Tripilsner | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rotsaruch on 04-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a frothy, white head. Some lacing and decent retention. Mild, malty nose with significant noble, floral hops and a hint of light fruit. As it warmed, the hop aroma became much stronger, with a green, floral, and spicy character. The flavour evolves in waves from malty sweet to strong hops to significant bitterness to lingering alcohol flavour and warmth. Towards the end there's also a bit of hop spice. Medium body and carbonation, more creamy than crisp, barely sticky and slightly dry. This was more balanced than I expected, very flavourful and balanced, but not really refreshing. Still, easily drinkable and it left me wanting more.

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Photo of WonderWoman
2.67/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance was of a light golden honey with little head. It smelled of hop flowers with the slightest hint of lemons. Hops exploded in my mouth with my first sip, then continued with a bombardment of hops, then more hops. Trying to find anything else other than hops I was able to pick up a tiny bit of grapefruit juice. As I drank it there was playful carbonation that dissipated as soon as it arrived. Too bad the hops didn’t do that. For all the hop fans this is a good one, otherwise one may want to steer clear.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a pale apple juice color with a bright white film of head.

Smelled of bright and fruity mandarin oranges with a pasty toasted white bread and a hint of sour apples.

The flavor began with a light apple and orange fruity sweetness with a sweet cream doughy malt. What surprised me was an odd mix of biscuit dough and smoky hops that soon followed. Very nice. Another oddity I observed was that if I held this beer in my mouth and exhaled through my nose, the sweet creamy malt and the prominent hops polarized themselves, so my mouth was left smooth and sweet, and my nose was scorched by the hops. I’m not sure if this has much to do with my rating, but I appreciated it none the less. This beer finally ended with a long, drawn out hop onslaught on my tongue that was absolutely fantastic. The hop quality was green and organic and rather pleasant. I wish it would have stayed around longer.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a smooth and frothy carbonation that dissipates quickly, helping to paste the hop dryness all over my tongue.

This one was really enjoyable. Out of all of the imperial pilsners I’ve tried, this is my favorite so far. The hops were really aggressive, but not painful, and the malt was appropriately paired. Delicious!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, crisp, golden color, slimmish head on it.

Sweetness in the nose, and clean, almost vegetal, herbal, nice, with a light spiciness. Delicate hops.

Big, bold, nay, huge deployment on the palate, a thick, and luscious display of malt and hops. Snappy, again, just judiciously hoppy, with a strong malty backup. Profound mouthfeel, resonates huge in the mouth. Thick, but not quite cloying.

I've had pils, and double pils, but never a triple. This is a monumental monster here, and quite delicious. I sip it slowly, as it's 8.8%, and that will ring in with ferocity soon enough.

Man...good stuff. you said it! Who said it? Me? Who are you talking to???
And I've only had 1/2 a pint so far, good lord...

Much thanks to the blitheringone...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dangerous! This 8.8% abv pils barely shows its strength, and it's additional maltiness only implies it. In fact, if you'd already had a pint or two of something else I highly doubt that you'd notice this wasn't a "regular" beer. That said...

The keg I sampled from was loaded with yeast so I didn't get the clear golden body that it should have. The head retention was not as good as I'd have expected, but that was probably from the bar glass. The nose was decidedly malty with a welcoming, lightly sweet bread note. Hops followed, grassy and floral, but they weren't as pronounced as the malt. The body was fuller than a standard pils, giving you the first indication that there's something special here, and it was delicately crisp in the mouth. The malt returns in the flavor, but it's much more balanced and combined with the hops, leaving it to fade from the palate with hoppy notes of grass, flowers, and spice. The alcohol is very nicely cloaked.

Quite impressive! It's perfectly balanced with just enough extra character to leave it remarkably drinkable but also very memorable. I haven't enjoyed a beer from their varietal pils series as much since the Hersbrucker version many years ago.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear golden body, topped by frothy pure white foam. Good lacing.

A fresh hay/grass aroma, but not as strong as I anticipated.

A rich undercurrent of thick sweet malt rolls like a river down the tongue, while a thundercloud of hops builds on top before unleashing a thunderclap of bitterness, which lingers long after the storm has passed.

Mouthfeel is medium plus, downright creamy, if heavier than what "pilsner" brings to mind.

Big and bold but balanced and drinkable. Dancing the line, wherever it is, between pils and imperial pils. Damn nice any which way you call it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a crisp, golden color with a small white head that leaves tiny specks of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of mild dough, mixed floral hops, and some pils malts with powdered sugar and corn.
Taste is of the same aromas with some mild caramel and vanilla coming through with the distinct pils malt. Maybe some dough, grass and straw thrown into the mix with a lager yeast.
Mouthfeel is crisp, and medium bodied with decent hopping.
I could barely notice that 8.8% in there. Not too shabby of an offering by Victory.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a white 1" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: some malts with some soft grass and floral tones.

Taste: this is a pilsner on steroids. Huge malt base balanced with a spicy bitterness level, along with a tiny touch of citrus and grass. Alcohol is slighlty noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, leaning towards smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Heavier in body like other imperial pilsners.

Drinkability: actually I found this to be easy drinking, but can be sneeky dangerous at the high alcohol levels. Only had one, but I could have had another if I had some time to hang out longer at the brewpub.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler purchased at the brewpub. Poured a medium golden color with massive white puffy head. Pronounced lacing on the sides of the glass. Very impressive hoppy nose. Good firm crisp taste with the hops dominating and covering virtually all traces of alcohol. Good drinking beer, but the 8.8% is a little scary.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a style point of view, this is one of Victory's varietal German pils. It's a single hop brew....Tettnanger (German) whole flowers hops. However, from this point, the style is drastically different and unique. It's been defined as a tripel pils at 8.8% abv. It has a stunning golden glow and nice head retention. The malt bouquet and flavor is noticeable upfront, but the spicy, herbal hops are clearly involved at the finish. However folks, I need to warn you that this brew is delicious, but deadly. It should be called "crack in a glass."


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Tripilsner from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 11 ratings