Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
780
Ratings:
1,918
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
20.16%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
228
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Reviews by trbergman:
Photo of trbergman
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pours a rich reddish copper with one finger of off-white head that fades quickly.

Smell - Has a nice bready, earthy aroma; perhaps a bit floral.

Taste - Pleasant maltiness, tastes of toast and a bit of citrus, balanced with earthy, slightly spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing.

Drinkability - This category should probably be weighted more heavily for Oktoberfests, since sessionability is the point. Anyway, this beer is true to style: good flavor, but not overpowering, not overwhelming with alcohol, and refreshing. I wouldn't mind having a few of these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WesMantooth
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear copper with a pretty good sized head, but it is mind of soapy and doesnt last very long.

Smells very malty and sweet with some grains and nuts.

It's a malt bomb. Toasted grains, some sweetness that could easily be mistaken for caramel. Maybe it is. Some brewers have used caramel malts in their versions. It almost tastes like a candy apple. Slight floral notes. I swear I taste chocolate, which obviously doesn't belong, but it is like a little bit of chocolate malt got spilled into the mash.


This is not a bad tasting beer by any means, but it isn't a great example of a Marzen either. Honestly, it has a lot of brown ale qualities. Good, not great. If you want to get your malt on you will enjoy it. This is like many American versions of Marzens. Too sweet, with some flavors that don't fit the style.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber. Smallish head.

S - General hoppiness. Earthy aroma, small hints of of caramel and smoke.

T - Solid malt backbone. Slight amount of hoppy bitterness. I notice earthy hops. An ever so slight bit of smokiness. Solid malt backbone has elements of toasted wheat bread and earthiness.

D - Slightly thick. About how a Marzen should be. Definitely drinkable.

O - A solid Oktoberfest. I don't drink a lot of this style as so many seem similar to me, and there isn't much variation it seems. This is a solid Oktoberfest though. Somehwta complex, full of flavor and fairly easy to drink. I recommend it.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EBD 12/17/15. Pours a clear medium amber with a beautiful garnet hue. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of caramel with hints of grainy biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a fair amount of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good, but not typical for a marzen. Like the color, it has a heavier dark malt character that speaks more to toasted chocolate malt rather than caramel. It begins with toasted, nutty and grainy malt with almost no sweetness. The middle brings an earthy hop flavor with a very light bitterness and only a subtle sweetness, which lacks caramel character. The finish is semi-dry and has a slow fade of herbal and earthy hop flavor. As it warms, sweetness does become more noticeable.

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Photo of thebeers
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze with a thick tan-tinted head. Malty aroma with a bit of a coffee impression. This continues to the taste: malt-forward with nutty, burnt caramel, low-quality coffee notes. Not real hops to speak of. Light to medium bodied. More char/burnt character than most Oktoberfests. It's okay.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight 4's on this one,pours a nice amber color with a medium head that leaves a little lacing, aroma is of caramel toffee very appetizing.Taste is malty and doughy with some soapiness in the finish.Nice toasted malt flavor as well,pretty drinkable.Man I love this time of year!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head was a bit modest here and didn’t show a lot of good retention, but the beer itself was a brilliant orangish-brown.

Smell – The light grain shows a touch of class and is mixed with some caramel malts. I can also pick up a hint of molasses.

Taste – The caramel and gooey malts are more prevalent at the taste. The grain is light and of high quality (not the cheap husky stuff on most American lagers). The sugars are subdued but raw.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with some nice carbonation. It is very refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Drinkability – This is a true session bier and one of the better efforts at the style from an American manufacturer.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear with a sort of burnished copper color. Maybe a fingers width of soapy head that didn't last long before disappearing. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas are a bread-like malty smell with a bit more hops on the nose than anticipated.

Although malts are the star of this offering, the overall brew was more dry than sweet. The maltiness that does come through seems to be a caramel grain flavor with some light bready or yeasty notes coming on in the middle. Finish is dry and quick, with just a little bit of that nice grain flavor in the linger.

Overall mouthfeel was good. The flavors are solid and everything holds together well to the finish. Carbonation is relatively light but well matched to the overall texture of the brew.

I found this to be rather drinkable and enjoyable. For whatever reason, most of the Oktoberfest brews I have tried this year seem to be on the dry side and I personally like them toward the malty sweet side. None the less, this was good and I would certainly order it again.

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Photo of Ben7773
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle, best by Feb. 24 '07. Pours into my glass a nice clear copper/red hue with a half inch of tight bubbly white head. Looks good so far! Aromas start somewhat sweet and malty upfront with a nice toasted caramel nuttiness. A bit of hops lurk underneath with maybe a touch of raisin. Good stuff.

First sip brings a nice smooth toasty, nutty maltiness with some caramel hanging out underneath. It has a nice creaminess to it and flows down with a bit of sweetness finishing with a little kick of spicy hops on the back end. A bit of a dark fruit/raisin sneaks in there as well. Overall, a solid oktoberfest brew if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a solid creaminess. Flows down really easily and makes for an enjoyable brew. I could see myself sitting down to a few of these in a session no problem. Another solid brew from Victory, and quite possibly my last O'fest of the year!

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Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper body with a 1" light tan head that reduced quickly to half a skim layer of bubbles and half slick surface. More head retention would be nice.

Strong, clean dark toasted aromas of malt. Clean hopping, a bit of earthy hops work in nicely.

Earthy, toasted malts dominate again. A touch of grain husk. Dinner rolls as well. Earthy, slightly herbal hopping. Pretty good, but not a style I have had much of in the past.

Medium bodied, mediumish carbonation. I think a bit more would make it a touch more crisp.

Drinkability is good though. Good malty flavor. A solid beer that will go down easily, especially this weekend while camping out.

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Photo of JasonA
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average ... thats what I got from this beer.

Pours a dark copper with little to no head. Almost a translucent carmel.

I dont get much from the smell. Some sweetness and a little spice. Not much there.

A little biting, may be due to the alcohol content. Tastes like the smell. Not a whole lot there. Wish there was more to talk about. Some sweet, no real hops. Little malty with some spice finish.

Average. Carbonation and bite may be a little more than desirable.

Overall I would rather move forward from this beer than drink it again. Not bad, simply not something worth coming back to.

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Photo of ROBORB
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced a amber hue with a short lasting 1 finger white head. The aroma smells like like malts and perhaps sugar/something sweet. The carbonation is light but the taste is not great. I felt like this beer really goes outside of the regular Marzen characterization. Unfortunately this is not a repeat for me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my mind, this is a really good Octoberfest beer.
In a pint glass the beer is an amber color with a rather small tan head.
Caramel aroma, very sweet.
Caramel taste, like licking a caramel apple. Very sweet.
Pretty robust. The sweetness is a positive, I think.
A great fall beer.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pengs68
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sponberg
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/orange with a thin head that gets thinner rapidly. Bready, sweet malt aroma - to style.

Sweet maltiness abounds, with decoction like flavors and some slightly weird fruitiness that I can't quite figure out - it's not there when cold, and shows up when it's warm, a sort of fig like flavor? Very round flavor overall. Finishes a touch on the phenolic side, with a slightly numbing-the-tip-of-the-tongue effect alongside some green apple and toasted malt flavors. About 9/10 of the way to being an outstanding Ofest.

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Photo of Belgiant
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts, carmel, and some grassy slightly minty hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet toasted biscuit malts with a dry, slightly bitter (minty), finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest. I'm finding I don't much care for the style. I don't like the toasted biscuit flavors.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big mug. There is a freshness date on the front label but I can not read it.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with very good clarity. Its head has a good two finger thickness and is just off white in color. It has very good retention and hangs on well making nice slick lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: Its nose is full off floral and spicy Pilsener like saaz hops along with some sweet bready maltiness.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bready malty base flavor with nice sweetness and mild caramel and nutty notes. Hop flavor quickly moves in with very tasty spicy/floral and grassy flavor notes. Hop bitterness is very bright and clean on the finish and well balanced to the malt. The body has a solid medium feel with smooth yet active carbonation.

Notes: This beer was very interesting and surprising. The malt was Octoberfest all the way but the hops were crisp snappy German Pilsner and they made for a very tasty combination.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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