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 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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of robotic_being
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ogman
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Devonking
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tcsox
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Themorg826
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look- darker amber, some clarity. Lacing of white foam

Smell- Very little aroma. Slight whiff of sweet malts. Slightly bready

Taste- Malty; toffee and caramel taste. Smooth, with bready taste, although not too strong. Aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired; cardboard flavor.

Feel- Watery and thin; light carbonation, no alcohol taste prevalent

Overall- Forgettable beer; all flavors and aromas have seem to be muted. Watery and unpleasant

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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