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 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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Photo of jakester
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz. bottle from the sampler pack. Date on the bottle!! Yea!

Pours a brilliant straw yellow with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head drops off to just a few islands in a very short time; my only gripe with this beer. Pretty high level of carbonation evident.

The smell is awesome. If this isn't Saaz, I'll eat my glass! And the aroma from the (German) malt is to die for. Spices and fresh baked bread are blended together. Great aroma!

The taste is just like the smell. Smooth malt followed by a gentle bittering and then that spicy Saaz hop flavor. I wish I was better at describing flavors. The balance is perfect for the style. This isn't an understated pilsner by any means, but...WOW!

Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly soft carbonation, a tongue cleansing crispness, and a long lasting hop presence in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

If I didn't like IPA's so much, this would be my everyday beer. Not too strong, not too weak, just right. A session beer looking for a session.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I've been drinking ales for so long I'd kind of forgotten just how good a pilsner can be. In many ways but for one this was an exceptional brew.

The pour was unmistakably a pilsner - clear, straw yellow with a pure white head. The foam died off all too quickly and left only the faintest of rings around the glass.

The smell was just plain yummy - clean, clear hops just begging for a sip. The taste was incredible. My first reaction was "oh, yeah, this is what a -beer- used to taste like" There's a nice balance between a sweetish, light bread malt note and a very aggressive hop. This has all the hallmarks of an old-fashioned, true to style pilsner.

For all of the other positives, the mouthfeel was a major disappointment. There was practically no carbonation, no 'fizz' on the tongue. Instead the beer just laid there, flat, like it had been left open overnight. The minimal head was a warning sign and for good reason.

I'm hoping the lack of carbonation is a fluke. This sample was hand carried from the East Coast (thanks rapopoda!) but I doubt that could have caused any problems. I'm looking forward to sampling some more "Prima" Pils in the hopes that the next one is more typically carbonated. (if so, I'll re-rate to be fair) It's a shame because the taste was so incredible...

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Photo of marcobrau
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the hoppiest pilsner I've ever had. (I swear that this beer had slight green tinge to its golden hue.) The aroma is wonderfully spicy. Hops show themselves quite a bit in this pilsner, but mostly in the middle and in the nose. The bitterness is apparent, but not as striking as one might expect. The malt flavor is crisp and clean. The mouthfeel is smooth and the body firm. Perhaps a bit fuller bodied than most German pilsners that this beer seems to imitate, but what more can you ask for in a microbrewed pilsner beer?

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw hue with a half-inch stark white head. Nice carbonation. Great nose of sharp floral, grassy hops and crisp, clean lager yeast. Palate begins with more of the same, then develops a sharper hoppiness. Finish is lightly bitter, with light notes of citrus and black pepper. Medium body is standard for a pilsner. An excellent, thirst-quenching beer perfect fora warm June evening.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light golden color and tons of carbonation bubbles. 1/2" white foamy head that disipated a little too quickly. Nice malty smell with a light floral aroma and a grassy overtone. Taste starts out with a grassy and slight citrus note that is followed by a nice bitterness for the aftertaste. Well balanced beer, the bitterness dosn't overpower and actually becomes less noticable as you finish the beer. Very drinkable beer especially @ $25/case. Will be on my regular summer rotation.

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from victory
pours a slightly hazy yellow with some slight golden tones and a decent 1/2 inch head that sticks around for a good while.
smell was floral hops up front with hints of malt and bread in the back.
taste was a nice blend of the floral hop with a hit of slight citrus and bready earthiness. the beer was clean and crisp and had an almost bready creaminess that lingered at the back of the mouth

very enjoyable

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Photo of ypsifly
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz best by 7/24/05 printed on the label, poured into a pilsener glass.

Clear gold with active carbonation that supports a two finger head of white that shows good retention and sticky lace.

Spicy hops paired with biscuity malts, with that pilsener funkiness underneath. Earthy.

The malts are upfront when tasted. Slightly caramel with some husk. The hops come in midway and lead into a dry, but very clean finish.

The mouthfeel on this one suprised me. Not thick in any way, but full and smooth. Not heavy, but my whole mouth feels it.

This is an excellent choice for a session brew, or something to have with dinner. I'm impressed.

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

Good looking pils. Golden body with a decent head.
Light hoppy aroma with some grassy notes.
A clean refreshing taste with a very strong bitterness. Nice solid body, especially for a pils. This beer scores a high 4.5 for that hop bitterness baby! yeah!
Overall, a great pils which is very easy drinking.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light white golden color with big, foamy white head that deposited all kinds of chunks of lace to the glass.
Aroma has a really grass and flowered hop aroma with just a touch of malt sweetness.
Flavor is full of light bodied crystal and light malts with a full blown grass and citrus balancing hop taste. Really well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little on the full side for style but it's a good twist. Not quite as clean on the palate as expected with just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Drinkability is very high. Abolsutely thirst quenching and refreshing. Definitely a bit of an American twist on a great style but well worth seeking out.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date: Sept. 11, 2005.

Appearance: Pours a light, straw yellow with an incredible head. Thick, foamy, rocky, a full four fingers thick into a pilsner glass on this warm spring evening. Great active carbonation adds points to this nice presentation.

Smell is fresh and expressive, the pilsner malts are obvious but not overpowering... grassy and slightly grainy. This should be good.

Taste: Crisp and clean, ballsy for a German style pils... this brew leans damn near into "uber" territory. Clean pilsner maltiness with a fantastic, perfectly suitable hop bitterness in the finish. Too good for the lawnmower, I reserve these for the barbecue and by the pool.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but substantial, terrific for the style. Not the gleaming feature of this beer, but then again, we're talking pilsner. It drinks quite well.

Drinkabilty: At $30.99 a case at Total Wine in River Edge, NJ, this is not my everyday session brew. The hoppy finish has the ability to numb the taste buds a bit after a few bottles, so savor da flavor!

However, when the sun is shining and friends are in abundance, as is almost always the case in the summer months, I make it my business to have a case on hand. Fortunately this is readily available in the area, and it can't be beat for a truly rewarding hot weather brew.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great German Pilsner that was only $2.50 a pnt last night at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Enough head and lacing and tons of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Smooth tasting, with hints of honey and clove. One of the best, if not the best, tasting pilsners I can recall. Though it could be a session beer, I had this last after a long evening of tasting and took a bit longer to finish. Keep cooler than room temperature.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Brixx, 6/2/05.

Golden in color with a thin layer of white foam (at least, by the time it reached my table, the head had reduced) and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Soft, herbaceous aroma with a strong hops presence. Taste is similar, with layers of herbal flavors and crisp, dry hoppiness sitting atop a soft depth of malts that round out the flavor in the mouth.

All in all, I'm very, very happy that Brixx added this beer to their lineup.

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Photo of EPseja
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature.

A: Light straw yellow, crystal clear. Modest, off-white, foamy head with many different sized bubbles. Steady, hypnotizing streams of bubbles rising from microscopic flaws on the inside of the glass. Relaxing and meditative like watching a fishtank... heh heh.

S: Characteristic clean, sweet pure German pils. Slightly flowery with an aggressive touch of European hops that adds to its seductive nose.

T: Immediate hop hit in the front, slightly uncharacteristic for the style. Clean and lightly malty in the middle. Medium dry, hoppy bitter finish. Pleasant hop aftertaste that makes me (but perhaps not the average pilsener drinker) want another sip.

M: Active and lively without being overcarbonated. Refreshing, however I feel that it could stand to benefit from a pinch less carbonation.

D: This is a supremely drinkable summertime pilsener even if the carbonation isn't the smoothest. I can't find any reason not to reach for another bottle - even after already having a few. Nice job, Victory!

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Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color with a large foamy egg white head. Head recedes to a small layer above the liquid. Not really any lacing, only a few bubbles rise to the top. Smell is slightly hoppy but more grassy but in a good way. Taste has much more of a hop precense than the aroma. I guess I might be used to the whole dry hopping thing but this doesn't really seem dry hopped. Quite a full body which takes the main stage with a nice herbal element. Hops are nicely noticeable but not stinging in any way. The spicyness of the hops work with the rest of the flavors in near perfect harmony. They just work with the rest of the beer beautifully. Finish has little acidity and lingers with a hop bite. Great beer here, probably the best pils I have ever had. I need to get me some pilsners from Germany and compare but this is damn excellent.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light golden colour, sparkly with a small head that quickly dissipates. Smells like sweet malt, with a little bit of up front hop bitterness. It's tasty, sweet at the front, pretty full and malty, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty full for a pilsner, lots of flavour and very enjoyable, probably one of the best pilsners out there. Definately a fine session beer.

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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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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,222 ratings.
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