Schwarz Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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34 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopdog on 06-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 15
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 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 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 schmitter
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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!!

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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 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 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 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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Schwarz Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.82 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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