Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
3.67/5
1,979 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,874
Reviews:
800
Ratings:
1,979
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
256
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,979 |  Reviews: 800
Photo of rebelthrower
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Drewcifer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a finger's worth of light tan head.

Aroma is malty sweetness, bready tang, and some flowery hops.

Flavor is mostly bready, slightly sweet malts, pretty much no hops. Well balanced, but very mild flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good - a medium/light body, light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. One of the better American representations of the style, not as unique as some Marzens/'Festbiers, but very accessable.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich amber hue with a one finger light khaki colored head. Stcikiness is hardly there, but somewhat. Smell is a sweet buttery scent with a nice caramel malt mixed in. Definitely a lot of malts in this one, let's give it a taste. Starts off with a subtle citrus hop bite that is quickly dominated by the sweet caramel malt. Sweet bready flavor with a nice kettle popcorn flavor towards the end with a vanilla tea like aftertaste. Pretty complex on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. I put this one down quicker than I had expected, pretty damn good I must say. Victory seems to master almost all styles of beer.

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Photo of JB62
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip style glass. I got about a finger of foam on a deeper brown beer.

Off the top I get a pretty good amount of malt. This smells just like fall. The lagering presence is really clean on this one. The flavoring is also pretty clean.

Overall, this makes for a very tasty version of an Oktoberfest bier. I will have to pick this up again in the fall.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours hazy copper with a sandstone colored 2 finger head. Fair retention, results in a thin but consistent layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - Sweet bread and caramel aromas, complimented by lesser spice and floral hop notes.

Taste - Caramel and mildly toasted bread character.Subtle earth and toffee. Light spicy hop turns a grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth, near silky finish.

Overall - I'd have to believe this one's been on the self for a good 8 or 9 months, but based on my enjoyment, I'd say it's held up well. This is one I'll have to try fresh come September/October.

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Photo of rdacey
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: sweet, toasty malts, slightly vegetal in aroma which fades to a complex malt/medicinal, solvently aroma

Appearance: Amber/red color; thin/off-white head dissipates quickly,

Flavor: complex, but balanced more towards bitterness than malts for the style. Tastes slightly woody/toasty with german noble hop presence

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. Although a decotion mash is used, I don't pick up on the rich complex malt character, but finish is slightly sweet

Overall: very smooth and drinkable, but for a decotion mash being used would have liked to see a more assertive malt background and less bitterness

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Photo of MaxOhle
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of beerfinder
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice caramel notes here. Nice malty complex taste.. A very nice october fest brew. Goes down real smooth. Lots of character nice sweetness flavor.

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Photo of batt6343
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Ngntjp
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Roberto11232
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmyanthony60
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,979 ratings
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