Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,549
Reviews:
2,128
Ratings:
5,323
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 8, 2013.

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that builds up and fades down just as fast. It must be a chill haze because this is supposed to be a filtered beer but it does not look like it.

The aroma is of grainy malts, husks, grits, yeast, citrus, and a clean hop note on the backside. It echoes most of what is to be expected from a German pilsener.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

The taste begins with a notable grainy malt character with a dry yet citrus-like bitterness hanging on at the finish. Really clean finish too.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" date of Nov 28, 2013 etched into the body near the curve of the bottleneck. Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a towering golden crystal clear body with a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass to replenish an ample stark white head. The foam is two fingers thick and fluffy, like cotton candy. Retention is excellent and it leaves nice sticky residue and rings as I drink it down. A prototypical looking German Pils.

Smell - Bright and clean, with light biscuity notes blending with subtle hoppy bitterness and herbal grass notes and lemon zest. Bready and light, like fresh flatbread and butter crackers, with just enough acidity to keep it sharp to the nose.

Taste - Much like the smell, light malts and bready tones dominate alongside a bouquet of faint floral tones and lemony essence, but no sourness. Perhaps a hit of tart, but that could be my perception playing tricks on me from the non-tart zest characteristic. On the finish is a pleasant bitterness that provides a counterpoint to the softer grain notes. There is a faint amount of sweetness as well to bring the flavors all together.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light bodied, with ample carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Significant tingling effect from the carbonation to offset the softness of the flavors.

Overall, an outstanding German pils. Although I must admit to a sweet spot in my heart for this style, this one is an exceptional example that hits all the notes one would expect from a world-class lager. I wish there were a local option in this style as good as this one for me to support. This is my favorite offering from the short list of Victory brews I've had to date.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,323 ratings