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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,293
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 155
Gots: 272 | 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 avaldivia


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Decent head with a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Nice citrus flavor. Good cereal malts.

T: Wow. Much more flavorful than I was expecting based in the smell. Great floral notes. Vey nice malts on the end.

M: Very crisp and light. Good carbonation.

O: Great Pilsener. I am very glad that this is now being distributed to my area. Will pick up again in a heartbeat.

08-10-2011 18:47:14 | More by avaldivia
Photo of br3wmeister


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A- Small white head with medium sized bubbles that dissipates quickly. The beer is a yellow gold color with a little hazyness to it. Minimal lacing.
S- Light citrus hops, some light maltyness, some of fresh cut grass and a hint of skunkyness in the nose.
T- Some pine bitterness right away that lead nicely into some light caramel sweetness. The hops come back in the end with some pine and herbal notes that holds on for a little but leaves your tongue ready for more.
M- This is a pretty light bodied beer with good carbonation and hoppyness that leads to a nice crisp beer.
D- This is a very drinkable beer with a light body and a nice balance between hops and barley.

01-21-2009 02:22:09 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of ramseye4


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

I've never been one for pilsners, but hopefully this'n will change my mind. Pours a very thin looking yellow color, good 1.5 finger head, negligible lacing. Aroma is a medium intensity hops smell, and some biscuity malts smoothly blended in. Taste is...wow. A light hops bitterness comes to he forefront, with a strong backbone of malt. Citric fruit is also blended in, with grapefruit especially standing out. Mouthfeel is light bodied, but it works very well with the citric taste. Drinkability is outstanding, this beer goes down easily and quickly, and I could toss these back allll night.

When I first poured this I was skeptical, but Prima Pils turned out to be, well, awesome. Thanks to BA for steering me in the direction of this outstanding pilsner!

11-21-2010 03:50:24 | More by ramseye4
Photo of flagmantho


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, light straw color with a slim finger of frothy white head. There's just a touch of haze here. Looks good.

Smell: smooth, light malt with a hint of grain. Hops are nicely balanced in the mix. There's just a hint of spiciness present, as well; interesting. I like it.

Taste: malt starts of sweet but finishes dry; overall flavor starts malt-centric but finishes with a crisp hop bitterness. A very tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very good level of carbonation. It's slightly tingly, quite creamy, and quite excellent.

Drinkability: effervescent and refreshing. Quite a satisfactory brew.

05-07-2010 01:50:52 | More by flagmantho
Photo of orangesol


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

10-17-2011 23:34:28 | More by orangesol
Photo of homebrew311


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Served on tap at Durty Nellies

A: slighty hazy golden with short lived white head, decent lacing

S: deep Biscuity malts, earthy hops, a touch of grassy/ lemon on the end

T: rich malty character with an undertones of molasses, hops on the end- crisp and refreshing

Mf: high carb, crisp

O: nice balanced drinkable brew. Lots of flavor.

04-08-2011 06:06:56 | More by homebrew311
Photo of jaluria


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A golden beauty with very minimal head that remains for just a few seconds. Excellent carbonation that gives the impression of champagne. Aromas of yeast, malt, grains, and hops. The taste is an excellent example of this style with it's crisp, bitter taste upfront followed by a dry finish. Hop bitterness dominates the malt, but both flavors are detectable. The carbonation simply addes to the dry, hop profile. The aftertaste is quite bitter, but not unpleasant or overly dominant. A refreshing beer with good taste. I can easily have a few of these.

11-09-2005 14:15:39 | More by jaluria
Photo of DoubleJ


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

02-16-2007 18:48:54 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Saint


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

this was a real fine beer. Its light and refreshing as you would expect a Pilsener to be, but its also complemented by being a very hoppy bee.

It pours a very pale golden, yellow color, I had a fine thick head. it smell is mellow, you get hints of its hoppy & bitter nature. It taste complex. The taste is reminiscent of a IPA, yet its not. Its slightly spicy, and not to bitter. Its moutfeel is very crisp, a lot of very active carbonation. Drinkability, this is quite a nice beer. I could easily put several of these down in a row, however, I might tire of its hoppy nature over time.

04-15-2010 00:13:00 | More by Saint
Photo of philbertk


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Frothy lacy classic white Pils head. Clear bright rich yellow color.

Smell: Crisp aromatic herbal Saaz hop front.

Taste: Soft mild sweet butter malt body. Refreshing clean bitter hop mild citrus end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp & dry.

Drinkability: Smooth refreshing rich crisp herbal Pils

Best American Pils?

11-27-2009 20:40:22 | More by philbertk
Photo of paulozanello


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

This beer pours a pale straw and crystal clear color. It has a creamy white head that persists for a long time leaving web-like lacing all over my tulip glass. Sparkling fine bubbles keep coming up the glass like a good champagne.

Aroma is pretty much all hops. Blooming flowers, citric/fruity and grassy notes. Faint biscuity malts are very discrete in the background. I feel like I'm smelling a bottle of perfume.

Taste starts with bready and doughy malts but it is soon overpowered by an avalanche of aromatic hops: lots of citric orange and lemon upfront, followed by floral, grassy and earthy notes. Bitterness then ensues and it is pretty strong for a pilsen. It finishes very dry with bitter aftertaste.

Body is on the heavier side of light and carbonation is high. Overall this is a very well crafted beer with lots of complexity. It's main flaw (or maybe not!) is the lack of balance between malt and hops, obviously favoring the latter.

Without a doubt the hoppiest Pilsener that I've ever had, and perhaps the best.

12-08-2010 03:21:31 | More by paulozanello
Photo of kelticblood


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A big step up from the mass produced crap pilsners out there. Some time was actually spent into crafting this. Poured out a hazy straw yellow almost like a wheat beer. Light and foamy head didnt last that long. Aroma of pine and hops. Slight skunky aroma in the beginning. Leaves a medium bitterness. Very good carbonation with a crisp finish. Light and refreshing. A very drinkable Pilsner. Just wish they werent $9 a six pack.

03-15-2006 05:55:21 | More by kelticblood
Photo of Dools9


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a standard pint...

A: Golden straw color with a finger of soapy white head. Lots of active carbonation rising up the glass.

S: Clean, fresh cut hay. Bready, doughy pilsner malt, light lemon/citrus character.

T: Grassy and spicy bitter hops, sweet bready malts, burst of lemon, very tasty.

M: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Excellent drinkability. Would make a great sessioner.

O: Really good refreshing pilsner. Can't wait to drink this during the summertime on the beach. A session beer for sure. Reccommended.

02-12-2012 01:29:59 | More by Dools9
Photo of perrymarcus


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.
enjoy by date: sept 28, 2011

pours a slightly cloudt straw yellow while yielding a 1" white/off-white head. decent head retention and lacing.

nose is citric hops (notably lemon zest) with secondary notes of grass, wheat, and malt.

aroma translates well to the flavor; it's better, even. nice citric and grassy hop characters with some malt and wheat notes in the background. crisp and tasty; medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm admittedly not a die-hard pilsner buff but this is a very good rendition. flavorful and refreshing.

07-18-2011 01:22:57 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

BJCP should open a new category for 'American Pilsner.'

Poured with minimal head, that's not what I came to the beer for. Smells outright hoppy, as it warms up, your classic Pilsen malt honey/grainy smell comes through. This is a hop bomb of a pilsener If you want to taste nothing but Saaz for a while drink one of these. This beer will scrape off your taste receptors and replace them with hop resin. I find that a good thing.

04-05-2011 12:39:24 | More by wcintula
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Hazy light yellow hue with a very thin almost non-existent head. Not much visible carbonation, no lacing, head diminishes to a few bubbles quickly.

S - Slightly fruity aroma with a hint of yeast with a strong background of pils malts. Very simple as it should be.

T - Pilsner malts are still the base in the taste, but theres another note coming through that I would imagine the yeast bring into the mix. Fairly complex for a simple beer. Floral hops are the initial taste but don't come forward to take over the beer.

M - Thin bodied, good amount of carbonation though it wasn't visible initially. Finish is slightly dry with some lingering sweetness. Finish is my favorite part of this beer. It doesn't stay around too long and it adds a nice complexity to the beer.

D - Overall, love the beer. Great sessionable beer with the ABV and body. While it's complex, it isn't complex enough to keep me coming back for another.

01-30-2011 04:21:43 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of bushwik


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

I'll have to echo many of the other reviewers that this is certainly not a German Pils by any stretch of the imagination. It is however a SOLID offering from the always consistent Victory stable. I liken this to a consistancy of a Zwickel actually although it is not unfiltered is has a much more syrupy and hop forward flavor then a crisp and clear German Pils lager would. It is however highly sessionable and incredibly flavorful for a lager of its kind and I could put down a few of these easily on a warm day.

04-01-2014 19:30:20 | More by bushwik
Photo of rangerred


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a two finger white rocky head with awesome lacing.

Aroma of freshy cut grass and lemon waft up from the glass. Also some flowers with a little grain.

The flavor starts out with plenty of bread and a little bit of biscuit. Grassy hops quickly swoop in along with a stronger bitterness than I was expecting. This leads to an very dry, clean finish with lingering bitterness.

Wow this really is an amazing beer. It is extremely refreshing and an awesome thirst quencher. The bitterness might be a little high for a pilsener but it works very well in this beer. This will become a regular in my fridge.

04-23-2012 19:47:55 | More by rangerred
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

The beer is transparent and light yellow in color. Bubbles emanating from the depths of the beer ascend rapidly to the surface. The head is thick and white, leaving ringlets of lacing around the perimeter of the pilsner glass.

The aroma is of lager malt, a slight funk (positive), floral notes / floral hops.

The flavor is quite tasty and refreshing. This is one of the better examples of a German Pilsener I have had, especially from an American brewery. The flavor leads with a malty, biscuity character, then gracefully transitions to a light hop bitterness in the finish. Personally, I would prefer the hop character to be slightly less pronounced, allowing the malt component to shine through a bit more, but I can't deny that this is done artfully.

Easy to drink, a bold flavor, distinctive. This is in the upper echelon of the style, without question.

05-09-2011 23:38:25 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Budro


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Inspired by the recent forum discussion of Victory's availability in GA, I picked up a six-pack of this on Saturday, after I'd consented to the idea of saving some dough and contenting myself this weekend with the suprlus white wine my mother-in-law sent home with me after my father-in-law's 60th birthday bash. Ah, well. Rational economic analysis be damned. I'm a Beer Advocate! I poured the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: This is a strikingly beautiful beer, boasting a white foamy head you could shave with. This settles quickly, retaining thinly across the surface, topping a brew of pale golden yellow that evokes yellow hay in the morning light where the light catches it, homemade lemonade at the base, and everywhere else banana--not the peel, but the fruit itself.

S: Sweetness as from distant hay, freshly mown. That's right: distant hay, freshly mown. Hop aromas, pungent and sour, emerge as well, as if carried on gentle breeze.

T: All hops, subdued. (Tamed?) Intense but not overpowering sourness tops the foundation's picnic-blanket shake of bitterness. The malt doesn't contribute much to the flavor, but perhaps in the underlying mellowness, its presence is accounted for. The aftertaste evokes sharp cheddar cheese, but again, faintly.

M: Thin but not weak. Drenches the palate, which takes a nice long time to dry between swallows.

D: Light and perfectly drinkinable. None of that heavy-belly feeling.

I really grew to appreciate this beer over the life of the six-pack. This beer makes a subtle first impression, but repeated exposure yields rewards.

08-27-2007 23:38:18 | More by Budro
Photo of TheBungyo


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

What a head on this one! I'd say it was about an inch thick ... creamy white and gorgeous! Body is straw colored and very inviting. Nose is lemony hops and fruit. Tastes much the same ... I really dig the fruitiness. Finish is dry. I can see myself buying this all the time even though I'm not a huge fan of the style ... this is damn tasty!

09-18-2006 05:30:58 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of beernbbq


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Beautiful yellow and mildy cloudy appearance with a clean white and tight head. Floral hop aroma mild new mown hay smell. Clean taste very refreshing with a salad or mild fish. Nicely carbonated with a mildly strong hop bittering. Overall, a wonderful Pils.

12-26-2003 14:38:39 | More by beernbbq
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a medium light gold with a huge head, great longevity and great lace. Smells of a sweet malt with a spicy hop presence - exactly how a pilsner should smell. A sweet malt first hits fllowed by a spicy earthy hop flavor and bitterness. A bit to hoppy - I think. A bit out of balance. I realize that they are supposed to be a bit hoppy but its just a too much for me. Upon a second sip I detect some citrus and grassy flavors. A excellent example of the pilsner style, but just a bit too hoppy in my opinion. Still a quality and tasty beer though.

07-30-2005 00:59:57 | More by sabrills70
Photo of mmmbeer


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz., with "enjoy by 4/2/05" on label. Pours into the pilsner glass a bright golden yellow with a 2 finger yead that leaves some lacing. Has a crisp metallic/grassy/grainy hop aroma. The beer has a nice bitterness that lasts and has a grassy/citric/floral taste that is very crisp and refreshing. The malts come through as the beer warms with the slightest hint of caramel. Feels nice and would be a good session beer. Would be easy to introduce this one to macroheads.

02-12-2005 23:45:31 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of jsimon816


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Enjoyed Prima Pils in Philly on a hot summer afternoon. An easy drinking refreshing German stlye pilsner with a light hoppy aftertaste. If you ever experienced the humidity on the East Coast a cold refreshing Prima Pils did the work of quenching my thrist. Would like to try in on draught.

07-06-2006 17:46:03 | More by jsimon816
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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