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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Before Prohibition, thirst quenching lagers were firm and substantial, and enjoyed in huge volumes. This recipe incorporates yeast from the C. Schmidt Brewery of Philadelphia and a small portion of brewer's corn to recreate an 'industrial' lager of the turn of the century.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Big fluffy head atop a mid gold body on a sweating glass. Cereal grains aroma, clean, adjuncty, but well made flavor. Rice and grain. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Max’s. Sweet, slightly corny nose, with some nice herbal and grassy hops. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, grassy, light lemon, some hay. Medium light body is soft with gentle carbonation. Excellent adjunct lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (3096) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Pale yellow color with a white head. Aroma of grain and citrus. Cereal grain flavor with lemon, and some hops. Very nice lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
On draft at Just sports with Stegosaurus. Pours pale golden with a thinwhite head. aroma of sweet malts. Flavor is watered down? not much flavor, very weak for victory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
This one was a dead goose next to the V12 and Old Horizontal. Well its pretty much standrard issue stuff. Clear yellow appearance with some corn and a little bit of malt. This exists to keep the barflys playing pool happy and drunk. Its the cash cow beer. No thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2006
On tap, the Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA, August 7th and 8th. Wow - I love this stuff. I got a lot of grassiness and no real corn adjunct sweetness a la a traditional lager like PBR. None at all. Light gold in color with a great frothy head, this was grassy and bitter and absolutely lovely. It took me a bunch of back and forths with Victory to see what this was - named "Victory Reserve Lager" on the DT’s beer board. A pint of this beer and a few smaller treats convinced me to get my first piercing at Lucky’s parlor right next door, and that is one hell of a great tattooing and piercing establishment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
Sampled at the Drafting Room Spring House. Very pale, clear silver-gold body with a snowy white head. Aroma of honeydew, corn, pear, and apple juice. Light floury malt flavor, with apparent corn highlights. Moderately sweet with mild latent bitterness. Thin, juicy palate. Squeaky clean and quenching, but little more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pure golden color, no hazy or cloudiness, looked almost like a Bud or Coors, but didn’t taste like it, very smooth & drinkable, great session beer, nothing like the big three lagers, full-bodied, well-balanced, well-done lager

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Draught @ Victory: This one pours a clear golden color. Suprisingly, there was almost no head on it at all. No fizziness also. The aroma was quite mild, but not unpleasant at all. Some malts and a slight hint of floral aromas. The taste is actually pretty good. Similar to the macros, but a bit more flavorful and therefore it has more character. I know I had many of the old Schmidt’s beers back then, but I can’t really say if this is faithful to the old beer. I do remember my father drinking it because it tasted better than most of the other offerings of the day. I wouldn’t mind having a few of these.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 10, 2006 Description states this beer has yeast from Philadelphia’s last old brewery, Christian Schmidt. Unitl the brewery closed in 1987 almost every beer drinking Philadelphian had a Schmidt-ies cross their lips. Victory has brewed up a pale lager true to old Schmidts style. Slight aroma, traces of hops, malt and corn. Historically correct to the style Philadelphia once (and still) loves, and its better than the original Schmidts Beer.

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