Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prima! It’s a German exclamation of joy. It’s a recognition of accomplishment. It’s what escaped from our lips the first time we sampled this mighty pilsner recipe. With heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts, we achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor that we sought. Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!

44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no visible date poured into a pilsner glass producing a fluffy twoish finger white head. A clear golden body with lots of bubbles.
Lemon and grass dominate for the most part in the aroma but with some herbal character.
The same characteristics of the nose are present in the taste. Errs more on the grass and herbal qualities. Some hop bitterness pops out at you. Fairly dry and light.

A good springtime brew for sure.

It is obvious this isn't going to be a true to form pilsner. The packaging shows you this.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden colored pour, somewhat bubbly
S: Not much aroma, hint of lemony hops
T: bready malt character up front, moderate amounts of bitter hops throughout
M: Very crisp, refreshing, moderate carbonation making for a pretty easy drink
O: Awesome pilsner brew from Victory...the beer is very refreshing, drinkable, and flavorful without any hints of skunk...highly recommended

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy white head on a hazy golden body. Thin lacing.

S: musty, bitter hops on the nose with floral and grassy notes and light malts.

T: more of the same with a very nice bittering note by the noble-like hops which transitions to a mildly sweet malt and floral finish.

M: very full feeling as far as pilsners go. Coats the palate well. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very refreshing with flavor more robust than many others in the genre

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This German Pilsner pours a brilliant straw color with a bubbly white head that provides plenty of lacing. Grainy pils malt, lemon, and some floral and spicy hop character forms a very appealing bouquet of aromas. Bready malt and some sweetness blends beautifully into crisp hop bitterness, with some lemon and honey detected as well. Crisp and clean, this amazing Pils is lighter in body, and features a moderate level of carbonation.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a clear bright pale yellow color with a finger and a half of soapy white head. Lots of visible streaming carbonation and lots of chunky glass coating lace

S- Very aromatic bouquet of floral notes, earthy, herbal, and a very distinct pilsner malt smell

T- Very clean tasting pilsner. Big pilsner malt taste, large floral and earthy hop notes, big bready and doughy notes, light lemon taste

M- Very refreshing, highly drinkable, finishes dry,, smooth, medium to lighter bodied

O- A great pilsner that is highly drinkable. Sometimes this is not the most interesting style, but this is just a great everyday beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice golden pour - good start.. smells like hops and pine. Hmm.. tastes like hops and pine. I'm conflicted, I thought I was drinking a pilsner, not an IPA???

I'm not sure how people can call this a pilsner with a straight face. for the style, the bitterness and profile are way to extreme/off. It's getting really annoying how americans add hops to every damn style of beer and then rave about how awesome it is. nuking beers with hops does not make it better.
I wonder how i'd feel if this beer went by a different name, maybe just Victory Prima. perhaps I'd be more open to liking it, but as it's currently named and marketed, it's a bastardization of the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light gold, white head, tiny lacing, good retention for style.

S: A bit rich, great hop aromas, brown sugar, a little fruit.

T: Hops are nice and strong, and bring bold bitter flavor to this beer. Not much sweetness in the front, but some definitely comes through toward the end. A little fruit on the nose and some more later. I like the sourness at the end as well, and the little bit of burnt toast - just enough to detect, not enough to throw the flavor off.

M: Dry, clean, perfect carbonation. Exactly what I expect from this style.

D: Goes down better than most beer - isn't overly rich at all, and would make a great (temporary) friend on a hot day!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,288 ratings
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