Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,241 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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Photo of rbbchbum
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +5.9%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of njthebestofme
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- light yellow and nice white fluffy head.. going to nice lacing .. looked great and had a look of a great pils

S- sweet and hoppy

T- crisp light and refreshing .. with a great taste of hops .. i loved it

D- good session beer.. def get a six and kick back and relax on a hot day

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Photo of Toowombaus
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this out of a 12 oz bottle with a freshness date.
This is a very hoppy, floral, and dry beer. I loved it!
This would go great with yard work.
A great way to start the evening before the double IPA's start.
Go Victory! I really love this brewery!

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.64/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hate to be a spoil sport, but I was expecting better. This is advertised as a German Pils, but it came across more as an American lager with essientially an American character. If it was a Bitter or Pale Ale, I would have graded better.

It poued more of an orangey/amber color instead of the pale blonde one would expect. Plenty of biscuity malts sweetness in the nose, which mixed with an assertive citrusy hops.

The taste was essientially malty with a full body, but it was dominated by what appears to be either Cascades or Centennial hops. Perhaps they used Saaz hops; however, the overpowering citrus quality indicated that they either used American Cascades, or spoiled European hops. German Pils feature noble hops, which give a totally differnt taste. The high alcohol alone, puts this beer out of style. There was also a rather sweet chalky texture to this Pils. A typical German Pils features a decent malt body, and an assertive noble hop bite, but overall, a German Pils is very clean and dry on the palate. Prima had none of these attributes.

A total disappointment. Maybe this was just an expired batch.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle served in a Guinness glass. Pours a clear light straw color with a thick soapy white head which eventually retreats.

The aroma is strongly hoppy. The taste is moderately bitter, and the hop flavor is up front but not overpowering. The mouth feel is a bit thin, but i think that is expected. Carbonation is strong, but it is easy drinking. I'm not a big lager fan, but this is pretty good for hot days.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with very lively carbonation and lots of lacing.

Spicy hop scent with some light yeast.

The taste is of spicy hops, light biscuity taste, good bitter, dry finish.

Light bodied, very crisp and refreshing with lots of carbonation.

Easy drinker, very good pilsner.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - fantastic looking beer. Golden/straw color, with an enormous head which lasts forever. Tons of CO2 bubbles and crystal clear.

S - Floral/grassy hop aroma with malts aroma providing balance.

T - Mild citrus and spicy hop flavor with considerable bitterness. Sweet malt flavors and faint buttery flavor balances out. Very clean finish and refreshing beer.

M - Very nice prickly sensation from all the CO2. A tad thin.

D - A very drinkable/sessionable pils. Very fine example of the style. Nice beer.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with an almost underlying tinge of chartreuse. Great head and nice beads of carbonation.

Smells of floral, grassy and zesty hops with some sweet malt.

Wonderfully bracing pilsener taste as a wave of bitter lemon rind asserts itself right away without completely getting in the way of a biscuity malt. Some caramel malt comes out as the beer warms.

Light and dry with a nice hoppy finish and just enough carbonation to be almost *too* refreshing.

Pilseners have never been my favorite style because most of the ones I have access to are either skunked or oxidized or just plain flowery. This beer on the other hand tastes fresh and piney, it's boldly hopped while still coming across as a strong example of a pilsener.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Poured into a pint pilsner glass. Nice light golden clear color. I didn't get much of a head with this beer but then again I didn't pour it too hard to get one. No lacing really on the sides at all. Looks like a light beer.

S- Grassy notes and malt. This is a real earthy smell and little hops. I do smell some funk with this though as well like tire rubber or something...I can't put my finger on it.

T- This is real earthy tasting with grassy, light pine, and spices in the forefront of the taste ending with a nice malt background and a slight taste of the alcohol.

M- This is a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. It is light enough but still provides enough substance to keep your palate wanting more. Good job Victory!

D- Although this isn't my favorite style I could get use to drinking this when I wanted something that would be refreshing and not a stout or IPA. I really liked this one and will be getting some more of it soon.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a big white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Smells of grassy hops plus a little malt.

Taste is a spicy, earthy, grassy hop profile with a good malt backbone throughout. The flavors are clean.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a light body. Plenty of carbonation.

This is very drinkable.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-review after having had several in the past year or so.

Pale yellow color, slightly cloudy and carbonated.. fizzy with the appropriate amount of tan head. Smell is of sweet white grapes and faint hops.. maybe a little slight skunkiness but only to a nit picker.

Taste is just about perfect for the style. Sweet white grapes, very light and refreshing... finish is hops but just enough to keep the beer honest. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is perfect.

One of the few beers I routine buy in six packs still. Great light summer fare and ultimate session beer.

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Photo of moosiz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass. Crystal clear golden/yellow with damn near perfect carbonation. low head retention but good lacing.

grassy slight hop nose with a slightly sweet undertone.

very balanced flavor with just the right amount of hops. the grassy note comes through perfectly with a half dry finish that I like.

the carbonation dances nicely about the mouth to introduce the subtle but refined flavor that makes this beer to every nook and cranny. but once it is down the hatch the aftertaste is almost as enjoyable as the sip.

very, very drinkable. nuff said.

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Photo of beerman207
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Appearance is a cloudy yellow with 1/2 finger of head with some nice lacing left behind

S - hops and malt come through in the nose - nice

T - bietterness coming through in the front and the back. Some malt coming through in the middle that really makes this brew special

M - drying, low carbonation, and a little stickiness

D - Very high - I could have several of these without question

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Photo of mlhall55
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be the light version of the hop devil. It has the same great flavor that Victory puts in all their beer and just a little on the light side. I could see this beer being good for a nice social evening with several friends where a larger amount of beer will be drank.

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Photo of arvjunk
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a standard pint glass

I had very low expectations going in. I was looking for a craft brew that was better than Stella Artois (something my friend likes).

A - golden yellow color, medium opacity

S - lots going on, lemony citrus, slight pine notes

T - wow, this surprised me. tastes really good. citrusy and refreshing, light body but incredibly flavorful.

M - for what it is, it has some structure in the mouth, not overly carbonated, but nice.

D - I could drink quite a few of these, especially during the summer.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice straw-gold color with dense, 2-inch, white head. Bubbles cascade up from the bottom of the glass. Laces well.

S- Lemon zest, light malt in the background. Nothing too strong, but pleasant.

T- Slightly lemony, light light malt in the background-somewhat biscuity or wheaty. Hope bitterness, giving an almost sticky dry finish. Hops are present, but not like they would be in an IPA or something. Piney. Not sure I like this, but not sure I don't.

M- Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Slick with a dry finish.

D- A little sticky (for me) to put a bunch down, but good to enjoy one or two.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The color is a cloudy yellow with a orange tint. A nice slight white head with some really nice lacing.

The smell is fruity at first with some slight tangerine some wet hope flavor.

The taste has a strong wheat flavor. There is some nice hoppiness to the taste as well. Some citrus hops with some slight floral hops. A nice fruit feel, tangerine, lemon, and some slight orange as well.

The feel of this beer is delightful. Goes down really well and is a really nice beer for a hot day. Something with some really good flavor that could possibly go well with a burger or other cookout food.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. It's a very pale yellow gold with a very nice stream of bubbles. A small head that went away quickly, but on pouring the second half it produced a huge head.
Sm. Fresh hops, clean and clear. Not a strong smell.
Ta. lemony at first, strong hops, bitter finish. Actually very, very good.
Mf. light with strong carbonation, fills the mouth.
Dr. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of nc41
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is easy. For the style it's a great tribute to a difficult and perhaps misinterpreted style. It's the brew a lot of German and Chez Pils yearn to be. Nice pour, smells familiar, but that ends it right there from the norm. Nicely hoppy, not over done, spicy, but drinkable for nearly everyone. This is one great brew, a session beer, a beer for spicy food, a beer for BBQ ribs. It just gets it done. A hard style to compete in but this one will stand up to anything out there.

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Photo of tzieser
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden color with a decent head that settles to a small lacing. typical looking pilsner.

smell is good. piney, skunky hops dominate the scents with subtle hints of malt. i can tell this pilsner will be a bit on the hoppy side

tastes outstanding. rich malts are perfectly balanced by piney, skunky hops (saaz hops probably). it has enough water in the bled to make this brew very refreshing, especially on a hot day like today. probably the best american brewed pilsner on the market.

mouthfeel is good. not much else to say.

drinkability is awesome. goes down smooth and is very refreshing.

overall- one of the best pilsners i've had. the only US pilsner I can think of in comparison is Buzzard's Bay Brewing Co's Pilsner. I've bought this one a few times and I plan on buying more. Highly recommended, regardless of how you feel about pilsners.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden copper color with a fizzy single-finger head that didn't last long. The smell is doughy malt wit some floral and herbal hops. The taste is almost all hops from the start to the finish. It starts off with some sweet malt and spicy hops that give way to some bitter grapefruit rind hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but the lingering hops really cut down on drinkability for me. Maybe I'm missing something here, but this beer didn't strike me as anything special.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an excellent pale gold with a sizeable white head.

The aroma is floral hops and something doughy or buttery.

A rounded hoppiness coats the palate. Floral, herbal, spicy, and a touch grassy. Doughy malts sweeten and smooth the brew. The finish is crisp and hoppy.

This would make a great cookout beer. It's extraordinarily drinkable; would match well with dogs, burgers, or pizza; and is a perfect beer just to kick back and relax with.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

POured from a 12 oz. bottle into my brand new Spaten mug.

a -Came out w/ an impressive 2 finger foamy head, w/o much lacing, but solid retention.

s - who put a skunk in my beer? nothing but hops and lemon/apple goodness here.

t - wow, a tad bit of sweetness, but overall hops dominate this ballgame. spicy herbal hop action going on, im loving this hop bitterness.i must note that the subtle yet appearent malt canvas adds just enough balance to this brew

mf - crisp and refreshing, lots of carbonation, everything a good german pils should be.

d - all day long, if you can hang w/ the hops and have a thirst for something crisp and skunky look no further my friend, top notch german pils from an american co. i love it!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,241 ratings.
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