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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 104
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: rotsaruch on 10-14-2005

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Photo of woodychandler
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowwee, kazowee! Man, I am so glad that Rotsaruch put me onto this one and that Shapudding was kind enough to put one on her tab for me upon arrival last evening.

It arrived with a huge, foamy, bone-white head that maintained good retention throughout. It was a slightly cloudy, honey-yellow color. The nose was sharply hoppy and it had a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, especially for a pils. The beer had an interesting sharpness on the palate, reminiscent of Prima, but magnified several times over. Having had several, including the aforementioned starter on Shapudding, I really came to appreciate this special beer. I also started to feel it, which is why I had a really nice burger after the second. Watch that ABV, folks. I would really like to see beers like this offered more often in the northeast. Bring on those fresh hops!

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Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Victory Brewpub, in Downingtown, PA.
2009 Harvest.

A temple atop a hill, a perfectly molded head skyrockets a full three fingers above the beer; the lacing left behind leaves the glass looking like the apparent sight of a space shuttle launch. Though lightly hazy, the body itself glows with an almost neon toxicity, a lime hue stirred into the tall and slender flute, it itself now a buzzing yellow filament.

Welcome to the hop broadcasting network, all hops all day, showcasing all your favourite in fruity, floral, spicy, earthy and herbal. My goodness, many beers are hoppy but this is Hoppy. While there is a good deal of biscuity malt too, that smell easily falls between the cracks. These hops are so ambrosial, the grass clippings of Heaven, they are.

Being exposed to so many bastardized, mass-produced, watered down interpretations of pilsners, it's easy to forget that they are by definition actually balmy, fragrant, downright pungent, highly-hopped lagers. It's equally easy to forget that they taste amazing, too. This particular example was the most rousing, vivifying reminder of that fact.

Its clean malts, bright and blank, provide a chewy, doughy, succulent sweet canvas for the brewery's locally grown (and freshly harvested) hops to be painted in long brushstrokes of vibrant bright green. Perhaps it must be witnessed fresh, on locale to be fully appreciated, but take my word, this is a hop church, on planet lupullin, in the galaxy of deliciousness.

Roland Barthes noted that "crispness designates an almost magical quality, a certain briskness and sharpness... everything that crunches, crackles, grates and sparkles." He must have written that with this specific beer in mind; if he wasn't at very least talking about pilsners then I don't have a clue what on earth he meant instead.

I live some 500 miles from Downingtown, Pennsylvania and this Braumeister Harvest Pils was well worth the trek and price of admission in and of itself. I don't set out to travel all that distance only to try one beer, but after first ordering this on my trip to the brewpub I couldn't bring myself to order anything but. This, to me, is picture pilsner perfect.

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Photo of Budlum
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A solid two inches of dense, foamy, white head was produced pouring this beer. The body is a hazy, pale, straw yellow shade. Head retention and lacing are excellent. This is spot on for a premium pils. The only thing missing were the bubbles.

The nose of this brew is dead on for a pils. Fresh and slightly sour hops dominate with just a hint of malty sweetness and black pepper. This has the benchmark smell for the style.

Once again, this brew hits the style on the nose. Fresh, bitter and sharp hops are balanced with a very appropriate malt sweetness. The finish is crisp and sharp holding the distinctive hop flavors. Excellent.

The mouthfeel of this beer is lacking. The carbonation expected from a pils simply isn't there. I have to believe this is because my sample was kegged months ago.

Drinkability is excellent. This is an extremely satisfying, crisp and clean finishing beer. The style is represented almost perfectly. I only wish I had the chance to sample this when it was fresh. Excellent job Victory!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Victory on 3/1/08. Served in a pils glass.

A - Hazy golden straw-colored body with almost two fingers of tight, rocky white head and plenty of active carbonation. Very good head retention and decent lacing for the duration.

S - Grassy and citrusy noble hops with bready/biscuity malts. Also detect some lemon rind and zesty fruit with some grape sweetness.

T - Very true to style. Beautiful crisp, hoppy bite - the way a pils should be! Bitterness is backed up by a solid biscuity malt base, creating a flavor that is light, crisp and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied and pretty creamy texture with a bit of oily stickiness. Carbonation provides a prickly sensation on the tongue. Crisp, dry bitter finish.

D - Simply one of the best pilsners I've had from a US brewery. Very true to the classic German Pilsener style. I could drink this anytime. Spot-on!

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Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky I was visiting the brewpub while this was on tap. Pale yellow in color with a 1" fluffy head. Some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was grassy and the hops were easily detectable. The flavor had a strong maltiness for a pils. The bitterness was perfectly matched, as some grassiness and a miniscule amount of citrus was also detectable. This was a perfectly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish was dry. This was such a refreshing and full flavored pils. Ultimate drinkability. This stuff should be bottled for all to enjoy.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden yellow, with great carbonation, less than a finger of white head, and very good lacing. Bitter yet floral in aroma, calling to mind likely copious quantities of Noble hops. Also some breadiness. The flavor was bready, bitter, herbal, floral, and even a little lemon-y, and it was perfectly balanced, dissolving to a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel was near-perfect, with great carbonation and a lighter than expected body. Tasted like a more intense version of Prima Pils. Perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Publick House. Been waiting for try this one forever!

Pours a pretty hazy dark yellow, some some golden highlights, big and thick white head forms, settles down to a thick layer and ring, tons of lace sticks everywhere, looks great.

Smell is awesome, very herbal and grassy, floral, biscuity caramel malt middle, a touch of sweetness, tons of hops in this one, very clean malts and like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

Taste is better, floral hops, caramel, biscuit, clean and malty, big herbal and grassy hop explosion, crazy bitterness but still balanced, very dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Wow this was worth the wait. This is a real pilsner. I could drink this the rest of my life.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill during their Victory event.
This is the prima, Prima pilsner. Very nearly perfect, to me, for the style. All the pleasure of freshly baked artisnal bread... in carbonated liquid form. Fresh, crisp, with layers of textures. Dangerous drinkability. I recall trying to get this beer a few different times at a few different places and by the time I got there it was already gone! After finally having some I found that it's no mystery or conspiracy... it's just a damn good beer.
Palate cleansing, refreshing, with the right balance of lightness and flavor to grab and keep your attention.
More please. Thank you.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The next in the long line of varietal, Braumeister Pilsners from Victory. Consumed vom Fass at Victory on 10.15.06. Amazing, amazing stuff.

Murky and golden in color, the slow-pour version provided me with a hige, rocky head that sat firmly atop this Pils. Aromas of fresh-cut hops, sitrusy goodness, and biscuity chewiness were prevalent. Smooth and clean on the palate, this unfiltered beauty gave great balance between the hops and malt on the tongue. Just slides right on down.

Yet another classic. The Braumeister series is certainly taking on and maintaining a life of its own. Perhaps the best to date? That is purely a matter of conjecture. But if you are in the area, do yourself a favor and grab a few slow-pours of this gem.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of welldigger888
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from growler into an irish pub glass, very nice pale yella elixer with a nice bright white two finger head that disapated medium slow and left nice lacing
excellant pilsner nose with a touch more hop than expected from the style
nice delecate pils flav with some very good hop forward flavors that mesh well
the carbonation is spot on and goes well with the pilsner style
would like to find this on tap regular for sessioning

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow body, with some haze, topped by several fingers of white whipped froth. Dense lacing.

Big enticing aroma of hay and grass, with some fruit in the background.

Nice solid malt foundation, deep, not overly sweet. Gathering tidal wave of earthy bitter hops crash against the foundation with a huge snap. Great sensation of freshness. Tingly aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding drinkability - this growler dies tonight.

Another fine example that to truly experience Victory, road trips are essential.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of BabySnakes
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The almost deep gold brew had a massive head from the growler. great lacing. The head fell uneven and in deep chunks. looked great. The beer is not quite clear. barely cloudy.

Smells like grapefruits, a bit floral, slightly vegetal, and that little yeast kick in the nose I get from many Victory beers.

Grapefruit flavors follow from the aroma to the taste. Floral presence as well. Hits everywhere on the tongue, leaving it pleasantly coated for a moment before leaving entirely. very refreshing.

Warning: Extreme drinkability!!!

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ stuff yer face, NJ (victory night)

full pour into a (ironically) Prima pils glass gives a nice straw yellow body. a creamy white head caps the brew, and a steady stream of small bubbles makes sure the head sticks around. plenty of lace sticks to the glass throughout the tasting.

smells like super fresh noble hops to me! a bit of doughy malt sneaks in there as well, but spicy and earthy noble hops are the essence. a bit of floral in there as well, but again hops are the aroma here. didn't seem too grassy like other fresh hopped beers.

the taste mimics the aroma - the great noble hops are upfront and in back on the tastebuds. some malt character is there, but only as a support to the tasty spice of hops. it's not imperial pils bitter, but it certainly isn't yer average pils. no metallic or off flavors to be found.

a well carbonated pils (as is the style) so the carbonation adds just a bit more to the bitterness. the mouthfeel is like most pils - so it's light on the mouth. makes it easy to ask for another!

i was really glad to try this one... i do like pils, and this one really hit the spot!

thanks to pete from victory also!

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Photo of roan22
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a recent pint of this, direct from the source (Victory in Downingtown). This beer is only available on draft, and its formulation changes by changing the type of hop used. They (Victory) liken it to a jazz improvisation. There are three different versions. I never know which one I am having at the time...but the Tettnang Tettnager is the more dry and piney version, and the hoppiest, the Harvest Braumeister Pils comes out once a year at harvest time (fall) and is not to be missed.

Its a golden color, unfiltered, small layer of white foam. Not much lacing on the glass. The Braumeister Pils is very refreshing in all weather, and it goes great with dinner. I always appreciate this beer for its freshness as I am so close to the brewery. IMO Braumeister Pils is more drinkable than the Prima Pils. There are corn notes present in the taste like with every pilsner, but its the grassy, zesty hop bite that keeps my attention. The Victory brewmasters studied brewing in Germany and its beers like these which showcase their brewing talents to the fullest.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most unique and special varietal, keller pils that Victory has ever created. It is a single hop harvest pils. One 50-bbl batch brewed exclusively with over 480 lbs of wet, freshly harvested Mount Hood hops from upstate NY. Looking like sunlight through the morning mist with a dense offwhite cloud of foam, it is a visual pleasure to behold and begging to be enjoyed. There is a faint pungent aroma. A slight sweet maltness is the first flavor sensation followed by spicy, resiny hoppiness with a clean, dry finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. It is truly a refreshing, quaffable brew. But beware of the 6.3% abv, it will seek up on you in hurry.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let's just say that I was lucky enough to somehow manage to snaggletooth a growler of this Harvest Pils straight from Vic'ry. Sweet Jeezes!

This couldn't get into my glass fast enough. I was about to strangle my Vic'ry growler in anticipation. GET IN MAH BELLY!!! Golden vitreous jewel like pour topped with a massive ivory spumescent sticky head cap.

Initial aroma is clean grain and coppery scents followed by grassy notes.

First swigs: Grassy crisp pils. The hops are incredibly robust leaving a brazen leafy fresh finish and a coppery tartness that only can be left by fresh hops.

Last swigs: Of course the Harvest Apple didn't fall far from the Prima Pils tree. If you have ever had fresh Prima Pils, Harvest is close behind. But a fresh growler of this nectar is a treat. Absolutely stunning!

Beer is good. Happy fresh growler beering.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CaptMurdock
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pilsner glass

Look: Wow. This pours a vibrant golden color with a nice tight white head that climbs up about two fingers worth. I can't stress how nice the golden color is here and when you couple that with the amazing clarity it makes for one of the best pilsner pours I've ever had.

Smell: The aroma has a bit more hops than I come to expect from a pilsner. There are also hints of spice which all give way to the wonderful maltiness one expects from a German pils.

Taste: Again the hops are a welcome addition and they play well with the slight citrus taste up front. What really strikes me is the fresh snap to these two flavors. This gives way to the delicious German malts. All of this is rounded out by a bitterness at the tail end that leaves the mouth feeling dry and refreshed.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation and a light to medium body. The presence of the hops really give the tastebuds more of a work out than I was initially expecting.

Drinkability: A brilliant take on a classic style. The fresh feeling of the brew make this one of the best pilsners I've ever had. Drink this well and drink it often!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold-yellow pour with a moderate-sized white head and streaming carbonation. Looks pretty standard for a pils, but nothing unusual or off about it.

Smell is quite hoppy, with a bitter bite and a slightly floral scent. Pretty grassy and Euro-hop heavy, and nice.

Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, I'd say even more hoppy than Prima Pils. A real grassiness of noble hops sneaks in and counters the very clean, clear toasted grain flavors. A slight nutty flavor is imparted from the sweet malt, which is only a tad sweet, just enough to assert itself.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and near-perfect.

Overall: Wow! Quite the pils here, just a remarkably complex, hoppy example of the style that really gets the job done.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright straw color with large head and foam clinging in chunks on the way down.

S: Bread, oyster crackers, and earthy hops.

T: Lemony hops, bread, crackers, slight bit of citrus toward the end a bitter, dry finnish.

M: Lots of tiny bubbles dancing on the tongue with a clean crisp finish.

D: This is quite the pilsner. Fresh hops burst in to your mouth and the dry, crisp finish is great. This is a beer that I will keep an out for when at the brewery.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the oppurtunity to try this beer at Redbones tonight. Poured from the tap a nice orange color with little heading. Smell was of fresh hops, and a piney aroma as well. Taste was very much like Victory's Hop Wallop in that although there is a definite hop presence, they do not assault the tongue like many ipas or heavy pilsners. Rather, it is more of a hop flavor then anything, which I really enjoyed. It was also extremely easy to drink....I wanted another after my first, but decided i'de like to try something else as well. Overall, a lovely beer. Haven't seen this one in stores yet, but if I did, I would pick it up in a split second.

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Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.