Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Prima PilsPrima Pils
5,268 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 JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear and bright straw golden color with a .25 inch white head and some nice active carbonation. The head recedes fast to a thin film.

S - Extremely fresh and grassy hop aroma is well blended with some nice grainy and toasted bread aromas. Some slight pepper is felt as well. The malt and grain aromas are so smooth and clean. very inviting.

T - Starts with some nice bready and grainy sweet malt character. That, is then, well balanced with nice grassy hop flavors. Even though there is some nice dry and slight citric hop finish the grain really does shine in this beer.

M - It starts with a nice clean and crisp feel and finishes with a nice dry hop character. Delicious.

D - Refreshing and very delicious with a great ABV and overall taste. I still think Noble Pils is more tasty but this is a close second in my opinion.

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

Pours a yellow/golden color. Scents of cut grass, hay are upfront with scents of hops. This beers flavor is slighty dry and bread like. Some herbal flavors but overly hoppy. This is one beer to reach for in the summer. It certainly pairs well with BBQ and backyard cookouts.

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Photo of tewaris
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Co.
German Pilsner
12 oz. bottle with a freshness date of Sept. 27, 2010 poured into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance 4.5/5

Golden yellow with a big white bubbly head that recedes rather fast to a thin one, that stays. Very clear with no sediment. The lacing is thin but consistent.

Aroma 4/5

Hops (flowery?) and grains. Smells like a pilsner. It's probably the malts in the smell that hint at sweetness, which is absent in taste.

Taste 5/5

Doesn't get better. Crisp and refreshing. Just awesome. Starts a little, very little, sweet and finishes very bitter. Full of flavor, similar to the aroma. Grainy and hoppy. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel 5/5

Crisp, well carbonated and thin in a good, refreshing way. And not watery by any means.

Drinkability 5/5

As high as it gets.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. The beer has a good sized white foamy head. Large bubbles can be seen rising. The liquid is clear and straw colored. There are a lot of grassy hops in the nose. It also is a tad sweet. The flavor has a good pale malt base with whole grain hops that are present throughout each sip (and linger on after each swallow). It has a light body and a lot of carbonation. There isn't much coat, just a little bit is left behind. The beer is quite drinkable and satisfying. I believe any craft beer fan could easily enjoy a few rounds of this beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the few beers I see pretty much everywhere around here.

A- Slightly hazy, light straw yellow with a foamy with head. Decent retention and some extremely fine lace coating toward the bottom of the glass.

S- Grainy, slightly adjunct malt with a good hop presence. Floral, earthy and slightly citrus hops. Some yeast breadiness. Strength isn't that good.

T- Lots of hops here. Starts on the citrus end of things but becomes very floral and zesty, even a bit spicy I would say. Light malt backbone atop some bread hints.

MF- Highly carbonated (palate stinging) light body. Right in the middle between creamy and watery. Works well with the flavors at hand. Fairly dry and bitter finish is nice.

DB- A hoppy Pils, especially in the floral department. Starts and finishes hoppy. Definitely a refreshing, smooth beer to kick back with on a hot summer day, or session at night.

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Photo of ExMachina1
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Something is amiss with this current batch of PP

Normally, PP is accentuated by a aggressive hop spice from noble hops. However, this latest batch is more of a citrus, fruity hop. Good for an IPA, not good here!!!

If I were a betting man (and I am!) I would wager that Victory has switched hop type here. I hope it's just temporary, b/c it's really done the beer a disservice and I'm rating this current batch accordingly...

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Photo of SluggerOToole
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip tasting glass.

The color is straw with a fizzy wet head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice ring around the glass and thin islands of fizz on the surface. Quite attractive pilsner.

The nose is mostly pale malt with subtle minty German hops. Reminds me a lot of fresh wort coming off the stove, which I feel is a pungent aroma for the style, but in a memorable positive way.

On the palate, the menthol of the hops comes through to the forefront immediately. They are a little harshly bitter at first, but then warming and pleasant, if somewhat medicinal, especially as the beer warms in your mouth. The malt aroma doesn't carry through to much in the way of flavor, but I would not expect any sweetness from this brew. The texture is thin but mouth coating, it has pretty good legs for a low gravity beer. At the finish, the hops can be a little one-note and overwhelming.

This is my last in the six pack, which I have drunk slowly over the course of the last week or so. This beer has grown on me a bit, the more I sat and lingered with it. This is a memorable American hops-oriented pilsner.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I`m impressed.
I`m usually not a fan of beer that tastes really hoppy, however if they all tasted like this I would feel differently.
Theres no secret to this beer, theres a huge picture of a hop on the front. Smells like hops, tastes like hops, but it really isn`t to bitter and goes down nice.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this beer, actually its pretty good for an American attempt. But it can't hold a candle to a German beer.

A: the color is a little goofy-- to yellow perhaps, good head, not much lacing present :(

S: Smells mostly like Saaz hops. There is some malty taste as well.

T: Tastes like a good pils that has one addition. A disolved sour patch kid which had been sitting on my dashboard for months. Somehow there is a nasty sour/ rotten fruit/soggy bread taste in here. (Maybe the sour patch kid is where the weird color came from.)

M: Feels smooth in the mouth, a bit like water. Perhaps that is a poor descriptor-- but most beers do not fell like water to me.

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Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with listed best by date of 11/08/10. Poured into a Pilsener flute and reviewed 08/07/10.

Highly delicate carbonation can be easily seen against a very lucid golden blonde body. The beer is crowned by a well retained, thick, and rocky head that really does the style proud.

Aroma is very hoppy with floral, herbal and spicy notes dominating. I'm having trouble thinking of many beers that showcase European hop aroma as well as this one. Malt sweetness seems also turned up slightly from most other beers in the style which actually helps maintain the pleasant balance that helps define the style.

Hops take a bitter and grassy turn on the entry but the flavors even out mid sip. This beer seems to turn up the volume on the hop character that make a German Pils great without losing the easy drinking appeal.

Not exactly the same as the versions I tried in Germany but excellent in it's own right and covers enough of what I look for in the style to make it a likely go-to if it were locally available. Highly recommended, probably top five domestic versions of the style.

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Photo of PantherLightning
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours bubbly, white, beautiful one finger head. Light straw color.
Smells very floral.

Tastes light, crisp and hoppy. It is very delicate and yet assertive in flavor. Very clean finish that leaves a floral taste far back on the pallet. Mouthfeel is very crisp on the first few sips and smooths out as you drink through the beer. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

I could drink this beer all day everyday and never get sick of it. Prima Pils does every single thing right that all BMC pilsners do wrong, and it shows. This beer is beautiful.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured a rich straw yellow into a tulip with a quick-fading film of head. Slightly soapy, hop-forward aroma of lemon and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Mild overall flavor with a touch of citrus hops and a stronger presence of bready malt. Nicely hoppy and ever-so-slightly metallic finish.

Really well-balanced and so easy-drinking. I didn't care for this beer the first couple times, but I'm fairly sure the first one was old/flat, and the second time around I was just plain wrong. Really enjoyable brew!

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Photo of ryanmac06
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden straw with a finger of light head. I wish the froth on this one could have been a bit thicker. Suitable carbonation that rises throughout the entirety of the whole beer.

S - Not overly strong but it does the trick for a pils. It's earthy and hoppy.

T - This is about as good as it gets for being a pils. Starts out malty and ends with a medium hoppy bitterness. It's perfectly balanced and refreshing.

M - Coats the mouth perfectly. It stays on my palette for a while after finishing the drink. It's buttery and the carbonation helps crisp this up.

D - I could drink this all day. It's one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. It's balanced without being overly bitter and can accompany many different foods.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow color that is transparent with almost a finger of white bubbly head that reduces to a slightly splotchy thin layer of carbonation. Ring around the glass with some lacing.

S- Malty and herbal aromas start a pleasant smell that reveals the hop aroma almost from the beginning of the beer. A certain bread and earthy aroma is also available as the hops continue throughout the beer.

T- A sweet grainy taste approaches for a moment before being pushed away by a dominating hop presence. A spicy hop presence picks up in the middle of the beer as it is complimented by an earthly and grassy flavor. The earthy flavors continue into the aftertaste along with a slight bitterness and some sweetness.

M- A nice medium light body with a smooth crisp feel. Beer finishes slightly dry to create a refreshing mouthfeel.

D- Nice, smooth and easy to drink. Clean pilsener that is quite refresh

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Photo of steveh
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always liked the Victory beers, just difficult to find them in N. Eastern Illinois.

Enjoy by Nov. 21, 2010.

A -- Clear, golden color with a dense, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- Vaguely lemony esters up front, betting more from hops than fermentation. Some mild biscuit malt following.

T -- Wow. Sweet, bready malt up front, mild spicy bitterness in the finish. A good balance of both breadiness and spiciness lingers in the aftertaste. More great malt character than I've had from a Micro Lager in a long time.

M -- Body is light to medium light and mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

D -- Very good, but suffers from the cloyingness I often get with highly hopped Noble Hop beers. I could drink a couple, but they'd get heavy on the palate after that.

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Photo of IronLover
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with a light haze. Nice white head that leaves behind wet lacings. Light floral aroma with hints of grain and grass. Refreshing carbonation and buttery smooth feel to the body. Light malty-biscuity flavor with hints of spice and butter and a nice bitter hoppy dry finish. A great pilsner on a hot summer afternoon. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. The 22oz bottle did not last long.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic clear and blond color with reasonably thick, white head.

Super fragrant with aromas of citrus (grapefruit) and, actually, agave nectar. Some peach as well.

There's a quality about several victory beers I've had of late (well, just this and the Helios) that I'm not that into. That is, a somewhat caustic bitter end. In this case, it dominates so much that I have a hard time enjoying the rest of the beer. You can tell it's good inside, but for this quality. And the bitter taste lingers. Not your typical hoppy bitterness, but a caustic quality.

That sort of knocks down the final 3 grades.

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Photo of VTaler
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Looks like I'm drinking PBR
S - Smells like pork fried rice on top of some toasted multigrain bread. Actually it tastes very grassy
T - As I dive in I'm surrounded by herbs. I'm embarrassed to say I can't pinpoint the herb. I want to say either basil or rosemary. Right now I'm in a very green forest of herbs. It's hard to tell what they are but they are all very dry. They herbs taste like dried herbs. I've had herb beers before but this is a whole new level. Overall I love it. Because it's a pilsner I thought it would be very mellow but the hops and malt are perfect and the herb flavor...I don't know where it comes from...maybe I'm crazy...but its amazing
D - If I was stranded on a desert island and I could only have three things...

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Photo of mudbug
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass at about 40F
Initial huge fluffy head settled into a thin cap of foam and lace with a constant slow cascade of rising bubbles, brilliantly clear yellow, looks like a 60's beer ad painting, nice!
The aroma is not strong, a close nose gets some floral hops, citrus and fresh bread.
Taste brightly bitter then a soft malt sweetness, subtle citrus rind perfection, This is what Bud or Coors should taste like.
Completely refreshing with a dry finish. Bravo!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent delicate tasting and smelling beer. The noble hops reign supreme. Clearly a great tasting summer beer but just as much year-round. Really appreciate the cleanness of the malt character. Nice & crisp. Really refreshing. If this beer had the right chance, it could turn the tide of all those BMC drinkers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique pils.

Bright, antique canary or icterine yellow. Kind of like the color of absinthe (a stretch?). The head pours at least a half inch thick and as much as 2+ finger width. It has a compressed soft cotton texture and a silky snappy feel. Very purdy and elegant.

The aroma is unlike anything I've experienced. Effervescently hoppy and aromatic. Soft lemon accents the pungent, electric, herbaceous kick. Fresh, biting, and reminiscent of sage.

Full of amazingly vibrant flavors. The lemon comes out more - in essence and not acidity or sour. The hops are up front - grassy, shrubaceous, vaguely peppermint. Just enough malt character to carry the recipe. Softly sweet.

For all the zest and spice, the beer knows when and how to drop off. Packing a refreshing dose of carbonation and finishing crisp, dry, and faintly tart, a grassy, citrus sweet flavor does linger long after the last sip, awakening the mouth and cleaning the palate.

The beer is distinctly a pilsner but exudes a majestic and sophisticated construct that sets it in a class of its own. Brilliant work. Phenomenal beer to pair with a wide variety of light fare.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass at ChurchKey.

Wow, how has it taken me so long to drink and review this beer? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose is faint (as I've come to expect from these pilsners), comprising only some wheat and light florals. The taste follows, a bit stronger, with notes of floral and citrus peel bitters and a very light background bit o' biscuits. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils, but nothing to get all that uppity about.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a very small white head that leaves more lace than expected when it's gone.

Smell: For the most part, distinctly European hop aromas- flowers and grass. Light buttered sweetness.

Taste: Begins with a sweet tea flavor, finishing with a pleasant herbal hoppiness. Mild sweet butter notes. When it's gone, a sweet, grassy flavor is left in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp body and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A faithful interpretation of a German style, well-balanced and enjoyable. Definitely a beer I wouldn't mind drinking again. Highly sessionable.

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Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear, pale straw color appearance with a nice white 1.5 finger head. Minimal, dot sized lacing. Smells mostly of grains and a hint of alcohol. I love the taste of this beer - the grains from the nose carry over nicely to the palate. Very smooth and clean going down with just the right amount of hop bite on the back-end. Light bodied with good carbonation. This is infinitely drinkable and one of the best pilseners I have ever tasted. This lives up to the hype - great warm weather quaffer.

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Photo of deapokid
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Replacing the amateurish review I wrote on 06/03/2007:

Pours a grainy, thin yellow with minimal lacing and moderate carbonation. Nearly translucent when held to light.

Butter, grain and corn are the most prevalent scents on display, followed by hints of sweetness and a bit of alcohol. This is a more enticing twist on the "usual" beer smell.

The taste is a pleasing blend of buttered biscuits, slight hopping, a little spice and mild dryness. There is no skunkiness or bitterness on display, which I think is the downfall of most American lagers. There's also the tingle of carbonation, which acts a nice counterpoint to the smooth and buttery mouthfeel.

You just can't deny how easy this is to drink. It might be one of the most drinkable beers on the planet and it has definitely provoked an interest in the style.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,268 ratings
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