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

had this on tap at pizza plant. enjoyed alongside one of there famous pods(wingy dingy).

poured a super clear pale yellow color with some decent pure white retentive head, decent lace.

the aroma is that of grains with herbal and spicy hops

in the taste, grains husks balanced by spicy, lemon citrus hops. decent amount of bitter hops.

light bodied, ample carbonation. hop oils are just a little noticable on the palate, lingering bitterness

great drinkability, goes down very easy. a nice session choice.

overall a nice overly hopped pilsner, definatly worth a try.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pale, clear straw yellow with limited fizzy white head. No real lacing, not much retention.

S- Pretty standard "beery" pilsner smell. Also some grape-like fruit notes with a little floral hoppiness. Also a strange, but pleasant lavender-like aroma.

T- Nice bitter hoppiness, but not crushing. The fruitiness and lavender notes extend to the flavor, creating some interesting notes over the standard pilsner base.

M/D- Smooth, but with a nice, prickly carbonation. Fairly drinkable as well.

A good beer, but not great IMO. Admittedly not the biggest pilsner fan, and the taste is pretty nice, just doesn't bring it all together to take it to that next level. Solid brew though.

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

Man, I liked this beer. Pilsners are usually rather mundane, and even though they are suppossed to have a little more spice hoppiness than a lager, I don't usually find that to be so evident, but in this case it is.
Smooth, not detecting any relevant sweetness, hops absolutely dominate but do not overpower and there is a little bready maltiness to add some decent balance.
Moderate body and a vey drinkable Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of nhindian
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a very pale straw color culminating in a 1-finger, pure white head that dissolves within 5 minutes. Lots of carbonated bubbles make the exodus from the bottom of my Perfect Pint to the thinning head. Some icicle-esque lacing.

S - Smells quite fruity. Getting a mix of grapes and grapefruit with just the slightest hints of malt and alcohol. Intertwined with all of these smells is an airy, floral tone. Very light and refreshing smelling.

T - With such a crisp nose, I was taken aback by the taste of this one. Rather than getting a crisp taste, I received a fairly bitter brew here. I'm a bit underwhelmed at the moment because I came in expecting a German-styled maltiness that is completely overshadowed by the hops. Tastes more akin to a lighter, more floral IPA. Besides that, the profile does mellow out as it warms, but there's always an overbearing presence of hops.

M - Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. A bit creamy due to the head on this one.

D - Drinkability is moderate. A bit unbalanced for my liking and caught somewhere between a pilsener and IPA without getting the finer features of either. An interesting beer but I don't think I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.71/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is the most highly rated German Pils, I had to seek it out and give it a try, afterall I grew up drinking German Pilsners and they are my favorite style.

I'm a self proclaimed master at judging this style and to start on a good note, the malts could not be anymore perfect...well done, really a nice grain bread in the malts without being sweet, only the best of this style can accomplish that. Without argument, this is a super beer but as a German Pilsner, it falls short of what this style is supposed to be.

I can quickly smell and taste the fatal flaw in this beer....HOPS!!! Americans can never seem to get this right. Too much hops and not the proper hops to work with the malts. Good German Pilsners have a spicy and grassy, bitter hop backbone that compliments the malts. This beer has a citrus rind bitter hoppyness that overpowers the malts and leaves the sting of cheap hop pellets in the aftertaste. It's supposed to be a German Pils, not an IPA!

This is slightly paler yellow than other Pils, with a white head that leaves little lacing. Not true to the style but still a tasty drink and one would have no trouble drinking quite a lot of these. This is only so highly rated because so many Americans are hopheads. If one wants a real German Pils, grab a Radeberger!

Still quite pleased with this beer but would not buy it to satisfy a craving for a German Pils. I would rate this very highly as an IPA but if you would excuse me, I'm going to go get a Radeberger. :D

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Photo of ferrari29
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1 inch white thick foam formed; foam withers away after a few minutes; good amount of lacing; active carbonation; pale hazy golden color;

S - Good malt tones (piny & leafy); has deep aromatic qualities of pilsener, you can smell bitterness from hops; smells crisp;

T - Fresh malt flavors switch immediately to hop bitterness (WOW) as the beer rolls over palate and linger for a while; consistent with the taste of a true pilsener, if that's what you're looking for; taste fresh and crisp with every sip

M - Small amount of fizzle on tongue as it swashes around in your mouth;

D - If you're looking for a pilsener, this beer is a well-built one; with pilsener hops packed in every sip, you won't be let down; brewers did a great job making this beer, emphasizing on quality; if I was a big fan of pilseners this would probably be one of my top choices

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this beer again since I just bought their mix 12 pack and this was in there. You get that pilsner malt grain smell but it smells sweet and delicious. The hops come through the most in the smell though with a pretty pungent sharp, fruity, herbal note. The taste is fantastic with the pilsner cake malt taste in the beginning then the hops come in pretty sharp and adding some fruity overtones and then the malt comes in again to balance out some of the bitterness. The hops prevail though and leave you with a sharp dry bitterness. This is seriously hoppier then some IPA's I've had. This could almost pass for an IPA because of the dryness bitterness and the fact that they use a light malt to showcase the hops more. You can tell they use German hops instead of American. This and My Antonia from Dogfish Head are very similar but both are my favorite Pilsner beers to date.

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

22 oz. bottle at 42* into my Ayinger Weizen.

A: It pours a bright orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy foam that leaves nice clumps of lace.

S: It features aromas of honey, hay, apricot, and overall mustiness.

T: The taste is of honey, caramel, toast, and peach.

M: It is medium-light and a little foamy.

D: If I didn't know any better I'd think this was from a top German brewery. It is a terrific beer despite being a somewhat unpopular style.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a straw yellow color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lace along the sides.

S- Some faint grain and malt with a some subtle citrus scents.

T- Bright hoppy flavor with a fair amount of bitterness throughout. A little balance from the sweet malt towards the finish.

M- Clean, smooth, and hoppy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- Easily sessionable with a surprisingly hoppy taste.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug

This beer pours the distinct clear pale straw color with a dense half finger of foam head that is expected with a pilsener. The aroma is mild in nature, but hints at being a spicy lemon pepper flavor. The smell has a biscuit like smell almost combining into an aroma that is akin to lemon curd. The taste however is decidedly less exciting. It's a solid pilsener, but lack any depth whatsoever. It's still above average flavor, but not by much. There is a dry crisp lemon and grass flavor spiced with coriander. The saving grace of this beer is that while there is some bitterness to it it drinks really very smoothly and goes down nice and easy. I could see this being used to pull people away from BMC products. Overall this is a very good beer and a fine representation of the style.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

21st review on BA
Bottle poured to flute

Best by 12/8/10

App- Golden yellow with lots of carbonation poured with a nice head that was quick to leave. Lots and lots of bubbles on this one.

Smell- Light hops and that traditional skunky german smell. I hope it tastes better.

Taste- A heavier pilsner than I thought, maybe not such a pilsner but more a bitter? It was quite bitter at the finish. Has a lot of hops in it but not quite the noble I was expecting. Tasted more like a small IPA IMHO.

Mouth- It was crisp. It left a small aftertaste. I did like it don't get me wrong I wonder if a fresher bottle maybe at the brewery would have been that much better or if I am not such a pils fan?

Drink- I could see at the beach or river downing a 6 pack, that would be quite nice. Heres to summer coming back.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured kinda rough into a nondescript pint glass

Nice yellow colour, great clarity nice thick 2 finger head that clings to the glass creating a nice lace ring

Smells great, hops are instantly apparent also some light bready notes and something that kinda reminds me of the forest(leaves or grass perhaps?)

Tastes crisp and dry lemony and the hops shine their way through with ease has a nice bitter note but nothing over powers anything, it's a great glancing act by the brewers

Its crisp, refreshing and smooth, it's light on the palate but keeps itself from feeling watery.

Extremely drinkable, it's the kinda beer that makes me wish my glass was bottomless. Excellent for a session beer.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - Beautifully poured beer! Lot of scents come from the pour with make the beer appetizing. Beer is a pale yellow with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The lacing is spotty while the head is a nice white with lot of air pockets.

Smell - Nice balanced zest smell with a decent base of hops. Smell is very attractive and appealing.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, really brings a LOT to the table. The beer offers the zest while maintaining a balance of hops. The bitterness generated from the zest is refreshing.

Mouthfeel - The beer comes to live with an extended amount of carbonation that comes brings the zest fwd. The beer has a nice added level of fullness and teases the palette!

Drinkability - I would without a doubt find this beer again! It offers a well balanced taste while making you want more. The freshness is amazing and taste draws you in for more.

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

I tried this beer on a whim at a beer festival not expecting more than a good beer. Turns out it was a great beer. The most unique aspect of this beer was the flavor which I would describe as distinctly fresh and herbal; its reminded me of basil. I am definitely planning on seeking out this beer from a retailer and bringing it home.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

gotta love victory! It's 65 degrees in Cuse so I figured one of the most highly regarded pilsners in the world would do the trick.

A- a fine straw yellow crystal look that walks the thin line of looking like an adjunct. The white head of foam is unlike any head that I have ever seen. Crisp lining all across the glass

S- now this part jumps out for me.... Crisp themes of fresh cut grass, earthy tones, biscuity themes, and an unexpected distribution of hops. This is very impressive for a pilsner!

T- dry, bitter, and very earthy. The taste is lemony and clean on the way down. This is a very unique taste profile. The hops are still fluent. I really like this

M- crisp and clean. Flavor is still embeded throughout

D- Prima Pils is an unbelievable brew. Victory created a brew that exhibits high point in all aspects. This is an excellent brew for warm weather. Very drinkable and delicious. In my opinion, this is the best Pilsner in the universe!

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

A: Extra Pale golden yellow with a white head. good lacing.

S: Pilsner Malt and Noble Hops.

T: Clean, Crisp and Dry. Very good pilsner. delicious pilsner malt flavor balanced by a noble hop bitterness. leaning more towards the bitter side but very good.

MF: Dry. moderate body. high carbonation.

D: an excellent and enjoyable pilsner. brilliant execution. I will buy this again.

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

Reviewed from tasting notes from May '10

A - Straw yellow. A little thicker looking than,say, your average adjunct, but not by much. Plenty of effervescence going on. The head is white, and foamy, and abundant. The head lingers for a bit but soon subsides to about <1" thickness, where it stays until the glass is drained.

S - Grassy, spicy, and grapefruit-y. Unfortunately, I detect just a hint of booze.

T - LOTS of hops (awesome), sweetish malt balanced by spiciness up front. Very bitter in the back of my mouth and very clean on swallowing. No hint of the booze I smelled. More malt becomes apparent as it warms, and the hops take on more of a tobacco character, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

M - Kinda thin, but I don't really expect to have to chew my pilsners anyway.

D - Not bad really. The hops will slow you down, but the malt keeps it mellow & smooth. In any case, I found the flavor interesting enough to keep me sipping & sipping

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, although I've had this too many times to count.

Pours a niceclear golden straw color with plenty of visible carbonaion bubbles. Nice white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is grain and fresh noble hops. Herbal, floral, and a tad earthy. Taste balances the grain and bitterness quite well. Great, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Drinks really well and is a Spring and Summer staple for me.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that dissipates into a thin ring of lace.

S- The aroma is faint grain and some hops. Classic pilsner aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma has some grain up front with a nice dry spicy bitterness in the finish from the hops. Light bodied, flavorful and extremely drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Prima Pils is an excellent Pilsner that is one of the best beers within the style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Keffa
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow, small bone white head comprised of tiny bubbles, about 1/2 inch tall, settles quickly into a small ring around the edge. Not bad.

S: Cracker like malt, some light grapefruit/citrus hop notes, along with a floral and spicy hop note. The spicy hop reminds me of Hop Devil. The yeast is subdued, but it's there slightly, almost a peppery note. This one smells decent.

T: Wow. This is the best pilsener I've had to date. Very hop forward for the style, with floral and herbal hops, along with a slight bitterness. Very dry, cracker like malt stands up to the bitterness though, and some very slight sweetness works its way into things near the finish. A little bit of the peppery quality that I got in the nose. Very nice flavors here.

M: Light, somewhat thin body, good carbonation, and a dry finish. Not bad.

D: Wow. Just plain drinkable. This one is easy to just drink. The bitterness/hoppiness is counter-balanced by the malt in this one so well, that the bitterness never overpowers it, and allows you to keep drinking without putting you off of it.

This is by far the best pilsener style beer that I've had, and probably will remain that way. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I'm a huge fan of this beer. If you haven't tried it, do so.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Clear, very pale yellow/gold with a nice finger of bright foamy white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: bready malts, some biscuity cracker notes and bright, floral Saaz and German noble hops, a little yeast and some definite sweetness on the nose

Taste: definite hop bitterness here, lots of floral and even some citrusy notes (may have some American hops in there?) - German noble hops definitely dominate but there is a nice mild pilsener malt sweetness that lingers in the background. Slightly on the dry side, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation, very pleasant

Overall: Lots of good impressions on this beer! This German pils style is a bit hoppier than most Bohemian/Czech styles that I also really enjoy, but it is still very balanced. Very drinkable, with great hop and malt profiles.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Collins glass. Enjoy by Jan 20, 2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Floral hops with a hint of spice and lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet florals up front then a subdued mix of bready malt and spices in the middle ending with bitter lemon rind at the finish. The hops really coat the mouth in a good way. Aftertaste is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Goes down very smooth so you could drink several of these without any trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I would definitely recommend checking this one out.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- merky yellowish hue, cloudy but could still see through, little head

S- hints of malt

T- very similar to duvel, great taste

M- very clean, smooth, low carbonation, light at the palete

D- very drinkable, could drink this all night

Overall, great beer...this is a great pils, one of the best out there, i'm usually an APA fan, but this would do any night of the week

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,324 ratings