TheBeerLover (1027) - 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!!
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 Tobyrando (41) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Solid marzen from Victory, amber colored and very smooth with interesting hop profile. cwill (118) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Pours with a frothy head with good retention. Bright amber hue that shows very well to the light. Aromas of doughy bread and herbal hops. Medium body laying down a slick and crisp mouth feel. Toasted malt and soft herbal hop runs across the palate. Chewy with a hit of caramel in the middle. The sweet maltiness with nutty toasted grain dominates this extremely tasty brew. Herbal hops are noticeable with an ample bitterness and long lingering delicious , semi-dry, faint toasted grain finish. My new favorite for the style. beerlover82 (241) - 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.
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)
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