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

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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3.72
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19.89%
 
 
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Photo of BrewMasterG
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-gold. Nice whiteish cream-colored head from a gentlish pour. Nearly disappears after 3-4 minutes, but leaves the beer covered a bit longer.

Smell: Soft, sweet-bread notes with hints of Nilla Wafer. Just mild enough to know something good is coming.

Taste: Very slight, pleasant toastiness with a nice mild malty presence. Mild sweetness with well-balanced hop bitterness (for the American version). Slightly overhopped from a classic German perspective - but not at all aggressive. No hop flavor or aroma.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and an excellent balance between dry and sweet. Just about right for the style.

Serving type: 12oz bottle purchased non-refrigerated on 12/7/2009

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of Feb 24 08 found on the label (under the right leg of the guy with the green hat), poured into a Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Poured a hazy bright orange/amber color, some small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed small and faded away almost immediately. I was disappointed with the head, or lack thereof, maybe I got a bad bottle. Still, nice color.

Aroma: Sweet doughy malts, hints of toffee, caramel, and butterscotch. There was something spicy in the background too, some kind of hops. This part was excellent.

Taste: Sweet toasted malts up front, from there it gets very complex. The sweetness seems to explode in the middle, but at the same time it's balanced out by some hops, slightly bitter. The finish is a nice mix of toasted malts and the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, very smooth yet crisp and refreshing. The carbonation was more lively than the appeaance let on, and balanced out nicely.

Overall: An excellent American Oktoberfest brew. I could easily drink a few more of these. This one is a must try if you're a fan of Oktoberfest biers.

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Photo of biggred1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange tinted amber with a tight white head that quickly recedes after pouring. Smells of bready yeast and sweet maltiness. Tastes very rich and malty without being sweet, something like fresh pumpernickel with fresh butter flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp, highly drinkable. Really nice, probably the best U.S. made oktoberfest i've had.

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

I love this brewery, and can never say enough good things about them, so I will attempt to keep my flowery affection for them contained in this paragraph... but I must emphasize the overal quality of this brewery, you can taste the quality of ingredients and recipe in all of their beers, so grab them all.

A: Amber brown, with a light tint of orange/red. Fizzy head evaporated within a few minutes after initial pour

S: Biscuit, wheat, caramel, and toffee, with a well balanced, very mild hop characteristic. A hint of fresh cut grass... in a good way.

T: The freshness, and quality, and balance are immediately apparent here. The biscuit and lighter malts are the most notable, and the sweetness of the caramel and toffee balance those out nicely.

M: A very rich, and smooth texture. Very clean finish.

D: This style is designed for heavy consumption, and this might be my favorite rendition of that style. Perhaps a little sweet, and less carbonated than others, but a great fest beer nonetheless.

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

Review actually written in January 09 while drinking the last bottle from a case.

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear dark orange/amber with a 1" thick white head that lasts a long time and leaves lacing and thin layer of foam on surface.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and has malt mixed with faint floral hops.

Taste: The flavor is complex with rich and bready malty sweetness, some mild caramel and/or toffee with subtle floral hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice creamy carbonation. The finish is long and dry with an interplay of sweet bready malt balanced by a mild bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty and drinkable beer and I could do several in an evening. One of the nicest festbiers I've tried.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice, sturdy tan head and good lacing. Smell is doughy bread with some night, light fruit and caramel touches to it. Taste is similar, with a nice sweet maltiness coming through. I really like the balance they've struck between the flavors, as well as the overall intensity. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, and rich without being filling. Drinkability is very nice. I believe this is my favorite American version of the style to date.

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Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden color with a sudsy white head. Nice retention with average lacing.

S - Bready malt, caramel sweetness, and earthy/herbal hops. Just as a Marzen should smell.

T - Nice malty base with a sweetness that is not overwhelming. A nuttiness leads into a fairly bitter hop finish. Very clean flavor, though.

M - Medium body with plenty of crisp carbonation. Just about right for the style.

D - This was a nice Oktoberfest beer with a bit more hops than expected to balance out the malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit too bitter for traditionalists, but I liked it a lot. I'd have no problem drinking these all night.

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

12oz. bottle fresh date Feb 24, 07. Poured a reddish brown color with very little head. Not much in the smell department but a bit of malt. Taste of bready malts with a slight hop bitterness .Very drinkable I could easily drink a few of these. One of the best October-fest I've tried this year and will look forward to it in the next year.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color with about a one finger white head.

Smell: Bread dough leads the aroma with hints of caramel and hops.

Taste: Starts with a slight citrus taste and then moves right on to a doughy malt flavor. As the beer warms there is more malt presence and a caramel taste appears. There is also a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

This is another good beer from Victory Brewing. Keep up the great work!!!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with a finger of foam that fades away quickly. Aroma is sweet, minerally, crystal malt.

This beer has a great, sweet flavor that smacks you during the first sip. Flavor is very nice and with no lingering aftertaste at all. Finishes clean witha nice body. Overall, this is very enjoyable. Excellent Octoberfest.

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Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thin head. Little lacing is left behind, along with a ring of foam on top.

Aroma is full of malty notes of caramel, toffee, slight pleasant diacetyl, and sugar. Smells like mash, and you can almost feel the decoction in your nose. On the palate, it is slightly sweet, and heavily accents the malt, much like an oktoberfest should. Very smooth and clean, and full bodied. Drinkability is good.

Once again, a high quality brew from a brewery that always pleases. One of my favorite oktoberfest beers made in America

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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 bsp77
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber, but not very much head or lacing.

Smell: Integrated mix of biscuit, cherry, caramel and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Toasted biscuit-like malts, with some caramel and cherry to round out the malty flavor. Ends with a light touch of bitter spiciness from the noble hops. Excellent balance and combination of flavors.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium crisp body. Dry finish.

Drinkability: I knew Victory could deliver a solid Marzen, but this was better than expected. Similar to Paulaner, but better executed or perhaps simply fresher.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer has a very bold rich autum color. Froty head and numerus happybubble to the top of the glass. Smells of clove,pumkin, and spices. Very distinguished flavors in the taste. Carmel and harvest tones make this beer tasty. Has a very smooth mouthfeel and goes down fast. I find this to be a quaility beer, victory usually produces excellent beers.

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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 williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, glassy reddish orange. One finger of foamy cardboard-brown head. Totally see through.

Well-balanced sweetness in the light hops and mildly bitter German malt. Great combination! Smells fresh and flowery. Great aroma, like a fresh harvest ale.

Bitter German malt dominates the taste, but the sweetness of the yeast balances that. Hops are very delicate, but also add a lot. Very malty and autumnal. Slightly bitter ending.

Unusually smooth, nice body. A bit of Yuengling-like milkyness. Smooth feel perfectly offsets that bitterness. It's really delicious and easy to drink. A truly excellent fall brew. Drinkable but not thin.

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

I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub and Brewery a few nights ago. Served cool in an Imperial pint glass.

A - A deep amber w/ mahogany shades w/ a full two fingers of off white head that settles quickly into a minimal lace pattern.

S - Nutty lactic odors of malt and yeast w/ a lightly spice hop aroma and buttery sweet nuances of German malts.

M - A blend of full carbonation and dry malty/toasted biscuity textures with subtle sweetness. A gentle bit of spice swirls into the dry finish.

T - A mildly smooth and sweet malty flavor that is crisp w/ a nice grainy fullness that has a creamy round element and a fair amount of twiggy hops in the mix. I like the subtle lactic yeasty aspect that nods to original fests - it has an aroma that is pungent w/ a mellower flavor. The taste is one of Victory's thta I have maintained a fondness for over the years and has stayed true to its origin.

D - A very drinkable Octoberfest/Marzen that is darker than most, but is more flavorful and overall very quaffable. It is a style that is for celebration and this one is fit for it. I am glad this is one of PA's best festbiers since I have been a fest fan since visiting Germany in '92, this one makes PA proud.

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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 ShanePB
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Fresh 2011 bottling.

A: Clear orange/copper colored body with a creamy, slightly off-white head. A moderate retention cap sticks around the entire time; however in traditional lager nature no real lace sticks around.

S: Sweet caramel, allspice, brown sugar, candy apple, toasted malts and some cereal. It does smell good and there are a lot of elements coming through but the style doesn't really allow for an overly aromatic nose.

T: Sweet dark grains, toasted malts, touches of honey and spice come through and last into mid-palate. A touch of floral hops and caramel are in the finish, with almost a quenching quality to the beer. It's extremely good and very flavorful, especially for a style some would argue is lacking in terms of flavor.

M: Bubbly and lively carbonation but not overly so giving it a medium body. It's very crisp and clean with a semi-dry finish.

In all honesty, this is one of the best Oktoberfests I've tasted. It has much more flavor than a majority of the American brewed (and even some German brewed) ones, with no off flavors. Easily one beer I will be stocking the fridge full of this fall.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 5 of 6 of my BotO.

A: Gorgeous deep copper with a doughy beige head that sinks into a solid disk. Tons of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Bready with some fruit character with some raisins and a hint of figs. Doughy.

T: Bready with a mild caramel sweetness with a mild hop presence The caramel really hits the spot and balances things out beautifully, serving as a bridge from the doughy start to the very mildly bitter finish. Mild fruit character with some figs. Excellent!

M: Light and crisp on the palate with excellent carbonation and a great finish

D: I'm a believer. This is the best I've had so far!

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, light copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic thin rings of lacing throughout.

Sweet malty aroma with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon and subtle hops. There is also a very faint roasted malt presence that is very promising.

Surprisingly very full bodied and chewy, especially for the style with a lot of sweet malt and fall spices. Hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, biscuit, and that slight toasted malt flavor that the aroma alluded to. There is also a very subtle hop presence which provided an excellent balance of bitterness to the sweet malts and spice notes. An excellent example of an American interpretation of the style but I can't really see to many Germans liking it. Either way I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazed golden amber color with about two fingers of pillowy off white foam. Nose and flavors are of medium toasted grains, a good dose of sweet malt, grassy, fruity hops. A notch or two better than medium bodied and adequately carbonated for it's style. One of my favorite marzens. By all means, check it out if you are a fan.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great deep copper color but crystal clear. Not much to speak of with the head but a nice level of carbonation gives it a little life. Smell is faint malt and some yeast bread tones. Taste is well balanced with some nutty tones but mostly just basic malt without being sweet. Nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Very drinkable beer, i went through this 12 oz very quickly. The best of the oktoberfest i've had this year. Another solid offering from victory and highly recomended.

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Photo of barknee
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated on 11-1-08
I must say that I am certainly enjoying this years vintage of Festbier. Generous malts and a perfect hint of hops make for a brew that is massively enjoyable and delicious. The last time I imbibed unto this brew, last season actually, it was quite one dimensional and uninspiring. If you can find this at your local, pick it up and try it; I think youll like it. Rated as the number two "Oktoberfest" brew by the NY Times recently, blowing away the mass Germanic imports in a tasting competition.
For once I agree with the leftest SOB's at the NY Times. ;-0

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes out a beautiful amber, very appetizing and inviting. Aroma is fairly strong and malty, not complex but pleasing. Flavor is richly malty with just a hint of spice and no hoppy bitterness. Texture is very smooth. Lip-smacking and easy on the palate, this is a decidedly drinkable beer - good from bottles, but better on tap.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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