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Schwarz Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Schwarz Pils
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85
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopdog on 06-22-2009)
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-11-2011 14:12:55 | More by Oakenator
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glid02

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with large amounts of grassy and light citrus hops. Also present are very light amounts of darker black malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by robust light citrus hops - lemon peel with hints of grapefruit and orange. Midway through the sip the hops dry out with the addition of grassy and lightly herbal flavors. Very light hints of dark malt flavors come into play before fading into a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily drink a lot more of these.

Overall the addition of dark malts didn't affect the flavor profile as much as I'd expected and it was closer to the always-phenomenal Prima Pils. Worth a shot for curiosity's sake if you see it around.

03-11-2011 01:20:06 | More by glid02
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-13-2013 17:18:19 | More by bigfnjoe
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-10-2013 22:12:02 | More by brutalist
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schmitter

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

This beer is a beaut. Poured a very dark brown, almost the black that is advertised.
I have to agree it smells like gym socks, but in a good way.
Smell was hoppy and bitter smoke.
Great frothy head with slight lacing
Slightly yeasty, with the pilsner hop aftertaste. Bitter and hoppy with some 'graininess'. I've never had the style before but I think it may be my new favorite. At least it is my new favorite Victory!!

07-19-2009 01:23:31 | More by schmitter
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-17-2013 18:04:09 | More by Jason1337
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%

Victory Brewing
Schwarz Pils

Pours a clear dark brown. Off white head with good lacing. Smells of roasted malts and somewhat biscuity. Aptly named, this schwarzbier/pilsner hybrid has an airy lightness to the body. That being said, Schwarz Pils shares more in common with its darker hued brethren. Roasted malt gives off a coffee like flavor here with grassy hops balancing. On the light side of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this was a nice beer to pair with a spicy kielbasa, sausage, roasted red pepper, cheese and egg sandwich.

02-25-2013 01:30:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

02-06-2013 20:36:39 | More by deapokid
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scottyshades

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours an amber transparent color with a thin frothy white cap. This beer is supposed to be a hybrid of sorts, so the color is not meant to be "to-style"

S: Lots of German yeast notes, grain, wheat, a urinal-cake phenolic-like note, and light earthy hops that make it floral. Not terribly complex, but very inviting

T: The hops give a solid bitterness, grainy, earthy, wheaty, and very smooth. Everything works well together, including the yeast. Not necessarily to-style, but very good

MF/D: Smooth feel to it despite the kind of prickly carbonation, the finish is of light grain and wheat. Body is lighter

01-02-2011 22:39:46 | More by scottyshades
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

(From notes)

A - Orangey golden brown color; with a generous frothy slightly off-white head; no real lacing, but OK retention

S - Hoppy; sweaty gym socks and musty; kinda weird here; light maltiness

T - Great hoppiness; slightly earthy; bigger malt than some others in the style. Nice stuff here

M - Lighter to medium body; good spritzy carbonation

D - Really darn good considering the flavors as well as the refreshing and dry finish.

Overall, this was very enjoyable once you get past some of the funky aromas and odd juxtaposition of color. Definitely worth a try.

07-05-2009 23:04:24 | More by Nickls
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a very long time to dissipate into lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness from the hops; some hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The amber color of this beer is very deceptive because it tastes like a strong pilsner. It’s not too difficult to drink if you can handle the bitterness.

05-07-2011 13:35:52 | More by metter98
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

On-tap at Victory for b-day.
Odd amber color for a pils. Decent white heading that holds for about 3/4 quarter's until the finish.

Smell is mostly german hops. Slightly grassy notes and a nice toasty malt backing.

Taste is very balanced. Heavier toasted malts that follow up with spicey,and grassy hop kick. Earthy and medicinal finish.

Mouth is nice lighter bodied but pushing towards the middle range.Subtle syrupy stickiness is left on the palate.

A very drinkable pilsener and more for the lighter malty taster's of the world.Very solid.

01-26-2011 21:57:20 | More by TheFightfan1
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%

On tap @ the VBC on 6/27/09. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a clear deep amber with almost a finger of creamy eggshell white head. Good flareup when swirled, leaving a quality looking coating of thickish foamy lace back. The aroma is spicy and floral, with an underlying tang of roast, citrus, and some sweeter malt tones.

The taste is quite toasty feeling in the mouth overall, with crunchy roasted malt mixing in with a splash of citrus and some smoother malt notes of tofee, and maybe even a bit of light cocoa. Finishes up with a nicely aggressive blast of bitterness that pulls up the back, laying a solid medium dryness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit more of a creamier feel to it than I'm normally used to with a Pils. There is some pricklier carbonation that rides along underneath though, still giving this a bit of firmness.

Interesting take on the Pils style here, that I think they pulled off for the most part. Roasty character with a zing of German hop character, this didn't seem too awfully far from a regular Schwarzbier for me. Makes me wonder why they just didn't shoot for that.

06-29-2009 16:57:18 | More by Kegatron
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%

I added this as a new beer as the pour and 'profile' was definitely different than the Schwartzwalder Pils.

On tap at the Victory Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amberish/brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted graininess. Tastes of the toasty/roastiness, grains, and just all around 'interestingly different'. Lacing left on the glass.

06-22-2009 16:02:00 | More by hopdog
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

On tap at the brewery. Nose is bright grassy hops, almost lemony. Darker and with a touch more roast, perhaps, than the Braumeister or Prima. Grains, and a good dose of sweeping hops in the mouth. Sharp and minerally. A bit more robust than their standard pilseners. Pretty tight and crisp though not as refined as some of the greatest ones. Surprisingly grassy. Good stuff

01-22-2011 03:13:03 | More by JAXSON
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

On tap at Victory on 6/26/09.

A - Clear rusty brown body with a sturdy, creamy beige head that yielded tons of sticky lace all over the glass. This is easily the darkest pilsner I've ever come across. The clarity of this beer is superb.

S - This pils displays an earthy and grassy hop aroma with a faint chocolate malt character and some bready notes. However, the nose is pretty muted overall.

T - Initial flavor is predominantly herbal and grassy with a touch of citrus hops. I also detect a tiny bit of smoke in the back, although it is quite subtle. A faint hint of chocolate sweetens things up just a bit.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Finishes with a subtle lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be a really interesting experiment that turned out quite nicely overall. The nose was a little weak, but otherwise I found this to be quite a little complex pilsner.

06-30-2009 02:30:51 | More by ffejherb
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-29-2013 01:59:12 | More by weeare138
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-27-2013 15:41:21 | More by Thorpe429
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-26-2013 02:46:15 | More by hockeyfighter19
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-27-2013 16:36:00 | More by yourefragile
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

A: Clear, muddy brown body. Healthy off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Grassy, resinous hops. A little different than expected. Some baked bread in the background.

T: Much like the nose. Grassy hops. Slightly smoky malts which was not expected.

M: Nice light-medium body. Nice bitter bite at the finish.

D: All in all, a decent beer, too many "surprises" for me made it a little tougher to get through than I would like in a pils.

07-03-2009 20:46:17 | More by callmemickey
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-02-2013 09:55:51 | More by ejimhof
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bradleyjay34

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-23-2013 00:56:08 | More by bradleyjay34
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-15-2013 13:44:38 | More by dgherm
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours a deep brown to black in color with an off white-ish head. In the aroma, light pilsner like, with a note of roast. In the taste, a small smoke presence, roasty, and a dryer malt. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry and smokey lager like aftertaste. Lager with a smokey roast, I can dig it!

07-10-2013 20:34:59 | More by OWSLEY069
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Schwarz Pils from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.