Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Prima PilsPrima Pils
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,098
Ratings:
5,197
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
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Photo of Beertron
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a two-week long ice-breaking, finally sat down to review this sucker.
It's tough to review when you have so much hype. Nevertheless, from bottle to pint...

A - Top shot off like a gun when treated to the usual lighter technique. Poured soft and golden with strong carbonation. Head is beautiful bright white and huge, slowly dissipating one large bubble at a time with strong, thick laces.

S - Hops. Lightly piny/evergreen scented, with the floral side of hops taking front and center. Deeper whiffs give a strong earthiness -- spring leaves and mushrooms. Wonderful, intriguing nose, though slightly masked.

T - Man oh man. What a champ. There's so much under-the-radar going on in this beer, I'm not even sure where to start. There's' a light, soft malty sweetness in the forefront, akin to croissants or other light, buttery bread. This is followed by a prominent tinge of hops. They're light, bright and pleasant -- not excessively bitter -- but certainly strong enough to make their presence known. Following the hops is a blast of yeast -- almost a dead ringer for the dry active yeast often used in bread baking (at least in this country). Finally, as the hops show back up for the drying affect, one can detect a salty note along with an earthy acidity that reflects both tea and bile (the latter here not being nearly as disgusting as it sounds).

M - It's obviously on the lighter side of things, but this has a bit more body than a lot of pils and this is a good thing. This beer is just fun -- it quenches, then dries; pretty much begging for another drink to quench, then dry all over again.

D - Huge. I'm not sure what the ABV is here, but I can guarantee you that if it's high, I wouldn't know it until too late. I bet I could drink a sixer of this in less than two hours if I had the time to play. This beer is addictive. Is there crack in here?!?

F - Again, where to start? This brew loves food. So long as one stays on the lighter side of the spectrum, there's probably little that this wouldn't go well with. For what its worth, here are the things that jumped out at me as solid matches: lighter whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), mild artisan cheeses and the softer side of wild mushrooms (chanterelles, honey mushrooms, or, even morels -- but keep it away from ultra deep-flavored mushies like black trumpets, hen 'o the woods or porcinis). This beer's overall profile fits like a good croissant or english muffin so both bacon and eggs seem like they would work well here. You want a beer for breakfast? This is your friend.

O - It's hard to imagine being more impressed. This brew has it all. It's light and quenching but hoppy and dry. It has an uncharacteristic complexity that gives an often rare start, body and finish to it, but it's also incredibly well-balanced and no one component goes over the top. In addition, it wants to be consumed with food. Wow. This beer lives up to the hype and then some. A new standard.

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Photo of rowew
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory in Colorado! This has finally made it to the Colorado shelves.

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Description of the beer, but no freshness info to be found.

Appearance: Light gold color with a nice frothy head. Fades to a thick lacing on the top and the sides.

Smell: Bready malt, a whiff of sulphur, and some noble hops.

Taste: Lots of noble hop flavor, with a good malt backbone. The hint of suplhur shows up here. Nicely balanced, leaning towards the hops.

Overall impression: Great pilsner - I am always excited to see a new craft pilsners on the shelf. Hopefully this one moves fast enough in Colorado to stay fresh.

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Photo of Chaney
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I recently posted a thread on BA asking people about their favorite "flagship" brews. This one came up a lot, and with good reason. I've had this pilsener many times, but not in a while, and I've never reviewed it:

A: Sunflower yellow/gold, with about a 1/2 inch head and moderate carbonation.

S: Victory hop profile and then some! This is just pure malty, yeasty, flowery goodness!

T: German hops are present, and the beer is mildly sweet, with a slight bitter hop finish. No unpleasant lingering - everything is great!

M: Smooth as silk; Very "clean" beer and nearly flawless in regards to mouthfeel related to style.

D: I think I drank this one in about 2 minutes!

Quite simply, the best pilsener on the market!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had from 12oz bottle. Clear golden color, looked like typical every-day beer (the kind I always drank when I was 21).

This version is all about hops. Much hoppier than I expected, even more hops flavor than some IPA's I've had.

Excellent, made me like pilsners again. Recommended.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into a pint glass, this appears a fairly clear and pale yellow golden color under a thin and well sustained head with a nice display of carbon bubbles for a great retention.

S: A pleasantly surprising nose of more hops than I'd expect from a Pilsner. There's a brightly sweet aroma that hit my nostrils even as I poured it into my glass.

M/T: At its opening, this packs a palate awakening jab of hops into a crisp carbonated Pilsner malt sweet center and a resonating bitter finish.

D: Being a hophead, this is the Pilsner for me...

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Photo of meeekyh
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.

The Prima is pale straw color, hazy and unfiltered-looking. Head is tiny and lacing almost nonexistent.

Smells are very nice pilsner yeast, bread, herbal grain, anise and butterscotch. Very complex and full, a bit like a baby brother version of a Belgian golden ale.

Taste is tangy, slightly bitter, pine, and citrus. The bread and yeast are greatly subdued. Aftertaste is bitter lemon-peel.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and very dry with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good but not stunning. I think it is just a bit over-dry and not intriguing enough to compensate. - I totally disagree, this beer is awesome and I could drink it into infinity.

I rather like this beer. The nose is really deep for the style. Taste is quite good, if a bit bitter and slightly flat. Mouthfeel is a bit over dry for the drinkability to be stunning, but as a pilsner it is quite drinkable anyway.

As a final note I recently tried the new Sam Adams Noble Pils... That is one damn fine beer, and maybe the best looking pils I have ever seen. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pale yellow in color with a decent head. Visible carbonation throughout.

Scent is much spicier and hopier than you'd expect from a pils.

Flavor is a perfect balance of sweet smoothness and spicy bitterness. A very substantial herbal, spicy, hop flavor is contrasted by a smooth malty sweetness. This is the first Victory brew I've tried, and I am very impressed.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light straw in color with a thick, creamy white head.

S: Big whiff of grassy, herbal hops. Some citrus zest is also very apparent. This is really hoppy.

T: Big flavors of grassy, herbal hops...just like the smell. Some light, biscuity malt sweetness is tasted by mid sip. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry. This one's all about the hops.

M: Light bodied and crisp. However, I would have preferred a slightly grainier feeling brew...more carbonation perhaps? I should stress SLIGHTLY grainier.

D: One of the best beers I've had. I'd like to pair this with a wide variety of foods. It's also excellent on its own, especially during a hot, humid day. Who would have thought a pilsener could have so much flavor? You'll be burping hops, but I suspect that's just what the brewer intended.

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Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fantastic pilsener from the United States, an all too rare feat. Prima Pils pours bright yellow with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is fresh grain and strong, sharp, spicy hops. It smells like a wet barley field with a strong whiff of lemon peel shavings and apple slices. The flavor is fairly hoppy for the style, but there's a wonderful malt presence. It's a thirst-quenching beer that doesn't cut corners. The flavors are strong and crisp. This beer doesn't quite measure up to Moonlight's Reality Czech, but I'd bet the contest would be extremely close if I was working with fresh kegs of each. In the interest of science, Moonlight and Victory should each priority ship me fresh kegs.

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Photo of masstransplant
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color, very little head. THis is the type of beer I would use to "trick" a budweiser drinker...I love to see the expression on their faces when they drink something with flavor. Smells of bitter hops and light citrus, maybe fresh-cut hay. The beer has a nice, hoppy bitterness that pairs well with a good cheddar...excellent tasting beer. Crisp and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. I'm typically a one-beer guy, but I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of BruceBeerman
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent German pilsner with more hops then the typical pils from the motherland. Light straw color with nice small head. Very nice lace that clings to glass. The smell is typical pils. But the taste is what seperates it from the pack. They hopped it up. Victory is the king of hopback. But not just for IPAs, it works for pils too. I love the Hallertau hops and this is a little over the top for the average joe six pack drinker. But just right for me as I love hops. This is a good combination of bittering and finishing aroma hops. Very drinkable. Easy to just reach for another. Ok, don't mind if I do.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe this is what Pilsner Urquell used to taste like. Pours a clear straw color, big head that dies down. Good Lacing. Aroma is similar to fresh cut grass, but not as strong. Taste is huge, hops are there, but very well balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is a tad thick for the style, but I like 'em thick. This is great stuff. About time they distributed into Michigan!

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Photo of jkrich
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with "enjoy by" date 12/12/07 which indicates this is a fresh beer. Purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

Poured a light, clear, golden color with a persistent white head into a pilsner flute.

Open opening bottle could detect the flowery hop aroma of the European hops typical of a fresh pilsner.

Initial taste of pleasant hop bitterness followed by a slight malty sweetness - a well rounded mouthful. The sweetness reminds me more of a Czech pilsner than a German interpretation. Either way, this is a sophisticated, elegant pilsner

Excellent session beer to enjoy any time of the year. I am always impressed with a brewery that attempts and succeeds at brewing a world class pilsner as this is a very difficult style to brew.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

brilliant straw yellow, nice tight head, great lacing. nose is an awesome mix of spiciness on the hops, not so much as a hint of diacetyl. taste - light, snappy with an impossible drinkability. a relatively small beer, so there's nowhere for flaws to hide. fortunately, there aren't any.

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Photo of maek228
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true pilsner.

Appearance: straw yellow with a one finger head. Pretty average here

Smell: Wonderfully full and leafy hops. Fresh barley, grains, malts all present as well.

Taste: Fresh carbonation and clean German malts lead to the full hop kick at the end. This hop kick is a without a doubt more hoppy than your average pilsner, which I love. Victory is a brewey who does it big and this is a reflection of it. This is my favorite Pilsner and the one that all others should be judged by.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fresh

Drinkability: Top notch

Again, this is the Pilsner that all other should be judged by

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a creamy white head and ample lacing. Bright gold color. Aroma is biscuity malt and clean grass, spicy, floral hops. Flavor is well balanced with all the flavors in the aroma with a soft, pleasing alpha acid bitterness. Mf is to style. Worthy of its accolades.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for a good hoppy, bitter pils since returning from Germany and I've finally hit the jackpot! This one pourded a golden strawlike color with a nice bright white head and decent lacing. It has a nice strong hop aroma with some grassy undertones. The taste transported me back to Germany instantly. A nice strong bitter hop bite with an ever so slight malt sweetness and a tinge of grassiness. The finish was unbelievably crisp and biting. A perfect German style pilsner that I will definitely keep stocked until I return to Deutschland.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the best pils on the planet. Just an outstanding crisp pils with an advanced pedigree of flavor. Buy this one in a case with confidence. Great in a bottle and the ultimate is to enjoy one on tap at the brewery restaurant. Geat job Victory!

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Photo of HopDevil
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory Prima Pils is the very definition of crisp and dry, and, if you look in the dictionary under refreshing, don't be surprised if they show a bottle of this beer as an example.

The cloud of hop aroma that wafts into the nostrils upon opening a bottle of Prima Pils announces that this is definitely not your customary Pils and accurately predicts the flavor that follows. While some yeast nose is evident, the clean fresh herbal hop aroma overwhelms the malt but what a heavenly odor to a hophead like myself.

A mountain of firm antique white lather piled up on the pale gold colored beer as I carefully poured the Prima into my pilsner glass. The lovely head was long lasting and left a patchy, frothy lace on the glass as it stubbornly receded. Prima in the glass is brilliant and clear of any chill haze. Effervescent bubbles were seen visibly drifting slowly up into the foamy cloud above.

The taste was predominately hops - herbal with a hint of grassiness. Prima rewards you with a satisfying hop flavor without succumbing to bitterness. Yes, Definitely noble hops and totally mouthwatering! Further along the taste buds I detected a very slight astringent or husky graininess with only a ghost of residual malt sweetness (my sweet receptor taste buds may have long since been burned away however) with no fruity esters, diacetyl or citrus notes in evidence. The after taste is hop heaven, dry and very enjoyable. This is a beer that is an excellent compliment to most meals but may tend to dominate delicate flavored dishes.

Prima Pils is a beer I savored and enjoyed very much and I predict that in future I will often have a glass of it's hopy fragrance and golden color in my hand. Like they say " A victory for your taste"
if you have a taste for hops that is.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blind tiger after the natural history museum with Jlynn. I’ve been into pilsners and kolsch’s lately so pretty pumped to try this one.

A – Straw colored body with a sexy super white mr clean head.

S – Oranges, flowers, lemon, yeast, hops

T – Orange, lemon, grassy hops. Great pilsner.

M – Perfect carbonation level. Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O – Awesome pilsner. Def the flagship pilsner for me so far.

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Photo of Suds
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I guess that I didn't have high expectations, but this is an extraordinarily good beer. Golden-straw colored with a puffy white head...the aroma is slightly herbal and resinous. The taste is incredible. I think it's the hoppiness that did it for me....a big hop bitterness and a dry finish seem to come out of nowhere. This isn't my style, but the beer is fantastic.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear straw gold with a thick creamy white foam head. Smells like super concentrated sweet honey biscuit malts, spicy floral pine, dank earthy herbal grass, minty tobacco, with lemony orange grapefruit citrus notes. Tastes like sweet lemon, honey biscuity grain, sharp pine, floral earthy herbal dank grass, minty tobacco spice, with zesty orange citrus and grapefruit notes. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a great pilsner.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Certainly the best american Pils I have had, this beer pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head and active carbonation in the glass.

Nose is malty and a little sweet, hops are there but quite subdued. Nonetheless, very appetizing.

Taste is very pleasant, with initial malty carbonated feeling followed by notable bitterness, which fades into the finish slowly.

Beers like this aren't going to blow the palate away like some heavier and stronger styles, but in terms of enjoyablility, this beer could easily be sessioned with this taste and ABV, and thus is judged by style rather than overall impact.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Important note: Make sure not to drink this below the recommended serving temp, otherwise the flavor will be utterly ruined. If anything, err on the warmer side rather than colder!

Food Pairing: Beef bulgogi with spicy kimchi paired beautifully with this Pils. Being a sweetish soy/ garlic sauce, Bulgogi is an odd one to pair, but the spice of the kimchi along with it created a terrific foil for the honey, floral & strong hop traits of the beer.
A - Pristine light yellow. Moderate head settled to a thin but even froth which left some fine lacing.
S - Some clover, sugar cookies. Very nice.
T - An amazing abundance of fresh honey and a faceful of clover - love at first sip! Light creamyness leads to a very clean finish.
M - Crisp, spicy hops dance around the mouth like fireworks. "Fun" seems an odd way to describe it, but yes, quite fun.
O - A definite must-try for anyone. Can't wait to have it again!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Prima Pils poured from a bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy by May 11 2008" Drinking on May 18

A- Very clear golden with a foamy head composed of a wide range of bubbles.

S- Smells like a german pilsner should in my opinion. Very clean hops smell with a backround malt sweetness

T- Taste is great but does not have enough yeast character to please me fully. Carbonation brings out a great bitter hop flavor. Lemon hops and floury biscuit malt

M- Carbonation is EXCELLENT. Balanced range of bubbles makes this beer feel good all over your lips, tongue, mouth, intestines, and more.

D- Drinks quite well. You get what you pay for.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,197 ratings.
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