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

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- pale gold, not quite clear. Fine, lacy white head.

Nose- Hops, Pine, perhaps a bit of lemon.

Palate- Dry, dry, dry. Bracingly hoppy with a mineral backbone. A bit of lemony sugar peeks out in the surprisingly long finish.

This is a very fine beer for enjoying with food because of its dryness. I haven't had this one repeatedly, but it seems to be an ideal session beer.

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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 bcm119
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Straw colored with a fine white head. Classic pils aroma with hints of hay and pale biscuity malts. Soft, grassy Saaz nose. Becomes slightly doughy, with hints of flowery honey and white toast, staying perfectly crisp throughout. Maybe a tad fizzy when cold. Clean finish. Really refreshing. A nice American alternative to Bitburger Pils, but a little more robust and flavorful, in a good way.

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

Pours a clear golden beer with a slight cold haze, good white head.

Smell is herbal and citrus hops with a biscuit malt backbone and a faint whiff of butter.

Taste is mildly sweet and creamy with a sold hit of hops to the tongue at the beginning. Tasty and much better balanced than I expected from it's reputation for being a hoppy Pilsner. Remains an excellent well made Pilsner all the way through.

Good mouth feel.

Outstanding drinkability I could drink this all the time except there was only one case of this at the Pasadena BevMo.

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Photo of nortmand
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow, with a longlasting white head and some nice lacing.
Slightly fruity, watermelon citrus smell. Sage possibly as well.
Up front, a nice, mellow maltiness that sustains through the whole tongue. Even with the malt there, after the first hit, this beer is all about the spicy saaz. Awesome bitter spiciness from mid tongue back, which leaves a crisp bitterness long after the swallow.
Smooth, bubbly and delicious, this is an awesome pils and is extraordinarily drinkable.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from Victory. Now I know what all the fuss was about. Poured out to a light gold color with medium carbonation and a nice white foamy head. Looks like the proverbial "Beer" you see in cartoons and on TV. Aromas of hops, malt and sweet earthiness fills the nose. Very nice. Taste is delectible; hops, malt, sweet spices, citrus and floral notes fill the palate, all the while remaining smooth and crips. Light mouthfeel is refreshing and smooth. A high level of drinkability is found here, as this brew could easily be a session beer or a cross over point for many macro drinkers to see the light of day in a craft brew world. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 oz bottle marked "Enjoy By Oct 08 05" poured into a Duvel glass. Pale straw color topped with a dense white head that shows decent retention and no lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet nose, not much else there besides the malt.

Taste: Big malty flavor to open it up with a sweet and fruity wave to follow. Some orange blossom honey and bready crispness. The middle has a dense and lingering citrus hop flavor. The ending is long with a surprising alcohol taste and a sweet vegetable finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and smooth, a bit watery and sandy and sticky at the end.

Drinkability: This is a good pils but I had heard so much about this beer I am kind of disappointed. The maltiness is full and crisp as expected from a pils with a nice hop flavor. Certainly nothing to complain about, but I expected more from the number one rated beer for the style (as of today).

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Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this at the two main places I shop for beer locally. Excited as hell I picked up a couple six packs for sampling. I'm now deep into the second sixer and its truly a spectacle that must be consumed regularly.

Poured into a pilsener glass at medium strength it comes up with a nice slightly off white light bodied head supported by an array of carbonation. sniffed some hop presence as well as some subdued wheat.

Yummmmy. Every drink has enough ummmph that the taste doesn't get boring. Hops were much more dominant in the taste than I expect for this style and I love it. Its not as refreshing as most pilseners as its really a dry middle and finish. Yet the body at first has a wet feeling on the palate. It quickly is smacked around by the dry hop presence. Addicting qualities to this beer as I had to ration its goodness.

Highly reccomended pils and at a fair price for this much quality.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a sparkling clear pale straw golden, forming a soft white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. Mouthfeel is zippy yet smooth, and finished with a slight astringency, making this one very easy to drink. The aroma is very soft with a traditional Saaz nose, freshly mown hay, and delicate pale malts. The taste is initially floral and spicy with Saaz, followed by a subtle grainy pale malt body, nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness. The aftertaste is bittersweet and haunted by spicy hop overtones. Very flavorful and an excellent example of the style. Delicious.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a bubbly white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Floral noble hops on the nose; very crisp

Taste: Starts out bready and refreshing; then, a sudden flash of hoppy bitterness with grassy, but minty, undertones arrives and lasts through the crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with generous carbonation

Drinkability: One fantastic pilsener - my favorite example of the style

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great golden color,a full three finger head.Best looking pilsner I've seen.A great dry hoppy taste,very dry,very clear with lots of bubbles.If distribution was larger it would mean the end of the large macro beers.A great pilsner from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna write a long review about this one. Because we all know how great it is!

Love the Noble Hop bottle. Proud to say that Victory is local. I get very excited when I make my round to this Brew.

Pale, straw gold perfection in appearance, and on top, a solid as a rock tight 2 inch white foamy head, that if you look real close you'll see the aroma vapors rising above the glass.

Great lemon citrus, floral hop aroma topped with bread&butter. Perfect nose, very clean!!

Take a mouthfull, and endure a brilliant crisp, hay hop oil that coats the palate, and DOES NOT go away. The sweet grain backbone is wonderful, and is a good balance to this Noble Hop pils. Small head travels all the way down as I swirl the Brew to find more aromas. As this Brew warms launches more of a sweeter hop twang which is incredible!!!

Damn near flawless Brew!!....Extreme American version of a Pils.

'' That smell.... you know that NOBLE HOP smell... smells like...Victory!!

Rucksicht Bier!!!

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very distinctive pils, definatly a more aggressive take on the classic German original.

Pours a crystal clear gold in color with a thin fizzy white head that had little retention. Nose is super clean, but with a nice floral hop aroma. Taste is also very clean and a little dry, quite hoppy though for the style, not overly bitter, but flavorful but remains light and crisp. A nice lightly bready malt backbone balances out the affair.

This style tends to be a bit subtle compared to the huge beers that are all the rage these days, but subtlety is nice sometimes, especially in something like this, definatly a session candidate. The nice hop profile makes this a nice bridge into the style for someone like myself who is used to drinking more over-the-top offerings.


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Photo of Rastacouere
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden body, clear with a huge rocky and foamy pure white head. Aroma is grassy, full on Saaz: spicy and flowery, herbs and bready hay. Milder than expected, but I love the saaz here or maybe it had been too long since I last smelled it. Tongue-biting body, airy, creamy, great support fom a good medium body. Malt bite early on, in a honeyish fashion, but most of the flavor development is all about the flavorful saaz that makes us believe we’re actually chewing on flowers and some lemon peaks. Something makes me say hallertau too, but I’m no expert at picking hops used. Extremely refreshing and crisp. Wonderful beer for a hot day.
Re-tried on tap at the Gingerman (NYC) and I was very impressed once again by the fragrant hoppiness of that one. Bottles don’t keep their freshness very long, but this particular pint was vibrant with floral, herbal, spicy hops that overcame the soft, biscuity malts. Immensely dry and satisfying to me hence the score bumping up.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear very pale gold out of bottle. Not much head, it goes away very quickly. Nice aroma that reminds of Pilsner Urqel (sorry for the spelling). First sip reveals a nice smooth lager with some hops bitterness detectable. A bit of meat on this pilsner not like a watery lager. It could use a little more malt taste. A fine alternative to Czech pilsners that don't survive the trip over the seas.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory first introduced Prima Pils with 2 other beers in NC, sampled at Tylers on the first day it was available. Pours a very vibrant yellow color with a clear complexion, good head retention and limited lacing. The smell was sweet with citrus notes and some herbal scenes as well.

The taste was crisp, dry and hop. No skunk flavors and very easy to drink. A great malt backing with a good mix of malt that has more of an American style feel. The hop is very floral and crisp. The malt is the stronger of the two flavors. I think that what this beer has going for it is that it is super easy to drink, the flavor is smooth with out the European skunk and its easy to get.

Not only did I sample this as soon as I could (per NC, oh and Pop the Cap was still in effect), I picked some up for later. A great example of a pilsner, or at least a pilsner on vacation in America.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very light pale gold into my Pils glass. Nice, foamy, 1/2 inch head that turns into a some spider web like lacing on the glass.

Smell: Initial hints of fresh grass, herbal, faint grapfruit rind aroma.

Taste: Starts very clean with very light malt, again almost herbal begining that finishes with a great hop bitterness that rounds out this top notch Pils.

Mouthfeel: Extremely crisp, well carbonated, somewhat thin.

Overall: What a great beer, this one of my overall faves. The 1st time I had a Prima I didn't really care for it. However, its now one that I enjoy year round. Very crisp and clean, extremly sessionable, don't limit yourself to drinking this fine Pils only when its hot, its a damn good beer anytime of the year. Another staple of my beer fridge.

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Photo of baugherlager
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish straw color, Head that collapses into a thin white film.

Nice hop aroma with a hint of grassiness.

Taste starts very clean and crisp but then you quickly get hit with the hops. Not super hoppy but a nice amount of citrusy and piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body.

This is a drinkable beer, no problems having another.

One of the few micro pilsners that I found most enjoyable.

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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 Bleedingshrimp
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Prima Pils produces a nice finger and a half head of eggshell foam. Pristine and golden. The head fades leaving a ring and lace that clings sporadically along the glass. Smell is faint with hints of hay and apple. Mouthfeel is light, crisp carbonation and dry. Taste is light toast and biscuit malts. A tiny bit nutty, with a light but lasting hop finish. Drinkability is amazing. The most refreshing beer I've ever had. I could see myself sucking down a case of these on a hot summer night. It's THE perfect summer beer and what any Pilsner should aspire to be.

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Photo of oggg
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from South Bay Drugs in Imperial Beach, CA. $7.99 for a 6pack. Drink by 10/05

I should first start off by saying that I haven't tried many good pilseners, Bitburger probably being the only one I enjoyed back in the beginning when I wasn't a hophead. Now that I can take the hop bitterness, I was a little worried beforehand that the beer would be tasteless. Let's see, shall we?

I poured this chilled pilsener into a regular pint glass and admired the pretty small bubbled white foam gather just less than a fingerbreath before settling to the edges of the glass. The hue is pale pale yellow. What some might call copper. So pale yellow that it starts to look green in the light. Brilliantly clear with no sediment. The aroma of German nobles hops is significant but just not as inviting as that of a double IPA. On the tongue, I first get sweet malt, then a potent dose of fizziness melding with a firm hop bitterness. The beautiful pilsener malt begins to surge. Very clean and smooth except for the high carbonation, which settles as the beer warms. The finish is mostly dry. Medium bodied. Alcohol warmth noticeable at the very end.

Overall: The hops and the malt are in great balance and in large quantity!

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Photo of maek228
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true pilsner.

Appearance: straw yellow with a one finger head. Pretty average here

Smell: Wonderfully full and leafy hops. Fresh barley, grains, malts all present as well.

Taste: Fresh carbonation and clean German malts lead to the full hop kick at the end. This hop kick is a without a doubt more hoppy than your average pilsner, which I love. Victory is a brewey who does it big and this is a reflection of it. This is my favorite Pilsner and the one that all others should be judged by.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fresh

Drinkability: Top notch

Again, this is the Pilsner that all other should be judged by

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Photo of rousee
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a very impressive head of frothy lemon merengue pie like cap-- 2 finger thickness. Holds quite well. Smell is malt with some standard pilsener hops (Saaz?). There is an earthy quality on the nose also.

Taste is that of a real solid gold colored beer. Nothing fancy here, just clean malt with some more pilsener hops. There is a slightly skunky character but it is very subdued. It does have a lemony finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. A little on the sour side but pleasant. Extremely drinkable beer. Seems like it would be very versatile for pairing with food. I think I may actually prefer the bottled version on this one but this draught is quite good too.

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

Light golden yellow with slight haze. 1-finger head in my 12oz pilsner glass. Lots of bubble action makes for good head retention even though it stays real thin and rocky.

Very slight hops bite smell.

Floral hoppy dry & slightly bitter allows just a hint of biscuity malt to come through.

This beer is extremely refreshing and light, crisp.

I would love to have better access to this beer, I would always have some handy for a hot summer sunday.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Brilliant clarity and a bright yellow beer. There is very little head which is a bit of a surprise, but there does seem to be good carbonation.
Aroma - Mostly the aroma is malt, really excellent and clean with nice light hints of yeast and hops.
Taste - Smooth and malty with a touch of sweetness. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter... real nice.
Body and Drinkability - Great on both counts. The body is light without being thin and really there is nothing about this beer to get tired of.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,197 ratings.
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