Braumeister Harvest Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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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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Photo of Biscuit033
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.
Cheers!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Budlum
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A solid two inches of dense, foamy, white head was produced pouring this beer. The body is a hazy, pale, straw yellow shade. Head retention and lacing are excellent. This is spot on for a premium pils. The only thing missing were the bubbles.

The nose of this brew is dead on for a pils. Fresh and slightly sour hops dominate with just a hint of malty sweetness and black pepper. This has the benchmark smell for the style.

Once again, this brew hits the style on the nose. Fresh, bitter and sharp hops are balanced with a very appropriate malt sweetness. The finish is crisp and sharp holding the distinctive hop flavors. Excellent.

The mouthfeel of this beer is lacking. The carbonation expected from a pils simply isn't there. I have to believe this is because my sample was kegged months ago.

Drinkability is excellent. This is an extremely satisfying, crisp and clean finishing beer. The style is represented almost perfectly. I only wish I had the chance to sample this when it was fresh. Excellent job Victory!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill during their Victory event.
This is the prima, Prima pilsner. Very nearly perfect, to me, for the style. All the pleasure of freshly baked artisnal bread... in carbonated liquid form. Fresh, crisp, with layers of textures. Dangerous drinkability. I recall trying to get this beer a few different times at a few different places and by the time I got there it was already gone! After finally having some I found that it's no mystery or conspiracy... it's just a damn good beer.
Palate cleansing, refreshing, with the right balance of lightness and flavor to grab and keep your attention.
More please. Thank you.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a 1/6 of this on tap a few months ago and I am now getting to writing the review. It pours a slightly hazy yellow with a big sticky fluffy white head that left nice lacing rings all down the glass. The nose was very floral and earthy, with small dose of pine floating around, very very hoppy. There was a bitter start that gave way to a sweet corn flavor and ending with a piney bitterness. It has a very dry finish with an enjoyable lingering bitterness. It was a little too bitter to be very drinkable, one would do it for the night.

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