Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Pilsner - Imperial
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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DocRoc from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy Belated Anniversary! Pick this up at the local shop that has a good stock of discontinued beers...lucky me, the drink by date on this one was only 60 days passed...

A - Poured into a 12 oz. Flute. Deep golden like a Kansas Wheatfield
S - Like a Pilsner should smell, malts and hops
T - Oh my, more please
M - Outstanding mouthfeel, heavy coating likely from the malts...chewy
O - Great! Few beers get a perfect score from me, this one did! Well Done.

May 21, 2017
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jakecattleco from California

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this one at the back of the beer fridge, obviously forgotten with an Enjoy By: 05 FEB 2017, served in a pilsner glass.

L: Pours bright golden with 2 fingers of medium density white head with moderate retention and left scattered lacing.
S: Floral forward with some grassy undertones.
T: Follows the nose well, heavier breadiness than on the nose. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and bit of pepper, lingers a bit.
F: Honestly my first imperial pilsner, but it felt a bit thin for the ABV. Some tingling on the tongue, likely from the ABV, just a touch of acidity, and carbonation on the higher side.
O: Not sure I'd have found this any more favorably if I'd drank it sooner. Glad I had it, wish I'd shared it, wouldn't repeat.

Mar 17, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy bar-poured head. Leaves a solid ring of lace. The color is orange - dirty gold with a definitive chill haze.

Freshly malted pale barley smell. The noble hop aroma is floral and subtle.

Lightly sweet with a rich mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation. The hop is stronger than the smell suggests but still appropriate for the style. More bitter than sweet in the long-lasting aftertaste.

Oct 16, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in late July fro Craft Beer Hop Stop for $9.99. Best by 02/05/2017.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is grainy and grassy.

Taste is grassy with a touch of lemon over a huge malt base. Finish is peppery with a touch of noble hop bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied and fairly crisp for the size of the beer.

Overall a tasty well made impy pils. The feel is much lighter than most i have had in the past. Worthy of a shot!

Oct 01, 2016
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release. Enjoy by feb. 5, 2017. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a deep gold with2 inches frothy white head that recedes to a thick, 1/8 inch head that lasts. Ample flowing bubbles, and some floaties? Says it's not bottle conditioned.

S: Pilsner, plus. Pilsner malt, floral noble hops, just a touch of alcohol. Some lemon or lemon peel, too. Little sulfur. Honey sweetness builds as it warms. Reviewing this with a slight cold, but I expected more wow from the hops.

T: initial floral noble hop bite on the arrival, turning to a rich, bready middle, then a slightly sweet, slightly peppery an medicinal hoppy ending. Alcohol is noticeable, indeed prominent, at the end.

M: heavier side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation with large bubbles. Quite clean, but for the lingering hoppiness. Feels like a yellow DIPA.

O: I expected this to be like malt liquor, and it's not. It's more like Pilsner meets DIPA in the most beautiful way. Not a refreshing summer beer; probably one that would do you well in the depths of winter, January or February. The essence of a good Pilsner is a crisp and refreshing beer; I don't think that's possible at 8.0%. I don't know that I'd buy this again, but I would be interested in trying the style again.

Sep 04, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: 28 August 2016... OCCASION: a whirlwind week ends with the new school year starting tomorrow--time to toast a great summer!... GLASSWARE: Schneider Weisen Edel-Weisse pokal... thick, frothy white head chunks into craters and mountains... methodical, slow-streaming bubble strings stalk the slightly obscuring, brass body... the head diminishes slightly, leaving thick, clumpy clouds... fragrant melon and bubblegum team with toasted malts, cracker, and rum to elicit a shiver of flavor potential--an anniversary celebrator indeed! sweetness can be detected as well... a full-bodied, heavy weight dropping into the throat... a bubbly start, a dry finish, and a slightly tart passage through... thick and frothy, worthy of being sipped and savored... retains its pilsner sweetness with the noble hops creating a softened melon, orange citrus aspect... some onion and vegetable hints--particularly honey--with phenol alcohol also issuing vapors... warming but not oppressive or abrasive... with the citric power and toasted malts, a balanced attack, that at 8.0% ABV is a meal within itself... thanks to Brad for bringing this to my fortieth celebratory dinner with his family... between this and the Breury's saison, we were feeling quite good... tonight, as a stand-alone, this beer rewards with a strong profile and a full mouthfeel... another victory for Victory!

Aug 29, 2016
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured rather aggressively into a snifter. Beautiful large cloudy head. Calm hazy and golden body.

Smells of honey, sweet malt and some characteristic floral elements.

Taste of sweet desert bread, and the floral notes really kick in. The burn from the alcohol is quite noticeable in your throat, but it is initially well-hidden. Mouthfeel is light, dry and medium-to-low carbonation,

This smells and looks great, and tastes just fine I suppose.

Aug 09, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at blend
Deep gold.
AROMA: strangely malty, sweet, bread.
TASTE: yeast, bread, light banana, ....slight alcohol burn late.
FEEL: Medium to full body. Above avg carb.

Good beer

Jul 29, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a two inch head that lasts a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: bready and grassy aroma.

Taste: biscuit, grass, a bit of lemon zest, a moderate bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp throughout with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: a very nice and well balanced big pilsner that is easy to consume.

Jul 28, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork & cage bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear light golden color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Modest lacing.

S: Mild noble hops and pilsner malts... not much of a nose.

T/F: Czech style malts to start... grassy and crisp with some sweetness. Noble hops provide some bittering. Hints of citrus but mild. Medium in body... good carbonation. Finish is almost sticky and dry.

O: A decent Imperial Pilsner. Hides its ABV nicely... good classic flavor, but with a little extra umph. Very drinkable.

Jul 18, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle with 2016 vintage. Sampled on July 3, 2016.

It pours yellow, carbonated, and leading to a big white head that fades.

I do get a bit of the toasted white bread and biscuit aroma that is typical for the style along with a grassy hop character. So that is notable.

Light to medium body.

The taste also brings out some of the toasted and grassy characters of a Pilsener with a mild, semi-dry finish. But it seems to be mellower than the Pilseners I usually drink. Still decent.

Jul 03, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/5/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, melon, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, melon, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, peach, melon, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Nice dryness from carbonation and bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pilsner style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 24, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.51/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Classic pour insofar as the color, clarity & head. Aroma is soft, mostly just some base noble hops notes ontop of your standard pilsner malt. Unfortunately, the taste was way off. The hop notes it extracts are too viny & medicinal (almost formaldehyde-esque), and the yeast is chalky to the point it has that dreaded wet cardboad flavor.

Jun 09, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the corked and caged bottle in a willybecker chilled.

The color is a pristine golden with thick white cream of 2 fingers and has fast rising carbonation bubbles visible with a tight bead and ringlets of lace cling. The smell is excellent with a noble hop aroma that is both herbal and has a floral quality with some light yeast esters and mild mineral quality with low malt aroma and almost no alcohol in the smell. The feel is excellent -moderately bitter with medium high carbonation and low sweetness with very mild alcohol and light malt texture with a toasted accent and semi-dry finish.

The taste is great with a depth of hop flavor that has mild herbal and slight lemon zest flavor with a gentle grass quality and light malt flavor which has the characteristic pilsner of European origin -slight earthy yet there is also a mild sweetness present. The hops start semi-bitter but seem smooth as far as the bitterness level overall and balance the malt in the taste. The thing that I love is that it still tastes like a pilsner -just a stronger version,not like a malty mai-bock type Imperial Pils. I would recommend this to those who enjoy strong lagers with some hop flavors to compliment as this is very easy to enjoy. I consumed the bottle myself without any problem since the alcohol is practically undetectable in this -Prost!

May 12, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice imperial pils pours a very nice light golden amber with a firm head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, light pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Breaded malts and honey abound with herbal and grassy hops in the nose. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with honey and bread laden malts on the front, pink grapefruit notes on the sides; grassy hops and lightly bitter herbal hops bite on the back on the taste with moderate sweetness in the aftertaste. Nice medium high carbonation makes for an easy sipper with a nice warming alcohol burn on the aftertaste loaded with grain, citrus, and hops. Nice.


May 07, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by: 2/5/17.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, earth, grass, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite sweet and sticky, which I wasn't expecting from this one.

Serving type: bottle.

May 02, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting choice for (another) anniversary beer. Good, strong pilsner, sweet and bready, appropriate carbonation and smooth but slightly rich feel. Glad to try it. Cheers!

Apr 25, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

so glad i got to follow up that horrid brown ale they did with such a redeeming beer, also on tap at lucky pie, this one is most excellent. a delicious and hoppy strong pilsener lager, and they have absolutely nailed it. its clear and bright and more golden than yellow, holding a full inch of white head, looks incredible in the glass, brassy and attractive, jeweled with reflective carbonation cruising up to the top. it smells really hoppy, european style of course, saaz and maybe something else, less lime than i usually get from the style, but all the grassy bitterness is there, super fresh too. i get fresh cereal pils malt, dry and rounder, and then the lager yeast, which is flavorful and apparently quite efficient in its duties, this is a very dry imperial pils. the hops are what i notice first, strongly hoppy, and not just in the finish and not just in bitterness. a subtle wet almost mossy vegetal property starts in the finish, then lush like aloe or something, there is a lot of photosynthetic quality going on here, and the bigger breadier base pils makes the perfect platform for it. heavy in body, but dry and clean in the finish, it just has a density to it that i really like. i always think its odd when breweries do a pilsener style to celebrate some big event, it always seems on the surface to be so safe and boring, been there done that kind of thing, but this is a special take on the style, a regal example of it, and definitely worthy of their big anniversary this year. one of my favorites from these guys in awhile...

Mar 27, 2016
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 1,000th beer. I gave up written reviews a long time ago. I now use BA as a journal just to keep track of the beers I've had. This is another really solid pils from victory. Something most SEPA breweries do well. Happy 20th anniversary Ron and Bill!

Mar 26, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.75 A: Nearly glass golden yellow color. A full fist of pillowy white head. Retention is very good (which is taking a long time to get a full pour) and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grainy and doughy malts. Honey, toasted crackers, dry toffee. Hops are primarily grassy, but also earthy. The aromas are bigger than a normal pils, but it's also less clean.

3.75 T: Doughy foremost, grainy secondarily. Again toastiness, cracker, toffee. Hops are grassiness forward, with earthy and resiny underneath. Better than the nose and grows on you.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Doesn't have the crispness of a usual pils, but almost equally refreshing. Good moderate carbonation despite the huge head formation and supremely smooth.

3.75 D: Very tasty beer. It maybe isn't what I'd do for a 20th anniversary, but it stays true to the Victory brand.

Mar 26, 2016
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Dopen993 from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at pjs in Newport.

L. Straw yellow, maybe slightly darker. No rel lacing of the finger of head.
S. A light malt sweetness with some herbal notes.
T. Nice and smooth with a bit of an alcohol finish, but at 8.5% I thought it was very smooth and very drinkable. Very much enjoyed.
F. Not a lot of carbonation, and. Light mouthfeel.

Mar 21, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Golden blonde with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Doughy bread, cracker, bubblegum, lemongrass, noble hop grassiness. and orange citrus.

Doughy bread, cracker, golden apple, and slight bubblegum. Crisp noble grassiness, lemongrass, and hints of orange citrus. Touches of earth, peppercorn, and a squirt of lemon juice.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-sticky with a medium bitterness.

A decent balance but perhaps a touch too bitter. A light amount of booze is detectable. I was hoping Victory would give this one a bigger hop flavor as opposed to bitterness.

Mar 18, 2016
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Gear54 from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ale Emporium in Indianapolis

Pour is rich gold in color with 1/2 finger of white foam

Smell is slightly malty with honey and yeast in the nose. Smell amounts of hope and bread as well. This could use a bit more in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with honey sweetness blended with crackers yeasty bread malt flavors and a slight hop bitterness to cut the grain flavor. Slight grass and just a little bit of booze round off the flavor. Tast is exactly what I expected from this beer. Typical Pilsner profile with a bump in body and alcohol.

Another quality brew from victory.

Mar 12, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden color with lots of steady carbonation and a pure white, billowy, rocky head.

S - Crisp and crackery honey malt, a hint of graininess, and some lemon grass notes (but not much at all). The nose could use a little more punch.

T - Follows the nose - honey malt from start to finish, and ends with a lingering piney, grassy finish that scrubs any leftover malt right off the tongue, some citrus starts to surface when the hops subside a little. There is a little bit of booziness and the tail end but only for a second before it gets buried by the aggressively hoppy finish.

M - Very thick for a Pilsner, carbonation is gentle with lots of sharp pricklies morphing into a creamy texture, and a dry finish.

O - The nose is a little weak, but overall, it would be great to see this one end up in the line-up. Happy Anniversary, Victory!

Mar 09, 2016
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with ample head

Smell: Floral hops with some bread notes

Taste: Floral and herbal hops with cracker-like finish

Mouthfeel: A little resin than a typical pilsner but still clean finish

Overall: This may be one of the most "pilsner-like" imperial pilsners Ive had. The alcohol is well hidden and the traditional noble hop character is there. Dangerously refreshing.

Mar 09, 2016
Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 98 ratings