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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Prima PilsPrima Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,088
Ratings:
5,171
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
Wants:
266
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835
For Trade:
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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from victory
pours a slightly hazy yellow with some slight golden tones and a decent 1/2 inch head that sticks around for a good while.
smell was floral hops up front with hints of malt and bread in the back.
taste was a nice blend of the floral hop with a hit of slight citrus and bready earthiness. the beer was clean and crisp and had an almost bready creaminess that lingered at the back of the mouth

very enjoyable

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Photo of ypsifly
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz best by 7/24/05 printed on the label, poured into a pilsener glass.

Clear gold with active carbonation that supports a two finger head of white that shows good retention and sticky lace.

Spicy hops paired with biscuity malts, with that pilsener funkiness underneath. Earthy.

The malts are upfront when tasted. Slightly caramel with some husk. The hops come in midway and lead into a dry, but very clean finish.

The mouthfeel on this one suprised me. Not thick in any way, but full and smooth. Not heavy, but my whole mouth feels it.

This is an excellent choice for a session brew, or something to have with dinner. I'm impressed.

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Photo of palma
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking pils. Golden body with a decent head.
Light hoppy aroma with some grassy notes.
A clean refreshing taste with a very strong bitterness. Nice solid body, especially for a pils. This beer scores a high 4.5 for that hop bitterness baby! yeah!
Overall, a great pils which is very easy drinking.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light white golden color with big, foamy white head that deposited all kinds of chunks of lace to the glass.
Aroma has a really grass and flowered hop aroma with just a touch of malt sweetness.
Flavor is full of light bodied crystal and light malts with a full blown grass and citrus balancing hop taste. Really well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little on the full side for style but it's a good twist. Not quite as clean on the palate as expected with just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Drinkability is very high. Abolsutely thirst quenching and refreshing. Definitely a bit of an American twist on a great style but well worth seeking out.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date: Sept. 11, 2005.

Appearance: Pours a light, straw yellow with an incredible head. Thick, foamy, rocky, a full four fingers thick into a pilsner glass on this warm spring evening. Great active carbonation adds points to this nice presentation.

Smell is fresh and expressive, the pilsner malts are obvious but not overpowering... grassy and slightly grainy. This should be good.

Taste: Crisp and clean, ballsy for a German style pils... this brew leans damn near into "uber" territory. Clean pilsner maltiness with a fantastic, perfectly suitable hop bitterness in the finish. Too good for the lawnmower, I reserve these for the barbecue and by the pool.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but substantial, terrific for the style. Not the gleaming feature of this beer, but then again, we're talking pilsner. It drinks quite well.

Drinkabilty: At $30.99 a case at Total Wine in River Edge, NJ, this is not my everyday session brew. The hoppy finish has the ability to numb the taste buds a bit after a few bottles, so savor da flavor!

However, when the sun is shining and friends are in abundance, as is almost always the case in the summer months, I make it my business to have a case on hand. Fortunately this is readily available in the area, and it can't be beat for a truly rewarding hot weather brew.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great German Pilsner that was only $2.50 a pnt last night at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Enough head and lacing and tons of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Smooth tasting, with hints of honey and clove. One of the best, if not the best, tasting pilsners I can recall. Though it could be a session beer, I had this last after a long evening of tasting and took a bit longer to finish. Keep cooler than room temperature.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Brixx, 6/2/05.

Golden in color with a thin layer of white foam (at least, by the time it reached my table, the head had reduced) and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Soft, herbaceous aroma with a strong hops presence. Taste is similar, with layers of herbal flavors and crisp, dry hoppiness sitting atop a soft depth of malts that round out the flavor in the mouth.

All in all, I'm very, very happy that Brixx added this beer to their lineup.

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Photo of EPseja
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature.

A: Light straw yellow, crystal clear. Modest, off-white, foamy head with many different sized bubbles. Steady, hypnotizing streams of bubbles rising from microscopic flaws on the inside of the glass. Relaxing and meditative like watching a fishtank... heh heh.

S: Characteristic clean, sweet pure German pils. Slightly flowery with an aggressive touch of European hops that adds to its seductive nose.

T: Immediate hop hit in the front, slightly uncharacteristic for the style. Clean and lightly malty in the middle. Medium dry, hoppy bitter finish. Pleasant hop aftertaste that makes me (but perhaps not the average pilsener drinker) want another sip.

M: Active and lively without being overcarbonated. Refreshing, however I feel that it could stand to benefit from a pinch less carbonation.

D: This is a supremely drinkable summertime pilsener even if the carbonation isn't the smoothest. I can't find any reason not to reach for another bottle - even after already having a few. Nice job, Victory!

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Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color with a large foamy egg white head. Head recedes to a small layer above the liquid. Not really any lacing, only a few bubbles rise to the top. Smell is slightly hoppy but more grassy but in a good way. Taste has much more of a hop precense than the aroma. I guess I might be used to the whole dry hopping thing but this doesn't really seem dry hopped. Quite a full body which takes the main stage with a nice herbal element. Hops are nicely noticeable but not stinging in any way. The spicyness of the hops work with the rest of the flavors in near perfect harmony. They just work with the rest of the beer beautifully. Finish has little acidity and lingers with a hop bite. Great beer here, probably the best pils I have ever had. I need to get me some pilsners from Germany and compare but this is damn excellent.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light golden colour, sparkly with a small head that quickly dissipates. Smells like sweet malt, with a little bit of up front hop bitterness. It's tasty, sweet at the front, pretty full and malty, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty full for a pilsner, lots of flavour and very enjoyable, probably one of the best pilsners out there. Definately a fine session beer.

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Photo of jvonkluck
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the most drinkable beers I've ever tasted.
It's pale yellow in color with a white head and a steady flow of tiny bubbles.
The aroma is dominated by a floral scent, with an undertone of honey.
The taste is a blend of the aforementioned flavors that finishes with a nice hoppy note that lingers on the taste buds.

Another solid brew from Victory. These guys continually impress me.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a pilsner or lager drinker...ale man all the way. But since Victory is one of my favorite brewers I thought I should give it a try.

The color is clear golden yellow with a light and fluffy head of pure white. Head is quite nice looking and retains well with a modest amount of lace. This would look great in my Trumer Pils glass, oh well.

The aroma is much fuller than I expected with a nice, crisp malt aroma of honey and buttery biscuits. There's a lovely (and quite large) floral hop aroma with a grassy meadow note. Very clean and crisp smelling overall.

The flavor is exceptional for a pilsner. A perfect balance between golden caramel and honey malt sweetness, and floral and grassy hops. Finish is initially malty and quickly washed over by crisp, puckery hops.

Mouthfeel is light and airey yet maintains a full and rich mouthfeel. This is a good beer for any time, any place, or any occasion. Are all micro-brewed pilsners this good?

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Photo of freed
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After getting goaded for not liking this beer, I decided to try it again. Glad I did.

The pour is crystal clear and golden - thin white foam, low carbonation.

Aroma is wonderful. Bready like a SE Asian lager, but with a much nicer, floral hop component.

The taste is great. Not overpowered by Saaz, like the last time. The pils malt is complimented by some specialty. The hop profile is a mix of something noble and something domestic tasting. Slightly bitter but with a perfectly crisp compliment. Also, very drinkable and excellent for beer.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color with a medium amount of carbonation. The smell is fairly malty, with a good dose of floral hops. The malt flavor in this one is quite unique, taking on some wildflower honey type qualities. The hop flavors are both grassy and floral, and contribute a bracing bitterness to the mix. I'd drink this regularly if it were available locally, and it's inspired me to homebrew a clone of it sometime in the near future.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not extremely familiar with pilsners so I decided to give this one a try. It was also a great excuse to use my roommate's pilsner glasses which just sit around collecting dust.

Light gold color - almost clear - with a small frothy head and good retention. Spicy hop aroma that gave it a unique taste. Very light bodied and carbonated. Slightly dry mouthfeel and very crisp and clean. Definitely a drinkable beer but I don't think this would be my choice to drink all night long. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and it went very well with the chili I made for dinner, but it's something I would only want to drink once in a while, not keep my fridge stocked with.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice with an "enjoy by" date of August 26 2005.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen a beer as clear as this one. It's a clear, clear clear pale gold color. Not too much head or lacing to speak of.
Smells very fresh with some mild grassy herbal notes thrown in for good measure.
This one is definately a beer for pilsner lovers. Crisp hops presense with a pleasant bitterness and a nice clean finish. Has a nice, sharp bubbly mouthfeel that compliments the flavors. Prima Pils would probably be amazing when paired with spicy food.
An excellent warm weather beer. I could drink these all night and still want more.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, golden color with a small white head that dissapates quickly, and it is quite clear. The smell is big, juicy hops with a spicy background, seems like saaz hops and there is a light malt scent in the background. The taste is also dominated by hops, you get a resiny hop oil flavor as well as a citrusy tartness to it. The saaz hops really make themselves felt with a spicy middle followed by a biscuity malt flavor to balance the finish. The finish is dry and refreshing. The mouthfeel is smooth like a pilsner should be. This is a great summertime brew and im glad it's available in NC now.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely outstanding pilsner. Poured a beautiful near clear color with hints of gold: an amazing site to behold. The smell was faintly sweet, being enjoyable. The taste is just short of exceptional-nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp and refereshing. Definitely a beer to purchase in abundance and enjoy!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden straw colored body. Bright white head, a good inch or so. Nice lacing.

Smell: Good pilsenery hoppy/spicy aroma.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Some herbal/yeasty flavor, a little maltiness up front, and a good dose of hops! The aftertaste is nice and sweet. Quite dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great, a great beer for a BBQ out in the backyard!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While out walking today we ran into some friends and shared a few Pilsner Urquells before walking home to grill dinner.

Once at home,the grill was fired up the steaks sizzling and my reward was a crisp Prima Pils. This beer is balanced and refreshing. It pours a clear pale gold, smells of flowery hops and has a hoppy, tingly taste that beckons you to have another sip. This is a summer beer for sure.

I will be sure to keep extra of this on hand. Now if it came in cans for the beach, that would be grand.

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

This one was a yellow, hazy beer with almost no head. Interesting... don't recall ever having a hazy pilsener before.

Aroma was strongly of aromatic hops, with a hint of spices. Nice.

The taste was mildly fruity, with a hint of bitterness and a bit of spiciness. Pretty dang good.

Mouthfeel... nice. Not heavy, but some depth to it. Drinkability also good. I would go back for this one again, when the mood for this style comes about.

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Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright, pale gold to yellow, very clear with a thick white head composed of large bubbles. The head receded quickly, and left a dapple of lace on the side of the glass. I could smell the hops (Saaz?) from 3 ft away. They really dominate the aroma with a crisp citrus character. No malt really comes through in the nose. The taste is a light crisp hop-forward flavor that again has the citrus, a subtle grapefruit character that has an almost earthy tone. This delivers an assertive bitterness to the beer. The malt is completely overcome by the hops. This is not a bad character. Very crisp and refreshing mouth feel. Highly drinkable. What a great summertime beer. Pilsners have not been my favorite beer for several years, but this could change my mind.

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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 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 NiceGuyMike
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of a "real" pilsner. So not sure what to expect, high ratings gave me the idea of trying it out (I did not read any reviews before tasting it).

Appearance: golden straw color; very clear. Not much head, but that may be due to age (freshness).

Smells of lovely hop aroma (I enoy the smell of hops much more than taste).

Tastes strong hop with out the intense bitterness. Aftertaste kicks in some bitterness, but nice. Nice mouthfeel a bit fizzy. After the first few sips, the hoppiness dies somewhat and you can enjoy more of the maltiness.

Great aperitif, gets you hungry, but fills you up a bit; really hits the spot.

This is a good beer. Its intense hop flavor has me thinking this isn't a standard Pils. I would definitely jump on it given another chance, but not something I'd buy normally.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,171 ratings.
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