The Leaves Are Changing in My Mind
A Review of Festbier by Victory Brewing Co.
Posted on 6/11/2012 by Chops
For those new to the craft beer scene, one of the most confusing aspects is the concept of seasons. Each seasonal transition floods the craft beer scene with an array of delectable beer styles. Light and easy drinking beers come out for the warmer months, darker stronger beers are released for the colder months, etc. This is by no means a hard set rule, you are more than welcome to drink any beer you want whenever you want. The only real issue is availability as these beers are only released at one specific time during the year. Popular ones are gone in a flash, so it pays to know the release schedules of your favorite brews. This is why beer fans will often stock up on seasonal releases to enjoy at a later date. Therefore, when I say that I'm enjoying a Victory Festbier ''out of season'', it is by no means demeaning the beer. This just means that I was able to resist the temptation to drink through my supply and as a result, instill a bit of jealously among my brew loving cohorts.

Victory's Festbier is a member of perhaps the most delicious of seasonal brews: the Oktoberfest. This beer style dates all the way back to the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Bavaria on October 12, 1810. A new brew style was created for the celebration, which was the official birth of the Oktoberfest brews we enjoy today during the fall months.

In the glass, this beer has a deep amber-orange coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, Oktoberfest brews are mouthwatering concoctions and Victory's Festbier is no different. That signature toasted bready aroma fills the air around the glass. The malt profile comes across as pleasantly sweet with a peppering of mild spices. What a delightful introduction, couldn't wait to dive right in for that first taste.

The toasted bready aroma translates into the dominant flavor, which sets up shop as the base note. From there I was able to pick out several other complimentary flavors, namely sweet citrus, an herbal hop profile, some faint spices, and a solid earthy tone. The hop profile tends to appear in the middle ground and elevates for the finish, providing a bitter malty exit to the beer. This beer has a medium body, starts off with a smooth mouthfeel, and then exits with a crisp hop bite.

Overall, Victory's Festbier is a delicious example of the Oktoberfest beer style. I can easily recommend it to all levels of beer fan. Seasoned drinkers will appreciate it as a solid interpretation of the world's ultimate session beer. Novices can utilize it as a flavorful yet approachable bridge to better beer. In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have opened this beer during the summer months because all I can think about now is the next Oktoberfest season. And considering Victory's track record for brewing fantastic beers, I doubt that desire will be leaving me anytime soon. I guess I can kiss my remaining supply of Festbier goodbye.

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