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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Braumeister Harvest Pils
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BA SCORE
91
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rotsaruch on 10-14-2005)
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

chcfan, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

micromaniac129, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

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.

ehammond1, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of BabySnakes
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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!!!

BabySnakes, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of number1bum
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for grabbing a growler of this for me at Whole Foods.

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden color with a pillowy two inches of bone white head. Keeps a full lace and coats the glass nicely with some rings of stick.

Smell is very hop forward with some really nice grassy and lemony aromas. Has a spicy element as well but the grassiness is the most pronounced Has a doughy sweetness as well with some grainy notes.

At first I didn't think the taste was quite as hoppy as the nose but it only took a few more sips for me to reverse my opinion. It is very grassy, not as lemony, but spicier than the nose and with a pretty substantial bitterness for a pils. Very light sweetness and some grain as well, with some grassy bitterness left on the palate in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good crisp feel, although perhaps not quite as crisp as I like from a pils Clean finish and very dry with the hop bitterness.

This is a really tasty pils and it's surprising how bitter it is given that it's a fresh hop beer. It's up there in bitterness for a pilsener of any persuasion. For my money I still like Prima better but I like Prima better than just about everything so that's no knock on this beer. A very tasty, enjoyable beer for sure.

number1bum, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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

welldigger888, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Vdubb86, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.9/5  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.

ToasterChef, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

david18, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy, forms a thin white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is flat and boring. Nothing to it at all really. Some mild corn and graininess to the whole thing. Bored now.

Yeah, this beer is completely unremarkable. Its like a grown up adjunct lager. Not impressed, thin, grainy, boring overall. Has an unfortunate aftertaste. Not a fan.

drabmuh, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

biegaman, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a standard pint glass. A light yellow in color with a fizzy bone white head that doesn't really last too long but did provide some lacing.

Aroma of grassy hops and lemon. Theres something off putting in the nose, just a stale smell. Not really all that great but not repulsive.

Taste: Light malt flavor from either crystal or bohemian malt. Lemony, slightly earthy hops and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, little watery, carbonation was fine.

D. A different offering from Victory, not at all bad and a great palate cleanser. Enjoyed this one with some honey/chipolte wings.

Stinkypuss, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of CaptMurdock
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

CaptMurdock, Jan 11, 2010
Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.