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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,463 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,463
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 58 | 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 Number3red
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Number3red, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of mgironta
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%

This brew was a clear amber color with minimal head and active carbonation. There was no real lacing to speak of. The first thing that I noticed was that this brew was a little thin and not what I would consider for the body of an Oktoberfest. On the nose, I got…nothing. No joke. Not a thing. It was like sniffing water. Maybe if I thought really hard about it, I could get some sort of earthiness and a hint of sweetness. But, it would be a reach. The taste is primarily watery, just how it looked. I didn’t get a lot of taste on it. Maybe some sweet malt on the taste and a hint of earthiness? I’m surprised about the lack of flavor in this brew. I didn’t really like it and would not get it again. Definitely underflavored.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Deep bronze color with a ring of remaining head. 3.0

Burnt toffee, husky toasted grain, baked apples, and hint of buttery malts. 4.0

Deliciously fruity with apple and quince flavors. Ruggedly toasted to a light roast. Sweet malty brown sugar and toffee. Kiss of spicy hops with lingering bitterness. Finishes with the rustic reminiscence of autumn. Half-Marzen, half brown ale. I can't believe this is a lager. 4.0

Softly carbonated. Rich medium body with some stickiness. Booze note is interesting for the style. Quite brawny for an Oktoberfest. 3.5

My favorite American representation. Recommended. 4.5

thecheapies, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -18.7%

IPAchris, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of chim
3/5  rDev -18.7%

chim, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of cunninsa
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

cunninsa, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of welldigger888
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Crystal clear orange copper hue. Nice FAT fluffy head that after some time settles to a solid raft of 1/4" head leaving ample lacing. Well played! AWESOME

A nice soft malt forward aroma, with good quality bready notes and a touch of caramel bringing the right amount of sweet to the delicate noble hop aromas that linger. Again, well played!

A very well balanced brew, that lets the malt take the stage. Complimented by the earthy soft hops.

Nice medium body on a give me more brew. Dry finish making this easily quaffed.

Excellant version that I look forward to each college football season. These folks Know how to brew quality brew. GO GAMECOCKS!!!

welldigger888, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of kindbill
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kindbill, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
4/5  rDev +8.4%

I decided to have one of these before heading out to Thayer St. to meet up with my fiance. I had it last year and thought it was a nice alternative to the usual, that being Sam Adams Octoberfest. Time to re-visit.

Well, it looks like a Marzen and smells like one too. The profound malty aroma definitely has me thinking of Patriots football and Halloween. Really flavorful - strong malt base with some caramel undertones. Has a "roasty" aftertaste. There is some mild carbonation and a medium-bodied feel to it. Quite drinkable - not a "slow sipper" for me by any stretch.

I have yet to dislike a beer from this brewery. This is no exception. Will buy more if I come across it again.

Celtics76, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Aleforme
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Aleforme, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of doc17325
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

doc17325, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BigTrubble, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of jeddis1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jeddis1, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A - Amber color with a tan foam. Cloudy look and not much lacing.

S - Slight scent of caramel malt, but also some characteristics I'd smell in a hefeweisen. I'm semlling banana and cloves. Ummm, is this the right beer?

T - Taste is more like the style. Malty notes, some caramel flavoring, and a dash of spices.

M - Very easy drinking. Exactly how a good festbier should be. Quite sessionable and feels light enough to enjoy a few.

O - Can't get past the odd scent of this one. It is a very enjoyable beer but for a marzen I have plent yof other options.

socon67, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of ryser2k
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ryser2k, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of travishardy929
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

travishardy929, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of redfox405
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

redfox405, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Pillowburn, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Mat_Rampson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Mat_Rampson, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Lager yeast, malts, and a bit of husk. Fairly simple, but definitely to style

T: Follows the nose, tastes a lot like a dark pils. Yeast brings forward grains and very light fruitiness. Husky. Leafy hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice O-Fest that displays a bunch of the characteristics of the style. Easy to drink too. Solid

BEERMILER12, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jmathis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jmathis, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +8.4%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

harrylee773, Sep 06, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,463 ratings.