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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,568 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,568
Reviews: 1,992
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 170
Gots: 371 | 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 Dodt
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decide to crack open the prima from my last mix six.
poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. a wonderful little beer with a nice fluffy head and light yellow appearance . aroma of the hops is the main presents. taste is wonder but a tad bitter. for me this is another top notch beer from the people at victory.

Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden colour with a smooth, foamy white head. Good head retention.

Lightly spicy and herbal hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Good.

Very light pilsner malt which is just a canvas for the pop of the moderately-high bitterness and the slightly earthy hop character. I expected it to have some American hops but this American take on a classic German pils is great.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A really beautiful beer with the hop character adding crispness to an otherwise typical German style Pilsner. Really nice.

Photo of Shagtastic
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Poured a very light gold that was easy to see through.

S: Herbal smell that seemed to linger

T: While very enjoyable very bitter for the style.

M: Good carbonation and easy to drink.

Overall: While I can't say that this is my favorite beer it is a great representation of the style and I don't really have many complaints. One that I'd recommend to others looking into this style

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.05/5  rDev -74%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear pale yellow with minimal head and no lace. The aroma is of citrus and floral hops. The flavor is very bland with a hint of sour lemon. There is a very strong hop bitterness that lasts past the finish leaving an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste. It has a thin mouthfeel. Victory Prima Pils is a disappointing beer, way too bitter for the German pilsner style, more like an American IPA. Not recommended!

Photo of ncliberal55
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden yellow. Almost straw colored.

S: Smells of Citrus and malt. A hint of hops.

T: Initially hoppy but evolves into a smooth almost dough-like taste.

Overall: Fantastic. One of the best Pilseners I have ever had. Will definitely buy this one again.

Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2L growler from the brewery.

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with ample bone-white head and adequate carbonation.

Scent of hay, barley and hint of herbal hop.

The flavor is dry and grassy, with herbal notes and a perfect balance between a light, raw malt and the astringency of Saaz hops.

Mouthfeel is initially quenching and refreshing, but leads to an astringent finish as the hops and yeast meld on the palate.

Excellent Germanic pilsner; perhaps a bit heavier on the hop finish compared to the traditional example, but the drier finish only invites another glass to further quench the thirst. Delicious.

Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By 9/12/11, so not the freshest.

A-Pours a pretty clear golden color with a finger and a half of white head.

S-Smells skunky as all hell with some light malt and some herbal hops.

T-Crisp light malt with an herbal bitterness.

M-Crisp and drying feel with light body and moderate carbonation.

D-This isn't my favorite example of the style, but it's definitely a decent beer. I need to try this one again a little fresher and see if the results are the same.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw-yellow with a cap of white foamy head.

S: Typical pils scents of fresh cut grass and lemon, with an atypical hint of hops.

T: Clean and bright. The out-of-ordinarily high hop presence only helps the winning lager formula. The mouthfeel is only a bit syrupy for the style.

D: Perfect alcohol level and great drinkability make this a summer standard.

Overall: Its been said before, this is one of the best American pils out there. If I absolutely had to pick a single beer to drink all summer long it would almost certainly be Prima Pils!

Photo of ummswimmin
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally picked this beer to work on the list of completing every style. I also recognized it from the Beers of Fame.

I poured the bottle into a pint glass.

On the pour I got two fingers of foam releasing sweet notes of apricot. The foam died down into a thin film pretty quickly.

This beer has the typical, straw color for a pilsner style. The body is very clear... there are no inclusions or haziness on this beer.

The taste is an interesting mix of pilsner and hoppiness. The hops flavor is not over the top, but it is very present. This is a very good flavor. I get a lot of grapefruit from the hops in this beer.

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm glad I picked up this bottle to try.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a big, white head.

Smells of bready malt, slight hop spice, and lager yeast...almost sweet.

Tastes is subtle up front with sweet malt and some slightly fruity/butter character. The taste finishes with a bitter kick that is unusual for the style but not unpleasant.

This is a lighter beer with medium carbonation...it's easy to drink and somewhat dry.

A solid, sessionable beer that is mostly subtle except for the finishing bitterness.

Photo of pb9613
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful golden color with a thick white head that lingers throughout the entire drinking experience.

Smell - A lot of floral and pine notes from the hops with and the sweet aroma of the malt.

Taste – This beer has it all. The sweetness of the malt the floral flavors of the hops hit first followed by a deep pine bitterness. It make you want to continue to try this beer to capture all the flavors.

Mouthfeel – Like most pilsners, the mouthfeel is a little light but the carbonation holds it all together.

Overall – This beer shows that the American Craft Brew industry can brew an excellent German Pilsner. It seems that everybody is trying to brew an IPA with 100+ IBU just to enjoy the flavor of hops. Instead they should explore the other end of the spectrum with a German Pilsner.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly dark for a pils but great carbonation and nice even white lacing.

Great smell of grass, yeast, malt, & hop

FANTASTIC -- a nice mild mannered pils spiked with exceptional hop presence. Not over the top, just a beautiful accent that digresses from the style but really compliments it nicely.

Great medium bodied pils with wonderful carbonation and uber drinkability.

This is my go to beer for the near future.

Photo of Merkur
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a pint glass.

Beer pours surprisingly cloudy. Rich yellow color, with a half finger of white foam that dissapates.

Beer smells slightly of citrus and hops.

Beer tasts slightly hoppy and of pine initially, with a nice crisp and clean finish.

Overall a very nice pilsner

Photo of beagle75
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall goblet.

A: Clear, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prominent zesty spice and dried grass is complemented by husky raw grain. Faint carbon dioxide and cardboard complicate the smell but take little enjoyment away.

T: Begins dry, with fair but bold pilsner malt and hop aromatics that evoke herbaceous flavors, centering on grassy but also include a floral touch. Moderate acidity helps to keep flavors bright into the middle where a thread of honey flavor emerges amidst prevailing dryness. Husky pilsner malt is re-asserted in the finish, where bitterness is substantial and tastes of green plant stems.

M: Medium viscosity, wet on the palate but also slightly acidic and astringent at times, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This bold contribution sets the bar for American craft-brewed pilsner lagers. It leaves no doubt in the mind of the drinker regarding its all-malt pedigree, while also giving a clinic on Noble hop flavors and aromas. While authentic, the flavors struggle to match the smell in intensity. It would seem peerless, if not for the existence of Green Flash's Fizzy Yellow beer.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Pours out a clear pale yellow color, filled with bubbly carbonation and a large frothy head, some medium levels of lacing left behind with each sip. Body is light and fizzy as it ought to be, smells very strongly of herbal and tons of grassy hop family bouquet, I'm honestly kind of pleasantly surprised to find such an intense nose on a pilsener! The flavor contains a small burst of lemon and peppery spices on top of all the herbal grassy notes from the nose, and stays focused through the sip until the end, which is when the basic gentle spice bitter is left alone in the finish simply because the other components happen to all die back at the same timing! It's too well organized to have been anything but deliberately brewed that way...

This is a hell of a great pilsener, even though it pushes the style envelope for boldness and nose aggression, I love it all the more for it!

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden buttercup hue, crystal clear with tons of effervesence. a billowy two-finger cap fades to a thin lacy cap leaving tons of lace.

aroma is pleasantly potent. pepper, cardamom, honey, grassy, and piney hops and some good lemon zest.

taste is really clean and hoppy with some straightforward pine and lemon. clean. crisp. solid. just enough pils malt to balance it out.

mouth is clean and crisp. a touch slick and full bodied for a pils, but pretty damn good. lingering bitterness helps to clean the slickness.

delicious, pilsy. if the body was a bit less chewy for the style, it would probably be a home run for me. but every time I grab a bottle, I'm always hoping for a bit less. not that it's bad. in fact, it's still one of the best german style pilsners around.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nods to Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA for carrying the Victory line.

Appearance: The beer exudes a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The head pours a bubbly 1/4 inch though it dissipates quickly. A ring of foam remains on the side of the glass throughout drinking time.

Smell: Bright zesty floral smells. Slightly citric and a bit acidic. I note grass and hints of hay.

Taste: This beer is sweet and snappy. There are hints of wild yeast funk. Grass and hints of hay The taste is the same as the smell. It finishes slightly bitter. This is a pleasant drinking experience. Very refreshing and cooling.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. Good body for a Pilsner. This is a finely balanced beer.

Overall: Beers like this remind me why Pilsner is one of my favorite styles. I am really glad an American brewery is making a Pilsner this good. Very recommended.

Photo of JChristopher
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a splendid go-to pilsner beer. A shimmering gold, a remarkable piney personality, elements of citrus, notes of grain. This beer is Bright (with a capital "B"). Whether you are quenching a thirst or sharing it with one whom you love on a summer's dusk, go for a Prima Pils; It won't knock your socks off, but it will satisfy that pilsner craving.

Photo of Chris585
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 8/23/11 from Bottle with Best Date of October '11. Could have been sitting for awhile, but I didnt notice much aging.

A - Cloudy Pils color with thin white head.

S - A bit metallic but floral and sweet aromas.

T - This is where it gets interesting...from the first sip I realized this was an exceptional tasting and well crafted Pilsener. With all the buzz about this beer, and that it has been around for some time, I am extremely pleased that I can once again drink a German Pils without worrying about the born on date, or drinking a stale skunk. Great job Victory, even though it has been around for awhile, for allowing me to explore the sessionable beer once again.

M - A little on the metallic side, but it subsides into a plethora of floral, piney, bitter, dry feel that I enjoy.

O - If you have ever been scared away from German Pilseners, or Pils in general seek this one out, you will be quite fond as I was.

Photo of BB1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date printed on the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a hazy straw, not a typical pilsener color, but looks fine; not much head and lacing. Great aromas! At first it smells like your typical pils/lager, but with a short amount of time you'll be picking up on complex aromas. Smells like a flower bouquet. The aromas a very sweet; I'm also picking up some apple, pear, and maybe some white grape. All of that can be found in the flavors too, thankfully. I'm also picking up on some caramel malts, maybe even a touch of cocoa. This one finishes pretty bitter, the hops are noticeable but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is awesome, extremely smooth and has the perfect amount of carbonation; finishes dry.

Great beer, easily the best I've had from Victory. At my stage in the craft beer game, I should've tried this beer a long time ago. Shame on me for taking this long to try this beer. This is definitely in my top two favorite pilseners I've had to date, maybe the best. It doesn't really get much better for the style. This beer is an eye opener! Recommended to anyone.

Photo of output01x
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 12/06/11) into a pilsener glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger cream white head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a slightly cloudy pale golden straw color with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Light and sweet bready malts are complimented by fresh floral hops. The nose is not very strong nor complex, but well-balanced and enjoyable.

There is a lot more flavor here than the malts lead you to believe. Delicious malts start each sip like sweet and buttery bread. As soon as the beer is swallowed, an amazing and unexpected hops strike assaults your palate. Grapefruit and grassy hops overwhelm the malts, allowing a decent bitterness to accompany the hops flavors. As the bitterness subsides, a dryness sets in at the back of the mouth.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The body is easy-drinking and refreshing. The carbonation is not overly apparent but just enough to help this beer's drinkability. The dryness at the end of the taste beckons another sip.

Photo of bpgpitt10
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a light fluffy white head. Can see the bubbles of carbonation continuously bubbling up.
S: Very mild hops smells with a bit of a bready-ness to it as well.
T: Light citrus with a strong bitterness at the end. Tasty.
M: Thicker than I would expect from the look. Nice smoothness.

O: Here's the deal... this is a good to great beer for the style. I would come back to this day in and day out for a drinkable summer beer. It's very refreshing. However in the grand scheme of beers, this is more on the good level. Absolutely worth a try though.

Photo of afksports
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mom. I received a Victory 12 pack for my birthday. What a cool mom. Prima Pils is just the right beer to have to cool off on a summer day. She doesn't have the same beer-memory that I do, but this was also the beer she and I shared at a dinner celebrating my Dad's birthday. So even though pilseners are not my style of choice, Prima has a lot going for it.

But the beer can stand on its own. It's got a golden body, tons of fluffy white head and lace that stick around the glass, tiny bubbles shooting up from the bottom, and a wonderful aroma of actual hops. It smells wet, like a field of hops wet with dew. (I haven't even been there, but ... artistic license...). There's grass, and some bitterness there too. Not much to the malt presence, but that's appropriate.

The taste is drying, bitter at the start, crisp and light, features grapefruit and grass. As I drink it, I tend to want water, and that's a drawback. It's definitely drying.

Still, it's a nice light to medium bodied beer that's one of the tops of its style, it's got great carbonation, and it came from my mom. How could it not be good?

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time. Read a lot about this beer and I love everything else I've tried from Victory.

A=Light golden color. What I'd expect from a Pils

S=I love the hops. This smells great.

T=Taste is phenomenal. I'm mostly used to very hoppy beers being IPA s. Lots of bitterness from the hops which works for me. Not much maltiness that I can detect.

M=Lots of carbonation. Feels formidable.

Overall= Only picked up two of these but I could definitely see this being a session beer. Only other Pils I've ever enjoyed this much is Pilsner Urquell. Miller Lite should be banned from calling their beer "Pilsner" Another solid offering from Victory.

Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale golden with a stylish white head. Limited, minimal lace, though. Attractive, nonetheless.

Nose is delectable. I get fresh malts and a little hops around the edges. What a lager should smell like.

Flavor is full-on, with hints of pine-citrus from the hops, and almost no bitter character, as the German malts balance and sweeten the ride.

This is a lighter Summer-style brew that doesn't disappoint. Superior!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,568 ratings.