Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

12 oz. bottle, "enjoy by" 3/21/07. It pours a clear copper/amber, with high carbonation leading up to a half-inch khaki head that keeps a thin cap and leaves light lacing. It smells sweetish, with toasted and caramel malts, and some dark fruits. The flavor is lightly toasted, with caramel, molasses, and some lightly spicy, green hops that leave a medium bitterness. The body is medium, lightly drying, tingly at first, but it evens out and leaves a medium finish. Another good offering from Victory.

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Photo of rypkr
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that has some retention. The head is slightly off white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber with reddish hints which appears as pale to medium amber with reddish hints in the light.

Nose- Not terribly complex with some presence. It's mostly malts- grain, cereal, and biscuit. Some toasted notes and a little bit of cornflake. Not that interesting but fairly true to the style. Swirling gives the malt aroma more complexity and more presence.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose and starts off with the same sweet malt (slight hint of raisins) and runs the gamut of grain, cereal, and biscuit. Not much of a hop profile at all, though there was a slight chalkniness to the middle and a bit of wood to the finish. The malt is fairly complex but I've never found the malt bills to most lagers to be very interesting. This is well put together but doesn't intrigue me at all. Toasted notes start to rise as it opens up and makes this beer more interesting though, once again, toasted notes aren't my favorite. Seems to be fairly true to the style but seems just a bit above average to me. A bit of ash seems to appear as well. The rich malt seems indicative of melanoidins.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with good amount of creaminess. The carbonation is low key and the dry finish really keeps the malt bill focused. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Great mouthfeel gives this beer a sessionable quality. Pretty standard price for a craft six pack.

Overall- Above average good beer which seems to be a good representation of a style I generally don't like but need to have more experience with. Definitely worth a try- the mouthfeel is the star.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - The beer appeared a nice dark amber color, with some carbonation streaming to the top of the glass. The beer had a nice slightly off-white head that was retained nicely which made for some lacing.

S - The beer had a nice, slightly sweet, but good malt aroma. Not much else, but I would not really expect from else from the style.

T - Followed the nose well, a nice, full malted barley taste. Solid and not complex, but as expected from the style.

M/D - Lighter body with nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink, I thought. The beer was smooth with a light creaminess to it. Overall, this is a solid brew from an excellent brewer and to be honest, I thought that it would have a better rating than it does. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice orangey amber with a decent head of an off white hue and touches of lace here and there. A bit of haze as I gaze, no carbonation in the glass. Smell has lots of toasted grains and light sweet malt with yeasty bread and herbal hops. Taste is malty and smooth with a grainy quality that flows to a well integrated hop component that balances the caramel sweetness and gives a somewhat longish dry finish. Well developed nuttines shows towards the swallow, gives a nice platform for the bitterness to blossom. Feel is medium with a light tingley carbonationan and a crisp overall character. High notes for drinkability and sessioning this one is easy. A good solid effort from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that faded slowly and laced all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some biscuity tones, a bit of hops at the end of it, but mainly very sweet balanced malt.
T: Follows the nose really well. Tastes of very sweet malts, a big biscuity taste, then a hint of hops, and then back to the malt for a very sweet finish.
M: Very fresh, smooth, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, this was one of the more flavorful marzens done by American brewers. In fact this is one of the better marzens because of the amount and balance of flavor it has.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crisp amber colour with a decent sized off white head that has minimal retention time and dissolves quickly, leaving nary a trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is a basic but solid blend of caramel sweetness, some chalky, toasted bread (if that makes sense) a slight hint of spice and hops.

The flavour brings out some more toasted bread flavour along with a hint more spice and an overall dryness that was not expected from the sweetness noted in the aroma. That said, sweetness is still here from the caramel, but is concentrated primarily in the middle of each sip. There's a touch of a nut flavour at the finish as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with nice carbonation and a touch of slickness.

This is good stuff. As far as Oktoberfests go, this is one of the better ones out there. Beers true to the style don't leave much wiggle room for twists and turns in the flavour, but those that can do it right make for a tasty beer, and that's what this one does.

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Photo of Shandycan
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good Oktoberfest that showcases the difference between American versions and old Bavarian versions (Marzen, not the "Festbier" style).
Pours a burnt orange color that's probably as close to copper or bronze as it is orange. The head's not too big, although it does lace better than expected.
Unlike the German originals, many American brewers are making their Marzens even maltier and cutting back on the hops presence a little. This one has a lot a sweet caramel, gingerbread, graham cracker, and even some natural pumpkin pie flavor. Finish is sweet, but slightly drier than a few others. Hoppiness is mild, but it does keep the brew from being cloying and overdone.
Pretty drinkable and definitely something you could make a session out of.
Not quite as overkill malty as some, but I'd still prefer a hint more hops just to keep things in balance. Still, the flavors are very clean, and I'd guess the Ayinger offering was likely a role model.

It's really good, and if you actually prefer the maltier Marzen to the more balanced ones, this one could arguably be one of if not THE best around. Personal preference will dicatate how much you like this one, but I don't think anyone will argue with the beer being exactly what they were shooting for.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bb 12/12/05

deep orange color, thin stream of lively carbonation and a respectable head of smooth velvet and coarse bubbles. solid lacing. aroma screams lager yeast with a perfectly subtle malt richness and the faintest hint of hops. so drinkable and refreshing. light black pepper notes and a crisp autumn malt sweetness are detectable.. full bodied but light in terms of gravity, this beer goes down in big gulps. so fresh... unbelievable. carbonation, freshness, hop spice and malt smokiness add a faux-sense of fall spice... when in reality, this is nothing more than a well crafted, four ingredient beer. mild hint of alcohol in the finish is the only negative i can see here. difficult beer to get right- bill and ron have done it.

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Photo of Foxman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a flashy ambery gold, crystal clear and flitting highlights about. A finger of pithy white head settles quickly to spring-fed islets of foam. Mere pinpricks of lacing punctuate the inner surface of the glass.

The aroma delivers a quick, basic tenet of lightly toasted autumnal malt, along with an earthy noble hops ambience that promptly whispers away.

The first taste carries a light film of breezy malt sweetness, developing into a rather sparse melange of flinty fruitiness and smooth rondelles of earthen hops. The finish fades to a strain of baked pretzel doughiness and noble hops dryness. It actually comes across as unexpectedly light and airy, and might not be the very best credit to the style, but it delivers something worthwhile.

Between light and medium bodied, it physically has a bit more spine than the flavor it strives to deliver. A classical lager dryness lingers glowingly in the mouth.

As happens at times, the rather simple and thin flavor goes a long way toward making this quite quaffable. It’s utterly inoffensive, and pretty much unremarkable as well. Still, it’s well better than just average, and it absolutely qualifies as satisfying. It’s not likely to stand up well to much but the more mild food dishes, but as a standalone session beer it would be nicely recommended. You can’t be amazed by every beer you try, but this one impresses just enough to make it desirable.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Urk1127
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into tumbler. Brown. Not much of a head or lacing. Smell is sweet caramel. Malty. Taste is dry sweet bold malt. I do not like marzens mostly and this we not much different than those.

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

pours a clear copper-red with a very small dirty white head, and some lacing.

smell of malt, caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is tangy, malt, some nuts, some caramel, a bit of hops in the back, and a touch of spice, ends tangy on the tongue.

overall a good brew.

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Photo of hoosier222002
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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