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 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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Photo of LPorter33
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = beautiful golden straw, clear, bubbily, head is a bit thin but the lacing is nice.

Smell = Robust malt and hops presence. All those crappy American lagers wish they'd smell even 1/2 this good.

Taste = Amazing. Refreshing, flavorful. Not watered down at all. There's a great bitter hop aftertaste that follows a tiny bit of sweetness. Perfectly balanced. Delicious, powerful hops flavor. I could polish off a 6 pack without even blinking.

Overall = An outstanding beer and by far my favorite pilsner. Would fit very well on a hot summer BBQ or any warm day when you're quite thirsty. I'd never turn on down and highly recommend you try it.

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Photo of malty
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by: Sept. 30 '05

Pale yellow in color with crystal clear brilliance. Bright white head that descends to a thin, tiny bubble blanket. Great lacing.

The scent of this beer is very bright and fresh first off. Lemon grass and hay. Crisp hop aroma hovers above the faint (but apparent) soft malts.

The flavor replicates the scent to a 'T'. Zesty fresh hops engulf the tongue with a perfect balance of somewhat bready malts as the backbone. A light sweetness arises from the clean dry flavors, which remind me of homemade sugar cookies - daddy likey.

Mouthfeel is superb. Kinetic, fine carbonation, which makes the light-med. body dance across the tongue. Graceful long dry and oh so faintly sweet finish.

Drinkability is top-notch. Couldn't imagine when or where this fine beer would get tiresome.

Overall a splendid rendition of a very difficult style to nail. I adore the hopped-up approach this beer is noted for. The awesome balance of the dryness-to-sweetness is unmatched. The only thing I'm not happy with is that it's taken me so long to get my hands on some. Move over Sierra Summerfest and Dortmunder Gold, Prima is taking the top bunk.

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Photo of metalitool
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I've ever had, no question. This one will catch you off guard....very light in color, it tastes far different.

With a pronounced hop flavor that hits you in the tongue, then disappears, it gives you a strong taste, with NO aftertaste AT ALL, only to leave you wanting more...dont be surprised to see it disappear quickly, even when you aren't aiming at consuming large amounts.

I have yet to have anything else like aftertaste at all (clean), pronounced hop flavor, and superb drinkability.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker yellow, almost a wheat beer in appearance. Smelling a little like lemon, with not much else. This was different. Mouth was better than average for yellow burp beers, because this rose above.

A very good sixer. Why aren't all pilsners this good? I haven't had any truly "german" pilsners other than "Old German" which this it is not. Bitter just a bit with rounded grainy flavors and made this better than anything you buy from BMC or even some micros. Again, this is not my preference in beer types, but if I want something light with a lot of flavor, I'll look for this.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous golden color-positvely flawless in appearance. Low carbonation level. Low aroma. Some sweet malt. Almost a trace of citrus. Good malty flavor-very clean tasting. Slight hop bitterness to round out the whole thing. Smooth body-has that soft "creaminess" you find in a great pils. Very drinkable. Dont know why I hadnt tried this one from Victory yet. Damn good beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium light gold with a huge head, great longevity and great lace. Smells of a sweet malt with a spicy hop presence - exactly how a pilsner should smell. A sweet malt first hits fllowed by a spicy earthy hop flavor and bitterness. A bit to hoppy - I think. A bit out of balance. I realize that they are supposed to be a bit hoppy but its just a too much for me. Upon a second sip I detect some citrus and grassy flavors. A excellent example of the pilsner style, but just a bit too hoppy in my opinion. Still a quality and tasty beer though.

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

Light golden yellow color with a big foamy head. Great looking lacing and head retention. Smells nice and hoppy. A banquet of spicy of floral hops hit the nose with a bready malt in the background. The taste is absolutly delicious! Spiced with hops to perfection. Pine like bitterness hits the tounge first and then evens out to a softer floral flavor. It's like the hops are in a tuga-war with the malts because the malts are trying to keep the hops in check. Dry hoppy finish. Smooth medium body and perfect drinkabilty. Damn this is good drinking. I love a great pilsner during the summer time, but this one threw me off guard. True to the style but a lot hoppier. This could be one of the most delicious pilsners I have had.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden, with a good frothy head and carbonation.
Smells of those crisp clean lager flavors with citrusy hop overtones.
The taste is dead on, very clean and tasty with a nice mouthful of hops.
Great mouthfeel.
Drinkability? I'm drinking it until the temperature drops below 70 degrees here in Philadelphia.

Awesome pilsner. Has no equal on this side of the pond.

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

Pours a pale gold with a rocky white head. Minimal head retention, though. Smells of fresh garden herbs (parsley, cilantro) and noble hops permeate the initial impression, which is rather pleasant and delightful.

Wow! What a hoppy flavor, which isn't something I am accustomed to when it comes to an American-made pils. There is a slightly sweet backbone of malt flavor coupled with a cracker-like nuance, that is followed by a huge zing of hop flavor. The finish is nice and dry, with a clean smoothness. Very crisp and fresh in its overall presentation.

A nice change of pace and a perfect summertime brew.

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

This poured to a light gold yellow with a large head that slowly shrank. Lacing disappears quickly.

The smell is somewhat floral with light malts underneath. The taste is quite good, being light yet full of flavor. Hops come through in a solid fashion but do not disrupt the rest of this beer. The mouthfeel is pleasing while the drinkability is very high.

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

My bottles says enjoy by 4/2/05, but I've been drinking them and they taste fine to me. Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring. Nose is pretty hoppy--both floral and citrus coming through over a sweet malt. Taste is a refreshing light malt with an aggressive grassy hop finish, with some caramel and lemon notes coming through here and there. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip. Medium bodied, this beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel. This is definitely one of the better tasting pilsners I've had, especially for hopheads.

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

Victory Prima Pils 12 oz. bottle opened with a smooth hiss and not too much carbonation. The poor was even and left a good head. The head fell quickly, but settled leaving about a 3/8" cap that lasted through the whole glass. The brew had a light straw color and a clarity that could only be attained through filtration. A hefty amount of Saaz was detected in the nose, likely from dry hopping, and this German Pilsner also had a liberal amount of hops in the taste. I am happy over all with this brew; it pours clean, has enough head to keep its carbonation, and has a good serving of Saaz.

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Photo of charlatan
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a pilsener man, but this was a balmy evening, I had reviewed every other craft beer at my Monday haunt and I fancied something refreshing for a change.

The head dissipated quickly while I was trying to make the colour out (possibly straw) in the dark, smoky premises which also affected my nasal test. I did pick out a surprising citrus tone though.

This was the best tasting pilsener I have downed. It was crisp, although would have been better with a little more carbonation. Its wonderful hop flavour mixed well with a subtle sweetness, and there was a slightly creamy element too.

I was pleasantly surprised.

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

Appearance: Straw Golden color, pours about a 3/4 inch head, which slowly settles into a thin cap of foam.

Smell: Crisp citrus

Taste: Much like the smell. Wonderfully light and refreshing... strong hues of lemon and some grassy overtones.... what a Pils should taste like. A healthy dose of hoppiness comes through in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, very clean.... great on a summer day.

Drinkability: It should be a sin for a beer to be this quaffable.... I could drink this beer hour after hour, day after day.

Truth be told, I usually dont like pilsners very much, but I highly recommend this beer... excellent example of the style.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Prima Pils pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. In my Pilsener glass, small bubbles continue to rise through the beer as I drink. Aroma is hoppy and slightly spicy and very crisp. Taste is light malt, with an amazingly refreshing crisp dry hoppy finish. Perfectly balanced. Light mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. In my opinion, Prima Pils could define the style.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pils pours a fairly small head, maybe about .5 to 1 finger. The head does leave traces throughout the whole drinking experience. The color is pale and golden. Quite clear. The smell is defintely floral hops, with a hint of malt. The taste is similar, semi sweet malt with a good amount of floral hops. There is also a very slight citrus taste. The hops are strong and the flavor is somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel and drinkable are strong and enjoyable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very pale gold in color with a nice foamy head. Nose has a very pleasant floral aroma. Taste is nice and hoppy-strange for a pilsener. THe malts come through as sweet but then the tongue is quickly surrounded by hops. Slight metallic tinge too, but not bad at all. It is just present. The hops kind of surround the taste buds after a while. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and full of hoppiness. Very drinkable and hard to put down.

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Photo of scooter231
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear pale gold color with a bit of white fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Smells slightly sweet and citrusy, but mostly herbaly. Clean. Taste is a crisp, dry, hoppy flavor. Slightly bitter. But mostly hops, hops, hops, and I kind of like it that way. Mouthfeel is good and bubbly, a very full taste and feel. All in all, quite refreshing and light.

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

Enjoyed a bottle of this before meal at Spring St Cafe in Sylva, NC, and than had one with my Jamaican Jerk Pork BBQ dinner as well. Yummy!

Onto the beer....poured a yellow-gold with a nice head. Has a large amount of carbonation, although for once, in this beer, that didn't bother me like it often does. The carbonation was easy to deal with and didn't seize my throat or bloat my tummy like some highly carbonated beers.

Smells of metal and earthy/spicy hops arch off the head, and the hint of perhaps centennials hops as well? Far hoppier in the nose than a typical pils, even Pils Urquell, which is a favorite of mine. I could have sniffed this one much longer but was drawing funny looks from the tables around me.

Tatse and mouthfeel are exceptionally crisp and sharp, but in a good way. Very smooth malt flavors blend with the hops all the way through the sip and the yeast stays apparent, although in the background, providing a lager-ish finish. Simply put, a supremely refreshing and quenching beer ever. Victory has done it once again, this time bringing hops to a style where so much hops isn't expected, and still making it work well.

Exceptionally drinkable. Brought home a sixer of this and Avery IPA from NC and have loved having both around.

Wish GA would get Victory and Avery in sometime soon...


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Photo of Ego
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on the eye...
lovely white head of 2 fingers holding at one finger quite nicely, pure straw clean looking hue, nice carbonation apparent

on the nose...
usual pilsner bready malts but ah they are over matched by hop floral goodness... smells like a good euro pils except with a flowery bite, there is a definite breadiness to the malt represented here, very nice

taste et al...
the carbonation lets it flow over the tongue nicely, the flavors become more apparent as you sip on, malty bread, hop aftertaste (no "bite" like say sierra nevada pale ale, not a complaint mind you !), the malt gives it a nice honey twinge (maybe even a hair of lemon flavor is in there as well from the hops?), needless to say this is tasty for a pils, I dont find it uber challenging or anything.. if anything it might be milder than sam adams or sierra pale but it has a nicer balance than those 2 imo.

the pils for the beer snob having a pool party, very good on a hot sunny day being lazy by the pool, I'll definitely be picking up more of this during these summer months

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured crystal clear yellow into my pilsener glass with a tall, creamy, cascading head. Has a great carbonation, though head retention and lacing seem to be minimal.

The smell is great. As a true pils should be. It smelled hoppy as soon as I popped open the cap. Smells very noble with even a subtle bit of american hops tucked away (cascade, centennial?).

One word can describe this taste perfectly: crisp. The smooth maltiness matches well with the bitterness and fruity/flower flavors from the hops and yeast. It all comes together perfectly for one of the most refreshing light beers ever. I must say, I was expecting this beer to be overhyped, but I'm a believer. It's a pils that has a taste of epic proportions yet still tastes like a pils.

The mouthfeel is once again quite crisp. The hops have quite the spicy bite and dry bitterness. Very well done, and VERY highly drinkable. It's a shame I can't get more of this to share with some of my schwag-beer drinking friends. Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this, as well as several other assorted goodies from Victory and other brewers.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,218 ratings.
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