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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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2,033 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,033
Hads: 4,930
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 235
Gots: 686 | 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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Reviews: 2,033 | Hads: 4,930
Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold with a fairly long-lasting white head.

Smell: A big floral and herbal hop aroma is most prevalent with some biscuity undertones.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry and biscuity, the pilsner malt really takes a back seat to the spicy, grassy hop flavors here. Noble hops appear with even greater presence in the finish, biting and crisp with greater bitterness than any German pils I've tried. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is spot-on for the style. The only thing that this beer is lacking is the clean finish that I commonly associate with a good pils; the oily hops take over the palate and linger for a touch longer than I'd like.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried to order this in a few different bars in T.O., and it is always sold out. Now, I've tracked down a bottle, so let's see what the fuss is all about.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some spotty lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of floral citrus hops, and biscuity white grain. The taste is crisp barley grain, and floral, piney, and grassy hops. The carbonation is average, the body decently round, and full, but a bit clammy, and it finishes clean and crisp.

A pretty decent old world pils, wish it were easier to get a hold of.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 2/4.

Best by date: March 2, 2008

A - Poured out a hazy, golden/yellow color with a little amount of carbonation. It had a soapy, white, two-finger head.

S - It smelled quite floral and hoppy. It also smelled of grains and caramel malt.

T - It tasted very sweet. There was a light malt flavor blended with a grain taste. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Victory products are great and this is no exception. A great pils.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a golden hut. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with some mild lacing.

Smell: Malty, this one is very light with a mild sweetness. I'm also getting an herbal presence.

Taste: Light and crisp, just like the smell. I"m getting some floral notes along with a bitterness from the pils malt and some hops. The finish is slightly bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.

Overall: This is a really nice pils. Light and easy to drink, I'm a big fan.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy golden liquid, topped with a finger and a half of white head. Good retention and lace.

S - Grainy and sweet with a slight hoppy note in the background. Distinct German pilsner aroma that I can only describe as corn tortillas.

T - Grainy with lots of herbal hop flavor. Sweet at first, but it finishes dry and smooth.

M - Moderately high carbonation, light body and a somewhat astringent finish.

D - This is by far the most authentic German pilsner that I have had from an American brewery. The flavor and aroma are spot on and I am amazed that they would take the time to craft something this subtle. Stylistically, the only flaw is the somewhat poor clarity. German pilsner is by no means one of my favorite styles, but Prima is beautifully done.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, mostly clear golden banana color.

Nose lots of nice malts, straw, toasty wheat, light grassy floral hops.

Taste clean and crisp, nice toasty pilsner malts, light straw grassy floral noble hops with a decent of bitterness. Drier finish with a long bitter hoppy crisp finish, touch of spicy hops too.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall very drinkable, crisp and refreshing, nice pils malts, nice noble and bit of american hops, great pils.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 4/23/11. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a rich looking bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that skims the surface, leaving back sticky swathes of foamy looking lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral, herbal, citric, and a bit spicy, with a light underlying bready sweetness from the malts.

The taste has a leafy and spicy bitterness to it that stretches the whole way through. This just has a bright hoppy pop to it in the mouth that is supported by those Pils malts, which while giving off some balancing sweetness here, mostly have a grainy stiffness to them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, clean, and all-around assertive feel in the mouth.

Ah, this is a classic from Victory and I never turn down a pint or bottle if it comes my way. That mix of German and Czech hops lends this a distinct kind of herbal or earthy spiciness that I really dig and that close to 5% ABV keeps this right there at that approachable level where you can have a couple of these without taxing the palate a whole lot. I love that I’m able to get this beer fresh at the brewery with relative ease.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, bright golden color with a soft, creamy head that holds up fairly well. The aroma is intensely hoppy - bright and fresh - with a grassy and somewhat spicy character. A crisp carbonation and medium body join to create a full mouthfeel. The flavor is bold: Generously malty, but then it needs to be, to support the mouth-watering and solid hop flavor. Quite aggressive. The finish is big and hoppy, leaving a resiny dryness. A bold German-style pilsner, not so much seductive as it is dominating.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Victory beers so this one seemed like a no-brainer to try out. While it is my least favorite Victory beer I have tried thus far, it's still above average when compared to other beers out there. Kind of a lackluster cloudy yellow appearance, not much for lacing. Smell is sort of spicy with some European hops smell. Taste is of a lot of Saaz hops to me (not sure if they were actually used), very European taste to it... but also a little hoppier (I'm guessing it was Americanized?). Nothing special but a decent beer to give a try.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a good pils and I'd seen the high ratings on this one so I picked up a sixer here in SoCal for $10.99. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the fridge and side-poured into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, fairly thin, with some light cream. Retention is above average. Body colour is a predictable clear light yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style; this is standard fare so far.

Sm: Fresh full clean barley and pale malts. Crisp and refreshing. A bit of floral hop character. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Par for the course. It's appealing.

T/Mf: Ah. Now we're getting somewhere. Fresh full-bodied clean barley and pale malts. Complementary floral hopping gives it a bit more depth. Some crystal malt. The softness of the mouthfeel is a highlight, and what sets this beer apart from other pilsners in my opinion. Smooth, wet, and refreshing, with a bit of dryness and a dash of lemongrass on the climax. A bit coarse in the second act, bringing out the flavour. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer and feels carefully balanced with the flavour profile; it's very nectary but I'd stop short of calling it sweet or cloying. It's disappointingly simple, but it's also got more depth than many (German) pilsners. I do like it. A refreshing pleasant pilsner. Very well balanced and executed, though it's a bit too bitter for the style (likely from slight overhopping, which also gives it a bit more floral flavour). It lacks subtlety, but there are some more refined notes here.

Dr: As easy to drink as any pilsner out there. Would pair great with food. I wouldn't get it again with Pilsner Urquell so readily available, but it's a good offering from Victory, and it's nice to see craft breweries attempting lighter easier to drink styles. I'll easily kill my sixer, and I think it's well priced as an East coast import.

High B-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, light malts and lager yeast and it’s very robust for the style.

T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet and then transitions into a little bit of fruitiness and a strong hops bitterness. There’s a very nice balance and the after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could see myself drinking quite a few of these over the course of an evening. I could also see myself choosing this beer to drink with a nice large meal. It’s a very good beer overall.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bomber up at Wegman's poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is golden and the clarity is lightly hazed with a moderately fast paced rise of bubbles. The head is 1/2 inches of rocky snow and lace clings in spots in a wave pattern. The smell is musty and mineral from the yeast with a pils malt scent and the German origin is apparent in both hops and yeast with slight grassy vegetal and herbal aromas from the hops. The malt and hops with the yeast delivers a mild sweet scent which compliments the earthy elements well. I get a bit of grass, probably because it is so fresh, but mild grainy feel with high carbonation and spicy, peppery middle and mild sweet tinges throughout. The light grainy texture in there with a pretty resinous hop texture and highly dry semi-bitter finish.

The tast is light toasted pils malt with a mild floral hop flavor and some spicy grassy tastes that aren't harsh, yet still gives the impression that this pils is highly hop flavored with a very mild yeast mineral quality and light pilsner malt sweetness. The finish is dry and spicy with a nice yeasty tinge. I think this is a great American take on the German Pils style, with a pretty hop forward taste, yet it is still within range to be considered traditional influenced with nice noble hop character and high drinkability.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bight pale yellowish golden colour with a very active carbonation that hold the near perfect lace together.

Very expressive in the hop department with herbal and spicy aromas and flavours that solidly dominate the senses but not to the point of being overwhelming. Touch of biscuity doughy maltiness within, very clean with a dry long lasting hoppy finish.

Perfect with some spicy homemade sausage at Redbones. If you like your pils with more than enough hops this is the one.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with effervesence & a 3 fingers deep fluffy white head. Very good head retention & super lacing

Smell; Malty with peppery hops scent

Taste: Malt, then gassy & peppery flavors up front. Hop bitterness lingers on tounge. Finoshes peppery, slightlly malty, soapy & dry

MF: Good balance, medium body & good carbonation

Drank very easy, nice take on the style with a German influence to be sure

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clouded straw gold with minimal head that falls to nothing. Nose is a matured and subdued lemon.Flavor is slightly citrus like with a smooth and slightly heavily bodied character that comes off as earthy and leaves a high amount of ink in the mouth. Consistent flavor delivery never drops off; just fades away over time. Very drinkable, though might be a bit too hearty for some.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before 3/1/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, floral, grass, cracker, pepper, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with a good balance of hops and fruity lager esters. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, apple, pear, pepper, pine, floral, grass, cracker, bread, hop earthiness, and floral spiciness. Good amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pepper, grass, cracker, bread, hop earthiness, and floral spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a very hoppy flavor profile; and nearly zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Pilsner style. Great hoppy flavor balance with good complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.