Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,344
Reviews:
2,124
Ratings:
5,302
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
904
Trade:
4
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, my peeps, I think it’s safe to say that I have finally found my Pilsner! Prima is glorious and delicate like Audrey Hepburn shopping for a new clutch. On top of that is a smooth grassiness like Simba rollin’ around the jungle floor before Scar offed his father.

Just goodness here, my peeps.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodenba
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils single bottle purchased in Feb. 2018. The beer was chilled to about 45 F and poured into an undistinguished glass. There is a thin white head and pale, slightly cloudy body. Possibly a little over the hill? The flavor is quite nice, with a traditional hop flavor leaving a nice aftertaste. I'd prefer a little more malt body. i tried this beer a few years ago and I was somewhat dissatisfied. After trying many northern European style beers, I've decided that this is about the best one available to me. I think some of the Great Lakes lagers are excellent, but no longer available to me. Also, some of the recent local Blue Point (AB Inbev) draft-only German style beers were good, but likely only one-offs.

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Photo of SociableJimmy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks about a 3 on the SRM beer color index. Smells like wet crackers, hops, mild ethanol. Tastes is full bodied, nice hop bite and the delicious malts. Feels almost dry, but it has a final hop burst. Very delicious. Overall one of the best,if not the best American Pils I have had. I would not dismiss Brooklyn Pils as one of the best also.

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Photo of Declanisadog
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdguggs10
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of modal
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, enjoy by date was smudged but known to be fresh, poured into a Victory snifter glass. Enjoyed on 8.2.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, nice clarity with just a hint of chill haze and a tall white head with good retention and soapy lace. The aroma is great, bright noble hops with a nice crisp earthiness, mineral water, pale grain, lightly floral with a bit of citrus. The flavors are nice, crisp hops, cirtrusy with a nice grassiness that offers light bitterness with plenty of grain and mineral water and a touch of grapefruit peel at the finish. The mouthfeel is good, crisp, light, delicate with nice a dry finish.

Verdict: A very good pilsener from Victory. Perhaps the quintessential example of the style brewed in America, nice balance, so refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Duncian
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmac99
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stout_Hunter
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only beer I will ever give a 5. It is truly the perfect beer when fresh and slow poured. 6 pack cans Best Buy date of 05/01/2018.
L: Slow poured into a Pilsner glass. Looks amazing perfect rocky white head and crystal clear light gold color.
S: Smells so lively of earthy hops and some subtle pils malt sweetness at the end.
T: The sips are consistent in flavor. Perfectly simple and complex at the same time. The bittneress is absolutely perfect and although this pils packs hops,44IBU, it still tastes well balanced. Each gulp is delicious and my taste buds want more and more. Easily crushable.
F: This pils is perfectly crisp and has a light body but not super light, wouldn’t call it medium either though.
O: I am not a hop head by any means but this beer is perfect. Hop forward; yes but still balanced well. Some heavy hopped pils just taste like an ipa mixed with a miller lite but not this one. I have been on a huge Pilsner kick and I can’t really say I have found a better crafted Pils out there accessible to me. IMO you can’t beat a fresh can of slow poured Prima. I would really love to find this on tap somewhere in the summer. If you haven’t tried it definitely DO! And if you aren’t slow pouring your Prima DO any slow poured Pils is amazing. YouTube it if your unfamiliar it will give your pils a whole new taste!

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExtraStout
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better Pilseners I have tried (along with Schell), and leads me to wonder why so many other ones are so bland and tiresome. The beer is a lightly cloudy pale gold color with medium white head that lingered quite awhile. Lots of small bubbles and thin lacing. The aroma is zesty hops. Light-bodied and crisp with a peppery hops flavor throughout. Some malt is evident as well. The finish is dry and hoppy. The Pils style is nowhere near my favorite but I can see this beer being the standard by which to measure others.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tall pilsner glass. Look: cloudy orange straw. Bright white 1 finger head. Smell: sweet, honey, bread. Taste: semi sweet start, gives to a slight bitterness. Fairly light, slight malt, a bit bready. Feel: watery, light, crisp. Overall a real good beer for a bbq.

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Photo of domschramm
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lost_sailor
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craven
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timmy2b
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,302 ratings
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