clean.

Nothing special, but certainly an enjoyable brew that does seem to hit the spot this time of year. Probably would've liked it more if it were "imperialized", ha!

Metalmonk, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

A: light cranberry-amber color with a very light, thin tan head.

S: lighty toasted sweet munich/Vienna malt sweetness and bite followed by flowery hop notes.

T: The flavor had a nice dry flowery hop bitterness with a light graininess along with some sweet caramel that creeps in. The palate is fresh grains with some light notes of dry fruitiness.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied, lightly carbonated with light fresh grains on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was smooth though not as sweet as typical marzens, dry, hoppy with some wet grains make for a nice fest style.

beerthulhu, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

This is one of the good festbiers. Nice sweet caramel malt gives it enough flavor to be worth drinking. It's a liquid caramel clear body with a decent head that is a bit fizzy. Easy drinking and another example that Victory is one of the better microbreweries when it comes to lagers.

aracauna, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Golden orange with a small amount of head. No retention. Light toasted malt nose. Small bready yeast character like rising sourdough. Flavor comes forward more than the nose predicts. Sweet caramel toasted malts. The bread yeast shows up more in the finish. It leaves a crisp toasted malt tang. There is also a slight layer of hops, almost like a Pils (some saaz). They leave a earthy dryness after the sweet dough.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Catching up on some fall seasonals I missed last year.

An aggressive pour yields a small 1/2 finger head that fades at a decent rate over a crystal clear amber orange brown color, maple leaf colored.

The nose brings lots of sweet and toasty amber malts and crisp lagers, with a little sweetness, and some of that dry malty Oktoberfest style malts, but lighter.

The taste is similar, with light toasty malts, some sweet almost syrupy flavors, a little crisp lager flavors with a little juicy fruity taste, some light bitterness.

The mouth is lighter with lower but tolerable carbonation.

It finishes still lightly sweet but dries quite a bit. Some lingering syrupy flavors with more toasty and bready malt lingering, as well as some crisp lager flavors. Now more of the bitterness comes through with some light earthy and mild grassy hop flavors.

jlindros, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear, bright golden-orange body capped with a thin layer of grainy, off-white foam. A slow and steady stream of active carbonation feeds the cap of bubbles, barely sustaining its ability to leave a few freckles of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with a toasty, brown sugary maltiness and a soft note of tangy fermented grain.

The taste is mellow and nutty-sweet with an oily, semi-seco malty cereal syrupiness. A note of dilute brown sugar and wet corn flakes contributes to the theme, overpowering a touch of bitterness that makes a fleeting appearance mid-mouthful. Just a touch of hop spiciness lingers late in the aftertaste.

The drink is light-bodied, lightly-carbonated, and heavy on the drinkability.

cvstrickland, Dec 07, 2008
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.