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

Serving type - 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a familiar pale, golden straw-like color. For a lager, this has a surprisingly cloudy appearance. Interesting, this looks good. A quickly dissipating head gives way to nice lacing.

S - A nice, piney/lemon hop scent, with a grainy, caramel malt background. This reminds me more of an American pale ale than a pilsner, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

T - Not what I was expecting for a pilsner, but it is good, and very refreshing. A malty forefront is quickly greeted with assertive hops (for this style of beer anyway). Bitter, dry aftertaste leaves you wanting more. This reminds me more like an APA in taste.

M - A bit on the medium bodied side for this style. Not that that's a bad thing though! This is a lager with some more depth and character.

D - Highly sessionable. Each sip leaves you wanting more, and it's quite refreshing. A great choice for summer drinking.

Overall - A very American take on the European Pilsner style, at least to me. If you like lagers, and hoppier pale ales, you'll love this one. Cheers!

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - pour yields two fingers of soft bubbly head like a cloud floatig in the glass. clings nicely to the sides. beer is a super pale gold color, almost like a wheat. this just looks refreshing.

S - kind of a nice spicey grassiness, with some citrus/lemoney undertones. hop bitterness finds its place more and more as it warms.

T - more of the tangy grassiness, but spiced up. bitterness of hops but nothing floral, more piney than anything. a nice honey-like sweetness carries throughout the sip. really unique and insanely refreshing.

M - so crisp, just livens up the tongue. the spiciness really brings all the flavors alive, showcasing them one by one. perfectly carbonated and refreshing.

D - give me more. probably my ultimate summer beer.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw pour with a full finger of head that camps out for quite a while. Smell is lemon zest, straw, clove, and bits of spicy and citrus hops. Bold for the style, and quite pleasant.

Taste is a bit more grainy and earthy that the nose would have indicated. I'm not able to pick out the particular styles of hops, but definitely recognize them as being German. Very grassy and herbal, some faint clove-like flavors still present, very subtle but flavorful.

The mouthfeel is quite good for the style. The carbonation levels are high but they are so soft it actually makes the beer feel nearly full bodied, even though it is probably much closer to medium-light. Probably the best mouthfeel I've felt on a beer this low in ABV.

Definitely a great session beer, very well crafted

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

I am re- reviewing this beer because, I think I was drinking to warm, and god it WAS a bitter one, any way I am just done with the 6 pack and I have to say it is a good beer.

A: Pours a surprisingly nice green/yellowish yes I said green. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.

S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops.

T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style.

M: Light. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsner should be.

D:a good beers, a good craft beer.

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Photo of MrStark
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy yellow gold color, with a nice two-finger fluffy white head that slowly recedes. A few streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell is of citrus and hops. Maybe a hint of malts, its doesn't seam to be particularly strong.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus, almost like grapefruit. A fairly good amount of spicy hops leaving a pleasant bitterness on the palette.

Mouthfeel is is light bodied with plenty of nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Its very smooth and goes down easy leaving a nice little bite on the tongue. I could definitely put this on my list as a nice session beer!

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Photo of witster18
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the best surprise of my mixer....

had a starr stout.... overrated(how'd it win at TGABF)
had some usuals... St peter porter... old #38... some others

but this pils was the diamond in the rough
Great Beer!
Fantastic fresh Hop pines combine with earthiness and citrus. Not dry at all, in fact, it's mouth-watering goodness.

Definately stopping for a complete sixer on the way home.... very hard to find a good pils or lager in Chattanooga.... I guess you just have to stick with the staple(lowenbrau) or this nice upgrade for the same price... this is like Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Light in terms of taste... excellent brew.

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Photo of Risser09
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden yellow color with a slight haze. Streams of carbonation make their was to the surface, introducing themselves to the 2", white, bready head. It shows great retention and lots of spongy lace with swiss cheese lace.

Smell: A perfume of German malt that is pale and sugary sweet. Mild hop aroma displays lemon, grass and orange. Subtle biscuit aroma underlies.

Taste: A smooth, sensual flavor profile consists of those great German pale malts and a balancing bitter aftertaste. Biscuits, bread, lemon, orange and shortbread all make a buttery flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth to quaff and bitter resins dry out the finish to make you go back for more. This is about as pleasant as a beer can be in the mouth and throat. Some carbonation, some alcohol, and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: About as high as a beer can be. This is a sessionable beer that is tremendously balanced and adheres to stylistic guidelines. An example of what a German pilsner should taste like.

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Photo of mnrider
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. Flute glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Very tiny bubbles glide to the top. Head turns into nothing much and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Smells like flowers and water.

T/M: Smooth going down and ends with a strong hop bite. I taste and feel many things here. Medium bodied. The hops are a little spicy, flower like and plentiful. The typical Pilsner malts are faint but noticeable.

D: This is one flavorful pilsner. Not too bitter, definitely the most hopy one i've ever had. I'm used to the lighter more bitter Pilsner. I will be having this one again, I'm sure.


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man NY served in a pint glass.

A: Fine white 1 finger head with outstanding retention. Brew itself is light orange/yellow. Lacing is magnificent for a beer with such light body... its almost frothy in appearance.

S: Nose is fresh citrus, grass, and pine with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Begins with light hops and transitions towards the middle into a fresh citrus. Finish is bitter... not hop bitter, but a lingering, biting bitterness.

M: Light bodied and coarse. Finishes clean but bitter aftertaste really sticks in the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable but the aftertaste again really kills this beer. It builds and builds but never seems to fade and makes each subsequent sip more and more intensly bitter.

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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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,315 ratings