Festbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
good
1,951 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
Ratings:
1,951
Reviews:
791
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
239
For Trade:
0
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Photo of NickyDee21
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 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 HoppyBastard1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ajdemma
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 Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Urk1127
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
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 Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 Barleycorn
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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%

Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle into my rolling rock pint glass.
it was an amber/orangish color with a little foam that disappeared quickly into a tiny ring of bubbles

S - slightly sweet malty aroma

T - as expected from an oktoberfest, slightly sweet malt, a bit of zestiness on the tongue

M/D - not a bad beer for the style, not a whole lot of flavor but a good beer overall.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of rdoggg
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

On tap at The Ale House in Vestal. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice copper color with good bubbles and a slightly off-white lingering head in raindrop lacing but no real sheets.

Smell: A good malt body with hints of honey, caramel, earthiness, maple, an a bit of citrus hops to round it out.

Taste: A very solid brew for the fall, with enough nice complexity from the malt flavors, a clean yet mildly sweet malt body contending with the finishing milder citrus hops. I like the maple and honey aspect here, as it gives off the sweetness nicely, but at the same time, the finishing hops are well-balanced to keep things highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate creaminess.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Victory. One I will be seeking out in the future during the season.

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Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice orangey amber with a decent head of an off white hue and touches of lace here and there. A bit of haze as I gaze, no carbonation in the glass. Smell has lots of toasted grains and light sweet malt with yeasty bread and herbal hops. Taste is malty and smooth with a grainy quality that flows to a well integrated hop component that balances the caramel sweetness and gives a somewhat longish dry finish. Well developed nuttines shows towards the swallow, gives a nice platform for the bitterness to blossom. Feel is medium with a light tingley carbonationan and a crisp overall character. High notes for drinkability and sessioning this one is easy. A good solid effort from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, "enjoy by" 3/21/07. It pours a clear copper/amber, with high carbonation leading up to a half-inch khaki head that keeps a thin cap and leaves light lacing. It smells sweetish, with toasted and caramel malts, and some dark fruits. The flavor is lightly toasted, with caramel, molasses, and some lightly spicy, green hops that leave a medium bitterness. The body is medium, lightly drying, tingly at first, but it evens out and leaves a medium finish. Another good offering from Victory.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - The beer appeared a nice dark amber color, with some carbonation streaming to the top of the glass. The beer had a nice slightly off-white head that was retained nicely which made for some lacing.

S - The beer had a nice, slightly sweet, but good malt aroma. Not much else, but I would not really expect from else from the style.

T - Followed the nose well, a nice, full malted barley taste. Solid and not complex, but as expected from the style.

M/D - Lighter body with nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink, I thought. The beer was smooth with a light creaminess to it. Overall, this is a solid brew from an excellent brewer and to be honest, I thought that it would have a better rating than it does. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,951 ratings.
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