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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 popery


4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fantastic pilsener from the United States, an all too rare feat. Prima Pils pours bright yellow with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is fresh grain and strong, sharp, spicy hops. It smells like a wet barley field with a strong whiff of lemon peel shavings and apple slices. The flavor is fairly hoppy for the style, but there's a wonderful malt presence. It's a thirst-quenching beer that doesn't cut corners. The flavors are strong and crisp. This beer doesn't quite measure up to Moonlight's Reality Czech, but I'd bet the contest would be extremely close if I was working with fresh kegs of each. In the interest of science, Moonlight and Victory should each priority ship me fresh kegs.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 03:25:09 | More by popery
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Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on August 5, 2009 in Wells, ME.

The beer is pale yellow in color, just like straw. Typical pilsner looking. The head is very nice but disappear quickly. Some haziness. The aroma is typically pilsner, malty with some cereal notes. The taste is the most intriguing. The bitterness is light. Thin body. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:30:16 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of erz316


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the East Village Tavern, Aug 19, 09. served into a conical pint glass.

A - light straw with a one finger head.good effervescence. body colour is not as light a straw as an adjunct, but certainly much lighter than usual for a craft beer. the head mantainswhat little foam it has; no lacing.

S - an incredibly spicy hop aroma, with a mid-light backing from the more exotic iterations of hop aromas: orange peel and cinnamon dominate the midground with some definite pine resin in the back ground.

T - that's a smack of hops in the mouth! quite bitter and complex. initial taste is an almost sweet hop presence, like tangy apricots; quite interesting. again, as in the nose, the hops prove to be quite dynamic: bitter grapefruit rind, pine, a whole range of flavours. there is a sweetness that sneaks in amongst all the bitter complexities, which makes the taste quite phenomenal and the high point of the initial. the finish is a piney-grapefruit. the afterstaste s a slight citric sweetness, like sweetened canned grapefruit, as with some of the malty sweetness.

MF&D - medium body, with good ample carbonation. very drinkable and delicious, especially on a hot day like this!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 00:53:24 | More by erz316
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsener glass.

A. Poured 2 finger light white head. Steady rise of bubbles from bottom of glass. Light golden color. Litte lacing. Good collar of foam.

S. Yeast, hops, dry malty smell, hint of lemon.

T. Hops are present. No easily distinguisable hop qualities. Simple clean taste.

M. Light bodied, good carbonation. Crisp clean finish.

D. Very easy to drink. A nice refreshing beer. A thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:03:14 | More by siradmiralnelson
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3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I need to preface with I'm not a big Pils guy. There are some I like and some I don't. I'm sorting them in my mind. This beer is nearly clear, like water, it was impressive, amazing really. I stared at it for a while before drinking it. There is little to moderate carbonation, big head that fell away quickly. Smell is a little skunky, proabably not the best descriptor because the beer was not skunky. I can see why people use this as a good example of a pilsner, but I did not enjoy it. Sweetness classic Pils aroma developed or became more obvious as I drank. All in all, not my favorite but a great example of an American made Pils, think Bitburger when you drink this.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 21:39:59 | More by drabmuh
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into Pilsner glass.

Body is a light golden yellow, transparent...head is a frothy egg white color, 2 thumb head, dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lace.

Aroma; lemon citrus, mild hops, a barley...aroma is quite mellow.

Taste is of Citrus hops, a sweetness like honey, doughy maltiness, beer is dry and finishes with a hint of hops.

Medium thickness, active carbonation, smooth going down.

I remember this beer being more forward with hop citrus in both taste and aroma, I last had it at least 5 years ago. Maybe freshness is in question, yet overall I find this beer forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:35:47 | More by seanthornton152
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a pale yellow color, with a one-finger foamy white head. Clear, with plenty of visible carbonation. Head retention is decent; head reduces to a thin layer and then sticks around. Some lacing.

Smell: Sweet nose with Noble hops as well. Citrus. Some German malts as well, but not strong in the nose.

Taste: A nice mild hop flavor to start, with some sweet bready malts to back it up. Some bite, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth. Good crisp and clean finish. Perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good German Pilsener. The hops work well with the traditional malty pils. Good balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 03:18:01 | More by jonziefle
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super bright, almost clear yellow with a super quick head and good bubbling. Hoppy, earthy, and grassy aroma. Full on nostril assault. Strong malt bill to start, then the sharp hop bitterness hits your palate in the middle. Theextra hops helps give a crisp, sharp finish with some dry toasted mlats as well. A great, flavorful rendition of the German pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 06:30:42 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of MisterSH


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with printed freshness date poured into victory pint glass.

Pours a goldish blonde. Resilient 2 finger head.
Aroma is dominated by bready, grainy malt notes. Noble hops are apparent.
Taste is of light maltiness, crisp, clean, and slightly bready, not at all sweet. Strong, lingering hop finish balances it out perfectly. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is light and clean, moderate on the carbonation.

An exceptional pilsner. This is easy to drink, delicious, satisfying, and refreshing. More please!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 19:00:37 | More by MisterSH
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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours bright yellow gold with a big 2+ finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smell has some great lemon citrus zest along with hints of malts and spicy hops

taste - hands down this is the best german pils i have had - spicey hops then lemon citrus with a nice malt backbone

mouthfeel was ok - i have had this beer many times before and this one just didnt have the life and carbonation it normally has - instead of a crisp bite it had more of a smooth creamy finish - still good

drinkability is out of this world - a light refreshing beer with this kind of flavor i would never turn down

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 01:50:32 | More by jsh420
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this beer about a year ago and after just trying it again it's hard to believe it's the same beer in the bottle. Somehow I had come up with a 3.25 rating and given the renown of this pils felt like I needed to give it a second chance. I don't know if my palate changed or what, but I enjoyed this beer significantly more this time around.

Bottle at The Magpie while watching some jazz music; traded the bartender for a Half Pints Black Scrapper after hearing him talking about the brewery. Good deal for him but I had no cash on me and got a free beer out of it. Always good to spread the Half Pints love around...one of Winnipeg's only redeeming qualities!

Pours a bright white head with good retention and great lacing. Hazy straw coloured body. Great looking pils.

Smells of noble hops with light malt underneath and a touch of stinky cheese somehow, but not in a bad way. Different.

This has to easily be the best pilsner I've had. Tons of noble hops. Very much an American version of a pils in the amount of hopping here, though the character is all Czech. Quite bitter but very well-balanced. Light malt underneath but the focus is on tons of pilsner hops. Very well done.

Good feel. Slightly viscous medium body with medium-high carbonation. An appropriately lively feel.

Hell yeah. This is great stuff. Extremely drinkable, this is a pilsner I would buy a sixer of to have around, especially for friends who aren't into the more out-there stuff that I enjoy. I've deleted my old review completely, I don't know what I was drinking last time but it's hard to believe it was the same beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:53:34 | More by eat
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2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold color with a white foamy 2 finger head with decent retention. There is a strong smell of overly bitter hops, perhaps too strong, and bread malt. Also smells somewhat like feet.

The taste is also bitter, overly bitter in my opinion. The malt tones down the hop bitterness a little. Light bodied, well carbonated. Fairly poor drinkability. Not my favorite Pilsener. I will avoid this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 03:52:01 | More by hardy008
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, completely transparent bright yellow body with a great, billowy head. I really didn't know the two could coexist.

S/T: Very light. Fresh, clean hops with a good citric presence along with apples. Slightly spicy and grainy. It wonderfully never skunks up, as I've grown to expect with other pilseners.

M: Crisp, yet full. Surprisingly rich.

D: I've never had a pilsener I've enjoyed this much, but given how subtle a style it is, I'm still not quite ready to incorporate it into my regular lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 19:40:12 | More by dudecandle
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United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF Bar, GBBF 2009; BB 04/10/2009, served lightly chilled in a 500ml straight pint glass. NOTE: No indication of alc. strength is provided on the label.

A: pours a very pale straw hue with sporadic streams of medium-size bubbles; the fluffy white foam settles slowly to a thin cap to last.
S: clean/fine straw-ish lager malt makes its way into the nostrils first, but the fruity backbone from lightly citric (almost grapefruit-ish) and breezy-floral hop aroma stays staunchly behind; a close sniff would reveal more aromatic citrusness and a clean, sour-doughy note as of a well lager-ed beer, but not quite pronounced as its genuine German counterparts. Overall, refreshing, and very pleasant, thanks to the fulsome fruitiness on the balance.
T: the flavour is lightly fruity and immediately bitter from the very beginning, but quickly the bitter grapefruits ensue and leave clean lager malts way... behind; the aftertaste is really chewy, zesty-tannic and bitter, much more so than most (if not ALL) German Pilseners I've tried and, simultaneously, the hop flavour and aroma are both more assertive as well. Sip after sip, the bitterness intensifies and renders a tongue-plucking impact throughout.
M&D: moderately carbonated and medium-bodied for the reported strength (5.3%abv.), this lager is in fact more like a well-hopped blond ale - for, the lingering bitterness and chewy palate in the end is more like that of a blond ale, which comes with pronounced hoppiness not usually associated with a German Pilsener, while the typical clean dough-iness is rather suppressed in face of the hop components. Overall, this American hoppy take on the style is not bad at all - very thirst-quenching, tasty, and well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 20:16:14 | More by wl0307
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A - Straw colored with good clarity and a moderate white head.

S - Crisp and spicy with equal contributions from the yeast, hops and malt.

T - Clean and assertive with a moderate hop bitterness. There are no off flavors. I'm not big on American brewed Pilsners but this one is as good as they get.

M - Thin and moderately carbonated but appropriate for the style.

D - Very easy to drink and a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 12:00:35 | More by GJ40
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger head. Aroma has a nice malt backbone to it, but there is also a nice hop aroma present underneath. The taste is what sets it apart, there is the malt backbone like most pils, however, this one has some piney hop character to it. There is a very nice flavor in this. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation. Overall the drinkability is good, this is one of the first pilsner's that i have had that had a nice flavor and some complexity to it. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:51:01 | More by goblue3509
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good drinkable session lager here.
I was looking for more head and lacing, but it is nice crystal clear golden color. Hops are crisp and in your face. Floral notes are all over the place, and bitterness lingers more than any other pilsner I've tried. Refreshing mouthfeel, and this could be a great replacement for BMC on a night of many beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:23:44 | More by joshuadlight
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a lightly hazy pale straw with a half-inch, fluffy white head. Nice retention for what's there, decent lacing.

Nose is grassy, a bit floral, touch of crisp grainy malt underneath, a lemony bite alongside, with just a hint of sulfur in there.

Taste is rather aggressively bitter for a pils. Sharp hop bite up front is grassy, spicy, dry, followed by a lightly-sweet, cracker-dry malt note that pokes its head out briefly as it heads into the moderately bitter, spicy finish. Adore the noble hop character in this one, the tongue tingles with spicy bitterness after every sip. Finish is just a bit lemony as well, with a bit of the malt sweetness carrying over way down underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, very dry, light but perfectly executed carbonation that suits the flavor perfectly without ever intruding.

Drinkability is stellar - refreshing and well crafted. This is the American benchmark.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 18:40:36 | More by JohnQVegas
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima pils has finally arrived at the LCBO after many months of anticipation. You see, the LCBO shelves are clogged with boring pilsners from every corner of the world, very few of which are any good. When something different comes along that is known to be good people get interested.

Prima looks ok. It's a fairly generic looking pilsner. A light golden colored lager with a small white head that sticks around providing a bit of lacing and a small white cap.

The smell is nice though. Sweet malts with some lovely floral hops greet your nose with every sip. Tastewise this beer has a quite sharp, clean hop presence initially followed by a slow smooth sweet aftertaste. It's just what you need in a pilsner and it gets better as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly carbonated and this leads to excellent drinkability. Prima pils is a solid example of the style and I'm glad to have it as part of the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:15:48 | More by Ralphus
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light straw, murky, near white head splits pretty quick. Some sudsy lacing remains.

S - Clean malt grassiness.

T - Light, crisp, biscuity, clean malt finished by fairly stern hop hand.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, mostly balanced, hops are a little heavy for the whole beer.

D - Very nice! Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:17:25 | More by srandycarter
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale champagne yellow with clean white fluffy top. Hint of lacing, but not much.

Light fruity and floral. Some hops citrus. Wheat notes as well.

Nice clean and crisp flavor followed up by a nice bittering hop presence. More bite than your typical pilsner, but adds a ton of character and favorable flavor.

Heavier part of light bodied. Very smooth and a slight creamy texture. Not expected from this style.

Great drinkability. This would be a good beer to have on hands at all times. The hop presence may turn off some traditional pilsner drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:21:50 | More by jera1350
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six pack from the LCBO

Served into a pilsner glass.

A- Clear yellow gold color with a small head that stick and laces.

S- This beer smells great! Lots of herbal and grassy aromas.

T- Solid in the flavor department. Fairly dry with a great herbal hop character and nice biscuity malt backbone. Hoppy but not overpowering. The perfect amount of hops.

M- prickly on the tongue, smooth, and well carbonated. A tad thin.

D- One of the most drinkable beers i've ever had hands down.

Overall this is an outstanding example of a great style and one of my personal favorites. Easy recommendation. Props to victory! Im off to the bat cave... urrr... beer fridge to grab another!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 01:56:47 | More by drinkininthewood
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow with a white head, slight retention & lacing.

S: HUGE herbal & saaz (metallic & grassy) aroma, hints of underlying biscuity malt.

T: Big steelie, grassy saaz flavour with a underlying herbal, citrus & spice. Assertive bitterness. Not much malt or yeast flavour, it's all about the noble hops.

M: Moderate body actually has a little hop acidity.

D: A good drinker indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 23:08:50 | More by Derek
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured a clear gold with a foamy, crispy looking white head.

aromas of corn, malt, and a subtleness of hops. soft on the nose but detectable flavors.

pilsner taste up front with a hint of pine and resin throughout. plenty of corn and malt flavors abound.

crispy mouthfeel but just a touch grainy on the palate. very drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 22:58:37 | More by skrib09
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Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear yellow with a bright white head that settles to a ring and leaves spotty lacings.

Whao! Quite possibly one of the most beautiful smelling beers I have ever had. The hops jump out of this one. Nothing harsh, just delicate grass seed with some faint fruity-grainy notes letting you know that the malt is there. Wonderful.

Taste does not disapoint. A large helping of noble continental hops gives the beer an admirable up-front crispness which is followed by some very drying bittering hops. A very herbal beer with plenty of fresh grass and hop spiciness. Only reason it's not scored 5 is the shyness of the malt, I get very little grain.

Could be a bit chewier, seems awful thin, but that only adds to the awesome drinkability. Surely one of the best pilsners on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:38:09 | More by CanuckRover
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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