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 danriverbrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've been just over a year now getting to know all different kinds of beers, so with this being my first official review please bare with me.

I've found that I tend to be a bit more partial to ales, however this is one Pilsner that I was able to enjoy more and more with each sip. When I poured Prima into my snifter, I first noticed the cloudy straw color that was that became very inviting. I've had quite a few terrible Pils. that came out very champaign like and almost as clear as water. I was disapointed that the head of the beer disapated rather quickly.

The smell was probably what the minimum should be for a good Pils.

I very much enjoyed the crisp hoppy tast which lingered in my mouth for a bit.

I would say that being one who tends to lean towards the darker and more bitter, I was pleasantly suprised and do intend on purchasing Prima in the futer.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.25/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - The body is pale yellow in color. The head is white in color and stands two and a half inches tall.

S - The aroma is grassy and grainy with a whiff of lemon from time to time.

T - Wow! The hops are more than I expected. I get a lot of bitterness with some slight metallic taste.

M - It feels thicker than a pilsner. I get a mild chalky feel on my tongue.

D - I'll just say I'm glad I didn't get a six pack.

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Photo of Beejay
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazy lemon/grapefruit color. Very large white head on top.

S: Piney grassy hops, perhaps a touch of floral. Slightly earthy with a bit of bread in the finish.

T: Earthy and piney bitterness right off the bat. After that it doesn't seem to go anywhere else. The bitterness is almost too much, and I don't get a strong noble hop flavor from this.

M: Light in body, and the carbonation seems to be lacking a bit.

D: Meh overall. Seems like it is a miss on the noble hops, the bitterness is too much, and it lacks the clean crisp flavor I expect for this style. It seems like everyone goes gaga for this beer, but for me it is a pretty big miss. Thought I would give it a second try and I am still not impressed.

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Photo of BabySnakes
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The straw to pale straw body and exceptionally white 1 1/2 finger head look sooo inviting.

So much aroma: floral hops, slight maltyness. Dare I say I smell that yeasty Victory smell? Thats in the best possible way of course.

This is everything you could hope for in a Pilsner. Bright hoppy overtones over a subtle malt background. The two ingredients are perfectly merged.

Nice clean dry, yet full bodied (for a pilsner) mouthfeel. A bit of sweetness lingers on the finish.

This was poured from a cold 22 oz bomber into a chilled fluted Schlitz glass. I admit this to a group who largely shun a chilled glass, as do I, but this was perfect tonite. Man, I feel like a rugged workin' American man with my chilled glass!

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Photo of jsdunlop
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden and slightly cloudy/hazy with a good looking pure white head. Smells of spicey hops, malts, and it has a grainy aroma to it. This brew has a distinctly bready feel to it at first sip, which leads into an abundance of spicy hop flavor, a fresh,earthy and grainy taste, a biscuity malt profile and a slight sweetness. This beer tastes fresh, has a nice refreshing feel to it, and follows up with a crisp and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's a masterpiece.

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Photo of jmshulk
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a nice golden color with a little haziness. Thin white head that dissipated pretty quick.

Aroma: Had a bit of an odd smell. Some hay and some citrus from the hops, but something else that I can't quite identify, but seemed off.

Taste: Not too bad at first, a bit of hoppiness, but left a bit of an aftertaste.

Feel: Light to medium body.

Overall: Best by date well past and probably contributed to a lower quality. I expect more from Victory Brewing. I've always enjoyed their beers and needless to say, I was a bit disappointed that I had picked up a beer with an "Enjoy By" date from a little over a month ago. Will definitely have to try this again.

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Photo of SteveoNY
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P - 12 oz brown bottle, 'enjoy by' date on lower label. nothing on back side of bottle. individually bar coded ?? all neck labels are off centered to the left...

A - slightly cloudy golden in color, bright white head bubbling from below throughout, sticky lacing.

S - spicy citrus aroma

T - very hoppy bitterness, dry to semi-sweet long lasting aftertaste.

M - extremely fine abundance of carbonation when cold, less at warmer temps.

D - Ill finish the 6 pack before I switch back to Becks

Notes: not bad for Pennsyltucky

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

barcade in brooklyn.

a. pretty light pils look. lovely thick easy head on top.

s. really nice fresh floral hoppiness here.

t. oh i like the taste! its really really floral, and the citrus on the tip of the tongue mixes with the bitter floral finish really nice. this is victory at its best i think.

m. smoooth, has enough carbonation to freshen the palate but leaves a nice rich tasty layer.

d. very drinkable. strong in flavor, but refreshing in its character. recommend above storm king any day

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Photo of magnj
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sixtel in kegerator @12psi

A - Very light and clear golden body. Nice 1 finger head drops pretty quick.

S - Light grainy malt base with herbal, grassy, citrus hop nose.

T - Favors bitterness but well balanced. Again grainy Pilsner malt is met with grassy herbal hop flavor. Simple but loads of flavor.

M/D - Light body, ends dry. Super drinkable, maybe a touch bitter for some but great to me. At the top of my list for American interpretations of the style.

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

Fairly hazy honey color, fine white head with a decent top and some visible carbonation. Pretty beer looks. Aroma is of herbal hops dominance and a background of fine German pilsner malts. A little woody, some hops citrus there too, a little biscuity. Good balance in the nose. Taste is a great crisp balance of the pale malts used and a aggressive hopping style, there is a pretty hoppy pils. But it never becomes too much or one sided, the malts are always there to mellow it out. Distinctly bitter finish with a slight resiny lingering. Body is a little bigger than your average Deutsch pils. Carbonation is subtle and pleasing. Drinkability is good, too, Prima Pils makes a dangerous trifecta of smells, tastes and looks.

Quite good, my first Victory Brewing beer and I am impressed.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the joyful pilsner, prima!

poured a very appealing light, but deep golden yellow with a finger of head that fell down after a fast minute to a thin layer of white bubbles.

smell is of sweet ripe, sticky resinous hops with something else that i can't quite define yet. i love the extra hop smell and taste with this brew.

oh the flavors are here and here to stay. that classic hop flavor associated with victory accompanies pleasant citric rinds and goes slightly sweet and dry finishing with the balance of a ballerina

mouthfeel is fairly thick for a pils due to the resinous hops but i am a fan which is why i grabbed the case. probbly wouldn't drink more than 4 maybe 5 in one sitting, but as far as drinkability goes it certainly has plenty of it. a good unique pils to try, but im sure there are better and i will find them

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

Definitely the best pils on the planet. Just an outstanding crisp pils with an advanced pedigree of flavor. Buy this one in a case with confidence. Great in a bottle and the ultimate is to enjoy one on tap at the brewery restaurant. Geat job Victory!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow beer, little bit cloudy, small head that leaves a little bit of lace.

S - Nose is a bit more potent that I was expecting, with more hops than most pils. Pretty sweet smelling as well.

T - Crisp, sweet, clean, decent hop balance. Taste is pretty light, but it is a pilsner, and packs some taste in there that I wasn't quite expecting. Better than average.

M - Light, crisp, moderate carbonation, little watery.

D - Pretty drinkable session beer, a good one to have at a wedding and other occassions where the macro and craft guys mix.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- yellow, golden body, 1 finger head with decent lacing.

S-big hop and grain aroma, nice balance.

T-very nice grain, hint of sweet blended with bitter hop finish.

M-medium body, goes down very easily.

D-Very good session beer and excellent gateway brew for your stubborn American macro friends.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy yellow in color. White rocky head. Spotty lacing. Visible carbonation. Refreshing and tasty looking.

S - Fresh mild citrus hops with a good malt backbone and hints on lemon. Smell is very clean.

T - Clean and crisp citrus hops with a nice undertone. Finishes with a lemony bite.

M/D - Smooth like bodied, perfect carbonation. I could drink this stuff all night. Very well balanced and extremely refreshing. Also very attractive looking when poured correctly. Has a nice glow about it.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Abe's pf Bethlehem, PA. Poured cold into pint.

A- Bright yellow with medium white head. Hazy with minor yeast floaties. Fades quickly to thin head.

S- Hops are forward along with sweet, easy going malt. Very fresh and citric qualities from the hops.

T- Very nice well-balanced brew! Hops are balanced well throughout the boil and the malts are very complimentary. Per the style it is a little too hoppy however for my tastes it is dead on!

M- Perfect carbonation. Nice creamy qualities. Hop resins are evident in the aftertaste.

D- Very nice drinkability due to the high balance and average ABV.

This is another solid offering from Victory and sure to be a pleaser if I were to buy a whole case (since I live in PA and all.)

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Photo of mikeg67
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Office. Pours golden in color with a nice, long lasting, white head. Aroma is light of grassy hops. Very dry. Earthy hops dominate the flavor from the beginning with some maltiness in the background. Long, dry finish. Well, I'm just not a pilsner lover.

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

Prima Pils is light, crisp, and refreshing in true Pilsner fashion. It is the only American made Pilsner that I have tried that tastes similar to the Pilsners served in Czech beer halls.

It is immensely drinkable and flavorful. My only complaint is that it perhaps slightly too hoppy. That is, hoppy beyond what is called for.

Overall, this is one of my favorite American beers and easily my favorite beer from Victory Brewing.

Try this beer on a warm summer day or night, as a chaser for hard alcohol, or any time really.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A-cloudy, hazy opaque with a finger of head that laces nicely

S-WOW, this has some very serious hops forward in the nose, really powerful

T-Excellent, like Pilsner Urquell, but way better, crisp, clean and wonderful from start to finish

M-Very good from start to finish, just the least bit that stays with you

D-very high, it would be easy to have many of these....

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Photo of albertjr21
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into a pint glass, this appears a fairly clear and pale yellow golden color under a thin and well sustained head with a nice display of carbon bubbles for a great retention.

S: A pleasantly surprising nose of more hops than I'd expect from a Pilsner. There's a brightly sweet aroma that hit my nostrils even as I poured it into my glass.

M/T: At its opening, this packs a palate awakening jab of hops into a crisp carbonated Pilsner malt sweet center and a resonating bitter finish.

D: Being a hophead, this is the Pilsner for me...

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Photo of NickBus
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma: Some initial sulfury aroma, but mostly clean pils malt with a touch of sweetness and some graininess, combined with floral hops that balance the malt fairly evenly.

Appearance: Yellow with a persistent, rocky white head. Clear, but not brilliant.

Flavor: Smooth pils malt, grainy and a touch toasty, and with just a little of the sweetness hinted at in the aroma. Floral hop flavor veritably bursts from the beer, but hop bitterness is not overly accentuated. Finishes mostly dry and leaves a pleasant floral hop flavor lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, crisp but somewhat rounded considering the style. No astringency. Medium carbonation -- not unpleasant, but could be a little higher considering the style.

Overall: An awesome beer, and an overall excellent example of the style. It could be a little lighter and a little more effervescent, but I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of bierkoning
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up from local BevMo! and poured into a Spiegelau pilsner glass.

A - Very clear, ,bright, golden hue.

S - I'm not very good at picking out smells, but I got earth tones and some oat in there.

T - Beautiful, crisp, clean. Most importantly, it was an excellent representation of the intended style. Very Pils and very good!

M - Light on the tongue, good tight carbonation. Finishes very clean.

D - Not quite a session beer, but close!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very pale straw yellow. Slightly hazy. Big bubble head was a bit harder to build than most Pilsners. Not much retention either.

S- Sweet, lemony, floral euro hops cut by a strong but smooth slightly musty graininess. A bit of white grapefruit in there too.

T- Oh wow. Very smooth taste. A tiny bt of pilsner malt sweetness at the beginning. Bordering on watery in the finish but not a problem. Hop bitterness has a lot of zing reminding me of chewing on a tiny piece of hop cone.

M- Smooth like butter.... not really but you get the point. Of course the carbonation is very present and tingly but when it foams up on the swallow, man is that smooth. Dry finish.

D- Very good. Clean, tasty, interesting. Only thing I'd ask for is a bit more malt flavor instead of the tiny bit of wateriness.

About as good as expected.
In the summer, on tap, this must be nuts. I'd buy it regularly if it was sold here.

Finished off the bottle with some ordinary medium cheddar and it was great if not better.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with bright white cap and sticky lace.
Aromas of noble Euro hops, grassy spicyness with a bit of skunk whisper. Mild aroma overall.
Tastes much better than it smells. Crisp noble hop bite with hints of lemon, lemongrass, lime, on a pils malt body.
Medium light body with medium+ carbonation.
Enjoyable as a German style Pils, much less skunkyness than some authentic green bottles.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Served in a pilsener glass.

Look: clear, bright yellow. The head is thin, fluffy, and pretty much white. It retains well and leaves small amounts of lacing in the glass behind.

Smell: some hoppiness, with a little citrus and a little earthiness. There's also a bit of malt in there as well.

Taste: lightly hopped with some citrus zest flavors present in the nose with some malt lending a bready quality to the beer.

Feel: thin, crisp, dry finish.

Drink: obviously, given the style, this is an easy drinking beer.

Overall, a good take on the pilsener style. There's not a whole lot to say about it since its quite simple, but its still well done. This isn't my favorite style so I just tried to review against the style. It wasn't as hoppy on tap as I remember it being in a bottle. Given the beer's hoppiness, I can't help but think of the Miller commercials claiming it is triple hopped brewed for that great pilsener taste. Well, if you want an actually decent example of that kind of thing, go with Prima Pils. Cheers!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 5,263 ratings
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