Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,102 Reviews
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 Kubishark
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light gold and clear, like a good pilsner should look. Smells malty and hoppy, a bit like black pepper. Taste is crisp and clean, but certainly with those hops and BLACK PEPPER. It tastes like someone took a pepper shaker and unloaded it into my beer. Thankfully I like a peppery bite, so it doesn't bother me, it's just notable. Feels very crisp and light, very clean, exceedingly sessionable. Overall this is a good pilsner, not my favorite, but one I'll probably have again here and there.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow-gold with a large, bright white, foamy head.

Smell is banana bread, or is it cornbread, with bitter grass, a little piney cologne, and even some pungent funk. I get tortilla chip as it warms.

Taste is astringent hops, grass, grapefruit rind, and pine tar. This is wild, and somewhat harsh--I see why this was considered, and still is, extreme for the style. Lemon and light wheat are also there.

Feel is quite dry and bitter.

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Photo of Pat56
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear yellow to gold. The smell and taste are pilsner but with more hops than expected on both the nose and the mouth lending enough bitterness to strengthen and add depth to the taste without overpowering the drinker. Clean and crisp feel that is easy to drink. This beer can be enjoyed quickly as a refresher or over time to savor a traditional pilsner with added hop complexity.

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Photo of dogfishbrawler
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is pretty hard to screw up a pilsner and I have had a few pilsner's that don't taste right at all. Victory Prima Pils is not one of those screw ups. It is very basic but very clean and complex. The color is exactly what I would expect from a good german pilsner. Golden with a slight cloudyness to it. The taste is very crisp, citrusy, and slightly sweet. Overall a joy to drink and a beer that will not get old anytime soon.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Took me awhile to finally try this one. No date on my single bottle, but I am surprised at how unclear it is. Pretty foggy. It also lacks in crispness a bit. More malty than grainy. Nice flavor, but not what I expected.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a big Pilsner fan but thought I'd give it a try. It poured golden with a nice white head. Smelled of malt and a bit of hops. Tasted great for a Pilsner. Had lots of flavor, peppery and herbal. Finished smooth, light, and crisp. Nice job.

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Photo of professorchow
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rated yesterday but the rating didn't go through. Can't recreate the details now, but as an ale drinker and hophead, this is my favorite pilsener to date.

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

Slightly hazy yellow gold with two fingers of dense, bright white head that leave rings of lacing. Bready aroma with typically-floral pilsner hops and a hint of tropical sweetness. Medium bodied with strong carbonation that adds or accentuates a little spiciness in the taste. There's an herbal flavor and just a touch of malt sweetness for the style mid-palate, while remaining relatively dry and bitter in the aftertaste. Revisiting this after a long hiatus, I can see why people love this beer, but I still prefer a more traditional German pilsner.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

AROMA: Hops, Beer
LOOK: Clear Yellow color, little head.
TASTE: Very Hoppy, bitter finish with notes of citrus. Slight petroleum taste.

A bit torn on this beer; while I admire the strength, it's not all together pleasant.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been exploring pilsners more and more and this is one of my favorites.

L - Crystal clear, light straw yellow. With a big white head with billows of rocky foam.
S- grassy, herbal and spicy hops hit the nose (not as big on the nose as some NW hop varieties) . Faint cracker malt profile.
T- I am first hit by the grassy, herbal hops which are actually surprisingly bitter. This is one of the more bitter pilsners I have had (which isn't saying it is all that bitter compared to other styles.) I can't tell if it brings the beer down a little because it might distract from the subtle cracker, breadiness of the pilsner malt that I look for - I think gets a little overpowered. But I love hops so I still very much enjoy it.
F- A little fuller feel than some other in the same style, but between the overall lightness and bite of hops this is very crisp and refreshing with some slight dry bitterness on the back end.
O- Great american take on the style, I have really enjoyed what I have sampled from Victory. Prost!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a clear, fizzy straw color with a big, creamy white head, that lingers nicely and leaves tons of lacing.

The nose is pungent with Noble hops; very herbal and spicy, green pepper, leaning towards black pepper, fresh cut grass, khale and spinach, earth, flowers, then biscuit and lightly toasted graininess.

Upfront, you gets tons of herbs. Chives, khale, spinach, green onion. In the middle you get biscuit and toasted graininess. There's a touch of orange peel. Then there's a lingering hoppy finish, earthy at first, then peppery, then with an herbal arugula/khale/spinach bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little fuller than most pilsners I've had recently; I'd say medium-bodied, smooth, well-carbonated but not overly so, crisp and clean, but with quite the strong bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear straw gold with a thick creamy white foam head. Smells like super concentrated sweet honey biscuit malts, spicy floral pine, dank earthy herbal grass, minty tobacco, with lemony orange grapefruit citrus notes. Tastes like sweet lemon, honey biscuity grain, sharp pine, floral earthy herbal dank grass, minty tobacco spice, with zesty orange citrus and grapefruit notes. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a great pilsner.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle Poured into a pint glass 10 DEC 16
Orangeish, don't call me amber, body floating a slight, and quickly disappearing, whitish head.
Aromas include malt and grass.
Flavors match, some bitter hops, with a light feel and clean dry finish.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale, straw color with a bright white one finger head, some lacing, beer is clear, small amount of carbonation streaming off the bottom.

A: Malty breadiness, slight spicy earthiness, grass, hay, touch of honey, smells really nice.

T: First impression is that this beer is hoppy, bready maltiness, spice, grass, hay, honey, middle has a nice touch of moderate bitterness, finish is dry with floral hops lingering in the finish.

M: Light, crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a big fan of light, pale colored beers but this beer's strength is in it's aroma, taste, and light crisp mouthfeel with great drinkability. Very well made beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes in dark golden, slightly hearty for a pilsner, the head was a shade under 1/2". Aroma had plenty of crisp bitter hallertau kind of hop bite. Not pungent, but above average for style.

Taste keeps a light body, full bodied carbonation, prickly hops, Euro bitterness. Plenty of grapefruit notes. I really enjoy it, can be consumed in significant qualities, not one of those you can only handle 2oz pours kind of beer.

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

Appearance: Pours light golden color.

Overall: The aroma contains huge citrus hops. This beer has a dry malt taste with a decent bit of grapefruit/citrus flavor. It contains a very crisp, spicy, clean and dry finish. This beer has so much flavor it could be overwhelming but the balance of flavors comes together to create on extremely hoppy and satisfying lager! Great Summer Pils.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Regular lager apperance with a small head and a clear golden body.

Smells of sweet malts and german pilsener-yeast.

Body is light and crisp, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is sweet, with both some dessert-bread and honey present.

Overall a really solid pilseners, one of my favorite American takes on the style. I still prefer Piercing Pils though.

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Photo of GStone899
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great crisp smelling beer with moderate lacing. Taste is light with a great balance of floweral hops n citrus n grapefruit. A great balance of crisp flavors with a light airy feel. I didn't get the bitter aftertaste some ppl had. Beer finishes smooth and is very refreshing. Give it a try. I'm not a guy who seeks out pilsners but this one is well worth a try.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.57/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with surprisingly plenty of frothy bright white head. Lots of carbonation as well. The smell has hints of citrus and straw. Initial taste is crisp but bitter and ends with a bitter finish as well. The aftertaste is not that pleasant at all. I doubt I will try again

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Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing or residual head to speak of.

Smell is of wheat, fresh grain, and malt. Undertones of a slight honey scent and some subdued floral hops.

Taste was of a slightly sweetened bready malt initially. Very subdued floral and grassy hop flavor on the back end with some ever so slight bitterness. I wasn't quite sure how old this bottle was and given the subdued and grassy hop flavor, Im guessing pretty old.

Feel was very nice, crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a pils. Medium carbonation.

Overall this was probably the best American interpretation of a pils I've come across. I tend to really not like Victory, but they hit a home run with this one. Even with an older bottle it was wonderful. In cans, this will be a mainstay in my fridge.

Edit: Got it fresh in cans - Damn this is tasty.

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Photo of dfavreau
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was not one of my favorites by far. It had a nice, light, golden color with a light decent bouquet of flower perfume and grapefruit. Though it was a light, easy drinking beer the aftertaste was too bitter for my liking. It was hard to finish toward the end. It reminded of a miller lite which I can not stand the aftertaste of at all. Oh well, Maybe there's another Victory beer I will like better. Not a good first try for this brewing Co. Cost=$1.59/btle Whole Foods, Portland, ME

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Photo of TTen
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory Prima Pils

L: Light gold and very clear. White head dissipated fairly quickly. 4.5
A: Grainy, bready malt but definitely spicy, earthy, floral hops too. 4.25
T: Spicy bitterness is nice. Malt is there but it's sweetness is very subtle. I would say it's slightly hop forward and dry. Bitterness lingers. 4.5
F: Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish. 4
O: A great hop forward German Pilsner. 4.25

Enjoy by 6/6/2016

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

L - pale gold/yellow with white head and lacing
A/T - hoppy with a light/sweet maltiness followed by pleasant grain flavor.
F - light and smooth, without having that thin quality other 'lighter' beers have
This is my new summer beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright straw gold color, with a very creamy frothy white head and some nice fingers of lacing on the glass with a lot of carbonation bubbles.

F: Floral earthy hops on the nose with a hint of lemon, followed by a very nice bready malt aroma. A very inviting smelling beer.

T: Floral and earthy hops, some spicy noble hops, all balanced out by a strong bready malt flavor. It finishes with a nice pleasant bitterness. A very good drinking pils.

F: Clean, light and crisp, very easy drinking

O: This is one of my favorite pilsners, it is definitely hoppy for a pils, but definitely a great summer spring beer.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Heard about this brew a long time ago, and finally noticed a six pack of it out here in the west. Too bad it's not easier to find in Oregon.

Prima Pils pours a rich golden yellow with a brilliantly white foamy head that fades too fine ring around my glass.

A nice hoppy aroma that reminds me of a hayfield and something mildly herbal and mixes with an unsweetened malt aroma like crackers. It's past the freshness date, so I might be missing on some smells that dissipate with time.

Flavor is distinctly light lager but are more intense and complex than any light lager/pils I've drank before. It has a surprisingly long finish that ends nicely bitter without punishing. Feel is perfectly clean and crisp with substantial body to match its full flavor.

Overall, a beer very high on the drinkability scale for me while being a versatile pair with food. I wish more craft breweries would branch out with lagers of this caliber. There will just about always be an ale for every occasion but lagers for me often are the spice of variety in the beer world.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,219 ratings.
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