RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Not my favorite Victory brew by a long shot, but not a bad marzen. Very similar to the Sam Adams O-fest, but with a bit less sweet maltiness and a bit more hops. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Pours a great copper orange with minimal head. Flavor is smooth up front, an even balance of subtle hops and full bodied malt. Body is smooth as well, making this thoroughly drinkable. Flavorable isn’t overly memorable, but it’s great while it lasts. I’m not a big oktoberfest/marzen fan, but this is nice. Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Bottled in a pint glass. A bit bitter, mild hops and malts. Transparent coppery color, thin head. A flavorful and enjoyable drinking beer. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Pours to one of the sexiest colors I’ve seen in a beer. It’s a glowing orange sunset. Tall frothy white head. The aroma has a malty spelt pasta thing going on with some corn silage. The flavor is corn silage up front with some nice crisp sweet corn on the finish. Perhaps some maple syrup and ultra toasty malts on the aftertaste. Decent. The palate is medium bodied and easy drinking. Drinkable but nothing really outstanding from the pack. The more I’ve been drinking it, the more it comes off as raw chocolate chip dough in the flavor. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 16, 2006
Autumn in a glass, as a lot of these beers of this style are. Body is orange with red and brown, like a bag of leaves. Smell is faint spices, heavy malt. Decent flavor, actually a little heavy for the style. Malt throughout, could use a little dryness. Not a bad beer.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Nice brown color with light, malty aroma. Taste is sweet, malty and smooth. Good to average overall, but definately better than most Oktoberfests. These brews make the colder weather a bit more tolerable. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 11/04/13: re-rate. No mold in the nose this time around, so starting off on a better foot. 7 years since I first rated it and didn’t recall that my first experience was a bad one. Malty nose. Light hazy amber. Thin. Almost fully diminishing head. Undercarbonated. Not bad. Good flavor with a light hop profile. 9/15/06: Clearance barrel at Binny’s, Glen Ellyn,IL. Bottle. Some sweetness in the nose and some mold? No lace, small head that is fully diminishing. I tried to check the "best by" date, but it was in white lettering and was stamped over the white "F" in "Festbier" on the label, so couldn’t read it. Moldy, carboard flavor with some zing. Probably old. Not very good. Disappointing effort by Victory. A brewer with the reputation of Victory can’t afford to put out a lackluster product like this. Malty with no hops. 7, 3, 5, 3, 11 Funknmilla (745) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Under the light , very pretty color a sorda light maple syrup apperance....muddled flavor, roasted malts & nutty...a little hazelnut...a little almond.....finish is bitter and dry....I would love a hershy kiss with this Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Couldn’t detect a real distinct aroma. Slightly sweet. Poured a nice rich amber color. Virtually zero head. Was hoping for a little more maltiness or character in the flavor. It was an ok beer but for the price, I could have done better. Victory makes much better brew than this. KUEric (976) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2006
12 oz bottle: Pours a deep reddish brown color with a cola like carbonation in its large bubbles that go away as soon as the pour finishes. Aroma is malty caramel, but nothing much like the entire beer.