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
Ratings:
5,242
Reviews:
2,107
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
885
For Trade:
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Ratings: 5,242 |  Reviews: 2,107
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 SGR1220
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timtac
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heyabbott
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 DallasK
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corywalston
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlabs
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nobledust
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 CervezaNY
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 arklin
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Randolph96
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got hold of this authentic German oils, it did not disappoint!

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bushwack
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 AGawinski
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,242 ratings.
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