Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,254 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 FattyJLE
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a half inch bright white head.

S - Citrusy lemon peel combined with spice. Extremely fragrant.

T - Earthy flavor right up front with biscuity malt taste which is soon overpowered by a strong hop bitterness that lingers for a while.

M - Moderate carbonation and solid body for a pils. Dry finish.

D - Highly drinkable and although the hop bitterness overpowers the malt, its not too much. Would definitely have again, especially as a complement to a meal.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours a crystal clear gold with a perfect white head and nice lacing. Aroma is crisp, with a good balance of spicy doughy yeast and Saaz hops. Flavor matches quite well, with a pretty strong hop resin bite for a Pils. A little strong on the carbonation, but this is a great lively summer brew. Just hearty enough to not be classified as watery, but light enough to session.

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

A - translucent gold, two fingers of rocky head dissipates to lingering suds, bubbles keep rising for a while

S - biscuits, grass clippings, lemon zest, an herbal/citrus experience, very pleasant

T - similar to the nose, just a hint of malt sweetness, lots of herbal hops with a clean, dry, and just slightly bitter/spicy finish

M - lively carbonation, a little prickly, not at all heavy

D - this is a refreshing beer, a very refreshing beer, the level of refreshment makes my head spin. This is the only beer I can think of off the top of my head where I can easily see myself drinking a whole sixer

Wow, what a pilsener. Awesome hops, clean malt characteristics, a perfect summer/session brew. Not a style I drink a lot of but this one is by far the best I've had.

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Photo of TK5150
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours into my snifter a hazy yellow, yes straight-up yellow. The head is just off-white and contains a mix of small and large bubbles. Only a one and a half finger head forms, even with a fairly aggressive pour. It then recedes to a ring around the glass. I love the yellow color of this beer.

S- Sweet pale malts and lemons from the hops. The hops also present an herbal characteristic that is quite nice.

T- Sweet pale maltiness at the front of the tongue transitions to a solid and firm bitterness on the back-end with flavors of lemon and spice. Lingering buttery/cheese-like flavor in the back of the throat. Enjoyable.

M- Medium body and fairly strong carbonation. Has a bit of a nice bite to it.

D- This is a staple to have in the fridge as far as I'm concerned. Easy to drink a few of these.

Overall, probably my favorite pilsener I've had. Tasty, and easy to drink. I don't like Victory, and only like one other beer they make (Old Horizontal), but this may be their best beer.

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Photo of Landfill21
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a light yellow color with a fingernail head that laces down the glass as you drink.

Has a light fresh smell with malts and a faint hint of hops

Has a nice hoppy head that follows to the nose. Leaves a little aftertaste. Has a light malt taste and a light mouthfeel.

I am not a big hoppy beer drinker but this was a clean crisp refeshing beer. Has a nice clean finish and will lead you to drinking more. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of juhl31
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-clear golden yellow with a thin white head. i could use a bit of a taller head. adjunct looking at 1st glance

-has a dirty hop smell to it. a bit bready as well

-the hop taste, up front and lingering in the back, reminds me of the piney hops in hop devil. there is kind of a charcoal hop taste to it as well. somewhere in the middle there is almost a sourdough taste as well. some lingering lemon rind throughout the taste too

-very crisp, but not carb bitey at all. decent body for the style too. leaves you with a dirty mouth feel

-this is quite good. i have been wanting to try this for awhile and i am not bummed to have 5 more left in the 6er

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Photo of pjcors
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve once bottle, drank from my brand new Victory glass...

A- A crisp, pale yellow looking beer. Very appetizing appearance. A slightly noticeable lacy head lingers after the pour. Carbonation bubbles are visible. A seriously enticing looking pilsener.

S- Not much happening. I got a slight scent of spicy hops. The aroma is nice and clean, but nothing special really.

T- This is one delicious beer. The taste of hops is strong, spicy almost. However, it's never overbearing. They're nicely complimented with a low-key malty taste that comes in to play the more you drink it. A dry, refreshing aftertaste rounds it all out.

M- There was a surprising amount of bite to this one. I honestly didn't enjoy it all that much. It wasn't as refreshing as I had expected. However, this was also my first time trying the beer.

D- Despite the rather odd mouthfeel and the almost bland smell, this is a very good beer. The crisp, spicy hops and the undercurrent of subtle maltiness make for two complimentary flavors that make for one interesting beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass... A medium clear dark gold, a nice bright finger cap, great sticky lacing. Could be a touch clearer but looks fine... The aroma is quite pleasant, tons of sweet grain, floral, spice, lemon, bitter finish. Very solid... The taste is zesty lemons, grain, and floral notes. The finish is very bitter and biting, so much flavor. Not a style I enjoy but this hits home closest to the major Euro versions.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, I can't read the date on the bottle so I'm not sure of the freshness of this one. It's been in the fridge for a couple weeks so it may be a bit old. Enjoyed on 03/06/11.

A - Hazy, pale straw yellow color with less than a one finger white head. Leaves little to no lacing. Color is right on for a pilsener but the head/lacing is disappointing.

S - Smell is very good. Light bready malts, crisp citrus hops and some peppery spiciness. Make sure to have plenty of these laying around for some hot summer days.

T - Very similar to the nose. Nice citrus and spicy finish. Incredibly easy to drink. Good example of the style.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, just creamy enough. Drinkability is high because of the good crisp finish.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy - straw in color with a white head, some slight lacing left behind.

Smells of citrus and a mix of flower and spice. It has an overall freshness that is crisp and poignant.

Taste fresh melon up front - honeydew - but the sweetness is barely noticeable as it immediately retreats into bitter citrus, then finishes dry with a tingling spice sensation - bergamot. Has a real nice mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale orange body with some yellow hues mixed in and a moderately sized pure white head which fades appropriately to leave a thin lace behind.

Aroma is notably hoppy but I unfortunately forgot to check the date on the bottle so this is not the freshest example. Hops have probably faded a bit but there is enough to make me happy, with a nice floraly spice and herbal character.

Again, I'm feeling the hops may have faded a bit. The bitterness is still present but the bready malt backbone provides a strong balance against the floral hop character. Still though I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp well-carbonated feel. Helps make this feel fairly refreshing.

Overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying this refreshing brew. Next time I'll try for some fresher bottles but this is still good enough. I don't go for pilseners all that much(I like the maltier lagers) but this is one I'll certainly buy when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 3/1/11

Appearance: golden yellow with 1 finger fluffy head

Smell: citrus, spices

Taste: citrus, thin,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean, smooth

Drinkability: easy drinker. goes down smooth.


The CpJ

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Photo of JesteR14
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow, High head that recedes quickly.

S- Hop, slight malt and some other tangyness. I love the nice fresh hop smell in this pilsner!

T- Hoppy at first, smooths to a bitter citrus and spicy taste. This one is fairly refreshing and has that great hop/wheat pilsner taste. This is my favorite east coast brewer and they never disappoint..

M- Hops hits me first, but i notice how fresh and pleasant they are. The bubbles in my mouth make it an exciting but not a session beer. Good pilsner!!!

D- Not high, but a good beer non the less! Victory never disappoints craft brew heads. Always fresh hops and some citrus. I enjoyed but wouldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bone white head over a clear yellow body.
Aroma is of earthy and spicy noble hops, but there is something odd going on. kinda musty and smells like spring yardwork, kinda odd im getting that in here, but the bottle is well within freshness dates.
Flavors are crisp and bright and have lemon over toasted wheat followed by the spicy hops.
Moderate body and enjoyable all around, will probally only buy this in the summer.

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

Pours a clear, rich gold, with not much lacing, but lots of good foamy white head and lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the side of the glass.

Nose is very refreshing and clean, with lots of floral aromas and lemon zest. Malt is bready and light, but nicely weighted.

Taste follows with great balance, as it starts bitter, has plenty of lemon citrus, and a bit of leafy hops, but the biscuity malt comes in well to keep it smooth the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing as it should be for the style, but the citrus in particular aids the mouthfeel quite a bit. Drinkability is fantastic, although the malt gets a bit strong near the end, it is really well balanced for the most part.

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

A - Completely clear straw yellow with 1-finger head that lasts, not as foamy as I would like to see. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S - Very wonderful light bread aroma, wheat/grain is subtle and the zesty spiciness of the noble hops shines through very well.

T - Don't drink a lot of pilseners but this one has a great combo of hops/grains. The hop flavor isn't overbearing at all and it has just the right amount of alpha acids and peppery zest to compliment the light and sweet malts.

M/D - Medium-light body with lots of carbonation that can be felt on the palate. Finishes with a neutral amount of dryness, not too dry not too sweet. Not the most complex style on the planet but this one is easy to drink especially now that the weather is starting to warm up.

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Photo of NATOuk
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colour, thin hard which builds and recedes to a White ring around the glass

Biscuit malts, some grassy notes and maybe some citrus.

Crisp biscuit malts turning to a dry earthy taste and a strong lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Very full pils flavour.

Medium carbonation, medium body. Light and refreshing but not watery.

Great session beer - A pils with a good strong taste and a kick.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at barleys and always one of my personal favorites!!

good sized two inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently into a broken crown across the top with a good amount of side glass lacing as well. Light aromas of grain mixed in with a good light floral bouquet and hints of pineapple. Some light banana way down in the back.

Crisp, and refreshing. A light wheat like grain base was cut by a nice orange rind like hop flavor that was quick to turn nice and bitter on you. Hints of banana flavored yeast and a nice finish that was full of fresh cut grass and a wet hay flavor. This was a nice medium bodied pilsner. Much thicker then you would normally see from the style, but it worked very well. An outstanding session ale, this was one I would have no issues in repeating any day. It was light, crisp and clean with a nice profile and low ABV, all things making this lean hard towards being very seasonable.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This clear golden straw colored beer has a fluffy white head that fades fast but leaves a sea foam lace that is nice and pretty. Would like more retention, but nice look for the style.

The aroma is a nice balance of deep toasted malt, and earthy, grassy notes with a touch of lemony citrus. The taste follows the nose. Fresh hay, grass, earthy elements and a touch of lemon. Underneath is a nice light toasted malt. Slightly on the bitter side, but the flavor is awesome for the style. Nothing was overdone.

Nice, light, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink.

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Photo of masstransplant
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color, very little head. THis is the type of beer I would use to "trick" a budweiser drinker...I love to see the expression on their faces when they drink something with flavor. Smells of bitter hops and light citrus, maybe fresh-cut hay. The beer has a nice, hoppy bitterness that pairs well with a good cheddar...excellent tasting beer. Crisp and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. I'm typically a one-beer guy, but I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this today. Best by may 2011 so it must be fairly fresh.

Pours a golden straw color. Not a very good head. Little lacing. Might be too cold though.

Aroma of a good lager and sort of grassy hayness with a slight bit of noble hops.

Taste is great. A crisp pils with a good flavor. Although I like the hops and malt in Noble Pils better. This one is solid as well.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and dry. Nice high carb.

Overall a very solid pils. Wish noble pils was as available as this is though.

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

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a beautiful, clear, golden, with a perfect white head.

Smells is huge. Lots of hops and also some nice hay and grassy notes.

Taste is fantastic. Very light bodied but still tons of flavor. Lots of hops.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing without being watery. A great session beer that you sit and drink all night long. Probably my favorite of the style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a bright lemony yellow with a large bone-white head that slowly faded into a dense oily film. Active carbonation kept a thin film that lasted the whole beer through and left great rings of tight lace.
S: I get clean notes of crackery malt, dry grains and just a touch of lemon citrus and earthy hops.
T: Clean biscuity malt taste with hardly any sweetness. Hops come through strong near the end, and the finish has a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is leafy, earthy and dry.
M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation and a dry mouthfeel make this go down easy.
D: The quantity of hops in this are unlike any other pilsner I've had. This is a great drinking beer and something I think anyone from novice to beer geek can enjoy.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow. Nice white one finger head. Lots of carbonation on this one. Streaming bubbles coming up my SA pint class. A nice cap sticks around for a good amount of time. Smells of lemon, citrus, grassy hops, some sweetness. Tastes sweet at first, quite a bit of lemon zest, grass, green tea. Medium bodied mid palate, yet finishes quite dry and crisp with some lingering bitterness. Quite a nice beer but I think the dryness keeps me from having more. A few in a sitting would be all I'd drink.
$2.10 a single.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent looking clear golden color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of grain and citrus hops and tastes much the same with plenty of hop bitterness and a little biscuit or grain in there. Medium mouthfeel with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,254 ratings.
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