Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of mweso2000
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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 +5%
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 +5%
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 +5%
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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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright, clear gold with a thin soapy head. Good lacing.

Smell: Spicy, herbal hops and a note of citrus as well. A touch of malt sweetness and clean yeast, but the hops steal the show.

Taste: Strong bitterness up front followed by a strong spicy and herbal hop character with some citrusy notes on the finish. The malt helps cut some of the bitterness by adding a sweet, peachy breadiness and slight toastiness, but the hops are incredibly intrusive. The hop character is explosive!

Mouthfeel: Very thin, as with all in the style, but does have a nice carbonation pop that dries out the mouth and lets the hop flavors linger.

Overall: A truly epic lager, an absolutely huge noble hop character that has gone unrivaled by anything past my taste buds. The balance is way off, and many will find it off-putting, but if hops and sessionability are what you want, then this will do the trick. It makes an excellent change of flavor for any of you who want an overly hopped beer that has a totally unique character.

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

Poured into a the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear and bright straw golden color with a .25 inch white head and some nice active carbonation. The head recedes fast to a thin film.

S - Extremely fresh and grassy hop aroma is well blended with some nice grainy and toasted bread aromas. Some slight pepper is felt as well. The malt and grain aromas are so smooth and clean. very inviting.

T - Starts with some nice bready and grainy sweet malt character. That, is then, well balanced with nice grassy hop flavors. Even though there is some nice dry and slight citric hop finish the grain really does shine in this beer.

M - It starts with a nice clean and crisp feel and finishes with a nice dry hop character. Delicious.

D - Refreshing and very delicious with a great ABV and overall taste. I still think Noble Pils is more tasty but this is a close second in my opinion.

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

A very nice pilsener. Even as I poured, I could smell the hops drifting up from the slightly clouded golden yellow brew which cascaded nicely and rose to a thick creamy off-white foam. Nor did the taste disappoint: lots of hops balanced with a light, but noticeably sweet maltiness and a touch of rose hips. Good staying power too--this taste. Highly recommended for a warm late spring evening refresher, especially when you plan to have a couple.

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

A-Light pale amber, head that leaves nice lacing, carbonation keeps skim refreshed. Attractive if a little lacking in color.
S-Earthy, inviting. Pils-type hops w/ a hint of malt.
T-Nice balance of bitter and sweet Malt is expressed as gentle by tasty starchiness. Hops are that classic pils bitterness. It's slightly seltzery, fairly rich and satisfying. Flavor notes include lemony and slightly floral.
M-Body is light to medium. A little bit of malt stickiness. Carbonation adds interest.
D-Outstanding. An easy-going brew with enough authority of flavor to make a perfect session beer. Yummy.

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Photo of leif86
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy yellow brew with a thin white head that leads traces of lacing down the glass.

S: Lemon peel, slight floral hop aroma. Also some subtle cereal grain.

T: Floral and sweet at the beginning before yielding to some delicious grapefruit hop taste that lingers nicely.

M: Crisp, clean, not too watery but not creamy. Very refreshing.

D: Great on this slightly warm day. I'll be looking for this some more in the summer. I could drink many of these. Perfect balance between flavor and drinkability.

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

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear straw with good lacing and a white head that fades after a few minutes.

S: Aroma balance is toward the flowery and spicy noble hops.

T: Crisp and bitter. Like the aroma, the hops are dominant with little malty flavor.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

Notes: This beer follows the style guide very well, and so I score it high accordingly. But I guess Pils just isn't my thing. The bitterness makes it difficult to enjoy the other flavors.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden color with a tight, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a spicy, herbal hops aroma backed by a bit of sweet maltiness.

Taste: Aggressively bitter up front with strong noble hops flavors. Towards the back it gains a little bit of sweet maltiness and finishes dry and bready. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Like a pilsener should be.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable pilsener. This may be the best pils I've had outside of Europe. It definitely has all the qualities that one looks for in a German-style pilsener. Definitely worth a shot and definitely something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a dark golden with a medium head (.5-1 inches). Smells fruity and grassy. Taste definitely grew on me - at first, hoppy bitterness overwhelms you, but a flowery-fruit aftertaste came through after a few sips. The herbal hints balance out the hops very nicely and you have yourself a very nice brew. It is a very unique selection from Victory.

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

I'm not usually a pilsner or lager drinker...ale man all the way. But since Victory is one of my favorite brewers I thought I should give it a try.

The color is clear golden yellow with a light and fluffy head of pure white. Head is quite nice looking and retains well with a modest amount of lace. This would look great in my Trumer Pils glass, oh well.

The aroma is much fuller than I expected with a nice, crisp malt aroma of honey and buttery biscuits. There's a lovely (and quite large) floral hop aroma with a grassy meadow note. Very clean and crisp smelling overall.

The flavor is exceptional for a pilsner. A perfect balance between golden caramel and honey malt sweetness, and floral and grassy hops. Finish is initially malty and quickly washed over by crisp, puckery hops.

Mouthfeel is light and airey yet maintains a full and rich mouthfeel. This is a good beer for any time, any place, or any occasion. Are all micro-brewed pilsners this good?

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

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a nice white head. Seems like what a Pils should look like.

Smell is like the hay I used to haul as a kid. Minus the sneezing! There are also some hops mixed in there.

Taste is excellent. Very smooth and buttery and buscuit like with a hoppy finish that lasts in your mouth a while.

Mouthfeel is light and buttery.

Drinkability is very high. I've never tasted a pilsner this good before. One of my go to brews from now on.

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

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick, foamy head. Very strong, pleasing citrus aroma. Fruit filled taste with citrus, apples and pineapples. Mild hoppy bitterness. I prefer IPA type hoppiness and am not really a lager drinker, but this one doesn't disappoint. Probably the best lager/pilsner that I have tasted. Would definitely use as a session beer.

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

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the LCBO. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this tasty ass brew yet.

Pours a bright glowing yellow with a thick ring of white head and several dots of lacing on the shaker glass. Rich nose imparts bready and sweet pilsner malt, fresh cookie dough, barley, and a bit of lime. Fragrant and inviting. Taste is lemony and citric hops upfront, flowery, herbal and grassy flavours clash with honey and white cracker mid-palate, big Noble hop bitterness kicks in with some herbs and sweetness in the aftertaste. Super refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, medium-bodied, lightly bitter dryness to finish. A thirst quencher no doubt.

As with all of the U.S. craft beers in Ontario, I'm really glad this is available. An exemplar pils that delivers on the hops. Can't go wrong with Prima!

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

A nearly perfect example of the style. A bit under carbonated for my taste. Smell and taste are dead on with a touch of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel completely leaves you dry wanting more, and the abv makes it ideal to toss these back all day. Love this beer.

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

On tap at the new Victory brewpub on 6/18/08.

A - Clear golden body with a slight amber hue and thick, foamy one-and-a-half finger bone white head on top. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - Clean pilsner nose with plenty of noble hops, some citrus notes and bready malt. There are also some grassy hops and fruity notes with hints of apple, pear and white grapes.

T - Classic pilsner flavor profile with plenty of citrus notes and a clean, grassy hop bite. Malt is predominantly bready.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and clean, brisk mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and slightly dry with a crisp hop bite that lasts for a while.

D - Sessionable pils with lots of flavor. Very true to style, this brew is definitely a nod to the classic German pilseners that preceded the American craft beer movement. Prima Pils is certainly worthy of inclusion on Victory's flagship lineup.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden color with a slight hazy appearance. Medium sized head which dissipates quickly, lots of lacing with great retention.

The smell is of citrus floral hops with a bread malt note as well.

Great taste, probably the best pilsener I have had to date, yummy. Floral hop taste with a small malt presence in the finish.

Higher carbonation and a thin smooth mouthfeel, very nice and refreshing.

This is quite a drinkable beer, very well done pilsener.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle Poured into a pint glass 10 DEC 16
Orangeish, don't call me amber, body floating a slight, and quickly disappearing, whitish head.
Aromas include malt and grass.
Flavors match, some bitter hops, with a light feel and clean dry finish.

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djeffbee
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slow poured at Victory left a fluffy 3 finger head that diminished slowly. Lacing remained on the glass.

S - Citrus, a bit grainy, Some lemon and nice aroma of hops .

T - Pale ale like bitterness to start, nice body and an awesome bitter finish.

M - Perfect carbonation, exceptional feel.

D - Great to drink a few at a football game, or while mowing the lawn. A well-balanced, and refreshing beer.

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Photo of HardyA
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,315 ratings