Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 81 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
Growler poured into an American pint glass.
A--Very lively brew, huge three finger billowy white cap with big bubbles that died down hurriedly but left sheets down the first third of the glass! A little dark for a pils, more orange and harvest-y looking (duh), and so more golden than yellow. Lots of bubbles won't quit after every swig.
S--Average, given the hop levels. It wasn't /bad/ per se, as you get that wonderful full floral bouquet, with a little grapefruit, but there's not much else going on.
T--Taste is also a bit one-dimensional, leaning a little too much on the hops, I think, but interestingly, once this warms you get a little more. The malt becomes more pronounced, and that deep lager yeast comes through toward the end before the ultra-dry finish. It sweetens as it warms, and I think balances out. That's not to say drink it warm, just warmer than you would a typical pils. Even cold, though, this is by no means a badly structured beer, as you do get the crackery malt in the background before that piney parching finish that, again, seemed to have a grapefruit character to it.
M&D--Super crisp and lively, especially given the added bulk of more grain. A smooth beer that's kind of a cross between Samuel Adams' Boston Lager and Sixpoint's Sweet Action--take the former's yeast and the latter's hope dosage and that's a close approximation. Also and last, I don't know hop varieties, but it seems like they all three use the same type for their respective brews. Not a bad thing at all, just something I noticed.
11-12-2008 20:19:16 | More by TheycallmeTim
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2.8/5 rDev -32.2%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
A golden color with a bit of haze. Thin white cap. Some lacing.
Grainy and bready aroma with something unpleasant and somewhat off-putting. Reminds me of American adjunct lagers, unfortunately. Little hop presence, was expecting more.
Taste follows the nose nearly identically.
Thin to medium mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.
Not a beer I particularly enjoyed. Pretty in the glass, but a lackluster aroma and flavor.
03-30-2011 03:16:24 | More by ehammond1
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
Flowing on tap last Friday 11-17 at Fathead's I've since returned and it has dried up, sadly. Appears a cloudy hazed bright yeloow golden with a large fluffy white head leaves even lace with each sip taken from my pint. Aromatics contain large amounts of grassy hops that are flowing so nicely amongst the biscuit malts...this is a pils my friends with raw fresh hops and presented in the unfiltered keller style...I'm a fan. Flavor more grassy and citrus grapefruit toned hop bursts flows nicely as it warms it gets even better revealing a more expressive pale malt with bready biscuit malt tones definitely finishes dry and a tad metallic. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body flows nice on the palate with moderate carbonation flows nice with mild streaks of hop resins. Drinkability well Victory continues to be masters of the traditional styles of beer, and I need to find a year round version of this stuff.
11-27-2006 16:42:29 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
light clear straw...head is there briefly....not much lace
peppery...lemon zest...some honey...doughy
bready....citrusy...pepper from the nose leaves a nice tingle on the tongue
crisp and creamy with a dry finish
light body....very sessionable beer
05-28-2009 21:48:47 | More by SPRichard
4/5 rDev -3.1%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow hued body with a big bubble carbonation racing to the surface. There is a creamy white head that last for a good bit.
S- The green Noble hop aroma has a flinty quality with a Saaz hop pellet spice to the finish.
T- The green pungent Noble hops really stand out with a flowery bright almost fruity hop finish that lingers as a pungent hop bite. There is a slight funk note to the hops with a green watermelon quality coming through as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp tight fizz in the finish.
D- The interesting combination of big fruitiness and fresh hops pellets adds an interesting depth to a nice drinkable beer.
08-31-2010 03:29:38 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev -9.2%
On tap at Cole's. Solid German pils with other characteristic, a kellerbier label suits it well. Pours yellowish with a head. A mild pleasant pils aroma. A bit above average mouthfeel. Refreshing and bitter, its a good bitterness. A pint, without food to break it up, is too much however.
11-08-2009 07:07:21 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
On tap at the Drafting Room, Springhouse, PA. Delivered to the bar with a hazy gold body and creamy white cap. Fair retention. Nice spotty lace left behind. The nose was less hoppy than might be expected, but the fresh, just-picked-hops came through in the flavor! It was very grassy, and spicy, and it lingered, resinous and slightly chlorophilic, on the palate long after the swallow. Clearly, fresh hops! But it wasn't overdone, and the hops meshed in well over the clean and fresh, gently sweet malt base. Nor was it overly bitter, as is often the case. Overall, it's a solid, well-balanced pils that's fresh and vivid. It's certainly worth a try, but don't expect to be overwhelmed by hops, this is more about conveying the impression or fresh hops. Superbly done!
10-21-2007 14:25:05 | More by NeroFiddled
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
On-tap at Spinnerstown Hotel.
Yeah, it's plenty hoppy and fresh, but as far as big pilsners go, I've had better. I guess it's a borderline imperial pils, but I can't just rate this high because it's relatively over-hopped. Sure there are great, grassy, fruity fresh hops flavors, but a great pils has a nice malt backbone that is lacking here.
10-15-2007 02:32:29 | More by tempest
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
On tap @ the brewery on 10/25/09. Served in a Pils glass.
Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with 1 1/2 fingers of of poofy brite-white colored head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of creamy foam, leaving heavy swathes of lace back. The aroma is extremely fresh and floral in the nose, with notes of peppery spice and bright smelling citrus. Some tight bready Pils malts give this a pleasant sharpness in the nose.
The taste is very hop forward at first, with a snappy bitterness up front, which is balanced by that same mix of fresh citric character and toasty breadiness. The finish is spicy and VERY drying, readying the palate for the next thirst-quenching sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an extra easy feel to the carbonation, yet this still stays overall crisp and firm in the mouth.
I pretty much love all of the Pils that Victory puts out of this place and this one was no different. Tight and crisp, with EXTRA fresh hop character, this went down as easy as can be.
10-27-2009 19:21:06 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Served in tall pilsner glass.
Appearance is straw like typical pilsner.
Smell is more on the malt side than hops.
Taste I find is more malt upfront than Prima Pils hop with bready bisuity texture. I liked this Pils very much and is a nice change from Prima.
Not overly sessionable at 6.10 but could definitely have a few.
10-17-2008 12:55:05 | More by Kolsch
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
A growler poured on 11/9 at Victory.
A: The beer is a clear golden yellow color with a thick white billowy head that laces all over the seidel.
S: The pils has a very floral, earthy hop aroma. The German varietals have added a smooth subtle aroma that lacks the citrusy kick of American varietals but still carries a thick floral body.
T: The beer is dominated by hops. The first sip is an earthy, floral flavor that is somewhat subdued by the freshness of the hops. They are full of flavor but do not impart the same strength as pelllets. The malt body is biscuity and dry and generally yields to the hops. The finish is a dry bitter long one, delicious to the last sip.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, allowing the fresh hops to showcase their subtle softness.
D: The fresh hops make this beer quite enjoyable. Another solid offering from Victory.
11-11-2006 01:49:19 | More by akorsak
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
I was thrilled to see this one on tap at Barleys last Friday. I had heard that we might get some, and having never had it, I jumped at the chance. Served cold, right from the tap and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/24/2008.
The pour was very nice. A lightly hazed, pale golden amber in color, this presented the look of a pilsner right off the bat. A large head of white foam then came up over the top, reaching a height easily in the two to three inch range and then settling down into a holding pattern around the top of the glass. Some nice side glass lacing as well as a very dominant carbonation profile were both fairly evident from the start.
The aroma was very clean, very crisp and light. Nice touches of malt were evident in the front, which I thought might be a bit more hoppy, but that was still to come. Nice notes here of fresh pineapple, mixed in with a very nice touch of light cereal grains and a touch of some pine flavor bouncing around in there. The flavor was more of the same. Super fresh and crisp. The first initial sips were dominated by a fresh citrus hop flavor, but as it warmed it became incredibly balanced. Very straightforward on the finish as the nice bread like malts sooth the tongue before a clean, drying flavor zapped them of all moisture and left you wondering where it all had gone. Smooth light bodied ale was heavily carbonated and this made it go down smooth as silk and not come off anywhere near too heavy.
Overall I have to say this one was excellent. I was not even expecting to be able to try it, but now that I did, I was sure happy I could. A lighter harvest ale with a little more in the way of a malt balance. This one was definitely something I am glad I ran into.
10-28-2008 11:19:50 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.
The smell featured a powerful spicy noble hop with a doughy soft malt.
The taste consisted of an herbal and earthy hop spice coupled with a grainy malt.
The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with a lingering hop spice.
Overall a superior rendition of the style.
10-17-2008 15:56:06 | More by plaid75
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Much thanks egajdzis for sharing this local treat from his kegerator...
Appears a transparent, light gold with asmall white head that slowly fades out. Streaky spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy, wood-like, pine, herbal, citrusy, along with notes of doughy yeast.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas, along with light fruit.
Mouthfeel is sweet & bitter up front, medium bodied, doughy, with wood-like hops hanging on till the end.
02-10-2007 14:30:24 | More by weeare138
3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Rattle and Hum in Midtown Manhattan. It was listed under the Kolsh and other light category and it seems that it is a german pilsner. In any case, I enjoyed it but it was not my favorite German style pilsner, which is one of my favorite styles. Very light in color with a bright aroma and carbonation. I'll definitely have this again.
07-26-2010 18:02:52 | More by david18
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: Served a pale yellow gold with white Pils head and active carbonation.
Smell: Floral grassy hops, and a touch of light German malts, with a brush of citrus.
Taste: Exactly what a Pils should be. Grassy hop profile, a dry grain element and touch of German biscuity malt; earthy undertone. Very dry.
Mouthfeel: Very dry crisp and refreshing. Medium body with well carbonated.
Drinkability: Pint after pint this beer drinks very easily.
Hope this is helpful.
10-22-2007 22:22:36 | More by Phatz
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
This beer came a very clear light gold with lots of big bubbles coming up through the glass. The head was large and foamy but collapsed very quickly. Smells of nothing but orange and lemon zest and pine. Just a huge dose of hops here. Tastes of pasty caramel and chalky malt (clearly a lager) along with an over the top hops onslaught. Theres a few types of hops involved here that give up huge citrus, pine and hard wood flavors. Im getting some nice hops burps here too. Finishes almost offensively dry. Mouth feel is light with big bubble carbonation. I like big beers but this is a little much.
12-15-2005 02:44:29 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
Pours a light, golden hue... Minimal head, minor lacing...
Smell: Strong pepperish aroma, lemons, and florals...
Taste: Nice pepperish bite, taste strongly complements the aroma... Rich florals, lemon zest, light fruit...
Easily drinkable, light-bodied...
Awesome depiction of the style...
03-22-2009 01:39:37 | More by dsa7783
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
On-tap 9/24/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains light malts, hops and some lager yeast.
T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character followed by a very mild sweetness. Then a strong bite of hops bitterness comes in and creates a decent balance and a slightly bitter after-taste.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty once you get acclimated to the beer after a few sips, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful Pilsener that is worth drinking for a while.
09-28-2010 19:18:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Served on-tap at The Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ.
Poured a slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin, creamy white head that left some trails of lacing.
The smell was of a fresh, sharp crisp bitterness with a slight grassy background.
The taste was of fruity, esp. apple with a touch of orange, bitterness. The large hop presence gave it a sharp crispness. A sweet, slightly grassy, malt presence kept in right on target for the style. One of the best tasting, fresh-feeling pilsners I've had (if not the best).
Crisp, yet incredibly smooth. The alcohol was unnoticeable. Very easy to drink. Light enough for the style, but with a nice body and depth.
This is one fine pilsner. If you can find it, have it.
11-11-2006 23:39:04 | More by jwc215
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
On tap leftover from Victory even at Stuff Yer Face, NJ
Pint poured into standard American pint glass.
To start, this is a brilliant pilsener from a brewery where I would expect absolutely no less.
A: Shiny transparent yellow with a thin but fluffy head. The lacing is not something I am usually impressed about but the rings that were left on this were the best Ive ever seen from a beer.
S: Citrus hops comnbined with candy. The freshest earthy hops that you could imagine, true and tight. The German festiness is there and I hate to use this word but clean is best descriptor.
T: There is a special malty that is biscuit like combined with the grassiness. For such a light textured beer, it was amazing that it kept the traits and flavors of a nice bowl of cooked oatmeal drenched in quality honey.
M: Light, dry, crisp and clean.
D: Perhaps the best stromboli accompanying beer Ive had here. Great job Victory, lipsmackingly good.
11-23-2008 20:01:21 | More by marcpal
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice, crisp light golden color with a large-ish white head and a bunch of clingy lace on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of grain underneath a pretty good amount of floral Noble hops. The taste is slightly bitter with some floral and herbal notes, but mostly a bit of grain. The feel is better, with great carbonation carrying the flavors with a nice crispness. Drinks quite well and shows again how well Victory can go with this style.
10-21-2010 00:35:43 | More by Thorpe429
Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.