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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,632 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 27
Gots: 109 | 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 seaoflament
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this extra!

Pours a fiery orange color with about a half inch of foam that rapidly trickles down to a ring.

A bit of nutty malts and brown sugar with notes of caramelized yams, dried fruits, corn and flaked maze. I'm also getting some subtle notes of flaked milk chocolate. A touch of earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Very tamed aroma, you really have to get your nose into the beer to pick up the nuances...not bad but not great. A bit of vegetable notes too.

Quite malty upfront with caramel and a bit of toast followed by some fruit, I keep thinking of pumpkin for some reason...spices and nutty malts in the finish. A bit thin on the flavors, they just seem to rush through the palate without stopping.

Very easy to drink but seems a bit watered down.

seaoflament, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of aorloski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

aorloski, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Dodo2step
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of tzieser
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

along with moonglow weizenbock, i'm surprised i haven't reviewed this yet. festbier and moonglow are two of my favorite autumn brews. poured into a .5l lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: thick, foamy white head over three fingers tall. head settles extremely slowly to a half-finger or so lacing. crystal clear and copporish amber in color.

s: sweet, biscuity, caramel-y malty deliciousy-ness(y). seriosuly though, bready sweet malts dominate the nose.

t: crisp, sweet and malty. this is definitely one of my favorite marzens. sweet caramel malts, with nice bready undertones with an extremely faint touch of hops that create a near perfect balanced marzenbier.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. excellent drinkability. for me at least.

I think Victory is at the top of their game when they make German beers. Prima Pils, Festbier, Moonglow Weizenbock, are all awesome beers. Don't get me wrong, i like their other stuff too, but there's just something really special about those beers. if you blindfolded me, i'd probably think this was a Paulaner (i actually think its better, but that's the closest comparison i could get). get one.

tzieser, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a mug.

A: A darker copper orange color with a one finger off white head. Very carbonated and nice lacing.

S: Grains, bready sweetness and floral hops.

T: Bready and biscuit malts with caramel flavors emerging first. From there the grainy, grassy, leafy, floral hops pound through with nice bitterness, caramel malt finishes with the hops sticking to leave a nice bitterness to mix with the sweetness. Nice balance for an Oktoberfest, hoppy enough to make it interesting. Nice beer.

M: Medium sticky and prickly. No alcohol evident.

D: High, real nice beer to snuggle with on a crisp autumn day.

Overall a nice Ofest that I would drink anytime. Well done.

Kadonny, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of MaximumYuks
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

MaximumYuks, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Artjsantos, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Mistofminn
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color into my tulip. It's odd, when held into natural light, it is dull brown-orange, but when held into artificial light it gives a beautiful ruby mahogany color, very different. Pour produces a one finger white head with pretty good retention. Light strings of lacing are left behind.

The nose is light, but appealing. I get a nice caramel malt backbone and the lightest of light hop bittnerness. There is a nice biscuity sweetness going on.

As part of my Oktoberfest tasting, I did a 2 oz sample of each side by side, and then the rest of the bottle were for enjoying casually afterwards. This might be my favorite (the jury is still out) of all the Oktoberfests I tried, and here is why

The taste is really quite good. So often do American breweries miss the mark when brewing Oktoberfests, or put their own spin on it, but this (in my opinion) is very true to style. It's all German malts (which is very obvious when you drink it) and European hops. It's incredibly smooth and the perfect combination of sweet and bitter. There are no offensive off flavors to speak of, no lingering unwanted bitterness, and no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is gloriously smooth. There is a nice carbonation level but it is very appropriate for the style and this brew in particular.

Drinkability is through the roof. I may just have to make this my fall session brew. I think this is extremely underrated.

I'm very impressed with this brew. I don't know why it gets a low average (thats assuming you think a B is low) but it is what it is. In my opinion, and mine is the only one that matters in my review, this is a very good representation of the style, and a very good fall session brew. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

Mistofminn, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Quite a nice looking beer. Amber/Red and maybe a touch of golden color to it, excellent clarity. Small white head that goes away pretty quickly, not a heck of a lot of lacing but it's there a little. I really like the look of this.

Smell is great. Very sweet, malty and a little bready/yeasty with a slight touch of hop. I've never found too many octoberfests to be all that strong in smell, but this one kicks it up a notch in my opinion. Caramelized sweet malts dominate most octoberfests, but something about this is the slightest bit stronger.

Taste is about as good, unique, it's good without setting itself apart as the smell does. Caramelized malts with bread and yeast coming at you. Almost like fresh baked bread maybe slightly overcooked to give it a toasty flavor as well. Slight bitterness that balances out well slight earthy taste from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good and a little complex. Fuller in body yet it maintains a crisp bitter finish. Great coronation level, good overall.

Very drinkable, nice fall beverage, but easily could be a year round beer. Nice job Victory!

AndyAvalanche, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kmos27, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangey bronze color with tin 1/4 inch head that quickly disappears. The very thin ring that's left behind leaves only minimal lacing.

Smell; nice bread dough and caramel maltiness with a mild herbal almost spicy aroma. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.

Taste; pretty much follows it's aroma. It has a solid caramel malt presence, and a little bit of the spiciness makes an appearance. There's also a slight hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation. This is not the best O-fest by any means, but it's still a decent stab at the style.

RedHaze, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MPSTARR, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Bieniek30
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Bieniek30, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy deep copper/amber. Head is off white and fluffy, nice tight bubbles. Head settles to a patchy island. Good clinging lace. Good looking brew.

Brew smells very malty; caramel, sweet bready malts as well. Some floral hops. Good nose.

Brew tastes sweet and smooth initially; creamy roasted nuttiness in the middle. Almost has a smoked flavor in the end as it warms. Nice chewy full bodied brew here. Nice dry nutty flavors in the end as well. A nice floral hop in there as well. Good flavors and balance. A great drinking, great tasting marzen. Very good.

This is a top tier oktoberfest/marzen for me. Up there with Great Lakes take on the style. I would love to sample both to see which one I prefer, but this is a damn good brew. Case worthy indeed.

magine, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Bdel34, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of donnebaby
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich color, golden orange in hue, still and clear. Thick cream seeps up tightly and falls slowly. Great-looking Octoberfest. Nose is a little spicy and has some toasted cereals, pretty normal for the style.

Taste is full-mouth spiciness, like pine needle spiciness, edged with alcohol and sharp hops. Malts are sweet toasted cereals and corn, very flavorful, showing an aftertaste of toasted grain as well. Ample carbonation manages somehow to not be sharp at all. Refreshing and drinkable.

donnebaby, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%

Bottle DD 24 Dec 14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (<1 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body medium orange, chill haze
Flavor of malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.8125. Final weighted score: 2.8125.
Chill haze and tiny head/no lacing detract from appearance. The malt overpowers the hops resulting in an unbalanced brew. Carbonation is just a little too lively, bordering on aggressive.

Ozzylizard, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a beautiful deep and clear amber. A thin and fizzy white head dissipates quickly but a steady stream of carbonation leaves some bubbles at the top. The aroma is sweet and all I get is caramel. It's almost too sweet, bordering on candy. The taste has a much more refined caramel quality with a little nutty aspect and there's just a hint of earthy hops. A little thinner on the body but not off. A slight tickle from the carbonation. A decent example of the style.

delta490, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

zenithberwyn, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of ElGuapo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red amber in the glass topped with a minimal coating of white foam that dies quickly but manages to leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty faint. Nice hop notes and dashes of orange along with some slightly bready maltiness.

The flavor is a bit lacking, but it is pretty good. Orange peels along with a little bit of hop bite give it a nice flavoring, just toned down. Some sweetness comes in, but it stays very well-balanced. Orange peels also add an interesting note. It is very drinkable, and it is definitely different from the other micro Oktobers I have had this year. A great session brew, but just a bit light for me.

ElGuapo, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of lccrunchy
4.16/5  rDev +13%

lccrunchy, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear, light brownish orange with an almost white head that is not quite as steady as i like

Smell is bready sweet with a hint of citrus

Taste is a very good, wheat bread that isn't too much.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but makes it very drinkable. Slightly dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

aubuc1, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

tpauer, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.