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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
91
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2,073 Reviews
Prima PilsPrima Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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:
2,073
Ratings:
5,116
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: pilsner
Nice clear crisp light yellow beer with a thick soapy, rocky head. Floral and piney hop aroma with a slight grassy smell and a hint of yeast.
A slight bit of Malt in the front followed by a very strong piney hop bitterness.
Thin and light bodied mouthfeel with a sticky hop texture. Very active carbonation and a strong hoppy finish.

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Photo of copasetic
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw and just a hint of haziness on the pour, but minimal heading and a few lacy remnants. The aroma is lovely noble Czech hops with a hint of sweetness. This sweetness is carried through with the taste, which is more full and developed than many pilseners I've had. It's mild and smooth, but hits with spicy notes. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a generally clean finish.

Ok, I'm not a huge fan of the pilsener style. I like funkier punch you in the face ales, but this is very good and very drinkable. Give me a six and a warm day, and I'll call this one all sorts of good.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: vibrant yellow in color, very clear with nice white head.

Smell: flowery hops that are extremely summery.

Taste: hoppy, bitter, fresh. malt sweetness is there in the background but hops are very much dominant in this beer. bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: a slightly chewy body, smooth and refreshing carbonation.

Drinkability: this is a great summer pilsner. very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy light gold. Quickly dissipating head forms ring and laces.

Smell is quite intriguing; something quite sharp in there is balanced by yeasty dryness of highly attenuated beer; most memorabl to me is the slight stinging effect of the vapors in deep snorts. Alcohol? Pungent hops? I'm not sure, but it is a good thing, and very unique in my limited experience with pilseners.

Taste is altogether pleasurable, but the sharpness of the taste is new to me. Again, new seems good here, but the dryness is intense. Tannic effect on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is notably distinct by dryness and tannic feeling that seems as much a flavor of taste as it does a sensation of texture. Dry, sharp, slight tannin, quick, intense burst of flavor and texture. Maybe everything that a Pils should be, but I'm not an expert.

A good experience. Certainly better suited to warmer weather than February in Beantown.

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Photo of TheRaven
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This is one of my go-to beers. Hoppy but not an IPA. Mellow but not a Budweiser. You can take it tailgating or to an oyster roast. Just an excellent, all-around beer.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light-looking semi-thick head on it. Lingers long enough and gives enough lace until the last drop. Beautiful light golden color. It has some hop aroma followed by a touch of malt, but not much. Mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated and very light. This is an easy drinking beer that is great on hot days. It has a wonderful hop profile for a pilsner, can taste the citrusy flavor which bursts in your mouth but leaves a clean dry aftertaste and makes you want more.

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Photo of vikingmike
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Pilsner I have ever had, bar none.

Beautiful golden colour. Aroma of floral, spicy hops. Elegantly simple taste with lingering hop bitterness. A nearly flawless beer in every respect.

Not only has Victory set the Pilsner bar for North American brewers...they've set it for the entire world.

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Photo of brendanbeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

barcade in brooklyn.

a. pretty light pils look. lovely thick easy head on top.

s. really nice fresh floral hoppiness here.

t. oh i like the taste! its really really floral, and the citrus on the tip of the tongue mixes with the bitter floral finish really nice. this is victory at its best i think.

m. smoooth, has enough carbonation to freshen the palate but leaves a nice rich tasty layer.

d. very drinkable. strong in flavor, but refreshing in its character. recommend above storm king any day

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Photo of DrewS
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite style but really good nonetheless. The nice golden yellow color comes to a decent head that fades rather quickly, but is to be expected from a Pilsner. Has a somewhat sharp malt aroma that is not displeasing. Amazingly bitter for a Pilsner and is probably what makes me like it so much. All around it's pretty balanced with a solid malt body. Not very complex in the full scope of beer, but very complex when compared to others of its style. I liked it's refreshing taste and drinkability. Another beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of boblinneman
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hopheads pils. This beer will hook you and not let go. Very suprising how dry and hoppy. Definitely will change the way you look at a pils. I'm not sure if this beer is true to its form (everything is but quite hoppy), but who cares its great. Victory has an ongoing series of single hop pils, all great but different.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a bottle of this before meal at Spring St Cafe in Sylva, NC, and than had one with my Jamaican Jerk Pork BBQ dinner as well. Yummy!

Onto the beer....poured a yellow-gold with a nice head. Has a large amount of carbonation, although for once, in this beer, that didn't bother me like it often does. The carbonation was easy to deal with and didn't seize my throat or bloat my tummy like some highly carbonated beers.

Smells of metal and earthy/spicy hops arch off the head, and the hint of perhaps centennials hops as well? Far hoppier in the nose than a typical pils, even Pils Urquell, which is a favorite of mine. I could have sniffed this one much longer but was drawing funny looks from the tables around me.

Tatse and mouthfeel are exceptionally crisp and sharp, but in a good way. Very smooth malt flavors blend with the hops all the way through the sip and the yeast stays apparent, although in the background, providing a lager-ish finish. Simply put, a supremely refreshing and quenching beer ever. Victory has done it once again, this time bringing hops to a style where so much hops isn't expected, and still making it work well.

Exceptionally drinkable. Brought home a sixer of this and Avery IPA from NC and have loved having both around.

Wish GA would get Victory and Avery in sometime soon...

Andy

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Prima Pils produces a nice finger and a half head of eggshell foam. Pristine and golden. The head fades leaving a ring and lace that clings sporadically along the glass. Smell is faint with hints of hay and apple. Mouthfeel is light, crisp carbonation and dry. Taste is light toast and biscuit malts. A tiny bit nutty, with a light but lasting hop finish. Drinkability is amazing. The most refreshing beer I've ever had. I could see myself sucking down a case of these on a hot summer night. It's THE perfect summer beer and what any Pilsner should aspire to be.

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Photo of wanker
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pepe La Peu! I thought that I got a skunked sixer until I read several reviews that came to the same conclusion I did -- someone dropped a skunk into this brew.

Dude, where does this overwhelming skunkiness come from? I've never smelled a beer where it was this strong.

Luckily the skunk is less apparent in the taste than the smell. But nevertheless, my second impression of this beer (first being the skunk) was "I sure don't miss lagers."

Hate to say it, but to me this one tasted like one part Miller High Life, one part skunk and one part hops.

...and this from the folks that brought us Storm King! How disappointing.

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Photo of fingerlaker
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best Pilsner I have ever had.

Pouring it with a "top pour" to maximize the head I got a good 2-inch head that lasted more than the German standard of 10 minutes. The head had a ton of protein that suggested a good amount of 6-row barley. Smell of grass.

Taste was quite dry and the dryness emphasized the bitter grassy hops, which were front-and-center in the brew but NOT overpowering. Pilsners are about balance, and I feel that they got it dead-on.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Big foamy head at first - 2 1/2 finger width. After a couple minutes the head reduces to 1 finger. Colour is hazy straw blonde.

S - I'm not sure what I'm getting but I like it. Light maltiness combined with a citrusy character (some lemon, orange and slight grapefruit notes). Getting a small bit of caramel.

T & M - Mild on the front end but a bitter hoppy finish that lingers. Taste is crisp. Detecting a quick "come and go" malt flavor just before the hoppy finish. Body is a bit heavier than light. Full flavor, nothing thin about this.

D - The bitter finish slows things down but there's nothing wrong with this. Its more than a sip but not a gulp. I can do this on a summer afternoon on the terrace of my fave restaurant and nursing this.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the joyful pilsner, prima!

poured a very appealing light, but deep golden yellow with a finger of head that fell down after a fast minute to a thin layer of white bubbles.

smell is of sweet ripe, sticky resinous hops with something else that i can't quite define yet. i love the extra hop smell and taste with this brew.

oh the flavors are here and here to stay. that classic hop flavor associated with victory accompanies pleasant citric rinds and goes slightly sweet and dry finishing with the balance of a ballerina

mouthfeel is fairly thick for a pils due to the resinous hops but i am a fan which is why i grabbed the case. probbly wouldn't drink more than 4 maybe 5 in one sitting, but as far as drinkability goes it certainly has plenty of it. a good unique pils to try, but im sure there are better and i will find them

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Photo of Wyattldavis
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Not overpowering. Golden appearance, with a clean finish and very refreshing. Definitely not too sweet/not too much alcohol content. The hops are just right - present but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is extraordinary - big, clear crisp carbonation that isn't fizzy and feels just right. I could see this being one of my standards - especially in the summer. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass it produced a huge fluffy head that did die down,yet didnt disapear, and laced the glass till the last drop. To the best of my recollection I smelled and tasted liberty hops this is the only time I have ever been able to pick out an exact hop taste or smell. Nice dry tasting malt comes in with the after taste and is really balanced with the hops. Could drink this beer all day on a nice summer day. Definitely a beer that everybody should try as it has something for everyone.

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with drink by date of Nov 21 05

Pours light and golden with a bright white two finger head that lingers around for quite a while. I did not notice much of a nose with the exception of a light hop aroma. Taste is bright, crisp, and clean with a great hop backbone and hints of malt. Body is light with a long hoppy finish. A great brew from Victory and a great session beer. A favorite of mine for a hot summer day.

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Photo of sachsich
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to try this beer as i have heard many good things about it. It is rated very high here so thats a good thing. It pours great and has good lacing. The beer has a great smell of hops and citrus. The taste is also good with mouthfeel and drinkability rounding it all up

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Photo of 7ate9
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive medium orangey gold with nice lacing and thin head that sticks around round rood the darker tint makes it look a bit more appetizing and substantial

Lemon peel (almost candied) hints of orange fresh cut grass toasty white bread yeastiness white flowers smells like a warm summer's day. It's subtle but the complexity is high.

The bready yeast and grassy, herbaceous hops come through on the palate. Finishing crisp and light with a pleasant bitterness that really makes you want another sip now. Taste lingers on like fresh mown sweet grass

pleasing carbonation and light body sure do make this mmmhmmm.

It's fresh, thirst quenching, lively, subtly complex and by far the best I've had in a category that I usually avoid. I would buy again and drink it again and then buy it again and then yeah

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Photo of MisterSH
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with printed freshness date poured into victory pint glass.

Pours a goldish blonde. Resilient 2 finger head.
Aroma is dominated by bready, grainy malt notes. Noble hops are apparent.
Taste is of light maltiness, crisp, clean, and slightly bready, not at all sweet. Strong, lingering hop finish balances it out perfectly. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is light and clean, moderate on the carbonation.

An exceptional pilsner. This is easy to drink, delicious, satisfying, and refreshing. More please!

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Photo of Grandwazoo
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap -- Straw yellow with some haziness. Creamy head, though not particularly thick or long lasting

Nose -- Very appealing Citrus floral nose with a pressed linen (not quite burnt sugar) overtone

taste -- Great stuff! Light malt with balanced hops that fills the entire mouth. Citrus and tea flavors up front with a tea-hops finish. Both refreshing and satisfyingly flavorful

Feel -- Perfectly carbonated, pleasing to the entire tongue...just enough sweet but never too much. Loads of flavor without being thick. Bitter without making the tongue feel dry

Drinkability -- Smooth, full, and yummy....thank you, sir, may I have another!!!

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Photo of irisier
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle with freshness date on side.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow with maybe a slight greenish tint. Slight chill haze with a thin white head that forms a minor lace.

Smell: Pungent grassy, leafy, and citrus hop aroma. Quite herbal as well.

Taste: Strong hops with a crisp leafy bitterness. Biting hoppiness. Pretty much all hops, maybe some very faint pale malt in there, but it's pretty weak. Definitely expressive in the hop department.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, kinda prickly from both carbonation and hop flavors.

Impressions: I can respect this beer because of its creativity and interesting take on the style, but it really isn't my cup of tea. I prefer there to be some noticeable maltiness, but with this beer there is little. Hopheads will probably love this.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with light carbonation and a 2 finger creamy head.

S - Slight citrus notes and fresh hoppiness with piney notes

T - A little hint of malt and some citrus notes, more lemony than anything else. Bitterness is mild

M - Smooth and refreshing

D - Very crisp and refreshing one of my favorite pils after a hot day in the yard

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.
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