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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Braumeister Harvest Pils
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 103
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: rotsaruch on 10-14-2005

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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 SPRichard
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

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Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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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 koopa
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of marcpal
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap leftover from Victory even at Stuff Yer Face, NJ

Pint poured into standard American pint glass.

To start, this is a brilliant pilsener from a brewery where I would expect absolutely no less.

A: Shiny transparent yellow with a thin but fluffy head. The lacing is not something I am usually impressed about but the rings that were left on this were the best Ive ever seen from a beer.

S: Citrus hops comnbined with candy. The freshest earthy hops that you could imagine, true and tight. The German festiness is there and I hate to use this word but clean is best descriptor.

T: There is a special malty that is biscuit like combined with the grassiness. For such a light textured beer, it was amazing that it kept the traits and flavors of a nice bowl of cooked oatmeal drenched in quality honey.

M: Light, dry, crisp and clean.

D: Perhaps the best stromboli accompanying beer Ive had here. Great job Victory, lipsmackingly good.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ stuff yer face, NJ (victory night)

full pour into a (ironically) Prima pils glass gives a nice straw yellow body. a creamy white head caps the brew, and a steady stream of small bubbles makes sure the head sticks around. plenty of lace sticks to the glass throughout the tasting.

smells like super fresh noble hops to me! a bit of doughy malt sneaks in there as well, but spicy and earthy noble hops are the essence. a bit of floral in there as well, but again hops are the aroma here. didn't seem too grassy like other fresh hopped beers.

the taste mimics the aroma - the great noble hops are upfront and in back on the tastebuds. some malt character is there, but only as a support to the tasty spice of hops. it's not imperial pils bitter, but it certainly isn't yer average pils. no metallic or off flavors to be found.

a well carbonated pils (as is the style) so the carbonation adds just a bit more to the bitterness. the mouthfeel is like most pils - so it's light on the mouth. makes it easy to ask for another!

i was really glad to try this one... i do like pils, and this one really hit the spot!

thanks to pete from victory also!

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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 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 mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is very attractive on the nose, though it's a bit hoppier then most pilsners I've come across. On the palate this beer is VERY impressive. Victory has really dialed in the hops with this beer, I just love the hoppy bitterness. There is also some honey and biscuit flavors, just enough to hold the hops in check. This is one beer that just seemed to get better and better as I worked through my pint.

The beer was medium bodied for a pilsner, and drinkability was good. Abv. could have been anything from 4% to 7% and I doubt I would have known the difference.

A very fine beer from this always reliable brewery. Frankly, I prefer it to the Prima Pils.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a powerful spicy noble hop with a doughy soft malt.

The taste consisted of an herbal and earthy hop spice coupled with a grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with a lingering hop spice.

Overall a superior rendition of the style.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Victory Breapub in Downingtown, PA. It came in a large pislner glass.
Appearance: The body was a cloudy gold color topped off with a fluffy bright head. Excellent retention and food thick lacing.
Smell: Both piney and citrus notes. Maybe lemon?
Taste: Very piney. I hoped for a noticable malt backbone but it wasn't there
Mouthfeel: crisp.
Drinkability: good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of roan22
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a recent pint of this, direct from the source (Victory in Downingtown). This beer is only available on draft, and its formulation changes by changing the type of hop used. They (Victory) liken it to a jazz improvisation. There are three different versions. I never know which one I am having at the time...but the Tettnang Tettnager is the more dry and piney version, and the hoppiest, the Harvest Braumeister Pils comes out once a year at harvest time (fall) and is not to be missed.

Its a golden color, unfiltered, small layer of white foam. Not much lacing on the glass. The Braumeister Pils is very refreshing in all weather, and it goes great with dinner. I always appreciate this beer for its freshness as I am so close to the brewery. IMO Braumeister Pils is more drinkable than the Prima Pils. There are corn notes present in the taste like with every pilsner, but its the grassy, zesty hop bite that keeps my attention. The Victory brewmasters studied brewing in Germany and its beers like these which showcase their brewing talents to the fullest.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had recently at BSP.

A - clear, golden body with a thick white head which dissipated somewhat. This beer has a very inviting look about it, especially with the summer here!

S - hoppy citrus aromas and malt tend to dominate. In my notes I have that I apparently thought it almost smelled vaguely of Froot Loops. Ha!

T - again, malty (bready or biscuity sort of) and somewhat citrusy, with a sort of grass flavor to it. Clean and enjoyable for sure.

M - light-medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

D - pretty high! Wow, I really enjoy prima pils, but I wish we got this more! What a summer beer. Crisp, refreshing, and flavorful. Could session the hell out of this.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance: pale yellow, lots of carbonation, great head retention and a bit of lacing marking everywhere the beer stopped along it's way down the glass

smell: surpisingly nutty, citrus hop presence

taste: Plenty of malt character, just a bit sharp nutty yeast with a grapefruit hop finish

mouthfeel: medium-light body with plenty of fiz and light astringence on the finish

drinkability: Not technically a "Session" beer but quite sessionable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia

A: Golden yellow with a slight haze. Thin head

S: Mild, earthy hop aroma with a hint of lemon zest and biscuit and toasted malt

T: Crisp with a mild hop twang and just a hint of butteriness

M: Medium dry finish but a little undercarbonated

D: Easy drinking but disappointing

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in tap at Ortino's Northside.

A-Light golden straw colored. Right on for the style

S-Clean hoppy smell.

T-Great apertif. Clean, hoppy, spicy taste. Dry but could session quite a few of these...

M-Crisp, perfect for the style

D-Right on for a German Pilsener. A little more reserved vs. Prima Pils but an excellent nonetheless.

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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 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 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 ffejherb
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Victory on 3/1/08. Served in a pils glass.

A - Hazy golden straw-colored body with almost two fingers of tight, rocky white head and plenty of active carbonation. Very good head retention and decent lacing for the duration.

S - Grassy and citrusy noble hops with bready/biscuity malts. Also detect some lemon rind and zesty fruit with some grape sweetness.

T - Very true to style. Beautiful crisp, hoppy bite - the way a pils should be! Bitterness is backed up by a solid biscuity malt base, creating a flavor that is light, crisp and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied and pretty creamy texture with a bit of oily stickiness. Carbonation provides a prickly sensation on the tongue. Crisp, dry bitter finish.

D - Simply one of the best pilsners I've had from a US brewery. Very true to the classic German Pilsener style. I could drink this anytime. Spot-on!

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