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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Seductively smooth, this medium-bodied amber beauty is akin to the great Oktoberfest beers of Munich. All German hops make this lager true to style. Patient cold aging makes it wonderfully smooth. In bottles September through February


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
This beer is fantastic. It is Octoberfest season, and this is the time of year that I buy, the literally dozens, of German and domestic examples of this style, Octoberfest/Marzen. This very well may be the best domestic example I have sampled so far. Victory uses the decoction method in brewing this beer, and that is key in making this beer so authentic and delicious. This beer rivals German examples that I have had, and that is saying a lot. Decoction is a brewing technique where a portion of the mash is removed to another vessel, heated to a higher temperature, and then returned to the mash. This step in the process, really brings out that "toasty" and nutty malt character that really defines this style. The Germans swear by it, and I must agree, the German examples are still my favorite. But I am happy to say, there are a few really great domestic examples that come really close, Victory Festbier is for certain one of them. This beer pours to a bright, amber color, with a nice white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer? Welcome to Germany. What fantastic, malty, toasty, nutty aromas. The palate is even better. More wonderful toasty, nutty, malt flavors. Such a great depth of maltiness, a touch sweet, but the toast and nut character which defines this style is here in such a big way. Really nice body, a good malt backbone, this is a hearty, beefy beer. This beer finishes with more great malt character. Hop presence is there, but just to balance. This is a fantastic example of Octoberfest/Marzen. Very, very authentic, as stated, probably the most stylistically accurate domestic example I have sampled so far. I’m really impressed with this beer. Would you expect anything less from Victory? Match this beer with German fare, or any hearty dish. This beer would go great with roasted pork or turkey. Prost!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
farminginpa79 (1) - Clearville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012 does not count
This is my favorite beer of the year! This is by far my favorite oktoberfest

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Having had nothing but pumpkin ales for the last two weeks, I tired of that and decided to get back to the fall classic: Oktoberfest-Marzen. For good lager-type brew, can’t do better. Saw this in the store and picked it up, as I love Victory Brewing and surprisingly haven’t had it yet. Here goes: Pours a beautiful shiny orange/copper-amber with a solid thick and bubbly white head. Nice retention. Thin lacing that sticks for a reasonable while. Aromatic notes of sweetness, caramel-like barley, bread and dryness. Toasted barley, and sweetness all around wave on the tongue,followed by a slight hint of faint hop twang, and finishes nice and dry. Medium body, with very minimal carbonation,allowing the barley sweetness and other characteristics to come through easily. I really like this one. As good as any authentic made-in-Germany Marzen. And a lot better than some. Victory scores another home-run with this one, but then again, when do they not? Four Stars(out of four)

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PaulConnor (2) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2011 does not count
Amazing beer. My ultimate favorite. Nutty, amber, smells and tastes like fall. Addicting flavor

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KenB148899 (10) - Island Heights, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2002
This is a super smooth beer,very clean and a definet buy again.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Tastes like a spice rack, medium bodied, malty with slight lager aftertaste. Very good. Very fall.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
This was an outstanding Oktoberfest and one of the best in the style that I have ever had. Nice clean aroma and taste, and a wonderful finish. The guys at Victory sure know how to brew a great beer. Highly recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BenDoshin (16) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
This is just an awesome Oktoberfest. Perfect amber color. Wonderfully quaffable. Goes down easy and really makes the start of autumn and the best season for beer a wonderful experience.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Only my second by Victory, and I was thoroughly impressed. From a bottle, rich and spiced aroma with a flavor to match. Pair excellently with roast pork loin. Excellent style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2002
I enjoyed this full-bodied smooth beer. It had an excellent aroma as soon as it was poured. The head was a condensed pillow of tan fluff that was long lasting and dense. After the head dissapated I realized that I was drinking an amber lager that was almost as pretty to look at as their Hop Devil brew. The taste was not as near complex as some of their other beers, but this was a very easy lager to drink. Smooth delicious and beautiful to look at as well. I really enjoyed this beer.


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