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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a white 1/4' head. Lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Biscuit and hops dominate the nose. Minor notes of sweet apricot present as well.

T: Biscuity malts hit the tongue at the onset followed by some slight hop bitterness. Some sweetness from light apricot enters towards the finish followed by some hop bitterness at the end.

M: Light bodied and very refreshing with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsener. It is light and refreshing with complexity of flavor and perfect hop presence.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden straw with tough of chill haze. Okay size head with fair retention and pretty good lace. Not fancy or outlandish, but spot on.

S: Nice firm noble hop aroma – grassy, floral, herbal, and softly spicey. Doughy malts in the background with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: Rather hoppy and bitter for a Pils. Opens grassy and herbal with a fair bit of spice and quite a bite. There is briefly a splash of mildly sweet doughy malts. In the middle hops transition to spicey, earthy, and strongly bitter. A clean, scraping, cleansing bitter. Only well into the finish do some resin and hop oils come out. There is also a hint of lemon throughout and a slight astringency poking though.

M: Enough body to let you know there are some malts here. Despite the slightly narrow and thin taste this appears to be a frogs hair over medium body with CO2 pretty well matched. Start semi-dry and goes to quite dry. A bit palate cleansing. A touch astringent and even puckering.

D: More like, “A bold pilsener beer.” Very firmly bitter & hoppy. Almost unbalanced. More of a challenge to the palate than I usually think of for a Pilsner. May be pushing boundries a bit, but at least in ain’t no macro swill.

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

I picked this bomber up at Wegman's poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is golden and the clarity is lightly hazed with a moderately fast paced rise of bubbles. The head is 1/2 inches of rocky snow and lace clings in spots in a wave pattern. The smell is musty and mineral from the yeast with a pils malt scent and the German origin is apparent in both hops and yeast with slight grassy vegetal and herbal aromas from the hops. The malt and hops with the yeast delivers a mild sweet scent which compliments the earthy elements well. I get a bit of grass, probably because it is so fresh, but mild grainy feel with high carbonation and spicy, peppery middle and mild sweet tinges throughout. The light grainy texture in there with a pretty resinous hop texture and highly dry semi-bitter finish.

The tast is light toasted pils malt with a mild floral hop flavor and some spicy grassy tastes that aren't harsh, yet still gives the impression that this pils is highly hop flavored with a very mild yeast mineral quality and light pilsner malt sweetness. The finish is dry and spicy with a nice yeasty tinge. I think this is a great American take on the German Pils style, with a pretty hop forward taste, yet it is still within range to be considered traditional influenced with nice noble hop character and high drinkability.

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Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a small-bubbled, one inch head atop a pale golden beer. Minimal effervescence. Well above average lacing and head retention for the style.

S- Muted lemon zest in the nose. "Grassy."

T- Clean, citrus hop...more of the lemons. hint of bread. This wins!

M- Crisp with good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- A refreshing pilsner but with much more hops than normal. Was saving this for an outdoor romp this summer but now it's too damn hot for that. A real winner from Victory. Give this to your neighbor who likes the BMC stuff.

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Photo of sleestak4life
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft @ Redcoat Tavern. Pours a pale straw yellow with a scummy white head with surprising lacing. Aroma is grassy with light citrus and flowery hops. Initial sweetness yields to significant bitterness and a long grain finish. Getting along extraordinarily well with my burger. Lovely.

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

One inch head that sticks around. Bright golden color that I expect from a German Pilsener.

The smell is the best Pilsener I've smelled in my days. Floral and Piney hops come through straight away, and are intertwined with the malt backbone.

Taste wise, I got a bit of a light smokey flavor out of my nose. The hops are a little more subdued than I expected, but the overall taste was really good. Best Pils I've had.

Leaves an oily mouthfeel while the aftertaste consists oddly of that smokey flavor i seem to taste.

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.
enjoy by date: sept 28, 2011

pours a slightly cloudt straw yellow while yielding a 1" white/off-white head. decent head retention and lacing.

nose is citric hops (notably lemon zest) with secondary notes of grass, wheat, and malt.

aroma translates well to the flavor; it's better, even. nice citric and grassy hop characters with some malt and wheat notes in the background. crisp and tasty; medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm admittedly not a die-hard pilsner buff but this is a very good rendition. flavorful and refreshing.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass, best before date of July 7th 2011 (so I'm barely out of date).

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow or straw color white foamy head, decent retention, good lacing. Smells of hops, lemon, grass, yeast esters. The taste, wow, I'm used to pilsners being real light, almost water like with some hop bite, but this is a full on hoppy pils, sort of like I remember SA Noble Pils being fresh, this is very good stuff. I get a tone of noble hops up front, a lemony, citrus taste, then on the way down some grassy, biscuity, sweet malts quickly followed by a load of bitter hops. The feel is medium light with good carb. Overall this is a fine beer, probably the best pilsner I've tasted, I'll be sure to get again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle with a BB of May 2011, so it's a little out of date. Acquired cheaply from my local beer specialist; hopefully it has been carefully stored. I love the stylised hop cone on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale straw colour with medium carbonation and fine visible sediment. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. The aroma is fantastic; a huge hit of lemony citrus and grass with undertones of pale malt and yeast.

Tastes of bitter noble hops with plenty of citrus. A dry lemon flavour dominates, accompanied by a mild herbal quality. Underpinned by light grainy malt and subtle notes of yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, with good body for the style and crisp carbonation. An astringent, bitter finish with an aftertaste to match.

Excellent; the best pilsner I've tried. The hoppy citrus flavour is great - distinctive but light. If only I could drink this every day! Too bad it's a bit pricy over here for regular consumption. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light yellow color w/ a two finger white head, which sticks around for a while. Nice looking Pils.

S- Nice lemon, grass, and hops nose. Very crisp and refreshing, and pretty much awesome for the style.

T- All the smells come out in the taste, especially the grass taste w/ a slight bitter flavor. Pretty good for the style.

M- Nice smooth/bitter feel to the beer, w/ a butter like aftertaste. Well done for the style. Not too thin, just right.

O- Nice beer for the style. Not my favorite style, but this beer is a totally solid pick up for those who haven't tried it.

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Photo of brewpig
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a case about a month ago and would smile each time my hand would reach for one.

kinda low abv but this is most definitely a beer for everyone, not just distinguished pallets.

lots of flavour, light, citrus, hops, begs to be drank in multiples...happiness in a bottle.

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Photo of fdkayti
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a crystal clear straw color into a tulip glass, my favorite drinking vessel. A nice crisp, bright white head fades quickly into a ring at the top. Steady stream of carbonation bubbles.

S- Pilsners always smell like farms to me, sans animal shit. Grassy, wheaty, etc etc. Some sort of fruity scent lingers. Smells subtly like the garage does while you're homebrewing.

T- Hops right up front without the bite at the back of the tongue. Grainy and spicy with a great citrus kick. Yum yum.

MF- Thin but good carbonation.

O/D- An excellent pilsner. Easy to drink and refreshing as all get out. Gotta be one of the best of the style.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light gold, with a modest white head that fades fairly quickly into a few islands of white bubbles and leaves almost no lacing. Lemon and grassy/hay scents are pleasant on the nose. Citrus and grassy flavors continue on the tongue, with a slight biscuity/cracker taste in the background. This has some big hop character, more than most other pilsners. Some prickliness and surprising creaminess make for excellent mouthfeel. I'm not much of a pilsner fan, but this one was a very good and refreshing.

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Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pilsner glass, Yellow color. Lots and lots of carbonation bubbles. A large three finger head that is bright white and a bit sticky.

Smell is a bit bready and maybe some pineapple sweetness. Just a hint of wheat also.

Taste is bright and just a bit sweet. Bready yeast tastes at first but recede some as this warms. The sweet tastes are tart, pineapple might be the best thing I can come up with.

Mouth is as a Pilsner should be. Bright, light and refreshing.

Overall I didn't hate or love this one. I know that Pilsner is not my first choice of style, but I also know that I have had a few that I really liked. With that being said,this was refreshing and something I might enjoy on a hot summer day. Thanks to McNuts for this bottle.

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Photo of fx20736
2.26/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

Pour yielded a thin white head that left decent lacing. Beer is an attractive sunflower gold with very active carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Aroma: standard German Lager smell of sour and grassiness.

Mouthfeel: for all the carbonation the mouthfeel is a little flat and lifeless.

Taste: hard for me to get past the astringent herb bitterness followed by a soapy aftertaste. Beer improved slightly as it warmed but it really seems like this a beer that is over-hopped, but not with Cascade or Centennial but rather with German Noble Hops. The bitterness overwhelms my taste buds completely.

Notes: I've had 5 bottles of this and has not grown on me. Stoudt's Pils seems immediately more enjoyable. Prima Pils is almost a drainpour for me.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed last night while sitting by the pool. Poured into a pint glass...

A - Pale golden-yellow color. Pure white head forms about 1.5 fingers thick and recedes pretty quickly.

S - Straw, malts, wheat, flowery hops, some citrus, and some more earthy, grassy hops.

T - Crisp, clean beer. Grassy hops add a nice earthiness to the pilsner malts. Slightly dry finish with some hop bitterness.

M - Lighter bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very clean and crisp on the palate.

O - Great beer that is extremely refreshing on a hot summer day. Worth picking up a 6-pack anytime you have some summer relaxing to do.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very light and crystal clear beer with a distinctive pils taste. Balanced flavors with moderate bitterness and dry enough finish. Very drinkable, hoppier than an average pils, good carbonation levels, very quenching. However, I have to question whether it's true to the style. Perhaps not all that traditional. And more than that, I have to question whether I really love pils in general. After all the incredible APAs and IPAs and German wheat beers I've been drinking lately, the pils taste just put me in the mind of the old BMC crap.

I recognize that this is a well made beer and perhaps I will return to it at a later date. But this isn't up my alley at the moment.

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

Light fizzy head, mostly clear golden banana color.

Nose lots of nice malts, straw, toasty wheat, light grassy floral hops.

Taste clean and crisp, nice toasty pilsner malts, light straw grassy floral noble hops with a decent of bitterness. Drier finish with a long bitter hoppy crisp finish, touch of spicy hops too.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall very drinkable, crisp and refreshing, nice pils malts, nice noble and bit of american hops, great pils.

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

Had this a few times now and recently had the chance to have it on tap. It's a beautifully clear golden beer with a classic frothy, white head. Wheat and honey smells with a wheat grain cocktail taste with the same honey sweetness tying it all together. Mouthfeel is almost chewy. It's a highly sessionable, wholesome beer with great aspects all around. Such an easy A.

Can't like pils and not try this beer.

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Photo of superjose
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass

A - pale golden yellow, bright white head that fades fairly quickly leaving tight thin lacing on the glass

S - flowery, citrus hops

T - hoppy with a mild sweet maltiness laying underneath

M - light, crisp and dry

O - A refreshing pils prefect for a warm summer day, clean and smooth leaving you wanting more.

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

I have had this beer before… and I REALLY like the mouthfeel on this brew. But after reading about this, and hearing it compared to Miller Lite it might change my thoughts on it. Oh, probably not. It smells good, it tastes good, and has SO much flavor to it.

The beer smells incredible, and has a wet, yet dry nose to it. Beers like this make me think of walking the streets in Europe. The beer in Europe is better, but perhaps it’s because it’s Europe. Now, what’s this beer taste like?

The beer starts smooth on the front of the palate, and slides down the back of the throat smooth, and crisp. Then, after all that a VERY dry aftertaste hits you. Going back to this, comparing it to Miller Lite, it’s not even in the same category. The bad thing about this beer is I could chug it! I just can’t get over that aftertaste and how dry it stays.

The beer doesn’t have a very big ABV, but that’s okay. It doesn’t need one. The beer is just so good. Plus, the aftertaste sticks around forever. I just love this beer. I might call this a summer beer based on the taste of all the summers I am having this season. Regardless, I love this beer.

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Photo of Jammies
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- yellowish gold, about an inch of foam. Not much retention. Poor lacing.

S- somewhat flowery. definitely has that "miller lite" pilsner aroma.

T- deeper flavor than I expected. Good balance of hops and malt.

M- smooth, great body

O- Not too shabby. Good session beer.

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Photo of dye7
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: bright gold, moderate head, lots of bubbles. very nice.

smell: grassy hops

taste: more bitter than some other pils i've tried, but very well balanced. the hops stand out in this one.

mouthfeel: it's a bit heavy for the style. when i think of pils, i want something light and refreshing and cold. drinkability is lacking because of this.

prima pils is good overall but i find i actually enjoy sam adam's noble pils much more.

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Photo of Danimaleatdrums
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass.

Color is golden straw, thin head that dissolves quickly to sides, some left on top.

Smell is citrus, hops, and yeast.

Taste is citrus and honey, bitter long after.

Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation.

Overall, a decent enough beer, but I was led to expect better. Good as a beer, but I don't think it represents the style.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color wig a thin white head the dissipates rather quickly. The smell is earthy hops and a slight malt presence. The flavor is dry and slighkty bitter from the hops with some malt and earth qualities to it. The mouthfeel is well carbed and dry. Overall the most enjoyable pilsner I have had

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,317 ratings