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Braumeister Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 269
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to my buddy Chris for letting me borrow his growler and picking me up this treat so that I could take it out to Trey's for a little tasting that we decided to throw together last minute. Poured into a pint glass.

Crisp and clear, the body is hazed only by plentiful streamers that spring from hundreds of nucleation sites around the glass. There is a thick and creamy head that forms and bubbles up to an inch in height before subsiding to about a half cm. It then sits there for the entire length of time it takes me to drink the entire beer, leaving thick rings of foam around the glass after every sip.

The aroma is more Czech pils to me, as this is crisp and grassy with a good amouth of Saaz stank. There is a supple and crisp malt backbone that is evident here, though it does stay mostly hidden behind the dank bitterness of the hops.

That malty note that manifested itself in the aroma? Fuggetaboutit. This beer really lets the hops shine in every aspect. Flavorful, with a huge grassy presence and a great balance of bitterness to match. Nary an off flavor, this is what a pilsener should be.

Light and well carbonated, and maybe just a touch too much so, Braumeister pils is another standout pilsner from Victory Brewing Company. This just further solidifies them as the best pils brewer in the country, and ranks them high worldwide, I would say.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5 at The Brick Store Pub. On-tap into a Victory Prima Pils glass.

A: It has a pure and clear golden color with lively carbonation and a finger and a half of pillow-like white head that holds and laces well. It looks like the ideal pilsner.

S: Light noble hop aroma, pleasant cereal malt, light citrus, and some grassiness.

T: Light citrus, grass, pale malts, and fresh noble hops. This mirrors the smell and it a beautiful work of subtlety.

M: The body is light, the carbonation is high, and the finish is crisp.

O: It is fantasticly flavorful, light, and quaffable.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As etherial a brew as I have ever experienced. As I made a random trek of about an hour to Victory, who should I happen to run into but rotsaruch. He proceeds to calmly yet somewhat giddily inform me of this absolute gem. Whether it was a regular pour or the slow pour (both of which I consumed on 10/2/04), this is one of, if not my favorite brews of all time. The hazy golden color was impressive enough, not to mention the ricky multi-finger head. Aromas of malt and sweetness, perhaps some banana or clove flow through my sinuses...a beautiful thing. As drinkable a Pils as I have ever found. So tasty, with a noticable hint of hop backbone. A fantastic creation, and I am thrilled to add I was able to take some of the last of it home in a growler...A truly magnificent creation.


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Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan NittanyBeerFan for bringing this to Pittsburgh for a quick, impromptu tasting on September 9. This beer was the palate cleanser beer, if you will, but turned out to be much more. Goes to show that Victory makes some of the best, if not the best, lagers in the country.

A: No surprises here. Pours a clear golden yellow, with a hint of copper hues, and a nice pillow white head. Looks pretty much identical to their Prima Pils, but maybe a tad darker. Pretty much as good as it gets for a Pilsner.

S: About as sexy as it gets for a Pilsner. Skunky, dank, juicy European hops (Saaz, Hallertau, Tettang), with a ton of hop spice and freshly cut grass and pine. Not much in terms of the backing malt, as it smells clean and crisp (no caramel, which I prefer). Very hop forward, similar to Prima Pils, but a different hop blend.

T: Pretty much as the smell eludes, this is a very hop forward Pilsner, but still keeps the classic clean Pilsner flavour without becoming an IP(L). The skunky and spicy hop characters really shine and make this one quenchable lager. Superb.

Overall, another knockout by Victory. I wish they would bottle this now.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one heck of a pilsner. A perfect session beer, which I don't normally associate with lagers. This one is just sooo smooth and drinkable. This won't let you down. Although I sample this on April Fool's day, it was no joke. Straw gold with frothy head, until finally a nice lace remains. Taste approaches perfection. Nice malt taste up front with a nice hops bitterness at the end. Makes it nice and refreshing. Perfection at the end of the taste. Definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Soonami
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Braumeister Pils is a really great German-style Pilsener from Victory. It has the perfect woody and spicy noble hop aroma and flavor that evokes in me the sensory memory of walking in a beech forest in late fall after an early morning shower. It has a very green, grounded hop character that is invigorating. I would love to try this and Prima Pils back-to-back to compare, I haven't had that beer in months. Braumeister is very clean, dry and has a nice malty taste.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with almost no head and almost no visible carbonation... the body on the other hand was quite interesting: a pale yellow that was so cloudy that the beer was completely opaque with yeast. It is also interesting that the suspended yeast does not clump together... rather the yeast and liquid beer formed a perfectly homogenous slurry. Someone could have told me that this was a hefe-weisse, and I would have believed them on the appearance alone...

S- Smells of a musty, yeasty glass of lemongrass tea. The second whiff is reminiscent of a slice of lemon meringue pie. There are some nice low-alpha hops here, perfectly balanced with the aroma of pale malt.

T- The nose accurately foreshadowed the taste... but this tastes yet MORE yeasty than expected. The flavors of low-alpha hops and pale malt are restrained, but definitely there. The finish is clean and yeasty... A YEAST BOMB!!

M- Incredibly thick/firm for a pils... very granular. The carbonation is barely adequate, but who notices whilst drinking a pilsner porridge!?

D- Wow. What an amazing unfiltered Pilsner. If I could only have this on a regular basis... I could drink this stuff all day and night...

NOTE: It seems like Victory put out several versions of beer referred to as Braumeister Pils... and I am making my best assumption as to which I just consumed. I resolved that the beer menu at the bar plainly stated "Braumeister Pils", and other reviews for this beer indicated that it was unfiltered... there is a chance however, that the keg I sampled was yet another unique one-off batch...

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a thin head.

Smell: Simple but pleasant. Malt, hops, grassy hay and some yeast.

Taste: Malty bite with some tart bitterness. Grassy flavor. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable sessionable beer at 4.8%. Wish I got a growler of this to go.

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Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Braumeister Pils pours a very nice cloudy yellow with a nice white head. The nose has hints of toasted grains and nice amount of hops. There is some sweetness, typical for the style. A very nice pils with a good carbonation and a dry crisp finish. Perfect of the style.

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Photo of jancona
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour in pint glass.

A: clear amber, surprising, nice head of foam

S: malts make a nice appearance balanced by the hops

T: malts and hops work together to make a crisp refreshin beer

M: carbonation is good, feels sharp and a touch of sweetness

D: I enjoy prima pils, this is another great offering I am loving this one.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. cloudy yellow gold with a huge foamy head, but it didn't last too long.
Sm. Lemony and a bit of grapefruit hops. Others say it's grassy...could be.
Ta. Same as smell with a sourish finish.
Mf. Light and a bit thin.
Dr. okay, not wonderful, a whole growler to go, so I can't complain too much.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden with vigorous carbonation and fluffy mountainous head.

S - Flowery, lemony, with noble hop aroma.

T - Hoppiness dominates at front middle and end. Underneath are fantastic if subtle notes of grass, flowers, metal, lemon . . . brilliant.

M - Wonderful hop bite stings the tongue and demands relief . . . with another sip. Big full pils.

D - Hop dominance keeps it from being highly drinkable yet very enjoyable and interesting.

Best American Pils

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw in color fragrant noble hops and crisp taste, this is the best pilsner i have ever had. Full of flavor, but light enough to drink all night. I stopped by the brewery and wanted to keep drinkin these even though there was plenty of others to try. I was half tempted, before i left, to pick up a quarter keg to bring home. This beer is lighter in alcohol too, if my memory serves me right, 3.8%. Seriously do yourself a favor and try one of these.

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Photo of HotHands
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this certainly doesn't look like a pilsner - it's a dark amber color, with a nice white head and lacing.

S - Grassy, floral hops and crackery malt.

T - follows the aroma with a substantial malt backbone. The malt has a nice toasty flavor, and everything other than that is true to the pilsner style. Good level of bitterness.

M - carbonation and body are good. Refreshing and not too filling, but the body holds up nicely.

Overall - a great pilsner. I think I'd usually prefer this to Prima Pils because there is more balance between the malt and the hops, unless I was in the mood for something hoppy.

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Photo of wd40
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a bit cloudy and rather unremarkable.
Very grassy, distinctly lager aroma.
Taste was rather unremarkable. No hops to speak of, very plain. Tasted like a mass produced beer that had been cared for a little bit so as to remove the obvious imperfections.
Carbonation was very present, but a little hard.
Pretty drinkable I suppose, but not something I would have again.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at tasting last night, so this will be from my notes I did on paper that had someone's number on it. Tastes are lemony hops, some grass, chives, German hops, clean and crisp maltiness, lager yeast, age, linen. Smells like a typical American Pilsner with some age to it and some biscuitiness here and there.

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Photo of JMWEB2
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice head, which dissipates leaving some lacing.

S: Grassy smell, some fruity smells, lemony.

T: Noble hops are outstanding, lemony taste, and the finish is sweet and balanced. Great tasting.

M: Light, CRISP, outstanding!

O: Great Pilsner, Victory does not miss. Clean and smooth great American style German Pils!

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Photo of smurphy77
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to say it, but my experience with this beer was that it's pretty mediocre. Generally, I'm a HUGE fan of victory. This is perhaps the weakest item I've sampled from their repertoire.

On draft, this beer poured a very pale golden color with a small head. The taste was quite mild, with no distinguishing characteristics to speak of. Neither hops aroma nor bitterness was apparent. Mouthfeel was light.

Of course, the lack of flavor makes this beer quite drinkable, but I wouldn't order again.

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Photo of TheGipper
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to the folks at Victory for this single-hop series. This particular version seemed true to the Pilsner style, dry and effervescent, ever-so-pleasing to drink and refreshing, with a nice bite to it. Just what to expect and demand from a good Pilsner! It's not my favorite style, but the quality overcame that for me, much like the Prima Pils does.

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Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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