chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent Pils - nothing too special. Better than Urqel, Jever etc, but not quite up to par with the HopBack Pils, Sly Fox Keller Pils, or even Victory's own varietal pilsner offerings.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice bright golden color, that pours with a nice white head that disappears quickly. Has a nice appealing floral bouquet. The first taste is one of a soft malty flavor, which then finishes with a nice sharp hop bitterness that marries well with a bit of hop flavor. This is a great example of a Pils, which I wish I could get on a regular basis.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what a pilsener! Huge hoppy aromas, earthy/grassy. Clear Golden in color with a large white mostly lasting head. Very bitter hop flavor with a very crisp and clean finish. One of the best pilseners out there.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright gold. Clear w/ nice fluffy off-white head. Fresh, grassy aroma of saaz hops w/ some biscuit & bread notes. Soft, pillowy feel. Lots of hop flavour w/ good malt background. Finish is firm, dry, and bitter.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ok I'll start of buy saying buy this beer. So many pils taste watered down. Not this one. It pours a light yellow, at this point I'm thinking "tasteless beer". But what's this great taste. I can taste, hops, light malts,wheat, caramel. I could drink this all sumer long.
MaBeer1972 (1439) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really interesting take on a classic style. Yellow beer meets IPA. I am typically not a hoppy beer lover. I find most IPA's too flowery or too sticky. THIS beer definately packs a punch of hops, but finishes surprisingly smooth.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tonight I have seen both extremes of lager. First I tried the bland horror of Bud Light, now I discover one of the best beers that I have ever known. Golden-yellow, big white head, lots of lacing. Aroma of German noble hops, especially Saaz. Flavor of hops, again Saaz, much floral and grassy stuff in there. It's nice that someone can make a really hoppy beer that isn't an IPA or APA. This hoppiness is held up by some soft sweet malt. It's light-bodied but in a good way. I'm really impressed by this beer. Most micros seem to avoid pilsners as being too close to macro swill, but this really proves what the style can do.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 is it a pilsener? it's so delicoius with no annoying nose or corny taste. actually, has a surpising sweet malt taste, unlike most even czech pilseners. a pleasure the whole way through. note: a good one to wean stubborn americans onto something great.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow with a huge white head. Faint hop and malt aroma. Flavor is very clean. With a good balance of hops. Long bitter finish.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was prepared for disappointment. I have consistently rated Victory products well below other raters here. I was quite pleasantly surprised. Perfect pils appearance, a restrained aroma of wheat bread, dough, and hops. The taste is fantastic. I was prepared to be bowled over by a hop assault, but this is a balanced beer. Solid malt backbone with fresh Saaz leading the charge, with a fantastic hop aftertaste. Very, very well done. Its hard to hide mistakes in a pilsner, and they have nothing to hide here. An impressive beer.