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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:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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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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Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 -3.5%
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 +11.9%
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 +13.2%
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 +11.4%
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 +11.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +4%
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 +3.7%
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 +10%
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 +3.2%
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 -5.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.5%
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 -4.2%
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 0%
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 +4%
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 +1.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.5%
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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,269 ratings
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