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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this single bottle yesterday at South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a straw, very pale, yellow with a decent two inch foam.

The aroma is of pale and nutty malts, slightly grassy but mostly spicy hops. It has a very delicate flowery aroma that comes through rather nicely...a bit of sweet corn too. I'm also getting some hints of caramel. A little buttery as it warms up.

Tastes very similar to the aroma, a wonderful nutty malt profile with a flowery and spicy hop finish...really well balanced. Finishes with some earthy bitterness and a little dryness which makes this absolutely drinkable. I also get a blast of citrus near the middle.

Pretty full bodied for a pilsner with medium carbonation...extremely drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Andrew041180
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale golden color with visible carbonation and a couple fingers worth of head. The head recedes quickly, but the carbonation maintains some bubbles that lead to very light lacing on the glass.

S - Mostly grassy qualities, some sweetness. The aroma is stronger than I would expect from a pilsener, but right in line with what I would hope for.

T - Follows the nose. Grassiness up front with a little bit of light malt. Hesitate to call it sweet, but it clearly shifts away from the grassy taste. Next transition is to very round bitterness. Very nice finish.

M - The best part of this beer, and the part that accentuates some of the nice flavors. It's pillowy up front, which allows the full flavors to bubble throughout the mouth. It feel medium-bodied. Then it moves on to one of the cleanest finishes I've seen in a long time. My mouth waters for a considerable length of time.

O - This compares favorably against the best pilseners I've ever tasted. Granted my experience is limited at this point, but I see this being among my favorites for a long time to come.

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3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle.was sitting at the bar at kuhnhenns when Brett brought this over to me. poured a yellow, with white head. aroma wheat, yeast, asome sourness, hop, and some malt. flavor, hops, malts grainy, as it warmed got honey and citrus. mouthfeel was dry would be a good session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -44%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

A - Completely clear straw yellow with 1-finger head that lasts, not as foamy as I would like to see. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S - Very wonderful light bread aroma, wheat/grain is subtle and the zesty spiciness of the noble hops shines through very well.

T - Don't drink a lot of pilseners but this one has a great combo of hops/grains. The hop flavor isn't overbearing at all and it has just the right amount of alpha acids and peppery zest to compliment the light and sweet malts.

M/D - Medium-light body with lots of carbonation that can be felt on the palate. Finishes with a neutral amount of dryness, not too dry not too sweet. Not the most complex style on the planet but this one is easy to drink especially now that the weather is starting to warm up.

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

A- Pours straw yellow with a 1/3 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves soapy lacing.

S-Pale malts,light citric hoppiness.

T/M-Sweet, pale malts, a dry, earthy hop finish. Very simple, but well done. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-This is one of the better hoppy pilsners on the market, and one of my favorite beers to drink on a hot day.

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4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils pours a clear light straw / golden color (kinda remind me of a piss color) with a thick white head. Little lace left, though, for a thick head.

Floral hops are strong in this one. Sourdough bread in the mix as well with just a hint of sweetness. Hoppy aroma for a pilsner, but I like it.

Taste runs along the same lines as the smell. Slightly bitter floral hops upfront with the sour, bready flavor in the middle. More hop bite at the finish. Very crisp. The sweet and sour mixes very well in the middle. Hoppier than others in this style that I have had. For a hop head that is a good thing though.

Crisp, clean, bubbly feel in the mouth. Leans more to the thin side. Very refreshing warm weather beer. Very easy to drink. I think I know what I will be getting more of for my Labor Day cookout. Another tasty brew from Victory.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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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4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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