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.

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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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