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:
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma is definitely more interesting, bringing some toasty tones, as well as the taste. The hop presence is relatively (to the style) shy in the beginning, but at the end they show up with vigor. This is a good german pilsener, pretty perfect for new england summers.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Bottle I have heard it is fresher on tap

A - is excellent but I do not care what a beer looks like. I have had cloudy, muerky, hazy, clear, brown. black and almost black, red, auburn, amber, golden, etc... Colored beer and it has little to with taste.

Smell - like a good old fashioned beer or a czech pils. A little more floral smell.

Taste - it is great, clean crisp and hoppy. pairs with all food

M - excellent, light crisp

O - a great pilsner the only better pilsner is Sam Adams impierial pilsner. It is bold
But light and I could enjoy it everytime I drink beer

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale corn yellow in color, fluffy head with good retention, very pronounced herbal nose with a decent dose of summertime New York City subway (aka sulfur), pronounced herbal bitterness that overpowers the malt on the palate, very bitter herbal & vegetal finish. A very hops-centric Pilsner-style lager, with pronounced herbal & vegetal notes that tend to overpower the malt, a strong option for those among us who enjoy hops-centric beers .

Reviewed again March, 2015. Fresher, crisper aroma and flavor (while still maintaining the strong hope flavor reminiscent of German pilsners, but with an American twist). Better than I recall/ remember, perhaps the best German-style pilsner in America?

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the most highly regarded American made Pilsners out there. I'm doing a re-review of this one. I've revisited this beer 2-3 times over the last year and although my pallet is more tolerable of hop bombed double IPAs and such, it has lost its tolerance for this over-hopped and bitter pilsner. I just don't find this beer refreshing nor easy to drink, both of which is a mandatory requirement IMO for this style of beer. I still respect it to some regards but there are several other pilsners now that I would prefer over this hop bombed pils.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,324 ratings