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Braumeister Harvest Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by rotsaruch on 10-14-2005

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of welldigger888
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from growler into an irish pub glass, very nice pale yella elixer with a nice bright white two finger head that disapated medium slow and left nice lacing
excellant pilsner nose with a touch more hop than expected from the style
nice delecate pils flav with some very good hop forward flavors that mesh well
the carbonation is spot on and goes well with the pilsner style
would like to find this on tap regular for sessioning

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow body, with some haze, topped by several fingers of white whipped froth. Dense lacing.

Big enticing aroma of hay and grass, with some fruit in the background.

Nice solid malt foundation, deep, not overly sweet. Gathering tidal wave of earthy bitter hops crash against the foundation with a huge snap. Great sensation of freshness. Tingly aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding drinkability - this growler dies tonight.

Another fine example that to truly experience Victory, road trips are essential.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of BabySnakes
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The almost deep gold brew had a massive head from the growler. great lacing. The head fell uneven and in deep chunks. looked great. The beer is not quite clear. barely cloudy.

Smells like grapefruits, a bit floral, slightly vegetal, and that little yeast kick in the nose I get from many Victory beers.

Grapefruit flavors follow from the aroma to the taste. Floral presence as well. Hits everywhere on the tongue, leaving it pleasantly coated for a moment before leaving entirely. very refreshing.

Warning: Extreme drinkability!!!

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ stuff yer face, NJ (victory night)

full pour into a (ironically) Prima pils glass gives a nice straw yellow body. a creamy white head caps the brew, and a steady stream of small bubbles makes sure the head sticks around. plenty of lace sticks to the glass throughout the tasting.

smells like super fresh noble hops to me! a bit of doughy malt sneaks in there as well, but spicy and earthy noble hops are the essence. a bit of floral in there as well, but again hops are the aroma here. didn't seem too grassy like other fresh hopped beers.

the taste mimics the aroma - the great noble hops are upfront and in back on the tastebuds. some malt character is there, but only as a support to the tasty spice of hops. it's not imperial pils bitter, but it certainly isn't yer average pils. no metallic or off flavors to be found.

a well carbonated pils (as is the style) so the carbonation adds just a bit more to the bitterness. the mouthfeel is like most pils - so it's light on the mouth. makes it easy to ask for another!

i was really glad to try this one... i do like pils, and this one really hit the spot!

thanks to pete from victory also!

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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 rotsaruch
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most unique and special varietal, keller pils that Victory has ever created. It is a single hop harvest pils. One 50-bbl batch brewed exclusively with over 480 lbs of wet, freshly harvested Mount Hood hops from upstate NY. Looking like sunlight through the morning mist with a dense offwhite cloud of foam, it is a visual pleasure to behold and begging to be enjoyed. There is a faint pungent aroma. A slight sweet maltness is the first flavor sensation followed by spicy, resiny hoppiness with a clean, dry finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. It is truly a refreshing, quaffable brew. But beware of the 6.3% abv, it will seek up on you in hurry.

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Photo of schmitter
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dcolatriano
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of pearljam118
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let's just say that I was lucky enough to somehow manage to snaggletooth a growler of this Harvest Pils straight from Vic'ry. Sweet Jeezes!

This couldn't get into my glass fast enough. I was about to strangle my Vic'ry growler in anticipation. GET IN MAH BELLY!!! Golden vitreous jewel like pour topped with a massive ivory spumescent sticky head cap.

Initial aroma is clean grain and coppery scents followed by grassy notes.

First swigs: Grassy crisp pils. The hops are incredibly robust leaving a brazen leafy fresh finish and a coppery tartness that only can be left by fresh hops.

Last swigs: Of course the Harvest Apple didn't fall far from the Prima Pils tree. If you have ever had fresh Prima Pils, Harvest is close behind. But a fresh growler of this nectar is a treat. Absolutely stunning!

Beer is good. Happy fresh growler beering.

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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 CaptMurdock
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pilsner glass

Look: Wow. This pours a vibrant golden color with a nice tight white head that climbs up about two fingers worth. I can't stress how nice the golden color is here and when you couple that with the amazing clarity it makes for one of the best pilsner pours I've ever had.

Smell: The aroma has a bit more hops than I come to expect from a pilsner. There are also hints of spice which all give way to the wonderful maltiness one expects from a German pils.

Taste: Again the hops are a welcome addition and they play well with the slight citrus taste up front. What really strikes me is the fresh snap to these two flavors. This gives way to the delicious German malts. All of this is rounded out by a bitterness at the tail end that leaves the mouth feeling dry and refreshed.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation and a light to medium body. The presence of the hops really give the tastebuds more of a work out than I was initially expecting.

Drinkability: A brilliant take on a classic style. The fresh feeling of the brew make this one of the best pilsners I've ever had. Drink this well and drink it often!

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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 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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold-yellow pour with a moderate-sized white head and streaming carbonation. Looks pretty standard for a pils, but nothing unusual or off about it.

Smell is quite hoppy, with a bitter bite and a slightly floral scent. Pretty grassy and Euro-hop heavy, and nice.

Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, I'd say even more hoppy than Prima Pils. A real grassiness of noble hops sneaks in and counters the very clean, clear toasted grain flavors. A slight nutty flavor is imparted from the sweet malt, which is only a tad sweet, just enough to assert itself.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and near-perfect.

Overall: Wow! Quite the pils here, just a remarkably complex, hoppy example of the style that really gets the job done.

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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 jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours an attractive soft golden yellow with a slight cloudiness to it. 2 fingers of soft foam crown this pils.

Smell: Nice subdued hoppiness (almost like a fresh hop ale) and grass notes. I'm impressed by how fresh the hops smell.

Taste: Large fresh hop presence with some bitterness. Lots of wet grass to balance out the typical pilsner malt. Truly a tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly crisp and creamy at the same time!

Drinkability: No problems kicking this one back all night. A really nice session beer choice for those who like hops.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to get this in a growler from a friend.

Gold with nice head and lacing.

Mt. Hood hops from New York State farmers were used. Wonderful. Very spicy in character. Not so much herbal, but it reminds me of black pepper spice in many ways.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and that seems to be normal for many, if not most, of the growlers I have attempted.

Drinkability is high. Hops dominate, but a nice malt presence comes through.

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Photo of marcpal
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap leftover from Victory even at Stuff Yer Face, NJ

Pint poured into standard American pint glass.

To start, this is a brilliant pilsener from a brewery where I would expect absolutely no less.

A: Shiny transparent yellow with a thin but fluffy head. The lacing is not something I am usually impressed about but the rings that were left on this were the best Ive ever seen from a beer.

S: Citrus hops comnbined with candy. The freshest earthy hops that you could imagine, true and tight. The German festiness is there and I hate to use this word but clean is best descriptor.

T: There is a special malty that is biscuit like combined with the grassiness. For such a light textured beer, it was amazing that it kept the traits and flavors of a nice bowl of cooked oatmeal drenched in quality honey.

M: Light, dry, crisp and clean.

D: Perhaps the best stromboli accompanying beer Ive had here. Great job Victory, lipsmackingly good.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pils with the volume and quality of hops you associate with an IPA. More brewers have to start doing this.

The beer is a light gold, with head and lacing that you expect from an IPA or even double IPA. The smell is subtle, a little dry, and has a grass/hay and floral edge.

But when you drink it, wow, what a great balance of citrus-y hops and pils malts. There's a little bit of a cake and biscuit flavor. This is 6.10, so the malt comes through fairly stong.

I agree with other reviewers that is a little like Victory's Prima Pils, but it has more flavor and is actually more drinkable, so it is a notch better across the board.

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Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for grabbing a growler of this for me at Whole Foods.

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden color with a pillowy two inches of bone white head. Keeps a full lace and coats the glass nicely with some rings of stick.

Smell is very hop forward with some really nice grassy and lemony aromas. Has a spicy element as well but the grassiness is the most pronounced Has a doughy sweetness as well with some grainy notes.

At first I didn't think the taste was quite as hoppy as the nose but it only took a few more sips for me to reverse my opinion. It is very grassy, not as lemony, but spicier than the nose and with a pretty substantial bitterness for a pils. Very light sweetness and some grain as well, with some grassy bitterness left on the palate in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good crisp feel, although perhaps not quite as crisp as I like from a pils Clean finish and very dry with the hop bitterness.

This is a really tasty pils and it's surprising how bitter it is given that it's a fresh hop beer. It's up there in bitterness for a pilsener of any persuasion. For my money I still like Prima better but I like Prima better than just about everything so that's no knock on this beer. A very tasty, enjoyable beer for sure.

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Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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