tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great pils...there’s a great hop bite to this one. Well balanced with a strong bitter finish.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2014 Bottle (BB Nov 5, 2014). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Holy moly, Victory finally cleaned up the doughy yeast in this beer! Or at least they did in this batch. That’s the difference between a high 2 and a mid 3 in my book. Yeah, it’s still a bit too sweet and comes off a bit ale-like, but it’s a decent rendition without all the residual raw yeast!
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very smooth pilsner. Light aroma, Goes good anytime
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a pilsener. This beer easily stretches the definition of what a pilsener can be. The aroma could have been stronger and unfortunately the golden color dosen’t entice. It was just about as clear as one can get though. Has a great balance between smooth, sweet maltiness up front and the hops bitterness at the end. I can see myself repeatedly drinking this.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely floral hoppy aroma and pure pils color. The flavor when right out of the fridge has an astringent quality. When it warms up a bit it loses the astringency, but also some of the flavor. There’s definitely a strong hoppiness, but it’s not quite the quality I seek. Good, but not great.
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The hop on the label says it all -- prepare to be bombarded by the aroma and flavor of that yummy ingredient. Victory can call it a pils if it wants (and based on how it made the beer, it probably should), but the hoppiness is APA all the way. Good stuff!!
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow! A huge frothy white head on a bubbly golden pilsner. A wonderful crisp and dry beer with enough hops to make it kick. Stands above other beers in this style.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Great white head with a wonderful spicy hop aroma backed by a nice wiff of malt. The palate is first malty then hoppy with a dry finish. Great balance on a hard to get right style. Excellent well made pils!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re Rate 5/29/02--What the hell was I talking about the first time I rated this. This is great stuff! Nice grassy/floral hop notes with a nice dose of sweet malt that balances it out. Wonderful and certainly my favorite pilsner.
A good domestic example of a pilsner, but Im just not a huge pilsner fan. The Saaz worked for me though.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an impressive white head over a yellow body. Huge nose of malt and freshly cut grass (with a hint of horse manure). Flavor is intensely hoppy--dominated by bitterness and pine notes, somewhat out of balance to its relatively delicate malt nuttiness.