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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Braumeister Harvest Pils
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%


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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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-09-2006 02:38:36 | More by RonfromJersey
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler purchased at the brewpub.
Poured a slightly hazy golden color with immense white puffy head.
Smell is dominated by hops, but there is also a moderate sweet floral fruitiness present.
Taste is More of the hops, but the malt seems satified to be in the background.
Finishes with lots of hops and is very refreshing.
Great drinkability.
Note : I finished my growler the next day, and I really enjoyed the beer even more. The hops were more restrained and the malt was stronger. What a pleasant beer.
Another winner from Victory.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2006 00:55:25 | More by tgbljb
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice brwe hear. Pours a hazy honey color, with a white phrothy head that disaptes quickly. laces alot.

nose is extremly grass. the only other presence I detecy is kind of peppery and spicey. Taste is such a pleasnt mix of flavors. It has a malty bread like quality, yeah hops are very much rpevalant. almost like and IPA (ala dfh 60 min) but not, much more drinable and more matly to say the least. Grain flavors and hops dance gracefully in a nice mix. Better then alot of pils that I haev had, Victory has definatly come up with something here. Drinkable and refershing to say the least

Very impressed with this beer.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2005 05:58:36 | More by PSUDREW
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2005 03:02:39 | More by blitheringidiot
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to get this in a growler from a friend.

Gold with nice head and lacing.

Mt. Hood hops from New York State farmers were used. Wonderful. Very spicy in character. Not so much herbal, but it reminds me of black pepper spice in many ways.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and that seems to be normal for many, if not most, of the growlers I have attempted.

Drinkability is high. Hops dominate, but a nice malt presence comes through.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2005 05:18:15 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 16:40:48 | More by micromaniac129
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 03:16:24 | More by ehammond1
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 06:53:52 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 22:56:51 | More by Vdubb86
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ToasterChef

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 16:30:14 | More by ToasterChef
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 00:35:43 | More by Thorpe429
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 19:18:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 03:29:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 05:44:59 | More by DoubleJ
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 18:02:52 | More by david18
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 18:26:05 | More by drabmuh
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 02:34:28 | More by biegaman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 18:56:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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taigor

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 16:16:57 | More by taigor
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 07:07:21 | More by Sammy
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 21:47:51 | More by Kadonny
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 19:21:06 | More by Kegatron
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the publick house oct 17/09.

pours bright almost neon yellow with just a touch of haze. a small pure white head forms, dropping fairly quickly but leaving tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. bright herbal and slightly floral character. light citrus peel. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. hints of honey and caramel.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. big herbal and floral hops. bit of orange peel. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light grain. earthy too. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a light dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. great hop depth. a tasty pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 16:45:29 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 14:19:21 | More by Viggo
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 18:32:33 | More by donniecuffs
Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.