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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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Photo of wahhmaster
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden color with a tight, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a spicy, herbal hops aroma backed by a bit of sweet maltiness.

Taste: Aggressively bitter up front with strong noble hops flavors. Towards the back it gains a little bit of sweet maltiness and finishes dry and bready. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Like a pilsener should be.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable pilsener. This may be the best pils I've had outside of Europe. It definitely has all the qualities that one looks for in a German-style pilsener. Definitely worth a shot and definitely something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a dark golden with a medium head (.5-1 inches). Smells fruity and grassy. Taste definitely grew on me - at first, hoppy bitterness overwhelms you, but a flowery-fruit aftertaste came through after a few sips. The herbal hints balance out the hops very nicely and you have yourself a very nice brew. It is a very unique selection from Victory.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a pilsner or lager drinker...ale man all the way. But since Victory is one of my favorite brewers I thought I should give it a try.

The color is clear golden yellow with a light and fluffy head of pure white. Head is quite nice looking and retains well with a modest amount of lace. This would look great in my Trumer Pils glass, oh well.

The aroma is much fuller than I expected with a nice, crisp malt aroma of honey and buttery biscuits. There's a lovely (and quite large) floral hop aroma with a grassy meadow note. Very clean and crisp smelling overall.

The flavor is exceptional for a pilsner. A perfect balance between golden caramel and honey malt sweetness, and floral and grassy hops. Finish is initially malty and quickly washed over by crisp, puckery hops.

Mouthfeel is light and airey yet maintains a full and rich mouthfeel. This is a good beer for any time, any place, or any occasion. Are all micro-brewed pilsners this good?

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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 treedoctor5002
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a nice white head. Seems like what a Pils should look like.

Smell is like the hay I used to haul as a kid. Minus the sneezing! There are also some hops mixed in there.

Taste is excellent. Very smooth and buttery and buscuit like with a hoppy finish that lasts in your mouth a while.

Mouthfeel is light and buttery.

Drinkability is very high. I've never tasted a pilsner this good before. One of my go to brews from now on.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick, foamy head. Very strong, pleasing citrus aroma. Fruit filled taste with citrus, apples and pineapples. Mild hoppy bitterness. I prefer IPA type hoppiness and am not really a lager drinker, but this one doesn't disappoint. Probably the best lager/pilsner that I have tasted. Would definitely use as a session beer.

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Photo of cratez
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the LCBO. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this tasty ass brew yet.

Pours a bright glowing yellow with a thick ring of white head and several dots of lacing on the shaker glass. Rich nose imparts bready and sweet pilsner malt, fresh cookie dough, barley, and a bit of lime. Fragrant and inviting. Taste is lemony and citric hops upfront, flowery, herbal and grassy flavours clash with honey and white cracker mid-palate, big Noble hop bitterness kicks in with some herbs and sweetness in the aftertaste. Super refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, medium-bodied, lightly bitter dryness to finish. A thirst quencher no doubt.

As with all of the U.S. craft beers in Ontario, I'm really glad this is available. An exemplar pils that delivers on the hops. Can't go wrong with Prima!

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Photo of decadance
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nearly perfect example of the style. A bit under carbonated for my taste. Smell and taste are dead on with a touch of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel completely leaves you dry wanting more, and the abv makes it ideal to toss these back all day. Love this beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new Victory brewpub on 6/18/08.

A - Clear golden body with a slight amber hue and thick, foamy one-and-a-half finger bone white head on top. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - Clean pilsner nose with plenty of noble hops, some citrus notes and bready malt. There are also some grassy hops and fruity notes with hints of apple, pear and white grapes.

T - Classic pilsner flavor profile with plenty of citrus notes and a clean, grassy hop bite. Malt is predominantly bready.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and clean, brisk mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and slightly dry with a crisp hop bite that lasts for a while.

D - Sessionable pils with lots of flavor. Very true to style, this brew is definitely a nod to the classic German pilseners that preceded the American craft beer movement. Prima Pils is certainly worthy of inclusion on Victory's flagship lineup.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden color with a slight hazy appearance. Medium sized head which dissipates quickly, lots of lacing with great retention.

The smell is of citrus floral hops with a bread malt note as well.

Great taste, probably the best pilsener I have had to date, yummy. Floral hop taste with a small malt presence in the finish.

Higher carbonation and a thin smooth mouthfeel, very nice and refreshing.

This is quite a drinkable beer, very well done pilsener.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle Poured into a pint glass 10 DEC 16
Orangeish, don't call me amber, body floating a slight, and quickly disappearing, whitish head.
Aromas include malt and grass.
Flavors match, some bitter hops, with a light feel and clean dry finish.

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djeffbee
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slow poured at Victory left a fluffy 3 finger head that diminished slowly. Lacing remained on the glass.

S - Citrus, a bit grainy, Some lemon and nice aroma of hops .

T - Pale ale like bitterness to start, nice body and an awesome bitter finish.

M - Perfect carbonation, exceptional feel.

D - Great to drink a few at a football game, or while mowing the lawn. A well-balanced, and refreshing beer.

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Photo of HardyA
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kfoss99
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Buen Apetito Mexican Restaurant in Waterville, Maine. Served in a 16-ounce shaker glass.

Appearance - bubbly, clear, and yellow;

Smell - Slight floral hop aroma that grew as the lager warmed;

Taste - Dry and refreshing with a floral hop taste in the finish;

Mouthfeel - thoroughly carbonated and not watery;

Overall - One of the best lagers that I've had. This is what green bottled Euro beers should probably taste like if they weren't always skunked.

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Photo of Brams
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlesworth
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- ultra clear straw golden yellow with a soft puffy white head and plenty of wispy lace. constant stream of champagne bubbles rise in a dense column up the center with prismatic effects, letting the beer glisten in the light.

S- grassy lemony hops and sweet pale malt. very clean smell with a spicy floral punch. just screams refreshing, like a kicked up lemonade. flowery herbal aroma intensifies as it warms slightly with plenty of tea-like hops.

T- crisp and clean, noble hops lead the with with a fair amount of pale malt playing back-up. soft lemon, darjeeling tea, saltine cracker, and raw grains, and an all at once floral/herbal/grassy bitter finish.

MF- light and clean, very clean as a metter of fact, slightly dry, and plenty effervescent.

D- really dig this pils, clean enough for a lager lover and zippy enough for a hop head.

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Photo of MrStark
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy yellow gold color, with a nice two-finger fluffy white head that slowly recedes. A few streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell is of citrus and hops. Maybe a hint of malts, its doesn't seam to be particularly strong.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus, almost like grapefruit. A fairly good amount of spicy hops leaving a pleasant bitterness on the palette.

Mouthfeel is is light bodied with plenty of nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Its very smooth and goes down easy leaving a nice little bite on the tongue. I could definitely put this on my list as a nice session beer!

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Photo of Epetrena
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Goblinmunkey7
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear pale gold. Head is fluffy, bright-white, with tight bubbles. Lively carbonation and some touches of lacing.

Smell: Faintly husky. Nice bright sweetness that has touches of corn and grass. Definitely sweeter than expected. Touches of apple, cracker, and white bread crust. Mildly earthy and herbal. Lager yeast asserts itself.

Taste: Nice dusting of citrus from the hops. Malts run light, pale, and clean. Mildly herbal with a nice cut of cracker. Earthy in good measure. Touches of grass and corn, but minor. Lingering dirty earthiness. Hops add a nice counter to the extremely light malts profile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and light. Body fringes on medium, but doesn't quite cross over. Carbonation is lively and helps spread the magic. Slightly dry.

Overall: I could drink this day in and day out if I had a hankering for a lager. It hits the spot and that's all I can ask for. Damn fine take.

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Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a small-bubbled, one inch head atop a pale golden beer. Minimal effervescence. Well above average lacing and head retention for the style.

S- Muted lemon zest in the nose. "Grassy."

T- Clean, citrus hop...more of the lemons. hint of bread. This wins!

M- Crisp with good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- A refreshing pilsner but with much more hops than normal. Was saving this for an outdoor romp this summer but now it's too damn hot for that. A real winner from Victory. Give this to your neighbor who likes the BMC stuff.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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 bodangles
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,275 ratings
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