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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Prima PilsPrima Pils

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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 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 BWED


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.5 liter pour in a pils glass at the brewery.

A- Crystal clear golden, with a one finger white head. Lots of lacing, and the head retains well.

S- Light sweet malt with citrus notes. A little biscuity.

T- Small roast/sweet malt flavor with a mild grassy/earthy hop balance.

M- Light, clean, and the classic Pils bitterness hangs around at the end.

O- Very flavorful and clean. Will be great in the summer. This beer makes me really excited for the craft Pils scene, which I haven't really explored a lot. Victory is doing some good things, and I'm glad I live nearby to experience it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 04:01:18 | More by BWED
Photo of dar482

New York

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It comes in a clear straw yellow color like other pilsners.

There is a big dank grassy aroma. There's some floral and citrus in the hops along with the hay like hops from pilsners.

The flavor has a familiar pilsner grassy taste with a bitter finish. The floral and citrus hops as well.

As good as it is, it still doesn't blow my mind. I don't really have it miles ahead of other pilsners like other reviewers have. Still highly recommended though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2013 03:14:15 | More by dar482
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won't change this rating, because I know BA just changed their ratings policy so you could only have one rating per beer, regardless of style type. Previously I had multiple ratings of this beer due to serving types (bottle, tap). I'm just having this in a bottle now and it's just as damn good. Highly recommended. Almost hoppy pale ale in character, but with the pilsner touch.

On-tap at Stone Brewery.

Yellow and very pils-looking, don't know if it was a careful pour or not but there wasn't much head, however there was some lacing and plenty of rising bubbles.

Had a lemony and grainy accent to an overall crispy hops aroma.

Taste wise it was plenty of citrus, toasty bready malts, lots of smooth and tasty hops, and plenty of lemony citrus.

Feel wise it was light and well carbonated, with a nice bitter aftertaste.

On-tap it's quite delicious, just as it was in the bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 00:27:28 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden body with a large frothy bone-white head.

S- Lager yeast and a piney hop note.

T- Definitely tastes like a pils, but there is more of a hop note than most. Piney hops come through to add some good hop flavor.

M- Crisp, clean, high carbonation, medium bodied.

O- A good pils, very good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 00:07:01 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken 12/19/12.

draft poured into a pint glass by bartender at Olympic Tavern in Rockford, IL.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of big bone white head. Head has some nice staying power and sticks around for a while.

Smell: Light malt profile bready and grainy. Floral, grassy, and citrusy hops.

Taste: A touch of cracker and grainy malts. Balanced hop profile orange peel, floral, grassy, and more citrus. Mild hop bitterness. Clean and light finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its crisp, bright, and refreshing beer. Super crushable beer.

Overall: This is a great summer beer option. Fantastic German Pilsner thats flavorful while being well balanced and soooo drinkable. It was a nice surprise. Great beer by Victory!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 12:30:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Rifugium


2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: ?

I'm obviously not a pils guy, but this one's not too bad, and it's seen quite often in bottles and on tap. Clear golden-yellow pour, with a bubbly white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Floral hops on the nose, grainy. No surprises here. Taste of pils malts, grains, biscuity, light and crisp, floral hops with a touch of citrus zest, fairly bitter and drying. Light body, pretty easily drinkable for the style, but overall just not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 05:50:25 | More by Rifugium
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a random happy hour spot in Philly. Served in a shaker.

Pour: Completely clear straw yellow with a finger and a half white head that recedes pretty quickly.

Smell: Light floral and grassy hoppiness that has some light caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Follows the nose very well, building upon the floral and grassy bitterness, adds some citrus, and finishes with a great bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Super light a refreshing on a hot day. Bitterness lingers mildly well.

Overall: A really, really enjoyable pilsner. Will get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 13:58:59 | More by cfrances33
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a glowing crystal clear yellow. No head, bartender poured to the rim of the glass. Still looks pretty good though. Spotty lacing clings to the glass after a rigiours swirl.

S - aroma is light and fairly straight roasted. There are some leafy green herbal and notes possibly some mint and floral notes with lots of doughy bread.

T - doughy malt flavors up front with just a hint of sweetness. hop bitterness enters mid palate with lots of leafy herbs, and some crisp citric flavors. There is a bit of floral character in the backend followed by a lingering citric bitterness.

M - creamy yet crisp texture. Medium bodied but pretty big for a pilsner. High carbonation with tight zippy bubbles.

O - excellent American take on a pilsner. This is one of my summer go too beers. It is just flavorful and refreshing. A good times kind of lager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 00:54:04 | More by Teleweizen2
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West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in pint glass

A - Clear pale amber with 2 finger white head with good retention and excellent clingy lacing

S - Citrus, pilz, herbal hops, spicy

T - Nice citrus and earthy, herbal hops. One Klean, Krisp, Killer.

M - Light body, moderate-high carbonation, crisp, smooth.

O - One of the most masterful Pilsners I have tried so far on this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 14:39:23 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of LiquidSanity


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Golden, transparent yellow color. Almost looks like synthetic motor oil. Weird description but hey, its the truth.

Ar: Mild Apple and citrus notes. Nothing very strong. Pleasant.

Ta: Very crisp and refreshing. Very hoppy notes and the flavor lingers. The hops stay on the palate for a long period of time. This is basically an IPA without the bitterness.

Mf: Smooth and refreshing. I can see myself drinking this during a hot summer day.

Ov: Tasty and hoppy. The alcohol doesn't over power and the bitterness isn't as potent. This is a good beer to try if you are not a true hop head. Good transition beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 21:35:00 | More by LiquidSanity
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice in the tall Pilsener glass with a lovely golden color. Big resiny hop flavor dominates the beer. Light body and very crisp. Incredibly fragrant with wonderful floral hops. Plenty sharp, near to acidic. Bitterness is quite pervasive.

A tap selection at the Linkery in San Diego. A thoroughly drinkable hoppy beer, but quite focused and even intense. The dissenter in our group thought it taste of Comet Cleanser.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 05:53:46 | More by mactrail
Photo of kylehay2004


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 phishsihq


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at a local bar.

A- a clean and clear golden straw color with a thick one-finger head. Nice retention and lacing, good carbonation.

S- Nice clean out in the grass field smell with some sweet maltiness.

T-Malt sweetness and hop bitterness in perfect harmony. A great tasting pils.

M- Crisp and refereshing with a bit of tartness and bite on the finish.

O-An excellent brew. It looks and tastes great. Very easy drinking pils.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 15:33:05 | More by NiceTaps
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4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA

appearance - golden, transparent, huge foamy white head, big retention and lacing

smell - notes of sweet bread and yeast

taste - bready and yeasty with some hop notes mixed in

mouthfeel - medium body, perfect carbonation

drinkability - refreshing, flavorful, session brew

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 18:21:52 | More by djbreezy
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils is a delicious pilsener. I had this on tap at ChurchKey. I usually find this style boring but this one is nice. It has a bit more going on.

A: Clear yellow colour. 3.5

S: Subtle malt with some light hoppiness. 4

T: Crisp with some malt and bitterness bitter. Earthy hoppiness. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 03:24:11 | More by vandemonian
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego (La Mesa), Calif. Color was murky pale golden. Light head, maybe ¾ inches. Some lacing on the top that lasted throughout. Sporadic film on the sides.

Wasn’t too impressed with the smell. The first thing I thought was shoe polish. Had some light citrus and grassy notes, but nothing too inspiring.

Tasted kind of fruity up front. Lemon citrus hops came in right after, but grass tried to make its presence known. Little bitter on the finish.

Light body. Average carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

An OK beer overall, but nothing I’d write home about. Maybe it was the setting, giving the other ratings, but I guess I’d have to give it another try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 07:29:45 | More by BucannonXC5
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/04/11 notes. Had this on tap last night at the American Tap Room in Clarendon, VA, though I've had it several times before.

a - Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with one finger of frothy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, bready malts, and light sweet fruit. Nice, but not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of grain, wheat, biscuit, bready malts, floral and earthy notes. Lightly sweet again, not bad.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice, above average pilsener, thought not my favorite pilsener or Victory beer. The floral and sweet notes and help it a lot, and it is very easy to drink. Would have it again and a good springtime beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 16:16:23 | More by mdfb79
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Notes, Consumed 06.22.11

Appearance: bright golden yellow, stream of bubbles, fluffy white head, bits of lacing throughout

Smell: hoppy, perhaps the hoppiest pilsner nose I have ever experied....touches of biscuity malt break through as well

Taste: perfect pilsner in my mind, big hop presence is balanced out by light malt presence in the body....

Mouthfeel: springs across the palate everytime

Overall: you will find Prima Pils in the dictionary next to drinkability, my favorite beer to session, love it

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 21:16:59 | More by modernartblues
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear medium golden with a one finger white head. Decent retention and a touch of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet with a deep earthyness. Just a light buttery note.
T- Initially its sweet and grainy but it becomes more and more earthy throughout the sip. Finish is both sweet and earthy. Fairly clean otherwise.
M- Light-medium body. Light carbonation.
O- A simple easy drinking pilsner and one of my favorite pilsners. just all around a tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:36:34 | More by jsprain1
Photo of orangesol


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

Served on-tap at The Fridge on opening day into a Prima Pils glass.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a big pillowy two finger tall white head leaving light steaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready pils malts, spicy hops, lemon rind, and some damp earth. This one is classic pils all the way.

T - Starts off with a big chewy pils malt kick that lingers throughout each sip. Hints of spicy hops and zesty lemon help keep things balanced. The finish is fairly chewy with a slight hop bite, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Clean, chewy, feel that helps to keep this ones drinkability high.

O - I could, and have, drank this all day. Between the low ABV and the simple flavors it is extremely drinkable. It remains one of my go to beers when I am at a place with questionable beer selection.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 23:34:28 | More by orangesol
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with a lasting white head.

Aroma is as expected for style, if a bit hoppier. Taste follows aroma but is even more hoppy, especially in the finish. Long lasting and moderately bitter hop finish and after-taste. Hints of sweet malts.

Nice medium, light body with medium, high carbonation imparting a crisp feel. Semi-dry finish.

O - a pils for hop-heads; this one is more hoppy than most pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 18:32:42 | More by chinchill
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Pils available at the Boulevard in J'Town, PA. The beer's appearance is clear golden color with decent white head and carbonation which led to a good lace. The smell was typical of hay, barley and hint of hop. The flavor is dry strong presence of saaz hops. Mouthfeel is very good...there is enough flavor to keep the beer interesting and tasty. Great for sessioning. Overall it is a very good pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 03:12:15 | More by WoodBrew
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dirty Truth

This is a consistently awesome American hoppy pilsner.
Super clear and crisp gold beer, so drinkable for such a hoppy beer. Not much pilsner yeast taste on this one but more carbonation for you average pils.
The Prima has a full body but not too much - leaves the mouth well hopped

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 02:14:57 | More by wadecats
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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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