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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Ratings: 5,269 |  Reviews: 2,113
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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Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review!!!

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with a stark white head.

Smell: Fresh cut grass, straw, lemon and some spiciness.

Taste: Backbone of fruit (apple, pear?), bread, grass and straw which is quickly overtaken by a very spicy finish. Leaves a persistent bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation (but lower than many Pils; I like it) and relatively smooth light to medium body. Finishes exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: Damn good Pils; in fact, maybe the best. What else is there to say?

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Photo of seand
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white head. Retains a small layer, not too much lacing.

S: Sweet with fruity citrusy hops.

T: Slightly sweet, but the hops dominate. Some quite present bitterness, especially on the aftertaste.

M: Quite carbonated, medium bodied with a strong hop aftertaste.

D: Pretty easy to drink, though you might not agree if you don't like hops.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen (closest thing to a pils glass that i had on hand), one finger head, crystal clear pale yellow color, great lacing, good amount of bubbles.

s- bright, little spice, slight corn, grass.

t- nice pils, nice amount of floral hops hit in the back, pretty light with an almost dry finish, crisp.

m- nice and light, refreshing.

d- totally drinkable, could be sessioned easily, very tasty.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz glass into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has a bright golden yellow color with plenty of sparkling carbonation and great clarity. The head is a wonderful thick and creamy topping with good retention. It also makes great lace rings on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma hits you in the nose with spicy floral and grassy hops over pale malt.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor is a crisp clean mix of its aroma. Hop flavor steals the show with bold spicy floral and grassy botanical notes. Underneath there is a pale crisp malt base that finishes dry with some nice clean hop bitterness. The palate is light to medium bodied with an easy drinking light wet texture. Carbonation is very active and helps to clean the palate.

Notes: This is a great example an American craft beer take on a classic Pilsener. The hops are bolder than there Euro counterparts.

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Photo of association330
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle featuring a hop flower and the phrase, "A refined pilsner beer for natural enjoyment."

A - Pours a rich, hazy golden with a finger of eggshell head. Fades to a thin cap and a ring of foam. Strands and spots of lacing linger.

S - Herbal hops, spice, grainy pils malts. Fresh, lemony, and grassy.

T - More herbal and spicy hop characters, and grainy pils malts. Lemon rind. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Body on light side of medium and crisp, medium-high carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Extremely sessionable German style pils. Very nicely done, makes a great summer beer.

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

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with large frothy white head that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Earthy aroma of grass and floral hops.

T: Sweet up frong with lemon grass and honey, then a sharp citrus bite. Very nice flavor.

M: Light bodied and crisp.

D: This is one of the best pilsners I've had. Great flavor, but still light and refreshing. This would be great for a BBQ on a hot summer day.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L at Redwood City.

A: Pours a clear, soft lemony color with a finger's worth off-white foamy head that slowly collapses into a light film on the brew. Leaves thin sheets of lacing down the glass with a few thicker clumps here and there.

S: A light lemony citrus and grassy hop aroma along with some earthiness, bread, and pilsner malt. Very hop-forward for a pilsner; I suppose that's an American affectation.

T: Follows the nose quite well. A light lemon and earthy blend upon the initial taste, which gives way to bread and pilsner malt in the mid-flavor. The finish is slightly dry, with a little hop bitterness that persists into the aftertaste. The hoppiness appeals to my palate, but I can see it making the beer less drinkable over an evening.

M: Fuller than expected for the style, but it still maintains a crisp finish that makes it very refreshing. Good for a hot summer day.

D: Enjoyable. I need to figure out what Victory's bottle dating system says for this beer before I buy it again, but I'll definitely purchase more.

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

A: Straw colored and pretty see through. Two finger stable head, very white. Lots of active carbonation and decent lacing

S: Mildly hoppy, this bottle is a little old though, and sweet. It actually reminds me of anything that could be considered a good smell from MGD. I wish though there was a little more going on.

T: Some hops, not strong enough to say piney or floral or whatever, but they are there. There isn't much else in the taste though, but it's good. A very simple, straightforward, hot day lawnmower beer with a little punch. Maybe I would call the hops citrusy. I normally wouldn't give credit for that because of style, but I think these do a very good job.

M: Thin and watery, which works great with this beer.

D: Like water, but not like Bud Light. This is like water that tastes good.

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Photo of bfields4
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear light golden color with a very thin head.

A very floral hoppy smell to this guy. Almost surprising how much actual herbal hops hit the nose for a lager.

Bitter floral and spicy hops give way to a nice clean crisp grainy pale malt.

Mouthfeel is spot on with a perfect amount of carbonation to its light body.

This is a beer I could drink all day and be quite content tons of flavor, but light and refreshing. I've been waiting to try this guy for a long time and was not let down in the least!

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Photo of sudz42
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the high ratings and increasing popularity in "Imperial" and Belgian styles, we Americans validate a good beer by its specific gravity and ABV content. Not me.

I'm looking for an Old World (read German/Czech) pilsner. While a good, fortifying drink, Prima Pils does not come close to being a true Pilsner. It's more American ale than even a lager, let alone a pilsner.

This beer's potential is most likely in its water, as PA is founded on limestone, like northern Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. However, Prima's yeast does not convince me that this drink is bottom fermented. Nor does the thick yellow color convince me that this is a pilsner: it's too malty; it's too strong.

It's a good drink, but it's not subtle and refined like a true Pilsner.

Someday, an American pilsner will come; it's not here yet.

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

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle like oh so many beers i've had before: golden yellow color, one finger head, fizzy, active carbonation...yada yada yada. The difference is in the aroma, though. As the head settles into a medium-heavy collar, an aroma like that of no other fizzy pale lager arises from the glass. Wait, that smells like hops! It IS hops, an abundance of 'em!! Citrusy (lemon) hops to be exact. Saaz? I think so. Ist sip has an initial hint of malt sweetness followed by those citrusy, slightly metallic hops. It's a bold, powerful flavor that gets more intense on the swallow & lasts long after. There is active carbonation on the tongue and a medium-light, crisp finish. So THIS is what all those BMC pilsner wanna be imposters are supposed to taste like, huh? Man, the difference is like night & day!! Drinkable? Hell yeah...all day & well into the night!! Bravo to Victory Brewing !!! Tell the big boys in St. Louis & Milwaukee that THIS is what REAL beer should be like!!!

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

A - Clear yellow with spritzy bubbles. Fluffy white 2-finger head that retains quite well compared to most pilseners I've had. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Lightly malty with sharp hop aroma. Grassy with a nice funk.

T&M - Crisp biting hops with a refreshing fresh-cut grass taste. Somewhat dry with a lingering hay flavor. Hops taste is lightly flowery and delivers a nice punch. Lively carbonation makes this beer crisp and a little dry.

D - A very nice and in-your-face pilsener. Has much more character than most pilseners out there. Easy to drink but the grassy taste may get old after a second glass.

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Photo of John1985
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Pilsner glass

Beer pours a pale gold with health one inch head that dissipates to a white skullcap that laces down the glass. Beautiful aroma of earthy saaz hops, crisp burst of perfectly balanced hop/malt flavor with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. One of the most refreshing beers I've tasted and an ideal session beer. A bit pricey at $9.59/six but definitely gives the Nashville market a bit of class.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Laura Alberts in Daniel Island (Charleston), SC.

Pours clear and dark golden. A beautiful looking elixir with a small white head of almost one finger in size. Pox of lacing.

Aroma is grassy and hoppy and grainy. Slightly toasty and a touch of hay.

Crisp and bitter, clean finish. The perfect amount of grassy hops mix well with the grainy malts. Cereal in the flavor.

Besides Polestar Pilsner, this is my faovrite of the style. This is a perfect beer to be enjoying on this brutally hot (95F) summer day.

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Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear pale straw color with white head. It smelled like lemon and orange hops, with cultured yeast and barley and caramel malt. It tasted like lemon hops and cultured yeast, with barley malt and a bit of copper and caramel. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter and sour aftertaste. Overall this had a nice clean flavor, but it lingered a bit sour in the aftertaste. It had good, fitting body and was very easy to drink. This is a good light beer that could be paired very well with a lot of lighter dishes, or it could simply be a nice refreshing drink on a hot day. (Otherwise, this style is not my preference.)

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Photo of Anthony1
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint.

pours a pale gold with a thin white head, leaving no lace. The smells is somewhat floral mixed with citrus and of course, the hops. the flavor is mostly hops with a nice lemon background that blended to a comprimised bitterness and sourness. mild taste, light feel, and light carbonation, but great beer

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Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass comes a clear golden color. On top a fluffy marshmellow like head that leaves a little lacing.

Aroma: The hops in this one give off a dry aroma that is lightly floral. Very mild hints of lemon zest.

Taste: The mouthfeel is dry and smooth all at once a little bready. This is wonderfully hoppy not quite ipa hoppy but a mellower hoppiness.

Notes: This is a proper pilsner that Victory brewed. A true one for that matter. Cheers

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Photo of schmitter
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a pilsner should tast like. Personally, methinks Miller Lite should not be allowed to call itself pilsner. This is a beautiful beer with a slight head and carbonation. The hoppy finish is what puts it over the top. Although I'm not @ Victory now, I have a Prima every time I go. If Budlight has 'drinkability', we need a new way to describe the 'ability' of Prima Pils!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've definitely come to appreciate more authentic german pilsners lately. for one thing, i realized they are supposed to be hoppier than i originally expected.

prima pils really drinks wonderfully on warm days or simply when you want something crisp, flavorful and refreshing.

this particular batch (best by date of jun 15, 2009), at this particular moment on this particular night (notes taken in late april/early may) seems ever so slightly lacking in the malt, but otherwise it's all good. will likely be trying this again, so if i can sit down to review again and i find it maltier (as i have indeed felt in recent times, but just didn't sit down to review), i will edit.

A 4.0 -> 4.5
S 4.0 -> 4.5
T 3.5 -> 4.0
D 3.5 -> 4.5

OLD REVIEW 2-8-2008

clear, light straw color. fluffy head fades to a thin layer. moderate lacing.

some typical noble hop aroma, with a hint of lemon zest and pepper.

the bitterness seems to get in the way somewhat of the other characteristics in the brew. it's almost like the bitter part of a citrus rind. not exactly a "crisp" bitterness, even in the aftertaste. it really coats the tongue and lingers.

mouthfeel is quite smooth with a lively carbonation.

that clinging bitterness is just a tad too much, imo. cuts down on my wanting to have more than one in a sitting.

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

Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that retains well.

Nice hoppy smell.

Piney and grassy hop taste with a small amount of malt to balance.

Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. Just right for a pils.

Quite drinkable with the lower abv and malt to balance out the strong hop taste.

Overall one of the best pils out there. When I'm in the mood for hops and drinkability I pick this up.

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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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