Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #9
Ranked #4,701
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 2,163 | Ratings: 5,449 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Steve555 from Wales

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance, is yellow and fizzy with a large white head. Strong aroma of floral hops. Taste is unusual, fruity hops that are strong and insistent, like a hope taste in a pale ale rather than a pils, body is thick, mouthfeel is smooth and dry. For me this is too much like a lagery IPA for my liking, possibly more like an IPL but I wouldn't describe it as a proper pils. Whilst it's a nice enough drink the hop bitterness takes away from the refreshment aspect.

Jul 14, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head shows up big, foamy, and white as a Colgate smile. Below it is a column of translucent marigold. Retains and laces like a champ; that is to say, in an unbroken curtain that can stretch a boastful 3 inches down before fraying.

Herbal spiciness peppered over fresh white bread, chauffeured by a mild breeze of lemon grass.

A medium body that’s compellingly crisp. Each refreshing mouthful releases a confetti burst of tiny, edgeless bubbles. Wraps up with a dainty, citrus tang.

Bready malts, lemon rind, and tastefully attired herbal hops that reveal just enough sharpness to entice you into another sip.

Jul 07, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear , bright gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Floral hops meet a bit of honey and light spice in the aroma. Bitter hops add depth to the malt dominated taste. Light-to-medium bodied average length finish.

May 31, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear golden yellow with plenty of foamy head. An abundance of fast rising bubbles. Good retention and some lacing.
Smell: Smells like an early summer morning in Bavaria. There is herbal, floral and spice from the noble hops.
Taste: Tastes and looks best when enjoyed from a pilsner glass. Taste is slightly malty with plenty of German bitterness from the noble hops, Tettnang, Saaz, Hallertauer, and Spalt. The taste of this beer makes the Lager-God smile!
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation cleanup. Finishes clean but dry.
Overall: I could drink this again and again. It’s everything good that I remember from beer in the 60’s and 70’s but it still stands up to the modern palate. I always have this in stock because it is THE standard for pilsner IMHO. This truly one of the best German style pilsners on the market. (Ok, maybe the ones brewed in Germany are better when they are fresh but I don’t get to drink them until they have taken a ride on the slow boat to America.)

Feb 04, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant, clear gold. Frothy white head with good retention.

Aroma: Floral and grainy.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Bready, floral with a moderate bitterness. Moderate length after taste.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied. Dry.

Overall: One of the best German style pilsners made in the United States. Crips, clean and balanced. Bitterness is present, yet not overwhelming. Well crafted.

Feb 02, 2020
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a clear light gold. Dense white foam leaves thick lacing. Smell is grain and grassy hops like a good Pilsner should. Taste follows. Good beer.

Nov 28, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice translucent Amber color. The taste had a bit of bitterness in it, but not excessively so. The bartender over poured it and there was too much of a head but it quickly dissipated. I liked the flavor Mouth feel was nice. I could definitely have this one again. I have had better pilsners but this one is high on the list.

Nov 10, 2019
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Jaycase from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 08 March 2020. I believe this is a 5 month enjoy by date so was likely canned ~08 Oct. Pours yellow straw colored & translucent. Plenty of lacing remaining throughout. Aroma of mostly grains and some biscuit. Taste follows aroma with addition of resiny, herbal flavor. Slight hoppiness in the finish. Flavor is quite clean. Mouthfeel seems medium and a slight crispness. Completely dry with some heft to it. I've been meaning to have tried this for a long time but it seems to be languishing on shelves when I've come across it. Saw a fresh pack and picked it up. Solid pilsner brewed in the US of A. Will assuredly be revisiting this in the future.

Nov 02, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium carbonation with about medium body as well
Aroma is lemon,lemon peel upfront and strong. Behind that is malt,grain,cracker, grainy bread
Taste stays true to aroma with lemon and peel being forward but not as dominant as the aroma hints at.
Very nice pils,worth a try

Oct 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent straw with a finger and a half of dense white foam. Head retention is great. Aroma is dank, resiny, herbal hops with shreds of biscuity, wafery, crackery malts between. Flavor profile is herbal, resiny, dank, spicy and lightly medicinal hops. Malts come by way of crackery, wafery and biscuity. Mouth feel has a modest crispness with a medium thickness. Overall, hop forward and sticky lager with favorable crispness.

Sep 13, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden yellow color with full clarity and a fast white head of bubbles. The nose is decently floral with grains, malt, and light hops. A crisp and light start on the drinking with good pilsner malt upfront. A rather clean flow that finishes ever so slightly bitter and hoppy. Nice full notes of herbal spices, grass, grain cereal, cracker, pepper, salt, and lemon. A light/moderate mouth feel that seems to drink bigger than it is. Crisp, clean, refreshing and still full flavored.

Overall, really nice stuff.

Aug 27, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crystal clear golden amber color. A minimal white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was subtle but freah; I detected citrus and hops. A clean, crisp taste - somewhat bitter and fruity. I detect lemon and spices; also a subtle malty flavor.

Aug 19, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into strange glass

One finger white foam cap over clear golden liquid

Aroma is malt, grain, grassiness

Taste is malt, herbal, slight spice

Good beer

Aug 15, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale golden colored body with white head

Smell - grain, cracker, biscuit, grass, lemon peel

Taste - grass, biscuit, cracker, lemon peel, bit of citrus in the back end

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, hop bite upfront, biscuit/cracker in the middle and citrus in the back end. Crisp and refreshing

Overall - good version of an American style pilsener, crisp and refreshing. Worthy of a re-visit

Price Point - $2.29/12 oz single

Jul 17, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great pils - one of the best offerings from Victory. A bit more bite than their Czech pils offering, Hip Czech. Clean, crisp, extraordinarily refreshing. Love having this one on hand especially in the summer months, but good year round.

Apr 22, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing. Aroma of sweet grass and vanilla. Taste of cracker and lemongrass followed by a pronounced hop bite for a Pils. This seems a bit thick and not as crisp as other top Pils. Wanted to score this higher but it is just a bit off for me.

Apr 12, 2019
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Precisiondigital from Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: Yellow, thick head. Tight lacing. Clear gold body
Smell: Has that miller light, mainstream beer smell.
Taste: Light body, light bitterness. Wheaty, malty.
Feel: smooth, easy texture.
Overall: Ehhh. It kind of tastes like rotten vegtables. Im not sure how it has 4 stars. I just don't like pilsner beers... But then I turned the can over and it said best used by dec 2018. Now it's march. But overall, it just tastes like a miller light. honestly.

Mar 08, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a large white head. Clear, brilliant gold color.
Smell: Hints of vanilla and apple. A bit of hop aroma. Mostly just smells like a beer.
Taste: Zesty and slightly bitter up front, hints of lemon and apple. At the end, a pleasant lingering hop bitterness with a creamy, bready aftertaste. Hints of vanilla and caramel.
Feel: Crisp, thin-bodied.
Overall: This is a pretty, really delicious Pilsner.

Feb 25, 2019
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1947 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Dec 31, 2018
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Spellogue from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Dec 27, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

Dec 25, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Dec 22, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Dec 21, 2018
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5449 ratings