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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 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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Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this beer again since I just bought their mix 12 pack and this was in there. You get that pilsner malt grain smell but it smells sweet and delicious. The hops come through the most in the smell though with a pretty pungent sharp, fruity, herbal note. The taste is fantastic with the pilsner cake malt taste in the beginning then the hops come in pretty sharp and adding some fruity overtones and then the malt comes in again to balance out some of the bitterness. The hops prevail though and leave you with a sharp dry bitterness. This is seriously hoppier then some IPA's I've had. This could almost pass for an IPA because of the dryness bitterness and the fact that they use a light malt to showcase the hops more. You can tell they use German hops instead of American. This and My Antonia from Dogfish Head are very similar but both are my favorite Pilsner beers to date.

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

Bright golden/yellow Beer. perfectly transparent with lots of carbonation. Smells sweet malty with some piney hops. It is a little sour smelling. It really smells like a pilsner...not much more to it. The hops hit you first. quite piney. The sweet malts take over at the end. It is a straightforward beer and well balanced. A little astringent, but not in anyway that takes away from the beer. Light to medium body. Very drinkable. Everything about the beer makes me want to take another drink.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a pale yellow with a 3 finger white head that laces nicely. Looks like a pilsner should

S- beautiful malts and hops with a nice bite of pine. Smells like a pilsner should...

T- YES! THIS IS IT! BMC talk about the perfect pilsner taste...and this is it. Its piney, its malty, its hoppy, its beautiful. Doesn't get any better!

M- there is a good bit of carbonation here, but it doesn't take away from the beer at all. Quite light, but goes down so smooth

D- ridiculously drinkable. My fave pilsner going today. It absolutely cannot get any better than some Prima

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique pils.

Bright, antique canary or icterine yellow. Kind of like the color of absinthe (a stretch?). The head pours at least a half inch thick and as much as 2+ finger width. It has a compressed soft cotton texture and a silky snappy feel. Very purdy and elegant.

The aroma is unlike anything I've experienced. Effervescently hoppy and aromatic. Soft lemon accents the pungent, electric, herbaceous kick. Fresh, biting, and reminiscent of sage.

Full of amazingly vibrant flavors. The lemon comes out more - in essence and not acidity or sour. The hops are up front - grassy, shrubaceous, vaguely peppermint. Just enough malt character to carry the recipe. Softly sweet.

For all the zest and spice, the beer knows when and how to drop off. Packing a refreshing dose of carbonation and finishing crisp, dry, and faintly tart, a grassy, citrus sweet flavor does linger long after the last sip, awakening the mouth and cleaning the palate.

The beer is distinctly a pilsner but exudes a majestic and sophisticated construct that sets it in a class of its own. Brilliant work. Phenomenal beer to pair with a wide variety of light fare.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly out of the box offering, this Bier presents hazy and golden in a beautiful way. Aromas thick with citrusy hops and freshly cut grains. Smooth and cleansing on the palate, the hops and malts play so well together. A true staple of my Bier drinking life, to date. True, not the true-to-stype Pils, but Victory really knocked this one out of the park.


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Photo of IntriqKen
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second review of this beer...I finally got a fresh one thanks to blitheringidiot from PA...thanks, Ev. Unfortunately in California so far I had not been able to find fresh Victory product
Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice single finger head that melts to sticky lacing which seems to last the entire glass.
Aroma is lager yeasts and grass with the tiniest of sweet malt.
Taste is brisk and clean...sweet malt...with a nice pleasant hop bite on the tale end that drys the mouth as it should.
Aftertaste is a pleasant blend of the malt and hops...still drying...making you want another sip...then another. Exactly the way a summer beer should be.
VERY drinkable.
I'm very happy to post this positive review of this excellent beer.
Update: It appears that fresh Prima Pils is finally making it's way out west....I've been lucky enough to get it regularly and it is Wonderful...the best there is.

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Photo of BillyB
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best american pilsners I have ever tasted. Enjoyed on tap fresh at the Victory Brewpub in Downingtown, PA.

Appearance: A beautiful straw to golden yellow color with a thick creamy, frothy white head.

Aroma: Piney hop and citrus, vanilla?, melon?

Taste: Fantastic citrusy hop taste with a hint of vanilla or melon. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

Overall: Incredibly drinkable. This is the beer that could convert bud and coors drinkers to craft beer.

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Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a very light golden straw (into the warsteiner pilsner)...great head diminishes slowly, leaving delicate lacing. nice commune of carbonation at the bottom, some bubbles, here and there, jetting up to the mothership...

very nice citrusy, malty nose...more like lemon than anything. very promising.

now this is different. and not what i expected (though i did expect something unexpected!). extreme 'light' hoppy bitterness comes in a nice blast but thins out very pleasantly in the finish. not hardcore hophead stuff, but certainly will be deeply appreciated by most. the bitterness that remains reminds me mainly of the much more intense smuttynose IPA. i am very impressed with this. time for a case.

crisp, light to medium body, perfect carbonation, no cloying...so very drinkable and certainly an exemplary session brew...but would go so well with sushi. i would imagine it being able to take on blackened catfish, too.

along with good ole Yuengling Lager (budget...), this will be a fine late spring and summer brew. but it's fine now as a 2nd day of spring brew!

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Photo of mdvatab
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.
(Unable to determine bottled-on date from code on bottle.)

Aroma: Floral, yet spicy hop aroma comes first, followed by light cereal grain. Graham cracker w/ a touch of honey. A very slight citrusy note, reminiscent of freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Appearance: 2-finger bright white head drops slowly to a thin cap of foam that remains until finished. White lacing clings well to the side of the glass. Body has a light golden color with a very slight haze.

Flavor: Just the right amount of cereal grain and honey sweetness is followed by prominent, yet balanced hop bitterness. A spicy hop note appears at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate level of crisp, but not biting carbonation. Low-to-medium body which fits with the style.

Drinkability: This is the best interpretation of a German Pils I've ever had. The sweetness, the appropriate bitterness, the floral hop aroma & flavor, and the color are exceptional. Very refreshing, and HIGHLY recommended!

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Photo of StevieW
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfectly golden straw color with a nice fizzy fluffy topped white head. Noticable hop bubbles burst through the head in the Hop Devil fashion. Slight citrus, lemon, hops crisp aroama. Very balanced taste, super crisp hops dominate the start, then a very balanced middle.Unlike any other alleged Pilsener I have had. Finishes crisp and strong, with a lingering hop/lemon combination on your taste buds. Unbelievable pilsner, I only have memories of Sam Adams Golden Pilsner about 5 years ago, but this is an outstanding beer. I had alone, but would pair perfectly with a spicy bbq, or anyother summertime activity. Another Victory beer that lives up to the hype....

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Photo of drtth
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass cold from the fridge and given a couple of minutes to take the edge off the chill. Glass of cold water on the side to rinse mouth occasionally. Best by dated 25 March.

Appearance: Pours a bright gold color with the head being close to half an inch. The head begins to thin almost immediately leaving behind a rim of foam around the glass, a bit of froth in the middle and some thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Grassy, bready/biscuity with balanced malt and hop aromas.

Taste: First the malt then the hops, bouncing back and forth. The strong hop presence does not overwhelm but spreads through out the mouth as a counter balance to the malt which sometimes dominates and sometimes does not. Although the hop seems a bit strong the malt comes back in to establish the balance. The long aftertaste is predominantly malt with hints of hop bitterness emerging and then fading again. The hops are clearly not dominating this Pils but rather making it more complex. As it warms the malt presence becomes more pronounced but the hops are still there. I find this one truly "Prima!"

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, crisp and dry, with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: With the balance of mildly sweet malt, its mild hop bitterness, and its overall freshness of taste I could drink several of these. I keep wanting another taste and find this Pils fresh and refreshing any time of year. Note: I find this one a bit temperature critical in the sense that consumed too cold the hop bitterness is strong. As the beer warms a bit the balance becomes better and it is hard to tell if you are tasting malt or hop or both.

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Photo of UA8
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a transparent golden body with a foamy white two finger head.

S- lemon, light grain, sulfur, grass.

T- lightly roasted sweet malts, lemon citrus, a touch of sulfur notes yet not unpleasant, and finishes with a crisp and bitter grassy herbal hop finish.

M- crisp and refreshing light body with medium to high carbonation levels.

D- pretty much the best pils I've ever had. A fantastic representation of the style. Light and refreshing yet full of flavor.

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Photo of arvjunk
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a standard pint glass

I had very low expectations going in. I was looking for a craft brew that was better than Stella Artois (something my friend likes).

A - golden yellow color, medium opacity

S - lots going on, lemony citrus, slight pine notes

T - wow, this surprised me. tastes really good. citrusy and refreshing, light body but incredibly flavorful.

M - for what it is, it has some structure in the mouth, not overly carbonated, but nice.

D - I could drink quite a few of these, especially during the summer.

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Photo of goetta
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle with one inch off white head. Snow like lacing with cloudy straw color. A floral hop aroma and slight citrus flavor stands out in this pilsner. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with good malt balance.
Not as crisp, light or bitter as many pilsners. Would complement many food choices. This beer defies any particular purpose or occasion. This beer would be a good choice at any time.

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Photo of jward
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the lighter side of golden, and bright, with a fluffy white head. The nose is full and floral, like a bouquet of fresh flowers, which enlivens the spirit. It's presented alongside a pleasant grassy (even minty) aroma. The strong hoppy flavor is somewhat surprising for the style, but works well on top of the bready backbone. The finish is wonderfully dry, clean and very dry in fact, but with spicy, lemony notes that linger on the palate.

This is, I think, a great American beer, one which takes the traditional Pilsener style and transforms it into something new, especially with its bold hoppiness. Especially lovely in the warm summer weather. Don't get me wrong, I love the big beers too. But Prima Pils is my highest rated beer.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer looks exactly how a pilsner should. It is a beautiful golden, clear, color with a healthy-looking, white, frothy head. The smell is watery with mild hops and a great herbal barley aroma...rheinheitsgebot? Very simple, clean smelling beer.

Taste: Hoppy and floral. There is a herbal character that does well to balance the malt. The beer tastes full enough to have some complexity but it is likely owing to the biscuity malt. After all, let's not forget Morgan's Canon: parsimony is to be preferred. Perhaps this is just a simple, excellently crafted beer.

M: Slightly more bountiful than most pilsners, likely from the stronger biscuit malts. Very tasty as it is still remarkably clean tasting.

Victory was new to Georgia when I got this beer so it was an intial foray into their offerings. Now I get the Prima on tap at Trappeze. Had Pilsner Urquell not abanbdoned their traditional recipes, they would still remain my top. In our current state, however, Prima Pils looks prime to rise above.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,163 ratings.
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