Braumeister Harvest Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. There’s a few types of hops involved here that give up huge citrus, pine and hard wood flavors. I’m 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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal at The Firkin.

I love random trips to the Firk. This result pours a clear amber-orange topped by two fingers of white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, grapefruit, light pine, and light wheat. The taste is surprisingly hoppy, heavy on the pine, grass, and floral notes. Some light orange peel jumps in there as well, and everything is backed-up by some very light biscuit. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils, but a bit on the hoppy side for me.

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Photo of AltBock
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this Victory beer on-tap during Drafting Room's annual Hopfest. They served it to me in a 10 oz. Pilsner glass.

This Victory poured a bright and clear lemon yellow that had a creamy 1 finger head of white foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a white film and streak after streak of beautiful white lace. The aroma was on the verge of becoming hoppy, but it never crossed over that line. The aroma featured spicy citrus hops, pine, some hop oils, a touch of grapefruit, and then it ended with some lightly toasted malts. The taste was a battle between the spicy hops and some lightly toasted malts. In the end, the hops won, but there was more to the taste than the battle between the spicy hops and the toasted malts. Besides those two, there was also fruity esters, grains, juicy fruits, and a slight touch of grapefruit. It was a light to medium bodied beer that had a clean aftertaste of toasted malts and spicy citrus hops. Not the most balanced German Pilsner I've had so far, but it's a good one that worth a try at least once.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a tasting glass at Capones.

A: A light clear yellow color with a one finger white fluffy head. Full glass lacing.

S: Floral grassy hops with a hefty biscuit sweetness.

T: Hops first with huge grassy grainy floral flavors. Some lemon zest and a deep bready biscuity malt sweetness. Hops are not a prominent as I expected from the fresh hopping. Bitterness is not overly so and the finish turns sweet but cuts off clean at the end.

M: Fresh, prickly in middle but finish is sweet. Not as crisp and dry as other Victory Pils'.

D: High, all their Pils are fantastically drinkable.

Overall a very good if not excellent. Still, I liked some of their other Braumeister pils offerings better, not to mention the Prima. This is a solid fresh hop pils, but it doen't carry near the weight and hoppiness that Prima does. Still a great beer.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal glass at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer pours a golden orange color with a nice head and solid lacing. The smell is very citrusy with oranges and lemon making up most of the smell with a hint of cardamon as well. The tastes has a lot of bitter hop character. There is some light astringent properties that aren't that great with this beer. It's still pretty good overall, but the hops were surprisingly strong.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey color from my authentic Victory growler. The body looks slightly hazy and lacks a really good carbonation profile.
Heads a bright white with a loose structure, fades quickly leaving wispy lacing.

Aroma has an upfront hop bouquet with sutle malts. Spicy and medicinal.

Taste is upfront some spicy pepper.

From the growler taste a bit thin and watery.

A good looking beer with a nice aroma taste is a bit weak but still good to the last drop.

Musically I'd pair this beer to Gov't Mule's verision of simple man.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh pilsner styled beer is a priviledge to come across, and I think I've come across a good one here. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

You gotta love the ring after ring of lacing this golden straw colored beer leaves you, and the forever lasting head too. The nose is easy to describe; tea. Yeah, I said it, tea. The taste; repeat Step 2. Tea. To be fair, there are very faint notes of lemon and fresh hay tasted at times. Light and easy drinking.

With expectations so high, I was slightly dissapointed. I would have liked to see the malt have more of a role, but don't that the wrong way. This is pleasant, easy drinking beer from Victory.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a 1/6 of this on tap a few months ago and I am now getting to writing the review. It pours a slightly hazy yellow with a big sticky fluffy white head that left nice lacing rings all down the glass. The nose was very floral and earthy, with small dose of pine floating around, very very hoppy. There was a bitter start that gave way to a sweet corn flavor and ending with a piney bitterness. It has a very dry finish with an enjoyable lingering bitterness. It was a little too bitter to be very drinkable, one would do it for the night.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes.

A: Transparent and golden. A touch of white soap for a head. A few rising bubbles.

S: Fresh grassy hop aroma. Not too strong.

T: Pale malt base with a lot of dry bitter flavors. Hint of spice in the finish. Feeling of dry twigs and pine needles. It's a very good pilsner.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. A good bitter coat. Only a little bit of stickiness is apparent.

D: Very drinkable. More bitter than I expected. My 20 oz pour is probably enough for me, but I would certainly buy a six pack, if this were bottled.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a half inch of fine, white head. A patchy coating of lace accentuates the imperfections of my hand blown pilsner glass.

A clean, moderate aroma of straw is punctuated by crisp, light lime, coriander and white pepper.

While the hops are present, they are a spice rather than a dominating ingredient. This lightly bittered beer is grassy, with some orange marmalade and a long subtle finish that reminds one to savor each sip.

Braumeister has a light body and watery texture with soft carbonation and no trace of alcohol.

Victory has crafted an all purpose pilsner that exemplifies why this style became so popular.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy gold. Nice creme head. Funky nose like a moldy something. Funky fo' sho'. Flavor is thick with character. Again a bit funky. Earthy and a bit robust. Grassy tone. Feel has a good carbonation on a good liquid feel. Another nice Victory production. Hey Victory! Keep up the good work!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of sweet light fruits. Flavor is initially bitter hops followed by a sweet light finish. Also some wheat and spicy hops. Incredibly delicious. Sweet, light, and crisp.
8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

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Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into 14oz glass.

A - Clear golden color with small head that leaves good lacing.

S - Wheat and bread as expected of German Pilsener with hints of hops.

T - Bready with hop bitterness and slight malts taste.

M - Light bodied with great carbonation.

D - Very good thirst quencher and session beer.

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Photo of cichief
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a very hazy straw yellow, nice white head.

S- Somewhat hoppy, not overly so, but inviting.

T- The first time I had his, I thought it was too green, but the next time it was nice and dry, hoppy, somewhat grassy, but balanced.

M- Very well carbonated, not as bubbly as many Pilseners.

D- A very drinkable pils, not as refined as many, but better than most.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head that lingers as a sizable cap for a while and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is extremely clean with an emphasis on the toasted grains with hints of earthy hops. There is a definite biscuity malt presence in the nose as well.

The taste was as crisp a pils as I've ever tasted. The biscuity malts are there in the background, but it's the double punch of the light grains and floral hops that make the taste. The finish was extremely clean and dry.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation that zings the tongue from start to finish.

This is certainly a top notch pils and one that I would seek out.

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Photo of Nickls
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Clear light gold color and poured with a half-finger of white frothy head; good lacing throughout

S - Bready; nice enough touch of hops; pretty tame though

T - Great hop bitterness up front; dry; a bit doughy; earthy. Really good

M - Lightish; great carbonation; dry

D - Huge drinkability; thirst quenching; interesting; lovely stuff

Overall, I really would recommend this, but I can't help but compare it to Prima Pils...which is better IMHO. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.