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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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770 Reviews

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Reviews: 770
Hads: 1,853
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | 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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Oktoberfest beer of the season, I bought this since one of my friends said it was good so hopefully I'll like it! 12 ounce bottle, label says enjoy by Jan 2, 2012. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is toasted and bready malt, nuts, and a bit of spicy hops. The brew tastes mostly like toasted malt and nuts, with some bready malt and light spicy hops noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. Not a bad brew at all, I'd definitely buy this one again. It's one of the better Oktoberfest brews I've had.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my tulip. Not unusual for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet, crisp malt that never gets too sweet or crisp. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste is full of mildly sweet malt that is a tad bit smoky in nature. Great texture (chewy) and goes down well. Carbonation level is just right.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, smoky malt. Not much else to see here.

An enjoyable example of the style. Certainly not the greatest but definitely better than some other examples I've seen. It would work well on a day colder than this though.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. This beer, along with Victory Lager, more than proves that Victory brewing is an American master of craft lager beers.

The beer is dark orange copper color, SRM of 8 or 9, clear, with a thin off-white foam. It smells malty and sweet, sort of clean and very Munichy if that's a term. This has a German feel to the aroma and flavor, at least to my palette. Sweet up front and sweet in the aftertaste, with just enough bitterness to give a little balance. Very clean and simple flavor.

The body is about even, maybe a bit thicker than water, very easy to pound. I'll be getting more of these as we approach Oktoberfest season.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of three Oktoberfest's I had last night. This one was the best.

A - Poured a semi dark copper/amber color with a nice foamy white head.

S - Toasted malts, nuts, caramel. and slight bready.

T - Smooth. Started off malty and sweet, then pushed a but with some toasted almond and nut and finished creamy and caramelized. I can dig it.

M - Medium boded and full of flavor

D - I really liked this Festbier. It gave a great representation of the style and I kept the "local brewed" aspect in mind when enjoying it. If victory had this in a variety case I would not be disappointed.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish-brown with a sturdy tan head which recedes to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with doughy bread with some yeasty light fruit and caramel malty notes.

The tastes begin with a rich caramel maltiness with subtle hints of toffee. There is a slight doughy, toasty, grainy maltiness that joins as well. As it warms the grainy aspect is joined by surprising amount of earthy and spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly clean and crisp as the style would call for.

Overall this is one of the better American interpretations of a Marzen/Oktoberfest that exist in today's market. The caramel, sweet maltiness is probably overstated for the style but I enjoy that more than one that is heavy on grainy, pilsnery flavors. Good, not great, worth a go amongst others.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brownish red with a quickly dying tan head. A strong roasted/bready malt smell along with minor sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness. A tad thin and watery not too sweet or hoppy but more a of dry, toasted malt taste that leads to a syrupy, dry finish although it finishes clean with only a little bit of crisp hops that tend to citric notes. For some reason I didn't really care for this beer yet I could see myself having a few of them - it is strong and a few will set you right.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a completely clear amberish-brown color with a head of just under one finger. Head recedes pretty quickly to a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a very thin ring around the glass.

Smells good. Lots of bready and sweet malt aromas, with some noble hops. There's also some caramel in there.

Tastes about the same as it smells. The sweetness brings itself to the front a bit more than in the smell, and there's a good amount of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is a good, but a bit thin. However, the carbonation is good and it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The tastes are pretty well-balanced the whole way through, and they go down pretty easily.

Overall this beer really doesn't differentiate itself from any other Ofests, but it's a solid offering. Worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-orange color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt and bread, with a sweet quality. Not overpowering, but pleasant.

T: Taste consisted of roasted malt, the sweetness mentioned in the smell category and a breadiness. A nice, warm taste, well-balanced.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lightly floral, with toasted malt and lightly fruity notes.

Flavor is deeply toasted and malty, with stronger fruit character and a residual sweetness that lingers. Odd, but I'm drawn to it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark color nearing copper. Decent glow. Head is minimal. Little bubbly clusters. Also, mild lacing.

S-Standarn Oktoberfest aromas. Caramel, dark baked bread, barley and an elegant Noble hop whiff. The hops are fairly noticeable which is definitely a plus.

T-You getting all the toast and caramel and grains, but you are also awarded with a significant grassy hop finish that lingers respectably. One of the better overall Oktoberfest beer flavors I have stumbled upon.

M-Medium bodied with zippy carbonation and a creamy feel. Light bitterness and dryness. Sessionable.

O/D-One of the better takes on a style I don't love. Enjoyed the hop intensity. Another solid Victory brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, bought a 6 pack at Sam's in Chicago for 8.99, best by 2/24/07...havent seen this around Madison yet

appearance: pours into a great dan imperial pint glass...glowing amber body with a big fluffy beige head and some quality lacing...nice appearance

smell: nice bold malty aroma, sweet caramel, red apple, nice nutty characteristics, sweet and bready

taste: My affection for oktoberfests is actually rather bizarre...September-November is really the only time I drink a lot of lager beers, much be something about the season. I love the style and I am starting to build quite a stash... Anyways on to the Victory...the flavor isnt particularly bold but its very easy drinking. I like the nutty nature and the toasted grain/malt keeps well with the style. Flavours driven by fruit sweetness and a strong bready taste. Higher than average hopping comes through especially in the finish At the end of the day, I like to see bolder malt/nut but this is still a good attempt

mouthfeel: medium body, above average carbonation which could be turned down

drinkability: good

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 5 of 6 of my BotO.

A: Gorgeous deep copper with a doughy beige head that sinks into a solid disk. Tons of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Bready with some fruit character with some raisins and a hint of figs. Doughy.

T: Bready with a mild caramel sweetness with a mild hop presence The caramel really hits the spot and balances things out beautifully, serving as a bridge from the doughy start to the very mildly bitter finish. Mild fruit character with some figs. Excellent!

M: Light and crisp on the palate with excellent carbonation and a great finish

D: I'm a believer. This is the best I've had so far!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, enjoy by 13 DEC 2015
A - rich copper colored body with a fluffy ivory head that holds good retention
S - typical Märzen aroma: caramel, toffee, toasty grain, spicy noble hops
T - rich and malty with loads of caramel maltiness, toffee, and toasted grain; balanced nicely with spicy noble hops
M - medium body, creamy and smooth
O - rich and sweet Märzen. My only complaint is that because it's so rich, I wouldn't be able to drink more than a couple of these ones in a sitting. As a one & done beer, it's really good and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.6% ABV, Enjoy by Dec 31 2012 etched lightly into shoulder.

A - Festbier pours a fire-y clear amber that parallels the trees' changing leaves; a stunning color. Dense ivory foam settles to a thin skim pretty quickly but leaves some spotty lacing left on the glass.

S - Right off the bat, Victory's Festbier is very reminiscent of the classic German lager but it is much toastier than any I've experienced. Deep and dense bready aromas stem from the Vienna malts which impart biscuit and toasted wheat bread. Munich malts add a drizzle of honey-like sweetness which nicely blankets the "bread" but this beer isn't all malt. Plenty of German noble hops finish with a follow-up of light spice and herbal notes, completing the ensemble very nicely!

T - Hefty malt really ups the ante in the flavor as it loads on the bread characteristics. Imagine for a moment, a warm loaf broken, gooey on the inside but complete with a crispy shell; that's Festbier for ya'. Chunky dense biscuit, Munich sweetness with just a touch of earthy nuttiness, and the perfect balance of hops on the finish which not only keep the beer's sweetness in check, they add a lingering herbal note which compliments while delicately contrasting the beer.

M - Full-bodied while remaining extremely drinkable, Victory's Festbier has a lush, smooth malt feel but a nice carbonation presence that livens it up. Finishing dry from toasted malt and hops alike, this perfectly balanced beer goes down incredibly well.

O - Victory Festbier might just be the ultimate Oktoberfest. Crisp and clean, it adheres to it's strict lager standards and showcases deep malt complexity while adding a simplistic but oh-so-important kiss of hops, all while remaining exceptionally drinkable, especially for it's robust body! A moment of pause to consider the skill required to brew such a balanced and immaculate beer is rewarding but equally as rewarding is losing one's self in the festivities and enjoying pint after pint of such a beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper tinted amber, clear with little head and no retention. Scent is very pale with hints of light caramel and muddy, mineraly water. Thankfully taste is a bit better, light sweet malts, faint nuttyness and faint grassyness, still some mineral qualities. Lighter than expected, very few bubbles of carbonation.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes out a beautiful amber, very appetizing and inviting. Aroma is fairly strong and malty, not complex but pleasing. Flavor is richly malty with just a hint of spice and no hoppy bitterness. Texture is very smooth. Lip-smacking and easy on the palate, this is a decidedly drinkable beer - good from bottles, but better on tap.

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Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper brown color with a modest white cover that dissipates quickly to random swirls. Lacing is fair. The aroma is no doubt cabbage malt with a hint of chocolate and herbal hop. Pretty neat. The flavor is absolutely in keeping with the nose hit. A beautiful malt bath with an herbal hop edge that makes for a lucid, dry feel in a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very satisfying Octoberfest beer that I would easily recommend autumnal malt fans.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a brilliant orange a good amount of bubbles headed skyward. A slightly yellow head bubbled up, less than one-finger, and subsided rather quickly.

Grainy, earthy, slightly sweet toasted German malts balanced out by a mild floral hop aroma. The nose is really quite seamless, everything is in check.

The front end is all malt. Pilsner malt with a toasted, biscuity, earthy, grainy character. Bittering hops finish off your palate with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Smooth and supple. Perfect carbonation.

For me, this was scary drinkable. No off-flavors at all. Definitely my favorite so far of the season. That may have had something to do with it.

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper color.

The flavor hits of a toasty malts and bread, light fruity esters of apple come through, the beer however leans towards the sweeter side for the style, onto a light hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of drpimento
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. But so far this year of the maybe 8 or so micro and german OKfestsbiers I've had, none have been the shit. Poured and ok medium to small off white head and bit of lace. Color is a nice medium amber. Aroma is very nice; malty and a bit spicy. Flavor is 'bout the same. Body's a tad thin. 'S'okay. Nothing to write home about. Drinkable. Session beer. Body's ok too.

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Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A malty, clean tasting 'fest that is highly drinkable....looks great in the glass....orangish...lace coats glass nicely...nose is of sweet malts...the body rates about medium....tastes of sweet malt and toasted grains...finishes on a dry, spicy note....very drinkable...very tasty....one of the better O'fests I've had this year...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a copper-orange color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over about 3 minutes to leave a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt are the heaviest of the aromas, although overall the aroma is rather light. With the roast are some lighter notes spice and herbal hop with some hay-like aromas mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins very bready with a good deal of caramel sweetness up front. Some flavors of a sweeter toffee nature come to the tongue with some lighter fruit flavors which create a sweet taste. At the end a nice roast and light herbal flavor come and round out the sweeter flavors; leaving a pleasant sweeter herbal spiced flavor to linger on the tongue. Rather nice.

Mouthfeel – For the abv. and style, the body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body if very nice for the sweet yet spicy and roasty flavors with the carbonation level making it very drinkable.

Overall – Other than the lack luster aroma, this is one really fantastic and tasty beer. It is one I will definitely go to again. It has great flavors and a very nice feel.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and honey

Taste: honey, sugar, toasted malt, and some alcohol

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn, moderately high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and complex marzen. Very good for the style. I could have several of these.

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Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head pours pretty well, dissipating after a time and leaving some thin foam behind. There isn't much lacing left behind. The color is a deep copper that verges on red.
The aroma is grainy with an earthy hops. There's also a breadiness and perhaps a touch of sweetness from some malts.
The taste follows suit very closely. There's a light malt to balance a gentle hops presence, but grains and the bready flavor turn out strongest underneath.
There's a medium body that almost seems fuller than it is. This one feels creamy but has a very nice crispness with a light carbonation.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton, NJ: The beer pours a clear copper color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing. Light malt and caramel along with hops in the nose. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel. Flavors of toasted malt and caramel, plus mild hops and fruit. The finish is sweet malt and a hint of hops. Slightly above average all around.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.