Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,102 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

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lushious golden body with the perfect amount of haze, with a 2 finger fluffy head. Lots of glorious lace left as well. Just awesome. As good as it gets for a pilsner.

Crisp malts and honey on the nose, light oat.

Very tasty, very clean. Lots of grain flavors to start, with a pleasant fruity banana aftertaste. This is not devoid of hops however - as lots of czech influence comes out to play with sharp biting hops thoughout. Bready finish.

Feel is crisp, smooth, clean. Exactly as a pils should be.

Overall, I totally get the hype with this one. A world-class pilsner in every right.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice look for the style. This smells just like a Pils should to me. Bready malts galore. Based on the fact that this is a pils, taste is really good. Just a slight hops bitterness after the initial malt flavor burst. Prickly carbonation and a smooth finish round out this beer. This has to be at the top of my pils list. (So far). Really drinkable. Sometimes when I get something like this, it reminds me of what all those adjuncts should have tasted like that I drank for so many years.

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Photo of Mjkatona
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not served in a pilsner glass and best enjoy date of 22 June 2016, so 6 months past best by date.. none the less it wasn't the worst beer tasted but cannot give a true rating. Would try again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a very thin cap; nice lacing;

S: grainy malt; a hint of grass;

T: muted; follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very easy drinking;

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Photo of Cyalatermd
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute all around favorite beer, its the only constant in all of my rotations. To me, thiz is exactly how beer should taste. A gem to say the least.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp and slightly hoppy. There is definitely some black pepper hints and fizz is upfront. I like this beer but don't love it. It's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not my first Prima Pils! Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Semi-transparent, murky, pale golden color. Small head, light carbonation. Not much on the nose but can certainly pick up the hops. Taste is only slightly bitter from the hops but oh man ..this tastes like a beer should taste. Nothing special..just pure BEER taste. This one would be easy to slug down on a hot day after a few hours of yardwork. Just a great pilsner.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold, almost translucent, with pale white head. Leaves a nice lace. Smells of salt and pinenuts. Nice crisp beer with tastes of pine and lime. A but of a smokey flavor as it heats up. Virtually no sweetness. I wish the mouthfeel was a little stronger, because the finish feels like drinking water. Still, top to bottom, this is a very strong pilsner.

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Photo of Holderness
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Hazy straw yellow with a big white head. Minimal lacing
S -- pilsner, phenolics. Very mild
T -- yeasty, slight honey sweetness, mild hops
F -- astringent mouthfeel, bitter but not overwhelming hop aftertaste

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an above average beer, but this is not spectacular. I poured it in to a Sam Adams glass and had little head and it had grainy color. The smell was descent, it left very little lacing in the glass. it is worth a try.

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

Light gold and clear, like a good pilsner should look. Smells malty and hoppy, a bit like black pepper. Taste is crisp and clean, but certainly with those hops and BLACK PEPPER. It tastes like someone took a pepper shaker and unloaded it into my beer. Thankfully I like a peppery bite, so it doesn't bother me, it's just notable. Feels very crisp and light, very clean, exceedingly sessionable. Overall this is a good pilsner, not my favorite, but one I'll probably have again here and there.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow-gold with a large, bright white, foamy head.

Smell is banana bread, or is it cornbread, with bitter grass, a little piney cologne, and even some pungent funk. I get tortilla chip as it warms.

Taste is astringent hops, grass, grapefruit rind, and pine tar. This is wild, and somewhat harsh--I see why this was considered, and still is, extreme for the style. Lemon and light wheat are also there.

Feel is quite dry and bitter.

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Photo of Pat56
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear yellow to gold. The smell and taste are pilsner but with more hops than expected on both the nose and the mouth lending enough bitterness to strengthen and add depth to the taste without overpowering the drinker. Clean and crisp feel that is easy to drink. This beer can be enjoyed quickly as a refresher or over time to savor a traditional pilsner with added hop complexity.

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Photo of dogfishbrawler
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is pretty hard to screw up a pilsner and I have had a few pilsner's that don't taste right at all. Victory Prima Pils is not one of those screw ups. It is very basic but very clean and complex. The color is exactly what I would expect from a good german pilsner. Golden with a slight cloudyness to it. The taste is very crisp, citrusy, and slightly sweet. Overall a joy to drink and a beer that will not get old anytime soon.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Took me awhile to finally try this one. No date on my single bottle, but I am surprised at how unclear it is. Pretty foggy. It also lacks in crispness a bit. More malty than grainy. Nice flavor, but not what I expected.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a big Pilsner fan but thought I'd give it a try. It poured golden with a nice white head. Smelled of malt and a bit of hops. Tasted great for a Pilsner. Had lots of flavor, peppery and herbal. Finished smooth, light, and crisp. Nice job.

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Photo of professorchow
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rated yesterday but the rating didn't go through. Can't recreate the details now, but as an ale drinker and hophead, this is my favorite pilsener to date.

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Photo of thebeers
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow gold with two fingers of dense, bright white head that leave rings of lacing. Bready aroma with typically-floral pilsner hops and a hint of tropical sweetness. Medium bodied with strong carbonation that adds or accentuates a little spiciness in the taste. There's an herbal flavor and just a touch of malt sweetness for the style mid-palate, while remaining relatively dry and bitter in the aftertaste. Revisiting this after a long hiatus, I can see why people love this beer, but I still prefer a more traditional German pilsner.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

AROMA: Hops, Beer
LOOK: Clear Yellow color, little head.
TASTE: Very Hoppy, bitter finish with notes of citrus. Slight petroleum taste.

A bit torn on this beer; while I admire the strength, it's not all together pleasant.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been exploring pilsners more and more and this is one of my favorites.

L - Crystal clear, light straw yellow. With a big white head with billows of rocky foam.
S- grassy, herbal and spicy hops hit the nose (not as big on the nose as some NW hop varieties) . Faint cracker malt profile.
T- I am first hit by the grassy, herbal hops which are actually surprisingly bitter. This is one of the more bitter pilsners I have had (which isn't saying it is all that bitter compared to other styles.) I can't tell if it brings the beer down a little because it might distract from the subtle cracker, breadiness of the pilsner malt that I look for - I think gets a little overpowered. But I love hops so I still very much enjoy it.
F- A little fuller feel than some other in the same style, but between the overall lightness and bite of hops this is very crisp and refreshing with some slight dry bitterness on the back end.
O- Great american take on the style, I have really enjoyed what I have sampled from Victory. Prost!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a clear, fizzy straw color with a big, creamy white head, that lingers nicely and leaves tons of lacing.

The nose is pungent with Noble hops; very herbal and spicy, green pepper, leaning towards black pepper, fresh cut grass, khale and spinach, earth, flowers, then biscuit and lightly toasted graininess.

Upfront, you gets tons of herbs. Chives, khale, spinach, green onion. In the middle you get biscuit and toasted graininess. There's a touch of orange peel. Then there's a lingering hoppy finish, earthy at first, then peppery, then with an herbal arugula/khale/spinach bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little fuller than most pilsners I've had recently; I'd say medium-bodied, smooth, well-carbonated but not overly so, crisp and clean, but with quite the strong bitter aftertaste.

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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 GrumpyGas
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle Poured into a pint glass 10 DEC 16
Orangeish, don't call me amber, body floating a slight, and quickly disappearing, whitish head.
Aromas include malt and grass.
Flavors match, some bitter hops, with a light feel and clean dry finish.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale, straw color with a bright white one finger head, some lacing, beer is clear, small amount of carbonation streaming off the bottom.

A: Malty breadiness, slight spicy earthiness, grass, hay, touch of honey, smells really nice.

T: First impression is that this beer is hoppy, bready maltiness, spice, grass, hay, honey, middle has a nice touch of moderate bitterness, finish is dry with floral hops lingering in the finish.

M: Light, crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a big fan of light, pale colored beers but this beer's strength is in it's aroma, taste, and light crisp mouthfeel with great drinkability. Very well made beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes in dark golden, slightly hearty for a pilsner, the head was a shade under 1/2". Aroma had plenty of crisp bitter hallertau kind of hop bite. Not pungent, but above average for style.

Taste keeps a light body, full bodied carbonation, prickly hops, Euro bitterness. Plenty of grapefruit notes. I really enjoy it, can be consumed in significant qualities, not one of those you can only handle 2oz pours kind of beer.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,219 ratings.
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