Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
84
good
1,945 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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:
1,945
Reviews:
788
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear, bright golden-orange body capped with a thin layer of grainy, off-white foam. A slow and steady stream of active carbonation feeds the cap of bubbles, barely sustaining its ability to leave a few freckles of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with a toasty, brown sugary maltiness and a soft note of tangy fermented grain.

The taste is mellow and nutty-sweet with an oily, semi-seco malty cereal syrupiness. A note of dilute brown sugar and wet corn flakes contributes to the theme, overpowering a touch of bitterness that makes a fleeting appearance mid-mouthful. Just a touch of hop spiciness lingers late in the aftertaste.

The drink is light-bodied, lightly-carbonated, and heavy on the drinkability.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of qcghost
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dfillius
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of off-white head that subsides to nothing. More head please. Liquid is a crystal clear amber color.

S: Crisp fruity nose, but very little smell overall.

T: Malty sweetness at first with a hint of crisp hops. Very balanced and clean. No fruity yeast taste, what a lager. Special because it is so solid.

M: So smooth, no off feel or flavor

D: A session beer all the way. Gimme more.

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Photo of thain709
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent copper body with active carbonation racing to the top...a one finger fizzy white head forms and quickly falls into a ring...the ring stays but does not leave much lacing

S - A very Earthy and grainy nose...German hops provide the Earthiness and the caramel and bready malts provide the graininess

T - It has a good balance to it...the sweetness hits you up front with some faint caramel flavors...in the middle you come across some buttery bread and unbaked dough...the hops play a big part in the end of this beer...they pair nicely with the rest of the taste and leave a long linger bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp and great lingering bitterness

D - Not my favorite style but a nice offering from the local Victory...this one comes across sweet at first but leaves you with a nice hoppy ending

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a clear brown with two fingers of head that dissipate quickly with little lacing. Bready aromas of pumpernickle and seedless rye. Spicy yeast quality shines through, which is totally unexpected.

The flavors of brown bread are in the forefront, but a really terrific spicy flavors shine through and bring out nuances that I never expected. Mouthfeel is prickly from the spice and carbonation.

A truly well put together and interesting take on the style. A beer I will keep coming back to as the leaves change year after year. Well done, Victory.

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

A: Amber brown body with a thick healthy cream white head.

S: Strong malt aromas power through with a dash of hops in the back end

T: The malt aroma is manifested in a rich malty taste. Caramel comes through a bit towards the middle and a strong roasted finish.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that sits on the palate with a bit of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing... first had this at Victory's Fall Fest... fresh and lovely on a warm fall day.

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Photo of NickyDee21
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light brownish red in color, with a quickly fizzing away light tan head, a few streams of carbonation filter to the top

S - a pedestrian marzen malt aroma, not to diminish from the distinct quality of brewing, just a typical aroma that can be expected

T - the taste has more bitters in it than i expected, a great hop/malt balance with some near berry-esque sweetness faintly in the background

M&D - a typical high quality marzen, not top tier, but well above average, the beer neatly fits into the niche it was seemingly brewed for, well done Victory

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Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish amber brown body with a white head.

Nose is very clean with mostly just a fresh dough-like smell, some caramel and a simple lager smell.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich bready malt. A surprisingly large bitterness comes up about half way through and fades by the end leaving little in the finish. Caramel, some toasted grain and a tad bit chewy. Really very simple but big and tasty.

It's funny how one of the few true american octoberfests is called a festbier. Anyway, a nice example of an octoberfest, very true to the german style. One of the best american octoberfests out there.

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Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of AdamBear
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-dark amber with a thin cream colored head

S-honey nut cheerios. Roasted cocoa malts. Good strength. A bit off for the style.

T-comes in with a bitter roasted flavor of honey grains. It's an odd and lightly watery flavor. Doesn't quite fit right. After-taste is oddly bitter.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a semidry finish.

O-this isn't a good Oktoberfest beer. The flavors just don't mesh well and it's not drinkable as the style is supposed to be. 

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Photo of TTripp725
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of micropale
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid a medium dark amber with good Carbonation. The head is 1 finger 1 thick, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big caramel malt.

The taste follows, very nice light toasty caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is good medium body but almost too much carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this beer war brewed to session. MK

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Photo of goochpunch
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange, woody amber body. No head. Smells of toasty malts, caramel, wort, and very clean yeast. Up front there is heavy toast and caramel. Aftertaste has very solid bitterness and strong breadiness and maltiness. The toast takes a lot away from that. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium bodied, and the carbonation is very assertive on the tongue. Overall a good American example of an Oktoberfest, but not great. Too much toast for me.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a dark burgundy with some orange highlights and no head. Smelled of a smoky sweet lager with some pasty oats and a slight nip of unobtrusive hops. Tasted of fruity raspberries, doughy and pasty oat malt with a nice bitter snap in the finish. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a sharp electric small bubbled carbonation.

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Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,945 ratings.
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