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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,590 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 94 | 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 jeffjeff1
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 dacrza1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange body with a swiftly descending head that leaves no trace--semi-opaque... solid malt aroma with hints of fruitiness to develop a sense of complexity.. slightly effervescent, with a mellow, medium body that is pleasantly fulfilling... smooth, malty presence in the back of the mouth; little hops to speak of, but at this refreshing a taste, they'd only get in the way! Hops actually manifest on the teeth in time (by mid glass)... this lager is easy drinking--I could have finished the six-pack tonight--and leaves room for improvement, in the sense that it fits the season well but would not be sought out of it....another Victory.

dacrza1, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

chcfan, Nov 16, 2011
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 JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shilt, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

srw, Aug 31, 2013
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 auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 dpgoblejr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dpgoblejr, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +8.7%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Dithyramb
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a sixer from Avalon Liquors. Took the good part of two months to finish during fishing trips (that is a bad impression, by the way. Paulaner, on the other hand was all drank the first non-striper catchin day)
Cloudy amber bad retention and lacing.
Caramelly malt and some unknown chalkiness in the aroma
Caramel and chalky malt. Overall rather limp with the same crappy hop that mister Cleveland0 detected.
The only Victory brew that's been difficult to finish.
Doesn't have the complexity and mouthfeel of the good to great O'fests out there, average all around.

Dithyramb, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of NCSUdo
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a nice looking caramel shade of brown under a small to medium white head. No lace, slight retention.

S: Sweet malt, big caramel with some toffee undertones. Not getting a lot toasted tones, which I'd like.

T: Sweet again, toasted malt is more prominent. Caramel and toffee take back seats. There is a certain point on during mid drink where the sweetness is a little too much, a bit like syrup. Not much bitterness. Slight hint of vegetable.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a tad high, a bit too prickly on the tongue. Drinkability isn't too bad. Overall, a flawed beer, but not deeply so.

NCSUdo, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

abcramer, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of IPAIsaac
4/5  rDev +8.7%

IPAIsaac, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is sweet malts and caramel.

The taste follows the smell caramel and malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty much what you would expect from an Octoberfest, definately one of the better ones.

Dave1999, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ski271
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium-light amber with a small, off-white, foamy head with little retention. Only a little lacing as well. The aroma is malt-dominant of course, without smelling too sweet and bready. A pleasant nuttiness to it. The taste is a bit lacking at first with the malts coming off a little on the weak side. The hops only really make their presence known toward the finish. However, by the time I got halfway through the second bottle, I was enjoying it more. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and on the thin side. I don’t know, I guess I have just grown to expect more from Victory. It’s not bad by any means, but I’ve had better Oktoberfests this year. And with the higher-than-average price tag, I won’t be getting this again.

ski271, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +8.7%

1Sundown2C, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of beermanbrian
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great deep copper color but crystal clear. Not much to speak of with the head but a nice level of carbonation gives it a little life. Smell is faint malt and some yeast bread tones. Taste is well balanced with some nutty tones but mostly just basic malt without being sweet. Nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Very drinkable beer, i went through this 12 oz very quickly. The best of the oktoberfest i've had this year. Another solid offering from victory and highly recomended.

beermanbrian, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a small amount of head. No retention. Light toasted malt nose. Small bready yeast character like rising sourdough. Flavor comes forward more than the nose predicts. Sweet caramel toasted malts. The bread yeast shows up more in the finish. It leaves a crisp toasted malt tang. There is also a slight layer of hops, almost like a Pils (some saaz). They leave a earthy dryness after the sweet dough.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of beeragent
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

beeragent, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JLapadura, Sep 21, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.