Festbier
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #225
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,020
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.81%
Ratings:
2,096
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 20, 2022
Added:
Sep 12, 2002
Wants:
  38
Gots:
  277
SCORE
83
Good
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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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Photo of SLeffler27
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SLeffler27 from New York

SRM 14-15 resembling opalescent copper. A big, dark almond foam holds three inches before consolidating to a pillow. Patchy lace forms on the inner wall of a double-walled pint glass. I noticed no visible carbonation.

The aroma is similar to wheat bread and malt. Biscuits and toffee show up along with light herbal notes. It is very pleasant.

The dry entry turns sweet fairly quickly. Moist wheat bread is accompanied by light bitterness. Balance is good, however, it shifts slightly toward the sweet end. Light butterscotch shows up and lingers as warmth overtakes the beer. The finish is short and mild.

A medium body and soft Jersey cotton texture. There is no presence of alcohol. Carbonation is faint and prickly at entry and fades to memory quickly.

This is easy drinking and another good beer to enjoy while watching football or baseball playoff games. If I had hot pretzels and mustard, this would be a perfect match for a crisp Autumn afternoon.

Mar 20, 2022
 
3.28 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania on Nov 03, 2021
 
3.72 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2021
 
4.02 by DrStiffington from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2021
 
3.79 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Oct 03, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

L: Poured from a 12oz bottle, a nice dark amber with an off white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a lightly laced glass.
A: Toasted bread, malts, lightly hopped.
T: Al of the above, a little caramel.
F: Medium body, lingering carbonation
O: IMHO, one of the better Oktoberfest Biers yet!

Oct 03, 2021
 
3.61 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Oct 03, 2021
 
3.63 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware on Sep 30, 2021
Photo of Manta200
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Single bottle from Party Town
Clear amber color with a copper hue.
Off-white, thick creamy head with good retention and spotty lacing.
Aroma of bready malt and a hint of hops.
Taste is very much bready malt forward, semi-sweet with a slightly peppery bitterness in the finish.
Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Sep 29, 2021
 
 
3.56 by jkane101 from New Jersey on Sep 09, 2021
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 1/8/22"; drank 9/6/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy khaki head; nice, frothy tree-rung lace.

Caramel, roasted corn & faint acorn notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & roasted corn flavors up front; mild acorn notes on the finish.

Fall in a glass; it's not super complex but it gets the job done. I like this one.

Sep 07, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Amendm from Florida

An average pour produced a fat finger of light beige creamy foam with long retention and spots of sticky foam. Clear amber-copper color, great looks.

Full smell of bready malt (fresh baked and rising dough) with mild floral hops and a hint of cardboard and faint alcohol.

Big malty taste, semi-sweet with low bitterness. Bready like the smell. The sweetness has elements of apple and pear, the balancing bitterness has some pepper and spice. The finish is fast and clean (not crisp) with a briefly lingering spicy aftertaste.

Medium-full body with soft carbonation, smooth and perfectly balanced. Warms well, flavors evenly get bigger.

Sep 06, 2021
 
3.75 by BabaBeer from California on Sep 02, 2021
 
3.91 by uncleotis from Illinois on Aug 26, 2021
 
3.38 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia on Aug 26, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

Pours a dark copper with ample tan head and smells sweet, malty, with a scent of German hops. It has a very full and prominent flavor, a little sweet but not overdone. You can taste the German hops and malts that they advertise, raisin, caramel and toasted malts. Pretty true to style and pretty easy to drink with a medium-light body. I only bought 2 for my son and I to try but it’s a worthy entry, especially fresh, and I would purchase a sixer no problem, cheers!

Aug 15, 2021
Photo of DavetotheB
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz bottle dated best by Jan? ?? 22. Literally printed white on white for the date but it's fresh-Oktoberfest in August...jus sayin

Pours an orangish reddish brown with about one finger of tan head. Head dissipates quickly. Mild lacing.

Smells of bread, caramel and some wet wood.

Bready taste. Some bitterness-almost piney but not IPA piney. Touch of sweetness.

Not all that easy drinking. Medium to high carbonation. Sweet aftertaste with ever so slight skunk.

Well. I'd probably pick a different Oktoberfest beer next time around. It's not terrible, but there's a lot better out there.

Aug 14, 2021
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3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lampro from Virginia

Nice and malty, slightly toasty flavor. Just what a lager should be!

Dec 29, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

A top notch Fest beer.
This has to be one of the best Americanized versions of the style.
Great stuff.

Nov 15, 2020
 
4.53 by RyanPollie from California on Nov 02, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.
Best by: 17 DEC 2020

L: Clear, copper, tiny bubbles rising, over one finger of khaki head with good retention, leaves some lace.
S: Mild bread aroma with a hint of spicy hop.
T: Full flavored, balanced fairly close malt to hop, bread and toast to herbal and spicy, restrained bitterness, semi-sweet and drying a touch to the finish, aftertaste leans to malt.
F: Light and crisp, slightly creamy.
O: Easy to drink, good flavor but possibly leaning malty, very good in my opinion.

Oct 21, 2020
 
3.6 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Enjoy by 12/18/20

Pours a clear, deep copper body with brownish hues and topped with about a finger of creamy, pale beige foam; decent head retention yields spotty islands of paper-thin cap, a rocky ring of frothy collar, and a lazy splotching of dense, established webby lacing spread around the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens burly and impactful, with a stiff, bready malt overtaking the senses as hops offer ample competition, contributing interwoven floral tones verging toward light straw; a distinct honey note enters on the middle, though a natural charry essence dominates into the back end, with black bread crusts, brown bread, and a caramel sweetness in the close that feels uncharacteristically in-place.

Taste offers more outright sweetness upfront, highlighting caramel and lighter toffee supplemented by a subtle bready quality; honey remains a presence beneath the surface, flowing into notes of apple core and a touch of mushy fig on the back end before burnt bread crusts, grass, and caramel resume on the finish.

Mouthfeel greets the tongue with a medium-full body and subdued, moderate carbonation spritzing mildly into a drying yet somehow simultaneously slick texture over the mid-palate; a rounded, malty grit meets a well-maintained bitterness, softening into back end and finishing cleanly and with a minor 'snap'.

Underneath a one-dimensionality encouraged by its forthright robustness, this Märzen shows an almost surprisingly stalwart composure from start to finish; there are few edges, and any imperfections are eased over while the blunt overall character remains the primary deterrent to more consummate drinkability.

Oct 17, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz bottle
enjoy by 18 DEC 2020
L: deep amber-brown colored bier; thin beige head
S: sweet grain, caramel, bread crust, spicy hops
T: rich toasted grain, caramel, rye bread crust, nutty malt; hops are spicy & earthy
F: fuller body, well balanced, pleasant carbonation, dry finish
O: very good Märzen, just a tad too rich taking away from sessionability

Oct 16, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear copper appearance with a good sized head and decent lacing. Herbal hops and toasted malts pop up in the understated aroma. Malt driven flavor, notes of brown bread and just a bit of residual sweetness. Rich malt taste continues in the finish. Creamy textured, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Oct 13, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by datstankadank from New Jersey

Pours deep mahogany, 4 finger head. Smells velvety malt, layers of malt flavor ranging from nuts to chocolate. Good body, great use of decoction mash. Finishes dry. Not really a festbier, more properly a marzen. Great example. Would recommend.

Oct 06, 2020
 
3.75 by SlainteAlbanyNY from New York on Oct 03, 2020
 
4.07 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Oct 01, 2020
Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LukeGude from Iowa

Bottle from Total Wine poured into glass at Lake Kabetogama. First festbier of the year! Fairly dark color. Very enjoyable.

Sep 24, 2020
Photo of Foyle
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Foyle from North Carolina

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A 2" cream color sudsy head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is deep amber with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma is rich barley malt syrup with floral and spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a drying finish. Flavors of raisin, plum, biscuit, floral and grassy notes. Overall: a very good Marzen.

Sep 21, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

Nice Festbier, very mild, more bready than malty. Pleasant, but there are better example of the category.

Sep 20, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by adrock314 from Pennsylvania

Deep, bright orange pour. Very clear. Head quickly dwindles to a thin layer.

Faint bready aroma. Not getting much here.

Tastes of sweet bread and caramel. Some biscuit-like flavor with hints of roast. Suggestions of hop bitterness provide some balance. A little underwhelming.

Nice mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Finishes slick, oily almost.

Solid overall, but left me wanting. This bottle isn't living up to my recollection of this beer in previous years.

Sep 19, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color that is clear. Bright and reflective. A strong off-white head. SRM of 18. (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of sweet but sour grass, cinnamon and toasty malts among a grassy caramel flavored bread. There is brown sugar, cinnamon, sugar, on toast or stale bread. Relatively strong grassy caramel. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor upfront has more grassy caramel, but with a lemon and flower tartness. Then following that there's toast, burnt crumbs, all topped with cinnamon and brown sugar. Mostly brown sugar though. I think there is caramel there too. Less cinnamon and french toast. Strong toast and bread flavors. Lots of malts. Moderate sweetness, but appropriate. Mild bitterness. On the end there's toast and brown sugar. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Low to average carbonation. Finishes smooth and mildly sweet. (3.75)

Compared to Leinenkugals Oktoberfest 9/11/20: Pours a similar color that is slightly darker. Stronger aromas of toast, brown sugar, and bread. Less

Compared to Sam Adams Oktoberfest 10/14/20: Pours a similar color. Aromas/flavors have more grassiness, lemon, and bread crumbs. More tartness. Less caramel and red fruit. Winner: Victory

Overall: A delicious and toasty lager with a tart grassy profile. Malty (but not too sweet) for sure. Fantastic appearance, nice aromas/flavors of grassiness, tart lemon, with a nice toast of the end. Drinks more like a bock than a festbier. Reminds me of a good bock? Nonetheless, darker, toastier, but not sweeter than the traditional style. (Final Rating: 4.03)

Sep 12, 2020
 
3.53 by Zylod from West Virginia on Sep 11, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mikeinportc from New York

Clear reddish-copper, with moderate off-white head.

Smell is mostly caramel malt , with a hint of something spicy. Brief flash of earthy (old) dried straw or wood.

Taste is similar to aroma, but less sweet, more bready, and spicy(coriander+black pepper). Rye in it? Tastes like it. Moderate bitterness. Some lingering tang and slightly bitter herbal flavor.

Feel is medium, with moderate soft carbonation, that has a slight bite near finish.

Overall, while not among my favorite OFest beers, it is enjoyable and satisfying. I wouldn't mind having it again. When the favorites disappear in October, and if this is still around (Often is) , I'll probably grab a 6pk or 2.

Sep 08, 2020
 
4.35 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2020
 
4.09 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Sep 06, 2020
 
3.48 by stanale from Illinois on Sep 04, 2020
 
3.81 by lic217 from Connecticut on Aug 27, 2020
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2096 ratings