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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prima! It’s a German exclamation of joy. It’s a recognition of accomplishment. It’s what escaped from our lips the first time we sampled this mighty pilsner recipe. With heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts, we achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor that we sought. Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!

44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,191
Reviews:
2,115
Ratings:
5,272
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
287
Gots:
890
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,272 |  Reviews: 2,115
Photo of vfgccp
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek World Tour shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale gold, slightly yellowish color. It started out with a thick, bright white foamy head but settled down to a thin covering within a minute or so.

The Noble hops really come through in the aroma with a bold, spicy, grassy, earthy flavor. A crisp lemony, citrusy flavor also comes through pretty well in the nose.

The nose suggested the hops were going to be bold, but the taste really surprised me with just how bold they were. It has a huge earthy, grassy and spicy noble hop presence to it. The citrus comes through a bit in the finish but not a lot. The hops leave a lingering spicy, moderately bitter flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it definitely showcased the noble hops very well. A little malt sweetness and citrus helped balance the flavor out a bit.

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Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Pours like a wheat beer--lots of cloudiness, straw to golden color. Frothy head that leaves good ring lace.

Mild hop aroma with a proper malt base. Slightly skunked in this one.

More hoppy than most pilsners. It has a very rich body for the style.

Doesn't really fit the style, but it is delicious.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with effervesence & a 3 fingers deep fluffy white head. Very good head retention & super lacing

Smell; Malty with peppery hops scent

Taste: Malt, then gassy & peppery flavors up front. Hop bitterness lingers on tounge. Finoshes peppery, slightlly malty, soapy & dry

MF: Good balance, medium body & good carbonation

Drank very easy, nice take on the style with a German influence to be sure

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, yellow body topped by a foamy, white head that supplied clear-cut rings of lace on our way to the bottom.

Smell: Aroma smelling of grainy pils malt, moist discarded lemon rinds, and fragrant, spicy hops.

Taste: Grainy tasting pilsner malts with a light honeyish sweetness. Hint of lemon. Richly floral and spicy noble hops with an ingratiating medium amount bitterness. Finishes dry and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Keenly drinkable. One of the better American-corn pilsners around.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a light head, white in tone, which quickly dissipated. It had a very floral nose with a rather light mouthfeel. There was a great non-overpowering hoppiness in the mouth. The finish was very clean, very dry. All in all, a very beautiful beer. Someone needs to remind me why I used to pooh-pooh this beer. I feel as though I am born-again. It is certainly a beer that could be a session beer, and especially during the summertime.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, drink by date of July 2010.

A: Light yellow in color with a one inch head. There is a lacing trail of small bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S: Pretty neutral, pick up the noble hops and some faint lemon and grass

T: Nice and clean, the hop flavor is really nice balanced well by the malt

M: Light and crisp with the right amount of carbonation

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice drink on a warm spring/summer day, very refreshing.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucid lemon yellow that isn't quite dark enough to be considered gold or amber. The lid is a shade darker than cumulus cloud white and is soft and fluffy. The foam persists for a while and leaves a small-moderate amount of lace in fat, broken rings. The nose is wonderful: all soft lemony hops with just a hint of earthiness.

Prima Pils is hugely impressive beer and I'm not a big pilsener fan. Hops are dominant, with that same lemon zesty, grassy character that is noted in the nose. This beer is beautifully hopped! It has just the right combination of citrusy flavor and hop bitterness to go along with a fuller than normal body (for the style) and a crisp, drying finish. Another solid beer from Victory.

Prima Pils is, without question, the single best German (American) pilsener that I've ever had. It would be enjoyable at any time of the year, but would be even better, no doubt, on a scorching summer day. Too bad it isn't available around here because I'd never be without it.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bight pale yellowish golden colour with a very active carbonation that hold the near perfect lace together.

Very expressive in the hop department with herbal and spicy aromas and flavours that solidly dominate the senses but not to the point of being overwhelming. Touch of biscuity doughy maltiness within, very clean with a dry long lasting hoppy finish.

Perfect with some spicy homemade sausage at Redbones. If you like your pils with more than enough hops this is the one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/04/11 notes. Had this on tap last night at the American Tap Room in Clarendon, VA, though I've had it several times before.

a - Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with one finger of frothy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, bready malts, and light sweet fruit. Nice, but not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of grain, wheat, biscuit, bready malts, floral and earthy notes. Lightly sweet again, not bad.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice, above average pilsener, thought not my favorite pilsener or Victory beer. The floral and sweet notes and help it a lot, and it is very easy to drink. Would have it again and a good springtime beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at barleys and always one of my personal favorites!!

good sized two inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently into a broken crown across the top with a good amount of side glass lacing as well. Light aromas of grain mixed in with a good light floral bouquet and hints of pineapple. Some light banana way down in the back.

Crisp, and refreshing. A light wheat like grain base was cut by a nice orange rind like hop flavor that was quick to turn nice and bitter on you. Hints of banana flavored yeast and a nice finish that was full of fresh cut grass and a wet hay flavor. This was a nice medium bodied pilsner. Much thicker then you would normally see from the style, but it worked very well. An outstanding session ale, this was one I would have no issues in repeating any day. It was light, crisp and clean with a nice profile and low ABV, all things making this lean hard towards being very seasonable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bomber up at Wegman's poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is golden and the clarity is lightly hazed with a moderately fast paced rise of bubbles. The head is 1/2 inches of rocky snow and lace clings in spots in a wave pattern. The smell is musty and mineral from the yeast with a pils malt scent and the German origin is apparent in both hops and yeast with slight grassy vegetal and herbal aromas from the hops. The malt and hops with the yeast delivers a mild sweet scent which compliments the earthy elements well. I get a bit of grass, probably because it is so fresh, but mild grainy feel with high carbonation and spicy, peppery middle and mild sweet tinges throughout. The light grainy texture in there with a pretty resinous hop texture and highly dry semi-bitter finish.

The tast is light toasted pils malt with a mild floral hop flavor and some spicy grassy tastes that aren't harsh, yet still gives the impression that this pils is highly hop flavored with a very mild yeast mineral quality and light pilsner malt sweetness. The finish is dry and spicy with a nice yeasty tinge. I think this is a great American take on the German Pils style, with a pretty hop forward taste, yet it is still within range to be considered traditional influenced with nice noble hop character and high drinkability.

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Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Fridge on opening day into a Prima Pils glass.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a big pillowy two finger tall white head leaving light steaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready pils malts, spicy hops, lemon rind, and some damp earth. This one is classic pils all the way.

T - Starts off with a big chewy pils malt kick that lingers throughout each sip. Hints of spicy hops and zesty lemon help keep things balanced. The finish is fairly chewy with a slight hop bite, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Clean, chewy, feel that helps to keep this ones drinkability high.

O - I could, and have, drank this all day. Between the low ABV and the simple flavors it is extremely drinkable. It remains one of my go to beers when I am at a place with questionable beer selection.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,272 ratings
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