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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 174
Gots: 425 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw-gold, translucent, and is capped with a decent white head; it looks the part of a Pils. The nose is nice, revealing dry grainy notes, some herbal-grassy hop and a tinge of mineral. The flavor is much hoppier than the nose suggests - while still retaining the same basic characteristics - and has a pleasantly bitter-astringent finish. Easy drinking, with a nice feel; quite a good take on the style.

Photo of jifigz
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Solid appearance. Nice head formed that lingered for quite a while and also showed some lacing. Golden cloudy and hazy yellow. Carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Tempting. I can smell this one while it sits on the table a foot from my face...and its tantalizing. Sweet Grain smell with very noticeable hop aroma (noble hops?).

T: The taste is light and refreshing. There is a biscuit-like sweetness that also tastes of lemon and grapefruit (from the hops no doubt.) The hops also leave a lasting bitterness that is light yet very tasty and appreciable.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied yet refreshing feeling. Everything here seems good.

O: I love this beer and drink it often. I think it is one of Victory's best beers and a great summer beer. The flavor is so tasty and the color so appetizing. I just love it.

Photo of avaldivia
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Decent head with a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Nice citrus flavor. Good cereal malts.

T: Wow. Much more flavorful than I was expecting based in the smell. Great floral notes. Vey nice malts on the end.

M: Very crisp and light. Good carbonation.

O: Great Pilsener. I am very glad that this is now being distributed to my area. Will pick up again in a heartbeat.

Photo of mooseo
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by date of Dec. 5th, 2011.

A - Light golden yellow hue. Average head that quickly disappeared leaving streaks of lacing.

S - Slight malty smell mixed with appealing citrus and hoppy spice aromas.

T - Crisp and delicious. Pilsner malts up front, followed by a very spicy hop bitterness. The finish is very clean, leaving a good aftertaste. Perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet malts.

M - I would say this pilsner is between thin and medium-bodied. It definitely has an impressive smooth clean taste from start to finish.

D - Extremely refreshing beer resulting in high drinkability. While not overly complex in taste, it's a very balanced beer with big hops and sweet malts. Would make a great session beer - I wish I had a few more to try. One of the best pilsners I've had.

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

A pint at 5 Napkins in Boston on 8/9/11.

Hazy golden with a substantial long lived head and good amount of lace. Malt aroma with a bit of fruit and earthy/spicy hops. Medium carbonation and medium body. Great balance between grainy malt and earthy hops. Lots of bitterness (for a pilsner) in the finish.

Photo of jtingue
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Fresh growler fill at the local beer store.

Appearance. Gorgeous straw yellow in color. About a finger of pure white head dissipates leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Effervescences is clear from the constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Slightly bready malt note, but definitely overwhelmed by spicy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste. Right up front there is a beautiful herbal, kind of medicinal, hop flavor complemented well by a light bready malt. Bitterness then takes over, weak at first but building until it reaches the level seen in some IPAs. Hop flavor is not completely taken over by bitterness, though. Rather it is complemented by a nice earthy, grassy hop and a pleasant malt sweetness. The finish is dry with a lingering, slightly sweet, bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Thin body, not surprising for a pilsner. Not as much carbonation as I expected, possibly due to the fact that it was served out of a growler.

This beer was amazing when I had it out of a bottle, but on tap it is just out of this world. May covert me to a pilsner lover, but I've said that before.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light hazy orange, almost yellow, with a half finger of white head. The head fades quickly and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Wheat and bread.

T - Wheat, lemons, and some grass.

D - Low carbonation, and a light body.

O - Light and Refreshing.
I just saw the enjoy by date of 1.20.2011. SOB, this ticks me off. I will re-review once I find a fresh bottle.

Photo of fsvan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of November 21st 2011.

A- Clear light golden. 2.5 fingers of whispy white head.

S- Bready malts, and a very nice sharp, clean hop bitterness. Very balanced, very clean.

T- Right in line with the smell. Bready malts, a slight sweetness. A pine hop bitterness on the end. Again, incredibly clean. There is nothing in this that gets in the way.

M- Light bodied. Nice ting on the tongue from the carbonation. Easy drinking, as it should be.

O- Just a great American take on the pilsener. High marks across the board. The folks at Victory seem to know that more is not always better, and this shows that. A straightforward take on the style that has everything it needs, and absolutely nothing that it doesn't.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/1/11. Poured in to small pint glass. Bottle dating to enjoy by Nov 21, 2011.

A - Pale straw yellow colour; hazy. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and very quickly dissipated.

S - Bready malts and a good hop bite are evident. A very typical pils nose.

T - Bready/grainy malts balanced with some bitter and dry hops in a perfect balance. The finish has a nice sweetness in it despite being somewhat dry. A slightly more pungent flavour profile than most pilseners, which is a nice change.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Photo of layinbrix
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first pour of this beer was perfect, absolutely perfect: two fingers of head just barely lofting over the rim of my pint glass. The color was a vibrant golden straw. The beer also laces well.

The beer smelled fresh, like spring almost. It had very floral notes on the front end, the hops come through like a beer potpourri. There was also a light malt scent, masked by the hops.

This beer tasted like a classic pilsner should. The hop flavor was dominating, very zesty, herbal, and posessed a fine bitter tinge. The bitterness lingers on your tongue for around 30 seconds after each drink. Just like in the aroma, there is a smooth malt taste that hides behind the powerful hops, adding to the drinkability. This beer was crisp and refreshing, exactly what I expect from a pilsner, exactly what I want to drink in the summertime.

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass. Enjoy by September 13, 2011.

A: Pours a very solid straw color with a nice bubbly bone white head that has some very nice retention.

S: Some nice corned barley with a light spiced hop note.

T: Nicely hopped up at the forefront and that taste lasts throughout the mouth. There is some bitterness thrown in there as well and there is a nice balanced malt throughout.

M: Very crisp and refreshing with a nice light body. Light to medium carbonation. Nice solid tingle on the palate of the hops.

O: I loved this pilsener. So much taste and so refreshing. I want more.

Photo of bpw28
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Three finger soap bubble bleach white head, light gold (about a 4 SRM), very nice lacing, tons of carb.

Smell: Light malt, fruity, floral.

Taste: Light malt, big floral, spicy, sage, basil. Beautiful body for a pils. Good carb.

Final Thoughts: Simple, yet great. German style done right.

Photo of pkeigs
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smelled it and got nothing but cheddar cheese popcorn, I wonder if the line was dirty because the last time I had it in bottle I truly enjoyed it.

After getting over the cheddar cheese nose I started to really appreciate the beer, it is a nice clean pilsner. Smells like pilsner malt, noble hops. Nice and crisp

Tastes nice, very clean beer accentuating the czech Saaz and pilsner malts. Not very complex but I love it as a nice session-able lager.

Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Crisp earthy finish.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mild pour produces a two-finger pillow of white foam on top of the golden yellow liquid. Head settles to a nice cap, showing some nice lacing.

S - Solid pale malts. Some herbal, piney hops float up to the nose.

T - Very well balanced. Starts of with the sweet biscuit malt, then finishes with a crisp, resinous hops bite.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Coats the palate very well.

O/D - Highly satisfied with this brew. Really hits the spot with the thermometer pushing 90. No problem having a few these in a row.

Photo of jneiswender
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in victory pub in downington. On draft. Cool in tall pint glass.
A. Clear gold body and a pretty white cap head.

S. Floral; metallic but clean

T. Grain...sweet but quite hoppy

M. Light somewhat dry

D. Very good. Probably the best you will get this side of the Atlantic.

Photo of doughanson78
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. My first Pilsener. Enjoy by Oct. 16th 2011.

A: Light golden/yellow. Super clear. One finger clean white head, with good retention and awesome lacing. Some bigger bubbles in the head.

S: Lightly fruity aroma. Floral hops, like a nice shampoo. Some lemon and a very light wine aroma. Also a yeasty quality.

T: A lite clove flavor with floral hops coming through. Some herbal/grassy notes. Maybe a very light touch of coriander. Light lemon. A very mild apricot flavor in the finish.

M: Light bodied, goes along with the crisp refreshing taste. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A nice refreshing beer. Will have to give some others a shot to have something to compare to. Great for summer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and zesty herbal hops. Taste is of sweet grains and a astringent bitter herbal and citrus zest hop kick. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsner with a very fresh taste that is very refreshing.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear yellow from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Little white head that dissipates into a thin lace. Drink by date of May 21st. (oops, guess I should have checked before I bought it, but I was in San Diego and just excited to see some stuff I can't get back home) Very floral hop aroma with just a touch of citrus and I am picking up just a touch a sulfurous aroma as well although not enough to be off putting. This is like a classic German Pilsner aroma, but beefed up a bit. Clean floral hoppiness on the palate with a decent malt backbone. Again I get just a touch of sulphur on the palate, maybe it wouldn't be there if the beer were fresher? Not sure. Anyway, I do like this beer quite a bit. Not exactly true to style, as others have said, but definitely a hop lover's pilsner.

Photo of Wamesit
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden straw with a thin white head that gives way to slight but interesting lacing.

S - Aroma is akin to white wine within a hops construct. Fruity and perfumey and yet with potent citrus (lemon) and herbal hops. One of the best smelling beers I am have come across.

T - Herbal hop oil right off the bat. The hops presence is bold for the style but it works--and then some. Hops bitterness plays with the citrus zest and they fade into a lasting spicy (and very dry) finish. The near white wine sweetness has a harder time remain present in the flavor as opposed to the aroma but it is still there. Smooth and refreshing wheaty malt sweetness lingers throughout, giving this hop heavy take of the style proper balance.

M - Medium. Lush for the style (as it the taste.)

O - A hop-heavy pilsner that is as refreshing as it is dry. Unreal.

Photo of Smokehouse2012
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Golden crystal color with a nice head and decent lacing.

S: Yeasty yet hoppy with a slight hint of fruit.

T: Very well rounded. Starts off pretty crisp, then the hop flavoring takes over yet its not overpowering, a slight fruit flavor kind of makes the contrast and has an excellent finish.

O: Great take on the German style pilsner. Great for summer outings if you want a beer with a decently balanced body and great refreshing taste. The noble hop flavor sold me right on the spot.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a white 1/4' head. Lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Biscuit and hops dominate the nose. Minor notes of sweet apricot present as well.

T: Biscuity malts hit the tongue at the onset followed by some slight hop bitterness. Some sweetness from light apricot enters towards the finish followed by some hop bitterness at the end.

M: Light bodied and very refreshing with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsener. It is light and refreshing with complexity of flavor and perfect hop presence.

Photo of SickGnar
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden straw with tough of chill haze. Okay size head with fair retention and pretty good lace. Not fancy or outlandish, but spot on.

S: Nice firm noble hop aroma – grassy, floral, herbal, and softly spicey. Doughy malts in the background with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: Rather hoppy and bitter for a Pils. Opens grassy and herbal with a fair bit of spice and quite a bite. There is briefly a splash of mildly sweet doughy malts. In the middle hops transition to spicey, earthy, and strongly bitter. A clean, scraping, cleansing bitter. Only well into the finish do some resin and hop oils come out. There is also a hint of lemon throughout and a slight astringency poking though.

M: Enough body to let you know there are some malts here. Despite the slightly narrow and thin taste this appears to be a frogs hair over medium body with CO2 pretty well matched. Start semi-dry and goes to quite dry. A bit palate cleansing. A touch astringent and even puckering.

D: More like, “A bold pilsener beer.” Very firmly bitter & hoppy. Almost unbalanced. More of a challenge to the palate than I usually think of for a Pilsner. May be pushing boundries a bit, but at least in ain’t no macro swill.

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bomber up at Wegman's poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is golden and the clarity is lightly hazed with a moderately fast paced rise of bubbles. The head is 1/2 inches of rocky snow and lace clings in spots in a wave pattern. The smell is musty and mineral from the yeast with a pils malt scent and the German origin is apparent in both hops and yeast with slight grassy vegetal and herbal aromas from the hops. The malt and hops with the yeast delivers a mild sweet scent which compliments the earthy elements well. I get a bit of grass, probably because it is so fresh, but mild grainy feel with high carbonation and spicy, peppery middle and mild sweet tinges throughout. The light grainy texture in there with a pretty resinous hop texture and highly dry semi-bitter finish.

The tast is light toasted pils malt with a mild floral hop flavor and some spicy grassy tastes that aren't harsh, yet still gives the impression that this pils is highly hop flavored with a very mild yeast mineral quality and light pilsner malt sweetness. The finish is dry and spicy with a nice yeasty tinge. I think this is a great American take on the German Pils style, with a pretty hop forward taste, yet it is still within range to be considered traditional influenced with nice noble hop character and high drinkability.

Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a small-bubbled, one inch head atop a pale golden beer. Minimal effervescence. Well above average lacing and head retention for the style.

S- Muted lemon zest in the nose. "Grassy."

T- Clean, citrus hop...more of the lemons. hint of bread. This wins!

M- Crisp with good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- A refreshing pilsner but with much more hops than normal. Was saving this for an outdoor romp this summer but now it's too damn hot for that. A real winner from Victory. Give this to your neighbor who likes the BMC stuff.

Photo of sleestak4life
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft @ Redcoat Tavern. Pours a pale straw yellow with a scummy white head with surprising lacing. Aroma is grassy with light citrus and flowery hops. Initial sweetness yields to significant bitterness and a long grain finish. Getting along extraordinarily well with my burger. Lovely.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.