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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
84
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770 Reviews
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Reviews: 770
Hads: 1,868
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 33
Gots: 213 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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: 770 | Hads: 1,868
Photo of bierman2000
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A better Oktoberfest beer, very malty and somewhat dry. There is a slight hop character. Very refreshing and a great beer to drink with almost any food. It is not overpowering and leads to being drank with ease and in copious amounts. Worth seeking out on tap as it is much better than the bottle version.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - The beer appeared a nice dark amber color, with some carbonation streaming to the top of the glass. The beer had a nice slightly off-white head that was retained nicely which made for some lacing.

S - The beer had a nice, slightly sweet, but good malt aroma. Not much else, but I would not really expect from else from the style.

T - Followed the nose well, a nice, full malted barley taste. Solid and not complex, but as expected from the style.

M/D - Lighter body with nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink, I thought. The beer was smooth with a light creaminess to it. Overall, this is a solid brew from an excellent brewer and to be honest, I thought that it would have a better rating than it does. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The lager is a copper colored wonder, crystal clear, with a decent fluffy head that retains well.

S: Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose.

T: The lager has a malty sweet flavor that has hints of biscuit and caramel. The grains are mixed very well, imparting just enough sweetness. The hops are practically nonexistent, which is good because the malts here are doing a very good job on their own.

M: The mouthfeel is a delicious sweet flavor that invites another sip.

D: Very drinkable, a well made Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a splash of red. Head was thin and light beige.

Smell: Big aromas of sweet, toasted malts, nuttiness and subtle spicy hops.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A great balance of malt and hops. Sweet, toasty and nutty up front, spicy in the middle with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with big carbonation. Prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a great Oktoberfest. It's tasty, refreshing and you can drink one after another (and you want to as well).

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden copper colour - amber, if you will. Little head, and not much lacing either, still it seems to suit the beer. Everything about this brew is smooth - smooth but unobtrusive maltiness, an ever so slight bitter finish, a smooth aftertaste that loses all bitterness. Very drinkable.

This went perfectly with the meatless burger (surprisingly tasty) that I shared it with. They complemented each other very well.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is bright copper orange with a light tan frothy head. The head didn't stick around too long, neither did any lacing.

The smell was fruity at first. This gave way to a caramel maltiness.

The flavor was bready and malty up front. Light fruit flavors lead into toasted caramel and lightly roasted malts. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good. A very easy drinking brew. This is certainly one of the beers I look forward to in the fall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The rich aroma is off malt, spice and caramel, with a little bit of hops.

T: Bready & malty tea-like flavor comes out first with some spice to it. Then there’s some hops and a little bit of caramel sweetness. The after-taste is mild with a slight touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very good representation of style, tasty, not very filling for this style, easy to drink, I could stick with this one for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really strong malty, roasty characteristics. Smooth and easy to drink with a taste that matches is characteristics but treadss outside the realm of Oktoberfests in my opinion.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of weasbri
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of cameraman
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.