Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
52.7%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 1,966 ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,345
Reviews:
798
Ratings:
1,966
Liked:
1,037
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
12.81%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
250
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,966 |  Reviews: 798
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Lovely blood orange-amber. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy head and some really thick and chunky lacing.

S: A generous amount of nuttiness hits the nose here, which I find really appealing. The toasty malt mingles well with the nutty-earth quality, making for a solid bouquet.

T: First of all, it's not sweet - thank God. I like my O-Fest's crisp and dry, with some decent toast and a kiss, I mean a just a peck of hops. Luckily for me, all of the qualities I just mentioned describe this wonderful, easy drinking and delicious Märzen.

M: Compared to most in the Oktoberfest style, this is one well put together lager. It's not overly rich. Rather, the carbonation is a tad bubbly, making this something that's not only crisp, but packing solid substance.

O: Victory's Festbier is easily one of the top two or three American Märzen's I've had the pleasure of quaffing, and reminds me yet again of just how well Victory lagers. It's rustic in all the right ways, yet it's something I can return to again and again. Crazy, insanely drinkable. Buy it by the case.

Between this and Great Lakes Oktobefest, there's no need to look elsewhere for your next Märzen fix.

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Photo of DocD
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz oured into a pint glass. It looks like the date is jetted on the label, but its unreadable.

Clear amber, with a rather small white head that shows some retention and stickyness.

Malts that are a bit roasted with some floral hops that are a bit spicy.

Starts off with sweet malts, and a little caramel and toast. Fades nicely into bitter hops with a nice crisp bite from the carbonation that almost clears the palate but leaves some toast in its wake.

The body has a nice balance between the swet malts and the carbonation and hop combo. Best Okto I've had this year. Could drink it all night.

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Photo of longdivision
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A - A really rich red amber/copper color. It does stand out in being a little dark than most lagers.
S - A very "signature" smell. I think it's the hops or yeast they use. Not being a big fan of hoppy stuff, I was fine with this, and even liked it.
M - Not too heavy on the tongue. Has some good bite of carbonation.
T - Really tasty. The balance of hops and malt is great. It seems at first you get the sharpness of the hops, but it smooths out nicely with malts after that.
D - I could enjoy a few of these easily. Very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a smooth amber color as a O’fest should be. With a decent lasting, pillow like, off-white colored head. The aroma is mostly of Barvarian malts, slightly nutty, and caramel . On the palate more of the malts, caramel, german hops make a slight bite, toasty, slight graininess, not really complex but it has nice full flavor with depth, nice sweetness, smooth mouthfeel. This is a very good O’fest IMO…

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been working my way through a lot of Marzens, and this is the best so far by a good margin.

Pours deep copper. Some hops, most likely of the German variety, on the nose.

Just a really perfect balance in the taste. Caramel notes with a strong malt backbone. Some butter tastes but in muted and playing in the background.

Nothing too strong, but a perfect session beer for a session beer style.

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Photo of Ctoastcrunch
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - English brown ale looking color, with minimal head even with aggressive pour.

Smell - a little roasty, malty, bready and sweet

Taste - Very balanced flavors, lots of sweet caramel. Minimal hop bite, smooth, refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied for a lager.

Overall - For a German Marzen/Octoberfest style session lager, this is a very good beer crafted and a great go-to beer when one doesn't crave crazy tastes but just want to relax with a beer (or several). Victory makes another finely crafted beer for its style.

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Photo of George2744
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- amber with lots of carbonation and a small off white head.

S- grainy, bready, and a slight hint of fruit

T- caramel malt, some bready tastes, and the grain that reminds me that this one is a lager

M- light, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- my favorite october fest beer so far and another victory success. this brewery hasnt done anything wrong in my book. something i could drink several of, and will be sad to see removed from the shelves once the season is over. check this one out people!

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Photo of drinkern
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UnderPressure
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Copper colored. Clear, with a nice off-white head. Retention is not great though.

Very sweet aroma. Almost like honey, with some roasted malt.

Grainy flavor comes right away. Then comes some bread/biscuit along with that honey. Reminiscent of a breakfast cereal with honey (Honeycomb, Smacks, etc). The malts blend together nicely. Enough hop bitterness to give balance.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying. Medium bodied, smooth, with tickling carbonation.

This is an awesome Oktoberfest style beer. Right up my alley. Much bolder with more to offer than any of the big name German Marzens I've tried.

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Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is somewhat muted on this one, though it does have some caramel present. Not bad.

Pours a reddish blonde in the glass...minimal head.

Taste is initally malty, with the German caramel malt sweetness that often embodies this type of beer. This is followed by a very good nutty flavor at the back, which is accompanied by a slight hoppiness. (as the bottle says, it's a "kiss" of hops...it's definitely minor).

This is a winner of an oktoberfest for me. Love the malt sweetness, love the nutty flavors, and I love how it wraps up well.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle; freshness date mostly illegible, but something 2011

A - Pours a brilliantly clear copper with about a finger's worth of white head; head quickly dissipates and leaves some slippery lacing

S - Nose is roasted malts with a distinct nuttiness. Just a hint of bitterness

T&M - Clean flavors, medium-light in body; caramelized and medium roasted malts, a bit of earthy bitterness to provide some balance. Some yeasty, bready, nutty characters. The finish is sweet malt, the nuttiness resonates, and the light hop profile provides a bit of crispness at the end.

D - Victory always impresses with very authentic German style brews. A terrific amount of flavor for a 5+ ABV brew. Clean flavors provide for high drinkability.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Enjoying while watching the Yankees Orioles game with good company.

A: Nice ruby red, brown color decent lacing. I can dig it.

S: Wow this smells good. Caramel, bread, nuts, all combine to make my senses tingle with pleasure.

T: Tastes better than it smells. This is definitely more along the lines of a german oktoberfest. It's got a great nutty, earthy quality. The sweet malty caramel goodness is there with a pinch of hops to balance it.

M: When compared to other oktoberfests, this is full-bodied.

O: This has surpassed Great Lakes oktoberfest and is now my favorite. Try it, I don't understand the mediocre ratings, this is good stuff.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant orange tinted amber under a 2” persistent and clingy white foam cap. S: Bread and spice aromas lightly seasoned with kettle sugars rise from the glass. T: It has a clean palate with no fruit. It starts rich and malty with bread crust and mid-range kettle sugars, spice, and a mild bitterness. F: It is very creamy and smooth with medium to just a little more on the body with medium carbonation to a little less. O: A very good fest beer.

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Photo of aengleman
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ZehrAlte
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of klimoja
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of DASA10
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drew88
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 52.7% out of 100 with 1,966 ratings
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