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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Ratings: 5,263 |  Reviews: 2,111
Photo of ElGuapo
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a little spicy and hoppy for me. it was not a bad beer, but i can't say i will buy it again. much like the hop devil, it was a bit much on the sharp side.

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Photo of StevieW
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfectly golden straw color with a nice fizzy fluffy topped white head. Noticable hop bubbles burst through the head in the Hop Devil fashion. Slight citrus, lemon, hops crisp aroama. Very balanced taste, super crisp hops dominate the start, then a very balanced middle.Unlike any other alleged Pilsener I have had. Finishes crisp and strong, with a lingering hop/lemon combination on your taste buds. Unbelievable pilsner, I only have memories of Sam Adams Golden Pilsner about 5 years ago, but this is an outstanding beer. I had alone, but would pair perfectly with a spicy bbq, or anyother summertime activity. Another Victory beer that lives up to the hype....

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

Pours a sparkling golden yellow / straw color. Foamy head is huge at first but dies rather quick. On the nose is slightly zesty, bit of citrus / lemon zest, and saaz hops. All of the same on the palate! Very good and very unique, very citrusy for a pilsner…but I really like it…very impressive!

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

Prima takes Pilsener to a whole new level. It's a nice golden color with a beatiful white, pillowy head. The smell of hops is abundant but it blends nicely with the subtle malt smell. The same is true of the flavor: despite being more hoppy than most Pilseners, the flavor is well-balanced. Victory can do no wrong.

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Photo of mophie
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow sunshine. It's hard to compare this to other Pilseners because this is so unique. Straw colored, with a billowy white head that disspiates to a lacy film. Smells zesty, lemony, herbal, floral. Saaz! Taste is unlike any pils I've ever tasted; there are so many dimensions to the flavors, yet there is incredible balance as well. Initial taste is of lemon zest and grass, then a long, lingering floral/herbal earthiness, followed by a smooth, sweet finish. On any level, this beer is hard to beat.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light golden with a good frothy white head. Nice spicy saaz hop aroma. Could this be dry-hopped with Saaz? After a sip you can tell this brew's got some character. Love the bitter hop bite in this brew. Good malt backing present. Medium body. Nice subtle spiciness on the palate. This is a great pilsener.

Last summer, my brother ZAP and I did a blind taste test of 13 pilseners and I rated this Number One. (It came in second place after combining both of our ratings.)

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

Thick pure white head two fingers deep. Pale gold color. Very fresh hop aroma. Earthy, zingy hop flavor. Not your daddy's pilsner, but a true to style German pils. Very unusual offering for an American micro and a great step towards reinvigorating this molested style.

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

Pours a Clear pale straw color with a thick, rocky white head. The smell is all hops with a strong, spicy Saaz presence. The spicy hop character jumps onto my tongue and dances around. Good, true medium body to this brew with a nice malt backbone that shows itself in the end of the taste. Crisp and dry and very drinkable. WOW. This is admittedly one of my least favorite styles. That being said, this is by far the best Pilsner I have ever had. I will be seeking it out again and again.

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

Not my favorite style but really good nonetheless. The nice golden yellow color comes to a decent head that fades rather quickly, but is to be expected from a Pilsner. Has a somewhat sharp malt aroma that is not displeasing. Amazingly bitter for a Pilsner and is probably what makes me like it so much. All around it's pretty balanced with a solid malt body. Not very complex in the full scope of beer, but very complex when compared to others of its style. I liked it's refreshing taste and drinkability. Another beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At first this comes off as very hoppy especially for a pilsner but it mellows in the mug and finish is not bad.

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Photo of John
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I doubt any brewer, anywhere, can do much better than this. Hazy and golden, this creamy textured, smooth as silk brew is among the best. Highly hopped, though this formula exhibits minimal bitterness, leaving the aroma and flavorful, leafy hop character to prevail. Cheers to Victory Brewing. Prima indeed!

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Photo of pbrian
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deserves all the accolades it gets. They should call it an Imperial Pilsner, big in all departments. Don't expect a Beck's kind of beer when you try this one.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer, this is not a session beer. Have about once a week to keep the wonder of the shock when the hops kick in. A treasure!!

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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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