Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
84
good
1,944 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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:
1,944
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingQuinn
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Mildly hazy reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head. The foam left pretty quickly. The nose featured brown bread and toast. Some banana esters and a bit of cigar ash. The taste was very bready and toasty, with melanoiden (which I like). Some hop bitterness on the finish but no floral notes. Overall, it's pleasant but I prefer more Vienna presence.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thoglund
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gray88
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MDKrise
1.95/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok

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Photo of Donkster46
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of madelf66
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Peyton5410
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle, 'best by' Dec 19 16, served in a cervoise.

Pours a brilliant cranberry-copper colour with big bubbles and a creamy three-finger head. Retention is short-lived but leaves little islands of malty, yeasty scuz.

Nose is big, bready, fruity hops. Bananas, walnuts and cigar wrappers.

Tastes like drinking a sticky bun (I like sticky buns!), caramel, nuts and soft, overripe fruit. Finishes with damp, earthy grains.

Mouthfeel is soft, a little syrupy, light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth.

Overall, a tasty enough beverage but, now that I've finished it, I've already started to forget it.

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

Photo of cbyrnes
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdman56
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a dark amber with decent golden head. Lacing is good. Smells of malt and light hops, I was surprised that the smell was very light actually. Taste is very nice, smooth malt with a mix of some hops and light citrus in there. Had a very light feel to it, flavors are nice but the finish is very mild and goes fast. Overall a nice beer and a great afternoon beer outside.

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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 nwhittin
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BB1313
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 1/2/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours amber with a subtle haze but has solid clarity; small off-white head that fades leaving solid retention and little lacing. Nice color. The aromas have lots of caramel malts and bread notes. Lots of caramel and toffee. The flavors seem to follow the nose. More caramel and toffee. Lots of grains. Very earthy. Subtle bitterness. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with very active carbonation. Fluffy and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest. It might not be my favorite or the best, but it's not bad.

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