Braumeister Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #14
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,341
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.72%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
291
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review on tap at brewery 8/2019:
Clear, lightly colored beer that is like a faded yellow gold. Head lasts a short period and provides a bit of lacing.

Nose is wonderfully bready with the Pilsner malt. It’s not quite like smelling fresh bread but it’s close on this pour. Noble hops are noted, accenting the malt without interfering.

Bread aspect isn’t as big in the taste, and the malts bring a moderately sweet opening note. The Pilsner malt shows itself just about the time the noble hop grass starts to show. A hint of minerals then an earthy to grassy bitterness to close out.

Feel is light and inviting, making this a dry enjoyable beer. Having it at the source likely helps, but I had to up my initial rating over a notch. I could maybe use just a tad more dryness, but there’s a lot more to like than to complain about.

May 03, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 2017...on tap, pours clear gold, light darkness colors. Some white foam. Light malty nose, very much a pils. Crisp pilsy taste, very familiar, good hop backed bitter. Earthy taste. Nice.

Nov 21, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

part of a 5oz flight at good ta go Chambersburg, PA on Saturday night.

pale yellow body, no head, ergo no lacing.

some malts on the nose.

I wasn't expecting much after the first two ratings, but this doesn't taste bad at all, and I admit I'm not much of a lager/pilsner fan. Clean and strong malty flavor.

Mouth is around medium, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, a decent enough beer.

May 30, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

decent pils here, but they call it a keller pils on the menu. i was under the impression that the keller part indicated that it was an unfiltered example of the style, but this beer is almost perfectly clear on the pour, and looks super light in general, even for the style, more pale straw color than yellow or golden, and quite minimalist. aroma and flavor are great, you get just enough of the lager yeast on top of the light crackery imported pilsener malt, and just a dash of spicy earthy hops to finish, very understated overall, but very well made. i think pils is a funny style, in that the very best ones almost all taste the same, its brewed to a standard, so the better it is, the closer they seem to be to uniform, something i have not observed in other styles to this degree, so while this is very good, its also kind of samey, which is more the fault of the style than the recipe. i was hoping for a little more grain and yeast character given the keller in the name, but hard to complain about a good clean pils like this one.

Apr 08, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean straw yello color, minimal head. Very clean and straightforward beer, very nice German malt presence, flavors of wheat bread and flower hops. Great body in the classic style.

Mar 25, 2017
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you don't like pilsners, don't bother drinking this even if the only reason you're tasting it is to be able to add another beer to the list of beers you've tried. Or if you think you'll suddenly like pilsners.

Jan 25, 2017
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at The Answer in Richmond, Va. A clear, light yellow. Smells very mild of bready malts, flowers, and spice. Tastes, as others have noted, very clean, like a good German pilsner, though with subtle taste of what I can only describe as oats? Or something rather oaty. Feels light and drinkable and actually rather refreshing. Overall I like it. Solid.

Sep 19, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and Crisp with sweet malt goodness. Floral, herbal, toasted sweet maltiness and subtle spicy noble hop flavors. Clean, crisp and smooth. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. Really solid.

Apr 20, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barely cloudy yellow with a small head that can be easily revived with a little vigor.

Grass hay hops and laffy taffy on the nose.

Surprising amount of hop bitterness on the palate, at least for a pilsener. Combined with some other nice rounding flavors of sweetness, citrus and laffy taffy, this is a very intriguing brew.

The drinkability of this beer is what keeps me from completely swearing off the pilsener style. This is nice.

Jan 20, 2016
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

20 oz pint. Straw yellow, clear with a big fluffy white head. Floral hops, light malt, biscuits. Flavor is incredibly clean, a bit hoppy, flowery and faint dough. Refreshing and crisp.

Aug 13, 2015
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jancona from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw color - light foam and lacing. Very light nose of sweet biscuit malt / taste follows with a hint of hops. Good though I prefer the Prima.

Apr 28, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Served in a pint glass. Light gold and hazy. Not the clarity you would expect in a pilsner. Small white head with good retention. Strong floral hop aroma with some light pils malt. Crisp, yet juicy and not overly dry. The flavor is in line with its German counterparts but the mouthfeel is more pleasant and not as harsh.

When Victory brews another pilsner it is automatically going to be judged against the excellent Prima Pils. I think it may be even better than Prima, lighter on the hops and a little more body. Highly enjoyable. If Victory bottled this, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Oct 21, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

On draft, pours a translucent pale straw yellow; wispy thin head. Good carbonation.

The nose is very clean, simple, lots of dry earthy hops, a little grass, cracker, with good herbal spice notes. I don't get any yeast character on the nose. The flavor is classic pils, dry earthy hops up front, well balanced, a little grass, slight dough, spice. I get a little corn and grain. Just a bit of lemon/citrus zest on the finish. This is super clean, refreshing. Really nice.

Aug 29, 2014
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seedyone from New York

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

02/21/15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As it's following a couple of serious sweet & imperial stouts the meager bitter is tigated.

Lemony haze yields a sparse lacing &

06/27/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A touch bitter for my un-hoppy tastes. Not too much so, but doesn't encourage long term session

Aug 16, 2014
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yemenmocha from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at pub as well as growler right now - very beautiful golden color, virtually no haze, with medium to full head that is white in color. At least some residual head remains over time. Aromas of bread, grain, and light grass are noted. On the palate this one comes across somewhat dry with a mineral component that reminds me a little of Dortmunder beers. Nice dry bready flavors are noted as well. Good body to enjoy as a filling beer on its own, but yet light enough for exceptional drinkability and pairing with foods. Wish this one was bottled.

Feb 14, 2014
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argock from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker Pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden hue with short cap of small-bubbled white head with a small rim of lacing.

S: Crisp grassy aroma of noble hops with expected grainy pilsner malt with a touch of honey sweetness. No yeast aromas.

T: Braumeister Pils is a solid German pilsener with crisp grassy, floral, and spicy hops bite with moderate bitterness coupled with a great clean pilsner graininess with the same bit of honey sweetness and some breadiness in there too. No yeast or alcohol character, moderately bitter. Nothing fancy -- just a solid, well-brewed clean lager.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with balanced carbonation and light-medium body. Very dry finish.

O: Victory really has this style down - between this brew and Prima Pils they dominate the category, especially with the poor shape most imports are in.

Dec 30, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy and floral hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of malt and hops all around.

Nov 17, 2013
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard lightstraw gold body with lace and a bready, pils aroma and the hops come out to play which I have noticed alot of these new Victory brews are getting hopped up. Crisp, light bodied, easy to drink, there was just a sweetness that is particularly noticeable and slightly askew from other pilsners. Not a complaint, just stating my opinion on the matter. Enjoyable, sessionable, and I would recommend this beer to any pils fan or simply a fan of a good lager.

Jun 30, 2013
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

I expected a lot more out of this one, given Victory's propensity for well made and thoughtful lagers. It's very light, and not crisp enough, without the spicy hop goodness that I was looking for. This is surprising to me.

Mar 06, 2013
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JednoPivoProsim from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Purchased at the Victory Brewpub on 3/5/13. Victory lists this as the Braumeister Pils - Hallertau, a Keller Pils at 4.7% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a a golden yellow with a thick white head. Body is slightly hazy with decent carbonation.

Smell: Faint metallic aroma of Noble Euro hops. Slightly bready with a touch of lemon.

Taste: Crisp German pils flavor. Slight spiciness up front from the hops slides quickly into a sweet malty body. A little grassy. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of body balanced against nice crisp carbonation. Dry yet refreshing with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: Very nice subtle pils straight from the source. Not overly hoppy nor too sweet, this beer strikes a near perfect balance.

Mar 06, 2013
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stewart124 from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dutch's

Straw-golden with just a touch of white head.

Nose had plenty of grassy/earthy characters. Some spice and a general noble hop.

Crisp and refreshing. Big pilsner malt character that was matched by a great hop profile. Just as bitter as I expected but not quite as brilliant as Prima Pils. It seemed to be missing that punch. It is possible that the malt bill came through more pronounced than the hops or possible the ratio was different.

More spice and noble character throughout and generally a tasty pils.

Feb 09, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint at the Norse Bar.

Pale straw gold body, lasting rings of sticky white lacing. Bright clarity with some languid streams of ascending carbonation rising through the liquid. Good head retention, foam remains after a couple sips, skim breaks across the surface.

Crackery pils malt aroma, some dry grassiness of noble hops as well. Seems slightly hoppier than the average pils, but much less so than Prima Pils.

Dry with a good presence of grassy noble hop character, lightly bready with some crackery malt depth as well. Light feel with crisp carbonation, this is a nice sessionable pilsner. Maybe not in my personal top three, but it's very well made and would be a great beer to have around on tap all year round.

2016: Seems a bit more sweet than the previous sample. Malt sweetness lingers slightly, aftertaste is somewhat dry and grainy.

Jan 08, 2013
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a solid head that lingers well. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of pilsner hops - this version more floral. Taste is consistent with the smell - floral but with a bit of piney background. Compared to the Prima option at Victory this has a little less "pop" but still good.

Dec 31, 2012
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wedge from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Victory

Bright, slightly hazed yellow under a thick, pure-white head that settles to a permanent cap and leaves some attractive chunks of foam behind on the glass. Aromas of fresh flowers, peppery hops, dough, and fresh cracker malt. Flowery fresh, leafy hop flavor, biscuity pils malt finish, a bit of honey, and a lingering bitterness. Snappy and super refreshing. I had to try pretty hard to slow down and not just chug the whole thing down at once. Excellent!

Dec 17, 2012
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at DC's Churchkey 12/1
5-4-4.5-5-4.5

This is an awesome pils, super dry and also very heavy on grassy hops, it's very easy drinking.

The look is a perfect golden semi slught hazy body and a nice foamy head with ample lacing. I don't how know you'd improve on that.

The smell is subtle but nice, it was wiff's of grass and earthy malt and hop, very clean and crisp. The taste follows suit but really has a ton of flavor that's right on the money for the style. Excellent hops and clean slightly yeasty malt base; this is an easy drinking beer you could have a ton of. It has a great fresh sweet corn taste too. Some sweetness to balance the dry and clean finish. The mouth is great, it's very foamy and supple over the palate, carbonation is outstanding.

A true winner for victory here maybe one of the best pils I've had.

Dec 01, 2012
Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 291 ratings