Braumeister Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nomad on 07-22-2004

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Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 68
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Photo of bishopdc0
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red deep red. The head forms and stays laces hugs the glass by the end there is still remembrance from the first pour.

Spicy noble hops mix well with a malt back. Very nice hops.

Carbonation is up front the hops hit, this is a like a German IPA, loads of hops but because they are mild it mixes well with the light body and malts. Great pils one of the best I've had in a while. The hops work well with a slight roast finishes with a pleasant bitter

Great beer i could drink it all day

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Braumeister Pils pours a very nice cloudy yellow with a nice white head. The nose has hints of toasted grains and nice amount of hops. There is some sweetness, typical for the style. A very nice pils with a good carbonation and a dry crisp finish. Perfect of the style.

Photo of Soonami
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Braumeister Pils is a really great German-style Pilsener from Victory. It has the perfect woody and spicy noble hop aroma and flavor that evokes in me the sensory memory of walking in a beech forest in late fall after an early morning shower. It has a very green, grounded hop character that is invigorating. I would love to try this and Prima Pils back-to-back to compare, I haven't had that beer in months. Braumeister is very clean, dry and has a nice malty taste.

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial pint served up at Piper's Pub, this is my favorite beer pours a pale slight chill haze with a brilliant golden body and thicket of white head for days, fine lacing in speckled patterns left behind. Aroma has herbal earthy mild citrus lemon peel notes all from fressh green whole leaf hops, this pale biscuit malt profile and the assertive hops will make you appreciate real beer. Flavor is bitingly bitter for a beer this light in color with fresh hops excellent on draft, biscuit malts and crackers sweetness with a kiss of herbal, lemon, grassy hop notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slick hop oils standing out with sturdy flowing carbonation that carries this beer across my palate so well. Overall world class pils found in a pub in the Burgh, thank God for PA breweries who know how to brew pils like Troeg's, Stoudts, and Victory.

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House.

A - golden yellow with a thin, soft layer of white head

S - faint cereal grains, some lemon, a bit spicy, herbal

T - herbal, spicy, peppery, rye

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a pretty hoppy pilsner. I was quite impressed. It has balance and drinkability as well as a complexity that I find lacking in many pilsners. Overall, this was a deliciously hoppy, smooth, easy to drink pilsner that I will definitely have again the next time I find it.

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern. Appeared a hazy gold with with a couple fingers of white head. Basically, this is a very American pilsner. It's big on hops, but there isn't much subtle malt or yeast character. Still, the grassy, herbal hops are delicious, plus the bitterness isn't too harsh. I'd be happy to drink several.

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the VBC.

Pours a hazy straw colored gold with a finger of billowous brite-white head. Retain was decent and left a smattering of lace behind. The aroma has a flowery scent about it of earthy hops and citrus with some caramel malts behind it.

The taste has a nice bite of Hallertau hops up front up front that gives way to some notes of citrus and spices. Underneath is a solid flow of supportive sweet malts that keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp and biting carbonation that gives way to a dry feel.

Nice use of the Hallertau varietal in this version to impart a nice dry hop bite and spice character that works very well with the crisp nature of the body. I real tasty thirst quencher. More please!

Photo of Chinon01
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden with vigorous carbonation and fluffy mountainous head.

S - Flowery, lemony, with noble hop aroma.

T - Hoppiness dominates at front middle and end. Underneath are fantastic if subtle notes of grass, flowers, metal, lemon . . . brilliant.

M - Wonderful hop bite stings the tongue and demands relief . . . with another sip. Big full pils.

D - Hop dominance keeps it from being highly drinkable yet very enjoyable and interesting.

Best American Pils

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5 at The Brick Store Pub. On-tap into a Victory Prima Pils glass.

A: It has a pure and clear golden color with lively carbonation and a finger and a half of pillow-like white head that holds and laces well. It looks like the ideal pilsner.

S: Light noble hop aroma, pleasant cereal malt, light citrus, and some grassiness.

T: Light citrus, grass, pale malts, and fresh noble hops. This mirrors the smell and it a beautiful work of subtlety.

M: The body is light, the carbonation is high, and the finish is crisp.

O: It is fantasticly flavorful, light, and quaffable.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw in color fragrant noble hops and crisp taste, this is the best pilsner i have ever had. Full of flavor, but light enough to drink all night. I stopped by the brewery and wanted to keep drinkin these even though there was plenty of others to try. I was half tempted, before i left, to pick up a quarter keg to bring home. This beer is lighter in alcohol too, if my memory serves me right, 3.8%. Seriously do yourself a favor and try one of these.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pint at the Norse Bar.

Pale straw gold body, lasting rings of sticky white lacing. Bright clarity with some languid streams of ascending carbonation rising through the liquid. Good head retention, foam remains after a couple sips, skim breaks across the surface.

Crackery pils malt aroma, some dry grassiness of noble hops as well. Seems slightly hoppier than the average pils, but much less so than Prima Pils.

Dry with a good presence of grassy noble hop character, lightly bready with some crackery malt depth as well. Light feel with crisp carbonation, this is a nice sessionable pilsner. Maybe not in my personal top three, but it's very well made and would be a great beer to have around on tap all year round.

Photo of fitzy84
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a gold, slight-amber color that was generally murky. Grassy hops help make a full aroma sense. The flavors were generally bittersweet with that grassy, bready tones. Pretty light with little carbonation but not too watery. Overall, not too bad.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a mug at Pizza Paradiso Dupont. Part of DC beer week for the Victory tap takeover!

A dull and slightly hazy body is observed, with a simple white head. Bottom of the glass is a strange murky light green and cloudy all around.

Nose is a mild sour lemon, and fairly closed and muted. Not much going on at first. As the beer warns up, some yeast comes through slightly, but not fruity in an estery way.

Taste is hop dominant with a solid bread finish. Slight sharp texture and jarring with a lime punch. Feel is a bit too carbonated but brings also a kind of interesting hop like carbonation which is truly unique.

Overall different, distinct if a little odd, but I do very much enjoy it.

Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Victory

Bright, slightly hazed yellow under a thick, pure-white head that settles to a permanent cap and leaves some attractive chunks of foam behind on the glass. Aromas of fresh flowers, peppery hops, dough, and fresh cracker malt. Flowery fresh, leafy hop flavor, biscuity pils malt finish, a bit of honey, and a lingering bitterness. Snappy and super refreshing. I had to try pretty hard to slow down and not just chug the whole thing down at once. Excellent!

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's cloudy light yellow in appearance with no visible head.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy and earthy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; flavors of grassy hops stand out.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and crisp with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: Like Prima Pils, this beer is very refreshing and easy to drink, but the use of a single variety of hops makes it taste a bit different.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to my buddy Chris for letting me borrow his growler and picking me up this treat so that I could take it out to Trey's for a little tasting that we decided to throw together last minute. Poured into a pint glass.

Crisp and clear, the body is hazed only by plentiful streamers that spring from hundreds of nucleation sites around the glass. There is a thick and creamy head that forms and bubbles up to an inch in height before subsiding to about a half cm. It then sits there for the entire length of time it takes me to drink the entire beer, leaving thick rings of foam around the glass after every sip.

The aroma is more Czech pils to me, as this is crisp and grassy with a good amouth of Saaz stank. There is a supple and crisp malt backbone that is evident here, though it does stay mostly hidden behind the dank bitterness of the hops.

That malty note that manifested itself in the aroma? Fuggetaboutit. This beer really lets the hops shine in every aspect. Flavorful, with a huge grassy presence and a great balance of bitterness to match. Nary an off flavor, this is what a pilsener should be.

Light and well carbonated, and maybe just a touch too much so, Braumeister pils is another standout pilsner from Victory Brewing Company. This just further solidifies them as the best pils brewer in the country, and ranks them high worldwide, I would say.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a thin head.

Smell: Simple but pleasant. Malt, hops, grassy hay and some yeast.

Taste: Malty bite with some tart bitterness. Grassy flavor. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable sessionable beer at 4.8%. Wish I got a growler of this to go.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We came here for my wife and cousins graduation. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a nice copperish color with a thick white fluffy heading. Very alive looking as the bubbles just freeflow every which way. Nice soapy lacing throughtout.

Smell is very pungent with some grassy and floral hoppy notes. Slight cracker malt backbone.

Taste is amazing. Nice bready malt texture mixed with a tremendous sticky like hop billing.Dextrin malts and an earthy finish.

Mouth is light crisp and clean. Leaves a slight grainy linger on the palate,tremendous carbonation and perfect balance.

Basic,simple,and solid.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head reducing that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of the expected pils grain malts along with floral and grassy hops. Additionally there is a light pepper/spice note to the smell as well.

T: The rich flavor of the pils malts along with a moderate to strong presence of grassy hops. There is a light bitterness that lingers with some hints of peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable, quite easy to drink, and sessionable. This is a great flavored pils that I could drink all day long. Goes well with lots of different food styles and is quite enjoyable as a summer beer.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Arsmby Abbey

Light fizzy head of 1.5 fingers, tons of lacing, crystal clear lighter golden straw yellow color.

Nose has a nice toasty pils, straw, light toasty malts, a light aromatic and touch of spicy and fruity hops, some light fruity lager yeast.

Taste starts with nice toasty malts, straw, crisp lager flavors, but of fruity lager yeast, plenty of late addition hops, fruity, grassy and light spicy hops, a bit of bitterness, but grainy. Finishes dry with a clean and crisp pilsner finish, plenty of lingering hops and a bit of bitterness.

Moth is a bit lighter bodied with a gritty abrasive feel and good carb.

Overall pretty good, decent hops and not too bitter, nice malts, toasty, nice lager flavors, dry clean and crisp finish, nice summer drink.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Jimmy's No. 43 on 4/30/10

A - Light, hazy straw-yellow. Ample one finger head dissipates in short order, leaving a thin skim & minimal retention. Essentially no lace.

S - Crisp aroma; somewhat airy. Lots of earthy grass notes & grain. Moderately spicy hop overtones. Hints of lemon & mild fruitiness (apple & pear? Hmm...).

T - The faintest notion of mustiness quickly gives way to a well-seated hop spiciness, grass, hay & pilsner malts. Dry toward the finish.

M - Light body with enough vigorous carbonation to accentuate the spicy qualities. Dry finish hop spice & grassiness lingering long.

D - Tasty & plenty easy to drink. Seems very well-proportioned.

Photo of Oakenator
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a solid head that lingers well. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of pilsner hops - this version more floral. Taste is consistent with the smell - floral but with a bit of piney background. Compared to the Prima option at Victory this has a little less "pop" but still good.

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, looks like a wheat beer. Good starting head that settles to rim bubbles but it leaves some runny lace after each sip.

Abundant floral hop nose--even for a bar pour.

Overly hoppy, which in my opinion takes it out of the pils category. But since I'm a hop head, I really like this beer. The body is appropriate for the style. Low malt flavor. The aftertaste dies out fairly quickly considering the punch of the bitterness in the mouth.

Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's last night during their Victory blowout. I was told this is/was the unfiltered version of this beer, which I assume explains the beer's appearance.

The beer pours an opaque, hazy, white honey and bananna color, with minimal head retention and lacing. Tbe beer almost looks as if it is still, but upon tasting the beer, there is some soft carbonation. On the nose I get some very light hoppy bitterness, coupled with bread dough and biscuit aromas. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the beer has a light on the palate, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light (though not watery), and I'm guessing the abv. on this beer must be down around 5% or lower. Drinkability is pretty good, though I wish the beer had a bit more flavor.

A solid beer, but not as good as I was expecting. Have to say the I prefer the harvest version of this beer, which hopefully I'll get to try again this Fall.

Photo of HotHands
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this certainly doesn't look like a pilsner - it's a dark amber color, with a nice white head and lacing.

S - Grassy, floral hops and crackery malt.

T - follows the aroma with a substantial malt backbone. The malt has a nice toasty flavor, and everything other than that is true to the pilsner style. Good level of bitterness.

M - carbonation and body are good. Refreshing and not too filling, but the body holds up nicely.

Overall - a great pilsner. I think I'd usually prefer this to Prima Pils because there is more balance between the malt and the hops, unless I was in the mood for something hoppy.

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Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.