ronaldtheriot (1523) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Victory Festbier has a medium, cream-colored head, a bright, yet hazy, orange/amber appearance, some bubble streams and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy bread crust, medium-roasted malt, and a slight hop zing. Taste is of all of those elements, and there is even a bit of sourness, here. Mouthfeel is medium, and Victory Festbier finishes crisp, refreshing, and absolutely and completely drinkable. Overall, this is really very delicious! RJT
wilkinsonak (5) - Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Philadelphia Tap and Tavern, very smooth, I would drink this again.
joeneugs (4205) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small off white head. The aroma has lots of bread crust, light malty fruitiness and more bread. Hardly any hop character. The flavor is bready and fruity malt with some citric acidity and stronger spicy, floral hops, but still somewhat restrained. This is a pretty nice Oktoberfest, but the citrus notes kind of throw it off for me.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured into dimpled mug. Pours a remarkable amber color with a generous tan head. Slightly sweet malty bread aroma with notes of caramel. Nutty and caramel flavors up front with slight hoppy spiciness on the tail end. Very smooth and drinkable, as the style demands. I could see myself drinking a bootfull of this.
novice101 (308) - - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this beer, pours a nice red color with an off white head that sticks around. Smells sweet, hints of fruit and bread. Taste of malts and candied fruits prevail, balanced by some hops so it is not overbearing. Great beer to enjoy
tightslice (429) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler pour over Thanksgiving. One of the better Victory beers I’ve had. A lovely balance of hops and malts with a pleasant nuttiness.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured reddish/amber with a retaining beige head. Malty sugars with a candied fruit tone. Some acid, with a big bread-like tone. Clean and a little drying towards the finish.
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into my Oktobeerfest mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.79 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful, clear shade of copper/magenta. Some carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off white soapy head which fizzles away almost completely.
Smell: Combination of sweet and nutty amber malts with a distinct lager aroma.
Taste: I’m not usually a fan of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, so for me to genuinely enjoy a beer of the variety is quite a compliment coming from me. That being said, I’d probably consider Victory Festbier to be one of the better American offerings of the style I can recall. Though I wouldn’t say it’s an amazing per se.
Going by the account on Victory’s website, this beer appears to have a simple recipe of only two types of malts, though the hop description of "whole flower German hops" is rather vague. But you don’t have to have a complicated recipe to make for a good-tasting beer. There’s still plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness to be found here as well a subtle nut-like rustic character and some spicy -but subtle - German hop presence. It’s well balanced to be sure, though I could always use a bit more of the confectionery sweetness. At least it doesn’t have any generic lager taste to it that so many seem to have.
Drinkability: This is exactly what an Oktoberfestbier should drink like - a more-than-medium body with a comfortable mouthfeel and crisp finish. There’s little aftertaste and the beer is refreshing while in the mouth. It would be ideal to pair with German food, though it would pair with pretty much anything that’s not too intense and at only 5.6% ABV won’t be overwhelming, either.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect amber color. Very little head. Aroma is of very sweet caramel, and not too much else. Taste is definitely of caramel, and a good biscuityness to it as well. Lighter carbonation than I would expect, but not terrible. Good body too.
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, hops, yeast, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, hops, caramel.