Sapphire Edelbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Brewed with a new hop called Saphir that has ties to the Saaz hop family, Sapphire was commissioned by the German Hop Growers Guild to showcase this hop at the 2007 Craft Brewers Conference.

Off a hard pour, the head tries to catch up with itself and almost rides off the edge of the glass. In its wake, a thin patch of white lace remains that sticks pretty well to the glass. Deep orangey-golden color shows perfect clarity. Sweet maltiness and an unassuming alcohol note in the nose, with spicy and herbal hops on the crest of the aroma. A sufficing crispness struggles somewhat to break through the slick medium-to-full body. Copious amounts of fresh hop flavor and an even-keeled bitterness with oily, herbal and spicy characteristics. A clean alcohol is present, becoming more noticeable after each sip. Sweet malt gives off bready and slightly biscuity flavors. The malt backbone is sturdy enough to take on the hops (and then some) but is a bit overshadowed in the drying hoppy finish.

The showcase here are the hops. That this is only a limited release saddens us greatly. If you're lucky enough to find some, drink it right away to enjoy the freshness of the hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one.

A nice clear golden yellow fills the glass with an impressive white head that slowly melts to very sticky lacing.

Aromas are a clean balance between sweet malts and the :Hallertauer hops. A little earthy grass aroma and bread finishes off the aroma.

Taste is again a very, very clean balance of sweet malt that hint at honey and the clean an pure Hallertauer Hop bitterness. Nothing overpowers...everything mixes and balances perfectly.

This is a VERY drinkable maibock. If you are lucky enough to find it and drink quickly while it is fresh. It's a total delight.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beautiful thing about Victory's Sapphire is that it does exactly what a helles bock is supposed to do without any bells or whistles attatched. It simply delivers bright and fresh malt and hops, and nothing more. The malt base is straightforward, but rich and with a depth of character (you can actually taste the grain), and the hops are floral and spicy and just slightly grassy and herbal. And the alcohol is kept in check. Of course you know it's there, but it doesn't particularly stand out or call attention. I found it remarkably pleasant and dangerously drinkable. One of the best beers I've had in years!

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Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent gold with a light orange hue and a small, fluffy, off-white head that quickly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is fruity with notes of flowers, grassy(almost skunky but not quite), perfumey, with notes of honey, grain, and light caramel.
Taste echoes the aromas with Maibock flavors standing out with floral, grass, and honey behind a touch of sourdough. Interesting choice of hops but that's what makes this stand out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, lightly carbonated, with a semi-sweet & dry finish.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light maibock. True to the style and a really good drinker.

Gold with a bit of haze. Fluffy crispy head. Aroma reminds me of an oktoberfest, maybe a bit hoppier. Sweet maltiness and european noble hops in sane measure and good balance.

Malt is bready and a touch caramel or honey. Hops are a bit metallic, but overall grassy, earthy and a real good fit. Good full mouthfeel and the hops taste becomes floral and sweet in the finish.

It's a biiit high for a session beer,and that's really what this would be great as. If Victory kicked this down just two percent, I guzzle it down by the sixer.

Highly drinkable and complex enough to enjoy one after another. This was my surprise favorite of the day at Victory, beating out Hop Wallop and Wild Devil, two that I was sure would be ontop.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with sparse white head.
Smell is rich and malty with a nice bread-like character.
Taste also shows loads of malt, with some sweet fruitiness also present.
Finishes with breadlike malt and a touch of alcohol flavor.
An OK beer, but nothing special for me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a modest head that drops some spots and dots on the sides of the glass

Smell: Smells very Germanic with Munich malt and noble hop aromas

Taste: After a bicuity opening, the noble hop flavor arrives at mid-palate and builds to intensity; after the swallow, it re-appears again and provides an assertive accompaniment to the malt; you can tell these hops are familiar, yet different, from other noble hop varieties - a bit more herbal

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink; yet withg quite a lot of flavor to make it interesting

Thanks, UncleJimbo, for the opportunity

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room Springhouse

Smell, more than mild hop flavor in the nose, some underlying sweetness, but a good bitterness

Taste, more sweet than the nose would indicate, great balancing bitterness though. Another note is that this beer is very golden, not dark at all. Great malt flavors going on, but this one also has a great hop bite, again, very different for the style.

Overall, a darn good beer, I limited myself to a pint since I had no idea what the ABV was, but it can't be more than 7%, or they should make this beer illegal.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this great beer at the American Beer Fest in June, and managed to get a few bottles to take home.

It pours clear and bright golden with creamy, very slightly yellowish white foam. The foam is tall and settles slowly and coats the glass. The smell is a very nice bready malt aroma with a hint of sweetness and mild hoppiness. The taste is dominated by aroma hops up front, followed by bready malt with some Munich malt fruitiness beneath. The hops really linger, though the bitterness is moderate. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry with medium body and smooth carbonation feel. The aromatic hops coat the mouth pleasantly. This is a very nice beer, and I hope it gets brewed again. A very nice interpretation of a bock.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent pour with top of frothy glue like hop head cap leaving a solid coating of lace in the glass over a golden tawny carrot hue.

Superb nose of candy malts, some delicate leafy spritz, vanilla cake.

First swigs: Touch of toasted caramel sugar, light waffle and biscuit malt, pancake breakfast. Butter and toffee. This really hits the mark as far as bocks go. Vanilla middle that does the trick.

Last swigs: Spot on bock. This should be a year rounder for sho'! Just a delicious bock that hits the mark. These could go back all day.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a few small samples of this at ABF last night. Quite good. Quite! So, thanks to Bill C from Victory, I was able to bring a couple of bottles home for further review... Label says this is part of the "Hallertauer Gem Series", and it's a "Green Sapphire Edelbock". Checks in at 7.40% abv, and the label also indicates it's made with a new variety of hop cultivated in the Hallertau region of Germany called Saphir. No freshness dating found, but the label further notes that we should "resist prohibition". No prob!!

Pours a rich, clear golden hue. Carbo is sparse yet steady within. Head is stark white and fine, though thin, covering the liquid with a lasting layer. Not much lacing to speak of, though. Aroma is superb, with a great spicy character shining forth, with some bready undertones. Body was thick and solid, almost chewy, with the bier passing supremely smoothly over the tongue. Oh yeah!!

Sapphire has a wonderful foundation of bready malt, giving it just a perfect, light touch of sweetness. There's a slight tinge of toastiness also. Hops are top-shelf, being a bit grassy and with a resounding spicy bite, which lingers long and well. Sapphire hits the palate just right; a fantastic hell-bock! I mentioned to a fellow bier-lover at ABF that I thought this bier was something I could drink easily from a Maß krug. Well, I was right! Though I only had 2x 12oz bottles and used an imperial pint glass, this would be right at home in a litre stein. I could drink lots of this. A wonderful bier!


overall: 4.45
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5


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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the end of the American Beer Festival up in Boston. I wasn't aware that this was a limited release, and anticipated having this. Even though I've never drank a Maibock/Helles Bock before, I found this very refreshing and a good change of pace from the beers I normally drink.

This poured very nicely had a lot of the traits of a pils - clear, golden hue, a clean white head, and not a terribly strong or hoppy aroma to it. The taste was similar, as well - light, floral, some grass, and amazingly clean; I think that last attribute would this beer's hallmark. It's very maltly, and the subtley of the hops in the back took quite a while to grow on me. This is solidly crafted, yet light enough for me to enjoy during this current heat wave!

I'm not sure about the ABV % of this, but I haven't been able to detect much of that as I've drank this. Not as sharp as the prima pils nor sugary as a regular bock, this has the best aspects of those styles, without the extremities. This is another solid winner by Victory and proof that making the ride up to Beantown was well worth the effort!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, just past golden in color on presentation. Rocky head planted firmly atop which left a good lace throughout. Aromas of rich maltiness with balance offered by these gem-like hops. There is definitely something palpably amazing in the Saphir hops that the other German varieties miss. Slightly sweet, but the hops and malt play well with one another. Smooth on the palate, this is one highly drinkable Bockbier, for sure. I highly suggest any Bock fans to get out there and try this one while they can...


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Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brickstore Pub, Decatur, GA. It was on the menu, so I asked if they had any out back and, lo and behold, they did! Poured into a fitted pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy chunky orange yellow, with a half-finger of white head with average retention. The fading of the head doesn't leave too much besides a sheen of foam and a ring of thin lace. Still, it's a nice radiant color.

Aroma: Bready as hell, with tons of wholesome, grainy notes and a nice roasted edge, along with a half dozen or so spicy phenolic notes and a few light, grassy flourishes.

Taste: Crazy bready - fresh baked, get it while it's hot! - with a hop flourish that's spicy, grassy, and definitely noble. The bread has a slight roasted edge, with hints of caramel dancing in and out of the profile. Interesting, very German.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, fluffy, fairly even, though really thick from all those bready sugars. A little too highly carbonated, for the thickness, though.

Drinkability: A very strange yet interesting beer - nothing more than intense maltiness and noble hop flourishes, really. If that's what it was trying to be - which I think it was - it's spot on, and I commend it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thoroughly cloudy, pale orange appearance.big bright white head.

bright fruity aroma, vibrant hopscitrus, pineapple, pine, ..gorgeous.

high hops in thaste, too. Pithy stuff, very thick on the palate at first, not what I'd expect from a German style...but this is a wholly unique brew, so far. Mellow mouthfeel, clean, but never free from flavor. Doesn't feel like any bock or pils I've had before. Bitterness roars in for a bit, but never threatens.
Good drinking.

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Sapphire Edelbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 16 ratings