Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
good
1,944 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,944
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imperialking
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice rusty amber with a one-finger foam head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma I picked up initially was nutty, malts, and raisins, a bread and caramel also prominent. Bread and caramel up front in the flavor, sweet malty bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is slight bitterness and a little metallic, medium carbonation.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great medium copper color. Nice nutty malt flavor. Good fall beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

October 27, 2015

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Medium amber, the color caramel candy, with high clarity. Maybe a half-inch of off-white head, moderate retention. Bubbles cascade up for a while after the pour.

S – Caramel, cracker, suggestions of Pils and Vienna malts are prominent. Herbal hop aromas, roots and dirt, slightly spicy, and a hop bite can be found as well.

T – Caramel is prominent in the flavor profile, with a lot of sweetness from the malt, not at all cloying. Almost like light caramel ice cream. Cara-pils and Vienna-type malt. Hops are more subdued, a bit of herbal-spicy flavor, and moderate bitterness to support the malt sweetness.

M – Medium-bodied leaning towards the fuller side, with slightly above-moderate carbonation. Sweet up front, moderate bitterness in the back. Some dryness with no lingering impression after the finish.

O – Festbiers, Marzens, and Oktoberfests tend to run together, partly by design. They are supposed to be easy-drinking, non-confrontational beers. This one is a VERY good example, as it apparently has no flaws. Just very well made, and better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a mug (one of these days, I wouldn't mind getting a true stein for this style, think I'm gonna have to if I keep up with the oktoberfests). Anywho:
The appearance was a ruddy light brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing was light and sliding right on into the beer.
The smell started off with a light nutty/caramel/toffee. Some burnt breadiness rides the line underneath.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. A light sweet bready aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a crisp sweet sessionable feel to it. Carbonation felt good and light. Gets a tad syrupy.
Overall, decent take on an Oktoberfest by an American brewer, most likely ask for a Weihenstephaner one before this if found, but I don't mind this one.

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Photo of braican
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Coppery color is lovely, but somehow the carbonation seems to fail midway through the pour. Kind of a tea flavor with a wave of syrupy sweetness. Then, unfortunately , followed by a dirty, resiny hop flavor. It's not exactly a sour note, but the malt seems to turn earthy and dank.

I had hopes for another "Victory" having had some good Oktoberfest brews this season. This was my least favorite, maybe in a tie for last place with Leinenkugel’s anemic orange lager. I can't think of anything good to say about this and I still have five more to drink or dump. Enjoy by 26 Jan 2016 on the label, but I think it's past it's prime already. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's in San Diego.

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Photo of Shy5
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wildwood_Brew
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FCRICH
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 pkalix
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nelsonracite
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of celts32
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Myotus
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard poured from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date 27Dec15) into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with three finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter finger's worth after 2 minutes. Copper in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is very subtle and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of campfire (yes, like a rauchbier) encounter mild aromas of caramel, oatmeal, and biscuity malts along with hints of floral and spicy hops.
TASTE: Mild flavors of campfire enter initially and are immediately followed by caramel flavors. Mild oatmeal and biscuity malts come in right after as caramel flavors grow slightly stronger. As all flavors persist, subtle spicy and floral hop flavors finish off this amazing display of a Märzen.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly creamy and smooth. Finishes with a hint of dryness.
NOTE: Best one of its style that I have had so far. The rauchbier taste was a perfect addition to this style and was balanced well with the malt flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,944 ratings.
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