P.J.W. Copper Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

P.J.W. Copper LagerP.J.W. Copper Lager
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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #166
Ranked #46,933
3.47 | pDev: 12.97%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
P.J.W. Copper LagerP.J.W. Copper Lager
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at PJ Whelihan's in a pint glass.

L---Well, it's copper alright. Clear and bright. No head and no lacing.

S---Sweet & malty.

T---Very sweet & malty. There's some caramel in there as well.

F---Sticky sweet. Was not really refreshing.

O---I'm usually a big fan of Victory, but this one missed for me.

Jun 12, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is malt,some bread and yeast
Taste is malt,lots of malt.it wasn't bad but for me personally it was too malt and sweet have had sweet beer before but there has to be something else to support it

Jan 07, 2020
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Beer_Belly_Bill from Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I knew by looking at this lager, it was going to have a similar feel to another local beer, Yuengling. Upon first taste, I could immediately taste the caramel undertones, which caused an aftertaste that I'm personally not a huge fan of.

Sep 28, 2016
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottom Line: Session-able and affordable at $4 per 21 oz. pour, but a little cloying in flavor and sweetness, with notes of caramel and good malt flavor.

It may be that I just don't appreciate the style, but I think this beer has caramel flavor notes that finish somewhat sickly-sweet. The beer tastes how it looks - "Brown."

The beer is moderately dry, but I found myself wishing for more dryness. There is no hop flavor that stands out either. Nice moderate head on the pour I received

This is not a bad beer by any means, but I'd rather drink the PJW 30th Anniversary Ale.

Dec 07, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P.J.W Copper Lager

LOOK: Pours a rich clear amber. Soapy white foam forms and has a good staying power. For an amber lager, this fits the bill.

SMELL: Lager yeast , fresh hops, bread, caramel malts.

TASTE: Rich, highly caramelized malts, a bit of floral, earthy hops and some bread are the primary flavors. Probably all malt, but does have a good deal of graininess as well. Lightly bitter, easy drinking beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

OVERALL: A decent go to lager, especially when at a p.j. Wellingtons location. Solid contract beer, would certainly have it again some day.

Apr 21, 2013
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klkatz from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got this at a sixers game with a friend. chose from amongst a plethora of macros, i remember enjoying it.. i liked the color. I don't remember if the sixers won or lost. but i remember thinking: "This is a cool place for a bar."


Taste - nutty 3.5
Color 3.5
Smell 2.5
Drinkblty - 3.5

Overall 3

Feb 17, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Haddon Township location.

Pours a dark golden orange/copper color with tangerine hues and a half finger white head that slowly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.  

Slightly floral aroma with some earthy hops along with a sweet malt presence. Slightly toasty with hints of caramel and toffee.  

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp hop presence up front that provides a dry bitterness that lingers over the malt into a sweet and slightly dry finish.  Some grassy pine notes countered by the sweeetness with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit.  There's some bready yeast adding fullness and light fruit notes in the finish.  Well balanced and easy to drink.  I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.  

Oct 24, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at P.J. Whelihan's, Haddonfield, NJ

Brewed by Victory for PJ Whelihan's, as the name would imply. Poured a clear, copper-amber color with a thin, fizzy head, fed by obvious carbonation. Smell of grains, pils malts, and light floral hops; very light. Light body and light taste, sweet German and pils malts, lightly hopped with floral and slight citrus accents. Nothing special, but drinkable at least.

Sep 02, 2011
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BricksandPorter from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of one of these before dinner, tapped in front of me into a beautiful 23 oz. glass.

Pour - looks like great carbonation, smoothe pour and nice head. Two and three fingers all around with fine lacing. Name is fitting - color is a warm copper, dangerously close to a red.

Nose - didnt get a good smell because of the atmosphere - fried bar food ruins beer aroma.
For the sake of the rating, ill give it an objective middle of the road.

Taste - sweet, carmel nuttiness with a fine smoky twist. A good spice flavor with not too much maltiness and a a sweet, sweeping hoppy finish. Works great to cleanse the palate. I am impressed with everything about the taste of this lager. Really typifies the true bold flavor of a well thought out amber lager. Complex but doesnt over do it.

Mouthfeel - simple, smoothe and perfectly carbonated. The end got tough but I think that had more to do with the previous 22 oz.

Drinkability - cold, honest and a victory for anybody looking for a great amber lager. Stands up to the Yuenglings and the Sam Adams's of the world.


Apr 03, 2010
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MLasoski from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This brew was served to me in it's custom 22 ounce Willi Becker glass. With a copper and reddish tone, the body was opaque and very carbonated.

S: Somewhat fruity to the nose, the German (Munich, Vienna, & Pilsener) malts and whole flower European hops were notable at the start.

T: Similar to Anchor Steam's Steamboat Lager, this lager tasted mildly fruity with a malty backdrop. The malts and hops were not overbearing which made every sip just as enjoyable as the next.

M: The smell of fruit and malts influence the initial taste of the copper lager. It starts out fruity and ends with a carbonated malty and mildly hoppy flavor. Overall it had a fine complexity.

D: I would definitely order this brew again. There is a P.J. Whelihan's right down the road and I can see myself having quite a few of these down the road. It complements any hearty meal, along with their critically acclaimed chicken wings.

Jul 29, 2009
P.J.W. Copper Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 70 ratings