Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
3.67/5
1,978 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:
#31,779
Reviews:
800
Ratings:
1,978
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
257
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,978 |  Reviews: 800
Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Clear copper red pour. 1 finger of head... nice ring of lacing.

S: Malty and sweet.. caramel and grains.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel malts... toffee and mild sweetness. Some light hopping to balance it out. Medium to light in body. Finish is sticky and malty.

O: Tastes like an Oktoberfest. Not a style I love, but clean and drinkable. Not a bad fall beer. Nothing to get excited about either.

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

Photo of justinm4bama
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 BrewAskew
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby orange color with one finger white head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent caramel malt, roasted oats, honey, and some spices, good stuff.

Taste of oats and caramel malts initially washed out with a bit of water. Some more honey and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but a little thin.

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

Photo of Kyrojack
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ninaturner
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of TTripp725
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Urk1127
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into tumbler. Brown. Not much of a head or lacing. Smell is sweet caramel. Malty. Taste is dry sweet bold malt. I do not like marzens mostly and this we not much different than those.

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

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Nov 2008.

Poured in 0.4 L glass stein. Small parchment colored head. Medium carbonation. Clear rusty copper color. Aroma is light, slight maltiness and apples. Flavor is also light, caramel and pecans. Moderate maltiness. Finishes somewhat acrid. Medium light body. Alcohol very light.

Not my favorite from Victory.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Stignacious
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vinny21bal
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdoggg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,978 ratings
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