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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head. Aroma of citrusy piney hops, some light malt and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma. Palate is light bodied, with good carbonation, and crisp mouthfeel. Finish has strong piney hops presence with some light bitterness, light bready notes and some malt. Overall a descent brew.

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Photo of Spike
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle.
L: Hazy, pale gold colour with a thick, white head that lasts and leaves many rings of lacing.
S: Some dry lemon.
T: Follows the nose plus lots of hoppy bitterness. Not crisp, almost wheat-like.
F: Smooth, dry, tongue-coating.
O: Drunk 3 weeks before BBD. Has a dusty quality that I wouldn’t typically associate with a pilsner. However, it results in a smooth, extra dry brew. Very good.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

By far the best Pils I have had to date...

Though not my preferred beer style, Pilseners are one of those styles that in my mind I should like more, but I don't, and I'm not entirely sure why. But this pils, holy crap, this is a pils I can get into. Though not much to look at out of the can - much of an also ran yellow-ish beer color, it does have a nice frothy head and a tiny bit of lacing. The smell has a malty character with orange undertones, which contrasts the crisp (is that lemongrass I taste) lemony flavor sloshing around in my mouth. Mouthfeel is very light and has a dry finish as advertised. Again, quite possibly the best pils I've had, and I'm glad I have a few more on hand to partake.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

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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%

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

Unique pils. Great

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3.62/5  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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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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4.2/5  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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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