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 DJED69
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent pilsner. Recently picked up a fresh six pack with late June consume by date. Pours a deep golden color with nice foamy head and good carbonation. Smells of nice floral hops. Taste is great. Crisp bitterness and some floral hops. Very drinkable. This is an excellent beer to pair with food. Highly recommended.

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

Glass - Pilsner

A - A slightly hazy golden/yellow color with moderate-high C02. It produced a 2-finger white head that held good for a lager. It left a few spots on my glass but no lacing.

S - The first thing I'm getting is grape and apple peel characteristics. I get grassy hop characteristics but not too much, and It smells like it would taste a bit dry. Some muted grain underneath, very simple.

T - I get a nice blend of grainy dough like flavors throughout coupled with dry, bitter, floral and grassy hop notes. Wow it's very refreshing! It finishes with floral and dry hop flavors that linger on the tongue. Bitterness is low and lingers a bit as well.

M - Moderate-high crispness and lite-medium bodied.

O - I can definitely see why there's so many people that like this brew, and it's sparked my interest for the Pilsner style. To me this beer is easy enough to toss back a few or more over some BBQ or anything really, very drinkable. The floral and dryness of the beer would be the only thing I might have a problem with after a couple, but with some grub probably not. Definitely worth picking up again and again. Cheers!

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

glass: pilsner glass

Poored vigerously into a tall pilsner glass. Nice straw color, super clear, pillowy and frothy white head atop. Lots of splashy lacing.

Light bready notes of malt, slightly toasted, grassy hops, lager yeast goodness on the nose. So far so good.

Woh, floral hops dominate on the taste. lemon rind follows. bitterness takes over towards the end. Melts away into bready malts.

Mouthfeel is light with hefty carbonation.

Knockout pilsner. The only downside is it might get a little too floral/citric/bitter after a few of these, IMHO. Other than that, this lager has everything in it's place and the result is a refreshing, great-tasting brew with a body and mouthfeel that won't wash your pallete away in a sea of malt, hops and yeast. Outstanding.

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Photo of Spider889
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap, cannot remember where atm - I want to say it was Winking Lizard. My notes are so damn backed up.

Golden hues, chill-hazed straw color. White head with 'ok' lacing.

Smelled bright and floral, lemon was predominant.

Taste has lemon zest with a light hop bitterness and some spicy yeast that was surprising. Though after I compared all three versions of Saison du Buff last year I did discover that the Victory house yeast is drastically different than the average brewer's.

Crisp mouthfeel, light body. Very drinkable, though I still don't get the hype around this every year.

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Photo of ihoffman
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured pale gold in color. Hazy and straw-like. 2 finger frothy head that dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Faint noble hops. Grassy with a touch a lemon.

T: Again, grassy and citrusy. A bit piney as well. Hops are definitely present, but aren't overpowering. A dryer, slightly oily finish.

M: On the lighter side. Carbonation follows suit.

O: Refreshing overall, especially on a nice day. A nice pilsner.

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Photo of Star80
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw gold, good bubbles, some whispy lacing. The beer smells slightly spicey, and rather grassy. The taste is very clean and dry, and slightly sweet. Big grassy, earthy hops greet the palate and come off cleanly, dry, and bitter. Wow, has a nice big green apple snap to it, something you only get from a fresh, hoppy pilsner. Jeez, you know I wonder how different the WORLD would be if people learned how to appreciate what a real pilsner style beer tastes like. Peace in the Mid-East? Maybe. Racial harmony? Possibly. Anyway, not quite as hard and bubbly mouthfeel as a "true" Czech pilsner, but slightly smoother. Overall this is a wonderful brew, that could go well with just about anything; bowling, BBQ, burgers, bungee-jumping, the sky is the limit...

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Durty Nellies

A: slighty hazy golden with short lived white head, decent lacing

S: deep Biscuity malts, earthy hops, a touch of grassy/ lemon on the end

T: rich malty character with an undertones of molasses, hops on the end- crisp and refreshing

Mf: high carb, crisp

O: nice balanced drinkable brew. Lots of flavor.

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Photo of jmich24
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in to Pint glass.

A: Bright sunshine yellow, just a touch hazy. One finger white head. Stick lacing.
S: Buttery graham cracker, a touch of lemon zest and spicy grassy hops.
T: Tastes as smell suggests the bitterness was a great surprise, nice floral, grassy hoppiness. Bitter finishes with citrus lemon and orange peel.
M: Crisp dry bitter finish.
O: Overall this has opened my eyes to the fact that a bright yellow beer can be full of flavor. I know this beer has a high overall score but I assumed the hop head in me would be sorely disappointed. Great crisp refreshing summer beer. Will seek out this brew often.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a beautiful foamy head which fades quickly with mild lacing. The color is a pale yellow and slightly hazy.

S: The most prominent smells are grass and pine. This is somewhat balanced by the scent of malt. As it warms, the yeasty smell of alcohol becomes more noticeable.

T: The taste is clean, crisp and refreshing. It is herbal and almost flowery with traces of citrus. The hops are minimal but very clean and balanced by the malt. There is a bitterness to this beer that lingers long after you have swallowed.

M: Light and refreshing. The carbonation dies out quickly.

O: This is a fairly good pilsner. The bitter aftertaste causes it to lose some drinkability, but it is still a crisp and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Old Town Social Club here in Chicago. In fairness to the appearance, it was a pretty sloppy pour on the part of the bartender, he was looking away until the glass spilled over onto his hand. Not sure if he was trying to look cool or what.

I like the body of this beer, very clean and clear, very neat. What a pilsener should be. It has a good lager funk in the nose, with some small depth to the malt and a very clean and small but super clean hop aroma.

It exemplifies the qualities of a pilsener on the tongue. This is so different from an American adjunct pils, it's not even funny. Rich and crisp on the tongue, Prima Pils is a joy. Excellent mouthfeel. I recommend trying this pils, it is one of the best around.

As far as value, it's a little light. For example, this runs me $8.99 a 6er vs Radeberger at $5.99 a 6er and Noble Pils or Urquell comes in at $12.49 a 6er, which are all also excellent examples of the style (and corn free!) Definitely try it sometime though, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very little head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice and clear golden wheat with little carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: Yeasty malt smelled combined with piney hops but the balance seems to favor the malts more than the hops but just barely.

Taste: A combination of piney and citrus hops with the balance in favor of the pine hops rather than the citrus. Malts balance out the hops enough to take some edge off of the hops

Mouthfeel: Dry. None to little carbonation.

Overall: I'm not fan of hopped up beers (Heresy!!!) but this is definitely an exception. I can see myself picking up another six-pack in the summer when it gets hotter and drinking this on the front porch.

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Photo of wcintula
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BJCP should open a new category for 'American Pilsner.'

Poured with minimal head, that's not what I came to the beer for. Smells outright hoppy, as it warms up, your classic Pilsen malt honey/grainy smell comes through. This is a hop bomb of a pilsener If you want to taste nothing but Saaz for a while drink one of these. This beer will scrape off your taste receptors and replace them with hop resin. I find that a good thing.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but just now got around to reviewing it. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pilsner malt with some grassy hops and bready malt mixed in. Overall, it smells like a classic pilsner. The flavor is heavy on the pilsner malt with some saaz hops mixed in. Tastes like exactly what you expect a pilsner to taste like. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to an Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours a nearly transparent straw yellow color. A bit of a fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top.

I get a wheat and slight citrus smell hitting my nose.

The first sip has a sharp bite to it as it sorta shocks my taste buds. Then that calms down and I'm left with a touch of sweet hoppy flavor.

The bitter bite feels good, and the beer is an easy drinker. A good beer to be sure, but probably not my favorite.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and clear golden yellow with a lot bubbles rising from the body of my Three Stooges Pilsener glass. A fat two finger head that clings in large globs around the sides. A grassy/straw sweetness with a zesty hint of some dried mango and lemon peel. Crisp and bubbly with the first sip. A lot of lemony sweet light malt right after that tingle but then it breaks away into the hop flavors. A floral blast first that has a mild tropical fruitiness that switches quickly to a lemon dry bitterness. A grassy lemon dry bitterness.

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Photo of mikey711
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super clear straw color with a big fluffy white head that leaves solid lacing. nice carbonation as well.

S: Big herbal and floral hoppy notes with a slight bit of biscuity sweetness

T: Pungent noble hop flavor that has a pleasant spiciness and floral aspect. a nice bit of bread and biscuits flavor as well

M: Slightly astringent, but overall very good

O: Ive found myself very drawn to prima pils as of late as my go to beer of choice and i also find it to be a very nice example of the pilsner style

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A--Poured a pale yellow that is very reminiscent of one of the macro pilsners. It had a rich white head (about three fingers thick).

S--Grassy hops up front. The beer smells very crisp (if it's possible to smell 'crisp'). Smells of lemon and fresh cut grass. Also smells watery, hopefully that won't be what it tastes like.

T--Watery hops is the first thing I taste. I didn't expect this much hop flavor in a pilsner. It was a nice surprise. The aftertaste is grassy and piney. Really bitter flavor that I wasn't expecting.

M--The feel is light, crisp, and carbonated. It certainly has a water feel to it, but that doesn't hinder the enjoyability of this brew.

O--This is a very good pilsner. Actually, probably the best one I have ever had. It is perfect for this time of year in Miami. It's a nice light beer that I could see myself enjoying out by the pool or beach.

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Photo of Rschis16
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a very pale straw color, but very rich looking and a little hazy, like there's a lot to this pilsner. Thin white head with decent retention. Smells a little like watered down hops if possible, or maybe I'm just reminded of other pilsners I've had by the smell. Hops are the most prevelant item in the smell.

Tastes like a hoppy pilsner. Which, may I say is nice to have. I was hesitent to even buy this beer because it was a pilsner and my experience with pilsners has been mostly BMC kind of beers, none of which I've enjoyed too much. With this beer the hops hit you right away, followed by that crisp, refreshing spring taste of grass. Great beer that's on the lighter side to have on a hot day and still get a nice dose of not-overbearing hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp on the front and a little creamy in the finish, creating a nice balance of both. Overall a good beer. Freshness date on this bottle is almost a month ago however and I wonder how that affects the overall taste. I understand that good pilsners are complicated beers that have a limited time to be enjoyed at their full potential, so I wonder how much this one is affected. Either way I enjoyed it very much and look forward to trying a fresher selection.

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Photo of TheBeermaster
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Thick lacey head. Very clear golden yellow hue.

Smell - Very hoppy, sharp.

Taste - Bitter. Not as rich nor as smooth as one would expect from a great pilsener. The amount/type of hops in this beer would make an IPA blush.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Refreshing. Dry finish.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with a slight orange tint and puffy head.

S - Good earthy smell. Grassy hops, bread and wheat, and a bit of mint.

T - A good spiciness to the taste, with a good amount of hops. Some mild tartness of lemon, and sweet honey. A good, complex taste. A great pilsner taste.

M - Nothing too special, but clean and crisp that brings a good refreshment to the mouth

O - This is easily one of the best pilsners I ever had. Just a great complex taste, clean and crisp. I think this is a great spring and summer beer.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pilsner glass.

A- a fizzy golden yellow with an orange hue and fluffy white head.

S- Citrusy hops, oranges, lemons, intense spices, very candy like.

T- A bitter sour citrus taste with a fizzy tingle on the tongue.

M- Crisp, light bodied, sour, bitter.

O- Overall its not bad, but it's not for me. The ingredients tend to be overpowering on almost every aspect of this beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Enjoy by Mar 1 2011'. So I'm not too far behind here. Poured into my Ephemere pilsner glass.

Appearance - Woah. This is one fine looking pilsner. Three full fingers of head are quick to disappear into a sea of golden straw yellow. This was one of the most beautiful pours I've ever gotten. Once settled, it is a slightly shrouded but mostly transparent yellow. Reminiscent of cider.

Smell - Smells heavily of wheat and natural earth tones. Slightly hoppy, crisp and inviting to the nose. Some light yeast and spice as well.

Taste - Slightly bitter on the tongue at first; but otherwise rich in spice and citrus. Not nearly as malty or hoppy as expected. Come to think of it, this beer tastes like Lucky Charms. Slightly bready with a soft sweetness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Extremely light bodied and refreshing. Quite a crisp and dry finish. Well balanced between malt grains, barley and hoppy sweetness. Overall a decent pilsner but not outstanding to me.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine here in Orlando. They don't have too many rarities, but with that vast of a selection I have yet to try them all. Prima has been on my list for a while and I figured it was time.

Anyway, I didn't think before grabbing the bottle... but the freshness date was labeled: "Enjoy By Feb 7, 2011". Damn. Oh well, time to give this a shot. The Prima poured a surprisingly cloudy gold; it could have passed off as a wit-bier, suspended particles and all. The white head contrasted beautifully; picture the cream on the top of a lemon meringue pie, in beer form. Unfortunately it dissipated quickly and there wasn't much lacing to keep me company. Still a great looking beer.

I don't have the most trained nose, but I immediately detect note of citrus peel, spices, pine, and grass. Definitely not like any pilsener I have smelled, once again I pick up characteristics of a Belgian white (an authentic one, not Shock Top).

As I sip the beer I finally get hit in the face by what I think is a well crafted pilsener! I'm not really going in order here, but what really stands out is the bite and lingering bitterness from the "whole flower European hops" that Victory used in this one. The wit-bier characteristics I was speaking of are nowhere to be found here. I quickly learned that these attributes were due to the hops, as their acidic nature nibbles sporadically throughout the experience. The sweet malty flavor of this style is definitely there, but simply not as long as others I've tried. The hops quickly take over in this fine example. Hops don't always mean instant win in my book, but here they give the pilsener a balance never before seen...err tasted.

Prima takes it easy on the tongue with moderate carbonation for a pilsener. The hops give the tongue a good beating but it's nowhere near overwhelming.

All in all, I'm upset I didn't grab a sixer (with a later freshness date to boot), as I'd like to see how sessionable this brew is. Either way great pilsener, probably the best and most unique I've had! Lived up to the hype!!!

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best before date marked on the label: July 2011. Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours clear and light golden, forming a frothy two finger head from a regular pour. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Smells of sweet and faint malts mostly, nothing special for pilsners.

Wow, this is by far the best pilsner I've had and a clear winner above them all. Starts with cracker like malt, nice and sweet. This transitions sharply into the hop notes, which are prominent. The hops are leafy/herbal and give off a touch of lemon.

Finishes dry, but overall light bodied.

What a great pilsner, this beer will be accompanying me into those hot summer afternoons taking naps on the deck. Prost!

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Photo of sturner26
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle into normal pint glass.

A: Completely clear straw yellow with a 1-2 finger head that lasts. Lots of carbination bubbles can be seen in the glass as you would expect from a pils.

S: Light bread aroma, subtle wheat/grain, and noble hops shine through very well.

T: Hard to get over the BMC expection I have when drinking a pils. Good combination of hops/grains that is stronger than most pils, but still within style.

M: Rather heavy for a pils, but still light compared to most beers. Dry, crisp, and refreshing as expected.

D: Excellent. With only 5% abv and a light crisp taste this is an enjoyable beer!

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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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