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 goblue3509
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger head. Aroma has a nice malt backbone to it, but there is also a nice hop aroma present underneath. The taste is what sets it apart, there is the malt backbone like most pils, however, this one has some piney hop character to it. There is a very nice flavor in this. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation. Overall the drinkability is good, this is one of the first pilsner's that i have had that had a nice flavor and some complexity to it. Very nice beer.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good drinkable session lager here.
I was looking for more head and lacing, but it is nice crystal clear golden color. Hops are crisp and in your face. Floral notes are all over the place, and bitterness lingers more than any other pilsner I've tried. Refreshing mouthfeel, and this could be a great replacement for BMC on a night of many beers.

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

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a lightly hazy pale straw with a half-inch, fluffy white head. Nice retention for what's there, decent lacing.

Nose is grassy, a bit floral, touch of crisp grainy malt underneath, a lemony bite alongside, with just a hint of sulfur in there.

Taste is rather aggressively bitter for a pils. Sharp hop bite up front is grassy, spicy, dry, followed by a lightly-sweet, cracker-dry malt note that pokes its head out briefly as it heads into the moderately bitter, spicy finish. Adore the noble hop character in this one, the tongue tingles with spicy bitterness after every sip. Finish is just a bit lemony as well, with a bit of the malt sweetness carrying over way down underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, very dry, light but perfectly executed carbonation that suits the flavor perfectly without ever intruding.

Drinkability is stellar - refreshing and well crafted. This is the American benchmark.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima pils has finally arrived at the LCBO after many months of anticipation. You see, the LCBO shelves are clogged with boring pilsners from every corner of the world, very few of which are any good. When something different comes along that is known to be good people get interested.

Prima looks ok. It's a fairly generic looking pilsner. A light golden colored lager with a small white head that sticks around providing a bit of lacing and a small white cap.

The smell is nice though. Sweet malts with some lovely floral hops greet your nose with every sip. Tastewise this beer has a quite sharp, clean hop presence initially followed by a slow smooth sweet aftertaste. It's just what you need in a pilsner and it gets better as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly carbonated and this leads to excellent drinkability. Prima pils is a solid example of the style and I'm glad to have it as part of the regular rotation.

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

A - Pours a light straw, murky, near white head splits pretty quick. Some sudsy lacing remains.

S - Clean malt grassiness.

T - Light, crisp, biscuity, clean malt finished by fairly stern hop hand.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, mostly balanced, hops are a little heavy for the whole beer.

D - Very nice! Easy to drink.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale champagne yellow with clean white fluffy top. Hint of lacing, but not much.

Light fruity and floral. Some hops citrus. Wheat notes as well.

Nice clean and crisp flavor followed up by a nice bittering hop presence. More bite than your typical pilsner, but adds a ton of character and favorable flavor.

Heavier part of light bodied. Very smooth and a slight creamy texture. Not expected from this style.

Great drinkability. This would be a good beer to have on hands at all times. The hop presence may turn off some traditional pilsner drinkers.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six pack from the LCBO

Served into a pilsner glass.

A- Clear yellow gold color with a small head that stick and laces.

S- This beer smells great! Lots of herbal and grassy aromas.

T- Solid in the flavor department. Fairly dry with a great herbal hop character and nice biscuity malt backbone. Hoppy but not overpowering. The perfect amount of hops.

M- prickly on the tongue, smooth, and well carbonated. A tad thin.

D- One of the most drinkable beers i've ever had hands down.

Overall this is an outstanding example of a great style and one of my personal favorites. Easy recommendation. Props to victory! Im off to the bat cave... urrr... beer fridge to grab another!

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

A: Clear yellow with a white head, slight retention & lacing.

S: HUGE herbal & saaz (metallic & grassy) aroma, hints of underlying biscuity malt.

T: Big steelie, grassy saaz flavour with a underlying herbal, citrus & spice. Assertive bitterness. Not much malt or yeast flavour, it's all about the noble hops.

M: Moderate body actually has a little hop acidity.

D: A good drinker indeed.

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Photo of skrib09
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured a clear gold with a foamy, crispy looking white head.

aromas of corn, malt, and a subtleness of hops. soft on the nose but detectable flavors.

pilsner taste up front with a hint of pine and resin throughout. plenty of corn and malt flavors abound.

crispy mouthfeel but just a touch grainy on the palate. very drinkable though.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear yellow with a bright white head that settles to a ring and leaves spotty lacings.

Whao! Quite possibly one of the most beautiful smelling beers I have ever had. The hops jump out of this one. Nothing harsh, just delicate grass seed with some faint fruity-grainy notes letting you know that the malt is there. Wonderful.

Taste does not disapoint. A large helping of noble continental hops gives the beer an admirable up-front crispness which is followed by some very drying bittering hops. A very herbal beer with plenty of fresh grass and hop spiciness. Only reason it's not scored 5 is the shyness of the malt, I get very little grain.

Could be a bit chewier, seems awful thin, but that only adds to the awesome drinkability. Surely one of the best pilsners on the market.

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


A - Pours straw-yellow with a 1/2 fingered white head. Dissipates immediately, leaving no lacing.

S - Honey, spicy hops and nectar esters.

T - Honey and spicy hops.

M - Full-bodied, lightly carbonated and the hops and malts do not blend, but stand apart from each other.

D - Good, but not my favorite style or an excellent example of this style as well.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils reminds me of a brand-new gold plated trumpet. It is brilliantly resplendent and its well-polished glisten is without even the faintest of blemishes; I dare not stain the glass with fingerprints. In contrast, its head is almost unattractively scuzzy and its retention concerningly feeble. Luckily, the orchestra of bubbles entertain with their own concerto of jostling movement and hypnotic rhythm. This definitely belongs in the symphony.

The aroma is of the perfect match for a pilsner- sassy, soapy, spicy, it has all the characteristics of Europe's most popular style beer. And I am speaking of a *real* pilsner, not the bastardized mass-produced yellow lagers that are often labeled 'pils', but rather of the fragrant, fiery variety that is rightfully the pride of every Czech (and German). Successful execution is owed to whole-leaf Saaz and German Northern Brewer hops.

And despite the bottle being three-months old, that lemony, green, grassy pungency of the hops is still hugely discernible in the taste as well. It's almost gritty earthiness is mellowed out by the sweet, lightly grainy taste of bready pale malts. The sweetness of malts and the bitterness of hops is one of nature's true ying and yangs - a testament to the inherent balance of the natural world. It's hard to say what aspect I like better.

Actually no it isn't - I like the hops. And that this pilsner uses a good amount of them makes it wholly gratifying. This style of beer is notorious for disappearing in gulps rather than sips, liters rather than millimeters and Prima Pils' quenching, light bodied mouthfeel, complete with the clipping hop bite, is no exception to the trend. Discounting all this brewery's other notably solid offerings, Victory can rightfully be called such just on the basis of this beer.

Prima Pils being a great pilsner should shock you as much as water being wet. Not only is Pennsylvania renown for making some of the best German-style beers outside of Germany, but Victory is right up there amongst the best of that state's many great breweries. Besides, this brewery makes a whole variety of insanely highly rated pilsners, one of which, Braumeister Harvest Pils, is probably the best example of the style I've ever tried.

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

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle says "Enjoy by Aug 09 09." So, this is not the freshest bottle available, I suppose...

A - Pale straw yellow body with an airy cloud-white head that fades into splotches across the top.

S - Smells pretty crisp and clean, with a touch of pungency. Light citrus notes, acacia honey, and lightly pungent hop character work well together.

T - Not boring, as many German-style Pilseners can be to me. Lightly hoppy, with both pungent/bitter notes and sweeter citrusy notes working well together.

M - Light in body, high carbonation, what did you expect? Pretty true to style, I'd say.

D - A very well-crafted and tasty Pilsener. A great option for anyone looking for a cold, crisp brew on a hot day. While this is certainly not the kind of brew that will blow you away, it's very difficult to say anything negative about a well-made German-style Pilsener. Now, it's a matter of getting beer like this into our baseball stadiums and big music venues...

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

pours a nice summer golden yellow color with a great head and nice lacing it looks good on a warm summer night..the smell is biscuit and malt and noble hops..oh yeah the taste is crisp it has the saaz hops the bready biscuit sweet malts all balanced with noble hops is this an american pils? this is a really good pils that has it all well balanced crisp refreshing tasty easy to drink.... a budvar clone .. i like this one highly recommended well done for the style

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

Pale straw gold and crystal clear. Two fingers of fluffy white head sits atop the the body. The head has decent retention and leaves behind gobs of lace on walls of my glass.

Flowery, herbal hop aroma with biscuit/bread malt undertones.

Herbal & lemony hop flavours over a mildly sweet biscuit/bread malt backbone. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Very straightforward pilsener flavours, but bolder and more pronounced than many of its stylistic brethren.

Between light and medium bodied. Spritzy carbonation. Clean, crisp, and very refreshing. I think I'll have another now. :)

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Photo of dasenebler
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised I haven't reviewed the Prima Pils yet, seeing as I've had it so many times.

Color and appearance are solid: clear, yellow-gold, with a creamy one-finger head. Aroma is excellent, with pungent Saaz hops dominating the nose. Really hoppy!

Flavor is also really hoppy, but almost too much so for a pils. I know the malt backbone is there because I feel it, but I need to taste more of it. The pilsners I tend to like the best are a little more biscuity, a little sweeter, but still bitter. A minor quibble however. Mouthfeel is creamy yet light. Extraordinarily drinkable for such a hoppy, flavorful brew. Quaff away.

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

A- Pours a bright yellow with a rocky, well-retained head. Beautiful bubble trains up the side of the glass.

S- Overwhelming spritzy Hallertau hops on the nose (in a good way!). It's hard to detect any other definitive notes under all that hops!

T- I don't know if I can describe a taste as "bright", but that's the first word that comes to mind. I'm getting a little sweetness off of this, fresh cut grass, and a refreshing blast of Hallertau for a dry finish.

M- This beer is very carbonated, but it works. The carbonation compliments the dry and lemony attributes of the hop. Definitely a fuller body than I would normally expect from an American Pilsner.

D- So refreshing and yummy. How could I not drink this all night!?

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Photo of sessycuban
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a golden yellow. Plenty of carbonation, minimal lacing.

S - Very minimal hop presence, DMS, adjuncts.

T - Tastes like other well stocked American adjunct lagers; cooked corn.

M - Light bodied.

D - I guess this might be worth your while if you are local, and are into sixers. Otherwise, I'd avoid this beer. It tastes more like an American adjunct lager than a German Pilsner.

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Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pour of this amazing clarity is something to behold. A bright and shining yellow with a steady stream of bubbles and a rocky white head, prima pils is textbook. Lacing is decent, leaving concentric rings on the glass, and the head never completely dies away. A sweet, grainy and floral aroma mixes in with lemon to produce a clean and enticing introduction. Pale sweet malt leads off the flavour, before the hops make their presence felt with notes of grass, lemon and pepper. A dry, crisp, saaz-dominated finish brings matters to a close. The body detours slightly from the traditional pils model, with its slightly heavier weight, while its high, but soft carbonation cleans the palate.

Previous reports had led me to believe that this was a highly hopped pils, and while it is, the accompanying bitterness never exceeds moderate limits. The lack of balance I feared going in was simply a chimera, and this is a great marriage of hops and malts. Call it a lawnmower beer - its simple, clean, refreshing and I can drink it all day long.

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

Finally, I get to try this well-regarded Pils. Thanks to my father who picked this up on a recent road trip.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Prima Pils pours a crystal clear golden straw color, with a bright white fizzy soap suds head. I got scared that the head would overflow, but luckily it stopped rising just in time. It fizzled away rapidly to a thin white ring, leaving behind some sticky lace.

The smell is just what I am looking for. Grainy. Mildly sweet. Some faint floral hops. This is what I want a pilsner to smell like.

What a refreshing taste. Good balance between dry graininess with a bitter edge. The dry, biting finish makes this one easy to drink.

I wish I could get this locally, because this is indeed a perfect summer beer, and one I am likely to seek out in the future.

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Photo of muskiecf
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by a long shot one of the best beers made in america. I know that is a huge statement but this is what beer is supposed to be. It isn't exactly a traditonal pilsner but not far from either. The alcohol content and hoppiness is a bit high but otherwise who cares...It's just damn good. Very well balanced but hoppy enough to please any hop head. Try it, you will not be dissappointed. Way to go Victory! This is my session beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 3 finger white head, body is pale golden yellow in color. The nice head almost immediately shrunk down to less than a finger. The retention and lacing overall were barely average

Smells of light straw malt. Very typical pilsner smell, light with no real hop aromas

Taste is of grassy malt. There is also slight bitterness towards end, like grapefruit. There is also faint metallic taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is very light. Carbonation is good and not too high.

Drink ability is above average. Beer is definitely session able but a bit boring. Would drink again but not in a hurry to buy anymore soon

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Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: poured 2 months after the best enjoyed by date, but I'm sure were still good

A: Pours a cloudy-transparent lemon color with a nice tight bone white head that dissipates slowly leaving a spotty lacing.

S: Hops, wheat, and that classic Euro skunk

T: A little wheaty/skunky and some nice floral and bittering hops finish

MF/D: Nice and medium body for a pils, very refreshing and clean finish. Hoppy aftertaste.

First sub-par brew from Victory and it wasn't even that bad

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. I couldn't read the bottling date since it was too faint. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.79.

A-Poured a lemony-yellow hue with virtually no head and no lacing. Vigorous carbonation. Overall, a nice looking beer in the glass.

S-Prominent lemony hops.

T-Very nice for a pilsner. I don't drink many lagers but this is very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Not a sipping beer, but a thirst quencher for me on this hot afternoon.

M-Smooth and well balanced. A tad too much carbonation, but that may be a style characteristic.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

Nice to see this in Salem, Oregon. However, at $1.79 a 12oz. bottle and since not a favorite style, I don't expect to purchase frequently.

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

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle with "Enjoy by" Oct 04, '09

A: Bright clear pale golden yellowish color with a active carbonation. White head and medium lacing.

S: Very nice sweet citrus hop scent hits first. Some herbal and spicy aromas dominate but not overwhelming.

T&M: Very smooth feel. At first the beer is very bland, but subsequent mouthfuls bring on a flavorful balance of malt and hops with slightly bitter hop finish.

I am not a pilsner fan, but this is the best pilsner I have probably ever had. Just as good on tap also.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,289 ratings
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