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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,046 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,046
Hads: 4,981
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 244
Gots: 720 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
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Photo of GordonQuid
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Chill haze straw with a fluffy two inch white head and ample lace.
Smells of fuggles; earthy and grassy with a hint of pilsner malts.
Taste is crisp pilsner malt nicely blended with cascade and fuggle hop. Has a nice clean and dry finish.
THis is by far a good easy to drink pilsner. Another winner by the folks at Victory.

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Photo of dsigmon
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: looks like a pilsner, very light golden color with white head which stays for quite some time

S: smell of grass and earth tones with some faint citrus, all in all not very apparent

T: tastes like it smells. the pilsner taste is very apparent in which i normally do not enjoy but the added citrus and grass flavors bring it into drinkability for me.

M: a little thin but leaves a nice coating as you kick it back, good carbonation

D: if i had been mowing the yard or any other outdoor labor prior to having this, it would have hit the spot. however, it was cold and i was at a bar and this one was enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a good pils and I'd seen the high ratings on this one so I picked up a sixer here in SoCal for $10.99. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the fridge and side-poured into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, fairly thin, with some light cream. Retention is above average. Body colour is a predictable clear light yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style; this is standard fare so far.

Sm: Fresh full clean barley and pale malts. Crisp and refreshing. A bit of floral hop character. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Par for the course. It's appealing.

T/Mf: Ah. Now we're getting somewhere. Fresh full-bodied clean barley and pale malts. Complementary floral hopping gives it a bit more depth. Some crystal malt. The softness of the mouthfeel is a highlight, and what sets this beer apart from other pilsners in my opinion. Smooth, wet, and refreshing, with a bit of dryness and a dash of lemongrass on the climax. A bit coarse in the second act, bringing out the flavour. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer and feels carefully balanced with the flavour profile; it's very nectary but I'd stop short of calling it sweet or cloying. It's disappointingly simple, but it's also got more depth than many (German) pilsners. I do like it. A refreshing pleasant pilsner. Very well balanced and executed, though it's a bit too bitter for the style (likely from slight overhopping, which also gives it a bit more floral flavour). It lacks subtlety, but there are some more refined notes here.

Dr: As easy to drink as any pilsner out there. Would pair great with food. I wouldn't get it again with Pilsner Urquell so readily available, but it's a good offering from Victory, and it's nice to see craft breweries attempting lighter easier to drink styles. I'll easily kill my sixer, and I think it's well priced as an East coast import.

High B-

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Photo of RodBurg
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to thehand for this one. Pours an almost fluorescent pale yellow with a slight haze to it. Small white head forms, leaving no lace.

Smell isn't very appetizing. Pretty hoppy for a pilsener. Very skunky, almost has a litter box urine scent to it.

Taste makes up for the smell and then some. Crisp floral and citrusy hops mingle perfectly with a lightly sweet malt torso. Very crisp and refreshing. Good stuff.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one in preparation for a beer dinner.

Stray yellow in color. Very clear. White 1/4" head that quickly fades. First taste is of hops. More than the average Pils but it helps out. It's very smooth and tasty. Not your average Pils. The malt and hops balance out nicely. I think this one might be a great starter for my meal...

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale, almost transparently pale yellow, champagney in character really, with a beautiful snowy head, dense and retaining beautifully but leaving some dense splodges of lace around. Slow bead trail up the glass, looks like a pretty awesome quaffing lager.

Nose is a sponge-cakey malt affair with a nice crisp, dry bitterness coming through as well. Some light sweetness and fruitiness blends with the bitters, hints of gooseberry, lemon and maybe some passionfruit on there. Bitterness is crisp, slightly metallic. A pleasant lager smell indeed.

Taste is funny, actually. Very rich and astringent throughout, with an odd, heavy maltiness playing prominently as well. Slight fruity sparkle on the front, a hint of green grape skin and lemon, then oddly sweet with a pancake batter maltiness and a hint of currants or something as well. Bitterness is metallic and alkaline throughout, noticeable mostly on the back with its astringency not cleaning up as well as it could, but not being overly strong, just most noticeable on the back. An interesting drop that I think suffers from lack of substance on the front, leaving it unprotected and unbalanced on the bitter finish.

Not bad feel though actually. Noticeable texture and malty body with a smooth feel, not sticky and no trace of carb sizzle. Some sizzle would be expected from a lager but I'm not very disappointed to find it missing.

A decent sipper but lacks a bit of cleanliness on the back.

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Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This German Pils pours a golden straw yellow into my glass, the head is as white as white can get and stabilizes at about one finger. Lacing appears to be good as well.

The aroma of this beer is very clean. Noticable spicy hop aromas make up a large portion of this beer's aroma proflie. There is also a small amount of citrus aroma in the hop aroma profile of this beer. The sweet malt aroma is right in the front of the smell, but is secondary to the hop aromas.

The first and foremost character that I notice from this beer is its coarse bitterness. Floral hop character dominates the hop profile of this beer, and there is also a bit of spiciness. Bitterness lingers after it has been swallowed then slowly melts away. Hop character and bitterness trump malt characteristics in this brew. Malt sweetness and character is there but is in the background of the hop focus of this beer.

The brew is lightbodied and has a higher level of carbonation which benefits this beer in my opinion. The beer finishes somewhat dry, and leaves you wanting more. All in all this is a pretty good beer, but I would prefer something of a different style. I'll probably not buy this beer in the near future because there are many other Pils I've yet to try. This beer didn't make a good enough impression on me for it to become my "house pils."

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Photo of HardTarget
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Standard 12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of Jan 29 06

Aroma: Mineral aspect to a pretty straightforward light malt aroma. No hops noted

Appearance: Painfully clear almost watery yellow glass with diffuse carbonation streams feeding a white cover.

Flavor: Oh, there are the hops! German and/or noble hops, more of a bittering hop than a flavor hop, but appropriate to style. A hint of a citric rind deep in the flavor: maybe a bit of grapefruit rind, but not juicy, dried grapefruit rind. Funny how I got all malt in the nose and all hop in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full, almost too firm carbonation, dry finish.

Overall Impression: A quality pilsner. In the style of Urquell but with a bit more assertive hop presence. For all the bitter, it doesn’t pucker. I think the carbonation is a touch high and the transparent appearance kind of throws me a bit, but a quality beer none the less. I can’t see this being a session beer; it’s scratching my beer itch pretty quickly.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy...I thought pilseners should be clear? Aroma is very much of spicy hops and a little bit of malt sweetness. The flavor is very very hoppy...a spicy kind of hoppy. It's odd, because I bought this sixer a few weeks ago, and my first try of it was absolutely horrible. Just straight up completely and utterly stomach turning bitter. So I was pissed that I bought a bad batch and let the rest sit in the crisper. And I try one tonite, and it tastes tolerable. It's not great, still very bitter, but now it tastes like I thought it should. Who knows, my palate might have been retarded the last time. I find this beer pretty enjoyable now. A little too much bitterness for my liking though.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego (La Mesa), Calif. Color was murky pale golden. Light head, maybe ¾ inches. Some lacing on the top that lasted throughout. Sporadic film on the sides.

Wasn’t too impressed with the smell. The first thing I thought was shoe polish. Had some light citrus and grassy notes, but nothing too inspiring.

Tasted kind of fruity up front. Lemon citrus hops came in right after, but grass tried to make its presence known. Little bitter on the finish.

Light body. Average carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

An OK beer overall, but nothing I’d write home about. Maybe it was the setting, giving the other ratings, but I guess I’d have to give it another try.

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Photo of champ103
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a surprisingly hazy yellow. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops. A grain and cereal malt aroma.
T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style. Grapefruit, pine, grassy. Light malt, cereal, and grain for balance.
M/D: Light and watery. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsener should be. Though one is enough for me.

Not a bad beer at all, just not my favorite Pils. It is not one of those that I want to drink one after another. Which is what I pretty much judge the style by.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden colour with a white head that retains well.

S - A little hop and grain.

T - A nice clean grain flavour with a nice hop bitterness that is well complimented by some residual sweetness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - A decent pilsner and well worth a try.

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Photo of scottum
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow straw amber with a big white head. Malts are bready to some extent. Hops help this brew quite a bit. A hunk of bitter helps out a pilsner out. Malts balance the smalllish hops quite well. I'm not big on lagers, but this is one of the better lagers I've had. Ya can't touch this! Break it down. Stop, Hammer time!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Little to no head. Golden, cloudy color.

S- Wheaty and golden malts. Quite nice smell.

T- Strange taste, wheat and bready flavors. Not what I was expecting. Bitter and some hoppiness to it. How peculiar.

M- Lighter body and decent carbonation.

O- This beer comes together nicely. The individual parts however are not so great apart.

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Photo of pkeigs
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smelled it and got nothing but cheddar cheese popcorn, I wonder if the line was dirty because the last time I had it in bottle I truly enjoyed it.

After getting over the cheddar cheese nose I started to really appreciate the beer, it is a nice clean pilsner. Smells like pilsner malt, noble hops. Nice and crisp

Tastes nice, very clean beer accentuating the czech Saaz and pilsner malts. Not very complex but I love it as a nice session-able lager.

Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Crisp earthy finish.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis. Served in a pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow color with excellent carbonation. Nice white head and very good lacing.

S - Grassy smell with some floral hop aroma as well.

T - Spicy hops with a little sweetness on the backend. Seemed a little off on the balance to me.

M/D - Very smooth and crisp with excellent carbonation. A very drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what all the hype is about with this beer. With over 600 reviews and an average over "4", I am not sure what the deal is. This beer reminds me of when I was young, doing the dishes and and enjoying the spoils of what was left over. I feel the Pilsner style is weak, period.

A. Pale.
S. Stale.
T. See above.
M. Chalky
D. Weak.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a creamy head.

Smell is hoppy with resinous and earthy notes. There is a good malt backbone which is also a bit husky. The yeast adds a light sulfuric touch.

Taste of hops that are resinous and raw and make an European impression. The malt is present and is balancing the hops. The sulfuric notes I smelled are not coming back in the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Body is light and aftertaste is dry and bitter. For a German pilsener this is a good attempt, but misses the fullness of it.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light gold with white head that left a little lacing...a ton of carbonation...bubbles never stopped...
Aroma was better than most pilsners but not overpowering...hinted of citrus/and earthy hops...
Taste was more of the hops but not crazy...and there was more bitterness than I wanted...
Mouthfeel was averagely thin...
It did go down smooth...
Maybe I expected more from Victory...but I have had better pils...this was OK

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Photo of quasimoto
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured light golden color with a nice head on it. It was rather cloudy though.

S - Light crisp with the czech hops barley comeing through

T - Has a light citryusy taste from the hops, but other than that the malt is very light. Barely any real strong decisive flavor at all.

M - Light bodied. little carbination to disturb the palette.

D - Definitley a session beer for anytime of the year.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man NY served in a pint glass.

A: Fine white 1 finger head with outstanding retention. Brew itself is light orange/yellow. Lacing is magnificent for a beer with such light body... its almost frothy in appearance.

S: Nose is fresh citrus, grass, and pine with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Begins with light hops and transitions towards the middle into a fresh citrus. Finish is bitter... not hop bitter, but a lingering, biting bitterness.

M: Light bodied and coarse. Finishes clean but bitter aftertaste really sticks in the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable but the aftertaste again really kills this beer. It builds and builds but never seems to fade and makes each subsequent sip more and more intensly bitter.

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Photo of sudz42
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the high ratings and increasing popularity in "Imperial" and Belgian styles, we Americans validate a good beer by its specific gravity and ABV content. Not me.

I'm looking for an Old World (read German/Czech) pilsner. While a good, fortifying drink, Prima Pils does not come close to being a true Pilsner. It's more American ale than even a lager, let alone a pilsner.

This beer's potential is most likely in its water, as PA is founded on limestone, like northern Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. However, Prima's yeast does not convince me that this drink is bottom fermented. Nor does the thick yellow color convince me that this is a pilsner: it's too malty; it's too strong.

It's a good drink, but it's not subtle and refined like a true Pilsner.

Someday, an American pilsner will come; it's not here yet.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a decent frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is light grains and noble hops. It's clean, but not too exciting.

The flavor is slightly sweet, grainy malts with a good sized noble hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with a good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very well made, bold pilsner. I'm not a huge fan of the style though.

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Photo of NODAK
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very clean and pretty muted. Typical pilsner hop presence.

Very golden pour...thin head with pretty decent retention.

Taste has a tart, biscuity flavor on the body with a pretty high level of bitterness for style. The bitterness only intensifies during the swallow, which makes this a pretty hoppy brew for a pilsner. The hops linger for a while after the swallow with a aspirin bitterness.

The bitterness is a bit much for me for this style, although I like the flavor on the body quite a bit. I'm not sure if I'd reach for this one when I'm in the mood for a pils, but it's certainly decent.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute from a 12oz bottle.

A - Yellow and murky with a very small head. that recedes to a few mere bubbles on the glass. No Lacing.

S - Lemons a strong, small scent of hops, but a little more sweet smelling than bitter. Sourness.

T - Kinda of flat actually. Not a lot of flavor that I can detect. Hoppy bitterness can be tasted, and a little oakiness. Not a lot more to it.

M - Well carbonated, leaves the mouth feeling crisp and clean.

D - Average drinkability. Not a great beer, not a terrible beer, just ok for me.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,046 ratings.