Festbier - Victory Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
At the time of this review, this beer is the #32 Märzen / Oktoberfest on the beeradvocate.com best of styles list, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.
Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, lazy head, low carbonation.
Aroma is mildly nutty and mildly sweet, nice.
Beer is medium in body and sweet, nice finish, mildly bitter, really drinkable, good mouthfeel. I enjoyed it and would have it again, the munich malt comes through nice on the finish and midpalate.
09-23-2011 04:07:17 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub and Brewery a few nights ago. Served cool in an Imperial pint glass.
A - A deep amber w/ mahogany shades w/ a full two fingers of off white head that settles quickly into a minimal lace pattern.
S - Nutty lactic odors of malt and yeast w/ a lightly spice hop aroma and buttery sweet nuances of German malts.
M - A blend of full carbonation and dry malty/toasted biscuity textures with subtle sweetness. A gentle bit of spice swirls into the dry finish.
T - A mildly smooth and sweet malty flavor that is crisp w/ a nice grainy fullness that has a creamy round element and a fair amount of twiggy hops in the mix. I like the subtle lactic yeasty aspect that nods to original fests - it has an aroma that is pungent w/ a mellower flavor. The taste is one of Victory's thta I have maintained a fondness for over the years and has stayed true to its origin.
D - A very drinkable Octoberfest/Marzen that is darker than most, but is more flavorful and overall very quaffable. It is a style that is for celebration and this one is fit for it. I am glad this is one of PA's best festbiers since I have been a fest fan since visiting Germany in '92, this one makes PA proud.
11-10-2007 12:46:00 | More by Slatetank
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Catching up on some fall seasonals I missed last year.
An aggressive pour yields a small 1/2 finger head that fades at a decent rate over a crystal clear amber orange brown color, maple leaf colored.
The nose brings lots of sweet and toasty amber malts and crisp lagers, with a little sweetness, and some of that dry malty Oktoberfest style malts, but lighter.
The taste is similar, with light toasty malts, some sweet almost syrupy flavors, a little crisp lager flavors with a little juicy fruity taste, some light bitterness.
The mouth is lighter with lower but tolerable carbonation.
It finishes still lightly sweet but dries quite a bit. Some lingering syrupy flavors with more toasty and bready malt lingering, as well as some crisp lager flavors. Now more of the bitterness comes through with some light earthy and mild grassy hop flavors.
09-10-2010 20:50:59 | More by jlindros
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thin offwhite head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a musty and slightly malty scent that is dry and nutty. The taste is decent also. It has a complex, but not very good flavor. It is slightly malty with nutty hints and a dry lager yeast finish. It has a breadlike quality that detracts from the taste. There are hops in the aftertaste, but they are weak. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average Festbier. It tries to be unique and it succeeds. It is uniquely average.
10-28-2004 00:49:45 | More by WesWes
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
First had: on tap at ? (possibly Johnny Brenda's)
A clear amber beer with a patchy layer of white head. Biscuity aroma, caramel malts. More of the same in the taste--it's a märzen, basically--nutty, bready, with a caramel sweetness, and some light floral hoppiness for a good balance. Medium-bodied and tasty. Easily drinkable.
09-02-2011 00:54:55 | More by Rifugium
3.58/5 rDev -3%
From 08/30/10 notes. Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA.
a - Pours an amber color with very light carbonation and an inch of white head.
s - Smells of sweet biscuits, caramel malts, bready malts, and a hint of spice.
t - Tastes of bready and caramel malts mostly. Some grain or wheat as well.
m - Medium bodya and moderate carbonation.
d - A decent beer. Mostly bready and caramel malts; would drink again but probably wouldn't seek out.
09-05-2010 18:24:02 | More by mdfb79
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
"Enjoy by Jan. 13, '08:
Pours orange/amber with plenty of clarity and a half-inch off-white head that soon becomes a slowly vanishing thin patch. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass.
The smell is of light caramel with a slightly nutty/earthy spice background.
The taste is of brown sugar, caramel and bready notes. Slightly nutty. Subtle hop spice balances out some of the sweetness. A hint of vanilla passes through as it warms. Something slightly burnt about it. Pretty clean finish. Medium-bodied.
Decent...The slightly burnt edges irks me a bit, but overall it's decent enough to put in the yearly line-up of O-fests.
09-09-2007 19:42:51 | More by jwc215
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Decent start to the head with great ring lace. Very clear and lighter than I'd expect.
Overall, strong amber malt (crystal?) smells like a marzen should be.
The taste matches the aroma--malty, smooth and milky. Light hop gives some balance. Good body, low carbonation.
Overall, a nice entry into the marzen world.
09-16-2007 01:53:30 | More by smcolw
4.3/5 rDev +16.5%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours orange with a small white head, average retention.
S: Strong malt, light caramel, sweet.
T: Strong caramel and cereal malt flavours. Sweet, almost a pastry flavour. Hops are noble and give a light grassy and herbal feel, all around a great taste.
M: Carbonation is quite light, you could drink a lot of these, creamy, soft.
D: This is a really good marzen, my first of the season, even though it is only August. I would not hesitate to have this again, this is one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had.
08-22-2008 06:23:04 | More by Halcyondays
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
Clear amber in color with a thick 2" tan head. Carbonation levels seemed a little low, but some minor lacing did develop. The aroma is of caramel and a hint of roasted nut. The flavor is simple yet pleasing as malt, caramel, mild bitterness, and a touch of nut were well balanced. This isn't an overpowering oktoberfest like some others.
The mouthfeel was smooth at the start, and had a slightly dry and smooth finish. The caramel tones lasted briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Very drinakble and quite enjoyable.
09-30-2004 23:52:40 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
Pours a clear golden amber, light copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic thin rings of lacing throughout.
Sweet malty aroma with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon and subtle hops. There is also a very faint roasted malt presence that is very promising.
Surprisingly very full bodied and chewy, especially for the style with a lot of sweet malt and fall spices. Hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, biscuit, and that slight toasted malt flavor that the aroma alluded to. There is also a very subtle hop presence which provided an excellent balance of bitterness to the sweet malts and spice notes. An excellent example of an American interpretation of the style but I can't really see to many Germans liking it. Either way I highly recommend it.
09-28-2009 02:30:29 | More by corby112
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-22-2005 17:04:35 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
12 oz bottle just a few days past best by date
A: Bright, clear copper with orange/brown tint. Cream/off white head that is thin and quickly dissipates to a film with little lacing
S: Mild mix of sweet from malt, caramel, etc and a little bitter. Nice, but not overpowering.
T: Medium body, very mild well balanced flavors (sweet and bitter). Toasted malt is most pronounced flavor with toffee, caramel flavors and a semi dry finish with some hop bitterness. Medium carbonation.
Overall, very easy to drink. Flavors are very mild, but not in a bad way. Very smooth and light in the mouth. Nothing bold going on here, but very good, probably my favorite of this style I had this year.
01-20-2008 19:09:39 | More by yourefragile
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
Yeah, its a good fest beer. Its got a basic, mostly sweet taste of caramel malt with a bit of grassy/spicy hops at the end. The carbonation seems a touch low and I cant get any head or lacing. There's a slight burnt or heavy roasted note in the back of the flavor, like some black patent malt was used. I'd drink it, but I wouldn't really seek it again.
09-03-2007 03:21:51 | More by tempest
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours copper with a relatively thin head and little lacing. Smell is malty and fruity, maybe cherries. Slight tang from the yeast on the finish. Taste is smooth with dry malt noticeable, but slightly watery. Earthybitterness in the middle and a spicy finish. Not bad, but a little disjointed. Mouthfeeel is spritzy and spicy. Smooth, but not creamy. Pretty easy to drink, but the whole package just doesn't make me shout.
10-05-2007 01:34:33 | More by Georgiabeer
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle pour from Deciccos in Ardsley, NY
Pours clear medium amber, w/ a slight golden hue. Typical khaki head, moderate retention and then a film, collar and upon a moderate swirl, the appearance ofminor spots of lace. Dull malty nose. Pretty typical O'fest brew, the expected smooth malt, the expected clean bready notes, the expected easy to drink quality. Never been my favorite style, on the dull side IMHO. This one fit my expectations. Works in a marinade if you have more of this type of brew sitting around and you are not real interested in drinking more of it...
09-23-2009 21:59:55 | More by Billolick
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
A: The lager is a copper colored wonder, crystal clear, with a decent fluffy head that retains well.
S: Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose.
T: The lager has a malty sweet flavor that has hints of biscuit and caramel. The grains are mixed very well, imparting just enough sweetness. The hops are practically nonexistent, which is good because the malts here are doing a very good job on their own.
M: The mouthfeel is a delicious sweet flavor that invites another sip.
D: Very drinkable, a well made Oktoberfestbier.
09-18-2006 22:17:48 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
A: Pours a crystal clear very dark copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a medium sized thin patch and a very thin ring around the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts.
T: Lots of real malty flavors to the taste of this beer - toasted and caramel malts with a fair amount of sweetness. There is a touch of grassy hop bitterness in the finish and just a touch of spices.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean with some very light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Enjoyable and very easy to drink - there is a nice balance between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness.
09-26-2012 23:23:48 | More by dbrauneis
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
(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.
10-16-2006 22:59:38 | More by rhoadsrage
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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