Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

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3.72
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20.16%
 
 
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Photo of Beric
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, pint
Served: 27 September 2013

Appearance: Great color- a nice amber hue, not too dark and not too light. Definitely not a Wies'n style Märzen.

Smell: Great maltiness coming out in the nose. Clean. No real hop presence to speak of, which is good considering the style. Malt somewhere in between sweet malts and more roasted malts.

Taste: This is one of the better Märzens I've had this Oktoberfest season, especially from an American brewer. This one has great malt characteristics and practically no hop notes, unlike some other US Oktoberfestbier that I've had (looking at you Left Hand). Very clean and unadulterated malt taste, again somwhere between sweet malt and roasty malt. Some qualities of each come through- it does not taste bitter or smokey like roasted malts, but has some caramel character to it, and some simple-syrup like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for the style. Feels very refreshing on the tongue.

Overall: One of the best American Oktoberfestbiere that I've had so far this season. We will see how it compares to Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, one of the best German versions of this style, in a few days. Overall, I'm generally pleased and would gladly order this at a bar. Whether I buy it for home consumption remains to be seen.

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Photo of mattbk
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, amber/copper, minimal carbonation.
S: Malty, faint noble hop aroma. Nice.
T: Nice munich malt flavor, backed by subtle bitterness and subtle noble hop flavor. A bit musty, maybe slightly oxidized. Maybe slightly estery, but otherwise fairly clean. A nice beer.
M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation. Appropriate for style.
O: Enjoyable, fairly flawless except for slight oxidation I am getting in taste, simple yet enjoyable beer.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Smells slightly of malt, caramel and a little hop spice. Not as much aroma as many octoberfests. Has a nice malt backbone in the taste. A little nutty with caramel and toffee notes. Mild sweetness throughout. Finishes with a nice malt spice and dryness. Mouthfeel--medium light bodied with a nice dry crispness throughout.

Overall a good octoberfest. A bit weak on the aroma, but full in flavor.

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Photo of JParlow
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, glowing dark amber. Nice color and great clarity. Head leaves immediately.

Aroma is full of malt, caramel and bread; better than most.

Flavor is moderately sweet. Thick malt flavors abound, with notes of caramel, toffee, and date. Hop flavor is completely supporting, just there for a touch of balancing bitterness really. Finish is clean and smooth.

Highly drinkable and certainly worth your dollars.

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this brewery alot. And they are pennsy dutch (german) as we like to say back east, so no surprise they shine at Marzen, which is a great session style. This is a great marzen / octoberfest and a "must try".

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tan head. Not much lace.

Smell: Aroma of toasted dominant malts with caramel and a light fruitiness that increase as the beer warms. The aroma gets better and better.

Taste: Follows the smell. Starts w much bready maltiness and just a bit of caramel sweetness to it. Faint yeast. Lovely finish with soft, tea-like bitterness on the dry, crisp ending. Tannin like. Great food beer, in this case with garden primavera (multi colored peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, onion, over pasta) with melted mozzy.

Mouthfeel: Great! Medium body. Medium carbonation, but feels weighty, solid, satisfying and clean.

Drinkability: This makes my top Marzen list, along with....
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Photo of Zach136
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, redish orange, OK lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium intensity caramel, cereal, bready malt character with a touch of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pretty solid beer. I like it more with every sip. Its not instantly seductive but you want more and don't know why. It has a perfect hop bitterness that slowly builds to coat your more with each sip. Sweetness hits your palate immediately and tames the bitterness. Down hops, down! But the hop flavor lingers somewhere between the fight of malt verse bitterness.

The battle wins out with a surprise come-from-behind victory by crispy sweet lager yeast flavor. Not world class, but dam good. worth a six pack, it won't last a week.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into weizen glass, attractive, vibrant amber color with a sustain head. It was too thick but it definitely helped the image of this beer.

Smells of pumpkin and malts under a bready aroma, very Fall.

Taste of biscuits, caramel, and finishes with a nice malty aftertaste.

Medium body, perfect October-time beer. Smell and tastes aren't too complex if that is what you are looking for, but throwing back one or two of these on a nice Autumn day would be ideal.

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Photo of rx-beer
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle poured into a 0.5L dimpled stein

A -Clear Orange amber with about two inches of cream-colored head. Light carbonation..Head fades to a nice, slim ribbon. Patchy lacing sticks beautifully to the dimpled glass.

S - Toasty breadiness with slight dash of hops

T - Malty, toasty, biscuity with a touch of spice and a hint of caramel (very light on the sweetness). Light bitterness from the hops comes out for a crisp finish.

M - Minimal carbonation for this medium-bodied beer. Some tingling accompanies the finish.

O - Very enjoyable beer. I would definitely have this beer again - glad I got two of them...and I'll likely be going back for more. Although I prefer the caramel sweetness from Samuel Adams' Octoberfest, I still think this is a pretty great beer. Hell, doesn't need to be one or the other - I'll have both!

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Amber to light brown with a white head, not much head retention or lacing.
S-Smells very bready, with a hint of sweet caramel, smells decent but the smell didn't get me excited to taste it.
T-Wow, much, much better than the smell, nice caramel taste, and a good sweetness without being too sweet, there's a familiar taste in the finish I can't quite identify, that reminds me of spruce tip beers, but I'm sure that isn't it. Quite good though, surprised me honestly.
M-Pretty full bodied, and very smooth, I really am enjoying this.
O-Very nice beer that surprised me. From my first whiffs of it I thought it was going to be another mediocre Oktoberfest, but once I tasted it I enjoyed it very much, yet another high quality offering from Victory. I'm surprised this isn't rated higher, grab some if you see it.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Andrew041180
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - The beer pours mostly brownish with a copper tinge and a good-sized head that receded fairly rapidly leaving a little lacing on the glass. Slight haze, but mostly clear.

S - Darker malts with a hint of smokiness or nuttiness.

T - Some earthier sweetness with a definite smokey quality. Others have described it as nutty, but I taste smoke.

M - A little on the full-side of medium bodied. Very smooth without a lot going on.

O - I'm not too impressed with this beer. I liked it, but I like to think of Octoberfest beers as something I could sit down with and consume a fair amount of. This doesn't really fit that description.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Festbier
8/30/13
12oz, best by 12/16/13

Pours a clear, glowing dark amber. Nice color and great clarity. Head is fizzy and short-lived. No retention or lacing. (3)

Aroma is full of malt, caramel and bread. Touch of fruit or very light ester, but otherwise neither yeasty nor sulfury. (3.5)

Flavor is moderately sweet. Thick malt flavors abound, with notes of caramel, toffee, and date. Hop flavor is completely supporting, just there for a touch of balancing bitterness really. Finish is clean and smooth. Body is medium, carb is a bit too aggressive and large-bubbled. (4, 3.5)

Highly drinkable, would make a great food beer. Another good German style offering from Victory. (3.5)

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with beautiful clarity. The head starts off as a creamy, off-white color that's about one finger high, but fades fairly quickly.

S: This one is actually really nice aromatically. The malts are very rich in caramel, and even some chocolaty hints. After it opens up a bit, it develops some floral, grassy hop notes. Hell, I even notice a distant quality of allspice. Surprisingly deep for a marzen.

T: There's a definite hoppiness (in a grassy expression) to the finish that separates it from some of the sweeter 'Merican-made oktoberfests. It really does help balance out the initial burst of caramel malts well, and even gives a touch of stone fruit flavors. There's also a distant toffee note on the aftertaste, also.

M: I'd call the body medium, the finish semi-dry, and the carbonation bang-on. This one seems to be a bit more savorable than others, too. And it's still very drinkable, as the style dictates it should be.

O: I like this one a lot - it's well crafted, hoppy, yet balanced very well. There isn't much more to say other than the fact that it's quite good.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fest is awesome. One of their best beers.

A. Dark gold. Nice thick off white creamy head that takes its time to dissipate.

S. Nice strong malty scent. Nostril filling aroma is very sweet.

T. Taste is very malty. Not too bitter but has a nice sweet kick to it at the end.

M. Mouthfeel is nice and light. Not very carbonated either.

O. Overall the beer is great. Victorys best sessional beer and so glad it's year round.

Great job Victory.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating for style, this is a really nice representation of this class of beer.

Smells a little smoky, with hints of caramel toffee.

Very refreshing, and lightly toasty, with hints of caramel sweetness.

Great beer. Super drinkable.

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Photo of jayhass
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Clear amber almost light ruby red hue with one inch white head that fades fast but keeps a ring around the glass. Smell - Light bready malt with caramel and grassy spicy hop notes. Taste - Caramel with a light nuttiness and sweet pilsner malt are equaled by spicy grass with light floral hop flavor that keeps till the end. Overall - Not a bad beer wish breadiness would stand up stronger against the hops.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours hazy copper with a sandstone colored 2 finger head. Fair retention, results in a thin but consistent layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - Sweet bread and caramel aromas, complimented by lesser spice and floral hop notes.

Taste - Caramel and mildly toasted bread character.Subtle earth and toffee. Light spicy hop turns a grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth, near silky finish.

Overall - I'd have to believe this one's been on the self for a good 8 or 9 months, but based on my enjoyment, I'd say it's held up well. This is one I'll have to try fresh come September/October.

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Photo of Hansford
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness glass.

A: Beautiful shade of brownish red/copper. Not very dark, but you know that you are going to get a full taste. Thin head, off-white.

S: Malts, malts, malts. Faint scent of hops, but this thing is all malts on the nose.

T: You get a ton of sweet malts. As Victory always does, the malt is very well-balanced with a touch of hops. Perhaps a little dried fruit as well. Fantastic flavor here.

M: Unlike a lot of "Oktoberfest" beers, this is pretty crisp.

Overall, this is definitely one of my top 3 favorite beers out there, if not my favorite. I found this bottle in the basement, thinking that all of them from the case bought in September's case were gone. What a surprise! But it's always available at the brewery, thank god.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip style glass. I got about a finger of foam on a deeper brown beer.

Off the top I get a pretty good amount of malt. This smells just like fall. The lagering presence is really clean on this one. The flavoring is also pretty clean.

Overall, this makes for a very tasty version of an Oktoberfest bier. I will have to pick this up again in the fall.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a copper color, produced a above average white head, nice retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread and piney hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of toasted malt, caramel and a semi dry, bitter hop finish. Very nice session beer and nice example of a Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of dertyd
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle to a pint glass

A-rusty copper with lots of bubbles little head and no laceing

S-sweet malts,figs,dried fruit

T-sweet malts,figs,grassy citruss verry well ballanced

M-nice and crisp

Overall
A verry good beer from victory they haven't done me rong yet I will drink this one again

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft

Medium brown in color, thin off white head that fades fast. Slightly sweet malty aroma. Taste is bready, a little brown sugar. Thin to medium body.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The weakest suit of this beer, but nothing to complain about. Amber color, decent head.

Smell: A strong whiff of beer (hefeweisen?) when you open it up, it is full of smoothness when you start pouring.

Taste: Malty and spicy, with a touch of hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Overall: I like it. Another good offering from Victory.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Bad Apple, Chicago, IL
Date: None noticed, but released in mid-2012
Glass: US pint glass

Victory's Festbier is a fairly typical American expression of the style, fairly mild caramel and toasted malt flavors combined with a low hop profile, rounding the flavor out with a mild, brown bread quality. While not unappetizing, the beer does not distinguish itself from its brethren, and is somewhat lacking in flavor and robustness compared to the German imports.

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam with below-average retention, lasting less than a minute in its quick fade to oblivion. The declining head leaves little to no lacing along the sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a transparent amber color, with light bringing out reddish-orange tints. Carbonation is visible and fairly active.

Aroma is primarily of grainy, slightly sweet caramel and toasted malts, bread, minerals, and yeast. In general, the scents seemed underwhelming when compared to some of the bolder German varieties out there.

The primary flavors of the beer are grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background. Tasting opens with slightly sweet, grainy and modestly mineral-flavored malts on the front of the palate. Mid-palate continues the sweet grains, adds some bread, and very slight bittering German hops. Back of palate finds caramel malt flavors, slight breadiness, and continued modest bitterness from German hops. Aftertaste is similar to the initial taste: grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background.

Beer has a medium to medium-light body with carbonation of medium intensity, creating a beer that slightly fizzes across the palate, ultimately coming across as crisp and smooth. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,910 ratings.
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