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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of DNICE555
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blind tiger after the natural history museum with Jlynn. I’ve been into pilsners and kolsch’s lately so pretty pumped to try this one.

A – Straw colored body with a sexy super white mr clean head.

S – Oranges, flowers, lemon, yeast, hops

T – Orange, lemon, grassy hops. Great pilsner.

M – Perfect carbonation level. Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O – Awesome pilsner. Def the flagship pilsner for me so far.

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Photo of Suds
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I guess that I didn't have high expectations, but this is an extraordinarily good beer. Golden-straw colored with a puffy white head...the aroma is slightly herbal and resinous. The taste is incredible. I think it's the hoppiness that did it for me....a big hop bitterness and a dry finish seem to come out of nowhere. This isn't my style, but the beer is fantastic.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear straw gold with a thick creamy white foam head. Smells like super concentrated sweet honey biscuit malts, spicy floral pine, dank earthy herbal grass, minty tobacco, with lemony orange grapefruit citrus notes. Tastes like sweet lemon, honey biscuity grain, sharp pine, floral earthy herbal dank grass, minty tobacco spice, with zesty orange citrus and grapefruit notes. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a great pilsner.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Certainly the best american Pils I have had, this beer pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head and active carbonation in the glass.

Nose is malty and a little sweet, hops are there but quite subdued. Nonetheless, very appetizing.

Taste is very pleasant, with initial malty carbonated feeling followed by notable bitterness, which fades into the finish slowly.

Beers like this aren't going to blow the palate away like some heavier and stronger styles, but in terms of enjoyablility, this beer could easily be sessioned with this taste and ABV, and thus is judged by style rather than overall impact.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Important note: Make sure not to drink this below the recommended serving temp, otherwise the flavor will be utterly ruined. If anything, err on the warmer side rather than colder!

Food Pairing: Beef bulgogi with spicy kimchi paired beautifully with this Pils. Being a sweetish soy/ garlic sauce, Bulgogi is an odd one to pair, but the spice of the kimchi along with it created a terrific foil for the honey, floral & strong hop traits of the beer.
A - Pristine light yellow. Moderate head settled to a thin but even froth which left some fine lacing.
S - Some clover, sugar cookies. Very nice.
T - An amazing abundance of fresh honey and a faceful of clover - love at first sip! Light creamyness leads to a very clean finish.
M - Crisp, spicy hops dance around the mouth like fireworks. "Fun" seems an odd way to describe it, but yes, quite fun.
O - A definite must-try for anyone. Can't wait to have it again!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Prima Pils poured from a bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy by May 11 2008" Drinking on May 18

A- Very clear golden with a foamy head composed of a wide range of bubbles.

S- Smells like a german pilsner should in my opinion. Very clean hops smell with a backround malt sweetness

T- Taste is great but does not have enough yeast character to please me fully. Carbonation brings out a great bitter hop flavor. Lemon hops and floury biscuit malt

M- Carbonation is EXCELLENT. Balanced range of bubbles makes this beer feel good all over your lips, tongue, mouth, intestines, and more.

D- Drinks quite well. You get what you pay for.

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Photo of rdruckenmiller
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with thick white sea-foamy head. Head stayed 1/2 of original height well over a minute and maintained a thing white layer of tight small bubbles throughout. White lace clinged to side of glass as I drank. Yellow gold color and brilliantly clear.

Aroma: Initial slight sulfer smell (appropriate for style) in the nose that gives way to floral hop aroma. Light sweet grain smell. No diacetyl. Can detect a hint of floral soap. No esters.

Flavor: Light sweetness gives way to floral hops. Lingering bitterness on tongue and roof of mouth well after swallowing. Light-cereal like graininess in the background, but the floral hops definitely dominate. Some taste of sulfur on first sip. No esters or diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation high. Finishes with tingly bitterness across middle of tongue. Medium-light body finishing dry, but with some creaminess on roof of mouth. No astringency.

Overall: This is a very refreshing beer and great example of the style. Floral hops dominate with grainy malt undertones. Crisp and refreshing. We're very fortunate to have such a high quality German Pilsner available fresh on the east coast!

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear and pale yellow in color with an inch and a half white head with nice retention, a touch of lacing

S- When you pour it you get a blast of some bright fresh citrus hops, but that fades to a sweet malty aroma

T- this is some good stuff here! It tastes very authentic and very similar to other german and european pilsners. I love the way Victory makes this American by increasing those european hops. It is very hoppy but not overly so. The pilsner malts are biscuty and cracker like and sweet. The hops blance that sweetness nicely and leave some bitterness for the finish.

M- meadium light body and alot lower in carbonation than other pilsners

D- very tasty and very drinkable. One of the best beers I've had in a while, this is a great pilsner, way to go Victory!

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Photo of beerman207
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Appearance is a cloudy yellow with 1/2 finger of head with some nice lacing left behind

S - hops and malt come through in the nose - nice

T - bietterness coming through in the front and the back. Some malt coming through in the middle that really makes this brew special

M - drying, low carbonation, and a little stickiness

D - Very high - I could have several of these without question

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Photo of jakester
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz. bottle from the sampler pack. Date on the bottle!! Yea!

Pours a brilliant straw yellow with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head drops off to just a few islands in a very short time; my only gripe with this beer. Pretty high level of carbonation evident.

The smell is awesome. If this isn't Saaz, I'll eat my glass! And the aroma from the (German) malt is to die for. Spices and fresh baked bread are blended together. Great aroma!

The taste is just like the smell. Smooth malt followed by a gentle bittering and then that spicy Saaz hop flavor. I wish I was better at describing flavors. The balance is perfect for the style. This isn't an understated pilsner by any means, but...WOW!

Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly soft carbonation, a tongue cleansing crispness, and a long lasting hop presence in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

If I didn't like IPA's so much, this would be my everyday beer. Not too strong, not too weak, just right. A session beer looking for a session.

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Photo of VictorWisc
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't see any dates on the bottle but the mixed 12-pack has late August 2013 for expiration date.

Pours light golden yellow. Plentiful large-grained head with little retention. Almost no lacing, some visible carbonation.

Very pleasant aroma. Opens up citrusy, slightly metallic, than broader hop aroma with mild floral yeast showing.

Same citrus (lemon) front in the mouth. Followed by a mild but complex hops kick of pine, laurel and licorice. All flavors remain in the finish balanced by a light sweet malt note. After 2 minutes, I can still taste the complex hops blend, including citrus and aromatics, yeast and malt. More complexity than most Pilsners.

Very light-bodied front, but then tastes deceptively creamy with moderate carbonation. One side effect of the light body is that it betrays a boozy heat note, however, without being overly dry.

A well made Pils with a lot of balance between all elements, with hoppiness matching of exceeding the classic fresh style. A very positive experience--one of the better Pilsners in my memory.

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Photo of Puddintane
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow pour, white bubbly head. Aroma of crisp grassy hops, faint bit of must in the malt, citrus rind/light fruit. Flavors of dry malt with a decent bit of grapefruit/citrus rind come into play, a slight earthiness/must is apparent as well. Light bubbly body, crisp/bitter/malty throughout with a dry lingering bitter finish. Easily one of my top three session beers: it’s bright and crisp. Overall, just a very satisfying brew that I drink regularly all year round. This coupled with a very fair price point makes it a hard beer to beat. Most definitely my favorite summer brew as well as my favorite pilsener. I don’t see what there is to not love about this beer.

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Photo of Jon
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a golden color with a solid head and some really nice lace. The smell is somewhat grassy. This tastes great. Big hop flavor for the style, which as a hop head, I love. Prima Pils is certainly an easy drinking beer, but probably not for the faint of heart. It's easily the best pilsner I've ever sampled and is another winner from Victory. As one who generally doesn't enjoy this style, I'm impressed.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Clear, very pale yellow/gold with a nice finger of bright foamy white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: bready malts, some biscuity cracker notes and bright, floral Saaz and German noble hops, a little yeast and some definite sweetness on the nose

Taste: definite hop bitterness here, lots of floral and even some citrusy notes (may have some American hops in there?) - German noble hops definitely dominate but there is a nice mild pilsener malt sweetness that lingers in the background. Slightly on the dry side, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation, very pleasant

Overall: Lots of good impressions on this beer! This German pils style is a bit hoppier than most Bohemian/Czech styles that I also really enjoy, but it is still very balanced. Very drinkable, with great hop and malt profiles.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils pours a light gold with a white head that leaves some lacing.

Aromas are grainy and grassy in the hop department.
the taste is also the exact same.

I am surprised by such a decent mouthfeel. It has a fluffiness to it that I enjoy. This has summer beer written all over it.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brick Store Pub. Poured into Victory pilsner glass. One inch white foamy head lingers for a while on a clear golden body. Aroma is a mix of a biscuity pilsner and a grapefruit. Comforting and lovely. Taste is similar. Just slightly and beautifully out of balance on the style towards hoppy but not so much as to upset the run of the mill pilsner drinker. Amazingly delicious and over the top smooth.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely straw yellow with a delicate bright white head and moderate lacing. Little bubbles trail up my tall pilsener glass as I take a whiff. Aroma is of sweet grainy malt, straw and, zesty hop aromas. Taste is even more zesty with wonderful lemony citrus, herbal and grassy hop notes. The beer has a firm bitterness that makes it nicely thirst quenching, though not as smooth as some other examples. The malt is definitely there, but is light and subdued. This pilsener is definitely showcasing the hops, but at the same time it is quite balanced. Light bodied with a perfect finish, this is a great session beer and one of America's finest examples of the style.

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Photo of sweethome
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is light golden with a slight haze - nice 1" white head that lasts a good long time.

Nose is fresh cut grass, a bit of grapefruit.

Wow - what a start - bready malts, floral hop rush and fine bittering. Flavor is on the attack here and I love it!

So much flavor packed in this light colored beer! If Miller Lite is true pilsner beer, then this is a kick your ass, MF True Pilsner beer, baby!

Probably the best US pils I've had. Fine german malt flavor, grassy hop flavor and nice bitter finish.

Flavorfull, refreshing, and drinkable. While staying true to style in so many ways, pushes it just a bit, and hits to the highest mark.

My scores are compared to other pils.


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Photo of tronester
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a big white head and lacing that does not go away. Smell is of freshly cut flowers and a hint of clean yeast. Taste is an herbal, grassy flavor up front, with a hint of malt in the middle, and a bracing, super hoppy aftertaste. The bitterness clings to your tongue, and wont go away. As a huge fan of hop bitterness, this is wonderful. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, nice medium carbonation. Super drinkable, this is 'true pilsner' taste. I would love to get this again, but it will be difficult as it is not available in Oklahoma.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy pale golden color with a creamy looking white head that slowly creeps down the glass and leaves a nice looking lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings a sweet hoppy aroma. it gives off a an oily hop scent, sweet honey, and a floral ester aroma with a light bready malt backbone.

T-the taste follows the nose almost to a T. sweet hop oil, floral esters, and a touch of honey. a nice bready malt backbone with a light bitterness

M-great medium body, slightly syrupy, quite smooth, and a touch of astringency at the finish. perfect carbonation presence.

D-i completely forgot how good this beer was and passed it up too many times. it brings huge flavor, sweetness with a touch of balance, and so easy to drink. what a sessionable beer!

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Photo of illidurit
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale saffron body with a one-finger light-tan head that gradually reduces to a thin cap.

S: Husky malt with a very herbal hop sharpness on top. Some lemongrass and floweriness.

T: Grassy hops are at the fore here. The herbal quality runs over the light biscuity malt flavor before melding into a refreshing bitterness. The finish maintains this raw hop bitterness and introduces a sweeter malt flavor, perhaps honey-like. Some lemon zest on the sides of the tongue.

M/D: Lively carbonation, light body, and extremely refreshing. Smooth in the mouth and very easy to drink. This is the Reality Czeck of German Pilseners.

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Photo of kballer
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. There's no freshness date. I poured into a half liter pilsener glass and allowed it to foam up a lot. The head looks delicious and fluffy. T

The smell is defintely the beers strongest area. It smells spicy and hoppy. Just thinking about the smell makes me want to crack one open. Luckily it tastes like it smells. some sips are really spicy and others taste bread-like.

Very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Jarod
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured, drank and loved at the brewery itself. It came to me a bright beautiful golden yellow color. Very clear so that one could watch the bubbles dance in the glass. A soft, creamy white head sat on top of my glass calling me to nose and taste it. So I did. The aromas that tickled my nose were fresh, sweet, spicy and hoppy. The different hop smells from fresh grass to citrus to flowers to spices came right at my nose. There were some sweet malt tones as well but the hops were the primary smells. And the taste, WOW, the taste was absolutely great. Hops took the front again, grass, lemons, cloves, hay, flowers and some spices all covered my tongue, again, there was a definite sweet malt presence as well to try to balance the hops, and does so very well. But one cannot deny that this beer was made for hops. Very bold and aggressive from the moment it touches your lips to the middle as it rushes over your tongue to the very dry finish. When I say dry, I mean dry. I swear I could actually feel every drop of moisture get sucked off of my tongue. It was like a desert in there, a bold flavorful desert that I would not mind being stranded in. Great example of this style. Loved it and was glad rotsaruch told me to try it.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Laura Alberts in Daniel Island (Charleston), SC.

Pours clear and dark golden. A beautiful looking elixir with a small white head of almost one finger in size. Pox of lacing.

Aroma is grassy and hoppy and grainy. Slightly toasty and a touch of hay.

Crisp and bitter, clean finish. The perfect amount of grassy hops mix well with the grainy malts. Cereal in the flavor.

Besides Polestar Pilsner, this is my faovrite of the style. This is a perfect beer to be enjoying on this brutally hot (95F) summer day.

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Photo of mmercede
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I drink on a weekly basis but have never taken the time to review. I've had this both on draft and bottle many times. However, I think a fresh keg is the best way to experience this brew. So I will review based on that experience.

A: A bright golden yellow with a slight haze. Foamy white head which settles to 1/2" with some basic lacing. Not particularly beautiful, but good for the style.

S: Floral hop notes with some pepper, lemon zest, and biscuit notes. Very clean and refreshing aroma. No noticable sulfur which is a huge plus in my book. Hands-down the best aroma from a lager I have experienced. Overall, the aroma is of medium intensity.

T: Spicy bitter hops with some lemon and cereal flavors. A nice dry grapefruit juice flavor at the finish. There are many particular flavors in Victory's lagers which I can not put my finger on. However, I could pick one out blind anyday. Unbelievably refreshing and complex.

M: A nice light body with rather strong carbonation which I prefer for this style. Highly drinkable and a great session beer.

O: This has been, and will most likely remain, my favorite lager. Victory is a true master of lagering. And I normally hate most lagers!

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