auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Rated Blind. October 2013. 12oz Bottle. Sweet, caramel aroma, topped with a little bit of cooked squash and distant spice and fruit. Sweet, gummy, and a hint of fusels and alcohols. I’d almost guess this wasn’t made with a lager yeast, but it’s got that slight crispness on the finish with pear and almond that changes my mind. There’s a distinct dirtiness to this that gives off a hint of chocolate malt or house yeast. Faint herbal hop finish. Not all that traditional, nor crisp. 6/3/6/2/10.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2007
9/25/2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Light ester and grain bed aroma. Hay and haybarn. Mossy, slightly salty. Clear middle amber orange, soaped rim of beige. Flavor is a minimalist approach the already plain Oktoberfest. Here even the Munich malt plays quietly in the corner. Water is forefront. Light sugars, malt cream, and lightly wheaty fruits bounce around an empty room. No chewiness, no depth, no crisp hop balance. Nothing to get excited about. Backs out the door with honey and herbs. Clean...blah, blah, blah...boring. 7/3/7/3/11
07 bottle. pours copper with white head. nose has lots of toasted biscuit. flavor has lot of toasted biscuit w/ nice subtle caramel adding some sweetness. decent hop flavor too. really smooth and drinkable. finish is clean and smooth. it’s been a long time since i’ve enjoyed a victory beer this much. Slipstream (2663) - USA - SEP 24, 2007
On tap - crisp and hoppy, fresh but not light. It has a good body - taste of rye and light hops. McGarnigle (653) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Bottle. Somewhat dry Octoberfest beer. A bit of caramel and biscuit, plus a kiss of hops. Tasty. Somewhat disappointing is the palate, which is isn’t full enough and perhaps a bit over-fizzed. radagast83 (8202) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. This is probably my most favorite Oktoberfest beer this season. It is not overpowering, and relatively balanced. The malts aren’t too overpowering, and the hop balance is just about right. Very nice subtle bitter finish.
MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Sept. 21, 2007; 12 oz. bottle. I enjoy this quite distinctive and somewhat muted style when it’s in season, and Victory has come up with a nice take on it, although (being a big Hop Devil fan) I was disappointed they didn’t manage to hit this one out of the park. melvin980 (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2007
I think that this was a very balanced and very enjoyable brew. Nice oktoberfest beer. Best Ive had so far. obguthr (6538) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bouquet is oak, cherry, and caramel. It looks similar to ice tea with its clear, diluted red amber color. Malt with an ideal level of sourness. Very faint hop finish. It’s enjoyable, but I became less enamored with it the more I drank. It warms poorly and probably should only be drunk cold. Lowe1983 (1613) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of toasted malts, caramel, spices, and a very subtle hop aroma. Dissapointed in the flavor on this one after the aroma. Very little flavor of toasted malts, caramel, and a little spices. Flavor dies away pretty quickly. I was hoping for something better. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours copper with a thin white head. smells of biscuits, caramel, some peppery hops, hints of citrus. Tastes of caramel, some nutty qualities and somewhat molassessy. Mouthfeel is a little thin but crisp with a decent bitter finish.