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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 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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Photo of oss68
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice gold color with decent carbonation
Wonderful earthy hop fragrance; the real payoff is in the taste and mouthfeel: hoppy in an herb-like way with a nice touch of sweet malts. This is not your average pils by a longshot. It's scary how much of this stuff I could drink. Best pils I ever had.

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

Is this the world's best Pilsner? Probably. And thank God. Victory changes the game with this beer, making something so exactly like it should be that no one, save a few old men holed up in their basements in Prague and Anytown, Germany hiding from their wives, otherwise would dare.

Nobody makes lager like this, mellow in malt but as grainy as whole rye toast, mellow in hops but as citrusy as a field of yuzu and Buddha's hand. It even acknowledges its creamy yeast.

It redefines an otherwise neglected sort of default style of beer reserved for chugging or skunking. This is how beer--all beer--deserves to be made.

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Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is good, hoppy smell. Taste is alright but a bit to hoppy for my liking. Strong bitter aftertaste. Feels o.k. in the mouth, and drinkability is pretty good. this is not a bad beer, but I didn't think it was near as good as the reviews here.

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

I heard many good things about Prima Pils in the past.

Poured into a pint glass, it is yellow color with a thin white head.
It smells first sugary, then like you are standing in a big corn field.
Taking a sip, it tastes crisp, not too dry with a basic earthy taste to it. Swishing it about the mouth, the mouthfeel is miles ahead of other pilsners with flavor. It leaves you mouth tingling with a light sweetness and all around goodness. Prima Pils is highly drinkable and well worth your time this summer.

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Photo of bamadog
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light hazy yellow; looks a little "wheaty"; comes with a 1/2 finger head this very white and fluffy -- starts to fade pretty quickly into a full and uneven skim; there is loose and slightly oily lacing that holds lightly to the sides of the glass; very strong carbonation bubbling up from beneath.

Smell: A very mild citrus aspect comes through between some wheaty scents and cracked grains.

Taste: Comes across with a nice mild bitter aspect from the hop presence and holds a very slight lemony/orange peel citrus; a wheaty grainy flavor is mixed with just a very slight hint of yeast, but there is something else and it reminds me of barley.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonation compliments a crisp and refreshing body that is light, but not overly so and even holds a very slight stickiness to the roof of the mouth. This is an especially crisp brew.

Drinkability: Quite high. I could easily drink this one in sessions. I've tasted it on tap before, and I think I actually prefer the bottle as the flavor just seems stronger to me now. It's got a nice flavor that is refreshing and body that doesn't weigh one down at all.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Straw colored with filtered clarity and a decent foamy head that laces nicely.

S-Wow..a pils with real hops. Hops and grassy..decent.

T-Clean, crisp, refreshing and hoppy, for the style. I'm not a huge fan of pils, but trying to be objective here. A decent effort.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-Good beer for a summer day, but not something I'd go out of my way to try again.

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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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,276 ratings
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