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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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2,033 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,033
Hads: 4,930
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 235
Gots: 686 | 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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Reviews: 2,033 | Hads: 4,930
Photo of Murrhey
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Little to no head. Golden, cloudy color.

S- Wheaty and golden malts. Quite nice smell.

T- Strange taste, wheat and bready flavors. Not what I was expecting. Bitter and some hoppiness to it. How peculiar.

M- Lighter body and decent carbonation.

O- This beer comes together nicely. The individual parts however are not so great apart.

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Photo of pkeigs
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smelled it and got nothing but cheddar cheese popcorn, I wonder if the line was dirty because the last time I had it in bottle I truly enjoyed it.

After getting over the cheddar cheese nose I started to really appreciate the beer, it is a nice clean pilsner. Smells like pilsner malt, noble hops. Nice and crisp

Tastes nice, very clean beer accentuating the czech Saaz and pilsner malts. Not very complex but I love it as a nice session-able lager.

Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Crisp earthy finish.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis. Served in a pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow color with excellent carbonation. Nice white head and very good lacing.

S - Grassy smell with some floral hop aroma as well.

T - Spicy hops with a little sweetness on the backend. Seemed a little off on the balance to me.

M/D - Very smooth and crisp with excellent carbonation. A very drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what all the hype is about with this beer. With over 600 reviews and an average over "4", I am not sure what the deal is. This beer reminds me of when I was young, doing the dishes and and enjoying the spoils of what was left over. I feel the Pilsner style is weak, period.

A. Pale.
S. Stale.
T. See above.
M. Chalky
D. Weak.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a creamy head.

Smell is hoppy with resinous and earthy notes. There is a good malt backbone which is also a bit husky. The yeast adds a light sulfuric touch.

Taste of hops that are resinous and raw and make an European impression. The malt is present and is balancing the hops. The sulfuric notes I smelled are not coming back in the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Body is light and aftertaste is dry and bitter. For a German pilsener this is a good attempt, but misses the fullness of it.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light gold with white head that left a little lacing...a ton of carbonation...bubbles never stopped...
Aroma was better than most pilsners but not overpowering...hinted of citrus/and earthy hops...
Taste was more of the hops but not crazy...and there was more bitterness than I wanted...
Mouthfeel was averagely thin...
It did go down smooth...
Maybe I expected more from Victory...but I have had better pils...this was OK

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Photo of quasimoto
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured light golden color with a nice head on it. It was rather cloudy though.

S - Light crisp with the czech hops barley comeing through

T - Has a light citryusy taste from the hops, but other than that the malt is very light. Barely any real strong decisive flavor at all.

M - Light bodied. little carbination to disturb the palette.

D - Definitley a session beer for anytime of the year.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man NY served in a pint glass.

A: Fine white 1 finger head with outstanding retention. Brew itself is light orange/yellow. Lacing is magnificent for a beer with such light body... its almost frothy in appearance.

S: Nose is fresh citrus, grass, and pine with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Begins with light hops and transitions towards the middle into a fresh citrus. Finish is bitter... not hop bitter, but a lingering, biting bitterness.

M: Light bodied and coarse. Finishes clean but bitter aftertaste really sticks in the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable but the aftertaste again really kills this beer. It builds and builds but never seems to fade and makes each subsequent sip more and more intensly bitter.

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Photo of sudz42
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the high ratings and increasing popularity in "Imperial" and Belgian styles, we Americans validate a good beer by its specific gravity and ABV content. Not me.

I'm looking for an Old World (read German/Czech) pilsner. While a good, fortifying drink, Prima Pils does not come close to being a true Pilsner. It's more American ale than even a lager, let alone a pilsner.

This beer's potential is most likely in its water, as PA is founded on limestone, like northern Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. However, Prima's yeast does not convince me that this drink is bottom fermented. Nor does the thick yellow color convince me that this is a pilsner: it's too malty; it's too strong.

It's a good drink, but it's not subtle and refined like a true Pilsner.

Someday, an American pilsner will come; it's not here yet.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a decent frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is light grains and noble hops. It's clean, but not too exciting.

The flavor is slightly sweet, grainy malts with a good sized noble hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with a good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very well made, bold pilsner. I'm not a huge fan of the style though.

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Photo of NODAK
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very clean and pretty muted. Typical pilsner hop presence.

Very golden pour...thin head with pretty decent retention.

Taste has a tart, biscuity flavor on the body with a pretty high level of bitterness for style. The bitterness only intensifies during the swallow, which makes this a pretty hoppy brew for a pilsner. The hops linger for a while after the swallow with a aspirin bitterness.

The bitterness is a bit much for me for this style, although I like the flavor on the body quite a bit. I'm not sure if I'd reach for this one when I'm in the mood for a pils, but it's certainly decent.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute from a 12oz bottle.

A - Yellow and murky with a very small head. that recedes to a few mere bubbles on the glass. No Lacing.

S - Lemons a strong, small scent of hops, but a little more sweet smelling than bitter. Sourness.

T - Kinda of flat actually. Not a lot of flavor that I can detect. Hoppy bitterness can be tasted, and a little oakiness. Not a lot more to it.

M - Well carbonated, leaves the mouth feeling crisp and clean.

D - Average drinkability. Not a great beer, not a terrible beer, just ok for me.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass the beer was a straw, full golden yellow color. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and two fingers of pure white head formed atop the beer.

The smell is a mild hoppiness with floral undertones and a spiciness in the background. Slightly grainy as well.

Taste has an innitial hop character that creates a mild but not over powering bitterness. Some floral esters come through as well and a slightly grainy after taste. A slight malt profile, but the hops win the battle in the end yet still are not too strong.

A light body with high carbonations and a crisp finish.

A good pilsner although I find it a little bland. A little more showing from the hops would have convinced me more. A good selection to pair with lighter dishes, seafood, or pasta. For a domestic example, I prefer Brooklyn Pils over this.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bone white head over a clear yellow body.
Aroma is of earthy and spicy noble hops, but there is something odd going on. kinda musty and smells like spring yardwork, kinda odd im getting that in here, but the bottle is well within freshness dates.
Flavors are crisp and bright and have lemon over toasted wheat followed by the spicy hops.
Moderate body and enjoyable all around, will probally only buy this in the summer.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap. Date stamped best before 17 July 2011. Poured in a pilsner glass.

White head is 1/8 of an inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the edge with a couple of islands. Thin lines of lacing here and there.

Aroma is all citrus hops with a little biscuit in the background. A little different for a german pilsner.

Taste is all citrus hops. Tastes like a pale ale. Little bit of biscuit and malt in the background.

Very smooth and light mouthfeel. Tiny pin prick carbonation is light to moderate.

Not sure what to make of this as it really doesn't remind me of a german pilsner, but it is interesting. A good beer for a hop head, but if you're a pilsner fan, this may not be up your alley.

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Photo of mikel52588
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellowish gold, 2 finger head

Smell: almost lemony citrus, its also pretty sweet, but its kind of faint

Taste: it has a soft bitterness followed by your creamier citrus with some floral qualities

Mouthfeel: its light, still softly bitter, not too bad of an aftertaste. After a while you kinda get the aftertaste of cheddar cheese in your mouth (not necessarily a bad thing)

Drinkability: Not much to say about this, its light, citrusy, and bitter, if you're a fan of those qualities you'll be all over this one. I like beers that have a little more malty flavor which this doesn't provide, but its not bad. It'd be good with a lighter but spicy meal and maybe cheddar cheese.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught version

Clear golden color with really decent and unexpected lacing all over the glass.

Smells of spicy grainy biscuit malt.

Flavor is mainly biscuit grainy malt with some earthy hop bitterness.

Noticed the flavor seemed muddy as it warmed. One of my favorite Pils, but I do prefer the bottles to this draught- would like to try a fresher tap though.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Best by date says April 26, 2010, but I'm hoping I get lucky since the bottle was in a box up until now!

Pours a transparent golden hue the color of straw. A big whitish head that quickly recedes into nothingness. Lots of little bubbles running up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is big and aggressive out of the bottle, with lots of malts and grains and citrus notes. Nothing I haven't smelled before, but it's well-done.

Big bitter hop bite to start off that stays prevalent throughout the entire time its in your mouth. Follows up with some maltiness and some substantial floral flavoring that lingers into the aftertaste. Just lots of hoppy bitterness all around. Unexpected, and I hope it's not because the beer is past the date. Mouthfeel is only average, with a lot of carbonation and a lightish body. Finish is quite dry.

Drinkability is average. With how bitter and bracing it is, I don't know if I could have had another one. I'm really hoping that the bottle I had was just a bad one. Will have to see if I can find one that's within the freshness date. As it stands, a decent pilsner with an interesting floral taste, but a very bitter character.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pilsner glass. Was a nice straw color with good head and carb. Had the typical pilsner smell and looked great but the taste was average for me. Finished a little too dry for my liking and was a little too hoppy. I'm new to the style so will try again as palate develops. (3,RB,ML,O)

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Photo of gabedivision
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pilsner glass.

A- a fizzy golden yellow with an orange hue and fluffy white head.

S- Citrusy hops, oranges, lemons, intense spices, very candy like.

T- A bitter sour citrus taste with a fizzy tingle on the tongue.

M- Crisp, light bodied, sour, bitter.

O- Overall its not bad, but it's not for me. The ingredients tend to be overpowering on almost every aspect of this beer.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Average clearish pale yellow with average head.

Smell: Hops and grainy malt. Slight fruitiness comes through.

Taste: This beer tastes better when it warms up slightly. Some of the flavors are subtle and need a little warmth to come through. The hops are multidimentional. On the back of the tongue, they hit hard with grapefruit bitterness. A very sweet malt makes a powerful showing on the front of the tongue.. This beer turned me off at first, but grew on me at the halfway point (needs warming period).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The mouthfeel is ever so slightly thick due to the sweet malt. Good session beer.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, pale yellow...with very little head to speak of, lightly carbonated.
Smells...hmmm, well, malty. Toss in some lemon scent for good measure.
Tastes like a pilsner- lemon citrus, slighty hops, fairly bland.
Finishes with a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. Very fizzy.
Better than most pilsners and definitely not what I was expecting...in a good way.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden copper color with a fizzy single-finger head that didn't last long. The smell is doughy malt wit some floral and herbal hops. The taste is almost all hops from the start to the finish. It starts off with some sweet malt and spicy hops that give way to some bitter grapefruit rind hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but the lingering hops really cut down on drinkability for me. Maybe I'm missing something here, but this beer didn't strike me as anything special.

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Photo of Overlord
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a gigantic Pilsner fan, but this was pretty interesting take on the style. Thanks to phillipe2something for the brew.

Pours a light golden color, small white head. Smell is grass and ... citrus? The taste has a strange lemony/citrus bite, some earthy/yeasty hops and malt backing, and is nicely carbonated.

A decent thirst quencher, but not my fave.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

While I am not a big fan of Pilsners,as per habit, I am rather fond of this beer (as I am with w/ most victory product, but f you if you call it bias- commie bastatrds)

It pours a light, hazy straw color, some head (not to much) and no noticable lace going down

Smells citrusy and ligt, nothing to noticable.

There is a noticable hop presence there, nothing domiating over the malt, but there is a hop thing going on. The citrus flavor is dominat in a good way, there is some malt in the back round, but nothing big.

It fells good going down, a nice light, well balanced beer. Very Very refesning break when going on the town with stuff like Storm King or Ruination. I could drink this all day and night, and, your non BA friends prob could tood. Enjoy

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.