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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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 15
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of treehugger02010
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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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 OWSLEY069
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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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of callmemickey
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffejherb
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
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%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 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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Photo of scottyshades
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Nickls
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Schwarz Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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