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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:
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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Ratings: 5,272 |  Reviews: 2,115
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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Photo of paulozanello
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw and crystal clear color. It has a creamy white head that persists for a long time leaving web-like lacing all over my tulip glass. Sparkling fine bubbles keep coming up the glass like a good champagne.

Aroma is pretty much all hops. Blooming flowers, citric/fruity and grassy notes. Faint biscuity malts are very discrete in the background. I feel like I'm smelling a bottle of perfume.

Taste starts with bready and doughy malts but it is soon overpowered by an avalanche of aromatic hops: lots of citric orange and lemon upfront, followed by floral, grassy and earthy notes. Bitterness then ensues and it is pretty strong for a pilsen. It finishes very dry with bitter aftertaste.

Body is on the heavier side of light and carbonation is high. Overall this is a very well crafted beer with lots of complexity. It's main flaw (or maybe not!) is the lack of balance between malt and hops, obviously favoring the latter.

Without a doubt the hoppiest Pilsener that I've ever had, and perhaps the best.

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

12oz into tulip glass. best by 04/07/11.

A- Nice hazy orange body and big sticky head. 2cm fluffy white bubbles that lace nicely on the glass.

S- Spicy hop character. A bit earthy and mild pine.

T- Same spicy hops, not too bitter but very assertive. Dominates the bready malt underneath. A bit grassy/grainy as well.

M- Good carbonation, clean finish. Pretty dry.

D- Perhaps too hoppy for a traditional pils, I still very much enjoy this one. One of the better domestic lagers in the country.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden color with a tight, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a spicy, herbal hops aroma backed by a bit of sweet maltiness.

Taste: Aggressively bitter up front with strong noble hops flavors. Towards the back it gains a little bit of sweet maltiness and finishes dry and bready. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Like a pilsener should be.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable pilsener. This may be the best pils I've had outside of Europe. It definitely has all the qualities that one looks for in a German-style pilsener. Definitely worth a shot and definitely something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of robhunta
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a several fingers of very fluffy and light head

S - Very nice citrusy hops aromas. The aroma even seemed dry if thats possible

T - very hoppy pilsner, has some nice sweet citrus notes, i think from the hops, balanced very well with the bitter hops

M - Light and easy on the mouth, nice and dry, perfect carbonationpilsner

D - Highly drinkable, as expected from a, while the hops flavors allow you to enjoy every sip.

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Photo of plfahey
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Light gold in color, with brilliant clarity. Thin white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Low grainy malt sweetness, almost like graham crackers. Medium floral hop bouquet with big herbal/spicy/noble notes with subtle undertones of light citrus. Slight hint of some yeast character (green apple/fruitiness), though not enough to be off-putting.

Flavor-Simple grainy malt backbone-hops are the star of the show here. Hop bitterness begins medium low, but grows to a moderate bitterness and lingers on through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Hop flavors are earthy, herbal, spicy, and noble. Aside from hops and malt, the flavor is quite clean.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, medium high carbonation. Well attenuated malt leads to a crisp and refreshing finish.

A fantastic interpretation of a German pilsner, with an assload of hops. You could drink this all day.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just slightly translucent gold with a frothy head and some lacing. Smell: Very prominent floral hops with slight maltiness- the smell is quite appetizing. Drinks very smooth -feel the pinch of hops on the tongue with a lingering grapefruit-like bitterness with a not too wet or dry finish. Overall, a spectacular pilsner with a surprisingly high dosage of hops and honestly, in this category, I think holds its own or surpasses the German counterparts. Prost!

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

Slightly foggy golden/straw colored with a very white colored thin layered head. Nice flimsy retention and an alright lace as well.

The freshness and yard-work come through strong. Hoppy, piney and lemony.

Bitter and strong, that has a biting character of hops. There's an underlying fruit character that's similar to grapefruit. Crisp, dry and sports a long aftertaste that is kind of hit or miss with me.

This is a rather good German beer that I would rather have than a Budweiser; it's sessionable. It's a strong tasting beer that I'll recommend, but probably not encounter again for quite a while.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first review of my Thanksgiving beers. Poured into pint glass. One finger white head that quickly dissipates. Cloudy pale yellow color. The aroma has hints of flowers, cirus and hops. Nice hop flavor for a pilsner. Hints of lemon and citrus. Finishes nice and dry. I am impressed. Very robust, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. If you are looking to change Miller Lite drinkers this is the beer.

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Photo of Samp01
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head. Aroma of citrusy piney hops, some light malt and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma. Palate is light bodied, with good carbonation, and crisp mouthfeel. Finish has strong piney hops presence with some light bitterness, light bready notes and some malt. Overall a descent brew.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never been one for pilsners, but hopefully this'n will change my mind. Pours a very thin looking yellow color, good 1.5 finger head, negligible lacing. Aroma is a medium intensity hops smell, and some biscuity malts smoothly blended in. Taste is...wow. A light hops bitterness comes to he forefront, with a strong backbone of malt. Citric fruit is also blended in, with grapefruit especially standing out. Mouthfeel is light bodied, but it works very well with the citric taste. Drinkability is outstanding, this beer goes down easily and quickly, and I could toss these back allll night.

When I first poured this I was skeptical, but Prima Pils turned out to be, well, awesome. Thanks to BA for steering me in the direction of this outstanding pilsner!

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-opaque golden, straw colored pour. Frothy, off white, sticky head with awesome lacy retention. Smell of grass and biscuity malts. Some spicy notes in smell too. Biting herbal hops are beautifully meshed with semi-sweet malt. Dry finish brings back the hops again. Tantalizing carbonation and somewhat oily mouth-feel is very pleasant. This is a fine pilsner. Probably the best I have had. An uncommon hops signature with a traditional biscuit malt character. I can't believe how good this goes down. Another Victory for me!

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Photo of RJBeverage
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.
A pale yellowy-tan color, with a quickly dissipating white head.
A pleasant if somewhat generic beer smell, nothing jumps out. The taste is tangy, a citrusy bite, but not sweet at all. Hops bitterness is present in the taste and a bit strong in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thicker than the pale color led me to expect.
If you like the type this may be a good beer for you, but I don't care for the bitter aftertaste that hangs on the tongue. I won't be going back to this one again, but that's just my taste. I wouldn't stop anyone else from drinking it.

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

A: Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a nice white foam head. There is some spotty lacing. Lots of carbonation.

S: There is some hop character hitting the nose, slightly floral hops. There is a little bready malt there as well.

T: The taste more than surpassed the smell. Nice amount of floral hop character up front. The bready malt backbone comes through nicely as well.

M: A nice hop bitterness is left on the palate. There is ample carbonation with this beer.

D: This is a very easy to drink Pilsner. More hop character in this beer than expected but a decent malt back bone balances it out some.

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

Poured from the bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a hazy but bright pure gold. Good pils color. but the haziness makes it look a bit more like an IPA. Nice looking. Head was 2 fingers, pure white and had great retention.

S: Big hop profile here - fresh, floral, piney. Slight bready balancing malt hidden in there.

T: Big on the hops at first glance, but also with fresh light fruits. Balancing malt character in the middle shortly makes an appearance. Finishes very hoppy and slightly dry with grapefruit and floral.

Great, eminently drinakable beer with a big flavor. This is a pils? I'm not so sure. Regardless, I'll be coming back to this one again.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Following review from 2009 notes, adjusting rating to more recent draft samples. In general a bit grassy, grainy, with a too much lingering bitterness for a pilsner. But it's a fine beer still, Victory knows this style well.

Bottle. Pours a fairly clear straw color with a nice white fizzy head. Nose is fresh wheat, gentle grassy hops and a bit of lemony. Crisp, highly refined flavor. The hops are gentle and meld perfectly with the bright, citric qualities. Has only a bit of lingering bitterness. Not quite as good as the CBC pilseners from Victory, but a pleasure to drink nonetheless.

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, with a very actively bubbling one-finger head. There's a lot of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass; you'd swear there was an aquarium aerator down there! The head recedes fairly quickly and leaves a thin white film on the surface of the beer. Pretty decent lacing as well.

Smell: Nice balance of grainy malt and hops. Aroma is a bit on the funky side (almost like sour bread dough), with some citrus notes brightening things up a bit. Smells bright, fresh, and satisfying.

Taste: There is quite a bit of pleasant bitterness in this one. Flavor is sort of a grassy citrus, with enough malt backbone to lend a smooth, creamy texture and slightly sweet finish. Definitely more hops than I was expecting, but I think that's a good thing!

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-bodied. The hops + carbonation combo make this one zesty and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a beer you could really spend some time with in an evening. Enough flavor to keep you interested and light enough to be very sessionable.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,272 ratings
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