Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
FestbierFestbier
BA SCORE
3.67/5
Good
1,986 Ratings
FestbierFestbier
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,711
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
1,986
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
259
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,986 |  Reviews: 804
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 954 characters

Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 711 characters

Photo of Oxymoron
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 1,123 characters

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 431 characters

Photo of MNJR
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 697 characters

Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

 525 characters

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpro
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

 464 characters

Photo of Greasy
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meatyard
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

 358 characters

Photo of Doomcifer
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 633 characters

Photo of ADR
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 455 characters

Photo of GilGarp
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 610 characters

Photo of zoso1967
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 1,174 characters

Photo of ATPete
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 454 characters

Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful, clear amber color. It produces a small off-white head that fades fairly quickly.

S - The aroma gives off some toasted notes and some light flowery hops.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate crisp carbonation.

T - The malts contribute toastiness first then nuttiness and finally some faint sweetness. There is a little bit of a flowery hop bite in the finish.

A decent beer for the style. It looks great, although the aroma is a little lacking. It's very refreshing and has some very nice malt flavors.

 533 characters

Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a recently purchased bottle dated best by 12/17 into the test glass.
A - Deep copper toned, clear and beautiful. thin cap is supported by gentle carbonation.
S - Malts all the way, sweet caramel, with a hint of orange, brown sugar.
T - Follows the nose well, excellent malt display.
M - Medium in body, soft on the palate, finish is sweet but nicely dry.
O - A robust interpretation, with a lot of caramel in the offering, a very nice beer

 451 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and honey

Taste: honey, sugar, toasted malt, and some alcohol

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn, moderately high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and complex marzen. Very good for the style. I could have several of these.

 358 characters

Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark ruby red with a small head that disappears quickly. The smell is not too strong, but it has sweet malt, nuts, and an earthy aroma. The taste is very chewy with nuts,carmel,sweet malt, and a "bisquity" flavor. The m/f is light and chewy with all the flavors mixing well. This isn't one of my favorite styles,but this is pretty good, as I would expect from a brewery as good as Victory. Cheers

 420 characters

Photo of larryarms847
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark and rusty amber orange, like a mushy wet pile of leaves.

Earthy, piney, cinnamon, and buttery rolls.

Tastes like fall (I overuse this phrase though), cinnamon, buttery malts, and some pine.

Mouthfeel is malty and frothy and very nice fall brew.

Overall, not the greatest Oktoberfest brew, but worth downing a sixer or two.

 339 characters

Photo of rdrummer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite Victory brew, but it is very drinkable. It is light amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is one of the barley malt and a kicker of hops. The taste is pretty much the same. By comparison with the good German Fest beers, this is not quite there. In contrast to the Spaten brews and the like, this is superior. It is a pretty thick feeling beer but is very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly leading to drinking more than one.

 464 characters

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts with hints of malty sweetness and a touch of bitterness and spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink despite all of the maltiness because the hops help to balance off the associated sweetness.

 740 characters

Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of biscuits and caramel with no real hop presence. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a nice light hop bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice Oktoberfest. I would like to get some more life out of the aroma, but other than that it is really solid.

 494 characters

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,986 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.