Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,573
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 170
Gots: 379 | 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 Chickenhawk9932
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy - straw in color with a white head, some slight lacing left behind.

Smells of citrus and a mix of flower and spice. It has an overall freshness that is crisp and poignant.

Taste fresh melon up front - honeydew - but the sweetness is barely noticeable as it immediately retreats into bitter citrus, then finishes dry with a tingling spice sensation - bergamot. Has a real nice mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale orange body with some yellow hues mixed in and a moderately sized pure white head which fades appropriately to leave a thin lace behind.

Aroma is notably hoppy but I unfortunately forgot to check the date on the bottle so this is not the freshest example. Hops have probably faded a bit but there is enough to make me happy, with a nice floraly spice and herbal character.

Again, I'm feeling the hops may have faded a bit. The bitterness is still present but the bready malt backbone provides a strong balance against the floral hop character. Still though I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp well-carbonated feel. Helps make this feel fairly refreshing.

Overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying this refreshing brew. Next time I'll try for some fresher bottles but this is still good enough. I don't go for pilseners all that much(I like the maltier lagers) but this is one I'll certainly buy when I'm in the mood.

Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 3/1/11

Appearance: golden yellow with 1 finger fluffy head

Smell: citrus, spices

Taste: citrus, thin,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean, smooth

Drinkability: easy drinker. goes down smooth.


The CpJ

Photo of JesteR14
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow, High head that recedes quickly.

S- Hop, slight malt and some other tangyness. I love the nice fresh hop smell in this pilsner!

T- Hoppy at first, smooths to a bitter citrus and spicy taste. This one is fairly refreshing and has that great hop/wheat pilsner taste. This is my favorite east coast brewer and they never disappoint..

M- Hops hits me first, but i notice how fresh and pleasant they are. The bubbles in my mouth make it an exciting but not a session beer. Good pilsner!!!

D- Not high, but a good beer non the less! Victory never disappoints craft brew heads. Always fresh hops and some citrus. I enjoyed but wouldn't drink more than one.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bone white head over a clear yellow body.
Aroma is of earthy and spicy noble hops, but there is something odd going on. kinda musty and smells like spring yardwork, kinda odd im getting that in here, but the bottle is well within freshness dates.
Flavors are crisp and bright and have lemon over toasted wheat followed by the spicy hops.
Moderate body and enjoyable all around, will probally only buy this in the summer.

Photo of veinless
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rich gold, with not much lacing, but lots of good foamy white head and lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the side of the glass.

Nose is very refreshing and clean, with lots of floral aromas and lemon zest. Malt is bready and light, but nicely weighted.

Taste follows with great balance, as it starts bitter, has plenty of lemon citrus, and a bit of leafy hops, but the biscuity malt comes in well to keep it smooth the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing as it should be for the style, but the citrus in particular aids the mouthfeel quite a bit. Drinkability is fantastic, although the malt gets a bit strong near the end, it is really well balanced for the most part.

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

A - Completely clear straw yellow with 1-finger head that lasts, not as foamy as I would like to see. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S - Very wonderful light bread aroma, wheat/grain is subtle and the zesty spiciness of the noble hops shines through very well.

T - Don't drink a lot of pilseners but this one has a great combo of hops/grains. The hop flavor isn't overbearing at all and it has just the right amount of alpha acids and peppery zest to compliment the light and sweet malts.

M/D - Medium-light body with lots of carbonation that can be felt on the palate. Finishes with a neutral amount of dryness, not too dry not too sweet. Not the most complex style on the planet but this one is easy to drink especially now that the weather is starting to warm up.

Photo of NATOuk
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colour, thin hard which builds and recedes to a White ring around the glass

Biscuit malts, some grassy notes and maybe some citrus.

Crisp biscuit malts turning to a dry earthy taste and a strong lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Very full pils flavour.

Medium carbonation, medium body. Light and refreshing but not watery.

Great session beer - A pils with a good strong taste and a kick.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at barleys and always one of my personal favorites!!

good sized two inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently into a broken crown across the top with a good amount of side glass lacing as well. Light aromas of grain mixed in with a good light floral bouquet and hints of pineapple. Some light banana way down in the back.

Crisp, and refreshing. A light wheat like grain base was cut by a nice orange rind like hop flavor that was quick to turn nice and bitter on you. Hints of banana flavored yeast and a nice finish that was full of fresh cut grass and a wet hay flavor. This was a nice medium bodied pilsner. Much thicker then you would normally see from the style, but it worked very well. An outstanding session ale, this was one I would have no issues in repeating any day. It was light, crisp and clean with a nice profile and low ABV, all things making this lean hard towards being very seasonable.

Photo of JayS2629
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This clear golden straw colored beer has a fluffy white head that fades fast but leaves a sea foam lace that is nice and pretty. Would like more retention, but nice look for the style.

The aroma is a nice balance of deep toasted malt, and earthy, grassy notes with a touch of lemony citrus. The taste follows the nose. Fresh hay, grass, earthy elements and a touch of lemon. Underneath is a nice light toasted malt. Slightly on the bitter side, but the flavor is awesome for the style. Nothing was overdone.

Nice, light, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink.

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

Pours a light golden color, very little head. THis is the type of beer I would use to "trick" a budweiser drinker...I love to see the expression on their faces when they drink something with flavor. Smells of bitter hops and light citrus, maybe fresh-cut hay. The beer has a nice, hoppy bitterness that pairs well with a good cheddar...excellent tasting beer. Crisp and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. I'm typically a one-beer guy, but I could easily drink a few of these.

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

Picked up a bottle of this today. Best by may 2011 so it must be fairly fresh.

Pours a golden straw color. Not a very good head. Little lacing. Might be too cold though.

Aroma of a good lager and sort of grassy hayness with a slight bit of noble hops.

Taste is great. A crisp pils with a good flavor. Although I like the hops and malt in Noble Pils better. This one is solid as well.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and dry. Nice high carb.

Overall a very solid pils. Wish noble pils was as available as this is though.

Photo of Lillenk
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a beautiful, clear, golden, with a perfect white head.

Smells is huge. Lots of hops and also some nice hay and grassy notes.

Taste is fantastic. Very light bodied but still tons of flavor. Lots of hops.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing without being watery. A great session beer that you sit and drink all night long. Probably my favorite of the style.

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

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a bright lemony yellow with a large bone-white head that slowly faded into a dense oily film. Active carbonation kept a thin film that lasted the whole beer through and left great rings of tight lace.
S: I get clean notes of crackery malt, dry grains and just a touch of lemon citrus and earthy hops.
T: Clean biscuity malt taste with hardly any sweetness. Hops come through strong near the end, and the finish has a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is leafy, earthy and dry.
M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation and a dry mouthfeel make this go down easy.
D: The quantity of hops in this are unlike any other pilsner I've had. This is a great drinking beer and something I think anyone from novice to beer geek can enjoy.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow. Nice white one finger head. Lots of carbonation on this one. Streaming bubbles coming up my SA pint class. A nice cap sticks around for a good amount of time. Smells of lemon, citrus, grassy hops, some sweetness. Tastes sweet at first, quite a bit of lemon zest, grass, green tea. Medium bodied mid palate, yet finishes quite dry and crisp with some lingering bitterness. Quite a nice beer but I think the dryness keeps me from having more. A few in a sitting would be all I'd drink.
$2.10 a single.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent looking clear golden color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of grain and citrus hops and tastes much the same with plenty of hop bitterness and a little biscuit or grain in there. Medium mouthfeel with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

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

A: pours clear yellow gold into an American pint with a half finger of off white head that leaves some pretty lacing.

S: light malt and white bread, light citrus notes as well.

T: light malt and bread starts out but is followed in closely by tart lemon and grassy hops.

MF: crisp, light and effervescent. A little astringent and bitter.

D: if the Uber Pils from HS wasn't available this would be my next pick.

Photo of devinoconnor
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

After reading one good review after another, I was excited to try Victory Prima Pils on-tap.

Poured a light yellow color, light lager look.

Smell was OK. Minorly hoppy, certainly a strong scenet of pilsner (herbal).

The tongue is where this beer lost me. Got almost a moldy flavor with the beer. I'll admit I'm not a huge German been fan, but this brew really didn't do much for me.

And yes, I know I'm in the miority on this one.

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. The smell of noble hops is very strong. The flavor has a minerally quality, but primarily there's pilsner malt, noble hops, and bitterness. Lots of good stuff to taste here, but in my mind it's too bitter. If they'd ease back on the bittering hop additions, this would be one for the ages. Still, the most flavorful American lager in recent memory.

Photo of mattgreger
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very clear pale golden color. It has a nice fluffly white head that fell to a small ring that lasted with the brew. It had a nice sudsy lacing that remained as the brew was consumed.

This brew has a great aroma. Its a nice a grassy, lemony aroma. Hoping that this is a prelude to the taste of this brew. There is a bit of a yeasty/bready aroma as well. This is not the smell of a normal pilsener, so I am very interested on how this will turn out.

This brew has tons of hop flavor at the front, giving it a great backbone to this brew, with a bit of a light malt taste. It has nice grassy/lemony bitter aftertaste which is great. This is a great flavor that I haven't really ever expected from a pilsener.

The mouthful on this brew is very light bodied, with a very nice carbonation. Its nice and dry and super crisp.

Overall this is one of the best examples of the style I have ever had. Its was super refreshing, with a great flavor. I could surely sit and enough a sixer of this without a problem. This could be a great session brew for myself. I would have to say the heavy handed hops in this brew, some people might say its to much. Another great brew by Victory Brewing Company.

Photo of mrmuskie
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a sam adams "super glass".
It pours with a 2 1/2 inch white head that has pretty good retension. The color is a very clear pale golden. Smell was a bit skunky with a light hoppy background. The flavor was far better than the smell, slight german malt flavor with a pretty hoppy finish. mouthfeel light and refreshing. this beer would be a great "lawn mowing" beer.

Photo of SteelerNation
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear which is great for the style. Pours a somewhat dissappointing 1 finger head with signs of overcarbonation. Sub Par lacing.

S: Grassy hops, yeast, and green apple.

T: Doesn't have the the super grainy pilsener taste that I am used to. The hops are very assertive in this beer and define the taste. More bitter than your average Pils. A grassy and grapefruit hop flavor combination. I think the taste fits the style more than most highly hopped pilsners. The flavor isn't 100% there though and the beer drinks a tad too watery.

M: Light and borderline watery. Dry finish.

D: Good but not great. I'd probably forget about it if it weren't made by Victory.

Overall I am a huge fan of Victory, but this one fell a bit short. The hops and color are good, but everything else is lacking. Mouthfeel is too watery, like a crossover brew. I'm not impressed by this one.

Photo of ms11781
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 3, 2011 stamped on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a completely clear, golden yellow color with a minimal, thin off-white head that is gone as quick as it shows up. Tiny wisps of lacing cling to the glass.

Smells of yeast, spice and hops. Yeast is first and seems to ride along underneath some spicy aromas in the middle and some bitter hops at the end.

Taste is clean, pale malt up front with equal hint of sweetness and spiciness. A sharp dose of bitter hops come through at the end and cleans out the other flavors leaving a lingering, sticky bitterness at the finish.

Crisp and clean. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very light mouthfeel without feeling thin at all. Great dose of hops gives it a good bite and feels lively on the tongue.

Excellent drinkability. Crisp and clean. Light and flavorful. Very enjoyable. Definitely a beer that could (and probably should) be had throughout a hot summer day.

Photo of yisseroff
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Vibrant light gold with white microfoam head that maintained itself nicely, left huge archaeological streaks of lacing. Plenty of visible CO2.

S- Lots of grape, surprisingly. Fresh hops. Florals- dare I say fresh laundry? Interesting.

T- More where that grape was coming from. Some mild bitterness from the hops, and a light sweetness on the finish.

M- Spritzy, alive, light-bodied.

D- This beer is definitely drinkable, pretty refreshing come to think of it. The bitterness might get a bit much, though.

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Leaves a nice simple white head with minimal retention of about two fingers. Pale lemon/straw body and cloudy with much visible carbonation. Some sticky lacing is apparent, but the head doesn't stick around for very long.

Bouqeut on this is a very spritzy lemon quality almost like a good Hefeweizen but bigger. Almost like spurtiza Italian soda feel but not much else. Really unique.

Just right body with a lime hop tangyness in taste. Mid palate lemon but this big citrus lemon/lime and hop play on taste and finish making the beer almost like an Italian cafe soda. Crisp and tangy. For it's big visible carbonation, it doesn't feel very carbonated at all.

Drinkability is real solid and easy and unique, this is a great beer for summer.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,573 ratings.