Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 214
Photo of dacrza1
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: May 24, 2015... GLASSWARE: Paulaner polar... OCCASION: Cavs/Hawks game three after a good visit at Bob’s... APPEARANCE: The second night of Hop Tickets offers a similar, though not as over the top as the IPA, but the head is as soapy, rocky and effervescent as ever; head itself is a four-finger tower; its body is a mostly translucent, slightly hazy yellow; lacing is puffy cotton balls... AROMA: slightly metallic ping of Saaz and Hallertau for floral allure....PALATE: thin, lightly oily and unassuming--refreshing, but not as bright as promised; dry, but resonates on the sides of the tongue...TASTE: a sweet, citric, slightly peppery mixture that creates a textured though soft experience; slight banana and pear; some doughy biscuit suggests the malt late ... OVERALL: mellow and fruity in places, but not a pilsner that ranks highly in my regards with others; a bit of lemon late gives some profile to a Victory beer that is not quite up to the Victory name; still, a beer whose alcohol is balanced with its flavor and drink ability...

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Fairly floral and slightly citrusy aroma, with crackery malt and a touch of pilsner skunk. Flavor is fairly bready and lightly sweet, with a bitter, biting, crisp finish. Figured the dry hoping would contribute more aroma. Becomes herbal in aftertaste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Looks good a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit atop of a bright clear yellow pils.
S - Pilsner green grassy smell very little skunk actually with a good bitter hop character.
T - Good flavor mild grassy hops meets some skunky pilsner bitterness. Works quite well as most dry hopped takes on this style does.
M - Light to medium very easy to drink. Definition of session.

Overall its rotating so its still being brewed which is nice. Would love to get a mixed case with this tasty stuff.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color. Perfect clarity. Fine-bubbled white head retains at about a quarter inch. Small dots of lacing.

S: Lemon and dried grass, lime leaf, biscuity pilsner malt, hint of toast. Pretty straightforward.

T: Grainy and toasty. Hay. Hops tastes of grass, lime leaf, and lemon rind. Stiff bitterness. Dry toasty and grainy finish.

M: Light bodied. A little bit of pilsner malt firmness. Ample carbonation scrubs with force. Crisp.

O: I guess I was expecting a lot more out of this one. It's fine, but there's nothing that really stands out about it. Actually a bit more grainy and toasty than I like my pilsners to be.

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Photo of TryThemAllOnce
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

This is a very different beer, I like it quite much, surprised at some of the reviews I've read here that are negative. Aroma is subtle but wonderful, I like the flavor and mouthfeel, it's a pretty darn well done dry pils in my estimation. I got this in a variety 12-pak in California, where Victory beers are hard to find, and expensive, but I treat myself now and again! The session IPA in this 12 was a little weak, but I love all the others, the Wheat, PIls, and Summer Love brews were all excellent.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

I enjoyed this on tap, served chilled in a pint at Brewhouse grill in Camp Hill

The color is appropriately golden with light haze and thick white head with fine bead visibly carbonated with lace that sticks as a film. The smell is very lemony/noble wth mild grass and dank herbal fragrance wiht slight mineral yeast ester. The feel is very bitter almost astringent/grassy in texture with light malt toastiness and medium high carbonation with dry and spicy finish.

The taste has a lot of spicy and lemony hop flavor with grassy quality and low malt in the taste with cracker-like dry flavor with a bitter dry finish that leaves a lasting sharp hop effect after the swallow. I am normally a fan of anything Victory does pilsner or lager-wise, but this was a little over the top, unbalanced perhaps lacking hop flavor and focusing more on bitterness

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a clean golden, with nice white head of foam. Light wisp of lace.

Nose is crisp malts and a touch of lemony hops. Nice.

Taste is sharp and punchy up front, but smoothed out by a firm malt character. The zesty lemon hops are prominent and add a perfect counterbalance for the grainy lager character. A delicious beer! Prost!

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Photo of crag
2.5/5  rDev -34%

This beer was only marginally better than the Session IPA from the same summer sampler pack. I can understand the desire to want to cash in on the popularity if Session Beers but please do not sacrifice taste especially when you're known for knock your socks of taste. Did this beer taste as advertised, yes but it totally lacked inspiration. Victory please do not give up on your inspiration. This beer and the watery grassy other Session beer in your Summer Sample pack need to go, they're not worthy of you name.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 10/15/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden with a small white head that fades and leaves solid lacing and retention. The aromas have alot of sweet corn. Pilsener malts are there. Fresh bread. Subtle caramel notes. The flavors are very earthy. Very sharp and crisp. The dry-hopping becomes very noticeable. Some black pepper in the mix. Pretty spicy. Some pine notes. Lemon zest in the finish. Hints of lime too. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is light with a nice body to it; active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Fun to drink.

The aromas are lackluster, but the flavors more than make up for it. You get exactly what they advertise. This is a dry-hopped pilsener, no doubt about it. It stays true to the style and doesn't try to be an IPA or a hybrid. Nice beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Appealing label. Branded blue/red pry-off pressure cap.

5.5% ABV. Reviewed as a pilsner per the label. Served cold. Reviewed live. Side-poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Four fingers wide. Off-white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. Nice (~5+ minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear pilsner yellow of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty good for a pilsner, but isn't unique or special. Well within style conventions. Appears well-carbonated.


AROMA: Pils malts, sharp floral hops, and grassy hop notes. Light crackery malts. A kiss of spice; clove, maybe. It's a pretty basic aroma for a pils.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Crackery malts. Pils malts. Floral hop notes. Clean barley.

It's an intensely flavoured pilsner, to be sure. Bludgeons the drinker with its imbalanced hop notes. It's not a cohesive or well-executed build, and lacks subtlety. One of the most heavy-handed pilsner flavour profiles I've ever come across. Definitely overhopped, with shallow depth of flavour.

TEXTURE: Unreasonably dry for a pilsner. Chalky. Smooth. Dries out the mouth, leaving the palate rough and scratchy. Medium-bodied. Overly thick for a pils. Sharp and overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

This unrefreshing texture really saps the drinkability of the beer. Its dry feel discouraged the drinker from wanting a second.

OVERALL: Actually quite undrinkable for a pils; the texture is a mess and it's overbearingly hoppy. I wouldn't buy this again. A huge miss from Victory. Not sure what they were going for with this one.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is there but it’s quite subdued and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep buttery gold, and a little bit brassy and green hued body. Quite clear with minimal rising carbonation, and a bleach white two finger head with soapy retention.

Slight chewy malt on the nose, with a bit of density. Slightly juiced hop angle and aroma, with some tropical wet punch, and faint weak orange. Not bad, kind of interesting, a bit unexpected.

Palate comes quite varied. Quite dank feeling and a bit of juiced tropical goodness. Slight crisp finish, but with more malt density and a somewhat bakery bread finish. Some faint pine lingering hop bitterness that really manages to last on the swallow.

Overall not too bad, quite interesting if a little bit unexpected.

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Photo of larryi86
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 10/14/14, poured into a Pilsener glass

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a three finger white head.

S- Biscuity malts, crisp earthy hop, hints of citrus, grainy malts.

T- Grainy malts, hints of biscuits, bright citrus hops, earthy finish, nice balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- Not as good as fresh Prima Pils, but still very nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of DIM
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am shocked by how much I don't like this. It comes across as heavy and earthy with a little mint. Not at all bright or crisp with very little typical pils malt character. Victory knows its way around a pils, what a disappointment. I need a Prima Pils.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden. Excellent clarity. 1 finger fizzy like head last < 2 min. Into a pilsner glass.

S: Hay, apple, bright lemon and citrus components. Intense and more complex than most pils. Stronger floral and herbal notes, but still quite clean.

M: Wet, doughy, and a little chewier with medium body (heavy for a pils). About your average carbonation. Oily, slight effervescent character. Not a big fan for style but it works for this particular pils.

T/O: Really nice malt backbone creates a nice bready template for apple, lemon zest, floral chamomile. Still displays a lot of earthy characteristics. About your average bitterness that tastes like lemon coated lightly in sugar.
This manages not to be "just another" pils. It does stand out from the rest in terms of how they manage to build layers of flavor, outstanding in that respect. Not as crisp, but still drinkable; I got this as a single, but wouldn't have minded getting 3 of these in the variety pack.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a tiny cap

S: Some pilsner malts up front, along with a very light fruitiness and some floral notes from the hops. Fairly simple

T: Starts off with the pilsner malts and a light bitterness and goes into some of the light fruitiness and a bit of bready maltiness. Finishes with a very light grainy sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A fairly restrained yet tasty pilsner with subtle hop notes from the dry hopping. Easy to drink and makes for a nice summer brew. Definitely rounds out the summer mixed 12-pack nicely

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 14 October.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured out a crisp, slightly darker than straw color with a small, pillowy head.

S: Clean linen, fresh H2O, and sweet grains. Nice.

T: Delicious and refreshing, with a slight fruit bill on top of the German malt backbone.

M: Perfectly carbonated (not too much), and with a bitter slap on the finish.

O: Victory certainly does know how to brew a pilsner!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours clear golden color, with a head that's a finger high and white in shade. The retention is rather lacking - it fades to a thin collar in almost no time. What little head remains leaves a tiny ring of lacing on the glass.

S: Oh yes, I'm loving the stone fruits I'm picking up. There are also lesser notes of earth and maybe a touch of grass, with a kiss of crackery malts balancing everything. The general aroma is mild, but satisfying nonetheless.

T: Some earthen bitterness hits the palate first, but nothing that's excessive. Quickly, this gives way to notes of peach, lemon, and apricot. Slight malt sweetness finishes it off - just like the initial bitterness, it's just enough. Maybe it's a bit too restrained in places, but I don't care. This is just plain delicious.

M: Fairly full-bodied for a pilsner, but with the softness I like from the style. It's not infinitely chuggable (because it isn't bone-dry)...rather it's something that can honestly be savored. Very well carbonated, as well.

O: This is exactly why I love pilsners - it's refreshing, balanced perfectly, and even savorable. Drinking beers like this just make me happy: it's not a 15% barrel-aged imperial stout with coconut and saffron aged in PvW barrels, it's just a simple pilsner with a great hop profile. Wish I had another one chilled in the fridge right now...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a doughy and yeasty smell with a decent showing of some grainy aromas as well. Along with these smells are some lighter notes of a citrus and herbal hop smell with just a touch of apple rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some lighter fruit sweetness along with a bit of a caramel as well. The caramel fades a bit as the taste advances with some more apple coming to the tongue taking its place. As this occurs some hop flavors of a grassy and grapefruit nature start developing. Some graininess and a little bit of yeast come out more toward the end, with the apple increasing a bit and the bready flavor taking on a more biscuit like taste. In the end with the grassy and grapefruit hops now more pronounced (but by no way overpowering) one is left with a nice clean pilsner flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a pilsner of only 5.5 % with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall a pretty decent mouthfeel as the carbonation suits the pilsner nature of the brew and abv nicely while the slightly thicker body accentuates the bready, biscuit, and hop well.

Overall – A rather tasty and refreshing brew overall with a nice pilsner flavor, but a slightly ramped up hop profile. Quite tasty.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clarity with a burnished gold color. The head turned a little flat, but the pint was topped off.

Fresh citrusy and herbal aromas of hibiscus, bluegrass, orange zest, and pale malt sweetness. Dry-hopping promotes that zestiness, but it's hoppy in a restrained way. Good pils malt intensity.

Crispy hops with zesty citrus, grassiness, mint; tangerine and grapefruit, especially. Very sturdy malt base with some pale malt sweetness to accompany pilsner dryness and moderate hop bitterness. Excellent.

Mild-mannered mouthfeel with a light-medium body and airy weight. Oily, in a good way. Nice effervescence.

A solid dry-hopped pilsner from a brewery that knows the style well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a slightly dark golden yellow, with a small half inch head, and little spots of lacing down the glass. Poured into a stange.

Smells like lemon, hay, fresh cut grass, and some earth.

The taste is similar. This is suprisingly delicious, I wish I had bought more of it. Nice bitterness up front, with lots of earthy, grassy hop flavors. Remains earthy without feeling dirty, finishes quite cleanly. A good amount of citrus, some lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Has that distinctive Victory whole cone hop flavor- bright and clean. I wish I knew which hops went into this one. Finishes spicy and dry. There is only the smallest emphasis on dry crackery pilsner malt flavor.

Medium bodied, a bit thicker than expected for a pilsner, which is nice. Very drinkable- crisp, dry and clean mouthfeel.

A most excellent pilsner from Victory- but that is expected, really. Hoppy, clean, and tasty.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of piney hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal, piney hops dominate the palate, while pale malt and grain provide some balance. Finish is long and bitter. Nice Pilz.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pilsner glass. ENJOY BY: 14 OCT 2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow/light golden body with a beautiful white billowy head and elegant carbonation. One sexy beer.

Smell: Light grassy aroma complemented by fruit and citrus. Subtle pale malt aroma.

Taste: Delicious pilsner malt. Not terribly hoppy considering this beer is dry hopped. Subtle Noble hops? Like a smoother Prima Pils. Tastes super fresh. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Light and airy. No bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Awesome pilsner. Like Prima Pil's little brother. Wish I had some Prima in the fridge to do a side by side.

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with good sized, stark white head.

Smell: Lemon, hay and pepper mostly. Not as much apple as noted in many Pilsners.

Taste: Despite some strong hop notes of lemon, citrus, flowers and pepper, this is surprisingly restrained. Some hay and apple notes but not as much as expected. Finish is spicy and lightly bitter.

Feel: Heavier body than expected but nice carbonation and a great, dry finish.

Overall: I had a Prima Pils right afterward for comparison, and this is definitely a little more unorthodox with unique hop notes and less emphasis on the traditional malt taste. However, this is surprisingly less bitter and sharp than the more traditional, but very hoppy, Prima Pils. Both are great beers.

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Photo of IronLover
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color with good clarity. Just a touch of haze at first that clarified as this warmed up. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Clean bready malt and dank floral hop aromas followed by spicy herbal aromas with a hint of lemon zest. Medium bodied with tangy herbal hops and carbonation through the middle and a clean, crisp, dry finish. Bready malt, spicy herbal and rye flavors with lemon zest on the edges. Floral hop flavors emerge toward the finish as this finished crisp and dry with a bready, bitter aftertaste. An excellent pils with signature Victory floral hop highlights.I

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