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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,698
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 192
Gots: 495 | 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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Ratings: 4,698 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of fox227
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours cloudy yellow with an impressive three fingered white foamy head, follows with excellent retention, kept during the whole duration of drinking the 22oz bottle, and with nice lacing.

S: Freshly poured beer smells of lemon rind, some sweet malt, and some herbal spiciness.

T: First thing I notice is citrus/lemon forward hops up front, and just barely a hint of sweet caramel, perhaps a bit of pine, some honey, and some general herbal spicy notes.

M: Not just a nice hop numbing, and the expected high carbonation that comes with the style, but an elegant creaminess that coats the tongue.

O: This is a very well crafted Pilsner from an American craft brewery. It's as drinkable as any, but never sacrifices on flavor that you get with lesser, macro versions.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a nicely clear light straw color with a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of pure white head that is very frothy and lingers nicely, leaves a minimal amount of lacing on the glass
S: scent notes of lemon and grass, nice bright scent for the style
T: now the taste, the taste is where this beer takes the cake, lemony in the beginning then moves into a great earthy note with plenty of hops, leaves a lingering earthy taste on the palate
M: intense carbonation in the beginning and the middle, leaves a lingering dryness on the palate
O: ive heard so much about how great this beer is and i couldn't figure it out until the taste, smell was good not great as was the appearance but that taste blew me away, so complex and crisp for the style, just really extraordinary

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/04/11 notes. Had this on tap last night at the American Tap Room in Clarendon, VA, though I've had it several times before.

a - Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with one finger of frothy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, bready malts, and light sweet fruit. Nice, but not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of grain, wheat, biscuit, bready malts, floral and earthy notes. Lightly sweet again, not bad.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice, above average pilsener, thought not my favorite pilsener or Victory beer. The floral and sweet notes and help it a lot, and it is very easy to drink. Would have it again and a good springtime beer.

Photo of modernartblues
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Notes, Consumed 06.22.11

Appearance: bright golden yellow, stream of bubbles, fluffy white head, bits of lacing throughout

Smell: hoppy, perhaps the hoppiest pilsner nose I have ever experied....touches of biscuity malt break through as well

Taste: perfect pilsner in my mind, big hop presence is balanced out by light malt presence in the body....

Mouthfeel: springs across the palate everytime

Overall: you will find Prima Pils in the dictionary next to drinkability, my favorite beer to session, love it

Photo of jsprain1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear medium golden with a one finger white head. Decent retention and a touch of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet with a deep earthyness. Just a light buttery note.
T- Initially its sweet and grainy but it becomes more and more earthy throughout the sip. Finish is both sweet and earthy. Fairly clean otherwise.
M- Light-medium body. Light carbonation.
O- A simple easy drinking pilsner and one of my favorite pilsners. just all around a tasty beer.

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and sticky white head into a pilsener glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bubbly, straw gold.
s - lemon, grass, bready yeast, with a hint of spice.
t - same as above. just delicious.
m - medium thickness.
o - want more now! this is as good a pilsener as i've ever head.

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

A-goldenyellow color with a white fine lacey head

S-malty and citrusy and yeasty bread with hints of hops

T-citrus and malt flvor with a nice hop kick and excellent overall balance of flavor.

F-crisp, clean classic pilsener with light to medium body and moderate carbonation

O-a very nice drinking pilsener

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows spicy hops in abundance, with some soft green apple and grape notes in the background. Also noticeable phenols along with bready malt.
More bready malt as a flavour, also some spicy hops and piney notes. Finishes with a pretty assertive bitterness.
Nice moderately-light body, could use more carbonation though.

Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Fridge on opening day into a Prima Pils glass.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a big pillowy two finger tall white head leaving light steaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready pils malts, spicy hops, lemon rind, and some damp earth. This one is classic pils all the way.

T - Starts off with a big chewy pils malt kick that lingers throughout each sip. Hints of spicy hops and zesty lemon help keep things balanced. The finish is fairly chewy with a slight hop bite, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Clean, chewy, feel that helps to keep this ones drinkability high.

O - I could, and have, drank this all day. Between the low ABV and the simple flavors it is extremely drinkable. It remains one of my go to beers when I am at a place with questionable beer selection.

Photo of donovanneb
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you aren't a pilsner drinker or have gone away from the fizzy yellow beers, don't let this one slips through your fingers.

Look and feel is definitely one of a German Pilsner. The taste is very smooth, creamy and balanced. There aren’t any off-putting notes like stinkiness or bitterness. Very subtle flavors keep coming out through the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, doesn’t leave you wanting more. Definitely something you should experience to see what a true pilsner should taste like.

Photo of tony223366
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from my beer journal:

Reviewed in early May 2011 out of my Deschutes Pilsner Glass

A: Really bright golden color. Very clear with a nice head. Lots of lacing too.

S: Smells sweet and malty with a surprising shot of hops. Loved it!

T: A very sweet malt beginning that lead to a big hop flavor that I enjoyed.

M: Light to medium body with a lot of carbonation

O: Not my favorite style at first, however this beer was good. I can definitely appreciate what they were trying to do here.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass:

A- Light yellow (like most pilsners) with about half an inch head

S- Smells of pilsner malt with a very citrusy aroma coming from the hops. Wheat and grain are also present in the aroma

T- Definitely a lot hoppier then expected. Hop character is similar to that of an APA. Pilsner malt is present, and with the hops, it makes for a very balanced and excellent flavor.

M- Smoothish. Very carbonated, but works very well with the style

O- Finally a pilsner that I enjoy!

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with a lasting white head.

Aroma is as expected for style, if a bit hoppier. Taste follows aroma but is even more hoppy, especially in the finish. Long lasting and moderately bitter hop finish and after-taste. Hints of sweet malts.

Nice medium, light body with medium, high carbonation imparting a crisp feel. Semi-dry finish.

O - a pils for hop-heads; this one is more hoppy than most pale ales.

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

A little late on posting this because it was reviewed with pen and paper and forgotten about. Thank you yet again Tom! Yet another brew I was ever so happy and excited to try!

Appearance - Poured into a regular pint glass, this beer has a nice 1 finger high foamy head that fades to a thin film after a little while, and a color of slightly hazy light straw. Lace is moderate.

Smell - Smell is very grainy, hay and wheat, light malt/caramel malt, sweet, a bit bready, with a nice presence of what I assume are noble hops. The hop aromas are present but not over the top and are very lemon citrus, floral, herbal, and maybe a bit of spice as well. Really enjoy this aroma.

Taste - Follows the smell pretty closely. Citrus, floral, herbal hops, and a bit of spice jump out from the start. Hoppier than most pilsners, but not overpowering. Just the right presence. Malt backbone is light but nicely done, with grainyness/hay and wheat, & caramel sweetness The hops are more center stage in this beer. And rightly so, they're done well, but not overdone. Gotta love a hoppier pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Mouth is really light, crisp, and refreshing. Consistency is crisp, carbonation is light, body is light, and finish is clean and smooth.

Overall - I would consider this among some of my preferred session beers. This is also pretty high up on my list of favorite pilsners. Very well done, Victory!

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

Victory Pils available at the Boulevard in J'Town, PA. The beer's appearance is clear golden color with decent white head and carbonation which led to a good lace. The smell was typical of hay, barley and hint of hop. The flavor is dry strong presence of saaz hops. Mouthfeel is very good...there is enough flavor to keep the beer interesting and tasty. Great for sessioning. Overall it is a very good pilsner.

Photo of BBP
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a white gold color with slight, but withstanding head. The color was especially gorgeous during the pour, as it almost looked like it sparkled. Perhaps the effect of the first beer after a long night of work.

Slight amounts of hops and slight amounts of skunk were the first prevalent aromas I detected. Slightly grassy with a bit of bready malt.

The taste definitely surpasses near every pilsner I've ever had. It almost tastes like a hoppy pale ale, but it's classified otherwise. To give an idea of the hoppiness, it's somewhere between an EIPA and an AIPA. The taste is mildly zesty, and the hops are leaning slightly towards pine with some citrus. It has a good share of grassiness as well.

The body is a tad thin for the style, but carbonation covers it up pretty well. The finish has only the slightest dryness and overall the mouthfeel is quite unintrusive.

The drinkability of this is exceptional. Reviewing the one single I got was definitely tricky since it was disappearing before my eyes. It goes down like a very light beer, but packs the punch of something bigger. At 5.3%, it tastes like a 6%.

Highly recommended.

Photo of JDM02370
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a hoppy enough taste that one might confuse it with an india pale ale. Ignoring that aspect, the quality and flavor are top-notch and it is hard to think of a better variety that is on the market. The problem is that it appears to be one of several newer twists on the tradition of brews that originate in the Czech crown lands of Bohemia: it attempts to redefine pilsner by marrying it to something characterized by an abundance of hops.

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

Pours a solid yellow. Decent head and lacing.

Smell is standard noble aromas. Grassy, citrussy. Malt aromas also coming through.

Taste is similar with more citrus than grass. Solid and mounting bitterness with a slight sweetness behind it.

Low-medium body with very high carb.

Definitely an enjoyable pilsener. If it was available at a similar price point to Noble Pils, I'd probably opt for it because of the bittering hops. Unfortunately, it's rather overpriced in Australia for what it is.

Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dirty Truth

This is a consistently awesome American hoppy pilsner.
Super clear and crisp gold beer, so drinkable for such a hoppy beer. Not much pilsner yeast taste on this one but more carbonation for you average pils.
The Prima has a full body but not too much - leaves the mouth well hopped

Photo of rinhaak
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a very pale yellow, fairly clear, but a tad cloudy. A small head quickly fades.

Nose is wonderful. Lots of hops, hay, wheat, very bright. Hints of German lager yeasts with a little tinge of rust.

The taste is fresh and pleasant. Easily the hoppiest pilsener I've ever had, but it's a perfect blend between an American Ale and German Lager. A little bit of grapefruit, especially in the finish which is pleasantly bitter.

This is not a complex beer, but it is refreshing and wonderfully unique. I am admittedly not generally a huge fan of the pilsener, but this beer ranks among my favorite summer session beers.


Photo of soju6
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden color, with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fresh grain and hint of sweetness.

T: Taste of citrus, trace of spice, and mild grain sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing. Excellent balance.

T: This is right up there at the head of the class for this style. Another gem from a six-pack mixer.

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

A - Light golden and cloudy. Luscious creamy white head followed by big drools of lace.

S - Grass and floral aromas. Spice and grain also.

T - Pine, orange and banana. A mild floral bitterness balanced by a lingering sweet malt profile.

M - Slightly acidic, moderate in body and carbonation.

O - Big and bold for a pilsner. An excellent easy drinker.

Photo of spicelab
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355mL bottle thanks to Lukie.

Honey straw, clear and vibrant. Huge rocky white head that leaves behind a solid lattice. Rapid bead.

Pretty hoppy, with candied grapefruit, tangerine and some mild grassy notes. Floral honey melds with the mild lagery grain character that I can never describe. Banana becomes increasingly prominent as it warms.

Taste starts very clean, before delivering a spicy, bitter blast of citrus pith and garden waste, which is tempered somewhat by a light caramel and boiled candy sweetness.

Light and benign, but with surprising length courtesy of the lingering Saaz bitterness.

Well constructed and with definite charisma. Personally I find the Saaz-fest just a bit domineering by the end.

Photo of iSip
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils: I usually stick with Colorado breweries. Given that I have Odell’s, Great Divide, Breckenridge, and New Belgium to choose from, just to name a few, I will be hard pressed to sample all of their offerings in any reasonable time period, but it will be fun! So it was a 12 pack of three different Victory beers on a good sale that tempted me to go outside of Colorado. The Prima Pils pours with a clear sunshine yellow body and white even head. The head lasts, but does not lace. The aroma lets you know that some bitter is coming, and it does. While there is an underlying carpet of sweet malt, it is piled high with a dry bitter flavor, from start to finish. I did like this beer; it goes down well and has a balance to it. Better with food than for sipping alone.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a bottle of Prima Pils that didn’t expire six months ago! I was so happy that I found this on the shelves of my local bottle shop – I’ve heard a lot about it, but was never able to find it in its prime. Fortunately, this one still has a few weeks before it “goes bad.” Here’s to fresh beer!

A: Hazy, pale yellow body – seriously, I can’t even see through it. Chill haze or normal color, it doesn’t look very appetizing. The head is very nice, though – it’s white, foamy, and very sticky. Lots of lacing is what I like to see from a beer like this, and it’s exactly what I’m getting.

S: Oh wow, that’s much more German than I was expecting! I was anticipating a hopped-up American-style pils, but this has some glorious European scents. Banana esters are very big, with a mineral water scent beneath. It’s an aroma combination I almost though wasn’t possible from a US brewery. There’s a ton of fruity sugar, too, accompanied by a faint wheat husk hint and light, earthy hops. Excellent, excellent nose.

T: Starts out with a big kick of lemon tang and mineral water: sharp, earthy tastes. The hop profile is very enthusiastic for the style, coming in with a huge, bitter grassiness. German yeasts prop up the palate in a mostly doughy manner, as the taste moves towards the finish. Lemon zest and a dry wheat leave lingering effects on the tongue, which is surprising for such a low-ABV brew. This is one delicious beer.

M: Smooth, superbly drinkable. I could sip this all day, or gulp it down.

O: What a great pilsner! Now I know why it’s so esteemed by beer lovers. Victory has the right idea here – European flavor with a uniquely American element. This is my new favorite session beer.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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