JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. pale golden beer with a creamy white head. The aroma is nice, fresh sweet malts, with lots of bready/cakey character. Light lemony citrus aroma. Very aromatic. Good flavour as well, sweet pale malts without ever getting cloying. Lingering yeasty breadiness. Really nice maibock.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. I don’t know what happened here. It tasted like apple juice with a hoppy/sour aftertaste. I think I may just not like this style; it was a total drainpour for me and a rare miss from this excellent brewery.
Ratman197 (8486) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a hazy gold with a minimal off white head. Aromas of bread, light earthiness, light carmel and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, light carmel and some light fruitiness with a crisp lightly bitter finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ABF on 6/16/07
Light copper-golden beer with some darker bronze shades. Clear, with a medium-small, off-white head that receds quickly to ring, leaving minimal lace.
Sweet honey and toffee are combined with fresh, zippy lager yeast and well-tempered toasted maltiness, providing a fair balance in the nose. Hops are earthy, mossy and only moderately bitter, though they do lend some yellow fruit qualities that help ripen the complexity. No flaws or alcohol in the nose, though with warming, a sugary, cakey sweetness threatens to take over, with vanilla icing and honey getting a little too overt. Medium strength of aroma.
Not anything earth-shattering in flavor, but proof that Victory can and does still make some very competent, drinkable, lesser-known styles. Honey and lots of sugary dough crowd the beginning, while lager yeast crispness is laced throughout, ending somewhat pronounced on the finish, though breadiness and creamy-vanilla notes add a lot of sweetness. Carbonation is a little lackluster, probably too loose, allowing some wateriness on the end and too much sweetness up front. Fruity hops with just a tinge of citric bitterness and light earthiness, add a pleasant depth.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pilsener, golden yellow in color. Lemony, sweet, yeasty mix. Smooth--no bitterness--Victory always does a nice job, though this isn’t uber-distinctive. Sampled @ American Beer Fest in Boston
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle at ABF Night of the Lagers. light for a bock. not much aroma. smooth, tasty and crisp.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capone’s. Clear amber/orange color. Spare lacing. Big, sweet caramel and toffee malt, brought into near balance with some bitter hops. Ends bitter, and maybe a bit alcoholic. But still a nice beer.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Capone’s. Clear golden color with creamy full head. Malty aroma. The taste was nice medium roasted notes with mild sweetness. Light bitter finish. Pretty good beer from Victory.
DocLock (7200) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Capone’s. The pour was medium gold, with little head and a lot of carbonation streams. Aroma was caramel malty, with a lot of intermingling light skinned fruit and subdued hops. Tasted of caramelly malt up front, with backup fruit such as pear, apricot, and honey dipped peaches. Finishes crisp with some hop presence.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Capone’s. Thanks to Matt for the big sample. Golden body with big head. Aroma is hoppy with a big grainy presence. Grainy malt taste, big hop flavor. Slightly bitter with a light mouthfeel. Good for a warm day.