Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
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1,945 Ratings
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83
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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
Ratings:
1,945
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RyanByorick
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

A near perfect Oktoberfest. The best American Marzen I've had. Extremely smooth, rich and delicious!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.6% ABV, Enjoy by Dec 31 2012 etched lightly into shoulder.

A - Festbier pours a fire-y clear amber that parallels the trees' changing leaves; a stunning color. Dense ivory foam settles to a thin skim pretty quickly but leaves some spotty lacing left on the glass.

S - Right off the bat, Victory's Festbier is very reminiscent of the classic German lager but it is much toastier than any I've experienced. Deep and dense bready aromas stem from the Vienna malts which impart biscuit and toasted wheat bread. Munich malts add a drizzle of honey-like sweetness which nicely blankets the "bread" but this beer isn't all malt. Plenty of German noble hops finish with a follow-up of light spice and herbal notes, completing the ensemble very nicely!

T - Hefty malt really ups the ante in the flavor as it loads on the bread characteristics. Imagine for a moment, a warm loaf broken, gooey on the inside but complete with a crispy shell; that's Festbier for ya'. Chunky dense biscuit, Munich sweetness with just a touch of earthy nuttiness, and the perfect balance of hops on the finish which not only keep the beer's sweetness in check, they add a lingering herbal note which compliments while delicately contrasting the beer.

M - Full-bodied while remaining extremely drinkable, Victory's Festbier has a lush, smooth malt feel but a nice carbonation presence that livens it up. Finishing dry from toasted malt and hops alike, this perfectly balanced beer goes down incredibly well.

O - Victory Festbier might just be the ultimate Oktoberfest. Crisp and clean, it adheres to it's strict lager standards and showcases deep malt complexity while adding a simplistic but oh-so-important kiss of hops, all while remaining exceptionally drinkable, especially for it's robust body! A moment of pause to consider the skill required to brew such a balanced and immaculate beer is rewarding but equally as rewarding is losing one's self in the festivities and enjoying pint after pint of such a beer.

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Photo of pugbutter
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

It tastes like Raisin Bran cereal. (This is a good thing.)

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear amber color. Head of about 1". Nice looking bubbles rising.

S: Nice toasty malt aroma. No real hop smells.

T: Incredible. Nice sweet malty flavor up front, just enough bitterness to balance things out perfectly. Toasty bread with just a hint of a mild peppery spice. Aftertaste is a wonderfully lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. CO2 is spot on and the alcohol, while relatively low, gives a nice warmth.

D&N: I'm sitting here in front of my computer trying to finish this review before I finish this beer. Unbelievably drinkable, the tastes are just right, it feels good. The only faults I could spot were a bit of a weaker aroma than I was expecting, probably my fault for waiting so long to drink this. This is probably the best Marzen I've ever had.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Cloudy orange amber with a two finger slightly off white head that dissipates.

Smell- Lemon along with some fresh caramel malt and honey.

Taste- Rich caramel malt flavor. Toasted cracker tastes goes on to a mild bitterness as far as this style goes. A short and simple flavor profile but quite lively.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin with great carbonation. Crisp.

Overall- A near perfect octoberfest in my opinion. So flavorful. The malt taste in this beer is great. Well done and a must try oktoberfest!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great burnt orange color, very good clarity, looks pretty lively in the glass. Foamy white head builds up and drops to a thin froth. Smell is lagerish, some subdued sweetness in there, a bit of sharp malt. Taste has a good amount of toasted malt, a nice full flavor to it. Semi-sweet ending... I could drink a lot of this beer. I think they nailed the flavor that is acceptable for Marzen's. Good mouthfeel, not too watery, not too big. One of the better Marzen's out there. Might have to take this head to head with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Dark transparent copper, pours with a fizzy white 1 finger head.

Aroma: Toasted malt character. Slight nuttiness. Clean and balanced.

Tongueland: Well balanced beer, toasted malts that finish with a nutty finish. Light to medium m/f.

Bender Factor: Adheres to the O-fest style.Perfect to guidelines. Similar to Otter Creek without the metallic afttertaste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of three Oktoberfest's I had last night. This one was the best.

A - Poured a semi dark copper/amber color with a nice foamy white head.

S - Toasted malts, nuts, caramel. and slight bready.

T - Smooth. Started off malty and sweet, then pushed a but with some toasted almond and nut and finished creamy and caramelized. I can dig it.

M - Medium boded and full of flavor

D - I really liked this Festbier. It gave a great representation of the style and I kept the "local brewed" aspect in mind when enjoying it. If victory had this in a variety case I would not be disappointed.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a nice rich dark amber with a small fluffy off white head. Nose is light sweet and malty with a good rich toastiness.

Wow, this is an amazing oktoberfest, one of the best I've ever had. Rich and smooth, nice and sweet and toasty. A nice little bit of hops on the finish for an overall smooth and super drinkable brew.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of DrewBest
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Bapplebaum
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

along with moonglow weizenbock, i'm surprised i haven't reviewed this yet. festbier and moonglow are two of my favorite autumn brews. poured into a .5l lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: thick, foamy white head over three fingers tall. head settles extremely slowly to a half-finger or so lacing. crystal clear and copporish amber in color.

s: sweet, biscuity, caramel-y malty deliciousy-ness(y). seriosuly though, bready sweet malts dominate the nose.

t: crisp, sweet and malty. this is definitely one of my favorite marzens. sweet caramel malts, with nice bready undertones with an extremely faint touch of hops that create a near perfect balanced marzenbier.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. excellent drinkability. for me at least.

I think Victory is at the top of their game when they make German beers. Prima Pils, Festbier, Moonglow Weizenbock, are all awesome beers. Don't get me wrong, i like their other stuff too, but there's just something really special about those beers. if you blindfolded me, i'd probably think this was a Paulaner (i actually think its better, but that's the closest comparison i could get). get one.

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Photo of paulwrf
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Joker2008
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Copper in Color, typical thin Octoberfest head

s: Malts

t: Malty but not too sweet. A Little spice on the back end. mmm!.

m: medium carbonation, very smooth nicee finish

d: very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors and body

Overall:
This one of my favorites in style. A very tasty drinkable beer.

Everything I expect from an Octoberfest

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold, light amber color with a low head. Light spicy malt aroma and an awesome candy-like sweet flavor (reminiscent of smarties?). There was a nutty character as time went on. A medium bodied and creamy brew. One of the best American style Oktoberfests in my tasting.

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Photo of CalebDouglas
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, pours amberish copper color with a copious amount of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. About 2 inches of off white head. Strong aroma of malts. Sweet malts of a caramel nature, substantial hop backbone. This is my favorite of the Oktoberfest beers and I look forward to it each year. I normally end up buy a couple cases. And just a side not, I have drank it well into March and it was fine.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bb 12/12/05

deep orange color, thin stream of lively carbonation and a respectable head of smooth velvet and coarse bubbles. solid lacing. aroma screams lager yeast with a perfectly subtle malt richness and the faintest hint of hops. so drinkable and refreshing. light black pepper notes and a crisp autumn malt sweetness are detectable.. full bodied but light in terms of gravity, this beer goes down in big gulps. so fresh... unbelievable. carbonation, freshness, hop spice and malt smokiness add a faux-sense of fall spice... when in reality, this is nothing more than a well crafted, four ingredient beer. mild hint of alcohol in the finish is the only negative i can see here. difficult beer to get right- bill and ron have done it.

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Photo of Thirsty2383
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of khargro2
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,945 ratings.
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