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 samwello
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very surprised at the quality of this beer. It has a hint of dark burnt chocolate flavor and a overall wonderful taste. The after taste runs away too quickly, making you crave for another sip! Carbonation is perfect, appearance and smell...perfect again. I believe the high quality hopps and pilsner quality brewing technique makes this one of the best beers I have ever had role over my tongue! Victory makes some other very good beers....But this one is their best!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A preface: Pilseners are not my favourite beers. That being said, I try to approach this with an objective mind and rate it based on it's quality and not just based off my own taste preferences.

It poured a hazy straw colour, with a white head that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving very limited lacing (alliteration!)

The smell is light and hoppy, with a citrusy backbone that finishes almost a little sweet/floral.

Drinking it follows the same theme from the nose, with the hops leading the way with a light spicy/citrusy undercurrent. The flavour is primarily in the first swish through the mouth, though the second act gives way to the faint floral notes from the nose, while the finishing aftertaste is the hoppy bitterness that sits with you for a little while.

It's a lightly carbonated beer, which goes down pretty smoothe, but nothing particularly notable.

Overall, it's a beer that I can enjoy drinking if it happens to be around the house, but I would not seek it out. If you really like lighter beers with an undeniable hop profile, you might like it, but it's just not my cup of tea (or beer as it were). don't shy away from it, but not something you necessarily need to go on a mission for

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Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with a light lemon citrus and subltle amounts of dry grainy/pils maltiness. Smells quite fresh and clean (if that makes sense).

The tastes begin with hops right out front; lemon zest combined with grassy bitterness and flavors. Light pilsner maltiness is the perfect canvas for this hop bill. A nice combination of citrusy flavor and hop bitterness to go along with a fuller than normal body and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall I really dont enjoy Pilsners (and I really didn't enjoy this one to be completely honest), but I can appreciate how this is a stellar example of an Americanized pilsner. A staple (or should be) for any light German beer fan who wants a nice American hop twist.

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

Appearance. Pours a light straw with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Floral, spicy hops, toasted light grain and a little citrus.

Taste. Light grains with some herby, grassy hops. Finishes a little bitter with some citrus rind.

Mouthfeel. Light body with above medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Excellent for the style.

Overall. Great pilsner. Wish I could get this locally.

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Photo of patreely12
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - pale, hazy straw. an inch tall, fluffy white head retains itself for a fairly long time. mild carbonation visible.

S - strong but balanced aromas grainy malts and earthy European hops.

T/M - just like the nose the flavor is made up of a well balanced combination of pale, grainy German malts and flowery, earthy hops. the rich, and slightly sweet malts make up the front of the beer while the hops take a subtle back seat. very refreshing, but the flavors are a bit boring for me. light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall - not one of my favorite styles. this is a decent, light beer for the hot summer days and a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Ah pills! The golden piss yellow lager but this one has a nice inch of frothy head.

S - Kind of subdued with slight grain and maybe some grape skins and a touch of bitter hops in the nose.

T - More aggressive and bitter than expected. Tastes of sharp cider and a touch of bread with aggressive piney bitterness.

M - Light to medium still it was hard to get over how harsh the hops and grains are.

Overall I will not buy this again. I have had much sweeter pilsners and bought this on the off chance that freshness would make it better. Grassy and bitter with harsh grains this beer is not for me.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good for a pale gold color and has a nice fluffy white head, which is about two fingers thick. The ding here is that there is no clarity here.

In the aroma there is plenty of grainy huskiness along withlemony hops.

The taste is on par for the style. Spicy hops with lemon rind and the cereal grain presence.

Feels crisp and clean. Wetting and inviting to the palate.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this long time want! Poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Pours a glowing golden colour, with a touch of orange. Has a nice white soft bubble, fluffy head of foam that settles down and laces the glass well.

Nice floral aroma, Euro style, but without the mustiness, instead this is replaced by a nice grassy aroma.

Malty flavour, the hops add some grassy, slightly earthy flavour to it and give it some depth.

Perfect body for the size, finishes with some nice, balanced but ever-present, bitterness.

Overall a complex pilsner, well executed, drinkable as well. Wouldn't mind this as a go-to lager. Thanks Knapp85!

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are huge finishing hops (bitter or otherwise), more hops, sweat, a little honey, shoots, wheat malt, clean yeast, saliva, olives and wood. Smells the same, no detection here. I do so love Victory brewing company... and "victory" malts!!

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Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the fly from notes from last night.

A: Yellow with hazy clarity. Butter colored quilt of foam atop which grasps for the edges well. Spotty lacing.

S: Floral: jasmine, hibiscus and hints of grain. Nice.

T: Buttery grains and hints of noble hops. Great bitterness on the mid-palate.

M: A little thick for the style IMO. Moderate carb. Barely slick in the finish.

O: Above average, but the mouthfeel and tastes don't up to the level of greatness I expect in a pils.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pils pours out as a golden color with a white fizzy head on top. The head leaves a pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is grassy but also had a pretty strong hop aroma too. The taste was malty, grassy and had a decent hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall it's not a bad pils it's just not one of my favorite styles.

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

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle beer out of large snifter glass.

A: Golden, almost clear, light ale with a huge frothy head after a violent poor. The head quickly dissipates and leaves a gorgeous trail down the side of the glass.

S: A sweet, grassy, floral hop aroma fills the nose.

T: Flavors of hops and German malts cross the palate with each sip. It very bitter but balanced nicely with malts and hops. Nice alcohol finish.

M: Medium body and lightly carbonated

O: This how a pilsner should taste. A nice balanced beer with a decent amount of alcohol. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of atowle25
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy yellow color with a good amount of head. Not to be mistaken with the likes of a BMC lager, as this has a much cloudier and thicker appearance despite being such a light beer. Smell is of faint grassy hops, pretty muted for the most part. However, after checking the date on the bottle, this is a good bit past its prime. My fault for not checking the bottle. Oops. It holds up surprisingly well, the pleasant grassy hops are still there, just much more muted. I've had this fresh and it is a delight to drink on a hot day. Very refreshing. Just wish it was easier to find fresh around here. Victory bottles always seem to be a good bit past their prime. However, it's still very drinkable and I'm enjoying it. Definitely recommend this for the summer. Just don't be like me - check the date before buying.

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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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,331 ratings