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

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788
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1,943
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear caramel/amber with a short stand of fine, off-white bubbles that showed good retention and a bit of lacing. Malty aroma with some toasty caramel, a slight smokiness and faint hops. A malty, caramel flavoured brew, the moderate bitterness continued and increased into the finish. Overall, a very clean grain flavour with some toastiness that's balanced by moderate hop flavour. Very smooth texture, medium carbonation, some residual sweetness and sugar. Clean, malty, and tasty -- an enjoyable offering from Victory.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear amber, but lacks a head. Only a slight collar is present. Aroma is full of a deep maltiness. A bit of a candied like aroma is also present. Has a medium full body. And unlike many ofest, this one has a taste I can get in to. I think it's got a little bit more of a munich and vienna characteristic than a lot of the other ofests. The hebal hops accent very nicely as well. This is a nicely put together oktoberfest. Very clean tasting and highly drinkable. Nice effort from the gang at Victory.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed orange peel with honeycomb highlights. Three fingers of sandstone hued foam looks good initially and even better as it settles. Unfortunately, other than a few dots and spots, the glass is untouched by lace.

This is still pretty fresh beer by the smell of things. The floral quality of the hops is almost as prominent as the toasted-earthy quality of the malts. The grain bill is pretty classic for the style: pilsner, Munich and Vienna.

Given the brewery, it's no surprise at all that Festbier is the real deal. And that's coming from someone who doesn't usually care for Munich and Vienna malts. This beer won't change my mind, but it's tasty as hell... and nicely drinkable too.

Wonderful combination of sweet and bitter, with the former having the reins at all points along the way. The flavor profile is akin to toasted whole grain bread, toasted nuts with caramel, and a light sprinkling of tea leaves. The finish is fairly tight and tends toward drying.

Like most beer from VBC, the mouthfeel is a quality affair. It's easily big enough for the ABV and the bubbles are well-buried, yet still active. Solid. Solid. Solid.

It was almost a given that Victory, which has a German beer sensibility for the most part, would hit a home run with their Oktoberfest. Festbier is a wonderful celebration of the harvest season. Those of you fortunate enough to live within easy driving distance of Dowingtown can enjoy it year-round on-tap.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easy, smooth, clean and quick. - That's the short review

Poured a sizable head that started to dissipate right away. Crystal-clear copper with a touch of orange. Nose - a bit of spice, malt and caramel, very fresh nose.

Taste is somewhat light, fresh and quick, basically sweet caramel-malt with a touch of very light hop bitterness to balance. Very clean soft mouthfeel, fades fast. A real good session beer.

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Photo of garuda
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, well within stamped freshness dating

A - Crystal clear copper body with a fluffy, tan head that has good retention and good lacing.

S - I get some herbal, grassy German hop smells up front. A little out of style, but a welcome variation. The hops fade after a few minutes leaving a nice bready, caramel malt.

T - Sweet, bready malts with a good dose of caramel. Hops balance with a touch of herbal, leafy bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with the carbonation a bit too high. Finishes mostly clean with a lingering sweetness.

O - Nice representation of the style, with the hops being a welcome twist.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 12 oz mug- pours a clear dark orange with one finger of light beige head, decent retention, minimal lacing.

Smell is pretty grainy- munich barley, a hint of caramel. Good, but a little faint.

Taste is very nice and certainly a rousing oktoberfest. Lots of good solid barley flavor, some caramel, a little toffee, BARELY noticeable hops that just sort of tend the edges of the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good as well- medium bodied, light carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Very drinkable. I love this style but haven't had the opportunity to try too many- this one is good but perhaps in a month I might say differently.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice fall offering from Victory. Poured out to an orange color with a nice 1/4 inch head. Lacing was absent in this brew's presentation. Medium carbonation. Aromas of malts and bread are detected, as is grain and mild hops. Taste is robust, yet smooth; flavors of malt, hops and minor spice are all present, with a toasted like character filling the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was crisp and smooth, while remaining quite thirst quenching. Good drinkability. This could be a good football game day beer. Recommended.

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Photo of therica
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not only did this pour a nice amber color, it was actually a joy to watch is it poured, because the bottle's neck-label was very complimentary in color and design-- an odd experience! The head was nice and foamy, with an interesting amber-orange color.

This is a very nice smooth drinkable beer. The taste is nice and malty-caramel but not heavy on hops, at all. However, after it sat for a while (hey I had to operate the grill for dinner) it had a much stronger hops-taste, but still very pleasant finish.

There's a very subtle taste that I've been trying to identify. I think it's similar to tangerine. There's even a hint of it in the scent.

I'll definitely be buying more of this at times, and I'm adding it to my beer-store shopping-list. I would find it very acceptable in quantity at a party. My feelings seem to reflect that of others here, as well.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pokal glass

Got this one at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

Pours orange with a nice white head of foam that slowly fades. The aroma is of citrus and orange zest along with caramel malts. The taste is of German malt and slight German hop taste on the back of the tongue. There is also taste of white grapes and orange. There is a medium body to it with appropriate carbonation. I could seriously sit and drink this all day. I'm thinking that this maybe one of my favorite Oktoberfests out there, but I wonder if that is due to the fact that it's on tap and not out of the bottle. Either way if you have the means I highly recommend it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright copper body with a fine, steady stream of carbonation. Head came foamy up, and quickly left, leaving behind the thinnest of tops. Aroma is of fresh bread from the bakery up the block, not strong, but there. Taste is of deep, toasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate. Not overly, cloyingly sweet. Just a whisper of hops, I believe they are there, but can't be sure. Second best domestic O'fest I've had this season.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich amber, with a thick and attractive off-white head. I didn't get any lace, though...

Nose is grainy and malty. I get caramel/toffee, with a tinge of fruitiness. Points for complexity with aroma!

Flavor is rich and malty, with a hint of toasty grain malts and a light, fruity hop finish. This is a subtle, well-crafted, and complex, but easy-drinking beer. Impressive!

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Photo of number1bum
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a beautiful orangeish amber color, nice clarity, a few bubbles and about a finger and a half of light beige head. Retention is not quite as good, as only a very thin lace is left and just a little stick.

The smell is a great representation of an oktoberfest, as it is full of caramel malt and some bready, toasted notes. Little bit of spicy hops, too.

The taste has a wonderful caramel malt sweetness to it, and a nicely subtle toasted flavor to complement it. The hops are slightly spicy with some floral flavor and a little bitter, too. There is also a fruity flavor here, sort of citrusy. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation, finishing somewhat dry. Very drinkable oktoberfest that I could have a number of in a sitting.

This is one of the two or three best oktoberfests I've had. Very good beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, enjoy before Dec. '07, served in a short mug.

A - clear, amber color with a fair sized white head that settles to a ring, leaves very little lacing.

S - very good, sweet malt and slight bread/dough aromas.

T - sweet malty flavor upfront, followed by a touch of hoppy bitterness, dry finish.

M - light bodied, good carbonation.

D - I could enjoy a few of these with smoked sausage or bratwurst.

Final Note: A very different taste than any of the many American or German Marzen's I've tasted (Fall Beers are a favorite of mine). I like what Victory has brewed here and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys celebrating anything... Prosit!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very bready and malt forward aroma. Toasted bready malts with good hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and crackers. Some nice subtle hints of dark roast with a little hint of chocolate. Hints of apple and a little dark fruit. Also some hints of balancing earthy and grassy hops in the background. Very forward on the bready biscuit and caramel smell. Pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely full and bready malt driven taste. Toasted malts with big notes of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and crackers. A roast taste is quite noticeable with some nice notes of nutty chocolate. Subtle fruit taste with some apple and dark fig. The bready sweetness is well balanced by some earthy hops that dry out the finish. The bready burnt caramel taste is quite full. Really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat nutty, and pretty smooth. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good American take on a Marzen. Full bready malt flavor with some nice subtle roast notes. Nicely balanced sweetness.

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

Pours a deep clear amber/copper color with a nice white head that retains very well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is mostly marzen malt profile, although a little less on in age as usual, and some small hop aromas.

Hmmm. A pretty accurate to style marzen, but it is slightly different than your average german macro marzen. A little bit heavier, with some more dunkel lager like malt notes, although still very much a marzen. The finish is slightly crisp, but not really dry or anything.

Mouthfeel is ideal for carbonation, but a touch too viscous, IMO.

Drinkability is solid. Could easily session this at an okto festival.

Overall a nice marzen, particularly for one made in america. A good choice for the marzen fan during the fall. Good brew.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Festbier poured a nice orange color with a slight off white head. Aroma is a bit bready/malty and a very mild hint of spice. Taste is upfront sweet malt and caramel and a slight dry finish. Smooth and creamy in the mouth and enjoyable to drink. Well done

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Photo of bierman2000
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A better Oktoberfest beer, very malty and somewhat dry. There is a slight hop character. Very refreshing and a great beer to drink with almost any food. It is not overpowering and leads to being drank with ease and in copious amounts. Worth seeking out on tap as it is much better than the bottle version.

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

L - The beer appeared a nice dark amber color, with some carbonation streaming to the top of the glass. The beer had a nice slightly off-white head that was retained nicely which made for some lacing.

S - The beer had a nice, slightly sweet, but good malt aroma. Not much else, but I would not really expect from else from the style.

T - Followed the nose well, a nice, full malted barley taste. Solid and not complex, but as expected from the style.

M/D - Lighter body with nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink, I thought. The beer was smooth with a light creaminess to it. Overall, this is a solid brew from an excellent brewer and to be honest, I thought that it would have a better rating than it does. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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

A: The lager is a copper colored wonder, crystal clear, with a decent fluffy head that retains well.

S: Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose.

T: The lager has a malty sweet flavor that has hints of biscuit and caramel. The grains are mixed very well, imparting just enough sweetness. The hops are practically nonexistent, which is good because the malts here are doing a very good job on their own.

M: The mouthfeel is a delicious sweet flavor that invites another sip.

D: Very drinkable, a well made Oktoberfestbier.

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

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a splash of red. Head was thin and light beige.

Smell: Big aromas of sweet, toasted malts, nuttiness and subtle spicy hops.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A great balance of malt and hops. Sweet, toasty and nutty up front, spicy in the middle with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with big carbonation. Prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a great Oktoberfest. It's tasty, refreshing and you can drink one after another (and you want to as well).

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden copper colour - amber, if you will. Little head, and not much lacing either, still it seems to suit the beer. Everything about this brew is smooth - smooth but unobtrusive maltiness, an ever so slight bitter finish, a smooth aftertaste that loses all bitterness. Very drinkable.

This went perfectly with the meatless burger (surprisingly tasty) that I shared it with. They complemented each other very well.

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

Appearance is bright copper orange with a light tan frothy head. The head didn't stick around too long, neither did any lacing.

The smell was fruity at first. This gave way to a caramel maltiness.

The flavor was bready and malty up front. Light fruit flavors lead into toasted caramel and lightly roasted malts. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good. A very easy drinking brew. This is certainly one of the beers I look forward to in the fall.

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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 Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with a two finger foamy white head.

S: Huge aroma of bread, crackers, toasted malts, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Crackers, toast, very slight sweetness, bitter hop flavors come through as well.

M: Creamy with a slight petulance, with a bitter yet dry finish.

D: This is one drinkable lager. The sweetness is nice balanced. I can't wait until the Victory Fall Fest.

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