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:
1,943
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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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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Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of larryarms847
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 rabsten
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a straight sided pint glass. Pours a clear brown-amber, minimal head with no lacing. S'ok.

Light malty smell, little hops. Basic lager-y aroma.

Tastes like Budwieser claims to tase: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Light malt, light hops, clean finish.

Thin to watery mouthfeel. Nothing special.

Above average drinkability though, because it goes down clean and easy. I found this bottle going down fast on this fine indian summer day and would like another.

This is the most Plain Jane brew I've had from Victory, but it's by no means a bad beer. This would be a good way to introduce a BMC drinker into craft beer, I think.

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

A - Pours light orange/copper, a hint of brown and a slightly hazy. Head is a almost white. About a half thumb thick and a little bit of lacing.

S - Sweet and citrus, and bready, Malty and a bit of caramel.

T - Malts and a lot of sweetness. Lights hops and a bit bready.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, well balanced. A slight watery taste at end. Hint of caramel.

D - Very drinkable and smooth.

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

A: Pours an orange amber color with a nice fluffy brown foam head. There is no lacing.

S: A little light on the note. There are some bready and caramel malt scents with a small amount of herbal hop character.

T: A nice balance between hops and malts. Not overly sweet as the floral hops provide a solid underlying taste. The primary flavors are toast, caramel and roasted nuts.

M: A nice slightly dry taste on the palate. Just enough carbonation.

D: A nice solid Oktoberfest. Well balanced.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier pours out a clear, copper colored brew, with a small white head topping it off. Not much in terms of carbonation.

The scent is what I want from the style, loads of European varieties of malts, fairly earthy and with some fruit notes poking through.Pretty doughy.

Loads of toasted, bready malts, nuts, vanilla, spicy hops, nice and sweet. Smooth mouth which finishes a bit dry.

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Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is light and malty, with some caramel and a bit of hops. Nicely balanced, just a touch more on the malty side like it should be for this style. The taste is fairly malty as well. Some toasted malt and caramel. Hints of toffee and hops linger on the finish. The body is just a little bit light. The drinkability is great though. A decent Marzen.

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Photo of tony223366
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, rich caramel color. Perfect clarity and a 2+ finger off-white colored head. Lots of action from the carbonation. Head retention leaves much to be desired though. It pretty much quickly disappeared.

S: Rich, spicy lager aroma. I get some spiciness from the hops along with some light caramelly malt aroma. Smells exceedingly clean.

T: Taste is really complex and changes throughout the beginning, middle and end. The beginning is all the caramel, bready malts. That leads to a spicy hop flavor that more herbal than anything. The finish is surprisingly toasty. Like toasted nuts. Delicious and interesting!

M: Slick feeling to this beer with a light/medium body. Lots of carbonation which I feel like this beer needs.

O: This beer is surprisingly complex and has a nice bitter finish. Better than I thought it'd be!

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Photo of John1985
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with quickly disappearing quarter inch head with no lacing. Faint malty aroma. Very good burst of rich malt up front with some balancing bitters. Smooth finish, medium body. I can quaff a few of these with no problem. Nice example of style but at almost $10/sixer, I'm not running out to stock up. I'd like to catch this on draft.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - Fairly transparent copper color with a finger of off white head. A nice look.

S - Some sugary sweetness along with a bit of a spicy smell.

T - Taste comes through very dry with the spices kicking up again. Finishes extremely clean with a tiny bit of hops lending a subtle hoppiness giving it some punch.

M - Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D - Definitely one you can quaff down to celebrate Oktoberfest. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of Johncnh
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a bit of a coppery color, with only a little head. Some lacing down the glass. A fairly decent malt nose. A trace of hops. The taste is pretty much along the same lines. There is a bit of a smokey, dry taste to it also. A very smooth, easy drinking beer. Good for session drinking.

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

Appearance: Clear amber, ok head.

Smell: Sweet, caramel, a little fruit.

Taste: Very smooth, sweet caramel and a little toasted bread flavor.

Drinkability: Easy to have a few.

Saw this Victory offering for the first time so picked up a single to give it a try. It's a pretty decent beer, an easy drinking octoberfest. Leans more to the sweet side than the toasted side but not overly sweet. Worth a try.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,943 ratings.
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