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German Pilsner
3.78 | pDev: 10.05%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Dry-hopped pilsner
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 213 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw colored body beneath the thinner white head which quickly dissolves to leave very little lacing.

Aroma consists of traditional German style pilsner malt if I am not mistaken with hints of grass and pine hops.

Flavor is similar with German style malt, fresh straw or hay, grass and a hint of lemon zest.

Lighter in body with medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

Just a plain nice beer, plenty refreshing and nice traditional German pilsner character with a dash of hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
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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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear, bright light yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1" white head that recedes slowly leaving scattered spots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma includes some citrus, some biscuit notes, some grassy character along with a bit of earthiness.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the lemony citrus and biscuity sweetness up front, backed up by a light grassy earthy dry bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and both smooth and slightly crisp from the finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the malt sweetness and citrus fade, with the citrus disappearing first leaving a light biscuity sweetness to fade into the quite dry, grassy and earthy bitter ending that invites another sip.

Tasty and refreshing beer. Worth having tried and I'm glad to have a few more to drink. That said, I must confess that given all the versions of a pilsner availble in SE PA I won't be too upset by the fact that this beer probably isn't to be brewed again.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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Hop Ticket from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 213 ratings