Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,252 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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

A pint at 5 Napkins in Boston on 8/9/11.

Hazy golden with a substantial long lived head and good amount of lace. Malt aroma with a bit of fruit and earthy/spicy hops. Medium carbonation and medium body. Great balance between grainy malt and earthy hops. Lots of bitterness (for a pilsner) in the finish.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a thick fluffy white head that fades to a nice cap, and leaves behind a small amount of lace.

Smell; there's a definite spicy hoppiness to this, and has a bit of a floral scent. It has a nice clean smell to it.

Taste; slightly biscuity malts, with some piney hops with a bit of spiciness in the finish and just a little bit bitter. Mouthfeel is light and just slightly oily. Prima Pils went down very easy, my glass was empty before I knew it. This is not my favorite style, but I still found this to be rather enjoyable.

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Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into a pint glass.

Beer is golden, minimal white head that fades quickly. some minimal lacing.

The brew smells of hops, citrus undertones.

The brew tastes of nice hops, with a crisp bite to it. Nice.

The drinkability of this brew is high - could easily get a case of this and drink all night. A pilsner with a great hop balance - which would be plenty. I normally think pilsners tend to be very light on the palate - this one hits the spot. Good bite to it.

Another great brew for Victory.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent neon yellow with visible carbonation. One finger soapy white head.

Aroma: A little skunk from the hops (in a good way). A touch of grain.

Taste: Pretty clean. The grain and hops work really well together here. The grain flavor comes through at first and smoothly transitions into a clean hop bite in the finish and a lingering bitterness. There is an nice sweetness in there as well but doesn't last long. There is a slight lemon peel/citrus taste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decently smooth and a little above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The overall smoothness of this beer caught me by surprise. BMC beers tend to give Pilseners a bad name, but Prima Pils definitely restores that style to how it aught to be considered. Would I drink it again? It's likely, at 5.3% ABV it's even sessionable.

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

Prima Pils: from Victory, strong aroma of hops assaults the nose as soon as it hits the glass. Huge head, in fact I think we might have a winner in the on-going quest from height above the rim: two full inches! The beer itself is extremely hoppy, with pine flavors after the initial bite. Light in body, with a nice refreshing clean finish. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seanyfo
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ML bottle poured into a Ayinger Celebrator chalice.

BBE 11 MAY 2011

A- Pale blonde body with a moderate haze. Head is 2 fingers and rocky. Retention is average with good lacing.

S- Fresh cut grass, zesty lemons, citrus.

T- Lots of citrus/lemon up front. Reduces to a creamy dry finish, crisp and smooth. Hop bitterness lingers to the death.

M- Moderate carbonation and body. Clean lager feel

D- A lovely flavour profile. Doesnt look the part for me but certainly stands up in the nose and taste! Easy drinking excellent clean pils

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of droomyster
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear gold with a clingy white head. Smells lemony, very fresh, limes too, with a sweet maltiness as well. The taste is extremely well crafted: perfect balance of zesty hops and honey and grainy malts that finishes crisp but has enough body to let you fully feel and appreciate its flavors. Nicely done! Extremely refreshing. One of the very best pilsners I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of donnebaby
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-looking uneven head formed out of the bottle and lasted for about 10 seconds. Great resistance. Active in the glass, light gold color. Nose was a rich pils dragged through sweet, powdery flour. Seemed to diminish as I drank.

Interesting oat hop pils taste that seemed to be perfectly round and compact. Mellow grains stretch out from the lasting sweet hopped oat taste. Slightly sweet in the mouth and drying out in the aftertaste.

Excellent pilsener, and one I'll be drinking regularly.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kbnooshay
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally my local grocery store carries this! Probably for a limited time. 12 oz bottle, awesome hoppy-green label(love their design). First of all 99% of the pilseners i have had i have hated so lets see what happens with this much loved brew. This poured a light yellow gold color with a nice but small white head. Mediocre lacing. Awesome stringing of tiny bubbles. The smell is not the most impressive to me, sweet yet simple hops. Clean. This has some nice yet very light and sharp hop flavor. Tastier than most pilsners i have had by far, but it certainly tastes very euro. This is drinkable. but i would take Brooklyn's Pilsener over this any day. It tastes similar to ass macro pilseners, its just that you can tell more time and better ingredients into it because there are no disgusting chemical aftertastes. But still, as As SMF said below "this is a functional beer" this price I am looking for more than functional. Average to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 tewaris
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Co.
German Pilsner
12 oz. bottle with a freshness date of Sept. 27, 2010 poured into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance 4.5/5

Golden yellow with a big white bubbly head that recedes rather fast to a thin one, that stays. Very clear with no sediment. The lacing is thin but consistent.

Aroma 4/5

Hops (flowery?) and grains. Smells like a pilsner. It's probably the malts in the smell that hint at sweetness, which is absent in taste.

Taste 5/5

Doesn't get better. Crisp and refreshing. Just awesome. Starts a little, very little, sweet and finishes very bitter. Full of flavor, similar to the aroma. Grainy and hoppy. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel 5/5

Crisp, well carbonated and thin in a good, refreshing way. And not watery by any means.

Drinkability 5/5

As high as it gets.

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Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Photo of ElGuapo
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a little spicy and hoppy for me. it was not a bad beer, but i can't say i will buy it again. much like the hop devil, it was a bit much on the sharp side.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 5,252 ratings.
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