ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 11/04/13: re-rate. No mold in the nose this time around, so starting off on a better foot. 7 years since I first rated it and didn’t recall that my first experience was a bad one. Malty nose. Light hazy amber. Thin. Almost fully diminishing head. Undercarbonated. Not bad. Good flavor with a light hop profile. 9/15/06: Clearance barrel at Binny’s, Glen Ellyn,IL. Bottle. Some sweetness in the nose and some mold? No lace, small head that is fully diminishing. I tried to check the "best by" date, but it was in white lettering and was stamped over the white "F" in "Festbier" on the label, so couldn’t read it. Moldy, carboard flavor with some zing. Probably old. Not very good. Disappointing effort by Victory. A brewer with the reputation of Victory can’t afford to put out a lackluster product like this. Malty with no hops. 7, 3, 5, 3, 11
Funknmilla (726) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Under the light , very pretty color a sorda light maple syrup apperance....muddled flavor, roasted malts & nutty...a little hazelnut...a little almond.....finish is bitter and dry....I would love a hershy kiss with this
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couldn’t detect a real distinct aroma. Slightly sweet. Poured a nice rich amber color. Virtually zero head. Was hoping for a little more maltiness or character in the flavor. It was an ok beer but for the price, I could have done better. Victory makes much better brew than this.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a deep reddish brown color with a cola like carbonation in its large bubbles that go away as soon as the pour finishes. Aroma is malty caramel, but nothing much like the entire beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Re-rated on tap at the Legend Fest:
Clear light brown body with a thin off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet dark malt and caramel flavor.
Original Rating: Aroma had some cheesy hints, and the flavor was dominated by a powdered cheese flavor, very much like that in a box of mac and cheese. Possibly some sort of infection, but i’ve yet to experience a cheesy infection.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber in color with no head. SAmells of roasted malts and some hops. Medium body with roasted malt flavors. Clean malty finish.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice amber, thin head. Interesting flavor, more flavor than a lot of Oktoberfest beers. Decent beer.
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very decent Lager. One of the better Oktoberbest beers (not my favorite styles). I don’t understand some of the critiques here regarding hops. Why would a Lager be hoppy? It wouldn’t.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
this beer is surprisingly average. I’m a big fan of Victory but this beer is weak. Its a bit more tart than I feel a marzen should be - I like them of the sweet side. It does have a nice aftertaste and a nice dark amber look. But all in all it average.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold w/ off white head. Aroma is malt, metallic, and slightly skunky. Flavor is malt, metallic, caramel, and bitter.