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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,091
Reviews: 1,961
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 139
Gots: 215 | 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 garuda


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

Pours a light gold/ yellowish color, thick fluffy white head. Good retention is helped by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, some lacing.

Aroma is loaded with hops. Herbal/grassy at the front, and a good bit of citrus/lemon at the back.

Medium to light body with perfect carbonation gives it a mouthfeel typical of the style with some roughness provided by the strong dose of hops. Nice crisp finish.

Some spicy malts and yeast help to balance out the tastes of citrus/herbal hops.

Feels a little out of place drinking this in a snowstorm, but this will make a great refreshing summer drink. Very drinkable with the abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:12:53 | More by garuda
Photo of JunkYardJake


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

12oz bottle to pilsner glass.
Forms a nice fluffy head and has a pale gold color with good clarity. First whiff reveals a floral bouquet with a touch of lemongrass. Grassy, spicy and citrus flavors floods the tongue, forming a delicious palate. Finishes with a crisp dry bitterness and a slight metallic taste. One of best the pilsners available and probably the best tasting domestic version.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 18:55:13 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Medium golden color, slightly cloudy, fluffy head, nice lacing

Smell: Malty, citrus & grassy hops

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt, spicy hops, lemons. Finish: Sweet & bready malt, lemons, and some pine

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, perfect carbonation, very smooth & clean

Drinkability: Very refreshing a super easy to drink. Another great session beer

Overall Impression: This is still my favorite Pilsner! It is also one of the best "starter" beerz for Newbeez!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 13:46:51 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of kegger22


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils poured a straw yellow in color with a half inch white head that dissipated to a thin, splotchy skin cover.

The aroma was lemony and very little else.

The taste was dominated by hoppy, bitter lemon with very little sweetness evident.

The mouth feel was light bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability was OK. The 5.30 ABV was good but the flavor didn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 05:44:57 | More by kegger22
Photo of BetterDarker


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

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Pale/yellow with a one finger white head with some lacing. I would imagine on tap one would be able to get that super frothy head one associates with a German pilsener.

S- Earthy hops with a hint of citrus. Subtle bread like malt aroma as well.

T- Simple put, very well balanced beer. Nice hop flavor upfront, yielding to the subtle malt in the finish.

M- Light bodied and nicely creamy. Great carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. I know some people get their knickers in a knot over this statement, but for me, this is a great summer time brew. I'm a hop head who also loves a big stout, but not so much on the warmer days. This has a great hop profile balanced extremely well with the lighter malt, making for a great combination of tasting great and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 13:08:53 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An American pilsner has finally reached our glorious LCBO shelves and one that doesn't contain rice adjuncts too boot! It's great to finally get an offering from Victory here and one of a poorly beer style here in Ontario.

Golden with an ever so slight opaque haze to it, I'm excited already. A bleached white head froths forth in all its rocky glory crowning the golden elixir beneath. Minimal lace traces the glass as the magnificent retention of the head is reinforced by the beers suitable carbonation.

Zesty lemon aromas with a tinge of sulfur dissipate from the foamy froth tickling the nasal passage. Sweet rose honey and artisanal white bread give balance and backing to the hoppy bouquet. The floral hop aromas abound, fruit blossoms and young spruce buds, just wonderful. Everything is very clean and concise.

Bitter chestnut honey puckers the tongue leading to a grassy herbal hop character. Crisp pilsner malt provides perfect contrast to the bitterness, also providing body. In the finish hops are king again, a resinous lemon zest finish lingering long in the back of the palate. The flavours are not complex but well balanced and crisp.
Refreshing with a light thickness no doubt attributed to the high hop content, it coats the mouth nicely while still managing a excellent thirst quenching nature.

What an outstanding beer fits the style to a T. It's wonderful to finally have some real pilsners available here to cast down the swath of bland euro lagers so omnipresent on LCBO shelves.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 19:38:54 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 18, 2010). "ENJOY BY: MAY 2 2010" is printed on the label.

Eyes: Pours a clear, light golden straw color. The one finger head dissipates quite quickly. Minimal lacing.

Nose: The aroma is nice, but seems a little weak in the Saaz hop area. It's a strong, spicy, even earthy aroma, but not as good as I'd expect.

Tongue: A lot more complex here, but just a bit short of the perfect Pilsner. Quite piney, and most certainly has that "noble" hop character, tasty overall, with a very high level of bitterness.

Mouth: A good clean, crisp feel. Refreshing for sure.

Libation: Very drinkable and tasty. This is a very good pilsner, but not the top of the food chain. In my opinion the flavor falls a shade short while delivering a shade too much bitterness, but these are small nit-picks. I'll be happy to have this one again, as it's a great addition to a style that seriously lacks depth in quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 05:44:48 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of pygmylush


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a pilsener glass.

A- Pours a pale yellow.
S- Grilled sweet corn.
T- Not much different from a PBR. Some hop bitterness lingers. Where'd the corn go?
M- Light. Clean. Prickly carbonation.
D- Super duper. Session it.

Outside of mass-market brews, I haven't tried very much of this style. Overall, a solid, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:57:11 | More by pygmylush
Photo of BatDaddy


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

A - Pours a nice bright yellow with a strong fluffy white head. Actually looks a little cloudy, which is a bit surprising. Head settles down to a nice layer of foam on top and good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Clean, grassy, fruity hops.

T - More clean, grassy, fruity hops. Bold hop flavor with a vague bit of malt sweetness. Nice dry finish. Crisp.

M - Solid and smooth. This brew goes down quite easy.

D - Excellent. Goes down clean and easy but with lots of flavor to enjoy. This would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:43:24 | More by BatDaddy
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New Jersey

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very pale yellow with a big fluffy head that ever so slowly goes into a thin film with some lacing. A doughy aroma. Very clean taste with a bitter grapefruit finish. Very easy to drink, it goes down real easy. More for a hot summer day after mowing the lawn than February with snow on the ground.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 01:46:23 | More by bob3701
Photo of david18

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle version of this beer is as good or better than the draft and one of the few american made German Style Pilsners that I really enjoy (German Pilsner is my favorite Lager).

Had this with a Noble Pils the other day. Both were excellent, but this one may have stood out slightly.

Beautiful golden color, great hoppy aroma with a nice clean and biscuity flavor. Another good one for most seasons and all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 19:31:36 | More by david18
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good little darker than straw yellow appearance. Aroma, minimal, a good fine zip to it.

Taste, begins to excel, reminiscient of Pilsner Urquell, but with a better hop quality to it, more grapefruit. A smidgen bigger heft to it. Grows on the palate, gets better. Extremely carbonated. Extremely drinkable, an excellent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 17:40:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright golden shade with a great topping of foamy bleach white head.
Smell is VERY floral-with hints of citrus and some pine.
Taste is complex for a pilsener with a start of earthy and floral hops-ending with a nice citrus hops flavor.
Finish is very dry with a solid citrus-floral after-taste.
Drinks great-something I would consider highly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 17:23:42 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of PreacherBrewer


4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - deep golden color with a fantastic white head.

S - smells of hops, crackers, with a clean scent.

T - hops, crackers, pretzel, grain, etc.

M - lighter body fits style, and is quite active. spot on for the style.

D - This is a fantactic pilsner. well done all around. near perfection

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 16:46:56 | More by PreacherBrewer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried to order this in a few different bars in T.O., and it is always sold out. Now, I've tracked down a bottle, so let's see what the fuss is all about.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some spotty lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of floral citrus hops, and biscuity white grain. The taste is crisp barley grain, and floral, piney, and grassy hops. The carbonation is average, the body decently round, and full, but a bit clammy, and it finishes clean and crisp.

A pretty decent old world pils, wish it were easier to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 08:46:58 | More by biboergosum
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As far as pils beers go, this is the gold standard. I've had countless pilsners, but I keep coming back to the one and only Prima Pils. Clear golden yellow pour into my Stockholm pils glass, one finger head that turns into fabulous lacing. Nose is grass, pine, yeast, and flowers. Taste is a crisp blend of floral hops, yeast, country grasses, pine tree, and mild breadiness. Perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 06:19:20 | More by squaremile
Photo of DrDoitchbig


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear, extremely light straw yellow. If it wasn't for the tight, bone white two and a half finger head I may have mistaken this as an adjunct lager. Some minor lacing is left behind before the head all but disappears.

Smell: The aroma is a bit weak here. I am picking up on some floral, spicy hops. I just wish they came through stronger. Perhaps I've been spoiled by IPAs in this regard.

Taste: Now this is what I'm talking about. The vague smells from the aroma explode here. I was not expecting this at all. This no question has IPA levels of hops. The flavors come through as in the smell. This is dominated by crisp floral and spicy hops. Nice and bitter, extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Low to medium bodied, but that's to be expected from the style. Fairly high carbonation, but it doesn't detract from anything. As mentioned in the taste it's very crisp and also slightly drying on the finish.

Drinkability: I finished my glass so fast I think my review may have ended up a bit less detailed than I would have liked. This stuff is tasty. I wish I would have bought more than one bottle, because I'm ready for another.

Overall I honestly didn't know what I was getting into with this pils. Having grown up in the good old US of A it's hard to shake the bastardized image of an american adjunct lager being a pilsener. But I think Prima Pils has got the message across. I will definitely further explore the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 06:34:43 | More by DrDoitchbig
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from RThomas436. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet pale malt and earthy hops. Taste starts moderately sweet, lightly citrus in the middle, with a crisp hoppy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:51:08 | More by ppoitras
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color, big frothy chewy head with excellent retention and impressive lacing.

S: Citrus, orange and lemon. Nice big whiff of grass as well.

T: Hoppier than the average pils, sharp hops upfront give a grassy, herbal flavor along with the usual citrus. Delicate semi-dry finish.

M: A bit thicker than most pilsners, high carbonation.

A most excellent pilsner, lots of taste with an emphasis on the hops, and very drinkable. At $2.99 a bomber, I might just start drinking this instead of water.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:27:22 | More by stapleton87
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into clean pint glass. A nice golden yellow color, with very little head or lacing (seems quite the contrary from other reviews). Strong citrus smell, with grapefruits and lemons being the prominent scent. I dont taste the hops as much as i expected, but this brew is well carbonated, and very clean / smooth in the mouth. A very solid take on the style, and although im not a huge Pilsner fan, I could drink several of these with ease.

Edit: 2nd bomber pour was much more heady, so i added .5 to my appearance rating

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:34:36 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

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

pours a golden yellow with a large pillowy white head. slight citrus notes and hops are present right away. very smooth taste, slightly biting and drying in the finish, some slight fruit. extremely drinkable. i am very impressed, this is really solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 20:19:24 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of KickbacksSteve


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

On tap at Brick Store Pub. Poured into Victory pilsner glass. One inch white foamy head lingers for a while on a clear golden body. Aroma is a mix of a biscuity pilsner and a grapefruit. Comforting and lovely. Taste is similar. Just slightly and beautifully out of balance on the style towards hoppy but not so much as to upset the run of the mill pilsner drinker. Amazingly delicious and over the top smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 05:32:39 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with Sam Adams Noble Pils to start off the 2010 Superbowl.

Appearance - A light, toasted corn color wore a frothy sea-like head that created a crawling lace within my Sam Perfect Pint glass. More lacing and lighter than Sam. Both are pretty.

Smell - A slight tang dances with the spices and herbs. An inviting aroma.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean with a soft cream-like feel; creamier than Sam.

Taste - The hops start things off but then give way to the herbal qualities of the beer. An almost Wit-like back end to the taste.

Drinkability - The is a sessionable beer.

A solid pilsner. I can't deicide between this or the Sam. This goes a little to the white ale flavor side vs. Noble Pils so it depends on what you are craving.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:53:04 | More by MarioL66
Photo of Reaper16


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle (best by May 2010) served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a pristine, crystal-clear shade of yellow that is most accurately (but not most beautifully) described as similar to urine. Really, there is no difference between the color and translucence of human piss and this beer. But it is all about context, and sitting in the glass this beer is very nice looking, especially with the two fingers of white head sitting on top. The head is composed of tight little bubbles that don't cling to the glass very well. What lacing there is happens to be spotty and soapy.

Prima Pils has an outstanding aroma profile for the style. I immediately get lured in by the hops. They are bitter smelling in a medicinal way, with spritzes of lemon peel and basil, maybe thyme, livening things up. Getting past the hops you can smell the purity of the pilsner malt. It smells singularly doughy and sweet.

On the tongue, the flavors don't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. The hop flavors are less distinguished on the tongue; a bit of a muddled medicinal bitterness. Disappointingly, the lemon isn't as prevalent. The soapy tastes of the hop profile do provide solid support for the clean, airy pilsner malt. The inherent bready flavor isn't allowed to be perceived as one-note. This is a damn nice session candidate.

I am iffy on the mouthfeel. On the one hand, its light body is great for the flavor profile. On the other hand, the carbonation is not nearly active enough on the tongue. I'm not sure why that is; I hope that it isn't an unintended consequence of having the beer shipped to me. Regardless, this beer is a prima candidate for a session. You can happily spend the entire Super Bowl on Sunday, say, with a six pack of this pilsner.

Best American pilsner? Maybe. I have yet to try Boston Brewing's new Noble Pils and Boulevard's Pilsner is right up there but Prima Pils is certainly a nice beer. Its drinkable, balanced, and has an outstanding aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:35:51 | More by Reaper16
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the LCBO. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this tasty ass brew yet.

Pours a bright glowing yellow with a thick ring of white head and several dots of lacing on the shaker glass. Rich nose imparts bready and sweet pilsner malt, fresh cookie dough, barley, and a bit of lime. Fragrant and inviting. Taste is lemony and citric hops upfront, flowery, herbal and grassy flavours clash with honey and white cracker mid-palate, big Noble hop bitterness kicks in with some herbs and sweetness in the aftertaste. Super refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, medium-bodied, lightly bitter dryness to finish. A thirst quencher no doubt.

As with all of the U.S. craft beers in Ontario, I'm really glad this is available. An exemplar pils that delivers on the hops. Can't go wrong with Prima!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 06:01:56 | More by cratez
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