Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,252 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 detlefchef
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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 +11.1%
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 +5.4%
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 +18.2%
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 +18.7%
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 -9.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +8.4%
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 -3.2%
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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Photo of Shakesbeere
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden pear with a frothy white head. A subtly hoppy aroma with a little hint of fresh citrus. Flavor is, at first, distinctly hoppy (albeit light hops) and fresh. Later, notes of slight malt and some very light citrus flower develop. Very clean. Very light. A refined palate -- champaign-esque (in some ways). This is the best pilsener I've had so far.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a chilled pint glass at BW3. Not the ideal presentation, but here goes.

Served extremely cold. Pours straw yellow with a brilliant white head.

Has a nice barley malt smell, like a typical pilsner. Mild hops in the smell as well.

The mild smell belies a very flavorful beer. Starts crisp, with some hopped bite that hits you mid throat. Some pleasant astringency supported by grassy flavor, with a little bit of tobacco.

Has a crisp, lighter mouthfeel. Overall, a very drinkable beer, and a very tasty summer beer.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/15/10

Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with champagne like bubbles. The head recedes from a half finger white head to a thin solid covering.

Lemon zest, skunk, yeast, grass appear in the nose. Nothing dominating, all of the smells blend together.

The first taste is that of a grassy nature. This blends into lemon and a bit of yeast. The aftertaste resembles the bitterness of grapefruit with grass. Plenty of hops hold the pils in place.

The bubbles play games while it rests in my mouth. It is relatively thin, but normal for a pilsner. The aftertaste is clean and crisp, quite refreshing.

A wonderful session beer, I would be happy to drink multiples of this.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that I do not enjoy the Pilsner style.

That being said, this is delicious. Prima Pils pours a light golden color with an average head that sticks around for a bit and laces nicely on the pilsner glass. The flavors are crisp and consist of citrus and pine. The hops are obviously dominant in the flavors although a bit of light malt comes through. Definitely a great pilsner to enjoy on a hot summer day. This is up there with Voodoo's Pilzilla and Oskar Blues Little Yella Pils. (The 2 other pilsners that I can actually drink and enjoy.)

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass due to not having a pilsner glass

The appearance was that of a pale clear looking color as you could get with a one inch white head. Average head retention with minimal lacing.

The aroma was of noble hops with the likes of Saaz? Along with this I get pale malt and earthy herbal smell. Some sort of grains also play a role which I can not just put my finger on.

The taste was that of slight sweet upfront with hops. Alongside some pale malt and slight caramel maybe?

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is a great example of a pilsener and this beer actually taste quite like Sam Adams-Noble Pils, except this being slightly better.

Sorry for the lame review as I have the hardest time reviewing Pilseners due to there subtle but great flavors.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a two-finger thick, white head that retains for a bit before dissipating to a thin skin. Average lacing.

Nicely balanced aromas of grass, floral, pine, light citrus and bready malts.

The taste follows the aroma, well balanced with lemon sweetness, grassy earthiness, bready malts, and bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing and crisp with a slight dry finish.

Very well put together pilsner, with an added dimension from the amount of hops. Really enjoyed this beer and will be seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer looks simply put...appetizing. Pours golden yellow and clear, with a slight haze from the cold beer.

The nose is complex with several notes distinguishable. Earthy notes from the hops and fresh bready malts come through.

The mouth is crisp and mostly dry with a hint of sweetness at the very last moment. Definitely has a good malty body for a pils. The bitterness from the hops is present, but the malts carry this one.

Overall, this is a style of beer that I can get down with. A well-focused and 'roided' up pilsner. Definitely something I would take home again and again.

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Photo of beergod1
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear, light-yellow amber with a white head.The first sip worried me, I thought it was a little a "typical Pilsner", but after only a second, the hops introduced them self. This is a very fine example of the pilsner style. Smell of Pilsner hops are prevalent with grass and some scent of lemon. Taste is grassy hops and lemon. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean and refreshing with some carbonation and a slight malt finish, thanx again Victory for the German malt. Very good beer for a summer day, especially after working in the yard. Or for fishing for Cat's at Midnight.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local restaurant while watching the US open, took some notes, I was alone, waiting for my wife. Good golden color looked like mountain dew almost, good carbonation as well, looks like a solid Pilsener. Lives up to the hype as far as hops go, wow, very hoppy, basically all hops. Very dry and bitter as well, in a good way true to the style. Also getting a hint of lemon flavor. Very drinkable, goes down easy, great for a warm summer day. Tastes light, but has a big flavor as well.

This beer has very big bite, bitterness, dryness, and hops. Solid beer. Flavor explodes in your mouth in a huge hop bomb.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped with an "enjoy by" date of Sept. 8, 2010 poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A moderate pour created a 2-finger, foamy white head that drops to about 1-finger pretty quickly and maintains itself as a thick film throughout. The body is a clean, golden-yellow. There was a ton of carbonation during the pour that moderates as it settles. A bunch of sticky rings were left on the glass.

S- Classic pils. Sweet, cereal/bready malt combined with grassy, herbal/spicy hops.

T- I thought it was really well balanced. Plenty of doughy/grainy malts in the background with a good dose of hops that came off as grapefruity, spicy, and grassy at different points. There was some berry-like sweetness through the middle. The hops come through in the end to clean up the finish. My wife thought it was "too hoppy."

M- Moderate carbonation. Slight, spicy tingle. Clean throughout with a dry finish.

D- Great American example of the style. Freshness gives it a leg up on the import competition. I was glad to finally find a bottle well within its freshness date. It's a great summer drinker and something I'd come back to when I'm in the lager state of mind.

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Photo of tjd112
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into generic Pokal

Appearance - Poured a hazy yellow color with light white finger head that has good retention. Lacing is outstanding

Smell/Taste - Hops and lemons, a very floral aroma leading to a very citrusy body

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, and refreshing

Drinkability/Overall - Love it, very sessionable, and good choice with Indian food.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= a light golden yellow with decent head and leaves behind sticky lacing, which lingers on glass for a good while.

S= Grassy, hops smell with some citrus.

T= Good light dry hop bite with light malts backing up. Decent carbonation level. Way more flavorful than the usual pilsener/lager style.

B= light to medium in body.

Very refreshing, light but yet very tasty hops coming on. Definetley more kick than the usual summer/lawnmower beer. A true European style pilsener, the classic traditional style.

Very very good. A solid brew. The best pilsener I've had yet, and I love the style. Perfect for hot summer days.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a fluted pils glass. light straw color, slight chill haze, nice dense, lasting snow white head and lacing.
S: doughy malt and spicy, grassy, earthy noble hops.
T: light/medium sweet doughy malts are almost offset by the spicy, smooth hop bitterness. finishes almost crisp with just a hint of lingering sweetness. would have liked it just a bit drier/more attenuated.
M: almost medium body, a bit slick from the lingering residual sugars.
D: a full-flavored example of the style.

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Photo of ReDave
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy light pale yellow gold
Pretty white foam, simmers down to a fine ring, no lacing

Even though the "best by" date was May 16,2010,
it seemed to have some nice grassy pils aroma.
some malt perhaps?

Taste much like it smelled, with a nice hop bite. Very clean finish! Good stuff!

Nice crisp medium body.

This beer makes me wonder what:
a. what this tastes like very fresh, and
b. what a fresh real European pilsner is like.

Would def get again!

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Photo of pootz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a pale gold lager in the pilsner flute with a nice tight-pored 2 finger cap. Good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is floral with some fresh cereal and grassiness. Fresh and pungent to the nose.

Soft mineral salts palate. Up front biscuity malts and spicey-piney hops fight for balance then this dries out and lightly bitters in the crisp quenching finish.

Hoppy rendition of a German Pils. Artfully executed and properly presented. A dynamite Pilsner, pretty much sex in a bottle.

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Photo of velkyal
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like to use a variation on the Cyclops system used in the UK.

Sight - straw coloured, decent head which vanishes relatively quickly

Smell - grass and flowers

Taste - good hoppy bite up front, backed up by a grainy malt body, crisp

Sweet - 2/5
Bitter - 3/5

A nice, refreshing lager, the hoppy bite was particularly welcome, definitely something I would drink many times again.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,252 ratings.
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