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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,155
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 232 | 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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Photo of Tucquan


4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-20 in Columbia, PA and revistited on 2012-10-18 in the same locale (mouthfeel and appearance raised .5 each).

A - Clear straw with a 1-finger white head that fades but leaves nice, curtained lacing.

S - Grassy, lemon, herbal, hop floral, honey. Very inviting.

T - Pale malt, lots of lemon, grass, herbal, honey and a nice finish of tartness and lemon zest bitterness, which lingers long into the dry aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Lightly chewy at first then crsip and refreshing.

O - I like enough to make it part of my beer rotation. It's refreshing, has a lowish ABV but also has a lot of flavor, especially the bright lemon citrus and dry, spicy finish. Bolder than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (another one in my regular rotation) but not quite as well balanced. I like this better than the Sierra Nevada Summerfest or the Stoudts Pils after tasting them side-by-side. Also, while this has a 1% higher ABV than my #1 session beer, 21st Amendment's Bitter American, as of late, this is capturing a bigger portion of my beer budget than in previous years. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 08:39:53 | More by Tucquan
Photo of divineaudio


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pokal. best by july 3 2012.

a - pours a hazy, pale yellow and forms a pinky or so of dense, sudsy, white foam. retention is good and the head leaves thick swathes of webby lacing in the glass.

s - pungent noble hops with a biscuity malt character. faint grassiness.

t - pungent, piney hop character all around. has a light biscuity malt base and faint lemony notes but clearly this beer is all about the hops. finishes crisp and dry with a mouth puckering bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

m - light in body with adequate carbonation. medium co2 profile. slightly slick from the hop oils.

o - goes down easy with plenty of flavor, but i'd like a little more malt balance. a good fit for a hot spring/summer afternoon, though probably not a beer i'd buy often.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 18:54:24 | More by divineaudio
Photo of HumphreyLee


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-20-2012 02:30:01 | More by HumphreyLee
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Appearance is fairly clear, pale straw-gold with nice effervescence. Nice 2-finger head with good retention and lacing. The nose is flowery and herbal.

The beer has a light body and a clean flavor. I don't get much malt flavor, but I do get a pronounced hop profile. Not too bitter, just more assertive than with most pilsners. The finish is quite dry and flowery with a nice lingering herbal character, leaving the palate ready for more.

A nice distinct pilsner. I have had a few in recent days and this one definitely tastes different. I can see why it's rated so highly in its' category. I wish I could taste just a bit more of the malt and was just a bit more carbonated, but that is my only gripe here.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 09:20:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Aschap


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-19-2012 01:15:06 | More by Aschap
Photo of waffles


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-18-2012 22:18:43 | More by waffles
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-18-2012 13:19:28 | More by yergermeister
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no visible date poured into a pilsner glass producing a fluffy twoish finger white head. A clear golden body with lots of bubbles.
Lemon and grass dominate for the most part in the aroma but with some herbal character.
The same characteristics of the nose are present in the taste. Errs more on the grass and herbal qualities. Some hop bitterness pops out at you. Fairly dry and light.

A good springtime brew for sure.

It is obvious this isn't going to be a true to form pilsner. The packaging shows you this.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 04:38:37 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of joshtrich

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

04-17-2012 21:19:52 | More by joshtrich
Photo of RyanGoodman


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-17-2012 17:37:59 | More by RyanGoodman
Photo of wafers

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden colored pour, somewhat bubbly
S: Not much aroma, hint of lemony hops
T: bready malt character up front, moderate amounts of bitter hops throughout
M: Very crisp, refreshing, moderate carbonation making for a pretty easy drink
O: Awesome pilsner brew from Victory...the beer is very refreshing, drinkable, and flavorful without any hints of skunk...highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 05:37:10 | More by wafers
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-17-2012 02:13:37 | More by tln13
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-15-2012 22:49:44 | More by antoines15
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy white head on a hazy golden body. Thin lacing.

S: musty, bitter hops on the nose with floral and grassy notes and light malts.

T: more of the same with a very nice bittering note by the noble-like hops which transitions to a mildly sweet malt and floral finish.

M: very full feeling as far as pilsners go. Coats the palate well. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very refreshing with flavor more robust than many others in the genre

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 21:17:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nova73

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

04-15-2012 20:01:42 | More by nova73
Photo of phishsihq


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This German Pilsner pours a brilliant straw color with a bubbly white head that provides plenty of lacing. Grainy pils malt, lemon, and some floral and spicy hop character forms a very appealing bouquet of aromas. Bready malt and some sweetness blends beautifully into crisp hop bitterness, with some lemon and honey detected as well. Crisp and clean, this amazing Pils is lighter in body, and features a moderate level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 19:10:07 | More by phishsihq
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-15-2012 18:29:59 | More by thegerm87
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-15-2012 00:41:31 | More by rdunigan
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a clear bright pale yellow color with a finger and a half of soapy white head. Lots of visible streaming carbonation and lots of chunky glass coating lace

S- Very aromatic bouquet of floral notes, earthy, herbal, and a very distinct pilsner malt smell

T- Very clean tasting pilsner. Big pilsner malt taste, large floral and earthy hop notes, big bready and doughy notes, light lemon taste

M- Very refreshing, highly drinkable, finishes dry,, smooth, medium to lighter bodied

O- A great pilsner that is highly drinkable. Sometimes this is not the most interesting style, but this is just a great everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 23:51:18 | More by Hoptometrist
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-14-2012 20:45:43 | More by KingBiscuit
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-13-2012 13:57:29 | More by whatname
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-13-2012 00:50:30 | More by Cowman1211
Photo of bier_uber_alles

2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice golden pour - good start.. smells like hops and pine. Hmm.. tastes like hops and pine. I'm conflicted, I thought I was drinking a pilsner, not an IPA???

I'm not sure how people can call this a pilsner with a straight face. for the style, the bitterness and profile are way to extreme/off. It's getting really annoying how americans add hops to every damn style of beer and then rave about how awesome it is. nuking beers with hops does not make it better.
I wonder how i'd feel if this beer went by a different name, maybe just Victory Prima. perhaps I'd be more open to liking it, but as it's currently named and marketed, it's a bastardization of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 20:08:26 | More by bier_uber_alles
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-12-2012 17:00:15 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
Photo of Mullinger1980


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-12-2012 14:06:05 | More by Mullinger1980
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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