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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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725 Ratings
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Seasonal release beer brewed w/ German & American whole-flowers, 2-row German malts, Rye, Oats & Wheat. Spiced w/ peppercorn & fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-26-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sammy, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with strong citrus zest and spice flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the smell is much better than the taste in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, May 01, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

djrn2, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

nmann08, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, having lemongrass flavors along with notes of spices, the latter of which are most prevalent and linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer has nice lemony flavors and while it lacks some of the complexities compared to other beers in the style, it is very easy to drink and definitely can be considered sessionable.

metter98, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Texasfan549, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

kjkinsey, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ygtbsm94, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

kylehay2004, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light straw-hued body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: Fragrant citrus shrouds the particularly pale maltiness, with bits of grain-flecked dough with subtle florals and a melange of spiciness.

Taste: Pils malts, hints of other such grains sprinkled with a fine dusting of powdered sugar. Floral hints meld into citrus notes from the hops and citrus fruit additions which shimmy into a spiciness from the yeast, peppercorns, and hops, aided by the crisp carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation for a lively, zippy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd always thought the Victory V / Helios Ale saison was a bit too chewy for me, bodywise. This new Swing Session Saison is bright, light, and refreshing.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed lighter golden with a bone white fluffy head atop.Aromas of medicinal hops and yeasty phenols mainly,a bit of toasted grain as well.Lightly citric up front on the palate with some toasted cereal grain,the phenols come in and provide some spice,a shot of herbal hops linger in the finish.A nice session saison it has some phenolic qualities wich Iam not a fan of but it's refreshing.Solid.

oberon, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'd make a Swing Kids reference, but no one saw that movie (and I don't fully remember it, myself). Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, coriander, sweet flowers, and light funky wheat. That lemon is rather strong, but luckily not artificial. The taste holds notes of old and musty lemon (both zest and rind) and a mild blend of vague spices, which are nearly out-shouted by the lemon. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this saison just didn't work. I'm assuming a lackluster yeast performance, but it was just a never-ending blast of bad citrus with occasional bits of muddled spices. Definitely not for me.

TMoney2591, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

zeff80, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at Mad Mex pours with a gracious white capped head, eggshell white lovely and textured with effervescent carbonation the body is golden slightly hazed nice looking beer served into their house pint glasses. Aroma has citrus, floral and earthy spice, peppery with a yeast presence driven in this fine tasting session ale from Victory. Flavors were light palatable and complex. I got a lot of citrus fruit, spicy pepper, mango, guava tropical notes with a bready yeast appreciation that kept the beer flowing on the palate. Light herbal grassiness is I'm guessing the hop presence in this beer known as Swing Session Saison. I wish more beers out there had this much complexity in an under 5% alcohol by volume. Medium to light bodied carried by lively carbonation spices tend to sit on the palate between sips, but this was pure session ale. I doubt you will be able to have just one go forth and enjoy this type of beer with friends, I know I did.

WVbeergeek, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +13%

nickfl, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice saison. And a session ale to boot. Great nose, good character. Somewhat grassy with a yeasty thing going on and nice levels of spice; I was told they used Szechuan peppercorns in this one. A bit too inky on the tail end, I'd have to say, but overall a good beer; especially being a saison.

RblWthACoz, Mar 12, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

meh, add it to the legions of average generic American saisons. the pour is clear and really light shaded yellow, funny looking for the style. there is an inch of white head on top without a ton of retention. the nose is bright and fruity, crisp yet yeasty still, not farmy and wild like a true saison, but more cultured, more predictable. tons of coriander too. the flavor has some dry lemon tartness up front and a malt body that is just freakishly light. semi bitter towards the finish with the coriander standing out a little too much, and the yeast is like if saison yeast could be a lager yeast too, its got that cold fermented clean character to it, really out of place in a saison. for a summer drinker though, it does what it claims to do. great carbonation and a really drinkable texture, gentle and refreshing. overall this is nothing special, but its nice to have a different take on a summer beer, plus, its better than the summer beer they came out with last year. ill take it, but its tough to stack this against authentic versions of the style.

StonedTrippin, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown, PA, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is resplendent with hazed golden accent and thin white cap w/ tight bead. the smell is very phenolic with a mix of herbal hops and yeast spiciness with a subtle smell of actual spice which comes off tropical and has a ginger quality. The feel is good with mild malt texture and highly carbonated and dry with spice and yeast w/an assertive bitter element and bondy dry hoppy finish.

The flavor is good with some yeast and spiced to begin with however there is a bit too much hop astringency with a peppery hop taste coming in mid palate and overtaking the ginger which comes off as sharp as a result. The flavor of the yeast starts to emerge as it elevates in temperature, however the clash of hops and spice is not as pleasant as I hoped without much to cushion the impact in the malt dept. Overall kind of gave me an impression of prima pils with saison yeast and spice added, but not nearly as drinkable as Prima with a hop flavor that is not as subtle and the flavor could compliment the spice more, but I think the ginger is too heavy for such a low abv saison.

Slatetank, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As with the 21st A saison, before I drank it my expectations were low for an American saison. I was a little surprised at the 21st A, so hopefully I will with this one too, but I'm expecting a wit beer like thing.

Pours a nice 1 finger pasty white fizzy bubbly but pillowy head that fades at a med pace, tiny wifts of lacing, hazy lighter lemony colored beer.

Nose brings a bit of saison aromas, hint of lemon zest, light spices like coriander, orange peel, etc, hint peppery, and a bit yeasty, grassy, wheat, hay like, and a touch of funk, and light golden malt sweet base.

Taste starts light but crisp, a touch of farmhouse funk and a little yeasty but not a lot in either sense. Very juicy, a citrus lemon juice, with the spices blended in, orange peel, coriander, grassy hay, wheat, lemongrass, etc. The farmhouse saison funk comes through a bit more as it increases, a little grainy toasty like as well, and very light golden malt sweetness, as well as bitterness mostly from the orange peel and lemon zest flavors, but a little lemony hop kick as well. It also brings a light stem like green flavor and tannin feel, with tart lemony flavors. Finish is fairly dry, more bitterness, lemony bitterness and light spices lingering, and a touch of funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, it surprised me a little too with some nice saison farmhouse funk and juicy flavors, I liked the citrus flavors, but they seem to lose the point of a good saison a bit if they brewed it WITH spices since that should already come from the yeast, and I think that brings a bit too much of the spices and that green stem tannic flavor. However, very drinkable and I would call this a session beer easily, and fairly tasty.

jlindros, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

drabmuh, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

Hazy straw-yellow pour with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained as a ringlet; small amount of lacing. In the nose, pale malts, toasted grains, yeast, essence of citrus and grass. Pale/pils malts in the taste, grassy, slightly musty, saison-y spice notes, hints of lemon zest. Not bad, but as with most saisons made by the "big boys," this one just doesn't cut it with me. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable, just not something I'd go for again.

Rifugium, May 20, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color in the glass with a touch of amber. Plenty of foam and a pleasant pricly mouthfeel. Lovely nose of cloves without too much of it on the tongue. Spicy and very light bodied without a hint of fruitiness. Bitter aftertaste. Quite hoppy. Light but unmistakable barnyard funk.

Thoroughly interesting light beer, but it's the driest Saison I've ever tasted. Pleasant brett flavor. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, with the dry funkiness. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

mactrail, Apr 25, 2013
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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.