Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brick Store Pub. Poured into Victory pilsner glass. One inch white foamy head lingers for a while on a clear golden body. Aroma is a mix of a biscuity pilsner and a grapefruit. Comforting and lovely. Taste is similar. Just slightly and beautifully out of balance on the style towards hoppy but not so much as to upset the run of the mill pilsner drinker. Amazingly delicious and over the top smooth.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely straw yellow with a delicate bright white head and moderate lacing. Little bubbles trail up my tall pilsener glass as I take a whiff. Aroma is of sweet grainy malt, straw and, zesty hop aromas. Taste is even more zesty with wonderful lemony citrus, herbal and grassy hop notes. The beer has a firm bitterness that makes it nicely thirst quenching, though not as smooth as some other examples. The malt is definitely there, but is light and subdued. This pilsener is definitely showcasing the hops, but at the same time it is quite balanced. Light bodied with a perfect finish, this is a great session beer and one of America's finest examples of the style.

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Photo of sweethome
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is light golden with a slight haze - nice 1" white head that lasts a good long time.

Nose is fresh cut grass, a bit of grapefruit.

Wow - what a start - bready malts, floral hop rush and fine bittering. Flavor is on the attack here and I love it!

So much flavor packed in this light colored beer! If Miller Lite is true pilsner beer, then this is a kick your ass, MF True Pilsner beer, baby!

Probably the best US pils I've had. Fine german malt flavor, grassy hop flavor and nice bitter finish.

Flavorfull, refreshing, and drinkable. While staying true to style in so many ways, pushes it just a bit, and hits to the highest mark.

My scores are compared to other pils.


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Photo of tronester
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a big white head and lacing that does not go away. Smell is of freshly cut flowers and a hint of clean yeast. Taste is an herbal, grassy flavor up front, with a hint of malt in the middle, and a bracing, super hoppy aftertaste. The bitterness clings to your tongue, and wont go away. As a huge fan of hop bitterness, this is wonderful. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, nice medium carbonation. Super drinkable, this is 'true pilsner' taste. I would love to get this again, but it will be difficult as it is not available in Oklahoma.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy pale golden color with a creamy looking white head that slowly creeps down the glass and leaves a nice looking lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings a sweet hoppy aroma. it gives off a an oily hop scent, sweet honey, and a floral ester aroma with a light bready malt backbone.

T-the taste follows the nose almost to a T. sweet hop oil, floral esters, and a touch of honey. a nice bready malt backbone with a light bitterness

M-great medium body, slightly syrupy, quite smooth, and a touch of astringency at the finish. perfect carbonation presence.

D-i completely forgot how good this beer was and passed it up too many times. it brings huge flavor, sweetness with a touch of balance, and so easy to drink. what a sessionable beer!

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Photo of illidurit
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale saffron body with a one-finger light-tan head that gradually reduces to a thin cap.

S: Husky malt with a very herbal hop sharpness on top. Some lemongrass and floweriness.

T: Grassy hops are at the fore here. The herbal quality runs over the light biscuity malt flavor before melding into a refreshing bitterness. The finish maintains this raw hop bitterness and introduces a sweeter malt flavor, perhaps honey-like. Some lemon zest on the sides of the tongue.

M/D: Lively carbonation, light body, and extremely refreshing. Smooth in the mouth and very easy to drink. This is the Reality Czeck of German Pilseners.

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Photo of kballer
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. There's no freshness date. I poured into a half liter pilsener glass and allowed it to foam up a lot. The head looks delicious and fluffy. T

The smell is defintely the beers strongest area. It smells spicy and hoppy. Just thinking about the smell makes me want to crack one open. Luckily it tastes like it smells. some sips are really spicy and others taste bread-like.

Very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Jarod
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured, drank and loved at the brewery itself. It came to me a bright beautiful golden yellow color. Very clear so that one could watch the bubbles dance in the glass. A soft, creamy white head sat on top of my glass calling me to nose and taste it. So I did. The aromas that tickled my nose were fresh, sweet, spicy and hoppy. The different hop smells from fresh grass to citrus to flowers to spices came right at my nose. There were some sweet malt tones as well but the hops were the primary smells. And the taste, WOW, the taste was absolutely great. Hops took the front again, grass, lemons, cloves, hay, flowers and some spices all covered my tongue, again, there was a definite sweet malt presence as well to try to balance the hops, and does so very well. But one cannot deny that this beer was made for hops. Very bold and aggressive from the moment it touches your lips to the middle as it rushes over your tongue to the very dry finish. When I say dry, I mean dry. I swear I could actually feel every drop of moisture get sucked off of my tongue. It was like a desert in there, a bold flavorful desert that I would not mind being stranded in. Great example of this style. Loved it and was glad rotsaruch told me to try it.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Laura Alberts in Daniel Island (Charleston), SC.

Pours clear and dark golden. A beautiful looking elixir with a small white head of almost one finger in size. Pox of lacing.

Aroma is grassy and hoppy and grainy. Slightly toasty and a touch of hay.

Crisp and bitter, clean finish. The perfect amount of grassy hops mix well with the grainy malts. Cereal in the flavor.

Besides Polestar Pilsner, this is my faovrite of the style. This is a perfect beer to be enjoying on this brutally hot (95F) summer day.

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Photo of mmercede
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I drink on a weekly basis but have never taken the time to review. I've had this both on draft and bottle many times. However, I think a fresh keg is the best way to experience this brew. So I will review based on that experience.

A: A bright golden yellow with a slight haze. Foamy white head which settles to 1/2" with some basic lacing. Not particularly beautiful, but good for the style.

S: Floral hop notes with some pepper, lemon zest, and biscuit notes. Very clean and refreshing aroma. No noticable sulfur which is a huge plus in my book. Hands-down the best aroma from a lager I have experienced. Overall, the aroma is of medium intensity.

T: Spicy bitter hops with some lemon and cereal flavors. A nice dry grapefruit juice flavor at the finish. There are many particular flavors in Victory's lagers which I can not put my finger on. However, I could pick one out blind anyday. Unbelievably refreshing and complex.

M: A nice light body with rather strong carbonation which I prefer for this style. Highly drinkable and a great session beer.

O: This has been, and will most likely remain, my favorite lager. Victory is a true master of lagering. And I normally hate most lagers!

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Photo of Rezzin
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm moving soon so I was cleaning out the beer fridge and look what I found, a bottle Prima Pils! I don't think it's that old though - maybe 6mo at most.

A - Poured into a pilsener glass. 3/4" white pillow-y head, brilliantly clear light golden in color.

S - Mmm... the aroma is spicy from the noble hops and there is a little sweetness in the nose.

T - First impressions are a nice bitter bite and a crisp clean finish. A little sweetness from the pilsener malt is present but mostly i'm tasting the noble hops. It's working really well for me.

M - I would say this is medium bodied leaning towards light with medium carbonation.

D - This is a great German Pilsener and one of the better beers I've sampled. I really like this one a lot. T

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour with light honeyed color, thick creamy head, and just a suggestion of haze. Nose is very appetizing with some herbal, leafy hop qualities and a hint of bready/grainy aromas. Palate offers a whollop of flavors with ample hoppiness coming through, herbal and pleasantly sharp, with some nice malt in the background to tame things just a little. Incredibly flavorful yet drinkable at the same time. A masterpiece of a pils when judged against the American competition. Bravo.

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Photo of pearljam118
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into glass

A: Golden yellow, clear with little head settling quickly

T: Slightly sweet at first with a taste of hops, crisp bitter after taste.

M: very carbonated but light

D: perfect beer after a summer long day, im looking forward to picking up a case of this beer

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow, with small orange highlights. Carbonation is world-class, and this is beyond beautiful in the Duvel tulip. Millions of steams of orchestrated strands glisten upwards, in definitive pace. With a large white head, that lasts and lasts.

Smell is light with plentiful layers of fruit. Cut fresh hay with a citrus zest, very light effervescent grape, and tangy melon.

Taste upfront has a blast of spicy wheat, and light hay. Delicious German malts. Grassy hops, with a tangy citrus twang take over soon after. Soon the citrus takes over leading way to another spicy semi-floral hop wave. This Pilsner is overall, a blast of flavors screaming for attention. Your palate better damn well listen! The Saaz hops work well with this Pilsner, creating such a beautiful blend of flavor.

I have to say, I love this brew. It's just incredibly solid, any way you look at it. Victory nailed the German Pilsner style here. Prosit!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Malty crisp hop distinctive pils nose. Thick sticky white head that is gravity defying.. rocky. straw yellow color with a slight lace (fine). Complex beer taste wise but all light delicate flavors on the tongue. Almost hypnoticly drinkable. Smooth light mouth. Malty crisp (Hop) flavor. There is a sharp bitterish hop dagger left on the tongue in the finish. A great beer with food (esp italian, mexican etc). This is a master representation of a pils. A wonderful session beer.. a perfect beer to have on tap for a superbowl party... I believeit is the best pils I have ever had! I bet you can't drink just one.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just going to go ahead and say right now that this one great pilsner.

It pours with a beautiful 2-finger white head, which is dense and leaves lacing the whole way down. And the body is an attractive light straw color, with good clarity and plenty of apparent carbonation.

The smell is of fresh-cut grass and spicy, herbal hops over a present, but mostly in the background, bready-biscuity malt. Just a hint of sweetness creeps in, in an otherwise, crisp, hoppy aroma.

The taste is hop forward, but manages to stay classy. Crisp and refreshing, with dryness from generous amounts of herbal hops. The beer avoids any metallic taste, and it finishes clean and spicy. Awesome prickly mouthfeel, with just the right amount of chewiness.

Prima Pils lives up to the hype. Stock up, and enjoy it often.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden, with a good frothy head and carbonation.
Smells of those crisp clean lager flavors with citrusy hop overtones.
The taste is dead on, very clean and tasty with a nice mouthful of hops.
Great mouthfeel.
Drinkability? I'm drinking it until the temperature drops below 70 degrees here in Philadelphia.

Awesome pilsner. Has no equal on this side of the pond.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice finger length head which retains as a persistent lace throughout.
Aroma reminded me mostly of fruity esters.
What a taste! This is not your average pilsner by any means. Lots of complexity to the taste yet wonderful balance. Starts off as a fruity taste; like apples or pears. As I drink further, the hops element becomes more pronounced and leaves a dry and bitter aftertaste that perfectly balances the fruity and malty sweetness. There is also lots of bread like elements as well as herbal and spicy characteristics. Really a lot going on in this one.
Great feel. Light bodied and crisp, a spritzy carbonation that prickles the tongue. So drinkable, I could drink 10 more of these. (o.k. maybe not)
Truly one of my favorite german pilsners. I've had it before and enjoyed it each time. This will continue to be a go to beer for me!

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Photo of waughbrew
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear pale gold, white head with little retention but some lacing. Smells of sweet pale malt, spicy, flowery German hops. Those leafy hops dominate this brew. Oh what a finish. The beautiful hops slide down gracefully and feel great. Too drinkable. Wow. Malt and hop flavor could mesh a tad better and the head retention should be improved, but damn this is a great beer.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just slightly translucent gold with a frothy head and some lacing. Smell: Very prominent floral hops with slight maltiness- the smell is quite appetizing. Drinks very smooth -feel the pinch of hops on the tongue with a lingering grapefruit-like bitterness with a not too wet or dry finish. Overall, a spectacular pilsner with a surprisingly high dosage of hops and honestly, in this category, I think holds its own or surpasses the German counterparts. Prost!

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time. Read a lot about this beer and I love everything else I've tried from Victory.

A=Light golden color. What I'd expect from a Pils

S=I love the hops. This smells great.

T=Taste is phenomenal. I'm mostly used to very hoppy beers being IPA s. Lots of bitterness from the hops which works for me. Not much maltiness that I can detect.

M=Lots of carbonation. Feels formidable.

Overall= Only picked up two of these but I could definitely see this being a session beer. Only other Pils I've ever enjoyed this much is Pilsner Urquell. Miller Lite should be banned from calling their beer "Pilsner" Another solid offering from Victory.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle poured into a pilsener glass, best before date: 10/8/08.

A: Pours a clear and clean looking light golden straw with a nice inch thick and rocky egg shell white head that leaves just as thick a lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice little ropes of carbonation doing their best to support the head. Hard to think how this beer could be improved on any more, just give me a tiny bit more carbonation throughout the session, otherwise perfection in a glass.

S: Grassy and sweet with a mild floral hop spiciness. Germal pils through and through.

T/MF: Very grassy, haylike and floral, lemon zest and comes to mind and backed by a solid malt grainiess. Mouthfeel is mildly coarse and leaves the slightest of drying sensations on the tongue. Feels full bodied for a pilsener if that makes sense. I mean it obviously doesn't drink like a dopplebock but its not yellow fizzy water either, I suppose I could sum this up by saying it has a solid chewiness to it with a mildly lingering hop profile, nice nice nice.

D: One fine beer! Who says pilseners can't be flavorful. Insanely drinkable, good any time of the year and a wonderful American take on the style. I was worried that hops would dominate this beer but they play a well defined role in this beer, wonderfully paired with the malts. Tasty tasty stuff.

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Photo of MJR
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours crystal clear, pale gold with a HUGE head...I had to fight to keep it in the glass! The head turns lumpy and marshmello-like after a minute or two. Lots of little carbonation bubbles constantly fight their way to the top.

Smell: Aroma of fresh Saaz hops. I've heard their smell described as 'sea air.' Sounds about right... Very light grassy, earthy aroma as well. Great nose on this brew!

Taste: Starts off with a strong bitter, hoppy note that never goes away. Faint taste of a grassy, earthy character, with a bit of floral spiciness. I'm not usually a Pilsner kinda' guy, but this beer is fantastic!

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, and crisp. Goes down supernaturally smooth.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This beer is far from being one of my favorite styles, but this one is incredible. I could drink these all night on my deck on a hot summer night.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is tasty smooth! Having lived in Germany for three years it surely is delightful to find such a full flavored and tasty brew as this!
pours a nice bright gold with a beautifil head.
smell is a good down home pils smell
taste is right on for the style with a nice clean/crisp hops bite!
mouth is very pleasant and full, very straightforward.
you could vey easily drink this gem all day and then some!
I will definetly keep this one on hand at all times(beer gods willing!) very refreshing and so easy to drink even my 85 year old mother has been known to slam a few of these puppies,sweeet!

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Photo of trumick
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow. Nothing to hide here with a 1/2 inch head and lacing all around, nice looking beer.

Scent is bready malts with wonderful Saaz hop. It reminds me a bit of a Duvel in the nose (must be the pilsner malts).

Taste is sweet malts up front then immediately followed by the European hops, Saaz, Hallertua maybe. Nice dry finish with the hop lingering for quite a while. This has an outstanding taste that could put this beer at the top of my Pils list. Hell, at the top of my list, period.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing. It has just the right amount of carbination and goes down smooth.

Drinkability cannot be improved upon. A great session beer with exceptional flavor that will keep me coming back for more.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.