MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and rich. Clean. Lots of Munich. Ranks up there with the best of domestic o'fests. But had an Ayinger right afterward and the Germans still make the best Fest!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of apples and leather. No head to speak of. Color is a blend of brown and red and very clear. Taste is dry and pasety with a note of ruit and flower. Not the best thing to come out of Victory.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Dead ahead nice marzen.Smells sweet,malty,moderate hops.Off-white head is quick to dissapate.Nice tasting,very smooth.Touch of hops on the tongue/slight dryness/very clean finish/no cloying flavors(like Ayinger).Worth a shot.Best one I've tried this year.(best before 12/15/03 12oz. bottle just arrived today 8-28-03.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red/brown and very clear body. Had a small quickly disappering white head. Sweet buttery malt aroma with some hops in the background. Malty and clean taste with a nice dose of hops.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber in color, little to no head in minutes. I think this bottle was too old since the flavor was not real great, kind of flat. Sweet aroma, very muted caramel and nutty flavors....would like to try a fresh bottle to really get a better feel for this one!
HighlanderOne (953) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Poured from bottle. Malt candy aroma. Dark amber tan head. Has a fire roasted malt flavor, really stands out. Hay/grass in back. Feel is dry and crisp. Rye notes. Good finish . Well done.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice orangey glow and copper in color, good white head that stuck around the glass. Smell was all over the place, very complex for an Oktoberfest. Lots of sweet smelling hops and malts, some nutty notes and roasted barley and some pale citrus. Taste was pretty decent, not bad at all. Kinda sweet and malty bitter, very clean hop feel, a bit watery with a slight sweet twinge on the tongue. Its a drinkable fest, but this could be bolder and slightly heavier. Nothing really wrong with it, a bit of a different approach to the fest style then I'm use to.
jgb9348 (4440) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Perfectly amber coloured with a thin off-white head which dissapears fast. Smells of barley, malt and a little hop. The taste is very smooth, and somewhat bland. This isn't a bad representation of the marzen style, but not the best i've seen. Worth trying if you've had Sam Adam's or Pete's and haven't been satisfied. Nothing in the aftertaste, either.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I seldom by bottles of Victory except V12 because the beer at the brewery is just amazing compared and this is no different. In the bottle it is just average,but at that little slice of heaven on Acorn Lane it is quite good. Dark wityh sweet caramel malt flavors.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Amber beauty of a beer. Awesome malty nose with the promised caramel-nut-malt heaven-on-the-tongue. Perfect tease of a bitter end. I think this is the closest to perfect I’ve found.