Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of biegaman
4.78/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of CaptMurdock
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Nickls
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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)

Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of marcpal
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of beerorRIP
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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!

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +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.

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.