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Braumeister Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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90
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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: nomad on 07-22-2004)
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice head, which dissipates leaving some lacing.

S: Grassy smell, some fruity smells, lemony.

T: Noble hops are outstanding, lemony taste, and the finish is sweet and balanced. Great tasting.

M: Light, CRISP, outstanding!

O: Great Pilsner, Victory does not miss. Clean and smooth great American style German Pils!

JMWEB2, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

treyrab, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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!

elgiacomo, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of HotHands
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

HotHands, May 29, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

TheFightfan1, May 22, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rtepiak, Apr 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Kadonny, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

bucklemyshoe, Apr 11, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +16%
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.

fastsrt, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.13/5  rDev +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

bishopdc0, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

atsprings, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.43/5  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.

Soonami, Oct 08, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

gory4d, Jul 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Axic10, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

metter98, May 16, 2010
Photo of deaconoflove
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

deaconoflove, May 08, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Ryan011235, May 05, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

tempest, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of fitzy84
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

fitzy84, Jan 03, 2010
Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.