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 pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden color with a slight hazy appearance. Medium sized head which dissipates quickly, lots of lacing with great retention.

The smell is of citrus floral hops with a bread malt note as well.

Great taste, probably the best pilsener I have had to date, yummy. Floral hop taste with a small malt presence in the finish.

Higher carbonation and a thin smooth mouthfeel, very nice and refreshing.

This is quite a drinkable beer, very well done pilsener.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Perfectly gold. Huge cloud like head. lots of bubbles coming up through the liquid

S- Crackers. Earthy hops. Slight Citrus. Very nice

T-Firmly bitter but not over the top, just assertive. More earthy hops. Light crackery malt.

M- Fairly dry, which is good for style. medium-high carbonation. Bitterness leaves you ready for another drink.

D-Great version of a pils. Seems more like a bo pils than a N. German, but who am I to argue. This is what american lagers should taste like!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours palest bright gold with a thin tight white head that fades fast but rings. Big lemon sorbet and nettle nose. Stingy twig and cinnamon malts, hit of sour citrus, then tight spice on the finish. Tart and complex linger - hops last forever! Light feel but pretty sticky.

Probably the best hop finish I've had in an American take on pilsener.

2nd tasting: Hazy lemon with clingy white froth that rings, a big lemon rind nose (you could tell me it's Citra and I might believe it), gentle crackery pale malt and grassy, leafy, slightly anise hops that linger forever.

My go to beer when I can't peruse a list.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A- Bright yellow with a generous two in head

S- Mostly grain and honey followed by citrus hops

T- initially pretty smooth and maybe a little sweet which gives way to a bold citrus bitterness you will notice.

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation.

D- I must say I am impressed with this. I wasn't all that excited about it since they style is similar to a mass produced domestic lager, but it really has good flavor. Maybe has more flavor than Sam Adams Boston Lager. I believe I will buy this again.

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Photo of dismal
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow color with a one finger white head. The head slowly goes down but sticks around and leaves some lacing down the glass. Smell is almost kind of grassy, don't know what else to say as I can pick up some other smells but nothing really sticks out. Taste has a bit of a lemon or zesty hint. Like the smell I'm not completely sure what else is there. It's not really bitter but it isn't too sweet either. Goes down pretty easily though. I've only had a few Pillseners before and I think it really isn't my style. I can drink it though I just don't dig it. I'm not going to rate it down because of it though. Overall it isn't bad, this one is better than some of the other Pilsners I've tried.

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

A little over a finger of white froth over a relatively clear light golden. Good sticky rounds of lace on the glass and a thin cap of head retains. There's a huge hop aroma out of the pour. Fresh cut grass and a bit perfumey. It's really clean on the nose. Flavors are the same. This is a really straightforward and delicious pils. Fresh cut grass, and a grainy characteristic from the malt. No steel or skunked flavors, which is nice! Crisp and medium body. I appreciate not drinking a watery pils. There's some bready malt, honey, and even lemon citrus. I'd have many of these in one sitting.

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Photo of bret27
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Clean light soft hops, malts.

Appearance: Pale gold, very clear, good white head in pilsener glass.

Taste: This is the pleasant surprise. Caramel and honey at the start but quickly followed by a hoppy bite from middle to end.

Aftertaste/mouthfeel: Full malt and hops from start to finish. Bitter hops lingering well after the finish. Finishes like a well-made pale ale. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall: Very nice. Fuller mouth and hoppier than most classic pilseners, but that's a good thing. Whether they're hop deviling or hop walloping, Victory knows how to use their hops.

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

A: A very light straw to white color with a thin layer of wispy head, no signs of lacing, there is a slight haze to the beer - 4.00, S: Strong sweet grain aromas, solid backing of pilsner malts, some earthy and herbal hops are also present on the nose - 4.00, T: Prima Pils has a solid hop bite for a pilsner, extremely grassy and green, grapefruit pith and dry, tastes a little grainy and there are some husk flavors - 4.25, M: A touch chewy, noticeable body - 4.25, D: Pilsners are generally not my style but this beer is a standout, hops dominate the malts, at 5.3% this is definitely on my list of best session beers and an ideal beer for a hot summer day - 4.50

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

This is the best Pilsner I have ever had, bar none.

Beautiful golden colour. Aroma of floral, spicy hops. Elegantly simple taste with lingering hop bitterness. A nearly flawless beer in every respect.

Not only has Victory set the Pilsner bar for North American brewers...they've set it for the entire world.

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Photo of jbro434
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright gold with just a bit of head. A small amount of lacing appears with each sip. And sip I did. One glorious sip after another. Clean and full of hops. There was great joy in finding that classic pilsner taste that I love after cracking this open. The hops are potent, not over the top. The mouthfeel is crisp and tangy, balanced with a nice malt warmth. The finish is a hophead dream. The taste buds tingled with joy, allowing for a nice pause between sips to savor the flavor. Good stuff.

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

12oz Bottle in a pilsner glass.

Pours an awesome golden color with no head. Slightly hazy but very nice for a Pilsner. On the nose is light and hoppy, smells awesome for a pilsner.

Taste is amazing. Very smooth and hoppy. Basically it's like a Pilsner Urquell with some extra hops, really a good lager in the age of American Ales. Worth seeking out, and worth keeping a bit colder than most ales.

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

A pale golden color with a small short lasting white head , small amount of lacing left . Aroma of light sweet malt and grassy floral hops , some light lemon notes. Flavor is crisp lightly skunky hops , lightly toasted sweet malt , a little spice and honey . A surprinsingly full body for the style , nice level of bitterness , crisp clean mouthfeel , medium to heavy carbonation, nice hoppy finish . Very sessionable and a good beer all around .

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Photo of number1bum
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed Prima Pils...

Pours a clear straw yellow color, maybe a bit closer to golden actually, with about two fingers of off-white head. Head settles to a thin but full lace and leaves a splash of stick here and there on the sides.

Smells of grassy, spicy hops along with some lemon zest. There's a nice, soft sweetness to the beer as well. Very nice.

Taste is boldly hoppy and very smooth. Hops are grassy and citrusy with the lemon zest that was in the nose, and some noble spice as well. There is a light sweetness that serves the beer well as the hop bitterness is quite aggressive for a pils. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Some juicy citrus sweetness is also left on the palate. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body, quite smooth yet sharp in the finish with the hop bitterness. Quite refreshing.

This is probably my favorite of the PA pils, although Troegs, Victory and Sly Fox are all outstanding as well. This one just has so much hop flavor that it's hard to beat. A great beer.

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

A fantastic pilsener from the United States, an all too rare feat. Prima Pils pours bright yellow with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is fresh grain and strong, sharp, spicy hops. It smells like a wet barley field with a strong whiff of lemon peel shavings and apple slices. The flavor is fairly hoppy for the style, but there's a wonderful malt presence. It's a thirst-quenching beer that doesn't cut corners. The flavors are strong and crisp. This beer doesn't quite measure up to Moonlight's Reality Czech, but I'd bet the contest would be extremely close if I was working with fresh kegs of each. In the interest of science, Moonlight and Victory should each priority ship me fresh kegs.

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

Tasted on August 5, 2009 in Wells, ME.

The beer is pale yellow in color, just like straw. Typical pilsner looking. The head is very nice but disappear quickly. Some haziness. The aroma is typically pilsner, malty with some cereal notes. The taste is the most intriguing. The bitterness is light. Thin body. Very refreshing.

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Photo of erz316
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the East Village Tavern, Aug 19, 09. served into a conical pint glass.

A - light straw with a one finger head.good effervescence. body colour is not as light a straw as an adjunct, but certainly much lighter than usual for a craft beer. the head mantainswhat little foam it has; no lacing.

S - an incredibly spicy hop aroma, with a mid-light backing from the more exotic iterations of hop aromas: orange peel and cinnamon dominate the midground with some definite pine resin in the back ground.

T - that's a smack of hops in the mouth! quite bitter and complex. initial taste is an almost sweet hop presence, like tangy apricots; quite interesting. again, as in the nose, the hops prove to be quite dynamic: bitter grapefruit rind, pine, a whole range of flavours. there is a sweetness that sneaks in amongst all the bitter complexities, which makes the taste quite phenomenal and the high point of the initial. the finish is a piney-grapefruit. the afterstaste s a slight citric sweetness, like sweetened canned grapefruit, as with some of the malty sweetness.

MF&D - medium body, with good ample carbonation. very drinkable and delicious, especially on a hot day like this!

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsener glass.

A. Poured 2 finger light white head. Steady rise of bubbles from bottom of glass. Light golden color. Litte lacing. Good collar of foam.

S. Yeast, hops, dry malty smell, hint of lemon.

T. Hops are present. No easily distinguisable hop qualities. Simple clean taste.

M. Light bodied, good carbonation. Crisp clean finish.

D. Very easy to drink. A nice refreshing beer. A thirst quencher.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I need to preface with I'm not a big Pils guy. There are some I like and some I don't. I'm sorting them in my mind. This beer is nearly clear, like water, it was impressive, amazing really. I stared at it for a while before drinking it. There is little to moderate carbonation, big head that fell away quickly. Smell is a little skunky, proabably not the best descriptor because the beer was not skunky. I can see why people use this as a good example of a pilsner, but I did not enjoy it. Sweetness classic Pils aroma developed or became more obvious as I drank. All in all, not my favorite but a great example of an American made Pils, think Bitburger when you drink this.

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Photo of seanthornton152
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into Pilsner glass.

Body is a light golden yellow, transparent...head is a frothy egg white color, 2 thumb head, dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lace.

Aroma; lemon citrus, mild hops, a barley...aroma is quite mellow.

Taste is of Citrus hops, a sweetness like honey, doughy maltiness, beer is dry and finishes with a hint of hops.

Medium thickness, active carbonation, smooth going down.

I remember this beer being more forward with hop citrus in both taste and aroma, I last had it at least 5 years ago. Maybe freshness is in question, yet overall I find this beer forgettable.

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

Appearance: Poured a pale yellow color, with a one-finger foamy white head. Clear, with plenty of visible carbonation. Head retention is decent; head reduces to a thin layer and then sticks around. Some lacing.

Smell: Sweet nose with Noble hops as well. Citrus. Some German malts as well, but not strong in the nose.

Taste: A nice mild hop flavor to start, with some sweet bready malts to back it up. Some bite, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth. Good crisp and clean finish. Perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good German Pilsener. The hops work well with the traditional malty pils. Good balance.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super bright, almost clear yellow with a super quick head and good bubbling. Hoppy, earthy, and grassy aroma. Full on nostril assault. Strong malt bill to start, then the sharp hop bitterness hits your palate in the middle. Theextra hops helps give a crisp, sharp finish with some dry toasted mlats as well. A great, flavorful rendition of the German pilsner.

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

12 oz bottle with printed freshness date poured into victory pint glass.

Pours a goldish blonde. Resilient 2 finger head.
Aroma is dominated by bready, grainy malt notes. Noble hops are apparent.
Taste is of light maltiness, crisp, clean, and slightly bready, not at all sweet. Strong, lingering hop finish balances it out perfectly. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is light and clean, moderate on the carbonation.

An exceptional pilsner. This is easy to drink, delicious, satisfying, and refreshing. More please!

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Photo of jsh420
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours bright yellow gold with a big 2+ finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smell has some great lemon citrus zest along with hints of malts and spicy hops

taste - hands down this is the best german pils i have had - spicey hops then lemon citrus with a nice malt backbone

mouthfeel was ok - i have had this beer many times before and this one just didnt have the life and carbonation it normally has - instead of a crisp bite it had more of a smooth creamy finish - still good

drinkability is out of this world - a light refreshing beer with this kind of flavor i would never turn down

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

I reviewed this beer about a year ago and after just trying it again it's hard to believe it's the same beer in the bottle. Somehow I had come up with a 3.25 rating and given the renown of this pils felt like I needed to give it a second chance. I don't know if my palate changed or what, but I enjoyed this beer significantly more this time around.

Bottle at The Magpie while watching some jazz music; traded the bartender for a Half Pints Black Scrapper after hearing him talking about the brewery. Good deal for him but I had no cash on me and got a free beer out of it. Always good to spread the Half Pints love of Winnipeg's only redeeming qualities!

Pours a bright white head with good retention and great lacing. Hazy straw coloured body. Great looking pils.

Smells of noble hops with light malt underneath and a touch of stinky cheese somehow, but not in a bad way. Different.

This has to easily be the best pilsner I've had. Tons of noble hops. Very much an American version of a pils in the amount of hopping here, though the character is all Czech. Quite bitter but very well-balanced. Light malt underneath but the focus is on tons of pilsner hops. Very well done.

Good feel. Slightly viscous medium body with medium-high carbonation. An appropriately lively feel.

Hell yeah. This is great stuff. Extremely drinkable, this is a pilsner I would buy a sixer of to have around, especially for friends who aren't into the more out-there stuff that I enjoy. I've deleted my old review completely, I don't know what I was drinking last time but it's hard to believe it was the same beer.

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Photo of hardy008
2.11/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold color with a white foamy 2 finger head with decent retention. There is a strong smell of overly bitter hops, perhaps too strong, and bread malt. Also smells somewhat like feet.

The taste is also bitter, overly bitter in my opinion. The malt tones down the hop bitterness a little. Light bodied, well carbonated. Fairly poor drinkability. Not my favorite Pilsener. I will avoid this in the future.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,317 ratings