grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good, although it seems a little bitter for the pilsener style. An IPL, perhaps (India Pale Lager)? Warm, malty nose followed by heaps of hops. Just seems like they’re trying to fit too much in here. I’d rather have a Czechvar for pure refreshment.
freekyp (1505) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 They really hit you over the head with the hops on this one, and it feels good. Piny, bark like flavor. Great bitter effervencent finish. One of my favorite pilseners.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 Rerate: Sticky, lasting head that coated the side of the glass. Earthy and lasting hop profile, fairly light though. I can see this as a great compliment to pasta salad. I appreciate this much more than the first tasting!
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Assuredly the best Pilsner that I have yet tried. A hazy yellow color with a tremendous head that slowly dissapates into a smooth layer that teaves a nice lace as you drink. Aroma is hops, and a sour grass herbal feel. Flavor is the same with just the slighgtest presance of malt. A wonderful beer, and I’ll be looking for more of the Victory lineup in the future.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, this beer poured a dark yellow color and formed a white bubbley head that left some nice lace. The aroma, well, let’s just say the hops exploded in my olfactory area. There was also some grassy, earthy elements. The flavor, once again, was most definately hops. Also present was malt and citrus. The finish was fairly dry. One of the best pils I have had, but I admit to not being a big fan of the style.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 poured almost clear with a yellow stain..The head started over 2″ thick but settled completely lopsided and evil..
the aroma was filled with straw, grass, soil, wheat, bananas...
Flavor was wheaty with banana flickerings..spicy..almost like a hidden hefeweizen..
re-rate. I like this much better than the 3.6 I originally gave it. Boost this mutha
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy. Bitter finish with some dryness. You can taste the evergreen in this one. Still another fine product from Victory.;)
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice beer. Not really much like a Pilsner. In a tasting with some colleagues it beat Pilsner Urquel stone cold dead, but not sure how it would have done against a real Pilsner Urquel draft in Berlin or Prague a dozen years ago. This seems to be as far from real Pilsner as the stuff that Urquel and Budvar sell in the US now, but in the other direction. If I had to pick I would choose this one, but it is a bit overhopped for the type.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a clear but ordinary legal-pad yellow (if legal pads were clear that is, but things legal are seldom clear); the head graced my glass briefly with a wispy yin and yang symbol; pretty, but as thin as my chances of dating angelina jolie. i honestly wasn’t dazzled by the aroma at first, but i kept at it, sniffing and swirling ’till i was lightheaded. finally i opened a goose island pils AND a gordon biersch pils to taste beside it. suddenly, it all became clear: this one has subtlety and elegance, it’s more sweetly yet delicately perfumy than the rivals, (tho the goose island is a close second). clean, with d’anjou pear, swiss cheese, and dry white wine aromas. a very smooth, full tongue bitterness just slightly edges out the staid malts and minimal sweetness. the snap of those saaz hops is remeniscent of the old pilsner urquell. and hey, after finishing those three beers, my chances with angelina suddenly seem much brighter. hic.
Suttree (5195) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean, crisp, hoppy, all the things I’ve come to expect from well made American craft Pilseners in general and Victory specifically. Big white head, firm body and a suitably bitter finish.