Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,223 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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of ajm5108
2.56/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Traditional optics. Aroma is pretty standard, some sopped grain and hop bud. Taste really missed for me, stale cardboard grain and some just really soured bitter hops that you wouldn't expect in a German Pils.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium straw producing 2 fingers of white, moderately lasting head & patchy lacing. Aroma is biscuity malt, floral & light lemon hop tones, some faint grass. Taste is similar with crisp, clean grain, bread & more intense hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium+ carbonation, slight pepper in the finish.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Dimpled Mug. Enjoy by 21st February 2017, a little late.

L: Clear pale gold, finger width bone white head with good retention.

S: Spicy herbal hops, good malt biscuity notes too.

T: A bit more bitter than usual for a Pilsener, good herbal spicy hop flavors, bready biscuit backbone.

F: Dry, light bodied, easy drinking.

O: A great Pilsener, a great beer and a good first from Victory.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that you see all the time, hear how good it is and how it's an excellent representation of the style but, at least for me, for some reason never pick it up. However! That is behind me now - I just put down a sixer over the course of the week. I'll be short and sweet with my review since there are so many on here that go to impressive levels of depth: clean, crisp, perfectly carbonated, refreshing, golden body, floral, spicy hops, mild bitterness, crackery malt. So drinkable, very enjoyable. A staple for a reason.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale yellowish golden color with a decent bit of chill haze and a ton of active carbonation. The head is one finger, creamy and bright white. retention is excellent and there are many hanging webs of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very hoppy. Floral and herbal hops dominate with a touch of citrus.

Taste is very similar, but the biscuity malts keep the hops a touch more in check. There is also a touch of hop spiciness and the finish is bone dry.

Feel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall a very good pilsner. I'm not sure why it took me so long to try this beer, but I'm glad I did. Will most definitely be buying more of this in the warmer months.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale golden straw in color a thick white head that is leaving a nice lacing. Clearly, good carbonation on this one - lots of bubbles streaming up. The beer is entirely translucent.

S: Biscuity, bready, and earthy: everything that I look for in a good pilsner. It is clear why this is a staple within the style.

T: An unexpectedly nice hoppy flavor on first sip followed by some of the more traditional pilsner flavors. Sweet, doughy finish, albeit a little light.

F: Good body for it being such a light beer. It finishes a little bit on the light side, but it is nice otherwise. As mentioned earlier, good carbonation all throughout and no alcohol burn whatsoever.

O: Very enjoyable and would be perfect for a spring or summer day. It has all of the qualities that I look for in this style of beer, and it even has a nice hoppy backbone to it that was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Thehills804
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best Pilsners out there. Dry and malty. Hops very much present with slight hints of grapefruit, but not overwhelming and nowhere near an IPA. The after taste is dry, crisp and clean. When poured into a frozen glass this brew is absolutely amazing. Yellow/gold body with a wonderful frothy, whip-cream-like head. Highly recommend for a clean refreshing brew with great taste.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled BB end of March, 2017
Pours with a little more chill haze than it ends up with when it is a straw yellow/white. The body is mostly clear and you can easily see laconic bubbles rising to the surface.. The head doesn't grow too large, even with a fairly vigorous pour. The head has a foamy soapy look and provides nice lines of lacing.

The nose has a grassy/crackery note to it. The pilsner malt comes out nicely, and the bittering hops are not rushing at my olfactory sense. There's perhaps just a little citrus - a sweet-tart little spritz in the mix as well.

A medium bodied beer, the up front notes come mainly from the malt, a thick cracker-like taste. A grassy background grabs my palate's attention as it focuses on it. As the hops come forward, there's a brief note of cardboard. Fleeting, the grassy hops some forth to shake my tongue. There is a decent little effervescence here that is mildly distracting to me but might be considered refreshing to others. The lingering notes sometimes seem to have a little unripe grapefruit pith to it.

A classic beer that was one of the first beers that turned the tide for me on desiring a hoppy, more bitter beer. Fond memories, for sure, but I still really enjoyed it these many years later.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold, not as pale as most pilsners that I'm used to. Some floral hop aroma. It's very grapey with a little bit of bite on the finish. A decent pilsner that's different from the others in the local market.

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Photo of matcris
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

For the style. A very clear beautiful gold in color with a finger + of white soapy head that lasts forever and leaves a sticky lacing down the glass. Lots of bubbles rising up in the glass. The aroma, I can smell it a good foot away. Pungent grassy/grainy hops, sunflower seeds, black pepper, and when I get my nose into it, some lemongrass, and a nice biscuit malt. With the flavor, black pepper, grassy, slight citrus, nice bready/cracker malt, and a subtle but present, building bitterness. Very very dry, a little too dry, for me. Nice full body for this style, average carbonation. Very good brew, you get so much to think about with the aroma, and the flavors compliment that well.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lushious golden body with the perfect amount of haze, with a 2 finger fluffy head. Lots of glorious lace left as well. Just awesome. As good as it gets for a pilsner.

Crisp malts and honey on the nose, light oat.

Very tasty, very clean. Lots of grain flavors to start, with a pleasant fruity banana aftertaste. This is not devoid of hops however - as lots of czech influence comes out to play with sharp biting hops thoughout. Bready finish.

Feel is crisp, smooth, clean. Exactly as a pils should be.

Overall, I totally get the hype with this one. A world-class pilsner in every right.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice look for the style. This smells just like a Pils should to me. Bready malts galore. Based on the fact that this is a pils, taste is really good. Just a slight hops bitterness after the initial malt flavor burst. Prickly carbonation and a smooth finish round out this beer. This has to be at the top of my pils list. (So far). Really drinkable. Sometimes when I get something like this, it reminds me of what all those adjuncts should have tasted like that I drank for so many years.

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Photo of Mjkatona
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not served in a pilsner glass and best enjoy date of 22 June 2016, so 6 months past best by date.. none the less it wasn't the worst beer tasted but cannot give a true rating. Would try again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a very thin cap; nice lacing;

S: grainy malt; a hint of grass;

T: muted; follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very easy drinking;

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Photo of Cyalatermd
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute all around favorite beer, its the only constant in all of my rotations. To me, thiz is exactly how beer should taste. A gem to say the least.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp and slightly hoppy. There is definitely some black pepper hints and fizz is upfront. I like this beer but don't love it. It's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not my first Prima Pils! Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Semi-transparent, murky, pale golden color. Small head, light carbonation. Not much on the nose but can certainly pick up the hops. Taste is only slightly bitter from the hops but oh man ..this tastes like a beer should taste. Nothing special..just pure BEER taste. This one would be easy to slug down on a hot day after a few hours of yardwork. Just a great pilsner.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold, almost translucent, with pale white head. Leaves a nice lace. Smells of salt and pinenuts. Nice crisp beer with tastes of pine and lime. A but of a smokey flavor as it heats up. Virtually no sweetness. I wish the mouthfeel was a little stronger, because the finish feels like drinking water. Still, top to bottom, this is a very strong pilsner.

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Photo of Holderness
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Hazy straw yellow with a big white head. Minimal lacing
S -- pilsner, phenolics. Very mild
T -- yeasty, slight honey sweetness, mild hops
F -- astringent mouthfeel, bitter but not overwhelming hop aftertaste

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an above average beer, but this is not spectacular. I poured it in to a Sam Adams glass and had little head and it had grainy color. The smell was descent, it left very little lacing in the glass. it is worth a try.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light gold and clear, like a good pilsner should look. Smells malty and hoppy, a bit like black pepper. Taste is crisp and clean, but certainly with those hops and BLACK PEPPER. It tastes like someone took a pepper shaker and unloaded it into my beer. Thankfully I like a peppery bite, so it doesn't bother me, it's just notable. Feels very crisp and light, very clean, exceedingly sessionable. Overall this is a good pilsner, not my favorite, but one I'll probably have again here and there.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow-gold with a large, bright white, foamy head.

Smell is banana bread, or is it cornbread, with bitter grass, a little piney cologne, and even some pungent funk. I get tortilla chip as it warms.

Taste is astringent hops, grass, grapefruit rind, and pine tar. This is wild, and somewhat harsh--I see why this was considered, and still is, extreme for the style. Lemon and light wheat are also there.

Feel is quite dry and bitter.

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Photo of Pat56
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear yellow to gold. The smell and taste are pilsner but with more hops than expected on both the nose and the mouth lending enough bitterness to strengthen and add depth to the taste without overpowering the drinker. Clean and crisp feel that is easy to drink. This beer can be enjoyed quickly as a refresher or over time to savor a traditional pilsner with added hop complexity.

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Photo of dogfishbrawler
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is pretty hard to screw up a pilsner and I have had a few pilsner's that don't taste right at all. Victory Prima Pils is not one of those screw ups. It is very basic but very clean and complex. The color is exactly what I would expect from a good german pilsner. Golden with a slight cloudyness to it. The taste is very crisp, citrusy, and slightly sweet. Overall a joy to drink and a beer that will not get old anytime soon.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Took me awhile to finally try this one. No date on my single bottle, but I am surprised at how unclear it is. Pretty foggy. It also lacks in crispness a bit. More malty than grainy. Nice flavor, but not what I expected.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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