Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-23-2008 20:01:21 | More by marcpal
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
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!
11-17-2008 02:13:55 | More by beerorRIP
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
11-12-2008 20:19:16 | More by TheycallmeTim
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
11-07-2008 19:29:35 | More by gford217
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
10-28-2008 11:19:50 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-20-2008 12:40:43 | More by John_M
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-17-2008 15:56:06 | More by plaid75
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Served in tall pilsner glass.
Appearance is straw like typical pilsner.
Smell is more on the malt side than hops.
Taste I find is more malt upfront than Prima Pils hop with bready bisuity texture. I liked this Pils very much and is a nice change from Prima.
Not overly sessionable at 6.10 but could definitely have a few.
10-17-2008 12:55:05 | More by Kolsch
3.28/5 rDev -20.6%
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
Don't drink and review.
08-23-2008 19:46:25 | More by treehugger02010
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-18-2008 20:48:15 | More by roan22
4.13/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-14-2008 18:35:16 | More by ruckzuck
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
05-23-2008 22:47:25 | More by Donnie2112
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
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
05-14-2008 03:23:58 | More by DefenCorps
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-12-2008 00:56:00 | More by peterittenhouse
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-29-2008 01:25:43 | More by cichief
3.68/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
04-17-2008 20:55:10 | More by AltBock
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
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!
03-29-2008 13:30:44 | More by RblWthACoz
4.72/5 rDev +14.3%
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!
03-02-2008 19:09:51 | More by ffejherb
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Bright straw color with large head and foam clinging in chunks on the way down.
S: Bread, oyster crackers, and earthy hops.
T: Lemony hops, bread, crackers, slight bit of citrus toward the end a bitter, dry finnish.
M: Lots of tiny bubbles dancing on the tongue with a clean crisp finish.
D: This is quite the pilsner. Fresh hops burst in to your mouth and the dry, crisp finish is great. This is a beer that I will keep an out for when at the brewery.
02-24-2008 22:32:12 | More by Biscuit033
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-21-2007 15:02:19 | More by Georgiabeer
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: Served a pale yellow gold with white Pils head and active carbonation.
Smell: Floral grassy hops, and a touch of light German malts, with a brush of citrus.
Taste: Exactly what a Pils should be. Grassy hop profile, a dry grain element and touch of German biscuity malt; earthy undertone. Very dry.
Mouthfeel: Very dry crisp and refreshing. Medium body with well carbonated.
Drinkability: Pint after pint this beer drinks very easily.
Hope this is helpful.
10-22-2007 22:22:36 | More by Phatz
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
10-21-2007 14:25:05 | More by NeroFiddled
3.4/5 rDev -17.7%
Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma was a fresh, hoppy nose and a very small citrus note. In the taste, smooth, with a small grainy hop, but not huge flavor at all. A smooth, clean, refreshing mouthfeel and a small hop aftertaste. A big nose, but not much flavor, refreshing, perfect for the warm fall so far this year.
10-20-2007 11:06:45 | More by OWSLEY069
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
10-15-2007 02:32:29 | More by tempest
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Body is golden yellow with a thick fluffy head. Nice laced rim.
Aroma is sweet and lemony. Earthy and floral hops.
Crisp citrus, fresh hops, and substantial acidic citrus lemon element. Drinkability is excellent. Hop flavors are much fresher and more pronounced than the standard Prima Pils.
10-12-2007 01:19:55 | More by HugoGrim
Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.