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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,341
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 295 | 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 berkey
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of colforbin73
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

freshest dry grass you'll ever drink! this beer is a refreshing, dry, aromatic delight.

pours a translucent, effervescent, bright yellow with a good fizz and little white rim of a head. the aroma is just brilliant for a pils -- grassy, but spicey and a little hoppy too (see the label). and it really pays off - floral and dry as all get out this is one high planes drifter of a pils. the taste is of good clean, light malt and the lager yeast.... with a fresh, hopped up aroma and bitter back end.

you want this beer good and cold. more of a seasonal choice perhaps. but when you are in the mood for a pilsner and would like a little extra hop bite -- this Victory Prima Pils is great.

colforbin73, May 31, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Terrific head retention, accompanied by a classic light golden color and oodles of carbonation bubbles in an otherwise clear body. Nose is remarkably fresh smelling with plenty of mellow hopping and a citrus twinge. Obviously tthe "grainy" typical pilsner smell is also present but this is a better example than most. Lacing also impresses even beforre the first sip.

Tight, tasty flavor that opens with malt and finishes with a broad river of open ended, piney hops. Aftertaste is satisfying and long lasting. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Extremely European tasting.. If I didn't know better I'd have sworn this was an import, which is praise, particularly in this style. Tough to top on either shore.

daliandragon, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into my tumbler. This beer is a clear medium golden color. The head is a good 1/4 when poured and quickly settles to a decent sized ring along the inside of the glass and an decent surface layer that leaves okay lacing. Aromas of malt and hops are there and not really much else. The taste is again of hops and malt and not much else, maybe a hint of vegetables. Good balance. The hop bitterness certainly becomes more dominant as the beer starts to warm. I thought the beer was surprisingly hoppy for its style. Has a crisp mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation and a full body. Very easy to drink. I'd certainly drink this again.


neenerzig, May 22, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to an extremely thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with some thick patches and an even thicker ring at the edges. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lovely aromas of pale malts with some noble hops present - these give the smell some grassy and floral notes with just a hint of lemon zest as well.

T: Very much follows the smell, starts with the pale malts but then the hop flavors take over - grassy, floral, and just a hint of lemon peel. There is a nice pleasant light bitterness in the finish which lingers but is not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with very heavy carbonation. Crisp.

O: This is a great beer for the style and nice because a little bit more of the hoppiness comes through than some others. Extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable - I could and will drink several of these in a session. I'm going to have to go pick me up some more of this at some point soon.

dbrauneis, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle in a pilsner glass.
served 2 months from enjoy by date.

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. crisp, flavorful and refreshing.

(originally reviewed: 07-18-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz. bottle (best by May 2010) served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a pristine, crystal-clear shade of yellow that is most accurately (but not most beautifully) described as similar to urine. Really, there is no difference between the color and translucence of human piss and this beer. But it is all about context, and sitting in the glass this beer is very nice looking, especially with the two fingers of white head sitting on top. The head is composed of tight little bubbles that don't cling to the glass very well. What lacing there is happens to be spotty and soapy.

Prima Pils has an outstanding aroma profile for the style. I immediately get lured in by the hops. They are bitter smelling in a medicinal way, with spritzes of lemon peel and basil, maybe thyme, livening things up. Getting past the hops you can smell the purity of the pilsner malt. It smells singularly doughy and sweet.

On the tongue, the flavors don't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. The hop flavors are less distinguished on the tongue; a bit of a muddled medicinal bitterness. Disappointingly, the lemon isn't as prevalent. The soapy tastes of the hop profile do provide solid support for the clean, airy pilsner malt. The inherent bready flavor isn't allowed to be perceived as one-note. This is a damn nice session candidate.

I am iffy on the mouthfeel. On the one hand, its light body is great for the flavor profile. On the other hand, the carbonation is not nearly active enough on the tongue. I'm not sure why that is; I hope that it isn't an unintended consequence of having the beer shipped to me. Regardless, this beer is a prima candidate for a session. You can happily spend the entire Super Bowl on Sunday, say, with a six pack of this pilsner.

Best American pilsner? Maybe. I have yet to try Boston Brewing's new Noble Pils and Boulevard's Pilsner is right up there but Prima Pils is certainly a nice beer. Its drinkable, balanced, and has an outstanding aroma.

Reaper16, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Perhaps I was a bit overzealous to taste this one...my first attempt to drink and review ended with my underestimating the Prima's carbonation. Despite my attempts at a nice pour, half of the bottle shot from the glass and ended up in my lap. My second attempt at pouring was much more successful. It yielded a cloudy, hazy appearance with a light golden color. An excellent head formed (1/2-inch or so), with very nice retention. A luxuriant hop aroma was apparent, as well as a faint maltiness. The pronounced hop bitterness attacked my tongue first, followed by a nice malt foundation. I was really pleased by the taste and excellent overall pilsener characteristics. The Pils has a very full and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and the fizziness seemed to magnify in my mouth. This filling carbonation made me want to wait a little while longer between beers, but the Pils remains a very drinkable, enjoyable lager.

SchmichaelJ, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of UDbeernut
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

on tap pour incorrectly into a pint glass

a: nice straw yellow color, foamy head

s: hoppy with floral notes

t: clean with floral notes and grain. The hops do not over power the beer but provide a nice bitterness.

m&d: medium body, with decent carbonation. Very refressing beer and extremely drinkable

Excellent Beer!!


UDbeernut, Nov 08, 2008
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.

avaldivia, Aug 10, 2011
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.

br3wmeister, Jan 21, 2009
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!

ramseye4, Nov 21, 2010
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.

flagmantho, May 07, 2010
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.

orangesol, Oct 17, 2011
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.

homebrew311, Apr 08, 2011
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.

jaluria, Nov 09, 2005
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.

DoubleJ, Feb 16, 2007
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.

Saint, Apr 15, 2010
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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