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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Ratings: 5,330 |  Reviews: 2,131
Photo of sinistersteve
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exploding head was very enjoyable and easily viewable to watch through its medium golden color . Seems to have an aroma and flavor that is what a pilsner beer sould be. The quality of ingrediants and craftsmanship is easily noticable with this one. Just one outstanding beer.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold, clear, with a puffy white cloud floating on top. Steady carbonation rises from the depths. Head eventually settles in leaving a stream of lace in it's wake. A quick swill brings the head right back. And I smell hops!
Just a touch of sweetness up front, quickly gives way to an over the top hop laden finish. Dry, with hints of lemon grass. Spicy, floral, and bitter all at the same time. Just enough of the malt sticks around to keep it from crashing in on itself. Very clean flavor, crisp, and quite refreshing.

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

Poured a cloudy pale golden/straw yellow color, with a nice sized foamy white head capping the beer. A mild but very pleasant aroma is present, consisting of hops and a bit of spiciness (the slight scent of apples may also be present). Nice taste of hops, spice, and a bit of fruitiness. Feels very smooth and light in the mouth. This beer has a very nice crispness to its finish, and is probably very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pilsener. Even as I poured, I could smell the hops drifting up from the slightly clouded golden yellow brew which cascaded nicely and rose to a thick creamy off-white foam. Nor did the taste disappoint: lots of hops balanced with a light, but noticeably sweet maltiness and a touch of rose hips. Good staying power too--this taste. Highly recommended for a warm late spring evening refresher, especially when you plan to have a couple.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had this pils in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with the largest head I've ever seen. No matter how slowly you pour this one, the foam is unstoppable. It took me about 10 minutes to pour it. Seriously, this is harder to pour than a Duvel. There is lots and lots of thick lacing left on the glass. The smell is hoppy and grassy, reminds me of springtime lawn mowing. The taste has the same grassy effect, with a little clove or ginger spice. There is a little bit of hops on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is just a tad bit oily. The drinkability is awesome, and I could drink many more of these.

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

Wow, impressive head: thickly sticky, prevalent and lingering all the way through. My first bottle I poured recklessly into my glass at my own peril (well, actually handed this one off to my bud who was none the wiser!). My pour took me longer and I let the beer sit a minute or two. When I took hold of my glass once again, the beer looked fantastic – as if it were poured over on the continent (where a genuine pils pour takes longer than a Guinness), with no-quit effervescence. Aroma also matched its profile – sweet pils character, slight grassy but hoppy nose. Taste was great to boot: hop bitterness to match its thin-pils character/mouthfeel. Not a really dry lager, but complex. Prima! Think right now it’s the best home-grown pils I’ve had yet.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 19 January 2002. I'm not a big fan of pilseners; HOWEVER, Victory's Prima Pils is well worth seeking out. I even went to a pilsener tasting a couple of months ago and Prima Pils put the rest to shame. It has a clear straw color w/ a nice hoppy taste on the palate. It's very nice to drink

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

Pours a bright straw gold, with a big frothy head that as it falls turns into a picture of a mountain in decay. Carbonation tends to a steady continuum of different sized bubbles. Has lace and some stain, occasionally in the form of dry clumpy bits that look like firm mineral deposits. Ask for the "slow pour" if you get it at the brewery's pub.

Smell is a world of hop and malt scents: strong farm and garden scents like a bier de garde, of hay, grass, clove, cumin, dried thin flowers. Malty scents of sourdough, pear, apple, pale malt grain. An endless array of scents turning over.

Taste begins very dry and hoppy, but with a golden bread crust malt body underneath. Moves into a fine pale malt sweetish-ness with toned floral hops on top. Has a super soft but relentlessly drying bitterness climbing over my tongue, sometimes developing sourdough bread notes. Juicy, soft, dry, and a fine malt base, topped off by a thin and easy mouthfeel which is carbonated for body, and not for showing off bubbles.

With a developed palate, you can tell this is a classic pils. A classic.

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

Prima! An exclamation of joy. (Quote from the bottle). Shiny gold body with a nice 1" foamy head and trails of clingy lace. Great floral hop aroma and taste. Lightly sweet malt with caramel notes. Fairly high in grapefruity and lightly metallic bitterness. Lightly herbal. It’s an IPP! (India Pale Pils) Well done!

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

Poured a nice yellow/straw with a medium but nice retained head,pretty highly carbonated.Smell was nice and malty with some sweetness.Taste starts malty and somewhat irony but has a lingering dryness to it,somewhat complex for the style.One of the best if not the best pilsners I have had real nice and highly drinkable.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden crystal clear color. Huge fluffy snow white head. Served in a chunky pint glass on draught.

Nicely crisp and spicy hop aroma leaps from the glass. There is no denying right from the start that what you have here is a "hop first" beer. Taste is bold and spicy, hard as a rock and a joy from start to finish. The crispness of the hops cuts through like a knife. Bitter? - yes, but not in a bad way. A truly enjoyable bitterness shines through and is never totally overpowering due to a warm bread-like core of soft malt. A BIG pils.

Victory, nuff said.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Malty crisp hop distinctive pils nose. Thick sticky white head that is gravity defying.. rocky. straw yellow color with a slight lace (fine). Complex beer taste wise but all light delicate flavors on the tongue. Almost hypnoticly drinkable. Smooth light mouth. Malty crisp (Hop) flavor. There is a sharp bitterish hop dagger left on the tongue in the finish. A great beer with food (esp italian, mexican etc). This is a master representation of a pils. A wonderful session beer.. a perfect beer to have on tap for a superbowl party... I believeit is the best pils I have ever had! I bet you can't drink just one.

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

Nice golden hue. A bit cloudy. Fluffy head could form more easily, nice staying power. Aroma is pleasantly grainy, lemon. Hops add floral, slighty spicy smell. The flavor is more of the clean crisp dry malt. Hops come through on short dry, bitter finish. While Tupper's Hop Pocket Pils suffers from an overattention to the hops, this is nicely balanced and very pleasing.

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

My, what a lovely beer.

I have to confess that I have avoided pilseners because there are so many crappy American big-brewery beers that purport to be pilseners. But, I have wondered recently if I am focusing too much on the big beers, and since I love Victory beers, I thought I would give this a try.

Wow. Very nice. This is what the American macro-breweries would make if they only could.

Pours pale yellow, slightly cloudy, with a thick, foamy, and bright white head that lasts nicely (and is pocked with sediment). Lacing is strong, looping all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is fresh, slightly fruity, slightly hoppy.

Brisk tasting, slightly bitter but mellow overall, just a bit chewy. This is a remarkable beer. How nice to find out about it just as May is ready to appear in hot Virginia. A great hot weather beer, full of character, but not overwhelming. Wonderful.

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

Hazy straw color, with a thick, mountainous head. The aroma is fruity, citric, with a sour apple smell. The flavor is fruity, green apple flavors that flow to a nice bitter finish. It is light-medium in body, easy drinking; a definite winner in my books.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly out of the box offering, this Bier presents hazy and golden in a beautiful way. Aromas thick with citrusy hops and freshly cut grains. Smooth and cleansing on the palate, the hops and malts play so well together. A true staple of my Bier drinking life, to date. True, not the true-to-stype Pils, but Victory really knocked this one out of the park.


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Photo of Morris729
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color with a super-massive frothy white head that towers out of the glass and dissipates (very slowly) in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace that sticks all over the glass. Truly a thing of beauty. Nose is floral hops, bitter hop oils, and fresh cut grass. Medium in body with a strong amount of fine carbonation. Taste starts off with sweet malts followed by some fresh grassy flavors and bitter hop oils and resins that leave a very crisp and refreshing finish. This is the finest pilsner I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

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Photo of scottum
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow straw amber with a big white head. Malts are bready to some extent. Hops help this brew quite a bit. A hunk of bitter helps out a pilsner out. Malts balance the smalllish hops quite well. I'm not big on lagers, but this is one of the better lagers I've had. Ya can't touch this! Break it down. Stop, Hammer time!

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

Bright yellow and unfiltered with a full white head that leaves nice lace. Perfumey "misty" saaz-ish hop aroma. Lean malt background overpowered by very hoppy flavor/bitterness. Light-medium bodied with a very crisp dry finish. A bit too bitter in finishing.

(12 oz. / $1.99)

Enjoy by: 02/04/03
Tasted: 03/12/03

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Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy and golden in color. Has a monsterous and explosive head that slowly descends leaving nice lace behind. Aroma is Hoppy, floral, maybe slightly sour. Flavor started off a bit sour (lemon), middle had some nice hops and spice to it, end was very dry, slightly bitter.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m not sure exactly what to think of this one…I like it, but there’s just something that I don’t like about it. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky head that seems to never die down. It leaves a thick, sticky lace all over the glass. There is high amount carbonation that seems force the aromas right up your nose. Aromas are filled with sweet hoppy goodness, spices, and citrus peel. The taste packs a big punch of citrus-like hops. I think this might be a little to bitter for my taste. It’s a good beer, but I don’t think it’s my style.

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Photo of budgood1
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

prima pils pours out a hazy, dirty, yellow sun colour. a big foamy snow white head leaves drifts of lace on the side of my glass. a more floral than spicy hoppy nose. flavors are mostly of heavy, but gentle hop bitterness...just a touch of spice. adequate malt body easily holds up the front and center hop profile. smooth mouthfeel gives way to a tongue tingling crispness. bitter and dry finish with a hop aftertaste lingering long after the last swallow is gone. this easy quaffing pilsener is all about the hops, and it's mighty tasty too. definitely one of the best examples of the pils style.

prima thanks to frank4sail for the sample!

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Photo of bierman2000
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well a very hoppy pilsener. If you like em hoppy this is the one for you, though the malts do come out in the beginning. It is a good pils and one to be tried on a hot summer day or just to have a few or if you enjoy that hoppy taste. Good with most food and highly drinkable since it is not a high ABV.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a little more then average pilsner due to its bigger bite and flavor. Color was a cloudy yellow, no head, just some light fizzy bubbles on the top. Smell was a bit bitter from a fresh hop and some sweet maltyness. You could tell it was gonna have some bite just from the smell. Which it had, some favorable hop bite and bitterness, not bad, could've been smoother for a pilsner. I liked it more as it went along. Its a pretty decent pilsner and quite drinkable. The bite is right, but a little much for a pilsner in my book.

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

This is one pilsner that is enjoyable to drink. It has a nice fruit hoppiness to it that goes nice over the usual barley flavor for this style. This beer does a nice job of staying interesting while still delivering what you would expect from a pilsner. Refreshing, light, and easy to drink. This beer adds taste, the missing link in a pilsner.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,330 ratings