JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2007
What a way to celebrate the end of prohibition - Light in color with a grainy aroma. Taste is surprisingly good for a Pale Lager, with some good grainy taste and a nice mouthfeel. Best Pale Lager I’ve ever had, and a nice way to pay homage to the beer of yesteryear. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2007
On tap. Poured a lighter and clear yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of grain, corn, and somewhat fruity. Tastes follow with some honey sweetness. Thinner body. Lacing left on the glass. 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. 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. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Draught pint at Redbones on 7/11/06.
boto (2210) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Absolutely, starkly clear with a very light, pale-straw color. Head is initially large, pure white and very foamy, eventually receding to partial cover, with some light lacing. Not all that much carbonation flowing about, certainly a significantly less amount than any macro lager.
The nose, at first, comes alive with crisp saaz-like hoppiness. A bit of light fruitiness and hints of herbs. Soft and aromatic, it slowly allows the yeast to creep in. A bit of vanillin is light, with hints of corn-like biproducts (don’t actually think I smell the corn notes from the actual corn). I’d say it has about a low to moderate yeast bite for a lager, though the yeast is certainly full and easy to detect.
In the flavor, the yeast really plays a major role. Some light minerals, a hint of paperiness and soft, highly attenuated malt. Maybe a touch of corn-meal-like flavors mixed in with a hint of honey. Just the barest trace of green apples and less hops in the flavor than in the aroma (though more bitterness on the end). You can certainly taste the macro-like pale lager yeast. Kind of reminds me of drinking PBR or some mid-tier macro lager, but without any of the cheap, corny/syrupy finish. Very clean.
Obviously a true German lager yeast would be preferred, but that wasnt the goal here and I can respect that. Drinkable and highly refreshing, I found it to be quite successful.
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. Beerdedone (3401) - 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. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 27, 2006
Pours a clear light yellow with an average white foamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, corn and I thought I was even picking up some honey. Flavor of cereal and grains. Overall an easy drinking lager with a light hop presence. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2006
Draught pint at Eulogy in Philadelphia. Pours pale and light golden in the darkness of the bar, with a smallish creamy white head, quick-diminishing....corn, faint grassy hops, a touch of dried lemon and herbs in the simple but tolerably pleasant nose....sweetish and to my taste closer to a Euro-style lager character, fairly light and refreshing while cold though with too little pale malt evident and virtually no hops....sticky and way too sweet when warmed a bit, reminiscent at that point of an above-average malt liquor. I don’t much appreciate even "good" malt liquors, so while I can accept Victory’s intentions in this "recreation", it’s still pretty lousy by their, or any good brewer’s, standards. JFGrind (2046) - 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.