Harvest Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Pilsner - German
3.91 | pDev: 15.35%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 10, 2016
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.9%

Nov 14, 2011
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 04, 2013
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest Pils was written on the side, if this isn't correct, let me know.

Beer is yellow and clear with a soft white head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation, looks great.

Aroma is thin with a mild earthy bitterness and a good lager yeast smell.

Beer is thin and finishes wet with a mild bitterness on the back end the whole beer has nice connectivity but light on the flavor throughout. I enjoyed it, definitely a lawn mower beer for me, a nice little pilsner.

Oct 31, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Fountainhead, during the "It Might Get Wet" fresh hop draft event.

The glass arrived with a creamy cap of white foam that was the size and shape of a Pillsbury biscuit. As it slowly faded, it left a collar of foam and concentric rings of lacing down the sides, with an unbroken skim on the surface. The beer itself was a bright, high clarity straw gold, with rising trails of visible carbonation.

Big grassy, floral noble hop presence, fairly intense for a pilsner, though different than Prima Pils. Some dry crackery pilsner malt was there too, as the glass was sipped.

Moderate bitterness, dry and crisp, grassy herbal hop bitterness that lingered into the aftertaste. Some flowery notes that remind you that it's wet hopped, though nothing overpowering. Clean and quenching, balanced malt and hop ratio, though the hops are showcased, the dry crackery pilsner malt gives it some body. Overall something i'd order again, hope they make this a regular seasonal. Others remarked that they liked it better than Braumeister Pils even.

Oct 26, 2011
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. I believe this should be the entry for the current Harvest Pils, as it's 5% abv and is not marked as being a Braumeister variant. Poured a light gold with a small fluffy white head. Notes aren't super detailed on this -- struck me as similar to the Prima Pils but with a softer feel and a more raw hop profile throughout. Not as sharply hoppy as the Prima, but perhaps more persistent and more straightforward. Very pleasant, soft feel, tight and crisp, grassy, and with a very soft lightly sweet quality in the mid palate that was pretty unique. Victory has mastered this style.

Oct 08, 2011
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kmwilson76 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dec 26, 2011
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tubbnik from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

Dec 08, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the VBC (Downingtown, PA) on 10/22/11. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery gold, with a rich finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy frothiness that throws up some sudsy lacing that proceeds to hang in thick patches down the sides of the glass. This has a real nice look to it. The aroma is fresh and leafy smelling, with a light spicy and citric earthiness. There’s a touch of a medicinal or herbal quality here that hangs on the edges, while some tight feeling sweetness sits underneath. This really has a fresh brightness here that I’m digging.

The taste is fresh and crisp overall in the mouth, with a fruity citrus character that trails spice out into the mouth. There is a soft earthiness present that mellows the profile just enough to allow those toasted grains to show a bit more here than they did in the nose. This actually ends up having a pretty nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and even parts sharp and creamy, meeting in the middle to achieve a nice smooth crispness in the mouth that moves those flavors around nicely.

You usually just can’t go wrong with a fresh Pils at Victory and this one continues the streak. This was tight and crisp in the mouth, with more of a mellow and herbal hop profile that added to the overall accessibility of this. This was just so refreshing and another one that I could imbibe all day long.

Oct 25, 2011
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Jan 22, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fresh hops and fruity. In the taste, fresh hops, a touch fruity, but standard European pils. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop and small fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice fruit and fresh hop in a pils.

Nov 23, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is crystal clear and light yellow hued, leaving ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is floral, herbal, grassy. Nice flavor, with a strong hop presence. Very fresh. Lasting pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Light in body, refreshing, and easy to drink. Complex and well balanced. A tasty brew. I would certainly have this again.

Oct 30, 2011
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Trailmix242 from Nevada

5/5  rDev +27.9%

Nov 26, 2011
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IronCitySteve from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pipers Pub

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white foam head with moderate retention. There is some sticky patchy lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus hops with some bready malt as well. Quite a potent yet slightly different smell for a pils.

T: Starts off with a nice amount of biscuit and white toast. In the middle there is some mild grassy hops and some citrus hops. The hops and biscuit are nicely balanced. On the backend there is more bread and grassy hops.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer that is quite crisp and refreshing. Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not the typical pils as it is a little more bitter than normal. But it still encompasses the basics of a pils. Would certainly enjoy this again.

Nov 16, 2011
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dec 04, 2011
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RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Nov 06, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy aroma with a fresh grassy hop presence along with subtle spice, pale malt, light fruit and straw.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malts into a dry finish. Dry and slightly spicy with grass and subtle pine flavor countered by pilsner malt, straw and light fruit.  Hoppy but not overly bitter with a some sweetness balancing things out.   There's surprisingly some boozy heat in the finish that hurts drinkability but this beer is still pretty refreshing.

Nov 23, 2011
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with sporadic clumps of surface foam. 3.0

Zesty hops with floral and tangerine flair. Grassy malts + citrus notes = super crisp aroma. 4.5

Crisp and bitter. Tart tangerine, lime, flora, grass, citrus zest, and some light sweetness. Kickass hoppy pils. 4.0

Clean flavor with a refreshingly light mouth. Nice carbonated sizzle. 4.0

Great pils from Victory. Big surprise there (sarcasm). 4.0

Dec 04, 2012
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FatBoyGotSwagger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 13, 2015
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seanchai from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 12, 2015
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jaltland from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jan 29, 2014
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garuda from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, brilliant straw yellow with a thick, fluffy white head that retains well with some lacing.

S/T - Filled with hops, juicy grapefruit, pine, then more of the grainy malts come out as it warms a bit, with notes of lemongrass and a light breadiness.

M - Light in body, crisp and mostly clean finish with some residual hop oils coating my mouth.

O - Great for hopheads. I could hardly believe this was a pils. I'd absolutely get this again.

Nov 07, 2011
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pepperfee from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

May 08, 2012
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random846 from California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

Nov 15, 2011
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 09, 2011
Harvest Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 46 ratings