Victory Wiesen | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HugoGrim on 10-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to rotsaruch for introducing me to this beer when we met at Victory, and for the first pint. I had several pints and took a growler home. This is a wheat beer. It is not a Märzen / Oktoberfest style beer by any means. It is more like a traditional Kölsch though Victory calls it a harvest ale. Wiesen refers to meadows and that is appropriate as it is light and grassy and very refreshing with crisp wheat and dry effervescent hops. a very long lasting aftertaste and a magnificent soft dry astringent mouthfeel. The drinkability is amazing. I may put down another growler by my self this time. Drinkability is certainly the feature of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Basically like the other wiesens, sweet caramel with wheat. You know, it's basically the wheat version of an Oktoberfest. Overall its sweet, with a sour wheat malt edge to it. There's also a bit, just a little, of hops, and overall this beer isn't too complex, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a small white head and minimal lacing.

S: Slightly husky but very clean.

T: Malty and grainy witha slight hop bitterness to keep the sweetness in balance.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy and nice carbination with a very clean finish.

D: Very good take on the modern day style Oktoberfest beer. It is easy to drink, balanced, and very clean.

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Photo of jcjerabek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at their recent Oktoberfest celebration.
Served as a clear golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is restrained with some light caramel notes present.
Taste is malty with a bit too much dry crispness present.
Finishes is more malt, but lieaves a not totally pleasant mouth sensation.
Not one of their better offering. I prefer their regular festbier.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phatz for sharing this w/ me at the Lancaster Brewer's Club meeting. My review is taken from notes I jotted and saved for later.
Poured cool into a pils glass.
A - An extremly clear and slightly darker than golden w/ a thin white head that disappears leaving a little lace.

S - Malty, sweet and grainy odor-wise w/ a kiss of wheat. Very appealing w/ a German malt essence in the nose.

M - A light body, semi-dry feel and grainy, yet smooth texture w/ a lightly hopped dry aspect and slightly sweet finish.

T - A toasty, wheat touch of malt w/ crisp and sweet tinges. An aspect of a Weiss as well as smooth lager-like yeast qualities. Slightly spiced, possibly a wheat influence again, herbal hop flavors carry over into a clean finish.

D - Very drinkable, yet light and smooth, a good choice for a session beer. The finish is very clean and this is a well made beer. Not sure about the Marzen tag, but it does seem to have a lager type clean malt profile and yeast that gently carries out its duty. This is easy to quaff and wheat tinged, very quaffable. I could drink a growler quickly I am sure.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber-brown with a beige head.

Nose has fruity malts, peppery yeast, spices and wheat.

Taste has dark wheat malts, herbal yeast, and citrus.

Crisp body is a bit thin in the finish, but drinks well.

A nice example of the style. Great session beer. Nice to see an American brewery attempting the great Oktoberfest. Keep up the good work Victory.

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Photo of Risser09
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with me by Phatz - Poured into a tulip

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent, golden color with plenty of carbonation that clings to the glass. There is very little white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: So far this beer looks and smells like a light wheat beer and not a Marzen or harvest ale.

Taste: The taste is strong with wheat flavor and has a metallic astringency. There are some grassy tones that create a freshness to the brew. This really is more like a Kolsch than an Oktoberfest. It displays very little semblence to what it is currently categorized as.

Mouthfeel: Thin and mildly alcoholic. Grassy and reasonably dry. This beer goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very good, as this is a spectacular style to session. I don't know why this is considered an Oktoberfest. Worth trying.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Victory brewery. I read about this new offering on Victory's website, and when I saw it on the board I had to give it a go.

Clear gold body with a nice foamy head. Great looking lace.

Aroma is clean, sweet, and cold. Hops are subtle and faint. A decent nose, though a bit muted and weak.

Flavor is of crisp hops, fresh bread, and a substantial citrus lemon element. A very good beer, and I think I can say I like this better than their standard Fest.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a growler of this at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is strikingly white, two fingers tall, small to medium bubbles, ok retention and fine lacing.
Smell: The aromas are dominated by wheat and yeast. There is some citrus there.
Taste: The flavors are musty and some yeast notes adding some phenols.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp.
Drinkability: This is a decent beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wiesen is a declicate beer style and this was a delicate beer. When poured from a bottle into a pint glass it had a golden color. The aroma was sweet with hints of fresh flowers. The taste was light and refreshing with hints of flowers and honey. Overall, the beer was a light, refreshing experience.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory on 10/13/08.

A - Clear golden amber body with mild carbonation and about a finger of creamy white head that receded into a thin patchy ring of retention and yielded decent lacing.

S - Caramel malt paired with noble and floral hops. Some mild breadiness is present, and that's about it.

T - Like the aroma, lots of caramel malt comes out in the initial flavor. This is balanced by a nice amount of floral hops to keep the sweetness from becoming too overbearing. A bit of dark fruit with a faint raisin presence creeps into the mix.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, resulting in a fairly crisp mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness, but quite mild overall.

D - Nice take on a Fest beer. This is pretty light on the sweetness overall and packs a decent floral hop bite.

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Victory Wiesen from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 12 ratings