Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

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771
Ratings:
1,883
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
19.89%
 
 
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33
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223
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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn gold brown with a sticky, off-cream head. Caramel, caramelized carrots, honey, maple, vegetal hops on the nose. Biscuity malt flavor up front. Toasted caramel takes over. Spicy, herbal, hops finish over cooked vegetables and caramel residue. Medium-light bodied. Quite drinkable. Nice.

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Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish amber brown body with a white head.

Nose is very clean with mostly just a fresh dough-like smell, some caramel and a simple lager smell.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich bready malt. A surprisingly large bitterness comes up about half way through and fades by the end leaving little in the finish. Caramel, some toasted grain and a tad bit chewy. Really very simple but big and tasty.

It's funny how one of the few true american octoberfests is called a festbier. Anyway, a nice example of an octoberfest, very true to the german style. One of the best american octoberfests out there.

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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
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Clear copper color, small light tan head.

Malt showed up as caramel and a bready type of smell. Hops were faint, but present as citrus.

Taste was well-balanced, a sweetish start and a mildly bitter finish. Sweet was caramel, and light molasses. Bitter was grassy. Some pepper/spice in finish as well.

A light bodied beer which was very smooth. Carbonation was medium to high.

A very good session beer, which I would happily drink more of. Nice balance and good taste.

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Photo of GregBrewski
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper color, with a small peach colored head. Smelled of malt and something sweet like honey possibly, mild hints of spice as well. It tasted just like it smelled, with a light and refreshing feel. I could easily down a few of these (low ABV and very watery consistency). As far as compared to other brews of this style it is not the best but worth a try.

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Photo of far333
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with an oatmeal colored thick and foamy head that fills the top of the glass an inch high and lingers long. Very low aroma of bready malt and some sweet fruit, mostly apple. Flavor is biscuity malt, some caramel, and an autumnal smokey dry leaves kind of flavor that's hard to describe or decipher. Mouthfeel is dry and tannic.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin white head. Clear amber body with some orange in it.
S- Almost a light pumpkin smell. Some malts but not really much of a smell at all. Not really smelling much else.
T- Some spices and malts that come through. Some weaker flavors though. Light caramel flavor. Malty flavors come through most. Kind of watery.
M- Thinner body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- It is good but nothing amazing. Is nice and refreshing. A easy beer to drink but not one to go nuts over.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a amber brown body with a thick creamy light tan head with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of light graham note is balanced with a honey malt smell that finishes with a faint hop hint.

T- This beer has a smooth nutty fresh malt flavor with a light toasted dry note. There is a green pine and noble hop finish with a slight mineral water hint. There is a pot caramel flavor that is soft with a slight tangy almost sweet note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery finish.

D- The flavor of this beer are good but a bit muted making it a little thin and not that exciting for a session beer.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich copper, with a slight off white head.
the aroma is clean, malty, but not much to it.
the flavor malty, clean, hint of hop spice, finishes clean.
thie is a good beer, but not as good as i would expect form victory. this beer is worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Budlum
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours with 0.75 inches of slightly creamy, tan head that fizzles away in about one minute. A thin blanket of foam stays on top of the beer for most of the glass. The body is a textbook amber color that almost seems to glow. Nice clarity.

The beer's initial aromas are rich and malty, on par with the best Marzen's. Sugary caramel and rich toffee decribe it best. Lightly hoppy at the end with a strong caramel presence as it warms. I just wish the smells were more pronounced.

The initial flavors present a quick burst of malty sweetness before a rush of hops take over. The hops are definitely not the typical Victory flavor and really provide balance to a very sweet style of beer. The malty, toffee sweetness mixes with vanilla flavors to provide for a long, pleasant finish. The finish also has a few smoky flavors to offer.

Mouthfeel is a little watery and has a definite oily presence after each sip. Lightly carbonated but nothing too special.

Drinkability is great. This would be an ideal companion for a cool, autumn day. I only wish I would've purchased more of these.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, finally, a great American Oktoberfest!! This one is really good. Highly malty with some stickiness on the glass, leaving some slight lacing. Not much head after the pour. Caramel notes all over with a nice slight hoppy twinge at the end. Nice burnt orange in color. A highly recommended beer and decently priced. I say it rivals Paulaner and Ayinger as my top 3.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a very light brown with an orange tint. Minimal head on top that leaves little spots of sticky lacings on the glass.

The nose is malty sweet with a touch of hops in the background.

Thick, syrupy caramel flavors with a strong malt backbone. Hints of toasted malts with a nice hop snap. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and soft.

A solid Marzen from Victory that captures all of the beauty of this seasonal lager.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that has some decent retention and some lacing. Body is a beautiful clear copper red.

Smell - toasty malt bread and grassy hops. Hint of caramel. Very simple, but enticing.

Taste - same as the smell. Toasty malt bread with hint of caramel washed with some grassy hops. Again, straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied with some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is a very good beer and very sessionable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The rich aroma is off malt, spice and caramel, with a little bit of hops.

T: Bready & malty tea-like flavor comes out first with some spice to it. Then there’s some hops and a little bit of caramel sweetness. The after-taste is mild with a slight touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very good representation of style, tasty, not very filling for this style, easy to drink, I could stick with this one for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright toasty amber color with a thin grayish-white layer of foam. Spicy yet "smooth" aromas of noble hops (somehow reminds me of the smell of Scotch Magic tape) backed up by some doughy malt scents, like a loaf rising in a slightly warm oven. There is but a flash of grassy and spicy hop flavor right at the beginning of the taste, but the rest of the flavor profile here is almost entirely about bready malts, with a very faint caramel note appearing before a mildly spicy hop finish. A chewy bread flavor lingers in a most unhurried fashion through the aftertaste. There is moderate carbonation here, but it's felt only at the finish and is rather appropriate. Overall clean lager mouthfeel, gets a bit heavy as it warms. I appreciate that the alcohol is not overly amped-up in this Maerzen, unlike many other American interpretations. I tried this on tap a couple of weeks ago and didn't review it, but I seem to remember liking it far less than this bottle. Interesting. Anyway, a solid, drinkable beer for the beginning of the cooler months. Recommended.

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Photo of rarevos
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color with very, very light tan head. Head is about 1/4 finger's worth, and it quickly turns into uber-light lacing and then a ring around the glass.

S: Sourdough aroma up front. There's a tang behind that that's a bit hard to place. Metallic? Cracked wheat and some baker's yeast.

T/M: Very malty up front, but not super sweet. The malt is bready and rich, with a moderate caramel sweetness and a wheat germ flavor. Finish is mildly bitter, with a long and malty tail. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, like a good hefe.

D: I'm not a huge lager drinker, but this is a really pleasant beer. Balanced, flavorful, and well done. I could drink a few of these for sure.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory- Festbier

Appearance- Golden chestnut brown with no head.
Smell- Light sugary malt with hints of earthy hops.
Taste- Full flavored malt with mollasses. Nice earthy hop flavor well balanced.
Mouthfeel- Lighty sweet with a solid flavor throughout.

Overall- Much better 2nd time around. A good session beer!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear deep copper with thin creamy white head.

S - Sweet with some toasty & bready notes.

T - Toasty malt with some sweet caramel and fresh baked bread. Light noble hops are present. This one tastes even better as it warms slightly.

M - Great mouthfeel. Has a full mouthfeel but still feels light and creamy at the same time.

D - I could drink this all night. It went down so easy it was gone before I even finished my review.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Reddish-copper in hue. A cap of persistent bubbles, fed by a few constant streamers.

S: Great whopping malts here. Biscuit, rye bread, sweet grains--like a European bakery. Slight citrus/orange notes, very understated.

T: Big, smooth malts are inviting and delicious. Hops enter a bit of the way in, rounding out the middle of this one. Nice balance, really chewy malt flavors.

M: A bit thicker and chewier body than some other O-fests I've tried. However, this characteristic fits the big ol' Old World malt flavor.

D: I love this time of year--so many highly drinkable O-fests. I've been particularly impressed with the American offerings this year, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Terp96
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my annual buys around this time of year. For the record, I think it was better last year.

Pours a bright amber into the glass with minimal head. The beer is clean and pretty highly carbonated which I thought was strange.

Smell is decent for the style. Typically malty but not over powering. I couldn't smell too much of the hop profile.

Taste is a little sweeter than I expected. The sweet malted backbone soon gives way to a surprisingly strong hop presence. As a hophead, this was the best part.

Mouthfeel was decent as well. A little sweet and thick for my liking. Bitterness in the end allows the beer to linger a little longer and that helps.

Overall, a decent attempt at an Octoberfest Marzen. I liked the variation of the theme with the hop presence but I think it lends itself to more criticism from the style police. It is still pretty drinkable but not as much as a Hacker-Pschorr or Paulaner. I will go back for this one.

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Photo of riversider76
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper. Thin white,not much retention. just a bit of lacing, but lots of bubbles. Smell is malty, but week. Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste trys to balance malt and hops, and just about makes it. Worth a try, but don't run out and buy!

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Photo of Tbone
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear copper with a big fizzy head that dissapates quickly.
There's a slight barley odor and taste. It does have a characteristic German lager character. However, its a lot less malty, toasty and full bodied than I like to see in a Octoberfest, and a lot less bold than I expected from Victory.
To be honest there's a quality of the smell and taste that reminds me of Anheiser Busch (that's a bad thing).

This is the least impressive product I've had from Victory.

Its a slightly above average beer that should be the hands-down best of its style to justify the extravagant price of $10/sixer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Oktoberfest. Once again Victory proves they can do lagers just as well as sie Germans. Not the best I've had this season, but it's up there.

The beer looks wonderful. Nice coppery amber color with ample carbonation to support a thick off-white head. Retention is awesome, but the beer doesn't seem to lace well.

The smell is lacking. Very light. With a strong whiff, one can smell some caramel and munich malts, along with some hops. Also a bit of a vegetal DMS aroma, but it's just enough to stay under the radar.

The taste is good. Nice caramel sweetness with a nice toasted bread flavor from the munich malt. Good crisp bitterness goes well with a subtle vegetal finish.

Crisp and clean with a lingering caramel sweetness. Fairly full-bodied for a lager. I could put down many of these with no problem. I've really gotten into Oktoberfests this year, whereas last year I skipped over many. This is a mistake I won't make in future years.

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Photo of delicious
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with a short lived, thin fizzy head.
The nose is thinly malty and a bit doughy.
The taste is a little sweet and juicy, and kind of reminds me of red apples, which is perfect for this time of year. There's some hops at the end, but that's not where any emphasis lies. It's not very complicated, but the fruitiness and buttery mouthfeel make it so drinkable that I just don't care.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.
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