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Braumeister Pils - Saaz | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GeoffFromSJ on 02-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 26
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance of this kellerbier hazy sunrise murky golden bliss billowing white head leaves chunky layers of lacing. Aroma is full on with Saaz herbal citrus lemongrass floral notes along with big biscuit malt layers and yeast breadiness that both elope very nicely together. Taste is upfront flavorful with hoppy tones of lemongrass, herbal citrus notes with a healthy amount of bitterness doesn't make you pucker but the bready yeast and biscuit malt profile balances and lets you know that everythings alright. The mineral character adds another level of crispness to the complexity that this single hopped brew has to offer. Mouthfeel had lively carbonation medium-lighter bodied unfiltered pils the body had some texture to it. Drinkability overall possibly my favorite beer I tasted at Victory on Saturday night during their celebration of the decade in brewing.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lemon peel mostly with hints of spicy and somewhat floral hops. As the beer warms the malt aromas wake up and are joined by mild amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of light citrus - mostly lemon but with hints of orange. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn the least bit spicy before carrying through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have another.

Overall I thought the Tettnanger version was much better - this was almost a hybrid of their pilsner and a wit. Still, an interesting beer that's worth a shot.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory Brewing Company in Kennett Square, PA.

This one pours a light golden yellow, with orange tints, a tight white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready malt, a nice level of grassy hops, and some light lemon.

This is a no frills and great hop accented lager. The hop character is great, lemon and grassiness, but I wish the malt character was a little deeper.

This is light bodied, very crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

One of the better American made pilsners for sure, but lacks the malt richness of the best German examples.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of sharing this growler with my friends Slatetank and gottajiboo2 on Friday. We had plenty of other beer so I am polishing off the growler this eavening and I am enjoying the daylights out of this beer. I have never enjoyed a Pilsner this much. It is remarkably easy drinking. I pulled the growler out of the fride a good 30 - 40 mins before opening to allow a bit of warming. I hates that draft beers are served too cold at the bar. this was soo much better at home.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy light lemon yellow color with a HUGE four finger head that is thick and rocky. It lasts for quite a while and as it fades it leaves the glass coated in thick sticky lacing. row after row.

Smell: I am not typically excited much by pilsners but this one really hits the spot. I am not exactly sure what it is about this particular pils that makes it so different from all the rest. I think what sets it apart is the freshness. I really smells like *fresh* cut grass hops and fresh split hay-like dryness with pale pilsner malt bread sweetness. Delightful.

Taste: Dry crisp lemon grass with a perfect saaz hop pucker presence; a divinely smooth peppery spice that pricks the palate on the back end especially. this is the only pils I have ever just gushed over. WOW! I am a fan.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Light in the mouth but full of flavor and spice. the hops just light up with pepperyness and the aftertaste lasts for mils and miles.

Drinkability: Drinkability is the feature of this beer. Absolutely amazing. I had half a growler a little while ago. Three glasses later the growler is empty and I am very satisfied. This was a pleasantly and surprisingly easy drinking beer I had next to my chicken and rice diner. With desert and with this review. I would put this on tap in my house over the summer, (if I had a draft system).

Hope this is helpful.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PDXHops
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass. Bright light gold body with a nice fat puffy white head that retains well and leaves plenty of crackly and sticky lacing behind.

Smells quite spicy yet with a certain softness. Lemongrass and slightly funky wet hay. Crisp maltiness. Tastes much like it smells, sharp and crisp with a sting of bitterness throughout. White pepper and lemongrass lend a distinct spiciness, lingering impressively in the dry finish. Another excellent pilsner from Victory.

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Photo of william5586
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Local 44.

I left my last final of the semester and walked home in the sweltering heat. By the time I got to my house my mouth was getting pretty dry. Instead of going home I went the extra block to local 44 in search of something to quench my insatiable thirst. I swung open the door only to find a completely empty bar, which I was half expecting as it was about 2 in the afternoon on a Tuesday. All that meant to me was that I got to enjoy Victory's great pils in peace while I talked to the bartender.

When the glass was placed in front of me I was impressed with nice airy, fluffy, white head that sat on top of a pale, hazy, straw yellow pint.

The smell was subtle but good. There were some nice floral hops and sweet fresh fruit aromas.

It tasted great. There was a pleasant malt sweetness followed by some moderate hops. There were citrus fruit flavors and lemon zest followed by a dry grassy finish with just a little touch of bitterness. The bitterness didn't linger and I would have to say this beer is a little more on the sweet side of things.

It had a good light body. It was clean, crisp and very refreshing. The perfect beer to forget about how hot it was outside.

Every part of this beer was perfectly balanced which made it unbelievably easy to drink.

I finished my finals, it was beautiful outside, and this beer made a great day even better. I wish it was available all the time.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose and palate, this beer is just a thing of beauty. The beer displays a striking aroma of honey, bees wax and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the beer showing an impressive blend of light honey, bread dough, and peppery bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with the beer showing a crisp, clean finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol barely an afterthought.

Not that I'm surprised, but this is a very well made pilsner style beer from Victory.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Slightly hazed golden yellow with a HUGE pillow bright head head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left sticky, ringing lace.

S-The classic herbal and lemon punch of Saaz hops washes over the mildly sweet biscuit pils malt.

T-Herbal, lemony zing up front with pleasant mildly sweet biscuit malt backing. Nice semi-dry finish.

M-Light bodied, super sharp and crisp. Long lingering herbal and lemon rind bitterness.

D-Highly quaffable, full of flavour and an impressive, approachable bitterness. This one dances across the palate and leaves you begging for more. Fresh and crisp this one is quite the tribute to the Motherland!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Max's yesterday. Many thanks to John for this, if left to my own devices, I would have gotten a 14oz glass of this, but he seized control of the situation and got me a nice looking liter of this. Thank you, John.

Light yellow with a dense, white head, rocky, choppy and glorious. Sticky lace is present, lasting longer than the beer does.

Holy fuck! This is beer! Light, bready, a touch yeasty, this is perfection for a keller pils. Bready, light hop character with lemon and grassiness, this is perfect! The palate is true to style. Light, grainy, rustic malt character is present but the hops really sing in this beer. Delicate bitterness with a beautiful, complex lemon, grass, and pepper bouquet, this is just fantastic. Drying on the finish with a grainy, husky character, this is fabulous. I drank a liter and could have gone for another two.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very bitter pale beer.

Pale amber in the pint glass. Head in nice enough and long lasting. Dull mouth feel. Modest carbonation on the tongue. Salty tang. Some biscuity flavors and grain. Bitter hops are the main story. Hops sink into long bitter aftertaste. Extremely thin for the weight of the bitterness, like a house of cards. Must be my least favorite of the several Victory brews I've tasted.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a hazy golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light and citrus fruity.
Taste peresents more of the citrus fruit flavors with a nice crisp bite at the ending.
Very refreshing, very satisfying.
A nice beer when your are having more than one.

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Photo of Foxman
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It came to me a resonant, glistening gold, clear and alive with carbonation. A finger-plus of bright white head held its own long and heartily, then laced the glass fluently.

The aroma was blissfully basic and focused, with light, berry sweet malt mingling with mild doughy yeastiness and the more poignant, tangy lift of the Saaz hops.

Upon sipping, the malt flowed first, with a rounded initial fruity sweetness that was promptly mitigated by the nippy bite of the hops. Continuing to dry more as it progressed, the hops passed from tangy to peppery to more of a fuzzy image as it turned more torward bittering. The long-lingering finish was a soft, glowing tribute to the hops, with the wee-est measure of yeast along for the fine ride. It's hard to imagine a pilsener being more sound and refreshing.

Light bodied, it still felt tightly woven on the palate, with nary a hole in the wash of flavor. The lingering glow was special.

I;ve often said that no matter how good it might be, not every beer can wow you. Well, while that is certainly true, this beer DOES wow me. From the first, visually-rewarding vision to the last flicker of finish, this is one wonderful creation. Crisp, refreshing, and rewarding, there is absolutely nothing in this beer that would stop you from wanting another, and another, and another. Anytime, any place, this one is a show-stopper, but I'm thinking of the heat of summer, in the sun, and this lovely beside me. Wow.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Braumeister Pils has a very hazy yellow body that is clearly unfiltered, and a healthy white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

I wasn't sure which variety of hop was used in this version of Braumeister when I ordered it, but one sniff told me everything I needed to know: this one is absolutely packed with saaz hops, and they definitely dominate the aroma, adding an earthy, skunky quality to the aroma.

The flavor of this saaz-ed up Braumeister is almost all saaz hops also. Very earthy with skunk and lemon grass mixed in. The hops fill the flavor from beginning to end, allowing only a touch of pilsner malt to peak through. The malt provides some cracker-like sweetness and a little bit of balance, but this one is all about the hops.

The mouthfeel of Braumeister pils is a little different than Prima Pils; the body is a bit heavier and the carbonation is a little bit lower. With that said, compared to other beers Braumeister Pils is still light and highly carbonated. I only make the comparison to Prima Pils because I had them back to back.

Pretty drinkable, but fairly one-dimensional too. I like Braumeister, and it is a great way to feature a single hop variety. If you like saaz hops, or want to get to know them better, this one is for you.

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Photo of velkyal
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally a pilsner worthy of the name! Having lived for 10 years in Prague, Czech Republic, I guess I know what a Bohemian Pilsner should taste like and this hits the nail so squarely on the head you'd think it had been brewed by a grumpy Bavarian with some allegedly stolen yeast.

Golden with a thinnish white head - I would love to have seen it poured by a lovely Czech barmaid so it would have the proper amount of head for a well made pilsner.

The nose, touch of lemon, touch of grass, slightly peppery. Saaz, Saaz, Saaz!!

Tastewise, slightly bready, grainy and so damned easy to drink.

The first time in a year that I have had more than two pints of American made Pilsner - see what you can do when you try?!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to host Phatz for sharing another of his prized growler selections while bottling his Razz Cider.

A - Fluffy white cloudy head, slightly cloudy golden body w/ slowly dissipating head

S - Fresh malty German pils scent, smell of noble hops. Sweet herbal notes from aroma hops and malt.

T - Sweet Dry mild but spicy bitterness. Balanced clean and easy to drink in a session. Nice pilsner malt qualities shine through in finish.

M - Light, crisp and thin but suitable for pilsner style.

D - Easy going down, highly quaffable pilsener. Laid back and restrained while impressing my taste buds with it's balance. Well put together and as I said before very sessionable

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Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Rembrandt's.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden orange edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with chunks and rings of soapy lace. I was surprised that this was a pilsner before drinking it and was reassured several times by the bartender that this was the right beer.

Earthy aroma with subtle floral hops, grass and straw as well as a prominent malt presence that wasn't expected. Pilsner malt with hints of subtle biscuit, tofee and caramel in the nose.

Medium bodied with more of a malt presence than expected for the style. Earthy and crisp with floral hop bitterness and a nice dry character that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. Hints of grass and straw with some faint light fruit, notably apple and pear. Again, the malt backbone is strong with hints of nut, toast and caramel. The ABV is well masked without a trace of heat making this unique beer pretty quaffable.

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