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Braumeister Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Braumeister Pils
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nomad on 07-22-2004)
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Photo of smakawhat


3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

08-16-2011 23:35:35 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Jazzcrop


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

06-10-2011 05:53:17 | More by Jazzcrop
Photo of HotHands


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

05-29-2011 04:38:15 | More by HotHands
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

05-22-2011 14:55:35 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of rtepiak


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

had on tap at Spuyten Duyvil and the pour was pretty perfect...

a tad dark and said to have an slight Vienna lager quality to it. amber was an off amber... nose was pilsner hoppy. the palate was particularly pilz hop dry with a interesting separation of dextrin and an interesting void in between. there didn't seem to be a nice transition for me with the beer being very A to B sort of train ride from hops to malt. it was grittier than malt character. but all in all ridiculously hop dry.

Had it again about two months later and it seems to have more of a balance. the hops were backed with a delicate meatiness. the grain hint of toasty vienna malt but with no sweet overtaste. dry as a whistle. i would really love to have this one in a bottle so the flavors integrate a bit in storage. not long storage because i can't distinguish if this is the same batch or a new one.

04-28-2011 06:57:13 | More by rtepiak
Photo of jlindros


4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

04-28-2011 01:25:30 | More by jlindros
Photo of Kadonny


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

04-25-2011 13:00:05 | More by Kadonny
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

$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.

04-11-2011 05:36:41 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4.65/5  rDev +16%

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.

03-01-2011 21:12:04 | More by fastsrt
Photo of bishopdc0


4.13/5  rDev +3%

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

02-13-2011 02:11:37 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1%

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild pale malts alongside crisp Earthy hops. The taste is a smooth balance of sweet biscuity malts and smooth Earthy hops. The beer is quite light, smooth and very crisp. This is a very enjoyable pilsner, one I would certainly have again.

11-22-2010 22:03:50 | More by atsprings
Photo of Soonami


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-08-2010 01:35:40 | More by Soonami
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

07-19-2010 01:39:03 | More by gory4d
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

07-05-2010 04:23:22 | More by Axic10
Photo of Halcyondays


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a light white head, spotty lace.

S: Very hoppy, grassy, pungent.

T: Light bready malt, but the hops punch you in the face. Very much in the Frisian/Prima/Jever tradition. Tons of grass, almost herbal hop character.

M: Super dry, light-bodied, very crisp, easy drinking.

D: This is a very good pilsner, may be even better than Prima. Hops are well at the forefront which I like.

06-26-2010 04:53:16 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

05-16-2010 14:41:56 | More by metter98
Photo of deaconoflove


3.53/5  rDev -12%

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.

05-08-2010 22:37:37 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of Ryan011235


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

05-05-2010 01:02:58 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of tempest


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

03-05-2010 03:42:50 | More by tempest
Photo of fitzy84


3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

01-03-2010 22:47:53 | More by fitzy84
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-11-2009 07:35:03 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Slatetank


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-21-2009 11:27:24 | More by Slatetank
Photo of wd40

New York

3.28/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

09-05-2009 03:30:24 | More by wd40
Photo of John_M


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

08-14-2009 12:37:34 | More by John_M
Photo of jgasparine


4.53/5  rDev +13%

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...

08-14-2009 02:47:56 | More by jgasparine
Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.