mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful amber color. Head was a bit thinner than I would have expected, but the bottle I had may have been >6 months old. Sweet malty flavor on first taste and some mild hop bitterness on finish. A good Oktoberfest marzen-style beer, but not great. There are many other better beers out there for this style.
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mildly malty, overly hoppy, highly carbonated, not very tasty beer. When I finish what I bought that’s the end of this beer. There certainly are worse brews but there a a whole lot better
Nate (4170) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Light caramel and toasty notes, with mild diacetyl and weak fruity hoppiness. Sweet with a bit of biscuit. Medium amber-copper clear, with thin off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with mild toasted grain and biscuit sweetness, light butterscotch and astringent bitterness. Light acidity, neutral fruit, and tannic cherry skins. Finish is medium bitter, with chalky and bitter after. Mild after and fairly clean.
jrob21 (3403) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent wheat and bread notes. Clear amber color with no head. Some bittersweet candi sugar flavors last with you for a while. Nice malt aroma and profile. I could probably drink a lot of these in one sitting.
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated while drinking: Pours amber-red with an off-white head that quickly, quickly dissipates to nothing. Smells very malty with hints of maybe spicy hops or just spices in general. Pretty one dimensional, but it smells good. Fresh, malty, caramel-sweet taste with hints of sugar or molasses in there. Solid tasting for the style. A bit watery in body than I expected, but nicely carbonated and very drinkable from start to finish. Tasty variation on an Oktoberfest from Victory. Glad I was able to find it this season.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/11/2007: Victory Festbier pours a slightly hazy golden amber brown with a foamy, but diminishing ivory head. The aroma is toasy, lightly caramel malt with is hint of sweetness to it. The smooth, malty flavor is also somewhat sweet with a nice caramel flavor and a hint of darker malt character in the background. There is a mild of carbonation bubbling through the medium-light body of this smooth and easy to drink beer. This is a solid and true-to-style Oktoberfest. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly!
12 fl. oz. bottle (Enjoy By Feb 24 07) from Jungle Jim’s International Market. Rating #280 for this beer...
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Watered down version of a marzen. Nice color weak aroma. Slight malty sweetness. easy drinking but serious lacking flavor.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured a brassy amber in color with a small head that became a ring in the glass. smell is malted with caramel, a slight metallic, and a slight pear sweetness. taste is medium mouth feel, plenty of malts but not overdone, and smooth on the drinking.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve found some of victory’s beers to be a little to thin for the syle before, but I think that actually works for them here. Too often american octoberfests are too malty, from excess munich and crystal malts, to the point where they are hard to drink. This one is orange-amber, small white head. Very smooth malty flavor, appropriately hopped. Easy drinking and enjoyable with a smooth finish. Tastes like what I would expect a good german O-fest that’s still fresh would taste like.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
caramel aroma. sweet flavored malts, finish’s with a hint of hops. very watery