Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Prima PilsPrima Pils
5,268 Ratings
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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pours a clear golden straw color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is grassy with a hint of lemon at first. A good amount of hops for a pilsner. Slight german malt aroma. A bit of grain as well. Nice smell for a pilsner. Taste is very lemony at first with some subtle hoppiness...which immediately turns to a good amount of hoppiness. Grassy hops with some nice German malt flavor with crisp, earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is very tasty for this style. Not my particularly favorite style, but this is one of my favorites when it comes to this genre.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a random happy hour spot in Philly. Served in a shaker.

Pour: Completely clear straw yellow with a finger and a half white head that recedes pretty quickly.

Smell: Light floral and grassy hoppiness that has some light caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Follows the nose very well, building upon the floral and grassy bitterness, adds some citrus, and finishes with a great bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Super light a refreshing on a hot day. Bitterness lingers mildly well.

Overall: A really, really enjoyable pilsner. Will get this again.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a Pilsner Urquell tumbler.

A- Clear straw yellow, supporting a pillowy white head

S- Clean grassiness and flowery hops, some light bread

T- Brief subtle malt sweetness then's your hops, nice and bitter. You could never fault this one for being underhopped, that's for sure.

M- Gently carbonated..smooth and easy to drink

O- Just about the finest domestic example of an German Pilsner I've come across, it's got the assertive hoppiness I enjoy and it's light enough to drink in quantity. Well done, Victory.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southampton shaker pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: an attractive light golden color. Many different streams of bubbles flowing up to the top. Nice frothy white foam.

S: Green apple, biscuit, floral, green grapes,

T: Bready, floral, pear, apple, earthy, fuzzy on the palate, clean finish with a shortly lingering aftertaste of green apple.

A nice crisp, clean, and refreshing pilsner from Victory. They have done a good job staying true to the traditional pilsner style while putting their own tweak on it giving it a little bit more of a kick, the beer seeming a bit more robust than a traditional German-style pilsner which is what they seem to be trying to emulate. Well done.

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2.47/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My score is way off the norm, but notice how the high ratings tend to agree that this beer is a breed of its own. It makes for a difficult review because it doesn't taste like other pils. Should we treat it as just a beer, or as a particular attempt at the style? I fall on the side of judging to the standard, so please take that into consideration. This receives only a 2.5 (below average!) from me, but it gets this score as a pils. Without regard to style, it's easily a high 3's to low 4's.

This is a pils for an IPA fan. I happen to be a big fan of double IPA's, so this particular beer suits me--but, my take away is it is far too bitter for a pils.

This is a tasty beer, please don't misunderstand me. The problem is that this beer style is supposed to be an easy drinking, low ABV, refreshing brew. A good pils, in my book anyway, is clear, crisp, and thirst quenching; however, this beer is more inline with an experience such as you'll find with a good IPA.

With all that out of the way here's my take.

Served from bottle. I don't care about glass type, so I'm not noting it.

The smell is citrus, hops, and a faint hint of what many will consider skunk. (Don't worry it's not skunked, lagers are aged...a tiny hint of skunk is not a fault!)

Appearance is below average for a pils. It should be clear enough to see through, while the Prima, as many have noted, is cloudy for quiet a while. The carbonation, head, and lacing are perfect examples of what a pils should be--in this regard of appearance Victory has done a great job. Too bad for the clarity!

The mouthfeel is too think and creamy for the style. While no porter or malty bock, it simply is a little too thick. As noted previously, the carbonation is pleasant and what you expect from a pils.

The taste is the real downfall for Prima Pils as a pils. While the style should be refreshing and crisp, low enough ABV to tip several back in a session, the hops will just stick with you. This tastes like an IPA. Not an overly hopped IPA, but it's bitter, and the bitterness does not leave the back of your palate for quite some time.

Overall: This falls below average for a pils. I'm sorry to say, a typical macro pils is simply superior to this for the style.

Final words. Try this beer if you like IPA's. You may just find the lager you've been looking for. You get the hoppiness of a good IPA with the great head of a true pils. Taken in this regard, you'll find much to enjoy, just don't judge it as a pils.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,268 ratings
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