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 sabrills70
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium light gold with a huge head, great longevity and great lace. Smells of a sweet malt with a spicy hop presence - exactly how a pilsner should smell. A sweet malt first hits fllowed by a spicy earthy hop flavor and bitterness. A bit to hoppy - I think. A bit out of balance. I realize that they are supposed to be a bit hoppy but its just a too much for me. Upon a second sip I detect some citrus and grassy flavors. A excellent example of the pilsner style, but just a bit too hoppy in my opinion. Still a quality and tasty beer though.

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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 monkeybutler
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden, with a good frothy head and carbonation.
Smells of those crisp clean lager flavors with citrusy hop overtones.
The taste is dead on, very clean and tasty with a nice mouthful of hops.
Great mouthfeel.
Drinkability? I'm drinking it until the temperature drops below 70 degrees here in Philadelphia.

Awesome pilsner. Has no equal on this side of the pond.

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Photo of Zraly
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a rocky white head. Minimal head retention, though. Smells of fresh garden herbs (parsley, cilantro) and noble hops permeate the initial impression, which is rather pleasant and delightful.

Wow! What a hoppy flavor, which isn't something I am accustomed to when it comes to an American-made pils. There is a slightly sweet backbone of malt flavor coupled with a cracker-like nuance, that is followed by a huge zing of hop flavor. The finish is nice and dry, with a clean smoothness. Very crisp and fresh in its overall presentation.

A nice change of pace and a perfect summertime brew.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a light gold yellow with a large head that slowly shrank. Lacing disappears quickly.

The smell is somewhat floral with light malts underneath. The taste is quite good, being light yet full of flavor. Hops come through in a solid fashion but do not disrupt the rest of this beer. The mouthfeel is pleasing while the drinkability is very high.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottles says enjoy by 4/2/05, but I've been drinking them and they taste fine to me. Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring. Nose is pretty hoppy--both floral and citrus coming through over a sweet malt. Taste is a refreshing light malt with an aggressive grassy hop finish, with some caramel and lemon notes coming through here and there. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip. Medium bodied, this beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel. This is definitely one of the better tasting pilsners I've had, especially for hopheads.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils 12 oz. bottle opened with a smooth hiss and not too much carbonation. The poor was even and left a good head. The head fell quickly, but settled leaving about a 3/8" cap that lasted through the whole glass. The brew had a light straw color and a clarity that could only be attained through filtration. A hefty amount of Saaz was detected in the nose, likely from dry hopping, and this German Pilsner also had a liberal amount of hops in the taste. I am happy over all with this brew; it pours clean, has enough head to keep its carbonation, and has a good serving of Saaz.

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Photo of charlatan
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a pilsener man, but this was a balmy evening, I had reviewed every other craft beer at my Monday haunt and I fancied something refreshing for a change.

The head dissipated quickly while I was trying to make the colour out (possibly straw) in the dark, smoky premises which also affected my nasal test. I did pick out a surprising citrus tone though.

This was the best tasting pilsener I have downed. It was crisp, although would have been better with a little more carbonation. Its wonderful hop flavour mixed well with a subtle sweetness, and there was a slightly creamy element too.

I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of nickss
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw Golden color, pours about a 3/4 inch head, which slowly settles into a thin cap of foam.

Smell: Crisp citrus

Taste: Much like the smell. Wonderfully light and refreshing... strong hues of lemon and some grassy overtones.... what a Pils should taste like. A healthy dose of hoppiness comes through in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, very clean.... great on a summer day.

Drinkability: It should be a sin for a beer to be this quaffable.... I could drink this beer hour after hour, day after day.

Truth be told, I usually dont like pilsners very much, but I highly recommend this beer... excellent example of the style.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Prima Pils pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. In my Pilsener glass, small bubbles continue to rise through the beer as I drink. Aroma is hoppy and slightly spicy and very crisp. Taste is light malt, with an amazingly refreshing crisp dry hoppy finish. Perfectly balanced. Light mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. In my opinion, Prima Pils could define the style.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pils pours a fairly small head, maybe about .5 to 1 finger. The head does leave traces throughout the whole drinking experience. The color is pale and golden. Quite clear. The smell is defintely floral hops, with a hint of malt. The taste is similar, semi sweet malt with a good amount of floral hops. There is also a very slight citrus taste. The hops are strong and the flavor is somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel and drinkable are strong and enjoyable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very pale gold in color with a nice foamy head. Nose has a very pleasant floral aroma. Taste is nice and hoppy-strange for a pilsener. THe malts come through as sweet but then the tongue is quickly surrounded by hops. Slight metallic tinge too, but not bad at all. It is just present. The hops kind of surround the taste buds after a while. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and full of hoppiness. Very drinkable and hard to put down.

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Photo of scooter231
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear pale gold color with a bit of white fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Smells slightly sweet and citrusy, but mostly herbaly. Clean. Taste is a crisp, dry, hoppy flavor. Slightly bitter. But mostly hops, hops, hops, and I kind of like it that way. Mouthfeel is good and bubbly, a very full taste and feel. All in all, quite refreshing and light.

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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 Ego
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on the eye...
lovely white head of 2 fingers holding at one finger quite nicely, pure straw clean looking hue, nice carbonation apparent

on the nose...
usual pilsner bready malts but ah they are over matched by hop floral goodness... smells like a good euro pils except with a flowery bite, there is a definite breadiness to the malt represented here, very nice

taste et al...
the carbonation lets it flow over the tongue nicely, the flavors become more apparent as you sip on, malty bread, hop aftertaste (no "bite" like say sierra nevada pale ale, not a complaint mind you !), the malt gives it a nice honey twinge (maybe even a hair of lemon flavor is in there as well from the hops?), needless to say this is tasty for a pils, I dont find it uber challenging or anything.. if anything it might be milder than sam adams or sierra pale but it has a nicer balance than those 2 imo.

the pils for the beer snob having a pool party, very good on a hot sunny day being lazy by the pool, I'll definitely be picking up more of this during these summer months

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured crystal clear yellow into my pilsener glass with a tall, creamy, cascading head. Has a great carbonation, though head retention and lacing seem to be minimal.

The smell is great. As a true pils should be. It smelled hoppy as soon as I popped open the cap. Smells very noble with even a subtle bit of american hops tucked away (cascade, centennial?).

One word can describe this taste perfectly: crisp. The smooth maltiness matches well with the bitterness and fruity/flower flavors from the hops and yeast. It all comes together perfectly for one of the most refreshing light beers ever. I must say, I was expecting this beer to be overhyped, but I'm a believer. It's a pils that has a taste of epic proportions yet still tastes like a pils.

The mouthfeel is once again quite crisp. The hops have quite the spicy bite and dry bitterness. Very well done, and VERY highly drinkable. It's a shame I can't get more of this to share with some of my schwag-beer drinking friends. Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this, as well as several other assorted goodies from Victory and other brewers.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in color with a white head.

Smell is of clean malt flavors like a pilsner should have...and hops, alot of hops. The spicy hops in this brew smell great.

Medium high carbonation with a medium thin body.

Taste is like the smell...clean malt and hops. This pisner has more hops than I have ever tasted in a beer of that style, but that is a good thing. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.


a: huge white head with great retention and good lacing over a clear golden beer

s: crisp pilsner malts, some candied tropical fruits, pulpy noble hops, just a touch of sulfur, tops

m: carbonation borders medium and high, yet retains a soft character, body is light without being thin (down to a 4.5, however)

t: clean pilsner malts throughout, a touch of spice and pulpy flavor from grassy nobles, lingering hop flavor, just the right level of sweetness, quite nice

d: downright poundable, up to 4.5

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Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amberish yellow with a slight chill haze and a decent sized, slightly off-white, frothy, very slowly diminishing head. Rings of lacing would quickly sink back to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Flowers and fruit over a grainy malt foundation. Hints of soap, grass and honey.

Taste: Herbal hops up front with a very pleasant caramel sweetness to balance it out. The finish is medium in duration and dry... and is that nutmeg? No, but something herbal and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just enough character to keep you interested without making it to loud. It won’t burn out your tastebuds and the clean, dry finish makes each sip call for a another. A very good, solid pilsner. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mentor
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle provided by FoolCircle as part of BIF20. Pours a two finger fluffy nearly white head over a crystal-clear light straw colored liquid. Smells of grassy and zinging hops (Saaz, probably). A gentle malt is also present, but way below the floral of the hops. Tastes bitter hoppy with some zing to start. Sharp and a bit of metallic. The middle is predominently malt sweet with honey qualities...perhaps a hint of caramel. The ending is another hoppy burst. A bit more floral, but still with the metallic quality. There may also be some hallertauer flatness in the aftertaste. Medium body, mildly carbonated, and great lacing on the inside of the glass. Really nice beer and quite drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a light head, white in tone, which quickly dissipated. It had a very floral nose with a rather light mouthfeel. There was a great non-overpowering hoppiness in the mouth. The finish was very clean, very dry. All in all, a very beautiful beer. Someone needs to remind me why I used to pooh-pooh this beer. I feel as though I am born-again. It is certainly a beer that could be a session beer, and especially during the summertime.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with two fingers of foamy head. Good head retention along with lots of sticky lacing. Big nose of herbal hops gives a hint of what's to come, if the giant hop cone on the label didn't tip you off.

Take a sip and you get an immediate attack of herbal and citrusy hops. This is a lot more intense than any other pilsner I've had. A touch of sweet malt keeps it from becoming overwhelming, although I wouldn't call it balanced. Still, remarkably smooth and drinkable. Even though I tend to be a bit of a wuss when it comes to the hops, I found this to be a delicious beer that would be suitable for damn near any purpose.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, with a date on the label.

This pils poured a slightly hazy, golden color with creamy, white foam that persisted and clung to the glass a bit in clumps. The smell was dominated by hops with both bitter hops and light floral hops, together with some malt. The taste was malty and hoppy with some floral hops and some biscuity maltiness. Very nice flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and almost creamy with medium body and good, strong carbonation, especially up-front. The aftertaste was lightly hoppy. This is a delicious session beer, and is perfect for the summer months.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was dated Sep 03 '05

Poured into a straight pilsener glass this beer is crystal clear pale yellow with a pillowy two-finger snow white head which settles down to one-finger after a minute. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom.

Aroma features a generous dose of hops- partly grassy, partly lemon peel- and a good platform of grainy malt. It is definitely German in nature. Some faint alcohol is present as well.

The hops are really ratcheted up on the palate- a very clean yet substantial bitterness dominates. There is just enough malt to keep things from getting coarse but that is all. The finish is dry and crisp, and the lemon peel hop elements linger for quite a while. As with the nose a touch of alcohol finishes things off. Not exactly my cup of tea, but quality stuff nonetheless.

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Photo of Beervis
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light straw-gold color with a nice thick head. Great lace left on the glass after each sip.

Smell is very floral and very lightly malty. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with powerful (but not overwhelming) hops and a touch of malt. This beer screams hops in the nose, but is very balanced. Finished almost bone-dry and crisp.

A very drinkable beer, that I bought as a hot weather thirst quencher, but I would drink all year round. The only problem I see with this, is my inability to stop drinking it!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle with "enjoy by 09.20.2005" on the lower left side of the label.
Appearance: bright goldenrod color, generous carbonation, and a frothy white head. Moderate amounts of lace simply add to the pleasing visual.
Smell: quite floral and fruity, with some snappy, spicy hops. Decent hay-like malt rounds things out a bit. Real solid Saaz aroma.
Taste and feel: wow, big-time hops pop here! Sweetly malty to begin with. Get a nice fruity flavor putting in a brief appearance. Quickly steps aside for a solid counterpointing spicy hops rush. Herbal hops flavor carries over well past each swallow. Medium-bodied, yet fuller than most other pils. High carbonation gives Prima Pils a lively nip to the tastebuds.
Overall: so easily drinkable, so superbly hopped! Easily my favorite beer by Victory. Hope that Victory can get some fresh Prima Pils sent out to the West Coast soon. It'll be a DBF staple.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,185 ratings.
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