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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,296 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1296
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,296 | Reviews: 696 | Show All Ratings:
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – This one poured a very nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Amble carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going. A nice bit of side glass lace was apparent, but the real story here was the complete and total clarity of the color and the great hue to it overall. A very nice, classic looking lager here.



S – Aroma was nice, very light with a touch of fruit to it. Dominated totally though by the earthen malted grans. Lots of cereal and spice with almost what smelled like a touch of pumpkin. I don’t know if itt was really strong enough to be a major competitor in the overall scheme of things, however it did round everything out very nicely. Overall a really good light fall like aroma.



T – The flavor was great. Very light and refreshing. Naturally the biggest player here would be roasted malts and yeast. Nice little floral taste in the finish, which was also quite dry, I have to say a lot drier then I thought it would be fore sure. A nice drinker that went really well with dinner. It did have a noticeable yeast flavor to it, but nothing that was distracting from the overall appeal of it. Really well done I have to say and I have had quite a few lately in these styles, and this was defiantly upper tier for sure.



M – Very smooth would be a perfect way to describe it. Great carbonation helped to keep the flavor light and keep the feel rolling along. A good crisp, quick, and clean finish to it really helped as well. Perfect feel though for the style as it was light enough to keep going but had enough depth to make you stop and think.



D – Great. I could have kept going on this one all night. It just had a great blend of properties that helped to show off at just the right time. The perfect blend of a spiced amber ale mixed with low abv and great carbonation, what more could you ask for other then a 32oz mug.



Overall what can I really say about this one. It was really superb and just what was needed at the time. This was an extremely drinkable, well designed and very filling brew that really gave a good represent of the style and offered a none complicated version. In a day and age where everyone and everything keeps going better, it was nice to see someone just keep it simple and put out a quality everyday brew, well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 22:30:23 | More by mikesgroove
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted malts with a bit of caramel and a light fruitiness.

Taste: Bready maltiness with only a light caramel sweetness to it. Very, very light hint of roasted grain. Faint yeastiness. There's a soft, tea-like bitterness on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Make no mistake, this beer may not be overly complex, but it is exceedingly drinkable, in every possible way. In fact, it's the best Oktoberfest beer I've had all year (only two, as of writing this).

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2007 21:14:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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cichief

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille and Cantina, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber color (perfect for the style) with a thin tan head.

S- Smells bready and malty, subtle hops finish.

T- A nice taste of malt, but not too sweet, a fresh fest beer.

M- Not overly carbonated, very smooth, medium body.

D- A very good example of the style, a little more hop finish would have put this beer at a 5.0.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2007 02:35:06 | More by cichief
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory- Festbier

Appearance- Golden chestnut brown with no head.
Smell- Light sugary malt with hints of earthy hops.
Taste- Full flavored malt with mollasses. Nice earthy hop flavor well balanced.
Mouthfeel- Lighty sweet with a solid flavor throughout.

Overall- Much better 2nd time around. A good session beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2006 20:02:43 | More by NJpadreFan
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 4 oz tasting glass.

Pours an orangish/brown with a 2-inch foamy head. Smells of sweet, roasted malt. Very good blend of malt, a hint of citrus, and sweet caramel. Goes down a little on the thick side and has a nice caramel aftertaste. Very drinkable lager...great for enjoying at night as a dessert brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 00:24:36 | More by JohnnyM2002
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory brewery bar.

This beer poured a nice yellow/orange color with a nice thin white head that disapated rather quickly. The beer has a nice aroma of sweet malts and a bit of a bready nose to it. The taste is pretty much what you get with the aroma. A nice bit of sweet malts with the earthy, bread smell / taste. The taste does not linger in the mouth for very long but this is still a solid beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2006 01:55:21 | More by ggaughan
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a dark burgundy with some orange highlights and no head. Smelled of a smoky sweet lager with some pasty oats and a slight nip of unobtrusive hops. Tasted of fruity raspberries, doughy and pasty oat malt with a nice bitter snap in the finish. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a sharp electric small bubbled carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 18:56:59 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery.

The first beer I tried on my trip to Victory, it arrived a copper/bronze color with a small white head. Carbonation visible throughout, and nice lacing down the glass.

Scent is herbal/spiced hops with bread. Very clean.

Crisp. Malts and hints of caramel up front with Earthy hop spice backing it up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2005 14:27:40 | More by HugoGrim
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sixtel of this from Andy's in Bogota, NJ for a pary I had this weekend. There is no substitute! Draught beer for a party rules over any other means - especially when it comes to spreading the good BA word. Drank it from 1/2 yards all evening long.

A - Poured a beautiful clear amber honey colored brown with a very respectable head. Good for an Oktoberfest bier.

S - Mildly yeasty maltiness with a hint of hops. Clean and fresh. No detriments.

T - Straight up caramel malts off the bat. Not overly sweet, to it's credit. The finish brings about a nice, subdued hoppy dryness, without being obtrusive. Easy!

M - Mildly carbonated, rising to an even froth before the finish. Very easy to drink as a session beer.

D - So so easy! The moutfeel and taste make this an easy drinker. You could only be so lucky as to be able to score a mini-keg of this as I did.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 03:44:12 | More by EPseja
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper toned amber with a decent white head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing tries it's best to cling.
Smell is of rich malt, a bit of sweet fruit, a touch of sour bread, along with a mild helping of hops for good measure.
Taste is a nice blend of the above making for a nice rendition of the style with just enough difference to make it a Victory beer.
Mouthfeel is malty sweet with some sours and bitters and a crispness on the tongue and palate.
Pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2005 17:04:35 | More by weeare138
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory. Dark amber like a marzen should be. A nice white head of foam as well that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all sweet malts up front and nice green hops on the back. The taste is sweet and malty with a more pronounced caramel flavor than most marzens. There is also the lovely taste of bready malts and fresh hops as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very good. This beer is very festive indeed! Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 23:25:29 | More by francisweizen
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite Victory brew, but it is very drinkable. It is light amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is one of the barley malt and a kicker of hops. The taste is pretty much the same. By comparison with the good German Fest beers, this is not quite there. In contrast to the Spaten brews and the like, this is superior. It is a pretty thick feeling beer but is very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly leading to drinking more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2004 22:36:36 | More by rdrummer
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stingo

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2004 02:51:38 | More by stingo
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a bit of a coppery color, with only a little head. Some lacing down the glass. A fairly decent malt nose. A trace of hops. The taste is pretty much along the same lines. There is a bit of a smokey, dry taste to it also. A very smooth, easy drinking beer. Good for session drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2003 21:37:46 | More by Boto
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nomad

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead clear light copper, this beer had a thin head and little lace in the served pint glass. It smelled of husky grain, Munich malt, coming together to be bready in a wonderful way. Also, a strong presence of lemony hops. Tasted of these lemony hops on top of smooth and quietly strong Munich malt. Slightly textured grain accents in the middle, this beer was fruity without being necessarily this or that fruit.

A true embodiment of that classic amber flavor of Oktoberfests, mainly because of the thin body and flavor profile. Quaffable and easy, yet a sipper too if you wish. Next to Paulaner, for me, as a great Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2003 02:07:54 | More by nomad
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red amber in the glass topped with a minimal coating of white foam that dies quickly but manages to leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty faint. Nice hop notes and dashes of orange along with some slightly bready maltiness.

The flavor is a bit lacking, but it is pretty good. Orange peels along with a little bit of hop bite give it a nice flavoring, just toned down. Some sweetness comes in, but it stays very well-balanced. Orange peels also add an interesting note. It is very drinkable, and it is definitely different from the other micro Oktobers I have had this year. A great session brew, but just a bit light for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2003 16:33:06 | More by ElGuapo
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be one of the truer to the style Oktoberfests I have sampled. Draft pour left little head atop this amber/orangey brew. Bready aroma with a hint of alcohol in the nose. This beer seemed to have more of an alcohol character than the 5.6% showed. Bready malts balance this alcohol flavor nicely. Mouthfeel is slick and clean. Not a great fall seasonal, but Victory has stayed true to the style, as they usually do. This is a decent seasonal, but to me not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2003 17:58:47 | More by IrishRedRock
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2003 13:36:26 | More by bierman2000
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jreitman

California

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber in color with a persistent white head. Sweetness and floral hops most noticeable in the nose. Balance is great with the floral hop flavors, carbonation, and nutty/toffee malts blending very well together. A very finely crafted brew that I wish were available in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2002 11:59:46 | More by jreitman
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Sunset Grille. Poured a tawny, brown color, and it was quite cloudy. What's up with that? Had a creamy, tan head, which faded quickly, and left no lacing. Verrry mild malt nose...where is it? Mouthfeel was quite nice, though; good body and smooth. Flavor had some ok malt, a smooth flavor but mild. Even a hint of some fruitiness present. Not bad, but not really fest-like. Perhaps it's the tap lines? I'll try it again elsewhere, and keep an open mind.

overall: 3.45
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

352

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2002 14:34:50 | More by Bierman9
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John

New York

2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color and head look promising. After that I'd have to agree with previous reviewers that this is sub-par for Victory. Not as clean as a Marzen should be IMHO. Some diacetyl is detected and I thought while drinking that it might be an ale. Just verified via the Victory site that it's indeed a lager. Not bad, but very unVictory like.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2002 10:01:00 | More by John
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier has a medium, cream-colored head, a bright, yet hazy, orange/amber appearance, some bubble streams and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy bread crust, medium-roasted malt, and a slight hop zing. Taste is of all of those elements, and there is even a bit of sourness, here. Mouthfeel is medium, and Victory Festbier finishes crisp, refreshing, and absolutely and completely drinkable. Overall, this is really very delicious!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 17:19:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best by 1/6/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy burnt-orange color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of malt, a bit of caramel, bread aromas
T: Matches the nose. A bit sweet, just the slightest kiss of hops but mostly leavened whole-grain dough
M: Medium-bodied with an unexpected tickle of carbonation
O: A bit sweet for my tastes, pleasant overall

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 06:46:16 | More by ONUMello
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; glowing amber-orange with a moderate white head that foams up and then descends quickly into a ring of bubbles with some patches of single-bubble-thick foam floating around.
Smell is soft bready malt, with a crisp twang of hops at the end.
Taste follows the nose, bready toasted malt with a crisp finish of earthy/bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste is semi-dry, with a crisp pinch of planty hop bitterness melding with breadiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and well-carbonated.
Overall, a tasty and simple beer. I could definitely drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:29:42 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear dark orange, half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, some grains, a touch of floral quality, some caramel.
T - Balanced sweetness, dried flowers, grain, caramel, bread, light herbal touch.
M - Smooth, and moderately clean, a bit dry on finish.
O - Good marzen style of beer, Victory is usually reliable when it comes to their styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:00:55 | More by Omnium
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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