Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,102 Reviews
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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Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As far as pils beers go, this is the gold standard. I've had countless pilsners, but I keep coming back to the one and only Prima Pils. Clear golden yellow pour into my Stockholm pils glass, one finger head that turns into fabulous lacing. Nose is grass, pine, yeast, and flowers. Taste is a crisp blend of floral hops, yeast, country grasses, pine tree, and mild breadiness. Perfect beer.

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Photo of boblinneman
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hopheads pils. This beer will hook you and not let go. Very suprising how dry and hoppy. Definitely will change the way you look at a pils. I'm not sure if this beer is true to its form (everything is but quite hoppy), but who cares its great. Victory has an ongoing series of single hop pils, all great but different.

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Photo of metalitool
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I've ever had, no question. This one will catch you off guard....very light in color, it tastes far different.

With a pronounced hop flavor that hits you in the tongue, then disappears, it gives you a strong taste, with NO aftertaste AT ALL, only to leave you wanting more...dont be surprised to see it disappear quickly, even when you aren't aiming at consuming large amounts.

I have yet to have anything else like aftertaste at all (clean), pronounced hop flavor, and superb drinkability.

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Photo of stirgy
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a few of these at the BA rally at Victory.
This is a rare and special version of their popular pilsner. It is unfiltered and poured a light and golden straw yellow. It had a touch of murkiness, but retained some of the bright translucency of the regular Prima. White and cream-like head topped this beer off. Beautifully soft and sweet citrus and floral hop aroma. This version loses some of that sharp hop crispness that I’m familiar with, but the softer hop presence just seems perfect for this beer. Soft maltiness and ultra smooth on the tongue. Mein Gott! I am a huge fan of regular Prima, and this version really takes the gloves off – as if to say “I dare you to try and make something this good!”

A wonderful beer on all counts.

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Photo of pbrian
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
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 maltusaurelius
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown bottle into a German beer mug. Pour formed a fluffy white three finger head that dissipated slowly to leave minimal lacing.

Appearance - beautiful straw gold slightly hazy color with moderate carbonation activity.

Smell - lots of spicy citrus hops on the nose with a detectable biscuity malt scent underneath.

Taste - initial flavor is of bitter hops, followed by a nice mellow biscuity malt character that comes through thereafter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - has a lively crisp mouth feel - slightly prickly almost but in a good way.

Drinkability - this beer is an easy drinking session beer with a lot of character for the style. I would put it up against any pilsener from the Czech Republic or Germany - simply one of the best pilseners out there. It is agressively hopped for the style but that gives it a uniqueness that stands out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Straw gold with a bright white cap. Plenty of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass. Great clarity. Leaves nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S - Herbal and grassy hop notes lead the charge, along with some lemon. Tons of grainy pilsner malt fills the background to make up the best smelling pilsner I've ever had. It's clean and smells so delicious that it's intoxicating.

T - Sharp hop flavors are the first thing I can taste, and on such a clean base it the earthy herbal and grassy flavors don't have to compete with much. The grainy pilsner malt comes in after that, countering the hops and really riding into the finish. What's so good about Prima Pils is that it has a sharpness to it that makes the beer so lively instead of falling flat like some others do.

MF - Light body that dries in the finish that still manages to be lively.

D - If it weren't for the powerful, fresh, grainy pilsner malt, the hops would overwhelm the beer and make it feel like too much. As it stands, it's incredibly refreshing and one of the best beers in the country.

I could and have drank copious amounts of Prima Pils. I'd love to drink a better pilsner than Prima Pils, but until I make a pilgrimage to Europe, I doubt that'll happen. And even then, we'll see.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had many a Pilsener in my life and this is for me the most satisfying.

I begins with a crystal clear straw pour into the glass. It has a minimal white head that clears quickly. The aroma is of fresh baked bread and floral noble German hops.

The flavor of the beer begins with a spicy and pronounced flow of hops. The hops are bold, but in no way harsh. As the beer goes down, the crispness of the pale pilsener malt flavor shines through. It is marked by notes of bread yeast and some biscuity flavors - truly "liquid bread." There are also very small amounts of phenols that hit the tip of your togue, which adds a little spiciness to the overall picture.

The carbonation is spot on and lively. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way thin.

This beer has superior drinkability and can quench with the best of them during the hot summer months. Shazam beeotch!

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Photo of mophie
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
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 nortmand
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow, with a longlasting white head and some nice lacing.
Slightly fruity, watermelon citrus smell. Sage possibly as well.
Up front, a nice, mellow maltiness that sustains through the whole tongue. Even with the malt there, after the first hit, this beer is all about the spicy saaz. Awesome bitter spiciness from mid tongue back, which leaves a crisp bitterness long after the swallow.
Smooth, bubbly and delicious, this is an awesome pils and is extraordinarily drinkable.

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Photo of schmitter
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Gehrig
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this while in Galena, at the Galena River Wine and Cheese shop. Among the terrific beer selection it had, this gem was for well under $2, a steal by any realistic estimation. A finger of off-white head tops a lemon yellow body, with ample lacing on the Yankees pint glass. The nose is bursting with hops, bready malt, and some sour components, especially lemon and orange peel. The taste is incredible for a Pilsener, full of hops, somewhat grassy, a touch gritty and very bold. This blows away any macro, and can easily hold its own any delicious German offering. It's incredible.

This has quickly moved to the top of my list of favorite Pilseners, a real delight making me wish I had grabbed a sixer of this in addition to the mixed six I snagged. Fantastic.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Perfectly gold. Huge cloud like head. lots of bubbles coming up through the liquid

S- Crackers. Earthy hops. Slight Citrus. Very nice

T-Firmly bitter but not over the top, just assertive. More earthy hops. Light crackery malt.

M- Fairly dry, which is good for style. medium-high carbonation. Bitterness leaves you ready for another drink.

D-Great version of a pils. Seems more like a bo pils than a N. German, but who am I to argue. This is what american lagers should taste like!

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Photo of John
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
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 MaltyGoodness
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear pale straw with a fluffy white head that thins, but doesn't completely fade. Lacing all over the glass.

Awesome crisp aroma. Excellent aroma of pilsner malt and hops. Smells amazingly fresh and crisp. Smells perfect.

Taste is outstanding. A super crisp maltiness upfront with a perfect amount of spicy hops followed by a super clean and dry finish. It might be hoppier than most in the style, but who cares? This is a superb tasting pilsner.

Body is good for the style.

I can drink this everyday and twice on Sunday. Such a delicious beer with an ABV that allows you to consume several without a worry. Pilsner lovers NEED to try this beer.

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Photo of Cyalatermd
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute all around favorite beer, its the only constant in all of my rotations. To me, thiz is exactly how beer should taste. A gem to say the least.

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Photo of jvonkluck
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the most drinkable beers I've ever tasted.
It's pale yellow in color with a white head and a steady flow of tiny bubbles.
The aroma is dominated by a floral scent, with an undertone of honey.
The taste is a blend of the aforementioned flavors that finishes with a nice hoppy note that lingers on the taste buds.

Another solid brew from Victory. These guys continually impress me.

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Photo of steveshields
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Pilsener I have ever reviewed. I am not very knowledgeable on this style, but this beer is absolutely delicious.

It pours a beautiful hazy yellow/gold and I gave it a 2.5inch head in a fake wine Reidel glass. Retains the head very well, minutes after the pour and a few sips. Lots of lace.

Smells exceptional. Honey and lemon.

Tastes great- lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Crisp, nice carbonation. The only thing I can think to compare it to is a more complex Beck's, and this is good. Very bitter. Very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation up front, syrupy finish. Not bad at all, just so bitter it leaves me wanting more.

Exceptionally drinkable. I wish it were higher ABV, but I'll definitely buy this again. Props to my borther Alex for picking this up. We are also fans of the Hop Wallop and Golden Monkey. Cheers.

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Photo of RodneyCarrington
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Late one night after a drug-free fueled raid on my own mind. It occurred to me the most disastorous of capitalist consequence has occurred in this country of the U.S. of A.

You still can't find a good beer.

That's right. I said it. Just like the Europeans have been saying forever. And by beer I mean the stuff our Pappy, and especially Pappys Pappy drank. Especially if your last name has no vowels in it. Isn't that special...

But I digress : A lager - Golden and crisp and uncomplicated from the burden of excess hop, barley or roasting faggotry. A straight, drinkable, readily available, and AFFORDABLE beer.

Thank god D.C. is close enough to dutch country. All hail the greatest beer in America.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy honey coloured liquid with 1/4" white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Floral and grassy hops likely Tettnanger and Saaz. Sweet biscuit malt and honey.

T: Aspirin, grass, earth, flowers, biscuity malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Pretty much flawless for the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of vikingmike
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Pilsner I have ever had, bar none.

Beautiful golden colour. Aroma of floral, spicy hops. Elegantly simple taste with lingering hop bitterness. A nearly flawless beer in every respect.

Not only has Victory set the Pilsner bar for North American brewers...they've set it for the entire world.

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Photo of TerjUGA
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Poured a golden straw color, nice size head with good lacing.

S- smells a bit sweet, hints of hops and maybe a little citrus.

T- Taste amazing, hoppy all the way through but not to much, a little malt to it. very sweet in the middle, a bit of honey to me. hints of grass and citrus. great balance.

M- perfect feel for a pils, nice and crisp. great feel.

D- great drink, i love this beer, my favorite beer from victory so far. great brew.

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Enjoy by Jul 20 2012.

A - A dense cloud of white foam rests on top of the crystal clear golden straw yellow beer. Fantastic retention keeps the pile afloat, lightly applying collars of lace to the glass.

S - Enticing, crisp mineral sulfur traces flow through out the beer while a hint of lemon citrus comes from herbal and floral German hops. Crisp overall, a sweet pilsner malt base brings Prima Pils, one of the closest-to-classic American-brewed pilsners to a close.

T - Intensely crisp, Prima Pils abandons the majority of the pilsner malt sweetness that was in the nose for a plain pale malt that bows to the hop additions; herbal and floral with back-end citrus zest while plenty of sulfur still carries through into the flavor as well.

M - Bone dry, Victory's Prima Pils has a balanced but bitter finish that briefly lingers on the tongue before subsiding to faint sulfur and citrus. Light-bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation, this beer is easily quaffable.

O - Victory's Prima Pils arrests nearly all malt interaction, focusing heavily on the German noble hops and their delicate floral and herbal characteristics. Dry and balanced towards bitterness, Prima Pils is a crisp, refreshing beer that's hard not to gulp down and a stand-out among American-brewed pilsners.

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Photo of constahoogan
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear transparent straw white gold-gold/yellow body that pours a nearly perfect white 1.5 inch head that seems to stick around forever. The lacing doesn't cover the insides of the glass, but it does clump together in large chunks, rather.

My nose picks up zesty citrus hops with a slight hint of pilsner(duh) malt. Initial tast is very zesty citrus hops that rolls off bitter at the end. As it warms up, the light toasted barley reintroduces itself as the hops start to mellow out a bit.

Very refreshing; crisp and dry. Medium bodied beer; carbonation is just perfect. This is my go to beer when i want a light taste of citrus hops when I want something a little more subtle than APAs. Cheers!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,219 ratings.
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