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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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

Appearance: Pours light golden color.

Overall: The aroma contains huge citrus hops. This beer has a dry malt taste with a decent bit of grapefruit/citrus flavor. It contains a very crisp, spicy, clean and dry finish. This beer has so much flavor it could be overwhelming but the balance of flavors comes together to create on extremely hoppy and satisfying lager! Great Summer Pils.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Regular lager apperance with a small head and a clear golden body.

Smells of sweet malts and german pilsener-yeast.

Body is light and crisp, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is sweet, with both some dessert-bread and honey present.

Overall a really solid pilseners, one of my favorite American takes on the style. I still prefer Piercing Pils though.

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Photo of GStone899
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great crisp smelling beer with moderate lacing. Taste is light with a great balance of floweral hops n citrus n grapefruit. A great balance of crisp flavors with a light airy feel. I didn't get the bitter aftertaste some ppl had. Beer finishes smooth and is very refreshing. Give it a try. I'm not a guy who seeks out pilsners but this one is well worth a try.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.57/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with surprisingly plenty of frothy bright white head. Lots of carbonation as well. The smell has hints of citrus and straw. Initial taste is crisp but bitter and ends with a bitter finish as well. The aftertaste is not that pleasant at all. I doubt I will try again

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Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing or residual head to speak of.

Smell is of wheat, fresh grain, and malt. Undertones of a slight honey scent and some subdued floral hops.

Taste was of a slightly sweetened bready malt initially. Very subdued floral and grassy hop flavor on the back end with some ever so slight bitterness. I wasn't quite sure how old this bottle was and given the subdued and grassy hop flavor, Im guessing pretty old.

Feel was very nice, crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a pils. Medium carbonation.

Overall this was probably the best American interpretation of a pils I've come across. I tend to really not like Victory, but they hit a home run with this one. Even with an older bottle it was wonderful. In cans, this will be a mainstay in my fridge.

Edit: Got it fresh in cans - Damn this is tasty.

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Photo of dfavreau
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was not one of my favorites by far. It had a nice, light, golden color with a light decent bouquet of flower perfume and grapefruit. Though it was a light, easy drinking beer the aftertaste was too bitter for my liking. It was hard to finish toward the end. It reminded of a miller lite which I can not stand the aftertaste of at all. Oh well, Maybe there's another Victory beer I will like better. Not a good first try for this brewing Co. Cost=$1.59/btle Whole Foods, Portland, ME

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Photo of TTen
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory Prima Pils

L: Light gold and very clear. White head dissipated fairly quickly. 4.5
A: Grainy, bready malt but definitely spicy, earthy, floral hops too. 4.25
T: Spicy bitterness is nice. Malt is there but it's sweetness is very subtle. I would say it's slightly hop forward and dry. Bitterness lingers. 4.5
F: Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish. 4
O: A great hop forward German Pilsner. 4.25

Enjoy by 6/6/2016

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

L - pale gold/yellow with white head and lacing
A/T - hoppy with a light/sweet maltiness followed by pleasant grain flavor.
F - light and smooth, without having that thin quality other 'lighter' beers have
This is my new summer beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright straw gold color, with a very creamy frothy white head and some nice fingers of lacing on the glass with a lot of carbonation bubbles.

F: Floral earthy hops on the nose with a hint of lemon, followed by a very nice bready malt aroma. A very inviting smelling beer.

T: Floral and earthy hops, some spicy noble hops, all balanced out by a strong bready malt flavor. It finishes with a nice pleasant bitterness. A very good drinking pils.

F: Clean, light and crisp, very easy drinking

O: This is one of my favorite pilsners, it is definitely hoppy for a pils, but definitely a great summer spring beer.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Heard about this brew a long time ago, and finally noticed a six pack of it out here in the west. Too bad it's not easier to find in Oregon.

Prima Pils pours a rich golden yellow with a brilliantly white foamy head that fades too fine ring around my glass.

A nice hoppy aroma that reminds me of a hayfield and something mildly herbal and mixes with an unsweetened malt aroma like crackers. It's past the freshness date, so I might be missing on some smells that dissipate with time.

Flavor is distinctly light lager but are more intense and complex than any light lager/pils I've drank before. It has a surprisingly long finish that ends nicely bitter without punishing. Feel is perfectly clean and crisp with substantial body to match its full flavor.

Overall, a beer very high on the drinkability scale for me while being a versatile pair with food. I wish more craft breweries would branch out with lagers of this caliber. There will just about always be an ale for every occasion but lagers for me often are the spice of variety in the beer world.

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with an "enjoy by " Aug 2016, into a pils glass.
A - Stunning clarity, golden glow colored, carbonation is hypnotizing in its cadence and frequency. A thin cap
yields delicate lacing through the experience.
S - Clean nose, a gentle nod to floor malts, and a whiff of noble hops, a touch of earthiness add a delightful touch.
T - Super clean, a bit of biscuit, and white toast, nice hop element, is deftly applied.
M - Dances across the palate, leaving traces of delight, a dry finish adds to the experience.
O - What a fabulous offering, well executed and delivers a wonderful experience.

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Photo of A20sp
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass, poured from a 12 oz bottle. 40F at 5.3%ABV

L:- Small bubbly head over a light golden body. Has a clean, slightly clear transparency.
S:- A clean and clear marriage of subtle malts and a light lemony citrus.
T:- Almost a honey maltiness with a hint of citrus and floral hops. Has a nice malt and floral aftertaste with low bitters.
F:- This is a very smooth beer with a light beer feeling. Has a good amount of carbonation but not
overwhelming. A slightly dry, yet creamy beer, with very light bitterness.

:- Another great take on the pilsner by an American company.. Remarkably light feeling beer, almost “too
easy to down,” but that isn’t a bad thing. Wouldn’t make my normal pils, but very tasty none the less.
Would drink again if offered.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, a very popular beer here.
Let's see why.
Maybe because American innovation/palate brings in more hops than the German version. At 44 IBU, it is more; but still balanced.
I note that I enjoyed in more as it warmed and as I ate appetizers and cheeses.

MJ's 1999 edition gave Prima Pils 3 of 4 stars and praised Victory beers as "well-balanced and very expressive in their hop and malt character" and note Prima as "notably Saaz-accented".
This beer is on the "1001" list. Should it be ? Twenty years after introducing it, I hope their are better out there for me to come back to this style.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright honey body, creamy white head, plenty of swarms of bubbles eagerly rise. Sexy. Freshly crushed black pepper on the nose, spot-on, plus pungent wafts of that classic pilsner smell. Seriously, was black pepper a part of this recipe? The flavor steps back from the spiciness and instead focuses on herbal hops and bitterness with that robust pilsner malt laying a foundation, with nuances of lemon spritz and tartness, slight melted butter. Dry. Mouthfeel is light with plenty of fine carbonation.
One of the sexiest looking beers I've ever seen. But watch out, just like hot blondes, this beer is also high on the crazy scale. The black pepper on the nose was so realistic and upfront I had to double check to see if there were little black specks floating around. I half loved it, but ultimately wasn't appetized by it. Gladly, that note's strength didn't carry onto the palate, which was evenly distributed between hops and malt with other fun side attractions. It would have been outstanding if not for a nagging buttery note. Feel was great, perfectly bitter and dry and quenching and light. Thanks for an actually memorable pilsner experience, Victory. Definitely a prima!

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Photo of akolb
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a moderate head. Malts and citrus in the aroma. The taste has crackers, bread, and refreshing bitterness. An excellent session beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance- Light golden yellow color and clear. Pours a one finger head.

aroma- Lots of citrus and floral/spicy hop aroma with a little bit of sweet pilsner malt.

taste- Snap of floral/spicy hop bitterness upfront followed by a little bit of citrus, and then finishing with a dry yet smooth malt finish.

feel- Well carbonated upfront, clean/dry at first, and smooth in the finish.

overall- Definitely a standout American pilsner as it maintains perfect balance between the dry/crisp floral hops and sweet pilsner malt, with the finish blending the two components perfectly.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice murky straw yellow with a light head and vigorous carbonation. Definite citrus notes on the nose. Mild taste with hints of lemon and light on the bitterness. Feel has a little sting at the finish. Nice flavor throughout.

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Photo of Jbix1995
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So this is the first pilsner I've tried. It was smooth and subtly fruity but so light I don't think I'd drink it again. It was good regardless, the lemon and hops went down together well.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Pours a pale golden straw with a modest 1 cm white head. This fades quickly to a thin film.
S- the nose is biscuity, clean, and crisp. Appropriate for the style.
T- The taste is the classically clean pilsener malt breadiness. Bitterness is fairly light.
F- Carbonation is prickly and the mouthfeel is fairly light and dry.
O- An excellent stateside example of the style. Light, clean, and dry. It would be easy to sit down and drink a bunch of these while watching the game.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a faint haziness. There's a fingernail of off white resting on top. The aroma is of gentle and light pilsner malt. I taste that light saltine cracker to doughy bread like note and a kiss of Hallertau hops at the finish. The mouth is very smooth and quaffable, but there's enough flavor to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, hint of citrus, hint of wheat, hint of pine, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, slight wheat, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great, very light golden yellow color with tons of thin bubbles making up the head. Smells slightly floral, with some hints of fruit, and something like hay. Taste is similar, with lots of pear and white grape coming through, and some hoppy bitterness. Feel is light and thin with moderate carbonation, which all helps keep the beer feeling crisp. Personally I thought the hops detracted slightly from the delicate nature of a pils and made it just a touch too harsh for the style. Still, a good attempt at a pils and worth trying, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of gautch726
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don’t often drink lighter beers. But if I ever do, I want it to be like this pilsner. Pours a light amber. Just the tastiest, easiest drinking beer I’ve had in a long, long time. A great drinking experience. Very floral, but in the best way possible.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

delivers on what it promises to be. a great pilsner experience. had it side by side with urquell (the grand daddy of pils). loved the aroma with floral notes and the bready malty finish

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated enjoy by 12.22.15 poured into a pint glass
was a bit concerned about the date but the beer tasted great
poured gold with a moderate white head that dissipated to a small head over time
smell of malt slightly sweet and sweeter still as it warmed and floral
taste sweet and malty great balance with a slight bitter aftertaste
feel light crisp and very drinkable !

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,219 ratings.
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