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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 192
Gots: 496 | 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
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Ratings: 4,700 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of Louie1031
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one a short time after the enjoy by date: 15Jul06. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pour resulted in a nice white head that left a good amount of lace as I quaffed this one down. Prima Pils has a light golden hue with substantial carbonation.

This brew gives off a citrus-like hop scent with a bit of spicyness. Pilsner malt smell evident as well.

The taste is certainly bold for a Pilsener. Hop spicyness lingers after the swallow. Nice crisp finish. Malt definitely rides sidekick to the hops in this Pilsner, which I like a lot. Victory definitely stepped it up a notch with this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with noticeable carbonation pricking the tongue throughout.

One could definitely rip back a few of these after a tough day at work and be better for it. Especially if you like a side of hops with your pilsner.

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

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date found on the bottle. Got this from Matt from Pennsylvania; would imagine this is relatively fresh. Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass today, 7/28/2013.

This beer pours a lovely clear golden colour with a ton of fizzy noise and a fluffy head that builds up instantly, and slowly dissipates over the course of five minutes. It is an absolutely gorgeous, clean looking beer. The glass's Wisconsin etch at the bottom does a nice job of releasing more bubbles to the surface, forming a bubbly film once the head is gone. The lacing is sticky and soapy where it sticks.

Just smelling this beer is refreshing. A good bit of lemon zest and grassy hops. A spicy and grainy sweetness permeates the nose. Not a complicated nose, but definitely does what its intended to do- smell refreshing.

It tastes like a sweet lemon zest with a clean, refreshing grassy bitterness that makes my tongue shiver. There is a bit of underlying spiciness to the flavour which is a great addition.. but for the most part this is an aggressively hopped lager. Tastes deliciously clean and hoppy. The feel of this beer is about right for the style- lighter bodied, very well carbonated, clean tasting and refreshing. Aftertaste of spicy grassy hoppy bitterness that sticks for a good while. Again this is clean and refreshing.

A very nice example of an American take on the German pilsner style. Delicious, refreshing and not expensive. Would recommend to anyone who wants a good, easy to find lager.

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

Packaged in a 12 oz amber bottle, 3 months before best-by date
Served at about 35F
Aroma at bottleneck full of herbal noble hops
Poured with very little head, so increased the splashing to get a fine 1/2 white head that left good lace.
Appearance in glass was straw yellow and crystal clear.
Aroma in the glass was again noble hops with a touch of maltiness.
Taste: Bitter up front, rich tasting but not a lot of body, with a slightly sweet finish and a pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Upon warming, gets a little sour reminiscent of American lagers.
Drinkability: This is a really fine beer. It look and taste are exceptional. The hop bitterness and aroma are well balanced, not excessively malty or sour like American style and some European lagers. It's a hard style to perfect, and they've nearly done so. American macro breweries are technically capable of making a pilsner this good, why o why do they elect not to? This could be a benchmark pils to judge all others against.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a light golden straw-like color with a decent head that is well retained and settles into 'chunky', foamy pieces. The aroma is malty and grainy with traces of noble hops. The flavor is malty (triple decoction?) with noble hops present. It has a nice balanced flavor with a hoppy finish. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a really tasty pilsner. You could have really put this past me as being made in Germany. For an American brewery, this is an outstanding pils. That said, it stands up to the pilsners of Europe, but I would like a tad more hops in the aroma for perfection. However, this might be solely a function of the freshness. I bet this is fantastic at the brewery from the tap! This is another great beer from Victory, my compliments.

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

355ml Bottle from the Brewdog online shop (£2.80):
A clear, light golden color with a 1cm foamy white head that holds as a nice surface lacing with a little extra left on the sides.

Fresh with a great blend of citrus and grassy hops & light pilsner malts. There's a hint of sweetness & floral notes and overall the beer is light and refreshing without coming across as weak or bland.

Grassy hops & citrus initially, alongside some spice & refreshing lemon flavors. A light malt base & hints of sweetness followed by a subtly bitter finish.

Smooth & light bodied with good carbonation with a light bitterness. There is a good balance throughout & the beer was incredibly easy to drink as a pilsner should be.

A great pilsner & definitely up there with some of the best of the style I have tried, in fact it could very possible be the best of the style I have tried. Don't pass up trying this one if you get the chance.

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

A: Pale gold color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated quickly to an even skim that held. Light, broken lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Wet slightly sweet grains, hay and cut grass. Light citrus and pepper of bittering hops.

T: Light bready malts with a healthy bitter bite in the finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and clean with a nice bitter dryness in the finish.

D: If you want to session with a pilsener, this is good choice: flavorful, balanced, crisp and clean.

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

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with large frothy white head that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Earthy aroma of grass and floral hops.

T: Sweet up frong with lemon grass and honey, then a sharp citrus bite. Very nice flavor.

M: Light bodied and crisp.

D: This is one of the best pilsners I've had. Great flavor, but still light and refreshing. This would be great for a BBQ on a hot summer day.

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

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so stoked to try this beer. I have heard a lot of good things. I hope it don't let me down. I poured into a pokal glass at 40 degrees. Thank you so very much boralyl, for getting me this bomber.

Appearance: A nice 3 finger steady white foamy bubbly head that is leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a light straw with some amber hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. The appearance on the beer beer is beautiful.

Nose: A fragrant hops and a clean malt overwhelm the senses. A nice fragrant floral bouquet and some pine. A grainy malt aroma with some light toast, and yeast.

Taste: A very nice and clean flavor. Fragrant spicy hop flavor with a touch of wood. The malt is lightly toasted, and has yeast. There is a subtle sweetness in pilsner.

The mouth feel is clean, light, slightly dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This is such a wonderful pils, has a very good character, flavor and is so easy to drink. I wish I had a couple more in the fridge. Thank you so very much boralyl, for getting me this.

Photo of DJED69
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent pilsner. Recently picked up a fresh six pack with late June consume by date. Pours a deep golden color with nice foamy head and good carbonation. Smells of nice floral hops. Taste is great. Crisp bitterness and some floral hops. Very drinkable. This is an excellent beer to pair with food. Highly recommended.

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

I'm not a fan of Czech style pilsners. Yeah I know it's "the best beer in the world!" and everything but the true to style finishing taste just doesn't do it for me.

That being said, I really, really like this beer. Prima Pils is a very traditional pilsner in every way (yellow filtered body, big white head, and dry, dry, dry) until it gets to the very final taste where it gets "wet" and flowerly, if that makes sense.

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

One of my personal favorites. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a nice head and lace down the glass.

Smells like a nice day outdoors. Earthy, natural smell. Grass and herbs. Very hoppy.

The taste is very hoppy, but not powerfully bitter or oily. These are the noble hops that are advertised on the box. They are very earthy, grassy, herbal, and chewy, but not bitter and not palate-shredding. There is some balancing sweetness but I can't say it balances it out completely. This is supposed to be hoppy and it pulls it off spectacularly. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Something I could drink over and over.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pilsner glass. Label says enjoy by May 1, 2011.

A - The beer pours a brilliant yellow color/soft gold. Clear. A nice 2 finger white head with good retention and gobs of lacing.

S - A nice biscuit malt character with a bit of citrus and mild hop character. Mostly malt.

T - The beer starts clean with a nice even malt flavor. Biscuit and bread flavors. The middle brings a nice mild hop character. Finishes clean and crisp. Good.

M - Very pleasant mouthfeel. Good carbonation and light bodied. Smooth yet crisp.

D - I could drink this all day.

Overall, this is another Victory beer I was pleasantly surprised with. A good friend of mine told me to be weary but I liked it. I would certainly put a few of these back on a nice hot summer day. Good stuff.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-26-2011 20:07:07

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

Tastes are huge finishing hops (bitter or otherwise), more hops, sweat, a little honey, shoots, wheat malt, clean yeast, saliva, olives and wood. Smells the same, no detection here. I do so love Victory brewing company... and "victory" malts!!

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

A bright golden yellow brew with nice lacing. Hoppy smell for a pilsener! Taste is very smooth and malty with a nice hoppy aftertaste. An herbal flavor is present throughout which is somewhat grassy with a very mild bread flavor. Mouthfeel is Dry. Overall this beer is very enjoyable and would be an excellent session beer.

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

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a hazy two fingers of dense, white, marshmallow-like head over a clear body of pale gold. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell - 4.0
Malt aroma is slightly sweet, reminding of a fresh baked white loaf with some powdery husk. Noble hops are herbal and perfumy but not in an in-your-face way. Very German. Gut.

Taste - 4.0
Sweet, slightly powdery, bready Pilsener malt backbone, followed by herbal, slightly spicy hop flavour, a fair whallop of bitterness and finishes bone dry. The lean body really lets the hops punch above their weight in this assertively bitter beer. Alcohol becomes apparent with increased temperature.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Light bodied and moderately carbonated, fine bead ensures a smooth, near creamy mouthfeel.

Overall - 4.5
An excellent example of a German Pilsener and a very enjoyable beer. I think it's very important to serve this at the right temperature. Straight out of the fridge it was all hops and bitterness. After a few minutes it was a lovely balance and a few more minutes and it started to take a less pleasant, boozy edge.

Photo of Swedes21
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - Beautifully poured beer! Lot of scents come from the pour with make the beer appetizing. Beer is a pale yellow with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The lacing is spotty while the head is a nice white with lot of air pockets.

Smell - Nice balanced zest smell with a decent base of hops. Smell is very attractive and appealing.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, really brings a LOT to the table. The beer offers the zest while maintaining a balance of hops. The bitterness generated from the zest is refreshing.

Mouthfeel - The beer comes to live with an extended amount of carbonation that comes brings the zest fwd. The beer has a nice added level of fullness and teases the palette!

Drinkability - I would without a doubt find this beer again! It offers a well balanced taste while making you want more. The freshness is amazing and taste draws you in for more.

Photo of Southernbrew
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says best buy 9/11/04, it's now February 17th. There must be a misprint because this beer was awesome, now on to a review.

Pours a lovely golden-light orange, good sized head, nice lacing.

Aroma shows off the hops nicely, some spicy and some floral. A bit of a biscuit aroma comes through as well.

Medium bodied, big hop flavor here. Again, a nice blend of spicy and floral hops as does a nice biscuity flavor. Bitteness comes in in the middle along with a bit of sweetness. Finish is a nice dry bitterness.

Awesome pils, the date had me scared but man am I glad I gave it a shot. A real hop-head's pils.

Photo of output01x
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 12/06/11) into a pilsener glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger cream white head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a slightly cloudy pale golden straw color with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Light and sweet bready malts are complimented by fresh floral hops. The nose is not very strong nor complex, but well-balanced and enjoyable.

There is a lot more flavor here than the malts lead you to believe. Delicious malts start each sip like sweet and buttery bread. As soon as the beer is swallowed, an amazing and unexpected hops strike assaults your palate. Grapefruit and grassy hops overwhelm the malts, allowing a decent bitterness to accompany the hops flavors. As the bitterness subsides, a dryness sets in at the back of the mouth.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The body is easy-drinking and refreshing. The carbonation is not overly apparent but just enough to help this beer's drinkability. The dryness at the end of the taste beckons another sip.

Photo of matjack85
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the " beers for clearance" bin at the Binny's liquor store in Plainfield, IL for just .99¢. Had I known it would be this good, I would have picked up more. The front label has a picture of a hop plant on it, which is very appropriate considering that hops are very prominent in this beer. No freshness date, but there is a small paragraph about the beer on the side of the label.

The beer poured a cloudy grapefruit yellow color with a fast rising head, so watch your pour. 3 fingers of white head rises quickly to the top, but it only lasts about a minute and leaves only spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell is full of flowery hops along with a touch of lemon. I also picked up some toffee like sweetness when I swished it around.

Big European hop flavor but not overpowering. There's enough pilsner malt in here to keep it balanced. Grassy, herbal, and spicy all at once. I love the flavor of this one.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice clean dry finish.

Another masterpiece from Victory.

Photo of cubedbee
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottles says enjoy by 4/2/05, but I've been drinking them and they taste fine to me. Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring. Nose is pretty hoppy--both floral and citrus coming through over a sweet malt. Taste is a refreshing light malt with an aggressive grassy hop finish, with some caramel and lemon notes coming through here and there. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip. Medium bodied, this beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel. This is definitely one of the better tasting pilsners I've had, especially for hopheads.

Photo of tar
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy pale golden/straw yellow color, with a nice sized foamy white head capping the beer. A mild but very pleasant aroma is present, consisting of hops and a bit of spiciness (the slight scent of apples may also be present). Nice taste of hops, spice, and a bit of fruitiness. Feels very smooth and light in the mouth. This beer has a very nice crispness to its finish, and is probably very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Photo of ReadyFireAim
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally; freshness date of July 19, 2010.

Aroma: Man! These hops just punch you right in the face -- and I'm OK with that! It's all about the hops, with this Pils. Citrus-like zest and spicy hops being carried by the strong carbonation. Very well done.

Appearance: Straw yellow and pretty much clear. The head shrunk pretty quickly and formed a half-finger halo that helped carry some of the aroma. Highly effervescent. Good lookin' brew.

Flavor: Again, all about the hops, here. Up front it smacks you with some spicy, floral and citrus notes, and slowly reveals a light grainy backbone (with some slight DMS in there, I picked up).

Mouthfeel: A bit too astringent for me to have more than a couple, but per the style it was pretty well done. Bitterness was high, but not over the top. What really helps highlight these hops is high attenuation from the yeast. Aside from a slight maltiness on the back, you get mostly highly-carbonated hops. It's a great thing but I think it could quickly become a bit annoying.

Overall: I could see sipping on a couple of these in front of the grill on a nice summer evening. A good rendition of the style, with some nice accents on the hops. As the bottle says: Prost!

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer into Celebrator pils glass.

Appearance- nearly clear, light straw color, with a thick pouring but settling to medium-thin head.

Smell- much more interesting smells than I was expecting. Hops aromas flower out of the glass, along with a nice rich light malt scent. Nothing out of the ordinary for a pils, but more than you get with many of them.

Taste- crisp light flavor, melds into a wave of hops, with some malt sweetness also present. Swallow is rich with malt following malt, and fading into a lightly hopped aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- light, crisp, clean. Exactly what you expect from a pils.

Drinkability- good. I've been wanting a good pils for a week now, and this is a very good one, so I could go through half the pack, if I'm not careful.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Poured about a two inch head and left a very good amount of lacing on the glass as it's being consumed.

S: Sweet perfumy malt is very present up front. The nose was also a good amount of grainess as well.

T & M: Perfumy and a little caramel malt up front that fades to grassy hopes in the true taste. Aftertaste leaves a nice amount of hop bitterness and sweet perfumy malt taste that leaves you wanting more. Mouthfeel is very good for the style, as it's fairly medium bodied, which is just what a German Pilsner should be.

D: Highly drinkable German Pilsner assuming you like the style. Looks fairly similar in terms of color to other lagers out there (many people don't realize head retention and lacing have a lot to do with a beer), but tastes completely different as is defenitely not for a "I'm only a Bud Light guy". Victory Brewing did an excellent job with hop bittering this beer and balancing everything out.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,700 ratings.