Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #205
Ranked #37,415
3.7 | pDev: 12.7%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Friendship and camaraderie: the two keys to any festive event. And then there’s the beer. It should be full-bodied, yet infinitely smooth. Seductively malty, with a kiss of the hops for balance. This is our Festbier. Painstakingly crafted from German malts, decoction brewed for full flavor and carefully aged for depth of character. Subtly sweet with a delicate malt nose, our Festbier gains its impressive body from our use of all imported German malts and decoction brewing process. Gather with your friends for a festive moment of Victory!
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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1+ finger light tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: slightly sweet; toast, a bit of tobacco;

T: sweet malt; a little pumpernickel bread; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: well made, but not one of my favorites of this style;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 01, 2020
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had anything from Victory, as it's not readily available in my part of the country, but my local store had a bunch of this beer, and I love me some Oktoberfest, so I gave it a go. Pretty good, and I'd say I'm an Oktoberfest snob. It's a bit spicy, and a bit sweet, but nicely balanced between the two. Pretty light at 5.6%, which is in the range of where this beer should be. Obviously form the rankings this is one of their most popular beers, and I can see why. I'll look for other stuff from them if I see it in my area.

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dcscientist from Colorado, Feb 10, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just decent across all boards. Has a semi-thick taste but in a kind of dirty way. I've bought 3 or 4 of these in a "build your own 6 pack" at the store and think I'm completely done with it. The first one I tried I thought was great but, after having multiple I can only say this is very mediocre but not to be entirely ruled out. Try one, you might like it - a 6 pack might be too much unless you plan on drinking a couple and saving the rest for down the line

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber. Smells malty. Big refreshing malt body. Sweet finish. Very smooth. This one is sweeter and fuller than most Oktoberfests I've tried. I would definitely drink more of these.

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izraelc from New York, Oct 14, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, brilliant copper. Fluffy off white head with moderate retention

Aroma: Floral and spicy hops. Bready with slight toast malt.

Flavor and aftertaste: spicy hops and toasty bread malt aroma. Restrained bitterness.

Palate: Medium bodied. Finishes semi dry and medium length. Bitterness present in finish; but not detracting.

Overall: An enjoyable Marzen style beer. Victory always does a nice job. Head retention seemed shorter in this years batch. But still one of my favorite American Marzens.

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ATL6245 from Georgia, Oct 04, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a fast receding off white head,. Smell is reminiscent of malts, bread crust. Taste toffee, malts, bread taste to some extent,mild hops. Feels light bodied,medium carbonation,very drinkable,( as are most fest beers) Overall a pretty standard Marzen style. 2019 has a different label than shown

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Oct 03, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Rapidly vanishing white head. Medium-dark brown, clear, with large rising bubbles.

Smell: Malty and light. Some lemon citrus and a hint of spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Deliciously malty. A bit of the lemon citrus and hop character. Raisin, brown sugar. Clean.

Feel: Crisp, medium-bodied.

Overall: I really like this beer, look forward to picking it up again.

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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania, Sep 29, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it in bottle format. With its lack of cinnamin and nutmeg spices, it is approriately named vs an Octoberfest which - right or wrong - had come to imply presence of those flavors. So if you like the idea of a marzen style without that, then you might lime this beer. It is on the sweet/bready side flavor wise, which i myself love and would have this beer again, but i would still prefer a bready/sweet octoberfest over this if given the choice.

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AvengeTheRavel from Connecticut, Sep 22, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with slightly off white head that thinned out quickly. Looks relatively still as far as carbonation goes. Smell is pretty clean malt, but there is an herbal quality to the aroma. Taste follows nose. Sweet malt up front with a nice bready taste. Finishes with an herbal kick from hops and this leaves a an aftertaste behind. Not a totally clean finish. Feel is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a it feels like a thin coating gets left behind leaving that aftertaste. Overall a pretty good festbeir and it can be had fresh in my neck of the woods.

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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania, Sep 22, 2019
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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish body with thin off-white head. Aroma of toffee, lemon skin, sweet bread, vague cinnamon. Tastes of sweet bread, light cinnamon, toffee, lemon skin, some grass. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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JRed from New Jersey, Sep 18, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a very pretty dark amber with a reddish tint to it. Thin white head dissipates but leaves a persistent ring of foam and lacing that slides back down the glass.
Smell: Sweet caramel grain. Not a very intense aroma.
Taste: Caramel, sweet grain, slightly bitter finish.
Feel: Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation and medium bubbles.
Overall: Not a bad American-made Marzen!

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Sep 14, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the bottle label artwork. I do notice a best by date on the bottle label. The pour is an amber color. I'm getting an aroma of whole grain bread, malts, & caramel. The taste follows the nose with a lot of roastiness for the style, to me it's reminiscent of a fine brown ale. This is quite a tasty Marzen style beer. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Sep 13, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a caramel malt flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent Festbier

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VABA from Virginia, Sep 01, 2019
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Festbier brewed by Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, with an ABV of 5.60% This Oktoberfest brew pours out of a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass a deep golden amber color with a small white head. Really digging the copper color of this brew. There is some nice light lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness mixed with grains and malts. Festbier has the look and smell of most Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up a sweet but smoothness from the grains an malts. There is a lot going on in this Oktoberfest brew. Festbier has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew it. The body of this Oktoberfest is a solid medium. This brew would go nice on a cool fall day or with dinner. The mouth feel is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Festbier a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, did a super nice job with this Oktoberfest brew.

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3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip/snifter.

L---Crystal clear, dark amber color. Nice off-white head settled quickly and left ok lacing.

S---Malty. Caramel & dark fruit. Some bread dough.

T---Caramel. All malts. Nothing else, nothing interesting.

F---Thick from maltiness. Decent enough carbonation.

O---Not my style of beer, but still, pretty good for what it is. Will not be getting more.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Oct 30, 2018
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a good octoberfest - it is very sweet, and has a sorta stale nuttiness to it as well. The flavors just don’t come together, but really the sweetness of the malt throws it all off

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Oct 27, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep amber color. The head is beige with little retention. No lacing.

There is a good amount of caramel and grains in the nose. Combined its actually vegetable like.

The taste is of caramel malts that are lightly toasted, a hint of brown sugar, and no lingering flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber color with visible carbonation. A modest head dissipates quickly.
Aroma opens up with a caramel/toffee like sweetness. Aromas of toasty and biscuity malts abound, as well as a hint of floral hops.
As with the aroma, the flavor opens up with a caramel and toffee like sweetness. Rich in malt flavors, the taste evokes toasted grains, brown bread and biscuits. The hops flavors provide a light but bold herbal spice that balances things well. The finish is somewhat dry with a trace of malty sweetness.
Medium bodied with a full and rich toasty malt presence. Crisp and clean with a moderate carbonation.
Nice Oktoberfest overall and a good representation of the style.

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Gajo74 from New York, Oct 07, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Festbier pours a a clear, deep amber with intense effervescence. It has a head that is reminiscent of the seasonally appropriate toasted marshmallow, a rich brown tinted white. The aroma on this lager is one of malty sweetness and grain. There's faint toffee on the nose mixed with brown sugar, vanilla, and honey. The same mild, malty sweetness is found in the taste from roasted malts. There's also flavors of bread crust and oddly, watered down tea. Its full bodied, clean, and smooth as hell. Festbier is light in flavor and refreshing due to its lack of a strong malt backbone. It’s a märzen that is so fresh and crisp that you don’t want to stop sipping on it.
This brew is pure, finding its strength in subtlety.

Festbier is the perfect Oktoberfest beer for those that prefer their drinks light and clean. It’s also the perfect brew for filling up a big ol’ dimpled mug and chugging along at a beer hall. For me, it’s just too subtle. I think there’s better Oktoberfest beers out there though this one certainly isn’t terrible. Pick this up if you’ve got a big glass to fill or seek something more mellow.

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ryanvkeller from Pennsylvania, Oct 02, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have always enjoyed fall beersso it was cool to find this one for the first time. Not much for head but I do like the dark amber color and heavily malty nose with notes of brown sugar and black bread.

Caramel and roasted notes carry the flavor along, with a touch of yeast and pepper in the aftertaste. Kind of mellow and smooth overall, although a little sweeter than I usually think of for this style.

This could use a little more balance but I don't think I'll have any trouble finishing the rest of the sixer.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Sep 23, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label has stamped enjoy by date of '20 JAN 2019'.
Clear, deep amber colored body. Initial pour results in half a finger of off white head. In a few minutes this head backs down to a isolated island and a thin ring. Spots of lacing slide back down into beer.
Bready, toasty malt in the aroma, with a little tea smell. Just a whiff of spicy hops.
Taste is slightly sweet, with lots of toasty malt. The tea also shows up in the flavor. Malt flavor veers toward toffee. Slight spicy hops but somewhat unbalanced. Also a little harsh overall.
Thin mouth feel, with okay carbonation.
Certainly of the darker colored version of a fest beer, and full of malts in the aroma and flavor. Missing some balance with the hops. Okay but one and done is enough for me.

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3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle enjoy by 19 DEC 2018
Poured into a dimpled mug shows a darker copper-orange body with rising bubbles and floats a persistent 1/4in cream colored head leaving spotted lacing.

Aroma is caramel and bready malt.

Flavors are sweet caramelly toffee and a slight toasted bread.

Mouthfeel leans thin for the style, but not watery.

Overall I'm glad I tried another version of the style, but this one is enough.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Sep 12, 2018
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap Das Biergarten. Deep amber body. Smells of bread and a little caramel. A little honey and floral hops. Tastes much the same. Bread, caramel, honey sweetness. Back end is very light floral hops with almost no bitterness. A touch sweet, or maybe just missing something to cut it. Medium body. Perfectly fermented, as always, but I expected this to be better.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep copper colored body with white head

Smell - caramel, tea, malts, toasted barley

Taste - caramel, roasted malts, tea, biscuit, toffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, a bit of hop bitterness out back

overall - Decent American version of a Marzen, no over the top sweetness, good balance and flavor. Worth a try.

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz botle

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keithmurray from Connecticut, Sep 08, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into seidel. It pours a lovely orange-amber with a thin, creamy cap of eggshell-colored head and lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rapidly ascend the glass. It has a nice aroma of caramel malt and brown bread. The taste opens sweet and malty with toffee, brown bread, and hints of brown sugar and spice. It's quite effervescent, a little thin in mouth feel but a very easy drinker at 5.6% ABV. Overall, it is a competently-brewed, enjoyable Märzen. While it's not the best I've had I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Sep 01, 2018
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2055 ratings