Festbier is a German-style Märzen Lager brewed by Victory Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, was served in a mug from a bottle.
Pours a crystal-clear amber with a thick head of cream-colored foam that offers modest retention. A soapy ring gathers at the collar. Droplets of residue remain during consumption.
Aroma is sugary sweet with malt, toasted bread, and backed by just a hint of noble hops.
The palate follows the nose, beginning with toasted bread, orange peel, and transitioning to mild, earthy hopping that tastes something like black tea. The finish is thick with a lingering taste of caramel.
Mouthfeel feels fuller than a medium body would usually indicate, but that’s appropriate for the style. Feels smooth and creamy with a gentle carbonation.
In spite of its name on the label, Victory’s Festbier is more akin to its cousin, a traditional Märzen lager. Regardless, its palate could benefit from more hops and its feel, a bit more carbonation.
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