Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

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Photo of VTaler
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Looks like I'm drinking PBR
S - Smells like pork fried rice on top of some toasted multigrain bread. Actually it tastes very grassy
T - As I dive in I'm surrounded by herbs. I'm embarrassed to say I can't pinpoint the herb. I want to say either basil or rosemary. Right now I'm in a very green forest of herbs. It's hard to tell what they are but they are all very dry. They herbs taste like dried herbs. I've had herb beers before but this is a whole new level. Overall I love it. Because it's a pilsner I thought it would be very mellow but the hops and malt are perfect and the herb flavor...I don't know where it comes from...maybe I'm crazy...but its amazing
D - If I was stranded on a desert island and I could only have three things...

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Photo of tastybeer
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear color is bright golden yellow and tight foamy white head holds a fine layer that seems to be permanent. I don't have a whole lot to say about this except that its summer delight packed in a bottle. Ultra crisp, refreshing, delectable, and uplifting. Aroma is wonderfully spicey hopped with a suggestion of pineapple among the lemons/limes. Nice solid sweet bready malts, and a hint of butter add fullness. Taste is just as delightful. It shares all the same qualities with added spicey bitterness. Mouth is so slick and smooth, a little resinous, grassy, and nicely dry through the finish. Perfect carbonation too. Drinkability is intense. Its as if there's a gravitational force inside of me pulling my Prima Pils in. Mmmmm.

A great German pils Victory-affied. Possibly my favorite Pils. I haven't had enough of the style yet to judge for sure though.

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Photo of Stigs
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - pour yields two fingers of soft bubbly head like a cloud floatig in the glass. clings nicely to the sides. beer is a super pale gold color, almost like a wheat. this just looks refreshing.

S - kind of a nice spicey grassiness, with some citrus/lemoney undertones. hop bitterness finds its place more and more as it warms.

T - more of the tangy grassiness, but spiced up. bitterness of hops but nothing floral, more piney than anything. a nice honey-like sweetness carries throughout the sip. really unique and insanely refreshing.

M - so crisp, just livens up the tongue. the spiciness really brings all the flavors alive, showcasing them one by one. perfectly carbonated and refreshing.

D - give me more. probably my ultimate summer beer.

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Photo of kenito799
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Best before date: Nov 13. 2007. Fresh from a closed case, no light exposure.

Clear golden color with fluffy white head that recedes and leaves wisps of lace as it is drunk.

Aroma is yeasty (like champagne), floral-hoppy, malty, fresh, deliciously beer-y.

Flavor is wonderfully crisp with perfectly balanced hop bitterness (very different kind of bitterness than the hops in an IPA) from start to finish, with smooth malt all the way through. Very refreshing and supremely drinkable and thirst-quenching. Exactly what I want on a hot day.

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Photo of jsh420
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours bright yellow gold with a big 2+ finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smell has some great lemon citrus zest along with hints of malts and spicy hops

taste - hands down this is the best german pils i have had - spicey hops then lemon citrus with a nice malt backbone

mouthfeel was ok - i have had this beer many times before and this one just didnt have the life and carbonation it normally has - instead of a crisp bite it had more of a smooth creamy finish - still good

drinkability is out of this world - a light refreshing beer with this kind of flavor i would never turn down

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours a brilliant bright amber color, one-finger white head with retention around the edges and decent lacing, pretty clear with only minimal suspended sediment

s - lots of citrusy hops on the nose, orange, grapefruit and lemon, mixed with a nice grainy and bready malt aroma

t - big citrus burst up front with lots of grapefruit and lemon, mid-palate is domianted by the bitterness mixed with graininess from the malt, finish is lingering grain and bitterness with hints of lemon, no alcohol evident, incredibly tasty and hoppy for a pilsener

m - medium-bodied, quite a bit fuller-bodied than your typical pilsener, moderate to higher carbonation, quite dry finish

d - incredibly drinkable, combines the refreshing nature of a pilsener with the interesting tastes of an IPA, the bitterness makes it somewhat more harsh on the palate than the typical pils, but the taste more than makes up for it

Finally getting around to reviewing this beer after having probably several cases worth of it at this point. Too bad more brewers don't take a cue from Victory and make a hopped-up pils like this.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden hue and surprisingly a bit hazy. Off-white head fades to a nice sheen. Good lacing.

Mmmm, smell that saaz! Zesty, citrusy, lemon-limey and a touch of grapefruit. Freshly classical Pilsner nose.

Mild grassy hop flavors are dominant with nice light grainy malt balance. Very clean and refreshing. Can drink this all night! A perfect warm weather quencher.

I would venture to say this is the best American made pilsners I have ever had, and could easily hang with their european brethren.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - deep golden color with a fantastic white head.

S - smells of hops, crackers, with a clean scent.

T - hops, crackers, pretzel, grain, etc.

M - lighter body fits style, and is quite active. spot on for the style.

D - This is a fantactic pilsner. well done all around. near perfection

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured crystal clear yellow into my pilsener glass with a tall, creamy, cascading head. Has a great carbonation, though head retention and lacing seem to be minimal.

The smell is great. As a true pils should be. It smelled hoppy as soon as I popped open the cap. Smells very noble with even a subtle bit of american hops tucked away (cascade, centennial?).

One word can describe this taste perfectly: crisp. The smooth maltiness matches well with the bitterness and fruity/flower flavors from the hops and yeast. It all comes together perfectly for one of the most refreshing light beers ever. I must say, I was expecting this beer to be overhyped, but I'm a believer. It's a pils that has a taste of epic proportions yet still tastes like a pils.

The mouthfeel is once again quite crisp. The hops have quite the spicy bite and dry bitterness. Very well done, and VERY highly drinkable. It's a shame I can't get more of this to share with some of my schwag-beer drinking friends. Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this, as well as several other assorted goodies from Victory and other brewers.

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Photo of ahking
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After seeing this beer on several top pilsner lists, I finally found it at my local market. After taking my first sip, I realized why. Pours a hazy but bright straw yellow. This tells me this beer has not been refined over and over just to make it clear like budwieser or miller lite. Nice white head that fades quickly, but leaves traces of its self all down the glass. Crisp and clean this beer bites your tongue with a nice hoppy edge, but not overdone. So refreshing and drinkable! Floral hops blend well with malt character. I won't often say this, but this is better than almost every pilsner I ever drank in Germany and Eastern Europe. You have to praise the guys at Victory and all great free-thinking American brewers who never limit themselves. Prost!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw pilsener color with a fluffy, white head that sticks around for a bit and then dissipates into a thin layer of lace atop the beer. Real grassy, spicy floral Saaz hop aroma. Decent pils malt backbone evident, too. Very hoppy and dry for a pils, not unlike Jever, yet even hoppier. A bit dry and bitter in the finish which just adds to its drinkability because it demands that one's palate should have another sip. This is not only the finest US-brewed pilsener I've experienced, it competes with its German and Czech counterparts quite nicely. This beer rocks. It is so balanced in all the right places. Pilseners, believe it or not, are one of the hardest styles of beer to brew to the point of exactness (a quality one that is), and, again, Victory's right on target.

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Photo of Beertron
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a two-week long ice-breaking, finally sat down to review this sucker.
It's tough to review when you have so much hype. Nevertheless, from bottle to pint...

A - Top shot off like a gun when treated to the usual lighter technique. Poured soft and golden with strong carbonation. Head is beautiful bright white and huge, slowly dissipating one large bubble at a time with strong, thick laces.

S - Hops. Lightly piny/evergreen scented, with the floral side of hops taking front and center. Deeper whiffs give a strong earthiness -- spring leaves and mushrooms. Wonderful, intriguing nose, though slightly masked.

T - Man oh man. What a champ. There's so much under-the-radar going on in this beer, I'm not even sure where to start. There's' a light, soft malty sweetness in the forefront, akin to croissants or other light, buttery bread. This is followed by a prominent tinge of hops. They're light, bright and pleasant -- not excessively bitter -- but certainly strong enough to make their presence known. Following the hops is a blast of yeast -- almost a dead ringer for the dry active yeast often used in bread baking (at least in this country). Finally, as the hops show back up for the drying affect, one can detect a salty note along with an earthy acidity that reflects both tea and bile (the latter here not being nearly as disgusting as it sounds).

M - It's obviously on the lighter side of things, but this has a bit more body than a lot of pils and this is a good thing. This beer is just fun -- it quenches, then dries; pretty much begging for another drink to quench, then dry all over again.

D - Huge. I'm not sure what the ABV is here, but I can guarantee you that if it's high, I wouldn't know it until too late. I bet I could drink a sixer of this in less than two hours if I had the time to play. This beer is addictive. Is there crack in here?!?

F - Again, where to start? This brew loves food. So long as one stays on the lighter side of the spectrum, there's probably little that this wouldn't go well with. For what its worth, here are the things that jumped out at me as solid matches: lighter whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), mild artisan cheeses and the softer side of wild mushrooms (chanterelles, honey mushrooms, or, even morels -- but keep it away from ultra deep-flavored mushies like black trumpets, hen 'o the woods or porcinis). This beer's overall profile fits like a good croissant or english muffin so both bacon and eggs seem like they would work well here. You want a beer for breakfast? This is your friend.

O - It's hard to imagine being more impressed. This brew has it all. It's light and quenching but hoppy and dry. It has an uncharacteristic complexity that gives an often rare start, body and finish to it, but it's also incredibly well-balanced and no one component goes over the top. In addition, it wants to be consumed with food. Wow. This beer lives up to the hype and then some. A new standard.

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Photo of rowew
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory in Colorado! This has finally made it to the Colorado shelves.

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Description of the beer, but no freshness info to be found.

Appearance: Light gold color with a nice frothy head. Fades to a thick lacing on the top and the sides.

Smell: Bready malt, a whiff of sulphur, and some noble hops.

Taste: Lots of noble hop flavor, with a good malt backbone. The hint of suplhur shows up here. Nicely balanced, leaning towards the hops.

Overall impression: Great pilsner - I am always excited to see a new craft pilsners on the shelf. Hopefully this one moves fast enough in Colorado to stay fresh.

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Photo of Chaney
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I recently posted a thread on BA asking people about their favorite "flagship" brews. This one came up a lot, and with good reason. I've had this pilsener many times, but not in a while, and I've never reviewed it:

A: Sunflower yellow/gold, with about a 1/2 inch head and moderate carbonation.

S: Victory hop profile and then some! This is just pure malty, yeasty, flowery goodness!

T: German hops are present, and the beer is mildly sweet, with a slight bitter hop finish. No unpleasant lingering - everything is great!

M: Smooth as silk; Very "clean" beer and nearly flawless in regards to mouthfeel related to style.

D: I think I drank this one in about 2 minutes!

Quite simply, the best pilsener on the market!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had from 12oz bottle. Clear golden color, looked like typical every-day beer (the kind I always drank when I was 21).

This version is all about hops. Much hoppier than I expected, even more hops flavor than some IPA's I've had.

Excellent, made me like pilsners again. Recommended.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into a pint glass, this appears a fairly clear and pale yellow golden color under a thin and well sustained head with a nice display of carbon bubbles for a great retention.

S: A pleasantly surprising nose of more hops than I'd expect from a Pilsner. There's a brightly sweet aroma that hit my nostrils even as I poured it into my glass.

M/T: At its opening, this packs a palate awakening jab of hops into a crisp carbonated Pilsner malt sweet center and a resonating bitter finish.

D: Being a hophead, this is the Pilsner for me...

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Photo of meeekyh
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.

The Prima is pale straw color, hazy and unfiltered-looking. Head is tiny and lacing almost nonexistent.

Smells are very nice pilsner yeast, bread, herbal grain, anise and butterscotch. Very complex and full, a bit like a baby brother version of a Belgian golden ale.

Taste is tangy, slightly bitter, pine, and citrus. The bread and yeast are greatly subdued. Aftertaste is bitter lemon-peel.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and very dry with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good but not stunning. I think it is just a bit over-dry and not intriguing enough to compensate. - I totally disagree, this beer is awesome and I could drink it into infinity.

I rather like this beer. The nose is really deep for the style. Taste is quite good, if a bit bitter and slightly flat. Mouthfeel is a bit over dry for the drinkability to be stunning, but as a pilsner it is quite drinkable anyway.

As a final note I recently tried the new Sam Adams Noble Pils... That is one damn fine beer, and maybe the best looking pils I have ever seen. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pale yellow in color with a decent head. Visible carbonation throughout.

Scent is much spicier and hopier than you'd expect from a pils.

Flavor is a perfect balance of sweet smoothness and spicy bitterness. A very substantial herbal, spicy, hop flavor is contrasted by a smooth malty sweetness. This is the first Victory brew I've tried, and I am very impressed.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light straw in color with a thick, creamy white head.

S: Big whiff of grassy, herbal hops. Some citrus zest is also very apparent. This is really hoppy.

T: Big flavors of grassy, herbal hops...just like the smell. Some light, biscuity malt sweetness is tasted by mid sip. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry. This one's all about the hops.

M: Light bodied and crisp. However, I would have preferred a slightly grainier feeling brew...more carbonation perhaps? I should stress SLIGHTLY grainier.

D: One of the best beers I've had. I'd like to pair this with a wide variety of foods. It's also excellent on its own, especially during a hot, humid day. Who would have thought a pilsener could have so much flavor? You'll be burping hops, but I suspect that's just what the brewer intended.

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Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fantastic pilsener from the United States, an all too rare feat. Prima Pils pours bright yellow with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is fresh grain and strong, sharp, spicy hops. It smells like a wet barley field with a strong whiff of lemon peel shavings and apple slices. The flavor is fairly hoppy for the style, but there's a wonderful malt presence. It's a thirst-quenching beer that doesn't cut corners. The flavors are strong and crisp. This beer doesn't quite measure up to Moonlight's Reality Czech, but I'd bet the contest would be extremely close if I was working with fresh kegs of each. In the interest of science, Moonlight and Victory should each priority ship me fresh kegs.

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Photo of masstransplant
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color, very little head. THis is the type of beer I would use to "trick" a budweiser drinker...I love to see the expression on their faces when they drink something with flavor. Smells of bitter hops and light citrus, maybe fresh-cut hay. The beer has a nice, hoppy bitterness that pairs well with a good cheddar...excellent tasting beer. Crisp and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. I'm typically a one-beer guy, but I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of BruceBeerman
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent German pilsner with more hops then the typical pils from the motherland. Light straw color with nice small head. Very nice lace that clings to glass. The smell is typical pils. But the taste is what seperates it from the pack. They hopped it up. Victory is the king of hopback. But not just for IPAs, it works for pils too. I love the Hallertau hops and this is a little over the top for the average joe six pack drinker. But just right for me as I love hops. This is a good combination of bittering and finishing aroma hops. Very drinkable. Easy to just reach for another. Ok, don't mind if I do.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe this is what Pilsner Urquell used to taste like. Pours a clear straw color, big head that dies down. Good Lacing. Aroma is similar to fresh cut grass, but not as strong. Taste is huge, hops are there, but very well balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is a tad thick for the style, but I like 'em thick. This is great stuff. About time they distributed into Michigan!

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Photo of jkrich
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with "enjoy by" date 12/12/07 which indicates this is a fresh beer. Purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

Poured a light, clear, golden color with a persistent white head into a pilsner flute.

Open opening bottle could detect the flowery hop aroma of the European hops typical of a fresh pilsner.

Initial taste of pleasant hop bitterness followed by a slight malty sweetness - a well rounded mouthful. The sweetness reminds me more of a Czech pilsner than a German interpretation. Either way, this is a sophisticated, elegant pilsner

Excellent session beer to enjoy any time of the year. I am always impressed with a brewery that attempts and succeeds at brewing a world class pilsner as this is a very difficult style to brew.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

brilliant straw yellow, nice tight head, great lacing. nose is an awesome mix of spiciness on the hops, not so much as a hint of diacetyl. taste - light, snappy with an impossible drinkability. a relatively small beer, so there's nowhere for flaws to hide. fortunately, there aren't any.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,077 ratings.
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