Braumeister Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 13
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: 242 | Reviews: 68
Photo of wd40
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a bit cloudy and rather unremarkable.
Very grassy, distinctly lager aroma.
Taste was rather unremarkable. No hops to speak of, very plain. Tasted like a mass produced beer that had been cared for a little bit so as to remove the obvious imperfections.
Carbonation was very present, but a little hard.
Pretty drinkable I suppose, but not something I would have again.

Photo of smurphy77
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to say it, but my experience with this beer was that it's pretty mediocre. Generally, I'm a HUGE fan of victory. This is perhaps the weakest item I've sampled from their repertoire.

On draft, this beer poured a very pale golden color with a small head. The taste was quite mild, with no distinguishing characteristics to speak of. Neither hops aroma nor bitterness was apparent. Mouthfeel was light.

Of course, the lack of flavor makes this beer quite drinkable, but I wouldn't order again.

Photo of seedyone
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

02/21/15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As it's following a couple of serious sweet & imperial stouts the meager bitter is tigated.

Lemony haze yields a sparse lacing &

06/27/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A touch bitter for my un-hoppy tastes. Not too much so, but doesn't encourage long term session

Photo of deaconoflove
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. cloudy yellow gold with a huge foamy head, but it didn't last too long.
Sm. Lemony and a bit of grapefruit hops. Others say it's grassy...could be.
Ta. Same as smell with a sourish finish.
Mf. Light and a bit thin.
Dr. okay, not wonderful, a whole growler to go, so I can't complain too much.

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 russwbeck
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Dark Intrigue Release.

Very hazy yellow pour with a full white head. Sticky lacing is present down the whole glass and the retention is great. 4.5

Wheaty grainy smell with piney hops certainly coming out, all on a bready malt backbone. 3.5

The taste pretty much follows the smell. Grainy, with some wheat and piney hopes. A nice pilsner bite is curbed by a breadiness and very dry aftertaste. 3.5

Light, crisp taste. No hints of alcohol. Very dry throughout. 4

Tasty and crazy drinkable. Dry and crisp, wouldn't get it again, but I'm glad I tried it once. 3.5

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 stewart124
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dutch's

Straw-golden with just a touch of white head.

Nose had plenty of grassy/earthy characters. Some spice and a general noble hop.

Crisp and refreshing. Big pilsner malt character that was matched by a great hop profile. Just as bitter as I expected but not quite as brilliant as Prima Pils. It seemed to be missing that punch. It is possible that the malt bill came through more pronounced than the hops or possible the ratio was different.

More spice and noble character throughout and generally a tasty pils.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, served in a pint glass for $6. This poured really frothy, it took about 8 minutes to make a glass. The remaining foam was fine and persistent, leaving tendrils of lacing on the glass. The beer itself was golden colored and clear.

A very light aroma, nearly neutral except for hints of Hallertau. Hallertau, one of the tastiest hop varieties and among my favorites.

It tastes like a very authentic pilsner, the Hallertau present more in bitterness than taste (to my chagrin). Still, very flavorful for the style and easily crushed. Light bodied and so forth, this is an easy choice if you see it on tap.

Photo of jancona
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw color - light foam and lacing. Very light nose of sweet biscuit malt / taste follows with a hint of hops. Good though I prefer the Prima.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy and floral hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of malt and hops all around.

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

on tap at perch pub

Pours a clouded light golden color with a one finger high layer of white head resting on top. Patches of lacing streak the glass as the retained film dissolves.

Soft nose with a touch of grain and hops. Biscuit and cracker with lemongrass. Very mild and slightly nondescript.

Light smack of floral hops with lemon peel citrus. Grassy and grainy with biscuit malts. Smooth flowing profile that drinks easy with a mild malt base. Finishes a little bitter and crisp.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, crisp and smooth on the tongue. Victory does some really solid lagers - this is another memorable example I'd revisit.

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

A - poured with a nice head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body.  The foam settles at a moderate place and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt and some with some musty hop aroma and a bit of green hop freshness.

T - Grainy pilsner malt up front with a hint of honey.  Some spicy hop notes in the middle that turn musty towards the finish and provide a strong, lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but I think I still prefer prima pils to this one.

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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard lightstraw gold body with lace and a bready, pils aroma and the hops come out to play which I have noticed alot of these new Victory brews are getting hopped up. Crisp, light bodied, easy to drink, there was just a sweetness that is particularly noticeable and slightly askew from other pilsners. Not a complaint, just stating my opinion on the matter. Enjoyable, sessionable, and I would recommend this beer to any pils fan or simply a fan of a good lager.

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 argock
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker Pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden hue with short cap of small-bubbled white head with a small rim of lacing.

S: Crisp grassy aroma of noble hops with expected grainy pilsner malt with a touch of honey sweetness. No yeast aromas.

T: Braumeister Pils is a solid German pilsener with crisp grassy, floral, and spicy hops bite with moderate bitterness coupled with a great clean pilsner graininess with the same bit of honey sweetness and some breadiness in there too. No yeast or alcohol character, moderately bitter. Nothing fancy -- just a solid, well-brewed clean lager.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with balanced carbonation and light-medium body. Very dry finish.

O: Victory really has this style down - between this brew and Prima Pils they dominate the category, especially with the poor shape most imports are in.

Photo of Agold
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a nice white head which dissipates to a film of foam fairly quickly. It is just a bit darker than yellow and a bit hazy as well. Aroma is a bit fruity. Almost citrus and grapefruit. Flavor is similar with a nice clean bitterness and a mild yeastiness. Not much of a malt profile at all. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing with a good level of carbonation. Very nice pils. Another great lager from victory.

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 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 nmann08
4/5  rDev 0%

On draft, pours a translucent pale straw yellow; wispy thin head. Good carbonation.

The nose is very clean, simple, lots of dry earthy hops, a little grass, cracker, with good herbal spice notes. I don't get any yeast character on the nose. The flavor is classic pils, dry earthy hops up front, well balanced, a little grass, slight dough, spice. I get a little corn and grain. Just a bit of lemon/citrus zest on the finish. This is super clean, refreshing. Really nice.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: half finger head on a slightly hazy straw with golden hue body.

S: very hoppy for te style and not your typical pilsner hop aroma, almost more like a mild APA with wet sock hop mustiness as well as mild earthy and grapefruit citrus notes.

T: bitter hops dominate the flavor here. Lots of herbal and metallic notes in the middle and finish. The grains are strong with the malts light.

M: medium body especially for the style and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very hoppy pilsner for sure. This one is certainly different and stands out from others. This one definitely grows on you as you drink it.

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.

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Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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