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Braumeister Harvest Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Braumeister Harvest Pils
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rotsaruch on 10-14-2005)
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Photo of roan22

New Jersey

4.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 20:48:15 | More by roan22
Photo of ruckzuck


4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 18:35:16 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of Donnie2112


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2008 22:47:25 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of DefenCorps


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2008 03:23:58 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of peterittenhouse


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 00:56:00 | More by peterittenhouse
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 01:25:43 | More by cichief
Photo of AltBock


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2008 20:55:10 | More by AltBock
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 13:30:44 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ffejherb


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 19:09:51 | More by ffejherb
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 15:02:19 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Phatz


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 22:22:36 | More by Phatz
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 14:25:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2007 11:06:45 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 02:32:29 | More by tempest
Photo of HugoGrim


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 01:19:55 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 19:42:57 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2007 19:10:05 | More by orsulacp
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks egajdzis for sharing this local treat from his kegerator...
Appears a transparent, light gold with asmall white head that slowly fades out. Streaky spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy, wood-like, pine, herbal, citrusy, along with notes of doughy yeast.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas, along with light fruit.
Mouthfeel is sweet & bitter up front, medium bodied, doughy, with wood-like hops hanging on till the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 14:30:24 | More by weeare138
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear golden color; although the head didn't persist it did leave a good bit of lacing while it lasted

Smell: Crisp, grainy noble hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a fruity and grainy hops blast, with bitterness that builds from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and juicy hop blast; shows what a pilsner can and should be

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2006 01:29:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of jamie2dope


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the oppurtunity to try this beer at Redbones tonight. Poured from the tap a nice orange color with little heading. Smell was of fresh hops, and a piney aroma as well. Taste was very much like Victory's Hop Wallop in that although there is a definite hop presence, they do not assault the tongue like many ipas or heavy pilsners. Rather, it is more of a hop flavor then anything, which I really enjoyed. It was also extremely easy to drink....I wanted another after my first, but decided i'de like to try something else as well. Overall, a lovely beer. Haven't seen this one in stores yet, but if I did, I would pick it up in a split second.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 23:21:40 | More by jamie2dope
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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Flowing on tap last Friday 11-17 at Fathead's I've since returned and it has dried up, sadly. Appears a cloudy hazed bright yeloow golden with a large fluffy white head leaves even lace with each sip taken from my pint. Aromatics contain large amounts of grassy hops that are flowing so nicely amongst the biscuit malts...this is a pils my friends with raw fresh hops and presented in the unfiltered keller style...I'm a fan. Flavor more grassy and citrus grapefruit toned hop bursts flows nicely as it warms it gets even better revealing a more expressive pale malt with bready biscuit malt tones definitely finishes dry and a tad metallic. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body flows nice on the palate with moderate carbonation flows nice with mild streaks of hop resins. Drinkability well Victory continues to be masters of the traditional styles of beer, and I need to find a year round version of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 16:42:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ.

Poured a slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin, creamy white head that left some trails of lacing.

The smell was of a fresh, sharp crisp bitterness with a slight grassy background.

The taste was of fruity, esp. apple with a touch of orange, bitterness. The large hop presence gave it a sharp crispness. A sweet, slightly grassy, malt presence kept in right on target for the style. One of the best tasting, fresh-feeling pilsners I've had (if not the best).
Crisp, yet incredibly smooth. The alcohol was unnoticeable. Very easy to drink. Light enough for the style, but with a nice body and depth.
This is one fine pilsner. If you can find it, have it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 23:39:04 | More by jwc215
Photo of psinderson


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Typical golden yellow color with a thick white head. Lots of little bubbles throughout.

Smell: Definite noble hop aroma, a bit grassy and a little bready.

Taste: Very smooth. There is a pleasant hop bitterness but not nearly as extreme as Victory's Prima Pils.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, carbonation feels great.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Goes down easier than Prima Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2006 02:23:18 | More by psinderson
Photo of DrJay


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in at the brewpub for lunch and this was on tap. Slightly hazed, rich gold colour topped by a short, rocky, white head. Thick, chunky lace stuck to the glass and retained nicely, the head stuck around throughout the pint. Mild nose, definitely hoppy, floral and grassy. The flavour was crammed full of hops, intense but still kind of mellow. Floral but almost citrusy with a solid bitterness. Plenty of smooth malt serves as a backbone for this hop bomb. Not surprisingly, the bitterness and hop flavour linger for quite a while. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and light dryness. Awesome stuff. I definitely satisfied my hop fix with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2006 01:45:00 | More by DrJay
Photo of goindownsouth


4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The next in the long line of varietal, Braumeister Pilsners from Victory. Consumed vom Fass at Victory on 10.15.06. Amazing, amazing stuff.

Murky and golden in color, the slow-pour version provided me with a hige, rocky head that sat firmly atop this Pils. Aromas of fresh-cut hops, sitrusy goodness, and biscuity chewiness were prevalent. Smooth and clean on the palate, this unfiltered beauty gave great balance between the hops and malt on the tongue. Just slides right on down.

Yet another classic. The Braumeister series is certainly taking on and maintaining a life of its own. Perhaps the best to date? That is purely a matter of conjecture. But if you are in the area, do yourself a favor and grab a few slow-pours of this gem.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 11:17:31 | More by goindownsouth
Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.