Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 woemad
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I'm going to say right now I didn't expect this to be fantastic, as once I'd gotten this bottle home, I discovered that the 'Enjoy By" date was "Jan 11 04." Wish I'd noticed that before I bought it. In any event, I will try a fresher bottle of this when the opportunity presents itself and alter this review accordingly if I am so moved.

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.29. I had a suspicion from the label (which features a whole hop flower) that this would be a hoppy pilsener.

This beer poured a slightly hazy pale yellow-gold color. There was a moderate sized white head that looked oddly creamy for a pils. Lots of lace left behind.

Smell was a bit skunky. One can probably chalk that up to it's age. It was not so skunky as to block out the high degree of hoppiness in this beer. I bet a fresh one of these would smell great.

Taste, again, was rather skunky. It was mild enough, however to provide my taste buds with proof that a fresher one would probably be noteworthy by it's citrusy hoppiness and it's mildly sweet maltiness. I'm definitely trying the first fresh one of these I find.

I think this is slightly thicker than other pilseners I've had, but it's still somewhat light bodied.

This wasn't bad, even with a little skunkiness. A fresh one of these would probably make a great session beer. It would perfectly suit the kind of weather currently occuring here in Spokane (hot, muggy, etc.). Worth trying if available.

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

Appearance: Pale gold in color. Poured a one and a half finger head into a pilsner glass. Head faded quickly, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell: Big-time grapefruit. Meadowy aromas.

Taste: Delicious. Citrus notes... full-on grapefruit and hops. The grapefruit flavor became more and more prevalent as I drank. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: I'll have eleven more please. Way too easy to drink. Perfect for summertime enjoyment. Straight up refreshment.

Sidenote: I'm not particularly a fan of pilsners but I tried this because of a strong recommendation from a friend. Since trying it that first time, I've always made room in the fridge for more, especially during warmer months. Also, be sure to drink this as fresh as possible. It definitely loses something as time passes.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Average clearish pale yellow with average head.

Smell: Hops and grainy malt. Slight fruitiness comes through.

Taste: This beer tastes better when it warms up slightly. Some of the flavors are subtle and need a little warmth to come through. The hops are multidimentional. On the back of the tongue, they hit hard with grapefruit bitterness. A very sweet malt makes a powerful showing on the front of the tongue.. This beer turned me off at first, but grew on me at the halfway point (needs warming period).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The mouthfeel is ever so slightly thick due to the sweet malt. Good session beer.

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

An overall above average brew. I am not a big pilsner fan, but I would definitely try this one again. Appearance was a nice clear medium yellow with a decent lacing head. Smell was light malt with some fruity essence. Taste was crisp with the smoothness of the malt followed by the fruitiness of the hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp..very refreshing. Smoothness definitely added to drinkability. A great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the "Enjoy By" date marked for Oct. 10 2004.

The appearance is golden with a great deal of carbonation bubble activity. White 3/4 inch head forms on top.

This is a tasty pilsner that is very clean. Very good amount of hops and malt. There is a flowery & earthy undertone.

Pilsners are not my favorite style, but I could get into this interpretation. I could see this beer working well at a summertime bbq. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours a dark gold with a lacy 1" head that retains fairly well. lacing is heavy. smell is saaz hops crazy . taste is also very hoppy for a pilsner but, delicious. perfect for a hot day. had a half a dozen at chestnut st. cafe (sharon, pa) after work. paired great with the rueben i was eating. mouthfeel was good. nice carbonation. very drinkable. recomended on draft...terrific.

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Photo of cbl2
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Opaque off-yellow with extreme effervescence and huge white head. Reminds me of a Belgium White in appearance.


Holy Hops Batman!!!


Bitter, bitter, bitter at first. If you hold it in your mouth long enough a mild malt characteristic begins to emerge, but the hoppy bitterness still dominates throughout. If you are a hophead, this may appeal to you. I'm not, and it doesn't.

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

Quality Pilsener. Pale, pale gold in colour. Probably the most hoppy pilsener that i've had, really bitter aswell, grassy/haylike aromas, slightly honeyed. Pretty soft mouthfeel at the start, but the bitterness hads some sharpness and length to the flavour. Which is a good thing, coz its a tasty brew. Liked it very much.

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Photo of pluto
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours with a cascade of bubbles, head is moderate. Nose is floral hops. Color is straw. Beautifully balanced beer, light biscuity malt with assertive hop presence that complexifies as you drink. Clean, well attenuated. Opens new dimensions in microbrew pilsners. Bravo!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clean golden color is a shade darker than the macro posers that are dime a dozen. The carbonation is natural, so the beer does not appear to be as fizzy as them either. There is however a steady stream of tiny bubbles constantly flowing upwards, feeding a tiny head.

The aroma is clean, delicate, and hoppy. It does not have any grainy, sour funk like a macro. The taste is a lot fuller when compared to a macro beer. There is a lot to like here with a crisp hoppy bitterness, sweet Pilsner malts with a mellow, mature lager character.

Pilsner is a difficult style to brew a distinguished beer in, but Victory has done it. I wish I had it available here to pass the summers in Hotlanta. Thanks Foxman for the taste of Pennsylvania.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this pilsner is probably one of the more flavourful brews within the style that i've sampled, and probably the most flavourful of those that adhere closely to the style, but it's still nothing spectacular. it pours a moderate golden colour thats a bit darker than many other pilsners. it's a tad less carbonated than a typical pilsner too, which is nice. head is thin and short lived. the smell is a bit buttery and hoppy. the taste is actually pretty good here, solid for a style i'm not particualry fond of, but still nothing to write home about. there's a slight sulfur flavour in the back throughout, which i find to be typical of the style as well. here it was subdued some which was nice. again, this is more in line with the traditional pilsner style. if that's your thing, than this is a brew you'd probably enjoy more than i. give me a hoppy, sweet troegs sunshine pils or the limited rouge 12th street pils any day over this one. a bit of a disappointment overall.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A leader in the pilsner style. Pours a light yellow gold, very clear, could use a little more head. Smell is crisp and hoppy. Taste is excellent. Hops are true to style and remain well though the aftertaste. Very light, with little detectable malt. Extremely refreshing, a perfect summer beer that doesn't sacrifice on taste. An excellent pilsner.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold with a thin snow white head. Not much head retention but some persistent lace. Fizzy but not overly so. Smells of grassy pale malt. Nice hop aromas, floral and citrus in the nose.

Taste is grassy and with a crisp, bitter hops finish. Floral and hints of grapefruit in the flavor profile. While crisp, the malt is actually a bit sticky in the mouth. I would like the mouth to be a bit more crisp and the stickiness to be muted but this is a damn tasty pilsener anyway. Really smooth and very drinkable. Oh how refreshing this beer is on a warm Georgia afternoon and oh how bitter I will be when this six-pack is gone and there is no more Victory of any kind to be found in this state.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This brewskie was a 12 oz. brown bottle, dated ‘best before May 29, 2004’ that I snagged in Feb. 2004 direct from VICTORY. Poured up crispy clear, yellowy light, scads of bubbles from out of nowhere like a scuba diving team is hidden in the bottom of me pint. Tight white cover that fades to a slick, and slides down the sides. Mixed bubbles.

Scents of wild flowers in a Spring field with a babbling brook breeze. I think some maltiness escapes too.

Flavor is of a true America beer, like an old fashioned beer that Dad drank. There is the flatness of a warmed wheatness a la PBR or Miller High Life, but so as not to offend the VICTORY ilk, I must add it’s more refined, lemony notes, with smooth easy body, despite the physical initial presence of bubbles, that dies by the third sip.

This pilsner is a watery drinker. If you can dig pilsners, this is ideal due to the robust pilsner flavor, which is an oxymoron of beer sorts.

Last swigs: Pilsners never were meant to set the modern day beer lover tongue world on fire. In that regard, Prima pils is a contrarian offering that balances out most beer fridges with a softer grace of a trad pils that smells and tastes of an American wheaty beer. Highly drinkable due to a naturally tasty watery feel, but bold Pilsner kick.

Beer is good. Happy pils beering.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Took me a while to get a glass of this whilst I was sitting in front of the computer. Although I first had it two summers ago, when i was convinced our softball team would win more games if we drank more Victory beer--hey I did my part, the others for some reason preferred swill.

On to the review...
The beer pours a straw color with a fluffy white head about an inch thick. Head disippates quickly but there is still a white film atop the brew.

Aroma is strong of the Saaz, with a crisp pilsner malt background.

Taste is definitely highlighted by the spiciness of the Saaz hops. Bitterness is there, but there is a malty sweetness present in the aftertaste that's also dominated by Saaz. Very high hop flavor for a pilsner...other brewers should take not. Also taste hints of honey breaking through the malt and hops.

The beer is crisp and light in body. Alcohol is not at all present in the flavor (and it shouldn't be to my tastes for a pilsner).

Goes down easy...begs you to have another. Six-pack would be perfect on a good relaxing friday evening.

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

White head sits atop this clear, pale golden beer.
Hoppy aroma of mostly grassy hops with some earthiness as well. Nice lagered malt aroma as well.

Taste shows a nicely balanced beer with a solid hop presence. Hops are mostly grassy with just a touch of earthiness. Solid pilsner malt backbone that isn't overly grainy. Crisp and refreshing, but flavorful as well. Finish leaves you wanting more.

Good body to the mouthfeel.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall, this is easily one of the best pilsners I've tried. Future consumption will most definitely be sought out. Huge thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for dragging this one to Ohio for me!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with an initial one inch light white head which dissipated quickly to a thin layer of foam.

Smell: Slightly grassy, hoppy aroma which gets more complex and pronounced as it warms.

Taste: Moderately high hop bitterness that lingers straight through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp and dry. CO2 level is good. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

D&N: Yum. PA micros rule my world. This is a beer to make men weep.

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Photo of iokals
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color with a puffy white head.

Aroma: Mouthwatering smell of noble hops lending a fresh herbal profile with some malt.

Taste: Great use of hops, good bitterness and fantastic hop flavor, with herbal/flower and citrus notes. Very understated malt character is there, but easy to miss.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall: Fantastic European-style pilsner, a great lager for hop lovers. Easy to enjoy, will make a great summertime beer.

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

Smoky pastel yellow under sticky white pillows of foam.
Saaz nose. Grassy, Nuff said. Well, not quite. Some lemongrass pokes through too.
Begins with a cracker dry malt base. Migrates towards a fuller and denser white bread expression. Hops enter. And how! Lemon peels and wilted flowers and brown grass.
That's it. But that's enough.
Medium-leaning bodied.
Quaffable in any sum. 6...12...24...
Super fresh or draft renditions of this must be life-altering.

Big ups to Bighuge.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale yellow. The head was white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a slight noble hop aroma.

The flavor was crisp, malty and hoppy, but not overly so. The flavor of the hops was a little grassy.

The finish was dry and just slightly bitter. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Feb 29 04 enjoy by date.

I've had the beer on tap and always thought it to be more bitter, but definitely a fine drinking pils.

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Photo of Edwin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A golden color with a good, white head on top. Left a lot of lacing in the glass.

Smell - I was really blown away by this at first because it was so unusual. My first smell reminded me of freshly cut grass. Then I noticed a tad of a hop scent, but the grassy notes were very strong. Some graininess in there, too. An odd combo...well, at least one I have yet to sample.

Taste - Took me a few sips to get what was in this. I detect hops, but with a maltiness and some sort of foliage type taste in there. The grassy-like taste came through more as it warmed. Very new flavor combos for me. Pretty cool stuff.

Mouthfeel - This is a bitey beer at first. Feels strong as it clings to the tongue. The sips get easier and easier as time goes on, but is a kick upon first entry.

Drinkability - This was an odd flavor at first, but I did pour another right after finishing the first. The combination of flavors was very interesting, and warranted more attention. Low alcohol in this one, so can be consumed rather easily. I'd reccommend it for a new Pils experience.

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Photo of pezoids
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a few of these at the BA rally at Victory.
This is a rare and special version of their popular pilsner. It is unfiltered and poured a light and golden straw yellow. It had a touch of murkiness, but retained some of the bright translucency of the regular Prima. White and cream-like head topped this beer off. Beautifully soft and sweet citrus and floral hop aroma. This version loses some of that sharp hop crispness that I’m familiar with, but the softer hop presence just seems perfect for this beer. Soft maltiness and ultra smooth on the tongue. Mein Gott! I am a huge fan of regular Prima, and this version really takes the gloves off – as if to say “I dare you to try and make something this good!”

A wonderful beer on all counts.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, hazy liquid with a big white fluffy head. Nice lacing on the glass throughout. Smells a little grassy and herbal. Taste is a slight sweet taste followed by a nice flowery hop finish. Good level of carbonation. Mouthfeel was fairly thin, which is good for the style. I found this to be pretty darn drinkable. I am surprised as pilserners are not a style I like a whole lot, but I found this refreshing and tasty. After a long winter with big, heavy beers, this was a nice change.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils was served from a 12oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy straw-yellow color and was topped by a large rocky white head that left wonderful rough sticky tendrils of lacing. The nose was quite lively, consisting of a robustly aromatic orange tinged hop bouquet and a subtle yeastiness. The taste was refreshing, crisp, and bold. The firm bready grassy dry malt base was accented with bitter orange-lemon notes. It finished with a zippy dry orange peel bitterness, with very nice lingering qualities. The body was appropriately firm and carbonated to match the flavor profile. Conclusion: An excellent, nicely hopped pilsner that should please those who normally drink bigger/full-flavored beers. One of my favorite examples of the style.

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Photo of jtfest
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the interest of full disclosure, I should state for the record that this is not my favorite style of beer -- so my review should take that into consideration. I liked the appearance more than many Pilseners. An even, full yellow -- hinting toward the dark side -- with a smallish white head that pretty much disappears shortly after the pour. The aroma is a bit malty-er than a standard pils -- but it still hit my nose with that wet grassy smell that I'm not overly fond of. It had a nice, but not big, mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet taste, mildly carbonated, with little or no aftertaste. For me, this is one of the better of this style -- just not my thing. Easy drinking, though -- it would be a good session beer on a warm summer day.

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