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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 421 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
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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!

Photo of TCHopCraver
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The drink-by date on this bottle was 5/2/10 and I reviewed this on 5-12-10. I'm not positive how this affected my tasting, but I have a thought on that.

A: Served into a pilsener-style glass, this beer pours a clear yellow-gold and had a tightly cropped 1 finger head that faded rapidly. Lazy carbonation bubbles meander northward. The lacing decorates the glass with relatively thick tree-notch residues.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite biscuity and also had some corn, and Granny Smith apple notes. I faintly smell spicy hops. I wonder if this has faded because the bottle is older.

T: Mmm, quite tasty. I taste a nice, spicy hop balance to the pale malts, a quality I really appreciate in a Pilsener. The malts lend a sweet, creamy, almost buttery taste. The flavor somewhat reminds me of spicy apple.

M: This beer displays a good balance between crispness, refreshment, and creaminess. The hop presence lends a satisfying drying feel at the end of each pull.

D: Nicely light and refreshing, but with enough complexity to really expend some brainpower examining its merits. Very drinkable and I'll be going back to this beer when it actually warms up in the great state of Michigan.

Photo of EbPhrygian
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my fifth bottle of a six-pack that I've been working on for probably a couple of weeks. Was kind of hyped about this one.

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A rather translucent honey color. Leaves minimal head, even when vigorously poured, and what there is doesn't retain all that well. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Lemony citrus notes strike first, followed by a piny hop character.

Taste: Bitter and hoppy, especially in the after-taste. There just isn't much going on here, simple and to-the-point, although I wasn't expecting a great deal of complexity in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, doesn't stick to the teeth, tongue, or throat.

Drinkability: Wrong place and time for this beer? Sitting indoors at home in the early evening on a 50º cloudy spring day. I never wanted another, though it would not be a laborious endeavor whatsoever. This smooth, crisp brew goes down with minimum effort.

Notes: I have a lot to say about this beer. First of all, it should be enjoyed cold, like right out of the fridge at 37º. The reason for this is it can't be enjoyed fast enough to prevent that unpleasant sensation that your drink is too warm. Second, I like Sam Adams Noble Pils much better. Finally, it just doesn't have anything going for it. It's a Pilsener with more of a hop taste than a strong malt profile, and as such I just can't recommend it over most of the ales I've enjoyed. Just wished there was more to it, something to further separate it from the mass-produced BMC products that boast "Pilsener taste." If this is how a pilsener is supposed to taste, then I'm not sure it's my favorite style. Was pretty hyped about this one, too...oh well.

Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jerry Remy's Bar on Boylston Street. Served in a standard pint glass. I wanted to order something that would quench my thirst while I ate my spicy buffalo wings. Clear yellow body. Lots of carbonation. Moderate sized white head. Smell didn't grab me at all. Taste on the other hand was excellent. Wonderful and light, it has all the flavor that a well-built pils should exhibit. Just a hint of malt and hops; it's the crispness that stands out. It's a lager, so it may lack a bit in my mind in the mouthfeel category, but that only makes the drinkability that much better. Low abv also makes this beer extremely easy to quaff. A nice fire extinguisher to my wings - a perfect pair.

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

I'd had this on-tap before, but didn't review as I was too unfamiliar with the style. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my pilsner glass. "Enjoy by May 28, 2010."

Tempestuous whirlwind of carbonation obscures the clarity of the body for quite some time. Eventually it begins to shine like stained glass - a light very pale pear color with a solid finger of ivory suds which persits very well and laces in ornate yet compact tendrils.

Floral aromatics, suggesting roses and a hint of alfalfa. Slightly cracker-like (not quite vegetal) pale malt as well, but not "pissy" at all.

Quite grassy on the palate with rosemary and wildflower flavors as well. A pleasing bitterness from noble hops along with an almost sterile cleanliness from the malt. Vague hints of green apples and white corn (not DMS, not "grainy") in the finish as well - though it concludes very dry.

Smooth, heavily carbonated, medium-light bodied.

Oh so refreshing - spot on for the style and rated as such.

Photo of danmouer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am usually impressed by Victory's beers, and I've had lots of Prima Pils in the past. This is a chilly rainy May day--not the sunny summertime I often associate with a Pils--but I had a taste for this one, and I'm glad I went for it.

Prima poured into my pilsner glass with a nice inch-and-a-half collar that settled down to a fine wreath of foam around the beer. The color is light-medium gold. The beer has a slight haze--reminds me of the hop-tannin haze that is often found in a Pilsner Urquell rather than the stark crystal clarity of a German pils. For that, I downgraded it, because everything else about this beer--including the name, says "Pils."

The aroma is clean, grassy-hop-and-malt. Light, but just right. The flavor is very pils-appropriate. Nice sweet malt balanced--in fact over-balanced--by crisp, clean grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium full, dry, crisp, but not as crisp as it would be with slightly less (and less "oily" hop bitterness). Nonetheless, the flavor balance is very typical of the style. The carbonation is just right: a bit more bubbly than "medium," but certainly not "gassy." Lots of little pinpoints on the tongue!

This is a very drinkable beer. It's refreshing, but substantial in flavor. I could have another (and I might), but one is quite satisfying on its own. Victory Prima is a very classy pils.

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

Highlights for me on this beer are the hops. Great hop aromas and very nice balance of good hop flavor while not getting in the way of the classic pilsner taste. As a lover of IPAs and good hoppy flavors this is a nice alternative and a good easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of Echosolace
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Just a little cloudy. Light, a nice shade of yellow, reminds me of sunshine.

S: Clean. They say refined on it. Maybe too clean. Chlorine-y? Not to that extent, but very pils like.

T: O it's tasty. I'm not the biggest fans of pilsners, but I could imagine myself having a fest with some of these at a party. It tastes good, definitely has a nice hoppy aftertaste.

M: Actually, of the stuff I've had from Victory Brewing, I'd say that they fell short on this. I want more carbonation from it.

D: It's a good staple beer, an every day beer. It's light in flavor, has a reasonable amount of alcohol, but it won't throw you into a beer nap. Great if you like hops. Just could use a bit more carbonation.

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

Pours golden amber with light carbonation and a 2 finger creamy head.

S - Slight citrus notes and fresh hoppiness with piney notes

T - A little hint of malt and some citrus notes, more lemony than anything else. Bitterness is mild

M - Smooth and refreshing

D - Very crisp and refreshing one of my favorite pils after a hot day in the yard

Photo of sk8man121
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Hazy yellow with no head. Looks like a cross between a witbier and a bud light.

S: Aroma is tough to pick up on. Floral if anything.

T: Tasting this beer throws all preconceived notions out the window. Fresh, clean hops are the star of the show here. Tough to describe really; lemon, fresh cut grass and a spiciness from the hops round out the middle. Aftertaste is slightly metallic.

M: Carbonation is medium to low. Hops leave a sticky, resiny coating on the tongue. This beer is very lite in terms of weight.

D: Rarely do I enjoy drinking pilsner, but this is a nice exception. Victory has taken a style that I just plain don't enjoy very much and dressed it up just enough to change my perception. That said, it is a VERY accurate representation of what a lager can be when good ingredients and brewing techniques are used.

The lager for those who don't drink lager!

Photo of ahatch551
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color high carbonation very little head retention.

Slightly hoppy but sour aroma.

Good hop flavor but a little one dimensional, weak malt backbone, not especially well balanced.

Dry mouthfeel, good for style but not exceptional.

Fairly simple beer but drinkable.

Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, light straw color with a slim finger of frothy white head. There's just a touch of haze here. Looks good.

Smell: smooth, light malt with a hint of grain. Hops are nicely balanced in the mix. There's just a hint of spiciness present, as well; interesting. I like it.

Taste: malt starts of sweet but finishes dry; overall flavor starts malt-centric but finishes with a crisp hop bitterness. A very tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very good level of carbonation. It's slightly tingly, quite creamy, and quite excellent.

Drinkability: effervescent and refreshing. Quite a satisfactory brew.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a pale yellow with a 3 finger white head that laces nicely. Looks like a pilsner should

S- beautiful malts and hops with a nice bite of pine. Smells like a pilsner should...

T- YES! THIS IS IT! BMC talk about the perfect pilsner taste...and this is it. Its piney, its malty, its hoppy, its beautiful. Doesn't get any better!

M- there is a good bit of carbonation here, but it doesn't take away from the beer at all. Quite light, but goes down so smooth

D- ridiculously drinkable. My fave pilsner going today. It absolutely cannot get any better than some Prima

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so stoked to try this beer. I have heard a lot of good things. I hope it don't let me down. I poured into a pokal glass at 40 degrees. Thank you so very much boralyl, for getting me this bomber.

Appearance: A nice 3 finger steady white foamy bubbly head that is leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a light straw with some amber hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. The appearance on the beer beer is beautiful.

Nose: A fragrant hops and a clean malt overwhelm the senses. A nice fragrant floral bouquet and some pine. A grainy malt aroma with some light toast, and yeast.

Taste: A very nice and clean flavor. Fragrant spicy hop flavor with a touch of wood. The malt is lightly toasted, and has yeast. There is a subtle sweetness in pilsner.

The mouth feel is clean, light, slightly dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This is such a wonderful pils, has a very good character, flavor and is so easy to drink. I wish I had a couple more in the fridge. Thank you so very much boralyl, for getting me this.

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

Can you get a prettier poured beer than this? I poured this from the bomber into a pilsner glass and was rewarded with a beautiful straw color. The beer is mostly clear with a billowy head of sticky foam that left copious amounts of lace down the sides.

The smell assures you that you have indeed poured a pilsner. Czech hops and crystal malts merge perfectly into what this style should smell like and that most American-style lagers can only aspire to.

Very flavorful, very Czech, with grassy aspects. The malt is there, but the dryness brought on by the hops (I'm assuming Saaz) leaves no sense of sweetness.

Bitter acidity in the back of the throat, but crisp up front. Not my favorite experience, but what is standard for the style. This is not a "neutral" pilsner and expect it to assert its Czech roots, despite being brewed in Pennsylvania.

Goes exceptionally well with pizza and when drank ice cold is very refreshing and crisp. Allowing it to warm will bring out more nuances and even mellow out the bitterness a little.

Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6-13-10 Consumed 4-28-10

Not to take away from how good this beer is, but the golden color is interrupted by a greenish hue.

Pleasant hoppy aromas of fresh grassy hops with bitter citrus rinds, lemony grains, mint.

The taste is soft and clean with fresh, green hops, orange skin, and a dry crisp finish.

Very good, doesn't beat Noble Pils for me. Held to the traditional style, though slightly Americanized, being so voluminously and cleanly hopped. This should be a staple pils for one who can aquire it.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.