Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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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Ratings: 1,962 |  Reviews: 796
Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 mzwolinski
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color, with a thin, light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet, with doughy bread notes. Malt dominates the taste as well, starting off sweet and developing a pleasant toastiness mid-palate. Bit of a nutty flavor forms there too, and sticks around. Finish is lightly accented with herbal hop flavor, and the aftertaste is sweet. Medium-light in body, but well-carbonated and hopped well enough to prevent the taste from becoming cloying. Very drinkable.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear, light brownish orange with an almost white head that is not quite as steady as i like

Smell is bready sweet with a hint of citrus

Taste is a very good, wheat bread that isn't too much.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but makes it very drinkable. Slightly dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of alostplot
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper brown color with a modest white cover that dissipates quickly to random swirls. Lacing is fair. The aroma is no doubt cabbage malt with a hint of chocolate and herbal hop. Pretty neat. The flavor is absolutely in keeping with the nose hit. A beautiful malt bath with an herbal hop edge that makes for a lucid, dry feel in a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very satisfying Octoberfest beer that I would easily recommend autumnal malt fans.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Extrajoker00
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass

Review from notes: Beer Tasting 09-23-2011

A : Brownish amber with a thin head

S : roasted malt and caramel

T : Sweet roasted and caramel

M : Smooth and a slow finish

D : Left me wanting more

I felt this was a good Oktoberfest and would recommend

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier

· Appearance: Amber to walnut brown with a light creamy head, subsiding to a very thin layer.
· Aroma: Malty biscuit with hints of spice and nut.
· Taste: Malt and dark nut, a little bready, almost toasty.
· Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice carbonation.
· Drinkability: Little complex flavor, but very drinkable. Easy to enjoy a few.

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Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; glowing amber-orange with a moderate white head that foams up and then descends quickly into a ring of bubbles with some patches of single-bubble-thick foam floating around.
Smell is soft bready malt, with a crisp twang of hops at the end.
Taste follows the nose, bready toasted malt with a crisp finish of earthy/bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste is semi-dry, with a crisp pinch of planty hop bitterness melding with breadiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and well-carbonated.
Overall, a tasty and simple beer. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a crystal clear amber with a cherry hue. A thin tan head forms and thins. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all caramel malt.

Taste is a a rich caramel maltiness start to finish with just a hint of hops that compliment it just right.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Now, this is the Octoberfest that my palate has been craving. Certainly a good example of the style and easily drinkable. I may get burned out on the style before the season even gets here as this is the third O-fest that I have purchased and consumed in August...

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Photo of
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Clear copper color, small light tan head.

Malt showed up as caramel and a bready type of smell. Hops were faint, but present as citrus.

Taste was well-balanced, a sweetish start and a mildly bitter finish. Sweet was caramel, and light molasses. Bitter was grassy. Some pepper/spice in finish as well.

A light bodied beer which was very smooth. Carbonation was medium to high.

A very good session beer, which I would happily drink more of. Nice balance and good taste.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper amber with hues of gold as it's shows off it's exceptional clarity. Almost tan colored head of foam that fell to a nice ring and a film on top. Carbonation can be seen streaming up.

Nose is terrific. It is doughy malt, yeasty bread and herbal hops. Perfectly simple. The hops are earthy and give a nice perfume. The malt has a bit of sweetness to it. This beer is decoction brewed.

Taste is firm and and medium bodied with a bit of slickness to the mouthfeel. It's crisp and it has nutty toasted grain. Lightly sweet bread and herbal earthy hops. Finishes semi dry and with plenty of malt flavor to linger in the aftertaste.

Victory has the habit of making clean and crisp brews that are sharp, meaning distinct and clear. That's what this beer was. Clean, subtly sweet and earthy. It has abundant flavor and a palate that is ready for anything from burgers to pasta primavera.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich color, golden orange in hue, still and clear. Thick cream seeps up tightly and falls slowly. Great-looking Octoberfest. Nose is a little spicy and has some toasted cereals, pretty normal for the style.

Taste is full-mouth spiciness, like pine needle spiciness, edged with alcohol and sharp hops. Malts are sweet toasted cereals and corn, very flavorful, showing an aftertaste of toasted grain as well. Ample carbonation manages somehow to not be sharp at all. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of RancidAggro
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shy5
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier pours a clear copper color with a thin, fizzy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving no lace behind. The aroma is very faint, but has some bread and toast malt notes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a mild fizz on the back of the tongue. The flavor is is mostly crisp malt with notes of biscuit and caramel. Mild fruit notes and a touch of spice are mixed in. It finishes with a taste of grassy hops. Once gone a hint of spice remains on the palate.

This is an tasty Octoberfest with a nice crisp malt backbone. I thought the lack of lace made the beer look a bit flat and the aroma needs to be a bit stronger.

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Photo of I3eer
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of neonbrown82
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Oktoberfest. Once again Victory proves they can do lagers just as well as sie Germans. Not the best I've had this season, but it's up there.

The beer looks wonderful. Nice coppery amber color with ample carbonation to support a thick off-white head. Retention is awesome, but the beer doesn't seem to lace well.

The smell is lacking. Very light. With a strong whiff, one can smell some caramel and munich malts, along with some hops. Also a bit of a vegetal DMS aroma, but it's just enough to stay under the radar.

The taste is good. Nice caramel sweetness with a nice toasted bread flavor from the munich malt. Good crisp bitterness goes well with a subtle vegetal finish.

Crisp and clean with a lingering caramel sweetness. Fairly full-bodied for a lager. I could put down many of these with no problem. I've really gotten into Oktoberfests this year, whereas last year I skipped over many. This is a mistake I won't make in future years.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 4 oz tasting glass.

Pours an orangish/brown with a 2-inch foamy head. Smells of sweet, roasted malt. Very good blend of malt, a hint of citrus, and sweet caramel. Goes down a little on the thick side and has a nice caramel aftertaste. Very drinkable lager...great for enjoying at night as a dessert brew.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 52.9% out of 100 with 1,962 ratings
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