Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
good
1,943 Ratings
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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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3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Spreetaper
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of h4ger
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of number1bum
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a beautiful orangeish amber color, nice clarity, a few bubbles and about a finger and a half of light beige head. Retention is not quite as good, as only a very thin lace is left and just a little stick.

The smell is a great representation of an oktoberfest, as it is full of caramel malt and some bready, toasted notes. Little bit of spicy hops, too.

The taste has a wonderful caramel malt sweetness to it, and a nicely subtle toasted flavor to complement it. The hops are slightly spicy with some floral flavor and a little bitter, too. There is also a fruity flavor here, sort of citrusy. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation, finishing somewhat dry. Very drinkable oktoberfest that I could have a number of in a sitting.

This is one of the two or three best oktoberfests I've had. Very good beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep brown-copper, very clear, with a solid brownish head. The aroma offers sweet biscuity malt, caramel, toffee, a woodsy bitterness, and baked fruits. The flavor features rich caramel with slightly roast malts, nutty qualities, solid bitterness, and a rich and toasty balance. The mouthfeel is thin, with low, bashful carbonation. Overall this has very nice complexity and balance, it is rich but with enough bitterness to counter - maybe not traditional, but enjoyable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby orange color with one finger white head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent caramel malt, roasted oats, honey, and some spices, good stuff.

Taste of oats and caramel malts initially washed out with a bit of water. Some more honey and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but a little thin.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange body with a swiftly descending head that leaves no trace--semi-opaque... solid malt aroma with hints of fruitiness to develop a sense of complexity.. slightly effervescent, with a mellow, medium body that is pleasantly fulfilling... smooth, malty presence in the back of the mouth; little hops to speak of, but at this refreshing a taste, they'd only get in the way! Hops actually manifest on the teeth in time (by mid glass)... this lager is easy drinking--I could have finished the six-pack tonight--and leaves room for improvement, in the sense that it fits the season well but would not be sought out of it....another Victory.

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Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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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Photo of ninaturner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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

Photo of MKrauss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Nov 2008.

Poured in 0.4 L glass stein. Small parchment colored head. Medium carbonation. Clear rusty copper color. Aroma is light, slight maltiness and apples. Flavor is also light, caramel and pecans. Moderate maltiness. Finishes somewhat acrid. Medium light body. Alcohol very light.

Not my favorite from Victory.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
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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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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