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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,129
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 143
Gots: 225 | 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 Mebuzzard


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

On tap at Vine St. pub in Denver.
A nice, light golden pour. Topped by a rich, semi chunky.
Good lacing all the way down, sticky.

A spicy aroma to it with quick whiffs of light biscuit. Coriander and persimmon. Some floral.

The taste is a good play between spicy hops and biscuit. Whereas the hops dominate at first with spice and florals, the biscuity malt comes in at the end with a semi-sweet finish. Although there is a bite to it, it's still rather smooth and clean. Not musky like some GPs.

I drank this paired with quesadillas. Perhaps not the best combo, but the malt and tortilla worked out well.
very nice

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 09:19:01 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of ZeroSignal


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

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a golden-yellow color with a billowing white head that sticks around for a while. Laces beautifully.

S - Hops! Lot's of character in the smell; perfume and citrus, some yeastiness.

T&M - Citrus, floral hops. Bready and smooth, this is chewy while very easy to drink. Hop bitterness reamins on the pallet long after swallowing.

D - Exceedingly easy to drink, very enjoyable. Would pair nicely with most meat and seafood, would be a great BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 22:59:24 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of AlFromBayShore


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

A - Big foamy head at first - 2 1/2 finger width. After a couple minutes the head reduces to 1 finger. Colour is hazy straw blonde.

S - I'm not sure what I'm getting but I like it. Light maltiness combined with a citrusy character (some lemon, orange and slight grapefruit notes). Getting a small bit of caramel.

T & M - Mild on the front end but a bitter hoppy finish that lingers. Taste is crisp. Detecting a quick "come and go" malt flavor just before the hoppy finish. Body is a bit heavier than light. Full flavor, nothing thin about this.

D - The bitter finish slows things down but there's nothing wrong with this. Its more than a sip but not a gulp. I can do this on a summer afternoon on the terrace of my fave restaurant and nursing this.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:44:07 | More by AlFromBayShore
Photo of pwoody11


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

Drank in a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful effervescent clear gold. Nice head retention and pretty good lacing.

Probably the best pilsner I've ever had. Very refreshing and the bitterness is exactly what I'm looking for when drinking a pilsner.

Top of it's class IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 19:54:52 | More by pwoody11
Photo of nelnutter


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

Poured 22oz. bomber into pint glass.

A: Golden straw color with a huge soapy/pillowy white head that stuck around forever and left lacing everywhere.

S: Aroma is a floral and perfume-like hoppiness, with pale malt sweetness in the background.

T: Very tasty, earthy and spicy, definitely very hoppy but balanced out nicely but the pale malt sweetness. Leaves a nice dry, bitter, and tasty finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel, ample carbonation, and damn refreshing! Definitely a sessionable one, and one I'd highly recommend and looking forward to having more of!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:52:45 | More by nelnutter
Photo of wesbrownyeah


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

Prima Pils brewed by Victory Brewing Company. 5.3% alcohol content. Always looking for a good Pilsener style beer. Poured into pilsener glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow fluid that produces a fluffy heavily carbonated head that falls to a half inch leaving behind nice streaky lacing on glass.

S- Fresh scents of grassy hop are upfront followed by citrus yeasty notes.

T-M- Taste is a fresh bitter hop bite upfront with nice light malty backbone. Excellent grassy hop flavors make this beer stand out from other American beers of this style. Hopped up and perfect malt balance. Mouthfeel is perfect with rolling carbonation sliding down the tongue for easy drinking.

D- I could drink a hell of alot of this beer and plan on getting more to do just that... cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 21:14:40 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of elgiacomo


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

12oz bottle, best before May 8, 2010. Pours pale golden with a nice fizzy and frothy white head that maintains a small cap and leaves some clumpy, although short-lived, rings of lacing.

Aroma is heavy on grassy, earthy hops, some floral hops, a little fruit, white grapes even, along with a little funk and sourdough bread.

Flavor has some citrus mixed in with the other hop flavors and bitterness, balanced against some bready, malty sweetness. Very flavorful.

Good body for the style, medium carbonation.

Drinks very nicely and is quite refreshing. I think this is the best pilsener I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 02:48:55 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of BlackBearForge


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

Victory Prima Pils pours a light golden straw, crystalline clear with a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The aroma has wonderful floral and slightly pungent hops with a light bready malt.

The flavor is full of wonderful pungent and slightly spicy Euroean hops balanced with very nice bready malts. Balance is the key here, great flavors nicely balanced. The finish is slightly bitter and long on flavor.

Mouhfeel is on the medium side of light, nicely carbonated and smooth.

I do believe I have found my favorite pilsener. I can see buying this regularly and I hope it stays available in the local market. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:33:29 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in a trade from Ritzkiss

Pale straw, nice thicker white head which leaves rings around the glass.

On the nose you first get a grainy smell, quickly followed by the hops taking form in a bit of spiciness with some grapefruit mingled in there.

The hops impart a lemony flavour with some hop spiciness grabbing the front of your tongue midway through. some grassy notes and very light graininess.

Lighter body, smooth, medium dryness, refreshing.

Tthis would make a great summer lager. I can see myself sipping on several cool bottles of this while camping on a hot summer night. Shame you can't buy here in BC.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 20:13:46 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of mullenite


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of Jul 15 2010

Glassware - Ikea pilsener

Appearance - Clear straw yellow color with a two finger white head with some nice lacing. Visible carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. One of the clearest, lightest colored beers I've ever seen. The head could have been a little taller, it was really kind of weak looking compared to other pilseners.

Nose - Grainy with a spicy hop aroma. Very good display of the Noble hops. Not really earthy at all but very spicy.

Taste - The hop spice comes through but it is also a little flowery, the combination comes off a bit soapy to me. Bready after taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall - I would drink it again but only when I can't get Noble Pils. The flavors don't blend well and that soapy flavor is kind of weird.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 04:28:07 | More by mullenite
Photo of tigg924


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

Appearance: clear, yellow/gold in color, 1 inch head, medium/low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and grass

Taste: grass, lemon, citrus hops, and a touch of malt

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, smooth, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable, nice lemony pilsner that is one of the better American versions of the style. I feel it is in the group right behind Elm City and Oskar Blues. That being said, I could easily session this especially on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 15:50:00 | More by tigg924
Photo of zoso1967


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

Pours a lovely straw yellow with a delicate bright white head and moderate lacing. Little bubbles trail up my tall pilsener glass as I take a whiff. Aroma is of sweet grainy malt, straw and, zesty hop aromas. Taste is even more zesty with wonderful lemony citrus, herbal and grassy hop notes. The beer has a firm bitterness that makes it nicely thirst quenching, though not as smooth as some other examples. The malt is definitely there, but is light and subdued. This pilsener is definitely showcasing the hops, but at the same time it is quite balanced. Light bodied with a perfect finish, this is a great session beer and one of America's finest examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 20:02:00 | More by zoso1967
Photo of zebco


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A solid golden color. I got a dense, white head to start but its seemed to have whisked away rather quick. I'm also seeing some active carbonation vines.

Smell: Quite hoppy with grassy aromas.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very crisp. The hops are there up front and in the back. Not overpowering at all though. Quite delicious. A good balance of bitterness to me.

Drinkability: Well, the easiest way to put this is that this is my 5th one tonight. I would pull the trigger on the 6th but I wanna save it to savor at a later date. Good beer. Very enjoyable. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 07:00:02 | More by zebco
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
Photo of OttoBomb


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
Photo of bob3701

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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