Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #5
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,161
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Reviews:
2,152
Ratings:
5,415
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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
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Photo of HardCider
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear orangish/copper color. A minimal white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was subtle; I detected citrus and hops. A clean, crisp taste - somewhat bitter and fruity. Also a subtle malty flavor.

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Photo of WunderLlama
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

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Photo of keithmurray
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

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Photo of JA_26
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.

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of Precisiondigital
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.

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Photo of good_to_sea
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.

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Photo of 1947
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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!

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Photo of Spellogue
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.

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Photo of Squire
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.

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Photo of Gatch
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!

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Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
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 SHDoyle
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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 MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been trying some lighter beers lately. and since this one is highly rated, picked up a sixer last week. Its very good for what it is, and that's a crispy Pilsner. As others have said, it has a dry and slightly bitter quality to it which I find appealing. Hey, can't drink heavy 8%+ ABV beers all the time and this is a nice "first beer of the day" type of thing. I like it and will probably buy again.

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Photo of BJB13
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best By 04 OCT 2018
12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A pale yellow pour is covered by one and a half inches of firm white foam. The body is fairly clear and the resilient head leaves good lace.

The nose is of good strength and features grassy hops and pilsner malt with a touch of honey. Taste is dry and refined with a strong bitterness (for the style) right through to the clean quik finish. Hop flavor is a little grass, a little floral and the malt flavor is showing wheat. Carbonation is on the low side of medium and the body is light and smooth.

This is a straightforward, really good pils.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had it before, but this is the first time to review.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear yellow color with a decent white head and good lacing. Very nice sweet it smells pleasant and refreshing. The taste is clean, crisp with a nice hoppy bite at the end. Good stuff!

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Photo of gvickery
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall it’s outstanding. Look, smell, taste is everything you want in a great Pilsner. My only beef is with the IBU’s, cut the bittering hops down by about 10-15% and this will be one of the best in the world. It’s stil great as is. I’d say top 5 of US pilsners for sure. Cheers

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Photo of ghwolf
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils is everything I want for a summer Pilsener: not too hoppey, low carbonation, low BU, and very drinkable. Pounded back 2L at the Pirates game at PNC park last night.

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Photo of rickyfinn
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Would be a great like but 44 ibu does not seem to fit the pils category. The bitterness is not in sync. Cut it down to say 20 and it would soar. Good choice of hops, though.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is great pils.

Perfectly clear yellow body, nice white head.

Herbal and grainy smell.

As it warms the hops come out wonderfully. Noble hops are present there for sure. I'd say this is a combination of hops with a big proportion of saaz.
The balance and drinkability are amazing.
A real drink of thirst.
A classy beer.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pale yellow with a decent white head of foam that stays put forever.

Smell: Citrus, hops, dry grass, a little spiciness.

Taste: Dry and bitter, but balanced by an herbal sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and minimal carbonation.

Overall: While I’m not much of a pilsner drinker, this is incredibly refreshing and easy to sip.

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Photo of EMH73
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that was well retained and left lots of lacing. Smells and tastes of grassy hops, floral notes, grains, light spice, and a malt presence in the background. Medium bodied, well carbonated, nice hop bitterness and a dry finish. Very well done.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear golden yellow. Smells of spicy and grassy hops. A hint of bright tropical fruit hops. Tastes of grassy and spicy hops throughout. Aggressively hopped and immediately bitter. Malt flavor is slick and full without being sweet or bready. Medium light. Absolutely delicious.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5415 ratings