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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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2,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,034
Hads: 4,930
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 236
Gots: 685 | 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: 4,930
Photo of bubbakx500
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fact that this beer was a Pils after I tasted it was mind blowing. It definitely caught me off guard, but in a good, delicious "I cant get enough of this beer" type of way. Normal Pils don't taste as if they'll surprise you and that they all taste the same. Not this one. I'd buy this again for sure.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head. Decnet stick and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, full floral aroma, perfume, yeast and bread dough. Nice nose on this - it intrigues me.

T - Piney and citrus hops, yeast and bready, crackers, balanced by some malts. Finishes dry on the back end.

O - This is not an ordinary run of the mill Pils. It presents some robust flavors with an aggressive hop profile for a pils and really stands out. Victory pumps out some good brews.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

I notice that the head is light, fizzy and champagne-like with a pale white color, and stands about a finger and a half thick. The head persists fairly well before dissipating and leaving lace trails about the glass. The liquid is a pale golden or blonde, clear and doesn't show much carbonation. It looks crisp.

There's a pretty big aroma on this beer, so much so that I was catching whiffs the moment I opened the glass. It's heavy on sweet, honey-like maltiness, with a bitter tartness beneath. There's also a bready quality to the aroma.

I'm liking the lightness on this beer. Feels very delicate on the palate. There's a lemony zest and tartness, with some lingering sweet, breadiness. The finish is dry and bitter and I get some grassy and floral hops. Interestingly, for me at least, I notice a slight yeast feel that reminds me of a Belgian beer. It's subtle though.

Prima Pils is really easy to drink yet there are subtleties to the beer that suggest this isn't a beer to be pounded, despite how easy one could do just that. There's a nice medley of sweet, bitter and yeasty all at play here and I enjoy it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick, foamy head. Very strong, pleasing citrus aroma. Fruit filled taste with citrus, apples and pineapples. Mild hoppy bitterness. I prefer IPA type hoppiness and am not really a lager drinker, but this one doesn't disappoint. Probably the best lager/pilsner that I have tasted. Would definitely use as a session beer.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale gold with a generous two inch white head.

Aroma is beautiful. Herbal and white pepper on the nose. Love the German hop presence with bready overtones. The malt mingles well.

Taste has nice hop power with subtle souring notes. I'm sticking with the white pepper spiciness and biscuit.

Medium body and a bit creamy finish.

This takes me back to the glory days of what Stella Artois was. Great traditional pilsner that takes you back. Thanks for breweries like Victory and the craft industry to bring back quality and great taste.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. Amazing describes this beer. Nice fluffy cotton white head that sticks very well to the glass. Well done on the whole hopping of the beer. Definitely see how it translates to the flavor and smell. Consistently keeping my nose to glass and enjoying the hop smell an sweet malts. Really smooth, bitterness barely hits you, very nice, keeps you drinking. Color of light straw, very inviting. This beer nails almost all avenues for me. Another top pils in my book. Presentation is outstanding. Pricey, but worth it!

Awesome beer!

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Just slightly hazy straw yellow, with a two-finger snow white head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Fantastic rings of lacing.

S - Clean biscuit malts and leafy, spicy hops. Smells Bavarian, but without any of that "stale hop" smell sometimes found in the style.

T - Wow. Taste matches the nose, with delicate white bread malt perfectly balanced with peppery, slightly citric (lemon) hops. Flavors are full. Clean. FRESH. Tastes like it was bottled yesterday.

M - Light bodied, with a dry finish. Slightly fizzy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

O - Simply the best pilsner I have ever tasted. It's not only about what's there, but also about what's NOT there; no stale, skunky, or "off" flavors, just clean pilsner taste in a richer package than expected. I honestly can't imagine how it can be improved. When I want a pilsner, this is the beer I will be drinking.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of ACarp
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of wiseguywood
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.71/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of DrJ
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of rx-beer
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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