Hip Czech
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
42
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 26, 2019
Added:
Jun 09, 2013
Wants:
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Gots:
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: 100% Saaz hops and pilsner malt face-off to pack this all-Czech lager with a flavorful punch you would not expect from a brew with only 4.8% abv. Light and crisp, yet slightly herbal in its hoppiness, this extremely drinkable and delicious brew is sure to light the lamp.
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16oz can into a pint glass. Best by 4/30/19, so three months late here.

Very pale golden yellow body with good streams of carbonation. Initial good white head dissipates to a ring and covering, leaving little lacing.

Aroma is malty and oddly apple.

Sweet malty taste, and hops have slipped into the background. Quite smooth, easy drinking, nice malt presence.

Mouth around medium, finish gives a little of that lager bite.

Overall, another beer in the parade of drinkable summer lagers, not bad in any way, but nothing to make you sit up and say "wow".
Aug 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by Boone757 from Virginia

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by JA_26 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Very smooth and easy drinking. Not as much bite as Prima Pils, Victory's flagship pilsner. I usually pick this up when I see it because it's not as common in stores around me as much as Prima is.
Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: Crystal clear amber with a rapidly receding white head.
Smell: Malt and hops -- the hop aroma has some light citrus notes. Some sulfury lager aroma.
Taste: Tart lemon citrus, cracker-like malt sweetness, and bitter, spicy, herbal hops hit the palate all at once. Small hints of caramel. Small hints of berry fruitiness.
Feel: Thin, crisp, light, and refreshing. Prickly carbonation.
Overall: This is a nice, solid, delicious lager -- it's hard to imagine how it could be improved.
May 05, 2019
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Victory Brewing Co. "Hip Czech"
16 fl. oz. can, "ENJOY BY: 19 APR 2019 181343 FL DON'T BE A HOSER" and sampled on 30 APR 2019

Look: Slightly hazy light gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

Smell: Saaz hops and light Pilsner malt. Floral, lightly spicy, grainy, grassy, and subtly sweet. Exactly as a Czech Pilsner should be.

Taste: Exactly as the aroma suggests it will be with an additional note of herbal character and the suggestion of lemon. It's not really that bitter but it finishes dry with some residual earthy and spicy hops and a suggestion of lemon. Beautifully balanced and rounded, and superbly polished, this is a really well made beer.

Feel: Light-medium in body and crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: Hip Czech is an excellent take on a Czech Pilsner that delivers on flavor while lightening the maltiness by just a bit. It's refreshing and highly drinkable.

Review #6,566
Apr 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a hotel glass. A crystal-clear pale straw color with a medium sized white head. Nice floral aroma - brighter than most Czech Pilsners. Clean grain there as well. Taste was also quite clean and crisp; somewhat assertive Saaz flavor but not overly bitter, Cracker and white bready malt flavor. An outstanding beer that feels bigger than it is.
Apr 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by Jhfinn from New York

Mar 19, 2019
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Light to medium yellow gold color.

S - Honey malt aroma with light citrus and some earthiness.

T - Honey crackery crisp malt, some floral and citrus, light earthy, a little grassy with some lemon pepper spice on the back end with some crisp citrus bitterness. Ends crisp.

M - Light medium body and dry.

O - Victory did a nice job with this one. An easy drinker and dig the crisp citrus and dry finish.
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
DATE: January 1, 2018... OCCASION: Penn State goes for its third-straight ten-plus win season against Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... pours a copious amount of thick white head, bubbling and cambering above a vibrant upward rush of bubbles... its light golden body is mostly clear, and its head arches and clusters in fingers.... first scents are toasted bread malts, a hint of butter, onion and spice... light citrus--lemon grass, mostly--mixes with hay and pepper to build an intriguing introduction... first sip is medium-bodied, smooth and textured enough to be appreciated... lemon drop, hay and grass, lilac and flower, sweet bread and light spice, and a pervasive sweetness ... the Noble hops make this enjoyable and builds beyond the usual malty lager... Victory continues to make quality lagers, each a variation on the theme of being more than merely tailgating fare....
Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
-Can.

A: Pale golden straw pour shows a respectable amount of fluffy white capping that sticks long and true per style for visual sake. Good clarity, fair crisp carbonation with a small amount of window dressing.

S: Small Saaz spiciness on the nose, grainy pils malt, with hints of green apple. Damp floral notes and some spicy herbal.

T: The flavor was somewhat sweet from the grains, combined with some spicy Saaz hops, and some herbal hints. Green apple as with the nose, crackers, and some dank floral. A bit of musky straw rounds things out.

M: The mouthful was somewhat crisp, a decent lager base, with a yeasty bite.

O: Overall a pretty decent flavor for a small abv 4.4%. Yeasty, with some damp floral, crackers and pils malt. Musky at times, though the hops were not so much as a hip check, as an accidental bumping into. A single suffices.
Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.4 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Clear pale yellow with good effervescence and a finger of near-white head that leaves pretty rings of lacing.

Grassy, spicy, floral hops, biscuity malt and some sulfur in the nose.

Nice clean taste that follows the aroma and has a just enough bitterness to keep it punchy.

Lightly creamy feel.

An all-around excellent pilsner perfect for watching hockey or any other sport. Super drinkable and refreshing.
Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 2.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Nov 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The clear pale golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with 1 1/2” fluffy white head that soon begins to slowly but visibly recede to a ring and an island of foam on the surface while leaving an open web of patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some scattered small patches of lacing, most of which cling to the sides of the glass.

The gentle aromas are filled with the earthy herbal spiciness of the Saaz hops. There’s also some nice light bready malt here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the light earthy herbal spiciness from the hops backed up by the light bready malt backbone. The light sweetness from the malt is a nice counterbalance to the light spicy, earthy and herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and a bit crisp with the persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness of the malt and the spicy earthy and herbal herbal bitterness both begin to slowly recedes and move toward the back of the palate where the long dry ending still shows just a bit of earthy and herbal bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a fresh, clean, crisp and refreshing. The subtle complexity of the aromas/flavors make this a very drinkable beer which I’m enjoying more than I do most Bohemian style Pils beers. It seems to me to be a pretty good example of the style and one that touches most or all of the bases, I could easily have this one again or more than one in a row.
Nov 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by TheNakedStiletto from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 12, 2018
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I thought this was ok. Nothing great ....just decent. Seemed a little citra up front and gritty on the finish. Reminded me of Anchor California lager.
Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Great lacing.

S: Sweet and floral... grains and hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light malts/grains and floral hops. Light spice... modest bitterness. Clean and crisp. Easy drinking.

O: An easy drinking light pilsener... clean and tasty. Low ABV so very drinkable. Quality beer.
Sep 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
(16 oz can, enjoy by 31 Jan 2019, 4.8% abv... poured into Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, pale yellow-gold colored liquid; tall, open sponge of white foam which pours real loose and fizzles out rather quick, unfortunately...

S: dead-on Czech pils aromas: static fuzz of spicy Saaz hops, underlying bulk of bread, toasty pale malt... citrus overtones

T: grassy citrus or citrusy grass - hops heavy from outta the gate, but the malt slowly pools up to the middle, providing enough foundational contrast... lemon zest, bitter floral spice, subtly sweet grain lingers long past the finish... electric zip on the hops

F: light-bodied, but each sip is lined with countless tiny ribbons of hop resins and mini-mild malt viscosity... palate stays dry in the back; bitterness and subtle suds attack keeps tongue buzzing, not to mention there's a soft spicy heat that emanates up into the back of the nostrils... this is meant to be drunk in half-liter servings

O: I do believe I initially tried this for the first time at the Kennet Sq location a few months ago - enjoyed it then as I do now, and it tastes virtually identical... nothing out of the ordinary/unique for the style, but expertly executed, on fire... probably a mild variation on my fave Prima
Sep 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.86 by meatyard from Florida

Sep 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Crazy than I’m the first to actually review this beer. I’d call it straw to light golden in color, see through with a decent white head. You get that Euro hops scent along with some mineral notes right on the nose...props! Pretty decent flavor for the style with a mineral flavor ending in a bready finish with some slight bitterness. Decently carbonated which is good for this style along with a thinner feel. Did I mention I had this off of tap at Victory in Xfinity Live at the Phils home opener. Decent.
Apr 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.46 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Feb 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Apr 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.45 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Dec 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.42 by BillCheck from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

May 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey

Mar 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by CptBlackBeerd from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by Shandycan from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.77 by AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Aug 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by malfunxion from New York

Aug 21, 2014
Hip Czech from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 65 ratings