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Braumeister Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 247
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22.98%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As etherial a brew as I have ever experienced. As I made a random trek of about an hour to Victory, who should I happen to run into but rotsaruch. He proceeds to calmly yet somewhat giddily inform me of this absolute gem. Whether it was a regular pour or the slow pour (both of which I consumed on 10/2/04), this is one of, if not my favorite brews of all time. The hazy golden color was impressive enough, not to mention the ricky multi-finger head. Aromas of malt and sweetness, perhaps some banana or clove flow through my sinuses...a beautiful thing. As drinkable a Pils as I have ever found. So tasty, with a noticable hint of hop backbone. A fantastic creation, and I am thrilled to add I was able to take some of the last of it home in a growler...A truly magnificent creation.


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Photo of fastsrt
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour in pint glass.

A: clear amber, surprising, nice head of foam

S: malts make a nice appearance balanced by the hops

T: malts and hops work together to make a crisp refreshin beer

M: carbonation is good, feels sharp and a touch of sweetness

D: I enjoy prima pils, this is another great offering I am loving this one.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Purchased at the Victory Brewpub on 3/5/13. Victory lists this as the Braumeister Pils - Hallertau, a Keller Pils at 4.7% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a a golden yellow with a thick white head. Body is slightly hazy with decent carbonation.

Smell: Faint metallic aroma of Noble Euro hops. Slightly bready with a touch of lemon.

Taste: Crisp German pils flavor. Slight spiciness up front from the hops slides quickly into a sweet malty body. A little grassy. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of body balanced against nice crisp carbonation. Dry yet refreshing with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: Very nice subtle pils straight from the source. Not overly hoppy nor too sweet, this beer strikes a near perfect balance.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one heck of a pilsner. A perfect session beer, which I don't normally associate with lagers. This one is just sooo smooth and drinkable. This won't let you down. Although I sample this on April Fool's day, it was no joke. Straw gold with frothy head, until finally a nice lace remains. Taste approaches perfection. Nice malt taste up front with a nice hops bitterness at the end. Makes it nice and refreshing. Perfection at the end of the taste. Definitely seek this out.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with almost no head and almost no visible carbonation... the body on the other hand was quite interesting: a pale yellow that was so cloudy that the beer was completely opaque with yeast. It is also interesting that the suspended yeast does not clump together... rather the yeast and liquid beer formed a perfectly homogenous slurry. Someone could have told me that this was a hefe-weisse, and I would have believed them on the appearance alone...

S- Smells of a musty, yeasty glass of lemongrass tea. The second whiff is reminiscent of a slice of lemon meringue pie. There are some nice low-alpha hops here, perfectly balanced with the aroma of pale malt.

T- The nose accurately foreshadowed the taste... but this tastes yet MORE yeasty than expected. The flavors of low-alpha hops and pale malt are restrained, but definitely there. The finish is clean and yeasty... A YEAST BOMB!!

M- Incredibly thick/firm for a pils... very granular. The carbonation is barely adequate, but who notices whilst drinking a pilsner porridge!?

D- Wow. What an amazing unfiltered Pilsner. If I could only have this on a regular basis... I could drink this stuff all day and night...

NOTE: It seems like Victory put out several versions of beer referred to as Braumeister Pils... and I am making my best assumption as to which I just consumed. I resolved that the beer menu at the bar plainly stated "Braumeister Pils", and other reviews for this beer indicated that it was unfiltered... there is a chance however, that the keg I sampled was yet another unique one-off batch...

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Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan NittanyBeerFan for bringing this to Pittsburgh for a quick, impromptu tasting on September 9. This beer was the palate cleanser beer, if you will, but turned out to be much more. Goes to show that Victory makes some of the best, if not the best, lagers in the country.

A: No surprises here. Pours a clear golden yellow, with a hint of copper hues, and a nice pillow white head. Looks pretty much identical to their Prima Pils, but maybe a tad darker. Pretty much as good as it gets for a Pilsner.

S: About as sexy as it gets for a Pilsner. Skunky, dank, juicy European hops (Saaz, Hallertau, Tettang), with a ton of hop spice and freshly cut grass and pine. Not much in terms of the backing malt, as it smells clean and crisp (no caramel, which I prefer). Very hop forward, similar to Prima Pils, but a different hop blend.

T: Pretty much as the smell eludes, this is a very hop forward Pilsner, but still keeps the classic clean Pilsner flavour without becoming an IP(L). The skunky and spicy hop characters really shine and make this one quenchable lager. Superb.

Overall, another knockout by Victory. I wish they would bottle this now.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at pub as well as growler right now - very beautiful golden color, virtually no haze, with medium to full head that is white in color. At least some residual head remains over time. Aromas of bread, grain, and light grass are noted. On the palate this one comes across somewhat dry with a mineral component that reminds me a little of Dortmunder beers. Nice dry bready flavors are noted as well. Good body to enjoy as a filling beer on its own, but yet light enough for exceptional drinkability and pairing with foods. Wish this one was bottled.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy yellow/gold with a one finger active white head that recedes to a wispy cap and leaves some spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is grassy and grainy with notes of lemon peel, a bit of fruit, slight hint of sulfur, very good aroma for a Pils and of very good strength, lots of hops.

Flavor generally follows suit, very hoppy for a Pils with some lemony citrus, grass & grains, cereal, a touch of fruit and sulfur, a bit of sweetness in the middle and finishes with some really nice crisp bitterness. One of the tastiest and most robust Pilsners I’ve had.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, rather creamy for the style but with good carbonation.

Damned good, and I mean damned good Pilsner. Absolutely loaded with flavor, great aroma too. Really stoked to get a chance to try this!

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Photo of Soonami
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This pilsner poured a clear, golden color with a centimeter or so or nice, white foam. The smell was a beautiful, aromatic hop aroma, similar to Prima Pils. The taste was a a crisp, hoppy, pilsner, not so bready with malt but a great flavor nonetheless. Again, very similar to Prima Pils. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good, sturdy carbonation. The malt and aromatic hops lingered in the mouthfeel. This was a very nice beer, and I enjoyed more than one.

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Photo of gory4d
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whole Foods listed this as 5.5% ABV. Seems about right.

Pours straw yellow with a slight haze, a two-finger white head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing. The smell is cut grass and clover, maybe some bitter marigold, crisp well water, sourdough bread. The taste is sourdough starter, wood sorrel, bright minerals from what has to be a great water source, and an earthy, bitter finish. It's a little more viscous than you'd expect, but the high carbonation balances that out pretty well. It's great hot-weather beer, but would also go well on a brisk fall day -- I should've gotten 64 oz. rather than 32. One of my favorite American pilsners.

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Photo of nomad
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Braumeister Pils is the first varietal pilsener of the Summer of 2004. Ron chose to use Hallertauer Mittelfrueh for this lager, a tough choice because last year's German hop harvest was very poor. By virtue of a drought that gripped much of Central and Eastern Europe's farming areas, this crop of Hallertaur mf had half the alpha acids of normal (approximately 2.5% versus the usual 5%). As such, the good men at Victory had a problem on their hand - how to make the extremely popular varietal pils with busted ingredients. So they doubled the amount of hops they typically use.

Pours a wonderful gold, a bit slippery and not terribly rounded, but well carbonated of impeccably constrained size. With the traditional "slow pour" technique, this beer is crowned with a four-inch meringue of head teetering all over before it envelops your upper lip. Lacing is exemplary for a thin-bodied low-gravity lager.

Since alpha percentages were half, they doubled the hop poundage - but to note, the beta-acids and other oils were not as lacking. This makeshift remedy, along with the seemingly intact other acids, created a gorgeously fragrant beer. Incredibly perfume-like, with sweet notes of flowers, white pepper, lemon zing, and an amazing sense of noble hops. How else to say it? It is the bouquet of a great hop despite a bad crop.

As for flavor, do not let the harvest news fool you - the bitterness is still ripping with spiciness and full bore drying. Much more than a tickle but lacking the tongue-rasping quality of American hops, the Hallertauer latch on to the grain bill, not showing a hint of pale malt until the end. In fact, this malty end to an otherwise drying floral hop beer helped create a fabulous balance. Furthermore, the dance of barely attainable sweetness with the abundant lupulins begged for quaffing. The mouthfeel is thin for session drinking but with the round robust body of a strong lager.

Unfortunately the bitterness did linger into the next beer, so make the Braumeister your last pick of the night or your first and only. Great with vegetable dishes and lighter meats like chicken or fish. A prime example of masterful brewing making up for an impaired set of ingredients. I can't imagine what a good year of Hallertaur would bring.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at tasting last night, so this will be from my notes I did on paper that had someone's number on it. Tastes are lemony hops, some grass, chives, German hops, clean and crisp maltiness, lager yeast, age, linen. Smells like a typical American Pilsner with some age to it and some biscuitiness here and there.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Secured a sixtel of this from Exton Beverage 2 weeks after kegging. Reviewing it based on a few pours at home. I've been drinking it from my Prima Pils pilsner glass.

A: The first pours from the keg looked like apple cider. This is an unfiltered beer and you can tell right off the bat. Subsequent pours finally brought out the hazy yellow color one would expect in a pils. There are still some floaties that come to rest in the bottom of the glass and each pour gets a little less murky.

So this review pour is a hazy golden straw color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is on the lower side and there is some sticky glass lacing.

S: Noble hops with grassy notes and some lemon and light fruit smells. A decent amount of bready and biscuit sweetness jumps out.

T: The noble hops come jumping out right away with flavors of grass and lemon and other lighter fruits. The hops get quickly subdued by the heavy biscuit and bread sweetness that blends perfectly with the hops. A work of art. Finish stays on the sweeter side and is far less crisp and sharp like the Prima. This is a more balanced, softer and sweeter offering that is just so damn drinkable and enjoyable. The flavor lingers nicely but is not super bitter.

M: Light, clean, crisp with no alcohol (of course). Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: Another great pils made by Victory. These Braumeister Pils' are just awesome. Just such a drinkable beer that wont' kick your ass alcohol wise. As I said, this one is much sweeter and more balanced than the Prima and much softer. Still a fantastic beer that I am lucky enough to have a keg of to enjoy through this Spring.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at DC's Churchkey 12/1

This is an awesome pils, super dry and also very heavy on grassy hops, it's very easy drinking.

The look is a perfect golden semi slught hazy body and a nice foamy head with ample lacing. I don't how know you'd improve on that.

The smell is subtle but nice, it was wiff's of grass and earthy malt and hop, very clean and crisp. The taste follows suit but really has a ton of flavor that's right on the money for the style. Excellent hops and clean slightly yeasty malt base; this is an easy drinking beer you could have a ton of. It has a great fresh sweet corn taste too. Some sweetness to balance the dry and clean finish. The mouth is great, it's very foamy and supple over the palate, carbonation is outstanding.

A true winner for victory here maybe one of the best pils I've had.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at a beer picnic at B.Paradiso in Georgetown. Best drink of the night. It's slightly hazy, straw yellow with good lacing, and a small head that fades. Nose is yeasts and barny sweet malts with earthy moss. Taste is mild hops, sweet with hints of fruit, and peat from a bog. Exceptional example of the style. Mouthfeel is good, a bit foamy. Drinkability is very high. Nice beer from Victory!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown. Served chilled in a pint.

A - A straw golden w/ ghostly white cap of 1/2 inch. Nice transparency and lace collects in a stringy fashion

S - Herbs and floral notes from the noble hops. Spiced and mellow honey ginger like aroma w/ a biscuit note in the background.

M - Crisp w/ spiced notes matching each mild malt nuance in the texture w/ a crisp citrus undercurrent and light alcohol until the clean dry and mildly bitter finish

T - A light herbal taste as the flavors begin w/ a light biscuit note and gentle citrusy splash. Mild mineral taste carries the fresh hop flavor while the cracker like malt accents the spicy, mildly grassy taste. The malt gives a dry taste and accents the light bitterness of the hops which provide a lot of flavor in the Pils. The herbal taste is slightly lemony yet not astringent-more juicy w/out being overly so. A taste of german yeast leads the hops into the finish

D - A great pils in every way, very fresh like few I have tasted -top notch German style lager from Victory, does not fail to deliver at all. The lasting hop in the finish is great.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Pizza Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria.

A: Poured a crayon yellow, with a good amount of chill haze muddying the brew. The head was about a finger or so and gave me goosebumps just staring at it.

S: Whoa.... I got the Victory hop profile in spades right off the bat. Yeasty, slightly malty, and with a slight sourness.

T: Like I stated before, there was a bit of the Victory sourness here... along with their malt and hop profile

M: The carbonation was perfect... as with most Victory brews. Also, the lacing was ridiculous, along with the bitter afterbite... white was substantial,

O: I personally thought this was excellent. Victory really rises to the occasion sometimes.

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Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.