Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,818
Reviews: 2,050
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 210
Gots: 582 | 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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Ratings: 4,818 | Reviews: 2,050
Photo of StrayteEDGE
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good for a pils

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste like a lighter iron maiden trooper.

Photo of OldManMetal
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a crystal-clear, slightly sparkling straw-colored lager that could be a real eye-catcher if given a nice thick creamy white head rather than a brief rocky scree. The nose is pleasantly malty with alcohol undertones and hints of spicy hops. On the palate it is hop-forward, with a significant bittering hops presence that dominates the pilsener hops flavor and lagery grain notes; the finish is the same, with the bitterness lingering long enough to overstay its welcome. The texture is a bit thicker than the light body would lead you to expect, and the carbonation is nice and prickly.

Photo of fscottkey
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.75] Forms a full 3 fingers of head. The head is bright white and made of small to medium bubbles. The head has some staying power. The beer itself is a transparent light straw color. The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%) and there is a best by date (06/09/15).

S: [3.00] Yeast. Mild apple scent.

T: [3.25] Sweet fruits on the front. Very sweet with a hint of yeasty breadiness. The sweetness has a bit of a caramel flavor to it. The finish has a tart apple hint to it,

M: [3.00] The finish is dry. The carbonation is low to medium.

O: [3.25] The sweetness and the fruitiness surprised me on this one. It is a decent beer but I think it could get cloyingly sweet after more than one. The nose was really weak which made the flavors on the tongue a bit of a surprise. Visually this beer shines! The taste is decent. I would choose a lot of beers before this one.

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a tulip glass (maybe some day I purchase a couple of pilsner glasses). Really solid, if unexciting, beer that I could see becoming a "go to" beer for me.

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just okay. Wouldn't turn it down but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

Photo of STLCARD
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking with great hoppy flavors!

Photo of DaverCS
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my generic pilsner glass, the beer poured 1 finger of quickly dissipating head. The beer is extremely clear with a pale yellow color.

Aroma is slightly skunky. I get a mild hay or grain characteristic. Very little to no hop characteristic on the nose.

Taste is primarily the hay, followed by a slight smokiness. It's almost a stale taste, even though the beer is rather fresh-- perhaps it is slightly irony. The beer is nicely crisp but rather non-descript in terms of any flavor besides the hay. It reminds me a lot of Stella Artois. The beer is nicely dry as is expected with the style.

Overall, this is a good, basic summer beer. Nothing spectacular in my opinion, but I also do not drink pilsners all that much. It beats any BMC beers for sure, but it still doesn’t provide any differentiating qualities/characteristics that truly make it fantastic or unique. This beer would pair well with just about anything, I could definitely see sitting down to a fried chicken dinner with this beer. It gets a 76/100.

Photo of confer
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an example of what a pilsener should be.

Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With cold pizza in a glass. Lots of hops, distracting you from the pilsner crispness and refreshing taste you'd normally expect. Complex and worth another try but as a pilsner it kinda falls short. Reminded me of a white ipa. The layers of hops were interesting.

Photo of mi1154
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a sour finish. Not what I was expecting in a pilsner.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw color, crystal clear, small white head, spotty lacing

S: Pilsner malts, light hops

T: Sweet malts right away then a nice hop bite to it, hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium to light, resiny hop film coats the mouth

O: Good beer. A bit more hoppy than other pilsners I've had more recently and I was expecting more sweetness but this combination is still good just a bit different than what I expected.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.81/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow with slight carbonation. Excellent hop and corn smell. Very overpowering aftertaste that I don't like.

Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color topped with a fluffy white foam. Sweetly doughy and floral, the nose is a great tribute to a classic German pils, and even more inviting than many good German examples. Prima is hop-forward on the palate, showing grass and flowers against a doughy-biscuity malt backdrop. The carbonation and bitterness keep it lively on the tongue and lead into a dry finish that begs to be refreshed with another sip. Top notch.

Absolutely will buy again.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Didnt have enough flavor in my opinon

Photo of KillerJigger
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think it wasnt fresh. Will try again.

Photo of norehowsky
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pale, golden and very clear. Poured into a pilsner glass - decent white head, nothing to write home about

S - initial smell is somewhat fruity, with that raw malty finish you'd expect from a Pilsner

T - fairly similar to the smell but the hops are much more prominent, moreso than the average Pilsner. Definitely some fruity undertones, grapefruity

F - light and crisp, refreshing

O - a nice hoppy Pilsner, which is not surprising when it comes to Victory. As a guy who usually swings towards IPA, this is definitely a solid beer in my book. I love the hops, but always enjoy a lighter beer like this, especially when it's on the hoppier side.

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted like a pretty typical pilsner to me. Slightly better than the average for this style but not something I would willingly seek out again.

Photo of eggmaggi
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

don't believe the hype. It's just meh.

Photo of Urk1127
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My favorite style finally found this. dry smell. soapy finger of head. dry hoppyness very clean. best pils I've had. Will buy again definitely.

Photo of BuccoFan
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pilsner with nearly the body of a pale ale and a good taste and equally solid finish to boot.

Photo of Beerdoe
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This the beer I drink. My regular in the keg late spring and summer. Simple and refreshing. Great to come home to after fishing. Better than lemonade.

Photo of founddrama
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like if Miller Lite was any good.

Photo of BBS323
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great beer just a touch fruity pils taste

Photo of Redneckwine
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale, golden, and crystal clear. 1 finger head dissipates quickly to a wispy cap, some spotty lacing.

Smell - Nice snappy Pils malt: raw, grainy, biscuity and fresh. Kick of sweet/sour green apple skin. Hops have a nice combo aroma of grassy/spicy/herbal.

Taste - Much like nose, but hops are kicking much harder than you'd sense from the nose - grassy and herbal with a lemony citrus snap. Malt is raw and grainy with a touch of much needed honey sweetness. A bit of that apple/grapeskin peaks in, then this brew dries out real fast and a moderate grassy/herbal bitterness lingers.

Feel - Light/medium body with a nice and light feel, carb is active but not overly so. Smooth yet crisp.

Overall - Pretty much hits the nail on the head for the "hoppy pilsner" style: crisp, hoppy, and very drinkable. It might go juuust slightly overboard on the hops for my taste, but I could see myself knocking back a few of these any old time. An excellent beer.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,818 ratings.