Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,576
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 389 | 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 laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale, almost transparently pale yellow, champagney in character really, with a beautiful snowy head, dense and retaining beautifully but leaving some dense splodges of lace around. Slow bead trail up the glass, looks like a pretty awesome quaffing lager.

Nose is a sponge-cakey malt affair with a nice crisp, dry bitterness coming through as well. Some light sweetness and fruitiness blends with the bitters, hints of gooseberry, lemon and maybe some passionfruit on there. Bitterness is crisp, slightly metallic. A pleasant lager smell indeed.

Taste is funny, actually. Very rich and astringent throughout, with an odd, heavy maltiness playing prominently as well. Slight fruity sparkle on the front, a hint of green grape skin and lemon, then oddly sweet with a pancake batter maltiness and a hint of currants or something as well. Bitterness is metallic and alkaline throughout, noticeable mostly on the back with its astringency not cleaning up as well as it could, but not being overly strong, just most noticeable on the back. An interesting drop that I think suffers from lack of substance on the front, leaving it unprotected and unbalanced on the bitter finish.

Not bad feel though actually. Noticeable texture and malty body with a smooth feel, not sticky and no trace of carb sizzle. Some sizzle would be expected from a lager but I'm not very disappointed to find it missing.

A decent sipper but lacks a bit of cleanliness on the back.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with 1 finger white foam that dissolves leaving a faint layer of white. Some lacing.

Smell is a light malt, with light hop spice.

Well hopped clean taste with a bitter finish. Creamy in the mouthfeel.

Quite tasty, maybe a bit high on the hop, for a bitter finish. But a damn good german pils.

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 3 oz sampling glass.

A: A deep golden/copper hue, darker than I was expecting. Short head retention.

S: The aroma was a powerful PILS, compared to other more balanced out PILS.

T: The full bodied taste was nice while drinking a handful of light summer ales. Although there was something not quite right with the overall taste. A bit too over powering for a PILS, most people found this least enjoyable, but I felt that it was a bit over done for the style. But hops were present. . > good thing.

M: A great mouthfeel for a PILS, much better that a light yellow lagerish PILS

D: Good beer for a summer tasting, by adding a nice contrast to the lighter beers we had sampled. Good beer, but not one I would buy a six pack of, maybe a single for a tasting.

Notes: Sampled at a beer tasting at Bliss in Wauconda, IL. Compared to many of the other summer beer we had tasted, this one was the most potent and full bodied.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with visible carbonation. The pour produces a half finger white head that is really lacking in density. The head dissipates to absolutely nothing in about a minute and leaves no lacing down the glass. Nice color and clarity, but really awful head quality retention and lacing.

Smells of faint noble hops and a bit of german malts. Faint aroma, but nothing off putting at all.

Taste was reaaaally off putting at first, but it grew on me as I made my way through the glass. I have since changed my rating from a 2, to a 3, to a 3.5, and have finally settled on 4.5 as my final rating. The presence of the hops is truly delicious and leaves me thirsting for more. The little bit of malt that is present is only slightly noticeable towards the end of the flavor.

Great level of carbonation, with a light yet somehow sticky mouthfeel that goes great with the brew. Quite drinkable on a hot day.

Photo of aquaphiliac
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this for $9.99 + tax.

A: Not a particularly impressive display in my glass; pours a golden yellow with a good sized head.

S: Great smell; hops and more hops i guess. Definitely a strong suit of this beer's appeal.

T: Tastes thin at first and was kinda disappointing but then I started keeping the sip in my mouth longer and I could definitely taste the lovely bitterness. Doesn't have a bold taste, but definitely satisfying.

M: Feels light in the mouth. For the style, that's great but ideally I would love a fuller feel. Still, quite enjoyable and pleasant till the hops hit you.

D: Easy to drink for sure. 5.3% abv makes it easy to put away 3 without thinking twice.

Wasn't wowed for the price, but a solid beer.

Photo of appenzeller
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the outset, I'm a big pilsner fan, my favorite style.

Appearance: off the mark for a true pilsner. Pours a thin head with minimal lacing, the beer lacks clarity and has closer to the opaqueness of a weissbier, a real no-no for pilsners.

Smell: Good, floral aroma of Saaz hops but overpowering.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This beer has a good taste, I love hops and heaven knows there's plenty of it here--the quality of the hops is evident, too. Tastes strongly of bitter citrus, refreshing and light. No maltiness evident. I could drink this anytime, for sure, but it lacks the complexity, balance and subtleties of the world's great pilsners. This is a standard American take--good tasting, but focusing on aggressiveness and overpowering taste over refinement. That's off the mark for a pilsner.

I rate this beer well, it's a nice brew. It's just not really a pilsner--Victory should market it differently. For contrast, Trumer is another American brew that fits the style better. But this is still a beer I wouldn't turn down, a real nice brew and it's too bad this is tough to find here on the West Coast.

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

12 oz bottle into pilsner glass

A: Beautiful! Crystal clear yellow body topped off by one inch of white creamy foam. Glad I grabbed the pilsner glass!

S: Noble hops are. very evident. Grassy, earthy, lemony aroma.

T: Taste follows aroma. Lemony and grassy with slight metallic tinge to it. Dry and slightly bitter finish.

M: Pretty light on the tongue with a nice dry finish.

D: I'm sitting outside grilling some burgers and I wish I had 5 more of these. Very drinkable.

I've been drinking Prima Pils for quite a while and figured it was time to review it. Great brew! Thanks Victory!

Photo of y2jrock60
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Creamy bright white head that laces nicely. Very clear yellow with nice carbonation. It just looks refreshing.

S- A very noticeable noble hop aroma.

T- Delicious. Up front punch of powerful noble hops. The bitterness fades nicely. The most flavorful pilsner I've had.

M- Light bodied but it has a nice kick and carbonation level.

D- Highly drinkable. This is probably my favorite summer beer. There's nothing like drinking Prima Pils on a hot summer day or night outside, its awesome.

Photo of blackc5
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, first to preface that I have never been a Pilsener fan. But figured, I would try one of the best out there and see if it changed my opinion. It was surely a good beer, considerably better than I recall Trumer or St Pauli, but I cant say it is a style I would go back to often or purposefully.

Overall, I was disappointed most in the smell, which for me at least, was fairly underwhelming. Flavor-wise though it was surely a vast improvement. You can tell these are quality ingredients, and I enjoyed the earthy and lemon zesty hops. Mouthfeel was also quite a bit more substantial, and still clean, dry and crisp.

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek World Tour shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale gold, slightly yellowish color. It started out with a thick, bright white foamy head but settled down to a thin covering within a minute or so.

The Noble hops really come through in the aroma with a bold, spicy, grassy, earthy flavor. A crisp lemony, citrusy flavor also comes through pretty well in the nose.

The nose suggested the hops were going to be bold, but the taste really surprised me with just how bold they were. It has a huge earthy, grassy and spicy noble hop presence to it. The citrus comes through a bit in the finish but not a lot. The hops leave a lingering spicy, moderately bitter flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it definitely showcased the noble hops very well. A little malt sweetness and citrus helped balance the flavor out a bit.

Photo of alli4051
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

A: Somewhat hazy straw color. Produces a thin head that recedes quickly leaving little lacing.

S: Subtle, but herbal and hoppy.

T: Lots of noble hops up front with some tea and lemon notes in the middle. Finish is mildly yeasty.

M: Refreshingly clean with a nice dry finish.

D: A very drinkable brew. Goes down nice on a warm spring/summer day like today. Moderate abv makes it easy to throw a few back.

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

Poured into a clean flute from a bottle. Golden straw color, crisp looking with a medium head and even a tiny bit of lace. Smell was of hops, grapefruit and pine. Taste was high-end, spritzy and super refreshing. This type is what other "pilsners" hope to be. Mouthfeel was spritzy (my new favorite descriptive adjective) and drinkability pretty high. Crack open a few of these at a bbq and be a hero.

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

Pours a hazy, honey yellow, with a tall white head. Smell is crisp and hoppy, some malt goodness. First taste is lightly toasted malt combined with good skunky hops that improves and finishes with a crisp bitterness. Finish lingers. Very good drinkability. Another victory for Victory.

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

Pours a clear, golden straw color, with a good, rocky white head. Great pilsner nose: clean malt and piney hops. This beer has a good clean flavor, with the malt balanced nicely by the piney, grassy hops. This beer tastes exactly like a pilsner should-crisp, clean, flavorful and refreshing.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Proper glassware for a proper beer. A good finger of decently lacing head and a deep yellow color. Nice citrus hops on the nose, highly aromatic. Great Pilsener flavor, slightly bitter finish, mixed in with some great lemony citrusness. Amazingly refreshing, highly drinkable. Masterful lager.

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

Presentation: 11oz brown pop top; nice hop-centric label; best-by date clearly stamped

Appearance: Crystalline dark straw beer; nice color with medium carbonation and a nice white head which soon fades to a thick film with decent retention.

Smell: Nice blend of ultra-light malt and lots of herbal, grassy, hay-like hops

Taste: Again, nice blend between light malty graininess and grassy, hay-like hops. Delicate but prominent bitterness comes through on the finish; it's mostly clean on the finish, with just a hint of a rough, grassy edge.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: I've yet to find lagers with high doses of Noble Hops to be particularly drinkable, but this would be good for one or two.

Conclusion: If you like your American Pils to be full of German Noble Hop Character with a nice, crisp malt background, this one is for you.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, drink by date of July 2010.

A: Light yellow in color with a one inch head. There is a lacing trail of small bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S: Pretty neutral, pick up the noble hops and some faint lemon and grass

T: Nice and clean, the hop flavor is really nice balanced well by the malt

M: Light and crisp with the right amount of carbonation

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice drink on a warm spring/summer day, very refreshing.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stiegl Tulip.

A - Nice lemon color with a fluffy white head

S - Classic noble hop smell with a hint of pale malt. Really crisp

T - Crisp, refreshing beer with a nice lingering hoppy bitterness. Nice flavor but it doesn't blow me away like the Braumeister series Pilsener's.

M - Crisp, light body with a good amount of carbonation. Right on for a Pils.

D - Easy drinking brew that is a great representation of the style. I really liked the Tettnanger Braumeister Pils better but this is a good one and I would definitely pick this one to scratch that quality Pils itch in the future.

Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils pours yellow with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit malty, biscuit malt in particular. The flavor is excellent, lots of juicy hops jump out at me with a biscuity malt in the background. Very nice, I could down a sixer of this easily.

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

i've consumed this guy a few times, so it's time i share my thoughts (how narcissistic)

decent sudsy head from the pour. bright gold hue, with ample bubblage racing to freedom

very nice noble hop aroma gets things started, fueled by aforementioned bubblage: spicy, grassy, lemon

strong bitterness greets the tongue and carries the delicate pils malt flavors (how often is it the inverse?..."there's enough malt backbone to carry the hops along"...i say it all the time). grassy hop flavor with a spicy kick

i think this is a great brew and i return to it time and time again

Photo of haddon
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a translucent golden honey color. big frothy white head with the carbonation bubbles fizzing throughout. great looking beer!

S- pretty neutral aroma with hops, light lemon & grassy notes.

T- big hoppy flavor that has a nice bitterness. balanced with malty flavor

M- clean crisp light body with good amount of carbonation

D- this is a highly drinkable beer. very refreshing... I opened this up after an afternoon jog and really enjoyed it! I am not a huge pilsener fan but I could drink this beer everyday.

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

PP is the beer equivalent of being a lone surfer to catch a perfect glassy 5ft swell on your longboard. It's not the big air 360degree switchstance yada yada. This is the essence of beer

I could drink this beer all day long, for years.

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Perfect clarity below in the blonde golden body. Up top there's a two finger, crema head composed of larger bubbling. It recedes within a quick minute, leaving a thin ring and some decent lacing.

zesty orange on the top of the nose, with a wide backbone of honey wheat bread. Honey-dipped orange is an apt descriptor, especially as the beer begins to warm, a sweetness emerges. The beer loses a bit of it's crispness at this point...

On the tongue: It's a dollop of honey sweetness at the start immediately starting it's dance with a zippy citric bite. Quick crisp flow across the tongue with striking carbonation. Never 'arcs' per-se... just travels right through. the traveling is nice though as a light honey kiss continues to mingle with the carbonation and now the emerging hop presence. Refreshing bite as the carbonation reaches your throat. The bubbling unleashes a tinge of slightly metallic/copper hoppiness on the tonsils. This lingers as the rest of the beer washes away...All that's left now is a strong presence of floral-like noble hoppiness. A loong finish contineus to spread into an earthen echo. Musty in the throat, satisfying and reminding you that another sip is needed now.

Great job on the mouthfeel - light and almost effervescent, but still providing an anchor of body. The effect is a great sense of refreshment, while still feeling like I've imbibed a substantial beer.

It does not get any more drinkable than this beer. Fantastic interpretation of the style. A great beer for my 100th review.

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

On a recent visit from my Dad, he brought me a few bottles of Victory Prima at my request to see how it stacks up after drinking only German beers over the last year.
On the pour-Picturesque Pils. Light, highly carbonated, solid 2 finger head,medium bodied, lasts for a appropriate amount of time.
Smell is where the American influence comes into play. The crisp German malt quality is there as a solid, light bready backbone, but the hops come into to play in a big way. German Pils rely on the crisp light Hallertau in a slightly more restrictive way, this on displays a slightly more aggresive hop profile with a nice Saaz spice as well. I like the peppery aspect, and the slightly sweet rounded tone on the finish, a difference from the slightly mineral dominated not in many German examples. Excellent
Flavor is such a welcome change from the norm. Tradition and innovation from a new era in one sip. The light bready malt backbone is there as foundation, then followed by a light apricot, pepper, piney hoppiness that is definably American. The brew finishes with a light tongue tingling spiciness and nice hop bitterness. It replaces the normal mineral finish with citrus and cleansing spice.
I appreciate the classic German style immensely, but this really opns my eyes to the American craft breweries range of even the most simple styles. I always appreciated this beer, but never really noticed the intriguing complexity or how much the subtle differences really make in it from the German Brewers. Sometimes you have to be away from something for a while to really appreciate.
A real treat, and very enjoyable. Thanks Dad!

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and fair lacing. The nose is light but attactive, consisting of honey, biscuit dough and light pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, with the beer showing some light sweetness initially that is quickly balanced by a considerable bite of bitterness in the finish. This beer is light and refreshing, but still has plenty of flavor. Drinkability is quite good, with the crisp bitter finish and low alcohol making this very much a summer time session beer.

As always, just a very nice beer...

Photo of jpittman80
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden straw with little white head that doesn't last.

S - Grassy and spicy hops.

T - Didn't expect this: strong spicy and flowery hops, especially for the style. Slight sweet maltiness in the middle and finish. Exceptionally dry with a grassy hop aftertaste.

M - Very dry, crisp and effervescent.

D - Very refreshing.

Maybe they're trying to reclaim the term American Pilsner? I'll vote for that. This is great stuff, though it doesn't really fit in with the German or Bavarian style. Hooray for the new American Pilsner!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,576 ratings.