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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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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%
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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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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear golden color; although the head didn't persist it did leave a good bit of lacing while it lasted

Smell: Crisp, grainy noble hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a fruity and grainy hops blast, with bitterness that builds from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and juicy hop blast; shows what a pilsner can and should be

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2006 01:29:08 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2008 11:19:50 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-25-2011 17:23:25 | More by nmann08
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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 14:25:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 13:30:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 16:42:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-21-2013 18:50:02 | More by Slatetank
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 23:39:04 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2005 23:17:21 | More by Gavage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 14:30:24 | More by weeare138
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 02:32:29 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2006 01:49:19 | More by akorsak
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2005 15:17:47 | More by woodychandler
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, Ga. Poured a slightly hazy light golden with a very thin head that settled to a cap. Smells of tangy lager yeast, dry malt, and if there are hops in the aroma they are very subtle and floral. The taste starts with that same tangy lager yeast with some fruity and almost nutty flavors as well. Light floral hops on the finish, a light bitterness, and a cherrry pit finish right at the end. The fruit, floral interplay with the slightly almondy bitterness is what makes this beer intriquing for me. Its softer than many German pilsners, and a bit creamier, but this is a fairly unique take on a pilsner. The fresh hops take this in a completeely different direction than either a fresh hop ale or a traditional pilsner. Unique, interesting, and wortth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 15:02:19 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-28-2013 17:27:04 | More by BARFLYB
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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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Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.