Festbier - Victory Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
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 +9.5%
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 +14.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +2.2%
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 -5.9%
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
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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 +5.4%
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 +3.5%
(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.
10-16-2006 22:59:38 | More by rhoadsrage
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
Sampled due to the efforts of Lackenhauser and The Great Pumpkin BIF.
Pours a nice orange to amber colored beer with a nice tan head.
Smell is quite fragrant, strong scent of malt and fruitiness. Scents of grain and caramelized sugar with a hint of rye? Maybe not any rye in this but that is what it smells like to me.
Taste is semi dry and fruity at the beginning. Moderate sweetness and mild herbal hop flavor throughout the experience. A tasty mild beer here.
Mouthfeel is solid.
Very drinkable beer here. Tasty and mild this is easy to drink and is a fine everyday type of beer.
10-30-2005 22:11:42 | More by Zorro
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
I nead a break from packing. How about a marzen? On to the beer:
A low forming semi-fuzzy looking head forms on top of this brilliant amber orange colored beer. Lots of bubbles are racing through the clean body. If only the heead retention were better. The nose brings out a modest maltiness. The malt reminds me of a pumpkin aroma, a brush of husky malt and hay.
This is a pleasant tastng O-fest. The maltiness is there, providing big doughy flavors and a reminder of pumpkin. Lighly whipped with caramel and nutmeg notes. There's a little kick of alcohol that I find as the beer dries. It's a highly carbonated beer, which can work depending on style, here it is pushing the limits. The body weight is alright, and it drinks well.
Not all O-fest beers are created equal, and Victory Fstbier is one of the better domestic examples I've had. This is one to try during the fall.
10-08-2010 06:52:07 | More by DoubleJ
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Appearance- light amber color not much head or lacing
Smell-malts are the main smell
Taste-Sweet and malty just like an Octoberfest should taste like
Mouthfeel- very good smooth and light
Overall- I always like this beer not sure what took so long to review but definitely one of the best Octoberfests out there
09-11-2011 01:14:04 | More by ejimhof
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
12oz single bottle into a East End pint glass. Haven't had this one yet, strangely.
Victory Festbier pours out a bright copper/orange color with a very light brown mixed in. The liquid does not look so thin which bodes well. A two finger head rose up with a vanilla white head & fluffiness, some minor bubbles within. A cap stays on the surface throughout, no lacing though.
The smell is a mix between a lager & marzen. It's not huge but when your nose gets near the glass some sparks fly. Festbier is malt driven and that's noticed through fresh baked bread and some sweet sense. This has a somewhat more earthy scent than most in this style from a different form of using the hops. The little green cones don't give off normal hop scents(Tropical fruit, pine, citrus) but more of a down to earth smell.
The taste is familiar for a oktoberfest and doesn't really offer anything new, IMO a marzen is a marzen, at least American versions. Festbier gives off sweet malt first, than a mix of light hops, malts and grain, after that the sweet malt comes back, in that order. The malt is big, the hops are light and the mix makes this a enjoyable and familiar drink. Some bubblegum, cotton candy with some warming on the end.
Fest has a decent enough feel, when I let some sit on the tounge some fizz came off. I am used to these beers being pretty dead but this one shows some life. Not a lot of carb but enough to be felt. Fest is a very small step up from light bodied and could go down the hatch with ease, and pretty quick mind you. The malt base really smooths things over making this very approachable.
I enjoyed this, although I pretty much knew what I was getting into. Festy is a bit different if only for the way the hops gently come out to play. In most Marzens I really only get big malt globs. I would gladly enjoy a sixer of this in a sitting with the low ABV, but 1/2 way through I probably would be looking for a new style to tackle. I've yet to find a oktoberfest that could hold my interest, either way this is good for a go.
10-13-2009 23:18:26 | More by BARFLYB
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity. Best by Dec 30, 07.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Dense head lasts well, with prevalent frothy lace. Aroma is sweet nutty malts with a top of hoppiness. Taste follows the nose, nutty sweetness balanced by lightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinking is easy. This one combines interesting flavor profile with a sessionable fest-style brew. Just what the doctor ordered.
10-02-2007 00:13:50 | More by ppoitras
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/11/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, earth, and herbal. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of big pear, toast, caramel, biscuit, toffee, apple, earth, herbal, and light nuttiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light fruit, earth, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest lager. Nicely robust with good flavor balance; extremely smooth to drink. Enjoyed this.
10-08-2012 03:44:24 | More by superspak
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
12 oz bottle: An amber colored brew with a slight off white head.
Smells of caramel malt and sweet bread.
Flavor revolves around malt sweetness, but is not cloying at all. Caramel, Munich and a hint of Chocolate malt in the flavor profile. Subtle light herbal hopping.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth on the back end.
A middle of the road Octoberfest beer, easy to drink and always available in this area. Solid.
09-25-2009 21:17:20 | More by Stinkypuss
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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