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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
91
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2,066 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,066
Ratings:
5,069
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
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Prima PilsPrima Pils
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 2,066 | Ratings: 5,069
Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, very pale yellow color with a bubbly white head. Slight chill haze is present. Crisp lemony nose also includes a lot of maltiness. Some grass is noted, as well as citrous hops. Hops immediately bite your tongue and don't let go. Bitter lemon transitions into some interesting spiciness. Bready malt attempts to balance the bold hops. Finish is spicy with some herbal qualities, backed by malty smoothness with some grassiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and finishes quite dryly. Light and refreshing, drinkability is quite high for this one (especially with the approaching warm weather). I was expecting this to be hoppy, but it exceeded my expectations. I've never had a beer this light that was as aggressively hopped. Quite interesting, and very tasty.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe this is what Pilsner Urquell used to taste like. Pours a clear straw color, big head that dies down. Good Lacing. Aroma is similar to fresh cut grass, but not as strong. Taste is huge, hops are there, but very well balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is a tad thick for the style, but I like 'em thick. This is great stuff. About time they distributed into Michigan!

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of a "real" pilsner. So not sure what to expect, high ratings gave me the idea of trying it out (I did not read any reviews before tasting it).

Appearance: golden straw color; very clear. Not much head, but that may be due to age (freshness).

Smells of lovely hop aroma (I enoy the smell of hops much more than taste).

Tastes strong hop with out the intense bitterness. Aftertaste kicks in some bitterness, but nice. Nice mouthfeel a bit fizzy. After the first few sips, the hoppiness dies somewhat and you can enjoy more of the maltiness.

Great aperitif, gets you hungry, but fills you up a bit; really hits the spot.

This is a good beer. Its intense hop flavor has me thinking this isn't a standard Pils. I would definitely jump on it given another chance, but not something I'd buy normally.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my personal favorites. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a nice head and lace down the glass.

Smells like a nice day outdoors. Earthy, natural smell. Grass and herbs. Very hoppy.

The taste is very hoppy, but not powerfully bitter or oily. These are the noble hops that are advertised on the box. They are very earthy, grassy, herbal, and chewy, but not bitter and not palate-shredding. There is some balancing sweetness but I can't say it balances it out completely. This is supposed to be hoppy and it pulls it off spectacularly. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Something I could drink over and over.

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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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Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Victory for my taste was a golden honey colour with plentiful carbonation. A small white froth rose up and subsided shortly thereafter. Random islands of lacing clung to the glass.

Honey and hop pings came through in the aroma. Just a scat of citrus impression.

The taste was surprisingly bitter. The first couple of sips acclimated my taste buds to this new and exciting beer I had especially for their delight. Faint lemony flavours showed up in the finish . The hops seemed to outweigh the pilsner malts in the taste. Which was absolutely fine with me. Good, bold flavour and a refreshingly crisp and dry ending. I could surely sit around in the summer time and pound these suckers like so many railroad spikes. Nice.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/18/05- Received via trade with connecticuitpoet and steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz brew with a best by date of Feb 2004...scary. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Nice crisp yellow pour with a clean 3/4 inch head and adequate lacing.

Smell- More hoppy than expected in the nose. Otherwise your normal grain scents.

Taste- Not a sweet as many pils I have tried, but a nice hoppy background. Nice grain taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and a bit dry. Maybe a very slight watery taste at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably would be one of my got to pils if I had easy access to it. Nice change of pace with the heavier hop profile. Nice session brew.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with enjoy by date of Apr 02 05.

Clear, light gold in color with small white froth. Cascading bubbles come up through the middle of the beer. Head settles quickly into a small collar and coating.

Great doughy malt smell with this brew. Peppery, herbal hops show off.

Hops are assertive right from the get go. Crisp and refreshing body, malt character is superb. Finish is slightly dry, then a long malt and hops aftertaste.

This has to be one of the best Pils I've had. Top notch.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with slight, oh so slight, particles in the swirl. Foamy 1 inch head, with some lacing. Nose is hops and zest and it flows right into the taste. Crispy, bready, hoppy quenching fluid bathes the mouth. Wonderful not overly dry finish. This is a fine beer that drinks easy and has a lot of character. I bought one to sample, now I'm off to get a sixer.

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Photo of babydoc
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ouncer labeled Enjoy by Apr 02 05. Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow. Generous frothy white three-finger head makes itself known as the cap is popped, sticks around for a while, leaving some sticky lace. Nice lookin' beer. Nose is delicate but definite, malt and grassy hops. Grain/malts start out, quickly overcome by pleasant citrus and bitter hops that back off but leave a dry finish. Definitely a Pils for a hops lover! Lightly carbonated, drinks far too easily, wish I had another! Thanks kafkaEsb, for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of maybrick
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow What a GREAT PILS! I decided it was time to revisit this one after the very flattering NY Times Article. This brew maybe the best Pils in the world right now.

Color is perfect. Nose while delicate has a definite and detectable balanace of malt and hop. The taste is just over the top. Sublte sweetness on the front end with an exceptionally clean, crisp, and dry back end. Carbonation on draft was excellent leaving nice lace rings down my pint glass. Great beer!

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Photo of Fish113d
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass, it pours a straw color (pale gold) with a dense white head that tends to not dissipate too quickly at all, which is nice. Aroma is of citrus fruits (grapefruit) and some hops and spice. A touch of alcohol also hits my sinuses. Taste is soft spice and citrus flavors with a mild piney hop flavor. Sugary sweet grapefruits hit your palete on the finish along with some slightly bitter hops. Overall, this is pretty smooth and silky with some tingly carbonation throughout. Overall drinkability is pretty decent but I tend to not be a huge Pilsner fan.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with freshness dating on the label. Pours a nice shade of quite light golden amber.Snow white head,leaves moderate lacing. Nose is spicy,fresh lemony hops. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing brew. Loads of resiny and cirtic hops stand out in this bold and flavorful quafer. Great with many foods, fine everyday brew/sessioner.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bright golden yellow brew with nice lacing. Hoppy smell for a pilsener! Taste is very smooth and malty with a nice hoppy aftertaste. An herbal flavor is present throughout which is somewhat grassy with a very mild bread flavor. Mouthfeel is Dry. Overall this beer is very enjoyable and would be an excellent session beer.

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Photo of TinusTime
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale spun gold colour with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is a little grassy, and spicy. You can tell this thing is gonna have some hops. A bit of biscuit malt shows up but is put back in its place by the hops. Taste is crisp and clean. A subtle malt sweetness gives way to the crush of hops. Grassy, floral, spice are all there in the finish. The beer does stay in some what of a balance however and never goes over the top in terms of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation which helps enable a crisp clean mouthfeel. Never does the hoppiness feel heavy. Drinkability is good. This would be great on a summer day sitting on the deck while chillin and grillin. I had not had this in a while and was definitly impressed with the reintroduction.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold pour with a thin white head of small bubbles. Smell is malty and grainy with a lots of clean hop scent. The taste itself is grainy and toasty, with a nice dry complexity in there. More hops than a typically expect from the style, but the bready malt flavors are very much to the forefront as well. As drinkable a session pils as you're likely to find; this one is a high point even for Victory.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this brew for quite some time...thanks to kmpitz2 for the hook up. A very nice bright summer sunshine yellow with a fairly thick white bubbly head on top. Spotty lacing as the head falls. There's a big spicy, herbal noble hop aroma rising into my nose along with hints of sweet grains and some notes of lemon. Quite nice.

A clean, refreshing malt mixes oh so well with the spicy, herbal, slightly floral hop tones...a delicate balance between sweet and bitter. Slight smatterings of bread, lemon and citrus peek out here and there. Lovely..easily the best pilsener I've tried to date.

Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation that floats over the palate. Incredibly easy to drink...this is a damn tasty, refreshing brew. I think this could easily convert some folks to better beer. I will be looking for a sixer soon!

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the best pils in existance. Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head. The aroma is lightly malty with a floral spiciness and earthy hop aroma. The flavor starts off clean with a spicy and fruity hop flavor followed by the appropriate bitterness. The malt flavor is light and clean and the mouthfeel is medium light and very smooth with ideal carbonation. This beer served properly, is absolutely delicious and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is a pale straw color, nice big bubbly white head. Good lace follows that down the glass. Mix of lemony crisp malt and flowery hop on the nose. Crisp grainy malt front, lemon peel and a good level of bittering hops for this style. Fairly creamy, full mouth. Quite a refreshing beer that i will be enjoying after a day of blading this summer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I finally split a 6er with clvand0. This one pours a nice straw color with a small head over top of the beer. The nose is divine. There is just a hint of lager scent in there, but there is also a really big noble hop presence along with a somewhat grassey malt. I like it. The flavor is also very nice, with a very crisp and clean spicey noble hop that hits first and fades to a really refreshing hop flavor, not bitterness. The malts provide just a slightly sweet background. Wow. So good. The feel is thin to moderate with a lively carbonation. Crisp and clean, this beer will definately make it onto my list of try again beers.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a beautiful amber color typical of this style of beer. head was impressive. Taste was excellent, every time I drink this beer I like it more. The taste lingers in the mouth and makes you want to try another taste. I'm g lad Victory is close enough to my house for me to always have available

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-a beautiful golden color with a beautiful lace and head. Active carbonation surrounds this beer, looks very appetizing.

Smell-Spicy hop aroma, biscuity malts as well but the hops far overshadow everything else. Some alcohol scents, carbonation really evens out aromas.

Taste-crisp with a HUGE hop bite, probably the hoppiest pilsner I've ever tasted, biscuit malts also lend their tastes, finishes with a spicy bite and goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel-crisp, goes down smoothly, hop bitterness at the very end, hoppy aftertaste lingers nicely leaving the drinker wanting more.

Drinkability-excellent, very drinkable pils with more hop flavor that just about any other pilsner on the market and at only 5.30% alcohol by volume you can afford to drink as much as you like without stumbling out of the building.

Overall-a fantastic beer and quite possibly the hoppiest pilsner in the world. Expertly crafted and simply worth all the praise that's been given to it. What more can I say that others haven't. A top notch beer in EVERY respect.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a clear golden color with a rocky, white head. High carbonation level. Lemon aroma with honey and a hop spiciness. Crisp, malty flavor. Bitter hoppiness. Fuller bodied than your average pilsner. Tastes pretty good cold, but takes on a slightly bad husk flavor when warm. I remember liking this beer more when I had it about a year ago. Sadly, that's been the case with several Victory beers that I've had recently.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Had Saturday night at JD’s Smokehouse in Baltimore. It was just tapped and I was probably the only person to order it that day. My first time to enjoy Prima pils on tap, having previously giddily gulped it all summer at the shore

Appearance: Pours a strikingly clear yellow with only a few rows of carbonation on the sides. Lacing was evident throughout the pint.

Smell: Sweet with floral hops
Taste: Crazily smooth and drinkable. Has a strong hop profile that is held somewhat in check by chewy malt. Hops kept it slightly bitter, but they were very floral in nature. Not as hoppy as I remember with the bottle version, but still pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium gold with a big bubbly white head and streaming bubbles throughout

Smell: Floral and citric, more intense aroma than I normally notice in a pilsener

Taste: Grassy malts, Saaz hops, slight spiciness and lightly bready

Mouthfeel: loads of carbonation

Drinkability: crisp, light and refreshing; good session beer

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.