Braumeister 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): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nomad on 07-22-2004

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71
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265
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4.08
pDev:
23.04%
 
 
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 265
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 stewart124
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, served in a pint glass for $6. This poured really frothy, it took about 8 minutes to make a glass. The remaining foam was fine and persistent, leaving tendrils of lacing on the glass. The beer itself was golden colored and clear.

A very light aroma, nearly neutral except for hints of Hallertau. Hallertau, one of the tastiest hop varieties and among my favorites.

It tastes like a very authentic pilsner, the Hallertau present more in bitterness than taste (to my chagrin). Still, very flavorful for the style and easily crushed. Light bodied and so forth, this is an easy choice if you see it on tap.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House.

A - golden yellow with a thin, soft layer of white head

S - faint cereal grains, some lemon, a bit spicy, herbal

T - herbal, spicy, peppery, rye

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a pretty hoppy pilsner. I was quite impressed. It has balance and drinkability as well as a complexity that I find lacking in many pilsners. Overall, this was a deliciously hoppy, smooth, easy to drink pilsner that I will definitely have again the next time I find it.

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

I had this on-tap at Pizza Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria.

A: Poured a crayon yellow, with a good amount of chill haze muddying the brew. The head was about a finger or so and gave me goosebumps just staring at it.

S: Whoa.... I got the Victory hop profile in spades right off the bat. Yeasty, slightly malty, and with a slight sourness.

T: Like I stated before, there was a bit of the Victory sourness here... along with their malt and hop profile

M: The carbonation was perfect... as with most Victory brews. Also, the lacing was ridiculous, along with the bitter afterbite... white was substantial,

O: I personally thought this was excellent. Victory really rises to the occasion sometimes.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at perch pub

Pours a clouded light golden color with a one finger high layer of white head resting on top. Patches of lacing streak the glass as the retained film dissolves.

Soft nose with a touch of grain and hops. Biscuit and cracker with lemongrass. Very mild and slightly nondescript.

Light smack of floral hops with lemon peel citrus. Grassy and grainy with biscuit malts. Smooth flowing profile that drinks easy with a mild malt base. Finishes a little bitter and crisp.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, crisp and smooth on the tongue. Victory does some really solid lagers - this is another memorable example I'd revisit.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a nice head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body.  The foam settles at a moderate place and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt and some with some musty hop aroma and a bit of green hop freshness.

T - Grainy pilsner malt up front with a hint of honey.  Some spicy hop notes in the middle that turn musty towards the finish and provide a strong, lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but I think I still prefer prima pils to this one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: half finger head on a slightly hazy straw with golden hue body.

S: very hoppy for te style and not your typical pilsner hop aroma, almost more like a mild APA with wet sock hop mustiness as well as mild earthy and grapefruit citrus notes.

T: bitter hops dominate the flavor here. Lots of herbal and metallic notes in the middle and finish. The grains are strong with the malts light.

M: medium body especially for the style and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very hoppy pilsner for sure. This one is certainly different and stands out from others. This one definitely grows on you as you drink it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, looks like a wheat beer. Good starting head that settles to rim bubbles but it leaves some runny lace after each sip.

Abundant floral hop nose--even for a bar pour.

Overly hoppy, which in my opinion takes it out of the pils category. But since I'm a hop head, I really like this beer. The body is appropriate for the style. Low malt flavor. The aftertaste dies out fairly quickly considering the punch of the bitterness in the mouth.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold body with slight haze and a nice cap of slowly settling white foam. Clingy lacing. Lightly toasted bready malt aroma with earthy and floral hop notes in the nose.

Really exceptionally well balanced flavor; toasted, chewy bread and caramel malt character without excessive sweetness, combined with floral, earthy, herbal hop notes. Clean, dry, pleasantly bitter finish.

Medium -light body; medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, and delicious. An truly outstanding pils.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head reducing that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of the expected pils grain malts along with floral and grassy hops. Additionally there is a light pepper/spice note to the smell as well.

T: The rich flavor of the pils malts along with a moderate to strong presence of grassy hops. There is a light bitterness that lingers with some hints of peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable, quite easy to drink, and sessionable. This is a great flavored pils that I could drink all day long. Goes well with lots of different food styles and is quite enjoyable as a summer beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial pint served up at Piper's Pub, this is my favorite beer pours a pale slight chill haze with a brilliant golden body and thicket of white head for days, fine lacing in speckled patterns left behind. Aroma has herbal earthy mild citrus lemon peel notes all from fressh green whole leaf hops, this pale biscuit malt profile and the assertive hops will make you appreciate real beer. Flavor is bitingly bitter for a beer this light in color with fresh hops excellent on draft, biscuit malts and crackers sweetness with a kiss of herbal, lemon, grassy hop notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slick hop oils standing out with sturdy flowing carbonation that carries this beer across my palate so well. Overall world class pils found in a pub in the Burgh, thank God for PA breweries who know how to brew pils like Troeg's, Stoudts, and Victory.

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

Served in a standard pint at Anthonys. The brew appears a clear color of straw yellow. A touch of haze through the body with a fluffy white cap sitting atop. The pillowy head recedes leaving a solid webby pattern of lace on the glass.

The smell is herbal with a cheesy pils grain scent but in a good way. A hint of sulfur and earthy quality mix with some minor lemony accent, herbs and earthy hop aspects all across the back.

The taste includes a solid herbal aspect from the hopd. Sulfur and cheese are evident with a distinct footy pilsner grain flavor. The bitterness is minor but present enough to make itself known into the aftertaste with herbs and pine. There is a bit of grassiness mixed with lemony essence.

This is an exceptionally crisp offering that is light and very enjoyable. I could drink a bunch of this all day long. Very solid grain to hop contrast. This brew time and time again proves to be my favorite offering from Victory. The fact that they switch it up with different hops from time to time is an added bonus.

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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 cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a tight white head. The nose is toasted bread crust and raw dough mixed in as a lightly sweet honey balance with a citric hop in back. The taste is sweet grains up front, lightly toasted, very balanced with subtle nuances of honey. Citric hops accompany the light bitterness in the finish. Light body with a playful feel of carbonation and a dry crisp finish. Very good stuff!

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Photo of Agold
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a nice white head which dissipates to a film of foam fairly quickly. It is just a bit darker than yellow and a bit hazy as well. Aroma is a bit fruity. Almost citrus and grapefruit. Flavor is similar with a nice clean bitterness and a mild yeastiness. Not much of a malt profile at all. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing with a good level of carbonation. Very nice pils. Another great lager from victory.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Dark Intrigue Release.

Very hazy yellow pour with a full white head. Sticky lacing is present down the whole glass and the retention is great. 4.5

Wheaty grainy smell with piney hops certainly coming out, all on a bready malt backbone. 3.5

The taste pretty much follows the smell. Grainy, with some wheat and piney hopes. A nice pilsner bite is curbed by a breadiness and very dry aftertaste. 3.5

Light, crisp taste. No hints of alcohol. Very dry throughout. 4

Tasty and crazy drinkable. Dry and crisp, wouldn't get it again, but I'm glad I tried it once. 3.5

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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 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 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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Braumeister Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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