1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,373 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,373
Reviews: 1,980
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 304 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,373 | Reviews: 1,980 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bozebus17
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw yellow. An aggressive pour left me with a small white head but it didn't last very long.

Smell is of noble hops. This beer really exemplifies that classic pilsner aroma.

Taste is slighty sweet. There are grassy notes. Most flavors are light and delicate like a pilsner should be. Spicy hops show up in the end. This beer feels light and crisp on the palate. Very refreshing.

This beer is tasty and refreshing. It is my first experience with it but I can definitely see it becoming a warm weather regular in my fridge.

bozebus17, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Red Fez in Providence RI
A - Pale yellow in color with a fluffy white head that ends up as a thick skim. Nice lacing.
S - Fresh malt and flowery hops.
T - It is a crisp clean brew - light sweet malt up front then the floral hops with some bitterness and a great dry finish.
M/F - I love the smoothness of this pilsner. It is light in body and just a pleasure to quaff.
D - This is a beer that has really grown on me especially after having it fresh on tap. It pleases me.

ThirstyBird, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty solid pilsner that hits all the bases but is particularly hoppedr. a nice bitter finish that potent but a crisp mint that sit there long enough to clean the mouth with food. a nice lemon pepper. apple, honey, and mild pollen nose. a nice body but not thick. a true session beer that doesn't get old very quickly.

rtepiak, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to greenvilleguitar for the hookup on this beer! I am consuming on the review date. However, the best before date is 9/8/08, roughly 4 months ago.

A - Poured into my Trumer Pils glass. Slightly hazy medium golden color, thin white head with good retention and some lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Sweet maltiness with some pilsener grain character. Floral hops.

T - Floral hops hit up front with the graininess holding up well. Finishes medium-dry, could be a little crisper. Bitterness is medium, lingering on into the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate-high level of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink, could have a few more. For this style of beer, we should expect a high level of drinkability and this beer is right on. Could use a drier finish and a bump in malt character to further enhance overall experience.

BrewerB, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - light yellow golden color with a white head leaving decent lacing

s - sweet, hoppy, grassy

t - sweet and grassy up front with a well hopped floral spicy flavor. Dry finish.

m - lots of carbonation and a nice tingling sensation

d - barely misses the session beer category at 5.3%, but I could definitely see myself drinking a few of these. This isn't boring or too sour like some other pilsners. Great hops that give a great taste.

thirtysixbelow, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Beervis
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light straw-gold color with a nice thick head. Great lace left on the glass after each sip.

Smell is very floral and very lightly malty. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with powerful (but not overwhelming) hops and a touch of malt. This beer screams hops in the nose, but is very balanced. Finished almost bone-dry and crisp.

A very drinkable beer, that I bought as a hot weather thirst quencher, but I would drink all year round. The only problem I see with this, is my inability to stop drinking it!

Beervis, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of aeminter
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw gold color with a great whit head and good lacing. It is a bit hazy. *tisk tisk*

Very light, floral (hops), pilsner malt and a little sulfur in the background.

Crisp and bitter, noble hops (likely), good finish with just a hint of sweetness in the back. Very refreshing, and a nicely crafted pilz.

Side note: I usually don't care for pilseners. I guess it too closely resembles the "mega swills" I was told was real beer through ads. This beer and a slim few others are changing my mind on pilseners and lagers in general.

aeminter, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Ego
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on the eye...
lovely white head of 2 fingers holding at one finger quite nicely, pure straw clean looking hue, nice carbonation apparent

on the nose...
usual pilsner bready malts but ah they are over matched by hop floral goodness... smells like a good euro pils except with a flowery bite, there is a definite breadiness to the malt represented here, very nice

taste et al...
the carbonation lets it flow over the tongue nicely, the flavors become more apparent as you sip on, malty bread, hop aftertaste (no "bite" like say sierra nevada pale ale, not a complaint mind you !), the malt gives it a nice honey twinge (maybe even a hair of lemon flavor is in there as well from the hops?), needless to say this is tasty for a pils, I dont find it uber challenging or anything.. if anything it might be milder than sam adams or sierra pale but it has a nicer balance than those 2 imo.

verdict
the pils for the beer snob having a pool party, very good on a hot sunny day being lazy by the pool, I'll definitely be picking up more of this during these summer months

Ego, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of madvermin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rich gold, with not much lacing, but lots of good foamy white head and lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the side of the glass.

Nose is very refreshing and clean, with lots of floral aromas and lemon zest. Malt is bready and light, but nicely weighted.

Taste follows with great balance, as it starts bitter, has plenty of lemon citrus, and a bit of leafy hops, but the biscuity malt comes in well to keep it smooth the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing as it should be for the style, but the citrus in particular aids the mouthfeel quite a bit. Drinkability is fantastic, although the malt gets a bit strong near the end, it is really well balanced for the most part.

madvermin, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the beerwif for this one. Pours with a little head and rather yellow. Very hoppy smell for a pils. Tastes crisp and clean with a hoppy taste. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink. My definition of a well done pils and I like the style. May be my favorite of the style.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of boatshoes
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought over to the apartment recently by my buddy CharlatanSin. Having gone to college in Philly, it isn't the first time I've had this one but figured it'd be a good time to give it a review.

Appearance- Pours a brilliant golden straw color into my pint glass with a puffy three fingers of white head. Lots of sparkling carbonation, great head retention, and a solid amount of lacing left as I drink. Quite a looker.

Smell- Very hop-oriented pilsner with lots of grapefruit and fruity citrus coming through on the nose. A touch of hay and a little bit of bread coming through as well.

Taste- Again, a very hoppy pilsner. A good punch of fruity, juicy hops initially. This is followed up with a pleasant grassiness and some hay. The malt shows through as well in touch of fresh bread and a tad bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is well carbonated, light, and dry. Very appetizing and drinkability is extremely high on this one with lots of thirst quenching qualities.

Overall, a great American pilsner. Hoppy for sure but in a great way. A classic and a worthy example as to why pilsner is often an underrated style. If you haven't had it, do so.

boatshoes, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of sarahspat
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass. About an inch of thick-looking off white head. Very little lacing. The beer is a hazy pale, almost pastel yellow, quite a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom.

The nose is yeasty, biscuity and floral. The taste falls in line with the smell but with a hint of lemon, too. It becomes more caramelly and floral as it warms. The smell focuses more on the malt, and the taste is slightly more on the hoppy side. This beer is the definition of well-balanced and perfect for the style. It's light and refreshing, yet very flavorful; hops and malt are both well-represented and complement each other superbly. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, which lends to the drinkability. This is nice session beer and a great German Pilsener.

sarahspat, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-gold color with a generous 1/2 inch head of crystal-like white foam. Delicate and attractive web laces. Lemony aroma, some Saaz characteristics with a far off malt sense of shortbread. Wow, nicely hoppy flavor, clover, flowers, and a citrusy sense. Malt takes a back seat and is somewhat biscuit-like overall. A very nice dry finish. I know this is an over the top beer for style, but jeez, this is a great brew for my tastes -- memorable and head and shoulders over so many others.

ADR, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden clear yellow. It has a thick fluffy white head that fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces. Tiny bubbles continue to rise after a few minutes.

This beer has a yeasty aroma. It is slightly spicy. I can detect a hoppy aroma with Saaz hops, I think. It smells slightly citrusy.

This beer has a spicy flavor. Not overly strong like in Belgians, just subtle. It is slightly lemony. It has a good hoppy flavor. It tastes just a little grainey.

This beer is very crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and it is not too strong in flavor.

OStrungT, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of DagFishHead
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, straw-yellow pour with an abundant fizzy, white head that leaves loads of lace. A persistent whipped-cream dollop floats like a cloud on a sea of gold. Pretty
Smell: Sweet and spicy hop oils, lemony, straw/grass earth notes, also a bready/biscuity character. Quite complex... nice.
Taste: Slick semi-dry malt grainy/grassiness quickly gives way to spicy, puckery bitter hops at the top concluded by a sudden rush of crisp citrus that leaves the mouth bone dry... ooooh, that was fun.
Mouthfeel: Quite full and rich for a lighter style. Carbonation is tight and crisp.
Drinkability: A substantial pilsner... am glad I tried it and look forward to enjoying several more some steamy summer day.

DagFishHead, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Melchizedek
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, light, clear gold with a substantial, dense white head that is amply maintained by streams of carbonation.

Smell is nicely pilsner-y, especially full of earthy/mineral tones. Grassy and floral hop come through as well. Light and almost spritzy in the mouth, with a slight sweetness pushing through to balance a very well-developed grass-and-spice hop flavor. A mouthwatering mineral bitterness wraps things up in delightful fashion.

You know, there's just nothing not to like about this stuff. I'm thrilled that it's readily available as a go-to pils here.

Melchizedek, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great German Pilsner that was only $2.50 a pnt last night at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Enough head and lacing and tons of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Smooth tasting, with hints of honey and clove. One of the best, if not the best, tasting pilsners I can recall. Though it could be a session beer, I had this last after a long evening of tasting and took a bit longer to finish. Keep cooler than room temperature.

Backer2004, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of berkey
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with listed best by date of 11/08/10. Poured into a Pilsener flute and reviewed 08/07/10.

Highly delicate carbonation can be easily seen against a very lucid golden blonde body. The beer is crowned by a well retained, thick, and rocky head that really does the style proud.

Aroma is very hoppy with floral, herbal and spicy notes dominating. I'm having trouble thinking of many beers that showcase European hop aroma as well as this one. Malt sweetness seems also turned up slightly from most other beers in the style which actually helps maintain the pleasant balance that helps define the style.

Hops take a bitter and grassy turn on the entry but the flavors even out mid sip. This beer seems to turn up the volume on the hop character that make a German Pils great without losing the easy drinking appeal.

Not exactly the same as the versions I tried in Germany but excellent in it's own right and covers enough of what I look for in the style to make it a likely go-to if it were locally available. Highly recommended, probably top five domestic versions of the style.

berkey, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with vibrant carbonation and a fat, lumpy white head on top. Smells primarily of fresh German hops - spicy, floral and herbal with some light grainy malts. Crisp herbal and grassy hops - lemon citrus zest and bready grain. Its got some bite to it and the dryness lingers.

Not just a thirst quencher, this is a damn fine beer. Very fresh...good pils!

wedge, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden buttercup hue, crystal clear with tons of effervesence. a billowy two-finger cap fades to a thin lacy cap leaving tons of lace.

aroma is pleasantly potent. pepper, cardamom, honey, grassy, and piney hops and some good lemon zest.

taste is really clean and hoppy with some straightforward pine and lemon. clean. crisp. solid. just enough pils malt to balance it out.

mouth is clean and crisp. a touch slick and full bodied for a pils, but pretty damn good. lingering bitterness helps to clean the slickness.

delicious, pilsy. if the body was a bit less chewy for the style, it would probably be a home run for me. but every time I grab a bottle, I'm always hoping for a bit less. not that it's bad. in fact, it's still one of the best german style pilsners around.

djeucalyptus, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the non-BMC pilsener world. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Incredibly transparent yellow-gold, with a frothy, white, three-finger head that lingered for quite awhile. Left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, some citrus. Earthy aromas dominate.

Taste: Sweet, slightly lemony-citrusy flavor with a hop bite that was not nearly as pronounced as the aroma would lead me to believe. Very well balanced, as no one flavor stands out, but all three blend together. A smooth finish, with a slight bitter aftertaste from the hops, and a slight tang from the citrus. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Thin and very smooth

Drinkability: I really, really enjoyed this beer. Despite the popularity of extreme and more complex beers and flavors, it's amazing how satisfying something so simple can be. Nice and refreshing. It's very easy to put down a few of these, and it's a beer I'll definitely buy again. It'd probably also make a good 'transition beer' into the craft world.

I can't compare this to other pilseners, but for my first one, it was very, very good.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with a big foamy white head. Head falls very slow and stays throughout glass. Nice clingy lace never seems to dissappear.

Very floral nose. Nice hop in the aroma, smells very nice.

Nice taste. Pleasant ammont of hops up front followed by s full body ending in a mild lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth with rather low carbonation.

Very good, easy drinking beer. Worked well sitting a spring training game. Nicely done.

dstc, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very light straw colored beer that poured a nice head with good carbonation. Slight sweet hoppy smell. Taste is bitter and citrusy and the feel is very light to this beer. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. Reminded me of an IPA, but way more drinkable than an IPA. I can only have one or two IPAs before I get sick of them, but this beer is very drinkable.

Kromes, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden beer with a slight cold haze, good white head.

Smell is herbal and citrus hops with a biscuit malt backbone and a faint whiff of butter.

Taste is mildly sweet and creamy with a sold hit of hops to the tongue at the beginning. Tasty and much better balanced than I expected from it's reputation for being a hoppy Pilsner. Remains an excellent well made Pilsner all the way through.

Good mouth feel.

Outstanding drinkability I could drink this all the time except there was only one case of this at the Pasadena BevMo.

Zorro, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy bright yellow with one finger of white head on top with good retention. Visibly very bubbly.

S - A nice blend of pale malt aroma with some hop citrus. Some fresh cut, grassy field aromas, too.

T - Lemons and hop bitterness are right up front followed in back by some sweetness from the malt. Some pine needles in here as well

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Dry in the finish.

D - Very crisp and refreshing, like a good pils should be. Would be great in the summertime, after a day of yard work (drinking it in the shower). May have to start buying more of this puppy.

fropones, Jan 07, 2010
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,373 ratings.