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 chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with a lasting white head.

Aroma is as expected for style, if a bit hoppier. Taste follows aroma but is even more hoppy, especially in the finish. Long lasting and moderately bitter hop finish and after-taste. Hints of sweet malts.

Nice medium, light body with medium, high carbonation imparting a crisp feel. Semi-dry finish.

O - a pils for hop-heads; this one is more hoppy than most pale ales.

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

A little late on posting this because it was reviewed with pen and paper and forgotten about. Thank you yet again Tom! Yet another brew I was ever so happy and excited to try!

Appearance - Poured into a regular pint glass, this beer has a nice 1 finger high foamy head that fades to a thin film after a little while, and a color of slightly hazy light straw. Lace is moderate.

Smell - Smell is very grainy, hay and wheat, light malt/caramel malt, sweet, a bit bready, with a nice presence of what I assume are noble hops. The hop aromas are present but not over the top and are very lemon citrus, floral, herbal, and maybe a bit of spice as well. Really enjoy this aroma.

Taste - Follows the smell pretty closely. Citrus, floral, herbal hops, and a bit of spice jump out from the start. Hoppier than most pilsners, but not overpowering. Just the right presence. Malt backbone is light but nicely done, with grainyness/hay and wheat, & caramel sweetness The hops are more center stage in this beer. And rightly so, they're done well, but not overdone. Gotta love a hoppier pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Mouth is really light, crisp, and refreshing. Consistency is crisp, carbonation is light, body is light, and finish is clean and smooth.

Overall - I would consider this among some of my preferred session beers. This is also pretty high up on my list of favorite pilsners. Very well done, Victory!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Pils available at the Boulevard in J'Town, PA. The beer's appearance is clear golden color with decent white head and carbonation which led to a good lace. The smell was typical of hay, barley and hint of hop. The flavor is dry strong presence of saaz hops. Mouthfeel is very good...there is enough flavor to keep the beer interesting and tasty. Great for sessioning. Overall it is a very good pilsner.

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

This beer pours a white gold color with slight, but withstanding head. The color was especially gorgeous during the pour, as it almost looked like it sparkled. Perhaps the effect of the first beer after a long night of work.

Slight amounts of hops and slight amounts of skunk were the first prevalent aromas I detected. Slightly grassy with a bit of bready malt.

The taste definitely surpasses near every pilsner I've ever had. It almost tastes like a hoppy pale ale, but it's classified otherwise. To give an idea of the hoppiness, it's somewhere between an EIPA and an AIPA. The taste is mildly zesty, and the hops are leaning slightly towards pine with some citrus. It has a good share of grassiness as well.

The body is a tad thin for the style, but carbonation covers it up pretty well. The finish has only the slightest dryness and overall the mouthfeel is quite unintrusive.

The drinkability of this is exceptional. Reviewing the one single I got was definitely tricky since it was disappearing before my eyes. It goes down like a very light beer, but packs the punch of something bigger. At 5.3%, it tastes like a 6%.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of JDM02370
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a hoppy enough taste that one might confuse it with an india pale ale. Ignoring that aspect, the quality and flavor are top-notch and it is hard to think of a better variety that is on the market. The problem is that it appears to be one of several newer twists on the tradition of brews that originate in the Czech crown lands of Bohemia: it attempts to redefine pilsner by marrying it to something characterized by an abundance of hops.

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

Pours a solid yellow. Decent head and lacing.

Smell is standard noble aromas. Grassy, citrussy. Malt aromas also coming through.

Taste is similar with more citrus than grass. Solid and mounting bitterness with a slight sweetness behind it.

Low-medium body with very high carb.

Definitely an enjoyable pilsener. If it was available at a similar price point to Noble Pils, I'd probably opt for it because of the bittering hops. Unfortunately, it's rather overpriced in Australia for what it is.

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

On tap at the Dirty Truth

This is a consistently awesome American hoppy pilsner.
Super clear and crisp gold beer, so drinkable for such a hoppy beer. Not much pilsner yeast taste on this one but more carbonation for you average pils.
The Prima has a full body but not too much - leaves the mouth well hopped

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Photo of rinhaak
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a very pale yellow, fairly clear, but a tad cloudy. A small head quickly fades.

Nose is wonderful. Lots of hops, hay, wheat, very bright. Hints of German lager yeasts with a little tinge of rust.

The taste is fresh and pleasant. Easily the hoppiest pilsener I've ever had, but it's a perfect blend between an American Ale and German Lager. A little bit of grapefruit, especially in the finish which is pleasantly bitter.

This is not a complex beer, but it is refreshing and wonderfully unique. I am admittedly not generally a huge fan of the pilsener, but this beer ranks among my favorite summer session beers.


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Photo of soju6
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden color, with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fresh grain and hint of sweetness.

T: Taste of citrus, trace of spice, and mild grain sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing. Excellent balance.

T: This is right up there at the head of the class for this style. Another gem from a six-pack mixer.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden and cloudy. Luscious creamy white head followed by big drools of lace.

S - Grass and floral aromas. Spice and grain also.

T - Pine, orange and banana. A mild floral bitterness balanced by a lingering sweet malt profile.

M - Slightly acidic, moderate in body and carbonation.

O - Big and bold for a pilsner. An excellent easy drinker.

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Photo of spicelab
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355mL bottle thanks to Lukie.

Honey straw, clear and vibrant. Huge rocky white head that leaves behind a solid lattice. Rapid bead.

Pretty hoppy, with candied grapefruit, tangerine and some mild grassy notes. Floral honey melds with the mild lagery grain character that I can never describe. Banana becomes increasingly prominent as it warms.

Taste starts very clean, before delivering a spicy, bitter blast of citrus pith and garden waste, which is tempered somewhat by a light caramel and boiled candy sweetness.

Light and benign, but with surprising length courtesy of the lingering Saaz bitterness.

Well constructed and with definite charisma. Personally I find the Saaz-fest just a bit domineering by the end.

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Photo of iSip
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils: I usually stick with Colorado breweries. Given that I have Odell’s, Great Divide, Breckenridge, and New Belgium to choose from, just to name a few, I will be hard pressed to sample all of their offerings in any reasonable time period, but it will be fun! So it was a 12 pack of three different Victory beers on a good sale that tempted me to go outside of Colorado. The Prima Pils pours with a clear sunshine yellow body and white even head. The head lasts, but does not lace. The aroma lets you know that some bitter is coming, and it does. While there is an underlying carpet of sweet malt, it is piled high with a dry bitter flavor, from start to finish. I did like this beer; it goes down well and has a balance to it. Better with food than for sipping alone.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a bottle of Prima Pils that didn’t expire six months ago! I was so happy that I found this on the shelves of my local bottle shop – I’ve heard a lot about it, but was never able to find it in its prime. Fortunately, this one still has a few weeks before it “goes bad.” Here’s to fresh beer!

A: Hazy, pale yellow body – seriously, I can’t even see through it. Chill haze or normal color, it doesn’t look very appetizing. The head is very nice, though – it’s white, foamy, and very sticky. Lots of lacing is what I like to see from a beer like this, and it’s exactly what I’m getting.

S: Oh wow, that’s much more German than I was expecting! I was anticipating a hopped-up American-style pils, but this has some glorious European scents. Banana esters are very big, with a mineral water scent beneath. It’s an aroma combination I almost though wasn’t possible from a US brewery. There’s a ton of fruity sugar, too, accompanied by a faint wheat husk hint and light, earthy hops. Excellent, excellent nose.

T: Starts out with a big kick of lemon tang and mineral water: sharp, earthy tastes. The hop profile is very enthusiastic for the style, coming in with a huge, bitter grassiness. German yeasts prop up the palate in a mostly doughy manner, as the taste moves towards the finish. Lemon zest and a dry wheat leave lingering effects on the tongue, which is surprising for such a low-ABV brew. This is one delicious beer.

M: Smooth, superbly drinkable. I could sip this all day, or gulp it down.

O: What a great pilsner! Now I know why it’s so esteemed by beer lovers. Victory has the right idea here – European flavor with a uniquely American element. This is my new favorite session beer.

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

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

Pours clear pale yellow, little head, but a lot of active carbonation. Smell is lagery yeast and a little hops. I'm not typically a lager type of guy (but this is my one of my favorite pilsners...)

Taste has that lagery flavor that I describe as "tang". Kinda skunky or funky or something...but it works. Especially with the nice hop profile (which my beer style purist friends find horrifying).

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry. Overall, one of my favorite pilsners, like I said.

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Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Nov 27 2011, kudos Victory for a clearly legible dating on the label!

Pours a clear, crisp light golden with a half finger of white foamy head, tons of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Nose is wheat, European yeast, big on Nobel hops. Taste is carbon of the smell; big bitter flavours of the caramel malts and sharp distinct Nobel hops. Certainly an excellent tasting and exceptional pilsener. The bitterness lingers well into the finish in the mouthfeel which is well rounded and medium bodied.
Overall, a top class craft beer for summer, even if it officially ends tomorrow. True to style and brewed incredibly well, another great beer from Victory.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and sour drying lemon Pils

A: Bright sunny yellow hazy body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Quite bright, lemony, and perfumy, almost like a salty lemon shake-up, with just a touch of lightly buttered but still dry biscuit malt below. Very refreshing, but very bold... could be more inviting.

T: Lemon flavors come out in force, sweet and sour alike, as well as earthy tone and a strong general drying bitterness. Malt is also not in short supply, being of the buttered biscuit variety from the nose. It's a very potent flavor experience, but I don't feel that it's blended all that artfully. Finish is dry and slightly sour.

M: High carbonation keeps the ample body from becoming too heavy. A fine grained texture.

O: Makes a statement, but kind of a crass one. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden straw hue which leaves a one finger head that settles to heaps of islands of froth and clingy lacing,the smell is fresh cut oranges,herbal hops and golden caramel,the mouthfeel is light bodied almost perfect for style with tastes of freshly cut oranges,lemon zest,pale golden malts,toffee and finished with a boiled candy sweet dryness and overall a very pleasant pilsner that would buy again and look forwards to trying on a nice hot spring day instead of a cold night like tonight cheers.

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Photo of devilben02
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a substantial, fluffy white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of lemony acidity and some musty yeastiness. The flavor likewise features a combination of musty, earthy, and lemony hop characteristics, with a light biscuity malt presence adding some subtle sweetness. The fine, soft carbonation is pleasant and helps to make this one go down easily.

Overall, although this bottle was only about a week away from the end of its suggested 'best before" date, it still provided a bright yet earthy flavor profile that was a bit unexpected but quite nice. I'll have to keep my eye out for a fresher sample, though, to get the full effect of this renowned pilsener.

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Photo of Dodt
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decide to crack open the prima from my last mix six.
poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. a wonderful little beer with a nice fluffy head and light yellow appearance . aroma of the hops is the main presents. taste is wonder but a tad bitter. for me this is another top notch beer from the people at victory.

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Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden colour with a smooth, foamy white head. Good head retention.

Lightly spicy and herbal hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Good.

Very light pilsner malt which is just a canvas for the pop of the moderately-high bitterness and the slightly earthy hop character. I expected it to have some American hops but this American take on a classic German pils is great.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A really beautiful beer with the hop character adding crispness to an otherwise typical German style Pilsner. Really nice.

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Photo of Shagtastic
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Poured a very light gold that was easy to see through.

S: Herbal smell that seemed to linger

T: While very enjoyable very bitter for the style.

M: Good carbonation and easy to drink.

Overall: While I can't say that this is my favorite beer it is a great representation of the style and I don't really have many complaints. One that I'd recommend to others looking into this style

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.06/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear pale yellow with minimal head and no lace. The aroma is of citrus and floral hops. The flavor is very bland with a hint of sour lemon. There is a very strong hop bitterness that lasts past the finish leaving an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste. It has a thin mouthfeel. Victory Prima Pils is a disappointing beer, way too bitter for the German pilsner style, more like an American IPA. Not recommended!

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Photo of ncliberal55
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden yellow. Almost straw colored.

S: Smells of Citrus and malt. A hint of hops.

T: Initially hoppy but evolves into a smooth almost dough-like taste.

Overall: Fantastic. One of the best Pilseners I have ever had. Will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2L growler from the brewery.

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with ample bone-white head and adequate carbonation.

Scent of hay, barley and hint of herbal hop.

The flavor is dry and grassy, with herbal notes and a perfect balance between a light, raw malt and the astringency of Saaz hops.

Mouthfeel is initially quenching and refreshing, but leads to an astringent finish as the hops and yeast meld on the palate.

Excellent Germanic pilsner; perhaps a bit heavier on the hop finish compared to the traditional example, but the drier finish only invites another glass to further quench the thirst. Delicious.

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Photo of samie85
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By 9/12/11, so not the freshest.

A-Pours a pretty clear golden color with a finger and a half of white head.

S-Smells skunky as all hell with some light malt and some herbal hops.

T-Crisp light malt with an herbal bitterness.

M-Crisp and drying feel with light body and moderate carbonation.

D-This isn't my favorite example of the style, but it's definitely a decent beer. I need to try this one again a little fresher and see if the results are the same.

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