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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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5,272 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:
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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Ratings: 5,272 |  Reviews: 2,115
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow color with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap with spotty lacing.

Aroma: Grainy, a little sweet, some lemon and kinda doughy.

Taste: Crisp, pale malt upfront, then a building of clean bitterness along with a grainy and mildly astringent quality. The finish is a bit more lingering than your typical Pils, with a bit of nuttiness and residual bitterness.

The Rest: Medium bodied and a more assertive bitterness than your run of the mill Pils, this is another good offering from Victory.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden yellow with 1/4" of soft, dense, white heat that has good retention. The nose has notes of straw and grass with earthy, leafy hops. The taste is straw-like and grassy, similar to the nose, and features great, earthy, bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, clean, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is one of the more complex pilsners out there. The nose and flavor are very similar and the hop character is phenomenal for a pilsner.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with white head and moderate lacing produced by pouring into Pilsner glass. 
S: Floral hops and malt aromas
T: Crisp tasting floral pine hoppiness followed by malt backbone for a fairly well balanced beer. 
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. 
O: Flavorful and enjoyable. A good pilsner that is worth drinking. 

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head. Very crisp taste with some slightly spicy notes. Mouthfeel is good and not under carbonated. I like a pilsner to not be overpowering and this one does the trick nicely. I generally prefer a little less intensity but this one is right on the border while still being in the awesome zone.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly deeper golden/yellow with a one finger soda-bubble white head. Lacing was great and lasted all the way down.

S - Lots of hoppiness as well as some graininess in the nose. Pretty strong.

T - Malt is slight and subdued as the whole-leaf hops bring a pronounced and lasting bitterness. Heavy, but not overwhelming. Finish is pretty dry. Tastes of quality ingredients.

MF - A bit over medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Slick and a long dry finish.

O - Very good, although I was sure the IBU's would be higher. Trying to develop my palate for more hoppy styles and this was a good step.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego (La Mesa), Calif. Color was murky pale golden. Light head, maybe ¾ inches. Some lacing on the top that lasted throughout. Sporadic film on the sides.

Wasn’t too impressed with the smell. The first thing I thought was shoe polish. Had some light citrus and grassy notes, but nothing too inspiring.

Tasted kind of fruity up front. Lemon citrus hops came in right after, but grass tried to make its presence known. Little bitter on the finish.

Light body. Average carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

An OK beer overall, but nothing I’d write home about. Maybe it was the setting, giving the other ratings, but I guess I’d have to give it another try.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,272 ratings
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