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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 1,676 | Reviews: 731
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light brownish red in color, with a quickly fizzing away light tan head, a few streams of carbonation filter to the top

S - a pedestrian marzen malt aroma, not to diminish from the distinct quality of brewing, just a typical aroma that can be expected

T - the taste has more bitters in it than i expected, a great hop/malt balance with some near berry-esque sweetness faintly in the background

M&D - a typical high quality marzen, not top tier, but well above average, the beer neatly fits into the niche it was seemingly brewed for, well done Victory

Photo of JParlow
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, glowing dark amber. Nice color and great clarity. Head leaves immediately.

Aroma is full of malt, caramel and bread; better than most.

Flavor is moderately sweet. Thick malt flavors abound, with notes of caramel, toffee, and date. Hop flavor is completely supporting, just there for a touch of balancing bitterness really. Finish is clean and smooth.

Highly drinkable and certainly worth your dollars.

Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber to light brown and clear, some sustaining head at edges. Smell there isn't much, mildly sweet, little nutty, reminds me a little of the candy burnt peanuts.

The taste is similar to the smell, some nutty sweetness before the lager bitterness grabs hold to turn the taste a little fruity, a hint of preachiness. The taste end very crisply, like a nice lager should.

A nice beer, but I think it lacks a little bitterness bite near the end like I expect in an Oktoberfest. Would be a decent choice for a fall session beer, for sure, however.

Photo of stingo
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering from Victory - a bit thicker/chewier than its German counterparts, it fills the stomach quicker, but not without some great taste. Nice light caramel throughout with a dash of hops at the back to round out the flavor. Definitely a beer to have with food (pizza and/or pretzels come to mind) as well as on its own.

Photo of sponberg
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/orange with a thin head that gets thinner rapidly. Bready, sweet malt aroma - to style.

Sweet maltiness abounds, with decoction like flavors and some slightly weird fruitiness that I can't quite figure out - it's not there when cold, and shows up when it's warm, a sort of fig like flavor? Very round flavor overall. Finishes a touch on the phenolic side, with a slightly numbing-the-tip-of-the-tongue effect alongside some green apple and toasted malt flavors. About 9/10 of the way to being an outstanding Ofest.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful semi-clear/semi-cloudy, golden amber color, with reddish/orange highlights, and a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into an extremely thin halo of foam gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Malty and bready. Notes of freshly baked biscuits, black pepper and honey.

Taste: Malty and bready up front, like freshly baked rye bread, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, notes of caraway seeds, and black pepper. Finished with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Nicely balanced between malt and hops and sweetness. I’d certainly get it again.

Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with a short-lived head. Clean sweet malt aroma, lightly doughy and floral. Toasted, nutty sweet malts comprise much of the flavor. A leafy, herbal hoppiness compliments the malt. Solid medium body wraps everything up nicely. Clean and easily drinkable.

Photo of mjaskula
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a thin head that fades fast.

The aroma is malty and smooth with just a little bit of roasted character. Flavor mimics the aroma. It is very smooth clean mild and malty. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant. This is a smooth, easy drinking, no-frills Oktoberfest.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very bright copper with bright orange hues. Head is minimal; just leaving a film on top after a semi conservative pour. Beer is semi transparent.

S- Buttery and nutty up front with a nice caramel backbone. Also, you can smell the hops mixed in with the sweetness of the malts.

T- Same nutty and buttery flavor as in the smell and also somewhat biscuity. It is hoppy just a bit and the caramel like malt is nice and sweet.

M- Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky from the sweet syrupy malt and the carbonation is low to medium.

D- Very nice beer for sessioning. Nice taste and low ABV. One of the strongest points of this brew.

Overall- I thought I had reviewed this one already, but I guess not. I found it in the back of my fridge and thought what the heck. It is a warm day here, so it really hit the spot. Very good Octoberfest/Marzen brew. Cannot wait to revisit this one again next year!

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Spaten mug. Best by date: 1-18-09. The body was clear and bright honey. The head was mild. The small tan head faded quickly to nothing.

Smell was steely. Malts. Grape-like. Honey covered biscuits popped later, as it warmed.

Taste was pretty balanced. Caramel. Bready. Light tangy bitterness.

Mouthfeel was slick and somewhat zesty.

Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was inspired to get this one by their other styles; pours a clear copper color w/ a very slight head which dissapates quickly, minimal lacing; not the strong malty aroma I expected, more fusels than anything; the taste was malty w/ notes of caramel a slightly "alcoholic" aftertaste & a little thin; again i'm getting that kinda "watered-down" feeling here, a light-med body w/ slight dextrins; not an unlikable brew at all, tho, i'd drink it again

Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MBA!

Pours a solid amber with a bit of a golden sheen. Large white foam head that died down to a respectably think white foam sheath. Looks festive!

Smells like caramel and toasted malts and ... earthy hops? Interesting.

Taste is mostly caramel and sweet, sticky malt, but there's a definite earthy, bitter current to it. Almost like what I consider a typically sweet Marzen mixed with a splash of ESB. Solid effort with what I consider to be a bland style. One of the best "Oktoberfest" style beers I can recall having.

Mouthfeel could use more carbonation, but decent.

Photo of cfadams17
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tclipse
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of commish374
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fest is awesome. One of their best beers.

A. Dark gold. Nice thick off white creamy head that takes its time to dissipate.

S. Nice strong malty scent. Nostril filling aroma is very sweet.

T. Taste is very malty. Not too bitter but has a nice sweet kick to it at the end.

M. Mouthfeel is nice and light. Not very carbonated either.

O. Overall the beer is great. Victorys best sessional beer and so glad it's year round.

Great job Victory.

Photo of kcq101
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clgiardini
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CTaylorBrew
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of opwog
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Eek-A-Mouse - Wa Do Dem

Had this early arriving Oktoberfest beer on tap thanks to Beechwood!

A - copper color with exceptional clarity. Nice head that is perfect to drink through.
S - mild malt and bread
T - grain bread, some citrus, clean finish
M - Typical medium body for an American made Marzen. Maybe a little more carbonation than I like. Very dry finish.
D - Not overly strong in alchohol, not too thick on the palate clean finish all make this a great beer to serve for your home Oktoberfest party.

Photo of nukem5
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Great pour with awesome coppery color and nice cap of foamy goodness resting on top gingerly.

S: Blends of malt and hops and a nice round out of fall smells like frsh cut fields of grain or a faint smell of straw.

T: Perfectly fall have wanted this for a while but not saw it till today, a bit after the season but still well worth the wait. Very rich and blended malts combined with some whole European hop flowers make a great combo.

M: Full rich taste with a nice carb level.

D: Very drinkablbe and would go with some grilled pork or brat nicely.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours a rich, light copper color. Two-finger head of dense, pillowy, eggnog-white foam falls at a moderate pace, leaving a bit of lace around the glass and islands of small bubbles on the surface. Beer is a vibrant orange-red and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Nicely toasted malts; rich, darker caramels; hints of orange/soft spice. Touches of floral hops come through. Nose is light, but present and defined.

T - More hop-forward than usually found in the style. Roasted (but not burnt) malts, well-toasted whole wheat bread, cereals, and caramel sugars seem to serve as the opening acts for a finale of bitter herb-style hops. Taste is a straight-forward presentation of these flavors, without complexity.

M - Somewhat foamy, full carbonation. On the lighter side without being thin. Finish lingers longer than expected and is focused on the bitterness of the hops rather than traditional Oktoberfest sugars. Simple structure.

O - An American NW take on the style that respects the traditional foundation of toasted malts and caramels, but still has the need to make sure the hops are noticed. If you're expecting a Marzen, you'll probably find the overall effort out-of-balance. Probably better paired with food, where the hops can find more to balance with, than drunk alone.

Photo of kpantz
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.