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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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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle served in Peroni glass.

Clear copper with a creamy tan head. The head has decent retention but leaves little lacing.

Good malty aroma with a matching flavor! Although I thought the flavor was better than the nose. Sweet malt flavor with enough hops to produce a balance sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK, but more carbonation seemed desirable.

A marzen that is a bit above average.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a supremely transparent copper color with a rosy hue and a modest head of sudsy, off-white foam that rapidly settles. Mild aroma smells of caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste is very full-flavored for an oktoberfest, with a healthy dose of caramel and noble hops, augmented by a peculiar, juicy, slightly vegetal element. The nutty character alluded to by the nose becomes increasingly apparent as the beer warms. The medium body and fine, prickly carbonation make for a crisp and creamy mouthfeel that is really fantastic.

Overall, this is a flavorful festbier with great texture, however there’s something peculiar and distracting in the taste that keeps me from fully enjoying it.

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Photo of philbe311
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge slightly tan head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Caramel hued amber... Slow small carbonation bubbles through in an otherwise still brew... Highly translucent, but reflective of light...

S - Malt... Floury dough... Caramel... Hints of fruit... All scents are subtle and faint, but yet well balanced...

T - As expected, malts and caramel are first and foremost... Additionally, there are hints grain and raisins... Very subtle hoppy finish as well...

M - Excellent mouth feel for a Marzen... Smooth, light, and creamy (three of my favorite adjectives when talking about beer)... Gentle, buy slightly intriguing...

D - Highly refreshing and drinkable... Not complex, but a solid Marzen none the less... Fairly simple, but well executed...

Bottle / Artwork - Great label featuring very basic figures working over a wooden tub... Blue purple label with red and white font... Simple but different...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, a little nutty, and some grassy hops.

Taste: You get caramel, nuts, chewy toasted and bready malts, and mild grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, a little watery, and light bodied.

Overall: A solid fall classic from Victory. Simple, easy, and drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color beer with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy notes with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is mostly dominated by grainy cereal notes with a dryer then expected caramel malt finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily drinkable though finish is not as clean as I would have expected.

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

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Slight head dissipated slowly leaving light lacing. Grainy, light malt aroma. Caramel, malt, slightly sweet. A pleasant light malty ale. A straightforward, but unremarkable Marzen.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into weizen glass, attractive, vibrant amber color with a sustain head. It was too thick but it definitely helped the image of this beer.

Smells of pumpkin and malts under a bready aroma, very Fall.

Taste of biscuits, caramel, and finishes with a nice malty aftertaste.

Medium body, perfect October-time beer. Smell and tastes aren't too complex if that is what you are looking for, but throwing back one or two of these on a nice Autumn day would be ideal.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below is a review I wrote about the bottle version of this.

An above average october fest that's not too strong on the malt to not be a good warm weather drinker. Good brown color, low carbonation, smell pretty good. This beer was not very expensive and as such was good for an inexpensive octoberfest.

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The draft version was pretty much the same. A good Octoberfest that's worth trying if you see it.

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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 rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper tinted amber, clear with little head and no retention. Scent is very pale with hints of light caramel and muddy, mineraly water. Thankfully taste is a bit better, light sweet malts, faint nuttyness and faint grassyness, still some mineral qualities. Lighter than expected, very few bubbles of carbonation.

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

First had: on tap at ? (possibly Johnny Brenda's)

A clear amber beer with a patchy layer of white head. Biscuity aroma, caramel malts. More of the same in the taste--it's a märzen, basically--nutty, bready, with a caramel sweetness, and some light floral hoppiness for a good balance. Medium-bodied and tasty. Easily drinkable.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Color is amber with a thin and quickly vanishing off white head. Aroma is very light, some caramel, maybe nutty malts, and a little bit of spice. Palate: very easy to drink but maybe a little to watery and carbonated. Flavor is very similar to the aroma, malt and light spice, nothing that leaves much of an impression. Overall this is not a very complex beer. However, is is very easy drinking and pretty cheap.

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

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, light retention & lace.

S: Steelie mineral, grass & floral hops, grainy biscuit & dark toffee.

T: Grainy biscuit, dark toffee, mineral & grass, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body, carbonation a little high.

D: A decent drinker.

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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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer when i poured it into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with not a lot of head that thins down to a thin lace. The smell is of carmel and malty. The malt hits you up front, first thing i taste. Then some earthy hops comes along, but not strong. The mouth feel is nice and crisp. Overall this is a average marzen.

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Photo of James954
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear dark amber, minimal lace, and sufficient carbonation
S: Sweet plum and raisin
T: The best Marzen yet for me. Sweet malts, light plum and raisin again. Aftertaste is slightly over powered.
F: The only Marzen i've had that's totally smooth and has no sharp bite finish or overly sugared

Overall: I prefer Wiesn over Marzen but this has the soft and smooth mouthfeel of a good Wiesn.

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

Pours a copper color with a white head. Retention is average.

Aroma is malty..caramel, sweet.

Taste is similar to the aroma and works out well. Very malty, sweetness works out..just a good balance of everything

Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with good carbonation

Good to have a few of. Drinkable. Best marzen? No. But its a good one. I'd buy more

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Photo of socon67
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber color with a tan foam. Cloudy look and not much lacing.

S - Slight scent of caramel malt, but also some characteristics I'd smell in a hefeweisen. I'm semlling banana and cloves. Ummm, is this the right beer?

T - Taste is more like the style. Malty notes, some caramel flavoring, and a dash of spices.

M - Very easy drinking. Exactly how a good festbier should be. Quite sessionable and feels light enough to enjoy a few.

O - Can't get past the odd scent of this one. It is a very enjoyable beer but for a marzen I have plent yof other options.

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Photo of beernut
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a nice amber/orange color with a head that lasted maybe 10 seconds, no lacing at all. Aroma of caramel, malts and some spices. Pleasant taste, with some caramel and spice. Full bodied and pretty smooth with a touch of hops. Carbonation is not too heavy, very little if any. A good beer for the fall.

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Photo of granger10
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Victory seasonal pours a darker copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma is mostly caramel and toasted grains. Sort of weak. Taste is also weak and watery for my liking. The flavors aren't bad but they're too weak. A light grainy sweetness is prevalent along with some nondescript malts. Finish is fruity and sweet. This beer is ok, probably a good session choice, but I was expecting more from Victory.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a thick white head with great retention throughout the drink.
Smell is very slight and subdued. There is a slight bit of fruity hop, but there is mainly just a flat malt smell.
Taste is not as flavorful as I would like. There is a good balance between malt and hop, but neither really jumps out and impresses.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. Perfect amount of thickness with an awesome smooth drink all the way down.
Drinkability is good mainly because of the perfect mouthfeel. There is nothing exceptional about the taste of this beer, but there is nothing bad either. An above average beer that I wouldn't go out and get, but I would drink it if handed one...

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Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly caramel malt with some sweetness and possibly a little toasted. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor. It's comprised of caramel malt and some toastiness but there's a hop flavor in there as well - whatever hop it is, I'm not a fan of its flavor. Not necessarily something off in the beer, I just don't like this hop. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter and the mouthfeel is moderate. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of BigMike
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"Gather with your friends for a festive moment of Victory!"

poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint tulip.

Color is tangerine orange with some rusty brown mixed in. A hard pour produced a fluffy two finger head that only lasted briefly.

Some spice on the nose with some light caramel. Not a real overpowering aroma.

Very light and watery on the tongue. A bit of sweetness at first but not much is going on flavor wise here. Actually this has a pretty boring flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. The best thing about this beer is the fact that its so crisp and clean that at under 6% its extremely easy to drink. I mean i polished off three bottles before i knew it in about 20 minutes.
Definitely a sessionable one.

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Photo of malcontent
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear amber with only a touch of white head to show.

Aromas of cherries in syrup, toffee and a whiff of corn syrup in there as well.

All malt for the most part with a bit of that same morello cherry flavor from the nose. Slightly bready with a little lingering caramel sweetness. Nearly no hop presence although the bitterness is detectable if only faintly.

Not a mold-breaking Marzen by any stretch and not the normal cut-above job achieved by Victory. Still, this isn't nearly as bad as other reviewers have mentioned and I find this to be plenty drinkable even a month after its freshness date has expired.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red amber in the glass topped with a minimal coating of white foam that dies quickly but manages to leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty faint. Nice hop notes and dashes of orange along with some slightly bready maltiness.

The flavor is a bit lacking, but it is pretty good. Orange peels along with a little bit of hop bite give it a nice flavoring, just toned down. Some sweetness comes in, but it stays very well-balanced. Orange peels also add an interesting note. It is very drinkable, and it is definitely different from the other micro Oktobers I have had this year. A great session brew, but just a bit light for me.

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