Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,100 Reviews
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 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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Photo of adroc
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very subtle pils malt aroma along with dominate floral hops.

Appearance: Crystal clear light straw color with a lingering white head

Flavor: Low levels of pils malt along with a dominate floral hop flavor that finishes dry with a medium bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium/high carbonation with a creamy dry finish. No astringency or heat from the alcohol.

Overall: Very good beer, fits the style perfectly

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Photo of 20holmbrew
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a straw color with lots of visable carbonation. It has a nice fruity aroma; I'm mostly picking up white grape. Crisp and refreshing with mild hoppiness. Pretty solid overall.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pilsner by Victory is 5.3% ABV. The thing is that I don’t usually like pilsners, but let’s see what this one has to offer.

Look-It pours a brilliant crystal clear light golden color. The head is white and foamy. The lacing is moist and drooping lending to the sparse head.

Smell-I smell a crisp malt and grain backbone and some noticeable lemon citrus from the hops. I also pick up on a small tinge of grassy hops. Interestingly noticeable amount of hops from a beer that is not known for being very hoppy. I mean it isn’t bitter at all, but has some hop presence.

Taste-The taste follows the nose relatively well. I get more malt flavors than I smelled. I taste a honey suckle based malt and some clove lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-It is very crisp and refreshing. It isn’t muted and one-dimensional like most pilsners. I was surprised.

Overall-Like I said this isn’t a typical pilsner. It has a bit more to offer than usual, but still doesn’t measure up to more robust styles that I prefer. Cheers!

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Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear perfect golden color with a nice and fluffy white head that did dissipate somewhat quickly to a thin cap. Very light and slick lacing.

Smell: Pleasant malt aroma with just a touch of rustic honey and grains. There was also a very attractive touch of lemon from the hops, very well executed!

Taste: The first sip of this beer was immaculate! There was a classic almost golden bock-like flavor singing with honey and biscuit malts and a touch of grassy hops all the way until the last second when a tart and pear-like flavor came out of nowhere. This is really good and refreshing stuff.

Feel: Perfectly crisp, pretty clean, and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely a great Pils!

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Photo of DevWand
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just started drinking pilsners (mainly for the drinkability), the Prima is probably my favorite one yet.

Compared to the classic pilsners I've managed to drink thus far, this guy has a bit more going on in the taste department; yet still feels like a pilsner as far as being very clean/light on the palate.

-Poured into chilled glass: head dissipated shortly after first sip
-Color: Yellow with a nice gold tint
-Smell: Clean, typical of the pilsners I've had
-Taste/Feel: Light on the palate, with a subtle hoppy tone and floral/fruity finish

Like I said, haven't had too many pilsners to compare the Prima to, but I look forward to drinking my way through more of the American craft pilsners and being able to better compare each one to one another!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most bitter and full-bodied pils I've had. I probably have this more often than any other pilsner, and I love it with food. Not the classic pils ala Urquell, Weihenstephaner, EKU etc, but for a more "craft beer" example of the style, the best I've tried.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellow golden color, a good looking beer
There isn't anything special in the smell, you don't get anything out of a big sniff of it
The taste is good and there is bite on the top, turns over well, but reeks of ordinary beers on the end, too just enjoy it chugged
It was a pretty easy drinking beer, doesn't stay on your had the qualities of the style but the worst of the craft pilsners I've had out of 3... lacking in the crispness, fresh-hoppiness, and unique taste as compared to Sierra Nevada Nooner and my boys the Peak Organic Fresh Cut that you can get those cheaper, easier and in 12 packs all day in Maine

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Photo of Nickholland
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really well done Pilsner. Almost smells like buttered popcorn, bready and light. The taste is crisp and clean with a nice floral hop finish. Would buy again if Nooner wasn't so much cheaper where I am.

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Photo of predikit
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow, head receded to nothing immediately, left minuscule islands of lacing behind.

The smell is bready, fruity yeast notes.

The taste is very one dimensional, subtle.

A light malt flavor, slowly slides into a floral hop bite for the finish. No complexity or layers beyond that to be had.

Light bodied, thin, very highly carbonated. Leaves very clean and crisp. Drinkable.

A good summer session, but nothing special.

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Photo of jontom
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is really good. Taste is outstanding . I am a cheap beer drinker ; this is my go too when I want to spend a few extra bucks to get a good brew.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -
A light, frosted, golden yellow colour. Pours a foamy, three finger head, with good retention. Moderate lacing. No observable effervescence.

Smell -
Malts, caramel, elderflower, pineapple, light and bready with a hint of spice. Mild.

Taste -
Again, light and bready with a hint of biscuit to start, followed by big hops. A little bit earthy, with hints of pistachio, and a big citrus and eucalyptus hit. Very clean and refreshing, with high drinkability.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, zero carbonation. Like any other good German style beer; highly drinkable.

Overall -
A very clean, hoppy pilsener with high drinkability. Solid, if a little underwhelming.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a pilsner, lightly bready. Taste is clean and crisp. I'm a bit disappointed with this beer, I thought it would have more of a hop presence. I prefer The Crisp. nb

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,200 ratings.
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