psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with a nice fizziness. Flavor is full of malt and caramel. Definitely my favorite so far in this style.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am a huge fan of Victory and have been for a long time- but this beer is not their strongest. It’s not flawed in any way, but there are other American versions of Octoberfest beers that are more flavorful, Brooklyn and Dominion are two that I have tried this year that come to mind. This tasted more like a basic lager without the caramel notes that I usually assosciate with Fest beers. Good, butnot Victory’s best.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The malt aroma seems authentic enough, but the pour lacks the expected firmness and hop lacing. A clean malt flavor is let down by somewhat harsh hops. Festbier lacks the complexity to compete with the best German Marzens.
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2010 Bottle: This beer poured a light honey color with no head at all. Very faint hint of malt on the nose. Very subtle carbonation with a bready [almost yeasty] malt taste. The aftertaste leaves your mouth medium-dry with a hint of yeast. It’s a passable Oktoberfest lager.
crhensel (129) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep ambery copper color with very little head. The aroma was full of caramel with a very subtle roasted malt. Medium body with a light carbonation was very well balanced with just enough hop bite to keep it crisp and very refreshing. All around a very clean and drinkable beer.
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber copper with a one finger off white head and no lacing. Classic malty bready marzen nose and taste with a weel balanced bitter and dry finish. Med body, lively carb, wet texture, and dry feel. Very flavorful and true to style Marzen witch I will visit again in the years to come.
mverity (124) - 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.
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice copper color. Light head. Aroma is malty. Tastes of some hops and malts. Decent beer.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
better than most all imported brands
Louipa (121) - USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 I liked this stuff alot. I like mostly malt stuff. There are some hops in there, not too much. Its very easy to drink. Goes flat quickly so drink it fast...