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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,130
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 144
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)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils reminds me of a brand-new gold plated trumpet. It is brilliantly resplendent and its well-polished glisten is without even the faintest of blemishes; I dare not stain the glass with fingerprints. In contrast, its head is almost unattractively scuzzy and its retention concerningly feeble. Luckily, the orchestra of bubbles entertain with their own concerto of jostling movement and hypnotic rhythm. This definitely belongs in the symphony.

The aroma is of the perfect match for a pilsner- sassy, soapy, spicy, it has all the characteristics of Europe's most popular style beer. And I am speaking of a *real* pilsner, not the bastardized mass-produced yellow lagers that are often labeled 'pils', but rather of the fragrant, fiery variety that is rightfully the pride of every Czech (and German). Successful execution is owed to whole-leaf Saaz and German Northern Brewer hops.

And despite the bottle being three-months old, that lemony, green, grassy pungency of the hops is still hugely discernible in the taste as well. It's almost gritty earthiness is mellowed out by the sweet, lightly grainy taste of bready pale malts. The sweetness of malts and the bitterness of hops is one of nature's true ying and yangs - a testament to the inherent balance of the natural world. It's hard to say what aspect I like better.

Actually no it isn't - I like the hops. And that this pilsner uses a good amount of them makes it wholly gratifying. This style of beer is notorious for disappearing in gulps rather than sips, liters rather than millimeters and Prima Pils' quenching, light bodied mouthfeel, complete with the clipping hop bite, is no exception to the trend. Discounting all this brewery's other notably solid offerings, Victory can rightfully be called such just on the basis of this beer.

Prima Pils being a great pilsner should shock you as much as water being wet. Not only is Pennsylvania renown for making some of the best German-style beers outside of Germany, but Victory is right up there amongst the best of that state's many great breweries. Besides, this brewery makes a whole variety of insanely highly rated pilsners, one of which, Braumeister Harvest Pils, is probably the best example of the style I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 19:19:25 | More by biegaman
Photo of vrazionale


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

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle says "Enjoy by Aug 09 09." So, this is not the freshest bottle available, I suppose...

A - Pale straw yellow body with an airy cloud-white head that fades into splotches across the top.

S - Smells pretty crisp and clean, with a touch of pungency. Light citrus notes, acacia honey, and lightly pungent hop character work well together.

T - Not boring, as many German-style Pilseners can be to me. Lightly hoppy, with both pungent/bitter notes and sweeter citrusy notes working well together.

M - Light in body, high carbonation, what did you expect? Pretty true to style, I'd say.

D - A very well-crafted and tasty Pilsener. A great option for anyone looking for a cold, crisp brew on a hot day. While this is certainly not the kind of brew that will blow you away, it's very difficult to say anything negative about a well-made German-style Pilsener. Now, it's a matter of getting beer like this into our baseball stadiums and big music venues...

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:05:44 | More by vrazionale
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice summer golden yellow color with a great head and nice lacing it looks good on a warm summer night..the smell is biscuit and malt and noble hops..oh yeah the taste is crisp it has the saaz hops the bready biscuit sweet malts all balanced with noble hops is this an american pils? this is a really good pils that has it all well balanced crisp refreshing tasty easy to drink.... a budvar clone .. i like this one highly recommended well done for the style

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 22:22:39 | More by gatornation
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pale straw gold and crystal clear. Two fingers of fluffy white head sits atop the the body. The head has decent retention and leaves behind gobs of lace on walls of my glass.

Flowery, herbal hop aroma with biscuit/bread malt undertones.

Herbal & lemony hop flavours over a mildly sweet biscuit/bread malt backbone. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Very straightforward pilsener flavours, but bolder and more pronounced than many of its stylistic brethren.

Between light and medium bodied. Spritzy carbonation. Clean, crisp, and very refreshing. I think I'll have another now. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:35:35 | More by mintjellie
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised I haven't reviewed the Prima Pils yet, seeing as I've had it so many times.

Color and appearance are solid: clear, yellow-gold, with a creamy one-finger head. Aroma is excellent, with pungent Saaz hops dominating the nose. Really hoppy!

Flavor is also really hoppy, but almost too much so for a pils. I know the malt backbone is there because I feel it, but I need to taste more of it. The pilsners I tend to like the best are a little more biscuity, a little sweeter, but still bitter. A minor quibble however. Mouthfeel is creamy yet light. Extraordinarily drinkable for such a hoppy, flavorful brew. Quaff away.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 00:02:48 | More by dasenebler
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright yellow with a rocky, well-retained head. Beautiful bubble trains up the side of the glass.

S- Overwhelming spritzy Hallertau hops on the nose (in a good way!). It's hard to detect any other definitive notes under all that hops!

T- I don't know if I can describe a taste as "bright", but that's the first word that comes to mind. I'm getting a little sweetness off of this, fresh cut grass, and a refreshing blast of Hallertau for a dry finish.

M- This beer is very carbonated, but it works. The carbonation compliments the dry and lemony attributes of the hop. Definitely a fuller body than I would normally expect from an American Pilsner.

D- So refreshing and yummy. How could I not drink this all night!?

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 20:03:12 | More by jgasparine
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2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a golden yellow. Plenty of carbonation, minimal lacing.

S - Very minimal hop presence, DMS, adjuncts.

T - Tastes like other well stocked American adjunct lagers; cooked corn.

M - Light bodied.

D - I guess this might be worth your while if you are local, and are into sixers. Otherwise, I'd avoid this beer. It tastes more like an American adjunct lager than a German Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 19:00:11 | More by sessycuban
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A pour of this amazing clarity is something to behold. A bright and shining yellow with a steady stream of bubbles and a rocky white head, prima pils is textbook. Lacing is decent, leaving concentric rings on the glass, and the head never completely dies away. A sweet, grainy and floral aroma mixes in with lemon to produce a clean and enticing introduction. Pale sweet malt leads off the flavour, before the hops make their presence felt with notes of grass, lemon and pepper. A dry, crisp, saaz-dominated finish brings matters to a close. The body detours slightly from the traditional pils model, with its slightly heavier weight, while its high, but soft carbonation cleans the palate.

Previous reports had led me to believe that this was a highly hopped pils, and while it is, the accompanying bitterness never exceeds moderate limits. The lack of balance I feared going in was simply a chimera, and this is a great marriage of hops and malts. Call it a lawnmower beer - its simple, clean, refreshing and I can drink it all day long.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 13:08:20 | More by bobsy
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I get to try this well-regarded Pils. Thanks to my father who picked this up on a recent road trip.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Prima Pils pours a crystal clear golden straw color, with a bright white fizzy soap suds head. I got scared that the head would overflow, but luckily it stopped rising just in time. It fizzled away rapidly to a thin white ring, leaving behind some sticky lace.

The smell is just what I am looking for. Grainy. Mildly sweet. Some faint floral hops. This is what I want a pilsner to smell like.

What a refreshing taste. Good balance between dry graininess with a bitter edge. The dry, biting finish makes this one easy to drink.

I wish I could get this locally, because this is indeed a perfect summer beer, and one I am likely to seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 07:09:46 | More by McDiddyPop
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by a long shot one of the best beers made in america. I know that is a huge statement but this is what beer is supposed to be. It isn't exactly a traditonal pilsner but not far from either. The alcohol content and hoppiness is a bit high but otherwise who cares...It's just damn good. Very well balanced but hoppy enough to please any hop head. Try it, you will not be dissappointed. Way to go Victory! This is my session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 20:36:16 | More by muskiecf
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 3 finger white head, body is pale golden yellow in color. The nice head almost immediately shrunk down to less than a finger. The retention and lacing overall were barely average

Smells of light straw malt. Very typical pilsner smell, light with no real hop aromas

Taste is of grassy malt. There is also slight bitterness towards end, like grapefruit. There is also faint metallic taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is very light. Carbonation is good and not too high.

Drink ability is above average. Beer is definitely session able but a bit boring. Would drink again but not in a hurry to buy anymore soon

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:51:43 | More by angelmonster
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: poured 2 months after the best enjoyed by date, but I'm sure were still good

A: Pours a cloudy-transparent lemon color with a nice tight bone white head that dissipates slowly leaving a spotty lacing.

S: Hops, wheat, and that classic Euro skunk

T: A little wheaty/skunky and some nice floral and bittering hops finish

MF/D: Nice and medium body for a pils, very refreshing and clean finish. Hoppy aftertaste.

First sub-par brew from Victory and it wasn't even that bad

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 22:22:04 | More by scottyshades
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. I couldn't read the bottling date since it was too faint. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.79.

A-Poured a lemony-yellow hue with virtually no head and no lacing. Vigorous carbonation. Overall, a nice looking beer in the glass.

S-Prominent lemony hops.

T-Very nice for a pilsner. I don't drink many lagers but this is very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Not a sipping beer, but a thirst quencher for me on this hot afternoon.

M-Smooth and well balanced. A tad too much carbonation, but that may be a style characteristic.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

Nice to see this in Salem, Oregon. However, at $1.79 a 12oz. bottle and since not a favorite style, I don't expect to purchase frequently.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 20:52:07 | More by velosuds
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle with "Enjoy by" Oct 04, '09

A: Bright clear pale golden yellowish color with a active carbonation. White head and medium lacing.

S: Very nice sweet citrus hop scent hits first. Some herbal and spicy aromas dominate but not overwhelming.

T&M: Very smooth feel. At first the beer is very bland, but subsequent mouthfuls bring on a flavorful balance of malt and hops with slightly bitter hop finish.

I am not a pilsner fan, but this is the best pilsner I have probably ever had. Just as good on tap also.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 19:36:46 | More by cdizinno
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4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review!!!

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with a stark white head.

Smell: Fresh cut grass, straw, lemon and some spiciness.

Taste: Backbone of fruit (apple, pear?), bread, grass and straw which is quickly overtaken by a very spicy finish. Leaves a persistent bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation (but lower than many Pils; I like it) and relatively smooth light to medium body. Finishes exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: Damn good Pils; in fact, maybe the best. What else is there to say?

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 03:42:39 | More by bsp77
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white head. Retains a small layer, not too much lacing.

S: Sweet with fruity citrusy hops.

T: Slightly sweet, but the hops dominate. Some quite present bitterness, especially on the aftertaste.

M: Quite carbonated, medium bodied with a strong hop aftertaste.

D: Pretty easy to drink, though you might not agree if you don't like hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 22:40:19 | More by seand
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen (closest thing to a pils glass that i had on hand), one finger head, crystal clear pale yellow color, great lacing, good amount of bubbles.

s- bright, little spice, slight corn, grass.

t- nice pils, nice amount of floral hops hit in the back, pretty light with an almost dry finish, crisp.

m- nice and light, refreshing.

d- totally drinkable, could be sessioned easily, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 03:02:57 | More by thecarster1
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz glass into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has a bright golden yellow color with plenty of sparkling carbonation and great clarity. The head is a wonderful thick and creamy topping with good retention. It also makes great lace rings on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma hits you in the nose with spicy floral and grassy hops over pale malt.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor is a crisp clean mix of its aroma. Hop flavor steals the show with bold spicy floral and grassy botanical notes. Underneath there is a pale crisp malt base that finishes dry with some nice clean hop bitterness. The palate is light to medium bodied with an easy drinking light wet texture. Carbonation is very active and helps to clean the palate.

Notes: This is a great example an American craft beer take on a classic Pilsener. The hops are bolder than there Euro counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:34:15 | More by generallee
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle featuring a hop flower and the phrase, "A refined pilsner beer for natural enjoyment."

A - Pours a rich, hazy golden with a finger of eggshell head. Fades to a thin cap and a ring of foam. Strands and spots of lacing linger.

S - Herbal hops, spice, grainy pils malts. Fresh, lemony, and grassy.

T - More herbal and spicy hop characters, and grainy pils malts. Lemon rind. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Body on light side of medium and crisp, medium-high carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Extremely sessionable German style pils. Very nicely done, makes a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 19:16:50 | More by association330
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with large frothy white head that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Earthy aroma of grass and floral hops.

T: Sweet up frong with lemon grass and honey, then a sharp citrus bite. Very nice flavor.

M: Light bodied and crisp.

D: This is one of the best pilsners I've had. Great flavor, but still light and refreshing. This would be great for a BBQ on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 23:21:43 | More by JMD
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L at Redwood City.

A: Pours a clear, soft lemony color with a finger's worth off-white foamy head that slowly collapses into a light film on the brew. Leaves thin sheets of lacing down the glass with a few thicker clumps here and there.

S: A light lemony citrus and grassy hop aroma along with some earthiness, bread, and pilsner malt. Very hop-forward for a pilsner; I suppose that's an American affectation.

T: Follows the nose quite well. A light lemon and earthy blend upon the initial taste, which gives way to bread and pilsner malt in the mid-flavor. The finish is slightly dry, with a little hop bitterness that persists into the aftertaste. The hoppiness appeals to my palate, but I can see it making the beer less drinkable over an evening.

M: Fuller than expected for the style, but it still maintains a crisp finish that makes it very refreshing. Good for a hot summer day.

D: Enjoyable. I need to figure out what Victory's bottle dating system says for this beer before I buy it again, but I'll definitely purchase more.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 20:42:28 | More by Arbitrator
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored and pretty see through. Two finger stable head, very white. Lots of active carbonation and decent lacing

S: Mildly hoppy, this bottle is a little old though, and sweet. It actually reminds me of anything that could be considered a good smell from MGD. I wish though there was a little more going on.

T: Some hops, not strong enough to say piney or floral or whatever, but they are there. There isn't much else in the taste though, but it's good. A very simple, straightforward, hot day lawnmower beer with a little punch. Maybe I would call the hops citrusy. I normally wouldn't give credit for that because of style, but I think these do a very good job.

M: Thin and watery, which works great with this beer.

D: Like water, but not like Bud Light. This is like water that tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 20:32:38 | More by mdwalsh
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear light golden color with a very thin head.

A very floral hoppy smell to this guy. Almost surprising how much actual herbal hops hit the nose for a lager.

Bitter floral and spicy hops give way to a nice clean crisp grainy pale malt.

Mouthfeel is spot on with a perfect amount of carbonation to its light body.

This is a beer I could drink all day and be quite content tons of flavor, but light and refreshing. I've been waiting to try this guy for a long time and was not let down in the least!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 03:50:20 | More by bfields4
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the high ratings and increasing popularity in "Imperial" and Belgian styles, we Americans validate a good beer by its specific gravity and ABV content. Not me.

I'm looking for an Old World (read German/Czech) pilsner. While a good, fortifying drink, Prima Pils does not come close to being a true Pilsner. It's more American ale than even a lager, let alone a pilsner.

This beer's potential is most likely in its water, as PA is founded on limestone, like northern Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. However, Prima's yeast does not convince me that this drink is bottom fermented. Nor does the thick yellow color convince me that this is a pilsner: it's too malty; it's too strong.

It's a good drink, but it's not subtle and refined like a true Pilsner.

Someday, an American pilsner will come; it's not here yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:10:49 | More by sudz42
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle like oh so many beers i've had before: golden yellow color, one finger head, fizzy, active carbonation...yada yada yada. The difference is in the aroma, though. As the head settles into a medium-heavy collar, an aroma like that of no other fizzy pale lager arises from the glass. Wait, that smells like hops! It IS hops, an abundance of 'em!! Citrusy (lemon) hops to be exact. Saaz? I think so. Ist sip has an initial hint of malt sweetness followed by those citrusy, slightly metallic hops. It's a bold, powerful flavor that gets more intense on the swallow & lasts long after. There is active carbonation on the tongue and a medium-light, crisp finish. So THIS is what all those BMC pilsner wanna be imposters are supposed to taste like, huh? Man, the difference is like night & day!! Drinkable? Hell yeah...all day & well into the night!! Bravo to Victory Brewing !!! Tell the big boys in St. Louis & Milwaukee that THIS is what REAL beer should be like!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 20:09:35 | More by CJfromPhilly
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,130 ratings.