1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,265 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,265
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 154
Gots: 261 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 4,265 | Reviews: 1,967 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Like a good white wine. Crisp pils with fruit, lemony citrus. Good straightforward pils, for a change. Good hops.Smooth, not much to look at, light yellow with cloudy mushroom head. Neutral aroma.Had it 5 years later, good but drying bitterness.ABove average mouthfeel.

10-03-2004 04:13:01 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1%

03-05-2013 12:44:56 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and zesty herbal hops. Taste is of sweet grains and a astringent bitter herbal and citrus zest hop kick. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsner with a very fresh taste that is very refreshing.

07-26-2011 05:06:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

11-26-2011 18:59:01 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Reviewed from notes, although I've had this too many times to count.

Pours a niceclear golden straw color with plenty of visible carbonaion bubbles. Nice white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is grain and fresh noble hops. Herbal, floral, and a tad earthy. Taste balances the grain and bitterness quite well. Great, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Drinks really well and is a Spring and Summer staple for me.

10-20-2010 16:09:22 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-25-2011 17:24:49 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Poured clear yellow with a small white head, which dies down into some lacey patterns. There's a moderate level of carbonation evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but it's a good mix between floral hops and malts.
T: There's a lot of hops in the flavor, which lend some bitterness, but there's plenty of underlying malt so they are not overpowering. It has a very bold and assertive taste for a pilsner style.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and a bit dry on the palate.
D: Drinking this is a breeze; it quenches your thirst and is a good sessionable beer with a big taste.

04-20-2010 00:16:45 | More by metter98
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Lucid lemon yellow that isn't quite dark enough to be considered gold or amber. The lid is a shade darker than cumulus cloud white and is soft and fluffy. The foam persists for a while and leaves a small-moderate amount of lace in fat, broken rings. The nose is wonderful: all soft lemony hops with just a hint of earthiness.

Prima Pils is hugely impressive beer and I'm not a big pilsener fan. Hops are dominant, with that same lemon zesty, grassy character that is noted in the nose. This beer is beautifully hopped! It has just the right combination of citrusy flavor and hop bitterness to go along with a fuller than normal body (for the style) and a crisp, drying finish. Another solid beer from Victory.

Prima Pils is, without question, the single best German (American) pilsener that I've ever had. It would be enjoyable at any time of the year, but would be even better, no doubt, on a scorching summer day. Too bad it isn't available around here because I'd never be without it.

03-04-2004 18:44:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a bubbly white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Floral noble hops on the nose; very crisp

Taste: Starts out bready and refreshing; then, a sudden flash of hoppy bitterness with grassy, but minty, undertones arrives and lasts through the crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with generous carbonation

Drinkability: One fantastic pilsener - my favorite example of the style

09-21-2005 20:40:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4/5  rDev -1%

06-18-2013 07:57:27 | More by zestar
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-21-2012 00:13:23 | More by acurtis
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Tried at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's Cincinnati. It's a mo-ped for Ale drinkers: they enjoy it, but they don't want to admit it to their Ale drinking friends. In reality, this is about as good as a pilner gets. Though no amped up body, hops, or foreign character, it's simple and to-the-point. A nice pilner malt base with characterful hops (may not be classic noble versions) and maybe an American hop or two for a better citrus and acidic hop finish. Lightly earthy and dusty, and a body that is on the upper end of the style scale. Although many will proclaim the Pilsners should not contain esters of any sort, I find that a pleasant, light estery quality of pears and a nectar-like perfume aroma compliment the beer well. Because of esters and basically no dms or acetaldahyde, the beer may use ale yeast? Finsihes very clean and very crisp. No doubt a best-of-style beer!

06-17-2006 17:59:42 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -44.8%

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with almost no head. Carbonation is really weak which seems to be a problem with some of the Victory that I had lately. Aroma is quite subtle has I would expect of a pils but the taste is way too sweet for a pils. I’m guessing they put too much of cascade hops in this. There is some way better pils out there.

08-04-2004 14:33:53 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

on tap at barleys and always one of my personal favorites!!

good sized two inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently into a broken crown across the top with a good amount of side glass lacing as well. Light aromas of grain mixed in with a good light floral bouquet and hints of pineapple. Some light banana way down in the back.

Crisp, and refreshing. A light wheat like grain base was cut by a nice orange rind like hop flavor that was quick to turn nice and bitter on you. Hints of banana flavored yeast and a nice finish that was full of fresh cut grass and a wet hay flavor. This was a nice medium bodied pilsner. Much thicker then you would normally see from the style, but it worked very well. An outstanding session ale, this was one I would have no issues in repeating any day. It was light, crisp and clean with a nice profile and low ABV, all things making this lean hard towards being very seasonable.

02-26-2011 21:12:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-12-2012 23:29:46 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-02-2012 09:20:07 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-13-2013 22:44:01 | More by spycow
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -1%

03-31-2013 23:46:52 | More by GRG1313
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Clear, yellow body topped by a foamy, white head that supplied clear-cut rings of lace on our way to the bottom.

Smell: Aroma smelling of grainy pils malt, moist discarded lemon rinds, and fragrant, spicy hops.

Taste: Grainy tasting pilsner malts with a light honeyish sweetness. Hint of lemon. Richly floral and spicy noble hops with an ingratiating medium amount bitterness. Finishes dry and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Keenly drinkable. One of the better American-corn pilsners around.

01-23-2009 19:21:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

The Pils pours out as a golden color with a white fizzy head on top. The head leaves a pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is grassy but also had a pretty strong hop aroma too. The taste was malty, grassy and had a decent hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall it's not a bad pils it's just not one of my favorite styles.

06-07-2011 04:53:46 | More by Knapp85
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Poured a nice yellow/straw with a medium but nice retained head,pretty highly carbonated.Smell was nice and malty with some sweetness.Taste starts malty and somewhat irony but has a lingering dryness to it,somewhat complex for the style.One of the best if not the best pilsners I have had real nice and highly drinkable.

05-20-2003 10:42:48 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Served in a flute glass at ChurchKey.

Wow, how has it taken me so long to drink and review this beer? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose is faint (as I've come to expect from these pilsners), comprising only some wheat and light florals. The taste follows, a bit stronger, with notes of floral and citrus peel bitters and a very light background bit o' biscuits. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils, but nothing to get all that uppity about.

07-17-2010 01:41:42 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-10-2013 22:02:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pale yellow like so many other macro lagers. Minor lacing that sets this apart somewhat. Grassy, grainy aroma, not better than bottled samples i've had. Flaccid appearance, looks anemic for a PIls.

Mild bitterness on the palate, could use a bigger hop kick to it. Engineered to appeal to macro drinkers, surely. Not snappy, kind of dull overall. Fuller than usual due to a nice level of carbonation. Simple and non-intellectual, drink by the six-pack.

11-04-2007 04:45:11 | More by emerge077
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,265 ratings.