1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,135 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,135
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 145
Gots: 228 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,135 | Reviews: 1,964 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerTrader


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams beer tasting glass.

A - honey golden slightly hazy color with a nice 1 finger creamy white head. Good carbonation continues to flow to the top even after several minutes as you drink through the glass.

S - Citrus hops in the nose followed by some nice biscuit malt aroma. Very nice.

T - Initially very hop forward, pleasant bitterness and hop flavor but also very well balanced with pils malt sweetness. Very niice.

M - light, not quite medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Very enjoyable on the pallet and in the senses.

Overall, very excellent pils for those that like a more assertive hoppiness. Would pair well with spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:53:20 | More by BeerTrader
Photo of t8000shx

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle to a 16oz tumbler, at appropriate serving temp for a pils.

Appearance - Looks like a glass of honey. To test this, I poured some honey into a shot glass. The beer genuinely looks like a glass of honey, just a touch more pale. Just what a pilsner should look like.

Smell - Honey (it was actually the aroma that inspired me to bust out my Honey Bear). Not much of a hint at the hops in the flavor profile, interestingly. A little grassiness, barnyard smell, but only slightly.

Taste - Some good hops and mild malty sweetness hit quickly, but don't hang out long. They give way to a dry, crisp middle and finish with some residual bitterness from the hops closing down the party, lingering longer than I'd expect. Finally, after I thought the night was over, I noticed some minerally after taste on the back of my palette. It's ok, feel free to hang around. I liked it.

Mouthfeel - The perfect weight for the style. Not in the least bit sticky or chewy, lively small-bubbled carbonation, slides across the tongue and sneaks down your throat, which leads us to...

Drinkability - Get out of town. Get right the F out of town. On a summer day, hell, on a fall morning at 2:30am, such as right now, I could probably toss back a good half dozen of these bad boys. It's one of my very top session beers. Won't fill you up, never let's you down... or something along those lines. Great flavor, great thirst quenching, reasonable price, excellent accessibility.

In case you're not getting it, I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 07:41:03 | More by t8000shx
Photo of Clause80


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

I love this beer. This is not your traditional pilsner. Victory loves their hops and it shows in this hoppy bitter pilsner. Its crisp clean with a distinctive hops taste and aroma. I typically drink IPAs, but because of the IBU count of this beer it is as good as a lot of IPAs. This beer also washes nicely from your palate and doesn't leave a lingering after taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:00:38 | More by Clause80
Photo of Cadyfatcat

New York

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The high level of hop flavor and bittering in this beer is uncharacteristic of a German pilsner. If anything I would say it is like a normal IPA (not any double IPA or anything like that mind you) in terms of hop characteristics, but with the body and malt profile of a pilsner.

This is a great concept - many times, often in the summer, I will be swilling down a cool, crisp, and drinkable pilsner, but yearn for something more with which my taste buds can play. Yes the concept is spot on for me, but the execution is a little bit off. This beer leaves an unpleasant bitterness in the mouth due to the weak malt profile holding up such a strong hop character. This is not conducive to drinking more than one or two at a time; pilsner's can be drunk by the gallon. I think the hops should be toned down a little and perhaps weighted more in the aromatic/flavor department rather than bittering.

I am being very critical - yes, but this is a good beer, and an interesting one for it's foray into previously uncharted territory for a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:16:41 | More by Cadyfatcat
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, creamy white head that slowly dissipated down to a full 2-fingers, where it stayed for the duration of drinking. Fair lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is light yellow and clear, with a slight touch of haziness.

S: Bit of cooked corn, but very minor compared to so many other pilseners. Fruitiness comes through the most... lemon, apples, and others.

T: An extremely refreshing, fruity taste that finishes with a nice, crisp bitterness. Just awesome.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: Without a doubt the best pilsener I've had yet... and I don't know if I'll ever have a better one.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 19:33:52 | More by berley31
Photo of Flightoficarus


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

Serving type - 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a familiar pale, golden straw-like color. For a lager, this has a surprisingly cloudy appearance. Interesting, this looks good. A quickly dissipating head gives way to nice lacing.

S - A nice, piney/lemon hop scent, with a grainy, caramel malt background. This reminds me more of an American pale ale than a pilsner, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

T - Not what I was expecting for a pilsner, but it is good, and very refreshing. A malty forefront is quickly greeted with assertive hops (for this style of beer anyway). Bitter, dry aftertaste leaves you wanting more. This reminds me more like an APA in taste.

M - A bit on the medium bodied side for this style. Not that that's a bad thing though! This is a lager with some more depth and character.

D - Highly sessionable. Each sip leaves you wanting more, and it's quite refreshing. A great choice for summer drinking.

Overall - A very American take on the European Pilsner style, at least to me. If you like lagers, and hoppier pale ales, you'll love this one. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 08:26:15 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of Stigs


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - pour yields two fingers of soft bubbly head like a cloud floatig in the glass. clings nicely to the sides. beer is a super pale gold color, almost like a wheat. this just looks refreshing.

S - kind of a nice spicey grassiness, with some citrus/lemoney undertones. hop bitterness finds its place more and more as it warms.

T - more of the tangy grassiness, but spiced up. bitterness of hops but nothing floral, more piney than anything. a nice honey-like sweetness carries throughout the sip. really unique and insanely refreshing.

M - so crisp, just livens up the tongue. the spiciness really brings all the flavors alive, showcasing them one by one. perfectly carbonated and refreshing.

D - give me more. probably my ultimate summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 23:27:27 | More by Stigs
Photo of alcstradamus


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw pour with a full finger of head that camps out for quite a while. Smell is lemon zest, straw, clove, and bits of spicy and citrus hops. Bold for the style, and quite pleasant.

Taste is a bit more grainy and earthy that the nose would have indicated. I'm not able to pick out the particular styles of hops, but definitely recognize them as being German. Very grassy and herbal, some faint clove-like flavors still present, very subtle but flavorful.

The mouthfeel is quite good for the style. The carbonation levels are high but they are so soft it actually makes the beer feel nearly full bodied, even though it is probably much closer to medium-light. Probably the best mouthfeel I've felt on a beer this low in ABV.

Definitely a great session beer, very well crafted

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 16:27:01 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of ledemie

New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am re- reviewing this beer because, I think I was drinking to warm, and god it WAS a bitter one, any way I am just done with the 6 pack and I have to say it is a good beer.

A: Pours a surprisingly nice green/yellowish yes I said green. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.

S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops.

T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style.

M: Light. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsner should be.

D:a good beers, a good craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 14:57:27 | More by ledemie
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy yellow gold color, with a nice two-finger fluffy white head that slowly recedes. A few streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell is of citrus and hops. Maybe a hint of malts, its doesn't seam to be particularly strong.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus, almost like grapefruit. A fairly good amount of spicy hops leaving a pleasant bitterness on the palette.

Mouthfeel is is light bodied with plenty of nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Its very smooth and goes down easy leaving a nice little bite on the tongue. I could definitely put this on my list as a nice session beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 15:26:50 | More by MrStark
Photo of witster18


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the best surprise of my mixer....

had a starr stout.... overrated(how'd it win at TGABF)
had some usuals... St peter porter... old #38... some others

but this pils was the diamond in the rough
Great Beer!
Fantastic fresh Hop pines combine with earthiness and citrus. Not dry at all, in fact, it's mouth-watering goodness.

Definately stopping for a complete sixer on the way home.... very hard to find a good pils or lager in Chattanooga.... I guess you just have to stick with the staple(lowenbrau) or this nice upgrade for the same price... this is like Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Light in terms of taste... excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 16:49:19 | More by witster18
Photo of Risser09


4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden yellow color with a slight haze. Streams of carbonation make their was to the surface, introducing themselves to the 2", white, bready head. It shows great retention and lots of spongy lace with swiss cheese lace.

Smell: A perfume of German malt that is pale and sugary sweet. Mild hop aroma displays lemon, grass and orange. Subtle biscuit aroma underlies.

Taste: A smooth, sensual flavor profile consists of those great German pale malts and a balancing bitter aftertaste. Biscuits, bread, lemon, orange and shortbread all make a buttery flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth to quaff and bitter resins dry out the finish to make you go back for more. This is about as pleasant as a beer can be in the mouth and throat. Some carbonation, some alcohol, and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: About as high as a beer can be. This is a sessionable beer that is tremendously balanced and adheres to stylistic guidelines. An example of what a German pilsner should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 19:48:43 | More by Risser09
Photo of mnrider


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. Flute glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Very tiny bubbles glide to the top. Head turns into nothing much and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Smells like flowers and water.

T/M: Smooth going down and ends with a strong hop bite. I taste and feel many things here. Medium bodied. The hops are a little spicy, flower like and plentiful. The typical Pilsner malts are faint but noticeable.

D: This is one flavorful pilsner. Not too bitter, definitely the most hopy one i've ever had. I'm used to the lighter more bitter Pilsner. I will be having this one again, I'm sure.


Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:39:39 | More by mnrider
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man NY served in a pint glass.

A: Fine white 1 finger head with outstanding retention. Brew itself is light orange/yellow. Lacing is magnificent for a beer with such light body... its almost frothy in appearance.

S: Nose is fresh citrus, grass, and pine with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Begins with light hops and transitions towards the middle into a fresh citrus. Finish is bitter... not hop bitter, but a lingering, biting bitterness.

M: Light bodied and coarse. Finishes clean but bitter aftertaste really sticks in the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable but the aftertaste again really kills this beer. It builds and builds but never seems to fade and makes each subsequent sip more and more intensly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 00:50:25 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle. Pours a very golden yellow colour. Very tasty and easy to drink. I could drink 37 of these and not feel a buzz. Solid brew overall, definately the best pilsner I have ever had. Then again I am stuck with canadian pilsners who upset me greatly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:58:25 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy gold into a pilsner glass, with great carbonation, three fingers of white head, and great lacing. The smell was decidedly floral/herbal Noble hops, with a dry bitter crispness to it. The flavor additionally yielded hints of malt, biscuit, and lemon, with a super-crisp dry finish. The feel was superb; light and carbonated. An amazingly sessionable brew, but since I've had this one, I've tried Victory's Braumeister Pils, which is even more intense and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 19:17:47 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of tniless


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice one inch head over slightly cloudy gold body. Very vibrant aroma - floral with a hint of lemon. Complex flavor and great mouthfeel. Complex flvors throughout your entire mouth. Very, very drinkable. One of the best Pils I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 03:11:11 | More by tniless
Photo of natelocc787


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as impressed as other are with this one. Lemony, grassy with bananas and other citrus notes in the aroma which was the best part to this beer. Nice color as well. Taste and mouthfeel were average or slightly above for the style. I am not a big fan of this style but I scored it compared to others of it's style. Just not much to offer in the way of flavor or mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 03:08:00 | More by natelocc787
Photo of steveshields


4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Pilsener I have ever reviewed. I am not very knowledgeable on this style, but this beer is absolutely delicious.

It pours a beautiful hazy yellow/gold and I gave it a 2.5inch head in a fake wine Reidel glass. Retains the head very well, minutes after the pour and a few sips. Lots of lace.

Smells exceptional. Honey and lemon.

Tastes great- lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Crisp, nice carbonation. The only thing I can think to compare it to is a more complex Beck's, and this is good. Very bitter. Very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation up front, syrupy finish. Not bad at all, just so bitter it leaves me wanting more.

Exceptionally drinkable. I wish it were higher ABV, but I'll definitely buy this again. Props to my borther Alex for picking this up. We are also fans of the Hop Wallop and Golden Monkey. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 06:31:27 | More by steveshields
Photo of Jayli


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed 10/2/09
This beer pours a light straw yellow with a one finger of sudsy head that retains relatively well and leaves lots of wispy lacing on the glass the entire way down. Nose is citrus - predominantly lemon, pale malts and grain. Taste is very tangy up front from the lemon influence, balanced out perfectly with a grainy, biscuity flavoring, and finish lends to a mild pale malt flavoring. Light body, high carbonation, goes down easily, crisp body, clean finish and bitter aftertaste. I can't say that I've found a pilsner that made me love the style - this one does it, and an ABV that allows you to sit with it all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:38:33 | More by Jayli
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a strange yellow, like the kind of yellow my urine looks like after taking vitamin B complex, which isn't neccesarily a bad thing. Nice frothy white cap, some nice lacing.

Smells of spicey hops, sweet grassy grains and somewhat fruity.

Hands down the best tasting Pilsener I've ever had. Grassy grains, honey, pineapple, pine needles, sourdough , but overall dominated by the spicey hops, very hoppy pils indeed.

Nice smooth, carbonated mouthfeel and a highly drinkable beer. I'll never drink another lager again other than this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 04:21:35 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of rosmhuire

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Color of your piss when you're slightly dehydrated. Nice carbonation.
S: I'm just smelling classic hops on the nose.
T: Wow - all hops. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer definitely is swinging the pendulum far right to hops. Malt is under-represented.
M: Fine. I really don't consider this an important category to me personally.
D: Very drinkable. This is smooth and going down easier than my high school girlfriend

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 01:15:28 | More by rosmhuire
Photo of bristol2120


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent pale golden, with a big, rocky head, that subsides shortly, leaving a good amount of lacing. Hops dominate the aroma, with no real trace of malt to be found. At the risk of being branded a heretic, let me just say right now that I'm not really in the camp of the hopheads. I prefer a nice balance in most styles, so bear that in mind as you read on. Taste also is dominated by hops, to me, almost to the point of distraction. Hop fans will probably enjoy this, but it left me wishing for a stronger malt presence to even things out. That said, this beer showed classic hops spiciness/bitterness that some others would probably quite enjoy. Good, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation for a decent level of drinkability. While I certainly didn't dislike this beer, IMHO, it lacks the balance to be a top representative of the style, in fact, reminding me somewhat of an IPA> That said, those with more of a fondness for hops would probably enjoy this beer immensely, and I think this conclusion is certainly borne out by several other reviewers.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 00:18:27 | More by bristol2120
Photo of throwthechaff


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will be the first one to say that the pilsener is not one of my favorite styles of beers but this one totally turned me around. This light bodied light golden color brew is a very drinkable beer with a very good German malt finish. I would totally recommend this to anyone who is curious about the style and would like to try a good one. I am glad my curiosity and hope for the style led me to this one because this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 04:11:58 | More by throwthechaff
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

Glad to finally see this on shelves in Alaska.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a nice stark white head that retains for a little while and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is about as authentic as it gets. Euro hops play a big role and that typical almost grassy german pilsner nose.

Wow. An excellent pilsner. Hoppier than most, but i like that about it. Pretty much on the nose as far as the style goes for taste. Grassy lager and grain flavors with an ample dosing of european hops. A good dryness on the finish and spicy hops linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ideal. Slightly high carbonation is perfect, but this one is just a tiny tad more viscous than i would like.

Drinkability is top notch. Abv doesn't play any factor at all, and the extra hops in this one make me want to slam it all day.

Overall an excellent example of the style and one i will surely be revisiting (probably tomorrow, since this sixer is going down!) One of the better examples of a german pils made in the united states for sure. An excellent refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:55:48 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,135 ratings.