Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prima! It’s a German exclamation of joy. It’s a recognition of accomplishment. It’s what escaped from our lips the first time we sampled this mighty pilsner recipe. With heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts, we achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor that we sought. Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!

44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,203
Reviews:
2,145
Ratings:
5,381
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,381 |  Reviews: 2,145
Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MephistosCafe
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1947
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you want a good pilsner, this does very well. Smooth, great flavor, very nice mouth feel, thirst quenching. My German dol, who is pretty hard on hoppy American beers, approves of it.

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Photo of Ceddd99
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's too bitter/hoppy for me. Not really a fan of the style. Too it's credit it's a clean beer but not something I'd want to drink again.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic Pilsner beer
Pours yellow gold with a big white head into my Willie Becher pint glass
Smell is that of lemon grass and something reminiscent of a Czech pils.
Flavor is crisp clean with the same lemongrass, BUT there is a welcome hopped bitterness that lingers and it’s great. Just enough to make the beer awesome.
Finishes bone dry and leaves you wanting more.
One of the best pils’ I’ve ever had.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the slightly out of date bottle, it pours a lovely golden color with a modest, though long lasting head. Grass in the nose. The mouth gets a nice pilsner-like bitterness, ending very well overall. Yum!

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Photo of Spellogue
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle, served in a plastic cup at a chicken shack near DC.
Pale golden color with the slightest haze. No head to speak of, just a thin film leaving an even dotted coating on the ‘glass’ more so than a lacing. Nice sweet grassy nose with a touch of spice. Taste is dry, vegetal and grape-like with good bittering. Smooth, creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Lingering finish of dry malt, celery seed, and light floral hops.
True to style, a fine American Pils.
This has been a go-to six-pack pils for me for a good while. Looking forward to finding it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Squire
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light clear gold color with world class white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich malt and herbal, floral, spicy hops.

Taste is a bit hop forward with rich malt quickly following. The hops posses an herbal aspect that's a little more pronounced than I usually get with a Pils style which I suppose is an American brewing touch. Otherwise the hops are bright, spicy and have that firm hoppiness often found in European Pilsners. Malt remains like a percussion instrument providing a bass line while hops sing merrily along.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I was looking forward to trying this one and was certainly not disappointed. Remarkably good and I'll look for it again.

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Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

'Enjoy by 13 FEB 2019' I cannot believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet! I don't drink it often but it's one of those classic beers from an OG in the craft beer scene. Is it a coincidence that I'm reviewing this now while the scene moves in favor of lighter, more flavorful lagers? Mayyyybe. It's just a solid, reliable, traditional Pilsner with a slight American twist with the addition of a tame but noticeably floral hop profile. Delicious!

And how fitting, one of the classics and first true craft beers I drank over a decade ago serves as my 900th BA review!

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Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

De Craftbeer-shop.com. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 6. Correcta sin destacar. Limpia, carbonatada, con nota herbales, sabor a pilsen industrial buenecita y ligera acidez

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Photo of dafla67
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidD3
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shenk87
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bubbler
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jguzman718
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cunning_stunt
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pvibeer
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHDoyle
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Description: Appearance is bright with a light, straw color and white head that quickly dissipates. Smell is malty and bready as might be expected but is also rather muted and unexciting. Up front, the taste is similar to the aroma in that there isn't much there, but it picks up a little on the back end and has a decent finish that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Unfortunately, it's not the "good" kind of bitterness you expect from hops. Instead, it's almost an acrid, burnt type of bitterness and it lingers. Feel is crisp with high carbonation and medium/light body.

Overall: 3.5 (This beer is average and I would not likely drink it again) Maybe this beer is standard for the style, but I've never been particularly fond of pilseners. It was pretty bland and the aftertaste was unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend this or bother buying it again.

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Photo of BigBuzzKill
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petrusek23
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,381 ratings