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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,069 Reviews
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 beerman207
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Appearance is a cloudy yellow with 1/2 finger of head with some nice lacing left behind

S - hops and malt come through in the nose - nice

T - bietterness coming through in the front and the back. Some malt coming through in the middle that really makes this brew special

M - drying, low carbonation, and a little stickiness

D - Very high - I could have several of these without question

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Photo of jakester
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz. bottle from the sampler pack. Date on the bottle!! Yea!

Pours a brilliant straw yellow with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head drops off to just a few islands in a very short time; my only gripe with this beer. Pretty high level of carbonation evident.

The smell is awesome. If this isn't Saaz, I'll eat my glass! And the aroma from the (German) malt is to die for. Spices and fresh baked bread are blended together. Great aroma!

The taste is just like the smell. Smooth malt followed by a gentle bittering and then that spicy Saaz hop flavor. I wish I was better at describing flavors. The balance is perfect for the style. This isn't an understated pilsner by any means, but...WOW!

Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly soft carbonation, a tongue cleansing crispness, and a long lasting hop presence in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

If I didn't like IPA's so much, this would be my everyday beer. Not too strong, not too weak, just right. A session beer looking for a session.

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Photo of VictorWisc
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't see any dates on the bottle but the mixed 12-pack has late August 2013 for expiration date.

Pours light golden yellow. Plentiful large-grained head with little retention. Almost no lacing, some visible carbonation.

Very pleasant aroma. Opens up citrusy, slightly metallic, than broader hop aroma with mild floral yeast showing.

Same citrus (lemon) front in the mouth. Followed by a mild but complex hops kick of pine, laurel and licorice. All flavors remain in the finish balanced by a light sweet malt note. After 2 minutes, I can still taste the complex hops blend, including citrus and aromatics, yeast and malt. More complexity than most Pilsners.

Very light-bodied front, but then tastes deceptively creamy with moderate carbonation. One side effect of the light body is that it betrays a boozy heat note, however, without being overly dry.

A well made Pils with a lot of balance between all elements, with hoppiness matching of exceeding the classic fresh style. A very positive experience--one of the better Pilsners in my memory.

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Photo of Puddintane
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow pour, white bubbly head. Aroma of crisp grassy hops, faint bit of must in the malt, citrus rind/light fruit. Flavors of dry malt with a decent bit of grapefruit/citrus rind come into play, a slight earthiness/must is apparent as well. Light bubbly body, crisp/bitter/malty throughout with a dry lingering bitter finish. Easily one of my top three session beers: it’s bright and crisp. Overall, just a very satisfying brew that I drink regularly all year round. This coupled with a very fair price point makes it a hard beer to beat. Most definitely my favorite summer brew as well as my favorite pilsener. I don’t see what there is to not love about this beer.

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

This one pours a golden color with a solid head and some really nice lace. The smell is somewhat grassy. This tastes great. Big hop flavor for the style, which as a hop head, I love. Prima Pils is certainly an easy drinking beer, but probably not for the faint of heart. It's easily the best pilsner I've ever sampled and is another winner from Victory. As one who generally doesn't enjoy this style, I'm impressed.

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

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Clear, very pale yellow/gold with a nice finger of bright foamy white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: bready malts, some biscuity cracker notes and bright, floral Saaz and German noble hops, a little yeast and some definite sweetness on the nose

Taste: definite hop bitterness here, lots of floral and even some citrusy notes (may have some American hops in there?) - German noble hops definitely dominate but there is a nice mild pilsener malt sweetness that lingers in the background. Slightly on the dry side, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation, very pleasant

Overall: Lots of good impressions on this beer! This German pils style is a bit hoppier than most Bohemian/Czech styles that I also really enjoy, but it is still very balanced. Very drinkable, with great hop and malt profiles.

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

Prima Pils pours a light gold with a white head that leaves some lacing.

Aromas are grainy and grassy in the hop department.
the taste is also the exact same.

I am surprised by such a decent mouthfeel. It has a fluffiness to it that I enjoy. This has summer beer written all over it.

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