Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,299
Reviews:
2,119
Ratings:
5,289
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmac99
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stout_Hunter
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only beer I will ever give a 5. It is truly the perfect beer when fresh and slow poured. 6 pack cans Best Buy date of 05/01/2018.
L: Slow poured into a Pilsner glass. Looks amazing perfect rocky white head and crystal clear light gold color.
S: Smells so lively of earthy hops and some subtle pils malt sweetness at the end.
T: The sips are consistent in flavor. Perfectly simple and complex at the same time. The bittneress is absolutely perfect and although this pils packs hops,44IBU, it still tastes well balanced. Each gulp is delicious and my taste buds want more and more. Easily crushable.
F: This pils is perfectly crisp and has a light body but not super light, wouldn’t call it medium either though.
O: I am not a hop head by any means but this beer is perfect. Hop forward; yes but still balanced well. Some heavy hopped pils just taste like an ipa mixed with a miller lite but not this one. I have been on a huge Pilsner kick and I can’t really say I have found a better crafted Pils out there accessible to me. IMO you can’t beat a fresh can of slow poured Prima. I would really love to find this on tap somewhere in the summer. If you haven’t tried it definitely DO! And if you aren’t slow pouring your Prima DO any slow poured Pils is amazing. YouTube it if your unfamiliar it will give your pils a whole new taste!

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExtraStout
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better Pilseners I have tried (along with Schell), and leads me to wonder why so many other ones are so bland and tiresome. The beer is a lightly cloudy pale gold color with medium white head that lingered quite awhile. Lots of small bubbles and thin lacing. The aroma is zesty hops. Light-bodied and crisp with a peppery hops flavor throughout. Some malt is evident as well. The finish is dry and hoppy. The Pils style is nowhere near my favorite but I can see this beer being the standard by which to measure others.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tall pilsner glass. Look: cloudy orange straw. Bright white 1 finger head. Smell: sweet, honey, bread. Taste: semi sweet start, gives to a slight bitterness. Fairly light, slight malt, a bit bready. Feel: watery, light, crisp. Overall a real good beer for a bbq.

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

Photo of lost_sailor
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craven
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timmy2b
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drexeldan
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are certain types of brews that Victory does very well. These are almost invariably British or German-styles (don't bother to order a Victory Belgian-style offering.) The main reason for this is that Victory is a hop=forward brewery. Their brews are almost always heavier on hops than most other craft breweries. Pilsner is a style that is right up their alley, given the requirement for a sharp finish.. Prima is one of the best brews they produce. The abv (5.3) is higher than most pilsners - a direct result of their fascination with hops. Of their flagship group. Prima Pils and Hopdevil IPA are the two that stand out.

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

Photo of Dillinger
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Format: a standard 330mL bottle with - for a boutique, expensive beer - one of the worst labels I have seen in a while. Hopefully the beer delivers more than the package.

Appearance: poured into a pilsner glass - a fairly clear, light colour with plenty of bubbles across the profile. A thin head on top that fritters away. Not brilliant-looking.

Aroma: a decent mix of grassy hops and light malts. Nothing special, but a good, solid nose.

Taste: the flavour follows the nose - grass hops and malts. Okay.

Aftertaste: more of the malts than the hops, with some astringency.

Mouth feel: a light body with a fair old amount of carbonation. Pretty standard for a pilsner.

Overall: a standard pilsner, nothing particularly special. Add a price of AU$85 a case of 24 x 330mL and you cn definitely find better for near half the price.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of this style, though I keep trying them. This is the most enjoyable example yet, sharing a lot of the characteristics of other lager styles I enjoy immensely. Pours golden with a thin white cap. Aroma has biscuit, slight caramel, grass, and mild pepper notes. Flavor follows similarly, but with less of the dry/pepper spice which ruins this style for me typically. Pretty smooth and semi-dry finish.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- A bit hazy... A tad bit at least. Slight straw-golden color. Small head.
S- Sweet hop and malt aroma. Orange undertone on the nose as well.
T-Bitter. Sour. Sweet to an extent. Everything you want in a pilsner. Sophisticated as it gets.
F-Very, very light.
O- Very good pils. Victory is doing it right!!

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells refreshing, makes me think of Springtime for some reason. Taste notes make me think of freshly baked bread and hops. There is also a taste I get in Pilsners that I cant really describe, but whatever it is I like it. Kind of hay like maybe?

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tpeters
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,289 ratings
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