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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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83
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1,673 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful transparent bronze-red body with moderate carbonation. Light tan head with a touch of orange, tiny to large bubbles. Both lace and retention are pretty good.
Light lager scent and a sweet bready and grainy element.
Smooth flavors of grass, bread, grain and orange peel. Well balanced. Slightly fruity aftertaste with some mild hops.
Good perfectly full lager body. Nice coating and a hydrating feel without being watery.
This is a good lager that is pleasant to drink and likely to be a repeat.

-Oelergud

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange amber color with a nice fluffy brown foam head. There is no lacing.

S: A little light on the note. There are some bready and caramel malt scents with a small amount of herbal hop character.

T: A nice balance between hops and malts. Not overly sweet as the floral hops provide a solid underlying taste. The primary flavors are toast, caramel and roasted nuts.

M: A nice slightly dry taste on the palate. Just enough carbonation.

D: A nice solid Oktoberfest. Well balanced.

Photo of archero
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a half inch dirty white head that thins into lacing relatively quickly. The body is a nice copper color without haze.

The smell is predominately sweet malt; somewhat typical of most brown ales. Not much hop aroma.

The taste is a slightly sweet from start to finish. A hint of caramel is detected in the finish.

A nice offering and a recommended version of the style for someone who wants a sixpack of fresh Octoberfest beer.

Photo of MiScusi
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great burnt orange color, very good clarity, looks pretty lively in the glass. Foamy white head builds up and drops to a thin froth. Smell is lagerish, some subdued sweetness in there, a bit of sharp malt. Taste has a good amount of toasted malt, a nice full flavor to it. Semi-sweet ending... I could drink a lot of this beer. I think they nailed the flavor that is acceptable for Marzen's. Good mouthfeel, not too watery, not too big. One of the better Marzen's out there. Might have to take this head to head with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest.

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3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nomad
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead clear light copper, this beer had a thin head and little lace in the served pint glass. It smelled of husky grain, Munich malt, coming together to be bready in a wonderful way. Also, a strong presence of lemony hops. Tasted of these lemony hops on top of smooth and quietly strong Munich malt. Slightly textured grain accents in the middle, this beer was fruity without being necessarily this or that fruit.

A true embodiment of that classic amber flavor of Oktoberfests, mainly because of the thin body and flavor profile. Quaffable and easy, yet a sipper too if you wish. Next to Paulaner, for me, as a great Oktoberfest beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz oured into a pint glass. It looks like the date is jetted on the label, but its unreadable.

Clear amber, with a rather small white head that shows some retention and stickyness.

Malts that are a bit roasted with some floral hops that are a bit spicy.

Starts off with sweet malts, and a little caramel and toast. Fades nicely into bitter hops with a nice crisp bite from the carbonation that almost clears the palate but leaves some toast in its wake.

The body has a nice balance between the swet malts and the carbonation and hop combo. Best Okto I've had this year. Could drink it all night.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before Dec 29, 08.

A: Pours a clear and dark copper and topped with a rather fizzy, none too substatial off white head, that fades into nothing, no lacing either.

S: Solidly sweet hop and malt profile, a slight hint of fruit mixed with a strong and sweet bready maltiness.

T/MF: Again, well balanced in both hop and malt profiles. Malts do most of the work, as they should, but a mildly biting hop fruitiness finishes off this pleasantly grainy, bread crusty sweet brew. Mouthfeel is mildy chewy and on the lighter side of medium bodied. Very fresh tasting is a definite plus.

D: If it were not for the dissapointing appearance of this beer it would have scored a bit higher on the drinkablity scale, but since this is not the case, an otherwise solidly constructed beer has to suffer in rating just a bit.

Note: Will have to revisit the next bottle of this to see if this beer is indeed as it appears before me now.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; glowing amber-orange with a moderate white head that foams up and then descends quickly into a ring of bubbles with some patches of single-bubble-thick foam floating around.
Smell is soft bready malt, with a crisp twang of hops at the end.
Taste follows the nose, bready toasted malt with a crisp finish of earthy/bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste is semi-dry, with a crisp pinch of planty hop bitterness melding with breadiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and well-carbonated.
Overall, a tasty and simple beer. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.