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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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Ratings: 5,278 |  Reviews: 2,116
Photo of captaintrash
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of selimsivad519
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium straw producing 2 fingers of white, moderately lasting head & patchy lacing. Aroma is biscuity malt, floral & light lemon hop tones, some faint grass. Taste is similar with crisp, clean grain, bread & more intense hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium+ carbonation, slight pepper in the finish.

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Photo of hophugger
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best pils you can get, hands down

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Photo of Kurzman
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Dimpled Mug. Enjoy by 21st February 2017, a little late.

L: Clear pale gold, finger width bone white head with good retention.

S: Spicy herbal hops, good malt biscuity notes too.

T: A bit more bitter than usual for a Pilsener, good herbal spicy hop flavors, bready biscuit backbone.

F: Dry, light bodied, easy drinking.

O: A great Pilsener, a great beer and a good first from Victory.

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Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that you see all the time, hear how good it is and how it's an excellent representation of the style but, at least for me, for some reason never pick it up. However! That is behind me now - I just put down a sixer over the course of the week. I'll be short and sweet with my review since there are so many on here that go to impressive levels of depth: clean, crisp, perfectly carbonated, refreshing, golden body, floral, spicy hops, mild bitterness, crackery malt. So drinkable, very enjoyable. A staple for a reason.

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Photo of LeftoverCrizack
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale yellowish golden color with a decent bit of chill haze and a ton of active carbonation. The head is one finger, creamy and bright white. retention is excellent and there are many hanging webs of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very hoppy. Floral and herbal hops dominate with a touch of citrus.

Taste is very similar, but the biscuity malts keep the hops a touch more in check. There is also a touch of hop spiciness and the finish is bone dry.

Feel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall a very good pilsner. I'm not sure why it took me so long to try this beer, but I'm glad I did. Will most definitely be buying more of this in the warmer months.

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Photo of Schumatrix
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale golden straw in color a thick white head that is leaving a nice lacing. Clearly, good carbonation on this one - lots of bubbles streaming up. The beer is entirely translucent.

S: Biscuity, bready, and earthy: everything that I look for in a good pilsner. It is clear why this is a staple within the style.

T: An unexpectedly nice hoppy flavor on first sip followed by some of the more traditional pilsner flavors. Sweet, doughy finish, albeit a little light.

F: Good body for it being such a light beer. It finishes a little bit on the light side, but it is nice otherwise. As mentioned earlier, good carbonation all throughout and no alcohol burn whatsoever.

O: Very enjoyable and would be perfect for a spring or summer day. It has all of the qualities that I look for in this style of beer, and it even has a nice hoppy backbone to it that was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timtac
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heyabbott
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thehills804
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best Pilsners out there. Dry and malty. Hops very much present with slight hints of grapefruit, but not overwhelming and nowhere near an IPA. The after taste is dry, crisp and clean. When poured into a frozen glass this brew is absolutely amazing. Yellow/gold body with a wonderful frothy, whip-cream-like head. Highly recommend for a clean refreshing brew with great taste.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled BB end of March, 2017
Pours with a little more chill haze than it ends up with when it is a straw yellow/white. The body is mostly clear and you can easily see laconic bubbles rising to the surface.. The head doesn't grow too large, even with a fairly vigorous pour. The head has a foamy soapy look and provides nice lines of lacing.

The nose has a grassy/crackery note to it. The pilsner malt comes out nicely, and the bittering hops are not rushing at my olfactory sense. There's perhaps just a little citrus - a sweet-tart little spritz in the mix as well.

A medium bodied beer, the up front notes come mainly from the malt, a thick cracker-like taste. A grassy background grabs my palate's attention as it focuses on it. As the hops come forward, there's a brief note of cardboard. Fleeting, the grassy hops some forth to shake my tongue. There is a decent little effervescence here that is mildly distracting to me but might be considered refreshing to others. The lingering notes sometimes seem to have a little unripe grapefruit pith to it.

A classic beer that was one of the first beers that turned the tide for me on desiring a hoppy, more bitter beer. Fond memories, for sure, but I still really enjoyed it these many years later.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sheppard
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold, not as pale as most pilsners that I'm used to. Some floral hop aroma. It's very grapey with a little bit of bite on the finish. A decent pilsner that's different from the others in the local market.

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Photo of DallasK
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corywalston
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlabs
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,278 ratings
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