Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,255 Ratings
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

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prima Pils pours to a yellowish- straw color with a nice, white head of foam and an aroma that is one of light pepper, biscuits, grassiness, and lemons. The body of the beer is just slightly hazy and the beer leaves some decent lacing as you consume.

Tasting this beer proves even better than the appearance would lead you to believe. The flavor of this beer is a delight to the senses, offering tastes like biscuits, dough, bread, pale malt, citrus, and herbs. The spiciness in the finish is evident, but it doesn’t overwhelm and the taste is actually rather balanced overall with an aftertaste that returns to that of biscuits and dough.

Victory Brewing makes many fine products and Prima Pils is one of the finest. I find myself sipping, evaluating, and continuing to find more and more complex flavors. Everything from the initial sip through the aftertaste is memorable and quite remarkable. Try a Prima Pils for yourself, and see what you think.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pils glass at Blue Palms.

Clear pale straw golden color. About a finger of head. Wispy lacing left along the side of the glass.

Bread and characteristic pilsner malt scents. Light spicy hop scents.

Tastes of rustic bread, slightly earthy, then a huge spicy hop finish.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry. Super refreshing.

A hop head's summer delight.

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Photo of scottakelly
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Beautiful light golden color.

S- Nice hoppy smell.

T- Very well balanced. Pilsner malt blends very nicely with the delicious hops. This is a delicious brew, and I love the burst of hop aroma and taste in it.

M- Smooth.

D- Very drinkable. I would have a hard time tiring of these, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of nhopkin
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap

Appearance: clear, bright yellow, small creamy head, leaves a little lacing down the side. Light straw color with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up.

Smell: Nice hop spiciness comes out in the nose. A little bit of biscuit-like malt with some subtle herby flavors.

Taste: Starts out quite mellow. A little light, sweetish kind of pleasant bready malt, then followed immediately by zesty spice. Finishes out bitter with a lingering and surprisingly strong bitter aftertaste. It's nice though, it helps to cleanse the palate for the next eager sip.

Mouthfeel: bright and bubbly but not too harsh. Just enough pop to really complement and bring out the spicier side of the brew.

Drinkability: Very pleasant beer with a lot more assertive flavor than I was expected (it was welcome). This was only my second pilsner and I found it quite delicious and bold without being overbearing. Understated grace.

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Photo of pd360
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with just slight bit of cloudiness and a light, frothy head. The aroma is very fresh with an earthy, grassy smell. Easily drinkable, a touch of sweetness followed by a small bit of bitterness. There are some flowery overtones but they do not over power. I will definitely be buying this one again.

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Photo of JWFokker
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Victory's Prima Pils is a rather distinctive cloudy straw yellow when poured and forms a white, almost fluffy head that stays around to the finish. Lacing was minimal. It's certainly an attractive looking beer. The mild floral nose is rather non-descript and belies a very well balanced flavor. Crisp, clean hop flavor is most immediate on the pallate, followed by bitter malt in equal measure. No one flavor outshines the other. It's just smooth. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, which is as much as can be expected of any pilsener. Overall it's a first rate brew, one of Victory's best, if not their best. A highly drinkable beer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. My first Pilsener. Enjoy by Oct. 16th 2011.

A: Light golden/yellow. Super clear. One finger clean white head, with good retention and awesome lacing. Some bigger bubbles in the head.

S: Lightly fruity aroma. Floral hops, like a nice shampoo. Some lemon and a very light wine aroma. Also a yeasty quality.

T: A lite clove flavor with floral hops coming through. Some herbal/grassy notes. Maybe a very light touch of coriander. Light lemon. A very mild apricot flavor in the finish.

M: Light bodied, goes along with the crisp refreshing taste. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A nice refreshing beer. Will have to give some others a shot to have something to compare to. Great for summer.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation 12 oz bottle poured into a fluted pilsner.

Appearance: Pours with a 3 finger width fluffy white-head. Clear golden yellow in color. Appears not to be overly carbonated. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with a herbal & citrusy-lemon zest. You might even say a blend of every citrus fruit. If you can get past the hops you may smell a very pale malt.

Taste: Brings forth the citrusy hops on the first sip and follows through on sips after with a fine blend of pale malt and citrus fruit. A really herbal and citrus blend of hops. Fantastic hoppy after taste

Mouthfeel: Less carbonated then you would expect. Most of the dryness comes from the hops. Does have a higher hop bitterness. But overall a crisp clean brew.

Drinkability: I'm no pils expert. Infact I'm lager-phobic, but this one had more flavor then I would ever expect. Its a bit like an american pale ale but with that lager crispness. Can't say if this is dead on for the style but, a clean hoppy brew for when you get tired of those Pale ales. Because its so clean and hoppy this is a super sessionable beer. Your mouth may end up a bit dry but you'll love every bit of it.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says "Enjoy by June 5, 2011." Thank you, Victory for dating (although I would still prefer bottling dates). Poured into a Pilsener glass. Light straw body with a creamy, white, two-finger head. Very good retention and spotty lacing.

Hoppy, floral aroma up front, with some slightly grassy hop notes blending in as well. Bready malt aroma in the background.

Tasty blend of flavors featuring the aforementioned hops. The hop flavor comes across a little more piney and bitter in the flavor than the aroma might suggest. But, this is good. The malt blend works well.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Probably the best Pilsener I've ever had. Will enjoy this regularly.

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Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden colour with a smooth, foamy white head. Good head retention.

Lightly spicy and herbal hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Good.

Very light pilsner malt which is just a canvas for the pop of the moderately-high bitterness and the slightly earthy hop character. I expected it to have some American hops but this American take on a classic German pils is great.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A really beautiful beer with the hop character adding crispness to an otherwise typical German style Pilsner. Really nice.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Straw yellow with a three finger frothy white head that dissipates in about 3 minutes leaving a decent ring of uneven lace behind.

S - Smell is not very strong, but it is grassy, floral and slightly sweet.

T - A bit of strong floral hops and grassy hops with slightly sweet honey flavors as well. The bitter aftertaste is grassy and quite good.

M - Somewhat smooth, a bit refreshing and thin.

D - Outstanding! Drinks easier than water. Sessionable and goes with food. You have to look hard to find the few faults with this pilsner.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally see this on shelves in Alaska.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a nice stark white head that retains for a little while and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is about as authentic as it gets. Euro hops play a big role and that typical almost grassy german pilsner nose.

Wow. An excellent pilsner. Hoppier than most, but i like that about it. Pretty much on the nose as far as the style goes for taste. Grassy lager and grain flavors with an ample dosing of european hops. A good dryness on the finish and spicy hops linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ideal. Slightly high carbonation is perfect, but this one is just a tiny tad more viscous than i would like.

Drinkability is top notch. Abv doesn't play any factor at all, and the extra hops in this one make me want to slam it all day.

Overall an excellent example of the style and one i will surely be revisiting (probably tomorrow, since this sixer is going down!) One of the better examples of a german pils made in the united states for sure. An excellent refreshing beer.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Brixx, 6/2/05.

Golden in color with a thin layer of white foam (at least, by the time it reached my table, the head had reduced) and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Soft, herbaceous aroma with a strong hops presence. Taste is similar, with layers of herbal flavors and crisp, dry hoppiness sitting atop a soft depth of malts that round out the flavor in the mouth.

All in all, I'm very, very happy that Brixx added this beer to their lineup.

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Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times but just got around to reviewing it, recently bought the newly available to my region anyway mixed 12 pack of beers from Victoy which included (Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden monkey). I poured this beer into a pilsner glass it poured a beautiful golden color that left a thin white head on top. The body is clear, clean, and left only carbonated bubbles in the glass. The aroma is straw, hay, grass, earthy rustic peppery hops that really make this pilsner enjoyable. The taste is crisp, refreshing, balanced bitter bite with a lemon and honey fruitiness to the beer. I love lagers and due to the main offerings available here in the united states they get a bad wrap but this one helps debunk the myth that all lagers are flavorless, watery, beers. Cheers to Victory for another great offering.

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Photo of mooseo
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by date of Dec. 5th, 2011.

A - Light golden yellow hue. Average head that quickly disappeared leaving streaks of lacing.

S - Slight malty smell mixed with appealing citrus and hoppy spice aromas.

T - Crisp and delicious. Pilsner malts up front, followed by a very spicy hop bitterness. The finish is very clean, leaving a good aftertaste. Perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet malts.

M - I would say this pilsner is between thin and medium-bodied. It definitely has an impressive smooth clean taste from start to finish.

D - Extremely refreshing beer resulting in high drinkability. While not overly complex in taste, it's a very balanced beer with big hops and sweet malts. Would make a great session beer - I wish I had a few more to try. One of the best pilsners I've had.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, mostly clear golden banana color.

Nose lots of nice malts, straw, toasty wheat, light grassy floral hops.

Taste clean and crisp, nice toasty pilsner malts, light straw grassy floral noble hops with a decent of bitterness. Drier finish with a long bitter hoppy crisp finish, touch of spicy hops too.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall very drinkable, crisp and refreshing, nice pils malts, nice noble and bit of american hops, great pils.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap once, but that was weeks ago and I took no notes. I remember being a lot more impressed from the tap then this bottle.

Appearance was a lighter golden with a pretty full white head that disappeared and left no signs of existance shortly after. Looks like what you would expect from a traditional pilsner.

Smell was pretty appetizing. It's like smelling a regular old pilsner but with cunning malt and hop character.

Taste was delicious. It just seemed like it was holding back compared to the pint I had on tap. If I were reviewing the draft, I would have given it a 5, but the bottled version fell short of anything above good.

Mouthfeel was exciting and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability from the bottle was one aspect that beat the draft. I remember being slightly overwhelmed from the draft (which wasn't totally a bad thing) and the bottle is actually an incredibly easy drink. This would be a good case for a get together.

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Photo of jancona
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice transparent golden color.
Smells like sweet bread, honey and pears.
Taste is outstanding! Sweet bread malt with honey, pear and a light lingering zing of hops.
Outstanding session beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's Cincinnati. It's a mo-ped for Ale drinkers: they enjoy it, but they don't want to admit it to their Ale drinking friends. In reality, this is about as good as a pilner gets. Though no amped up body, hops, or foreign character, it's simple and to-the-point. A nice pilner malt base with characterful hops (may not be classic noble versions) and maybe an American hop or two for a better citrus and acidic hop finish. Lightly earthy and dusty, and a body that is on the upper end of the style scale. Although many will proclaim the Pilsners should not contain esters of any sort, I find that a pleasant, light estery quality of pears and a nectar-like perfume aroma compliment the beer well. Because of esters and basically no dms or acetaldahyde, the beer may use ale yeast? Finsihes very clean and very crisp. No doubt a best-of-style beer!

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my two favorite beers for this summer (Victory Wit is my other). When I was frist introduced to this one a couple years ago I was not prepared to be won over, but won over I was!! It pours a beautiful clear yellow color with a nice creamy head. The wonderfully fragrant hops are present immediately. There is a certain sweetness to this beer. It is WAY hoppier than most Pils, but heck, it is from Victory, and they know how to use their hops!! This beer is crisp and clean and full of flavor and not to be missed in your beer tasting endeavors!

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Photo of bahumutx
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours with a nice head that is dissipating slowly. The color of the beer is a golden straw.

Smell: First thing that I smell is hops. Hints smells of bread and a grassiness.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is hops. A some what citrus flavor probably from the hops. As the beer warms I am picking out a slight malt taste that balances the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

My first victory beer and I found it very enjoyable. Look forward to trying their other beers.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first review of my Thanksgiving beers. Poured into pint glass. One finger white head that quickly dissipates. Cloudy pale yellow color. The aroma has hints of flowers, cirus and hops. Nice hop flavor for a pilsner. Hints of lemon and citrus. Finishes nice and dry. I am impressed. Very robust, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. If you are looking to change Miller Lite drinkers this is the beer.

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Photo of mmcave
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally a pils type guy, but I thought it would be nice to start with for dinner. Poured into a tall pils glass, nice two inch thick pure white head, with good retention and lacing. The color of the body is lovely translucent blond gold, with streams of bubbles retaining the head. Smells of pils malt, gentle and elegant, some piny, but subdued hops, pale malts and a hint of honey (like mentioned in other reviews). The taste is crisp and refreshing, a very quenchable beer, I feel as though I enjoy it more the bigger the mouthful I drink. The pils malt is present, with subtle bitterness from the hops. To make an oxymoron this beer screams of subtlety. The quality of the water is even present to a degree, as far as my limited experience with pils this is very nice. I'd buy it again if the occasion called for it no doubt.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers worth of bubbly head

S: Lager yeast, herbal grassy and slightly spicy hops, as well as some lightly bready malts and a light lemon character (probably also from the hops)

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a hit of the herbal hops, followed by a light spiciness and bready notes. Finishes with a light hop bitterness and lemon peel. Very hoppy for a pils

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily and firm

O: Damn, what a pils. Definitely one of the best (if not the best) brewed in the states. Very easy to drink and put down a sixer of. Great price point as well. Highly recommended

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You'll know if you'll like it before you taste it. The smell is that strong and distinct. Grainy flavors. A hops smack stonger and sharper than just about any pils you've tried. Some subtle hints of sweet and tart fruit. This is highly drinkable in the sense that you'll want to have more, not in the bogus sense that it's so, ahem, bland that it doesn't put up any fight going down. This beer is soft and light on the palate, but it's also interesting and for real for real. Probably my favorite Pils. If you have macro-swilling friends, this might be a good crossover beer to shove down their naive palates, or it might just be more than they can handle.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,255 ratings.
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