Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden yellow with little carbonation and a thin ribbon of white head. Very thin lacing and head fades quickly.

S - Nice hoppy floral notes from the Noble hops.

T - Hop bitterness abounds through out - more so than I would expect from a pils. I'm getting very light grapefruit notes. Hop-dominated aftertaste is quite pleasant.

M - Very light carbonation for this light-bodied brew.

O - Not bad but I'm not crazy about it. Really not a beer I would go for again unless I'm stuck between this and a bunch of PAs and IPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3 yrs in Germany... I went through a lot of German Pilsner. Two years after returning I have found an outstanding replacement. I saw this beer on a BrewDogs episode and luckily my Total Wine carries it.

Hop forward like the better German Pils. Nice pour, good head, and color. Feels a little heavier than my favorite German pilsners but is very close. It has quickly become a great beer to come home to.

I have recommended this to a few die hard pale ale friends because it is a little more refreshing and they all keep it in the fridge now.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Since returning from my first trip to Germany, I been in search to replicate the experience of enjoying a German Pilsener. The Prima Pils fits that category.

Pils tend to have a short shelf life and maybe the bottle was dated but it wasn't the experience I was hoping for.

A- Pours a straw or pale yellow that has a slightly hazy hue with a hardy medium to heavy head.
S- The balance was lacking overly floral and with some hops upfront followed by slightly sweet, grainy malts.
T- Tastes clean, and crisp upfront, a little to bitterness in the middle, finishes light, dry and sweet.
M- Medium + bodied for a pilsner with medium to heavy carbonation.
D- drinkable and not too filling.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener
Served: 10 October 2013

Appearance: A crystal clear golden yellow with a solid one finger head that diminishes to a nice half finger of foam for the rest of the beer. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom. Great lacing as the beer is drunk- laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: Bitter floral hops. Very clean. The hops are assertive, but down beat you over the head. That being said, you can't smell much else in the nose.

Taste: This is where this beer is special. There is a powerful, upfront hoppiness about it that ushers in a bready, bitter pilsener aftertaste. This is an incredible blend of flavoring and bittering hops, and both compliment each other quite well. The different phases (hoppy up front, bitter/bready on the back) was most pronounced when starting the beer, but by the end, the tastes had converged into a masterful hopped up pilsnery bready bitterness. This beer finishes dry. A phenomenal, complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation for the style leads to a crisp "erfrischende" mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a phenomenal beer. It looks like the internet suggests that this gem has an IBU in the low-to-mid forties. This is not unlike hoppier German pilseners from Germany, such as Jever, Waldhaus, Alpirsbacher, or Rothaus. Rothaus Pils (Tannenzäpfle) is one of my favorite all-time beers, so that this beer comes close is extremely exciting. A fantastic brew, and one I am planning on buying in greater quantities. Highly recommended.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,289 ratings
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