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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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3,843 Ratings

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Ratings: 3843
Reviews: 1942
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%

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 bushwik


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll have to echo many of the other reviewers that this is certainly not a German Pils by any stretch of the imagination. It is however a SOLID offering from the always consistent Victory stable. I liken this to a consistancy of a Zwickel actually although it is not unfiltered is has a much more syrupy and hop forward flavor then a crisp and clear German Pils lager would. It is however highly sessionable and incredibly flavorful for a lager of its kind and I could put down a few of these easily on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 19:30:20 | More by bushwik
Photo of arizcards


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine back in early February for $1.99 each. Enjoy by April 21, 2014.

Beer poured pale gold with a nice white head that is hanging around nicely.

Nose is sweet cereal malts.

Taste is sweet cereal malts with no hint of cloying, lemon, and pepper. Malts and hops work together harmoniously with the peppery hops lingering in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and the beer is well carbonated. Strangely enough there is a nice smoothness to this brew.

Overall this brew rocks! I enjoy the Gordon Biersch Czech Pils before attending Coyote hockey games and it has been a favorite until now! Seek this beer out if you are looking for a flavorful session brew!!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:40:28 | More by arizcards
Photo of Furlinator


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light gold with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades to a ring and thin cap on top and leaves strands of lace.

Smell is of roasted grains and bready malt up front with floral accents.

There is strong hop bitterness upon first taste with a malty aftertaste and a trace of honey sweetness.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid, sessionable, hop forward pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:29:24 | More by Furlinator
Photo of felsenpils


2.43/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Prima Pils is rather dark for the style, yet has a nice fluffy head when poured into a glass. What hits you first is the hop aroma. The taste is also hop-accented to the point that I cannot appreciate the malt body. I am not sure why dry hopping has invaded every beer style on the planet, since it was never intended for most of them. Prima pils is a solid American micro pilsener, but certainly not a "German Pilsner" as they say on their website. It is way too far out of balance. I taste great potential in this beer, but it lets me down in being just another blast of hops like a run of the mill west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:49:57 | More by felsenpils
Photo of fps_dean


4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with little head. Has a very grainy, malty aroma, with a hint pine and lemon. Tastes very much like it smells, with a malty flavor initially, and some floral hop and lemony taste that comes later. No overwhelming taste of alcohol, and it goes down very smoothly.

Overall, a very good German Pilsner and a great session beer. Will certainly become a regular in the warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:41:50 | More by fps_dean
Photo of bubbakx500

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:17:35 | More by bubbakx500
Photo of andrewjraab


4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head. Decnet stick and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, full floral aroma, perfume, yeast and bread dough. Nice nose on this - it intrigues me.

T - Piney and citrus hops, yeast and bready, crackers, balanced by some malts. Finishes dry on the back end.

O - This is not an ordinary run of the mill Pils. It presents some robust flavors with an aggressive hop profile for a pils and really stands out. Victory pumps out some good brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:47:41 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

I notice that the head is light, fizzy and champagne-like with a pale white color, and stands about a finger and a half thick. The head persists fairly well before dissipating and leaving lace trails about the glass. The liquid is a pale golden or blonde, clear and doesn't show much carbonation. It looks crisp.

There's a pretty big aroma on this beer, so much so that I was catching whiffs the moment I opened the glass. It's heavy on sweet, honey-like maltiness, with a bitter tartness beneath. There's also a bready quality to the aroma.

I'm liking the lightness on this beer. Feels very delicate on the palate. There's a lemony zest and tartness, with some lingering sweet, breadiness. The finish is dry and bitter and I get some grassy and floral hops. Interestingly, for me at least, I notice a slight yeast feel that reminds me of a Belgian beer. It's subtle though.

Prima Pils is really easy to drink yet there are subtleties to the beer that suggest this isn't a beer to be pounded, despite how easy one could do just that. There's a nice medley of sweet, bitter and yeasty all at play here and I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 18:37:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of jngrizzaffi


4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick, foamy head. Very strong, pleasing citrus aroma. Fruit filled taste with citrus, apples and pineapples. Mild hoppy bitterness. I prefer IPA type hoppiness and am not really a lager drinker, but this one doesn't disappoint. Probably the best lager/pilsner that I have tasted. Would definitely use as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:15:16 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of joeseppy


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale gold with a generous two inch white head.

Aroma is beautiful. Herbal and white pepper on the nose. Love the German hop presence with bready overtones. The malt mingles well.

Taste has nice hop power with subtle souring notes. I'm sticking with the white pepper spiciness and biscuit.

Medium body and a bit creamy finish.

This takes me back to the glory days of what Stella Artois was. Great traditional pilsner that takes you back. Thanks for breweries like Victory and the craft industry to bring back quality and great taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:32:20 | More by joeseppy
Photo of silverevo9


4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. Amazing describes this beer. Nice fluffy cotton white head that sticks very well to the glass. Well done on the whole hopping of the beer. Definitely see how it translates to the flavor and smell. Consistently keeping my nose to glass and enjoying the hop smell an sweet malts. Really smooth, bitterness barely hits you, very nice, keeps you drinking. Color of light straw, very inviting. This beer nails almost all avenues for me. Another top pils in my book. Presentation is outstanding. Pricey, but worth it!

Awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 22:54:57 | More by silverevo9
Photo of TempeBeerMan


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Just slightly hazy straw yellow, with a two-finger snow white head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Fantastic rings of lacing.

S - Clean biscuit malts and leafy, spicy hops. Smells Bavarian, but without any of that "stale hop" smell sometimes found in the style.

T - Wow. Taste matches the nose, with delicate white bread malt perfectly balanced with peppery, slightly citric (lemon) hops. Flavors are full. Clean. FRESH. Tastes like it was bottled yesterday.

M - Light bodied, with a dry finish. Slightly fizzy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

O - Simply the best pilsner I have ever tasted. It's not only about what's there, but also about what's NOT there; no stale, skunky, or "off" flavors, just clean pilsner taste in a richer package than expected. I honestly can't imagine how it can be improved. When I want a pilsner, this is the beer I will be drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:57:50 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of PA-hunter


4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 5.3% abv

Appearance- Crystal clear light gold with a thick foamy white head. Similar to a lager with high carbonation.

Smell- Bready but still has a definite floral aroma coming through with citrus.

Taste- Has some of the classic biscuit-like maltiness up front but quickly develops into a sweet citrus with notes of orange. This develops into a great taste of hoppy spicy flavor. The great punch of hops lingers for awile.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body and has a great amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- I was impressed. This was refreshing and very drinkable. The reason I was impressed was because the appearance had that of a lager, but did not taste like one. Had a nice amount of complexity as well. True to the fact that Victory is a maker of great beers. Prima Pils has a lot of flavor, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:48:58 | More by PA-hunter
Photo of yemenmocha


4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour with light honeyed color, thick creamy head, and just a suggestion of haze. Nose is very appetizing with some herbal, leafy hop qualities and a hint of bready/grainy aromas. Palate offers a whollop of flavors with ample hoppiness coming through, herbal and pleasantly sharp, with some nice malt in the background to tame things just a little. Incredibly flavorful yet drinkable at the same time. A masterpiece of a pils when judged against the American competition. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 18:43:42 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of JohnCassillo


3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taking some time to review one of my Super Bowl beer selections following a less-than-thrilling game...

A: Light gold, fizzy

S: Grains and citrus emanate from the beer

T: Hops -- which is what takes this beer up a notch automatically, plus flowery notes and citrus, following through from the initial scent

M: Crisp, carbonated and incredibly light. Dry, almost champagne-like finish

O: One of the top pilsners on the market and an essential reference point to the style in America. Best on tap, but it doesn't lose enough in bottle to knock it down at all. Worth a drink whenever you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:49:59 | More by JohnCassillo
Photo of ACarp

New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now I understand the appeal of Pilsner. The first impression is that of a crystal clear beer and a bit of a Saaz bomb at that. The Saaz took center stage at the beginning, bringing their unique zest to the beer as the delicately sweet pilsener grain slowly emerged. Very clean ester profile and thin, easydrinking body. This beer tastes like a Victory.

Serving vessel: Stein, with wurst, kraut, and mustard

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:59:44 | More by ACarp
Photo of Omnium


3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear straw yellow with a finger of fizzy white head, no real lacing.
S - Grassy, grainy, lightly herbal, a touch of pine, a little skunky.
T - Grains and grass make the fore of the flavor, some bread malt, a little floral notes underneath.
M - Crisp clean and refreshing.
O - Good pils for sure, not super hopped but good kick.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:22:57 | More by Omnium
Photo of kaplunk02


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: golden color with 1/2 finger of white head which leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Grain, grass and lemon. Maybe even lemongrass.

T: Very hoppy and floral. A little too strong on both counts for my liking but to each his own.

M: Nice crisp quality with a dry finish. Very nice.

O: Very flavorful for a pilsner. Truly a great pilsner if you're into hoppy beers. Personally, I found the intensity of the hops and floral notes off-putting and not really justified by the style. So its not my favorite beer but if that's what you're into, by all means have a few!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:06:59 | More by kaplunk02
Photo of fourstringer


4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Standard vigor. No identifiable date on the label.

A: Hazy, straw yellow with 1/2 finger of clean, white head. Ok retention, but nice lacing.

S: Light noble-type hops. Cracker. straw. Subtle lemon zest. Good quality, but could be a bit more present.

T: A flash of pale malt sweetness initially that fades quickly. Pleasant, firm bitterness remains & closes fairly dry. No alcohol. Traces of citrus zest, light bread. Occasional soapy notes, but pretty clean overall.

M: Moderate carbonation and light body. Fitting for the style and makes for quite a gulper of a beer.

O: Very nice pilsner. Crisp and well-hopped. One of the best American pilsners I can recall, for sure.


Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:48:00 | More by fourstringer
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of February 28, 2014 printed on the bottle. Another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co.'s year round line up.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours about one finger of soapy fluffy white foam on top of a beautiful bright golden colored body. Thin scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smells delicious; this has got to be one of the best smelling pilsners I've encountered. Earthy and grassy with lots of fresh florals and citric lemon.

T - Taste is of light biscuit / bready malt, dry grassy bitterness, some lemon citrus, and lots of floral hop presence.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and frothy. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, I'd say this was a job well done from Victory; I would definitely have more of this stuff. This would make more a nice session beer in the summer time. Recommended.

Victory Prima Pils ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:04:23 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of wiseguywood


4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a pilsner?? Wow, this is a top of the class beer.

It pours a nice golden color and the head is still there 5 minutes after pouring.

Has a nice hoppy aroma.

Great tasting pilsner and would definitely have another.

I'd say it should be considered a best of the best in this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:57:29 | More by wiseguywood
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 8, 2013.

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that builds up and fades down just as fast. It must be a chill haze because this is supposed to be a filtered beer but it does not look like it.

The aroma is of grainy malts, husks, grits, yeast, citrus, and a clean hop note on the backside. It echoes most of what is to be expected from a German pilsener.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

The taste begins with a notable grainy malt character with a dry yet citrus-like bitterness hanging on at the finish. Really clean finish too.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:42:05 | More by puboflyons
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" date of Nov 28, 2013 etched into the body near the curve of the bottleneck. Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a towering golden crystal clear body with a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass to replenish an ample stark white head. The foam is two fingers thick and fluffy, like cotton candy. Retention is excellent and it leaves nice sticky residue and rings as I drink it down. A prototypical looking German Pils.

Smell - Bright and clean, with light biscuity notes blending with subtle hoppy bitterness and herbal grass notes and lemon zest. Bready and light, like fresh flatbread and butter crackers, with just enough acidity to keep it sharp to the nose.

Taste - Much like the smell, light malts and bready tones dominate alongside a bouquet of faint floral tones and lemony essence, but no sourness. Perhaps a hit of tart, but that could be my perception playing tricks on me from the non-tart zest characteristic. On the finish is a pleasant bitterness that provides a counterpoint to the softer grain notes. There is a faint amount of sweetness as well to bring the flavors all together.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light bodied, with ample carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Significant tingling effect from the carbonation to offset the softness of the flavors.

Overall, an outstanding German pils. Although I must admit to a sweet spot in my heart for this style, this one is an exceptional example that hits all the notes one would expect from a world-class lager. I wish there were a local option in this style as good as this one for me to support. This is my favorite offering from the short list of Victory brews I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 05:33:36 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Givemebeer


4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Tap at The Station In Garwood, NJ. (Good place by the way)

A: Straw colored with a nice head and retention and excellent lacing

S: Foral and biscuity

T: Extremely herbal and floral a very hoppy pilsener. Some light malt backbone - bready

M: Crisp, refreshing, dry finish - very nice

O: Great great pilsener definitely world class. Over-hopped and fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 06:24:52 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma is definitely more interesting, bringing some toasty tones, as well as the taste. The hop presence is relatively (to the style) shy in the beginning, but at the end they show up with vigor. This is a good german pilsener, pretty perfect for new england summers.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 22:16:31 | More by HabiMendes
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