Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
52.8%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 1,963 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:
#31,279
Reviews:
796
Ratings:
1,963
Liked:
1,037
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
12.81%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
248
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Victory Festbier
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a very light brown with an orange tint. Minimal head on top that leaves little spots of sticky lacings on the glass.

The nose is malty sweet with a touch of hops in the background.

Thick, syrupy caramel flavors with a strong malt backbone. Hints of toasted malts with a nice hop snap. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and soft.

A solid Marzen from Victory that captures all of the beauty of this seasonal lager.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of qcghost
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +9%
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 dfillius
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of thain709
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +9%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 AdamBear
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 52.8% out of 100 with 1,963 ratings
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