Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,233 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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Photo of Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Bitburger pils glass a slightly hazy yellow with a finger or so of head. Looks the part. Well carbed. Looks like beer, you know?

Flowers, crackers, grass. Both in the nose and the taste. A pils doing what we all probably wish more of them would do - be refreshing and super drinkable but without being boring. Lovely hop presence - floral, lemony, grassy/herbal sitting atop a bed of crackers and bread dough. A spot of honey, perhaps. Longish bitter finish. The hops are definitely in charge here.

Light-bodied, fizzy and ridiculously easy to drink. Crisp, just a little creamy. This is pretty much as good as people will generally tell you it is. The embodiment of Summer. You shuck some oysters, I'll go buy some more.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light, almost Hefewiezeny, slightly cloudy, a textured low head that sticks around for a while, some lacing

S - somewhat floral, a hint of honey, light malt. It's just a delicious smell. I want to drink the smell of it by itself.

T - more of that floral note and some sweetness. I'm not getting much of that welcome grassy note you sometimes get in pilsners. There's a bitterness that at first blends very nicely with that floral note but in the end bites you in the soft palate and lingers in a not great way if you're me. There's also a faint sweetness that lingers, which is nice.

M - somewhat soft, yet with some carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue.

O - This is a very well made pilsner targeted at people who appreciate hop bitterness. The other elements of the beer are lovely. I think this beer would be fantastic without so much bitterness at the end of the swallow - just a bit more balance. The bitterness does give it some identity, but I don't think it would blend in with every other pilsner if it lacked it; its floral nature and accompanying sweetness are bewitching all by themselves. I'd give it a 4.5 on taste if it weren't for the overbitterness. So instead it's a 4. I'd give it a 4.5 overall if not for the bitterness, so instead it's a 4. Clearly this is subjective to a nonhopper.

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Photo of BeerShman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Ted
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sdj5
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of AndrewRoecker
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a golden hut. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with some mild lacing.

Smell: Malty, this one is very light with a mild sweetness. I'm also getting an herbal presence.

Taste: Light and crisp, just like the smell. I"m getting some floral notes along with a bitterness from the pils malt and some hops. The finish is slightly bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.

Overall: This is a really nice pils. Light and easy to drink, I'm a big fan.

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Photo of StaindProject86
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by April 28, 2012.

A: Semi-slow pour down the side of the glass leaves less than a finger white head. Lots of bubbles, slightly hazy golden honey color.

S: Floral and grassy hops, biscuit and grain. Not too strong.

T & M: Hops begin the show with plenty of floral (almost perfumy) and grassy characteristics. Then the pale malt and lager yeast dries everything right up leaving a refreshing crispness that finishes with a bite of pine bitterness and alcohol.

O: Mmm....I’ve missed you old friend. This used to be a staple of mine. So crisp and refreshing Just make sure you get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of dhep16
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils pours perfect golden light yellow with a great off-white head. Plenty of hops thoughout the nose and with each sip. Super dry and crisp with plenty of carbonation and hop zip. It is such a great thirst quencher, a great apertif, a great beer...period! Jever was the inspriation for this beer and it shows. Jever would be proud.

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

Pours an intense yellow color, like lemonade, slightly hazy with a bright white head of foam. Drops from over 1" to a thick film in about 1 minute. Excellent retention. Nice lacing left behind.
Smell is a well-balanced mix of malt, hops, citrus (orange & lemon) and wheat.
Taste is very similar with malt, hops, citrus, wheat and pepper. Very nice balance and amazingly complex for what is, to me, a very simple style of beer under most circumstances.
Smooth, full-bodied for the style with a gentle, flowing effervescence that doesn't take away from the flavor, it enhances it. If MillBudCoors could make a beer taste this good instead of the bitter dreck they currently make, I'd drink it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle exp. feb 15th

Cloudy golden color with orange hue. Fluffy head with good lacing. Smells very biscuity with some orange zest. Taste is very biting for a pilsner - the biscuity aroma translates, as does the orange zest. Tastes almost salty. Mouthfeel is a little dry.

Great pilsner. Even being past the best by date, it's some good swill.

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Photo of DustyGreen
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Finn
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very bold and flavorful german style pils. Lots of hops throughout the flavor and aroma, and quite bitter. Decadent for the style, even. But VERY good. Probably more of a hop-head's pils rather than an every man's pils. Very well crafted and tasty.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,233 ratings.
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