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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 | website

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:
2,074
Ratings:
5,120
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
Wants:
266
Gots:
808
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,074 | Ratings: 5,120
Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Leaves a nice simple white head with minimal retention of about two fingers. Pale lemon/straw body and cloudy with much visible carbonation. Some sticky lacing is apparent, but the head doesn't stick around for very long.

Bouqeut on this is a very spritzy lemon quality almost like a good Hefeweizen but bigger. Almost like spurtiza Italian soda feel but not much else. Really unique.

Just right body with a lime hop tangyness in taste. Mid palate lemon but this big citrus lemon/lime and hop play on taste and finish making the beer almost like an Italian cafe soda. Crisp and tangy. For it's big visible carbonation, it doesn't feel very carbonated at all.

Drinkability is real solid and easy and unique, this is a great beer for summer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I need to preface with I'm not a big Pils guy. There are some I like and some I don't. I'm sorting them in my mind. This beer is nearly clear, like water, it was impressive, amazing really. I stared at it for a while before drinking it. There is little to moderate carbonation, big head that fell away quickly. Smell is a little skunky, proabably not the best descriptor because the beer was not skunky. I can see why people use this as a good example of a pilsner, but I did not enjoy it. Sweetness classic Pils aroma developed or became more obvious as I drank. All in all, not my favorite but a great example of an American made Pils, think Bitburger when you drink this.

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

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with freshness dating on the label. Pours a nice shade of quite light golden amber.Snow white head,leaves moderate lacing. Nose is spicy,fresh lemony hops. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing brew. Loads of resiny and cirtic hops stand out in this bold and flavorful quafer. Great with many foods, fine everyday brew/sessioner.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Pils available at the Boulevard in J'Town, PA. The beer's appearance is clear golden color with decent white head and carbonation which led to a good lace. The smell was typical of hay, barley and hint of hop. The flavor is dry strong presence of saaz hops. Mouthfeel is very good...there is enough flavor to keep the beer interesting and tasty. Great for sessioning. Overall it is a very good pilsner.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, flourescent yellow coloring with a huge amount of carbonation. There was a light, foamy white head across the top. There were light aromas of toast and lemon. The flavors were effervescent and sharp, keeping the beer very light. Lemon essence and toasted malt, with slight sour and hoppy green undertones. The finish is a bit musty and lingering, with astringent, drying, puckering and any other adjective that is slightly uncomfortable, but appropriate for the style.

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

04/18/05- Received via trade with connecticuitpoet and steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz brew with a best by date of Feb 2004...scary. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Nice crisp yellow pour with a clean 3/4 inch head and adequate lacing.

Smell- More hoppy than expected in the nose. Otherwise your normal grain scents.

Taste- Not a sweet as many pils I have tried, but a nice hoppy background. Nice grain taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and a bit dry. Maybe a very slight watery taste at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably would be one of my got to pils if I had easy access to it. Nice change of pace with the heavier hop profile. Nice session brew.

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

Notes from 8/1/11. Poured in to small pint glass. Bottle dating to enjoy by Nov 21, 2011.

A - Pale straw yellow colour; hazy. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and very quickly dissipated.

S - Bready malts and a good hop bite are evident. A very typical pils nose.

T - Bready/grainy malts balanced with some bitter and dry hops in a perfect balance. The finish has a nice sweetness in it despite being somewhat dry. A slightly more pungent flavour profile than most pilseners, which is a nice change.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of pale malts and hops. It has a very bitter scent. The taste is decent. It is light and refreshing with quite a bit of hop flavor. Again, the beer has a very bitter taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well, but it has a lingering aftertaste that may deter some from having more than one.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prima Pils is golden with good carbonation. Head is medium-sized and fluffy. The aroma is of grain and herbal hop. Wow, the taste is hoppier than expected. Very herbal and bitter. Grainy malt is there, but hops are the focus. My overall impression of this is similar to Victory's HopDevil, the hop bitterness takes a bit much from the flavor for my tastes. I'll probably try this again to see if I can figure out what the fuss is about.

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Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its been several months since I last had this beer, and I wonder if I might have an old barrel this time around. Looks great, yellow and gold with a nice white head. Smells sweet and a bit hoppy. Taste is similar, but it lacks crisp flavors. The hops dont have much flavor and he malt flavor is pretty plain. It just kind of tastes like a light pale ale. It thought it was okay and it still drank nicely, but this wasn't the beer I expected.

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

On tap at Vine St. pub in Denver.
A nice, light golden pour. Topped by a rich, semi chunky.
Good lacing all the way down, sticky.

A spicy aroma to it with quick whiffs of light biscuit. Coriander and persimmon. Some floral.

The taste is a good play between spicy hops and biscuit. Whereas the hops dominate at first with spice and florals, the biscuity malt comes in at the end with a semi-sweet finish. Although there is a bite to it, it's still rather smooth and clean. Not musky like some GPs.

I drank this paired with quesadillas. Perhaps not the best combo, but the malt and tortilla worked out well.
very nice

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but just now got around to reviewing it. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pilsner malt with some grassy hops and bready malt mixed in. Overall, it smells like a classic pilsner. The flavor is heavy on the pilsner malt with some saaz hops mixed in. Tastes like exactly what you expect a pilsner to taste like. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

This is another fine beer from Victory. Pours a gold / yellow color with a small head. Sports plenty of bubbles as the carbonation level is perfect. The aroma is pleasant with sharp bitterness and some sweetness. The taste and mouthfeel are wonderful - crisp on the tongue, strong hops, and sweetness that all balance out nicely. The bitterness last long (and still going) on the tongue after swallowing. Super refreshing and extremely drinkable. Love this pils.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another sample from the markdown section at Vendome, a 12 ounce bottle cost me a mere 99 cents, and that folks, is what we call a bargain. On to the beer:

It's German styled alright, but with an American twist to it. What are American craft brewers known for? Making hoppy beers. Take a standard German Pils, and make it a pinch hoppier. It's a bit grassy and spicy with lingering bready malts following each sip. I expected it to be sweeter than it tasted, as the smell had an appealing sticky sweet scent to it. Very German in character, but don't tell my German stange glass that it was brewed in America.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, hint of citrus, hint of wheat, hint of pine, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, slight wheat, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a small-bubbled, one inch head atop a pale golden beer. Minimal effervescence. Well above average lacing and head retention for the style.

S- Muted lemon zest in the nose. "Grassy."

T- Clean, citrus hop...more of the lemons. hint of bread. This wins!

M- Crisp with good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- A refreshing pilsner but with much more hops than normal. Was saving this for an outdoor romp this summer but now it's too damn hot for that. A real winner from Victory. Give this to your neighbor who likes the BMC stuff.

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

12oz(fairly fresh) bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass.

A- Prima pils has a very bright golden/yellow color almost straw like. A dismal 1 inch white head came up then went down with ease. Nothing in terms of lacing. A few dense pea sized clumps of foam were scattered on the surface.

S- Is pretty simple with a bunch of European hops and German malts. This one has a very floral appeal to it and maybe some spice character.

T- Very earthy with the hops and malts blending very well with one another. Getting a touch of citrus flavor as well as some spiciness. Bready quality's throughout. Some yeast in there to add.

M- Thin to semi medium in bodied with just the right amount of carb to go with it. A nice crispness to begin which fades with some warming. I prefer to drink this as cold as possible which is different.

D- All day, especially in the summer. This is a true German Pilsner. Low ABV with a great taste and a nice crispness to it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 21 Aug 15
12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 3 Nov 15

It's been years since the last time I've had this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slight pine, grapefruit. The taste is malty, nice hop note, pines, very nice touch of grapefruit. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew, and glad to see it available to me.

Pours a clear yellow/golden color, nice carbonation, very small head that dissappears quickly, no lacing what so ever.. Right from the pouring I could smell hops, malts, and some citrusy. Very nice taste for a pils, little bite and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable at 5.3%, would make a nice session brew. Another very good job by Victory, would definitely recommend.

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

A nice bright golden color, that pours with a nice white head that disappears quickly. Has a nice appealing floral bouquet. The first taste is one of a soft malty flavor, which then finishes with a nice sharp hop bitterness that marries well with a bit of hop flavor. This is a great example of a Pils, which I wish I could get on a regular basis.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy light orange-yellow amber. Half finger fine white head with moderate retention and lacing. Light aroma of sweet malt, hay, faint hops. Taste is sweet malt, a hint of citrus, dry grassy flavor. Blends nicely into a hoppy finish leaving a pleasant hoppy malt aftertaste. Medium bodied. Not very complex, but nice flavor progression and integration. A very nicely done pilsner.

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears clear golden yellow with a massive head that diminishes slowly, leaving behind some lace.

S. Some yeast, malt and spicy hops are all there up front.

T. Very well balanced pilsner here. The malt is evened out nicely by some bitter earthy hops.

M. Light and crisp. Quenching.

D. A very good brew from victory, and one I will be having more of.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, poured into pint glass

A: Golden yellow with thick white head.

S: Noble hops, pleasant.

T: Saaz hops upfront with delicious bitterness. Robust for a pilsner, with German malts showing up as the beer warms.

M: Solid for a pilsner, dry, medium-bodied, not thin at all.

D: Exceptional, very easy drinking beer, with great taste, only drawback is the price, $8.59 for a sixer.

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

Pours a clear golden beer with a slight cold haze, good white head.

Smell is herbal and citrus hops with a biscuit malt backbone and a faint whiff of butter.

Taste is mildly sweet and creamy with a sold hit of hops to the tongue at the beginning. Tasty and much better balanced than I expected from it's reputation for being a hoppy Pilsner. Remains an excellent well made Pilsner all the way through.

Good mouth feel.

Outstanding drinkability I could drink this all the time except there was only one case of this at the Pasadena BevMo.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils reminds me of a brand-new gold plated trumpet. It is brilliantly resplendent and its well-polished glisten is without even the faintest of blemishes; I dare not stain the glass with fingerprints. In contrast, its head is almost unattractively scuzzy and its retention concerningly feeble. Luckily, the orchestra of bubbles entertain with their own concerto of jostling movement and hypnotic rhythm. This definitely belongs in the symphony.

The aroma is of the perfect match for a pilsner- sassy, soapy, spicy, it has all the characteristics of Europe's most popular style beer. And I am speaking of a *real* pilsner, not the bastardized mass-produced yellow lagers that are often labeled 'pils', but rather of the fragrant, fiery variety that is rightfully the pride of every Czech (and German). Successful execution is owed to whole-leaf Saaz and German Northern Brewer hops.

And despite the bottle being three-months old, that lemony, green, grassy pungency of the hops is still hugely discernible in the taste as well. It's almost gritty earthiness is mellowed out by the sweet, lightly grainy taste of bready pale malts. The sweetness of malts and the bitterness of hops is one of nature's true ying and yangs - a testament to the inherent balance of the natural world. It's hard to say what aspect I like better.

Actually no it isn't - I like the hops. And that this pilsner uses a good amount of them makes it wholly gratifying. This style of beer is notorious for disappearing in gulps rather than sips, liters rather than millimeters and Prima Pils' quenching, light bodied mouthfeel, complete with the clipping hop bite, is no exception to the trend. Discounting all this brewery's other notably solid offerings, Victory can rightfully be called such just on the basis of this beer.

Prima Pils being a great pilsner should shock you as much as water being wet. Not only is Pennsylvania renown for making some of the best German-style beers outside of Germany, but Victory is right up there amongst the best of that state's many great breweries. Besides, this brewery makes a whole variety of insanely highly rated pilsners, one of which, Braumeister Harvest Pils, is probably the best example of the style I've ever tried.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy head. Very good retention and lacing.

The smell was wild. Off the bat marijuana aroma which slowly dissipated into a smooth flowery hop scent. A bit of a biscuity aroma detected as well.

The taste was unique for a pils. Flavors of flowery and citrusy hop balanced slightly by a great biscuity flavor. Nice and dry as well.

The mouthfeel was excellent. The healthy dose of hops and the carbonation gave this beer a nice zip.

A highly drinkable beer. Not the best example of the classic German Pils, but who cares. This beer was magnificent. In my opinion, perhaps the best session beer out there.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.
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