Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Prima PilsPrima Pils
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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:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - cold (40), imperial pint glass
A - Light clean malt smell. Some lemon citrus.
A - two fingers of head, pale yellow with some very light haze.
M - medium mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation.
T - Wonderful malt and citrus from the aroma with a pleasant hop bitterness in the back. Slight bitter aftertaste.
D - Great pilsner. Enough body and flavor to be interesting but still clean and refreshing like I expect from a pilsner.

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

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a greenish tint to it almost. Really thick persistent head with large airy bubbles. Carbonation is lively, with large bubbles.

S: Zesty hops and citrus with almost a hint of apple. A bit of flowers.

T: Hops hit nice and hard upfront with lemon zest underlying. Yeast and savory notes on the middle to the bitter spicy finish. Very refreshing.

M: Nice mouthfeel with the carbonation supporting the spicy hop character. Crisp and tight.

D: Love the hoppiness. Refreshing without going overboard. Beautiful example of the style.

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Photo of jwheeler85
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my attempt and breaking my preference for complex dark beers and trying to get into the whole clean pilsner thing.

A- Light gold in color with about 1/4 inch of head

S- Some astringent hop scents with a floral or grassy background

T- Balanced malty sweetness and bittering hop notes that got stronger as it finished. Very clean tasting.

M- Light and refreshing... almost water-like, but in a good way.

D- Very drinkable. Good example of the style, although I personally prefer pale ales that will give me more flavor an complexity. Tried to keep in mind while reviewing that pilsners were all about being clean and crisp... so in light of that, this was pretty good.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this one aggressively, and it responded by rewarding me with a giant dollop of brilliant white foam. There's some nice lacework around the edge of the glass, now that the head has settled a bit. Color is a clear golden yellow -- just what you would expect from a pilsener.

Smell: A very pleasant noble hop aroma. I might be mistaken, but to me, it has the classic Saaz scent.

Mouthfeel: I'm not wowed by the mouthfeel. It's a bit more full-bodied than I'd like, which to me seems out of step with the crispness and otherwise delicate texture.

Taste: This is one of the better American interpretations of the pilsener I've had the pleasure to taste. There's a crisp, hoppy bitterness up front which finishes with a smooth malty taste. This seems inspired by a German-style lager, and the flavor is in line with what I would expect from a beer of this type. I'm not overly impressed, but I am pleased.

Drinkability: Tasty. I'd definitely recommend this among my favorite American examples of the style. I did have to shell out about $12 for a six-pack, though, which strikes me as somewhat ridiculous. Six bottles of Lagunitas Pils can be had for less than $10, and are at least as enjoyable. For me, a drinkable lager should not break the bank. I'm on the opposite coast from Victory, however, which may have something to do with the increased cost. Overall, this is a fine lager, and one I would love to try on draft. At home, it's not hard to finish the first, but it might be difficult to avoid having another.

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Photo of TLove
2.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I definately do not understand the hype about this beer. If this is the "golden chalice pilsner", I'd be thrilled to scratch any pils off my list from now on.

Appearance was clear, bubbly and watery. Not much going on at all. Smell was mildly enticing, perhaps reminiscent of a watered down light lager, but nothing notable. Not much fullness. Watery, full of unattributable light malts and a touch of hops in the mouth make this beer average, but not much more than that.

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Photo of thekanna
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden yellow with about 1 finger of head. After settling, head becomes a thin film that clusters into rings, figure 8's, and alphas resting on the body of the beer. Interesting.

S: Somewhat of a strange belgian yeast funk, mixed with hops, horse stall, and just-mowed lawn.

T: Somewhat more like an IPA than anything. Typical pilsner-like body gives way to fruity esters and a sharp hoppy bite (hop flavor is like a tamer version of the Stone Ruination IPA). The bitterness in the aftertaste is acidic and citrusy, and definitely stays around for a while.

M: Well-rounded body; crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry.

D: Probably the most drinkable Pils I've ever had. Great stuff.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not impressed. Tastes a lot like a pilsner homebrew I dispised. This beer definitely isn't decocted so it's missing that malt sweet-note. Quite hoppy, although not spicy, but tastes very mild in all honesty. Definitely a clean beer, but I think I'll stick with Pilsner Urquell and Budvar. I was expecting the mother of all pils, but I don't think this one adds up to the hype. Good to drink, just not top-line.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a pale yellow-gold with a two inch off-white head composed of tiny, tightly layered bubbles. Copious tiny bubbles present in solution and effervescing to the underside of the cap. Delicate strands of lacing were revealed as the head receded; good retention. Clarity was translucent. Nose was very subdued; perhaps some grains and a hint of citrus. Taste is predominantly cereal grains, but I get a bit of skunk in the mix, as well as a kiss of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel was light-bodied, effervescent and a little prickly across the middle of the tongue. Pilseners are pretty hit or miss for me, and this is a bit of a miss. Didn't hate it, but wasn't a fan either.

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Photo of originalsin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is an 'imperial pilsner' if I've ever had one (and a damn good one at that).
It pours a light hazed yellow with ample head that laces really well the whole way through.
The bottle design really gives you a good idea of what you're getting into here: A great tasting pilsner with an awesome hop profile both on the nose and in the mouth. It smells vaguely of floral hops and some light sweet malts and grains.
Prima Pils is incredibly crisp and refreshing with an enjoyable dry, light mouthfeel. It tastes of floral hops and sweet malt but, additionally, you get hints of honey and fruit.
This is a really great pilsner worthy by just about anyone's standards. Enjoy.

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

355ml bottle bought from Wineworks, Newtownards...

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... slightly off white head poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Good citrusy and grassy hops to the fore, sweet biscuity and grainy malts, quite peppery, some marzipan notes, light mint, juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, pears and light mangoes), floral honey, cut wet grass and hay, faint caramel...

Taste - Lightly sweet biscuit malts followed by good lingering earthy, citrusy and peppery hop bitterness, spicy juicy fruits (grapefruits, sour apples, pears), light biscuity malts, some sweet floral honey, grassy, sweet grains, lightly perfumed, quite herbal, some saltiness, light traces of chalk...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light body... An extremely quaffable and sessionable brew...

Overall - An excellent example of a Pilsener and one of the best i've had... recommended...

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Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale Glass

Pours a 1 finger thin white head. Good retention. Left some splattered lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. A lot of carbonation bubbles from the etching.

Aroma: Sweet hops. Very defined for a pilsner. Some what grainy, but in a good way. Hints of fruit aroma.

Taste: Very grainy. Sweet earthy hops. Very dry tasting. Malts are not very distinguished here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Highly carbonated. Light bodied. Not something I am liking. Leaves a super dry aftertaste.

Overall, pretty easy drinking beer. This beer is a lot better in the hot sun. I tried it inside and outside and I couldn't have it inside. I will give this a 4, as it is quite delicious on a hot summer day.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer on tap at Victory's Brew-pub a few months ago...

A: Nice champagne color -- pale bronze, almost pearl, with a nice head and excellent froth.

S: Hops, hops, & more hops. Herbal undertones (mint, sage, rosemary) and perhaps a little pine sap. Overall, really pronounced, and rather intense (maybe some clover honey too?)

T&M: Upon smelling the beer, you'd think it might be "heavy" -- wrong, what an excellent job. This beer is light, crisp, and refreshing. The hops are really there, but the subtle malt balances the bitterness, creating a dry, but friendly brew. There is a hint of lime zest on the finish that really adds to the refreshing nature of this pils.

Overall -- fantastic. Probably my favorite beer on the market. I like to see a hoppy beer that isn't too thick and gritty. Good job by Victory. The bottle is nice, but having this one on tap makes a world of difference. I've enjoyed it with Cajun/Creole fish dishes -- remarkable! I'd definitely recommend this to someone who finds IPAs a little too much to handle.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty solid pilsner that hits all the bases but is particularly hoppedr. a nice bitter finish that potent but a crisp mint that sit there long enough to clean the mouth with food. a nice lemon pepper. apple, honey, and mild pollen nose. a nice body but not thick. a true session beer that doesn't get old very quickly.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with one and a half fingers of fizzy white head that settles quickly.

Scent of bread, citrus, and grassy hops. A simple and effective scent.

Taste of light malts, bread and some citrus start with a nice grassy hop flavor coming in right after. Clean and crisp flavor, this one is always refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and clean with god carbonation.

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

Fluffy one finger white head which dissipated slowly. The beer itself is a corn yellow color with good carbonation.

Smells of grains with some hops and malts in it.

Tastes like it smells, of grains, hops and malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to medium body and a mid level of carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinks easy. Had this out on the beach, and it was great! Very sessionable beer.

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

Sunny, straw color with cottony head that bubbles happily for many minutes before fading. Lemony and citrusy in the nose, and also very lightly spiced with pepper (?), leading into a mouthful of fizz that feels great on a summer day. Hops are quite present in the taste but not so much that we enter grapefruit territory. A nice line of malt stays present throughout. Definitely a summer beer, and one to keep on hand. A tad more body than the world-class Weihenstephan lager, and no less wonderful to drink.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack of this offering and had high hopes for it. I have already tried a few Victory products and was impressed by them.

Beer was poured from the bottle into a glass with a nice, light one finger head. Beer was a nice, clear yellow, maybe a bit bolder looking than most pilsners on the market. The nose was the nice, light floral scent of hops backed by a little pale malt. Taste followed closely behind this. The floral notes of the hops and the bitterness that lingered took center stage but there was also some nice sweetness from the malt, but it was not that noticable. Mouthfeel was light with a good bit of carbonation. It worked well for the beer. Drinkablility was out of this world. I could drink these all night thanks to the great flavor and low ABV. A very sessionable brew.

Overall, the best pilsner I have ever had. Also, as a side note, my friends equally enjoyed this. A good choice if you are looking to switch your friends over to more craft brews.

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Photo of KI9A
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very slight haze, yellow, puffy head. Nice lace windows.

S: A bit bready, slight skunk ( per style ), Apples.

T: some sweet bread, nice hops, slight citrus. Awesome.

M: Light, bright, refreshing as hell.

D: Wow, my new favorite Pils. Now, I'm not sure the German Pils I have had were real freah, but, so far, this outclasses any of them I have tasted.

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Photo of kels
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed one on tap at Fries Cafe last Wednesday night.

Appearance: Pours an extremely pale yellow/straw color with only the slightest hint of quickly fading white, watery head and no lacing. Lots of carbonation runs through the mostly clear liquid.

Smell: Malts are almost powdery in the smell and very lightly roasted. Hints of grass, citrus and floral come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is very mild and balanced - lots of crunchy, light malts and sweet, almost juicy citrus. Feel is bright and carbonated, filling and slightly drying.

Drinkability: Very high - It is really mild overall, which is really pleasing in this style. I like the absence of the alcohol in the taste and the refreshing feel.

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Photo of Epicedion
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my oversized wine glass.

A: The color of sunlight and pure, golden straw. It shines. It glows. Nice head, some lacing. It really does glow.

S: A little musty, floral. The 'straw' parallel is still true here, I don't know what to call it other than 'rustic.'

T: This is really my favorite German pilsner, and one of my favorite beers of all time. It hits first with a little sweetness and that little pilsner 'funk' you expect from the style, but then it rises to a new level of amazing as the hops fill out the flavor, bring it all together in an amazingly crisp, light, dry solid -beer- taste. I look at all the other yellow beers out there and say -this- is what you should taste like.

M: Medium-light, good carbonation, nice long finish, hoppy and dry.

D: Fantastic session beer. Great on a hot day. Great on a warm night. Really damn good any time. It's flavorful enough to keep it interesting, yet it's easy to drink many at a time.

If I could only find this on tap somewhere.

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

Milky/cloudy yellowish straw in color, with a decent white head. Laces somewhat well.

A bit of grass and lemon on the nose, and a hint of the grains.

A good dose of the acidic bitter hops, again the grass showing through. There's not much to balance it out, but it doesn't feel like it needs much as its very clean and dry on the finish.

A fair bit thicker than I thought on the body, with a solid amount of carbonation.

Easily drinkable, only slight points deduction here for the extra bitterness. Overall I'm extremely pleased with this one, and in fact all 3 from the mix pack. I had seen it in stores, but had been reluctant since it had this pils in it... but then I checked out the reviews here. Definitely worth buying, and this one may become a regular sight in my fridge (along with the other 2 in the pack!)

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a nice white finger of head with perfect pilsner color. I mean this is basically the perfect appearance for the style. There is even some lacing.

Smell: Some floral and grassy hop smell with a definite malt armoa.

Taste: Very clean with a great balance between hop and malt. There is a hop bitterness that permeates throughout each sip I take. I cannot stress enough how perfectly this beer matches the style.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp beer. It is closer to light bodied and finishes a little dry. I personally prefer a heavier body, but considering this is a pilsner I think the body of the beer matches the style perfectly. I would say that the carbonation is very solid in this beer.

Drinkability: Wow, this is a great session beer. At 5.3% and the light body I could easily see myself drinking a sixer of this over the course of a nice long day of relaxing and grilling. The hop forwardness of this beer really makes it stand out from all of the other pilsners I have had. This has never been a favorite style of mine, but when a beer is this good you have to respect it.

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Photo of rbbchbum
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light yellow with a nice white head.

S: Light grassy hops.

T: Mild hoppy bitterness and very dry. A good malt character balances the hops.

M: Excellent carbonation, dry, crisp and refreshing.

D: Excellent for a hot summer day. Very drinkable, good session beer.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this one before...but had been some time, recently decided to review one on a trip in to PA for my buddies wedding.

A- Light meadow, sunny, thick white head, little lacing, nice cap stayed on beer.

S- Nice hop aroma, clean, light malt.

T- Very clean, good malt character, dry and fresh, mild but noticeable hop character that is really nice on the taste buds.

M- Light and balanced, nice light carbonation, which doesn't overpower the really nice malt and creamy butter/caramel texture.

D- Very drinkable...a really nice summer beer, well crafted, clean, true to the tradition of the Pilsner style.

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Photo of Shumista
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours straw yellow with a thick white head.
S- The aroma is light floral grassy hops.
T- Light hoppy bitterness and very dry. The typical malt character of a pilsener is there in the background.
M- Excellent carbonation, dry, crisp and refreshing.
D- Really high. This would be an excellent six pack for a hot summer day.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 5,263 ratings
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