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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,462
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

I love the fall and oktoberfest brews.

A- pours a clean and clear amber orange color. A somewhat disappointing head. Maybe it was just a bad pour on my part. Some nice carbonation hits the top and thru the glass.

S- roasty toasty breaded malts and i think get some allspice in there. Smells of autumn all around though.

T- breaded malts dominate. a nice lil spice tang. It is allspice. A nice complement to the breaded malts. Very nice and ingenious.

M- somewhat hopped and yeasty. Dry and chewy. Very clean and crisp though.

D- easy to put this down. A sixer would be gone in hours. This is a perfect beer for doing yardwork on a saturday!

Dodo2step, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of loren01
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color, not too much head, very little lace down the glass
S: Smell has some definate spice to it. Nice sweet malt scent in there as well
T: Much the same as smell, caramel/brown sugarry sweetness followed by earthy spiciness. More hop flavor than I anticipated.
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
D: This is a very drinkable beer, would love to get some more of this one.

loren01, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Nice amber color, slightly hazy perhaps from coming out of a ridiculously cold hotel fridge. Let it warm for a bit and it looks nice, even a thin trace of head remaining with some decent lacing.

Nice malty aroma. Some caramel and even a touch of spice. Flavor is a nice bit of toasty malt, caramel and some mild hoppy spice. Finishes real clean. Nice easy drinker.

Good body and smooth feel. I like this Festbier.

ZimZamZoom, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jbuddle, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -18.7%

deebo, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +8.4%

vicsju1991, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev -16%

Got this at the Cloverleaf Tavern last week.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a thick and very silky, white head with excellent retention and lacing all the way to the finish.

S: A slight, sweet malt smell that was fairly average.

T: A sweet malty taste that seemed a little bit watered down. A bit of a sweet, honey aftertaste, but nothing too impressive.

M: A pretty watery and fairly thin mouthfeel that I felt hurt the overall drinking experience with this one. Not impressed.

D: A fairly drinkable beer, but the mouthfeel seemed like it needed a little work. The taste was okay, but could have been a little more robust. Overall, a fairly drinkable beer, but nothing too impressive.

My friend picked up a growler of this from the brewery and claims the beer tastes better from the growler. I will try it out and write a review on that; I am hoping for a better drinking experience with a "more fresh" Festbier.

maddogruss, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of droomyster
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a clear amber with a small head. Big, toasty aromas are dominant, with interesting background notes of Tootsie Rolls and light earthiness. Flavors are more complex than the nose, with tons of toast up front with lighter, breadier and biscuity notes adding more layers to the mix. Finishes with a blend of toast and earth. Body is finely carbonated, full bodied, and rounder than many other marzens. Very nice.

droomyster, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

BlindPig, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +8.4%

tpauer, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

I picked this up the other day at Travis AFB.

Appearance- amber color, thin head that goes away quickly

Smell- malt

Taste- big malt flavor up front

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- A pretty good beer, kinda average, nothing spectacular about it.

jeffjeff1, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

chcfan, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bdel34, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

On tap at the brewpub. Amber gold with a white head. Nose is lightly suggestive of grainy malt and vague spices. Subdued and difficult to pin down given the stylt and the type of glass it was served in. Mouth is fresh with a lightly sweet, grainy expression. Pumpkin sugars? A super fresh, balanced and enjoyable Oktoberfest, enjoyed at the source.

JAXSON, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

I got a growler of this at the Victory Brewpub in Dowingtown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It pours a dark amber, yet translucent body with a good sized light tan head on tap. The retention is good but the lacing is pretty much non-existent.
Smell: A mild aroma of caramel maltyness and earthy hops.
Taste: A bit of a hop bite, but mostly just sweetness from malt, a bit grainy.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of brentblack1
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mikefuski17
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

Fest is awesome. One of their best beers.

A. Dark gold. Nice thick off white creamy head that takes its time to dissipate.

S. Nice strong malty scent. Nostril filling aroma is very sweet.

T. Taste is very malty. Not too bitter but has a nice sweet kick to it at the end.

M. Mouthfeel is nice and light. Not very carbonated either.

O. Overall the beer is great. Victorys best sessional beer and so glad it's year round.

Great job Victory.

mikefuski17, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MPSTARR, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

srw, Aug 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

zenithberwyn, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

auxiliary, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with a finger of foam that fades away quickly. Aroma is sweet, minerally, crystal malt.

This beer has a great, sweet flavor that smacks you during the first sip. Flavor is very nice and with no lingering aftertaste at all. Finishes clean witha nice body. Overall, this is very enjoyable. Excellent Octoberfest.

FickleBeast, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

TheNightwatchman, Jul 19, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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