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:
ca. 44 IBU

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Reviews: 2,098 | Ratings: 5,196
Photo of SSS
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very light yellow, with a nice thick super white head
S-For me this is a 'yellow beer' smell, like cardboard...maybe other can pick up nuances like biscuit or something, I can't
M-Light, very light and crisp, not overly dry. Carbonation is light and smooth as well
T-This beer is relatively light and soothing, not harsh at all, very drinkable.
O-I was expecting a little more from this beer, but was still grounded by its simplicity and I accepted that it was a classic pilsner, it does that well.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Bottle, Lovely straw colour, white head. Hoppy, fresh, floral. Very nice bitterness, some sweetness, quite balanced, crisp. Light/medium body, medium/high carbonation, bitter finish. Very nice and refreshing!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Victory Prima Pils
As a part of Variety of Victory I got this Pilsner from Victory Brewing.

It's a clear, yellow, beer with a one finger high, white head.

Nose: Floral, grass, spice, biscuit and yeast.
Taste: Biscuit, caramel malt, white bread, hops and hay.
Body: Medium, creamy body. Medium, soft carbonation. Dry finish and a great bitterness. Smooth taste!

Really good, balanced pilsner!

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear golden color with a two-finger white head that dissipated quickly. The nose was a nice subtle floral spiciness followed by biscuity notes. The taste was wonderful - spicy herbal hops with sweet maltiness and a lingering slightly hoppy finish. Nice light feel. A great German Pilsener.

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Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 6/15/15 code date. Appearance: Light golden and probably the clearest beer I’ve ever seen. Nice thick white frothy head that lingers. Aroma: Floral, grassy hop notes on a light crackery malt base. Taste: Light crackery malt sweetness, with a subtle but strong hop bitterness to balance. Slight spiciness to the hops. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate, crisp carbonation. Finish: Spicy and herbal hop bitterness lingers. Overall: Beautiful looking pilsner with nice floral and spicy hop characteristics. Maybe slightly subdued bitterness for a German Pils

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Photo of maedhros09
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light gold with pretty average white head, little retention/lacing
Smell: Classic pilsner aromas of cereal and grassy hops
Taste: Smooth lightly sweet maltiness with the herbal hops lingering behind until the maltiness fades and then a long bitter finish. some fruitiness is present as well. light to medium body, pretty typical pilsner carbonation, perhaps slightly less active.

Overall: Prima Pils lives up to the hype - it is a very full flavored bohemian inspired pilsner. Nicely balanced, it is lightly sweet with a pretty good hop kick to back it up. There are times when I want a milder pilsner in which this won't be my first choice but for a full flavor kick it's a great option. The palate has some complexity as well, which can't often be said of pilsners. Great stuff!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

EBD 9/16/15. Pours a clear golden. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Nice, but light, nose of herbal and spicy hops over a mild biscuit with lager yeast.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture that has a subtle creamy aspect at times. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is intense (hop flavor), somewhat complex and well balanced. It begins with Saaz hop flavor (not as pronounced as Urquel, unfortunately) that flows into a mild bitterness in the middle. As the bitterness asserts itself, a biscuit sweetness arrives to provide a tasty balance. The finish is a bit dry, not quite clean and a nice Saaz hop flavor lingers over a subtle sweetness coupled with a mild bitterness. THIS is what a German pilsner should taste like.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a crystal-clear, slightly sparkling straw-colored lager that could be a real eye-catcher if given a nice thick creamy white head rather than a brief rocky scree. The nose is pleasantly malty with alcohol undertones and hints of spicy hops. On the palate it is hop-forward, with a significant bittering hops presence that dominates the pilsener hops flavor and lagery grain notes; the finish is the same, with the bitterness lingering long enough to overstay its welcome. The texture is a bit thicker than the light body would lead you to expect, and the carbonation is nice and prickly. (12 oz bottle, 87 days before best-by date)

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Photo of fscottkey
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.75] Forms a full 3 fingers of head. The head is bright white and made of small to medium bubbles. The head has some staying power. The beer itself is a transparent light straw color. The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%) and there is a best by date (06/09/15).

S: [3.00] Yeast. Mild apple scent.

T: [3.25] Sweet fruits on the front. Very sweet with a hint of yeasty breadiness. The sweetness has a bit of a caramel flavor to it. The finish has a tart apple hint to it,

M: [3.00] The finish is dry. The carbonation is low to medium.

O: [3.25] The sweetness and the fruitiness surprised me on this one. It is a decent beer but I think it could get cloyingly sweet after more than one. The nose was really weak which made the flavors on the tongue a bit of a surprise. Visually this beer shines! The taste is decent. I would choose a lot of beers before this one.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Really solid beer that I see becoming a "go to" beer for me.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my generic pilsner glass, the beer poured 1 finger of quickly dissipating head. The beer is extremely clear with a pale yellow color.

Aroma is slightly skunky. I get a mild hay or grain characteristic. Very little to no hop characteristic on the nose.

Taste is primarily the hay, followed by a slight smokiness. It's almost a stale taste, even though the beer is rather fresh-- perhaps it is slightly irony. The beer is nicely crisp but rather non-descript in terms of any flavor besides the hay. It reminds me a lot of Stella Artois. The beer is nicely dry as is expected with the style.

Overall, this is a good, basic summer beer. Nothing spectacular in my opinion, but I also do not drink pilsners all that much. It beats any BMC beers for sure, but it still doesn’t provide any differentiating qualities/characteristics that truly make it fantastic or unique. This beer would pair well with just about anything, I could definitely see sitting down to a fried chicken dinner with this beer. It gets a 76/100.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With cold pizza in a glass. Lots of hops, distracting you from the pilsner crispness and refreshing taste you'd normally expect. Complex and worth another try but as a pilsner it kinda falls short. Reminded me of a white ipa. The layers of hops were interesting.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw color, crystal clear, small white head, spotty lacing

S: Pilsner malts, light hops

T: Sweet malts right away then a nice hop bite to it, hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium to light, resiny hop film coats the mouth

O: Good beer. A bit more hoppy than other pilsners I've had more recently and I was expecting more sweetness but this combination is still good just a bit different than what I expected.

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Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color topped with a fluffy white foam. Sweetly doughy and floral, the nose is a great tribute to a classic German pils, and even more inviting than many good German examples. Prima is hop-forward on the palate, showing grass and flowers against a doughy-biscuity malt backdrop. The carbonation and bitterness keep it lively on the tongue and lead into a dry finish that begs to be refreshed with another sip. Top notch.

Absolutely will buy again.

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Photo of norehowsky
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pale, golden and very clear. Poured into a pilsner glass - decent white head, nothing to write home about

S - initial smell is somewhat fruity, with that raw malty finish you'd expect from a Pilsner

T - fairly similar to the smell but the hops are much more prominent, moreso than the average Pilsner. Definitely some fruity undertones, grapefruity

F - light and crisp, refreshing

O - a nice hoppy Pilsner, which is not surprising when it comes to Victory. As a guy who usually swings towards IPA, this is definitely a solid beer in my book. I love the hops, but always enjoy a lighter beer like this, especially when it's on the hoppier side.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Profound yellow. Soapy head
You can smell how dry it is. Biscuit, cracker, hops
Same as the smell. A bit of sweetness
Somewhat high carbonation, clean, crisp, dry

A very good pilsner.

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Photo of Beerdoe
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This the beer I drink. My regular in the keg late spring and summer. Simple and refreshing. Great to come home to after fishing. Better than lemonade.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale, golden, and crystal clear. 1 finger head dissipates quickly to a wispy cap, some spotty lacing.

Smell - Nice snappy Pils malt: raw, grainy, biscuity and fresh. Kick of sweet/sour green apple skin. Hops have a nice combo aroma of grassy/spicy/herbal.

Taste - Much like nose, but hops are kicking much harder than you'd sense from the nose - grassy and herbal with a lemony citrus snap. Malt is raw and grainy with a touch of much needed honey sweetness. A bit of that apple/grapeskin peaks in, then this brew dries out real fast and a moderate grassy/herbal bitterness lingers.

Feel - Light/medium body with a nice and light feel, carb is active but not overly so. Smooth yet crisp.

Overall - Pretty much hits the nail on the head for the "hoppy pilsner" style: crisp, hoppy, and very drinkable. It might go juuust slightly overboard on the hops for my taste, but I could see myself knocking back a few of these any old time. An excellent beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't really get the (relative) hype on this beer. If you want a Pilsner with no flavor, I guess it's a good choice, but there's much better craft Pilsners out there.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/6 keg into a German Tulip Glass, beautiful Golden clear color, with a nice rocky white head. Good lacing, excellent retention.

Aroma is pretty basic, but I think true to my experience with German Pils in Germany.

Taste is awesome, just nailed it. right amount of hops, and you can drink these all night.

Feel is medium, and very smooth, almost silky.

If you like Pils, drink this.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They nailed it.
It tastes just like all of those imported beers that we paid extra for back in 80's. But why bother? And should I rate it higher than Beck's or Carlsburg, or St. Pauli Girl?
They all taste nearly identical. But I could drink these all night, if there was nothing more interesting.

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Photo of ClarenceClawmons
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I lived in Prague for six months I've been chasing the dragon for a solid domestic Pilsner. This beer is the closest I've come to satisfying that craving. My hope is that my purchasing large quantities of this beer will help the microbrew movement move away from constant IPAs and branch out into more European-style Pilsners.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden hue with a pure white head and lots of bubbles.
The aroma is full of spicy and fruity hop scents with cracker and biscuit goodness backing it up.
What a tasty pils. Follows the aroma with nice, spicy hops, sweet cracker, a little bit of citrus and a nice, slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated.
Overall, just a really tasty, crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of J-EKoslosky
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Prima is a world-class pilsner. One of the first American beers I tried years back that stood up to the classics of that style. It remains at the top of the class in what now may be an underappreciated category here in the States.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. Beer is clear, bright golden yellow with a white two-finger head that drops down some, but hangs on for the duration. Sticky lacing clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is more assertive than typical pilsners with herbal and citrus hop notes underpinned by bready malt. Taste follows the nose - strong spicy, herbal bitterness with light bread and grainy malt sweetness. Surprisingly medium in body, light and crisp texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,196 ratings.
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