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Saphir Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 08-30-2008

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Photo of treehugger02010
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.

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Photo of HopDerek
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
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.

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Photo of Caesar024
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
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.

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Saphir Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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