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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,161 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 234 | 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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sessycuban

California

2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a golden yellow. Plenty of carbonation, minimal lacing.

S - Very minimal hop presence, DMS, adjuncts.

T - Tastes like other well stocked American adjunct lagers; cooked corn.

M - Light bodied.

D - I guess this might be worth your while if you are local, and are into sixers. Otherwise, I'd avoid this beer. It tastes more like an American adjunct lager than a German Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 19:00:11 | More by sessycuban
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vdread

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Victory Prima Pils

pours a vibrantly yellow body with somewhat pale edges and a thin white head. looks well carbonated, with multiple streams of bubbles escaping the top. smells of weak citrusy hops and light, barely detectable malts.

tastes grainy, harsh, and astringent. sharply bitter, without much hop taste or complexity one would expect with this level of bitterness. the medicinal astringency dominates the flavor here and makes it hard to appreciate much else. hints of lemon and grassy hops peek through.

mouthfeel good. thick, well carbonated.

i found this hard to drink. i've enjoyed victory brewing for the most part, and maybe i just expected too much from the prima pils, but i'm really disappointed with this guy. the other reviews seem to indicate that it is a top notch beer. maybe i just need to try another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 13:45:43 | More by vdread
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haazer

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Good carbonation. Pours a thick white foam head, but it goes down fairly quickly. Very filtered as it is completely transparent. Gold in color.

S- Smells piney, slightly hoppy, and hints of citrus.

T- Just like the smell. Slightly prickly, and detect a hint of nutty flavor.

M- Very dry palate. Refreshing though.

D- I could drink a few of these. Recently had a couple playing a round of golf. The abv is not that high, is pretty smooth. Just not my style though.

Notes: This will probly be the highest I rate a Pilsner. Pilsners are my least favorite type of beer, dont know why just think they're very bland. I have to hand it to victory though as this is the best one I've had. I will agree with the hype around this and the accolades this gets, but still just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:52:49 | More by haazer
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hate to be a spoil sport, but I was expecting better. This is advertised as a German Pils, but it came across more as an American lager with essientially an American character. If it was a Bitter or Pale Ale, I would have graded better.

It poued more of an orangey/amber color instead of the pale blonde one would expect. Plenty of biscuity malts sweetness in the nose, which mixed with an assertive citrusy hops.

The taste was essientially malty with a full body, but it was dominated by what appears to be either Cascades or Centennial hops. Perhaps they used Saaz hops; however, the overpowering citrus quality indicated that they either used American Cascades, or spoiled European hops. German Pils feature noble hops, which give a totally differnt taste. The high alcohol alone, puts this beer out of style. There was also a rather sweet chalky texture to this Pils. A typical German Pils features a decent malt body, and an assertive noble hop bite, but overall, a German Pils is very clean and dry on the palate. Prima had none of these attributes.

A total disappointment. Maybe this was just an expired batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 23:58:46 | More by jpkoch1962
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white lace of head. Beautiful floral hops on the nose with a touch of citrus. Light in body with good carbonation. Very clean malt bill with a spicy hop finish. Good hop showcase with no real malt body . Bitter dry finish while still wetting the palette. Floral hops linger in the mouth.

Unfortunately though the beer just kind of drinks like a hopped up light beer. Light and fizzy with a big bitter finish. The lack of any sort of balance ruins the drinkability that a pilsner should have. Good if your hop lover but not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:15:33 | More by jtierney89
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engagechad

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs - Poured into Samuel Smith Imperial pint.

Poured great with a bit too much carb and was a urine like yellow color. Head and lacing were good though.
Smell was not good at all for me. It smelled acidic and pungent.
Tasted about how it smelled and was not pleasant.
Mouthfeel was smooth and easy as well as being a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 13:53:38 | More by engagechad
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BierManVA

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Extremely hoppy smell. The head disappeared quickly (although well carbonated.). Color is very light golden. I am getting no malty flavors or aroma's whatsover.

I enjoy most pilsners but find the extreme hoppiness of this bier to be a distraction. The aftertaste and mouthfeel are absolutely attrocious in my opinion.

This is not a bier I enjoy but I can see why it is popular with the crowd. It is original in it's approach and not a tasteless macro crap.

Just not for me.

John

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 23:43:47 | More by BierManVA
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deuschbag

California

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug. this beer poured an almost highlighter-style clear yellow color with a moderate head and no lace. the smell was really bad. a very bad skunky grassy smell with just an over powering of skunkiness. the taste was very disspleasing. i don't know to how to describe the taste, except as a more hoppier version of heineken. i had a high expectation to try this brew but was very dissapointed. maybe i just had a bad batch(hopefully. come on, victory!). i won't buy this again, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 11:37:53 | More by deuschbag
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely shade of gold. Has a dense, tight white head, which drops pretty fast, leaving no lace.

Smells of spicy hops, and malt.

I taste mainly spicy hops, with a restrained malt flavor. Somewhat earthy as well, grassy flavor coming through. Decent flavor, although not really my cup of tea.

Good full mouthfeel. A little chewy, which I wasn't expecting, but it seems to work.

Overall, I wasn't impressed, although I would drink this over just about any mass marketed lager. It's not that it's bad, just not what I enjoy. Maybe my palate hasn't evolved to this level of subtlety yet. I'll try it again down the road, and see.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 21:23:13 | More by dancinwillie
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tykees88

Indiana

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- very clear bear. one finger fizzy head. no lacing.

S- smells terrible. not impressed at all. all hype nothing good here. It's a skunky smell full of nasty grains.

T- Tastes much like the smell .It's a grainy beast.

M- Chewy mouthfeel, what happened to the clean crisp pilsener here?

O- It's average to below. Hated this beer. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:26:01 | More by tykees88
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TheBeermaster

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Thick lacey head. Very clear golden yellow hue.

Smell - Very hoppy, sharp.

Taste - Bitter. Not as rich nor as smooth as one would expect from a great pilsener. The amount/type of hops in this beer would make an IPA blush.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Refreshing. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:15:52 | More by TheBeermaster
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is the most highly rated German Pils, I had to seek it out and give it a try, afterall I grew up drinking German Pilsners and they are my favorite style.

I'm a self proclaimed master at judging this style and to start on a good note, the malts could not be anymore perfect...well done, really a nice grain bread in the malts without being sweet, only the best of this style can accomplish that. Without argument, this is a super beer but as a German Pilsner, it falls short of what this style is supposed to be.

I can quickly smell and taste the fatal flaw in this beer....HOPS!!! Americans can never seem to get this right. Too much hops and not the proper hops to work with the malts. Good German Pilsners have a spicy and grassy, bitter hop backbone that compliments the malts. This beer has a citrus rind bitter hoppyness that overpowers the malts and leaves the sting of cheap hop pellets in the aftertaste. It's supposed to be a German Pils, not an IPA!

This is slightly paler yellow than other Pils, with a white head that leaves little lacing. Not true to the style but still a tasty drink and one would have no trouble drinking quite a lot of these. This is only so highly rated because so many Americans are hopheads. If one wants a real German Pils, grab a Radeberger!

Still quite pleased with this beer but would not buy it to satisfy a craving for a German Pils. I would rate this very highly as an IPA but if you would excuse me, I'm going to go get a Radeberger. :D

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 18:41:43 | More by Sachsenfreude
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear, light yellow color with a frothy white head and light lacing.


Aroma – I detected a hint of lemon rind in the smell.

Palate – Lively carbonation that is a little rough.

Flavor – Smooth taste with a light citrus hop finish.

Final thoughts – This is not really my style of beer but I can tell you that I’ve had much better pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 13:10:56 | More by praufs01
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Djenx

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-18-2012 20:38:45 | More by Djenx
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blknikon

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

12-07-2012 20:40:08 | More by blknikon
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kristenrae8

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

12-01-2012 21:51:55 | More by kristenrae8
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

09-16-2013 00:31:49 | More by Syracuse12
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Buundy


2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

10-21-2012 03:00:41 | More by Buundy
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-07-2013 22:40:43 | More by SportsandJorts
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fisherbray

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-28-2012 06:24:31 | More by fisherbray
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chrismia

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-05-2014 14:19:40 | More by chrismia
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heizerbjj

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

09-01-2012 15:31:14 | More by heizerbjj
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

05-28-2014 16:34:48 | More by BRYeleJR
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johnnyf27

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-03-2014 21:55:12 | More by johnnyf27
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beernads

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-07-2013 06:35:55 | More by beernads
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,161 ratings.