Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden buttercup hue, crystal clear with tons of effervesence. a billowy two-finger cap fades to a thin lacy cap leaving tons of lace.

aroma is pleasantly potent. pepper, cardamom, honey, grassy, and piney hops and some good lemon zest.

taste is really clean and hoppy with some straightforward pine and lemon. clean. crisp. solid. just enough pils malt to balance it out.

mouth is clean and crisp. a touch slick and full bodied for a pils, but pretty damn good. lingering bitterness helps to clean the slickness.

delicious, pilsy. if the body was a bit less chewy for the style, it would probably be a home run for me. but every time I grab a bottle, I'm always hoping for a bit less. not that it's bad. in fact, it's still one of the best german style pilsners around.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nods to Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA for carrying the Victory line.

Appearance: The beer exudes a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The head pours a bubbly 1/4 inch though it dissipates quickly. A ring of foam remains on the side of the glass throughout drinking time.

Smell: Bright zesty floral smells. Slightly citric and a bit acidic. I note grass and hints of hay.

Taste: This beer is sweet and snappy. There are hints of wild yeast funk. Grass and hints of hay The taste is the same as the smell. It finishes slightly bitter. This is a pleasant drinking experience. Very refreshing and cooling.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. Good body for a Pilsner. This is a finely balanced beer.

Overall: Beers like this remind me why Pilsner is one of my favorite styles. I am really glad an American brewery is making a Pilsner this good. Very recommended.

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Photo of JChristopher
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a splendid go-to pilsner beer. A shimmering gold, a remarkable piney personality, elements of citrus, notes of grain. This beer is Bright (with a capital "B"). Whether you are quenching a thirst or sharing it with one whom you love on a summer's dusk, go for a Prima Pils; It won't knock your socks off, but it will satisfy that pilsner craving.

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Photo of Chris585
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 8/23/11 from Bottle with Best Date of October '11. Could have been sitting for awhile, but I didnt notice much aging.

A - Cloudy Pils color with thin white head.

S - A bit metallic but floral and sweet aromas.

T - This is where it gets interesting...from the first sip I realized this was an exceptional tasting and well crafted Pilsener. With all the buzz about this beer, and that it has been around for some time, I am extremely pleased that I can once again drink a German Pils without worrying about the born on date, or drinking a stale skunk. Great job Victory, even though it has been around for awhile, for allowing me to explore the sessionable beer once again.

M - A little on the metallic side, but it subsides into a plethora of floral, piney, bitter, dry feel that I enjoy.

O - If you have ever been scared away from German Pilseners, or Pils in general seek this one out, you will be quite fond as I was.

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Photo of BB1313
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date printed on the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a hazy straw, not a typical pilsener color, but looks fine; not much head and lacing. Great aromas! At first it smells like your typical pils/lager, but with a short amount of time you'll be picking up on complex aromas. Smells like a flower bouquet. The aromas a very sweet; I'm also picking up some apple, pear, and maybe some white grape. All of that can be found in the flavors too, thankfully. I'm also picking up on some caramel malts, maybe even a touch of cocoa. This one finishes pretty bitter, the hops are noticeable but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is awesome, extremely smooth and has the perfect amount of carbonation; finishes dry.

Great beer, easily the best I've had from Victory. At my stage in the craft beer game, I should've tried this beer a long time ago. Shame on me for taking this long to try this beer. This is definitely in my top two favorite pilseners I've had to date, maybe the best. It doesn't really get much better for the style. This beer is an eye opener! Recommended to anyone.

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Photo of output01x
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 12/06/11) into a pilsener glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger cream white head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a slightly cloudy pale golden straw color with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Light and sweet bready malts are complimented by fresh floral hops. The nose is not very strong nor complex, but well-balanced and enjoyable.

There is a lot more flavor here than the malts lead you to believe. Delicious malts start each sip like sweet and buttery bread. As soon as the beer is swallowed, an amazing and unexpected hops strike assaults your palate. Grapefruit and grassy hops overwhelm the malts, allowing a decent bitterness to accompany the hops flavors. As the bitterness subsides, a dryness sets in at the back of the mouth.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The body is easy-drinking and refreshing. The carbonation is not overly apparent but just enough to help this beer's drinkability. The dryness at the end of the taste beckons another sip.

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Photo of bpgpitt10
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a light fluffy white head. Can see the bubbles of carbonation continuously bubbling up.
S: Very mild hops smells with a bit of a bready-ness to it as well.
T: Light citrus with a strong bitterness at the end. Tasty.
M: Thicker than I would expect from the look. Nice smoothness.

O: Here's the deal... this is a good to great beer for the style. I would come back to this day in and day out for a drinkable summer beer. It's very refreshing. However in the grand scheme of beers, this is more on the good level. Absolutely worth a try though.

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Photo of afksports
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mom. I received a Victory 12 pack for my birthday. What a cool mom. Prima Pils is just the right beer to have to cool off on a summer day. She doesn't have the same beer-memory that I do, but this was also the beer she and I shared at a dinner celebrating my Dad's birthday. So even though pilseners are not my style of choice, Prima has a lot going for it.

But the beer can stand on its own. It's got a golden body, tons of fluffy white head and lace that stick around the glass, tiny bubbles shooting up from the bottom, and a wonderful aroma of actual hops. It smells wet, like a field of hops wet with dew. (I haven't even been there, but ... artistic license...). There's grass, and some bitterness there too. Not much to the malt presence, but that's appropriate.

The taste is drying, bitter at the start, crisp and light, features grapefruit and grass. As I drink it, I tend to want water, and that's a drawback. It's definitely drying.

Still, it's a nice light to medium bodied beer that's one of the tops of its style, it's got great carbonation, and it came from my mom. How could it not be good?

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time. Read a lot about this beer and I love everything else I've tried from Victory.

A=Light golden color. What I'd expect from a Pils

S=I love the hops. This smells great.

T=Taste is phenomenal. I'm mostly used to very hoppy beers being IPA s. Lots of bitterness from the hops which works for me. Not much maltiness that I can detect.

M=Lots of carbonation. Feels formidable.

Overall= Only picked up two of these but I could definitely see this being a session beer. Only other Pils I've ever enjoyed this much is Pilsner Urquell. Miller Lite should be banned from calling their beer "Pilsner" Another solid offering from Victory.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale golden with a stylish white head. Limited, minimal lace, though. Attractive, nonetheless.

Nose is delectable. I get fresh malts and a little hops around the edges. What a lager should smell like.

Flavor is full-on, with hints of pine-citrus from the hops, and almost no bitter character, as the German malts balance and sweeten the ride.

This is a lighter Summer-style brew that doesn't disappoint. Superior!

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

Crisp and flavorful, the beer equivalent of biting into a cold apple. This pilsner boasts lovely light Grape Nuts cereal flavors in the malt, and a neat layer of light grapefruit hops that lingers on the tongue in a dry finish. Sugars are well-balanced, and emphasize the grain flavors, rather than mask them. I'm not usually a fan of pilsners (having been permanently scarred by the usual American watery fare), but I find this one wonderful. On a hot August afternoon, this is exactly the kind of ice-cold beer I would want.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- very clear bear. one finger fizzy head. no lacing.

S- smells terrible. not impressed at all. all hype nothing good here. It's a skunky smell full of nasty grains.

T- Tastes much like the smell .It's a grainy beast.

M- Chewy mouthfeel, what happened to the clean crisp pilsener here?

O- It's average to below. Hated this beer. Wow.

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Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice straw color with a small head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.
s: grassy and kinda skunky, had to give this one a minute to breathe.
t: lots better than the smell, has a spicy citris taste with hints of bread.
m: has a nice feel to it, good carbonation, finishes slightly dry and bitter. leaves me wanting another sip.
o: pretty good beer. i ordered this at a bar that had it sitting on the top shelf of a glass cooler next to the light. i'm guessing that explains the slight offness in the nose. also forgot to check the date on bottle. still an awesome pils and will try again when i find a fresh batch at store.

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

Pours a medium straw-gold, translucent, and is capped with a decent white head; it looks the part of a Pils. The nose is nice, revealing dry grainy notes, some herbal-grassy hop and a tinge of mineral. The flavor is much hoppier than the nose suggests - while still retaining the same basic characteristics - and has a pleasantly bitter-astringent finish. Easy drinking, with a nice feel; quite a good take on the style.

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Photo of jifigz
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Solid appearance. Nice head formed that lingered for quite a while and also showed some lacing. Golden cloudy and hazy yellow. Carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Tempting. I can smell this one while it sits on the table a foot from my face...and its tantalizing. Sweet Grain smell with very noticeable hop aroma (noble hops?).

T: The taste is light and refreshing. There is a biscuit-like sweetness that also tastes of lemon and grapefruit (from the hops no doubt.) The hops also leave a lasting bitterness that is light yet very tasty and appreciable.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied yet refreshing feeling. Everything here seems good.

O: I love this beer and drink it often. I think it is one of Victory's best beers and a great summer beer. The flavor is so tasty and the color so appetizing. I just love it.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Decent head with a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Nice citrus flavor. Good cereal malts.

T: Wow. Much more flavorful than I was expecting based in the smell. Great floral notes. Vey nice malts on the end.

M: Very crisp and light. Good carbonation.

O: Great Pilsener. I am very glad that this is now being distributed to my area. Will pick up again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of mooseo
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by date of Dec. 5th, 2011.

A - Light golden yellow hue. Average head that quickly disappeared leaving streaks of lacing.

S - Slight malty smell mixed with appealing citrus and hoppy spice aromas.

T - Crisp and delicious. Pilsner malts up front, followed by a very spicy hop bitterness. The finish is very clean, leaving a good aftertaste. Perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet malts.

M - I would say this pilsner is between thin and medium-bodied. It definitely has an impressive smooth clean taste from start to finish.

D - Extremely refreshing beer resulting in high drinkability. While not overly complex in taste, it's a very balanced beer with big hops and sweet malts. Would make a great session beer - I wish I had a few more to try. One of the best pilsners I've had.

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

A pint at 5 Napkins in Boston on 8/9/11.

Hazy golden with a substantial long lived head and good amount of lace. Malt aroma with a bit of fruit and earthy/spicy hops. Medium carbonation and medium body. Great balance between grainy malt and earthy hops. Lots of bitterness (for a pilsner) in the finish.

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Photo of jtingue
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Fresh growler fill at the local beer store.

Appearance. Gorgeous straw yellow in color. About a finger of pure white head dissipates leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Effervescences is clear from the constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Slightly bready malt note, but definitely overwhelmed by spicy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste. Right up front there is a beautiful herbal, kind of medicinal, hop flavor complemented well by a light bready malt. Bitterness then takes over, weak at first but building until it reaches the level seen in some IPAs. Hop flavor is not completely taken over by bitterness, though. Rather it is complemented by a nice earthy, grassy hop and a pleasant malt sweetness. The finish is dry with a lingering, slightly sweet, bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Thin body, not surprising for a pilsner. Not as much carbonation as I expected, possibly due to the fact that it was served out of a growler.

This beer was amazing when I had it out of a bottle, but on tap it is just out of this world. May covert me to a pilsner lover, but I've said that before.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light hazy orange, almost yellow, with a half finger of white head. The head fades quickly and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Wheat and bread.

T - Wheat, lemons, and some grass.

D - Low carbonation, and a light body.

O - Light and Refreshing.
I just saw the enjoy by date of 1.20.2011. SOB, this ticks me off. I will re-review once I find a fresh bottle.

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Photo of fsvan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of November 21st 2011.

A- Clear light golden. 2.5 fingers of whispy white head.

S- Bready malts, and a very nice sharp, clean hop bitterness. Very balanced, very clean.

T- Right in line with the smell. Bready malts, a slight sweetness. A pine hop bitterness on the end. Again, incredibly clean. There is nothing in this that gets in the way.

M- Light bodied. Nice ting on the tongue from the carbonation. Easy drinking, as it should be.

O- Just a great American take on the pilsener. High marks across the board. The folks at Victory seem to know that more is not always better, and this shows that. A straightforward take on the style that has everything it needs, and absolutely nothing that it doesn't.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/1/11. Poured in to small pint glass. Bottle dating to enjoy by Nov 21, 2011.

A - Pale straw yellow colour; hazy. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and very quickly dissipated.

S - Bready malts and a good hop bite are evident. A very typical pils nose.

T - Bready/grainy malts balanced with some bitter and dry hops in a perfect balance. The finish has a nice sweetness in it despite being somewhat dry. A slightly more pungent flavour profile than most pilseners, which is a nice change.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of layinbrix
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first pour of this beer was perfect, absolutely perfect: two fingers of head just barely lofting over the rim of my pint glass. The color was a vibrant golden straw. The beer also laces well.

The beer smelled fresh, like spring almost. It had very floral notes on the front end, the hops come through like a beer potpourri. There was also a light malt scent, masked by the hops.

This beer tasted like a classic pilsner should. The hop flavor was dominating, very zesty, herbal, and posessed a fine bitter tinge. The bitterness lingers on your tongue for around 30 seconds after each drink. Just like in the aroma, there is a smooth malt taste that hides behind the powerful hops, adding to the drinkability. This beer was crisp and refreshing, exactly what I expect from a pilsner, exactly what I want to drink in the summertime.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass. Enjoy by September 13, 2011.

A: Pours a very solid straw color with a nice bubbly bone white head that has some very nice retention.

S: Some nice corned barley with a light spiced hop note.

T: Nicely hopped up at the forefront and that taste lasts throughout the mouth. There is some bitterness thrown in there as well and there is a nice balanced malt throughout.

M: Very crisp and refreshing with a nice light body. Light to medium carbonation. Nice solid tingle on the palate of the hops.

O: I loved this pilsener. So much taste and so refreshing. I want more.

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Photo of bpw28
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Three finger soap bubble bleach white head, light gold (about a 4 SRM), very nice lacing, tons of carb.

Smell: Light malt, fruity, floral.

Taste: Light malt, big floral, spicy, sage, basil. Beautiful body for a pils. Good carb.

Final Thoughts: Simple, yet great. German style done right.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,275 ratings
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