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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,373
Reviews: 1,980
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 305 | 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:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice, clear golden straw color with visible carbonation. Fluffy 1+ finger white head has good retention.

Smell: Mild aroma of straw and light florals.

Taste: Light grassy flavor with a lot of lemon. Some honey sweetness comes in towards the finish, and then the aftertaste is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and generally smooth (not very grainy), with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: ABV is fine; aftertaste bitterness is a bit much after some time.

A nice pilsner, but a bit too much lemon and bitterness. Nevertheless, one of the better ones I've had that's been brewed in the US.

mithrascruor, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Noxious26
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap. Date stamped best before 17 July 2011. Poured in a pilsner glass.

White head is 1/8 of an inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the edge with a couple of islands. Thin lines of lacing here and there.

Aroma is all citrus hops with a little biscuit in the background. A little different for a german pilsner.

Taste is all citrus hops. Tastes like a pale ale. Little bit of biscuit and malt in the background.

Very smooth and light mouthfeel. Tiny pin prick carbonation is light to moderate.

Not sure what to make of this as it really doesn't remind me of a german pilsner, but it is interesting. A good beer for a hop head, but if you're a pilsner fan, this may not be up your alley.

Noxious26, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw body with a rocky white head but smaller than I expected only 1 finger from a smooth pour. Retention falls away very quickly and still leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Bales of hay with some lemon, spice and citrus. Very bright, grassy hop profile with a touch of lemon zest.

Nice clean malt bill, fresh straw, slightly bready, keeps things afloat until the hops come in to carry this one away. Grassy and herbal hops yet very bright with some peppery and lemon notes. Finishes with a breezy drying feel and refreshing bitterness on the end.

Moderate lager body, found it to be under carbonated, strange for the style perhaps a break in the seal. Finishes nicely, crisp and slightly bitter.

Lots of hops for a pilsner which is why it's so unique. Bright beer, perfect finish, crisp and slightly soapy. Flavor brings more to the table than most other lagers in its class. Not gonna dock it for carbonation though. Another solid beer from Victory.

rawfish, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single bottle to try.

Pours a light cloudy gold. Head went away and left lace and a ring

Nose is noble hops and lemon with grain.

Taste is about the best pilsner I have had. Hops, lemon, pepper with tartness, but not alot of tart.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated.

Overall a very enjoyable refreshing beer for a summer day.

daledeee, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ML bottle poured into a Ayinger Celebrator chalice.

BBE 11 MAY 2011

A- Pale blonde body with a moderate haze. Head is 2 fingers and rocky. Retention is average with good lacing.

S- Fresh cut grass, zesty lemons, citrus.

T- Lots of citrus/lemon up front. Reduces to a creamy dry finish, crisp and smooth. Hop bitterness lingers to the death.

M- Moderate carbonation and body. Clean lager feel

D- A lovely flavour profile. Doesnt look the part for me but certainly stands up in the nose and taste! Easy drinking excellent clean pils

seanyfo, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of balzern
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer poured a straw golden color with a great head. I poured it into a pilsner glass and it was super nice looking. The white head was glimmering in the moon light on a wonderful summer night.

S- Smells of bread, citrus, and straw wafted to me. I immediately wanted to try this even more than before I smelled it.

T- Lots of bread and citrus flavors. The yeast was pretty back-seat in this beer but was evident if I looked for it. The hops made this pilsner awesome. The hop bitterness was more than what I expected from a pilsner leaving me satisfied.

M- Light and crisp. This beer was highly carbonated and extremely refreshing. I loved how the carbonation really cleansed my palate and finished dry from all the hops present. Wow, really nice.

O- Probably the best pilsner I have had. I loved how refreshingly smooth it was, yet, provided an unexpected dry and bitter finish from the hops. Attractive looking, smelling, and tasting - I would say this is a must try summer beer. You won't be unsatisfied.

balzern, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the " beers for clearance" bin at the Binny's liquor store in Plainfield, IL for just .99¢. Had I known it would be this good, I would have picked up more. The front label has a picture of a hop plant on it, which is very appropriate considering that hops are very prominent in this beer. No freshness date, but there is a small paragraph about the beer on the side of the label.

The beer poured a cloudy grapefruit yellow color with a fast rising head, so watch your pour. 3 fingers of white head rises quickly to the top, but it only lasts about a minute and leaves only spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell is full of flowery hops along with a touch of lemon. I also picked up some toffee like sweetness when I swished it around.

Big European hop flavor but not overpowering. There's enough pilsner malt in here to keep it balanced. Grassy, herbal, and spicy all at once. I love the flavor of this one.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice clean dry finish.

Another masterpiece from Victory.

matjack85, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of JohnFatAss
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not enjoy this as much as Sam Adams Noble Pils, so, I could not rate it as high, but this is still an excellent beer.

It has a definite bitterness to it. So be prepared. But it is damn good.

Golden in color, good carbonation.

Floral and citrus aroma.

Overall, a crisp, hoppy and refreshing pilsner.

JohnFatAss, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, flourescent yellow coloring with a huge amount of carbonation. There was a light, foamy white head across the top. There were light aromas of toast and lemon. The flavors were effervescent and sharp, keeping the beer very light. Lemon essence and toasted malt, with slight sour and hoppy green undertones. The finish is a bit musty and lingering, with astringent, drying, puckering and any other adjective that is slightly uncomfortable, but appropriate for the style.

GarthDanielson, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of leschkie
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Normally, when I write these beer reviews, I like to try to create a picture for the reader so he/she knows exactly what I'm visualizing and knows exactly those thoughts that are going through my head. Regrettably, however, I just don't think this beer is worth the time to do that. So, instead, my review will be succinct and exactly to the point.

Tasting notes from 6/16/11. On tap at Stone and poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale gold with some turbidity consistent with partial filtering. Turbidity gives the beer an added and attractive peach-like element. Traditional white-colored head that poured about 3/4 inch thick to start but eventually receded to half it's original thickness; head remained full and intact across the entire surface of the beer throughout the tasting.

Smell: Short-lived scents of lemon, floral, and grass that eventually gave way to one of stagnant well-water. Reminded me of the kind of scent one experiences when touring an unsanitary working microbrew. I ended up having to close off my nostrils for a majority of my sips.

Taste: Luckily, the sudden transformation was not immediate, so I was able to enjoy (albeit for a short while) the delightful flavors of lemon, earthly grass tones similar to oleocanthal in an extra virgin olive oil, hops, and orange peel with first few sips. Then the beer began to taste exactly like that stagnant water smell described earlier, and, to put it delicately, that's all I'm going to say about that.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and a little more carbonation than I would have liked though. Never did like the taste of well-water rolling around in my mouth while growing up.

Overall: This one will probably come out to about a 3.2, and I'm actually being quite generous here. I'm sure by now you know what I thought of the beer overall, so I need not say more. Pity because I actually enjoy this style quite well. However, I am going to give this beer the benefit of the doubt and will promise to revisit it...just as soon as I finish off my mouthwash and give the scars left behind some time to heal.

leschkie, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of coalcracker
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a faintly cloudy golden color with a good amount of carbonation and head.
Smell: herbal hops predominate here
Taste: Grassy and herbal hops assault quickly with a little citrusy zing in there as well. Base malts are a bit bready, though dominated by the hops. Clean, dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with the expected hop burn.
Overall: Hoppiest pils I've ever had. Doesn't deviate from the pils profile- just a boatload of hops.

coalcracker, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of samwello
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very surprised at the quality of this beer. It has a hint of dark burnt chocolate flavor and a overall wonderful taste. The after taste runs away too quickly, making you crave for another sip! Carbonation is perfect, appearance and smell...perfect again. I believe the high quality hopps and pilsner quality brewing technique makes this one of the best beers I have ever had role over my tongue! Victory makes some other very good beers....But this one is their best!

samwello, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A preface: Pilseners are not my favourite beers. That being said, I try to approach this with an objective mind and rate it based on it's quality and not just based off my own taste preferences.

It poured a hazy straw colour, with a white head that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving very limited lacing (alliteration!)

The smell is light and hoppy, with a citrusy backbone that finishes almost a little sweet/floral.

Drinking it follows the same theme from the nose, with the hops leading the way with a light spicy/citrusy undercurrent. The flavour is primarily in the first swish through the mouth, though the second act gives way to the faint floral notes from the nose, while the finishing aftertaste is the hoppy bitterness that sits with you for a little while.

It's a lightly carbonated beer, which goes down pretty smoothe, but nothing particularly notable.

Overall, it's a beer that I can enjoy drinking if it happens to be around the house, but I would not seek it out. If you really like lighter beers with an undeniable hop profile, you might like it, but it's just not my cup of tea (or beer as it were). don't shy away from it, but not something you necessarily need to go on a mission for

kemoarps, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with a light lemon citrus and subltle amounts of dry grainy/pils maltiness. Smells quite fresh and clean (if that makes sense).

The tastes begin with hops right out front; lemon zest combined with grassy bitterness and flavors. Light pilsner maltiness is the perfect canvas for this hop bill. A nice combination of citrusy flavor and hop bitterness to go along with a fuller than normal body and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall I really dont enjoy Pilsners (and I really didn't enjoy this one to be completely honest), but I can appreciate how this is a stellar example of an Americanized pilsner. A staple (or should be) for any light German beer fan who wants a nice American hop twist.

claspada, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a light straw with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Floral, spicy hops, toasted light grain and a little citrus.

Taste. Light grains with some herby, grassy hops. Finishes a little bitter with some citrus rind.

Mouthfeel. Light body with above medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Excellent for the style.

Overall. Great pilsner. Wish I could get this locally.

Rutager, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of patreely12
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - pale, hazy straw. an inch tall, fluffy white head retains itself for a fairly long time. mild carbonation visible.

S - strong but balanced aromas grainy malts and earthy European hops.

T/M - just like the nose the flavor is made up of a well balanced combination of pale, grainy German malts and flowery, earthy hops. the rich, and slightly sweet malts make up the front of the beer while the hops take a subtle back seat. very refreshing, but the flavors are a bit boring for me. light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall - not one of my favorite styles. this is a decent, light beer for the hot summer days and a good interpretation of the style.

patreely12, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Ah pills! The golden piss yellow lager but this one has a nice inch of frothy head.

S - Kind of subdued with slight grain and maybe some grape skins and a touch of bitter hops in the nose.

T - More aggressive and bitter than expected. Tastes of sharp cider and a touch of bread with aggressive piney bitterness.

M - Light to medium still it was hard to get over how harsh the hops and grains are.

Overall I will not buy this again. I have had much sweeter pilsners and bought this on the off chance that freshness would make it better. Grassy and bitter with harsh grains this beer is not for me.

DrDemento456, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good for a pale gold color and has a nice fluffy white head, which is about two fingers thick. The ding here is that there is no clarity here.

In the aroma there is plenty of grainy huskiness along withlemony hops.

The taste is on par for the style. Spicy hops with lemon rind and the cereal grain presence.

Feels crisp and clean. Wetting and inviting to the palate.

TheSarge, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this long time want! Poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Pours a glowing golden colour, with a touch of orange. Has a nice white soft bubble, fluffy head of foam that settles down and laces the glass well.

Nice floral aroma, Euro style, but without the mustiness, instead this is replaced by a nice grassy aroma.

Malty flavour, the hops add some grassy, slightly earthy flavour to it and give it some depth.

Perfect body for the size, finishes with some nice, balanced but ever-present, bitterness.

Overall a complex pilsner, well executed, drinkable as well. Wouldn't mind this as a go-to lager. Thanks Knapp85!

MrKennedy, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are huge finishing hops (bitter or otherwise), more hops, sweat, a little honey, shoots, wheat malt, clean yeast, saliva, olives and wood. Smells the same, no detection here. I do so love Victory brewing company... and "victory" malts!!

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the fly from notes from last night.

A: Yellow with hazy clarity. Butter colored quilt of foam atop which grasps for the edges well. Spotty lacing.

S: Floral: jasmine, hibiscus and hints of grain. Nice.

T: Buttery grains and hints of noble hops. Great bitterness on the mid-palate.

M: A little thick for the style IMO. Moderate carb. Barely slick in the finish.

O: Above average, but the mouthfeel and tastes don't up to the level of greatness I expect in a pils.

harrymel, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pils pours out as a golden color with a white fizzy head on top. The head leaves a pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is grassy but also had a pretty strong hop aroma too. The taste was malty, grassy and had a decent hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall it's not a bad pils it's just not one of my favorite styles.

Knapp85, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle beer out of large snifter glass.

A: Golden, almost clear, light ale with a huge frothy head after a violent poor. The head quickly dissipates and leaves a gorgeous trail down the side of the glass.

S: A sweet, grassy, floral hop aroma fills the nose.

T: Flavors of hops and German malts cross the palate with each sip. It very bitter but balanced nicely with malts and hops. Nice alcohol finish.

M: Medium body and lightly carbonated

O: This how a pilsner should taste. A nice balanced beer with a decent amount of alcohol. I could drink this all day.

ckollias, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of atowle25
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy yellow color with a good amount of head. Not to be mistaken with the likes of a BMC lager, as this has a much cloudier and thicker appearance despite being such a light beer. Smell is of faint grassy hops, pretty muted for the most part. However, after checking the date on the bottle, this is a good bit past its prime. My fault for not checking the bottle. Oops. It holds up surprisingly well, the pleasant grassy hops are still there, just much more muted. I've had this fresh and it is a delight to drink on a hot day. Very refreshing. Just wish it was easier to find fresh around here. Victory bottles always seem to be a good bit past their prime. However, it's still very drinkable and I'm enjoying it. Definitely recommend this for the summer. Just don't be like me - check the date before buying.

atowle25, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pils glass at Blue Palms.

Clear pale straw golden color. About a finger of head. Wispy lacing left along the side of the glass.

Bread and characteristic pilsner malt scents. Light spicy hop scents.

Tastes of rustic bread, slightly earthy, then a huge spicy hop finish.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry. Super refreshing.

A hop head's summer delight.

billshmeinke, Jun 03, 2011
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,373 ratings.