Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,241 Ratings
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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Ratings: 5,241 |  Reviews: 2,107
Photo of wcu80
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seanyfo
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ML bottle poured into a Ayinger Celebrator chalice.

BBE 11 MAY 2011

A- Pale blonde body with a moderate haze. Head is 2 fingers and rocky. Retention is average with good lacing.

S- Fresh cut grass, zesty lemons, citrus.

T- Lots of citrus/lemon up front. Reduces to a creamy dry finish, crisp and smooth. Hop bitterness lingers to the death.

M- Moderate carbonation and body. Clean lager feel

D- A lovely flavour profile. Doesnt look the part for me but certainly stands up in the nose and taste! Easy drinking excellent clean pils

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Photo of davemathews68
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Pours a pale golden straw with a modest 1 cm white head. This fades quickly to a thin film.
S- the nose is biscuity, clean, and crisp. Appropriate for the style.
T- The taste is the classically clean pilsener malt breadiness. Bitterness is fairly light.
F- Carbonation is prickly and the mouthfeel is fairly light and dry.
O- An excellent stateside example of the style. Light, clean, and dry. It would be easy to sit down and drink a bunch of these while watching the game.

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Photo of droomyster
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear gold with a clingy white head. Smells lemony, very fresh, limes too, with a sweet maltiness as well. The taste is extremely well crafted: perfect balance of zesty hops and honey and grainy malts that finishes crisp but has enough body to let you fully feel and appreciate its flavors. Nicely done! Extremely refreshing. One of the very best pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TeachChefs
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Nice-looking uneven head formed out of the bottle and lasted for about 10 seconds. Great resistance. Active in the glass, light gold color. Nose was a rich pils dragged through sweet, powdery flour. Seemed to diminish as I drank.

Interesting oat hop pils taste that seemed to be perfectly round and compact. Mellow grains stretch out from the lasting sweet hopped oat taste. Slightly sweet in the mouth and drying out in the aftertaste.

Excellent pilsener, and one I'll be drinking regularly.

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Photo of RMentair
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of godawgs
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbnooshay
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally my local grocery store carries this! Probably for a limited time. 12 oz bottle, awesome hoppy-green label(love their design). First of all 99% of the pilseners i have had i have hated so lets see what happens with this much loved brew. This poured a light yellow gold color with a nice but small white head. Mediocre lacing. Awesome stringing of tiny bubbles. The smell is not the most impressive to me, sweet yet simple hops. Clean. This has some nice yet very light and sharp hop flavor. Tastier than most pilsners i have had by far, but it certainly tastes very euro. This is drinkable. but i would take Brooklyn's Pilsener over this any day. It tastes similar to ass macro pilseners, its just that you can tell more time and better ingredients into it because there are no disgusting chemical aftertastes. But still, as As SMF said below "this is a functional beer" this price I am looking for more than functional. Average to me.

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Photo of cj8311
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great German Pilsner that was only $2.50 a pnt last night at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Enough head and lacing and tons of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Smooth tasting, with hints of honey and clove. One of the best, if not the best, tasting pilsners I can recall. Though it could be a session beer, I had this last after a long evening of tasting and took a bit longer to finish. Keep cooler than room temperature.

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Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tewaris
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Co.
German Pilsner
12 oz. bottle with a freshness date of Sept. 27, 2010 poured into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance 4.5/5

Golden yellow with a big white bubbly head that recedes rather fast to a thin one, that stays. Very clear with no sediment. The lacing is thin but consistent.

Aroma 4/5

Hops (flowery?) and grains. Smells like a pilsner. It's probably the malts in the smell that hint at sweetness, which is absent in taste.

Taste 5/5

Doesn't get better. Crisp and refreshing. Just awesome. Starts a little, very little, sweet and finishes very bitter. Full of flavor, similar to the aroma. Grainy and hoppy. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel 5/5

Crisp, well carbonated and thin in a good, refreshing way. And not watery by any means.

Drinkability 5/5

As high as it gets.

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Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of trytoketchup
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGuapo
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a little spicy and hoppy for me. it was not a bad beer, but i can't say i will buy it again. much like the hop devil, it was a bit much on the sharp side.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of aubuc1
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light golden with a thick steady white head and a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell is definitely floral and sweet smooth.

Taste is very good. Some smooth fruity and lightly hopped all balance out very well. A great pilsner.

Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability is very high.

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Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of whatsgoody
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass comes a clear golden color. On top a fluffy marshmellow like head that leaves a little lacing.

Aroma: The hops in this one give off a dry aroma that is lightly floral. Very mild hints of lemon zest.

Taste: The mouthfeel is dry and smooth all at once a little bready. This is wonderfully hoppy not quite ipa hoppy but a mellower hoppiness.

Notes: This is a proper pilsner that Victory brewed. A true one for that matter. Cheers

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Photo of brownbeer
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6-13-10 Consumed 4-28-10

Not to take away from how good this beer is, but the golden color is interrupted by a greenish hue.

Pleasant hoppy aromas of fresh grassy hops with bitter citrus rinds, lemony grains, mint.

The taste is soft and clean with fresh, green hops, orange skin, and a dry crisp finish.

Very good, doesn't beat Noble Pils for me. Held to the traditional style, though slightly Americanized, being so voluminously and cleanly hopped. This should be a staple pils for one who can aquire it.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,241 ratings.
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