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 TheRaven
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This is one of my go-to beers. Hoppy but not an IPA. Mellow but not a Budweiser. You can take it tailgating or to an oyster roast. Just an excellent, all-around beer.

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

12 oz bottle, enjoy by Aug 4 08, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 52 F/ 11 C.

Brilliant greenish yellow color, with a bit of very fine sediment in suspension, but quite clear. Dense white head that slowly fizzles down. Attractive splattery rings of lace.

Fresh smell of grassy, spicy hops, with a bit of lemon zest, and sweet cookielike grainy malt.

Tastes hoppy and clean, exceedingly refreshing. Fresh hop flavor and bitterness - grassy, spicy, lemony - against a clean dry malt background. Very well balanced. Lingering dry hop flavor and bitterness. Elegant and pure, and very very tasty.

Fine carbonation makes for a good smooth texture. Immensely drinkable.

Great beer.

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

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a beautiful, clear, golden, with a perfect white head.

Smells is huge. Lots of hops and also some nice hay and grassy notes.

Taste is fantastic. Very light bodied but still tons of flavor. Lots of hops.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing without being watery. A great session beer that you sit and drink all night long. Probably my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with enjoy by date of Apr 02 05.

Clear, light gold in color with small white froth. Cascading bubbles come up through the middle of the beer. Head settles quickly into a small collar and coating.

Great doughy malt smell with this brew. Peppery, herbal hops show off.

Hops are assertive right from the get go. Crisp and refreshing body, malt character is superb. Finish is slightly dry, then a long malt and hops aftertaste.

This has to be one of the best Pils I've had. Top notch.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale slightly cloudy yellow with some blue-green highlights; a good, not large head with some lacing.

Sweet, bready malts, grapefruit, yeast, and herbal notes - camomile especially.

Taste is a beautiful Americanized version of European style - bready and yeasty with some strong but not overpowering citrus notes (grapefruit and lemon), herbal notes (lemon balm, hay, camomile, thyme), and a mineral finish.

Has a light feel with solid carbonation.

Perhaps my favorite everyday drinking beer. Light, affordable, available year round, yet complex and intriguing.

Love this beer. Love it.

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

Bright straw color, slight hazy. Lots of fine bubbles rising up to the top. Thick soapy head.

Lots of spicy noble hops in the nose. Sweet malts. Lemony.

Burst of spicy-herbal hops up front, but it's not overwhelming. Sweet pale malts, bready, biscuity, a little grassy. Finish is peppery, crisp, semi-dry. Body is light, very refreshing, lively carbonated, highly drinkable.

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Photo of grayburn
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear pint the lightest of goldens, with a bright white head made of some smallish bubbles. he head retention is pretty good, with moderate lacing.
The smell is a delicate hop aroma, crisp, rather firm. Light pine with a touch of zest.
Taste is smooth, crisp, refreshing. Minty and zesty at the same time, delicious. The hop explosion is brief, with a very clean, dry finish. Excellent example of the style.
This beer drinks perfectly, nice and cold it is perfectly refreshing. Excellent beer.

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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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory.

A wonderful golden pilsener beer. This brew is a nice golden colour with a good head. The aromas are of fresh german hops and light bready malts in the background. Make no mistake this pils is a hop monster. The taste is hoppy up front and very fresh. The hops have a wonderful floral flavor and they almost taste 'green'. The malt flavors peak their heads around the corner of this brew before the hops pummel your tongue with a drying finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy and medium bodied and the drinkability is excellent to boot. An awesome pils. One of the best!

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

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from a 12oz brown bottle. Pale yellow straw color with loads of tiny bubbles. Nice three finger head with decent retention. Smell of grain, hay, and alfalfa. Very smooth, light and delicate with some citrus, malt, and biscuity flavor. Nice and refreshing, kind of oily in the mouth with a dry finish. Very easy to drink, it reminds me of the "old version" of Pilsner Urquell before they switched to stainless steel.

I am not an expert on Pilsners, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

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

Pours a very light, very pale yellow color with a bubbly white head. Slight chill haze is present. Crisp lemony nose also includes a lot of maltiness. Some grass is noted, as well as citrous hops. Hops immediately bite your tongue and don't let go. Bitter lemon transitions into some interesting spiciness. Bready malt attempts to balance the bold hops. Finish is spicy with some herbal qualities, backed by malty smoothness with some grassiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and finishes quite dryly. Light and refreshing, drinkability is quite high for this one (especially with the approaching warm weather). I was expecting this to be hoppy, but it exceeded my expectations. I've never had a beer this light that was as aggressively hopped. Quite interesting, and very tasty.

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

Victory Prima Pils pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. In my Pilsener glass, small bubbles continue to rise through the beer as I drink. Aroma is hoppy and slightly spicy and very crisp. Taste is light malt, with an amazingly refreshing crisp dry hoppy finish. Perfectly balanced. Light mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. In my opinion, Prima Pils could define the style.

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Photo of phishgator
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a pale straw color with a large tight white head; poured into a pilsner glass. The aroma is grassy with a hint of barnyard hay. The taste is like eating Saaz hops in clean water. I have to say that everytime I drink this brew it reminds me that simple for this style is the best, IMO. The body is light and crisp. A session brew worth having around. One other suggestion is that this a good clensing brew when going between contrasting styles.

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

This is my kind of pills, golden color , nice foamy white head, leaves a lace in my glass, hoppy aroma for a pils, balanced flavors in this nectar , it has a very tasty hop bite and finishes dry.

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

This may be the best pils in existance. Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head. The aroma is lightly malty with a floral spiciness and earthy hop aroma. The flavor starts off clean with a spicy and fruity hop flavor followed by the appropriate bitterness. The malt flavor is light and clean and the mouthfeel is medium light and very smooth with ideal carbonation. This beer served properly, is absolutely delicious and thirst quenching.

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Photo of 7ate9
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive medium orangey gold with nice lacing and thin head that sticks around round rood the darker tint makes it look a bit more appetizing and substantial

Lemon peel (almost candied) hints of orange fresh cut grass toasty white bread yeastiness white flowers smells like a warm summer's day. It's subtle but the complexity is high.

The bready yeast and grassy, herbaceous hops come through on the palate. Finishing crisp and light with a pleasant bitterness that really makes you want another sip now. Taste lingers on like fresh mown sweet grass

pleasing carbonation and light body sure do make this mmmhmmm.

It's fresh, thirst quenching, lively, subtly complex and by far the best I've had in a category that I usually avoid. I would buy again and drink it again and then buy it again and then yeah

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and sticky white head into a pilsener glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bubbly, straw gold.
s - lemon, grass, bready yeast, with a hint of spice.
t - same as above. just delicious.
m - medium thickness.
o - want more now! this is as good a pilsener as i've ever head.

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

Huge, lacey, white head, sparkling foam.
Aroma has citrus notes, lemon zest, flowers, and pineapple.
Delightfully light texture, long, welcome finish. Truly this must be the thinking man's "lawnmower beer". Possesses a certain zing that reminds me somehow of Duvel. I'm normally an ale man, but I would never pass up on
this pilsner. Are the fine folks of Downington, PA aware that among their modest ranks walk these brewing gods disguised as mortals?

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Photo of woodske1
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its hard to find a Pilsner that actually has a "taste". Most are bland but Victory actually did something right here.

I usually don't like their beers, but this is the best one I have had from them by far. A smooth balanced taste that works in the winter or in the summer.

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Photo of BigMike
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 12oz. bottle.
Drink by date of sept.8 2008

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a nice head. Very little lacing remains after a few minutes. Lots of carbonation looks almost like ginger ale.

very light hop smell. Fruity with a slight citrusy aroma.

Taste is lightly hoppy and citrusy. A very crisp and clean after taste.

A great example of a pilsner. This would make an exceptional session beer.

The only time i drink pilsners is in the summer and today is a great example. Temp is pushing 100 and these Primas went down smoothly.

EDIT: Jan. 28 2010.

When i first reviewed Prima Pils i wasn't a huge fan of Pilseners and i don't think i gave a fair review. I purchased a Prima Pils glass from victory and a bomber of fresh Prima today. Let me tell you, if there is a Pilsener thats even close to this one i would love to try it. This really is an amazing beer. So delicate yet flavorful. The head is so fluffy and creamy and leaves gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass!
This is a world class Pilsener and a world class beer for that matter.
It doesn't need to 100 degrees as my original review said to enjoy this. Its about 30 outside right now and this is tastuing just fine.

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