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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,960
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 140
Gots: 208 | 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:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Chris585


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 8/23/11 from Bottle with Best Date of October '11. Could have been sitting for awhile, but I didnt notice much aging.

A - Cloudy Pils color with thin white head.

S - A bit metallic but floral and sweet aromas.

T - This is where it gets interesting...from the first sip I realized this was an exceptional tasting and well crafted Pilsener. With all the buzz about this beer, and that it has been around for some time, I am extremely pleased that I can once again drink a German Pils without worrying about the born on date, or drinking a stale skunk. Great job Victory, even though it has been around for awhile, for allowing me to explore the sessionable beer once again.

M - A little on the metallic side, but it subsides into a plethora of floral, piney, bitter, dry feel that I enjoy.

O - If you have ever been scared away from German Pilseners, or Pils in general seek this one out, you will be quite fond as I was.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 17:21:07 | More by Chris585
Photo of SpdKilz


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a relatively clear, mellow, light yellow color. About two fingers of head is achieved, which dissipates rather slowly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, lemon, slight skunky smell (hopefully not a bad bottle?), and sweet malts.

Taste - A rather spicy note is tasted up front which is followed by plenty of hoppy goodness and lots of different bitter citrus notes such as lemon and orange. A slightly bitter overall taste, however, this is not was I was expecting going into it. I've only had a couple other Pils before, one of them being the new SA Noble Pils. I didn't particularly care for the SA version (it wasn't bad by any means, just not my style) and I had heard so many people stating that the Victor Prima Pils was better. I saw a single and snagged it to give it a try, and honestly, it is better. The tastes are more subdued and mellowed, yet there is plenty of complexity with the different flavors showing up at different times, then a nice semi-malty/sweet backbone finish. This is a pretty darn good beer.

Mouthfeel - Lighter mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes relatively dry.

Drinkability - High. As stated, I was not expecting to particularly like this going into it, but honestly, I could easily see myself picking up a six pack of these during the summer months. This is a perfect summer beer, with it both being sessionable and crisp/light. Not bad, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 23:37:12 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, buttery-gold with a 1finger dull white head that was foamy. Retention was short with a strong vibrant showering of macro carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose was fresh lemon juice with a touch of grassiness and fresh grains.

T: The flavor opens with a sharp flowery citrus and dry pale grains. Slightly bitter, more so per style, with grassy notes and flashes of sweet husky grains occur in the middle of the palate before finishing off with a tartness of lemon peels. Overall this was very hoppy for a pils. A mixture of traditional fine german malts and flowery hops combine with a aggressive American influence of west coast hopping gives this a new twist with great results.

M: sharp with a lively tingle from the carbonation. Slick feel with a dry tart finish.

D: Good drinkability and good enjoyment. A great pilsner with an amped up American hoppy influence makes this case worthy and a great summer time drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 22:47:10 | More by beerthulhu
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light white golden color with big, foamy white head that deposited all kinds of chunks of lace to the glass.
Aroma has a really grass and flowered hop aroma with just a touch of malt sweetness.
Flavor is full of light bodied crystal and light malts with a full blown grass and citrus balancing hop taste. Really well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little on the full side for style but it's a good twist. Not quite as clean on the palate as expected with just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Drinkability is very high. Abolsutely thirst quenching and refreshing. Definitely a bit of an American twist on a great style but well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 17:54:55 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large head with decent retention. Very sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Good pale golden color. Completely clear other than the bubbles of carbonation.

All hops in the smell and taste. There's a hint of pale malt that's a little bready like an amber ale. Great taste with a wonderful dry finish. This is probably my favorite pilsner at the moment.

Another great beer from Victory. Go pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 21:36:32 | More by timtheenchanta
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of February 28, 2014 printed on the bottle. Another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co.'s year round line up.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours about one finger of soapy fluffy white foam on top of a beautiful bright golden colored body. Thin scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smells delicious; this has got to be one of the best smelling pilsners I've encountered. Earthy and grassy with lots of fresh florals and citric lemon.

T - Taste is of light biscuit / bready malt, dry grassy bitterness, some lemon citrus, and lots of floral hop presence.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and frothy. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, I'd say this was a job well done from Victory; I would definitely have more of this stuff. This would make more a nice session beer in the summer time. Recommended.

Victory Prima Pils ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:04:23 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, with a very actively bubbling one-finger head. There's a lot of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass; you'd swear there was an aquarium aerator down there! The head recedes fairly quickly and leaves a thin white film on the surface of the beer. Pretty decent lacing as well.

Smell: Nice balance of grainy malt and hops. Aroma is a bit on the funky side (almost like sour bread dough), with some citrus notes brightening things up a bit. Smells bright, fresh, and satisfying.

Taste: There is quite a bit of pleasant bitterness in this one. Flavor is sort of a grassy citrus, with enough malt backbone to lend a smooth, creamy texture and slightly sweet finish. Definitely more hops than I was expecting, but I think that's a good thing!

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-bodied. The hops + carbonation combo make this one zesty and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a beer you could really spend some time with in an evening. Enough flavor to keep you interested and light enough to be very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:39:33 | More by BuckyFresh
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of a "real" pilsner. So not sure what to expect, high ratings gave me the idea of trying it out (I did not read any reviews before tasting it).

Appearance: golden straw color; very clear. Not much head, but that may be due to age (freshness).

Smells of lovely hop aroma (I enoy the smell of hops much more than taste).

Tastes strong hop with out the intense bitterness. Aftertaste kicks in some bitterness, but nice. Nice mouthfeel a bit fizzy. After the first few sips, the hoppiness dies somewhat and you can enjoy more of the maltiness.

Great aperitif, gets you hungry, but fills you up a bit; really hits the spot.

This is a good beer. Its intense hop flavor has me thinking this isn't a standard Pils. I would definitely jump on it given another chance, but not something I'd buy normally.

[editted because I ddi ont sepll cehkc]

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 22:51:17 | More by NiceGuyMike
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice bubbly one finger head. Crisp clear golden color like you would expect. Looks like a thirst quencher.

Has the bitter Pilsner smell like you would expect too. Slightly hoppy. The aromas make me want to dive into this one.

Tastes crisp and clean with the typical pilsner bitterness. Good hop flavor. There is a hop cone on the label after all. Good sourness. Not overwhelming.

Perfect level of carbonation for this style and goes down well. A good drinking beer and representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 19:39:06 | More by biking4beer
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw-yellow with a cap of white foamy head.

S: Typical pils scents of fresh cut grass and lemon, with an atypical hint of hops.

T: Clean and bright. The out-of-ordinarily high hop presence only helps the winning lager formula. The mouthfeel is only a bit syrupy for the style.

D: Perfect alcohol level and great drinkability make this a summer standard.

Overall: Its been said before, this is one of the best American pils out there. If I absolutely had to pick a single beer to drink all summer long it would almost certainly be Prima Pils!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:47:31 | More by JohnnyChicago
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a nice 2 finger sized white head decent alcing left behind on my glass.

Aroma light malt backbone with a nice grassy hop aroma with hints of spicey hops thrown in to boot.

Taste is bready malt some mineral flavors in the background followed by nice grassy hops hints of lemon and spice. Taste is nice and hoppy for a pilsner one of the better ones I have had but I am no expert on pilsners. If better one taste like this I might try some next summer.

Mouthfeel is light but heavier then swill good carbonation, easy drinking nice.

Drinkability is good nice light but lots of flavor. Make a great lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:07:45 | More by mntlover
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Had Saturday night at JD’s Smokehouse in Baltimore. It was just tapped and I was probably the only person to order it that day. My first time to enjoy Prima pils on tap, having previously giddily gulped it all summer at the shore

Appearance: Pours a strikingly clear yellow with only a few rows of carbonation on the sides. Lacing was evident throughout the pint.

Smell: Sweet with floral hops
Taste: Crazily smooth and drinkable. Has a strong hop profile that is held somewhat in check by chewy malt. Hops kept it slightly bitter, but they were very floral in nature. Not as hoppy as I remember with the bottle version, but still pretty darn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2005 17:54:29 | More by Dithyramb
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, light malts and lager yeast and it’s very robust for the style.

T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet and then transitions into a little bit of fruitiness and a strong hops bitterness. There’s a very nice balance and the after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could see myself drinking quite a few of these over the course of an evening. I could also see myself choosing this beer to drink with a nice large meal. It’s a very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 05:13:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear, pale yellow. White head reduces to a sticky lacing.

Smell: Mild grains and grassy hops, almost marijuana like.

Taste: Really mild upfront, citrus in the middle then a pretty strong grassy hop blast finishes and cleans things up.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and light bodied, almost dissolves from the mouth.

Drinkability: Really clean and then you get hit with a dose of hops. I like it and find it really drinkable. This would be good paired with something that needs some cleaning up of the palate, almost a pizza beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 07:11:47 | More by guitarmage
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium gold with a big bubbly white head and streaming bubbles throughout

Smell: Floral and citric, more intense aroma than I normally notice in a pilsener

Taste: Grassy malts, Saaz hops, slight spiciness and lightly bready

Mouthfeel: loads of carbonation

Drinkability: crisp, light and refreshing; good session beer

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 23:29:00 | More by gimmehead
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from the bottle into a tall slender glass reveals a pale yellow body with a billowing frothy white cap. The head sustains throughout as it is continuously replenished by a stream of tiny bubbles. Looks nice.

Nose reveals a touch of malty grain, and a hint of floral grassy hops. Seems clean. Good here as well.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of sweet malt leading to grassy hop and ending with a kiss of sharp spicy bitterness that lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel seems pretty standard for the style. Thin with lots of tiny bubbles.

This is great beer from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet. Prima Pils i s crisp and refreshing with just enough malt and hop presence to keep you going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 20:42:25 | More by NBake
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Victory for my taste was a golden honey colour with plentiful carbonation. A small white froth rose up and subsided shortly thereafter. Random islands of lacing clung to the glass.

Honey and hop pings came through in the aroma. Just a scat of citrus impression.

The taste was surprisingly bitter. The first couple of sips acclimated my taste buds to this new and exciting beer I had especially for their delight. Faint lemony flavours showed up in the finish . The hops seemed to outweigh the pilsner malts in the taste. Which was absolutely fine with me. Good, bold flavour and a refreshingly crisp and dry ending. I could surely sit around in the summer time and pound these suckers like so many railroad spikes. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 17:11:07 | More by SupaCelt
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking Pilsener! Pours a light straw yellow with lots of visible sediment. The frothy white head is large, sticky and persistent.

The aroma is sweet with subtle fruity hints of pineapple and citrus rind. There is a spicy, pepper smell in the background.

Light, sweet flavor blends balances into a medium citrus hop profile. Mellow grapefruit with hints of pineapple finish with a spicy, bitter finish. Lots of pepper and clove spiciness in the aftertaste with a splash of zesty, citrus sweetness.

Light palate with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a nice Pilsener from Victory. I wasn't expecting the full range of spices but the taste does not disappoint. This would make for a good summer session brew. I can imagine drinking quite a few of these on hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 02:12:30 | More by Estarrio
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had enough Prima Pils over the last several years to finally justify reviewing it.... or something like that....

Pours a clean, clear golden color with a bubbly two-finger head on top which sticks around for a while, but eventually subsides to a thin film over the top of the beer. No lace here to speak of. Smells clean and malty, like a proper German pilsner should, right? Right. You can tell just from smelling this puppy that you're not getting another macro-processed American pilsner-style lager. No corn in this guy. The malt is the dominant aroma here, but there are faint notes of cut grass and old shoe leather as well. Not much fruit that I can sense, although at times there are also faint lemony scents as well. The taste is malty goodness as well, but with a very pleasant hop kick in the finish. Very well balanced, with some subtle buttery flavor as well. And that mouthfeel? Smooth. Almost chewy, but clean and crisp all at the same time. A heckuva a pils for this side of the pond, no doubt. A proper year-round quaffable session beer. More, please.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 22:41:08 | More by Atlas1
Photo of william5586


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pale yellow color. light head that dissipates after awhile but leaves good lacing behind as you drink.

S: some hops, maybe a little lemon, yeast

T: dry, hops, and a nice bitter finish

M: very light and drinkable but with more than enough flavor

D: one of my go to beers. i love to have this around because of the great taste and the lower abv means you can drink a decent amount. also very affordable price for a case

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 01:50:13 | More by william5586
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/light-golden color. Nice carbonation, moderate head – bubbly.

Has that Pilsner twang. Light sweet malt, floral/herbal European hops. Crisp apple/biscuit.

Fruity sweet flow of crisp hop and light malt. Crisp and ballsy yet delicate and subtle. Lightly sweet flaky biscuit malt. Fruity floral tart herbal hop.

Lightly spicy carbonation, maintains a decent punchy throughout.

Very drinkable. Quite nice. I could do these all day, and especially with such a great price. Ah yes.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 21:21:09 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with a slight orange tint and puffy head.

S - Good earthy smell. Grassy hops, bread and wheat, and a bit of mint.

T - A good spiciness to the taste, with a good amount of hops. Some mild tartness of lemon, and sweet honey. A good, complex taste. A great pilsner taste.

M - Nothing too special, but clean and crisp that brings a good refreshment to the mouth

O - This is easily one of the best pilsners I ever had. Just a great complex taste, clean and crisp. I think this is a great spring and summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:41:15 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima pils on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston on special for $2.50 per pint! Served in a standard pint, the beer is light gold with a nice bone white head. Great lacing.

The aroma is of fresh malts and flowery hops on the nose.

The taste is bright with floral hops semi-sweet grains and grass. Turns slightly bitter late.

The mouth is crisp yet full. What a great easy drinking beer. This is a wonderful pils that is easy to match with almost all food types. A versatile, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 19:48:19 | More by Redrover
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 3, 2011 stamped on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a completely clear, golden yellow color with a minimal, thin off-white head that is gone as quick as it shows up. Tiny wisps of lacing cling to the glass.

Smells of yeast, spice and hops. Yeast is first and seems to ride along underneath some spicy aromas in the middle and some bitter hops at the end.

Taste is clean, pale malt up front with equal hint of sweetness and spiciness. A sharp dose of bitter hops come through at the end and cleans out the other flavors leaving a lingering, sticky bitterness at the finish.

Crisp and clean. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very light mouthfeel without feeling thin at all. Great dose of hops gives it a good bite and feels lively on the tongue.

Excellent drinkability. Crisp and clean. Light and flavorful. Very enjoyable. Definitely a beer that could (and probably should) be had throughout a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:17:28 | More by ms11781
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #2 from the "Taste Victory" mixed 12 pack while I prep for an angel hair and turkeyball dinner.

A: clear, pale straw with thin white head- attractive

S: grassy ,earthy hops

T: hoppier than anticipated, crisp and dry

M: smooth, medium body but brawny for a pilsener

D: very. another hot weather quaffer.

Poured with vigor into the new Sam Adams glass.
This is a beer I will be seeing more of.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 22:10:56 | More by Rainintheface
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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