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Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
786
Ratings:
1,940
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
20.16%
 
 
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237
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Photo of arguemaniac
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great caramel character, nicely toasted breadiness, and just the right level of malt sweetness balances will with a mild hop bite. Mouthfeel is decent and the toasted finish is fairly satisfying.

Not bad at all, Victory always manages to produce great interpretations of German brews, and this one is no exception.

Recommended…

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Photo of dgallina
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle dated best-before January 19th 2008.

Pours clear copper with a half-inch of tan head on top and sparse lacing on the sides. The aroma is nicely balanced between toasted caramel malts and grassy hops. Flavor is more malt-focused. Plenty of nutty and toasted bread malts with a bit of clean bitter hop in the finish. Medium body is both creamy and nicely carbonated. A little weak on the hops, but easy-drinking and pleasant for a malt-lover.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a relatively thin head and little lacing. Smell is malty and fruity, maybe cherries. Slight tang from the yeast on the finish. Taste is smooth with dry malt noticeable, but slightly watery. Earthybitterness in the middle and a spicy finish. Not bad, but a little disjointed. Mouthfeeel is spritzy and spicy. Smooth, but not creamy. Pretty easy to drink, but the whole package just doesn't make me shout.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by Jan. 13 08. Very clear, rich deep amber color. Decent off-white head fades away pretty quick.

Rich toasty caramel malt in the nose, with hints of spicy, floral hops. Certainly malt driven in the aroma.

Rich toasty malt, not quite bready. Malt flavor lingers omn the tongue, but does not become cloying. Just enough spicy bitterness to keep things in check. Very robust, without being overwhelming.

So smooth, and easy to drink. Good body. A rich version, that was a real treat. One of my favorites.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An ever so slightly coppery color with some streams of carbonation leading way to a thin ring around the top of the glass. Even with a hard pour, it was almost impossible to get much of a head out of this.

S- Sweet malt with some hop backing. There is really nothing outstanding here. I just kind of think "beer."

T- A great example of the style. The malt and hops compliment each other well here.

M- Good carbonation level and not harsh. Not drying, but just right.

D- This is a very decent example of the style. May not be the most outstanding, but a good ol' American shot at the Euro style.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown body with a thick healthy cream white head.

S: Strong malt aromas power through with a dash of hops in the back end

T: The malt aroma is manifested in a rich malty taste. Caramel comes through a bit towards the middle and a strong roasted finish.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that sits on the palate with a bit of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing... first had this at Victory's Fall Fest... fresh and lovely on a warm fall day.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber-brown color with a two finger, just off white head. Retention is ok, but not great, clarity is almost perfect.

S - Deeply bready, malty aroma. Some yeasty character with a slight caramel note and a hint of hops lurking in the background.

T - More intense malty flavors. Quite a bit more caramel with dark bready flavor and some pleasant roasted malt. There is some hop flavor in the middle that leaves a lingering bitterness that blends perfectly with the roasted character in the finish.

M - Smooth thick and creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and just a bit of astringency towards the finish.

D - Highly drinkable beer, it is easy to put a few of these down. Great festbier overall; the malt character is wonderful and it has just enough hops to balance. The head is good for an American beer, but a bit subpar by German standards and the beer could be just a little bit smoother but, aside from these minor flaws, this is easily one of the best festbiers I have had.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Was a orange-y red-y brown-y color, with a very thin head that quickly left quickly with a thin tracing on the edge of the glass. Aroma smelt yeasty and sweet. Tasted slightly acidic bitter, with spices and pepper. Felt good in the mouth, coated well. Easy to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity. Best by Dec 30, 07.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Dense head lasts well, with prevalent frothy lace. Aroma is sweet nutty malts with a top of hoppiness. Taste follows the nose, nutty sweetness balanced by lightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinking is easy. This one combines interesting flavor profile with a sessionable fest-style brew. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of musicjustintime
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm actually disappointed. I LOVE Victory's offerings...but this one is just WEIRD! Maybe I got a "bad bottle?!" (Don't think so though) Tastes kinda like dirt, with a little bit of old hops added. Not sure what this beer is... The worst Octoberfest I've ever had...so far, and I really hate to say it. Again, Victory is a wonderful brewery, and this is THE FIRST of theirs that I've had that I don't like. Maybe it's not me, 'cause my buddy DID say he's tried it, and hated it as well?!.... Sorry friends. I don't recommend this....unless you like a "dirty"-tasting Oct-fest. Sorry Victory friends. Cheers and SAAAALUTE my BA friends!!!

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Photo of meatyard
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very clear, reddish amber. The head forms nicely, falls quickly and leaves no lace.
The smell is a pleasant malty caramel.
The taste is of bread, sweet and malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good, It's not high in ABV and has an interesting taste that keeps you picking up the glass.

A good fall beer.

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Photo of Stimack
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served to a nice clear amber color with a good-sized frothy head that had a nice retention leaving a good amount of lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma seems to be musty with a great deal of malt wrapped together. Some spiciness seems to be present as well along with a slight nut and alcohol scent breaking through. Over all a pretty good smelling brew. The taste, to me, seemed to disappoint. It did not seem to have enough oomph, seemed watered down. The Malt flavors where there but they did not stick out. The flavors that where present where caramel, nuts, toasted grain and a hop/dry finish. Not a bad beer but do feel that it holds up against some of the better Marzens from Germany and is mediocre to a number of Marzens brewed here domestically.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that declines quickly but still dots with lace

Smell: Excellent caramel aromatics with underlying bready elements

Taste: Starts with a rich taste of caramel with subtle hints of butterscotch and vanilla; a slight graininess appears by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy aspect is joined by surprising amount of earthy and spicy hops; some lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice attempt at the style; bursts with flavor and original, but traditional elements

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Photo of beerking1
4.97/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful garnet-amber color, crystal clear, pure white, small head. The aroma is a great combination of Munich Malt and subtle hops. That, however, is only the beginning. The real pleasure comes with the first sip, and last until the last drop. This is a great example of the style, exhibiting the unique flavors of a true decoction mash, with the wonderful malliard flavor components this brings. Seek this beer out!

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Photo of rowew
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, enjoy by date clearly marked. Label has 2 people working over what appears to be a big beer kettle.

Appearance: mmm.. smells like Oktoberfest. Just the right combination of malty sweetness with some good bready and caramel flavors in there, and just a hint of some noble hopping.

Smell: Medium to light bodied, low carbonation. Flavors are a good combination of malt - sweetness, some bready flavors. Finishes clean.

Taste: Nice example of an Okto - interesting enough to make you want to keep drinking it, and drinkable enough that you certainly can. Man I love this time of year!

Overall impression:

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Photo of shertz
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chalice. The temperature was 43 degrees. Best by Jan 13 08.

A- Very little head goes away to nothing on top. Pretty clear amber red with some bubbles rising towards top.

S- Floral hops with some biscuity malts in backround.

T- Floral hops quickly gives way to plums and sweet, bready malts. Real nice balance between the hops and malts. I really enjoy this immensely.

M- Fairly well carbonated but the bready malts give it a nice thickness.

D- Wow, I really enjoy this brew. I was surprised that it didn't get higher ratings. This is by far the best fall brew I have had this season.

Cheers Friends,
Scott

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

Pour was a dark copper color, thin head and decent carbonation.

Smell was sweet and bready. A little earthy hop presence also comes through for a brief moment.

Taste is more sweet malts. Caramel and a light bit of chocolate, more and more as it warmed. Some hints of fruit and less hops than smell suggested.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium.

Overall the drinkability is pretty good here. Nothing stands out with this offering but it seemed solid enough.

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Photo of iceball585
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark reddish color, clear, tiny bubbles throughout, thin white head

S- Toasted malts, bread, flowery, hint of hops

T- Nice blend of malt and hops, bready, slight flavor of peanuts

M- Medium body, fairly smooth

D- Definatly worth trying

Not my favorite Oktoberfest but it's worth giving it a try. Also I expected more flavor out of a beer from Victory Brewing Company.

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Photo of cokes
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn-tinted copper with a rising sandstone head that gradually recedes to a mere edging.
Flour tortilla nose, with glints of grapes, caramel, honeyed graham crackers, and corn syrup (relax...it's a simple impression, and not in the derogatory macro sense).
Into the mouth, it's bready first, and toasty second. Trickles of caramel sweetness wiggle in, along with a prolonged walnut-laden nuttiness. That same, slick corn syrup sweetness from the nose makes an appearance, and I can't really place where it comes from, having seen the ingredients. But it quickly morphs into fleshy sourdough with a tic of seedy grapes. It concludes with a tempered, but cleansing burst of herbal hops.
Medium bodied in the mouth. It approaches grabby, but is slaked clean with a slow, but persistent carbonation.
It's not a standout (and actually a small letdown coming from Victory, whom I assumed would put out a classic),. But to say it's anything less than solid would sell it short as this ultimately succeeds in its cause and would be downable in minivan-sized steins given the right occasion...and absence of other similar options.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one poured a very nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Ample carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going. A nice bit of side glass lace was apparent, but the real story here was the complete and total clarity of the color and the great hue to it overall. A very nice, classic looking lager here. I have only tried two Victory beers, Prima Pils was my first but I like Festbier a whole lot more. A great seasonal that should be a year round beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – This one poured a very nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Amble carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going. A nice bit of side glass lace was apparent, but the real story here was the complete and total clarity of the color and the great hue to it overall. A very nice, classic looking lager here.



S – Aroma was nice, very light with a touch of fruit to it. Dominated totally though by the earthen malted grans. Lots of cereal and spice with almost what smelled like a touch of pumpkin. I don’t know if itt was really strong enough to be a major competitor in the overall scheme of things, however it did round everything out very nicely. Overall a really good light fall like aroma.



T – The flavor was great. Very light and refreshing. Naturally the biggest player here would be roasted malts and yeast. Nice little floral taste in the finish, which was also quite dry, I have to say a lot drier then I thought it would be fore sure. A nice drinker that went really well with dinner. It did have a noticeable yeast flavor to it, but nothing that was distracting from the overall appeal of it. Really well done I have to say and I have had quite a few lately in these styles, and this was defiantly upper tier for sure.



M – Very smooth would be a perfect way to describe it. Great carbonation helped to keep the flavor light and keep the feel rolling along. A good crisp, quick, and clean finish to it really helped as well. Perfect feel though for the style as it was light enough to keep going but had enough depth to make you stop and think.



D – Great. I could have kept going on this one all night. It just had a great blend of properties that helped to show off at just the right time. The perfect blend of a spiced amber ale mixed with low abv and great carbonation, what more could you ask for other then a 32oz mug.



Overall what can I really say about this one. It was really superb and just what was needed at the time. This was an extremely drinkable, well designed and very filling brew that really gave a good represent of the style and offered a none complicated version. In a day and age where everyone and everything keeps going better, it was nice to see someone just keep it simple and put out a quality everyday brew, well done.

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Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with decent enough head and some lacing. Smells a touch doughy with some soft caramel and hops. Upfront is a nice lightly toasty malt note that gives way to a nice mellow malt base. All balanced by an even hop bitterness, ends drying. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect for an O'fest, i think. Almost medium bodied with vibrant carbonation and a terrific creamyness without getting too heavy. Impeccable balance. Drinkability is good. Best O'Fest i've had this year, though I'll admit to only having tried 5 or so. Extra points to this one for not being overdone.

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

Decent start to the head with great ring lace. Very clear and lighter than I'd expect.

Overall, strong amber malt (crystal?) smells like a marzen should be.

The taste matches the aroma--malty, smooth and milky. Light hop gives some balance. Good body, low carbonation.

Overall, a nice entry into the marzen world.

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Photo of Contra
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a burgundy tinge. Minimal head with a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is almost non-existent, but sweet. Very doughy-biscuit flavor with a well spiced taste. I could down tons of these.

Overall, a very enjoyable Oktoberfest.

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

Bright coppery orange with a short-lived head. Clean sweet malt aroma, lightly doughy and floral. Toasted, nutty sweet malts comprise much of the flavor. A leafy, herbal hoppiness compliments the malt. Solid medium body wraps everything up nicely. Clean and easily drinkable.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,940 ratings.
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