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:
#3,497
Reviews:
2,127
Ratings:
5,315
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Photo of mojohawk21
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_ski
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear golden yellow. Smells of spicy and grassy hops. A hint of bright tropical fruit hops. Tastes of grassy and spicy hops throughout. Aggressively hopped and immediately bitter. Malt flavor is slick and full without being sweet or bready. Medium light. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobstockwell
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brumac
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Spike
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle.
L: Hazy, pale gold colour with a thick, white head that lasts and leaves many rings of lacing.
S: Some dry lemon.
T: Follows the nose plus lots of hoppy bitterness. Not crisp, almost wheat-like.
F: Smooth, dry, tongue-coating.
O: Drunk 3 weeks before BBD. Has a dusty quality that I wouldn’t typically associate with a pilsner. However, it results in a smooth, extra dry brew. Very good.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DougieAmphetaBeans
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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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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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

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