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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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2,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,034
Hads: 4,927
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 234
Gots: 684 | 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: 2,034 | Hads: 4,927
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 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 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 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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory is amazing, because they don't give in to the masses, and they brew the types of beers that they like to brew. This one pours a slightly hazy gold with a vibrant white head that left a full even lace all the way down the glass. The aroma presents a very quaffable bouquet of aromatic saaz hops, not much sweetness just all hops baby. Victory pulled an Emeril on this one, and kicked it up another notch. The European hops give it that classic lager crispness. The taste has a more balanced malt/hop ratio than the aroma. Slightly citrus edge to it, the bitterness leaves a trail of hop resin as it flows down the gullet. The mouthfeel is standard for a well done pilsner, very unique overall finish from this light to medium bodied beer. I could drink this regularly, very palatable and easy to drink. I can't see how somebody couldn't love this beer, but that's just my opinion.

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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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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a wheat beer--lots of cloudiness, straw to golden color. Frothy head that leaves good ring lace.

Mild hop aroma with a proper malt base. Slightly skunked in this one.

More hoppy than most pilsners. It has a very rich body for the style.

Doesn't really fit the style, but it is delicious.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, lacey, white head, sparkling foam.
Aroma has citrus notes, lemon zest, flowers, and pineapple.
Delightfully light texture, long, welcome finish. Truly this must be the thinking man's "lawnmower beer". Possesses a certain zing that reminds me somehow of Duvel. I'm normally an ale man, but I would never pass up on
this pilsner. Are the fine folks of Downington, PA aware that among their modest ranks walk these brewing gods disguised as mortals?

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Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before June 04, 07 Poured into pils glass.

Pours golden yellow with a foamy head that is well-retained.

The smell is of hops - Saaz hops. Plenty of them.

The taste is floral and grassy - Saaz hops with just enough malt to keep things together.

The feel is appropriately light, with some slickness to it.

This is one that I get when I want a hoppy pils. It is refreshingly light with a hoppy character and a nice taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to an extremely thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with some thick patches and an even thicker ring at the edges. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lovely aromas of pale malts with some noble hops present - these give the smell some grassy and floral notes with just a hint of lemon zest as well.

T: Very much follows the smell, starts with the pale malts but then the hop flavors take over - grassy, floral, and just a hint of lemon peel. There is a nice pleasant light bitterness in the finish which lingers but is not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with very heavy carbonation. Crisp.

O: This is a great beer for the style and nice because a little bit more of the hoppiness comes through than some others. Extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable - I could and will drink several of these in a session. I'm going to have to go pick me up some more of this at some point soon.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I need to preface with I'm not a big Pils guy. There are some I like and some I don't. I'm sorting them in my mind. This beer is nearly clear, like water, it was impressive, amazing really. I stared at it for a while before drinking it. There is little to moderate carbonation, big head that fell away quickly. Smell is a little skunky, proabably not the best descriptor because the beer was not skunky. I can see why people use this as a good example of a pilsner, but I did not enjoy it. Sweetness classic Pils aroma developed or became more obvious as I drank. All in all, not my favorite but a great example of an American made Pils, think Bitburger when you drink this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, drink by date of July 2010.

A: Light yellow in color with a one inch head. There is a lacing trail of small bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S: Pretty neutral, pick up the noble hops and some faint lemon and grass

T: Nice and clean, the hop flavor is really nice balanced well by the malt

M: Light and crisp with the right amount of carbonation

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice drink on a warm spring/summer day, very refreshing.

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Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale Glass

Pours a 1 finger thin white head. Good retention. Left some splattered lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. A lot of carbonation bubbles from the etching.

Aroma: Sweet hops. Very defined for a pilsner. Some what grainy, but in a good way. Hints of fruit aroma.

Taste: Very grainy. Sweet earthy hops. Very dry tasting. Malts are not very distinguished here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Highly carbonated. Light bodied. Not something I am liking. Leaves a super dry aftertaste.

Overall, pretty easy drinking beer. This beer is a lot better in the hot sun. I tried it inside and outside and I couldn't have it inside. I will give this a 4, as it is quite delicious on a hot summer day.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.