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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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770 Reviews

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Reviews: 770
Hads: 1,854
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | 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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, enjoy before Dec. '07, served in a short mug.

A - clear, amber color with a fair sized white head that settles to a ring, leaves very little lacing.

S - very good, sweet malt and slight bread/dough aromas.

T - sweet malty flavor upfront, followed by a touch of hoppy bitterness, dry finish.

M - light bodied, good carbonation.

D - I could enjoy a few of these with smoked sausage or bratwurst.

Final Note: A very different taste than any of the many American or German Marzen's I've tasted (Fall Beers are a favorite of mine). I like what Victory has brewed here and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys celebrating anything... Prosit!

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Photo of Redwood21
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I was dissapointed, there was a fast dying head that completely goes away. the nice amber color is however appealing.
S: nice caramel and toasted bread aroma for me. i really enjoyed the aroma
T: very nice and flavorful. there is definatly caramel and malts with some earthy tones as well i feel it has a medium taste but not such a medium bodied beer, on the light side of medium bodied. its almost like drinking a thinner drink with alot of flavor. i still think its a great beer regardless. thisalso makes drinkability really high. very easy to drink beer

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Photo of JasonA
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average ... thats what I got from this beer.

Pours a dark copper with little to no head. Almost a translucent carmel.

I dont get much from the smell. Some sweetness and a little spice. Not much there.

A little biting, may be due to the alcohol content. Tastes like the smell. Not a whole lot there. Wish there was more to talk about. Some sweet, no real hops. Little malty with some spice finish.

Average. Carbonation and bite may be a little more than desirable.

Overall I would rather move forward from this beer than drink it again. Not bad, simply not something worth coming back to.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber copper color. Not much head or lace.

smell - malty and sweet smell.

taste - malts and hops, balanced nice. Taste like other octoberfest beers but with with a little bitterness, might be a honey taste I think.

mouthfeel - Thick and malty.

drinkability - I like any octoberfest beer, A must try. Interesting taste compared to others.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot I had this in the back of the fridge from the fall. Glad I had another one.

Appearance: Pours copper in color and crystal clear. Head is very minimal and fades very quickly to the faintest wisps of lacing topping the beer. Lacing on the glass is minimal.

Smell: Nice and malty with hints of caramel, brown sugar, with a bit of a bread or biscuit like quality as well.

Taste: Starts nice and malty with the crystal malt showing a nice caramel like sweetness along with hints of brown sugar and possibly raisins. Festbier finishes with a very nice, light bitterness as the hops make an appearance. A nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in the mouth with decent carbonation. Somewhat slick.

Drinkability/Notes. Glad I found this guy in the back of my DBF, just what I was looking for to offset all of the big winter beers I've accumlated. A nice malty beer with plenty of caramel malt giving the beer its sweetness that also finishes with a nice hoppy twang that lingers long on the tongue after the swallow. Super drinkable and one the would make a good session beer if so inclined. Definitley recommended and will buy again next fall.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear beer looks like a brand new penny, with a big and bubbly off-white head that collapses to a thin skin. Small, spotty lacing. Very few rising bubbles. Doesn't smell like a whole lot of anything. A little bready, and a little nutty. Soft herbal hops.

Just short of a knockout in the taste department. There's good stuff in there -- toasty bread, those soft and steady herbal hops, light fruitiness, a tough of honey -- it's just that it seems a bit faint. Light body. Quite crisp. Not much carbonation.

I'm not crazy about fest beers, but maybe it's right that this stuff tastes a little muted -- that is, if it is to be consumed all afternoon long from bottomless steins. I think Victory scores again with this one. It may feel a little delicate, but it's good stuff.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA

A: Pours with a bright white head. Light copper color. Brilliant when held to light. Bright clarity.

S: Subtle malt aroma. Some other reviewers mentioned a "doughy" smell and I would agree. Very clean and crisp.

T: Very clean and crisp lager taste. Slightly malty with just a slight, slight trace of hops. A totally clean and refreshing finish.

MF: Light. Medium carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable. No doubt a very good session beer. Marzens are suppposed to be subtle and understated but this one might be too understated for my tastes. I have reccomended this to friends who still drink Bud, Lite, etc. in efforts to get them to start drinking higher quality beers.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid a medium dark amber with good Carbonation. The head is 1 finger 1 thick, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big caramel malt.

The taste follows, very nice light toasty caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is good medium body but almost too much carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this beer war brewed to session. MK

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Photo of hopbar
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a yellowish-orange coloring (autumn appropriate) with a nice head, yet it disappeared quickly. It gave off a faint sweet smell with almost the hint of orange. The taste was smooth and refreshing. Sweet and malty followed by a mild hop aftertaste. It was fairly well carbonated and you could feel the bubbles in your mouth as you drank it. Overall, a very good Oktoberfest beer. We served this at our annual Oktoberfest family party back in October and it went over real well with an assortment of German sausages and smoked pork chops.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, "enjoy by" 3/21/07. It pours a clear copper/amber, with high carbonation leading up to a half-inch khaki head that keeps a thin cap and leaves light lacing. It smells sweetish, with toasted and caramel malts, and some dark fruits. The flavor is lightly toasted, with caramel, molasses, and some lightly spicy, green hops that leave a medium bitterness. The body is medium, lightly drying, tingly at first, but it evens out and leaves a medium finish. Another good offering from Victory.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle, best by Feb. 24 '07. Pours into my glass a nice clear copper/red hue with a half inch of tight bubbly white head. Looks good so far! Aromas start somewhat sweet and malty upfront with a nice toasted caramel nuttiness. A bit of hops lurk underneath with maybe a touch of raisin. Good stuff.

First sip brings a nice smooth toasty, nutty maltiness with some caramel hanging out underneath. It has a nice creaminess to it and flows down with a bit of sweetness finishing with a little kick of spicy hops on the back end. A bit of a dark fruit/raisin sneaks in there as well. Overall, a solid oktoberfest brew if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a solid creaminess. Flows down really easily and makes for an enjoyable brew. I could see myself sitting down to a few of these in a session no problem. Another solid brew from Victory, and quite possibly my last O'fest of the year!

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Photo of Alkey
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle fresh date Feb 24, 07. Poured a reddish brown color with very little head. Not much in the smell department but a bit of malt. Taste of bready malts with a slight hop bitterness .Very drinkable I could easily drink a few of these. One of the best October-fest I've tried this year and will look forward to it in the next year.

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Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one. thanks jay!

pours a nice copper colour, crystal clear, with a very fine white head. bit of lace.

aroma is good. nice and fresh. hint of smoke. bit of spice, maybe corriander.

taste is nice. bit of roast and smoke. spicy, almost peppery, but mostly in the mouthfeel. excellent malt base. rye bread. moderate bitterness.

mouthfeel is great. light with a good carbonation level. very smooth.

drinkability is great. really smooth and easy drinking. thanks jay!

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Photo of sraimondi
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting take on a Marzen. Auburn colored brew, a bit darker than traditional German O'Fest. Aroma is bready, but with just a hint of hops. The taste is very good, bread and malt conquer the hops on this one for sure. Nice mouthfeel, fullish. Drinkability is good. This one rivals the best USA O'Fests; not quite as balanced as this year's Brooklyn O'Fest though. I'm glad I can get this one in Ct, although the supply was very limited.

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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn gold brown with a sticky, off-cream head. Caramel, caramelized carrots, honey, maple, vegetal hops on the nose. Biscuity malt flavor up front. Toasted caramel takes over. Spicy, herbal, hops finish over cooked vegetables and caramel residue. Medium-light bodied. Quite drinkable. Nice.

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Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - Fairly transparent copper color with a finger of off white head. A nice look.

S - Some sugary sweetness along with a bit of a spicy smell.

T - Taste comes through very dry with the spices kicking up again. Finishes extremely clean with a tiny bit of hops lending a subtle hoppiness giving it some punch.

M - Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D - Definitely one you can quaff down to celebrate Oktoberfest. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Clear copper color, small light tan head.

Malt showed up as caramel and a bready type of smell. Hops were faint, but present as citrus.

Taste was well-balanced, a sweetish start and a mildly bitter finish. Sweet was caramel, and light molasses. Bitter was grassy. Some pepper/spice in finish as well.

A light bodied beer which was very smooth. Carbonation was medium to high.

A very good session beer, which I would happily drink more of. Nice balance and good taste.

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Photo of GregBrewski
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper color, with a small peach colored head. Smelled of malt and something sweet like honey possibly, mild hints of spice as well. It tasted just like it smelled, with a light and refreshing feel. I could easily down a few of these (low ABV and very watery consistency). As far as compared to other brews of this style it is not the best but worth a try.

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Photo of far333
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with an oatmeal colored thick and foamy head that fills the top of the glass an inch high and lingers long. Very low aroma of bready malt and some sweet fruit, mostly apple. Flavor is biscuity malt, some caramel, and an autumnal smokey dry leaves kind of flavor that's hard to describe or decipher. Mouthfeel is dry and tannic.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin white head. Clear amber body with some orange in it.
S- Almost a light pumpkin smell. Some malts but not really much of a smell at all. Not really smelling much else.
T- Some spices and malts that come through. Some weaker flavors though. Light caramel flavor. Malty flavors come through most. Kind of watery.
M- Thinner body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- It is good but nothing amazing. Is nice and refreshing. A easy beer to drink but not one to go nuts over.

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Photo of rabsten
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a straight sided pint glass. Pours a clear brown-amber, minimal head with no lacing. S'ok.

Light malty smell, little hops. Basic lager-y aroma.

Tastes like Budwieser claims to tase: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Light malt, light hops, clean finish.

Thin to watery mouthfeel. Nothing special.

Above average drinkability though, because it goes down clean and easy. I found this bottle going down fast on this fine indian summer day and would like another.

This is the most Plain Jane brew I've had from Victory, but it's by no means a bad beer. This would be a good way to introduce a BMC drinker into craft beer, I think.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a amber brown body with a thick creamy light tan head with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of light graham note is balanced with a honey malt smell that finishes with a faint hop hint.

T- This beer has a smooth nutty fresh malt flavor with a light toasted dry note. There is a green pine and noble hop finish with a slight mineral water hint. There is a pot caramel flavor that is soft with a slight tangy almost sweet note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery finish.

D- The flavor of this beer are good but a bit muted making it a little thin and not that exciting for a session beer.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich copper, with a slight off white head.
the aroma is clean, malty, but not much to it.
the flavor malty, clean, hint of hop spice, finishes clean.
thie is a good beer, but not as good as i would expect form victory. this beer is worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Budlum
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours with 0.75 inches of slightly creamy, tan head that fizzles away in about one minute. A thin blanket of foam stays on top of the beer for most of the glass. The body is a textbook amber color that almost seems to glow. Nice clarity.

The beer's initial aromas are rich and malty, on par with the best Marzen's. Sugary caramel and rich toffee decribe it best. Lightly hoppy at the end with a strong caramel presence as it warms. I just wish the smells were more pronounced.

The initial flavors present a quick burst of malty sweetness before a rush of hops take over. The hops are definitely not the typical Victory flavor and really provide balance to a very sweet style of beer. The malty, toffee sweetness mixes with vanilla flavors to provide for a long, pleasant finish. The finish also has a few smoky flavors to offer.

Mouthfeel is a little watery and has a definite oily presence after each sip. Lightly carbonated but nothing too special.

Drinkability is great. This would be an ideal companion for a cool, autumn day. I only wish I would've purchased more of these.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.