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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

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Photo of elliot23
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sight: Poor a nice clear and bright yellow. Small head into a chilled glass.

Nose: A pleasant hop nose straight forward with fruit on the back. A little grass and lemon of note

Taste: Great depth for a pils. A good presence of hops that is mild but enjoyable. Nice citrus notes and a long lasting finish of balanced bitterness. Grass and dryness on the end.

Feel: Crisp and dry. A nice sense of body.

Drinkability: A good effort on a German pils that is a nice medium body lager and a great drinkers beer for the spring and summer months.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got inspired by the BAs for this one. First time I saw it, so I picked one up. Had a bad experience with Victory before, but BAs convinced me to give the brewery another try. I was not disappointed.

A - average blond, clear lager color, mild carbonation - at least less than expected.

S - delicate hops

T - Great! Very refreshing. Floral, bitterness from the hops, more than any lager I remember drinking.

M- Thin, less bubbly than expected. I'm satisfied with it.

D - Excellent. Would work well with BBQ or any hot summer activity. This is a beer that easily qualifies as a "thirst quencher when mowing the lawn" for the BMC crowd, but it actually tastes good! Kinda like SNPA meets crisp pilsner, to put it in broad terms.

GF stole the glass from me and liked it. She says " Whoa..taste like tecate, but weird..with..like a bitter honey taste??"

I'm not sure how the hops would work with Korean or Japanese food, but it might be a good candidate if you're cooking korean ribs instead of Hite.

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Photo of jmshulk
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a nice golden color with a little haziness. Thin white head that dissipated pretty quick.

Aroma: Had a bit of an odd smell. Some hay and some citrus from the hops, but something else that I can't quite identify, but seemed off.

Taste: Not too bad at first, a bit of hoppiness, but left a bit of an aftertaste.

Feel: Light to medium body.

Overall: Best by date well past and probably contributed to a lower quality. I expect more from Victory Brewing. I've always enjoyed their beers and needless to say, I was a bit disappointed that I had picked up a beer with an "Enjoy By" date from a little over a month ago. Will definitely have to try this again.

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Photo of sudz42
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the high ratings and increasing popularity in "Imperial" and Belgian styles, we Americans validate a good beer by its specific gravity and ABV content. Not me.

I'm looking for an Old World (read German/Czech) pilsner. While a good, fortifying drink, Prima Pils does not come close to being a true Pilsner. It's more American ale than even a lager, let alone a pilsner.

This beer's potential is most likely in its water, as PA is founded on limestone, like northern Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. However, Prima's yeast does not convince me that this drink is bottom fermented. Nor does the thick yellow color convince me that this is a pilsner: it's too malty; it's too strong.

It's a good drink, but it's not subtle and refined like a true Pilsner.

Someday, an American pilsner will come; it's not here yet.

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Photo of umtox
2.99/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean and light with a fair amount of carbonation and a good head

S: Hoppy, bitter, but with a definite skunk undertone

T: Clean, a bit bitter and refreshing, a bit of a limestone or brine flavor.

M: Crisp on the palate giving way to bitterness

D: Not the lightest pils, but definitely a decent session beer.

This is a pretty decent pils minus the smell. Would find this especially refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of MillySox
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little hoppier than a typical German pils, but for my tastes that's a plus.

Very pale, translucent color and very noticeable lacing. The noble hop aroma is not significantly more that a typical German pils, but the actual hop flavor and bitterness is. Light going down and a lasting impression left.

A lager alternative for hoppy pale ales. And a treat for anyone looking for quality craft lagers. Hats off to Victory!

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Photo of moosiz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass. Crystal clear golden/yellow with damn near perfect carbonation. low head retention but good lacing.

grassy slight hop nose with a slightly sweet undertone.

very balanced flavor with just the right amount of hops. the grassy note comes through perfectly with a half dry finish that I like.

the carbonation dances nicely about the mouth to introduce the subtle but refined flavor that makes this beer to every nook and cranny. but once it is down the hatch the aftertaste is almost as enjoyable as the sip.

very, very drinkable. nuff said.

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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 57andcounting
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked a six-pack of this up at the brewery. It's a good pilsner. I am not a big pilsner fan, but I would have not problem serving this to company. I believe, on a hot day, I could down a few of these. It's worthwhile picking up a six-pack of these. Victory's stuff is just consistently good.

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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rather cloudy beer with some protein haze, unexpected for style. A light golden color, OK. Good carbonation, head retention.

Amazing, pils malt and continental hops, in perfect harmony. No esters, fusels, diacetyl or other flaws.

Clean grainy taste, followed by lingering bitterness. A tad more bitter than most German Pilseners, however this is probably closer to traditional style than modern german pilsners. I am going to give a 4.5 here.

Crisp and lovely.

Jesus, I am not sure I can think of a beer that is this drinkable. I could have 50 or 100. Ok... 5 or 6.

Great Pils. If it were clear, it'd be almost perfect.

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Photo of Birmingham
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: The aroma is clean with flowery notes and hints of malts.

Appearance: The beer poured bright yellow and brilliantly clear with a tall white head.

Flavor: The initial taste had a bitter bite and herbal notes. As the beer warmed up the flavor became crisp flavor. The malt's presents increased and rounded out flavor.

Mouth feel: It has a light body, mild carbonation and medium dry finish.

Overall Impression: A clean beer, in line with style guideline. Over all the beer was enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of zebco
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A solid golden color. I got a dense, white head to start but its seemed to have whisked away rather quick. I'm also seeing some active carbonation vines.

Smell: Quite hoppy with grassy aromas.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very crisp. The hops are there up front and in the back. Not overpowering at all though. Quite delicious. A good balance of bitterness to me.

Drinkability: Well, the easiest way to put this is that this is my 5th one tonight. I would pull the trigger on the 6th but I wanna save it to savor at a later date. Good beer. Very enjoyable. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: pilsner
Nice clear crisp light yellow beer with a thick soapy, rocky head. Floral and piney hop aroma with a slight grassy smell and a hint of yeast.
A slight bit of Malt in the front followed by a very strong piney hop bitterness.
Thin and light bodied mouthfeel with a sticky hop texture. Very active carbonation and a strong hoppy finish.

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Photo of copasetic
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw and just a hint of haziness on the pour, but minimal heading and a few lacy remnants. The aroma is lovely noble Czech hops with a hint of sweetness. This sweetness is carried through with the taste, which is more full and developed than many pilseners I've had. It's mild and smooth, but hits with spicy notes. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a generally clean finish.

Ok, I'm not a huge fan of the pilsener style. I like funkier punch you in the face ales, but this is very good and very drinkable. Give me a six and a warm day, and I'll call this one all sorts of good.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: vibrant yellow in color, very clear with nice white head.

Smell: flowery hops that are extremely summery.

Taste: hoppy, bitter, fresh. malt sweetness is there in the background but hops are very much dominant in this beer. bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: a slightly chewy body, smooth and refreshing carbonation.

Drinkability: this is a great summer pilsner. very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy light gold. Quickly dissipating head forms ring and laces.

Smell is quite intriguing; something quite sharp in there is balanced by yeasty dryness of highly attenuated beer; most memorabl to me is the slight stinging effect of the vapors in deep snorts. Alcohol? Pungent hops? I'm not sure, but it is a good thing, and very unique in my limited experience with pilseners.

Taste is altogether pleasurable, but the sharpness of the taste is new to me. Again, new seems good here, but the dryness is intense. Tannic effect on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is notably distinct by dryness and tannic feeling that seems as much a flavor of taste as it does a sensation of texture. Dry, sharp, slight tannin, quick, intense burst of flavor and texture. Maybe everything that a Pils should be, but I'm not an expert.

A good experience. Certainly better suited to warmer weather than February in Beantown.

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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 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 dwarvenspirits
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light-looking semi-thick head on it. Lingers long enough and gives enough lace until the last drop. Beautiful light golden color. It has some hop aroma followed by a touch of malt, but not much. Mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated and very light. This is an easy drinking beer that is great on hot days. It has a wonderful hop profile for a pilsner, can taste the citrusy flavor which bursts in your mouth but leaves a clean dry aftertaste and makes you want more.

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

This is the best Pilsner I have ever had, bar none.

Beautiful golden colour. Aroma of floral, spicy hops. Elegantly simple taste with lingering hop bitterness. A nearly flawless beer in every respect.

Not only has Victory set the Pilsner bar for North American brewers...they've set it for the entire world.

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Photo of brendanbeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

barcade in brooklyn.

a. pretty light pils look. lovely thick easy head on top.

s. really nice fresh floral hoppiness here.

t. oh i like the taste! its really really floral, and the citrus on the tip of the tongue mixes with the bitter floral finish really nice. this is victory at its best i think.

m. smoooth, has enough carbonation to freshen the palate but leaves a nice rich tasty layer.

d. very drinkable. strong in flavor, but refreshing in its character. recommend above storm king any day

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Photo of DrewS
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite style but really good nonetheless. The nice golden yellow color comes to a decent head that fades rather quickly, but is to be expected from a Pilsner. Has a somewhat sharp malt aroma that is not displeasing. Amazingly bitter for a Pilsner and is probably what makes me like it so much. All around it's pretty balanced with a solid malt body. Not very complex in the full scope of beer, but very complex when compared to others of its style. I liked it's refreshing taste and drinkability. Another beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of boblinneman
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hopheads pils. This beer will hook you and not let go. Very suprising how dry and hoppy. Definitely will change the way you look at a pils. I'm not sure if this beer is true to its form (everything is but quite hoppy), but who cares its great. Victory has an ongoing series of single hop pils, all great but different.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a bottle of this before meal at Spring St Cafe in Sylva, NC, and than had one with my Jamaican Jerk Pork BBQ dinner as well. Yummy!

Onto the beer....poured a yellow-gold with a nice head. Has a large amount of carbonation, although for once, in this beer, that didn't bother me like it often does. The carbonation was easy to deal with and didn't seize my throat or bloat my tummy like some highly carbonated beers.

Smells of metal and earthy/spicy hops arch off the head, and the hint of perhaps centennials hops as well? Far hoppier in the nose than a typical pils, even Pils Urquell, which is a favorite of mine. I could have sniffed this one much longer but was drawing funny looks from the tables around me.

Tatse and mouthfeel are exceptionally crisp and sharp, but in a good way. Very smooth malt flavors blend with the hops all the way through the sip and the yeast stays apparent, although in the background, providing a lager-ish finish. Simply put, a supremely refreshing and quenching beer ever. Victory has done it once again, this time bringing hops to a style where so much hops isn't expected, and still making it work well.

Exceptionally drinkable. Brought home a sixer of this and Avery IPA from NC and have loved having both around.

Wish GA would get Victory and Avery in sometime soon...


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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Prima Pils produces a nice finger and a half head of eggshell foam. Pristine and golden. The head fades leaving a ring and lace that clings sporadically along the glass. Smell is faint with hints of hay and apple. Mouthfeel is light, crisp carbonation and dry. Taste is light toast and biscuit malts. A tiny bit nutty, with a light but lasting hop finish. Drinkability is amazing. The most refreshing beer I've ever had. I could see myself sucking down a case of these on a hot summer night. It's THE perfect summer beer and what any Pilsner should aspire to be.

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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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