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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:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of stoutman
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quite hoppy pils. The aroma is a sweet malt scent. Color is a light bright gold with good carbonation and a white head that drops down thin. Taste is somewhat bitter. Starting with a light body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish jumps out as hoppy with some sweetness and then a bold bitterness with just a hint of malt.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle may have been old as there was a lack of freshness to the hops however this was a well crafted pils that has lots of saaz hops and a full midbody. The finish is nice and bitter with a good ability to go with food. I would buy Pilsner Urquell in tall cans instead because of potential freshness problems in the PNW.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Pilseners I have tried (along with Schell), and leads me to wonder why so many other ones are so bland and tiresome. The beer is a lightly cloudy pale gold color with medium white head that lingered quite awhile. Lots of small bubbles and thin lacing. The aroma is zesty hops. Light-bodied and crisp with a peppery hops flavor throughout. Some malt is evident as well. The finish is dry and hoppy. The Pils style is nowhere near my favorite but I can see this beer being the standard by which to measure others.

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Photo of snpub540
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale clear yellow into my glass. One finger head was white and left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell was of malt sweetness and some floral hops.

Taste was sweet upfront with some breadiness followed by a nice crisp floral hop finish. Had a nice earthy yeast flavor too.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side of medium. It is a nice crisp beer and it is easily sessionable, but for pilseners I don't think it has the flavors that other breweries are able to produce to make it something I'd drink more often.

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Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw yellow color, with a frothy white lingering head. Aroma of corn and hops. Flavor is sweet corn, with some hops, plus sweet malt. Finish has a tender bite with some spice. Nice smooth mouthfeel, with decent lacing. Damn good for a pilsner, perhaps the best I've had.

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Photo of seanthornton152
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into Pilsner glass.

Body is a light golden yellow, transparent...head is a frothy egg white color, 2 thumb head, dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lace.

Aroma; lemon citrus, mild hops, a barley...aroma is quite mellow.

Taste is of Citrus hops, a sweetness like honey, doughy maltiness, beer is dry and finishes with a hint of hops.

Medium thickness, active carbonation, smooth going down.

I remember this beer being more forward with hop citrus in both taste and aroma, I last had it at least 5 years ago. Maybe freshness is in question, yet overall I find this beer forgettable.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick white foam that looks great in a frosted glass. Color is very unique for a pilsner. It's very pale yellow, almost looks like lemonade. Not a whole lot of carbonation though, but it's pretty thick. Good carbonation after a sip.

Smell: Nice subtle notes of honey and flower hops. Good balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thick, especially for the style. A bit too grainy though. Flavor is pretty good. Mostly floral hops, definitely something common in German pilseners. A bit one-sided in my opinion. Definitely bitter and slightly metallic, but not bad.

Drinkability: Pretty enticing with the appearance.

Overall: Not as good as HopDevil, not even close.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Ah pills! The golden piss yellow lager but this one has a nice inch of frothy head.

S - Kind of subdued with slight grain and maybe some grape skins and a touch of bitter hops in the nose.

T - More aggressive and bitter than expected. Tastes of sharp cider and a touch of bread with aggressive piney bitterness.

M - Light to medium still it was hard to get over how harsh the hops and grains are.

Overall I will not buy this again. I have had much sweeter pilsners and bought this on the off chance that freshness would make it better. Grassy and bitter with harsh grains this beer is not for me.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours a crystal clear gold with a perfect white head and nice lacing. Aroma is crisp, with a good balance of spicy doughy yeast and Saaz hops. Flavor matches quite well, with a pretty strong hop resin bite for a Pils. A little strong on the carbonation, but this is a great lively summer brew. Just hearty enough to not be classified as watery, but light enough to session.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very light and crystal clear beer with a distinctive pils taste. Balanced flavors with moderate bitterness and dry enough finish. Very drinkable, hoppier than an average pils, good carbonation levels, very quenching. However, I have to question whether it's true to the style. Perhaps not all that traditional. And more than that, I have to question whether I really love pils in general. After all the incredible APAs and IPAs and German wheat beers I've been drinking lately, the pils taste just put me in the mind of the old BMC crap.

I recognize that this is a well made beer and perhaps I will return to it at a later date. But this isn't up my alley at the moment.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of pale malts and hops. It has a very bitter scent. The taste is decent. It is light and refreshing with quite a bit of hop flavor. Again, the beer has a very bitter taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well, but it has a lingering aftertaste that may deter some from having more than one.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent looking clear golden color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of grain and citrus hops and tastes much the same with plenty of hop bitterness and a little biscuit or grain in there. Medium mouthfeel with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice straw-gold color with dense, 2-inch, white head. Bubbles cascade up from the bottom of the glass. Laces well.

S- Lemon zest, light malt in the background. Nothing too strong, but pleasant.

T- Slightly lemony, light light malt in the background-somewhat biscuity or wheaty. Hope bitterness, giving an almost sticky dry finish. Hops are present, but not like they would be in an IPA or something. Piney. Not sure I like this, but not sure I don't.

M- Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Slick with a dry finish.

D- A little sticky (for me) to put a bunch down, but good to enjoy one or two.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Prima Pils on tap at the Falling Rock. The beer was golden yellow and clear. The head was white and loosely packed. The smell was earthy, dirty, hops. Some mineral too. The taste was also very earthy and slightly crisp. This might be really good for the style but I don't like lagers so I don't know. This was a good choice for a hot day however.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden with a thin white head... there's a slight haze to this one, and bubbles of carbonation rise like champagne in my glass. The aroma is of a fresh pine forest. As for the taste, there's hardly any sweetness here, with only mild notes from the grain. The effervescent bubbles build on my tongue, followed by grassy, piney, floral hop flavors. The tangy, bitter tannins linger in the finish. Make sure you get your nose into the glass as the hop aroma truly enhances the hop flavor.

Overall, a nice strong presence of hops in a beer that's lighter, crisper and more approachable than a big IPA for a malt-lover like myself. These aren't the citrus/grapefruit hop flavors so loved by many American brewers. These are the hops of a classic European pilsner punched up a few notches. Though not exactly smooth in my book, it's relatively drinkable.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic 20oz pint glass.

A: This beer pours a very light yellow color reminiscent of BMC beers, but with a nice 2 finger head. No lacing whatsoever, but nice bubbles throughout.

S: Smells of slightly citrusy hops which I like, but the Pilsner bitter is there too which I'm not as large a fan of. The smell is the best I've encountered for a pilsner though.

T: For the style I think it's the best I've had. The hops are present, but I wish more so. The bitter pilsner flavor takes over when this beer is cold. As it warms the taste improves (for me at least) and there is a slight citrus here as well. I wish there were more and less bitterness. More malt would be good too, but earns high marks for creaminess. Finishes clean.

M: Extremely good. Very creamy and coats my mouth in a way I like.

D: For the style it's highly drinkable, this just isn't my favorite style of beer. For a pilsner though I have not had one better and would drink it again.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden color with a fluffy white head. Smells of hops and light malt, very crisp scent. The taste echoes the scent, good hoppy and light malt flavors, very refreshing. The mouthfeelnus medium with strong carbonation. This is a drinkable and enjoyable beer but I don't ubderstand why it scores as highly as it does. It's a great German pilsner, but there are great German breweries that are doing this style much better and have for many years. This is a good American version that I quite enjoyed, but there are people out there who can do it better.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one day before its "expiration" date. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was a clear but pale gold, could have been a bit lighter and brighter, but not bad. Head was big, white, fluffy, rocky, and left lots of lace everywhere. Tons of bubbles swirl around and up to lend support.

Smell is fairly non-existant--the only thing i can really smell is some skunky suplhury notes which actually work to its advantage. I feel bad reviewing this as the hops have diminished quite a bit. I will definately re-review when i try a fresher one. Taste is somewhat dull--mostly malt but there is still a nice bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel could have used a bit more carbonation, most of my bubbles got used up in the swirling display of co2. Drinkability is good, very good in fact, especially if it is fresh and you like hops.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light gold-tinged yellow. Its ever so slightly cloudy. Big 'ol sudsy head is almost gone in a minute. There is slight lacing. Nose is strong lupulin and sulpher. It is off-putting at first, but continued quaffing titilates.

Taste starts off bitter, but not as much as the nose led me to expect. It gives a nice zestyness that complements the higher carbonation level. Sweet malt comes to the surface almost immediately but is pushed back by the bitter hops, which have a slight lemon character, but are really mostly just bitter. Toward the finish a bit of that sulpher comes out, but does not linger unplesantly in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice for the style but may be a tad thin, also the carbonation fizzled a bit quicker than I'd prefer.

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3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 3 oz sampling glass.

A: A deep golden/copper hue, darker than I was expecting. Short head retention.

S: The aroma was a powerful PILS, compared to other more balanced out PILS.

T: The full bodied taste was nice while drinking a handful of light summer ales. Although there was something not quite right with the overall taste. A bit too over powering for a PILS, most people found this least enjoyable, but I felt that it was a bit over done for the style. But hops were present. . > good thing.

M: A great mouthfeel for a PILS, much better that a light yellow lagerish PILS

D: Good beer for a summer tasting, by adding a nice contrast to the lighter beers we had sampled. Good beer, but not one I would buy a six pack of, maybe a single for a tasting.

Notes: Sampled at a beer tasting at Bliss in Wauconda, IL. Compared to many of the other summer beer we had tasted, this one was the most potent and full bodied.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very bright yellow and not quite transparent. Head is minimal and bright white.

S- Fresh grassy smell. Hops, hops and more hops. I can see where this one is going.

T- Lively taste of fresh hops. Pilsner is just not my thing; a little too harsh. Pine and citrus excite this one.

M- Very bubbly and decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is one of this beers best qualities.

D- Again, I am not much on the strict, pilsner beers. But, if that is what you like, I would find this beer delightful. Not bad, but the harshness of the taste would get old to me.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light sparkling yellow-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is light and sweet hops, just slightly grassy.

Taste is a bit corny, sweet light malt. Sweet body with a hoppy bite that follows the flavor. A nice dry Saazy sharpness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light and drinkable. A good attempt at an aggressive pilsner for a US brewer, but I'd still prefer the Czech versions.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows spicy hops in abundance, with some soft green apple and grape notes in the background. Also noticeable phenols along with bready malt.
More bready malt as a flavour, also some spicy hops and piney notes. Finishes with a pretty assertive bitterness.
Nice moderately-light body, could use more carbonation though.

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Photo of tony223366
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from my beer journal:

Reviewed in early May 2011 out of my Deschutes Pilsner Glass

A: Really bright golden color. Very clear with a nice head. Lots of lacing too.

S: Smells sweet and malty with a surprising shot of hops. Loved it!

T: A very sweet malt beginning that lead to a big hop flavor that I enjoyed.

M: Light to medium body with a lot of carbonation

O: Not my favorite style at first, however this beer was good. I can definitely appreciate what they were trying to do here.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,170 ratings.
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