Braumeister Pils - Saaz | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 26
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow color with a large white head that faded fast. Upon fading a little lacing was left on the glass.

Smell – The smell is more citrus hop with a nice bit of wheaty bready aroma mixed with a pepper spicy aroma and an ever so lighter tropical fruit aroma.

Taste – The taste is a bit of sweeter wheat malt up front. The hop flavor really then starts to come into play. Very lemony citrus in nature with a bit of pine. There is a nice peppery flavor that comes more toward the end of the taste. The mix of the peppery lemon and wheat go on to take the brew to its taste finish and leave a rather crisp flavor on the tongue as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is on the medium to lighter side with a good level of carbonation. It is rather good for the style, but nothing of extraordinary greatness.

Overall – This was a refreshing brew that was very easy to drink. Good for a nice sunny warm day while sitting and lounging around outside.

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2.5/5  rDev -40%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of doopydoogle
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clean, clear straw with a crisp head that sticks around for little while but quickly dissipates with little lace. Tight bubbles sparkle inside

S - Green apple, yeast, wild grape, lemongrass, kombucha, jasmine, chewable vitamins, aspirin, crystal malts, grass, mead, honey

T - Crisp hop with grassy, herbal tones, starfruit, green apple, and hints of that gives way to a subtle honeysuckle flower and crisp malt that is then bombarded by a palate-covering bitterness. The bitterness sticks around and becomes slightly astringent and aspirin-like with an almost grapefruit-like quality, followed by a subtle metallic malt with an essence of lime leaf and clean, fresh spring water.

M- Excellent carbonation, a very clean mouthfeel, and a wonderfully tannic bitter that continues to expose itself well after the flavor profile dissapates.

O - A stellar pils! Amazingly bitter, but still with enough malt and floral fruit profile to be intriguing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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 squaremile
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the menu: Czech pilsner with a striking aroma of honey, beeswax, and white pepper. Bready sweet up front followed by some tangy lemon and an herbal grassy bitterness.

I was shocked to find this on tap at the Horse Brass in Portland since I didn't know kegs were making it this far west. This pours a really beautiful hazy yellow with a small white head that retains and leaves lacing. The nose is slight disappointing compared to other elite pilsners, it does have some beeswax and a muted version of the floral hops found in Prima Pils. Taste is some hop bitterness up front biting the tongue a bit, then transitioning into a pleasant taste of grass, hay, and earth, and finishing with a mild bread and biscuit combination. The beer is light on the palate, especially for the level of flavor. Very easy to drink. Overall it is a great great pils, but I will stick with Prima as my #1 because of the details, although this is more complex.

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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Piney Grove Green's in Columbia, SC. A steal at $8.99. Poured into a big mug.

Lightly hazy yellow-gold pour with a monstrous white head. Retention is excellent. Decent lacing.

Lemony, spicy nose. Lightly sweet, biscuit like malt. Pretty simple, and to the point.

Bready sweet up front, followed by some tangy lemon. An herbal, grassy bitterness meets the sweetness in the semi-dry finish.

Fairly light bodied. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A super easy drinker, this is a classic Pils, all the way. No surprise, coming from Victory. Very flavorful, not quite as hoppy/bitter as Prima Pils, but still quite tasty.

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3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Delicately hazed, light yellow body with a sudsy, white head fed by sporadic streams of effervescence.

Smell: Whiff smelling modestly of German pilsner malts paired with Saaz notes imparting hints of flowers, cut lemon, and soap suds.

Taste: Pilsner malts, minimally sweet, along with a touch of soda crackers. Small pop of fresh florals on the tongue. Then, a bit of lemon and very subtle spiciness. The hop bitterness remains for the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While I was initially interested in the isolation of Saaz and Saaz alone, by the time I'd reached the halfway point in the pint, I was bored to tears. One-dimensional for me, so I'd say stick to the standard Prima Pils.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Braumeister Pils - Saaz from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.17 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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