Blackboard Series #2 - Dry-Hopped Brett Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
American Brett
Ranked #62
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,993
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
44
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  2
Gots
  6
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Clear yellow body. Big white head with great retention. Smells of doughy pilsner malts. A little bit of brett. Not much by way of hops. At least, not that's pushing past the malt and brett. Tastes way more bretty here. Kinda dominates. I get some grassy hops here, though. Kinda blend in with the spicy brett finish. Very dry, but a bit of pilsner malt peeks through the bitter finish. Medium light body. An interesting take on the style. I think it's the first brett pilsner I've had.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold, bright clarity. Dense cap of foam, arcs of sticky lacing. Restrained but expressive Brett aroma, floral botanicals, wet hay and light yeasty funk. Clean pils malt behind that.

Taste is crisp and clean, lightly bitter with a grassy noble hop bitterness. Mild wet hay Brett note, again it's restrained and not overly dominant. Light bodied and well balanced, there's a nice structure to it.

I'm in the camp that the reviews are misunderstood here. This is a great use of Brett, allowing the well crafted Pilsner to shine through and integrate with mild yet defined elements from the wild yeast.

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Photo of gory4d
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, but the problem with adding brett to any beer is that the other characteristics get overwhelmed by the brett, and you just have a clean-bodied beer (as in this case) with a murky flavor. Maybe more hops would have helped.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a home keg into a standard pint glass. Victory doesn't date their kegs which angers me so I can't tell true freshness. This however is a brand new beer for them so it has to be pretty fresh.

A: A very clear medium golden color. Minimal lacing that receededs back into the beer. One finger white head.

S: Wow, the brett jumps out on the nose. Heavy funky barnyard smell with floral and grassy hops. A bit of bready malt mixes in.

T: Flavor up front is floral and grassy hops with grainy, bicsuit bready malt. The brett funk comes in at the back of the beer with a nice hay/barnyard kick. Finish is dry and bitter (not so much as a regular pils though) with the funk lingering in your mouth well after the beer has disappeared. I personally think the brett is pretty prevelant in the beer, moreso when warmed a bit. A damn fine beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. A bit prickly, bitter, creamy, sweet and dry all rolled up into one. This beer is very, very drinkable.

O: I dont' get the negative or neutral reviews of this beer. Take it for what it is, a lager (pils) with brett mixed in. It's not intended to be sour, or some uber complex brett barnyard belgian beer, it's meant to be a quaffable pilsner with a brett character added to it. I think Victory has done a terrific job with this one, I hope they keep it around for the summer. I loved it.

Edit: PS, I wouldn't call it a "wild ale", it's a bretty pils or bretty lager.

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Photo of qchic
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love these American spins on pils beers. I can see right through the pale gold, and there's just a hint of funk in the aroma. The brett is slightly more noticeable in the flavor, but strikes a nice balance for the style. Finishes fairly clean for a very drinkable brew. I like it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this should be way better than it is. everything from victory has been bomby lately, but this isnt all that nice really. the brett, which i want to have more momentum, just is real immature and irrelevant here. its a lager first, a malty one second, and lastly, and leastly, a brett beer. its borderline inconsequential here, there needs to be a lot more of it, and really its not even very dry. czech style in nature i guess, but its not really there. maybe some saaz hops, but this seems a bit generic to me, i dont even really even taste the lager yeast. its light and delicate and yummy though, it refreshes me on a hot day and satisfies me, but the depth of flavor, especially on the yeast side, that i am looking for, is missing. its bretty i suppose, but its underdeveloped, and this to me is a real opportunity missed. with how good their beer has been lately, this kills me a little. in the end i like the style a lot better than i like the execution here. i bet if this had another few months on it there would be a funk and a dry, but both of those factors come up a little short at the moment. fine but they can do better with a style like this...

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Photo of thebeers
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow with a couple fingers of airy, bright white head and strong lacing. Funk and floral hops on the nose. Great huge skunk flavor up front, sweet malt and a hint of fruit (peach, apricot) mid-palate, but stale-tasting hops in the aftertaste. Medium bodied for the style, and not particularly crisp. A nice try, but the taste doesn't come together.

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Blackboard Series #2 - Dry-Hopped Brett Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 44 ratings