Dampf Bier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 08-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a shaker.

The color is deep bronze with a copper hue when held to the light, a light cream head with average sized bead rests atop and has ok retention with a fine bead and little lace clings. The smell is pleasant with some mild toast and light pine scents from the hop esters, low yeast fruitiness and mild sweetness in the aroma. The feel is very good with somewhat higher than average bitterness and light grain toasted texture with mostly dry and slightly warming finish.

The flavor is good with a gentle malt flavor which has a light toasted flavor which accents the piney herbal flavors from the hops well with a mild caramel element that balances some of the bitterness and yeast is dry without much fruitiness overall just compliments the hop and malt. Overall a very quaffable balanced beer in the steam style It kind of strikes me as a hoppy alt or German IPA if you will, a little more bitter than most but still very drinkable.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Boonville Beer pint glass, showing an amber-caramel coloring. It held a half finger tall head of tannish bubbles, showing okay retention. This was decently reproducible. Specks of wet lacing were seen around the glass. There was a chill haze, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave freshly cut barley, toasted pale malts, light rye metallics, bittered metallics of yeast, light mustiness, stone and mineral, barnyard grassiness, and mild soapy hops. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave good bitterness and depth to the malts, with nicely appropriate balance from the metallic inclusions therein. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with big tinny metallics, faintly burnt butters, strawberry freshness, light leafy hop, and pale malts. The middle came to a peak with big barnyard grassiness and freshness, with continued metallics, dried straw, cooked barley, and apricot sweetness to balance. The end came with an abrupt mixing freshness of grapefruit hoppiness, toasted pale grain, and warm molasses bitterness. More raw barley and mineral water were the last to wash, but actually didn’t take too much flavor with them as they went. The aftertaste breathed of bittered yeast, tin, cooled caramel, pale malts, and faint grassy hops. The body was medium to surprisingly full, and the carbonation was high. Each sip gave nice cream, froth, sip, slurp, and glug, with bittered pucker on the front. The mouth was coated with crisp creaminess, and eventually dried with metallic astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the solid balance through the flavoring. The malts showed nice depth, even sweetness, and just the right about of hearty metallic bite. This last component is where a lot of beers in the style tend to go overboard, but the result here was pure crispness and cleanliness. Thus, this beer stays true to style, and keeps things fresh and inviting from start to finish.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color. Modest bar-pour head that settles quickly, but leaves a definitive blanket of lace, which settles to rim lace. No chunkiness to what remains on the glass.

Leans to the malty, but dry, side. A bit of earthiness. Light bittering hop touch.

The taste is more balanced than the smell, meaning a bit more hop bite. On the malt side is a touch of fruitiness that I didn't detect in t he smell (blackberry?). The hop is non-descript, but provides some bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste. The earthiness remains the predominant impression. The body and carbonation are predictably average in each case.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

A-amber with a very thin cream colored head

S-extremely mild scent of sweet molasses and grains.

T-comes in with a very mild flavor of toffee, sweet molasses and nutty grains. It's very smooth with a similar after-taste

M-medium creamy carbonation with a good cream finish

O-it's a milder steam beer. It's drinkable without much to complain about. Definitely more mellow than say an anchor steam. More or less, tastes like a mild red ale really. Not really spectacular

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's Dampf Bier pours a muted amber in a pint glass.. Some muted notes of malty apple and subtle hops. Dampf is medium bodied and a little bit of carbonation. A direct clone of Anchor Steam.

Personally: I always enjoy a Anchor Steam and if can throw a bone to my local brewery, that's cool too.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a lightish white with a tad of an off cream colored head, light lacing
S- lemon, citrus, pepper, hops, a touch of malt
T- earthy tones shine, a touch of hops, some malt, citrus notes
M- very smooth , medium bodied, good carbonation
D- very nice, really low abv.. ill reach for this again

overall I really dug, it havent had to many of this style, my friend had a sip of mine and he said it was def better that anchor steam... I like anchor steam , but I think im going to agree with him

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Photo of HopDerek
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Victory's Brewpub.

Poured a clear amber with thin eggshell colored head. Good retention left nice lacing wisps. Smells of fruit, floral hops, grainy malt, and citrus. Tastes of grains, honey, light bread, pineapple, lemon, and a touch of earthy hops. Medium light in body, good carbonation. Smooth and lightly malty with a crisp bitter finish. A good California Common, refreshing and easy to drink, quite sessionable, but with so much other stuff on tap at Victory, it's hard to want to stick with this one.

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Photo of AltBock
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Victory beer was on-tap during the Victory promo night at High Street Grill on 9/23/2008. They served it to me in a Victory pint glass.

This California Common poured a clear light amber color with gold highlights along the sides. On top of this amber beer was a 1/2 an inch head of white foam. This head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a small white film and a few tiny blots of lace.

The aroma was surprisingly citrusy with citrus fruits and bitter citrus hops. When it was swirled around, I got the scent of ripe banana. Very interesting aroma.

While the aroma was citrus based, the taste was lightly malty up front with toasted caramel malts. After the malts had left the tongue, in comes the citrus fruits and the bitter citrus hops. I would have liked to see the banana come into play, but you can't have everything.

This was a light bodied beer with an aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and a pinch of bitter citrus hops.

In the end, this is a very drinkable beer and was an excellent representation of the California Common/Steam Beer style. If it's on-tap anywhere in your area, then I suggest you give this Victory beer a try.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head that slowly breaks apart. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness are up front, some floral hops are soft and almost hidden.

Taste: caramel, red apples, sweet red grapes, and a nice balancing bitterness. This is a great version of the style.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: the is a killer session beer that you can drink all day long and not get bored with it. Too bad this is a one-off beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had two pints of this today at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA. I was excited to see a new addition to the Victory lineup.

Both pints came with little to no head and only a slight amount of foam on top of the brew. There was no visible carbonation in this clear and orange/amber colored beer. Also no lacing was left behind in either glass.

The aroma was fruity and also of malt/ grains. Pretty nice.

The flavor was really nice and really enjoyable. This is a classic "bread" beer to me. One of those beers where you feel like you may have just placed a piece of nice crusty bread in your mouth. Also some real fruity almost tropical fruit notes. Finishing with the most subtle hop finish.

Mouth feel was medium/light in body and actually pretty crisp. Some nice carbonation brought the flavor to life.

Very drinkable. I hope I get back there before it's gone.

Victory always puts out nice product.

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Dampf Bier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 28 ratings