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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,960
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 140
Gots: 208 | 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 champ103


3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a surprisingly hazy yellow. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops. A grain and cereal malt aroma.
T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style. Grapefruit, pine, grassy. Light malt, cereal, and grain for balance.
M/D: Light and watery. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsener should be. Though one is enough for me.

Not a bad beer at all, just not my favorite Pils. It is not one of those that I want to drink one after another. Which is what I pretty much judge the style by.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 03:04:21 | More by champ103
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reviewing two disappointing wheat beers this is more than a pleasant surprise. This is a god-send, as in mana from heaven, as in a miracle, as in better than water into wine. If your looking for a Pils style maybe you are going to say 'This ain't a Pils', however it's one f'n great beer. It's like a northern forest with a fresh pure stream running through it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 20:08:32 | More by shamus
Photo of GordonQuid


3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Chill haze straw with a fluffy two inch white head and ample lace.
Smells of fuggles; earthy and grassy with a hint of pilsner malts.
Taste is crisp pilsner malt nicely blended with cascade and fuggle hop. Has a nice clean and dry finish.
THis is by far a good easy to drink pilsner. Another winner by the folks at Victory.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 14:26:24 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A light Straw yellow, very clear. The head starts off as a finger or so then falls to just about nothing. A bit of lacing in the glass.

S- As far as a pilsner goes, this is the best so far. It has a fair amount of noble hop character to the nose. Its has a slight pine smell then a good spicey hop finish. There is a pilsner malt backbone behind the smell.

T- There is a very good hop presence up front, quite tasty once the sweet pilsner malt takes over. Then there is just enough bittering hops on the back end to have a very good dry finish.

M- Light body, lots of carbonation.

O- This is an awesome pilsner. The Hops are not overwhelming by any means to the pilsner malt. Very pleasing taste. Will by again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:52:08 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


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

A - Slightly cloudy straw yellow with a fizzy head. Bubbles away to leave some lacing.

S - Bitter floral and lemony aroma. Nice aroma, some latent lagerish yeast/malt on the back.

T/M - This is where it loses me. There is a huge grassy lemon-rind punch that fades into a very light malt background. Just really unbalanced to me. Great hop flavor, but there is absolutely nothing behind it. Maybe it's the style, but I just can't find anything to balance out the hops. Mouthfeel is nice, juicy and not sticky.

D - Low alcohol, but the bitterness builds on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:34:36 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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Yukon (Canada)

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

Pours a pale straw yellow, clear, with a moussy thick head. Good lacing

The nose is restrained, grassy, hoppy, citrusy, and some light spices.

The flavour of this beer is really where it shines. The hops are spicey and dry, not a lot of the citrus or grapefruit that I'm used to from so many IPAs. The malt is balanced well and the overall impression is a great balance.

Good body to this beer, and the carbonation is sharp. The drinkability is very high for myself

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 14:06:12 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of lstokes


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

Best pilsner out there? I don't like pilsners as a rule (they're like IPAs with muzzles!) but this made me understand the style.

Golden with a fluffy full head, nose of soft citrus hops and a bit of grass. The taste is pretty awesome--medium body and carbonation supporting bold lemon and spiced floral hops and a full malt profile. Finishes with a nice bitter zing, very sessionable.

Victory blows by the competition once again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 04:55:07 | More by lstokes
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New Jersey

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

Pours a golden yellow color with cap of dense white froth, decent retention and minimal lacing. Scent is clean and fresh with notes of grassy, lightly lemony, faintly spicy hops blended with fresh dried grainy pils malts. Taste follows suit, highly hopped for the style, but those notes don't interfere with the fact this is a very solid pilsner. Medium bodied, fairly full for the style, lightly buttery on the palate, finishes dry. One of the best American pilsners out there.

Note: Recently revisited for a formal review after many casual samplings. My palate has advanced where I can appreciate the subtle notes a bit more. Other pilsners like Sam Adams Noble Pils have out hopped this beer, but this is still fantastic. Score adjusted upwards accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 21:11:45 | More by rfgetz
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation 12 oz bottle poured into a fluted pilsner.

Appearance: Pours with a 3 finger width fluffy white-head. Clear golden yellow in color. Appears not to be overly carbonated. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with a herbal & citrusy-lemon zest. You might even say a blend of every citrus fruit. If you can get past the hops you may smell a very pale malt.

Taste: Brings forth the citrusy hops on the first sip and follows through on sips after with a fine blend of pale malt and citrus fruit. A really herbal and citrus blend of hops. Fantastic hoppy after taste

Mouthfeel: Less carbonated then you would expect. Most of the dryness comes from the hops. Does have a higher hop bitterness. But overall a crisp clean brew.

Drinkability: I'm no pils expert. Infact I'm lager-phobic, but this one had more flavor then I would ever expect. Its a bit like an american pale ale but with that lager crispness. Can't say if this is dead on for the style but, a clean hoppy brew for when you get tired of those Pale ales. Because its so clean and hoppy this is a super sessionable beer. Your mouth may end up a bit dry but you'll love every bit of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 23:28:25 | More by MaxBrews
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellowish gold, 2 finger head

Smell: almost lemony citrus, its also pretty sweet, but its kind of faint

Taste: it has a soft bitterness followed by your creamier citrus with some floral qualities

Mouthfeel: its light, still softly bitter, not too bad of an aftertaste. After a while you kinda get the aftertaste of cheddar cheese in your mouth (not necessarily a bad thing)

Drinkability: Not much to say about this, its light, citrusy, and bitter, if you're a fan of those qualities you'll be all over this one. I like beers that have a little more malty flavor which this doesn't provide, but its not bad. It'd be good with a lighter but spicy meal and maybe cheddar cheese.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:55:51 | More by mikel52588
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale bright gold with a thin white head that leaves behind a few rings.

Smell: Some grain with a hint of honey and lemony citrus that binds it all together.

Taste: Lightly toasted hops, somewhat grassy, basically an American version of Pilsner Urquell. Has some sweetness but is bombarded by the grassy grains and hops off the bat. The aroma is on par with the scent, nothing that creeps up and everything's spelled out.

Mouthfeel: Crisp medium bodied brew with a smooth start and a bitter finish

Drinkability: Could session no doubt about it

Overall: A lighter brew from victory not my favorite by them as a whole but in the pilsner class its a-ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:37:50 | More by craftaholic
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Newly available in Ontario. Yellow, white half finger head. Moderate carbonation, medium large bubbles, some ribbon lace. Smell of fresh cut grass, soda biscuits. Taste is bitter at the outset, malty middle, tea biscuit dry finish is a bit tart with earthy tones lingering. Quenching mouthfeel, malt presence felt. Satisfying, refreshing yet substantial. Everything you expect in a lager and more, I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 00:44:04 | More by ThatWineGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden color with a slight hazy appearance. Medium sized head which dissipates quickly, lots of lacing with great retention.

The smell is of citrus floral hops with a bread malt note as well.

Great taste, probably the best pilsener I have had to date, yummy. Floral hop taste with a small malt presence in the finish.

Higher carbonation and a thin smooth mouthfeel, very nice and refreshing.

This is quite a drinkable beer, very well done pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:29:27 | More by pmccallum86
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4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Perfectly gold. Huge cloud like head. lots of bubbles coming up through the liquid

S- Crackers. Earthy hops. Slight Citrus. Very nice

T-Firmly bitter but not over the top, just assertive. More earthy hops. Light crackery malt.

M- Fairly dry, which is good for style. medium-high carbonation. Bitterness leaves you ready for another drink.

D-Great version of a pils. Seems more like a bo pils than a N. German, but who am I to argue. This is what american lagers should taste like!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 20:29:30 | More by organicbrewer
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours palest bright gold with a thin tight white head that fades fast but rings. Big lemon sorbet and nettle nose. Stingy twig and cinnamon malts, hit of sour citrus, then tight spice on the finish. Tart and complex linger - hops last forever! Light feel but pretty sticky.

Probably the best hop finish I've had in an American take on pilsener.

2nd tasting: Hazy lemon with clingy white froth that rings, a big lemon rind nose (you could tell me it's Citra and I might believe it), gentle crackery pale malt and grassy, leafy, slightly anise hops that linger forever.

My go to beer when I can't peruse a list.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 19:24:03 | More by StJamesGate
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A- Bright yellow with a generous two in head

S- Mostly grain and honey followed by citrus hops

T- initially pretty smooth and maybe a little sweet which gives way to a bold citrus bitterness you will notice.

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation.

D- I must say I am impressed with this. I wasn't all that excited about it since they style is similar to a mass produced domestic lager, but it really has good flavor. Maybe has more flavor than Sam Adams Boston Lager. I believe I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 02:06:24 | More by Misfit138
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow color with a one finger white head. The head slowly goes down but sticks around and leaves some lacing down the glass. Smell is almost kind of grassy, don't know what else to say as I can pick up some other smells but nothing really sticks out. Taste has a bit of a lemon or zesty hint. Like the smell I'm not completely sure what else is there. It's not really bitter but it isn't too sweet either. Goes down pretty easily though. I've only had a few Pillseners before and I think it really isn't my style. I can drink it though I just don't dig it. I'm not going to rate it down because of it though. Overall it isn't bad, this one is better than some of the other Pilsners I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 20:46:06 | More by dismal
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New York

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

A little over a finger of white froth over a relatively clear light golden. Good sticky rounds of lace on the glass and a thin cap of head retains. There's a huge hop aroma out of the pour. Fresh cut grass and a bit perfumey. It's really clean on the nose. Flavors are the same. This is a really straightforward and delicious pils. Fresh cut grass, and a grainy characteristic from the malt. No steel or skunked flavors, which is nice! Crisp and medium body. I appreciate not drinking a watery pils. There's some bready malt, honey, and even lemon citrus. I'd have many of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 14:46:02 | More by washburnkid
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Clean light soft hops, malts.

Appearance: Pale gold, very clear, good white head in pilsener glass.

Taste: This is the pleasant surprise. Caramel and honey at the start but quickly followed by a hoppy bite from middle to end.

Aftertaste/mouthfeel: Full malt and hops from start to finish. Bitter hops lingering well after the finish. Finishes like a well-made pale ale. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall: Very nice. Fuller mouth and hoppier than most classic pilseners, but that's a good thing. Whether they're hop deviling or hop walloping, Victory knows how to use their hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:54:33 | More by bret27
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very light straw to white color with a thin layer of wispy head, no signs of lacing, there is a slight haze to the beer - 4.00, S: Strong sweet grain aromas, solid backing of pilsner malts, some earthy and herbal hops are also present on the nose - 4.00, T: Prima Pils has a solid hop bite for a pilsner, extremely grassy and green, grapefruit pith and dry, tastes a little grainy and there are some husk flavors - 4.25, M: A touch chewy, noticeable body - 4.25, D: Pilsners are generally not my style but this beer is a standout, hops dominate the malts, at 5.3% this is definitely on my list of best session beers and an ideal beer for a hot summer day - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 22:45:45 | More by deereless
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Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Pilsner I have ever had, bar none.

Beautiful golden colour. Aroma of floral, spicy hops. Elegantly simple taste with lingering hop bitterness. A nearly flawless beer in every respect.

Not only has Victory set the Pilsner bar for North American brewers...they've set it for the entire world.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 21:37:04 | More by vikingmike
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright gold with just a bit of head. A small amount of lacing appears with each sip. And sip I did. One glorious sip after another. Clean and full of hops. There was great joy in finding that classic pilsner taste that I love after cracking this open. The hops are potent, not over the top. The mouthfeel is crisp and tangy, balanced with a nice malt warmth. The finish is a hophead dream. The taste buds tingled with joy, allowing for a nice pause between sips to savor the flavor. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 11:01:44 | More by jbro434
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle in a pilsner glass.

Pours an awesome golden color with no head. Slightly hazy but very nice for a Pilsner. On the nose is light and hoppy, smells awesome for a pilsner.

Taste is amazing. Very smooth and hoppy. Basically it's like a Pilsner Urquell with some extra hops, really a good lager in the age of American Ales. Worth seeking out, and worth keeping a bit colder than most ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:10:22 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of WakeandBake


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden color with a small short lasting white head , small amount of lacing left . Aroma of light sweet malt and grassy floral hops , some light lemon notes. Flavor is crisp lightly skunky hops , lightly toasted sweet malt , a little spice and honey . A surprinsingly full body for the style , nice level of bitterness , crisp clean mouthfeel , medium to heavy carbonation, nice hoppy finish . Very sessionable and a good beer all around .

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 20:44:51 | More by WakeandBake
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed Prima Pils...

Pours a clear straw yellow color, maybe a bit closer to golden actually, with about two fingers of off-white head. Head settles to a thin but full lace and leaves a splash of stick here and there on the sides.

Smells of grassy, spicy hops along with some lemon zest. There's a nice, soft sweetness to the beer as well. Very nice.

Taste is boldly hoppy and very smooth. Hops are grassy and citrusy with the lemon zest that was in the nose, and some noble spice as well. There is a light sweetness that serves the beer well as the hop bitterness is quite aggressive for a pils. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Some juicy citrus sweetness is also left on the palate. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body, quite smooth yet sharp in the finish with the hop bitterness. Quite refreshing.

This is probably my favorite of the PA pils, although Troegs, Victory and Sly Fox are all outstanding as well. This one just has so much hop flavor that it's hard to beat. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:33:04 | More by number1bum
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,081 ratings.