Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,245 Ratings
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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Very transparent yellow straw with just a half finger of white head. Retains a thing cap during the session and thick webs of lacing. Streams of micro bubbles rise from the bottom. I would have given this a 5 if the head was bigger.

S - Scents of mellow grassy and earth hops. Grains and biscuit malt, followed by spicy hops.

T - There is quite a bit of taste going on in this Pils. The combination of German malts and hops yield a very flavorful beer. Grains, grass, earth, spice, and bitterness are waking my palate.

M - As others have noted, the carbonation was a bit lacking for the style. Light bodied with a slight soapiness.

O - My review may not seem to show how much I enjoy this Pilsener. It is a very nice take on the style. I decided to give it a try when the temps soared into the 90's and I was happy to have it to drink.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle picked up at the Winooski Bev while visiting family in Vermont. Poured in a Prima Pils pilsner glass.

A - Translucent straw with a thick dense head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S - Smells like an adjunct mixed with hops. A little bit of biscuity malts on the end.

T/M - A bit more bite than most pilseners. The nobel hops really shine through adding some spicy/herbal character. The carbination is just right with a nice dry finish.

O - Extremely drinkable beer, yet there is nothing that blows me away. I'll admit, however, that I'm not a huge fan of lighter lagers like this. But it does what it's supposed to do very well.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright yellow-orange and clear. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - A little bit of hop smell, not an IPA but pretty nice for a pilsner.

T - Clean, light, and refreshing with pretty good hop flavor for a pilsner.

M - Light, dry, refreshing.

O - I'm an IPA guy, but I used to be a pilsner guy who thought Amstel was good. That being said, this is possibly the best pilsner out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant medium+ straw with gold and yellow hues. Bright white 1 1/2 finger head with medium retention. Delicate lacing in the glass.

Wonderful crisp nose, citrus, fresh pine needles, green grass, light biscuit and cracker, mild hop spice. Very clean feel to the nose.

Crisp and clean on the palate. Grapefruit and light orange zest, fresh pine sap, cracker and a light resin note. Very much an American interpretation of the style, but wonderful balance. Super sessionable.

Medium bodied and plush mouthfeel. Mild bitterness and medium+ length on the finish.

Really well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The reviewers are unanimous, this may be the best-in-class American Pilsner. I'd like to taste it blind vs other top pils like Oskar, Urquell, etc.

Victory is a top east coast brewery, consistent, clean, and surprising without wobbly out of balance brews. Bravo! You must try them!

A: Poured into pint glass, luscious white head, faded fast not much, but a little dotty lacing, the tiny bubbles I recall from my Dad's first beers when I was a kid rising in a tall glass.

S: Hops and citrus, but so much more subtle than our hoppier beers. Perfume, lemon, grass, herbs. Crisp, floral, "the smell of a woman in the sunshine".

Taste: Very appetizing and dry. Starts refreshing fresh bread crust; grows into a tingle of hoppy bitterness with grassy and herbal over tones, finally a super crisp, clean finish. Lovely arc, lovely appetizer and with food: Oysters, clams, sausage, brats, fish, crabs.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation, but that oh so subtle pilsner tingle and finish, light and airy and summery, also a kissing kind of beer. Your mouth just feels good all over.

Drinkability: So far my favorite of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,245 ratings.
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