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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,345
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 296 | 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 AlcahueteJ
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours beautifully into a pilsner glass. Golden yellow body with tons of carbonation, streams and streams of bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass. Rocky white three finger head. Great start.

S - Sweet, bready malt in the nose, very inviting. Balanced as well, as the hops pull through after the malt. Very hoppy for a pilsner, but like I said, very well balanced, not overpowering at all like some IPA's can be.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thin as some pilsners can be. Loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel, extremely crisp and dry.

T - Sweet malt hits the tongue right away and lingers for a bit...then all of a sudden my palate gets smacked with citrus and grass. I even burped up hops after the third sip. The balance is ridiculous for a beer that is obviously much hoppier than the typical lager.

D - I'm glad I reviewed this five years into my craft beer experience. I can appreciate a world class lager such as this so much more. I'm thinking Victory should replace Bud Light in the drinkability commercials because this is a beer I could quaff all night long.

AlcahueteJ, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of soccerman7
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright blonde color with a very nice finger of lacing head

S - Hops are upfront. Herbally. Wonderful malt notes and a touch of spice.

T - Very light and crisp. Hops are not as sharp as the nose leads it. A bit thin almost in the body. Spiciness on the tail end of it.

M - Smooth overall but the peppery notes linger.

D - A very good american pilsner, and is a great choice for summer and cookouts. Clean and crisp.

soccerman7, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color that produced a white head that retained ok and left some lacing

S - Hoppy aromas with a slight malt undertone

T - A decent hop burst with some honey and floral hints and a malt body

M - Smooth, thin bodied, and moderate carbonation

D - Very good beer, true pilsener with good flavor

cvfish, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow leaving a nice tall head and very nice lacing. Smells of sweet candy, grassy earthiness and some spice from the hops. Tastes of peppery bitterness up front followed quickly by a melon like sweetness. Finishes with some residual bitterness and peppery dryness. Fairly sweet but nice and crisp in the end. Nice carbonation that complements the finish.

A fantastic pils, especially from this country. Great value for the price and easily can hold up its own against the european pilsners. Great balance ending with a nice crisp, clean finish. Love it.

bum732, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of pmcgill10
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance is clear pale yellow with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin lace in about a minute. Aroma is of hops -- very floral, quite pungent. Over the top hops pervade throughout the tasting of this brew. Initial hoppy spiciness gives way to a moment of mild malty breadiness and then floral hoppy finish. Hop bitterness sticks around on your tounge for about a minute. If you like a spicy/bitter pilsener this brew is for you.

pmcgill10, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a modest but sticky 1/2" head. Leaves lacing as it goes down the glass. Active carbonation.

Smell is of hops, with a biscuity aroma. Kind of a sour aroma in there as well.

Taste is of hops up front, then a sweet malt taste, some spice-with a bitter bite near the end. Pleasant refreshing aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Drinkability is great-one of the most sessionable out there. Very delicate flavours.

A good beer, but I had higher expectations.

darklordlager, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer into Celebrator pils glass.

Appearance- nearly clear, light straw color, with a thick pouring but settling to medium-thin head.

Smell- much more interesting smells than I was expecting. Hops aromas flower out of the glass, along with a nice rich light malt scent. Nothing out of the ordinary for a pils, but more than you get with many of them.

Taste- crisp light flavor, melds into a wave of hops, with some malt sweetness also present. Swallow is rich with malt following malt, and fading into a lightly hopped aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- light, crisp, clean. Exactly what you expect from a pils.

Drinkability- good. I've been wanting a good pils for a week now, and this is a very good one, so I could go through half the pack, if I'm not careful.

WalrusJockey, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated quickly to an even skim that held. Light, broken lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Wet slightly sweet grains, hay and cut grass. Light citrus and pepper of bittering hops.

T: Light bready malts with a healthy bitter bite in the finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and clean with a nice bitter dryness in the finish.

D: If you want to session with a pilsener, this is good choice: flavorful, balanced, crisp and clean.

Haybeerman, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at two eastside Cincy locations.

Poured clear amber color with a medium white head that diminshed slowly with good lacing.

Well balanced aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbontion.

Well balanced flavor with a solid pilsner finish of moderate duration.

Very good pilsner draft.

tmoneyba, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold with a massive white head that retained wonderfully. Excellent lacing rings as well. Smells of lemony zest, some slight piney notes, and grass.

This beer is crisp, yet creamy. Bubbly, yet smooth. I like the way this feels on my tongue. Crisp hop bite, with lemon flavor coming through. Finishes sort of grassy, mirroring the scent. Not a bad aftertaste. I like this. I could drink a few of these...now to go get some more.


Onenote81, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the non-BMC pilsener world. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Incredibly transparent yellow-gold, with a frothy, white, three-finger head that lingered for quite awhile. Left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, some citrus. Earthy aromas dominate.

Taste: Sweet, slightly lemony-citrusy flavor with a hop bite that was not nearly as pronounced as the aroma would lead me to believe. Very well balanced, as no one flavor stands out, but all three blend together. A smooth finish, with a slight bitter aftertaste from the hops, and a slight tang from the citrus. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Thin and very smooth

Drinkability: I really, really enjoyed this beer. Despite the popularity of extreme and more complex beers and flavors, it's amazing how satisfying something so simple can be. Nice and refreshing. It's very easy to put down a few of these, and it's a beer I'll definitely buy again. It'd probably also make a good 'transition beer' into the craft world.

I can't compare this to other pilseners, but for my first one, it was very, very good.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, yellow body topped by a foamy, white head that supplied clear-cut rings of lace on our way to the bottom.

Smell: Aroma smelling of grainy pils malt, moist discarded lemon rinds, and fragrant, spicy hops.

Taste: Grainy tasting pilsner malts with a light honeyish sweetness. Hint of lemon. Richly floral and spicy noble hops with an ingratiating medium amount bitterness. Finishes dry and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Keenly drinkable. One of the better American-corn pilsners around.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Clear yellow. Poured with a two finger head. Visible carbonation bubbles
(S) Slight yeast aroma with earthy notes and a touch of citrus fruit, maybe even a little bit of banana.
(T) Mellow sweet wheat taste. There is an earthiness with a note or two of grapefruit.
(M) Light bodied with a light bitterness on the tongue The carbonation is barely noticeable.
(D) A very delicious pils. A standout among many.

u2carew, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of jrw5061
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very light colored and a little cloudy. A little bit of head. Not too much lacing.

S: Light citrus hops smell. Not overwhelming but definitely smells good.

T: Starts out a little sweet and then the taste of the hops comes through at the end. Probably the best tasting pilsner I've had so far.

M: Light body. Very refreshing. I think this would be a perfect spring/summer beer.

D: A very drinkable beer. Perfect session beer.

Overall: Best pilsner I've had. Perfect beer for a tailgate or on a hot summer day. Definitely highly recommended.

jrw5061, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small white head with medium sized bubbles that dissipates quickly. The beer is a yellow gold color with a little hazyness to it. Minimal lacing.
S- Light citrus hops, some light maltyness, some of fresh cut grass and a hint of skunkyness in the nose.
T- Some pine bitterness right away that lead nicely into some light caramel sweetness. The hops come back in the end with some pine and herbal notes that holds on for a little but leaves your tongue ready for more.
M- This is a pretty light bodied beer with good carbonation and hoppyness that leads to a nice crisp beer.
D- This is a very drinkable beer with a light body and a nice balance between hops and barley.

br3wmeister, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden color with thick white heading. Kind of spicey up front with a citrusy dry hop finish. Taste is very nutty with a touch of grains alot of hop tastes for a pilsner. Great lacing for a pilsner. One of the best pilsner's I've ever had.

TheFightfan1, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Opaques golden yellow color with not much head but excellent lacing.

S - Grain, hops, and some grassy notes. Some malt sweetness underneath as well.

T - Crisp and flavorful, with a pronounced bitterness.

M - Medium body. Well-carbonated and smooth, with a touch of dryness in the finish.

D - Great pilsener. Very drinkable and tasty.

gabe23, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light yellow or dark pee yellow if you prefer, moderate cloudiness with a good thick head yet little lacing, bubbles large and dispersed. Sharp focus to the nose, wheat and field grasses, white grapefruit peels, emphasis on hops with zero roasted nor malty notes. Medium-bodied, not heavy but densely packed, quite dry with a refreshing grain and hops profile. Given its weight, has a remarkably clean and concise finish. Undercurrent of that white grapefruit/lemon citrus lends more twist. Appreciate the uncompromising bitterness.

farrago, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is great with a huge head that lasts and laces the whole way down. Pours a golden yellow, almost completely clear with active carbonation.

Smells lightly citrusy and piney, very subtle but nice.

Tastes damn good, good to have a real lager once in a while. Not much bitter or bite, just smooth and balanced goodness.

Mouth is thicker than expected but it actually works well here.

I could session the hell out of this beer. Very good stuff.

sonicdescent, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this one. Its a beer I've been hoping to get for a while.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a slightly hazy straw with a big white head that leaves very minimal lacing. The aroma is big on spicy noble hops, with just a hint of medicinal qualities. The flavor is what sums up a pilsner. There are definite notes of spicy hops, a bit of medicinal qualities, a bit of sulfur, and just a nice clean grainy quality. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is a great beer. I could definitely see myself finishing off a six-pack of this in a night and will be trying this beer again.

hwwty4, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of spike882
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a fair amount of head comprised of small carbonation bubbles. Head lingers sufficiently and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the glass. Body is color is slightly hazy.

Forthcoming smell of pilsner malts with a large floral and citrus background.

Very clean taste on the palate with pleasant notes of spice an bitterness. Leaves a dry taste on the tongue.

Carbonation is sharp but overall it's very smooth.

For a pils this is a good drinker with more complexity than most I have had in the past. A good product from Victory.

spike882, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of dakid618
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy piss yellow with a half finger of fizzy head. Smell is light and wheaty. Taste is very clean. All light malts, kinda buttery. Light, slightly dry mouthfeel. This beer really coats your mouth with maltiness. The aftertaste lingers for several minutes after each drink. Drinkability is high. Definitely an easy beer to drink.

dakid618, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Packforever1976
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in my Tyranena pint.

A: Pours a hazy gold, with a nice one finger white head. Good head retention, nice lacing.

S: Some bready/pilsner malts in the nose. Some floral hops follow, as does a nice spiciness.

T: I get maltiness first, but then some nice spiciness and bitterness comes through. Very clean.

M: Proper carbonation level. Very smooth. Finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable. I haven't had many Pilsners out of the realm of BMC, but this has to be the best one I've had to date. A very good pils.

Packforever1976, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of LordofTime25
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From ottovon.

Pours to a hazy gold with a thin white head that leaves very little lacing.

Not much smell with a little hops coming through.

Tastes pretty plane jane not much here. A little hops and a little grain on the back side.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Probably won't drink it again. Just a very average Pilsener.

LordofTime25, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to greenvilleguitar for the hookup on this beer! I am consuming on the review date. However, the best before date is 9/8/08, roughly 4 months ago.

A - Poured into my Trumer Pils glass. Slightly hazy medium golden color, thin white head with good retention and some lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Sweet maltiness with some pilsener grain character. Floral hops.

T - Floral hops hit up front with the graininess holding up well. Finishes medium-dry, could be a little crisper. Bitterness is medium, lingering on into the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate-high level of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink, could have a few more. For this style of beer, we should expect a high level of drinkability and this beer is right on. Could use a drier finish and a bump in malt character to further enhance overall experience.

BrewerB, Jan 12, 2009
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,345 ratings.