Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
3.67/5
1,979 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:
#31,874
Reviews:
800
Ratings:
1,979
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
256
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,979 |  Reviews: 800
Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Popped the cap of a 12 ounce bottle and, woah, goodness, the roasty caramel aroma is aggressive on this one. I am so, so glad marzen season starts so early now.

Pours dark amber, translucent and fizzy. Not much of a head, but still an appealing enough pour.

Smells intense, like I noted. Very aggressive malt: tons of caramel, some nuts, and a little burnt peat. It's a strong and rough aroma, maybe a bit less smooth than the paragons of the style, but still very charming.

Tastes good, but not as good as the aroma. Caramel dominates throughout, starting very sweet, getting a middle that's marked by nodes of yeast and tea, and then finishing rough and earthen.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Dark amber color. Malty nose with perhaps some brown sugar. Taste has almost no hops. Caramel malt is dominant, with a sweetness that's not quite cloying, but excessive in my opinion. Body is pretty light, with very little head retention. Would prefer more carbonation. I'm a bit disappointed with this 2017 batch, as Victory is one of my favorite breweries. —Reviewed 2017/08/11

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VILJ
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malprep
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruits, bread, and roasted malts. Has a nice balance between sweet malts and bitter hops. A dry smooth finish. Not too bad.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours deep red copper amber with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like fresh grapes, apple, pear, toasted bread crust, roasty caramely molasses-like malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread crusty grain, grape, apple, pear, roasty caramely molasses-like malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Märzen Oktoberfestbier.

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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 EmperorBevis
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a copper coloured body with huge foaming thick lasting white head
Big bran aroma
Rich malty flavour with nice bitter sweet balance
Impressed, very impressed

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with a fast-disappearing head that leaves a tan ring. Aroma is caramel dominated by various german hops. Flavor is weird, with overcooked/burnt food taking the forefront. There are some caramel sugars and bready malt in the mix. Weird though. Smooth finish though.

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mgm54
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EdFed
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting.

From the bottle: "Victory for Your Taste"; "Friendship and camaraderie. The two keys to any festive event. And then there's the beer. It should be full-bodied, yet infinitely smooth. Seductively malty, with a kiss of hops for balance. This is our Festbier. Painstakingly crafted from German malts, decoction brewed for full flavor and carefully aged for depth of character. Gather with your friends for a festive taste of Victory! [undersigned] Bill [Covaleski &] Ron [Barchet] The Brewmasters of Victory".

I often rail against bottles, but I take a sense of satisfaction in Pop!ping the cap on a bottle of Victory beer. I live ~ 40 miles west of Downingtown & I not only date back to the very early days at the brewery, but I know many of the early investors and I remain a thorn in Bill & Ron's side (especially Bill). Further, the central PA Victory rep, Megan (Moose) Moore resides here in Lancaster & she ensures that the wares on local shelves is consistently fresh. Mine reads: "Enjoy By: 11 Jan 2017 0756 P" so I would say that I am right in the sweet spot.

A Pop! of the cap, an aggro pour and I had two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality & deep amber highlights. The color was actually closer to 17 than to 22, but that is the range with which I work. Nose was really sweet, reminiscent of maple syrup! I had to get a little smarter about decoction brewing as a result of this unexpected sweetness. I think that there must have been some caramelization going on at some point. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, one of the bigger Marzen/Oktoberfests that I have encountered up to this point. The taste was sweet, but less sweet than the nose had led me to expect. Instead, it had almost a burnt caramel taste, malty, but not cloying with a light smokiness. It reminded me of candy production during Foods 3 in high school. I came to realize pretty quickly that I wanted to be a baker and not a confectioner since the production takes places at incredibly high temperatures and making caramel & toffee is incredibly labor intensive, plus you really have to watch the temps. I am not saying that this had a burnt flavor, but it had a smokiness that would indicate that it is time to get the pot off of the stove. Finish was semi-sweet with that lingering smoke-infused caramel flavor dominating well past the swallow. This represented a real departure in the style from anything that I had previously reviewed. I liked it if for no other reason than many American versions of the style have been cloyingly sweet & this showed restraint. If you liked my Goldilocks & The Three Bears analogy earlier, this would have been closer to Momma Bear's Oktoberfest. I will keep searching.

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

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Brew_ski
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,979 ratings
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