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Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: 2 row German pale malt; Czech Saaz, German Northern Brewer hops.
Heaps o’ hops are hiding under the full, frothy head of this elegant Pils. All German malt subtleties linger beneath a long dry finish of this classy quencher. One of Michael Jackson’s 500 Classic Brews

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2002
Mmmmm. Bitterness never tasted so good. Can’t tell about the head cuz mine basically exploded when I opened it, but the color, taste was great. Body is thinner then Lagunitas Pils.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 This is one of my all-time favorites. A true American classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 28, 2001
I usually don’t care much for hoppy brews, but this one’s spicey pinesap punch really appealed to me. Good clean distinguishable and distinguished malts, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Pale yellowy golden color, light cloudiness. profusion of small, precise, pinprick sized, bubbles. Wonderfully flowery aromatic nose, infused with herbs, a little minty, piney and suggestions of citrus. There’s some mild fruitiness, and a pale, almost toasty malt. There’s a hop flower on the label and this indeed is what makes the initial taste impression, tingling and challenging the taste buds, leaving bitter hop notes right across the palate. There’s some sweeter malt, that I struggled to define satisfactorily, but do provide an excellent balance, as they swim just below the more hoppy surface. The sweetness does materialize a little more as the beer warms, a subtle sugary lemon, while mid-palate there’s a tropical fruitiness, maybe pineapple juice, maybe pink grapefruit, but not quite full enough for me to define with too much certainty. The bitterness develops yet more noticeably in a tangy and exquisitely dry finish, lingering well into the aftertaste, while slowly and gradually, the sweeter lemony flavors come back to put out the flames. Very refreshing, exceptionally crisp, deliciously bold and flavorful, a pilsner, for those of us who want a beer to taste what it’s supposed to taste like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Bottle: Clear golden with a thin white head, starts and ends lightly bitter, hay and grassy hops in the aroma, thick body for the style. Leave it to Victory to make a pilsener that doesn’t suck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Rerate for 2010: This is back to form it seems. Strong grassy and floral hops in the nose and flavor but still a nice biscuity malt presence, not overly grassy or resiny or bitter. As hoppy a pilsner as I’ve ever had. Aroma is curious and fun with spicy and grassy notes, with a tinge of orange rind. Flavor is dominated by hops (spicy, hints of resin begin to appear) with a strongly bitter finish. Malt is hard to detect. At this low gravity, this beer is almost as puckeringly bitter as some 100+ IBU hop monsters, and probably explains some of this beer’s appeal. To me, its unbalanced. Cutting the hops back even just a little bit would greatly improve its drinkability while retaining its bold character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2001
A little more hoppy than a crisp pilsner one might expect. But very good especially if you like hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2001
I must say I enjoyed this brew. Highly carbonated, full head, excellent hoppy flavor. Though Pilseners are generally the last beer I’d try at a brewpub, this one scores points with me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Joseph99 (3) - USA - SEP 10, 2001 does not count
this does not taste like a european pilsner, tastes like all other american micros

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2001
Like a few others have noted, i too really dont care much for pilsners. Few that i have had have done anything for me. Simply said, this one is just really good.

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