Chad9976 (1203) - 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 (264) - 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 (3787) - 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.
Hartung32 (223) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Above average Oktoberfest but a tad thin and lacking in depth of flavor. There are many better both foreign and domestic.
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greenhorn1 (816) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, eh not too impressed. Amber color, funky aroma. Malt flavor, with some spice to it. Not much of a finish. Forgettable.
wlajwl (3932) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is yeast, fruit, bread and malts. The flavor is fruit/berries, malts, slick texture and a tart finish.
radio_nowhere (876) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into pint glass, clear amber color with white head. Aroma of caramel malt sweetness, some nuttiness and a slight earthy note to it. Taste adds some breadiness, light spices and grass. Light body, low carbonation, clean with a dry finish. Pretty solid.
conway (1512) - - OCT 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a big off white head. Aroma is not good. Weird undertone of rotting produce with some peanut and spice. Peanut and spice come to the front in the taste. Nice prickly palate that disappears quickly. Can't get past the smell.
pilgrimoutlaw (777) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours amber with thick white head. Caramel, nut, dough, pie spices. Light bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Medium smooth body with light crispness.
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle purchased at the Total Wine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The pour is clear copper golden with a well formed ½ inch light tan head. The aroma is caramel sweet cereal grain along with a touch of grass. The taste is the sweet malt caramel upfront, turning to grain, then finishing with a dry lightly bitter earthy grass. The palate is light to medium bodied, soft natural carbonation and the dry finish. Really easy drinking, great version of the style.