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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,419
Reviews: 1,983
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 313 | 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 Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale yellow lager, with a large thick and frothy pure white head. Elegant grassy hop aromas,lemongrass, pink grapefruit. Crisp, lemon, grapefruit sweetened with demerara sugar taste,small malt background, semi bitter and sweet at the same time. Nice drying palate at the end, but with a goodly hop after taste. A very drinkable Pils, slightly unusual but refreshing to the max.

Reidrover, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, although I've had this too many times to count.

Pours a niceclear golden straw color with plenty of visible carbonaion bubbles. Nice white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is grain and fresh noble hops. Herbal, floral, and a tad earthy. Taste balances the grain and bitterness quite well. Great, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Drinks really well and is a Spring and Summer staple for me.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mobyfann
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack...

The appearence of this pilsener was pure gold with a medium white head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma was citrusy but more floral than the former.

The taste is smooth and light, another of what I would call a "light" beer, regardless of the 5.3% ABV. With that, the ABV is higher than normal for a pils, but this one I felt nothing, it was extremely smooth the whole way, and thus is highly drinkable. Clearly an excellant session beer!

Final Thought: This and Stoudt's Pils rule this country, give it up for the Southeast PA brews...

mobyfann, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of climax
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Prima Pils poured a real sharp gold with perfect clarity. The bubbles raced from the bottom to a fairly large frothy off-white head.

Citrus, lemon zest, and a spicier herb and grassy flavor made up the hop bill. Nice and buttery on the other end balance the noble hops well.

The flavor balanced bitter and buttery well. All of which was very clean and finished on the tart side. Grass, lemon zest, and pepper were the most prominent flavors.

The body was on the light side of medium, very smooth and extra crisp from the carbonation. The feel was a bit coarse and ended with a slight dryness.

Drinkability is borderline perfect.

climax, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of kels
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed one on tap at Fries Cafe last Wednesday night.

Appearance: Pours an extremely pale yellow/straw color with only the slightest hint of quickly fading white, watery head and no lacing. Lots of carbonation runs through the mostly clear liquid.

Smell: Malts are almost powdery in the smell and very lightly roasted. Hints of grass, citrus and floral come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is very mild and balanced - lots of crunchy, light malts and sweet, almost juicy citrus. Feel is bright and carbonated, filling and slightly drying.

Drinkability: Very high - It is really mild overall, which is really pleasing in this style. I like the absence of the alcohol in the taste and the refreshing feel.

kels, May 31, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of white fizzy head with decent retention. Beer is pale yellow with a chill haze.
S: Spicy hops, citrus, coriander with a malt scaffold underlying it all.
T: Great malt body opens, followed by a hop bite. Minus points for a tiny bit of metallic off flavor
M: Solid and full with a nice hop brightness
D: Tremendous drinkability. I wish this wasn't the last in my 6-pack (and my first of the night).

dfillius, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of sinistersteve
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exploding head was very enjoyable and easily viewable to watch through its medium golden color . Seems to have an aroma and flavor that is what a pilsner beer sould be. The quality of ingrediants and craftsmanship is easily noticable with this one. Just one outstanding beer.

sinistersteve, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of heyitsbyron
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a pint glass.

Probably among the lightest non-swill beers I've ever poured. Perfectly clear, minimal head, and just a pale golden yellow.

Smells very fruity, though ambiguously fruity. Otherwise, just standard grassy hops. I really like the smell.

Taste was just standard. Bitter finish, sweet start and in between just crisp clean German fun! Floral and fruity, though not so much as it smelled.

Bit astringent and bubbly, but hey it's a pilsener.

Great beer for the summer, nice and crisp. I almost crave beers like this after I've been out in the sun for awhile.

heyitsbyron, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden color with a one to two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves good spider web lace on the glass.
S: Aromas of grassy and wheaty malt flavors with a good refreshing kick to it with a nice slight hop/spicy presence.
T & M: Tastes of grassy and wheaty malts. Nice extra hop taste that hits first followed by a smooth aftertaste. Very nice refreshing taste. One of the better pilsner's I've ever had. Would have this again in a second! Slick and smooth through the mouth with a nice level of carbonation that keeps you wanting more.
D: One of the most drinkable beers I've had, though this may be due to the smoothness, low abv, and very refreshing, thirst quenching taste.

bjohnson, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottles served in DFH "shaped" pint glass.

A: Bright and mostly clear. Straw colored. Fluffy white head is sizable due to aggressive pour. Head dissipates rather quickly. Lacing present and a small ring of foam hangs around for a while.

S: Cracker-like malt and green, grassy hops. Mild citrus. Suggestion of mint.

T: Exactly what you'd expect given the aroma. Fresh baked bread. Herbaceous hops. All in all it's very crisp and rather quenching. Peppery in the finish.

M: Light bodied. Feel is smooth and slick. Maybe a little less spritzy than it's German counterparts.

O: This has always been one of my favorite pilsners. A little hoppier than more traditional examples, which is what makes it so tasty. This is a staple in my fridge during the summer months and a go to anytime I'm craving a nice solid pils.

AdamGarcia, May 24, 2013
Photo of beertaster13
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour wasn't spectacular, looks pale yellow like most lagers and pilsners, the head was more frothy, lacing was nice. The smell has a nice toasted grain and yeast dough, a nice floral and citrus hop are very noticable. The taste is perfect, a nice light grain and toast upfront followed by a great but not overly powerful floral hop, a hint of lemon tingle to the hop as well, light bodied and a very good session beer. This is one of those beers than will convert those big 3 drinkers into craft lovers.

beertaster13, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid Pils with a very unusual flavor. The body poured out a murky looking light apricot color covered quite completely by a head of creamy, fluffy just-off-white foam that last down the glass and created great lacing.

The nose is solidly hops over a nice malt base; oodles and oodles of spicy hop notes. The flavor is quite rare for a Pilsener style, leaning almost to a Belgian sense from the heavy buttery and spicy flavors. Huge yeastiness is also a major part of this brew; it reminded me of the smell and flavor of water and yeast being prepared for breadmaking. In fact, there is a very strong flavor of sourdough bread imparted from this brew - quite unique.

The feel is full, crisp and quite solid; very nice indeed. Highly drinkable Pils to be sure.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of BatDaddy
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice bright yellow with a strong fluffy white head. Actually looks a little cloudy, which is a bit surprising. Head settles down to a nice layer of foam on top and good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Clean, grassy, fruity hops.

T - More clean, grassy, fruity hops. Bold hop flavor with a vague bit of malt sweetness. Nice dry finish. Crisp.

M - Solid and smooth. This brew goes down quite easy.

D - Excellent. Goes down clean and easy but with lots of flavor to enjoy. This would be great on a hot summer day.

BatDaddy, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of fdkayti
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a crystal clear straw color into a tulip glass, my favorite drinking vessel. A nice crisp, bright white head fades quickly into a ring at the top. Steady stream of carbonation bubbles.

S- Pilsners always smell like farms to me, sans animal shit. Grassy, wheaty, etc etc. Some sort of fruity scent lingers. Smells subtly like the garage does while you're homebrewing.

T- Hops right up front without the bite at the back of the tongue. Grainy and spicy with a great citrus kick. Yum yum.

MF- Thin but good carbonation.

O/D- An excellent pilsner. Easy to drink and refreshing as all get out. Gotta be one of the best of the style.

fdkayti, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of bogus564
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

It’s been an interesting day, to say the least. Time for some relaxation, guitar playing, sports on TV, and a beer or two before hitting the rack and starting the whole crazy cycle over again.

A: It has a nice color to it – much more yellow than amber or gold. An aggressive pour produces a 2 cm head, the color of straw. The head is quite bubbly, and dissipates in less than a minute, leaving almost nothing on the sides. It’s more or less what you would expect from a beer of this type.

S: It’s not a powerful aroma – I would opt to call it subtle, or understated, or, perhaps, nonexistent (kidding). Subdued might be the correct descriptor. I’m reaching for it, but I’m picking up hops, grass, lemon – the usual suspects. There’s a very slight malty note behind it all, but you really have to be looking for it.

T: You are rewarded with a nice hoppy flavor; along with it, you’re going to pick up some pine, some grapefruit, some grass, and a tiny bit of malty sweetness. The proportions aren’t too shabby, and the flavors play well together. There’s also a wee bit of breadiness to it, certainly not disappointing, a nice discovery. It’s rather tasty indeed.

M: This beer has a nice mouthfeel if you’re into hoppy beers; lucky for me that I am. It’s light-bodied, fairly well-carbonated, plays nicely over the palate, and leaves a nice, dry hoppy finish. It’s a good solid choice.

O: If you’ve read this far, you won’t be surprised to find that I really enjoyed this beer. Good color, the aromas were enticing, and the taste was quite good, with well-balanced flavors. Mouthfeel was on point, and this is one that you can enjoy with a multitude of activities. It’s really good with fried chicken, by the way. Cheers.

bogus564, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of sopor
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow with slight haze. 1-finger head in my 12oz pilsner glass. Lots of bubble action makes for good head retention even though it stays real thin and rocky.

Very slight hops bite smell.

Floral hoppy dry & slightly bitter allows just a hint of biscuity malt to come through.

This beer is extremely refreshing and light, crisp.

I would love to have better access to this beer, I would always have some handy for a hot summer sunday.

sopor, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery's tap, into my growler, into my car, and then, a half-hour later, into me.

Pours a perfect bright golden color, with twirling, incredibly small bubbles into my pilsner flute. There is a small, respectable head that soon settles down into the classic pilsner edging. Perfect for the style.

Smell is all Perle and Styrian Golding hops, so clean and clear, and recognizable -- I've brewed with these types, and this is like breathing in the aroma of a fresh bag of their flowers.

Taste is surprisingly mellow -- much more mellow than the bottled version, with a light sweet underbelly of malt for the hops to soak in. This is like drinking each of the elements of the beer separately. The devastatingly clean finish of the lager yeast makes every ingredient apparent, and every one able to be appriciated.

Mouthfeel is good, spritzy yet calm enough to let the brew come into contact with the palate consistently. I would like maybe a smidge of more carbonation, but I'm happy with this.

Drinkability is great -- you could enjoy this all day.

This differs from the bottled version, in that it is less brash and grassy, and more of the "complete package," as they say. It's hard to say which I would prefer -- only that I would love either after a long summer afternoon cutting the lawn. Delicious.

ithacabaron, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a completely filtered golden with a 2 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Nice herbal german hops over pilsner malt. Straight forward and full of bite.

Taste: Same as nose but with more intensity. The beer sometimes has some citrus hop essence (when extremely fresh..centennial perhaps?) but just has a nice driving herbal german bittering hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: So sessionable.

koopa, Apr 24, 2011
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
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,419 ratings.