Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,064 Reviews
For Trade:
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

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,064 | Ratings: 5,064
Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated enjoy by 12.22.15 poured into a pint glass
was a bit concerned about the date but the beer tasted great
poured gold with a moderate white head that dissipated to a small head over time
smell of malt slightly sweet and sweeter still as it warmed and floral
taste sweet and malty great balance with a slight bitter aftertaste
feel light crisp and very drinkable !

 381 characters

Photo of adroc
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very subtle pils malt aroma along with dominate floral hops.

Appearance: Crystal clear light straw color with a lingering white head

Flavor: Low levels of pils malt along with a dominate floral hop flavor that finishes dry with a medium bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium/high carbonation with a creamy dry finish. No astringency or heat from the alcohol.

Overall: Very good beer, fits the style perfectly

 425 characters

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a straw color with lots of visable carbonation. It has a nice fruity aroma; I'm mostly picking up white grape. Crisp and refreshing with mild hoppiness. Pretty solid overall.

 190 characters

Photo of hopphead31415
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pilsner by Victory is 5.3% ABV. The thing is that I don’t usually like pilsners, but let’s see what this one has to offer.

Look-It pours a brilliant crystal clear light golden color. The head is white and foamy. The lacing is moist and drooping lending to the sparse head.

Smell-I smell a crisp malt and grain backbone and some noticeable lemon citrus from the hops. I also pick up on a small tinge of grassy hops. Interestingly noticeable amount of hops from a beer that is not known for being very hoppy. I mean it isn’t bitter at all, but has some hop presence.

Taste-The taste follows the nose relatively well. I get more malt flavors than I smelled. I taste a honey suckle based malt and some clove lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-It is very crisp and refreshing. It isn’t muted and one-dimensional like most pilsners. I was surprised.

Overall-Like I said this isn’t a typical pilsner. It has a bit more to offer than usual, but still doesn’t measure up to more robust styles that I prefer. Cheers!

 1,028 characters

Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear perfect golden color with a nice and fluffy white head that did dissipate somewhat quickly to a thin cap. Very light and slick lacing.

Smell: Pleasant malt aroma with just a touch of rustic honey and grains. There was also a very attractive touch of lemon from the hops, very well executed!

Taste: The first sip of this beer was immaculate! There was a classic almost golden bock-like flavor singing with honey and biscuit malts and a touch of grassy hops all the way until the last second when a tart and pear-like flavor came out of nowhere. This is really good and refreshing stuff.

Feel: Perfectly crisp, pretty clean, and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely a great Pils!

 688 characters

Photo of DevWand
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just started drinking pilsners (mainly for the drinkability), the Prima is probably my favorite one yet.

Compared to the classic pilsners I've managed to drink thus far, this guy has a bit more going on in the taste department; yet still feels like a pilsner as far as being very clean/light on the palate.

-Poured into chilled glass: head dissipated shortly after first sip
-Color: Yellow with a nice gold tint
-Smell: Clean, typical of the pilsners I've had
-Taste/Feel: Light on the palate, with a subtle hoppy tone and floral/fruity finish

Like I said, haven't had too many pilsners to compare the Prima to, but I look forward to drinking my way through more of the American craft pilsners and being able to better compare each one to one another!

 756 characters

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most bitter and full-bodied pils I've had. I probably have this more often than any other pilsner, and I love it with food. Not the classic pils ala Urquell, Weihenstephaner, EKU etc, but for a more "craft beer" example of the style, the best I've tried.

 259 characters

Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellow golden color, a good looking beer
There isn't anything special in the smell, you don't get anything out of a big sniff of it
The taste is good and there is bite on the top, turns over well, but reeks of ordinary beers on the end, too bad...so just enjoy it chugged
It was a pretty easy drinking beer, doesn't stay on your tongue...it had the qualities of the style but the worst of the craft pilsners I've had out of 3... lacking in the crispness, fresh-hoppiness, and unique taste as compared to Sierra Nevada Nooner and my boys the Peak Organic Fresh Cut that you can get those cheaper, easier and in 12 packs all day in Maine

 635 characters

Photo of Nickholland
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really well done Pilsner. Almost smells like buttered popcorn, bready and light. The taste is crisp and clean with a nice floral hop finish. Would buy again if Nooner wasn't so much cheaper where I am.

 203 characters

Photo of predikit
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow, head receded to nothing immediately, left minuscule islands of lacing behind.

The smell is bready, fruity yeast notes.

The taste is very one dimensional, subtle.

A light malt flavor, slowly slides into a floral hop bite for the finish. No complexity or layers beyond that to be had.

Light bodied, thin, very highly carbonated. Leaves very clean and crisp. Drinkable.

A good summer session, but nothing special.

 435 characters

Photo of jontom
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is really good. Taste is outstanding . I am a cheap beer drinker ; this is my go too when I want to spend a few extra bucks to get a good brew.

 153 characters

Photo of baumaxx1
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -
A light, frosted, golden yellow colour. Pours a foamy, three finger head, with good retention. Moderate lacing. No observable effervescence.

Smell -
Malts, caramel, elderflower, pineapple, light and bready with a hint of spice. Mild.

Taste -
Again, light and bready with a hint of biscuit to start, followed by big hops. A little bit earthy, with hints of pistachio, and a big citrus and eucalyptus hit. Very clean and refreshing, with high drinkability.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, zero carbonation. Like any other good German style beer; highly drinkable.

Overall -
A very clean, hoppy pilsener with high drinkability. Solid, if a little underwhelming.

 687 characters

Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a pilsner, lightly bready. Taste is clean and crisp. I'm a bit disappointed with this beer, I thought it would have more of a hop presence. I prefer The Crisp. nb

 174 characters

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super crisp, super easy drinking pilsner. Bready biscuity malts come thru and a rush of floral/herbal hops make there way to your palate as well. Refreshing, light bodied. Crushable on those hot summer days. One of the better pilsners on the shelves.

 250 characters

Photo of danoneil77
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

L: a hint of copper in this gold
S: oh no hops
T: real good
F: heavy, like nooner. North Americans are missing the mark here... Unless you consider Becks domestic now!
O: very similar to Sierra Nevada nooner. Hard to tell between them actually. Too close to IPA for me.

 273 characters

Photo of Kuaff
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in my tulip.

Pours like crystal-clear liquid gold, with two centimeters of white, fleeting fizz.

Quite a bit of lemon in the scent, along with some pretzel-like yeast. There's an earthy herbal component as well.

Refreshing, zesty, juicy lemon strikes my palate first. Then it beautifully dries into a crisp, clean bready finish. Moderate noble hop, herbal bitterness lingers a bit. Not a lot else to mention, but a truly great balance of features.

The feel is fittingly light, with an ideal level of carbonation that makes it spritzy and sprightly without going overboard.

Fantastic, balanced intensity of citrus and bread and of fruitiness and bitterness. This is honestly one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had. It would be KILLER as a post-excersize refreshment.

 797 characters

Photo of EagleTalon
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a creamy white head and ample lacing. Bright gold color. Aroma is biscuity malt and clean grass, spicy, floral hops. Flavor is well balanced with all the flavors in the aroma with a soft, pleasing alpha acid bitterness. Mf is to style. Worthy of its accolades.

 269 characters

Photo of Tele
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Best by 10.26.15)
Consumed: 8.3.15

A: 4.5 Pours crystal clear yellow-gold with a small off-white head.

S: 4 Pretty mild nose. There are some light hops that give off citrus and a bit of pine. The malt smells a touch sweet and earthy.

T: 4 Like the nose, the taste pretty mild, but well-executed. A bit sweet up front , moving on to very clean flavors, and hops adding the similar elements from the nose. The finish is like a classic pilsner with the addition of some bitterness (a bit too much for the style).

M: 4.5 Crisp, clean feel with good carbonation. The finish is a bit dry making this beer very refreshing.

O: 4.25 Excellent pilsner with great flavors and aromas, if a little mild. It would be nice to get a super fresh bottle as I imagine it would be spectacular.

 801 characters

Photo of JPowell712
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A true classic Pilsner. It was clean and refreshing and still had a nice hoppy bite to it and a slightly dry finish. Definitely a drinkable beer for the warmer days. Once opened it poured a nice golden straw color with a white head. The hops and malts were definitely captured in the aroma. You still get a full flavor of hops and malts and it goes down smooth. Very good beer!

 383 characters

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An all around solid brew. This beer strike a good balance between floral hops and a mild, grainy malt. Finish is dry and you are left with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

 166 characters

Photo of SSS
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very light yellow, with a nice thick super white head
S-For me this is a 'yellow beer' smell, like cardboard...maybe other can pick up nuances like biscuit or something, I can't
M-Light, very light and crisp, not overly dry. Carbonation is light and smooth as well
T-This beer is relatively light and soothing, not harsh at all, very drinkable.
O-I was expecting a little more from this beer, but was still grounded by its simplicity and I accepted that it was a classic pilsner, it does that well.

 501 characters

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Bottle, Lovely straw colour, white head. Hoppy, fresh, floral. Very nice bitterness, some sweetness, quite balanced, crisp. Light/medium body, medium/high carbonation, bitter finish. Very nice and refreshing!

 213 characters

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Victory Prima Pils
As a part of Variety of Victory I got this Pilsner from Victory Brewing.

It's a clear, yellow, beer with a one finger high, white head.

Nose: Floral, grass, spice, biscuit and yeast.
Taste: Biscuit, caramel malt, white bread, hops and hay.
Body: Medium, creamy body. Medium, soft carbonation. Dry finish and a great bitterness. Smooth taste!

Really good, balanced pilsner!

 400 characters

Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear golden color with a two-finger white head that dissipated quickly. The nose was a nice subtle floral spiciness followed by biscuity notes. The taste was wonderful - spicy herbal hops with sweet maltiness and a lingering slightly hoppy finish. Nice light feel. A great German Pilsener.

 300 characters

Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 6/15/15 code date. Appearance: Light golden and probably the clearest beer I’ve ever seen. Nice thick white frothy head that lingers. Aroma: Floral, grassy hop notes on a light crackery malt base. Taste: Light crackery malt sweetness, with a subtle but strong hop bitterness to balance. Slight spiciness to the hops. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate, crisp carbonation. Finish: Spicy and herbal hop bitterness lingers. Overall: Beautiful looking pilsner with nice floral and spicy hop characteristics. Maybe slightly subdued bitterness for a German Pils

 575 characters

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.