Schwarz Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
German Pilsner
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Mar 27, 2017
Jun 22, 2009
Very Good
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Rated: 4.42 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania

Jan 08, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jan 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by weeare138 from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by dgherm from Pennsylvania

Jul 15, 2013
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Reviewed by OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a deep brown to black in color with an off white-ish head. In the aroma, light pilsner like, with a note of roast. In the taste, a small smoke presence, roasty, and a dryer malt. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry and smokey lager like aftertaste. Lager with a smokey roast, I can dig it!
Jul 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Jason1337 from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2013
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Reviewed by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Victory Brewing
Schwarz Pils

Pours a clear dark brown. Off white head with good lacing. Smells of roasted malts and somewhat biscuity. Aptly named, this schwarzbier/pilsner hybrid has an airy lightness to the body. That being said, Schwarz Pils shares more in common with its darker hued brethren. Roasted malt gives off a coffee like flavor here with grassy hops balancing. On the light side of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this was a nice beer to pair with a spicy kielbasa, sausage, roasted red pepper, cheese and egg sandwich.
Feb 25, 2013
Rated: 4 by deapokid from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by yourefragile from District of Columbia

Jan 27, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Thorpe429 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by hockeyfighter19 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by bradleyjay34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2013
Rated: 5 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2011
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a very long time to dissipate into lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness from the hops; some hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The amber color of this beer is very deceptive because it tastes like a strong pilsner. It’s not too difficult to drink if you can handle the bitterness.
May 07, 2011
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Reviewed by glid02 from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with large amounts of grassy and light citrus hops. Also present are very light amounts of darker black malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by robust light citrus hops - lemon peel with hints of grapefruit and orange. Midway through the sip the hops dry out with the addition of grassy and lightly herbal flavors. Very light hints of dark malt flavors come into play before fading into a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily drink a lot more of these.

Overall the addition of dark malts didn't affect the flavor profile as much as I'd expected and it was closer to the always-phenomenal Prima Pils. Worth a shot for curiosity's sake if you see it around.
Mar 11, 2011
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
a: This was a dark for the style amber color. It was served to me with a one inch, sticky white cap.

s: Some German hop notes and a not unexpected given the name but still hard to comprehend spicy, roasty malt aroma.

t: I always like to try something new and different, but this kind of clashed for me. The dark roasty semi-sweetness just didn't jibe with the German hop finish.

m: Crisp and pretty spot on for a pils.

d: Not bad, but not for me.
Feb 14, 2011
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Reviewed by TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Victory for b-day.
Odd amber color for a pils. Decent white heading that holds for about 3/4 quarter's until the finish.

Smell is mostly german hops. Slightly grassy notes and a nice toasty malt backing.

Taste is very balanced. Heavier toasted malts that follow up with spicey,and grassy hop kick. Earthy and medicinal finish.

Mouth is nice lighter bodied but pushing towards the middle range.Subtle syrupy stickiness is left on the palate.

A very drinkable pilsener and more for the lighter malty taster's of the world.Very solid.
Jan 26, 2011
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Reviewed by JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the brewery. Nose is bright grassy hops, almost lemony. Darker and with a touch more roast, perhaps, than the Braumeister or Prima. Grains, and a good dose of sweeping hops in the mouth. Sharp and minerally. A bit more robust than their standard pilseners. Pretty tight and crisp though not as refined as some of the greatest ones. Surprisingly grassy. Good stuff
Jan 22, 2011
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Reviewed by scottyshades from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours an amber transparent color with a thin frothy white cap. This beer is supposed to be a hybrid of sorts, so the color is not meant to be "to-style"

S: Lots of German yeast notes, grain, wheat, a urinal-cake phenolic-like note, and light earthy hops that make it floral. Not terribly complex, but very inviting

T: The hops give a solid bitterness, grainy, earthy, wheaty, and very smooth. Everything works well together, including the yeast. Not necessarily to-style, but very good

MF/D: Smooth feel to it despite the kind of prickly carbonation, the finish is of light grain and wheat. Body is lighter
Jan 02, 2011
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Reviewed by treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I had this ontap at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, Pa. It came in a pilsner glass.
A: The body is a deep brown clear color. The head is 2 fingers tall, very light tan color, great retention, medium sized bubbles and awesome sticky lacing.
S: The aromas are spargy, maybe some BBQ and earthy hops.
T: The flavors are pine resine, earth tones and toffee/espresso.
M: The mouthfeel is dry and thin.
D: This beer is fairly drinkable.
Don't drink and review.
Jul 28, 2009
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Reviewed by schmitter from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This beer is a beaut. Poured a very dark brown, almost the black that is advertised.
I have to agree it smells like gym socks, but in a good way.
Smell was hoppy and bitter smoke.
Great frothy head with slight lacing
Slightly yeasty, with the pilsner hop aftertaste. Bitter and hoppy with some 'graininess'. I've never had the style before but I think it may be my new favorite. At least it is my new favorite Victory!!
Jul 19, 2009
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Reviewed by Nickls from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
(From notes)

A - Orangey golden brown color; with a generous frothy slightly off-white head; no real lacing, but OK retention

S - Hoppy; sweaty gym socks and musty; kinda weird here; light maltiness

T - Great hoppiness; slightly earthy; bigger malt than some others in the style. Nice stuff here

M - Lighter to medium body; good spritzy carbonation

D - Really darn good considering the flavors as well as the refreshing and dry finish.

Overall, this was very enjoyable once you get past some of the funky aromas and odd juxtaposition of color. Definitely worth a try.
Jul 06, 2009
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Reviewed by callmemickey from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Clear, muddy brown body. Healthy off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Grassy, resinous hops. A little different than expected. Some baked bread in the background.

T: Much like the nose. Grassy hops. Slightly smoky malts which was not expected.

M: Nice light-medium body. Nice bitter bite at the finish.

D: All in all, a decent beer, too many "surprises" for me made it a little tougher to get through than I would like in a pils.
Jul 03, 2009
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Reviewed by ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Victory on 6/26/09.

A - Clear rusty brown body with a sturdy, creamy beige head that yielded tons of sticky lace all over the glass. This is easily the darkest pilsner I've ever come across. The clarity of this beer is superb.

S - This pils displays an earthy and grassy hop aroma with a faint chocolate malt character and some bready notes. However, the nose is pretty muted overall.

T - Initial flavor is predominantly herbal and grassy with a touch of citrus hops. I also detect a tiny bit of smoke in the back, although it is quite subtle. A faint hint of chocolate sweetens things up just a bit.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Finishes with a subtle lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be a really interesting experiment that turned out quite nicely overall. The nose was a little weak, but otherwise I found this to be quite a little complex pilsner.
Jun 30, 2009
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Reviewed by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap @ the VBC on 6/27/09. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a clear deep amber with almost a finger of creamy eggshell white head. Good flareup when swirled, leaving a quality looking coating of thickish foamy lace back. The aroma is spicy and floral, with an underlying tang of roast, citrus, and some sweeter malt tones.

The taste is quite toasty feeling in the mouth overall, with crunchy roasted malt mixing in with a splash of citrus and some smoother malt notes of tofee, and maybe even a bit of light cocoa. Finishes up with a nicely aggressive blast of bitterness that pulls up the back, laying a solid medium dryness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit more of a creamier feel to it than I'm normally used to with a Pils. There is some pricklier carbonation that rides along underneath though, still giving this a bit of firmness.

Interesting take on the Pils style here, that I think they pulled off for the most part. Roasty character with a zing of German hop character, this didn't seem too awfully far from a regular Schwarzbier for me. Makes me wonder why they just didn't shoot for that.
Jun 29, 2009
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Reviewed by hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I added this as a new beer as the pour and 'profile' was definitely different than the Schwartzwalder Pils.

On tap at the Victory Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amberish/brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted graininess. Tastes of the toasty/roastiness, grains, and just all around 'interestingly different'. Lacing left on the glass.
Jun 22, 2009
Schwarz Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 33 ratings