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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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779
Ratings:
1,908
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
20.16%
 
 
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Photo of rabsten
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a straight sided pint glass. Pours a clear brown-amber, minimal head with no lacing. S'ok.

Light malty smell, little hops. Basic lager-y aroma.

Tastes like Budwieser claims to tase: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Light malt, light hops, clean finish.

Thin to watery mouthfeel. Nothing special.

Above average drinkability though, because it goes down clean and easy. I found this bottle going down fast on this fine indian summer day and would like another.

This is the most Plain Jane brew I've had from Victory, but it's by no means a bad beer. This would be a good way to introduce a BMC drinker into craft beer, I think.

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

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle. Enjoy by Dec 21 2011.

Appearance: Pours a visibly thick dark orange with a thin head.

Smell: Very sweet malty molasses.

Taste: Probably one of the maltiest beers you will ever taste. Sweet sugary molasses.

Mouthfeel: This is one thick beer. Not a ton of carbonation.

Overall: Good, not great, Oktoberfest. Not a lot of balance.

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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 Shovelbum
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Creamy white head and a copper body with only a few carbonation bubbles. Smells of sweet and roasted malt. Taste is bitter, mildly sweet and a bit dry. Fuller-bodied than other lagers as expected for the style. Crisp despite the apparently low level of carbonation. Finishes smooth and clean.

A decent Marzen. True to design, it would serve as a good session/festival beer.

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Photo of tjd112
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance: Poured a copper/amber color with a finger off-white head

Smell: Malty and bready

Taste: Caramel and toffee, otherwise, follows smell'

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, a bit heavy body

Drinkability - A good session beer

Overall - A good example of the style

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Photo of magnj
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - Orangey Amber color, 1 finger head settles to a faint ring. Quite a bit of bubbles rising from the bottom, fairly clear.

s - Fruity, a little dry.

t - Banana and Orange. Not real malty, sweet or hoppy. Has a slight twang. It really tastes like a Hefeweizen without the Belgian yeast. It's not bad but I've had better Octoberfests.

m/d - Pretty thin, flavor lasts only briefly. Sessionable but not too tasty. On the low side of carbonation. I bought this mid December on a whim. It's now mid January and probably past it's prime...I'll have to give it another chance next year.

EDIT: Bottle was in fact past it's Enjoy by date...but they must be drank.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. The label declares "enjoy by Dec 30 '07"
A: Copper-amber in color, clearish and bright. Roughly one inch of smooth off-white head comes with the pour, and it recedes quickly to leave a thin layer atop the beer.
S: I can practically smell this from a few feet away, and it's quite nice. Sweet malts and a subtle earthiness are most noticeable, and there's a crisp grassy scent underneath, as well. After letting the beer warm a bit, I get a slight deep fruit smell along with a more noticeable hop scent.
T: Sweet yet crisp up front. The sugars explore the mouth and give way to a more noticeably hoppy taste in the middle. The underlying caramel malts remain tasteable, but they're not quite as sweet. The finish is a continuation of these tastes, with the addition of a little smoky taste, although the lingering flavor is sweetish and malty.
M: Relatively light and perfectly refreshing. Hardly a hint of unnecessary bitterness or alcohol
D: Great, I could drink this all night.
Overall, a fantastic beer for this time of year, or anytime for that matter.

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

A nice caramel notes here. Nice malty complex taste.. A very nice october fest brew. Goes down real smooth. Lots of character nice sweetness flavor.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Festbier pours a dark peach-skin color with some lighter orange highlights. A finger of white, creamy head sits atop the beer for a few minutes before dissolving back into the liquid. Not a lot of lacing left around the glass.

Ok nose, but not really that fragrant. I can pick out some malts and a bit of nuttiness as well. Also smells a bit musty. Just need a little more strength here.

The taste is pretty good... a little sweet caramel malt, but mostly bready malts and a bit of musty grain and nut combo. Just a little bit of bitterness on the tail-end of the flavor.

Good mouthfeel, pretty smooth and silky with a body that's a notch or two below medium. Also some restrained carbonation that helps the beer remain smooth.

Not a bad beer, overall. It's good that these fall beers are starting to come out more now, and though this isn't my favorite, it's getting me in the autumn state of mind. Give me a bit more aroma and a little more in the flavor department and this would be a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of witster18
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good accessible Okt.

Very malty profile... near choco hints... woodsy... sharp hop to balance late, but very sweet... scrumptious flavor, but a bit less alcohol/heat than most of the style and a bit more flavorful than most in the style...

will definitely re-visit....

the German versions tend to feel 'thinner' than this, but the differences here are quite refreshing... I don't know if this really helps in the drinkability aspect that is supposed to be part of the enjoyment of the style, but as for flavor, this is great!

probably the 4rth or 5th best american okt I've had....

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Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer from victory pours a really nice copper brown color. The smell is malty and slightly spicy. The taste is a nice potent bitter. It's not over powering and makes for good drinking. This is a nice octoberfest and perfect beer to go with the season.

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

This is not my favorite Victory brew, but it is very drinkable. It is light amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is one of the barley malt and a kicker of hops. The taste is pretty much the same. By comparison with the good German Fest beers, this is not quite there. In contrast to the Spaten brews and the like, this is superior. It is a pretty thick feeling beer but is very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly leading to drinking more than one.

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Photo of rarevos
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color with very, very light tan head. Head is about 1/4 finger's worth, and it quickly turns into uber-light lacing and then a ring around the glass.

S: Sourdough aroma up front. There's a tang behind that that's a bit hard to place. Metallic? Cracked wheat and some baker's yeast.

T/M: Very malty up front, but not super sweet. The malt is bready and rich, with a moderate caramel sweetness and a wheat germ flavor. Finish is mildly bitter, with a long and malty tail. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, like a good hefe.

D: I'm not a huge lager drinker, but this is a really pleasant beer. Balanced, flavorful, and well done. I could drink a few of these for sure.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a thin head that fades fast.

The aroma is malty and smooth with just a little bit of roasted character. Flavor mimics the aroma. It is very smooth clean mild and malty. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant. This is a smooth, easy drinking, no-frills Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark amber color, with an initially generous head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is strong, with bread and biscuit scents standing out. Toasted bready malts are dominant in the taste, reminding me of sourdough bread. There is a bit of nutty flavor, and a floral bitterness in the finish. Just average mouthfeel. Nothing really remarkable about this beer, but nothing bad either.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a tulip.

A - deep amber, good clarity, moderate to low carbonation, small head fades fast.

S - Faint sweet caramel malt aroma, clean fermentation, no hops presence noted.

T - Fresh light caramel sweetness, a small hops bitterness keeps it from being too much. Fresh bread, honey, clover, and a nice noble hops finish. Light and enjoyable malty lager.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, clean finish that clears instantly.

D - High. This is what a celebration brew should be all the way around.

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Photo of fields336
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SN snifter
Enjoy by Jan 18 2012 printed on label

A: clear, orange amber liquid, with 1 finger bubbly french vanilla colored head. Dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing on sides of the glass that also dissipates.

S: roasty, caramel, bready malts, with a slight herbal/grassy/earthy hop presence in there

T: nice bready, chocolatey, malty character with a nice toasty finish. There is a slight bitterness which is nice. Not as cloyingly sweet as some other commercial marzens. Stays more earthy, and bitter than others. I much enjoyed this one, very sessionable, cool, balanced, crisp, and nice.

M: nice carbonation, crisp, drinkable as any marzen should be. I love fall and this style, it's a big hit for me.

O: If you're picking out an American interpretation of a Marzen, this is the one in my opinion, I bought multiple 6ers of this, it's a great beer

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy by Jan 3 2011. Pours a chestnut brown that's mostly clear although there is a slight haze to it. Very little head/lacing but it may be a bit too cold out of the fridge.

This is such a hard beer to review. The aroma and taste - bready and malty - is so muted and mild, but it's very true to style. An authentic Octoberfest is just not going to blow you away with strong flavors, and this doesn't do it either. I found the carbonation too thin and the mouthfeel a little watery. For me, that put Festbier a notch below the average O-fest.

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Photo of mgironta
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew was a clear amber color with minimal head and active carbonation. There was no real lacing to speak of. The first thing that I noticed was that this brew was a little thin and not what I would consider for the body of an Oktoberfest. On the nose, I got…nothing. No joke. Not a thing. It was like sniffing water. Maybe if I thought really hard about it, I could get some sort of earthiness and a hint of sweetness. But, it would be a reach. The taste is primarily watery, just how it looked. I didn’t get a lot of taste on it. Maybe some sweet malt on the taste and a hint of earthiness? I’m surprised about the lack of flavor in this brew. I didn’t really like it and would not get it again. Definitely underflavored.

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Photo of KWolf
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap, with nice autmn orange hue and little to no head, faint malt in nose. Solid malt backbone from start to finish, very slight grainy/ hop bitterness to keep from cloying. Nice example of style from Victory!.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my New England Patriots pint glass while watching the surprisingly good Colts/Steelers game. Curtis Painter is not a real quarterback.

A: Poured with 1/2-finger of off-white head that imploded faster than the Vikings in the second half of any game this year. Festbier is an amber/honey color, as pleasing to look at as a football, thought somewhat lighter.

S: A whiff of piney/citrusy hops surprises the nose, much like the Buffalo Bills surprised the Pats today. Seriously, I expected a marzen to have a maltier nose (not a complaint), but it takes time to warm up and the real spirit of it to come through, much like Ryan Fitzpatrick.

T: Earthy caramel malts with a ghost of a fungus-like aftertaste. Cereal grain finish where I would have expected the hops. Curious what happened to the bit of hoppiness that was in the nose (and that the bottle promised). It was conspicuously absent, like the Steelers running game tonight.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation was light but this brew was still a bit foamier and and rougher than expected. It's not anywhere near the chewiness of the turf Jay Cutler is constantly picking out of his teeth, but still.

O: Festbier is not a bad seasonal brew, but much like the Chiefs, I do not associate fall with Victory.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish out of the bottle. Thin white layer forms on top, less than one finger head. Smell is malty with some spices mixed in. Taste is a little bitter with a stale taste. Not as malty as other Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Not one of Victory's better offerings.

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Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from the bottle into a ghandi-bot tulip.

A: Beautiful dark orange with compact head that dissipates into a very thin ring.

S: Malty, big caramel malts. Beautiful. Yeast and hops are mild and very much in the background.

T: Follows nose and is perfect velvety creamy and very slightly slick on the palate. Roasted honey sweet like notes and some of the hops present as tea-like.

M: creamy, medium full end of the spectrum. finishes with that tea-like note and then goes creamy and sweet but never cloying.

O: very nice and perfect for fall.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Russell House Tavern, served in a pint glass.

Pour is a deep copper, golden orange - seasonally appropriate, at the very least. A one-finger white head last for a while, though there's minimal lacing.

A lot more spice than I was expecting in the aroma. Herbal, with a lingering scent of pepper. There's also some sweet, biscuit malt that reminds me of caramel. Not a huge departure from the style, but interesting.

The taste is very bready, with the malt shining through. Sweet, with the caramel from the nose playing a big role. There's also a pretty noticeable bitterness, and a slight astringency in the finish.

A little overcarbonated, could be toned down a notch. As it stands, the feel is a little distracting.

Unremarkable for the style. There are too many equivalently-priced alternatives to make me return to this one.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly transparent orange-amber color. Fluffy 2 finger white head fades slowly into a little cap. Light carbonation.

S: Caramel, toasty grains, and some doughy biscuit make up the aroma. A light dose of hops is present. Smells slightly sugary with some real nice fall scents.

T: The caramel and brown sugar start things off with some darker sugary flavors. The toasted biscuity malts follow along providing foundation for things. I got some vanilla and toasted nuts in there somewhere. Hops are barely detectable on the finish but help give that crispness at the end.

M: Somewhere between thin and medium but the creamy carbonation and richness help it feel bigger than it is.

O: Another great beer from Victory. Not my absolute favorite marzen but one I'm happy to have around when things are cooling off. I'm sure to buy some more of this.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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