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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a 1/2" rocky white head. Lots of effervescence. Clearer than the last time I had it.

Aroma: Generally spicy pilsner-like smell. Smells pretty similar to Summerfest, perhaps a touch spicier.

Taste: Hoppy arrival, hoppy across mid-palate. Big, bitter finish - dry. Painfully bitter on the finish (for the style).

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-lightweight body; a touch less carbonation than I typically associate with the style.

Overall: This is lightyears better than the last bottle of this I had. That one was clearly off (always check bottle dates, and thank you Victory for having them). Still, if the goal is a clear, crisp, easy-drinker, this is off the mark. The hops on the finish are just too strong. In terms of enjoyment, I'd put Mama's Lil' Yella and Summerfest (both Czech) ahead of this.

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Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small head that quickly disappeared. Generous lacing left streaks down the sides of the glass.

Subtle hoppy and skunky aromas.

Taste was somewhat hoppy with hints of citrus and spices coming through as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

Very easy drinking.

Definitely more flavorful than your average pilsener but overall not much better.

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Photo of mobud
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Golden straw color with a thick head and very active carbonation.

S- Light grass smell with a grainy backround.

T- Light lager taste with a nice hoppy backbone.

M- Very light feel; very crisp.

D- Oh so drinkable. Would make a great BBQ session beer and I will test that theory soon...

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Photo of oakbluff
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a 12 ounce bottle. Appearance- very pale straw colour with a slight haze. Head comes and goes quickly. Nose- grassy spicy hops. Taste- quite spicy in the front end, which quickly dries out into an aspirin like bitterness in the finish. Malt is very clean- a little bready. Carbonation is medium. Its tasty- just seems too harsh for this delicate style.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright yellow, ever so slightly hazy, with plenty of active carbonation. A little half finger head that dissipates quickly into a wisp. Not really the kind of color I like to see in a beer, but spot on for the style.

S - Yeasty and dry, almost a bit Belgian in character. There is a slight slight touch of bitter hop hidden in the back. Also present is a sweet citrus (orange or tangerine?), but only a bit. Almost smells like a Belgian wheat beer crossed with a Pils. Unique.

T - Sharp initial sip. Very crisp pine and floral hop flavor. Malty and perhaps a bit of toasted bread. I really really dislike the (earthy? certainly very bitter, but in a bad way) aftertaste, which is a shame since I like the rest of the profile.

M - Light body with some nice carbonation. A bit dry, which I like.

D - It takes a lot of getting used to for me. I enjoyed it half the time, and half the time I felt like I had to force it down. Some may suggest this is a pilsner for IPA fans since it accentuates the hops, but I just can't really enjoy it. I've never been a fan of pilsners, but thought this would convert me. It didn't.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden straw with tough of chill haze. Okay size head with fair retention and pretty good lace. Not fancy or outlandish, but spot on.

S: Nice firm noble hop aroma – grassy, floral, herbal, and softly spicey. Doughy malts in the background with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: Rather hoppy and bitter for a Pils. Opens grassy and herbal with a fair bit of spice and quite a bite. There is briefly a splash of mildly sweet doughy malts. In the middle hops transition to spicey, earthy, and strongly bitter. A clean, scraping, cleansing bitter. Only well into the finish do some resin and hop oils come out. There is also a hint of lemon throughout and a slight astringency poking though.

M: Enough body to let you know there are some malts here. Despite the slightly narrow and thin taste this appears to be a frogs hair over medium body with CO2 pretty well matched. Start semi-dry and goes to quite dry. A bit palate cleansing. A touch astringent and even puckering.

D: More like, “A bold pilsener beer.” Very firmly bitter & hoppy. Almost unbalanced. More of a challenge to the palate than I usually think of for a Pilsner. May be pushing boundries a bit, but at least in ain’t no macro swill.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a clear golden-apricot color w/light head, retaining a thin cap and leaving faint tracing.
S-Aromas of flowery hops, light malt, and wet-dog.
T-Light malt. Taste is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter hops w/nice tart, citrus bite, but the sour taste lingers in mouth for a long time, and gradually turns unpleasant.
M-Good carbonation backbone with lighter body. Decent for style.
D-Light on the palate and easy to drink. Very refreshing.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #119
Served On: 02/03/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: Feb 12, 2012

This was mixed in with a sixer of home brews a buddy dropped off to me.

Look: Poured a bright golden yellow. The beer was very clear and had good carbonation. The head was a thin layer of white spongy foam.

Smell: Crisp and grassy aroma with some hints of spice and lemon peal. A faint malt was in the background.

Taste: The taste certainly was of a quality pilsner. First was some grassy citrus with a well pronounced lemon peal note in the middle. Finish was a quick hit of malts and then into a slightly bitter-sweet aftertaste of the grass and light citrus.

This is an excellent take on the style. I would have expected nothing less from Victory. This one would convert any BMC drinker for sure.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m not sure exactly what to think of this one…I like it, but there’s just something that I don’t like about it. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky head that seems to never die down. It leaves a thick, sticky lace all over the glass. There is high amount carbonation that seems force the aromas right up your nose. Aromas are filled with sweet hoppy goodness, spices, and citrus peel. The taste packs a big punch of citrus-like hops. I think this might be a little to bitter for my taste. It’s a good beer, but I don’t think it’s my style.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Like a macro lager. Clear, golden yellow. Typical looking for a beer.

S- Floral hops and musty grains! Not a clean smell, if you know what I mean. Very different for a lager, even a German Pils.

T- Hoppy! The hops imparts a spicy quality to the beer. Moderately bitter finish. Carbonation is very tingly on the tongue.

M- Almost a medium mouthfeel. But overall this is an easy drinking beer. The bitterness is making it hard to drink.

This was an ok beer, Nothing special. I don't think I'll buy this beer again. It's a little too bitter, and not refreshing enough for me to warrant keeping this around.

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Photo of drperm
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Purple Onion, Saluda, NC.

Pilsner? Really? It certainly looks like a pilsner in the glass, but beyond that, I wouldn't even peg it for a lager, let alone a Pilsener. To me it was much more reminiscent of an IPA or an APA. That being said, it's a great beer in its own right. The palate was somewhat thin and sulfurish, and the nose somewhat sweet, but I'd gladly have more. Nice session beer if they have it on tap. I doubt I'd buy a 6-pack, though.

When I want an American-made Pilsenser, I think I'll stick to Trumer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this pils pours a very pale straw yellow color, with a full finger of rocky pure white head, moderate carbonation swiftly ascends to the top

S - a sweet malty aroma, with a great hoppy character pushing through, the faint citrine aroma of lemons sneaks in the nose at the end

T - very hoppy, much more so than i thought from the aroma, sweet mlats are more subdues and the lemony citrus flavor is more pronounced, very tasty

M&D - dry and balanced, very tasty , im not too experienced in the way of pilseners, but this seems like a high quality one, very easy down, a nice brew, as is the pattern with Victory

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Photo of malvrich
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass
a: Clear golden yellow with fine light to average carbonation. A gentle pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates after about 5 minutes leaving a decent amount of lacing which holds nicely to the glass. Pools of foam also tend to remain on the surface of the beer.

s: Nothing sticks out. A little biscuit balanced by a very subtle floral hop aroma.

t: Again, well balanced with a slight but noticeable hop bite. Smooth maltiness provides a hint of chewiness to the beer. Hops on the finish which is appealing as it lingers however I'm not getting floral as in the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as some have opined and definitely not citrusy. Maybe slightly more piny or herbal.

m: Very light body with the bubbles providing a slight tingle. Again I notice a "fine" quality to the bubbles. Doesn't look like much but I kind of like it. I think this works nicely against the malt too, tying the flavor profile together. I would like a bit more more carbonation in this beer.

o: Have to say I'm a bit disappointed with Prima especially after reading that it is among the absolute best in the style. Same as with Sierra Nevada Summerfest which is nice of course but also fails to impress me in any way. Certainly nothing bad to report but while interesting, also a little underwhelming at its price.

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Photo of patreely12
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - pale, hazy straw. an inch tall, fluffy white head retains itself for a fairly long time. mild carbonation visible.

S - strong but balanced aromas grainy malts and earthy European hops.

T/M - just like the nose the flavor is made up of a well balanced combination of pale, grainy German malts and flowery, earthy hops. the rich, and slightly sweet malts make up the front of the beer while the hops take a subtle back seat. very refreshing, but the flavors are a bit boring for me. light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall - not one of my favorite styles. this is a decent, light beer for the hot summer days and a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pils glass.

A-Very clear golden color.Huge head and lots of bubbles.

T-Sweet and stout,I couldnt taste the hops in it.

S-Sweet smell,I coulnt tell ya what kind of smells other then being sweet there are in it.

M-It attacks your palate,I think its a typical pilsner,much better then Budweiser.

D-Good "session" beer,as I drank more, it grew on me.I dont really care for many pils but I liked this one.It was a good change from other beers ive been consuming.I would have this again and I reccomend this to any beer drinker.Kudos to Victory!

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Photo of devilben02
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a substantial, fluffy white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of lemony acidity and some musty yeastiness. The flavor likewise features a combination of musty, earthy, and lemony hop characteristics, with a light biscuity malt presence adding some subtle sweetness. The fine, soft carbonation is pleasant and helps to make this one go down easily.

Overall, although this bottle was only about a week away from the end of its suggested 'best before" date, it still provided a bright yet earthy flavor profile that was a bit unexpected but quite nice. I'll have to keep my eye out for a fresher sample, though, to get the full effect of this renowned pilsener.

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Photo of ExMachina1
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Something is amiss with this current batch of PP

Normally, PP is accentuated by a aggressive hop spice from noble hops. However, this latest batch is more of a citrus, fruity hop. Good for an IPA, not good here!!!

If I were a betting man (and I am!) I would wager that Victory has switched hop type here. I hope it's just temporary, b/c it's really done the beer a disservice and I'm rating this current batch accordingly...

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: finger-thick head quickly thins to a light layer and ring, clear gold color, bubbles abound
s: mellow hops dominated by malts
t: grassy, bitter hops are constant/dominant, slight hoppy finish balanced with malts
m: light to medium body with mouth-full of carbonation
d: i'm not a big pilsner fan, but this was a pretty solid beer

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, extra light straw color. Fluffy white head is well supported. Aromas are wheaty, spicy hoppy, and slightly skunky. Body is quite heavy for the style (alcohol?). Hops aren't as forward as I anticipated. Reminds me of a pretty standard American Pils. It's clean and refreshing, though I'd like a bit more carbonation. Exp date of June 28th, 06.... I feel this is a much better brew when fresh. Bitterness doesn't come in any more so than an Urquell, but it is appropriate. Overall, a bit of a dissapointment, I anticipated something more enlightening by the previous reviews. Blue Paddle is local and a mere equivelent.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pale yellow like so many other macro lagers. Minor lacing that sets this apart somewhat. Grassy, grainy aroma, not better than bottled samples i've had. Flaccid appearance, looks anemic for a PIls.

Mild bitterness on the palate, could use a bigger hop kick to it. Engineered to appeal to macro drinkers, surely. Not snappy, kind of dull overall. Fuller than usual due to a nice level of carbonation. Simple and non-intellectual, drink by the six-pack.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Consumed on an unseasonably warm day when I was quite thirsty. I really like the picture on the bottle

Appearance: Light, golden, clear. Very low head maybe half a finger, quickly dissapearing.

Smell: Lemony, just a tiny bit of hops, no alcohol

Taste: Wheaty, a little lemony, not sweet but not bitter, just neutral.

Mouth: Very carbonated, light and thin

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink

Im not getting anything special from this beer, glad to have a six pack of it, but I won't be seeking it out in the future.

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

A - Yellow beer, little bit cloudy, small head that leaves a little bit of lace.

S - Nose is a bit more potent that I was expecting, with more hops than most pils. Pretty sweet smelling as well.

T - Crisp, sweet, clean, decent hop balance. Taste is pretty light, but it is a pilsner, and packs some taste in there that I wasn't quite expecting. Better than average.

M - Light, crisp, moderate carbonation, little watery.

D - Pretty drinkable session beer, a good one to have at a wedding and other occassions where the macro and craft guys mix.

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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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,069 ratings.