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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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

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

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Ratings: 5,272 |  Reviews: 2,115
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pearljam118
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into glass

A: Golden yellow, clear with little head settling quickly

T: Slightly sweet at first with a taste of hops, crisp bitter after taste.

M: very carbonated but light

D: perfect beer after a summer long day, im looking forward to picking up a case of this beer

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WTF? I cannot believe I've never reviewed this beer before. 12-ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale straw yellow with a slight chill haze, and two fingers worth of creamy white head that slowly settles, leaving beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

S: cracker and honey malt aroma at first, with a pungent, floral, grassy hop note.

T: Starts off with a touch of honey, biscuity malt, and just a touch of raw grain. Hops rush in with some lemongrass, fresh greens, and a huge floral character. Finish is crisp and very refreshing.

Notes: Moderate in body, with a ton of flavor. Balanced and extremely clean. Drinkability is superb. Move aside, Germany. This is hands down one of the finest Pilseners on the planet!

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

Pours a straw yellow with about two fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't the greatest, but it does manage to leave some lacing behind. A very lively carbonation is fueling the foam.

The nose starts out with floral and herbal hops, almost spicey. Biscuity malts are there to back it up, giving it a sweet character. Subtle, for sure, but dang good too.

Like the nose, the taste is dominated by herbal and floral hops, with a solid biscuity malt backbone there to balance it out. Spicey hops dry the palate while the malt sweetens things up a bit. Excellent balance.

Medium to light in body, with a crisp carbonation. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is excellent. Be careful, it is too easy to drink multiple of these without realizing it.

Good pilsners are harder to come by than one might think. Subtler beer like these, that don't blast your palate off and wont get a lot of press, but still deliver, are what the craft beer world is built upon.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unique pils. Great

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of stella77artois
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation visible. 1 finger sized head which dissipated slowly, and left small amounts of residuals.

S - Suprising amount of hops for a pilsener. A bit each of malt, lemon and even some frsh cut grass,

T - Wow, this is a delicious pilsener. A touch of hops follows the malt. The aftertaste features a delicious slightly lemony bitterness. A suprisingly flavorful pilsener.

F - Definately a sessionable beer. Very refreshing and easy on the throat and tongue. Almost a perfect feeling beer, can't wait to have a few of these on the golf course.

O - I'm a huge pilsener and lager fan, and this is up there with the best I've sampled. So much flavor going on for a pilsener, yet still sessionable and easy on the throat and stomach. Highly recommend this brew to any pilsener/lager fans, or anyone that is looking for an easy drinking beer with lot's of great flavor.

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

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of scottum
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow straw amber with a big white head. Malts are bready to some extent. Hops help this brew quite a bit. A hunk of bitter helps out a pilsner out. Malts balance the smalllish hops quite well. I'm not big on lagers, but this is one of the better lagers I've had. Ya can't touch this! Break it down. Stop, Hammer time!

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Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright, pale gold to yellow, very clear with a thick white head composed of large bubbles. The head receded quickly, and left a dapple of lace on the side of the glass. I could smell the hops (Saaz?) from 3 ft away. They really dominate the aroma with a crisp citrus character. No malt really comes through in the nose. The taste is a light crisp hop-forward flavor that again has the citrus, a subtle grapefruit character that has an almost earthy tone. This delivers an assertive bitterness to the beer. The malt is completely overcome by the hops. This is not a bad character. Very crisp and refreshing mouth feel. Highly drinkable. What a great summertime beer. Pilsners have not been my favorite beer for several years, but this could change my mind.

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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden yellow color with a slight haze. Streams of carbonation make their was to the surface, introducing themselves to the 2", white, bready head. It shows great retention and lots of spongy lace with swiss cheese lace.

Smell: A perfume of German malt that is pale and sugary sweet. Mild hop aroma displays lemon, grass and orange. Subtle biscuit aroma underlies.

Taste: A smooth, sensual flavor profile consists of those great German pale malts and a balancing bitter aftertaste. Biscuits, bread, lemon, orange and shortbread all make a buttery flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth to quaff and bitter resins dry out the finish to make you go back for more. This is about as pleasant as a beer can be in the mouth and throat. Some carbonation, some alcohol, and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: About as high as a beer can be. This is a sessionable beer that is tremendously balanced and adheres to stylistic guidelines. An example of what a German pilsner should taste like.

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

Nice head, nice carbonation, good looking pilsner.

Aroma you can smell a couple feet away. Sweet floral smell.

Bitter hoppy taste at first, followed by sweetness.

Full bodied for a pilsner, stingy aftertaste.

This is a lot like the moonlight lunatic lager.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at 5 Napkins in Boston on 8/9/11.

Hazy golden with a substantial long lived head and good amount of lace. Malt aroma with a bit of fruit and earthy/spicy hops. Medium carbonation and medium body. Great balance between grainy malt and earthy hops. Lots of bitterness (for a pilsner) in the finish.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedHaze
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a thick fluffy white head that fades to a nice cap, and leaves behind a small amount of lace.

Smell; there's a definite spicy hoppiness to this, and has a bit of a floral scent. It has a nice clean smell to it.

Taste; slightly biscuity malts, with some piney hops with a bit of spiciness in the finish and just a little bit bitter. Mouthfeel is light and just slightly oily. Prima Pils went down very easy, my glass was empty before I knew it. This is not my favorite style, but I still found this to be rather enjoyable.

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Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into a pint glass.

Beer is golden, minimal white head that fades quickly. some minimal lacing.

The brew smells of hops, citrus undertones.

The brew tastes of nice hops, with a crisp bite to it. Nice.

The drinkability of this brew is high - could easily get a case of this and drink all night. A pilsner with a great hop balance - which would be plenty. I normally think pilsners tend to be very light on the palate - this one hits the spot. Good bite to it.

Another great brew for Victory.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,272 ratings
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