1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,089 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,089
Reviews: 1,961
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 139
Gots: 215 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,089 | Reviews: 1,961 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow. Two finger head died rather quickly to a thin film. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom though.

S - Loaded with spicy hops. A little peppery, a little citrusy, almost a brine like character.

T - Hops come in first with an earthy character. A wonderful burst of grain and semi-sweet malt is followed by a metallic and slightly floral hop finish. Aftertaste is earthy and bitter.

M - Decent carbonation, and thin but not watery.

D - Decent enough but a little intense. Definite potential but not quite what I'm looking for.

I had high hopes for this beer, especially considering other pilsners that I found less than interesting. Overall the taste is a little strange, I don't know if it's a good example of a pilsner or just a heavily hopped one.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 19:43:55 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of GilGarp


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz. bottle very pale with good head and some lingering lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and slightly spicy from the hops.

Taste is overall much better than other american pilsners but comes across a bit strong compared to the german original. As usual, when american companies make european styles, they tend to err on the side of over-doing it with more malt and especially more hop character than would normally be expected.

This is a very drinkable beer with session written all over it. I would love to see a cooler of these at a cookout. A great summer beer.

P.S. - it should be noted that I decided to try this one back-to-back with Odell's Double Pilsner. Perhaps not a fair comparison, looking back, because the DP is bigger and "badder" in every way.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 03:46:02 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Strix


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with a fading head.

Smells bready, with whatever those pilsnery hops are.

Again, the pilsnery hops are prominent. This finishes crisply, and is completely lacking the skunk I have come to associate with most (green bottle) pilsners I've tried. That said, I haven't enjoyed most pilsners I've tried, and if this is the pinnacle, it shows me I'm just not a huge fan of the style.

Overall, good for a pilsner, refreshing and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 02:10:28 | More by Strix
Photo of BigMike


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

Brown 12oz. bottle.
Drink by date of sept.8 2008

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a nice head. Very little lacing remains after a few minutes. Lots of carbonation looks almost like ginger ale.

very light hop smell. Fruity with a slight citrusy aroma.

Taste is lightly hoppy and citrusy. A very crisp and clean after taste.

A great example of a pilsner. This would make an exceptional session beer.

The only time i drink pilsners is in the summer and today is a great example. Temp is pushing 100 and these Primas went down smoothly.

EDIT: Jan. 28 2010.

When i first reviewed Prima Pils i wasn't a huge fan of Pilseners and i don't think i gave a fair review. I purchased a Prima Pils glass from victory and a bomber of fresh Prima today. Let me tell you, if there is a Pilsener thats even close to this one i would love to try it. This really is an amazing beer. So delicate yet flavorful. The head is so fluffy and creamy and leaves gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass!
This is a world class Pilsener and a world class beer for that matter.
It doesn't need to 100 degrees as my original review said to enjoy this. Its about 30 outside right now and this is tastuing just fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:35:45 | More by BigMike
Photo of gabeerfan


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a very clear, golden straw color with a thick white head that completely disappears after a minute.
Smells grainy and sweet. Some toated bread/biscuit. Spicy hops come through too.
The hops come through first on the taste. Grassy, spicy hops followed with a somewhat thin malt backbone.
Great mouthfeel. Light and highly carbonated to cleanse the palate.
Pretty good drinkability. Close enough to sessionable to make this a good all afternoon or evening beer. Perfect on a hot day.
Great beer that has become my standard summertime beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 20:36:42 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of DefenCorps


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

12oz bottle, best before Aug 08/ Poured into my RR pint glass

A: Straw yellow with a dense two-finger white head. Plenty of carbonation. Good retention, bits of lacing.

S: Grassy hops all the way with a earthy slant. Surprisingly sharp in its hop character, there's also a faint herbal touch, with mint present. Hint of toast and biscuit rounds this out with no trace of butteriness that i've found in a depressing number of American lagers.

T: Over the top grassy-earthy and spicy hops. Fantastic. There's the thinnest of malt backbones to this with flavors of toast and biscuit but this is an outright noble hop riot. The finish is long and surprisingly bitter.

M: Excellent carbonation with an excellent dry, bitter finish. There is also a slightly resiny character to the palate.

D: This is how it's done, kiddies. My top pilsener along with the Trumer Pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 19:34:34 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of kurtissellen


4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass, looked a golden yellow with small ½ finger head that fades but does leave lacing. Nice citrus odor possibly oranges. Awesome taste not what I was expecting, kind of a mild zesty hoppy citrus flavor followed by the wheat. Another summer classic very refreshing and drinkable. Don't make the mistake of only picking up one like I did.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 04:16:01 | More by kurtissellen
Photo of Reagan1984


4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a special beer.

Poured this beer into a pilsner glass and was excited as it built 3 fingers of a creamy white head. Most of which remained as I enjoyed the beer.

Bright Golden in color (I see other people call this Straw colored) the beer was very clear and showed small carbonation bubbles as it sat on the glass.

A wonderful fresh hoppy and grass aroma was easily noted from the beer.

A wonderfully balanced beer with what I note as a slight grape taste as I drink. Not sweet, but just reminds me of this. Also has a great spicy complexity to it.

Biscuity malt that leads to a LONG hop finish. This beer sticks with you.

Mouth feel is wonderful and this is a very drinkable beer.

This is one of my favorites. You have to try one if you are a Pilsner fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 11:57:32 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of jordoo


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Nice tight 2 fingers of head, beautifull looking pilsner in the glass very clear light golden straw colored with tiny bubbles making there way to the surface.

Smells very hoppy, herbal/grassy, very nice. Wow the noble hops taste very strong and spicy upfront, crisp and refreshing going down with medium to light mouth feel. Some maltiness on the back end but still its a hop beer all the way and a very good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:11:15 | More by jordoo
Photo of thartman


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from a 12oz brown bottle. Pale yellow straw color with loads of tiny bubbles. Nice three finger head with decent retention. Smell of grain, hay, and alfalfa. Very smooth, light and delicate with some citrus, malt, and biscuity flavor. Nice and refreshing, kind of oily in the mouth with a dry finish. Very easy to drink, it reminds me of the "old version" of Pilsner Urquell before they switched to stainless steel.

I am not an expert on Pilsners, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:50:14 | More by thartman
Photo of Donnie2112


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

poured into a standard Victory pint glass

appearance: golden yellow with tinges of green, good carbonation and good layer of head

smell: I can smell a bit of malts and a light hint of citrus

taste: a slightly sharp malt taste that is balanced against a light and cleaning lemon zest hops finish

mouthfeel: good carbonation, light in body and a barely noticable astringence and a

drinkability: extremely drinkable, this stuff is sessionable without being uninteresting. It refreshes very well. Just a real solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 19:28:13 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of Beerzebub


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by Aug 4 08, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 52 F/ 11 C.

Brilliant greenish yellow color, with a bit of very fine sediment in suspension, but quite clear. Dense white head that slowly fizzles down. Attractive splattery rings of lace.

Fresh smell of grassy, spicy hops, with a bit of lemon zest, and sweet cookielike grainy malt.

Tastes hoppy and clean, exceedingly refreshing. Fresh hop flavor and bitterness - grassy, spicy, lemony - against a clean dry malt background. Very well balanced. Lingering dry hop flavor and bitterness. Elegant and pure, and very very tasty.

Fine carbonation makes for a good smooth texture. Immensely drinkable.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 08:41:55 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of USCTrojanBrian


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass

A - One finger active, hissing white head. Slightly cloudy yellowish pour.

S - That classic Pilsner aroma. Crisp hop and delicate malt aroma.

T - Again, classic Pilsner. I like the hop flavor they've got in this, some others can have a bit more of an aggression to their hops that masks the rest of the beer, and others sort of a noticable but sort of wimpy hop characteristic. This is happily in the middle. With a little warming the malt comes out from hiding. A little sweet, a little dank, nothing too crazy.

M/D - Steady carbonation. Light amount of hop bite, just enough resistance as it moves through the mouth, those microscopic compounds within screaming "taste me! taste me!".

I hate using the word "crisp" given its overuse in marketing from big name beers but this beer's got a lot of crispness to it. That isn't such a bad thing. It's very much alive and wants to be noticed while you sip. I actually think this would serve quite well as a gateway beer along the lines of Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale etc.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 03:21:03 | More by USCTrojanBrian
Photo of stcules


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, tending to greenish. Limpid, bright, very clean.
A very beautiful hat of white foam.
Hoppy smell, right. Very fresh. Grassy, hay, dry flowers.
Very hoppy taste, too. And dry. And fresh. Very clean.
Very pleasant to drink.
Light in body, dry aftertaste.
Very inviting. Very good pils.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 16:43:39 | More by stcules
Photo of Brad007


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Straw gold color with a one-finger head that recedes. Good carbonation.

Aroma: Smooth and lightly sweet with decent hop bitterness in the nose. Simple and uncluttered aroma.

Taste: Nice and bitter upfront. Decent maltiness as well. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness and light malt sweetness. Very light and easy to drink. Definitely more hops than I expected.

Drinkability: Again, very crisp and drinkable at 5.3% ABV. This would make a better lawnmower beer than a macro offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 20:43:36 | More by Brad007
Photo of PBBC

New York

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

Beer pours incredibly clear... so clear in fact, I had a hard time believing that it could have any flavor.

Aroma.. slightly biscuity, tangy, a tinge of spice... almost like an english ale.

Taste- very clean, but with lingering malt sweetness that coats the tongue... a present, but not overwhelming hop bitterness makes itself known right as the malt sweetness washes away.

Very drinkable, great mouthfeel- much more substantial than one would expect from the color.

Great pilsner... try it once this summer with some spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 03:56:20 | More by PBBC
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Prima Pils poured from a bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy by May 11 2008" Drinking on May 18

A- Very clear golden with a foamy head composed of a wide range of bubbles.

S- Smells like a german pilsner should in my opinion. Very clean hops smell with a backround malt sweetness

T- Taste is great but does not have enough yeast character to please me fully. Carbonation brings out a great bitter hop flavor. Lemon hops and floury biscuit malt

M- Carbonation is EXCELLENT. Balanced range of bubbles makes this beer feel good all over your lips, tongue, mouth, intestines, and more.

D- Drinks quite well. You get what you pay for.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 06:02:33 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of friesfox5


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep tan, nice carbonation, brief lacing.

S- Ahhh, what a smell. A deep hop aroma, biscuits, grains, mild sweetness. I could smell this beer for hours....but then that would take away from my time drinking it!

T- PERFECTLY balanced malts and hops. The hop spiciness to the finish is not overwhelming but is substantial.

D- I've had many German pilseners and this is as good or better than all of them. This stands up to ones I've had on draft in Germany and Switzerland with no problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 19:46:00 | More by friesfox5
Photo of Taffle


3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense rush of carbonation hits the surface while pouring prima's bight, golden stream. Head retention brief, a hint of haze massing the look.

Pretty earthy and grassy to the nose. A little sweetness too.

Sour and hoppy blend into a spicey, intense flavor.

A good, full body for a pilsner. If it weren't so zesty to the palate I would enjoy indulging in more, instead of hitting something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:29:58 | More by Taffle
Photo of NBake


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

Pouring from the bottle into a tall slender glass reveals a pale yellow body with a billowing frothy white cap. The head sustains throughout as it is continuously replenished by a stream of tiny bubbles. Looks nice.

Nose reveals a touch of malty grain, and a hint of floral grassy hops. Seems clean. Good here as well.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of sweet malt leading to grassy hop and ending with a kiss of sharp spicy bitterness that lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel seems pretty standard for the style. Thin with lots of tiny bubbles.

This is great beer from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet. Prima Pils i s crisp and refreshing with just enough malt and hop presence to keep you going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 20:42:25 | More by NBake
Photo of Pauly2X


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear bright golden yellow, half finger head.

S- Sweet, spicy, noble hop aroma.

T- Very light hint of sweetness up front which is almost immediately dominated by wonderful hop flavor and bitterness which carries smoothly through the end.

M- Light, smooth and crisp.

D- Shoulda got a sixer.

Although a little on the bitter side for some, truly a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:30:40 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a 12 ounce bottle. Appearance- very pale straw colour with a slight haze. Head comes and goes quickly. Nose- grassy spicy hops. Taste- quite spicy in the front end, which quickly dries out into an aspirin like bitterness in the finish. Malt is very clean- a little bready. Carbonation is medium. Its tasty- just seems too harsh for this delicate style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 02:04:35 | More by oakbluff
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours astonishingly yellow wiht a foamy, sticky wite head. Light carbonation visible. Leaves a messy lacing around the glass.

Smells of sweet German hops.. Tettnang etc. Nice robust aroma that complements the style very well and very noticeable and pleasant.

Taste is a little more bitter than some of the other German Pils I've had. Very light, appley, and tart with hops.

Could use a little more carbonation to lighten up the otherwise very light character of the beer.

The bitterness gets to me in drinking this beer too. Normally Pils is all about balance but this makes it a little off center- not by much though. It's about 90% there. There just seems to be a gap in the final 10% between the crisp, sweet character of the beer and that tiny bit of bitterness where the flavors don't complement each other.

I thought it was interesting to see an American brewery go so gung-ho at a German Pils. I don't think I've had another American brewery's beer that really attempts it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:54:03 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

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

Pours clear and bright yellow. Nice head and good lace action.
The aroma is of hops and herbs. You can also pick up some malts,sweet fruits and a tingly spicy that is well balanced with mild bitterness.
The finish is crispy and dry.The beer itself is lightly carbonated and it has a nice satisfying ending. This one was purchased based on brand reputation and the citizens of Pennsylvania have a lot to be proud of with this brew.

Notes: I am not a fan of the Pilsener,but this will be a staple for summer. This was an experience in that I did not expect to like it so much. A surprise; and yes I can handle these wild hops,the question is can you?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:50:23 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold with a fairly long-lasting white head.

Smell: A big floral and herbal hop aroma is most prevalent with some biscuity undertones.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry and biscuity, the pilsner malt really takes a back seat to the spicy, grassy hop flavors here. Noble hops appear with even greater presence in the finish, biting and crisp with greater bitterness than any German pils I've tried. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is spot-on for the style. The only thing that this beer is lacking is the clean finish that I commonly associate with a good pils; the oily hops take over the palate and linger for a touch longer than I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 21:02:55 | More by largadeer
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,089 ratings.