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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,760
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
1,986
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
259
Trade:
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Photo of fbloise77
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of vinny21bal
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of mrk829
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of Knapp85
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like that fact that they wanted to create something for the Oktoberfest season but, I don't know if this beer really fits that perspective or not. It's more along the lines of a Pilsner than a Marzen. The flavors that Victory came up with her are most definitely German but I don't think that it was the best way to go in making this brew. It was also a little too weak for a beer in the fall season.

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Photo of Kooz
2.41/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured to an amber color; good head.

Malty nose. Some spice. Nothing terribly special...

Spices in taste, and flavorful but too bitter. Not much about this I really like. It's flavors are robust but bitter, and the spices taste off.

Good body, but the spices linger too long and don't taste fresh--that's the best way to describe them. It's like Victory used expired dry spices.

Overall, I'm not impressed.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into tumbler. Brown. Not much of a head or lacing. Smell is sweet caramel. Malty. Taste is dry sweet bold malt. I do not like marzens mostly and this we not much different than those.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.47/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Musty malt/old sneaker smell. Crystal amber color. No lasting head at all. Sweet chewy malt flavor with a smidge of hops. Very dissapointing effort for one of my favorite breweries. The label says victory but the taste is not one of a victory product. Overly sweet, unbalenced, and no head retention at all. Like sweet syrup.

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Photo of jrgriffiniii
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of RussBecker1
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a somewhat cloudy orange. Much more colorful than a number of other marzens I have had. It is also a good deal lighter, and reflects light in a pretty fashion. Maybe a 1-2 finger white head that was decently thicker than I expected. Little to no lacing to be had however.

S-Not the most appealing smell. The malts are the most apparent, but they appear to be roasted slightly too much, as the caramel and toffee flavorings are too burnt for my taste. There are hints of light fruit (something muted like a banana although that is not quite it).

M-Nothing too special. Carbonated enough to make it easy to drink, but it neither enhances nor detracts from the experience.

T-Very bland for a marzen. As to be expected, European marzens have ten time the flavor (German/Austrian), but even for an American style marzen, this fest beer did not make much of an impression. The tastes did not mix, and it was surprisingly bitter for a beer of this style. As expected, the malts were too smokey which left an undesirable taste.

O-Had it not been described as an oktoberfest then I may have seen this beer differently, but overall I will avoid festbeer in the future

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Photo of hepcat
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Danflurry
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Bieniek30
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of mobrockman
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Meh. A sub-par Oktoberfest offering. Too sweet, one dimensional, and coming off like a soda-beer. Malty, but that's all that's going on here. Like wet biscuits, but in a bad way. Not terrible, but not a beer I'd return to, especially with so many great examples of the style during the height of the season.

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Photo of JuMa44
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Loogs
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Ksoden1186
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

While I love Victory's Prima Pils and Hop Devil, this was a disappointment. Overall, an unbalanced beer that I wouldn't pick up again. If you are looking for an easy-drinking Octoberfest, there are better options out there.

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Photo of Smithperson
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Dbot
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of BeerGod27
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of TubaDan
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of tnflyguy
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Winter
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours amber with a thin, off-white head. The aroma seems slight skunked. If it's the hops, they're rather musky and not welcomed. Can't really detect any maltiness in the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Festbier is a malty lager with a touch of hop bitterness. An ale fruitiness is introduced in the middle and lingers into and almost unnoticeable finish. Overall, I was not impressed by this example of an Oktoberfest.

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