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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 188
Gots: 466 | 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 jjboesen
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snowbound during consecutive blizzards, I needed to survive. Rather than cannibilizing my children for substinence, I opted to crack a few bottles of this fine German pilsner.

The initial pour creates a thick foamy gusher, one which is soon to settle. The color is light gold, a translucent body that welcomes a bright sheen of natural light. It is clean looking; there is a quick moving school of carbonation bubbles within, all of them racing to the top. The nose receives a thick slab of wet grass that finishes with a subtle teasing of lemony furniture polish. The palate cannot decide which is more potent: the sweet malt tease or the pleasant hoppy blast. Perhaps, they balance out one another? The beer is crisp - as a good pilsner should be. This is an excellent pilsner, one that makes up for a quaff that occurs in snow choked Maryland instead of the beautiful cobbled streets of Prague.

A wonderfl summer beer ... yes; but one that makes for a pleasant quaff even in amidst the doldrum of winter.

Photo of Lerxst
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head that faded quickly and left no lacing.

S-Understated citrus hops with a bit of malt. Its a pleasant but understated nose.

T-Citrus hops (lemon predominantly), some spice and buscuity malt. Its not terribly complex at all, but its very well done and balanced.

M-Somewhat dry and crisp. Clean finish.

D-Very easy drinking. This would be a great session beer.

I'm not one who is quick to reach for a pilsener, but this one pleasantly surprised me. Good job by Victory.

Photo of voteforgoat
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got inspired by the BAs for this one. First time I saw it, so I picked one up. Had a bad experience with Victory before, but BAs convinced me to give the brewery another try. I was not disappointed.

A - average blond, clear lager color, mild carbonation - at least less than expected.

S - delicate hops

T - Great! Very refreshing. Floral, bitterness from the hops, more than any lager I remember drinking.

M- Thin, less bubbly than expected. I'm satisfied with it.

D - Excellent. Would work well with BBQ or any hot summer activity. This is a beer that easily qualifies as a "thirst quencher when mowing the lawn" for the BMC crowd, but it actually tastes good! Kinda like SNPA meets crisp pilsner, to put it in broad terms.

GF stole the glass from me and liked it. She says " Whoa..taste like tecate, but weird..with..like a bitter honey taste??"

I'm not sure how the hops would work with Korean or Japanese food, but it might be a good candidate if you're cooking korean ribs instead of Hite.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint, review compiled from notes over multiple drinking experiences.

A: Interesting color, mostly due to shape of glass. Goes from almost clear at the bottle where it's thinnest to hazy cornstock at the top. Produced a slight head that faded quickly.

S: Lemon, slight lime, peppery, yeast tang.

T: Thin to biting. Initial taste is all from aroma then comes a mouthful of Saaz hops. Pepper lingers for a bite until lemon washes it all away.

M: Thin but quite carbonated.

D: For me this is a style I need to drink while I eat. Not quite interesting enough to want to keep exploring, but sharp enough to want something to balance it with.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured clear yellow with a small white head, which dies down into some lacey patterns. There's a moderate level of carbonation evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but it's a good mix between floral hops and malts.
T: There's a lot of hops in the flavor, which lend some bitterness, but there's plenty of underlying malt so they are not overpowering. It has a very bold and assertive taste for a pilsner style.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and a bit dry on the palate.
D: Drinking this is a breeze; it quenches your thirst and is a good sessionable beer with a big taste.

Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

The appearance is a totally clear, light yellowy straw color with good carbonation and a decent, but thin and a bit short lasting, white head.
The aroma is a light hoppy scent with some nice zesty citrus notes. The flavor is of more zesty citrus hops, with some very light but pleasant grassy and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, though the carbonation is a bit strong for my liking.
It is very drinkable though, and definitely something I could go back for to enjoy a few of on a nice hot summer afternoon.

Photo of travduke
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice pale golden body, the 2 inch head that formed quickly dissipates but leaves incredible lacing.

Aroma: Nice calm malt and bitter hop aroma.

Taste: Yummy. Citrus and floral hops hit you right up front. Balanced with a nice biscuit malt.

Feel/Drink: Nice crisp mouthfeel. Drinkablity can't get any better.

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

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (best by May 25 2010)

A: Very pale gold or yellow color with a two finger white head that drops quickly and leaves a lot of lace.
S: Lemony citrus hops with a little bit of floral hints. Grainy, bready, husky bits under the hop aroma.
T: Very hops focused, lots of spicy, floral, lemon flavors. There is a definite sharpness to the hops combined with some grainy character from the malt. As it warms, the hops get a little more sharper, but the aroma doesn't get stronger.
M: Very crisp, lots of big carbonation bubbles.
D: An excellent example of the style, very easy to drink and an excellent change from APAs. Highly recommended.

* Note: I had this immediately following a Stoudt's Pils. Here are some things that occurred to me. The Prima Pils seems to be a little less crisp, slightly less attenuated with a little more grain character. The aroma hops seem more present in the Stoudt's. Both are very good pilsners, if you like one, you should try the other. Tomorrow, I will edit my Stoudt's review after I start with the Prima Pils.

* 2 days later, I just started with Prima Pils and my impressions/rating doesn't change. Haven't had Stoudt's yet.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a relatively clear, mellow, light yellow color. About two fingers of head is achieved, which dissipates rather slowly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, lemon, slight skunky smell (hopefully not a bad bottle?), and sweet malts.

Taste - A rather spicy note is tasted up front which is followed by plenty of hoppy goodness and lots of different bitter citrus notes such as lemon and orange. A slightly bitter overall taste, however, this is not was I was expecting going into it. I've only had a couple other Pils before, one of them being the new SA Noble Pils. I didn't particularly care for the SA version (it wasn't bad by any means, just not my style) and I had heard so many people stating that the Victor Prima Pils was better. I saw a single and snagged it to give it a try, and honestly, it is better. The tastes are more subdued and mellowed, yet there is plenty of complexity with the different flavors showing up at different times, then a nice semi-malty/sweet backbone finish. This is a pretty darn good beer.

Mouthfeel - Lighter mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes relatively dry.

Drinkability - High. As stated, I was not expecting to particularly like this going into it, but honestly, I could easily see myself picking up a six pack of these during the summer months. This is a perfect summer beer, with it both being sessionable and crisp/light. Not bad, not bad at all.

Photo of Turbansurfer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a traditional german pils with a bit more flower than you might expect.

The brew is always crystal clear and pours with a slight head that usually hold together fairly well.
A very smooth start, middle and finish with a tinge of bitter in the in the middle.

Consistent taste over numerous batches but I have found that it does not always age that well in the case- so buy it fresh and keep it cold.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very light yellow with a tall white head
S-a nice crisp straw malt taste with a bit of citrus hops which add a nice amount of spice to the beer
T-the hops become much more pronounced with a delicious balance of citrus, pine, and spice from the hops with a nice bready and straw malt to compliment it
M-very light and strongly carbonated nothing too far off of the style here
D-amazingly drinkable, a nice healthy hop dose with a still very light body that can be enjoyed all night easily

Photo of Saint
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a real fine beer. Its light and refreshing as you would expect a Pilsener to be, but its also complemented by being a very hoppy bee.

It pours a very pale golden, yellow color, I had a fine thick head. it smell is mellow, you get hints of its hoppy & bitter nature. It taste complex. The taste is reminiscent of a IPA, yet its not. Its slightly spicy, and not to bitter. Its moutfeel is very crisp, a lot of very active carbonation. Drinkability, this is quite a nice beer. I could easily put several of these down in a row, however, I might tire of its hoppy nature over time.

Photo of ReadyFireAim
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally; freshness date of July 19, 2010.

Aroma: Man! These hops just punch you right in the face -- and I'm OK with that! It's all about the hops, with this Pils. Citrus-like zest and spicy hops being carried by the strong carbonation. Very well done.

Appearance: Straw yellow and pretty much clear. The head shrunk pretty quickly and formed a half-finger halo that helped carry some of the aroma. Highly effervescent. Good lookin' brew.

Flavor: Again, all about the hops, here. Up front it smacks you with some spicy, floral and citrus notes, and slowly reveals a light grainy backbone (with some slight DMS in there, I picked up).

Mouthfeel: A bit too astringent for me to have more than a couple, but per the style it was pretty well done. Bitterness was high, but not over the top. What really helps highlight these hops is high attenuation from the yeast. Aside from a slight maltiness on the back, you get mostly highly-carbonated hops. It's a great thing but I think it could quickly become a bit annoying.

Overall: I could see sipping on a couple of these in front of the grill on a nice summer evening. A good rendition of the style, with some nice accents on the hops. As the bottle says: Prost!

Photo of tronester
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a big white head and lacing that does not go away. Smell is of freshly cut flowers and a hint of clean yeast. Taste is an herbal, grassy flavor up front, with a hint of malt in the middle, and a bracing, super hoppy aftertaste. The bitterness clings to your tongue, and wont go away. As a huge fan of hop bitterness, this is wonderful. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, nice medium carbonation. Super drinkable, this is 'true pilsner' taste. I would love to get this again, but it will be difficult as it is not available in Oklahoma.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ever so slightly darker than a straw golden color. Nice big fluffy white head sits on top and is fuel by tons of bubbles coming from everywhere throughout the brew.

Smell: Lemon and sweet saaz hops jump in after the fruit.

Taste: Herbal spices start off strong and that smooth lemon comes in right after. The whole brew is completely balanced by a very light delicious malt character. This beer just doesn't let you just have one.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a clean finish that leaves the mouth with a tingly feeling that is just plain awesome.

Drinkability: This is Pilsner for me, the start and the finish. Victory has crafted this unbelievably drinkable beer into what I believe is one of the finest renditions of a really classic style. When someone is just starting off drinking craft beer (or beer in general as well) I not only recommend Prima Pils I'll go and pick it up for them. Excellency in a bottle.

Photo of btorsdog
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is tasty smooth! Having lived in Germany for three years it surely is delightful to find such a full flavored and tasty brew as this!
pours a nice bright gold with a beautifil head.
smell is a good down home pils smell
taste is right on for the style with a nice clean/crisp hops bite!
mouth is very pleasant and full, very straightforward.
you could vey easily drink this gem all day and then some!
I will definetly keep this one on hand at all times(beer gods willing!) very refreshing and so easy to drink even my 85 year old mother has been known to slam a few of these puppies,sweeet!

Photo of zoso493
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that is reaching its best-by date in about month. Let's hope it kept up well.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow that contains only minimal traces of orange to it. It's hard to say a beer of this complexion is hazy, but it's certainly more difficult to see through than a lot of other pilseners. Atop the beer, is a sheet-white, two finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving some small traces of lacing behind.

Smell: The smell is mostly of grain, with some herbal, grassy hops playing a nice secondary role. I fear this beer is faded, because I bet the hops usually play a slightly larger role. It's got a bit of a barnyard scent to it, as well, which is more than fine by me.

Taste: The taste pretty much follows the scent with the graininess playing a predominant role, but the hops are more than adequately present. This is not a hugely complex brew, but is extremely satisfying and a great take on the style.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decidedly medium-bodied with a higher amount of carbonation, as you would expect. The grainy hops give a nice bittering finish that make this beer exceeding crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Prima Pils would make a fantastic session beer on a hot day as it's low in ABV, on the lighter side and exceptionally refreshing. This is a great beer to buy in a six pack and use as a thirst-quencher on a scorching summer day.

Overall, Prima Pils is a very good example of the style and a very good beer. This bottle is a little old and I suspect it might be a little hoppier as a younger beer, but the hops definitely still let you know they're there. This is a great summertime brew session brew and I highly recommend it.

Photo of Portertime
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I heard about Victory a while ago and was delighted they have expanded and are now at my store. Poured a bright golden color with a towering white head and hundreds of tiny bubbles ever floating up to the surface. The smell was wonderful with lemon, bread, pineapple, and other citrus. The taste was smooth as silk with a citrus zest and a good balance of hops. A perfect rendition of a German classic and quaffable as hell to boot!

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours very pale yellow with a pinky-sized soapy white head. Big thick carbonation bubbles. Doesn't leave much lacing, but head stays intact nicely. Aroma is quite hoppy, light lemon + orange, still a bit of macro-esque lager smell which I'm not a fan of. Taste is really hoppy, definitely holds it own against many IPAs. Flowery hops, fruity apricot-like zest, nice warm bread aftertaste. Tart, fruity finish. Mouthfeel is good, not watery thin at all, lots of carbonation but fits well for this beer. Admittedly this is not my favorite style but I can appreciate it for what it is. Especially for the warm weather, I wouldn't mind picking up a 6-pack of this sometime. Price is pretty good.

Photo of Scrapss
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one I have been waiting for the right day to open, and this warm post-work day is it! Poured into a standard pint glass. Purchased a mixed pack with some tripple, this, one hoppy beer and lager.

A: Golden yellow, light carbonation, rocky two finger head that dissipated slowly. little lacing, no legs.

S: lemony, mild yet pronounced hop nose, there's hops all over this and it smells good. Yeah, this is going to taste great!

T: bitter orange, lemon, lime, lemongrass, spicy bite and mostly drying effect, grainy initial swallow, pine notes punch through. This is what I think of when I think Pils and summer.

M: Crisps slightly, a little watery/thin and satisfying on a warm summer day. Spicy finish from both hops and carbonation. lingering bitter hop dryness. Perfect for the style again.

D: yes...Pils = drinkability and this one delivers. Keeps you enamored, more than enough to keep you interested in persuing another one. Perfect style, perfect beer for drinkability.

This is my new summer fridge beer, right up there with SA/NP. It's like all the BMC I ever had and I now am forced to ask myself "why?" when this existed and it is made fresh in my very own state! Brewery trip is now required.

Photo of spoons
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Great clear and golden yellow color.

Large stark white head.

Smells of sweet maltiness and hops galore.
An uncommon pils.

The flavor is great for a pilsner. Plenty of hops to go around. Makes it slightly bitter with some fruitiness.

Great beer. Sessionable.

Photo of NA1NSXR
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like a pilsener, golden, small head, medium high carbonation. Laces reasonably.

Smell - Noble hoppy aromas abound, Strength of the smell is about medium.

Taste - Starts with a translation of the smell into taste...sweet with no bitterness. I really like the way the bitterness is built into this pils. It comes on middle to late in the sip but then vanishes cleanly, leaving only a little on the back of the tongue. Sometimes its not just how good the flavor is, it is how it comes and goes that can make a beer unique for me. It ends a bit spicy.

Mouthfeel - Just right for pilsener. Feels just like a certain famous Czech pilsener in the mouth.

Drinkability - This is a solidly drinkable beer. All the elements are there. It is perhaps a bit strong tasting to have more than one or two in my opinion. However, if you are drinking this beer for the flavor, this beer does not go wrong.

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

Pours a nice golden yellowwith a great pillowy head. Excellent lacing throughout.

I can smell this beer at a distance. It has somenicely balanced sweetness, bitterness, straw, and biscuit.

The taste follows the smell. Nice sweet malt followed by a little refreshing hoppy bite. Finishes dry. The flavor lingers for a while.

It has a nice body with a crisp feeling. Again, a bit dry on the end.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Nice and refreshing. I'm a sucker for a good pils and this one is definitely near the top.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been meaning to try this for a long time. I just now got around to it.

A- Super dense, long lasting head. Its made up of millions of microscopic bubbles. Its really like a froth. Its leaving good lacing on the sides of my New Glarus pilsner glass. The beer is a clear, pale yellow. It has a strange green tint to it. Theres lots of active carbonation. This really is a "yellow fizzy drink".

S- Very grainy and floral. The hops smell like pollen.

T- Oh so crisp. Starts grainy and biscuity although a bit watery, finishes with a perfect hops bite. Very delicately bitter, piney and grassy.

M- Light, bubbly, prickly, crisp and semi-dry.

D- This is one super sessionable lager. Finishes dangerously clean and goes down very smooth. This is a very delicate beer and easy to please.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 3 finger frothy white head into a light golden yellowish orange. There is a light hop presence on the nose with a yeast, a hint of piney sweetness and a medium lasting head. It is light on the palate with upfront pine hops, grapefruit, and light citrus. It is a nice adjunct free pislner, light bodied with a bitter dry crisp finish. This makes for a good session brew with nice but light flavors and short crisp finishes at only 5.3%

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,659 ratings.