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 SassyBootblack
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. The smell of noble hops is very strong. The flavor has a minerally quality, but primarily there's pilsner malt, noble hops, and bitterness. Lots of good stuff to taste here, but in my mind it's too bitter. If they'd ease back on the bittering hop additions, this would be one for the ages. Still, the most flavorful American lager in recent memory.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very clear pale golden color. It has a nice fluffly white head that fell to a small ring that lasted with the brew. It had a nice sudsy lacing that remained as the brew was consumed.

This brew has a great aroma. Its a nice a grassy, lemony aroma. Hoping that this is a prelude to the taste of this brew. There is a bit of a yeasty/bready aroma as well. This is not the smell of a normal pilsener, so I am very interested on how this will turn out.

This brew has tons of hop flavor at the front, giving it a great backbone to this brew, with a bit of a light malt taste. It has nice grassy/lemony bitter aftertaste which is great. This is a great flavor that I haven't really ever expected from a pilsener.

The mouthful on this brew is very light bodied, with a very nice carbonation. Its nice and dry and super crisp.

Overall this is one of the best examples of the style I have ever had. Its was super refreshing, with a great flavor. I could surely sit and enough a sixer of this without a problem. This could be a great session brew for myself. I would have to say the heavy handed hops in this brew, some people might say its to much. Another great brew by Victory Brewing Company.

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Photo of mrmuskie
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a sam adams "super glass".
It pours with a 2 1/2 inch white head that has pretty good retension. The color is a very clear pale golden. Smell was a bit skunky with a light hoppy background. The flavor was far better than the smell, slight german malt flavor with a pretty hoppy finish. mouthfeel light and refreshing. this beer would be a great "lawn mowing" beer.

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Photo of SteelerNation
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear which is great for the style. Pours a somewhat dissappointing 1 finger head with signs of overcarbonation. Sub Par lacing.

S: Grassy hops, yeast, and green apple.

T: Doesn't have the the super grainy pilsener taste that I am used to. The hops are very assertive in this beer and define the taste. More bitter than your average Pils. A grassy and grapefruit hop flavor combination. I think the taste fits the style more than most highly hopped pilsners. The flavor isn't 100% there though and the beer drinks a tad too watery.

M: Light and borderline watery. Dry finish.

D: Good but not great. I'd probably forget about it if it weren't made by Victory.

Overall I am a huge fan of Victory, but this one fell a bit short. The hops and color are good, but everything else is lacking. Mouthfeel is too watery, like a crossover brew. I'm not impressed by this one.

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Photo of ms11781
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 3, 2011 stamped on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a completely clear, golden yellow color with a minimal, thin off-white head that is gone as quick as it shows up. Tiny wisps of lacing cling to the glass.

Smells of yeast, spice and hops. Yeast is first and seems to ride along underneath some spicy aromas in the middle and some bitter hops at the end.

Taste is clean, pale malt up front with equal hint of sweetness and spiciness. A sharp dose of bitter hops come through at the end and cleans out the other flavors leaving a lingering, sticky bitterness at the finish.

Crisp and clean. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very light mouthfeel without feeling thin at all. Great dose of hops gives it a good bite and feels lively on the tongue.

Excellent drinkability. Crisp and clean. Light and flavorful. Very enjoyable. Definitely a beer that could (and probably should) be had throughout a hot summer day.

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

A- Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Vibrant light gold with white microfoam head that maintained itself nicely, left huge archaeological streaks of lacing. Plenty of visible CO2.

S- Lots of grape, surprisingly. Fresh hops. Florals- dare I say fresh laundry? Interesting.

T- More where that grape was coming from. Some mild bitterness from the hops, and a light sweetness on the finish.

M- Spritzy, alive, light-bodied.

D- This beer is definitely drinkable, pretty refreshing come to think of it. The bitterness might get a bit much, though.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Leaves a nice simple white head with minimal retention of about two fingers. Pale lemon/straw body and cloudy with much visible carbonation. Some sticky lacing is apparent, but the head doesn't stick around for very long.

Bouqeut on this is a very spritzy lemon quality almost like a good Hefeweizen but bigger. Almost like spurtiza Italian soda feel but not much else. Really unique.

Just right body with a lime hop tangyness in taste. Mid palate lemon but this big citrus lemon/lime and hop play on taste and finish making the beer almost like an Italian cafe soda. Crisp and tangy. For it's big visible carbonation, it doesn't feel very carbonated at all.

Drinkability is real solid and easy and unique, this is a great beer for summer.

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Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prima is an excellent Pilsner. I drank it on a buss trip to the Victory Brewing Co. which was three hours from my hometown. The mouthfeel was easy and smooth and no harshness in the after taste. I'm thinking that it is the little twist that Victory puts in to make it their own. Cheers!

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Photo of NefariousR
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

A - Pale yellow with a one finger, soapy white head. Tons of bubbles.
S - Nutty bread notes, sweet caramel malt, and a hint of citrus.
T - Sweet attack with a nutty taste, followed by a strong bitterness from the hops. Pine and citrus.
M - Light-bodied, but with a bit of stickiness in the back of the throat.
D - Very quaffable and extremely delicious, this is a great session lager. I'm still not much of a Pilsner fan, but this is one of the best I've had.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this today at the lager mill for $1.59. I have heard good things about this beer but have I have never seen it around till now. Best buy date of December 19 2010, hope this one held up. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pilsener glass.

A- This beer has some a nice label, I like the simple hop cone against an emerald green background. This beer poured a nice pale golden color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed the rest of the time and left lots of nice lacing.

S- The first thing that hits me in the aroma is large amounts of yeastyness and bread crust. I also get a mix of grassy and citrus hops at the end. The aroma of this beer is pretty different from your average pilsener.

T- Pale malts show up first which makes for a nice back bone for this beer. Then the hops show up sharply imparting a grassy bitter after taste. I can tell the hops have died down a bit but I can still tell that this is a very hop forward pilsener.

M- Light bodied, great carbonation, dry, and very crisp.

D- This is a pretty drinkable brew that goes down smooth and is quite crisp and refreshing. I could definitely take out a couple of these in a sitting but the abundance of hops in this brew may be too much after a while.

Overall I though that this was one good plilsener. I enjoyed the fact that this one had a little more hops then your normal pilsener which helped make this beer pretty unique for its style. I am glad I tried this beer and it gave me a good first impression of victory. I would buy this again, hopefully I will find it fresh.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright yellow, ever so slightly hazy, with plenty of active carbonation. A little half finger head that dissipates quickly into a wisp. Not really the kind of color I like to see in a beer, but spot on for the style.

S - Yeasty and dry, almost a bit Belgian in character. There is a slight slight touch of bitter hop hidden in the back. Also present is a sweet citrus (orange or tangerine?), but only a bit. Almost smells like a Belgian wheat beer crossed with a Pils. Unique.

T - Sharp initial sip. Very crisp pine and floral hop flavor. Malty and perhaps a bit of toasted bread. I really really dislike the (earthy? certainly very bitter, but in a bad way) aftertaste, which is a shame since I like the rest of the profile.

M - Light body with some nice carbonation. A bit dry, which I like.

D - It takes a lot of getting used to for me. I enjoyed it half the time, and half the time I felt like I had to force it down. Some may suggest this is a pilsner for IPA fans since it accentuates the hops, but I just can't really enjoy it. I've never been a fan of pilsners, but thought this would convert me. It didn't.

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

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Thought the bottle said "best by Jun 30 2011, but on closer look it is best by Jan 30 2011.

Appearance: Poured a very hazy pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Good lacing noted. I will admit the haziness threw me - I was expecting something much more clear.

Smell: Very floral with some orange and cut grass thrown in. Quite fragrant for a pilsner.

Taste: Quick tea+honey like sweetness up front, then moves into a sharp bitter finish. The bitterness becomes more pine-hop like as an aftertaste. Very hoppy for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel: Good crisp carbonation on the tongue, with the beer going down easily after that. Some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: It's good, but I would need to pair another one of these with the right meal to enjoy another. I suspect this beer would be better, and perhaps not as bitter, if I had gotten it before it's "best by" date.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy light gold. Quickly dissipating head forms ring and laces.

Smell is quite intriguing; something quite sharp in there is balanced by yeasty dryness of highly attenuated beer; most memorabl to me is the slight stinging effect of the vapors in deep snorts. Alcohol? Pungent hops? I'm not sure, but it is a good thing, and very unique in my limited experience with pilseners.

Taste is altogether pleasurable, but the sharpness of the taste is new to me. Again, new seems good here, but the dryness is intense. Tannic effect on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is notably distinct by dryness and tannic feeling that seems as much a flavor of taste as it does a sensation of texture. Dry, sharp, slight tannin, quick, intense burst of flavor and texture. Maybe everything that a Pils should be, but I'm not an expert.

A good experience. Certainly better suited to warmer weather than February in Beantown.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Update) I'm revisiting this one 4 years later than my initial review and still don't get it. Folks rave about Prima Pils on BA, but I read through my evaluation here and nothing has changed. I'm going to name this one my "Blair Witch Beer", because that movie just didn't scare me like it apparently did everyone else.

Poured into my only pilsner glass, of course. Nice clear pils with a white, thick (yet temporary) head--could have read this typing through it.

The smell doesn't tell me much about how this beer will taste, which I don't expect too much from pils. It does seem very fresh and grassy, though, reminding me of garden vegetables--cucumbers, kale.

The first thing I taste is pine, which I am very leery of in beers other than IPAs--this tends to mask the alcohol taste, which shouldn't be necessary in a 5% ABV. I think low ABV pils should be a showroom display case for hops--I want to be able to really taste and try to identify the hops, but I can't (hey, there's a picture of a hop on the label). There is a floral taste at the finish of a drink that is kind of nice, but is quickly snuffed out by that pine-alcohol thing.

It's not bad and I could probably drink another, but I'm surprised that it is at the top of the list for this style. Oh, crap--I think the camera man just got eaten by a demon...

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/17/11) poured into a conical Pils glass.

A: Pours straw yellow, completely clear, 1.5 inch white bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S: Saaz hops with some spiciness, german malts, smells a little acidic and metallic.

T: Lots of floral and spicy hops, solid golden toasted malt base with a good amount sugar sweetness. Has a little bit of a buttered toasted biscuits taste. It also has a bit of an acidic and metallic taste going on too that detracts from experience, it's alright in the background but it's just too strong. Finish is toast malt, bittersweet, and a little puckering.

M: Medium-high carbonation that's fairly crisp, light clean body, a little resinous for the style.

D: I had pretty high hopes for this one and it just didn't live up to it. The acidic/metallic flavor was just too strong and up front and I found the hop/malt flavors to be a bit one dimensional. This still drinks fairly easily though.

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Photo of liquidsunshine
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When one is used to drinking pilseners which taste like water the Victory brewing Prima Pils immediately stands out. Pours a pale straw color with a light white head which lingers throughout my enjoyment of this brew. A base of light malt fills the nose along with sharp floral hops. This is not a shy pilsener and it immediately greets you with a strong blend of hops, a light malt fills out in the after taste. While bitter, this is still a very drinkable beer. Would recommend this to anyone who is not used to enjoying pilseners.

Cheers - Matt

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Photo of engagechad
2.66/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs - Poured into Samuel Smith Imperial pint.

Poured great with a bit too much carb and was a urine like yellow color. Head and lacing were good though.
Smell was not good at all for me. It smelled acidic and pungent.
Tasted about how it smelled and was not pleasant.
Mouthfeel was smooth and easy as well as being a drinkable beer.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color (typical of a pilsner) from a 12 oz bottle, with 'best-by' date on the label.
Nice foamy one finger head that dissipates ever so slowly. Very good carbonation on this one.
Aroma is dominated by fresh, floral hops with hints of malt coming through intermittently.
Wow, this is a seriously hopped pilsener. The taste upfront is malty, but finish with just the perfect level of bitterness for my taste. Mouthfeel after each sip is just a little astringent. Leaves behind some really nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
This is a VERY refreshing brew, and due to the perfect balance, it is one beer that I could have any time, any place. Drinkability is indeed very high. Certainly worth a try, if you haven't had the chance to try it so far. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: inert, no carbonation; clear, slightly dark blond; no head; no lacing
S: pleasant malty smell
T: very hoppy pilsner; tangerine overtones; piney, sweet, razzy

Overall, this is a surprising pilsner. By European standards, this has been way over-hopped. Bear that in mind before diving in.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stella pint glass, presents with nice frothy 1/2" thick white head, little bit of clinging, perfect carbonated, lots of efferevescence; color is nice pale straw, light gold.

Smell is pilsen malt, hint of sweetness, with the hops bringing up the back. Just what you want.

Taste is crisp, nice malt front with mild to moderate citrus hop notes.

Mouthfeel is just right, the carbonation makes the flavors pop and the flavor leaves a nice malt aftertaste.

Exceptionally drinkable, could have this one all day long.

From a can on 2/7/2018:
Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw, slight haze, huge 1.5 inch head, great bright white color, great lacing. (4)

Smell is pilsen malt, great presence, light sweetness, noble hops. (4.5)

Taste is pilsner malt, subtle sweetness, noble hops - pilsner malt presence is great. (4.5)

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, great finish with light sweetness and bitterness (4.25)

Overall a great beer - Pennsylvania Pilsners stand tall with their German counterparts. (4.5)

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a golden straw color. big bubbly head. varied fat carbonation bubbles lazily make their way to the surface.

S: a smooth german hop aroma. some bready/oaty pils malt. really smooth nose here.

T: plenty hoppy here! firm hoppy initial sip with a solid chalky bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. a touch of sweetness, but mostly bitter. maybe a little too bitter for the style? or perhaps im splitting hairs here.

M: solid carbonation for the style. no complaints here.

D: really tasty brew. easily could down a six of this while keeping my shit together. not my favorite from victory, but a really really drinkable brew.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick white foam that looks great in a frosted glass. Color is very unique for a pilsner. It's very pale yellow, almost looks like lemonade. Not a whole lot of carbonation though, but it's pretty thick. Good carbonation after a sip.

Smell: Nice subtle notes of honey and flower hops. Good balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thick, especially for the style. A bit too grainy though. Flavor is pretty good. Mostly floral hops, definitely something common in German pilseners. A bit one-sided in my opinion. Definitely bitter and slightly metallic, but not bad.

Drinkability: Pretty enticing with the appearance.

Overall: Not as good as HopDevil, not even close.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow, see-thru clean n' clear, thin head, not much lacing

S: Sharp floral grass and hay , earthy , slight vinegar at the end

T: Blunt hoppy flowers. Light and tingly. Pungent flower taste. Americanized hoppy take on German Pilsner. I find it audacious , tasty, yet not completely desirable.

M: Elegant and clean , bubbly, very nice mouth.

D: The strong floral flavors in this are interesting and unique, yet overpowering and slightly overbearing. I don't think I would want to drink more than 1 of these. However, this is a nice once-in-a-while beer for me to mix it up with a lighter meal etc.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz. (335ml) bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Oct 2011.

A - Pale straw body with a modest head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a light amount of lacing which clings to the glass.

S - A pleasant mixture of floral hops and citrus, with a touch of hay.

T - Citrusy, spicy hop flavour, good malt balance

M - Light to medium body with light but punchy carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkable beer, would work well on its own or a session.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light yellow hue with a very thin almost non-existent head. Not much visible carbonation, no lacing, head diminishes to a few bubbles quickly.

S - Slightly fruity aroma with a hint of yeast with a strong background of pils malts. Very simple as it should be.

T - Pilsner malts are still the base in the taste, but theres another note coming through that I would imagine the yeast bring into the mix. Fairly complex for a simple beer. Floral hops are the initial taste but don't come forward to take over the beer.

M - Thin bodied, good amount of carbonation though it wasn't visible initially. Finish is slightly dry with some lingering sweetness. Finish is my favorite part of this beer. It doesn't stay around too long and it adds a nice complexity to the beer.

D - Overall, love the beer. Great sessionable beer with the ABV and body. While it's complex, it isn't complex enough to keep me coming back for another.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,302 ratings