Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,100 Reviews
Prima PilsPrima Pils

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,100 | Ratings: 5,200
Photo of muskiecf
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by a long shot one of the best beers made in america. I know that is a huge statement but this is what beer is supposed to be. It isn't exactly a traditonal pilsner but not far from either. The alcohol content and hoppiness is a bit high but otherwise who cares...It's just damn good. Very well balanced but hoppy enough to please any hop head. Try it, you will not be dissappointed. Way to go Victory! This is my session beer.

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Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils pours perfect golden light yellow with a great off-white head. Plenty of hops thoughout the nose and with each sip. Super dry and crisp with plenty of carbonation and hop zip. It is such a great thirst quencher, a great apertif, a great beer...period! Jever was the inspriation for this beer and it shows. Jever would be proud.

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Photo of maybrick
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow What a GREAT PILS! I decided it was time to revisit this one after the very flattering NY Times Article. This brew maybe the best Pils in the world right now.

Color is perfect. Nose while delicate has a definite and detectable balanace of malt and hop. The taste is just over the top. Sublte sweetness on the front end with an exceptionally clean, crisp, and dry back end. Carbonation on draft was excellent leaving nice lace rings down my pint glass. Great beer!

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Photo of mjc410
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has gone up in my estimation, so I've decided to review it again. It's simply the finest example of a Pils that I've come across. The edelhopfen aroma, taste, and prolonged bitterness are so heavenly. The incredible carbonation and refreshing character make it my warm weather beer of choice. I've had cases of this, and it's probably my favorite (easy) beer!

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Photo of jageraholic
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: beautiful golden god. Nice white permanent head

S: very bready forward, biscuit, grassy, faint lemon

T: bitter citrus bread and biscuit. Sweet bread. Grass in a good way. Faint citrus.

M: very bubbly, light, crisp, coats the mouth nicely and leaves in a hurry. Makes me want to keep drinking it

O: the definitive american pilsner that will have good competitors but none cant beat. Rating is based on american pilsner and not necessarily the foreign style. Excellent!

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from victory
pours a slightly hazy yellow with some slight golden tones and a decent 1/2 inch head that sticks around for a good while.
smell was floral hops up front with hints of malt and bread in the back.
taste was a nice blend of the floral hop with a hit of slight citrus and bready earthiness. the beer was clean and crisp and had an almost bready creaminess that lingered at the back of the mouth

very enjoyable

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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dirty Truth

This is a consistently awesome American hoppy pilsner.
Super clear and crisp gold beer, so drinkable for such a hoppy beer. Not much pilsner yeast taste on this one but more carbonation for you average pils.
The Prima has a full body but not too much - leaves the mouth well hopped

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Photo of friesfox5
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep tan, nice carbonation, brief lacing.

S- Ahhh, what a smell. A deep hop aroma, biscuits, grains, mild sweetness. I could smell this beer for hours....but then that would take away from my time drinking it!

T- PERFECTLY balanced malts and hops. The hop spiciness to the finish is not overwhelming but is substantial.

D- I've had many German pilseners and this is as good or better than all of them. This stands up to ones I've had on draft in Germany and Switzerland with no problem at all.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Just slightly hazy straw yellow, with a two-finger snow white head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Fantastic rings of lacing.

S - Clean biscuit malts and leafy, spicy hops. Smells Bavarian, but without any of that "stale hop" smell sometimes found in the style.

T - Wow. Taste matches the nose, with delicate white bread malt perfectly balanced with peppery, slightly citric (lemon) hops. Flavors are full. Clean. FRESH. Tastes like it was bottled yesterday.

M - Light bodied, with a dry finish. Slightly fizzy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

O - Simply the best pilsner I have ever tasted. It's not only about what's there, but also about what's NOT there; no stale, skunky, or "off" flavors, just clean pilsner taste in a richer package than expected. I honestly can't imagine how it can be improved. When I want a pilsner, this is the beer I will be drinking.

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Photo of jsdunlop
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden and slightly cloudy/hazy with a good looking pure white head. Smells of spicey hops, malts, and it has a grainy aroma to it. This brew has a distinctly bready feel to it at first sip, which leads into an abundance of spicy hop flavor, a fresh,earthy and grainy taste, a biscuity malt profile and a slight sweetness. This beer tastes fresh, has a nice refreshing feel to it, and follows up with a crisp and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's a masterpiece.

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Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As far as pils beers go, this is the gold standard. I've had countless pilsners, but I keep coming back to the one and only Prima Pils. Clear golden yellow pour into my Stockholm pils glass, one finger head that turns into fabulous lacing. Nose is grass, pine, yeast, and flowers. Taste is a crisp blend of floral hops, yeast, country grasses, pine tree, and mild breadiness. Perfect beer.

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Photo of boblinneman
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hopheads pils. This beer will hook you and not let go. Very suprising how dry and hoppy. Definitely will change the way you look at a pils. I'm not sure if this beer is true to its form (everything is but quite hoppy), but who cares its great. Victory has an ongoing series of single hop pils, all great but different.

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Photo of metalitool
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I've ever had, no question. This one will catch you off guard....very light in color, it tastes far different.

With a pronounced hop flavor that hits you in the tongue, then disappears, it gives you a strong taste, with NO aftertaste AT ALL, only to leave you wanting more...dont be surprised to see it disappear quickly, even when you aren't aiming at consuming large amounts.

I have yet to have anything else like aftertaste at all (clean), pronounced hop flavor, and superb drinkability.

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Photo of pezoids
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a few of these at the BA rally at Victory.
This is a rare and special version of their popular pilsner. It is unfiltered and poured a light and golden straw yellow. It had a touch of murkiness, but retained some of the bright translucency of the regular Prima. White and cream-like head topped this beer off. Beautifully soft and sweet citrus and floral hop aroma. This version loses some of that sharp hop crispness that I’m familiar with, but the softer hop presence just seems perfect for this beer. Soft maltiness and ultra smooth on the tongue. Mein Gott! I am a huge fan of regular Prima, and this version really takes the gloves off – as if to say “I dare you to try and make something this good!”

A wonderful beer on all counts.

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Photo of pbrian
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deserves all the accolades it gets. They should call it an Imperial Pilsner, big in all departments. Don't expect a Beck's kind of beer when you try this one.

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Photo of maltusaurelius
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown bottle into a German beer mug. Pour formed a fluffy white three finger head that dissipated slowly to leave minimal lacing.

Appearance - beautiful straw gold slightly hazy color with moderate carbonation activity.

Smell - lots of spicy citrus hops on the nose with a detectable biscuity malt scent underneath.

Taste - initial flavor is of bitter hops, followed by a nice mellow biscuity malt character that comes through thereafter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - has a lively crisp mouth feel - slightly prickly almost but in a good way.

Drinkability - this beer is an easy drinking session beer with a lot of character for the style. I would put it up against any pilsener from the Czech Republic or Germany - simply one of the best pilseners out there. It is agressively hopped for the style but that gives it a uniqueness that stands out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Straw gold with a bright white cap. Plenty of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass. Great clarity. Leaves nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S - Herbal and grassy hop notes lead the charge, along with some lemon. Tons of grainy pilsner malt fills the background to make up the best smelling pilsner I've ever had. It's clean and smells so delicious that it's intoxicating.

T - Sharp hop flavors are the first thing I can taste, and on such a clean base it the earthy herbal and grassy flavors don't have to compete with much. The grainy pilsner malt comes in after that, countering the hops and really riding into the finish. What's so good about Prima Pils is that it has a sharpness to it that makes the beer so lively instead of falling flat like some others do.

MF - Light body that dries in the finish that still manages to be lively.

D - If it weren't for the powerful, fresh, grainy pilsner malt, the hops would overwhelm the beer and make it feel like too much. As it stands, it's incredibly refreshing and one of the best beers in the country.

I could and have drank copious amounts of Prima Pils. I'd love to drink a better pilsner than Prima Pils, but until I make a pilgrimage to Europe, I doubt that'll happen. And even then, we'll see.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had many a Pilsener in my life and this is for me the most satisfying.

I begins with a crystal clear straw pour into the glass. It has a minimal white head that clears quickly. The aroma is of fresh baked bread and floral noble German hops.

The flavor of the beer begins with a spicy and pronounced flow of hops. The hops are bold, but in no way harsh. As the beer goes down, the crispness of the pale pilsener malt flavor shines through. It is marked by notes of bread yeast and some biscuity flavors - truly "liquid bread." There are also very small amounts of phenols that hit the tip of your togue, which adds a little spiciness to the overall picture.

The carbonation is spot on and lively. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way thin.

This beer has superior drinkability and can quench with the best of them during the hot summer months. Shazam beeotch!

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Photo of mophie
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow sunshine. It's hard to compare this to other Pilseners because this is so unique. Straw colored, with a billowy white head that disspiates to a lacy film. Smells zesty, lemony, herbal, floral. Saaz! Taste is unlike any pils I've ever tasted; there are so many dimensions to the flavors, yet there is incredible balance as well. Initial taste is of lemon zest and grass, then a long, lingering floral/herbal earthiness, followed by a smooth, sweet finish. On any level, this beer is hard to beat.

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Photo of nortmand
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow, with a longlasting white head and some nice lacing.
Slightly fruity, watermelon citrus smell. Sage possibly as well.
Up front, a nice, mellow maltiness that sustains through the whole tongue. Even with the malt there, after the first hit, this beer is all about the spicy saaz. Awesome bitter spiciness from mid tongue back, which leaves a crisp bitterness long after the swallow.
Smooth, bubbly and delicious, this is an awesome pils and is extraordinarily drinkable.

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Photo of schmitter
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a pilsner should tast like. Personally, methinks Miller Lite should not be allowed to call itself pilsner. This is a beautiful beer with a slight head and carbonation. The hoppy finish is what puts it over the top. Although I'm not @ Victory now, I have a Prima every time I go. If Budlight has 'drinkability', we need a new way to describe the 'ability' of Prima Pils!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this while in Galena, at the Galena River Wine and Cheese shop. Among the terrific beer selection it had, this gem was for well under $2, a steal by any realistic estimation. A finger of off-white head tops a lemon yellow body, with ample lacing on the Yankees pint glass. The nose is bursting with hops, bready malt, and some sour components, especially lemon and orange peel. The taste is incredible for a Pilsener, full of hops, somewhat grassy, a touch gritty and very bold. This blows away any macro, and can easily hold its own any delicious German offering. It's incredible.

This has quickly moved to the top of my list of favorite Pilseners, a real delight making me wish I had grabbed a sixer of this in addition to the mixed six I snagged. Fantastic.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Perfectly gold. Huge cloud like head. lots of bubbles coming up through the liquid

S- Crackers. Earthy hops. Slight Citrus. Very nice

T-Firmly bitter but not over the top, just assertive. More earthy hops. Light crackery malt.

M- Fairly dry, which is good for style. medium-high carbonation. Bitterness leaves you ready for another drink.

D-Great version of a pils. Seems more like a bo pils than a N. German, but who am I to argue. This is what american lagers should taste like!

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Photo of John
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I doubt any brewer, anywhere, can do much better than this. Hazy and golden, this creamy textured, smooth as silk brew is among the best. Highly hopped, though this formula exhibits minimal bitterness, leaving the aroma and flavorful, leafy hop character to prevail. Cheers to Victory Brewing. Prima indeed!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear pale straw with a fluffy white head that thins, but doesn't completely fade. Lacing all over the glass.

Awesome crisp aroma. Excellent aroma of pilsner malt and hops. Smells amazingly fresh and crisp. Smells perfect.

Taste is outstanding. A super crisp maltiness upfront with a perfect amount of spicy hops followed by a super clean and dry finish. It might be hoppier than most in the style, but who cares? This is a superb tasting pilsner.

Body is good for the style.

I can drink this everyday and twice on Sunday. Such a delicious beer with an ABV that allows you to consume several without a worry. Pilsner lovers NEED to try this beer.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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