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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,381
Reviews:
803
Ratings:
1,983
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
259
Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a stiff to semi-rugged amber color with a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a fair pace. Some sliding messy lace ran down the glass.
The aroma started with some crisp sweet clean caramel/toffee notes glossing over some sweet nutty tones. Touch of earth on the back end.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet malty side running through some dried rigid leafy to bark-like notes, yes seriously, I'm not kidding around - I swear this beer always tastes like tree bark to me. Do I like it? Well, I've gotten used to it over the years and am not sure if this is intended by Victory, what do ya do, right? Slight aftertaste of caramel/toffee malts with the nuts and yes, that treebark again.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Malty rich and treebark-like finish.
Overall, odd festbier/Oktoberfest/marzen beer to me. Whatever category one wants to truly classify this, in all of my years, I've never tasted something like this that has a "treebark" flavor to it. I've just learned to accept it and have seemed to never to have questioned Victory, I guess it was their own creativity, or maybe just me.

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Photo of Ri0
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a stein glass. A amber orange color with a nice 2 finger creamy eggshell head. Leaved behind nice lacing. Nice aromas of bready yeast and malt along with hints of caramel. Starts off with the sweet caramel drizzled bread and finishes with some light noble hops. A lighter feel, with soft carbonation and a creamy finish. A clean and easy drinking Festbier with plenty of fall flavor.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice, clear dark amber color with ample carbonation and a very thick and creamy off-white head.

S - Toasted caramel malt, grain, and biscuity smelling.

T - Same as the nose: toasted caramel, grain, a little biscuity, and a mild pine citrus bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium body with almost creamy carbonation.

O - Not my style of beer but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roberto11232
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Clear copper red pour. 1 finger of head... nice ring of lacing.

S: Malty and sweet.. caramel and grains.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel malts... toffee and mild sweetness. Some light hopping to balance it out. Medium to light in body. Finish is sticky and malty.

O: Tastes like an Oktoberfest. Not a style I love, but clean and drinkable. Not a bad fall beer. Nothing to get excited about either.

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Photo of Big_V
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobW696
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really didn't think much of this beer. The body of this beer has an okay color. Flat amber and crystal clear. No lacing to speak of. Malty and sweet. Almost like caramel made of corn syrup. Absolutely no relief on the way from either carbonation or any sort of hop presences. Pass on this beer.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of birdonthewire
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matcris
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very clear caramel/amber in color. Half a finger of off white head that dissipates fairly quick. A bit of lacing left down the glass. The aroma is sweet, almost a butterscotch candy type of smell. Malty, a little nutty, like fruitcake. The flavor is all of these elements, and is bready, lots of caramel sweetness; a bit too much, I think. The feel is medium thin body, mildly dry, and average carbonation. Overall, it is a bit too sweet and tame, for me.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really nice deep orange/Amber color. Toasted malt,sugar,almost candy like aroma. Taste was similar but a bit weak and a little disppointing. It felt a little thin and there was a but of a sour bitter aftertaste

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Photo of haines710
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Pours a beautiful dark Amber from the bottle I picked up at the supermarket. Smell and flavor is very strong but I am not a fan. I get the faint caramel but overall this is a little thin and lifeless. I will keep looking for a fall beer.

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of VicVinegar
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Juan_Andere
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,983 ratings
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