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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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90
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4,770 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,770
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 207
Gots: 555 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,770 | Reviews: 2,042
Photo of confer
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an example of what a pilsener should be.

Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With cold pizza in a glass. Lots of hops, distracting you from the pilsner crispness and refreshing taste you'd normally expect. Complex and worth another try but as a pilsner it kinda falls short. Reminded me of a white ipa. The layers of hops were interesting.

Photo of mi1154
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a sour finish. Not what I was expecting in a pilsner.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw color, crystal clear, small white head, spotty lacing

S: Pilsner malts, light hops

T: Sweet malts right away then a nice hop bite to it, hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium to light, resiny hop film coats the mouth

O: Good beer. A bit more hoppy than other pilsners I've had more recently and I was expecting more sweetness but this combination is still good just a bit different than what I expected.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.81/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow with slight carbonation. Excellent hop and corn smell. Very overpowering aftertaste that I don't like.

Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color topped with a fluffy white foam. Sweetly doughy and floral, the nose is a great tribute to a classic German pils, and even more inviting than many good German examples. Prima is hop-forward on the palate, showing grass and flowers against a doughy-biscuity malt backdrop. The carbonation and bitterness keep it lively on the tongue and lead into a dry finish that begs to be refreshed with another sip. Top notch.

Absolutely will buy again.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Didnt have enough flavor in my opinon

Photo of KillerJigger
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think it wasnt fresh. Will try again.

Photo of norehowsky
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pale, golden and very clear. Poured into a pilsner glass - decent white head, nothing to write home about

S - initial smell is somewhat fruity, with that raw malty finish you'd expect from a Pilsner

T - fairly similar to the smell but the hops are much more prominent, moreso than the average Pilsner. Definitely some fruity undertones, grapefruity

F - light and crisp, refreshing

O - a nice hoppy Pilsner, which is not surprising when it comes to Victory. As a guy who usually swings towards IPA, this is definitely a solid beer in my book. I love the hops, but always enjoy a lighter beer like this, especially when it's on the hoppier side.

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted like a pretty typical pilsner to me. Slightly better than the average for this style but not something I would willingly seek out again.

Photo of eggmaggi
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

don't believe the hype. It's just meh.

Photo of Urk1127
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My favorite style finally found this. dry smell. soapy finger of head. dry hoppyness very clean. best pils I've had. Will buy again definitely.

Photo of BuccoFan
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pilsner with nearly the body of a pale ale and a good taste and equally solid finish to boot.

Photo of Beerdoe
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This the beer I drink. My regular in the keg late spring and summer. Simple and refreshing. Great to come home to after fishing. Better than lemonade.

Photo of founddrama
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like if Miller Lite was any good.

Photo of BBS323
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great beer just a touch fruity pils taste

Photo of Redneckwine
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale, golden, and crystal clear. 1 finger head dissipates quickly to a wispy cap, some spotty lacing.

Smell - Nice snappy Pils malt: raw, grainy, biscuity and fresh. Kick of sweet/sour green apple skin. Hops have a nice combo aroma of grassy/spicy/herbal.

Taste - Much like nose, but hops are kicking much harder than you'd sense from the nose - grassy and herbal with a lemony citrus snap. Malt is raw and grainy with a touch of much needed honey sweetness. A bit of that apple/grapeskin peaks in, then this brew dries out real fast and a moderate grassy/herbal bitterness lingers.

Feel - Light/medium body with a nice and light feel, carb is active but not overly so. Smooth yet crisp.

Overall - Pretty much hits the nail on the head for the "hoppy pilsner" style: crisp, hoppy, and very drinkable. It might go juuust slightly overboard on the hops for my taste, but I could see myself knocking back a few of these any old time. An excellent beer.

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't really get the (relative) hype on this beer. If you want a Pilsner with no flavor, I guess it's a good choice, but there's much better craft Pilsners out there.

Photo of Csikic93
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold. Smells like wheat and bananas. Tastes very refreshing. A really enjoyable beer.

Photo of JLSIV
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/6 keg into a German Tulip Glass, beautiful Golden clear color, with a nice rocky white head. Good lacing, excellent retention.

Aroma is pretty basic, but I think true to my experience with German Pils in Germany.

Taste is awesome, just nailed it. right amount of hops, and you can drink these all night.

Feel is medium, and very smooth, almost silky.

If you like Pils, drink this.
Prosit!

Photo of KMC
1.55/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

It Looked good, but tasted putrid

Photo of Trombone69
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They nailed it.
It tastes just like all of those imported beers that we paid extra for back in 80's. But why bother? And should I rate it higher than Beck's or Carlsburg, or St. Pauli Girl?
They all taste nearly identical. But I could drink these all night, if there was nothing more interesting.

Photo of groogas
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just sweet and hoppy enough. Would like just a bit more dry and crisp, but I'm splitting hairs. A great Pilsner.

Photo of DraftDaddy
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not that good. Bitter

Photo of ClarenceClawmons
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I lived in Prague for six months I've been chasing the dragon for a solid domestic Pilsner. This beer is the closest I've come to satisfying that craving. My hope is that my purchasing large quantities of this beer will help the microbrew movement move away from constant IPAs and branch out into more European-style Pilsners.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,770 ratings.