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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 421 | 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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very little head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice and clear golden wheat with little carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: Yeasty malt smelled combined with piney hops but the balance seems to favor the malts more than the hops but just barely.

Taste: A combination of piney and citrus hops with the balance in favor of the pine hops rather than the citrus. Malts balance out the hops enough to take some edge off of the hops

Mouthfeel: Dry. None to little carbonation.

Overall: I'm not fan of hopped up beers (Heresy!!!) but this is definitely an exception. I can see myself picking up another six-pack in the summer when it gets hotter and drinking this on the front porch.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thrilled to find this in the singles section of the Total Wine in Northern Virginia in early November, but equally disappointed when I noticed that it was well beyond its "enjoy by" date of 9/27/04 by the time I opened it on 11/24/04. Standard brown 12oz bottle with a green and yellow label featuring a big hops cone. No ingredient information.

Pours a clear gold under a one finger white head that is thin and short-lived, leaving just a few strings of lace. The nose is quite malty, with a bit of must in it and a touch of flowery hops. The mouth is light and very prickly. Very good pilsner taste profile, with a solid sweet malt introduction, followed by a significant flowery hops presence, ever so smooth yet delivering just the right bitter bite demanded by the style. The malt fades first, leaving a good bitter sensation at the back of the throat as the liquid disappears. The bite intensifies in the aftertaste, just as it should. Perhaps the head is weak because it is past its prime; nevertheless this is a first rate pilsner.

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

Pours a light golden color with a foamy bone-white head. Sweet malty and a firm hop spice in the aroma. The palate features a nice balance between a sharp though not overly astringent hop bite (with a mostly leafy, grassy character thought there’s a nice touch of citrus as well) and a fairly sweet but very smooth biscuity/bready malt base. Piney hops in the lengthy, bitter finish.

Most definitely one of the best examples of the American double pilsner style. Smooth, with just the right amount of malt sweetness and a very crisp hop spice, not to mention a delicious and somewhat complex hop flavor. Very drinkable and quite tasty.

Highly recommended…

Photo of shealoftus14
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have always appreciated Victory beers and prima is no different. This is one of more favorite pilsners they have. Its a perfect example of an America pilsner. The hops are big and floral on the nose, with more malt in the mouth playing alongside the notes of fresh citrus. It is very smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and low alcohol. I'd say there is a soft bitterness that is followed through the long finish and closes on a sweet hop taste.

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

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle with "Enjoy by" Oct 04, '09

A: Bright clear pale golden yellowish color with a active carbonation. White head and medium lacing.

S: Very nice sweet citrus hop scent hits first. Some herbal and spicy aromas dominate but not overwhelming.

T&M: Very smooth feel. At first the beer is very bland, but subsequent mouthfuls bring on a flavorful balance of malt and hops with slightly bitter hop finish.

I am not a pilsner fan, but this is the best pilsner I have probably ever had. Just as good on tap also.

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

Look: Pale yellow/gold with a thin white head

Aroma: Fresh/mild hop aroma with a hint of wheat

Taste: Fresh pilsner taste with a smooth finish, but slightly biting aftertaste

Feel: Rich, well carbonated and smooth

Overall: A very refreshing and flavorful pilsner

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

A - Clear golden with a sticky white head, pretty good lacing, some tiny bubbles floating to the the top

S - Floral hops, with a touch of pear and apple.

T - Same as smell, touch of sweet apple or pear then some pretty good hop bitterness that is quite enjoyable.

F - Needs more carbonation imo, just a tad would make this awesome, will try another, maybe this had a bit of carbonation let out of it.

O - Great beer, awesome flavor, needs a touch more carbonation and it would be my favorite pils, but for now the noble pils wins.

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

Bright and clear golden yellow with a lot bubbles rising from the body of my Three Stooges Pilsener glass. A fat two finger head that clings in large globs around the sides. A grassy/straw sweetness with a zesty hint of some dried mango and lemon peel. Crisp and bubbly with the first sip. A lot of lemony sweet light malt right after that tingle but then it breaks away into the hop flavors. A floral blast first that has a mild tropical fruitiness that switches quickly to a lemon dry bitterness. A grassy lemon dry bitterness.

Photo of jmich24
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in to Pint glass.

A: Bright sunshine yellow, just a touch hazy. One finger white head. Stick lacing.
S: Buttery graham cracker, a touch of lemon zest and spicy grassy hops.
T: Tastes as smell suggests the bitterness was a great surprise, nice floral, grassy hoppiness. Bitter finishes with citrus lemon and orange peel.
M: Crisp dry bitter finish.
O: Overall this has opened my eyes to the fact that a bright yellow beer can be full of flavor. I know this beer has a high overall score but I assumed the hop head in me would be sorely disappointed. Great crisp refreshing summer beer. Will seek out this brew often.

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

A- ultra clear straw golden yellow with a soft puffy white head and plenty of wispy lace. constant stream of champagne bubbles rise in a dense column up the center with prismatic effects, letting the beer glisten in the light.

S- grassy lemony hops and sweet pale malt. very clean smell with a spicy floral punch. just screams refreshing, like a kicked up lemonade. flowery herbal aroma intensifies as it warms slightly with plenty of tea-like hops.

T- crisp and clean, noble hops lead the with with a fair amount of pale malt playing back-up. soft lemon, darjeeling tea, saltine cracker, and raw grains, and an all at once floral/herbal/grassy bitter finish.

MF- light and clean, very clean as a metter of fact, slightly dry, and plenty effervescent.

D- really dig this pils, clean enough for a lager lover and zippy enough for a hop head.

Photo of Spider889
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap, cannot remember where atm - I want to say it was Winking Lizard. My notes are so damn backed up.

Golden hues, chill-hazed straw color. White head with 'ok' lacing.

Smelled bright and floral, lemon was predominant.

Taste has lemon zest with a light hop bitterness and some spicy yeast that was surprising. Though after I compared all three versions of Saison du Buff last year I did discover that the Victory house yeast is drastically different than the average brewer's.

Crisp mouthfeel, light body. Very drinkable, though I still don't get the hype around this every year.

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

A - translucent gold, two fingers of rocky head dissipates to lingering suds, bubbles keep rising for a while

S - biscuits, grass clippings, lemon zest, an herbal/citrus experience, very pleasant

T - similar to the nose, just a hint of malt sweetness, lots of herbal hops with a clean, dry, and just slightly bitter/spicy finish

M - lively carbonation, a little prickly, not at all heavy

D - this is a refreshing beer, a very refreshing beer, the level of refreshment makes my head spin. This is the only beer I can think of off the top of my head where I can easily see myself drinking a whole sixer

Wow, what a pilsener. Awesome hops, clean malt characteristics, a perfect summer/session brew. Not a style I drink a lot of but this one is by far the best I've had.

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

This one surprised me. I didn't expect this one to be as good as it was. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner flute, it appears a pale and hazy straw with a nice head, excellent retention, and elaborate lacing. The nose is very subtle, but it is very floral and nice. Taste is nice with an initial neutral taste, not too sweet, not to bitter, but finishes with an assertive bitterness leaving a fairly nice aftertaste. Recommended!!!!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Best by date of April 21, 2012.

A-Pours a light yellow gold/straw color with a 1 finger white head. Nice lacing in the glass.

S-Smells of a nice light floral hops and malts.

T/M-Real slight bitterness and good carbonation that makes you keep going back for more! "Lemony" like character and a nice dryness. Slight sweetness with just enough dry hop bitter at the end.

O- Man is this a good one! Great representation of the style! Could keep on drinking this one all night!

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

Poured from the bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a hazy but bright pure gold. Good pils color. but the haziness makes it look a bit more like an IPA. Nice looking. Head was 2 fingers, pure white and had great retention.

S: Big hop profile here - fresh, floral, piney. Slight bready balancing malt hidden in there.

T: Big on the hops at first glance, but also with fresh light fruits. Balancing malt character in the middle shortly makes an appearance. Finishes very hoppy and slightly dry with grapefruit and floral.

Great, eminently drinakable beer with a big flavor. This is a pils? I'm not so sure. Regardless, I'll be coming back to this one again.

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

Pours a clear pale golden with a foamy white head. Saaz hops jump right out in the nose, in addition to a bready malt with a feint touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Spicey Saaz hops are noticeable right away in the taste. Flavor's a little non-descript upfront, but the assertive hoppiness of the Saaz comes through soon enough. Flavors of grapefruit are also present in the hoppy pils. Without the assertive use of hops I think this would be a rather regular and bland pilsner. Nice maltiness toward the back. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish. I had this with Italian sausages and pasta and it paired wonderfully. Definitely one to seek out and give a try.

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

A good pils is hard to find, but luckily Victory has created a brew that has enough body and flavor to stand on its own, and isn't so substantial as to detract or interfere with a good sandwich.

The pils is pale straw in color and the pour created roughly an inch worth of fluffy head. Comprised of rather large bubbles, coupled with the vessel being a shaker pint, the head, not surprisingly, fades rather fast. However some scattered lace is left behind, all the while a flurry of bubbles ascend from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is rather subtle with faint scents of herbal hops and bready malt. Very faint yeast notes as well. Very light and indicative of a refreshing beverage rather than that of a substantial meal.

The bitterness profile really shines in the taste and accentuates the crispness of the beer. Mellow herbal hop flavor with some subtle bread malt and a nice, dry finish that lingers faintly after the swallow. Some lemon and grain flavor is noticeable as well. Slightly astringent but not in a bad way. Definitely not a watered down beer for sure.

The body is rather light, as to be expected, with low to medium carbonation, however the weight feels great on the tongue.

As far as drinkability is concerned, I split a six pack and if there was one more left I would have drunk it! The flavor balance, the crisp, dry finish, and the mellow herbal hops all contribute to make this beer a very enjoyable session-able beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a very small white head that leaves more lace than expected when it's gone.

Smell: For the most part, distinctly European hop aromas- flowers and grass. Light buttered sweetness.

Taste: Begins with a sweet tea flavor, finishing with a pleasant herbal hoppiness. Mild sweet butter notes. When it's gone, a sweet, grassy flavor is left in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp body and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A faithful interpretation of a German style, well-balanced and enjoyable. Definitely a beer I wouldn't mind drinking again. Highly sessionable.

Photo of danfisher1
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review as a BA so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. This was a 12oz bottle poured into my favorite Belhaven pint glass.

A - for the most part clear but not quite transparent. the color is light golden/amber with about an inch of head with good retention.

S - the floral characteristics of the hops really comes through

T - hoppiness followed by a good level of bitterness, almost no aftertaste the beer is very crisp and clean. This is extraordinary considering the fact that this is a full flavored brew.

M - for the most part very clean and crisp just like the aftertaste. Big taste but overall light...good summer beer.

O - I chose this beer for my first review b/c it is my everyday beer, one of the perks of living so close to Victory. This beer could match up with any pils from germany or prague, but it brings its own flavor to the table which you really gotta give a high five to Victory!

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

A: Light gold, white head, tiny lacing, good retention for style.

S: A bit rich, great hop aromas, brown sugar, a little fruit.

T: Hops are nice and strong, and bring bold bitter flavor to this beer. Not much sweetness in the front, but some definitely comes through toward the end. A little fruit on the nose and some more later. I like the sourness at the end as well, and the little bit of burnt toast - just enough to detect, not enough to throw the flavor off.

M: Dry, clean, perfect carbonation. Exactly what I expect from this style.

D: Goes down better than most beer - isn't overly rich at all, and would make a great (temporary) friend on a hot day!

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a one finger head with low retention.
Nice hoppy aroma, a bit of everything: fruity, floral and herbal balanced with its malt sweetness. Notes of lemongrass and bready malt.
Amazing clean and crisp taste, notes of fresh cut grass, bread just out of the oven and sweet flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
A hoppy pilsner with character and superb flavor, in my opinion superior to most German and Czech pilsners. Far from boring, which is generally a challenge for pilsners. Actually, I don’t remember having a better pilsner. Highly recommendable.

Photo of bubbakx500
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fact that this beer was a Pils after I tasted it was mind blowing. It definitely caught me off guard, but in a good, delicious "I cant get enough of this beer" type of way. Normal Pils don't taste as if they'll surprise you and that they all taste the same. Not this one. I'd buy this again for sure.

Photo of NA1NSXR
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like a pilsener, golden, small head, medium high carbonation. Laces reasonably.

Smell - Noble hoppy aromas abound, Strength of the smell is about medium.

Taste - Starts with a translation of the smell into taste...sweet with no bitterness. I really like the way the bitterness is built into this pils. It comes on middle to late in the sip but then vanishes cleanly, leaving only a little on the back of the tongue. Sometimes its not just how good the flavor is, it is how it comes and goes that can make a beer unique for me. It ends a bit spicy.

Mouthfeel - Just right for pilsener. Feels just like a certain famous Czech pilsener in the mouth.

Drinkability - This is a solidly drinkable beer. All the elements are there. It is perhaps a bit strong tasting to have more than one or two in my opinion. However, if you are drinking this beer for the flavor, this beer does not go wrong.

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

If you aren't a pilsner drinker or have gone away from the fizzy yellow beers, don't let this one slips through your fingers.

Look and feel is definitely one of a German Pilsner. The taste is very smooth, creamy and balanced. There aren’t any off-putting notes like stinkiness or bitterness. Very subtle flavors keep coming out through the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, doesn’t leave you wanting more. Definitely something you should experience to see what a true pilsner should taste like.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.