Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-26-2013

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.
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Photo of SteveMi
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Straw yellow with a very small, faint white lacing which remains a while post pour. Carbonation still seems strong as bubbles make their way from the bottom. Not all that attractive. It actually looks sort of like Bud Light with less of a head.

S - Light with funk. There is some spice notes in there too but I mainly get funk. Someone else online noted it smells kind of like a hotdog. I can't explain it but, in a weird way, they are right.

T - Interesting! Right up front the pepper makes itself known followed a musk and hushed citrus that fades into a dry non-hop bitter taste.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. As the name suggests this would be very sessionable.

O - Not all that impressed with the over all taste and appearance but for a sessionable beer it's quite good.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Chimay challis was dark yellow / pale orange, with murky appearance like a wheat beer but with minimal head and lacing. Head should be much more billowy for the style.

Smells of very nice Belgian yeast and spices.

Tastes is tart and crisp and slightly bitter. Almost like a sour but more hop presence in the finish. Not very sweet or flavorful like the nose, but very subdued flavorings.

Moutfeel is quite watery but this is a 4.5% sessionable farmhouse ale, so a light body was the intention here.

Overall - I'm a big fan of Victory beers, but this one wasn't quite one of their better creations. I probably won't buy again, as Farmhouse ales are one of my favorite varieties of beer and this one is further down the list of ones I've liked. Still drinkable and decent and worth a sampling.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 1.5 fingers of head that fades to a 1/2 inch of cap that retains for a while

S: Some nice spicy Belgian yeast, light fruits, and some wheat malt

T: Starts off with the spicy yeast, some light citrusy fruitiness including lemon peel, and some wheat and rye maltiness. Finishes with a light spice note

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice "session" saison with pleasant yeast and hop notes. Refreshing with no overbearing flavors. Perfect spring-summer beer

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A light yellow body with a fluffy bone white cap. The cap rises two fingers and falls slowly. Moderate chunks of lace cling to the inside of the glass.

Oranges and lemons, perfume, and an herbal spice up front. Wheat and biscuity aromas mixing with a touch of grassy and herbal hops underneath.

Wheat and lightly toasted biscuits up front before some oranges and herbal spices come through. A little bit of lavender and rosemary.

Light body, crisp, and dry finish. A touch of bitter citrus and grass lingers.

This is a simple take on the saison, and it most definitely works. A good all-around saison with some nice flavors. Balanced.

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Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow on color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a thick, billowy, white foam that is endlessly fed by thousands of bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. Orange and lemonz est aromas with spicy corriander and lepper along with a funky yeast aroma. Smooth, creamy feel with a slighty dry finish. Light citrussy bitterness up front that rides a wave of corriander and pepper through the middle. Herbal hop and funky, yeasty notes follow the spicy flavors near the end. Finishes semi-dry with lemon zest and a light spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of DIM
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was an almost completely clear, straw colored yellow. It poured with a small head quickly fade to spotty lace.

s: Grainy overall for lack of a better word. There was also some citrus peel, spice, and a hint of barnyard Belgian spice.

t: Bright and refreshing upfront, I tasted zesty citrus and peppery spice. The finish was an oddly heavy graininess the taste out of place.

m: Light and spritzy.

o: This wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, I'll stick to their incredibly delicious and bargain priced Helios.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - bright clear, yellow gold with a thick, dense cap of soft, pure white head that has good retention

S - intense Belgian yeast spices; clove, sage, some pepper. There is also a note I can't quite put my finger on, but it reminds me of old baseball card gum

T - intensely spicy, clove, peppery, herbal hop character, sage, rosemary, mildly bitter, a bit vegetal, some malty notes underneath all the herbal, earthy notes

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really nice Saison. It's full flavored and surprisingly intricate for what I expected to be a "small" beer. I could see myself working through a few of these on a hot day. It reminds me a bit of a toned down version of the Saison du BUFF. It's definitely worth a try for Saison fans.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Swing saison pours blonde in color maybe straw. The head is small and white. Carbonation is faily robust.
Aroma smells malty and hoppy with some barnyard funkiness mixed in. You can also smell some spice and yeasty esters of cloves.
Taste was mild with a desent malt base, bready notes come through as well. Not very hoppy but seems to have a sutle citrus bitterness to itself.
Drinks dry and bitter and perhaps alittle weak too.
The lower ABV and quenchablity of this brew are sure to be a hit in the summer parade.

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Photo of corby112
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma reminds me more of a wheat beer. There is some subtle grassy barnyard character but the dominant notes are peppery spice, bready yeast, banana and citrus. Only slightly earthy with pepper, clove and coriander followed by a strong wheat/bread like presence, lemon juice and citrus zest.

Fuller bodied than expected and a bit more like a saison than the nose suggests but it still feels and tastes more like a witbier/American wheat beer. Subtle earthy funky with lots of zesty spice up front followed by bread/yeast, banana and citrus juice. Coriander and clove flavor with lemon zest, wheat, light fruit and lemon peel. Crisp, light, refreshing and easy to drink but I don't think anyone would say that this is a saison in a blind tasting. Not bad but reminds me of a mediocre American wheat beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
Feb. '13
DFH IPA glass

A: Pours a SLIGHTLY hazed bright yellow/golden color. Initially I got about two fingers of bright white tight bubbled head. Leaves some sticky lacing bits on the glass.

S: Get slight barnyard funky notes. But more of the orange peel and citrus than the Saison like funk. It certainly smells bright and airy, and light.

T: Up front you get a little bit of that traditional Saison spicy hint. Not overly aggressive at all. Then you get a rush of those light citrus flavors in the mid-palate. It's very light and clean. The finish is refreshing and dry.

M: Light body here.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Bright, some citrus, floral, some cloves, farmhouse yeast.

T- Biscuity, pepper, some floral notes, some yeast, kind of light, get some citrus as it warms.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, high carbonation.

O- Spices and floral notes are the main focus, kind of light, definitely a session ale. Great for a warm day, kind of reminds me of Summer Love.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color. Visibly high in carbonation. Head is thin, however. What's there is supported by rising bubbles.

Coriander, farmhouse yeast, wheaty malts, pepper, and some lemon. Somewhat biscuity.

Dry and crispy. Saison yeast is peppery and a little dank. Garbles of wheat malts and biscuit. Simple. Hints of Thai basil, soft melon and citrus fruits. Refreshing. Sudsy on the tongue. A little abrasively so in the finish. Body is bright and just rare of medium.

A preferred spring drink; a saison with drinkability and just enough character to warrant another sip, and then, another glass.

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Photo of rangerred
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles keep the head around for awhile but there are just a few spots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has quite a bit of sulphur in it which was interesting and not in a good way. Also a little skunkyness. Lemon along with some clove and banana that lets you know this is a Saison.

Thankfully the sulphur is pretty much absent from the flavor and what is left are the typical Belgian banana and clove but not quite as prominent as in other Saisons I have had. A little lemon and orange is thrown in there too with some bready grain underneath. Mouthfeel is not as dry as I was hoping for with some noticeable stickyness left on the finish. This suprised me given the low strength of this beer.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Victory but not exciting at all. A pretty tame beer although it does make for a great thirst quencher.

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Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Pour from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy straw color with stark white cap, and slight lacing.

Smell: Grainy, peppery and citrusy (lemon, orange), with some light banana.

Taste: The citrus and lemon hops/spices are quite strong, with some light toasted malts. Quite spicy as well, especially on the finish, with an emphasis on pepper. The Belgian yeast (banana, cloves) is present but secondary. Surprisingly bitter.

Feel: Light body with relatively high carbonation. Very crisp with a bone dry finish.

Overall: Nice to see a new "Session" beer that isn't an IPA, although it is bitter enough. This is a very nice, crisply refreshing Spring seasonal. However, I still prefer Victory's Helios.

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Photo of sjverla
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nose: Spicy and clovey. Hints of lemon. A little musty - just a little. Very bright and refreshing.

Appearance: Hazy and pale straw. About 1" of head pillows up, bright white. It settles quickly, leaving some lacing.

Taste: Crisp and spicy. Surprisingly complex. Clove and lemon, a hint of bubble gum. Transitions to grassy & slightly citric hoppyness. A little earthy and a little bready, but still light. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: Awesome drinkable, low ABV, high flavor. Looking forward to drinking this in the yard once it warms up a little more.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed sunny gold topped with a small, pure-white head. Fresh herbal, lemon, and spice aromas...basil, hay, dank, spices, flowers, and a melon sweetness. Peppery, yeasty flavor with continued citrus rind and more grassy/earthiness from the hops. Fresh, cracker-like malts, coriander, and green herbs. Crispy clean, dry mouthfeel. Flavorful and very refreshing.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Lemon, sulfur, sage and cereal grains.

Sage, lemon juice and traces of sulfur. Really light grain bill mainly consisting of pilsner malt. Touches of bubblegum, caramel covered grains and perhaps some white pepper.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and very refreshing.

Extremely sessionable and easy drinking. Very balanced and clean. This is okay by me.

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Photo of chefjack428
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


Pours a nice cloudy yellowish color with a small white head.
Aroma is very dominated by fresh sage, also pick up on peppercorns, Belgian yeast, coriander and a small amount of orange zest. The over powering of the sage aroma is a bit of a turn off.
Taste is hint of citrus, spices and sage. I don't think there is sage in this beer, but it seems to be one of the main flavors I am picking up on. The finish has a a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is ok, it is a bit thin..
Overall the beer is a better option for warm summer days then what is currently offered in the same ABV range.

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Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale gold, hazed, white head has good retention and lace.

S/T - Right where it should be with barnyard hay, grass, funk, herbal hops.

M - Light body, high carbonation, but stays light and fluffy smooth across the palate. FInishes with moderate hop bitterness.

O - In the grand scheme of saisons, I'd say it's above average. They really hit the nail on the head, though, by brewing a light, sessionable, saison that packs a lot of flavor. I'll be getting more of this.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-02-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Quite clear golden-yellow with a pillowy 2-finger white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

S - Enticing. Fruity yeast, citrus, straw, musky grape skin, floral.

T - Spicy, toasted bread, citrus, yeast, pepper, nice kick of hop bitterness and spice in the finish. Plenty of flavor.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth at first then crisp.

O - Enjoyed this quite a bit. Victory managed to pack a lot of flavor into a sessionable brew. Well done.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.