Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,252 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 BrewCrew2010
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +5.4%
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 +1%
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 +2.2%
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 -3.7%
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 +12.3%
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 -7.6%
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 +1%
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 -1%
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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Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clean, clear pale yellow appearance. White, frothy head that dies off rather quickly. Malty and flavorful, without being heavy; more "refreshing" than my normal favorite, an IPA. Good sour hoppy aftertaste has a bit of flintiness in it. Some citrusy notes, some sweetness. Good balance, good complexity. Overall, complex enough to be interesting, but remains light and refreshing.

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Photo of aficionado
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory's best, widely-released offering.

Pale as can be, a regal light gold translucent body with a moderate amount of sticky lacing, high-carbonation, crisp, very bitter, lemony, grassy, herbal, pilsener malts, bready yeast, noble hops, and hard minerally water. A highly drinkable Summer beer. It's not complex and it's not wowing, but definitely a must try and quite the quality pilsener. I'm not a huge fan of pilseners, but this beer is a good introduction to hops.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a one-finger bright white head. Subpar lacing and head retention. Grass and citrus aroma, nothing much there. Well hoped pilsener. Pretty big floral and herbal hops to start. Solid bitterness. Nice grassy and hay flavor adds some balance before a bit of sweet citrus flavor closes the show. Finishes dry and crisp. Big tasting pills.

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

Appearance: Pours a completely filtered golden with a 2 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Nice herbal german hops over pilsner malt. Straight forward and full of bite.

Taste: Same as nose but with more intensity. The beer sometimes has some citrus hop essence (when extremely fresh..centennial perhaps?) but just has a nice driving herbal german bittering hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: So sessionable.

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Photo of spree92
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty yellow. Small head left a layer of yeast particles floating on the top. Good lacing marks. I have a hard time getting much nose, but I pick up carbonation, if that has a smell, banana and some spice. I think the Hop Devil has the same spicy note. Hops come through the taste with a bitterness that lingers. Banana notes as well. This is a light body beer that is easy to drink. After my last couple Pilseners, I have realized they are not my favorite, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of 7ate9
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive medium orangey gold with nice lacing and thin head that sticks around round rood the darker tint makes it look a bit more appetizing and substantial

Lemon peel (almost candied) hints of orange fresh cut grass toasty white bread yeastiness white flowers smells like a warm summer's day. It's subtle but the complexity is high.

The bready yeast and grassy, herbaceous hops come through on the palate. Finishing crisp and light with a pleasant bitterness that really makes you want another sip now. Taste lingers on like fresh mown sweet grass

pleasing carbonation and light body sure do make this mmmhmmm.

It's fresh, thirst quenching, lively, subtly complex and by far the best I've had in a category that I usually avoid. I would buy again and drink it again and then buy it again and then yeah

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Photo of DNICE555
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blind tiger after the natural history museum with Jlynn. I’ve been into pilsners and kolsch’s lately so pretty pumped to try this one.

A – Straw colored body with a sexy super white mr clean head.

S – Oranges, flowers, lemon, yeast, hops

T – Orange, lemon, grassy hops. Great pilsner.

M – Perfect carbonation level. Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O – Awesome pilsner. Def the flagship pilsner for me so far.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice straw colored brew thats got some nice carbonation and a super white head that quickly recedes and sticks at a thin layer. sticks well to the side of the glass. outside of the head nothing all that special going on here.

S - wow this thing smells amazing. orange, lemon, yeast, floral herbal smell with a good hop presence in there as well. so much going on here.

T - the nose was a great indicator of what was to come. orange and lemon mix in nicely together. nice resiny hop taste to this one. good grassy taste sits in the background. such a good beer.

M - good amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. this one feels crisp and smooth. perfect for a warm summer day.

O - this is one amazing beer. had heard quite a lot of good things about this one but was still blown away.

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Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass for around $4-$4.50.

The beer looks alright, but there's not enough head to gain any better score. Sure, that could be due to the bartender's pour, but I'm guessing the head retention on this is just a bit short of greatness with or without Johnny Badpour. The brilliant gold color has just a hint of cloudiness, and the white ring of foam leaves its mark on the side of the glass.

This is classic American Pils here. The nose is all grain and flowers. The malt is pale with hints of crackers and just enough graininess. The hops add earthy and flowery notes, giving depth and character. Just a touch of tropical (pineapple) and citrus (lemon) round things out.

The taste is exceptional. This is easily one of the best American Pilseners in the world. The experience starts with sweet malt with some Plisen graininess and just a touch of toast. A bit of honey sweetness launches things into the hoppy portion of the tasting curve. There's a touch of lemon from the hops, then floral and earthy notes that provide great depth and compliment the malt perfectly.

The mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied. Probably more body than your typical American micro pils. This doesn't seem out of place, as the flavor backs things up. The flavor ends in flowery hops and sweet malt with no hints of booze.

Overall, this is a cornerstone of the American craft brewing movement's history. A beer of legend that delivers. Step away from the stout and enjoy what got us here in the first place!

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

Label says "Enjoy by June 5, 2011." Thank you, Victory for dating (although I would still prefer bottling dates). Poured into a Pilsener glass. Light straw body with a creamy, white, two-finger head. Very good retention and spotty lacing.

Hoppy, floral aroma up front, with some slightly grassy hop notes blending in as well. Bready malt aroma in the background.

Tasty blend of flavors featuring the aforementioned hops. The hop flavor comes across a little more piney and bitter in the flavor than the aroma might suggest. But, this is good. The malt blend works well.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Probably the best Pilsener I've ever had. Will enjoy this regularly.

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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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,252 ratings.
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