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
Ratings:
1,951
Reviews:
791
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
239
For Trade:
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Photo of MisterClean
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at total wine.

A - Pours a copper-orange color, with 2 fingers of orange-white head and dissipates moderately leaving little lacing.

S - Pretty neat and simple, caramel and hints of cinnamon.

T - Caramel, cinnamon, light breadiness, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well balanced and smooth.

D - Good overall. Not a big fan of oktoberfests, but this one was good.

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

No clear date.

A: Amber.

S: Grainy malt with a touch of spice.

T: Bready grains with less butter than I often get in marzens. Nice clean hops on the finish. Crisp finish.

M: Fiesty carbonation.

O: I'm not usually a fan of the style, but I rather like this one. It is remarkably drinkable.

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

Got a sixtel of this from Andy's in Bogota, NJ for a pary I had this weekend. There is no substitute! Draught beer for a party rules over any other means - especially when it comes to spreading the good BA word. Drank it from 1/2 yards all evening long.

A - Poured a beautiful clear amber honey colored brown with a very respectable head. Good for an Oktoberfest bier.

S - Mildly yeasty maltiness with a hint of hops. Clean and fresh. No detriments.

T - Straight up caramel malts off the bat. Not overly sweet, to it's credit. The finish brings about a nice, subdued hoppy dryness, without being obtrusive. Easy!

M - Mildly carbonated, rising to an even froth before the finish. Very easy to drink as a session beer.

D - So so easy! The moutfeel and taste make this an easy drinker. You could only be so lucky as to be able to score a mini-keg of this as I did.

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

Poured from 12oz btl into 16oz tumbler. Very attractive amber color, Appears quite transparant with good carbonation

s-Smell is quite bready with some sort of mild fruity smell which for some reason I can't identify.

T- This beer is all about the malt. Bready qualities with a touch of raisins & figs. Hops are quite mild with a touch of spicyness & a faint tea flavor, But they help to balance the malt quite nicely on the finish. Sweet Maltiness all around on this beer

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, Mouthfeel is considerably better than other Rocktoberfests that I've had in the past

D- Drinkability is also quite good due to the mild sweetness. I could easily have a few of these.

I'm not a huge fan of lagers, but this beer really hits the spot. Overall a great Oktoberfest beer from Victory. Well worth a try.

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Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep and clear amber. A thin and fizzy white head dissipates quickly but a steady stream of carbonation leaves some bubbles at the top. The aroma is sweet and all I get is caramel. It's almost too sweet, bordering on candy. The taste has a much more refined caramel quality with a little nutty aspect and there's just a hint of earthy hops. A little thinner on the body but not off. A slight tickle from the carbonation. A decent example of the style.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Lager yeast, malts, and a bit of husk. Fairly simple, but definitely to style

T: Follows the nose, tastes a lot like a dark pils. Yeast brings forward grains and very light fruitiness. Husky. Leafy hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice O-Fest that displays a bunch of the characteristics of the style. Easy to drink too. Solid

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. This beer pours a dark, clear copper color with a quickly receding head. The beer smells of a sweet bread. The taste is heavy on sweet malt, the finish is crisp and clean. The beer has a light to medium body with light carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. A good Oktoberfest.

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

A- Brew is pretty much what you would expect a good o-fest to look like. Clear nutty brown body with some bubbles that can be seen rising to the top. Head pours with about 2 fingers and is slightly off-white. fades to 1 finger and retains well from there. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is a great mix of soft piny hops and caramel/German malt. Nice.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Mild flavor upfront but caramel malt is defiantly the main character along with a mild German (can't put my finger on what type) malt. The finish adds a faint touch of piny hop flavor to the initial flavors but is very clean. Nothing lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice, lightweight O-fest body.

D- This is a nice O-fest. I bought this last year but made bread with it rather than drinking it (good bread too). It has a nice hop character to it and had the nice caramel malt flavor that I like. Good, very drinkable beer.

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

Hooray Autumn. I love Marzen!

A: Deep, slightly hazy amber, more on the red/ orange end of the spectrum than gold-yellow. Thin off-white head leaves very little lacing. To compare, this is certainly a few shades darker than say Blue Point's marzen offering.

S: Smooth malt and slight hops. Honestly not much smell, though there's a bit of a graininess that is reminiscent of their pils.

T: Bready malts not apparent in the smell are balanced by some mild hop bitterness. Nothing unpleasant, and pretty well balanced.

M: Smooth and medium bodied, with a really nice texture.

D: Smooth and delightful. Certainly a sessionable beer.

Overall a slightly underwhelming example of Marzen, but solid all around.

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

A new beer available as Supermarket Liquors in Ft Collins. Pours a sparkling clear amber color with a hint of orange. A soft white head and good retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The nose is more along the commercial European O-fest beers. A light malt note with a more pilsner aroma. Subtle hints of Vienna and a very feint note of Munich. Some nice earthy hop aromas a detectable but light as should be. Very clean yeast aroma with a crispness to it.

The taste is similar. A bigger Pilsner flavor with a more noticeable Vienna quality than the nose first indicated. Again limited Munich quality. Hops come out more in the finish and really balance the malt side well. Very clean yeast flavors, no faults. I suppose this is more of a preference, but I really would like to see more Munich to balance this out. Has more of a Vienna Lager quality.

The body is moderate with a nice balance sweetness. Good light carbonation. Overall, there are very few faults and very clean tasty beer. My problem is the malt bill. Would like the toasty caramel flavor to come out. Really tough for me to knock this beer. Sigh.

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

Poured a clear dark copper-amber color from a 12 oz bottle, with best-by date on the label.
Little to no carbonation and almost no lacing.
Thin film of a head that disappears quickly.
Aroma is a mild blend of caramel, honey, yeasty notes with hints of spices and some malt.
Taste is a blend of bready, malty taste with a nice sweet finish.
Easy to drink with a good mouthfeel. Has the makings of a good sessions beer. Worth a try.

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

Poured into a chilled mug. Head pops up then dies completely. Thin lacing, but as I say the head deteriorates almost immediately. Garnet color and very clear. Smells of vanilla and a hint of bitter orange. Very creamy mouthfeel, smooth as silk going down. Flavors of toasty malt, nice orange, spicy, hoppy citrus, with a slight metallic wash that pierces through in the finish. Refreshing, somewhat spiky carbonation. Nothing bad to say about this beer. Very drinkable, noticeably less malty than other Octoberfest brews, which is a nice change. This is a brewery that knows what it is doing, producing consistently good beer, and this Festbier is no exception. You'll want more than one of these.

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

This was drunk on-tap from a red plastic cup, so I'm not exactly sure what it looked like. It smelled like lemon hops and hearty wheat with some earthy barley and hints of sweet vanilla. It tasted like mild but zesty lemon hops with creamy vanilla and barley malt. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a semi-sweet aftertaste. Overall this was more like a lager than an ale, but seemed like a fitting traditional Oktoberfest. It had a clean and enjoyable taste, good body, and was definitely easy to drink. Victory!

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This seems to be one of the truer to the style Oktoberfests I have sampled. Draft pour left little head atop this amber/orangey brew. Bready aroma with a hint of alcohol in the nose. This beer seemed to have more of an alcohol character than the 5.6% showed. Bready malts balance this alcohol flavor nicely. Mouthfeel is slick and clean. Not a great fall seasonal, but Victory has stayed true to the style, as they usually do. This is a decent seasonal, but to me not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpro
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a nice, clear amber / tea, with a puffy light tan head. The head dissipates pretty quickly to a tiny ring of foam. Smell is, of course, malt heavy; there's also some hints of caramel and earthiness. Taste is nice and malty; a touch nutty - although a tad thin. There's some sweetness, and a very slight touch of hoppiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, if a bit thin - its still satisfying. Highly drinkable. Good Oktoberfest from Victory!

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Photo of Greasy
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 ADR
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orangey color, 1/2 inch foam settles to a skim in about a minute. Malty aroma, but a little tang in there. Malty while not being overly sweet, good body early. Proper sense of a good toast and a clean finish. A little more hops than some, while lacking some nutty qualities. There seems to be a variety of opinions on this beer, I found this suitable for style while a little hoppy and quite drinkable. Aged properly, according to Marzen style.

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

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Good 1.5" head, golden amber brown color, great clarity, no lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty with just a hint of hops.

Flavor is considerably better than the aroma would have me believe. There's a great balance between sweetness and bitterness. It has German malts which definatly shine here and the hops are just right.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body, medium to low carbonation. Very drinkable and a likely candidate for session beer of the autumn. As the temps didn't even hit 60 today, I think of this as a great beer to lead into the cooler months ahead.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a breathtaking deep copper amber that is crystal clear. The head is slightly off-white and looks superb with tightly packed, shiny bubbles that stick around forever and leave near perfect lace. If this beer tastes nearly as good as it looks I will be most happy.

The aroma is classic Oktoberfest with plenty of toasty brown sugar malt. Some toffee notes and a very clean maltyness beg me to take a sip.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off, but with perhaps a bit more breadyness. It is malty with plenty of toasted character and some nice toffee and brown sugar color to the flavor. Once again it is very clean with some caramel and herbal hops that creep in towards the finish. If there is one thing that detracts from this beer is that though all the desired flavors are there, many of them seem a little flat.

The mouthfeel is on medium to full with a slight chewiness and a nice slick finish. Caramel and hops linger on the palate before the next sip.

Somewhat filling, but nicely drinkable. I could definitely put back a couple more of these with the wonderful soft pretzels they have here at the brewery. A very solid domestically brewed Marzen.

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

12oz bottle

2008 offering.

Pours a semi-transparent copper color with a small slightly sticky off white head. Not much going on in the nose, but it is clean, some roasted malts. The brew is bright and balanced, good strong malts but not over kill on the 'toasty' character, nice citrusy hop notes. No off flavors which is a definite plus to this years recipe. Light bodied, no alcohol presence and very drinkable. Definitely one to pick up this season.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,951 ratings.
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