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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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 80
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 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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room, Springhouse, PA. Delivered to the bar with a hazy gold body and creamy white cap. Fair retention. Nice spotty lace left behind. The nose was less hoppy than might be expected, but the fresh, just-picked-hops came through in the flavor! It was very grassy, and spicy, and it lingered, resinous and slightly chlorophilic, on the palate long after the swallow. Clearly, fresh hops! But it wasn't overdone, and the hops meshed in well over the clean and fresh, gently sweet malt base. Nor was it overly bitter, as is often the case. Overall, it's a solid, well-balanced pils that's fresh and vivid. It's certainly worth a try, but don't expect to be overwhelmed by hops, this is more about conveying the impression or fresh hops. Superbly done!

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

Body is golden yellow with a thick fluffy head. Nice laced rim.

Aroma is sweet and lemony. Earthy and floral hops.

Crisp citrus, fresh hops, and substantial acidic citrus lemon element. Drinkability is excellent. Hop flavors are much fresher and more pronounced than the standard Prima Pils.

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Photo of Budlum
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A solid two inches of dense, foamy, white head was produced pouring this beer. The body is a hazy, pale, straw yellow shade. Head retention and lacing are excellent. This is spot on for a premium pils. The only thing missing were the bubbles.

The nose of this brew is dead on for a pils. Fresh and slightly sour hops dominate with just a hint of malty sweetness and black pepper. This has the benchmark smell for the style.

Once again, this brew hits the style on the nose. Fresh, bitter and sharp hops are balanced with a very appropriate malt sweetness. The finish is crisp and sharp holding the distinctive hop flavors. Excellent.

The mouthfeel of this beer is lacking. The carbonation expected from a pils simply isn't there. I have to believe this is because my sample was kegged months ago.

Drinkability is excellent. This is an extremely satisfying, crisp and clean finishing beer. The style is represented almost perfectly. I only wish I had the chance to sample this when it was fresh. Excellent job Victory!

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

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill during their Victory event.
This is the prima, Prima pilsner. Very nearly perfect, to me, for the style. All the pleasure of freshly baked artisnal bread... in carbonated liquid form. Fresh, crisp, with layers of textures. Dangerous drinkability. I recall trying to get this beer a few different times at a few different places and by the time I got there it was already gone! After finally having some I found that it's no mystery or conspiracy... it's just a damn good beer.
Palate cleansing, refreshing, with the right balance of lightness and flavor to grab and keep your attention.
More please. Thank you.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a 1/6 of this on tap a few months ago and I am now getting to writing the review. It pours a slightly hazy yellow with a big sticky fluffy white head that left nice lacing rings all down the glass. The nose was very floral and earthy, with small dose of pine floating around, very very hoppy. There was a bitter start that gave way to a sweet corn flavor and ending with a piney bitterness. It has a very dry finish with an enjoyable lingering bitterness. It was a little too bitter to be very drinkable, one would do it for the night.

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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 brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear golden color; although the head didn't persist it did leave a good bit of lacing while it lasted

Smell: Crisp, grainy noble hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a fruity and grainy hops blast, with bitterness that builds from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and juicy hop blast; shows what a pilsner can and should be

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

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Typical golden yellow color with a thick white head. Lots of little bubbles throughout.

Smell: Definite noble hop aroma, a bit grassy and a little bready.

Taste: Very smooth. There is a pleasant hop bitterness but not nearly as extreme as Victory's Prima Pils.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, carbonation feels great.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Goes down easier than Prima Pils.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler purchased at the brewpub.
Poured a slightly hazy golden color with immense white puffy head.
Smell is dominated by hops, but there is also a moderate sweet floral fruitiness present.
Taste is More of the hops, but the malt seems satified to be in the background.
Finishes with lots of hops and is very refreshing.
Great drinkability.
Note : I finished my growler the next day, and I really enjoyed the beer even more. The hops were more restrained and the malt was stronger. What a pleasant beer.
Another winner from Victory.

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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 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 DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a very clear light gold with lots of big bubbles coming up through the glass. The head was large and foamy but collapsed very quickly. Smells of nothing but orange and lemon zest and pine. Just a huge dose of hops here. Tastes of pasty caramel and chalky malt (clearly a lager) along with an over the top hops onslaught. There’s a few types of hops involved here that give up huge citrus, pine and hard wood flavors. I’m getting some nice hops burps here too. Finishes almost offensively dry. Mouth feel is light with big bubble carbonation. I like “big beers” but this is a little much.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice brwe hear. Pours a hazy honey color, with a white phrothy head that disaptes quickly. laces alot.

nose is extremly grass. the only other presence I detecy is kind of peppery and spicey. Taste is such a pleasnt mix of flavors. It has a malty bread like quality, yeah hops are very much rpevalant. almost like and IPA (ala dfh 60 min) but not, much more drinable and more matly to say the least. Grain flavors and hops dance gracefully in a nice mix. Better then alot of pils that I haev had, Victory has definatly come up with something here. Drinkable and refershing to say the least

Very impressed with this beer.

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