Hallertauer Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 16
Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light golden body with a thick cap of foam that leaves plentiful cream lacing up top, dwindling to scattered streaks down below.

Smells of apples both ripe and overripe, pears, wet hay and cereal grains. Light floral and grassy notes. A fairly sharp grassy bitterness from sip to swallow. Lots of tangy apple and a bit of lemon. Spicy, grainy and crisp with just a hint of doughy sweetness. Nice clean finish.

Overall impression: Pretty much a textbook pilsner here. Good stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more
could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

Another new one for me I decided to have this one while chilling on the patio. Nice light, golden
amber color to the pour with a small, white head that pops up. Settles down nicely with some smooth

Aroma is lightly hoped, hints of clove, banana, touches of pear and a light apple nose. Warming really
brings out a lot of the grasses and bready tones. Light, crisp and clean. Lightly balanced in the
finish and a really nice floral finish, lightly dry with a nice carbonation level to it.

Overall a really nice and very drinkable beer. I would have no issue having this any day.

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Photo of Nickls
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Clear, light orangeish yellow color; and poured with a half-finger of pure white foam. OK retention, some spotty lacing

S - Grassy and earthy hop dominance (good stuff); almost a savory aroma from the hops. Really not much to mention otherwise, but I dig it

T - As suggested in the aroma the hop bitterness comes through the most; grassy and damn near salty; lingering dry bitterness

M - Lighter to medium body; pretty muted carbonation, a little more spritz would have been nice

D - Damn fine here; dry nature definitely demands another sip and the flavors are spot on

Overall, really great Pils, and I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a special one-off version of their Hallertau Pils that Victory brewed for the Association of German Hop Growers to showcase their products at the 26th Annual Craft Brewers Conference (April '09). I've decided to just review this under the regular listing even though this was a one-off batch. ABV is listed as 5.4%.

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

Pours a crystal clear gold with a finger of soapy brite-white head. Retains with a solid creamy layer that lays some thick and foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and grassy, with a pleasant subtle spiciness and just the finest layer of malt and citrus gliding underneath and balancing the nose out.

The taste starts with a firm dose of grassy and spicy Hallertau hops, which lays a steady drying bitterness on the palate. The bready feel of the Pils malts really work well here, being nicely supportive underneath, yet still staying in the background and letting the hop of choice here shine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a classic Pils feel to it. Firm in the mouth and crisp on the tongue, this feels great in the mouth and nicely compliments the flavors.

Mmmm...mmmm...good. No matter the hop variety used, Victory knows how to do a Pils right. Flavorful, crisp, and refreshing, this really hit the spot!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory on 6/26/09.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with sparse carbonation and slim white head that transformed into a thin veil and left a nice thick coat of lacing arojnd the glass.

S - This is a bit more earthy and spicy that your typical pils, but this still possesses a citrusy character with some mild grassy notes and a bready malt character.

T - Lemony citrus and grainy notes up front that carry through to the middle. Finishes with an herbal flair and spicy hop kick.

M - Light to medium bodied with a smooth, syrupy texture, albeit a little thin overall. Carbonation is quite soft for a pils. Moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice spicy pils with an herbal character and lots of flavor. Not overly crisp, but extremely flavorful and quite hoppy to boot.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-orange body. Moderate white head. Good lacing.

S: Mostly floral/grassy hop notes. Some citrus tones come through as well.

T: Solid floral bitterness is complemented with delicate citrus flavors in the middle. Good balance.

M: Crisp, moderate body. Suffers from a slightly off finish. A friend called this the "Saphir Pils with funk"

D: Overall, a nice easy drinking pilsner.. I'd take the Saphir or the Prima pils over it however.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep golden color with dense head.

Nose - Fantastic combination of floral, metallic and hop bitternesss.

Taste - Similar to nose with rich malt cracker base and some citrus barely sneakling through. Very balanced and articulated.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Finished full and clean as shit.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The slow pour for this beer resulted in a head that resembled either meringue or the top of an ice cream float. The former is more apt since the color was a slightly cloudy lemon-yellow. The nose was lightly spicy and floral. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slight burst of hops on the tongue. The finish had a slight bite, but it was not as dry as I would have preferred. I'll stick to the Prima Pils, thanks.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the Victory Brewery. When I saw this would be on tap I was excited because I'm a big fan of Pilseners. Was served in proper glass withn nice head. Was a bit dissapointed in the taste and prefer Victory's Prima Pils and will stay with that in the future

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The single variety pilsners from Victory are a variation on their Prima Pils with less emphasis on bitterness and hop flavor, and a single hop in use. They're always good, and quite often superb. The current version of the Hallertauer pils utilizes hop pellets instead of their traditional whole flower hops, but there's no noticeable difference (and I only mention this because there's been some debate about it).

It's unfiltered and hazy with a golden robe and full head of bright white foam. The hops are bright and welcoming in the nose with flowers and some delicate grassiness over its soft, subtly sweet, and grainy/bready maltiness. It's bitterness is clearly present, and solidly balancing, but it's also so encased in bready malt and floral hops that you barely notice it without lending some thought to it. For those who might feel that Prima Pils is a bit excessive, this is the beer for you. With an engaging aroma and impeccable balance, it's dangerously drinkable!

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Hallertauer Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.02 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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