Braumeister Harvest Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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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Ratings:
104
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
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23
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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowwee, kazowee! Man, I am so glad that Rotsaruch put me onto this one and that Shapudding was kind enough to put one on her tab for me upon arrival last evening.

It arrived with a huge, foamy, bone-white head that maintained good retention throughout. It was a slightly cloudy, honey-yellow color. The nose was sharply hoppy and it had a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, especially for a pils. The beer had an interesting sharpness on the palate, reminiscent of Prima, but magnified several times over. Having had several, including the aforementioned starter on Shapudding, I really came to appreciate this special beer. I also started to feel it, which is why I had a really nice burger after the second. Watch that ABV, folks. I would really like to see beers like this offered more often in the northeast. Bring on those fresh hops!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal at The Firkin.

I love random trips to the Firk. This result pours a clear amber-orange topped by two fingers of white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, grapefruit, light pine, and light wheat. The taste is surprisingly hoppy, heavy on the pine, grass, and floral notes. Some light orange peel jumps in there as well, and everything is backed-up by some very light biscuit. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils, but a bit on the hoppy side for me.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

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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 IPAchris
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky I was visiting the brewpub while this was on tap. Pale yellow in color with a 1" fluffy head. Some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was grassy and the hops were easily detectable. The flavor had a strong maltiness for a pils. The bitterness was perfectly matched, as some grassiness and a miniscule amount of citrus was also detectable. This was a perfectly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish was dry. This was such a refreshing and full flavored pils. Ultimate drinkability. This stuff should be bottled for all to enjoy.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy, forms a thin white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is flat and boring. Nothing to it at all really. Some mild corn and graininess to the whole thing. Bored now.

Yeah, this beer is completely unremarkable. Its like a grown up adjunct lager. Not impressed, thin, grainy, boring overall. Has an unfortunate aftertaste. Not a fan.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh pilsner styled beer is a priviledge to come across, and I think I've come across a good one here. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

You gotta love the ring after ring of lacing this golden straw colored beer leaves you, and the forever lasting head too. The nose is easy to describe; tea. Yeah, I said it, tea. The taste; repeat Step 2. Tea. To be fair, there are very faint notes of lemon and fresh hay tasted at times. Light and easy drinking.

With expectations so high, I was slightly dissapointed. I would have liked to see the malt have more of a role, but don't that the wrong way. This is pleasant, easy drinking beer from Victory.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a standard pint glass. A light yellow in color with a fizzy bone white head that doesn't really last too long but did provide some lacing.

Aroma of grassy hops and lemon. Theres something off putting in the nose, just a stale smell. Not really all that great but not repulsive.

Taste: Light malt flavor from either crystal or bohemian malt. Lemony, slightly earthy hops and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, little watery, carbonation was fine.

D. A different offering from Victory, not at all bad and a great palate cleanser. Enjoyed this one with some honey/chipolte wings.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Victory Brewpub, in Downingtown, PA.
2009 Harvest.

A temple atop a hill, a perfectly molded head skyrockets a full three fingers above the beer; the lacing left behind leaves the glass looking like the apparent sight of a space shuttle launch. Though lightly hazy, the body itself glows with an almost neon toxicity, a lime hue stirred into the tall and slender flute, it itself now a buzzing yellow filament.

Welcome to the hop broadcasting network, all hops all day, showcasing all your favourite in fruity, floral, spicy, earthy and herbal. My goodness, many beers are hoppy but this is Hoppy. While there is a good deal of biscuity malt too, that smell easily falls between the cracks. These hops are so ambrosial, the grass clippings of Heaven, they are.

Being exposed to so many bastardized, mass-produced, watered down interpretations of pilsners, it's easy to forget that they are by definition actually balmy, fragrant, downright pungent, highly-hopped lagers. It's equally easy to forget that they taste amazing, too. This particular example was the most rousing, vivifying reminder of that fact.

Its clean malts, bright and blank, provide a chewy, doughy, succulent sweet canvas for the brewery's locally grown (and freshly harvested) hops to be painted in long brushstrokes of vibrant bright green. Perhaps it must be witnessed fresh, on locale to be fully appreciated, but take my word, this is a hop church, on planet lupullin, in the galaxy of deliciousness.

Roland Barthes noted that "crispness designates an almost magical quality, a certain briskness and sharpness... everything that crunches, crackles, grates and sparkles." He must have written that with this specific beer in mind; if he wasn't at very least talking about pilsners then I don't have a clue what on earth he meant instead.

I live some 500 miles from Downingtown, Pennsylvania and this Braumeister Harvest Pils was well worth the trek and price of admission in and of itself. I don't set out to travel all that distance only to try one beer, but after first ordering this on my trip to the brewpub I couldn't bring myself to order anything but. This, to me, is picture pilsner perfect.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is very attractive on the nose, though it's a bit hoppier then most pilsners I've come across. On the palate this beer is VERY impressive. Victory has really dialed in the hops with this beer, I just love the hoppy bitterness. There is also some honey and biscuit flavors, just enough to hold the hops in check. This is one beer that just seemed to get better and better as I worked through my pint.

The beer was medium bodied for a pilsner, and drinkability was good. Abv. could have been anything from 4% to 7% and I doubt I would have known the difference.

A very fine beer from this always reliable brewery. Frankly, I prefer it to the Prima Pils.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow hued body with a big bubble carbonation racing to the surface. There is a creamy white head that last for a good bit.
S- The green Noble hop aroma has a flinty quality with a Saaz hop pellet spice to the finish.
T- The green pungent Noble hops really stand out with a flowery bright almost fruity hop finish that lingers as a pungent hop bite. There is a slight funk note to the hops with a green watermelon quality coming through as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp tight fizz in the finish.
D- The interesting combination of big fruitiness and fresh hops pellets adds an interesting depth to a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler poured on 11/9 at Victory.

A: The beer is a clear golden yellow color with a thick white billowy head that laces all over the seidel.

S: The pils has a very floral, earthy hop aroma. The German varietals have added a smooth subtle aroma that lacks the citrusy kick of American varietals but still carries a thick floral body.

T: The beer is dominated by hops. The first sip is an earthy, floral flavor that is somewhat subdued by the freshness of the hops. They are full of flavor but do not impart the same strength as pelllets. The malt body is biscuity and dry and generally yields to the hops. The finish is a dry bitter long one, delicious to the last sip.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, allowing the fresh hops to showcase their subtle softness.

D: The fresh hops make this beer quite enjoyable. Another solid offering from Victory.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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Photo of DrJay
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Publick House. Been waiting for try this one forever!

Pours a pretty hazy dark yellow, some some golden highlights, big and thick white head forms, settles down to a thick layer and ring, tons of lace sticks everywhere, looks great.

Smell is awesome, very herbal and grassy, floral, biscuity caramel malt middle, a touch of sweetness, tons of hops in this one, very clean malts and like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

Taste is better, floral hops, caramel, biscuit, clean and malty, big herbal and grassy hop explosion, crazy bitterness but still balanced, very dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Wow this was worth the wait. This is a real pilsner. I could drink this the rest of my life.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head that lingers as a sizable cap for a while and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is extremely clean with an emphasis on the toasted grains with hints of earthy hops. There is a definite biscuity malt presence in the nose as well.

The taste was as crisp a pils as I've ever tasted. The biscuity malts are there in the background, but it's the double punch of the light grains and floral hops that make the taste. The finish was extremely clean and dry.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation that zings the tongue from start to finish.

This is certainly a top notch pils and one that I would seek out.

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Braumeister Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.11 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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