Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #8
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,461
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Reviews:
2,174
Ratings:
5,481
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  330
Gots
  951
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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Reef from South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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
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miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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Sigmund from Norway

3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
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
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +1%
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
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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brewerburgundy from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.87/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very golden, 4 finger head. Nose is overpowering European hops. Taste follows, a bit too much hoppyness to be considered balanced. Nonetheless, it is still a good beer.

Edit: Having had this side by side to other pilsners, this falls far short. Overly hopped, not nearly enough malt in the base to balance the absurd amount of hops. Simply too hop forward to quench the thirst or even simply enjoy. This drinks more like a pale ale or india pale lager. The high rating on this and other sites simply means the reviewers around here just like overly hopped liquids. This is not a good example of a pilsner, let alone a german pils.

Oct 06, 2020
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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

3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
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.

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

Feel:
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.

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

Special Note: it's best cold and straight from bottle. Drinking it on tap or in a glass weakens the citrus and floral aspects by putting the malts too far forward.

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
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5481 ratings