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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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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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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
Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  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.

SLeffler27, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of taigor
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.

taigor, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
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.

Kadonny, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of grub
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.

grub, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
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.

donniecuffs, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.03/5  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.

Nickls, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light clear straw...head is there briefly....not much lace

peppery...lemon zest...some honey...doughy

bready....citrusy...pepper from the nose leaves a nice tingle on the tongue

crisp and creamy with a dry finish

light body....very sessionable beer

SPRichard, May 28, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
Pours a light, golden hue... Minimal head, minor lacing...
Smell: Strong pepperish aroma, lemons, and florals...
Taste: Nice pepperish bite, taste strongly complements the aroma... Rich florals, lemon zest, light fruit...
Easily drinkable, light-bodied...
Great stuff...
Awesome depiction of the style...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA
Served in a seidel

The beer poured a pale, clear, straw yellow color with a two-finger, bright white, sea foam head that faded to a resilient cap of froth.

The aroma was mild initially. Malty and sweeter than expected. Somewhat bready with a slight German hoppiness. As the beer warmed, the aroma became a touch more pronounced (particularly the malty sweetness).

The taste was well balanced yet uninspiring. Lots of soft, mellow flavors. Bready, doughy malts came through up front. Crisp and tart in the center with slightly sour, lemony notes. Some grassy, flowery, German-style hops appeared as well. The finish was clean, dry and somewhat bitter with notes of pine.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied with a very fine and mild effervescence. For the style, the carbonation was surprisingly restrained.

Drinkability was quite good. This is a tasty, light, refreshing and super well balanced pilsener that could pair easily with a number of different dishes.

I found this beer to be rather tame and unexciting. Frankly, I am amazed that this is (currently) ranked as the number one German pilsener in the world. In my opinion, Prima Pils has it beat by a long shot.

Damian, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was clear, almost shiny, golden color. It was seved to me with a beautiful, white, fluffy head that left plenty of lace in it's wake.

s: Sweeter than I expected, lots of caramel and pale malts. The hops were in the backround, almost difficult to find.

t: Mirrors the smell, this might have been a little long in the tooth. Where is the hop assault I expected?

m: Crisp and well carbonated.

d: I had this on-tap at the brewery and while it wasn't bad, I think maybe this is a little too old.

DIM, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours an attractive soft golden yellow with a slight cloudiness to it. 2 fingers of soft foam crown this pils.

Smell: Nice subdued hoppiness (almost like a fresh hop ale) and grass notes. I'm impressed by how fresh the hops smell.

Taste: Large fresh hop presence with some bitterness. Lots of wet grass to balance out the typical pilsner malt. Truly a tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly crisp and creamy at the same time!

Drinkability: No problems kicking this one back all night. A really nice session beer choice for those who like hops.

koopa, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fathead's in Pittsburgh, PA. Standard pint glass.

Pours a crisp, pale yellow body with a sluggish carbonation level and a trace amount of bone white head. Below average retention and lacing, but that's likely a result of the pour, not the brew itself. Aroma was deliciously hoppy, bursting with grapefruit, fresh resin, and citrus. Crystal malts provided a great, biscuity balance.

Great flavor on this one, too, quite similar to the aroma in hoppiness, but with more pine and resin. Finished crisp and and juicy with fresh hops all the way. Good lord, I love harvest ales. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and very drinkable, with a near-perfect carbonation level and a crisp, bitter, palatable finish. All in all, a tasty Pilsener worthy of the Victory name. Definitely one I hope to encounter again.

wagenvolks, Nov 29, 2008
Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.