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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Prima PilsPrima Pils

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3,843 Ratings
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Ratings: 3843
Reviews: 1942
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%


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)
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Darkale

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My, what a lovely beer.

I have to confess that I have avoided pilseners because there are so many crappy American big-brewery beers that purport to be pilseners. But, I have wondered recently if I am focusing too much on the big beers, and since I love Victory beers, I thought I would give this a try.

Wow. Very nice. This is what the American macro-breweries would make if they only could.

Pours pale yellow, slightly cloudy, with a thick, foamy, and bright white head that lasts nicely (and is pocked with sediment). Lacing is strong, looping all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is fresh, slightly fruity, slightly hoppy.

Brisk tasting, slightly bitter but mellow overall, just a bit chewy. This is a remarkable beer. How nice to find out about it just as May is ready to appear in hot Virginia. A great hot weather beer, full of character, but not overwhelming. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 12:57:05 | More by Darkale
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color, with a thick, mountainous head. The aroma is fruity, citric, with a sour apple smell. The flavor is fruity, green apple flavors that flow to a nice bitter finish. It is light-medium in body, easy drinking; a definite winner in my books.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 08:44:01 | More by BeerBuilder
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly out of the box offering, this Bier presents hazy and golden in a beautiful way. Aromas thick with citrusy hops and freshly cut grains. Smooth and cleansing on the palate, the hops and malts play so well together. A true staple of my Bier drinking life, to date. True, not the true-to-stype Pils, but Victory really knocked this one out of the park.

Prosit!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2003 15:55:55 | More by goindownsouth
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Morris729

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color with a super-massive frothy white head that towers out of the glass and dissipates (very slowly) in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace that sticks all over the glass. Truly a thing of beauty. Nose is floral hops, bitter hop oils, and fresh cut grass. Medium in body with a strong amount of fine carbonation. Taste starts off with sweet malts followed by some fresh grassy flavors and bitter hop oils and resins that leave a very crisp and refreshing finish. This is the finest pilsner I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 22:35:38 | More by Morris729
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scottum

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow straw amber with a big white head. Malts are bready to some extent. Hops help this brew quite a bit. A hunk of bitter helps out a pilsner out. Malts balance the smalllish hops quite well. I'm not big on lagers, but this is one of the better lagers I've had. Ya can't touch this! Break it down. Stop, Hammer time!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 17:15:26 | More by scottum
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow and unfiltered with a full white head that leaves nice lace. Perfumey "misty" saaz-ish hop aroma. Lean malt background overpowered by very hoppy flavor/bitterness. Light-medium bodied with a very crisp dry finish. A bit too bitter in finishing.

(12 oz. / $1.99)

Enjoy by: 02/04/03
Tasted: 03/12/03

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 12:57:38 | More by RBorsato
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goz

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy and golden in color. Has a monsterous and explosive head that slowly descends leaving nice lace behind. Aroma is Hoppy, floral, maybe slightly sour. Flavor started off a bit sour (lemon), middle had some nice hops and spice to it, end was very dry, slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 08:46:44 | More by goz
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Scooter77

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m not sure exactly what to think of this one…I like it, but there’s just something that I don’t like about it. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky head that seems to never die down. It leaves a thick, sticky lace all over the glass. There is high amount carbonation that seems force the aromas right up your nose. Aromas are filled with sweet hoppy goodness, spices, and citrus peel. The taste packs a big punch of citrus-like hops. I think this might be a little to bitter for my taste. It’s a good beer, but I don’t think it’s my style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 05:32:54 | More by Scooter77
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

prima pils pours out a hazy, dirty, yellow sun colour. a big foamy snow white head leaves drifts of lace on the side of my glass. a more floral than spicy hoppy nose. flavors are mostly of heavy, but gentle hop bitterness...just a touch of spice. adequate malt body easily holds up the front and center hop profile. smooth mouthfeel gives way to a tongue tingling crispness. bitter and dry finish with a hop aftertaste lingering long after the last swallow is gone. this easy quaffing pilsener is all about the hops, and it's mighty tasty too. definitely one of the best examples of the pils style.

prima thanks to frank4sail for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 15:22:26 | More by budgood1
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well a very hoppy pilsener. If you like em hoppy this is the one for you, though the malts do come out in the beginning. It is a good pils and one to be tried on a hot summer day or just to have a few or if you enjoy that hoppy taste. Good with most food and highly drinkable since it is not a high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2003 13:44:15 | More by bierman2000
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a little more then average pilsner due to its bigger bite and flavor. Color was a cloudy yellow, no head, just some light fizzy bubbles on the top. Smell was a bit bitter from a fresh hop and some sweet maltyness. You could tell it was gonna have some bite just from the smell. Which it had, some favorable hop bite and bitterness, not bad, could've been smoother for a pilsner. I liked it more as it went along. Its a pretty decent pilsner and quite drinkable. The bite is right, but a little much for a pilsner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 05:46:43 | More by tavernjef
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avylover

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one pilsner that is enjoyable to drink. It has a nice fruit hoppiness to it that goes nice over the usual barley flavor for this style. This beer does a nice job of staying interesting while still delivering what you would expect from a pilsner. Refreshing, light, and easy to drink. This beer adds taste, the missing link in a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 17:21:49 | More by avylover
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy...I thought pilseners should be clear? Aroma is very much of spicy hops and a little bit of malt sweetness. The flavor is very very hoppy...a spicy kind of hoppy. It's odd, because I bought this sixer a few weeks ago, and my first try of it was absolutely horrible. Just straight up completely and utterly stomach turning bitter. So I was pissed that I bought a bad batch and let the rest sit in the crisper. And I try one tonite, and it tastes tolerable. It's not great, still very bitter, but now it tastes like I thought it should. Who knows, my palate might have been retarded the last time. I find this beer pretty enjoyable now. A little too much bitterness for my liking though.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 23:27:33 | More by AudioGilz
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow, cloudy with virtually no head. This was a pretty average pour, but lurking inside was a huge brew. It smelled very bitter with lots of citrus in the nose. The taste was bold, hoppy and bitter with a slight malt taste. There were some nice mellow notes of pear and mellon that came to the front as it warmed. This is another great brewe from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 20:41:16 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 12:56:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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yen157

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color with a fine white head that melted away leaving a very sticky lace on the glass and on the liquid. Beautiful, and dare I say it, nearly perfect pale malt and hop aroma. Yum. Malty, spicy, tea-like sweet fruit… what is there NOT to like about this beer. Soft bubbles, but not under carbonated. This was a pilsner like I’ve never had before.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 19:18:11 | More by yen157
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured, drank and loved at the brewery itself. It came to me a bright beautiful golden yellow color. Very clear so that one could watch the bubbles dance in the glass. A soft, creamy white head sat on top of my glass calling me to nose and taste it. So I did. The aromas that tickled my nose were fresh, sweet, spicy and hoppy. The different hop smells from fresh grass to citrus to flowers to spices came right at my nose. There were some sweet malt tones as well but the hops were the primary smells. And the taste, WOW, the taste was absolutely great. Hops took the front again, grass, lemons, cloves, hay, flowers and some spices all covered my tongue, again, there was a definite sweet malt presence as well to try to balance the hops, and does so very well. But one cannot deny that this beer was made for hops. Very bold and aggressive from the moment it touches your lips to the middle as it rushes over your tongue to the very dry finish. When I say dry, I mean dry. I swear I could actually feel every drop of moisture get sucked off of my tongue. It was like a desert in there, a bold flavorful desert that I would not mind being stranded in. Great example of this style. Loved it and was glad rotsaruch told me to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 13:46:14 | More by Jarod
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a nice golden color and had a really nice whit pillowy head that stayed for a while and rendered a really impressive lace all the way down the glass. It's flavors were hop dominated and very refreshing. Exactly what I expected as the american micro version of a pilsner. It had very good body and a grapefruit tart hop finish. More hoppy than most pils you will come across but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 15:21:13 | More by OatmattStout
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the tastiest pilsners I've tried. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a thick white frothy foam head. The foam will flow over the glass if not poured slowly! A citrusy/hoppy aroma floats above the beer. Each sip is very smooth, but there is a slight tingle on the tonge just before you swallow. Flavors of hops & citrus seem to dominate at first, however a toasted malt taste makes its presence known towards the end. A dry finish with a slightly hoppy aftertaste is all that remain after each sip.

This beer reminds me of some of the European pilsners I've tried, but without the skunky aroma or taste. Another winner from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 12:48:57 | More by WanderingFool
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cretemixer

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Victory product! Pours a slightly hazy gold with a unbelievable thick and dense head that hangs in there for a good, long time. Fades to about a quarter inch fed by the carbonation. Floral and citrus hop aroma is foremost. Taste is also very hoppy for a pilsener, but extremely welcome. Good mouthfeel for the style and nicely carbonated--Left a mother of a lace down the whole glass too. Thanks to aaronh for this fine beer and the other Victory's to follow.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 11:26:10 | More by cretemixer
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a very sexy light hazy straw color, with a big white fluffy head that last the duration, and yes leaving a very sexy lace behind. The hop aroma is very nice and strong, the malt aroma has some earthy notes to it quite pleasant indeed. The first sips brings great enjoyment to my palate the strong, yet very nice hop flavor is there in full force. The maltiness is very good also because it compliments the hops. This is the best pilsner I have ever had. Many more of these bad boys are in my future.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 18:37:38 | More by kunzbrew
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-gold color with a generous 1/2 inch head of crystal-like white foam. Delicate and attractive web laces. Lemony aroma, some Saaz characteristics with a far off malt sense of shortbread. Wow, nicely hoppy flavor, clover, flowers, and a citrusy sense. Malt takes a back seat and is somewhat biscuit-like overall. A very nice dry finish. I know this is an over the top beer for style, but jeez, this is a great brew for my tastes -- memorable and head and shoulders over so many others.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 09:26:45 | More by ADR
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent offering from Victory. And yet another big Thanks! to my fellow BA's for opening up the door to the wonderful world that is Victory brewing. I've yet to be disappointed by any of their beers.

Pours a lovely, golden yellow with a "shimmering" head that was very robust and persisted to coat the glass all the way to the very bottom.

Aroma is HOPPY! A floral, spciy nasal assault that clearly indicates the direction this beer is going.

Flavor? Hoppy, obviously. Very crisp and dry, this beer was made for tantalizing the taste buds. Hiding in the background is the malt character, but it was masked by the hops to the point that I really couldn't discern what I was tasting. Mouthfeel is excellent, as is the drinkability. It finished clean and dry, with the hoppy character lingernig.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 13:28:38 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Brewzzle

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For someone who's introduction to beer was bad pilseners this has changed my whole opinion of the style.

Appearance is the usual pilsener yellow but with a warm golden hint, a giveaway that this beer is something special. A fine head which leaves a delicate lace all the way to bottom of the glass.

To taste it is hoppy (I figured the large hop flower on the bottle might mean something), clean and very crisp. There is a slight yeast taste noticeable in the first sip but the big flavor quickly overcomes. A moderate malt sweetness and body to match. Aftertaste is a deliciously strong hop bitterness which lasts and lasts. Perhaps the hops are a little out of balance but that is fine with me.

If the Big Business Beers have ruined your impression of what is touted as one of the great beer styles then this beer will make everything alright again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 13:53:22 | More by Brewzzle
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear and very pale yellow with numerous bubbles racing to the top to reach the pure white 2 finger head that awaits them. The aromas of floral hops and a light earthy scent make the taste buds antsy. Wow! First off, you taste the floral hops again along with nice lightly sweet mild earthy malt. A very crisp and clean light bodied brew that finishes with a dry hop. This creates a higher drinkability in this brew due to the dryness making you want more as well as a very nice flavor. Nicely done! Thanks again to Rotsaruch for sending this brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 12:07:35 | More by BeerAngel
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,843 ratings.