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:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,245
Reviews:
2,108
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
280
Gots:
886
For Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Beric
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener
Served: 10 October 2013

Appearance: A crystal clear golden yellow with a solid one finger head that diminishes to a nice half finger of foam for the rest of the beer. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom. Great lacing as the beer is drunk- laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: Bitter floral hops. Very clean. The hops are assertive, but down beat you over the head. That being said, you can't smell much else in the nose.

Taste: This is where this beer is special. There is a powerful, upfront hoppiness about it that ushers in a bready, bitter pilsener aftertaste. This is an incredible blend of flavoring and bittering hops, and both compliment each other quite well. The different phases (hoppy up front, bitter/bready on the back) was most pronounced when starting the beer, but by the end, the tastes had converged into a masterful hopped up pilsnery bready bitterness. This beer finishes dry. A phenomenal, complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation for the style leads to a crisp "erfrischende" mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a phenomenal beer. It looks like the internet suggests that this gem has an IBU in the low-to-mid forties. This is not unlike hoppier German pilseners from Germany, such as Jever, Waldhaus, Alpirsbacher, or Rothaus. Rothaus Pils (Tannenzäpfle) is one of my favorite all-time beers, so that this beer comes close is extremely exciting. A fantastic brew, and one I am planning on buying in greater quantities. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clear yellow color with a finger of white suds across the top. Spotty and stringy lace stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is very grassy and herbal. Faint lemony appeal with zest and pith. A bit of grainy sweet undertone but the aroma is mostly dominated by a noble hop grassiness.

Taste is much more aggressive with grassy and herbal bitterness than you might expect. Almost a lemony zest quality hints towards a feeling of perfume and minorly fruity alcohol that is oily and pithy. Very subtle suggestions of straw-like grain that is fresh.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, snappy and refreshing. Worth checking out but there are other examples in the style I would choose over this one if given the opportunity...prime example being any of Victory's braumeister pils offerings.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a bright straw yellow that is slightly foggy. Has a big bright white head that slowly dissipates to a small ring. Looks to have a medium-light viscosity.

S- Great pils smell of nobel hops, no skunkiness.

T- Nice noble hop bitterness, and cracker malt notes.

M- Good carbonation in the mouth, light and refreshing mouthfeel

O- This is one of my favorite beers and something I love to have with food. It is crisp, and refreshing and not too heavy. It reminds me very much of the European pilsners but without the skunkiness and corn flavors that you usually find in those. I bet much of that has to do with it being an American brew and can find it very fresh. I wish more places had this on tap so maybe Bud drinkers would give it a shot.

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Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Prima Pils is the perfect pilsner. It has a great full bodied pilsner taste with a load of hops to make this a dynamic taste experience. It poured a light golden color with a full creamy head. The first taste was reminiscent of many of the hoppy IPAs I have been having lately but there is enough of the signature German pilsner flavor to keep it well within the style. I had this on a hot afternoon and it was light enough to tame the heat and the dynamic hoppy bitterness kept me coming back for more. One of my favorite pilsners.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,245 ratings.
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