Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Photo of Tammyyogi1
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpreynolds
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pvibeer
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Categart
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’m usually a fan of the flavors of the fall beers. This has a hint of the taste I look forward to. Rather bland. Not horrible, but one and done!

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Photo of Jbalintjr
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bluesyasian
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mj24053
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a good octoberfest. Mouthfeel is weird...kind of thicker, creamier. Taste is just off. Wouldn't get again, wouldn't recommend

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of ajm5108
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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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Photo of deonreds
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerryLevinson
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of depechemode1983
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Coffee143
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanvkeller
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamesGrove
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of lastmango
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of spartacat300
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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