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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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83
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1,522 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,522
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jbierling, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

meehandennis, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Shakerman, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Gatordaddy, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of tophers
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was too dry for me without the malt backbone that I was expecting. The bitterness didn't seem to blend with the malt very well. I really enjoy Victory beers so I was a little disappointed with this one.

a: Deep amber in color and mostly transparent but a little hazy. Head is not very long lasting and is white in appearance. Ring of head around the glass.

s: Malt aroma consists of a raisin and Munich. Some earthy hop aroma detected. No esters.

t: Dominant malt flavor that is toasty and bready in nature. Some floral hop flavor. Moderate amount of hop bitterness that seems to be more noticeable in the aftertaste.

m: Moderately high carbonation with a moderately light body. Fairly dry finish that may be due to a bit of astringency.

tophers, Oct 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Lee45102, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bzach, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper brown color with a modest white cover that dissipates quickly to random swirls. Lacing is fair. The aroma is no doubt cabbage malt with a hint of chocolate and herbal hop. Pretty neat. The flavor is absolutely in keeping with the nose hit. A beautiful malt bath with an herbal hop edge that makes for a lucid, dry feel in a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very satisfying Octoberfest beer that I would easily recommend autumnal malt fans.

Durge, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 10-22-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear and bright copper beer topped by a healthy off-white head. Very good retention and a fair level of lacing. Lots of carbonation is seen streaming in the glass.

Aromas are rich and malty, with sweet caramel and bready notes. The taste starts off with the malty sweet flavors as noted in the nose, and then features earthy hop bitterness and roasted grains. The bitterness seems a bit high to me for the style.

Medium bodied and a feel of medium to high carbonation. The finish is balanced between the caramel malts and hop bitterness. Overall I liked this Oktoberfest, but would prefer a bit less hop profile.

sommersb, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jrohrbacher, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Top Hops.

Average looking pour, minimal head atop the amber body. Aroma is the strongest part of this beer: spicy, fruity, floral, slightly hoppy, malts. Mmmmm.

Taste disappoints. Watery with sweet malt as the dominant flavor. Hoppy backbone shows itself at the end before fading. Not bad, not very good either.

Verdict: skip.

brystmar, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

EigenBeer, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

MightiestBeard, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jk3, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Fahz, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of kell50
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

thatoneguymike, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

patburke36, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

davewlfpckfan29, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

rmehughes, Oct 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

ng85, Oct 14, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,522 ratings.