Schwarz Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopdog on 06-22-2009

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4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Schwarz Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 34 ratings