Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,021
Hads: 4,854
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 215
Gots: 621 | 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: 2,021 | Hads: 4,854
Photo of rexbanner420
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is really a terrific pilsner. At over 5% ABV and loaded with hop flavor, it feels like a big beer, but hits the spot on a sunny September day. It's dry and full of saaz bite. This is one of the most robust pilsners that I have ever tasted, and I believe is a shining example of the style. A quality German pilsner that can stand toe-to-toe with IPAs. (355 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a Pilsner should be. It is one of a handful of American-made pilsners that simply set the standard for all the others.

Pours radiant yellow and perfectly clear,with a big fluffy head and streams of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head fades slowly to large, luxurious lacing. The aroma is powerful, bright and grainy with a slight lemony tinge and subtle, smooth floral hops. The flavor is honey-like, with a powerful pils grain backbone and a surprisingly strong hop bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasing with a good carbonation bite and a bit of bitterness developing and clinging on the back of the mouth.

This is a superbly drinkable beer, light and crisp enough to win over Macro fans, but complex and subtly hoppy enough to win over craft-beer-only purists. It's hard to do better than this. (844 characters)

Photo of kurtissellen
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass, looked a golden yellow with small ½ finger head that fades but does leave lacing. Nice citrus odor possibly oranges. Awesome taste not what I was expecting, kind of a mild zesty hoppy citrus flavor followed by the wheat. Another summer classic very refreshing and drinkable. Don't make the mistake of only picking up one like I did. (370 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Brilliant clarity and a bright yellow beer. There is very little head which is a bit of a surprise, but there does seem to be good carbonation.
Aroma - Mostly the aroma is malt, really excellent and clean with nice light hints of yeast and hops.
Taste - Smooth and malty with a touch of sweetness. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter... real nice.
Body and Drinkability - Great on both counts. The body is light without being thin and really there is nothing about this beer to get tired of. (511 characters)

Photo of Grandwazoo
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap -- Straw yellow with some haziness. Creamy head, though not particularly thick or long lasting

Nose -- Very appealing Citrus floral nose with a pressed linen (not quite burnt sugar) overtone

taste -- Great stuff! Light malt with balanced hops that fills the entire mouth. Citrus and tea flavors up front with a tea-hops finish. Both refreshing and satisfyingly flavorful

Feel -- Perfectly carbonated, pleasing to the entire tongue...just enough sweet but never too much. Loads of flavor without being thick. Bitter without making the tongue feel dry

Drinkability -- Smooth, full, and yummy....thank you, sir, may I have another!!! (637 characters)

Photo of BeerTaster
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored into a nice pilsner glass and formed a decent head. The beer had a chill haze for a moment but that went away and left a golden crisp looking beer. The taste was hops up front with a light bread like malt backround. This would make a great session beer as well as an apertif. (281 characters)

Photo of iokals
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color with a puffy white head.

Aroma: Mouthwatering smell of noble hops lending a fresh herbal profile with some malt.

Taste: Great use of hops, good bitterness and fantastic hop flavor, with herbal/flower and citrus notes. Very understated malt character is there, but easy to miss.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall: Fantastic European-style pilsner, a great lager for hop lovers. Easy to enjoy, will make a great summertime beer. (487 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bright gold with perfect clarity and a sticky but thin white head that leaves lacing and a collar. Familiar sea-air Saaz hop aroma, very fragrant and volatile. Nice graininess underneath. On the palate, rough hops are at the forefront -- not rough like a bronco, but rough like fine-grained sandpaper. Light barley malt backing on the palate, which provides some smoothness to the beer without being overly creamy or thick. Mouthfeel is light in weight but scratchy with hops. Overall, this is a wonderful pils -- it's got all the hallmarks of the style, but it's also got an American edge in that it's drier and hoppier than most Euro examples. But it's not overdone; it maintains its sessionability. Excellent. (718 characters)

Photo of JimsArcade
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours clear to a nice straw color. The almost pure-white head quickly goes from two fingers high to less than one finger in a standard pint glass. The head dissipates to a 1/8 inch coating, but does so longer than I expected: about two-three minutes.

The aroma is invigorating. In the nose it has a mildly-sweet malt aroma with a burst of dry hops. When the mouth gets involved in the process a slight grapefruit characteristic is apparent.

The first taste offers an above-average amount of carbonation. Alcohol and malt tastes are all where I'd expect them to be, but each sip finishes cleaner than expected. That's thanks to the hops kicking in sip after sip. It's very refreshing. As it finishes, I sense characteristics of fresh baby greens and more grapefruit. This may be the perfect summer beer.

This was definitely a surprise. It's quite different from most pilsners I've had. It would be a great way to introduce semi-hop-phobic drinkers to the benefits that hops can offer. (996 characters)

Photo of jrw5061
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very light colored and a little cloudy. A little bit of head. Not too much lacing.

S: Light citrus hops smell. Not overwhelming but definitely smells good.

T: Starts out a little sweet and then the taste of the hops comes through at the end. Probably the best tasting pilsner I've had so far.

M: Light body. Very refreshing. I think this would be a perfect spring/summer beer.

D: A very drinkable beer. Perfect session beer.

Overall: Best pilsner I've had. Perfect beer for a tailgate or on a hot summer day. Definitely highly recommended. (547 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden straw with a thin white head that gives way to slight but interesting lacing.

S - Aroma is akin to white wine within a hops construct. Fruity and perfumey and yet with potent citrus (lemon) and herbal hops. One of the best smelling beers I am have come across.

T - Herbal hop oil right off the bat. The hops presence is bold for the style but it works--and then some. Hops bitterness plays with the citrus zest and they fade into a lasting spicy (and very dry) finish. The near white wine sweetness has a harder time remain present in the flavor as opposed to the aroma but it is still there. Smooth and refreshing wheaty malt sweetness lingers throughout, giving this hop heavy take of the style proper balance.

M - Medium. Lush for the style (as it the taste.)

O - A hop-heavy pilsner that is as refreshing as it is dry. Unreal. (853 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer itself has a light golden straw color, more pale than vibrant. A medium-sized off-white head foams up on top before fading to a ring around the size of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a slightly skunky hop aroma with a serious citrus edge. Light pilsener malt has just a hint of sweetness. Spicy, earthy hops and a bit of fresh cut grass add even more depth to the hoppy aroma.

Taste: This flavor impresses me at first and only gets better as I am able to analyze it more closely with each sip. The malt is quite dry, with just a hint of honey sweetness. A grassy bitterness starts to take hold. As the hops become more noticeable, a mostly earthy flavor comes through with a bit of spice on the tip of the tongue. The finish is firmly bitter with more grass and a bit of ammonia skunk.

Mouthfeel: At first I notice how grainy the front end is, along with how dry the mouthfeel is. The body feels a bit fuller than the average pilsener, but not by much. The carbonation is crisp but a little bit on the light side. There is a light residual hop oil after each sip.

Overall: I was definitely surprised that I liked this as much as I did. It seems to be one of the best pilseners I have had. The combination of grainy pilsener malt, grassy and earthy hops, and yeast create a special beer that I will definitely be going back to. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright pale straw and sits a beaming pale gold in the glass with a large creamy white head. Fades to wisping of foam around the edges with good lacings all around.

Smells of bright grassy hops and light crackery malts. Simple and pleasing.

Tastes of dry, crisp pils malt with a torrent of hops bitterness closing in. Straight up grassy all the way. Finishes moderately bitter, all in perfect check.

Crisp, clean and paired with a moderate and fine carbonation with a light body.

Pils as it should be. Completely thoughtless, yet packed with indescribable nuances. This stuff cleans itself up. (614 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely outstanding pilsner. Poured a beautiful near clear color with hints of gold: an amazing site to behold. The smell was faintly sweet, being enjoyable. The taste is just short of exceptional-nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp and refereshing. Definitely a beer to purchase in abundance and enjoy! (325 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New to the state of Indiana is beers from Victory Brewing Company based in Downingtown, PA. I have had a few of their offerings and have yet to be disappointed. So it is with great pleasure that I can review the Prima Pils and gleefully say I didn't have to trade to get this, it is now here in Naptown!

One of my bigger complaints with the craft beer industry is the lack of pilsners. It's almost like the industry as a whole has seen what the big 3 have done to the style and they are content to let them get away with it. Well Victory has decided to fight back with their Prima Pils which is an outstanding pilsner that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the finest from Europe. Prima Pils pours a bright golden yellow and in the right lighting, it almost gets a neon glow to it. It is really something to behold, with a gorgeous bright white and thick head gracing the top. Eventually that head will slow drop out but continue to leave lacing all the way down the glass.

The first thing you notice when you raise the glass up to your face is the hops aroma. Very distinct noble hops layered on top of fresh cut grass.. oh so inviting! Taking a sip and you realize that the flavor lives up to the aroma. The beer has a clean and crisp hop bite that really demands that you to take another swallow. The hops are somewhat grassy in nature and leave the beer with an outstanding balance between bitterness and malt. On the tail end, that bitterness lingers lightly on the back of the tongue to remind you that you still have more in the glass.

This is an absolutely world class pilsner beer and would compare well with brands from Europe like Stiegl, Warsteiner, Radeberger, etc. So for those of you out there that have shied away from that pale pilsner style, either because of what the macros have done to the style or because many times imports have that 3 months in a cargo hold taste, give this one a try. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. (1,962 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Freshness dated November 5, 2008.

Appearance - The beer is between straw and amber in color and a bit hazy. It has an attractive collar of pure white foam.

Smell - A touch of malt, perhaps, but mostly noble hop aroma. Floral, herb-like.

Taste - God, I'd almost forgotten how much I love this beer! Hop bitterness dominates the flavor profile but without the hyperaggressiveness of a DIPA. There's a smidge of toast flavor from the malt, but it's nearly crowded out by the grassy, citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Perfect: dead-on for the style. Light-bodied and crisp, with fine carbonation.

Drinkability - Only halfway through I was ready for number two. Very sessionable. I could drink a few of these while watching a game or grilling outside.

I first tried Prima a couple years ago and it was one of my first ventures into craft beer. With a lot more drinking experience, most of it limited to ales, I'd put this beer forth as a challenge to anyone who tries to malign lager as somehow inferior. Prost! (1,057 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color with a super-massive frothy white head that towers out of the glass and dissipates (very slowly) in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace that sticks all over the glass. Truly a thing of beauty. Nose is floral hops, bitter hop oils, and fresh cut grass. Medium in body with a strong amount of fine carbonation. Taste starts off with sweet malts followed by some fresh grassy flavors and bitter hop oils and resins that leave a very crisp and refreshing finish. This is the finest pilsner I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample! (591 characters)

Photo of cbbqbrew
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just keep coming back to this one. It is clean and crisp. The look is just what one would expect from this style. This one is bitter. It takes a little getting used to. I have learned to LOVE it. Refreshing! Not boring! The lacing is very even and sticks to the glass like a spider web.
Great beer and reasonably affordable too! (330 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear yellow with a bright white head that settles to a ring and leaves spotty lacings.

Whao! Quite possibly one of the most beautiful smelling beers I have ever had. The hops jump out of this one. Nothing harsh, just delicate grass seed with some faint fruity-grainy notes letting you know that the malt is there. Wonderful.

Taste does not disapoint. A large helping of noble continental hops gives the beer an admirable up-front crispness which is followed by some very drying bittering hops. A very herbal beer with plenty of fresh grass and hop spiciness. Only reason it's not scored 5 is the shyness of the malt, I get very little grain.

Could be a bit chewier, seems awful thin, but that only adds to the awesome drinkability. Surely one of the best pilsners on the market. (785 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy golden yellow orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white foamy head with very good retention and a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet bready, cracker like pale malts with some yeast and a good presence of grassy hops. Good hints of lemon zest. Nice presence of Noble and Saaz hops. Sweet, bready, and slightly spicy. Well balanced.

Taste: A very good blend of malts and hops. Upfront taste of bready biscuit pale malts with good hints of lemon. A fairly big hop presence for a pilsner. A good mix of grassy, herbal, and even some citrus hops. Some Noble and Saaz hops in the mix. A fairly robust and rich taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and easily drinkable although a little heavier bodied than the typical Pilsner. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A great take on the Pilsner style. Probably the best American version yet. Full malt flavor with a very nice backing of hops. (1,098 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Proper glassware for a proper beer. A good finger of decently lacing head and a deep yellow color. Nice citrus hops on the nose, highly aromatic. Great Pilsener flavor, slightly bitter finish, mixed in with some great lemony citrusness. Amazingly refreshing, highly drinkable. Masterful lager. (328 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stock up and put this back when I'm visiting the midwest; easily towards the top of my 'wish they distributed on the west' list. I've had plenty of these and am reviewing this one in particular in a pilsener glass.

Nice dense white head of about 3/4 inch which after shrinking leaves a nice layer of retention behind. Somewhat cloudy yet still transparent. Pale straw yellow in color. Thick lacing.

Simple yet effiective pale pils nose; lemon, grassy hops, and pleasant bready yeast.

Bready yeast, grains, and lots of citrusy hops. Taste is full, especially for a pilsener.

Medium body and quite sessionable. Perfectly carbonated with a lasting finish of the lemon/yeast combo I now know as Prima Pils.

To me, this is going to serve as the benchmark for all pilseners out there. Just that good! (801 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a clear golden color. The head is massive, cloudy and bright white. The aroma is a perfect blend of spicy, floral and grassy. This is what a pilsener smells like at its best. The taste begins with floral notes than moves towards grass and spices. The finish is a nice clean bitterness that envelops my whole tongue. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Although this is still a light beer, it is probably the heaviest pilsener I have yet tasted, and I do think that the extra weight really helps the mouthfeel. Whereas most pilseners can be discribed as crisp and light, Prima Pils can be discibed as crisp and smooth. Overall, this is a great pilsener and will hold a rotating spot in my refrigerator. (743 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear gold with a clingy white head. Smells lemony, very fresh, limes too, with a sweet maltiness as well. The taste is extremely well crafted: perfect balance of zesty hops and honey and grainy malts that finishes crisp but has enough body to let you fully feel and appreciate its flavors. Nicely done! Extremely refreshing. One of the very best pilsners I've ever had. (378 characters)

Photo of Pooba001
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is light, clear, well carbonated, and has good head that could stick around a little longer. Smells good, with distinguishable grain, and Czech and German hops. Flavor is an excellent balance, hops are more prominent than a normal pils, which I appriciate. Light malt and grain are still noticible. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, close to perfect. I'm not a huge fan of the pilsner style, but this is one of the few I can drink a many of and I actually WANT to!!! (474 characters)

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.