Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,574
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
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 ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from RThomas436. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet pale malt and earthy hops. Taste starts moderately sweet, lightly citrus in the middle, with a crisp hoppy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good.

Photo of stapleton87
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color, big frothy chewy head with excellent retention and impressive lacing.

S: Citrus, orange and lemon. Nice big whiff of grass as well.

T: Hoppier than the average pils, sharp hops upfront give a grassy, herbal flavor along with the usual citrus. Delicate semi-dry finish.

M: A bit thicker than most pilsners, high carbonation.

A most excellent pilsner, lots of taste with an emphasis on the hops, and very drinkable. At $2.99 a bomber, I might just start drinking this instead of water.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into clean pint glass. A nice golden yellow color, with very little head or lacing (seems quite the contrary from other reviews). Strong citrus smell, with grapefruits and lemons being the prominent scent. I dont taste the hops as much as i expected, but this brew is well carbonated, and very clean / smooth in the mouth. A very solid take on the style, and although im not a huge Pilsner fan, I could drink several of these with ease.

Edit: 2nd bomber pour was much more heady, so i added .5 to my appearance rating

Photo of scarletfire79
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow with a large pillowy white head. slight citrus notes and hops are present right away. very smooth taste, slightly biting and drying in the finish, some slight fruit. extremely drinkable. i am very impressed, this is really solid.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brick Store Pub. Poured into Victory pilsner glass. One inch white foamy head lingers for a while on a clear golden body. Aroma is a mix of a biscuity pilsner and a grapefruit. Comforting and lovely. Taste is similar. Just slightly and beautifully out of balance on the style towards hoppy but not so much as to upset the run of the mill pilsner drinker. Amazingly delicious and over the top smooth.

Photo of MarioL66
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with Sam Adams Noble Pils to start off the 2010 Superbowl.

Appearance - A light, toasted corn color wore a frothy sea-like head that created a crawling lace within my Sam Perfect Pint glass. More lacing and lighter than Sam. Both are pretty.

Smell - A slight tang dances with the spices and herbs. An inviting aroma.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean with a soft cream-like feel; creamier than Sam.

Taste - The hops start things off but then give way to the herbal qualities of the beer. An almost Wit-like back end to the taste.

Drinkability - The is a sessionable beer.

A solid pilsner. I can't deicide between this or the Sam. This goes a little to the white ale flavor side vs. Noble Pils so it depends on what you are craving.

Photo of Reaper16
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle (best by May 2010) served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a pristine, crystal-clear shade of yellow that is most accurately (but not most beautifully) described as similar to urine. Really, there is no difference between the color and translucence of human piss and this beer. But it is all about context, and sitting in the glass this beer is very nice looking, especially with the two fingers of white head sitting on top. The head is composed of tight little bubbles that don't cling to the glass very well. What lacing there is happens to be spotty and soapy.

Prima Pils has an outstanding aroma profile for the style. I immediately get lured in by the hops. They are bitter smelling in a medicinal way, with spritzes of lemon peel and basil, maybe thyme, livening things up. Getting past the hops you can smell the purity of the pilsner malt. It smells singularly doughy and sweet.

On the tongue, the flavors don't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. The hop flavors are less distinguished on the tongue; a bit of a muddled medicinal bitterness. Disappointingly, the lemon isn't as prevalent. The soapy tastes of the hop profile do provide solid support for the clean, airy pilsner malt. The inherent bready flavor isn't allowed to be perceived as one-note. This is a damn nice session candidate.

I am iffy on the mouthfeel. On the one hand, its light body is great for the flavor profile. On the other hand, the carbonation is not nearly active enough on the tongue. I'm not sure why that is; I hope that it isn't an unintended consequence of having the beer shipped to me. Regardless, this beer is a prima candidate for a session. You can happily spend the entire Super Bowl on Sunday, say, with a six pack of this pilsner.

Best American pilsner? Maybe. I have yet to try Boston Brewing's new Noble Pils and Boulevard's Pilsner is right up there but Prima Pils is certainly a nice beer. Its drinkable, balanced, and has an outstanding aroma.

Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the LCBO. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this tasty ass brew yet.

Pours a bright glowing yellow with a thick ring of white head and several dots of lacing on the shaker glass. Rich nose imparts bready and sweet pilsner malt, fresh cookie dough, barley, and a bit of lime. Fragrant and inviting. Taste is lemony and citric hops upfront, flowery, herbal and grassy flavours clash with honey and white cracker mid-palate, big Noble hop bitterness kicks in with some herbs and sweetness in the aftertaste. Super refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, medium-bodied, lightly bitter dryness to finish. A thirst quencher no doubt.

As with all of the U.S. craft beers in Ontario, I'm really glad this is available. An exemplar pils that delivers on the hops. Can't go wrong with Prima!

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Decently aggressive pour yields a 1/3 inch head that sticks around longer than expected. Pours semi-opaque yellow.

Smell: Grassy, herbal hops and some lemon. A faint breadiness and sweetness emerge as the beer warms. Aroma stays bright and inviting for the entirety of the bottle.

Taste: Grassy and creamy up front, followed by a building soapiness/bitterness that turns into a bready finish. Interesting how the strong herbal character gets overwhelmed by soapiness that transforms into a rye bread-like malt flavor. Good balance. Lots of flavor in those few moments before the bitterness sets in. As I get through the bottle, the distinct hop and malt characters don't get dulled as they do in some other lighter beers I've had in the past.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied but still creamy. Well-carbonated without being overwhelming.

Drinkability: Good flavor, refreshing, no noticeable alcohol, and a balance of subtle and aggressive flavors that remain expertly balanced.

Definitely an impressive beer; easily comparable to or better than Pilsner Urquell. This isn't really my style of beer, so I don't think I'll return to it that often, but it's both excellent when evaluated to style and solidly good even if it's not your preferred style. A beer I'll likely recommend more often than I'll drink.

Photo of wknight167
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head with little holding power or lacing.

Nose- Unmistakable lemon character (a bit much for the style) accompanied by toasted malt, as well as spicy and grassy notes.

Palate- Citrus, mostly lemon, but spicy and bready as well. More hops than a normal pils, but not by a whole lot.

Mouthfeel- Light body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Easily a session beer.

Overall- The amount of lemon in both the nose and the palate was a bit over the top and detracted from the spiciness.

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

Victory Prima Pils. 2010 vintage on tap. 5oz. tasting.

Cloudy, pale, straw-yellow. Streaming carbonation and a frothy, white one-finger head.

Very herbal, wheaty, and lemony.

It'a a very hoppy pilsner. Fruity / juicy hops initially, quickly followed by a rush of grassy herbal flavor. Really not my favorite taste (exceedingly bitter and herbal) but it's unique and well pulled off as far as I can tell.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
Well carbonated, light, and dry. Thirst-quenching drinkability.

Photo of Mcculler
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale slightly cloudy yellow with some blue-green highlights; a good, not large head with some lacing.

Sweet, bready malts, grapefruit, yeast, and herbal notes - camomile especially.

Taste is a beautiful Americanized version of European style - bready and yeasty with some strong but not overpowering citrus notes (grapefruit and lemon), herbal notes (lemon balm, hay, camomile, thyme), and a mineral finish.

Has a light feel with solid carbonation.

Perhaps my favorite everyday drinking beer. Light, affordable, available year round, yet complex and intriguing.

Love this beer. Love it.

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

Pours a straw yellow with about two fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't the greatest, but it does manage to leave some lacing behind. A very lively carbonation is fueling the foam.

The nose starts out with floral and herbal hops, almost spicey. Biscuity malts are there to back it up, giving it a sweet character. Subtle, for sure, but dang good too.

Like the nose, the taste is dominated by herbal and floral hops, with a solid biscuity malt backbone there to balance it out. Spicey hops dry the palate while the malt sweetens things up a bit. Excellent balance.

Medium to light in body, with a crisp carbonation. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is excellent. Be careful, it is too easy to drink multiple of these without realizing it.

Good pilsners are harder to come by than one might think. Subtler beer like these, that don't blast your palate off and wont get a lot of press, but still deliver, are what the craft beer world is built upon.

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

A good pils is hard to find, but luckily Victory has created a brew that has enough body and flavor to stand on its own, and isn't so substantial as to detract or interfere with a good sandwich.

The pils is pale straw in color and the pour created roughly an inch worth of fluffy head. Comprised of rather large bubbles, coupled with the vessel being a shaker pint, the head, not surprisingly, fades rather fast. However some scattered lace is left behind, all the while a flurry of bubbles ascend from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is rather subtle with faint scents of herbal hops and bready malt. Very faint yeast notes as well. Very light and indicative of a refreshing beverage rather than that of a substantial meal.

The bitterness profile really shines in the taste and accentuates the crispness of the beer. Mellow herbal hop flavor with some subtle bread malt and a nice, dry finish that lingers faintly after the swallow. Some lemon and grain flavor is noticeable as well. Slightly astringent but not in a bad way. Definitely not a watered down beer for sure.

The body is rather light, as to be expected, with low to medium carbonation, however the weight feels great on the tongue.

As far as drinkability is concerned, I split a six pack and if there was one more left I would have drunk it! The flavor balance, the crisp, dry finish, and the mellow herbal hops all contribute to make this beer a very enjoyable session-able beer.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy pale golden color with a creamy looking white head that slowly creeps down the glass and leaves a nice looking lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings a sweet hoppy aroma. it gives off a an oily hop scent, sweet honey, and a floral ester aroma with a light bready malt backbone.

T-the taste follows the nose almost to a T. sweet hop oil, floral esters, and a touch of honey. a nice bready malt backbone with a light bitterness

M-great medium body, slightly syrupy, quite smooth, and a touch of astringency at the finish. perfect carbonation presence.

D-i completely forgot how good this beer was and passed it up too many times. it brings huge flavor, sweetness with a touch of balance, and so easy to drink. what a sessionable beer!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.

The Prima is pale straw color, hazy and unfiltered-looking. Head is tiny and lacing almost nonexistent.

Smells are very nice pilsner yeast, bread, herbal grain, anise and butterscotch. Very complex and full, a bit like a baby brother version of a Belgian golden ale.

Taste is tangy, slightly bitter, pine, and citrus. The bread and yeast are greatly subdued. Aftertaste is bitter lemon-peel.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and very dry with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good but not stunning. I think it is just a bit over-dry and not intriguing enough to compensate. - I totally disagree, this beer is awesome and I could drink it into infinity.

I rather like this beer. The nose is really deep for the style. Taste is quite good, if a bit bitter and slightly flat. Mouthfeel is a bit over dry for the drinkability to be stunning, but as a pilsner it is quite drinkable anyway.

As a final note I recently tried the new Sam Adams Noble Pils... That is one damn fine beer, and maybe the best looking pils I have ever seen. Try it if you get the chance.

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

12 oz bottle. Can't read the best by date but it is sometime in 2010. It seems this is the case for the majority of Victory beers I buy.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with lots of streaming carbonation. A frothy white head which is retained nicely down to thin film on the surface. Good lacing as well.

The scent is very lemony with a mix of sweet-smelling bready malt and touch of wheaty, yeasty note. The flavor is very clean, not so hoppy but the lemon zest is retained well. A smooth sweet malt profile with a light but balanced flavor. Abit of tang and spice at the end, leaving a drier bready aftertaste.

Light body, fairly low bitterness overall but somewhat bitter for a pilsener. The carbonation makes a nice airy mouthfeel. While not the quintessential pilsener, this beer is a great smooth, balanced, light session beer.

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

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dirty yellow with a nice two finger white head that settles down to a a nice lacing. There is a good cling to the glass throughout the drink. There are smells of malt of hops that form a nice even balance. The taste starts of in a malty sweet undertone but finished with some bitterness from the hops. Just like the smell there is a nice flavor combination that makes this a very drinkable session beer. Overall a nice easy drinking beer that takes little trouble to polish off a six pack. I first had this as a tailgating beer in the fall and decided to have this again. A very easy drinking quality beer. I will definately be getting this again.

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

Pours a clear, straw yellow color with tons of active carbonation. Nice creamy white head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smells of astringent, spicey, floral hops with light bread. Tastes grainy, florally crisp, spicey, and an all out bitterness attack. Expresses a little grassiness and has a little bit of bready malt underneath.

Is prickly on the tongue, very crisp, and finishes extremely dry with a hop bitterness that lingers, and lingers, and lingers... This is a very drinkable beer and one you could have several of in one sitting, especially on a hot summer day. This is what I would consider a little more extreme version of a pilsner and it's quite good.

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

Brought over to the apartment recently by my buddy CharlatanSin. Having gone to college in Philly, it isn't the first time I've had this one but figured it'd be a good time to give it a review.

Appearance- Pours a brilliant golden straw color into my pint glass with a puffy three fingers of white head. Lots of sparkling carbonation, great head retention, and a solid amount of lacing left as I drink. Quite a looker.

Smell- Very hop-oriented pilsner with lots of grapefruit and fruity citrus coming through on the nose. A touch of hay and a little bit of bread coming through as well.

Taste- Again, a very hoppy pilsner. A good punch of fruity, juicy hops initially. This is followed up with a pleasant grassiness and some hay. The malt shows through as well in touch of fresh bread and a tad bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is well carbonated, light, and dry. Very appetizing and drinkability is extremely high on this one with lots of thirst quenching qualities.

Overall, a great American pilsner. Hoppy for sure but in a great way. A classic and a worthy example as to why pilsner is often an underrated style. If you haven't had it, do so.

Photo of vdread
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Victory Prima Pils

pours a vibrantly yellow body with somewhat pale edges and a thin white head. looks well carbonated, with multiple streams of bubbles escaping the top. smells of weak citrusy hops and light, barely detectable malts.

tastes grainy, harsh, and astringent. sharply bitter, without much hop taste or complexity one would expect with this level of bitterness. the medicinal astringency dominates the flavor here and makes it hard to appreciate much else. hints of lemon and grassy hops peek through.

mouthfeel good. thick, well carbonated.

i found this hard to drink. i've enjoyed victory brewing for the most part, and maybe i just expected too much from the prima pils, but i'm really disappointed with this guy. the other reviews seem to indicate that it is a top notch beer. maybe i just need to try another bottle.

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from K&L Redwood City. Should have reviewed this earlier, but oh well. This beer is an old buddy of mine from my real home state that I will happily go back to anytime I get tired of -bal aged imperial stouts, sours, imperial IPAs, strong Belgian stuff, etc (which is pretty much never, but oh well, it sounds good in theory, doesn't it?).

Pours golden-yellow color with a slightly fizzy white head that dissipates, as it should for this style in my (not BJCP certified) opinion.

Grassy aroma with nice sweet malt. Nice and hoppy for the style, but not overly so to the point where the "to style" purists will crap on it.

Flavor is pale, grainy malt with just a touch of sweetness, some honey notes, and a great grassy and herbal hop profile.

Light, crisp, dry, and hoppy on the palate. Somewhat fizzy carbonation, as I have always thought a pilsner should have.

Extremely drinkable. This is a great session beer.
* Tomato bombardment from hardcore "session beer < 4% ABV" fanatics.*
A very nice example of a style that, quite frankly, isn't one of my favorites.

Photo of prg1976
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, pale yellow coloring. Not much head, not much lacing.

You can tell it's a pilsner just by the smell. Malty, almost earthy.

Slightly bitter, woody taste.

Very bubbly, you can feel it as you're drinking it.

Drinks well, would be a good summer beer.

Not my favorite style, but solid overall.

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

Served on tap

Appearance: clear, bright yellow, small creamy head, leaves a little lacing down the side. Light straw color with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up.

Smell: Nice hop spiciness comes out in the nose. A little bit of biscuit-like malt with some subtle herby flavors.

Taste: Starts out quite mellow. A little light, sweetish kind of pleasant bready malt, then followed immediately by zesty spice. Finishes out bitter with a lingering and surprisingly strong bitter aftertaste. It's nice though, it helps to cleanse the palate for the next eager sip.

Mouthfeel: bright and bubbly but not too harsh. Just enough pop to really complement and bring out the spicier side of the brew.

Drinkability: Very pleasant beer with a lot more assertive flavor than I was expected (it was welcome). This was only my second pilsner and I found it quite delicious and bold without being overbearing. Understated grace.

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Note: my bottle was past the best by date by 7 months, so it's possible/probable that this would have been even better if it were fresher.

Has a nice citrusy nose. Small but nice rim of head. Mildly cloudy (unfiltered) looking. Smells obviously like a Pilsener but with more pizazz than usual. "Mmmm...mmm" were my first comments. This is very nice and refreshing and certainly not boring. Nice amount of hops but not overpowering. I like this quite a bit, usually this style is terribly boring to me, this is definitely not. In general the taste is very light with a mild citrus. Noticed an interesting earthy flavor in the finish for a minute which was kind of nice. I'd be very happy drinking this beer on a hot summer day. I believe this is definitely the best Pilsener I've ever had.

Just a side note, this is an excellent pilsener but in general I prefer Stouts, Porters, Barleywines, etc. which I find to be much tastier and more my style, so while this is one of the best Pilseners I have had this is nowhere near my favorite beer.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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