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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:
#32,740
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
1,986
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
259
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,986 |  Reviews: 804
Photo of VicVinegar
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Juan_Andere
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerucee
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite. Smokey.

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Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a recently purchased bottle dated best by 12/17 into the test glass.
A - Deep copper toned, clear and beautiful. thin cap is supported by gentle carbonation.
S - Malts all the way, sweet caramel, with a hint of orange, brown sugar.
T - Follows the nose well, excellent malt display.
M - Medium in body, soft on the palate, finish is sweet but nicely dry.
O - A robust interpretation, with a lot of caramel in the offering, a very nice beer

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Photo of Riff
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a little bit of head that faded away rapidly. Smells richly of brown sugar and toasted malts. Taste is sweet, caramel, with a little black tea flavor coming in towards the middle and end. Medium light body, minimal carbonation. Tasty, but not as much as the aroma would have you believe, seems to be slightly above average as far as marzens go this year.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a deep see through amber hue with a thick tan head. Almost smells like some unsweetened dark chocolate or a nutty scent melding into a malt center. Interesting scent that I think is pretty inviting. Flavor translates with the nutty malt and slight caramel mix with really no bitterness. Medium carbonation with a slightly thinner feel. All in all not bad at all but I wanted more from the flavor after smelling this brew.

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Photo of therealzeveriah
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you have ever been to a place brewing their own beer and noticed that smell in the air during the mashing process and wanted that smell replicated in the taste of your beer, then this is the beer for you. This beer includes a decoction mash that brings that smell to your tongue. It is the most unique Oktoberfest beer I have ever had in America.

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Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark copper with a nice head. The aroma is matky with intense burnt bread and coffee notes. Very interesting nose profile for a Marzen. The taste is sweet upfront with more coffee, burnt bread, toasty malts and some caramel. Medium body.

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Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 1/1/18 poured into a .5 L krug at fridge temp 5.6% ABV. The beer pours a bright deep red amber color with cream colored head. The head recedes to a skim coat and ring around the mug. Aroma is nutty and malty. The flavor is a blend of toasted malts, nutty tones and semi sweet bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and dry on the finish. No perceptible bitterness, yet no lingering or cloying sweetness in the taste or finish. The label mentions German malts and decoction mashing. That is easy to believe as this has a distinct German character. Overall, very good maybe great Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Popped the cap of a 12 ounce bottle and, woah, goodness, the roasty caramel aroma is aggressive on this one. I am so, so glad marzen season starts so early now.

Pours dark amber, translucent and fizzy. Not much of a head, but still an appealing enough pour.

Smells intense, like I noted. Very aggressive malt: tons of caramel, some nuts, and a little burnt peat. It's a strong and rough aroma, maybe a bit less smooth than the paragons of the style, but still very charming.

Tastes good, but not as good as the aroma. Caramel dominates throughout, starting very sweet, getting a middle that's marked by nodes of yeast and tea, and then finishing rough and earthen.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleChamber
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color. Malty nose with perhaps some brown sugar. Taste has almost no hops. Caramel malt is dominant, with a sweetness that's not quite cloying, but excessive in my opinion. Body is pretty light, with very little head retention. Would prefer more carbonation. I'm a bit disappointed with this 2017 batch, as Victory is one of my favorite breweries. —Reviewed 2017/08/11

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VILJ
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malprep
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 basaywhat
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruits, bread, and roasted malts. Has a nice balance between sweet malts and bitter hops. A dry smooth finish. Not too bad.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours deep red copper amber with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like fresh grapes, apple, pear, toasted bread crust, roasty caramely molasses-like malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread crusty grain, grape, apple, pear, roasty caramely molasses-like malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Märzen Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of Ctoastcrunch
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a copper coloured body with huge foaming thick lasting white head
Big bran aroma
Rich malty flavour with nice bitter sweet balance
Impressed, very impressed

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with a fast-disappearing head that leaves a tan ring. Aroma is caramel dominated by various german hops. Flavor is weird, with overcooked/burnt food taking the forefront. There are some caramel sugars and bready malt in the mix. Weird though. Smooth finish though.

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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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