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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,027
Hads: 4,887
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 228
Gots: 638 | 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: 2,027 | Hads: 4,887
Photo of PA-hunter
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 5.3% abv

Appearance- Crystal clear light gold with a thick foamy white head. Similar to a lager with high carbonation.

Smell- Bready but still has a definite floral aroma coming through with citrus.

Taste- Has some of the classic biscuit-like maltiness up front but quickly develops into a sweet citrus with notes of orange. This develops into a great taste of hoppy spicy flavor. The great punch of hops lingers for awile.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body and has a great amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- I was impressed. This was refreshing and very drinkable. The reason I was impressed was because the appearance had that of a lager, but did not taste like one. Had a nice amount of complexity as well. True to the fact that Victory is a maker of great beers. Prima Pils has a lot of flavor, give it a try. (845 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour with light honeyed color, thick creamy head, and just a suggestion of haze. Nose is very appetizing with some herbal, leafy hop qualities and a hint of bready/grainy aromas. Palate offers a whollop of flavors with ample hoppiness coming through, herbal and pleasantly sharp, with some nice malt in the background to tame things just a little. Incredibly flavorful yet drinkable at the same time. A masterpiece of a pils when judged against the American competition. Bravo. (487 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taking some time to review one of my Super Bowl beer selections following a less-than-thrilling game...

A: Light gold, fizzy

S: Grains and citrus emanate from the beer

T: Hops -- which is what takes this beer up a notch automatically, plus flowery notes and citrus, following through from the initial scent

M: Crisp, carbonated and incredibly light. Dry, almost champagne-like finish

O: One of the top pilsners on the market and an essential reference point to the style in America. Best on tap, but it doesn't lose enough in bottle to knock it down at all. Worth a drink whenever you see it around. (604 characters)

Photo of ACarp
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now I understand the appeal of Pilsner. The first impression is that of a crystal clear beer and a bit of a Saaz bomb at that. The Saaz took center stage at the beginning, bringing their unique zest to the beer as the delicately sweet pilsener grain slowly emerged. Very clean ester profile and thin, easydrinking body. This beer tastes like a Victory.

Serving vessel: Stein, with wurst, kraut, and mustard (407 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear straw yellow with a finger of fizzy white head, no real lacing.
S - Grassy, grainy, lightly herbal, a touch of pine, a little skunky.
T - Grains and grass make the fore of the flavor, some bread malt, a little floral notes underneath.
M - Crisp clean and refreshing.
O - Good pils for sure, not super hopped but good kick. (356 characters)

Photo of kaplunk02
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: golden color with 1/2 finger of white head which leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Grain, grass and lemon. Maybe even lemongrass.

T: Very hoppy and floral. A little too strong on both counts for my liking but to each his own.

M: Nice crisp quality with a dry finish. Very nice.

O: Very flavorful for a pilsner. Truly a great pilsner if you're into hoppy beers. Personally, I found the intensity of the hops and floral notes off-putting and not really justified by the style. So its not my favorite beer but if that's what you're into, by all means have a few! (604 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Standard vigor. No identifiable date on the label.

A: Hazy, straw yellow with 1/2 finger of clean, white head. Ok retention, but nice lacing.

S: Light noble-type hops. Cracker. straw. Subtle lemon zest. Good quality, but could be a bit more present.

T: A flash of pale malt sweetness initially that fades quickly. Pleasant, firm bitterness remains & closes fairly dry. No alcohol. Traces of citrus zest, light bread. Occasional soapy notes, but pretty clean overall.

M: Moderate carbonation and light body. Fitting for the style and makes for quite a gulper of a beer.

O: Very nice pilsner. Crisp and well-hopped. One of the best American pilsners I can recall, for sure.

Prost! (746 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of February 28, 2014 printed on the bottle. Another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co.'s year round line up.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours about one finger of soapy fluffy white foam on top of a beautiful bright golden colored body. Thin scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smells delicious; this has got to be one of the best smelling pilsners I've encountered. Earthy and grassy with lots of fresh florals and citric lemon.

T - Taste is of light biscuit / bready malt, dry grassy bitterness, some lemon citrus, and lots of floral hop presence.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and frothy. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, I'd say this was a job well done from Victory; I would definitely have more of this stuff. This would make more a nice session beer in the summer time. Recommended.

Victory Prima Pils ---4/5. (881 characters)

Photo of wiseguywood
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a pilsner?? Wow, this is a top of the class beer.

It pours a nice golden color and the head is still there 5 minutes after pouring.

Has a nice hoppy aroma.

Great tasting pilsner and would definitely have another.

I'd say it should be considered a best of the best in this style. (291 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 8, 2013.

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that builds up and fades down just as fast. It must be a chill haze because this is supposed to be a filtered beer but it does not look like it.

The aroma is of grainy malts, husks, grits, yeast, citrus, and a clean hop note on the backside. It echoes most of what is to be expected from a German pilsener.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

The taste begins with a notable grainy malt character with a dry yet citrus-like bitterness hanging on at the finish. Really clean finish too. (600 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" date of Nov 28, 2013 etched into the body near the curve of the bottleneck. Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a towering golden crystal clear body with a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass to replenish an ample stark white head. The foam is two fingers thick and fluffy, like cotton candy. Retention is excellent and it leaves nice sticky residue and rings as I drink it down. A prototypical looking German Pils.

Smell - Bright and clean, with light biscuity notes blending with subtle hoppy bitterness and herbal grass notes and lemon zest. Bready and light, like fresh flatbread and butter crackers, with just enough acidity to keep it sharp to the nose.

Taste - Much like the smell, light malts and bready tones dominate alongside a bouquet of faint floral tones and lemony essence, but no sourness. Perhaps a hit of tart, but that could be my perception playing tricks on me from the non-tart zest characteristic. On the finish is a pleasant bitterness that provides a counterpoint to the softer grain notes. There is a faint amount of sweetness as well to bring the flavors all together.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light bodied, with ample carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Significant tingling effect from the carbonation to offset the softness of the flavors.

Overall, an outstanding German pils. Although I must admit to a sweet spot in my heart for this style, this one is an exceptional example that hits all the notes one would expect from a world-class lager. I wish there were a local option in this style as good as this one for me to support. This is my favorite offering from the short list of Victory brews I've had to date. (1,747 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma is definitely more interesting, bringing some toasty tones, as well as the taste. The hop presence is relatively (to the style) shy in the beginning, but at the end they show up with vigor. This is a good german pilsener, pretty perfect for new england summers. (271 characters)

Photo of notalagerlugger
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Bottle I have heard it is fresher on tap

A - is excellent but I do not care what a beer looks like. I have had cloudy, muerky, hazy, clear, brown. black and almost black, red, auburn, amber, golden, etc... Colored beer and it has little to with taste.

Smell - like a good old fashioned beer or a czech pils. A little more floral smell.

Taste - it is great, clean crisp and hoppy. pairs with all food

M - excellent, light crisp

O - a great pilsner the only better pilsner is Sam Adams impierial pilsner. It is bold
But light and I could enjoy it everytime I drink beer (576 characters)

Photo of DrJ
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale corn yellow in color, fluffy head with good retention, very pronounced herbal nose with a decent dose of summertime New York City subway (aka sulfur), pronounced herbal bitterness that overpowers the malt on the palate, very bitter herbal & vegetal finish. A very hops-centric Pilsner-style lager, with pronounced herbal & vegetal notes that tend to overpower the malt, a strong option for those among us who enjoy hops-centric beers .

Reviewed again March, 2015. Fresher, crisper aroma and flavor (while still maintaining the strong hope flavor reminiscent of German pilsners, but with an American twist). Better than I recall/ remember, perhaps the best German-style pilsner in America? (694 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the most highly regarded American made Pilsners out there. I'm doing a re-review of this one. I've revisited this beer 2-3 times over the last year and although my pallet is more tolerable of hop bombed double IPAs and such, it has lost its tolerance for this over-hopped and bitter pilsner. I just don't find this beer refreshing nor easy to drink, both of which is a mandatory requirement IMO for this style of beer. I still respect it to some regards but there are several other pilsners now that I would prefer over this hop bombed pils. (556 characters)

Photo of rx-beer
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden yellow with little carbonation and a thin ribbon of white head. Very thin lacing and head fades quickly.

S - Nice hoppy floral notes from the Noble hops.

T - Hop bitterness abounds through out - more so than I would expect from a pils. I'm getting very light grapefruit notes. Hop-dominated aftertaste is quite pleasant.

M - Very light carbonation for this light-bodied brew.

O - Not bad but I'm not crazy about it. Really not a beer I would go for again unless I'm stuck between this and a bunch of PAs and IPAs. (530 characters)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3 yrs in Germany... I went through a lot of German Pilsner. Two years after returning I have found an outstanding replacement. I saw this beer on a BrewDogs episode and luckily my Total Wine carries it.

Hop forward like the better German Pils. Nice pour, good head, and color. Feels a little heavier than my favorite German pilsners but is very close. It has quickly become a great beer to come home to.

I have recommended this to a few die hard pale ale friends because it is a little more refreshing and they all keep it in the fridge now. (545 characters)

Photo of WHbeerlover
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Since returning from my first trip to Germany, I been in search to replicate the experience of enjoying a German Pilsener. The Prima Pils fits that category.

Pils tend to have a short shelf life and maybe the bottle was dated but it wasn't the experience I was hoping for.

A- Pours a straw or pale yellow that has a slightly hazy hue with a hardy medium to heavy head.
S- The balance was lacking overly floral and with some hops upfront followed by slightly sweet, grainy malts.
T- Tastes clean, and crisp upfront, a little to bitterness in the middle, finishes light, dry and sweet.
M- Medium + bodied for a pilsner with medium to heavy carbonation.
D- drinkable and not too filling. (689 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener
Served: 10 October 2013

Appearance: A crystal clear golden yellow with a solid one finger head that diminishes to a nice half finger of foam for the rest of the beer. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom. Great lacing as the beer is drunk- laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: Bitter floral hops. Very clean. The hops are assertive, but down beat you over the head. That being said, you can't smell much else in the nose.

Taste: This is where this beer is special. There is a powerful, upfront hoppiness about it that ushers in a bready, bitter pilsener aftertaste. This is an incredible blend of flavoring and bittering hops, and both compliment each other quite well. The different phases (hoppy up front, bitter/bready on the back) was most pronounced when starting the beer, but by the end, the tastes had converged into a masterful hopped up pilsnery bready bitterness. This beer finishes dry. A phenomenal, complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation for the style leads to a crisp "erfrischende" mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a phenomenal beer. It looks like the internet suggests that this gem has an IBU in the low-to-mid forties. This is not unlike hoppier German pilseners from Germany, such as Jever, Waldhaus, Alpirsbacher, or Rothaus. Rothaus Pils (Tannenzäpfle) is one of my favorite all-time beers, so that this beer comes close is extremely exciting. A fantastic brew, and one I am planning on buying in greater quantities. Highly recommended. (1,515 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clear yellow color with a finger of white suds across the top. Spotty and stringy lace stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is very grassy and herbal. Faint lemony appeal with zest and pith. A bit of grainy sweet undertone but the aroma is mostly dominated by a noble hop grassiness.

Taste is much more aggressive with grassy and herbal bitterness than you might expect. Almost a lemony zest quality hints towards a feeling of perfume and minorly fruity alcohol that is oily and pithy. Very subtle suggestions of straw-like grain that is fresh.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, snappy and refreshing. Worth checking out but there are other examples in the style I would choose over this one if given the opportunity...prime example being any of Victory's braumeister pils offerings. (937 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a bright straw yellow that is slightly foggy. Has a big bright white head that slowly dissipates to a small ring. Looks to have a medium-light viscosity.

S- Great pils smell of nobel hops, no skunkiness.

T- Nice noble hop bitterness, and cracker malt notes.

M- Good carbonation in the mouth, light and refreshing mouthfeel

O- This is one of my favorite beers and something I love to have with food. It is crisp, and refreshing and not too heavy. It reminds me very much of the European pilsners but without the skunkiness and corn flavors that you usually find in those. I bet much of that has to do with it being an American brew and can find it very fresh. I wish more places had this on tap so maybe Bud drinkers would give it a shot. (796 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Prima Pils is the perfect pilsner. It has a great full bodied pilsner taste with a load of hops to make this a dynamic taste experience. It poured a light golden color with a full creamy head. The first taste was reminiscent of many of the hoppy IPAs I have been having lately but there is enough of the signature German pilsner flavor to keep it well within the style. I had this on a hot afternoon and it was light enough to tame the heat and the dynamic hoppy bitterness kept me coming back for more. One of my favorite pilsners. (544 characters)

Photo of Walletsworth
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy light yellow with a finger of head with great lacing. Smells piney with a touch of corn in there as well. Tastes slightly skunky with a hint of pine and corn.

Overall a great pilsner with tremendous flavor without any odd aftertaste like some skunky beers have. (281 characters)

Photo of Wyattldavis
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Not overpowering. Golden appearance, with a clean finish and very refreshing. Definitely not too sweet/not too much alcohol content. The hops are just right - present but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is extraordinary - big, clear crisp carbonation that isn't fizzy and feels just right. I could see this being one of my standards - especially in the summer. One of my favorite beers. (398 characters)

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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