Festbier

Märzen Victory Brewing Company

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Festbier, a German-style Märzen Lager by Victory Brewing Co.

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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.

Appearance

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

Aroma is sugary sweet with malt, toasted bread, and backed by just a hint of noble hops.

Flavor

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

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.

Overall

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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About the Märzen

An elegant, malty German amber lager with a clean, rich, toasty and bready malt flavor, restrained bitterness, and a dry finish that encourages another drink. The overall malt impression is soft, elegant, and complex, with a rich aftertaste that is never cloying or heavy. From the Beer Judge Certification Program
2015 Style Guidelines