emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated while drinking: Pours amber-red with an off-white head that quickly, quickly dissipates to nothing. Smells very malty with hints of maybe spicy hops or just spices in general. Pretty one dimensional, but it smells good. Fresh, malty, caramel-sweet taste with hints of sugar or molasses in there. Solid tasting for the style. A bit watery in body than I expected, but nicely carbonated and very drinkable from start to finish. Tasty variation on an Oktoberfest from Victory. Glad I was able to find it this season.
shigadeyo (3648) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/11/2007: Victory Festbier pours a slightly hazy golden amber brown with a foamy, but diminishing ivory head. The aroma is toasy, lightly caramel malt with is hint of sweetness to it. The smooth, malty flavor is also somewhat sweet with a nice caramel flavor and a hint of darker malt character in the background. There is a mild of carbonation bubbling through the medium-light body of this smooth and easy to drink beer. This is a solid and true-to-style Oktoberfest. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly!
12 fl. oz. bottle (Enjoy By Feb 24 07) from Jungle Jim’s International Market. Rating #280 for this beer...
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Watered down version of a marzen. Nice color weak aroma. Slight malty sweetness. easy drinking but serious lacking flavor.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured a brassy amber in color with a small head that became a ring in the glass. smell is malted with caramel, a slight metallic, and a slight pear sweetness. taste is medium mouth feel, plenty of malts but not overdone, and smooth on the drinking.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve found some of victory’s beers to be a little to thin for the syle before, but I think that actually works for them here. Too often american octoberfests are too malty, from excess munich and crystal malts, to the point where they are hard to drink. This one is orange-amber, small white head. Very smooth malty flavor, appropriately hopped. Easy drinking and enjoyable with a smooth finish. Tastes like what I would expect a good german O-fest that’s still fresh would taste like.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
caramel aroma. sweet flavored malts, finish’s with a hint of hops. very watery
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper, with a head that quickly fades. This beer has some malty sweetness, may be a bit overcarbonated and the hop bitterness is more than usual. Not a bad beer.
shrubber85 (10959) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong grainy malt and caramel aroma. Copper color with small head. Caramel and strong barley malt flavor with a mild hops finish. A very nice festbier - I really like the flavor of the malt in this beer, and it has much more body than most beers in this style.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an attractive caramel color with small head. Aroma is yeasty with notes of maple syrup, honey, lemon, and slight floral hops. Flavor is slightly malty with nice notes of honey and grain to compliment the yeast. Pretty good for a lager. Not altogether light, which I think is a good thing.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber that has a brownish/orangue hue to it. Creme head. This beer just looks good.Nose has some leafy character to it. Just earthy overall. Flavor is vibrant and full. Nice deeper leaf tone to it. Very, very minor roasted thing going on. Leaves what I think is an inky aftertaste. Feel has a very good level of carbonation to it and the liquid is good. Overall a good marzen. Probably a bit too deep to make a session out of it, but would probably pair very well with food.