Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
52.9%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 1,962 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
Ranking:
#31,275
Reviews:
796
Ratings:
1,962
Liked:
1,037
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
12.81%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
246
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,962 |  Reviews: 796
Photo of Proteus93
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle expired Feb. 24, 2008, consumed June 27th, so that's taken into consideration... purchased at The Wine Seller in Herndon, VA.

A: Deep orange / copper with a golden tinge. Nice and foamy finger five head. Retention is great, leaving a trime of lace well after the head dies down.

S: Modest malts, biscuity. A little on the doughy side. The hop aroma has held on a little, providing a touch of an herbal scent.

T: Bready, malts and a soft - definitly time-dwindled herbal hops which are rather muted. A little diacytal, perhaps.

M + D: Medium body, a subtle ABV - easy drinking, and something I look forward to retrying hot and fresh this fall, because the older brew manages to do alright.

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Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TurboBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A new beer available as Supermarket Liquors in Ft Collins. Pours a sparkling clear amber color with a hint of orange. A soft white head and good retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The nose is more along the commercial European O-fest beers. A light malt note with a more pilsner aroma. Subtle hints of Vienna and a very feint note of Munich. Some nice earthy hop aromas a detectable but light as should be. Very clean yeast aroma with a crispness to it.

The taste is similar. A bigger Pilsner flavor with a more noticeable Vienna quality than the nose first indicated. Again limited Munich quality. Hops come out more in the finish and really balance the malt side well. Very clean yeast flavors, no faults. I suppose this is more of a preference, but I really would like to see more Munich to balance this out. Has more of a Vienna Lager quality.

The body is moderate with a nice balance sweetness. Good light carbonation. Overall, there are very few faults and very clean tasty beer. My problem is the malt bill. Would like the toasty caramel flavor to come out. Really tough for me to knock this beer. Sigh.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier is a hazy amber lager with some small particles in it. It's topped with an off white head that fades to a thin film and leaves nice lacing. It has a malty and melanoidal aroma. It smells like pretzels; grainy with a touch of caramel. It's medium bodied and pretty smooth with a light, quick finish. It leaves the palate clean. It has a mellow flavor that's well blended. It tastes grainy and fruity with notes of pretzels, bread crust, caramel, possibly a hint of cherry. It's not sweet and has just a touch of herbal bitterness. I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is really well made.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange body with a swiftly descending head that leaves no trace--semi-opaque... solid malt aroma with hints of fruitiness to develop a sense of complexity.. slightly effervescent, with a mellow, medium body that is pleasantly fulfilling... smooth, malty presence in the back of the mouth; little hops to speak of, but at this refreshing a taste, they'd only get in the way! Hops actually manifest on the teeth in time (by mid glass)... this lager is easy drinking--I could have finished the six-pack tonight--and leaves room for improvement, in the sense that it fits the season well but would not be sought out of it....another Victory.

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Photo of jp32
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a copper shade in color, with a fizzy, pop-like head that almost immediately dissappears. The nose is packed with a rich, sweet malty scent. Smells delicious. The taste is also malty, but with a slight hop bitterness, or maybe tangy-ness, towards the end. The sip finishes with an odd aftertaste that I just cant seem to figure out. The mouthfeel is crappy. Maybe not terrible, but too thin and too fizzy when it first hits the palate. Drinkability is average. There are a lot better octoberfests out there, this one isnt terrible but it really isnt anything to get excited about.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- amber with lots of carbonation and a small off white head.

S- grainy, bready, and a slight hint of fruit

T- caramel malt, some bready tastes, and the grain that reminds me that this one is a lager

M- light, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- my favorite october fest beer so far and another victory success. this brewery hasnt done anything wrong in my book. something i could drink several of, and will be sad to see removed from the shelves once the season is over. check this one out people!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint. This is...well...it's a Marzen. It's fine. Don't Marzen's pretty much all taste the same (with the exception of the Kaiser, which I had in the same tasting). What...fairly highly carbonated, full caramel malt flavors with very subtle hops, nice fruity caramel nose, orange-amber color. Tastes like fall. Definitely works, although it's not a style that generally bowls me over.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Bad Apple, Chicago, IL
Date: None noticed, but released in mid-2012
Glass: US pint glass

Victory's Festbier is a fairly typical American expression of the style, fairly mild caramel and toasted malt flavors combined with a low hop profile, rounding the flavor out with a mild, brown bread quality. While not unappetizing, the beer does not distinguish itself from its brethren, and is somewhat lacking in flavor and robustness compared to the German imports.

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam with below-average retention, lasting less than a minute in its quick fade to oblivion. The declining head leaves little to no lacing along the sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a transparent amber color, with light bringing out reddish-orange tints. Carbonation is visible and fairly active.

Aroma is primarily of grainy, slightly sweet caramel and toasted malts, bread, minerals, and yeast. In general, the scents seemed underwhelming when compared to some of the bolder German varieties out there.

The primary flavors of the beer are grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background. Tasting opens with slightly sweet, grainy and modestly mineral-flavored malts on the front of the palate. Mid-palate continues the sweet grains, adds some bread, and very slight bittering German hops. Back of palate finds caramel malt flavors, slight breadiness, and continued modest bitterness from German hops. Aftertaste is similar to the initial taste: grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background.

Beer has a medium to medium-light body with carbonation of medium intensity, creating a beer that slightly fizzes across the palate, ultimately coming across as crisp and smooth. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is sweet malts and caramel.

The taste follows the smell caramel and malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty much what you would expect from an Octoberfest, definately one of the better ones.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wellsnb
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brocktune
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Spreetaper
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of number1bum
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a beautiful orangeish amber color, nice clarity, a few bubbles and about a finger and a half of light beige head. Retention is not quite as good, as only a very thin lace is left and just a little stick.

The smell is a great representation of an oktoberfest, as it is full of caramel malt and some bready, toasted notes. Little bit of spicy hops, too.

The taste has a wonderful caramel malt sweetness to it, and a nicely subtle toasted flavor to complement it. The hops are slightly spicy with some floral flavor and a little bitter, too. There is also a fruity flavor here, sort of citrusy. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation, finishing somewhat dry. Very drinkable oktoberfest that I could have a number of in a sitting.

This is one of the two or three best oktoberfests I've had. Very good beer.

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Photo of rypkr
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 52.9% out of 100 with 1,962 ratings
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