Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
good
1,943 Ratings
THE BROS
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:
1,943
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philbe311
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge slightly tan head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Caramel hued amber... Slow small carbonation bubbles through in an otherwise still brew... Highly translucent, but reflective of light...

S - Malt... Floury dough... Caramel... Hints of fruit... All scents are subtle and faint, but yet well balanced...

T - As expected, malts and caramel are first and foremost... Additionally, there are hints grain and raisins... Very subtle hoppy finish as well...

M - Excellent mouth feel for a Marzen... Smooth, light, and creamy (three of my favorite adjectives when talking about beer)... Gentle, buy slightly intriguing...

D - Highly refreshing and drinkable... Not complex, but a solid Marzen none the less... Fairly simple, but well executed...

Bottle / Artwork - Great label featuring very basic figures working over a wooden tub... Blue purple label with red and white font... Simple but different...

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Photo of joe12pk
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flounder57
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, a little nutty, and some grassy hops.

Taste: You get caramel, nuts, chewy toasted and bready malts, and mild grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, a little watery, and light bodied.

Overall: A solid fall classic from Victory. Simple, easy, and drinkable.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap last night at BAR Pizza in New Haven. Pours really dark ruby/amber with no head. Smell is of some sweet malts. Pretty strong flavor in this one, notes of brown sugar, leafy hops in the back, caramel malts, this leans more towards brown or amber lager than Marzen. Overall a heavier body than expected, slow to drink this one. It's really hard to call this one a good Marzen. I think stylistically it's way off, but as a beer it's pretty good for the fall. Drink this one thinking it's an amber lager and you'll come out happier.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle served in Peroni glass.

Clear copper with a creamy tan head. The head has decent retention but leaves little lacing.

Good malty aroma with a matching flavor! Although I thought the flavor was better than the nose. Sweet malt flavor with enough hops to produce a balance sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK, but more carbonation seemed desirable.

A marzen that is a bit above average.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MaximalC
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a supremely transparent copper color with a rosy hue and a modest head of sudsy, off-white foam that rapidly settles. Mild aroma smells of caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste is very full-flavored for an oktoberfest, with a healthy dose of caramel and noble hops, augmented by a peculiar, juicy, slightly vegetal element. The nutty character alluded to by the nose becomes increasingly apparent as the beer warms. The medium body and fine, prickly carbonation make for a crisp and creamy mouthfeel that is really fantastic.

Overall, this is a flavorful festbier with great texture, however there’s something peculiar and distracting in the taste that keeps me from fully enjoying it.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,943 ratings.
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