Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #20
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,853
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 11.94%
Reviews:
2,179
Ratings:
3,316
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 16, 2022
Added:
Jul 27, 2001
Wants:
  334
Gots:
  954
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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Rated: 3.7 by Netraam

Oct 16, 2022
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Rated by PSanger from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On draft at trident
Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by jdhops from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned 5/23/22. Best by 11/23/22.

L: Pours a clear gold with a medium fluffy white head that thins to a sticky film. Irregular and thin lacing.

S: Bready aroma, with a bit of lemon and just a touch of dank.

T: Bread up front, followed by some earthiness. Finishes nicely; dry and slightly bitter.

F: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

O: Well-made, if not exceptional. The earthy/musty/dank element seems a bit out of place, but not unpleasant.
Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a bright golden hay with a moderate head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is on the lighter side.

Lots of grassy hop notes touch the nose. There is a herbal quality there too.

The sip keeps the grassy and herbal notes going. A light grainy character sits in behind. It’s all punctuated by a crisp almost spicy finish.

Light bodied, well carbonated and very enjoyable.

This is an excellent American Pilsner. Up there with my favourites from Suarez, Live Oak and Olde Mecklenberg.
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle received as a gift from a friend. This beer is often available in mix-a-six packs for $2/bottle. Says Best By 12 Apr 22; it's about 5 weeks past that date.

Look: Golden light straw color with a very small white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising up. Has the slightest chill haze.

Smell: Smells lemony, spicy, and earthy. There is a nice bready malt backbone with a good amount of sweetness too (think apple juice). I think there's a bit of skunkiness here too, and I'm okay with that. After swirling the glass, I get green bell pepper notes on the finish.

Taste: This is a very traditional German pilsner style. It's very light and slightly sweet on the palate up front, and the finish is crisp and bitter. This beer is very hoppy but it's not resiny at all; the hop character is slightly floral, but mostly citrusy and the finish is rindy / pithy without being juicy at all. A lot of spicy character also...lingering on my palate is an almost peppery, earthy flavor. There is a bit of skunkiness, but it's my own fault for not drinking and reviewing this sooner. That being said, I don't really mind it so it's all good.

Feel: Light to medium mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is appropriate. Very easy drinking.

Overall: This is renowned to be one of the better American-made Pilsners and I would say that it lives up to the hype. It's very easy to drink and fairly enjoyable without being boring. I just wish that it was easier to find this beer fresh; even though I live just outside of Philadelphia, it's not so easy to find and when you find it, it's often not so fresh. I think that's because so much of America is suffering from IPA-itis, a lot of beer stores are not having high turnover with beers like Victory Prima Pils so it tends to sit on the shelves for a while or a lot of stores have even stopped carrying it. I also with that Victory would brew their Home Grown Lager again, but that's a discussion topic for another time.

From the bottle:
A crisp yet distinct Pilsner brewed with German hops that bring vivid notes of floral and spice with citrus and lemon. This is truly brilliant, bringing nuanced complexity together with smooth, easy drinking.

ALC/VOL
5.3%

MALT
Pilsner

HOPS
Tettnang, Hallertau, Spalt, Saaz
Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I have never reviewed what is probably my most drank beer of all time so here we go…

Pours beautifully light straw color, crystal crystal clear. Vigorous pour leaves a nice big fluffy white head with good retention and some nice lacing to.

Smell is so much grass, spicy and floral hops and a bright snappy maybe grainy malt aroma.

Taste leans into the hops as well, the floral hop bite show more in the taste than nose. Grassy and cracker like and spicy hop finish.

Super super clean and easy to drink, dry and nice bitter finish. Grassy like bitterness that lingers well after the sip is gone, the dry finish enhances this aspect in a very nice way.

If you haven’t drank this beer go try it.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms, Tapped Craft and Drafts in Greenville NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin cap.
Smells lightly crackery, flora, grassl and sweet.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice example of a Pilsener that I would definitely order again.
Cheers!
Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 14, 2022
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12/2021 Total Wine & More, Wilmington, DE
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Brewers at Yancey Street on Charlotte.
Clear golden, two fingers head, reduces to clumpy surface island and full lacing curtains.
Grassy, lemon, peppery aromas.
Light lemony hop bite, floral, cracker, resin.
Definitely not a classic German pilsner but very enjoyable.
Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2021
 
 
Rated: 3 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a large sturdy white head. Heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is floral hops, cracker, white pepper and lemongrass.

T - The taste is crackers, toasted biscuit, sweet corn, lemon, white pepper and grassy bitter hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

O - Really solid Pilsner.
Sep 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by JakeJChoi from Maryland

Aug 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by hoppyhoppy from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by stosh66 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.
A: Light straw color, crystal clear, small fluffy white head.
S: When first poured, a slight hint of sulfur. After a few minutes, cracker malt and grassy hops come through.
T: Crackery malt, grassy hops, then slight bitterness in the lingering finish.
M: Fairly light body, medium carbonation.
O: Haven't had a Pilsner in a while, been on the PA/IPA/DIPA train. Definitely a crisp change.
Aug 15, 2021
 
Rated: 2.25 by wildman69 from New York

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Labeled German Style Pilsner. Look and feel is pilsner and acceptable within the style. But, all I taste from this beer is grassy hops. To call it a German pilsner, this falls short by Victory. They need to sample Warsteiner, Wernesgruner, Spatan, Bitburger, Paulaner, Kulmbacher, etc. Mexico made Bohemia Pilsner is a far better German pilsner than Victory Pils. That said, it is a decent American pilsner if you are looking to scratch that itch.
Jul 23, 2021
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Rated by gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Clear pale gold, tight head
S: Citrus, crackery
T: Lime, bold floral hops, firm bitterness
F: Firm bitterness, medium carbonation
Jul 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden color with excellent bitterness to match smooth beer flavor of grass. The overall picture of the beer is impressive where. Bitterness matches the beer
Jun 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by trickynicky from Maryland

May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.3%. Clear golden colour, moderate to low white head. Nice aroma of floral, grassy and herbal hops, some sweetish malts in the background. Medium sweet and malty flavour, followed by distinct herbal hops. A good pilsener indeed, but some European ones are better.
May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerWasp from Germany

Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a bottle, pours a mostly clear yellow with a thin white quickly dispersing head. Pronounced aroma of floral hops and lemon. Tastes is a crisp bitter hops, plus grassy citrus (perhaps grapefruit) tang, plus, sweet malt. All this with refreshing carbonation and flavors that 'sustain'. Nice.
Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
The beer is a crisp straw color with a good head that really lasts for a while. The malt and spicey hops are on the nose with lemon notes. On the palate, the beer is is sweet with herbal, spicey and lemon hop notes. It is well balanced. The mouth feel is fry and bubbly but the two don't mix here well. Overall, a decent pilsner but not great.
Mar 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Mar 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by o29 from Texas

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.32 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an almost clear straw color with a short lived head and some light lacing.

Smells and tastes of bready malt and floral hops. At first sips have a mildly bitter finish. As the glass warms floral tastes come out.

Light body and medium carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.
Jan 24, 2021
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Single bottle from Party Town
Clear pale gold with a nice fluffy head. Good retention.
Great pilsner.
Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by Fastballbc from New York

Nov 30, 2020
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, tulip, best by 11/23/20.

Light golden beer and a white sticky head that together just look crisp.

Sweet cracker malt, mowing sweet grass, and a whiff of sulphur.

The initial taste is corn and crackers. That sweet corn remains an undertone to very floral, sweet grassy hops that carry me through to a slightly herbal, crisp finish.

Rather a full body, but crisp with plenty of carbonation.

For some reason I had always thought this was a bohemian pilsner, probably because it’s hoppier than most German pils, which is also what makes it more to my liking.
Nov 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by kdown from California

Nov 21, 2020
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5495 ratings