Braumeister Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 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 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 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 UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

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 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 jgasparine
4.52/5  rDev +13%
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...

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 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 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 shivtim
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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 Boto
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: Another variation of their Pilsner beer, which I believe they only serve at their pub. The beer is a lovely hazy, golden color, with a white head. There is a slightly spicy hop & wheat aroma. The taste is a lighter malty, with maybe a hint of sweetness and spiciness. Very good hop bite, but not as balanced as the Prima Pils. There are definitely Wit characteristics in this brew. Another good reason to visit the brewery.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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

Kudos to the folks at Victory for this single-hop series. This particular version seemed true to the Pilsner style, dry and effervescent, ever-so-pleasing to drink and refreshing, with a nice bite to it. Just what to expect and demand from a good Pilsner! It's not my favorite style, but the quality overcame that for me, much like the Prima Pils does.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Prosit!

Photo of nomad
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.