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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,247
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 152
Gots: 255 | 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 Herrbrokt


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Real light golden Hay. Real nice head that sets an example for lace.

Smells like hop paradise.

Prima indeed. Wow. A hop cascade finale. Fine woods, pine, dough, little lemon citrus. But Completely mild and relaxed.

dry but not overdone in any way.

I'll drink the lot! This is how I want my pilsener.

09-08-2008 03:19:42 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of danielocean03


4.2/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.Appearance is a transparent golden straw yellow with a thick two fingers of bone white fizzy head that slowly fell back to moderate lacing. Active carbonation slowly builds up a light cap of white foam. Aroma is classic pilsener, crisp and clean with that skunky hoppiness and maltly earthen undertones. Hop profile is more pronounced in the aroma than most of this style. Taste is more of the same, crisp and refreshing, grassy/floral hops, malt and wheat. Finishes dry and smooth, nice light skunky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little rough, but expected with a lighter bodied brew with moderate to high levels of carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding, clean and refreshing beer with great flavor, excellent session beer. Highly recommend, will seek out again.

09-06-2008 21:25:59 | More by danielocean03
Photo of currysage1


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a crystal clear goldenrod with a fine textured 1.5 finger rocky head. Lots of sticky lace all the way down, with a layer of head staying lightly all the way down.

Aroma is of very bright and inviting, plenty of hop pungency coming through, citrus notes specifically grapefruit, dried hay, earth after it rains.

Taste is very earthy in the beginning almost like dried hardwood, then moves right into the hop bite, definate pine resin, and peppercorn, nicely bittered for a Pils.

Feel is spot on, silky and easy to go down, very refreshing, carbonation is very pleasing and with the style.

09-06-2008 06:39:37 | More by currysage1
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +5%

Pours a clear bright golden color with a small head that fizzles away with lots of bubble action. Smells very german. German malts, noble hop spice. Tastes of more noble hops, doughy german malts, extremely crisp, light, good carbonation, ridiculously sessionable beer. Terrific easy-drinker and highly enjoyable.

09-05-2008 22:40:25 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Phillyduke


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

12 oz. bottle with a Best By date of Sep 08 2008 poured into my Prima Pils pilsener glass.

A: Beer is a pale light gold color with a slight haze. A huge three-finger head of foam threatens to crest out of the glass, then very slowly recedes leaving gobs of sticky lacing down the side of the glass. A thick white cap sticks around throughout the drink.

S: Aroma is a hop assault on the nose. Loads of spicy and herbal German noble hops.

T/M: Hops abound in this one. Herbal and spicy hops dominate the taste, but never become completely overwhelming. A doughy malt base underscores the spiciness and the crisp carbonation tingles the palate. Clean-drinking and light-to-medium bodied with a long, dry bitter finish.

D/O: This Pils is a hophead's dream come true. A sublime beer that is both over-the-top in terms of hopiness and yet understated in it's effect on the palate. You could drink this all afternoon and never become fatigued. I've not much experience with true GERMAN pilseners, but this one is certainly the best-of-breed among many fantastic PA offerings.

09-04-2008 00:02:28 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of biggred1


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Beautiful hazed almost white blonde with a medium bodied head. Minimal lace. Nice hoppy smell with hints of fresh doughy bread.Tastes like a good euro pils on steroids, delicious, fresh and a nice dose of hop bitterness that doesn't overpower the flavor. This is one of the best U.S. version of this style I've had. Very tasty and very drinkable. Outstanding.

09-03-2008 20:29:57 | More by biggred1
Photo of MP72


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A- Pale straw color with a nice white head

S-Definitely smell some hops and grassiness

T- Very smooth drinker with nice balance of malt and hops. Slightly spicy.

M- Crisp and refreshing

D- very high , this is one easy drinkin' euro style pils. Victory does it again!

09-03-2008 16:59:21 | More by MP72
Photo of KeefD


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

200th review! Pilsner glass. Three fingers of bone-white foam sit on top of a bright golden yellow body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles make it glisten. Aroma of big grassy hops, a bit of lemon rind, and husky pale malts. Flavor wave of bitter, grassy, spicy hops, backed up by a crisp, dry dose of pale malt. Slightly herbal in the hop flavor, slightly grainy and cereal like in the malt profile. Bone dry on the finish, refreshing, smooth, full-bodied. A wonderful example of a Czech-inspired, American Pilsener.

09-01-2008 17:54:20 | More by KeefD


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Three fingers of very active off white bubbles fade in minutes leaving dots of lace. Body is a glowing pure golden yellow. Nose is crisp with yeasty wheat and a lite hop profile. With first sip you get a clean fresh balance of hops and wheat. Very crisp and refreshing while carrying a balance of hop bitterness and yeasty sweetness. Smooth drinking. Carries a mouthfeel that is slightly thick and really invites the next sip. Super drinkable.

08-31-2008 21:09:49 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of BravoTwo


4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

A - Nice clear yellow hue with decent head, that fell quickly back into the beer. Good carbonation.

S - Nice floral hops aroma, very beautiful smelling. Clean and crisp.

T - Nice hops taste here. A very clean tasting, uncomplicated pilsner which makes it a really pils IMO.

M - To style, and not bad just an average clean mouthfeel.

D - Way drinkable. A great summer pilsner (or any time for that matter) an excellent example of a great beer from Victory

EDITED on 6/4/09

- pale straw yellow color, with really nice foamy head and strong lacy retention clinging down the glass as it drinks.

S - Floral, spicy hops character in the nose with fresh lightness. Good smelling pils.

T - Hops.... Starts bitter and slowly the floral earthiness progresses forward. Slightly chewy malt at the backbone. Lightly fruity notes are present as well. Overall taste is exceptional and well developed.

M - Crisp and clean, well carbonated in the mouthfeel.

D - Exceptionally good drinking pils and really well designed beer, definitely worth your while as a great example of a nice hoppy pils.

08-24-2008 01:47:25 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of jdubjacket


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Bought a six-pack of this at Green's this past week. I normally pass by pilsners, macro and micro alike due to the stamp that AB has put on pilsners. Anyway, I saw the reviews on here, and thought I should get over my view of pilsners and try this one out. I am damn glad that I did! Poured from the bottled into a DAB mug (running out of clean glasses). Pours a hazy yellow color with a good head that remains about 1/8" thick throughout the beer. Smell is grassy, natural, and with German malt. Taste is much more complex than any pilsner I have had to date. Sweet - honey maybe?, grassy, malty, and finishes slightly bitter. This would make a fantastic session brew, and it might have to be a standard beer in my fridge.

08-24-2008 00:53:29 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of JamesS


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a nice golden color, although with a ton of carbonation and it's a bit cloudy; has a nice bit of head with some good lacing. Nice malty scent, slight skunkiness. It has a good crisp malt flavor, with a bit of pepperiness at the end. It's not the smoothest going down from teh carbonation, but not overly rough.

08-23-2008 22:07:19 | More by JamesS
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood in Atlanta.

Pours a good golden color that's completely clear. One-finger white head that diminishes quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a small ring around the glass. Lacing is alright.

Smells pretty grassy. There are also hop notes in there, and a slight sweet smell. Not bad, but certainly not great.

Tastes like one of the best pilseners I've ever had. Decently sweet flavor with spices and hops. Spices are not very strong, and the hops add mostly bitter taste. Everything works very well together, and it's very complex for a lager.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not very thick but that's not to be expected. Carbonation is good, it really helps bring out the flavor.

Drinkability is good. Something else brings itself to the forefront on almost every sip. I'm not a huge fan of pilseners, but I could drink a lot of this one.

Overall it's a very solid offering. I wouldn't buy this a whole lot, but only because I like ales better. If you haven't tried this give it a shot, it's pleasantly surprising.

08-21-2008 01:35:07 | More by glid02
Photo of palmdalethriller


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

The pour leaves a great inch or so of head that leaves a decent amount of lace that typically falls back into the beer. The liquid is a very bright, very clear golden yellow with lots of good sized bubbles floating up to the top.
The Prima Pils smells wonderful. It's a spicy, flowery smell that tastes wonderful.
After smelling the beer for an inordinate amount of time I decided to finally taste it and wasn't disappointed. The hops are definitely right out front, but it's very nicely balanced with a smooth and crisp finish.
The feel is somewhat average - although it's not overly thin there's really nothing memorable about how it feels to drink it. It's to style certainly, just not overly remarkable.
This is incredibly drinkable. I think that for my first sunday football get together this year this beer will play a major role.

08-20-2008 01:13:55 | More by palmdalethriller
Photo of dancinwillie


2.68/5  rDev -33.7%

Pours a lovely shade of gold. Has a dense, tight white head, which drops pretty fast, leaving no lace.

Smells of spicy hops, and malt.

I taste mainly spicy hops, with a restrained malt flavor. Somewhat earthy as well, grassy flavor coming through. Decent flavor, although not really my cup of tea.

Good full mouthfeel. A little chewy, which I wasn't expecting, but it seems to work.

Overall, I wasn't impressed, although I would drink this over just about any mass marketed lager. It's not that it's bad, just not what I enjoy. Maybe my palate hasn't evolved to this level of subtlety yet. I'll try it again down the road, and see.

08-18-2008 21:23:13 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of Stonebreaker


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Very light yellow, according to style. Decent head.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy.

Taste: Hops up front fruity, and spicy and bitter in the back. The hops in this one are not simply abundant, but also abundantly flavorful, my first time having sweetness seemingly from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Can't remember due to bad notes, only the score.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, my first brew from Victory and it definitely lived up to the hype. I'll be grabbing a sixer of this one soon.

08-16-2008 22:53:22 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

The beer is poured with a copper colour and a nice inch head. Quite good retention on the head and a lot of carbonation. The pilsner smell definitely comes through in the nose with subtle hints of fruits. The taste of the beer is quite surprising, the general pilsner flavour doesn't come out, but a lot of more subtle fruits come out. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, it makes a great addition to the beer.The flavour is some lemon mixed with a pleasing sweetness. It's a bit watery on the mouthfeel, but incredibly drinkable.

This is probably the best pilsner I've ever had; I'm not a fan of pilsners at all really, but I find this one doing a great job.

08-15-2008 21:27:08 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of Reanimator


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Wow. I was completely surprised by this pilsener style from Victory. Enjoy by Aug 18 08 printed on the label.

Pours a hazy, pale straw color with the characteristic musky, grassy, malt aroma. Very delicious, with lemon-banana grassiness on the front, characteristic muskiness in the mids, and ending pleasantly with a unique and long lasting hop bitterness on the finish. Very crisp and light mouthfeel, practically perfect for the style.

Overall, this is one of the best pilseners I've had the pleasure of tasting - hugely drinkable, refreshing, and surprisingly unique.

Thanks to swizzlenuts for this one!

08-15-2008 01:04:06 | More by Reanimator
Photo of Murchmac


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Nice head, nice carbonation, good looking pilsner.

Aroma you can smell a couple feet away. Sweet floral smell.

Bitter hoppy taste at first, followed by sweetness.

Full bodied for a pilsner, stingy aftertaste.

This is a lot like the moonlight lunatic lager.

08-14-2008 21:01:08 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Chinon01


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance - Golden metallic color with thin clinging head.

Smell - Good noble hop aroma. No malt (appropriate for style).

Taste - Grassy and lean with a hint of malt. Some floral and pronounced hop bite.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Hop bite makes it a little less than very good.

08-13-2008 02:12:43 | More by Chinon01
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -23.3%

Had on tap for $1.50 at Brixx.

Clear yellow color with little smell. Taste was surprising considering the look of the beer, not bad but not great either. While it was not awful I cannot see buying it again considering I can get Dead Guy or Two Hearted for the same price.

08-12-2008 08:01:03 | More by unionturf
Photo of MSchae1017


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer poured a bright gold with a big foamy white head that holds for a little bit but fades leaving a thin film the whole way down and lacing some. The smell is a nice mixture of barley malts and agressive hops. The taste is very similar to the smell with the hops coming out more as the beer warms. The beer has a good body and carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer one that I would love to stock the fridge with in the summer.

08-12-2008 01:37:29 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of thisisshsas


4.2/5  rDev +4%

A- Light yellow coloring with a large foamy head, very clear and indicative of the style.

S- light crisp smell, it could be a little stronger to be better.

T- nice and light, flowery side flavor with a slight crispy hop taste thats extremely refreshing. Carbonation gives a slight burn of the tongue. One of the best lagers I've ever had.

M- unlike some lagers, the prima pils has a strong enough flavor that it doesn't fade after a few few seconds. You can swish it in you mouth and get more flower style taste.

D- extremely drinkable, a beer for the usual bud drinker and the beer connoisseur as well. Not my favorite style but you have to recognize good when it shows up though.

08-08-2008 01:49:12 | More by thisisshsas
Photo of kinger


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Aroma is crisp with a friendly bite to it, sweet and hoppy could be more pronounced. Poured a very pale golden yellow with an enormous white pillowey head that left some impressive lacing down my glass. Clean mouthfeel that is wonderfully smooth which teams with the flavor to make this beer incredibly drinkable. Flavor falls right in line with a nice crisp and snappy profile. The hops (I believe saaz are commonly used) round out a lightly malted base creating a nicely balanced flavor. There is a beautiful easiness to this pilsner ( I don't want to call it simple ) which is what makes it so very good and easily enjoyable. Not my favorite style and for the price I will likely not re-visit this too often.

08-05-2008 16:51:33 | More by kinger
Photo of youngblood


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Beautiful gold coloring, sparkles when held up to sunlight. Poured to a two finger head into an imperial pint glass. Head retention was about one minute. Leaves some pretty lace on the glass.

S - Smells of a mixture of sweetness and bitterness, hops come up a little bit in the back in the scent.

T - Very interesting. Has a strong pilsner flavor at the opening followed swiftly by the freshly cut grass bitterness of hops. Well balanced.

M - Smooth on the tongue, very light.

D - Low ABV lends itself to being a session beer. The hops and pilsner style make this quite a refresher!

08-04-2008 23:19:33 | More by youngblood
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