Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
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1,945 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
Ratings:
1,945
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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Photo of philbe311
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge slightly tan head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Caramel hued amber... Slow small carbonation bubbles through in an otherwise still brew... Highly translucent, but reflective of light...

S - Malt... Floury dough... Caramel... Hints of fruit... All scents are subtle and faint, but yet well balanced...

T - As expected, malts and caramel are first and foremost... Additionally, there are hints grain and raisins... Very subtle hoppy finish as well...

M - Excellent mouth feel for a Marzen... Smooth, light, and creamy (three of my favorite adjectives when talking about beer)... Gentle, buy slightly intriguing...

D - Highly refreshing and drinkable... Not complex, but a solid Marzen none the less... Fairly simple, but well executed...

Bottle / Artwork - Great label featuring very basic figures working over a wooden tub... Blue purple label with red and white font... Simple but different...

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Photo of joe12pk
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flounder57
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, a little nutty, and some grassy hops.

Taste: You get caramel, nuts, chewy toasted and bready malts, and mild grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, a little watery, and light bodied.

Overall: A solid fall classic from Victory. Simple, easy, and drinkable.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap last night at BAR Pizza in New Haven. Pours really dark ruby/amber with no head. Smell is of some sweet malts. Pretty strong flavor in this one, notes of brown sugar, leafy hops in the back, caramel malts, this leans more towards brown or amber lager than Marzen. Overall a heavier body than expected, slow to drink this one. It's really hard to call this one a good Marzen. I think stylistically it's way off, but as a beer it's pretty good for the fall. Drink this one thinking it's an amber lager and you'll come out happier.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle served in Peroni glass.

Clear copper with a creamy tan head. The head has decent retention but leaves little lacing.

Good malty aroma with a matching flavor! Although I thought the flavor was better than the nose. Sweet malt flavor with enough hops to produce a balance sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK, but more carbonation seemed desirable.

A marzen that is a bit above average.

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Photo of harripat
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sampsonw
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MaximalC
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a supremely transparent copper color with a rosy hue and a modest head of sudsy, off-white foam that rapidly settles. Mild aroma smells of caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste is very full-flavored for an oktoberfest, with a healthy dose of caramel and noble hops, augmented by a peculiar, juicy, slightly vegetal element. The nutty character alluded to by the nose becomes increasingly apparent as the beer warms. The medium body and fine, prickly carbonation make for a crisp and creamy mouthfeel that is really fantastic.

Overall, this is a flavorful festbier with great texture, however there’s something peculiar and distracting in the taste that keeps me from fully enjoying it.

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Photo of KurtHershey
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear, amber color with a 1", white head. Retention is low and lacing is moderate.
Smell is of toasted nuts and caramel malts. bready and biscuit aromas as well
Taste follows the nose pretty closely with that toasty, nutty flavor being prominent
Feel is heavy-medium and carbonation is moderate.
Overall, if you like that nutty flavor of O'fest beers, then this is the one for you.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, slightly sweet. Taste is very easy drinknig, malty and finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good selection.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish-brown with a sturdy tan head which recedes to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with doughy bread with some yeasty light fruit and caramel malty notes.

The tastes begin with a rich caramel maltiness with subtle hints of toffee. There is a slight doughy, toasty, grainy maltiness that joins as well. As it warms the grainy aspect is joined by surprising amount of earthy and spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly clean and crisp as the style would call for.

Overall this is one of the better American interpretations of a Marzen/Oktoberfest that exist in today's market. The caramel, sweet maltiness is probably overstated for the style but I enjoy that more than one that is heavy on grainy, pilsnery flavors. Good, not great, worth a go amongst others.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful clea amber, with a one finger head that quickly reduces to a thin lid.

Has a spicy, toffee aroma, with tons of malt and mild hops. If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was smelling a Christmas ale, not a fest beer.

Malty, sweet, and slightly roasted, with tons of toffee, molasses and spice, this is a festive, if not a fest beer.

Medium bodied with mild hops, this is a smooth, if not slightly watered down feel.

A decent fest beer, worthy of a try. But is a crowded season of seasonal fall beers, it is hard to put this ahead of so many other great Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Festbier pours a dark peach-skin color with some lighter orange highlights. A finger of white, creamy head sits atop the beer for a few minutes before dissolving back into the liquid. Not a lot of lacing left around the glass.

Ok nose, but not really that fragrant. I can pick out some malts and a bit of nuttiness as well. Also smells a bit musty. Just need a little more strength here.

The taste is pretty good... a little sweet caramel malt, but mostly bready malts and a bit of musty grain and nut combo. Just a little bit of bitterness on the tail-end of the flavor.

Good mouthfeel, pretty smooth and silky with a body that's a notch or two below medium. Also some restrained carbonation that helps the beer remain smooth.

Not a bad beer, overall. It's good that these fall beers are starting to come out more now, and though this isn't my favorite, it's getting me in the autumn state of mind. Give me a bit more aroma and a little more in the flavor department and this would be a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish amber color with one finger, off-white head.

S - Lots of caramel malts, burnt sugar, bready. A tinge of dark fruit almost.

T - Quite sweet, again, some burn sugar, but also a tinge of darker fruit. Bready and and caramel malt backbone.

M - Very smooth, full tasting, almost syrupy.

Overall - Pretty good Marzen here, it was a little sweet, but good blend of tastes. Almost a 'complex' Marzen.

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Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jed
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with illustration of two peasants stirring beer. Small blurb explaining the beer. "Enjoy by" date 12/22/05.

Appearance: Pours a solid, reddish brown with one finger of head. Head rapidly shrinks, but around a quarter inch remains with good retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind a trail of light brown lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Warm aroma, lots of toasted malt without associated citrus or spice of hops. Some caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol lingering.

Taste: Slightly sour mouth with slight hop bitterness, which gives way to toasted malt and lingering sweet notes. Finish leaves behind strong malt and more subdued bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, a little bit on the thin side. Disappointing.

Drinkability: Would make an excellent session beer, flavorful without being too strong.

Victory Festbier has nothing to set it apart from a large pack of American craft brewers who make Oktoberfest biers. This isn't necessarily meant as a criticism — Festbier is one of many well-executed versions of the style that are good, but not amazing. I'd give the nod to Brooklyn's Oktoberfest over this, but if I found Festbier on tap I'd happily order a pint.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebeers
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze with a thick tan-tinted head. Malty aroma with a bit of a coffee impression. This continues to the taste: malt-forward with nutty, burnt caramel, low-quality coffee notes. Not real hops to speak of. Light to medium bodied. More char/burnt character than most Oktoberfests. It's okay.

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Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant amber, with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small off-white head has OK retention. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with grass and pepper.

T: Pretty mild flavored for the style. Sweet malt up front has a caramel and toasted grain flavor. Bitterness is tart and has a lemongrass quality. Finishes fairy clean with lingering toffee and lemon flavors.

M: Medium body feels a little slick. Right amount of carbonation.

D: Good session beer that feels right for the season. Not the best Oktoberfest around, but quite good.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-orange amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, caramel, hint of spices

T-malt, yeasty bread,caramel, mild hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight slickness

O-a decent Octoberfest beer, but not among my favorites

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,945 ratings.
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