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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

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich copper with an off-white short-lived creamy head.

Smells doughy, thats the only way I can think to put it.

The taste has caramel notes, a balanced, spicy hop presence, and a slight tartness throughout. It's ok.

It's smooth and slightly sweet. Theres not a whole lot going on. It's good, but I suppose I was expecting more.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with an off-white head.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malts a slight fruity aroma.

Taste: Mostly malt with a slight caramel presence. Nicely bitter and a surprisingly drier finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Appropriate carbonation for this example and style.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a year-round offering that is a nice find when looking for something malty during the warmer months of the year.

Cheers!

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by Jan. 13, '08:

Pours orange/amber with plenty of clarity and a half-inch off-white head that soon becomes a slowly vanishing thin patch. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of light caramel with a slightly nutty/earthy spice background.

The taste is of brown sugar, caramel and bready notes. Slightly nutty. Subtle hop spice balances out some of the sweetness. A hint of vanilla passes through as it warms. Something slightly burnt about it. Pretty clean finish. Medium-bodied.

Decent...The slightly burnt edges irks me a bit, but overall it's decent enough to put in the yearly line-up of O-fests.

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

The pour brings a very Fall appropriate color. Its clear with a deep warm coppery, red-orange glow. Head on this average speed pour is small, and now no longer exists. No lacing to remind me of it either. Aroma is packed with yummy, chew-able quantities of German malt combined into some light hops. The spice-like aromas that come to mind are a little pumpkin, some allspice, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Taste matches the aromas very well also. This is probably one of my more liked Fall seasonal beers. Mouthfeel has nice creamy, lush malty feel to it. German malty. Very easy to drink additionally.

Good, yummy, and satisfying.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'07 release

appearance - crystal clear amber color with a great beige head that sticks it out and leaves some nice lacing behind in its midst.

smell - sweet maltiness, caramel, some hop spiciness...typical octoberfest aroma

taste - sweet maltiness, caramel, toffee, a subtle hint of hop spiciness to balance everything out...SMMOOOTH. This is one of the smoothest beers Ive ever had. Excellent finish.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, light carbonation

drinkability - i could kick back PLENTY of these bad larry's. VERY drinkable. The best American version of Oktoberfest that I have tasted yet. Seems better than last year's outing.

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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 mnj21655
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Enjoy by Dec 24 07

Pours a perfectly clear dark reddish-copper color with almost no head and no lacing. Aroma is not very strong, faint hop aromas underlie toasted malts. Taste is of toasted malts with only hints of hop bitterness to balance the beer out. Some sweetness at the beginning gives way to a drier finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. This is a solid oktoberfest but didn't do anything to impress me. I'll have another but in the future I'd pass on this and give myself the opportunity to try a new beer.

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

Another winner by victory brewing company.A nice mix of bread and caramel aftertaste.Goes down like spring water on a hot summer day.I recommend this beer and will absolutely be buying this product again.I also will be buying other produts from victory brewing afterall it's in my hometown's backyard.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich amber hue with a one finger light khaki colored head. Stcikiness is hardly there, but somewhat. Smell is a sweet buttery scent with a nice caramel malt mixed in. Definitely a lot of malts in this one, let's give it a taste. Starts off with a subtle citrus hop bite that is quickly dominated by the sweet caramel malt. Sweet bready flavor with a nice kettle popcorn flavor towards the end with a vanilla tea like aftertaste. Pretty complex on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. I put this one down quicker than I had expected, pretty damn good I must say. Victory seems to master almost all styles of beer.

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

Pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head that dies quick. Smells crisp of nuts and spice with a little vanilla. Tastes as it smells with a touch of malt to balance out all the mild flavors. Medium to light in the mouth with tasty carbonation. Drinkability is great as this is a sessionable but not impressionable brew.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted malts with a bit of caramel and a light fruitiness.

Taste: Bready maltiness with only a light caramel sweetness to it. Very, very light hint of roasted grain. Faint yeastiness. There's a soft, tea-like bitterness on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Make no mistake, this beer may not be overly complex, but it is exceedingly drinkable, in every possible way. In fact, it's the best Oktoberfest beer I've had all year (only two, as of writing this).

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

Yeah, its a good fest beer. Its got a basic, mostly sweet taste of caramel malt with a bit of grassy/spicy hops at the end. The carbonation seems a touch low and I cant get any head or lacing. There's a slight burnt or heavy roasted note in the back of the flavor, like some black patent malt was used. I'd drink it, but I wouldn't really seek it again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average oktoberfest, IMO. Poured up nicely with an orange bronze colour and a foamy sand coloured head. Smell was honestly a little BMC-ish with a bit of sweet malt. Taste, Mouthfeel, and Drinkability are all pretty average. Overall, this wasn't bad, but honestly, I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille and Cantina, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber color (perfect for the style) with a thin tan head.

S- Smells bready and malty, subtle hops finish.

T- A nice taste of malt, but not too sweet, a fresh fest beer.

M- Not overly carbonated, very smooth, medium body.

D- A very good example of the style, a little more hop finish would have put this beer at a 5.0.

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Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper body with a 1" light tan head that reduced quickly to half a skim layer of bubbles and half slick surface. More head retention would be nice.

Strong, clean dark toasted aromas of malt. Clean hopping, a bit of earthy hops work in nicely.

Earthy, toasted malts dominate again. A touch of grain husk. Dinner rolls as well. Earthy, slightly herbal hopping. Pretty good, but not a style I have had much of in the past.

Medium bodied, mediumish carbonation. I think a bit more would make it a touch more crisp.

Drinkability is good though. Good malty flavor. A solid beer that will go down easily, especially this weekend while camping out.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from a case I bought last week. The "Enjoy By" date is 12.30.07. This is fresh beer.

Pours into the glass a lovely amber hue with a creamy sort-of-white head. Nice aroma of whole-grain bread accented with subtle hops. Simple yet fragrant.

Nothing complicated in the taste either. Slightly tart from toasted grains, and if I may quote the label, "a kiss of the hops for balance." Notes of caramel are also present. Rich, doughy mouthfeel. And very, very smooth. Maybe a bit too strong to drink more than a few.

Not much going on here, and yet it's fantastic. I feel nourished. I think I could have this for breakfast. You know, in an emergency. Don't say you never thought of it!

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

12oz bottle, enjoy before Dec. '07, served in a short mug.

A - clear, amber color with a fair sized white head that settles to a ring, leaves very little lacing.

S - very good, sweet malt and slight bread/dough aromas.

T - sweet malty flavor upfront, followed by a touch of hoppy bitterness, dry finish.

M - light bodied, good carbonation.

D - I could enjoy a few of these with smoked sausage or bratwurst.

Final Note: A very different taste than any of the many American or German Marzen's I've tasted (Fall Beers are a favorite of mine). I like what Victory has brewed here and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys celebrating anything... Prosit!

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Photo of Redwood21
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I was dissapointed, there was a fast dying head that completely goes away. the nice amber color is however appealing.
S: nice caramel and toasted bread aroma for me. i really enjoyed the aroma
T: very nice and flavorful. there is definatly caramel and malts with some earthy tones as well i feel it has a medium taste but not such a medium bodied beer, on the light side of medium bodied. its almost like drinking a thinner drink with alot of flavor. i still think its a great beer regardless. thisalso makes drinkability really high. very easy to drink beer

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Photo of JasonA
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average ... thats what I got from this beer.

Pours a dark copper with little to no head. Almost a translucent carmel.

I dont get much from the smell. Some sweetness and a little spice. Not much there.

A little biting, may be due to the alcohol content. Tastes like the smell. Not a whole lot there. Wish there was more to talk about. Some sweet, no real hops. Little malty with some spice finish.

Average. Carbonation and bite may be a little more than desirable.

Overall I would rather move forward from this beer than drink it again. Not bad, simply not something worth coming back to.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber copper color. Not much head or lace.

smell - malty and sweet smell.

taste - malts and hops, balanced nice. Taste like other octoberfest beers but with with a little bitterness, might be a honey taste I think.

mouthfeel - Thick and malty.

drinkability - I like any octoberfest beer, A must try. Interesting taste compared to others.

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

Forgot I had this in the back of the fridge from the fall. Glad I had another one.

Appearance: Pours copper in color and crystal clear. Head is very minimal and fades very quickly to the faintest wisps of lacing topping the beer. Lacing on the glass is minimal.

Smell: Nice and malty with hints of caramel, brown sugar, with a bit of a bread or biscuit like quality as well.

Taste: Starts nice and malty with the crystal malt showing a nice caramel like sweetness along with hints of brown sugar and possibly raisins. Festbier finishes with a very nice, light bitterness as the hops make an appearance. A nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in the mouth with decent carbonation. Somewhat slick.

Drinkability/Notes. Glad I found this guy in the back of my DBF, just what I was looking for to offset all of the big winter beers I've accumlated. A nice malty beer with plenty of caramel malt giving the beer its sweetness that also finishes with a nice hoppy twang that lingers long on the tongue after the swallow. Super drinkable and one the would make a good session beer if so inclined. Definitley recommended and will buy again next fall.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear beer looks like a brand new penny, with a big and bubbly off-white head that collapses to a thin skin. Small, spotty lacing. Very few rising bubbles. Doesn't smell like a whole lot of anything. A little bready, and a little nutty. Soft herbal hops.

Just short of a knockout in the taste department. There's good stuff in there -- toasty bread, those soft and steady herbal hops, light fruitiness, a tough of honey -- it's just that it seems a bit faint. Light body. Quite crisp. Not much carbonation.

I'm not crazy about fest beers, but maybe it's right that this stuff tastes a little muted -- that is, if it is to be consumed all afternoon long from bottomless steins. I think Victory scores again with this one. It may feel a little delicate, but it's good stuff.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA

A: Pours with a bright white head. Light copper color. Brilliant when held to light. Bright clarity.

S: Subtle malt aroma. Some other reviewers mentioned a "doughy" smell and I would agree. Very clean and crisp.

T: Very clean and crisp lager taste. Slightly malty with just a slight, slight trace of hops. A totally clean and refreshing finish.

MF: Light. Medium carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable. No doubt a very good session beer. Marzens are suppposed to be subtle and understated but this one might be too understated for my tastes. I have reccomended this to friends who still drink Bud, Lite, etc. in efforts to get them to start drinking higher quality beers.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid a medium dark amber with good Carbonation. The head is 1 finger 1 thick, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big caramel malt.

The taste follows, very nice light toasty caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is good medium body but almost too much carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this beer war brewed to session. MK

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Photo of hopbar
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a yellowish-orange coloring (autumn appropriate) with a nice head, yet it disappeared quickly. It gave off a faint sweet smell with almost the hint of orange. The taste was smooth and refreshing. Sweet and malty followed by a mild hop aftertaste. It was fairly well carbonated and you could feel the bubbles in your mouth as you drank it. Overall, a very good Oktoberfest beer. We served this at our annual Oktoberfest family party back in October and it went over real well with an assortment of German sausages and smoked pork chops.

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