Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Prima PilsPrima Pils
5,268 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 billshmeinke
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pils glass at Blue Palms.

Clear pale straw golden color. About a finger of head. Wispy lacing left along the side of the glass.

Bread and characteristic pilsner malt scents. Light spicy hop scents.

Tastes of rustic bread, slightly earthy, then a huge spicy hop finish.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry. Super refreshing.

A hop head's summer delight.

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Photo of Forb
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Solid golden body full with bubbly carbonation.

Smell: Slightly sweet, mild to heavily hopped.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Many attributes of a typical pilsener but moreso hop heavy then many I've tried. Being that I'm a hophead this beer sits well with me. A great addition to the style. Prosit!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright yellow color, with a nice large head, that did go away rather quickly. The smell was oddly rater hoppy. The taste was complex, it initaly had that bit of a typical spice note that is common with pilsners, but then finished a bit hoppy. The taste stayed on the pallete for a while, and was strong; very strong for a pilsner. Overall a great beer, and a top pilsner.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

freshest dry grass you'll ever drink! this beer is a refreshing, dry, aromatic delight.

pours a translucent, effervescent, bright yellow with a good fizz and little white rim of a head. the aroma is just brilliant for a pils -- grassy, but spicey and a little hoppy too (see the label). and it really pays off - floral and dry as all get out this is one high planes drifter of a pils. the taste is of good clean, light malt and the lager yeast.... with a fresh, hopped up aroma and bitter back end.

you want this beer good and cold. more of a seasonal choice perhaps. but when you are in the mood for a pilsner and would like a little extra hop bite -- this Victory Prima Pils is great.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear pale gold with a 1 finger white head. Minimal lacing, average retention.

S - Spicy noble hops, sulfur lager yeast, lemon bread.

T - Loads of crisp grassy hops, juicy orange peel, sweet and grainy pale malt, lemon, spicy grass comes through strong on the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate soft carbonation, clean and dry.

Aggressive hop profile, very clean flavors, an excellent Pilsener.

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Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw color with a HUGE foamy head. Head retention is not nearly as impressive, but it does continue to effervesce for quite some time. that keeps its form forever; the lacing is good

Smell: Quite grainy, with hints of a grassyness. Lots of DMS, but it works for this style.

Taste: Very pronounced bittering hop and hoppiness in the forefront. Much more than typical Pilsners. A very nice malt backbone to it thos. Starts great, finishes good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best German Pilsners you can find bottled.

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Photo of snpub540
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale clear yellow into my glass. One finger head was white and left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell was of malt sweetness and some floral hops.

Taste was sweet upfront with some breadiness followed by a nice crisp floral hop finish. Had a nice earthy yeast flavor too.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side of medium. It is a nice crisp beer and it is easily sessionable, but for pilseners I don't think it has the flavors that other breweries are able to produce to make it something I'd drink more often.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils

Appearance: lemon yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops, grains, and a subtle fruit.

Taste: mild hops and grains with a bitter dryness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a nice brew. The bitter dry finish is nice. It has a tad bit of watery texture, but the flavor is good.

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Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale starw-gold with a beautiful sudsy white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell - Complex aromas of sweet bready malt with grassy, spicy European hops. Subtle notes of green apple and mineral are detectable as well.

Taste - Crisp and refreshing. Sweet with a strong and refreshing bitterness. This one manages to be complex and interesting at the same time that it is a great summer refresher.

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Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a HUGE foamy head that keeps its form forever; the lacing is good

S: Nice lemon and lemon rind hop presence with a bit of orange peel and pine on top of a grainy, grassy malt backbone--just a touch of a pleasant skunky aroma (this isn't old and I kind of like just a subtle touch of this aroma in my pilsner)

T: Citrus hop bitterness up front--this is one of the most hop forward pilsners I have had but the hops don't overpower and instead play nicely off the toasty and grassy grains

F: Light to medium body with medium carbonation and even a bit of that hoppy sticky residue that I so enjoy

O: Such a fantastic, hop forward pilsner; so refreshing and delicious; pilsners CAN be interesting and awesome!

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

Aroma is crisp and clean; more hop than a traditional pilsner, but it's nice overall, and not too strong.

Color is a very, very pale yellow to gold.

After the relatively light aroma and color, the taste is surprising. Definitely a nice floral hop bite, but well-balanced - although this is a full-flavored beer, it is still a pilsner, and as such is a crisp, clean drink. Taste finishes pretty clean, with some leftover maltiness and hop bittnerness that stays.

Mouthfeel is light and a little bit creamy. Pretty highly carbonated.

Overall a very nice beer, and a good example of not sticking exactly to the style, but improving on it by adding some extra character to it.

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Photo of danfisher1
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review as a BA so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. This was a 12oz bottle poured into my favorite Belhaven pint glass.

A - for the most part clear but not quite transparent. the color is light golden/amber with about an inch of head with good retention.

S - the floral characteristics of the hops really comes through

T - hoppiness followed by a good level of bitterness, almost no aftertaste the beer is very crisp and clean. This is extraordinary considering the fact that this is a full flavored brew.

M - for the most part very clean and crisp just like the aftertaste. Big taste but overall light...good summer beer.

O - I chose this beer for my first review b/c it is my everyday beer, one of the perks of living so close to Victory. This beer could match up with any pils from germany or prague, but it brings its own flavor to the table which you really gotta give a high five to Victory!

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

Excited to try this one out as I've recently been getting into Pils style beers again.

Pouring it out, it looks great, as a pils should, a pale golden crystal clear.

Smell gives off a little more floral/citrus hops oils than would be found in a traditional Pils.

Taste shows off more of the American style of hopping (dry hopping maybe?), with citrus and light grapefruit notes coming to the palette firstly. The after taste is a bittery/spicy hops.

Good carbonation, glides down the tongue in a nice way, a very drinkable beer.

Overall I thought this was a great tasting beer, but in general it is more of an American foral hops style Pils and should maybe be in a different category than that of a Czech or German style pils, which would have more of a crisp grassy and spicy hop body.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a good amount of head and great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like great strong herbal and pine hops with a good bread malt backbone. Even a hint of lemon in there.

Taste follows smell to a T. Bread opens up the sip and moves into the amazing hoppy goodness. Its really a great beer that I could drink over and over.

Mouthfeel is moderate and high carbonation. Filling.

Overall this comes close to greatness.

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Photo of JRed
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light straw color in body with white bubbly head that fades but leaves lacing. Refreshing aroma of clean hops: pine, mint, light grain, light fruit. Hop forward in flavor: pine, wet grass, mint, hop leaves, light grain and subtle notes of floral/honey in the background.Finishes elegant and clean bitter. Light with active carbonation. Refreshing, clean, a beautiful pilsner. My favorite pilsener.

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Photo of zimm421
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a clear golden color with a nice white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass and some nice lacing.

The aroma has hints of breadiness and is slightly sweet, but mostly spicy from the hops. The taste starts sweeter and bready, almost like a biscuit, but quickly moves towards a nice spicy flavor. Good black pepper flavors as well as earthy tastes.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with nice stings from the carbonation. The spiciness also adds a good tingle to the tongue with each sip. Overall, this is a great beer. Something I'm glad that I can find fairly easily. Goes down easily and offers a decent amount of complex flavors. Definitely a great pilsner here!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Slentz for the beer!

A: A bright and clear yellow body with bubbly white head. Light lacing, not long head retention.

S: Herbal & grassy hops dominate the nose along with sweet bready malts & spices.

T: A very bitter upfront with notes of herbal and grassy hops as indicated by the nose. There are some sweet pils malts in the middle with a little citrus. Finishes very bitter with a hint of lemon rind.

M: Very clean and crisp mouthfeel; high carbonation; light body.

O: Thought this was a great representative of it's style. Not my favorite type of pilsner so I don't see myself gunning to get it again. It was a little too bitter for me. However, really good beer and perhaps I'll give it another go around in the future.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden in color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Some grassy hops, a little barnyard funk, light citrus and pale malts.

T: There's a nice snap of grassy hops upfront and then some lightly bready malts. The finish is a lighter return of grassy hops a bit of white pepper and some lemon. Very clean and drinkable and the mouthfeel is dead on for the style.

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

On tap at The Friendly Spot, San Antonio, TX. 4.23.11.

The appearance and smell matches the bottled version, but the taste isn't as sweet. Hops are more pronounced, nice floral bite with big dose of pilsener malt for balance. This is really good, extremely drinkable on tap, one of America's best pilseners. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is transparent and light yellow in color. Bubbles emanating from the depths of the beer ascend rapidly to the surface. The head is thick and white, leaving ringlets of lacing around the perimeter of the pilsner glass.

The aroma is of lager malt, a slight funk (positive), floral notes / floral hops.

The flavor is quite tasty and refreshing. This is one of the better examples of a German Pilsener I have had, especially from an American brewery. The flavor leads with a malty, biscuity character, then gracefully transitions to a light hop bitterness in the finish. Personally, I would prefer the hop character to be slightly less pronounced, allowing the malt component to shine through a bit more, but I can't deny that this is done artfully.

Easy to drink, a bold flavor, distinctive. This is in the upper echelon of the style, without question.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Cloudy yellow in color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger head that disappears very quickly. Medium lacing that was spotty and stuck around the whole time.

S: Lemon grass and some slight hop profile. Not strong but definitely a nice nose.

T: The flavor matches the nose but steps up the intensity. Nice lemon grass flavor with hop bitterness slightly rounding out the pilsener malt. Delicious flavor profile and surprisingly complex.

M: Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with high carbonation. Consistently left me wanting more.

O: An excellent pilsener and overall an excellent beer. One that I would enjoy having in my kegerator at home. You know, if I had a kegerator.

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Photo of Puddintane
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow pour, white bubbly head. Aroma of crisp grassy hops, faint bit of must in the malt, citrus rind/light fruit. Flavors of dry malt with a decent bit of grapefruit/citrus rind come into play, a slight earthiness/must is apparent as well. Light bubbly body, crisp/bitter/malty throughout with a dry lingering bitter finish. Easily one of my top three session beers: it’s bright and crisp. Overall, just a very satisfying brew that I drink regularly all year round. This coupled with a very fair price point makes it a hard beer to beat. Most definitely my favorite summer brew as well as my favorite pilsener. I don’t see what there is to not love about this beer.

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Photo of Reznick
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was recommended to me as an example of a quality pilsner.

Appearance: Golden and rather clear.

Smell: Rather subtle, with a very clean scent. Slight scent of clean grass and barely hoppy.

Taste: Somewhat bitter at first. Transitions directly into this very interesting and very pleasant floral flavor that seemed to wash away the bitter notes that hit the palate upon first tasting. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Very light and somewhat thin, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: Quite good overall, and the flavor is well balanced. I've heard that this one is head and shoulders above typical pilsners, and I can see why. I'm not typically a fan of pilsners, but I can definitely recommend this one.

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

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 4/23/11. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a rich looking bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that skims the surface, leaving back sticky swathes of foamy looking lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral, herbal, citric, and a bit spicy, with a light underlying bready sweetness from the malts.

The taste has a leafy and spicy bitterness to it that stretches the whole way through. This just has a bright hoppy pop to it in the mouth that is supported by those Pils malts, which while giving off some balancing sweetness here, mostly have a grainy stiffness to them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, clean, and all-around assertive feel in the mouth.

Ah, this is a classic from Victory and I never turn down a pint or bottle if it comes my way. That mix of German and Czech hops lends this a distinct kind of herbal or earthy spiciness that I really dig and that close to 5% ABV keeps this right there at that approachable level where you can have a couple of these without taxing the palate a whole lot. I love that I’m able to get this beer fresh at the brewery with relative ease.

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Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden. Clear with a little bit of lacing on the glass rim.

S - Hoppy with a spicy edge to it.

T - A pilsner with some bite. Strong hoppy finish with some peppery notes.

M - Raspy ont he tongue, and a tickle in the back of some spice. Just the way I like a good pilsner.

O - You can't go wrong with this one. A throwback beer to the true pilsner enthusiasts.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,268 ratings
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