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

12oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear straw with two fingers of white head. Fragrant noble hop aroma. Light bodied. Crisp hop bite with some toasty malt. Drying hop finish. Nice American version of a pilsner. Very easy drinking beer.

Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with a big foamy white head. Head falls very slow and stays throughout glass. Nice clingy lace never seems to dissappear.

Very floral nose. Nice hop in the aroma, smells very nice.

Nice taste. Pleasant ammont of hops up front followed by s full body ending in a mild lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth with rather low carbonation.

Very good, easy drinking beer. Worked well sitting a spring training game. Nicely done.

Photo of maltlikker
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a substantial long lasting white head which leaves minimal lacing - all bottles from the six-pack poured with the haze.

Aroma is grass, citrus, maybe a bit of bread. The flavor follows suit, with a smooth, bready sweetness followed by a grassy/citrus jolt which is cleansed by the carbonation.

The lighter body and crisp carbonation make this a very refreshing, enjoyable, and drinkable beer.

Photo of climax
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Prima Pils poured a real sharp gold with perfect clarity. The bubbles raced from the bottom to a fairly large frothy off-white head.

Citrus, lemon zest, and a spicier herb and grassy flavor made up the hop bill. Nice and buttery on the other end balance the noble hops well.

The flavor balanced bitter and buttery well. All of which was very clean and finished on the tart side. Grass, lemon zest, and pepper were the most prominent flavors.

The body was on the light side of medium, very smooth and extra crisp from the carbonation. The feel was a bit coarse and ended with a slight dryness.

Drinkability is borderline perfect.

Photo of UA8
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a transparent golden body with a foamy white two finger head.

S- lemon, light grain, sulfur, grass.

T- lightly roasted sweet malts, lemon citrus, a touch of sulfur notes yet not unpleasant, and finishes with a crisp and bitter grassy herbal hop finish.

M- crisp and refreshing light body with medium to high carbonation levels.

D- pretty much the best pils I've ever had. A fantastic representation of the style. Light and refreshing yet full of flavor.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine St. pub in Denver.
A nice, light golden pour. Topped by a rich, semi chunky.
Good lacing all the way down, sticky.

A spicy aroma to it with quick whiffs of light biscuit. Coriander and persimmon. Some floral.

The taste is a good play between spicy hops and biscuit. Whereas the hops dominate at first with spice and florals, the biscuity malt comes in at the end with a semi-sweet finish. Although there is a bite to it, it's still rather smooth and clean. Not musky like some GPs.

I drank this paired with quesadillas. Perhaps not the best combo, but the malt and tortilla worked out well.
very nice

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

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a golden-yellow color with a billowing white head that sticks around for a while. Laces beautifully.

S - Hops! Lot's of character in the smell; perfume and citrus, some yeastiness.

T&M - Citrus, floral hops. Bready and smooth, this is chewy while very easy to drink. Hop bitterness reamins on the pallet long after swallowing.

D - Exceedingly easy to drink, very enjoyable. Would pair nicely with most meat and seafood, would be a great BBQ beer.

Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Big foamy head at first - 2 1/2 finger width. After a couple minutes the head reduces to 1 finger. Colour is hazy straw blonde.

S - I'm not sure what I'm getting but I like it. Light maltiness combined with a citrusy character (some lemon, orange and slight grapefruit notes). Getting a small bit of caramel.

T & M - Mild on the front end but a bitter hoppy finish that lingers. Taste is crisp. Detecting a quick "come and go" malt flavor just before the hoppy finish. Body is a bit heavier than light. Full flavor, nothing thin about this.

D - The bitter finish slows things down but there's nothing wrong with this. Its more than a sip but not a gulp. I can do this on a summer afternoon on the terrace of my fave restaurant and nursing this.

Photo of pwoody11
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank in a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful effervescent clear gold. Nice head retention and pretty good lacing.

Probably the best pilsner I've ever had. Very refreshing and the bitterness is exactly what I'm looking for when drinking a pilsner.

Top of it's class IMO.

Photo of nelnutter
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz. bomber into pint glass.

A: Golden straw color with a huge soapy/pillowy white head that stuck around forever and left lacing everywhere.

S: Aroma is a floral and perfume-like hoppiness, with pale malt sweetness in the background.

T: Very tasty, earthy and spicy, definitely very hoppy but balanced out nicely but the pale malt sweetness. Leaves a nice dry, bitter, and tasty finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel, ample carbonation, and damn refreshing! Definitely a sessionable one, and one I'd highly recommend and looking forward to having more of!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils brewed by Victory Brewing Company. 5.3% alcohol content. Always looking for a good Pilsener style beer. Poured into pilsener glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow fluid that produces a fluffy heavily carbonated head that falls to a half inch leaving behind nice streaky lacing on glass.

S- Fresh scents of grassy hop are upfront followed by citrus yeasty notes.

T-M- Taste is a fresh bitter hop bite upfront with nice light malty backbone. Excellent grassy hop flavors make this beer stand out from other American beers of this style. Hopped up and perfect malt balance. Mouthfeel is perfect with rolling carbonation sliding down the tongue for easy drinking.

D- I could drink a hell of alot of this beer and plan on getting more to do just that... cheers!

Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before May 8, 2010. Pours pale golden with a nice fizzy and frothy white head that maintains a small cap and leaves some clumpy, although short-lived, rings of lacing.

Aroma is heavy on grassy, earthy hops, some floral hops, a little fruit, white grapes even, along with a little funk and sourdough bread.

Flavor has some citrus mixed in with the other hop flavors and bitterness, balanced against some bready, malty sweetness. Very flavorful.

Good body for the style, medium carbonation.

Drinks very nicely and is quite refreshing. I think this is the best pilsener I've had to date.

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

Victory Prima Pils pours a light golden straw, crystalline clear with a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The aroma has wonderful floral and slightly pungent hops with a light bready malt.

The flavor is full of wonderful pungent and slightly spicy Euroean hops balanced with very nice bready malts. Balance is the key here, great flavors nicely balanced. The finish is slightly bitter and long on flavor.

Mouhfeel is on the medium side of light, nicely carbonated and smooth.

I do believe I have found my favorite pilsener. I can see buying this regularly and I hope it stays available in the local market. Recommended!

Photo of EskimoDave
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in a trade from Ritzkiss

Pale straw, nice thicker white head which leaves rings around the glass.

On the nose you first get a grainy smell, quickly followed by the hops taking form in a bit of spiciness with some grapefruit mingled in there.

The hops impart a lemony flavour with some hop spiciness grabbing the front of your tongue midway through. some grassy notes and very light graininess.

Lighter body, smooth, medium dryness, refreshing.

Tthis would make a great summer lager. I can see myself sipping on several cool bottles of this while camping on a hot summer night. Shame you can't buy here in BC.

Photo of mullenite
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of Jul 15 2010

Glassware - Ikea pilsener

Appearance - Clear straw yellow color with a two finger white head with some nice lacing. Visible carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. One of the clearest, lightest colored beers I've ever seen. The head could have been a little taller, it was really kind of weak looking compared to other pilseners.

Nose - Grainy with a spicy hop aroma. Very good display of the Noble hops. Not really earthy at all but very spicy.

Taste - The hop spice comes through but it is also a little flowery, the combination comes off a bit soapy to me. Bready after taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall - I would drink it again but only when I can't get Noble Pils. The flavors don't blend well and that soapy flavor is kind of weird.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, yellow/gold in color, 1 inch head, medium/low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and grass

Taste: grass, lemon, citrus hops, and a touch of malt

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, smooth, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable, nice lemony pilsner that is one of the better American versions of the style. I feel it is in the group right behind Elm City and Oskar Blues. That being said, I could easily session this especially on a hot day.

Photo of zoso1967
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely straw yellow with a delicate bright white head and moderate lacing. Little bubbles trail up my tall pilsener glass as I take a whiff. Aroma is of sweet grainy malt, straw and, zesty hop aromas. Taste is even more zesty with wonderful lemony citrus, herbal and grassy hop notes. The beer has a firm bitterness that makes it nicely thirst quenching, though not as smooth as some other examples. The malt is definitely there, but is light and subdued. This pilsener is definitely showcasing the hops, but at the same time it is quite balanced. Light bodied with a perfect finish, this is a great session beer and one of America's finest examples of the style.

Photo of zebco
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A solid golden color. I got a dense, white head to start but its seemed to have whisked away rather quick. I'm also seeing some active carbonation vines.

Smell: Quite hoppy with grassy aromas.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very crisp. The hops are there up front and in the back. Not overpowering at all though. Quite delicious. A good balance of bitterness to me.

Drinkability: Well, the easiest way to put this is that this is my 5th one tonight. I would pull the trigger on the 6th but I wanna save it to savor at a later date. Good beer. Very enjoyable. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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

Pours a light gold/ yellowish color, thick fluffy white head. Good retention is helped by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, some lacing.

Aroma is loaded with hops. Herbal/grassy at the front, and a good bit of citrus/lemon at the back.

Medium to light body with perfect carbonation gives it a mouthfeel typical of the style with some roughness provided by the strong dose of hops. Nice crisp finish.

Some spicy malts and yeast help to balance out the tastes of citrus/herbal hops.

Feels a little out of place drinking this in a snowstorm, but this will make a great refreshing summer drink. Very drinkable with the abv.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pilsner glass.
Forms a nice fluffy head and has a pale gold color with good clarity. First whiff reveals a floral bouquet with a touch of lemongrass. Grassy, spicy and citrus flavors floods the tongue, forming a delicious palate. Finishes with a crisp dry bitterness and a slight metallic taste. One of best the pilsners available and probably the best tasting domestic version.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Medium golden color, slightly cloudy, fluffy head, nice lacing

Smell: Malty, citrus & grassy hops

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt, spicy hops, lemons. Finish: Sweet & bready malt, lemons, and some pine

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, perfect carbonation, very smooth & clean

Drinkability: Very refreshing a super easy to drink. Another great session beer

Overall Impression: This is still my favorite Pilsner! It is also one of the best "starter" beerz for Newbeez!

Photo of kegger22
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils poured a straw yellow in color with a half inch white head that dissipated to a thin, splotchy skin cover.

The aroma was lemony and very little else.

The taste was dominated by hoppy, bitter lemon with very little sweetness evident.

The mouth feel was light bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability was OK. The 5.30 ABV was good but the flavor didn't do much for me.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Pale/yellow with a one finger white head with some lacing. I would imagine on tap one would be able to get that super frothy head one associates with a German pilsener.

S- Earthy hops with a hint of citrus. Subtle bread like malt aroma as well.

T- Simple put, very well balanced beer. Nice hop flavor upfront, yielding to the subtle malt in the finish.

M- Light bodied and nicely creamy. Great carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. I know some people get their knickers in a knot over this statement, but for me, this is a great summer time brew. I'm a hop head who also loves a big stout, but not so much on the warmer days. This has a great hop profile balanced extremely well with the lighter malt, making for a great combination of tasting great and easily drinkable.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An American pilsner has finally reached our glorious LCBO shelves and one that doesn't contain rice adjuncts too boot! It's great to finally get an offering from Victory here and one of a poorly beer style here in Ontario.

Golden with an ever so slight opaque haze to it, I'm excited already. A bleached white head froths forth in all its rocky glory crowning the golden elixir beneath. Minimal lace traces the glass as the magnificent retention of the head is reinforced by the beers suitable carbonation.

Zesty lemon aromas with a tinge of sulfur dissipate from the foamy froth tickling the nasal passage. Sweet rose honey and artisanal white bread give balance and backing to the hoppy bouquet. The floral hop aromas abound, fruit blossoms and young spruce buds, just wonderful. Everything is very clean and concise.

Bitter chestnut honey puckers the tongue leading to a grassy herbal hop character. Crisp pilsner malt provides perfect contrast to the bitterness, also providing body. In the finish hops are king again, a resinous lemon zest finish lingering long in the back of the palate. The flavours are not complex but well balanced and crisp.
Refreshing with a light thickness no doubt attributed to the high hop content, it coats the mouth nicely while still managing a excellent thirst quenching nature.

What an outstanding beer fits the style to a T. It's wonderful to finally have some real pilsners available here to cast down the swath of bland euro lagers so omnipresent on LCBO shelves.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 18, 2010). "ENJOY BY: MAY 2 2010" is printed on the label.

Eyes: Pours a clear, light golden straw color. The one finger head dissipates quite quickly. Minimal lacing.

Nose: The aroma is nice, but seems a little weak in the Saaz hop area. It's a strong, spicy, even earthy aroma, but not as good as I'd expect.

Tongue: A lot more complex here, but just a bit short of the perfect Pilsner. Quite piney, and most certainly has that "noble" hop character, tasty overall, with a very high level of bitterness.

Mouth: A good clean, crisp feel. Refreshing for sure.

Libation: Very drinkable and tasty. This is a very good pilsner, but not the top of the food chain. In my opinion the flavor falls a shade short while delivering a shade too much bitterness, but these are small nit-picks. I'll be happy to have this one again, as it's a great addition to a style that seriously lacks depth in quality.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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