Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light, clear copper body, thin-medium off-white head. Classic toasty, caramely aroma with metallic, earthy hops. The body is heavy on the caramel and brown sugar, the sweetness suggesting underfermentation. This would be tough to drink as a session beer. On the other hand, the nice punch of earthy, slightly metallic hops keeps the sweet biscuity notes in check. Not as layered as the best beers of the style, and just a touch too sweet, but above average.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Sippin’ by the River ’05. Sorry performace by the Victory brewers. Forgettable, middle of the road suff.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz. Pours a flat light amber color w/ basically no head. Nose is very light caramel with a light hint of nuts. Taste is flat and smooth, some nut hints, little bit of caramel and malt, and finishes off I guess, has a dry bad nut finish.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall a decent Oktoberfest. The malt was a little weak for my tastes in an O-fest, but it was nice and clean as far as yeast flavors go.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appears a copper toned amber with a decent white head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing tries it’s best to cling.
Smell is of rich malt, a bit of sweet fruit, a touch of sour bread, along with a mild helping of hops for good measure.
Taste is a nice blend of the above making for a nice rendition of the style with just enough difference to make it a Victory beer.
Mouthfeel is malty sweet with some sours and bitters and a crispness on the tongue and palate.
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
not reaaly to impressed with this beer. had a ok malty flavor to it. the beer needs more of a hoppy flavor to it in my eyes.
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average head/colour/etc. The interesting thing about this beer is that I thought it started off with a skanky-US Macro brew taste to it. It was very harsh on the palate. However, that taste quickly dissipates, and gave way to a more traditional Octoberfest taste.
The initial taste is so foul though, that I had to give this one an average rating.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, thanks richlikebeer, melikebeer too. Aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Poured a dark copper with a nice off white head. Flavor was good, caramel,toffee,toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and finished well. Good beer for football.
Holdwine (1079) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, nonthreatening fest beer. Very easy to drink. Amber-copper pour with a small head. Slight yeasty bread notes. Good use of hops seals the deal.
lamas (1367) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Enjoy by: 12/12/05. A clear copper pour with a thin light-tan head. Sweet, caramelly malts dominate the aroma. Tastes like it smells, only with some graininess too. Like a bran flake cereal. A surprisingly dry, bitter, lingering finish. Medium to thin-bodied. Pretty boring. At least the label is cool.