Saphir Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
German Pilsner
3.99 | pDev: 7.77%
Aug 17, 2016
Aug 30, 2008
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Rated: 3.74 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey

May 16, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by dgherm from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2013
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Reviewed by Lambstrong from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pale golden color. Cloudy. Little to no head retention, however, decent lacing.

Aroma: Slight pine spice aroma. Somewhat fruity.

Taste: Sweet and citrusy. I picked up lemon and herbs. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated,but not overpowering. Has a little chewiness to it.
Jul 27, 2009
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Reviewed by ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Victory on 6/26/09.

A - Transparent pale golden body with sparse carbonation and thin patchy head that left virtually no lacing.

S - Nose displays a potpourri of herbal, citrusy and grassy hop notes with a hint of pine and some mild spicy notes. Malt is sweet with hints of fresh bread and caramel.

T - Herbal notes up front paired with a grainy malt character. Piney hops paired with a sappy sweetness emerge in the middle. Finishes with a bready and sweet caramel malt aspect in the finish with a touch of buttery diacetyl.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy yet smooth texture. Carbonation is moderate overall. Finishes with a dry, lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - It is almost as if Victory combined a piney IPA with a traditional pils here. I really dug the hop profile of this one.
Jun 30, 2009
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Reviewed by mpyle from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pale straw color, reasonable clarity. Pours a largish white head with some decent retention. Nice, creamy head.

Aroma has a nice hop nose, presumably of the saphir variety. Noble spiciness but hard to describe. Possibly a bit buttery - diacetyl?

Nice hop flavor almost from the start. Malt sweetness evident but secondary. Finishes with a gentle hop bitterness bite, and has a lingering, pleasant bitterness.

Medium body and med-high carbonation, no astringency or warming. Lively and pleasant on the tongue.

A wonderfully drinkable pilsner. Too bad I only had a single bottle of it!
Jun 21, 2009
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another offering enjoyed on Saturday, 06JUN09, at the brewpub.

Color was a blend of medium straw and light golden. The bier was clear throughout, with carbo bubbling slowly to the surface. Head was fine, thin and white, and lacing here was excellent! Had an aromatic nose, floral but with a bit of spice. Very good mouthfeel for a Pils; solidly medium body-wise, and very low on prickliness across the palate.

Flavor goes with some crackery malt off the bat, with some herbal, piney action following up. Lastly, there's a hint of some noble spiciness, too. Crisp and dry, a refreshing Pils, to be sure! Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

Jun 09, 2009
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Reviewed by Hophead101 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
drank on 9.16.08 at Victory.

Poured a beautiful golden yellow color. head was frothy and bubbly. A bit hazy (but could be because it was cold), seemed to clear from the bottom up. Head sticks around as I stand writing these notes, very slow to dissipate and when it does leaves a beautiful lacing.

Sweet malty smell, a little citrus in the nose. The guy next to me has some hummus appetizer which is interferring with my nose, ugh. seems to have some faint hints of vanilla.

a dry crisp taste, general taste doesn't linger but the hops sure do. sapphire hops have quite a unique flavor. As the beer warms up and you drink more, the beer becomes softer and much more palatable.

balance well in the mouth with focus on the edges of the mouth - primarily because of the hops.
Jan 29, 2009
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Reviewed by callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Clear golden-orange, moderate white head good lacing

S: Nice european floral hops, light citrus notes..

T: Floral hops come through at the beginning, good citrus hints... nicely balanced with the malt base

M: Smooth, crisp, light bite at the finish. Medium-light body.

D: Easy drinking. I prefer the Saphir pills over the Hallertau pils. Nice addition to the lineup at Victory
Nov 11, 2008
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Reviewed by treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewpub in Dowingtown, PA.
Appearance: The body was a golden color with a fluffy white head, excellent retention and good lacing.
Smell: Rather hoppy with piney notes, a bit spicy.
Taste: Piney and citrus hops, not much noticeable malt.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.
Oct 23, 2008
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Reviewed by HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at Victory's Brewpub.

Poured a clear golden amber color with thin off-white head. OK retention left nice lacing down the glass. Smells of floral hops, citrus fruits, honey, and grain. Tastes of floral hops up front then oranges, lemon zest, pineapple, and grapefruit. A nice cracker-like malt feel mixed with some notes of caramel in the backbone. Finishes with a nice dry bitter hop presence. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Tart, sweet, and crisp with a nice dry finish. A really enjoyable brew, refreshing and highly sessionable.
Oct 22, 2008
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Reviewed by Chinon01 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Golden metallic with dense head and spotty lacing.

Nose - Beautiful metallic hop with hint of malt sweetness.

Taste - Similar to nose with malt cracker base and some citrus barely sneakling through.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Finished full and clean.
Oct 11, 2008
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Reviewed by Caesar024 from New York

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from Victory growler (with gasket-top) into Victory Prima Pils glass. Light straw color with abundant frothy white head that took forever to diminish and left lacing for days. The yeast must have settled some in here because first pint poured bright and crystal clear while the last was a bit cloudy.

Smell is floral, citrusy orange blossoms and lime zest, maybe even a bit of pineapple. Taste was similar with the Saphir hop dominating, mildly bitter but citrusy and piquant.

Again the body varied slightly through the growler with the first pint a bit thinner and last pint a bit more full, but the entire growler was completely in line with the Pilsener/Kellerbier family. I'm guessing that the difference could easily be explained by the growler sitting in my refrigerator for a week before I was able to drink it (It was given to me hours before I left for vacation out of state - Thanks again Pete!).

The fact that it only lasted one session, and a short one at that attests to the fact that this is a session beer with a unique character that invites the drinker to keep coming back for more. This is a beer that could just as easily find itself paired with sashimi or chicken french dinner as it could be my next lawnmower beer.
Sep 07, 2008
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Reviewed by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the VBC on 8/29/08.

Pours a clear orange gold with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. Retains well and leaves a solid latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is a nice tingling mix of floral hops and tart citrus character with some backing tones of malt sweetness.

The taste is very floral feeling with some prominent citrus tang and an underlying base of sweet caramel. Ends with a nice, dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fresh feel and crisp, biting carbonation.

Very crisp, fresh tasting, and quite quaffable take on a Pils. The use of the Saphir hops is quite unique, imparting some fresh citric character and a dry feel on the palette. Very nice.
Aug 30, 2008
Saphir Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 15 ratings