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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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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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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!

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

12oz bottle from Warners at the bay, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Light amber appearance with an off white foam that laces sporadically.

Smell is of sweet malt, not honey sweet, but just sweet malt in general with some small herbal note there as well early on.

Tastes clean, decisive and as you are led to expect with sweet malt the cornerstone. Some toffee as well.

Good medium body, nice oilyness to start with and then smooth out with a slight herbal bitterness at the end stops it becoming cloying.

Really nice, well executed. Not an overload of the senses, but what is there serves a good purpose. Hard to fault what Victory do, one of the more consistent breweries across styles.

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

A nice orangey amber with a decent head of an off white hue and touches of lace here and there. A bit of haze as I gaze, no carbonation in the glass. Smell has lots of toasted grains and light sweet malt with yeasty bread and herbal hops. Taste is malty and smooth with a grainy quality that flows to a well integrated hop component that balances the caramel sweetness and gives a somewhat longish dry finish. Well developed nuttines shows towards the swallow, gives a nice platform for the bitterness to blossom. Feel is medium with a light tingley carbonationan and a crisp overall character. High notes for drinkability and sessioning this one is easy. A good solid effort from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this beer thinking it was a winter brew and discovered it is an Octoberfest/ Marzen. Enjoy by date is Dec. 16, 2013.
The beer is a handsome copper color with a small head that flees the scene all too soon. No lace to be seen. Smell is deep rich malts with a good amount of caramel. Taste is similar to the smell lots of caramel malty goodness with just enough hop bitterness to balance the flavor.
Mouthfeel is full for a lager and carbonation is just right. It has a clean bittersweet finish.
Overall a very good Octoberfest beer. I wish I had tried it a couple of months ago.

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

My first marzen of the year, poured into a pint glass

A: light tan/ amber, slight foamy off white head with good retention reduces to a light lacing ring

S: sweet and slightlt bready.

T: more well balanced than the nose would suggest. Caramel and vienna malt provide the backbone, slight grass, and flower

M&d: medium to full bodied, decent amount of carbonation. A very good beer on a cool autumn day.

Cheers!!!

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

A - amber/orange color. Nice layer of foam sticks around.

S - very bready. slight hop. sweet malt aroma.

T - sweet. a little too sweet. clean. no hop flavor. slight bitterness. Slight astringent? aftertaste.

M - medium carbonation. thick

D - not bad. a bit too sweet for me.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Don't you love the fall? Oktoberfests and Pumpkin beers everywhere you look. Good stuff.

a: Amber body, thin white head.

s: sweet toasted malt and fresh cut grass.

t: Sweet malt, light biscuit notes, honey, grass, and mild hops.

m: medium to light body, very smooth.

d: exceptionally drinkable, as the style tends to be. Not overly sweet, but the flavor is a bit light. Still, its a good offering and an enjoyable brew.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Darker amber. Fast rising carbonation gives small head (3.75/5)

S: Mostly munich malt, but with some green grass (4/5)

M: Lacks carbonation, but maintains crisp, dryness (3.5/5).

T: Clean malt taste, but not smooth. Low hop flavor. Slight bitterness, only moderately sweet (3.5/5). Toasted hay

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

Very nice though somewhat on the darker side amber color. Not a lot of head. Big malty and sweet aroma. Malt dominates the flavor with a fair amount of sweetness. Low bitterness. Nice,creamy mouthfeel. Not to sure if this is to style but its very smooth and full. Good drinkability-a damn good lager. A bit heftier then an average fest beer but damn enjoyable.

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

poured a clear deep amber color with creamy white head. Smell is nutty, malty, and bread-like. Taste follows through with a robust maltiness and toatsed nutts. Finishes big and malty with little hops present. A really good drinking session beer that I look forward to each year.

Photo of yen157
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this from notes, otherwise it would be a pretty old Oktoberfest!

Drak, golden amber with a medium-coarse head. Pretty nice an sticky. Fresh hop taste and surprisingly grainy for a beer from these guys. Malt a bit less pronounced then I like and expected. Still, it had good balance and smooth, creamy carbonation. Not my 1st choice if in an Oktoberfest mood, but still a good, easy drinknig session beer.

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

Whether it's a really deep orange or a softer hue of brown can be debated; that it is a stunningly handsome colour cannot. Its body is clear and possesses a charming little bit of sparkle. Bubbles flutter in the same way autumn leaves fall to the ground. The beer is carbonated like a soda pop; pouring produced a whole lot of sizzling but not much foam.

This brewery has a particular fondness for using hops in all their beers - whether traditional style guidelines call for them or not - and so, naturally, they couldn't resist using whole flower German ones in this recipe. Surprisingly, the result isn't all that apparent. Only a touch of that spicy, earthy resonance is sensed over all the sweetness of the malts.

It took me not one sip but rather a few to be able to formulate any kind of opinion about this flavour. And, after a lot of lip and tongue smacking, I'm still not able to offer much of one. The malts procure only the faintest suggestions of bread and caramel. Now that I think of it, this both smells and tastes more like a Helles than a Märzen.

And it drinks like one too. The malts are hardly (if at all) caramelized and contain no hints of dried fruits, toasty crumbs or toffee. They aren't substantial, they aren't even all that sweet. Between the minimal presence of the malts and the nonexistence of any hops, this beer makes for easy drinking but not all that exciting or gratifying drinking.

Victory Festbier is likely to appeal as much (if not more) to the mainstream crowd as it is to craft aficionados. Given its lighter body and lighter flavour it might also go over well with those looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in the stereotypically gluttonous and over-indulgent fashion. As for me, I'll likely celebrate it responsibly - and with a different beer.

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

Solid brownish-reddish heart with a 2 inch head.

Smell is toasty and dare I say floral?

Teeny tiny hops, malt is clearly the meaty backbone, not super sweet at all though. Toasted almonds, toast, caramel. Reminds me a bit of oatcakes -oatcakes are like a hearty kind of shortbready cookie with notes of honey. Might be the tinge of honey giving me that impression.

For me, this is a rock solid Marzen offering for the season. I started luke-warm on the offering, but am on my 3rd 6er. I really enjoy Southern Tier's Autumn Ale, but until someone gives me a better Oktoberfest spirited lager, this is the go to this season.

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

Thanks you Victory for dating your bottles: Best by Jan 4 2012.

A: Poured a dark brown, caramel color, with kind of a burnt disposition overall. Clear in appearance, and with a rather sizable mildly off-white head.

S: Victory's yeasty malt profile upfront, with a substantial wafting of sweet German malts smacking me in the snooter. Some roasted nuts (chestnuts) as well as a tinge of cigar ash.

T: Really nice nutty finish... sort of a mothball-like quality there as well. A bit of bitter lingering that wasn't too bad, but was noticable.

M: A bit too "thick and chewy" to be a highly drinkable O-fest. Maybe I'm being picky here, but I would have preferred a little more subdued bitterness so that I might be tempted to pop a few of these.

O: I dug Victory's taste profile and honestly believe that they are some of the best in the biz at styles like this (Moonglow is a wow beer!), but I simple thought this was too rich for my taste. Still, this was pretty good.

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear amber color with some nice tangerine highlights. The tan head displayed decent lacing and moderate lacing as well. The aroma was of caramel, bread, butter and a bit of toasted malt. The flavors were an interesting balance of very sweet caramel malt and dry but floral hops. The bready malt and dry yeast also came through in the middle and I also got some toast and pine nuts as it warmed up. The sweetness seemed a little too much for a Marzen to me and I wasn’t exactly ‘wowed’ but I suppose this could just be my impression of the Victory interpretation. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation moderate.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with beautiful clarity. The head starts off as a creamy, off-white color that's about one finger high, but fades fairly quickly.

S: This one is actually really nice aromatically. The malts are very rich in caramel, and even some chocolaty hints. After it opens up a bit, it develops some floral, grassy hop notes. Hell, I even notice a distant quality of allspice. Surprisingly deep for a marzen.

T: There's a definite hoppiness (in a grassy expression) to the finish that separates it from some of the sweeter 'Merican-made oktoberfests. It really does help balance out the initial burst of caramel malts well, and even gives a touch of stone fruit flavors. There's also a distant toffee note on the aftertaste, also.

M: I'd call the body medium, the finish semi-dry, and the carbonation bang-on. This one seems to be a bit more savorable than others, too. And it's still very drinkable, as the style dictates it should be.

O: I like this one a lot - it's well crafted, hoppy, yet balanced very well. There isn't much more to say other than the fact that it's quite good.

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

Thanks to BeerTruth for this extra!

Pours a fiery orange color with about a half inch of foam that rapidly trickles down to a ring.

A bit of nutty malts and brown sugar with notes of caramelized yams, dried fruits, corn and flaked maze. I'm also getting some subtle notes of flaked milk chocolate. A touch of earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Very tamed aroma, you really have to get your nose into the beer to pick up the nuances...not bad but not great. A bit of vegetable notes too.

Quite malty upfront with caramel and a bit of toast followed by some fruit, I keep thinking of pumpkin for some reason...spices and nutty malts in the finish. A bit thin on the flavors, they just seem to rush through the palate without stopping.

Very easy to drink but seems a bit watered down.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a half inch dirty white head that thins into lacing relatively quickly. The body is a nice copper color without haze.

The smell is predominately sweet malt; somewhat typical of most brown ales. Not much hop aroma.

The taste is a slightly sweet from start to finish. A hint of caramel is detected in the finish.

A nice offering and a recommended version of the style for someone who wants a sixpack of fresh Octoberfest beer.

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.