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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:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,088 | Ratings: 5,170
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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Photo of beerman599
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden hue and a little haze,good foamy head.hoppy clean and delicate aroma. Bitter Saaz hops noted off the top, some malty sweetness as well, an almost tart on the palate. Seems to be borderline medium bodied based on the maltiness. A unique sweet and sour feel throughout, slight acidic finish. Hopped off the charts for a pils, unique, i tell my freinds this is an ale drinkers pils!

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Photo of Tim460
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice head that lasts a couple minutes before it leaves a respectable lacing. Carbonation bubbles very noticable as well.

Smell: A strong malt smell ,grains, and a slight hint of citrus.

Taste: Dry, Sublte hop taste followed by malt in the back end. More comparable to the imperial pilsners i've had than to other pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Somewhat creamy taste up front due to the excellent lacing that lasted till the finish. Carbonation is apparent.

Drinkability: Defenately a great session brew. Goes down easy.

The best pilsener I've tried yet. Can't wait to try it on tap.

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Photo of Taffle
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense rush of carbonation hits the surface while pouring prima's bight, golden stream. Head retention brief, a hint of haze massing the look.

Pretty earthy and grassy to the nose. A little sweetness too.

Sour and hoppy blend into a spicey, intense flavor.

A good, full body for a pilsner. If it weren't so zesty to the palate I would enjoy indulging in more, instead of hitting something else.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time. Read a lot about this beer and I love everything else I've tried from Victory.

A=Light golden color. What I'd expect from a Pils

S=I love the hops. This smells great.

T=Taste is phenomenal. I'm mostly used to very hoppy beers being IPA s. Lots of bitterness from the hops which works for me. Not much maltiness that I can detect.

M=Lots of carbonation. Feels formidable.

Overall= Only picked up two of these but I could definitely see this being a session beer. Only other Pils I've ever enjoyed this much is Pilsner Urquell. Miller Lite should be banned from calling their beer "Pilsner" Another solid offering from Victory.

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Photo of kfoss99
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Buen Apetito Mexican Restaurant in Waterville, Maine. Served in a 16-ounce shaker glass.

Appearance - bubbly, clear, and yellow;

Smell - Slight floral hop aroma that grew as the lager warmed;

Taste - Dry and refreshing with a floral hop taste in the finish;

Mouthfeel - thoroughly carbonated and not watery;

Overall - One of the best lagers that I've had. This is what green bottled Euro beers should probably taste like if they weren't always skunked.

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Photo of ExMachina1
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Something is amiss with this current batch of PP

Normally, PP is accentuated by a aggressive hop spice from noble hops. However, this latest batch is more of a citrus, fruity hop. Good for an IPA, not good here!!!

If I were a betting man (and I am!) I would wager that Victory has switched hop type here. I hope it's just temporary, b/c it's really done the beer a disservice and I'm rating this current batch accordingly...

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Photo of BigPapaLager
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine attempt from Victory. Poured a pale golden hue, with a soft fluffy head that I blew out of the way before first drink. The aroma was hoppy and the taste crisp, Pils are not my favorite in general but thiis my best experience with one to date. Drank all I had, so I say its drinkable.

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Photo of jwheeler85
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my attempt and breaking my preference for complex dark beers and trying to get into the whole clean pilsner thing.

A- Light gold in color with about 1/4 inch of head

S- Some astringent hop scents with a floral or grassy background

T- Balanced malty sweetness and bittering hop notes that got stronger as it finished. Very clean tasting.

M- Light and refreshing... almost water-like, but in a good way.

D- Very drinkable. Good example of the style, although I personally prefer pale ales that will give me more flavor an complexity. Tried to keep in mind while reviewing that pilsners were all about being clean and crisp... so in light of that, this was pretty good.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

Whitish yellow hue w/ snow-white head

Light hop aroma with a hint of lemon citrus.

Citrus sweet hop flavor, with only slight bitterness. A nice cross between a german pilsner and an IPA.

Nice, crisp and clean mouthfeel.

A great beer for a light colored pilsner drinker to try something new.

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Photo of remllof
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner glass. The way this beer looks in a tall glass is fantastic. A nice decent head with nice carbination and a transparent golden color. Smell is a big hit spiciness of hops. Some maltyness to it but a bit overwheaming hit of hops. Mouthfell is light and refershing. Overall a decent beer from Victory. This is one I would pick up on a hot day

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Photo of Alissa2579
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the houlihans in parsippany. I read the other reviews before ordering and thought I was getting more of a fruity beer. It's just a regular old pilsner. Certainly not bad but not anything to get excited about

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellow golden color, a good looking beer
There isn't anything special in the smell, you don't get anything out of a big sniff of it
The taste is good and there is bite on the top, turns over well, but reeks of ordinary beers on the end, too bad...so just enjoy it chugged
It was a pretty easy drinking beer, doesn't stay on your tongue...it had the qualities of the style but the worst of the craft pilsners I've had out of 3... lacking in the crispness, fresh-hoppiness, and unique taste as compared to Sierra Nevada Nooner and my boys the Peak Organic Fresh Cut that you can get those cheaper, easier and in 12 packs all day in Maine

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 40F Serving glass: Pilsener Glass

Aroma: Zing! Noble hops abound with big citrusy lemon zest & tang zapping my nostrils. Pretty much all hops with this one, just a bit of bready maltiness coming through.

Appearance: Truly a sexy looking beer. Crystal clear, deep straw with beautiful, bountiful beading. Pure white head retains throughout, excellent, intricate lacing.

Taste: I'm not generally a Pils drinker, but this is really tasty. Clean & refreshing, only small amounts of sweetness up front, the hops are obviously the focus here- perhaps just a bit to much. Although, I'm certainly in no position to comment on what a Pils "should" taste like. A little bit of spice to along with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, sparklingly refreshing. Medium carbonation gives it a little more punch and zest. It doesn't get cleaner than this, IMO.

Drinkability: A great, if somewhat overhopped Pils. For a cold summer drink, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have in my hand.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one in preparation for a beer dinner.

Stray yellow in color. Very clear. White 1/4" head that quickly fades. First taste is of hops. More than the average Pils but it helps out. It's very smooth and tasty. Not your average Pils. The malt and hops balance out nicely. I think this one might be a great starter for my meal...

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Photo of thisisshsas
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow coloring with a large foamy head, very clear and indicative of the style.

S- light crisp smell, it could be a little stronger to be better.

T- nice and light, flowery side flavor with a slight crispy hop taste thats extremely refreshing. Carbonation gives a slight burn of the tongue. One of the best lagers I've ever had.

M- unlike some lagers, the prima pils has a strong enough flavor that it doesn't fade after a few few seconds. You can swish it in you mouth and get more flower style taste.

D- extremely drinkable, a beer for the usual bud drinker and the beer connoisseur as well. Not my favorite style but you have to recognize good when it shows up though.

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Photo of AlcahueteJ
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours beautifully into a pilsner glass. Golden yellow body with tons of carbonation, streams and streams of bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass. Rocky white three finger head. Great start.

S - Sweet, bready malt in the nose, very inviting. Balanced as well, as the hops pull through after the malt. Very hoppy for a pilsner, but like I said, very well balanced, not overpowering at all like some IPA's can be.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thin as some pilsners can be. Loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel, extremely crisp and dry.

T - Sweet malt hits the tongue right away and lingers for a bit...then all of a sudden my palate gets smacked with citrus and grass. I even burped up hops after the third sip. The balance is ridiculous for a beer that is obviously much hoppier than the typical lager.

D - I'm glad I reviewed this five years into my craft beer experience. I can appreciate a world class lager such as this so much more. I'm thinking Victory should replace Bud Light in the drinkability commercials because this is a beer I could quaff all night long.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very crisp pilsner that looks, smells, and tastes exactly like a classiv European pilsner should.

Yellow hue with light hoppy aroma. Medium hop start with that extra crisp finish that makes you desire that next sip.

Would definitely suggest checking the "born on" date with this style of Victory beer as it does tend to flatten out as it ages with my expirences and is just not great when it looses that crispness.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,170 ratings.
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