Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Prima PilsPrima Pils
5,269 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 WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle. Pours a very golden yellow colour. Very tasty and easy to drink. I could drink 37 of these and not feel a buzz. Solid brew overall, definately the best pilsner I have ever had. Then again I am stuck with canadian pilsners who upset me greatly.

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

Poured a hazy gold into a pilsner glass, with great carbonation, three fingers of white head, and great lacing. The smell was decidedly floral/herbal Noble hops, with a dry bitter crispness to it. The flavor additionally yielded hints of malt, biscuit, and lemon, with a super-crisp dry finish. The feel was superb; light and carbonated. An amazingly sessionable brew, but since I've had this one, I've tried Victory's Braumeister Pils, which is even more intense and delicious.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice one inch head over slightly cloudy gold body. Very vibrant aroma - floral with a hint of lemon. Complex flavor and great mouthfeel. Complex flvors throughout your entire mouth. Very, very drinkable. One of the best Pils I have ever had.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as impressed as other are with this one. Lemony, grassy with bananas and other citrus notes in the aroma which was the best part to this beer. Nice color as well. Taste and mouthfeel were average or slightly above for the style. I am not a big fan of this style but I scored it compared to others of it's style. Just not much to offer in the way of flavor or mouthfeel.

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Photo of steveshields
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Pilsener I have ever reviewed. I am not very knowledgeable on this style, but this beer is absolutely delicious.

It pours a beautiful hazy yellow/gold and I gave it a 2.5inch head in a fake wine Reidel glass. Retains the head very well, minutes after the pour and a few sips. Lots of lace.

Smells exceptional. Honey and lemon.

Tastes great- lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Crisp, nice carbonation. The only thing I can think to compare it to is a more complex Beck's, and this is good. Very bitter. Very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation up front, syrupy finish. Not bad at all, just so bitter it leaves me wanting more.

Exceptionally drinkable. I wish it were higher ABV, but I'll definitely buy this again. Props to my borther Alex for picking this up. We are also fans of the Hop Wallop and Golden Monkey. Cheers.

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

consumed 10/2/09
This beer pours a light straw yellow with a one finger of sudsy head that retains relatively well and leaves lots of wispy lacing on the glass the entire way down. Nose is citrus - predominantly lemon, pale malts and grain. Taste is very tangy up front from the lemon influence, balanced out perfectly with a grainy, biscuity flavoring, and finish lends to a mild pale malt flavoring. Light body, high carbonation, goes down easily, crisp body, clean finish and bitter aftertaste. I can't say that I've found a pilsner that made me love the style - this one does it, and an ABV that allows you to sit with it all night.

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

Pours a strange yellow, like the kind of yellow my urine looks like after taking vitamin B complex, which isn't neccesarily a bad thing. Nice frothy white cap, some nice lacing.

Smells of spicey hops, sweet grassy grains and somewhat fruity.

Hands down the best tasting Pilsener I've ever had. Grassy grains, honey, pineapple, pine needles, sourdough , but overall dominated by the spicey hops, very hoppy pils indeed.

Nice smooth, carbonated mouthfeel and a highly drinkable beer. I'll never drink another lager again other than this one!

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Color of your piss when you're slightly dehydrated. Nice carbonation.
S: I'm just smelling classic hops on the nose.
T: Wow - all hops. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer definitely is swinging the pendulum far right to hops. Malt is under-represented.
M: Fine. I really don't consider this an important category to me personally.
D: Very drinkable. This is smooth and going down easier than my high school girlfriend

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Photo of bristol2120
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent pale golden, with a big, rocky head, that subsides shortly, leaving a good amount of lacing. Hops dominate the aroma, with no real trace of malt to be found. At the risk of being branded a heretic, let me just say right now that I'm not really in the camp of the hopheads. I prefer a nice balance in most styles, so bear that in mind as you read on. Taste also is dominated by hops, to me, almost to the point of distraction. Hop fans will probably enjoy this, but it left me wishing for a stronger malt presence to even things out. That said, this beer showed classic hops spiciness/bitterness that some others would probably quite enjoy. Good, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation for a decent level of drinkability. While I certainly didn't dislike this beer, IMHO, it lacks the balance to be a top representative of the style, in fact, reminding me somewhat of an IPA> That said, those with more of a fondness for hops would probably enjoy this beer immensely, and I think this conclusion is certainly borne out by several other reviewers.

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

I will be the first one to say that the pilsener is not one of my favorite styles of beers but this one totally turned me around. This light bodied light golden color brew is a very drinkable beer with a very good German malt finish. I would totally recommend this to anyone who is curious about the style and would like to try a good one. I am glad my curiosity and hope for the style led me to this one because this is a good one.

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

Glad to finally see this on shelves in Alaska.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a nice stark white head that retains for a little while and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is about as authentic as it gets. Euro hops play a big role and that typical almost grassy german pilsner nose.

Wow. An excellent pilsner. Hoppier than most, but i like that about it. Pretty much on the nose as far as the style goes for taste. Grassy lager and grain flavors with an ample dosing of european hops. A good dryness on the finish and spicy hops linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ideal. Slightly high carbonation is perfect, but this one is just a tiny tad more viscous than i would like.

Drinkability is top notch. Abv doesn't play any factor at all, and the extra hops in this one make me want to slam it all day.

Overall an excellent example of the style and one i will surely be revisiting (probably tomorrow, since this sixer is going down!) One of the better examples of a german pils made in the united states for sure. An excellent refreshing beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils pours a light golden color, its clean, its clear and its got some nice carbonation. The head is big and fluffy (as seen above). Good looking pour.

The aroma that comes from the dense foam is initially some earthy hops followed by grass and some sulfuric and metallic smells. I guess that sounds less than appealing but in all fairness, the smell of pilseners has never been their main draw.

One big sip and its apparent that this is near the top of its class.
Its crisp and refreshing with a heavy dose of noble hop bitterness and a very sharp finish. There is some nice sweet notes in this beer but the dry finish that keeps you going back for more makes this one of the most drinkable beers you are bound to come across.

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

This one is going to spoil me on other pilseners.
Pale yellow color, good substantial frothy white head. Looks great.
Mostly hoppy aroma, lemon too.
Very hoppy flavor as well. More citrus and herbal flavors too. But the hops were more than I expected. A full-flavored pils, wow!
Finish is nice and dry, only some slight bitterness left behind.
I've had a few people recommend this one to me, and I'm definitely glad I tried it out.

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Photo of PerroGrande
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a hazy, light yellow. On a fairly aggressive pour, a fair amount of foam is produced, but it does not linger. Only traces of evidence cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: Notable citrus and hops overtones. A rather rich aroma compared to many Pilsener beers.

Taste: Opens crisply with hints of lemon. Hops dominates the rest of the way with malt hanging in around the edges. A nice bitterness, but the aftertaste is a little displeasing to me.

Mouthfeel: Generally light with some carbonation hanging around.

Drinkability: Certainly sessionable if you're looking for a decently hoppy beer and lower ABV. It is a good brew, but I'm not craving another one at the moment.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Most of my way through a sixer of 12oz bottles. Pours a light translucent yellow, typical pilsner color, bout a finger of airy head with little retention.

Nose is typical pilsner (light grains) but with a zippier lemony, zesty hops, slightly earthy.

Man, this is what a pils needs to taste like. Long, bitter Saaz bitterness but without appealing to just the hopheads. Light but still with a strong, balanced hop bite. Some nice pale malts add some depth, balance it out. This is extremely drinkable. Not over the top carbonation, lends itself more to drinking.

Would pretty much drink this anywhere, anytime, with anything. Hot weather - this is your beer. Out with a meal - this is your standard. Easily one of the best pils I've had.

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Photo of champ103
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a surprisingly hazy yellow. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops. A grain and cereal malt aroma.
T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style. Grapefruit, pine, grassy. Light malt, cereal, and grain for balance.
M/D: Light and watery. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsener should be. Though one is enough for me.

Not a bad beer at all, just not my favorite Pils. It is not one of those that I want to drink one after another. Which is what I pretty much judge the style by.

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

After reviewing two disappointing wheat beers this is more than a pleasant surprise. This is a god-send, as in mana from heaven, as in a miracle, as in better than water into wine. If your looking for a Pils style maybe you are going to say 'This ain't a Pils', however it's one f'n great beer. It's like a northern forest with a fresh pure stream running through it.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Chill haze straw with a fluffy two inch white head and ample lace.
Smells of fuggles; earthy and grassy with a hint of pilsner malts.
Taste is crisp pilsner malt nicely blended with cascade and fuggle hop. Has a nice clean and dry finish.
THis is by far a good easy to drink pilsner. Another winner by the folks at Victory.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A light Straw yellow, very clear. The head starts off as a finger or so then falls to just about nothing. A bit of lacing in the glass.

S- As far as a pilsner goes, this is the best so far. It has a fair amount of noble hop character to the nose. Its has a slight pine smell then a good spicey hop finish. There is a pilsner malt backbone behind the smell.

T- There is a very good hop presence up front, quite tasty once the sweet pilsner malt takes over. Then there is just enough bittering hops on the back end to have a very good dry finish.

M- Light body, lots of carbonation.

O- This is an awesome pilsner. The Hops are not overwhelming by any means to the pilsner malt. Very pleasing taste. Will by again.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly cloudy straw yellow with a fizzy head. Bubbles away to leave some lacing.

S - Bitter floral and lemony aroma. Nice aroma, some latent lagerish yeast/malt on the back.

T/M - This is where it loses me. There is a huge grassy lemon-rind punch that fades into a very light malt background. Just really unbalanced to me. Great hop flavor, but there is absolutely nothing behind it. Maybe it's the style, but I just can't find anything to balance out the hops. Mouthfeel is nice, juicy and not sticky.

D - Low alcohol, but the bitterness builds on you.

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

Pours a pale straw yellow, clear, with a moussy thick head. Good lacing

The nose is restrained, grassy, hoppy, citrusy, and some light spices.

The flavour of this beer is really where it shines. The hops are spicey and dry, not a lot of the citrus or grapefruit that I'm used to from so many IPAs. The malt is balanced well and the overall impression is a great balance.

Good body to this beer, and the carbonation is sharp. The drinkability is very high for myself

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Photo of lstokes
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best pilsner out there? I don't like pilsners as a rule (they're like IPAs with muzzles!) but this made me understand the style.

Golden with a fluffy full head, nose of soft citrus hops and a bit of grass. The taste is pretty awesome--medium body and carbonation supporting bold lemon and spiced floral hops and a full malt profile. Finishes with a nice bitter zing, very sessionable.

Victory blows by the competition once again.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with cap of dense white froth, decent retention and minimal lacing. Scent is clean and fresh with notes of grassy, lightly lemony, faintly spicy hops blended with fresh dried grainy pils malts. Taste follows suit, highly hopped for the style, but those notes don't interfere with the fact this is a very solid pilsner. Medium bodied, fairly full for the style, lightly buttery on the palate, finishes dry. One of the best American pilsners out there.

Note: Recently revisited for a formal review after many casual samplings. My palate has advanced where I can appreciate the subtle notes a bit more. Other pilsners like Sam Adams Noble Pils have out hopped this beer, but this is still fantastic. Score adjusted upwards accordingly.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation 12 oz bottle poured into a fluted pilsner.

Appearance: Pours with a 3 finger width fluffy white-head. Clear golden yellow in color. Appears not to be overly carbonated. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with a herbal & citrusy-lemon zest. You might even say a blend of every citrus fruit. If you can get past the hops you may smell a very pale malt.

Taste: Brings forth the citrusy hops on the first sip and follows through on sips after with a fine blend of pale malt and citrus fruit. A really herbal and citrus blend of hops. Fantastic hoppy after taste

Mouthfeel: Less carbonated then you would expect. Most of the dryness comes from the hops. Does have a higher hop bitterness. But overall a crisp clean brew.

Drinkability: I'm no pils expert. Infact I'm lager-phobic, but this one had more flavor then I would ever expect. Its a bit like an american pale ale but with that lager crispness. Can't say if this is dead on for the style but, a clean hoppy brew for when you get tired of those Pale ales. Because its so clean and hoppy this is a super sessionable beer. Your mouth may end up a bit dry but you'll love every bit of it.

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Photo of mikel52588
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellowish gold, 2 finger head

Smell: almost lemony citrus, its also pretty sweet, but its kind of faint

Taste: it has a soft bitterness followed by your creamier citrus with some floral qualities

Mouthfeel: its light, still softly bitter, not too bad of an aftertaste. After a while you kinda get the aftertaste of cheddar cheese in your mouth (not necessarily a bad thing)

Drinkability: Not much to say about this, its light, citrusy, and bitter, if you're a fan of those qualities you'll be all over this one. I like beers that have a little more malty flavor which this doesn't provide, but its not bad. It'd be good with a lighter but spicy meal and maybe cheddar cheese.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,269 ratings
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