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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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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: 304 | 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 greenmonstah
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright yellow, ever so slightly hazy, with plenty of active carbonation. A little half finger head that dissipates quickly into a wisp. Not really the kind of color I like to see in a beer, but spot on for the style.

S - Yeasty and dry, almost a bit Belgian in character. There is a slight slight touch of bitter hop hidden in the back. Also present is a sweet citrus (orange or tangerine?), but only a bit. Almost smells like a Belgian wheat beer crossed with a Pils. Unique.

T - Sharp initial sip. Very crisp pine and floral hop flavor. Malty and perhaps a bit of toasted bread. I really really dislike the (earthy? certainly very bitter, but in a bad way) aftertaste, which is a shame since I like the rest of the profile.

M - Light body with some nice carbonation. A bit dry, which I like.

D - It takes a lot of getting used to for me. I enjoyed it half the time, and half the time I felt like I had to force it down. Some may suggest this is a pilsner for IPA fans since it accentuates the hops, but I just can't really enjoy it. I've never been a fan of pilsners, but thought this would convert me. It didn't.

greenmonstah, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Thought the bottle said "best by Jun 30 2011, but on closer look it is best by Jan 30 2011.

Appearance: Poured a very hazy pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Good lacing noted. I will admit the haziness threw me - I was expecting something much more clear.

Smell: Very floral with some orange and cut grass thrown in. Quite fragrant for a pilsner.

Taste: Quick tea+honey like sweetness up front, then moves into a sharp bitter finish. The bitterness becomes more pine-hop like as an aftertaste. Very hoppy for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel: Good crisp carbonation on the tongue, with the beer going down easily after that. Some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: It's good, but I would need to pair another one of these with the right meal to enjoy another. I suspect this beer would be better, and perhaps not as bitter, if I had gotten it before it's "best by" date.

damndirtyape, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of beerdepartment
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy light gold. Quickly dissipating head forms ring and laces.

Smell is quite intriguing; something quite sharp in there is balanced by yeasty dryness of highly attenuated beer; most memorabl to me is the slight stinging effect of the vapors in deep snorts. Alcohol? Pungent hops? I'm not sure, but it is a good thing, and very unique in my limited experience with pilseners.

Taste is altogether pleasurable, but the sharpness of the taste is new to me. Again, new seems good here, but the dryness is intense. Tannic effect on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is notably distinct by dryness and tannic feeling that seems as much a flavor of taste as it does a sensation of texture. Dry, sharp, slight tannin, quick, intense burst of flavor and texture. Maybe everything that a Pils should be, but I'm not an expert.

A good experience. Certainly better suited to warmer weather than February in Beantown.

beerdepartment, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of MichialTanner1
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my only pilsner glass, of course. Nice clear pils with a white, thick (yet temporary) head--could have read this typing through it.

The smell doesn't tell me much about how this beer will taste, which I don't expect too much from pils. It does seem very fresh and grassy, though, reminding me of garden vegetables--cucumbers, kale.

The first thing I taste is pine, which I am very leery of in beers other than IPAs--this tends to mask the alcohol taste, which shouldn't be necessary in a 5% ABV. It also makes it tough to assess the hoppiness, which I think is a little too heavy for my taste. There is a floral taste at the finish of a drink that is kind of nice, but is quickly snuffed out by that pine-alcohol thing.

It's not bad and I could probably drink another, but I'm surprised that it is at the top of the list for this style. I'll finish the 6, and modify this review if enlightened.

MichialTanner1, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/17/11) poured into a conical Pils glass.

A: Pours straw yellow, completely clear, 1.5 inch white bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S: Saaz hops with some spiciness, german malts, smells a little acidic and metallic.

T: Lots of floral and spicy hops, solid golden toasted malt base with a good amount sugar sweetness. Has a little bit of a buttered toasted biscuits taste. It also has a bit of an acidic and metallic taste going on too that detracts from experience, it's alright in the background but it's just too strong. Finish is toast malt, bittersweet, and a little puckering.

M: Medium-high carbonation that's fairly crisp, light clean body, a little resinous for the style.

D: I had pretty high hopes for this one and it just didn't live up to it. The acidic/metallic flavor was just too strong and up front and I found the hop/malt flavors to be a bit one dimensional. This still drinks fairly easily though.

Satchboogie, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of liquidsunshine
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When one is used to drinking pilseners which taste like water the Victory brewing Prima Pils immediately stands out. Pours a pale straw color with a light white head which lingers throughout my enjoyment of this brew. A base of light malt fills the nose along with sharp floral hops. This is not a shy pilsener and it immediately greets you with a strong blend of hops, a light malt fills out in the after taste. While bitter, this is still a very drinkable beer. Would recommend this to anyone who is not used to enjoying pilseners.

Cheers - Matt

liquidsunshine, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of engagechad
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs - Poured into Samuel Smith Imperial pint.

Poured great with a bit too much carb and was a urine like yellow color. Head and lacing were good though.
Smell was not good at all for me. It smelled acidic and pungent.
Tasted about how it smelled and was not pleasant.
Mouthfeel was smooth and easy as well as being a drinkable beer.

engagechad, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color (typical of a pilsner) from a 12 oz bottle, with 'best-by' date on the label.
Nice foamy one finger head that dissipates ever so slowly. Very good carbonation on this one.
Aroma is dominated by fresh, floral hops with hints of malt coming through intermittently.
Wow, this is a seriously hopped pilsener. The taste upfront is malty, but finish with just the perfect level of bitterness for my taste. Mouthfeel after each sip is just a little astringent. Leaves behind some really nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
This is a VERY refreshing brew, and due to the perfect balance, it is one beer that I could have any time, any place. Drinkability is indeed very high. Certainly worth a try, if you haven't had the chance to try it so far. Highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: inert, no carbonation; clear, slightly dark blond; no head; no lacing
S: pleasant malty smell
T: very hoppy pilsner; tangerine overtones; piney, sweet, razzy

Overall, this is a surprising pilsner. By European standards, this has been way over-hopped. Bear that in mind before diving in.

Arithmeticus, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stella pint glass, presents with nice frothy 1/2" thick white head, little bit of clinging, perfect carbonated, lots of efferevescence; color is nice pale straw, light gold.

Smell is pilsen malt, hint of sweetness, with the hops bringing up the back. Just what you want.

Taste is crisp, nice malt front with mild to moderate citrus hop notes.

Mouthfeel is just right, the carbonation makes the flavors pop and the flavor leaves a nice malt aftertaste.

Exceptionally drinkable, could have this one all day long.

mvanaskie13, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a golden straw color. big bubbly head. varied fat carbonation bubbles lazily make their way to the surface.

S: a smooth german hop aroma. some bready/oaty pils malt. really smooth nose here.

T: plenty hoppy here! firm hoppy initial sip with a solid chalky bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. a touch of sweetness, but mostly bitter. maybe a little too bitter for the style? or perhaps im splitting hairs here.

M: solid carbonation for the style. no complaints here.

D: really tasty brew. easily could down a six of this while keeping my shit together. not my favorite from victory, but a really really drinkable brew.

Jimmys, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick white foam that looks great in a frosted glass. Color is very unique for a pilsner. It's very pale yellow, almost looks like lemonade. Not a whole lot of carbonation though, but it's pretty thick. Good carbonation after a sip.

Smell: Nice subtle notes of honey and flower hops. Good balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thick, especially for the style. A bit too grainy though. Flavor is pretty good. Mostly floral hops, definitely something common in German pilseners. A bit one-sided in my opinion. Definitely bitter and slightly metallic, but not bad.

Drinkability: Pretty enticing with the appearance.

Overall: Not as good as HopDevil, not even close.

tjsdomer2, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow, see-thru clean n' clear, thin head, not much lacing

S: Sharp floral grass and hay , earthy , slight vinegar at the end

T: Blunt hoppy flowers. Light and tingly. Pungent flower taste. Americanized hoppy take on German Pilsner. I find it audacious , tasty, yet not completely desirable.

M: Elegant and clean , bubbly, very nice mouth.

D: The strong floral flavors in this are interesting and unique, yet overpowering and slightly overbearing. I don't think I would want to drink more than 1 of these. However, this is a nice once-in-a-while beer for me to mix it up with a lighter meal etc.

Avantyawn, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz. (335ml) bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Oct 2011.

A - Pale straw body with a modest head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a light amount of lacing which clings to the glass.

S - A pleasant mixture of floral hops and citrus, with a touch of hay.

T - Citrusy, spicy hop flavour, good malt balance

M - Light to medium body with light but punchy carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkable beer, would work well on its own or a session.

Wattsox, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light yellow hue with a very thin almost non-existent head. Not much visible carbonation, no lacing, head diminishes to a few bubbles quickly.

S - Slightly fruity aroma with a hint of yeast with a strong background of pils malts. Very simple as it should be.

T - Pilsner malts are still the base in the taste, but theres another note coming through that I would imagine the yeast bring into the mix. Fairly complex for a simple beer. Floral hops are the initial taste but don't come forward to take over the beer.

M - Thin bodied, good amount of carbonation though it wasn't visible initially. Finish is slightly dry with some lingering sweetness. Finish is my favorite part of this beer. It doesn't stay around too long and it adds a nice complexity to the beer.

D - Overall, love the beer. Great sessionable beer with the ABV and body. While it's complex, it isn't complex enough to keep me coming back for another.

GarrettMD, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden with a half finger of white head.

Smell: Sweet hay, floral hops, malt and some hint of lemon.

Taste: Grassy bitter hops, lemon grass. Great pilsner taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Probably my go to Pilsner. Victory nailed the style with this one.

Axic10, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden color with a one finger white head.

S- Hops, earthy spices, malts.

T- A lot like the smell. Nice bitterness, but not too much. Balanced, full flavor everywhere.

M- Smooth, refreshing, crisp.

D- Very easy to drink and enjoy. Not very filling, could easily drink a lot in one sitting. Would be great as a cold beer on a hot day and something refreshing after work.

larryi86, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Served in a pilsener glass....of course!

Appearance - This pours an appealing straw gold with a bright white cap. Carbonation is seen streaming up the sides of the glass. Some nice lace down the glass.

Smell - Nothing but pale malt and hops. Smells great.

Taste - Sharp hop flavors and a clean malt base. Nothing but flavor. This is a classic tasting pilsener.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, and clean.

Drinkability - Light malt and plenty of hops. Crisp and clean. A great session beer that is very drinkable. I look forward to this one on a hot summer day.

Brunite, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden color with a fluffy white head. Smells of hops and light malt, very crisp scent. The taste echoes the scent, good hoppy and light malt flavors, very refreshing. The mouthfeelnus medium with strong carbonation. This is a drinkable and enjoyable beer but I don't ubderstand why it scores as highly as it does. It's a great German pilsner, but there are great German breweries that are doing this style much better and have for many years. This is a good American version that I quite enjoyed, but there are people out there who can do it better.

gkunkle, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden lemon in color with gobs of thick bubbles feeding a white spongy head. The beer is mostly clear but does have a slight foggy appearance.

The nose is simple but very complete and well done. Fresh malts with lemon and floral hops. Very nice and a perfect example of the style.

Taste is like the nose but slips down the scale a bit because of an overall mustiness that I believe to be from the hops. They taste almost powdery and it's hard to get over. The good news is that the malts and the lemony floral flavors do materialize and make it enjoyable. Its just not as clean as I would like.

Mouthfeel like the taste is just above average in my book. The powdery taste also translates into a dryness that I just don't dig. The carbonation is spot on and light body really makes this one an easy drinker. All in all no real badness here. Its a satisfying brew and one that you can drink again and again.

jbphoto88, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a flute. I received this in a trade with RamsFan81. Thanks Kurt! Enjoy by date of March 1, 2011 printed on the bottle. Two fingers of bone-white head sit atop this brew. Retention is moderate. The beer is a soft pale golden haze. Lacing is spotty down the wall of the flute. A small amount of carbonation can be seen through the glass.

The aroma is crisp and sharp. Big lager fragrance jumps out of the flute. Sweet hay greets the nose. Some floral hops are detectable. For such a delicate style of beer it is surprisingly aromatic.

The taste is very interesting. Hops sting immediately, coating the mouth with a soapy bitterness. Sweet grassy notes subtly emerge to be replaced by a more grapefruit-like bitterness. As it lingers in the mouth, the hops develop into something more floral in nature. These floral flavors combine with the sweet grassiness to form the aftertaste. It's strange to think of a pilsner as a hop bomb but that's what Prima Pils is, for better or worse.

In the mouth, Prima Pils is light bodied and crisp. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate to style. I could wish that it finished a little cleaner, but that is a mild complaint. 5.3% ABV goes undetected. Drinkability will depend on your taste for hops and European-style lagers. Personally, I'm not a hop-head but despite the strong hoppy bitterness I still found this beer to be incredibly drinkable. It's a very cool twist on an age-old style that I would recommend to fans of pale ale and traditional lager styles alike. Prima Pils is very well done.

weizenbob, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the best of the night for me. Pours a pale, hazy, unfiltered yellow, nice stick. Smelled of hops and lemons and flowers. Tasted lemons right away, balanced hops, this is a crisp and inviting pilsener with the right amount of bitterness and is highly drinkable.

gskitt, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not as big a fan of this beer as everyone else on this site seems to be (or of the brewery in general), but that's what this is all about: people talking about their own experiences and going with their individual palate. First off, the the color is an opaque yellow which I feel should be reserved for unfiltered wheats. This appearance seems out of place. The nose is definitely this brew's highlight. It has a nice noble (earthy, dirty, subtle) and spicy hops. The taste is where things go array again. Off the bat, I get lemony flavors, again as if this were some type of summer wheat. It then seems to try to finish dry like a pilsner should, but the bitterness is a touch too weak to pull it off.

Overall, this is not what I am looking for in a pilsner. I want crisp, hoppy, refreshingly drinkable, not muddled, citrusy randomness with an wheat-like, dense mouth-feel.

AlexanderSelby, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale straw yellow with a fluffy pure white head. Nice bits of lace on the glass. Smell is bed of pale malt and crisp spicy hops. Pepper and grassy with lemongrass notes. Some citrus as well. Taste is not you average pilsner. Sweet malt with a bit of dough. Some yeast based breadiness. Firm and spicy hop finish with a bit of grapefruit and a lightly sour dryness. Crisp light feel is softly carbonated. Super quenching and drinkinable. An excellent session beer and anything else you may have in mind.

scootny, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of seedsofchaos
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw and transparent when poured this beer is off to a good start for the style. The head lingers as just a covering but very clean and bright white in color. Carbonation is not present throughout the body, which is disappointing, but a great aroma makes up for any shortcomings in the presentation. Very clean malt profile with light floral hops. Just a touch of lemon zest and sweetness in the background. Lager yeast and breads in the bouquet take center stage.

Very bready in the flavor. Biscuit present. Definitely yeasty with a bit of astringency. The light citrus in the nose doesn't show up in the taste at all but instead this brew is more and more malt forward as it approaches room temperature. Overly light carbonation gets marks down on this dry finishing Pils.

seedsofchaos, Jan 18, 2011
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,373 ratings.