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

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

An excellent delicate tasting and smelling beer. The noble hops reign supreme. Clearly a great tasting summer beer but just as much year-round. Really appreciate the cleanness of the malt character. Nice & crisp. Really refreshing. If this beer had the right chance, it could turn the tide of all those BMC drinkers.

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

The beer is a pale, limpid golden yellow, incredibly bright and clear, with tons of cheerful bubbles rising to feed the head. The head is a thick froth of small, even sized bubbles, dying down to a thick mist upon sitting. The head leaves some blobby lace, but dies to a meager ring about halfway through. The head retention is perhaps my only complaint with the brew.
The aroma is just fantastic. Very clean pils malt supports a huge peppery saaz spiciness. There's really nothing quite like fresh saaz hops. A touch of cornbread to the malt, with a light lemony fruitiness. The hops are barely balanced, but I'm not complaining. Perhaps some tettnang spiciness, as well.
The flavor starts with smooth, angular pils malt, just a touch of graininess and some fresh corn. Frisky, effervescent carbonation adds a sparkle to the lightish medium body, carrying the beer in style. A faint lemony citrus seeps in, with an agressive, clean hopping blasting through the finish. Very spicy, peppery and tangy, with a bit of an herbal, floral german tettnang feel in the long, hoppy finish. The malt does a fine job of supporting the hops, a bit bready, allowing them to roam free but not get into too much trouble. The finish snaps off clean with an effervescent zing, leaving you with little to no aftertaste.
Finding a bottle of this that's not expired is nearly impossible around my area. I jumped at the chance to try this on tap, and I was not disappointed. One of the best american made pilseners, if not the best.

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

A - Pours beautifully into a pilsner glass. Golden yellow body with tons of carbonation, streams and streams of bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass. Rocky white three finger head. Great start.

S - Sweet, bready malt in the nose, very inviting. Balanced as well, as the hops pull through after the malt. Very hoppy for a pilsner, but like I said, very well balanced, not overpowering at all like some IPA's can be.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thin as some pilsners can be. Loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel, extremely crisp and dry.

T - Sweet malt hits the tongue right away and lingers for a bit...then all of a sudden my palate gets smacked with citrus and grass. I even burped up hops after the third sip. The balance is ridiculous for a beer that is obviously much hoppier than the typical lager.

D - I'm glad I reviewed this five years into my craft beer experience. I can appreciate a world class lager such as this so much more. I'm thinking Victory should replace Bud Light in the drinkability commercials because this is a beer I could quaff all night long.

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

Appearance: Light gold with moderate carbonation. A quick pour will give a large head.

Smell: Strong grassy hops.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, then an onslaught of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, with a dry finish that keeps you coming back for more.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer.

This is one of my all-time favorites and a "second step" beer. Maybe not the first craft beer to advocate to newbies, but a good beer to steer them to next. Very highly recommended.

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

Light golden yellow color with a big foamy head. Great looking lacing and head retention. Smells nice and hoppy. A banquet of spicy of floral hops hit the nose with a bready malt in the background. The taste is absolutly delicious! Spiced with hops to perfection. Pine like bitterness hits the tounge first and then evens out to a softer floral flavor. It's like the hops are in a tuga-war with the malts because the malts are trying to keep the hops in check. Dry hoppy finish. Smooth medium body and perfect drinkabilty. Damn this is good drinking. I love a great pilsner during the summer time, but this one threw me off guard. True to the style but a lot hoppier. This could be one of the most delicious pilsners I have had.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a kick ass Pilsner.

It pours a deep gold color with a modest head and good lacing. The aroma is awash in sea air hops with a biscuit malt background. The components are very bold and compliment each other perfectly, incredible. The taste is dense mix of hop flavors with a full malt character. Theres a sharp bitterness up front which leads into Saaz ,earthy, floral, fresh mown hay hop flavors. The malt is biscuity and very thick. The mouthfeel is densely carbonated. This is one awesome pilsner, Id say my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Epicedion
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my oversized wine glass.

A: The color of sunlight and pure, golden straw. It shines. It glows. Nice head, some lacing. It really does glow.

S: A little musty, floral. The 'straw' parallel is still true here, I don't know what to call it other than 'rustic.'

T: This is really my favorite German pilsner, and one of my favorite beers of all time. It hits first with a little sweetness and that little pilsner 'funk' you expect from the style, but then it rises to a new level of amazing as the hops fill out the flavor, bring it all together in an amazingly crisp, light, dry solid -beer- taste. I look at all the other yellow beers out there and say -this- is what you should taste like.

M: Medium-light, good carbonation, nice long finish, hoppy and dry.

D: Fantastic session beer. Great on a hot day. Great on a warm night. Really damn good any time. It's flavorful enough to keep it interesting, yet it's easy to drink many at a time.

If I could only find this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly dark for a pils but great carbonation and nice even white lacing.

Great smell of grass, yeast, malt, & hop

FANTASTIC -- a nice mild mannered pils spiked with exceptional hop presence. Not over the top, just a beautiful accent that digresses from the style but really compliments it nicely.

Great medium bodied pils with wonderful carbonation and uber drinkability.

This is my go to beer for the near future.

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Photo of daftafne
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went to the a little release party for victory at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany, IN and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Light yellow in color, it had a light floral and hoppy smell. Tasted nice and nutty/maltly wit ha sharp hop bite finish. Reminds of european pilseners - very flavorful but not overdone. Good carbonation, light and refreshing. What you would expect from a pilsener.

Of the three victory beers I have had, this is my favorite. I could really just have a bunch of these on a nice summer day bbq.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ever so slightly darker than a straw golden color. Nice big fluffy white head sits on top and is fuel by tons of bubbles coming from everywhere throughout the brew.

Smell: Lemon and sweet saaz hops jump in after the fruit.

Taste: Herbal spices start off strong and that smooth lemon comes in right after. The whole brew is completely balanced by a very light delicious malt character. This beer just doesn't let you just have one.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a clean finish that leaves the mouth with a tingly feeling that is just plain awesome.

Drinkability: This is Pilsner for me, the start and the finish. Victory has crafted this unbelievably drinkable beer into what I believe is one of the finest renditions of a really classic style. When someone is just starting off drinking craft beer (or beer in general as well) I not only recommend Prima Pils I'll go and pick it up for them. Excellency in a bottle.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by 3.23.09

The beer appeared a very nice golden color with a huge light white head that was well retained. The beer provided nice lacing. The beer was also slightly cloudy.

The beer gave off a very nice aroma. Nice malt and hops aroma. Very well done and made the beer extremely more enjoyable.

The taste of the beer is one of the best that I have tried for a beer of this color. Really nice flavor with the malt and hops dominating the flavor. Really well done.

The beer was light with good carbonation. It was smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink. This may become a staple during the summer months or all year round. Probably the best lager I have had to date.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden body, clear with a huge rocky and foamy pure white head. Aroma is grassy, full on Saaz: spicy and flowery, herbs and bready hay. Milder than expected, but I love the saaz here or maybe it had been too long since I last smelled it. Tongue-biting body, airy, creamy, great support fom a good medium body. Malt bite early on, in a honeyish fashion, but most of the flavor development is all about the flavorful saaz that makes us believe we’re actually chewing on flowers and some lemon peaks. Something makes me say hallertau too, but I’m no expert at picking hops used. Extremely refreshing and crisp. Wonderful beer for a hot day.
Re-tried on tap at the Gingerman (NYC) and I was very impressed once again by the fragrant hoppiness of that one. Bottles don’t keep their freshness very long, but this particular pint was vibrant with floral, herbal, spicy hops that overcame the soft, biscuity malts. Immensely dry and satisfying to me hence the score bumping up.

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Photo of shand
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass, best by May 2, 2010 (if this is old, how good must a new bottle be?!).

Appearance: Pours a centimeter of head that quickly dissapates with just a few wisps of head retaining. A wonderful slightly translucent straw color.

Smell: Hops! Very hoppy smelling, a bit spicy, with just a bit of grass hanging out in there too.

Taste: Screw Miller Light, this right here is the real "Great Pilsner Taste". Hits you right in the face with hops, but they don't stick around. Goes down very smoothly with the citrus and grass flavors sticking out a bit, with a very smooth malt ending. Outstanding for the style.

Mouthfeel: Feels good going down. Crisp and fresh. All there is to it, what more could you want from the style?

Drinkability: Why yes, I'll take another!

I'm very impressed by this beer. It is an outstanding example of the style, and is a great signature beer for Victory. Not too many craft breweries do styles like this, and it's great to see a brewery great at both lighter and heavier styles. One of the best brews I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy poolside with great company. Now if only the company weren't drinking Michelob Ultra...

REVIEW EDIT 1/29/11! I finally, finally, finally found a fresh bottle of this! This has me enjoying by May 3rd, 2011. Much better! The hops are more pungent that I remember, and the taste is super crisp and refreshing. Drinkability score revised from 4.5 to 5.0.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a Pilsner glass

A - clear, light yellow color with a nice foamy head that settled down to a thin layer, leaving some lacing.

S - true German malt aroma, smells like an imported beer, Spatan comes to mind.

T - clean, crisp, light malty taste accompanied by a light herbal hop bite, exceptional flavor.

M - light body, refreshing malt/hop balance with a clean, dry finish.

D - great drinkability, not filling at all, easy drinker with a unique flavor.

Great Job, Bill and Ron!

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a bottle of this before meal at Spring St Cafe in Sylva, NC, and than had one with my Jamaican Jerk Pork BBQ dinner as well. Yummy!

Onto the beer....poured a yellow-gold with a nice head. Has a large amount of carbonation, although for once, in this beer, that didn't bother me like it often does. The carbonation was easy to deal with and didn't seize my throat or bloat my tummy like some highly carbonated beers.

Smells of metal and earthy/spicy hops arch off the head, and the hint of perhaps centennials hops as well? Far hoppier in the nose than a typical pils, even Pils Urquell, which is a favorite of mine. I could have sniffed this one much longer but was drawing funny looks from the tables around me.

Tatse and mouthfeel are exceptionally crisp and sharp, but in a good way. Very smooth malt flavors blend with the hops all the way through the sip and the yeast stays apparent, although in the background, providing a lager-ish finish. Simply put, a supremely refreshing and quenching beer ever. Victory has done it once again, this time bringing hops to a style where so much hops isn't expected, and still making it work well.

Exceptionally drinkable. Brought home a sixer of this and Avery IPA from NC and have loved having both around.

Wish GA would get Victory and Avery in sometime soon...


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Photo of Beerdoe
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This the beer I drink. My regular in the keg late spring and summer. Simple and refreshing. Great to come home to after fishing. Better than lemonade.

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Photo of DIM
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a slightly hazy, very pale golden color. It poured with a short fizzy head.

s: Beautiful. Fresh citrus, mineraly hard water, and biscuits.

t: Best pils out there in my limited experience. Big flavors of orange and lemon peel plus biscuits all mixed up in hard water. This beer absolutely pops when super fresh.

m: Crisp, dry, and refreshing.

d: After more than 1,200 reviews, everything that can be said about this one has been said. World class pils, I can't get enough.

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Photo of RicoBrew
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- It pours out a nice, light golden color with an extremely light and soft looking head.

S- You first get the light pilsner malt note, then it fades to a nice light and airy citrus note - like grapefruit. Then a little bit of the hop bitterness comes through and finishes out. Extremely pleasant.

T- The hop bitterness hits your tongue first, then the bitterness fades into the hop citrus note. The light toasted malt comes through and then fades to a nice dry finish.

M- It's nice and light on your tongue with a little bit of carbonation sting, but a pleasant amount.

D- Extremely drinkable. This is what Bud, Miller, and Coors need to strive for in their beers. This has a perfect blend of noble hops and light malt to make a nice citrusy front and a good malty back. Extremely refreshing and a good session beer. I highly recommend this beer for parties.

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Photo of alexgash
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on this highly-touted pilsner. It being a Victory product, I had high expectations, and I wasn't disappointed. A thanks to my friend Dan and his daily stops at Premier. Poured a crystal clear yellow with a big marshmallowy white head. Smell is of peppery, spicy, hops with a slight, lean malt aroma. Taste: WOW! Lightly sweet malts up front that are quickly replaced with a building hop spiciness, punctuated with a sharp, bitter finish. Ahhh! Very crisp and a big feel for a pilsner. This is the hoppiest example of the style I have ever had and I love it. Finally, a lager-smooth IPA!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucid lemon yellow that isn't quite dark enough to be considered gold or amber. The lid is a shade darker than cumulus cloud white and is soft and fluffy. The foam persists for a while and leaves a small-moderate amount of lace in fat, broken rings. The nose is wonderful: all soft lemony hops with just a hint of earthiness.

Prima Pils is hugely impressive beer and I'm not a big pilsener fan. Hops are dominant, with that same lemon zesty, grassy character that is noted in the nose. This beer is beautifully hopped! It has just the right combination of citrusy flavor and hop bitterness to go along with a fuller than normal body (for the style) and a crisp, drying finish. Another solid beer from Victory.

Prima Pils is, without question, the single best German (American) pilsener that I've ever had. It would be enjoyable at any time of the year, but would be even better, no doubt, on a scorching summer day. Too bad it isn't available around here because I'd never be without it.

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Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the map room.

Pours a sparkly champagney perfect golden with a sticky, foamy white head that sticks around for ages.

Smells of an absolutely perfect blend of flowery weedy malts--like you're rolling around in a ditch full of tall green grass and wildflowers--with an explosively dry hop. Yes, that's right: an explosion of dryness.

Starts off with an incredible sweet and drybitter smootheness that sinks gently into a weedy, flowery middle and ends with a strong punch of spicy and dry european hops.

Absolutely wonderful. The best pilsener in the world.

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Photo of jtingue
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Fresh growler fill at the local beer store.

Appearance. Gorgeous straw yellow in color. About a finger of pure white head dissipates leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Effervescences is clear from the constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Slightly bready malt note, but definitely overwhelmed by spicy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste. Right up front there is a beautiful herbal, kind of medicinal, hop flavor complemented well by a light bready malt. Bitterness then takes over, weak at first but building until it reaches the level seen in some IPAs. Hop flavor is not completely taken over by bitterness, though. Rather it is complemented by a nice earthy, grassy hop and a pleasant malt sweetness. The finish is dry with a lingering, slightly sweet, bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Thin body, not surprising for a pilsner. Not as much carbonation as I expected, possibly due to the fact that it was served out of a growler.

This beer was amazing when I had it out of a bottle, but on tap it is just out of this world. May covert me to a pilsner lover, but I've said that before.

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Photo of oss68
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice gold color with decent carbonation
Wonderful earthy hop fragrance; the real payoff is in the taste and mouthfeel: hoppy in an herb-like way with a nice touch of sweet malts. This is not your average pils by a longshot. It's scary how much of this stuff I could drink. Best pils I ever had.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is pretty much as close to perfect as it gets. Pale yellow, excellent clarity. Floral hops, hint of lemongrass, hay, biscuit. A slight hop bitterness balanced by deliciously flavorful and subtle malt, reminiscent of a sweet cookie. Drinkability is off the charts. Just great.

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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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