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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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83
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1,525 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 25
Gots: 77 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with an off white head.

Smells of yeasty bread, bitter herb, roasted malt and caramel.

Roasted malt and caramel up front followed by bitter herb. It has a nice balance and a full body. It has a chewy, nutty, bread like mouth feel. This is a real good Octoberfest. This one gets better as it warms.

Chickenhawk9932, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MightiestBeard, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jk3, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Fahz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Fahz, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of kell50
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my Great Lakes pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a quickly fading head. Very indicative of bottled Oktoberfests in my honest opinion.

S: Crispy malt, follows by yeast, brown sugar, and a bit of freshly toasted bread. The aroma is fairly similar to most Oktoberfests. Perfect pair to a chilly night in October.

T: The taste follows the nose, toasted malt, lager yeast, with a sugary/caramel sweetness. Not a ton of hops to speak of. It can be tough to find a well crafted American Oktoberfest- but this one works.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Relatively dry finish.

O: A super tasty, solid Oktoberfest that doesn't differentiate too much from other available marzens, but I feel Victory has produced one that is very true to style. $8 for a 6 pack is a great price to pay.

kell50, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of thatoneguymike
3/5  rDev -18.5%

thatoneguymike, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of patburke36
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

patburke36, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

davewlfpckfan29, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of rmehughes
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rmehughes, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of ng85
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

ng85, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

wander4, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of NoProblem
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

NoProblem, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a copper-orange color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over about 3 minutes to leave a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt are the heaviest of the aromas, although overall the aroma is rather light. With the roast are some lighter notes spice and herbal hop with some hay-like aromas mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins very bready with a good deal of caramel sweetness up front. Some flavors of a sweeter toffee nature come to the tongue with some lighter fruit flavors which create a sweet taste. At the end a nice roast and light herbal flavor come and round out the sweeter flavors; leaving a pleasant sweeter herbal spiced flavor to linger on the tongue. Rather nice.

Mouthfeel – For the abv. and style, the body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body if very nice for the sweet yet spicy and roasty flavors with the carbonation level making it very drinkable.

Overall – Other than the lack luster aroma, this is one really fantastic and tasty beer. It is one I will definitely go to again. It has great flavors and a very nice feel.

Darkmagus82, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with no head at all and very little apparent carbonation. Smell is of fresh baked bread a hint of warm spices.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet, the carbonation doesn't add much pop on the tongue. The beer is very balanced and ever so slightly peppery, a very subtle and malty beer.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

MacStinson, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Honeycutt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Honeycutt, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

OldTime, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

tastymug, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the river road tavern.
Pours a deep golden amber color with a smallish off white head with minimal retention and lace. Smells of caramel and bread and a bit of toast with an earthy floral hop component to it. The flavor is bready pilsner malt with a bit of caramel and sweet sugary malt. A bit heavy on the hops for the style, lots of earthy herbal hops compete with an inadequate malt base. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and an earthy slick mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but like a lot of American interpretations it just doesn't measure up to the German brewed versions.

johnnnniee, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/11/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, earth, and herbal. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of big pear, toast, caramel, biscuit, toffee, apple, earth, herbal, and light nuttiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light fruit, earth, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest lager. Nicely robust with good flavor balance; extremely smooth to drink. Enjoyed this.

superspak, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GiantMidget, Oct 08, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,525 ratings.