shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: Dark amber, off white lacing. Smell: Toasted malt, caramel sweetness, earthly, spicy. Taste: Toasted wheat bread, Herbal hops, Caramel, nice chocolate after taste in the finish as the brew warms up. Highly drinkable. Feel: Medium body,soda pop-esque carbonation. Overall: This is a first for the Marzen style. This reminds me of an amber ale. Similar in taste profile. This is a well polished, well balanced and highly easy drinking brew. This is worthy.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with a light white head. Wondered how Victory’s normally hoppy beers would treat an octoberfest, stayed true to the German style. Smooth malts with the right hop balance, great tasting.
clueo (145) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer smells a bit like honey and raisons. It is milky bronze in color and has a very small head. The flavor is sweet with a nice clean finish. An enjoyable Oktoberfest!!
phiconners (144) - 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.
starewich (139) - - OCT 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very clear amber. No head? Almond and banana nose. The body and carbonation of a boutique soft-drink. A notable sour-apple tang and a hint of bitter celery. Super smooth, the most interesting of its style in recent memory.
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.
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber with almost no head. Aroma is some caramel malts, but somewhat weak. Taste is caramel, sweet malts, some dried fruits and a hint of hops. The beer is light to medium bodied and very crisp and refreshing.
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.
crhensel (133) - 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.
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.