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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Reviews: 2,088 | Ratings: 5,170
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most bitter and full-bodied pils I've had. I probably have this more often than any other pilsner, and I love it with food. Not the classic pils ala Urquell, Weihenstephaner, EKU etc, but for a more "craft beer" example of the style, the best I've tried.

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

Yellow golden color, a good looking beer
There isn't anything special in the smell, you don't get anything out of a big sniff of it
The taste is good and there is bite on the top, turns over well, but reeks of ordinary beers on the end, too bad...so just enjoy it chugged
It was a pretty easy drinking beer, doesn't stay on your tongue...it had the qualities of the style but the worst of the craft pilsners I've had out of 3... lacking in the crispness, fresh-hoppiness, and unique taste as compared to Sierra Nevada Nooner and my boys the Peak Organic Fresh Cut that you can get those cheaper, easier and in 12 packs all day in Maine

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Photo of Nickholland
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really well done Pilsner. Almost smells like buttered popcorn, bready and light. The taste is crisp and clean with a nice floral hop finish. Would buy again if Nooner wasn't so much cheaper where I am.

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Photo of predikit
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow, head receded to nothing immediately, left minuscule islands of lacing behind.

The smell is bready, fruity yeast notes.

The taste is very one dimensional, subtle.

A light malt flavor, slowly slides into a floral hop bite for the finish. No complexity or layers beyond that to be had.

Light bodied, thin, very highly carbonated. Leaves very clean and crisp. Drinkable.

A good summer session, but nothing special.

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Photo of jontom
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is really good. Taste is outstanding . I am a cheap beer drinker ; this is my go too when I want to spend a few extra bucks to get a good brew.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -
A light, frosted, golden yellow colour. Pours a foamy, three finger head, with good retention. Moderate lacing. No observable effervescence.

Smell -
Malts, caramel, elderflower, pineapple, light and bready with a hint of spice. Mild.

Taste -
Again, light and bready with a hint of biscuit to start, followed by big hops. A little bit earthy, with hints of pistachio, and a big citrus and eucalyptus hit. Very clean and refreshing, with high drinkability.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, zero carbonation. Like any other good German style beer; highly drinkable.

Overall -
A very clean, hoppy pilsener with high drinkability. Solid, if a little underwhelming.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a pilsner, lightly bready. Taste is clean and crisp. I'm a bit disappointed with this beer, I thought it would have more of a hop presence. I prefer The Crisp. nb

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

Super crisp, super easy drinking pilsner. Bready biscuity malts come thru and a rush of floral/herbal hops make there way to your palate as well. Refreshing, light bodied. Crushable on those hot summer days. One of the better pilsners on the shelves.

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Photo of danoneil77
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

L: a hint of copper in this gold
S: oh no hops
T: real good
F: heavy, like nooner. North Americans are missing the mark here... Unless you consider Becks domestic now!
O: very similar to Sierra Nevada nooner. Hard to tell between them actually. Too close to IPA for me.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in my tulip.

Pours like crystal-clear liquid gold, with two centimeters of white, fleeting fizz.

Quite a bit of lemon in the scent, along with some pretzel-like yeast. There's an earthy herbal component as well.

Refreshing, zesty, juicy lemon strikes my palate first. Then it beautifully dries into a crisp, clean bready finish. Moderate noble hop, herbal bitterness lingers a bit. Not a lot else to mention, but a truly great balance of features.

The feel is fittingly light, with an ideal level of carbonation that makes it spritzy and sprightly without going overboard.

Fantastic, balanced intensity of citrus and bread and of fruitiness and bitterness. This is honestly one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had. It would be KILLER as a post-excersize refreshment.

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

Pours to a creamy white head and ample lacing. Bright gold color. Aroma is biscuity malt and clean grass, spicy, floral hops. Flavor is well balanced with all the flavors in the aroma with a soft, pleasing alpha acid bitterness. Mf is to style. Worthy of its accolades.

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Photo of Tele
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Best by 10.26.15)
Consumed: 8.3.15

A: 4.5 Pours crystal clear yellow-gold with a small off-white head.

S: 4 Pretty mild nose. There are some light hops that give off citrus and a bit of pine. The malt smells a touch sweet and earthy.

T: 4 Like the nose, the taste pretty mild, but well-executed. A bit sweet up front , moving on to very clean flavors, and hops adding the similar elements from the nose. The finish is like a classic pilsner with the addition of some bitterness (a bit too much for the style).

M: 4.5 Crisp, clean feel with good carbonation. The finish is a bit dry making this beer very refreshing.

O: 4.25 Excellent pilsner with great flavors and aromas, if a little mild. It would be nice to get a super fresh bottle as I imagine it would be spectacular.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A true classic Pilsner. It was clean and refreshing and still had a nice hoppy bite to it and a slightly dry finish. Definitely a drinkable beer for the warmer days. Once opened it poured a nice golden straw color with a white head. The hops and malts were definitely captured in the aroma. You still get a full flavor of hops and malts and it goes down smooth. Very good beer!

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

An all around solid brew. This beer strike a good balance between floral hops and a mild, grainy malt. Finish is dry and you are left with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of SSS
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very light yellow, with a nice thick super white head
S-For me this is a 'yellow beer' smell, like cardboard...maybe other can pick up nuances like biscuit or something, I can't
M-Light, very light and crisp, not overly dry. Carbonation is light and smooth as well
T-This beer is relatively light and soothing, not harsh at all, very drinkable.
O-I was expecting a little more from this beer, but was still grounded by its simplicity and I accepted that it was a classic pilsner, it does that well.

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

From Bottle, Lovely straw colour, white head. Hoppy, fresh, floral. Very nice bitterness, some sweetness, quite balanced, crisp. Light/medium body, medium/high carbonation, bitter finish. Very nice and refreshing!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Victory Prima Pils
As a part of Variety of Victory I got this Pilsner from Victory Brewing.

It's a clear, yellow, beer with a one finger high, white head.

Nose: Floral, grass, spice, biscuit and yeast.
Taste: Biscuit, caramel malt, white bread, hops and hay.
Body: Medium, creamy body. Medium, soft carbonation. Dry finish and a great bitterness. Smooth taste!

Really good, balanced pilsner!

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear golden color with a two-finger white head that dissipated quickly. The nose was a nice subtle floral spiciness followed by biscuity notes. The taste was wonderful - spicy herbal hops with sweet maltiness and a lingering slightly hoppy finish. Nice light feel. A great German Pilsener.

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Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 6/15/15 code date. Appearance: Light golden and probably the clearest beer I’ve ever seen. Nice thick white frothy head that lingers. Aroma: Floral, grassy hop notes on a light crackery malt base. Taste: Light crackery malt sweetness, with a subtle but strong hop bitterness to balance. Slight spiciness to the hops. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate, crisp carbonation. Finish: Spicy and herbal hop bitterness lingers. Overall: Beautiful looking pilsner with nice floral and spicy hop characteristics. Maybe slightly subdued bitterness for a German Pils

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Photo of maedhros09
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light gold with pretty average white head, little retention/lacing
Smell: Classic pilsner aromas of cereal and grassy hops
Taste: Smooth lightly sweet maltiness with the herbal hops lingering behind until the maltiness fades and then a long bitter finish. some fruitiness is present as well. light to medium body, pretty typical pilsner carbonation, perhaps slightly less active.

Overall: Prima Pils lives up to the hype - it is a very full flavored bohemian inspired pilsner. Nicely balanced, it is lightly sweet with a pretty good hop kick to back it up. There are times when I want a milder pilsner in which this won't be my first choice but for a full flavor kick it's a great option. The palate has some complexity as well, which can't often be said of pilsners. Great stuff!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

EBD 9/16/15. Pours a clear golden. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Nice, but light, nose of herbal and spicy hops over a mild biscuit with lager yeast.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture that has a subtle creamy aspect at times. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is intense (hop flavor), somewhat complex and well balanced. It begins with Saaz hop flavor (not as pronounced as Urquel, unfortunately) that flows into a mild bitterness in the middle. As the bitterness asserts itself, a biscuit sweetness arrives to provide a tasty balance. The finish is a bit dry, not quite clean and a nice Saaz hop flavor lingers over a subtle sweetness coupled with a mild bitterness. THIS is what a German pilsner should taste like.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a crystal-clear, slightly sparkling straw-colored lager that could be a real eye-catcher if given a nice thick creamy white head rather than a brief rocky scree. The nose is pleasantly malty with alcohol undertones and hints of spicy hops. On the palate it is hop-forward, with a significant bittering hops presence that dominates the pilsener hops flavor and lagery grain notes; the finish is the same, with the bitterness lingering long enough to overstay its welcome. The texture is a bit thicker than the light body would lead you to expect, and the carbonation is nice and prickly. (12 oz bottle, 87 days before best-by date)

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Photo of fscottkey
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.75] Forms a full 3 fingers of head. The head is bright white and made of small to medium bubbles. The head has some staying power. The beer itself is a transparent light straw color. The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%) and there is a best by date (06/09/15).

S: [3.00] Yeast. Mild apple scent.

T: [3.25] Sweet fruits on the front. Very sweet with a hint of yeasty breadiness. The sweetness has a bit of a caramel flavor to it. The finish has a tart apple hint to it,

M: [3.00] The finish is dry. The carbonation is low to medium.

O: [3.25] The sweetness and the fruitiness surprised me on this one. It is a decent beer but I think it could get cloyingly sweet after more than one. The nose was really weak which made the flavors on the tongue a bit of a surprise. Visually this beer shines! The taste is decent. I would choose a lot of beers before this one.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Really solid beer that I see becoming a "go to" beer for me.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my generic pilsner glass, the beer poured 1 finger of quickly dissipating head. The beer is extremely clear with a pale yellow color.

Aroma is slightly skunky. I get a mild hay or grain characteristic. Very little to no hop characteristic on the nose.

Taste is primarily the hay, followed by a slight smokiness. It's almost a stale taste, even though the beer is rather fresh-- perhaps it is slightly irony. The beer is nicely crisp but rather non-descript in terms of any flavor besides the hay. It reminds me a lot of Stella Artois. The beer is nicely dry as is expected with the style.

Overall, this is a good, basic summer beer. Nothing spectacular in my opinion, but I also do not drink pilsners all that much. It beats any BMC beers for sure, but it still doesn’t provide any differentiating qualities/characteristics that truly make it fantastic or unique. This beer would pair well with just about anything, I could definitely see sitting down to a fried chicken dinner with this beer. It gets a 76/100.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,170 ratings.
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