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 BDJake
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, bright yellow with more pronounced coloration and head retention than many BMC's that claim to be in this style.

S- Hoppy and sweet at the same time, with a bit of grainy malts in the background.

T- This hit me like a semi. It was the hoppiest pilsener I've ever had, and I had a side-to-side comparison with Long Hammer, and this was actually stronger. Lots of floral hops, with strong citrus notes and a good malty background to bring some balance.

M/D- Light crisp body with medium carbonation, it went down entirely too quickly but would make a great session beer.

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

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a clear lemon drop color with moderate carbonation that pushes up a fairly thin bubbly white head that leaves a little bit of lacing as it quickly dissipated.

The nose is full of citrus and floral hops combined with a sweet malty aftersmell (invented that word). Good stuff.

My first real pilsener (aside from Miller Lite's claim to fame), this is pretty impressive. Plenty of citrusy and floral hops up front balanced out by some paler malts, all balanced awesomely on a backbone of crisp, dry, smooth body.

Pretty damn sessionable if you ask me; tasty, clean, moderate ABV, and not a killer on price compared to some other of Victory's brews. Another solid one from the folks at Victory.

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Photo of sachsich
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to try this beer as i have heard many good things about it. It is rated very high here so thats a good thing. It pours great and has good lacing. The beer has a great smell of hops and citrus. The taste is also good with mouthfeel and drinkability rounding it all up

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

a - pours a brilliant bright amber color, one-finger white head with retention around the edges and decent lacing, pretty clear with only minimal suspended sediment

s - lots of citrusy hops on the nose, orange, grapefruit and lemon, mixed with a nice grainy and bready malt aroma

t - big citrus burst up front with lots of grapefruit and lemon, mid-palate is domianted by the bitterness mixed with graininess from the malt, finish is lingering grain and bitterness with hints of lemon, no alcohol evident, incredibly tasty and hoppy for a pilsener

m - medium-bodied, quite a bit fuller-bodied than your typical pilsener, moderate to higher carbonation, quite dry finish

d - incredibly drinkable, combines the refreshing nature of a pilsener with the interesting tastes of an IPA, the bitterness makes it somewhat more harsh on the palate than the typical pils, but the taste more than makes up for it

Finally getting around to reviewing this beer after having probably several cases worth of it at this point. Too bad more brewers don't take a cue from Victory and make a hopped-up pils like this.

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Photo of deruiz10
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Fluffy white 1.5" head. Color is a beautiful yellowish straw, slightly cloudy, with amazingly sparkling effervescence.

S - Very fragrant, I could smell it as soon as I started pouring. Honey and lemon juice with an earthy malt undertone.

T - Grassy malt flavors leaning just barely towards sweet, but over that comes a full hop flavor that delivers more bite than the smell would suggest. Complimented with grapefruit bitterness.

M - Nice and weighty, full carbonation but not excessive.

D - Very refreshing and crisp, perfect with a spicy meal.

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

It poured a pale straw color with a large tight white head; poured into a pilsner glass. The aroma is grassy with a hint of barnyard hay. The taste is like eating Saaz hops in clean water. I have to say that everytime I drink this brew it reminds me that simple for this style is the best, IMO. The body is light and crisp. A session brew worth having around. One other suggestion is that this a good clensing brew when going between contrasting styles.

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

12oz Bottle

App: Huge fluffy head! Straw colored. Perfect clarity.

Smell: Sweet malt and grassy, herbal hops. A dryness is present from the malt and hops.

Taste: A light sweetness that quickly turns to a strong bitterness. The hop flavor is slightly sweet but mostly grassy. Leaves a lingering bitterness.

Light-medium body with loads of tight, crisp carbonation.

One of the best domestic pilsesners.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pleasant bright golden colour, with a robust and thick head of just creamy-white foam. Lacing is sticky and persistent, some pancake bubbling on the top of the head. Some rather lazily bubbling carbonation animates the beer. A really top-looking pilsener.

I could smell it as soon as I'd uncapped the bottle - a big and boisterous fruity hop cacophony. Notes of passionfruit, resin and sweet citrus, with a really pleasant, but very underplayed grain sweetness. It's clean and fresh and more pointed than, say, the hop explosion you'd get from an IPA, but it's bang on for this style.

Taste is also clean and fresh, with a nice sharp and direct vector of hop bitterness through the mid palate. Finish is extremely dry, which is just what you want, leaving a refreshing bite of underripe carambola or kiwifruit. Mouthfeel is just leavened with a little fine sparkling carbonation without feeling bloating or prickly.

This is crisp and clear, amazingly refreshing and thoroughly drinkable. This is a really well-made, spot-on pilsener. This is what beer's about.

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Photo of DIM
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a slightly hazy, very pale golden color. It poured with a short fizzy head.

s: Beautiful. Fresh citrus, mineraly hard water, and biscuits.

t: Best pils out there in my limited experience. Big flavors of orange and lemon peel plus biscuits all mixed up in hard water. This beer absolutely pops when super fresh.

m: Crisp, dry, and refreshing.

d: After more than 1,200 reviews, everything that can be said about this one has been said. World class pils, I can't get enough.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - poured into a pint glass. Totally clear aside from tiny bits of carbonation. Color of straw, at most; not nearly saturated enough to call it golden. Big foamy head with plenty of lacing around the sides. Not too much retention but what does remain is very thick.

S - floral, citrusy, and slightly spicy hops. malts are somewhat on the sweet side, but retain an overall grassy character. nothing is overdone and it all comes together nicely.

T - crisp, classic Pils. begins with orange peel, quickly moves to a pleasant bitter hop sensation, finishes with barley a hint of spice.

M - crisp initial feel, smooth texture, good to very good carbonation, finishes quite dry. light body overall but makes itself heard anyway.

D - easy to quaff, and extremely refreshing when you do so. Not bad considering it's the best tasting Pilsener I've ever had.

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Photo of philbertk
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Frothy lacy classic white Pils head. Clear bright rich yellow color.

Smell: Crisp aromatic herbal Saaz hop front.

Taste: Soft mild sweet butter malt body. Refreshing clean bitter hop mild citrus end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp & dry.

Drinkability: Smooth refreshing rich crisp herbal Pils

Best American Pils?

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Photo of jantonius
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Session Craft, will enjoy with my Thanksgiving Football!!!

A - Slightly Cloudy Golden Color, nice creamy white head.

S - Citrus Hops, slight malt nose.

T - Great Pilsner, very slight hops, clean finish

M - Light Body

D - Very smooth and very drinkable.

Really Good Craft American Pilsner

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours very light straw. sits a slightly hazy yellow straw

Smell: slightly sweet, grainly malt character backed by a flowery, faintly spicy noble hop presence. some initial sulfur notes

Taste: slight grainy malt character up front which quickly takes a backseat to bitterness with a low noble hop spicy flavor and some sulfury notes. finish is dry and bitterness lingers

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with high carbonation

Notes: not my style but its a good interpretation. light and easy drinking with good bitterness

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Photo of aubuc1
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light golden with a thick steady white head and a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell is definitely floral and sweet smooth.

Taste is very good. Some smooth fruity and lightly hopped all balance out very well. A great pilsner.

Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability is very high.

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

I've been enjoying the Hop Devil so much that I wanted to try more Victory Brews. I have always heard great things about this pils.

This beer looks so refreshing. In a pils glass, it was light lager color with a slight haze that I wasn't expecting. The head was big and craggy and the lacing was good.

The nose is a lager aggressiveness with a good amount of underlying malt. There may be a hint of banana there.
This pils has a hint of fruit (maybe some sweet pear). It's got malt breadiness coming thorugh but quickly falls into a sharp pils bite. The end becomes more malty again and that leads to a dry bitterness.

Light body that was fuller than expected with a heavy carbonation.

It feels like this beer could have been crisper in the finish but generally I really enjoyed it. It makes me want to spend more time with non IPA brews. It's worth dropping my addiction to enjoy a wider range of beers.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy straw gold color with a small white head. A little lacing.
Pilsner like herbs/spice also citrus with a hint of Belgian like spice (coriander).
IPA Citrus flavor and pilsner like herbs/spice. I actually think this tastes more like a funky IPA then a German Pilsner. Not a bad thing just hard to catorgorize.
Medium body with crisp mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.
Interesting beer, the combination of flavors work for me. Though I don't know that this would be my pick if I was looking for a true German Pilsner.
NOTES: BBCSD-0909-Sean, BJCP-German Pilsner

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

Crystal clear transparent straw white gold-gold/yellow body that pours a nearly perfect white 1.5 inch head that seems to stick around forever. The lacing doesn't cover the insides of the glass, but it does clump together in large chunks, rather.

My nose picks up zesty citrus hops with a slight hint of pilsner(duh) malt. Initial tast is very zesty citrus hops that rolls off bitter at the end. As it warms up, the light toasted barley reintroduces itself as the hops start to mellow out a bit.

Very refreshing; crisp and dry. Medium bodied beer; carbonation is just perfect. This is my go to beer when i want a light taste of citrus hops when I want something a little more subtle than APAs. Cheers!

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An intensely hopped US pilsner. Crispy, refreshing and with a bite. A nice nod and defiance to the style.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple and somewhat pop design around a green color palette and an image of dominant hops with subdued grain in the background. Short narrative on the side, noting the name their history behind the brew and briefly the ingredients. Notes beer freshness drinking by date (Semi-erased blur and the year 2010) but lacks any other info. Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Pale straw and faintly hazy color with a generous head, that fades leaving great lacing.

S - Very fresh and hoppy aroma, first hint of citrus and grassy bitterness.

T - Hoppy bitterness with a citrus range and a soft malt base.

M - Light bodied with generous carbonation, and a smooth bite.

D - A very drinkable brew that makes a truly attractive pilsner.

Notes: Not being a big fan of the style and noting that I like it quite a bit, this may not be for most pilsner lovers, at least those that may not be very open to the assertive hoppy profile. In that sense something more subdued like the Brooklyn version might be a better transition to craft brews, although this is by far the more attractive brew.

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

I don't usually drink pilsener, but I received a bottle of Prima Pils as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks Roborb!

Poured a light golden color into my St. Louis pilsner glass. Nice finger and a half of bubbly white head. Plenty of lace in the head that stuck around throughout the drink.

Can definitely make out the Euro hops in the smell. Grassy, grainy with a hint of citrus.

This has to be the best tasting Pilsener I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Hoppier than any other I've tasted, but in a very good way. Taste transitions from the bitterness of the hops to a fruity, spicy finish.

Mouth feel is light body, crisp and refreshing.

Easily a session beer, too bad I only have the one.

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Photo of BierFan
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Big off-white head. Hazy yellow. Weird that a pilsner would be hazy. Looks like a witbier. Grassy and flowery aroma. Apparently this beer has been infected with brettanomyces. Definitely has a bit of a sour twang. Not really like a pilsner at all. I guess that explains the haziness.

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

12oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams beer tasting glass.

A - honey golden slightly hazy color with a nice 1 finger creamy white head. Good carbonation continues to flow to the top even after several minutes as you drink through the glass.

S - Citrus hops in the nose followed by some nice biscuit malt aroma. Very nice.

T - Initially very hop forward, pleasant bitterness and hop flavor but also very well balanced with pils malt sweetness. Very niice.

M - light, not quite medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Very enjoyable on the pallet and in the senses.

Overall, very excellent pils for those that like a more assertive hoppiness. Would pair well with spicy foods.

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Photo of t8000shx
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle to a 16oz tumbler, at appropriate serving temp for a pils.

Appearance - Looks like a glass of honey. To test this, I poured some honey into a shot glass. The beer genuinely looks like a glass of honey, just a touch more pale. Just what a pilsner should look like.

Smell - Honey (it was actually the aroma that inspired me to bust out my Honey Bear). Not much of a hint at the hops in the flavor profile, interestingly. A little grassiness, barnyard smell, but only slightly.

Taste - Some good hops and mild malty sweetness hit quickly, but don't hang out long. They give way to a dry, crisp middle and finish with some residual bitterness from the hops closing down the party, lingering longer than I'd expect. Finally, after I thought the night was over, I noticed some minerally after taste on the back of my palette. It's ok, feel free to hang around. I liked it.

Mouthfeel - The perfect weight for the style. Not in the least bit sticky or chewy, lively small-bubbled carbonation, slides across the tongue and sneaks down your throat, which leads us to...

Drinkability - Get out of town. Get right the F out of town. On a summer day, hell, on a fall morning at 2:30am, such as right now, I could probably toss back a good half dozen of these bad boys. It's one of my very top session beers. Won't fill you up, never let's you down... or something along those lines. Great flavor, great thirst quenching, reasonable price, excellent accessibility.

In case you're not getting it, I love this beer.

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Photo of Clause80
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. This is not your traditional pilsner. Victory loves their hops and it shows in this hoppy bitter pilsner. Its crisp clean with a distinctive hops taste and aroma. I typically drink IPAs, but because of the IBU count of this beer it is as good as a lot of IPAs. This beer also washes nicely from your palate and doesn't leave a lingering after taste.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The high level of hop flavor and bittering in this beer is uncharacteristic of a German pilsner. If anything I would say it is like a normal IPA (not any double IPA or anything like that mind you) in terms of hop characteristics, but with the body and malt profile of a pilsner.

This is a great concept - many times, often in the summer, I will be swilling down a cool, crisp, and drinkable pilsner, but yearn for something more with which my taste buds can play. Yes the concept is spot on for me, but the execution is a little bit off. This beer leaves an unpleasant bitterness in the mouth due to the weak malt profile holding up such a strong hop character. This is not conducive to drinking more than one or two at a time; pilsner's can be drunk by the gallon. I think the hops should be toned down a little and perhaps weighted more in the aromatic/flavor department rather than bittering.

I am being very critical - yes, but this is a good beer, and an interesting one for it's foray into previously uncharted territory for a pilsner.

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Photo of berley31
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, creamy white head that slowly dissipated down to a full 2-fingers, where it stayed for the duration of drinking. Fair lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is light yellow and clear, with a slight touch of haziness.

S: Bit of cooked corn, but very minor compared to so many other pilseners. Fruitiness comes through the most... lemon, apples, and others.

T: An extremely refreshing, fruity taste that finishes with a nice, crisp bitterness. Just awesome.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: Without a doubt the best pilsener I've had yet... and I don't know if I'll ever have a better one.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,303 ratings