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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 146
Gots: 228 | 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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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear dark gold, with a pure white head of dense foam that remains a small cap on the beer throughout the glass. Aroma is hugely hoppy, with notes of green grass, some apple, and hints of alcohol. On subsequent sniffs, malt sneaks in as an afterthought. Flavor is hoppy upfront, with lots of noble character, backed by a significant malt backbone and a nice medium body to support the strength of the flavor profile. Overall, this is a very clean lager, with a nice clean tail, emphasizing noble hops throughout, but with a significant malt background. Did I mention all the hops?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 00:25:52 | More by beerking1
Photo of willjschmidt


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (marked "enjoy by 12/06/07") into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale golden yellow with a nice sized white head.

S: Some herbal hops in the nose along with some grassy earthy aromas.

T: Smooth, light yet incredibly tasty. An outstanding pils. Grassy and earthy flavors up front with straw and other earthy elements dominating the palate. Next are some herbal flavors that transitions into the hops. Great hoppy flavors, oily and a little dry in the finish.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, light and smooth yet very flavorful. A top-notch pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 04:05:44 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of BeerCheese


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden color with nice fluffy white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing. Slight malty aroma with a hint of citrus in the background. More taste of hops than malt, with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Dry finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very good pils, but pils isn't my favorite style, so I won't be rushing out to buy more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 03:42:53 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of RidiculedDisplay


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not much for pilseners, but, admittedly, I also haven't tried many good ones, so I figured I should check out the much-vaunted Prima Pils.

Appearance: Pours with a half-finger to 3/4-finger white head that settles into a quarter-finger. Body is a classic pilsener gold which is fairly transparent. Pilseners aren't necessarily made for looks, I would say, but it fits the style well.

Smell: Grainy malt, with some slight banana and apple. Some bittering hops on the back end. Very clean, very nice.

Taste: Nice barley grain, slightly toasted up front. Citric and bittering hops. Slight fruit flavors. Extremely clean, absolutely no metallicness or harshness to this Pils at all. Great.

Drinkability: Could drink them all the time. Might be craft beer's ultimate example of a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 00:17:13 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale yellow lager, with a large thick and frothy pure white head. Elegant grassy hop aromas,lemongrass, pink grapefruit. Crisp, lemon, grapefruit sweetened with demerara sugar taste,small malt background, semi bitter and sweet at the same time. Nice drying palate at the end, but with a goodly hop after taste. A very drinkable Pils, slightly unusual but refreshing to the max.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 06:05:17 | More by Reidrover
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs on Colerain Ave, poured into a pils. Right at it's enjoy by date.

A: Pours a dark lemon yellow with perfect visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of pearl white head with some decent retention. Spotty lacing throughout.

S: Crisp floral hops with a bit of lemon citrus. Grassy and earthy scents along with some pale malts. No corn, alright!

T/M: Very crisp and clean. Minimal bitterness that helps the flavors. Floral and grassy hops with a bit of yeast. Malts are light and grainy. Body is nice and light on the palate and carbonation isn't overly high.

D: Very good pils. Light, tasty, extremely sessionable. No corn.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 23:38:39 | More by pwoods
Photo of malcontent


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright pale gold body with a solid finger of frothy head atop.

Unmistakable noble hop (gotta be Saaz or Hallertauer) aroma: spicy and grassy. Oddly, there's a slightly sour malt odor that just tarnishes the scent somewhat.

Refreshingly sharp, grassy start flows into a sturdy malt body with a bit of an astringent finish. A touch metallic on the aftertaste seems about right for the style.

Mouthfeel is full but never thick. Hops grow to provide a bracing finish. An easy choice for a session beer and one of the better American interpretations of the style I've had. Just further confirms Victory's place in my mind as one of the really underrated breweries in the states.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 03:59:04 | More by malcontent
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 42º. A fluffy pillow like white head resulted with minimal lacing as the head dissipated. The beer was hazy and pale yellow in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. No date information was discovered on the bottle.

Hops were the predominant bouquet. The aroma was clean and refreshing which invited that first taste.

The taste was a nice balance of the hops and malt with a slight dryness to the taste. Not a clean and crisp taste but a more subtle pilsner with flavor. This is what a mass produced beer should taste like.

Tastes linger long enough to clue you in that this is a well made pilsner. This is a good marriage of the ingredients.

Lacing lasted into the final sips. Haziness stayed throughout and flavors showed a softer side as the beer warmed. This would be a beer to consume at any time.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:06:32 | More by SMark
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells like a witbier... pours a golden yellow color with minimal or no head... Smell is citrusy and very hoppy - nice, light, faint aroma which is not overpowering... Taste-wise, this is similar to a witbier, but with a very hoppy and slightly bitter aftertaste that stings the tongue after taking a sip... A different taste with alot of flavor and character... Mouthfeel is equally good and this makes for a very drinkable brew... My second beer by the Victory company, and I continue to be impressed... Although I enjoyed its distinct taste, the bitterness caused by the hops was the one characteristic that was uninviting to me... Otherwise this beer was great... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 00:22:23 | More by dsa7783
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really excellent pilsner, and pleasantly unconventional in a number of ways. Pours a sparkling yellow with a minimal head. Has a strong, appealing smell of fresh cut grass and flowers. Taste is hoppy for a pilsner, but not excessively so, with a fine malt to balance it. A heavier mouthfeel than your average pilsner, with none of the "watery" body that plagues some pilsners. Overall, a very drinkable beer, best for someone who feels the average pilsner lacks backbone and is looking for something with a unique character. The best pilsner I've had in a long while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2007 08:59:35 | More by FreightTrain
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

V is for Victory!

As in victory over the other pilsners on the market! Victory has put forth a whopper of a pilsner, true to the style--save for the appearance--with the panache that Victory is known for.

Pours a golden yellow with an odd haze you wouldn't expect in a style known for its clarity. The carbonation is there, with a nice head at the pour and a ring around the glass that's typical. Hops hit the stage first, joined shortly for a duet with the grassy malts that end up stealing the show.

The fluid flow is sharp with carbonation, but not too much, and slides down easy. Nice, sharp finish... no real aftertaste except for a little bitterness that lingers on the sides of your tongue.

Overall a solid pilsner. Not my favorite style, but I can definitely appreciate this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 03:05:45 | More by StarSAELS
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice bright white head that leaves lots of lacing. Doesn't look that impressive except for the head and lacing and the many bubbles rising to the top.

I get a big whiff of the hops until the beer settles down than it is mostly the biscuit malt that is prevelant and the hops taking the backseat. It does have that slightly skunky smell that is anticipated in the style.

Taste is good and better than most pilsners out there. A bit of malt and a bitter, slightly spicey finish. It has a crisp finish and no aftertaste. It is also light bodied and abundantly carbonated so drinking it is easy. It must be a really good beer or else I was thirsty because it was gone in no time. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 23:17:48 | More by morimech
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3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow. Small, barely present head.

Smell: Moderate hops aroma. Light grainy smell. Overall it smells clean and refreshing. Aaahhh.

Taste: Hops forward, which fades slightly pretty quickly. It is a light sweet grainy taste. There's a solid malt presence, with a bitterness that lingers a long time after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: It is fizzy but not sharp. It has a dry feeling from hop bitterness, accompanied by a medium body from malts.

Drinkability: I could have a few more, easy. It is refreshing, but the hops are maybe too present for universal drinkability. A good American Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:59:30 | More by ksbrainard
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Trumer Pils glass.

Has a small, white head that quickly diminished. Color is a cloudy yellow. Almost looked like a hefeweizen.

Aroma was flowers, maybe a hint of banana or other fruits and light hops.

Taste was yeasty, slightly hoppy and crisp.

Pretty easy drinking, tasty beer for a summer day. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 20:02:30 | More by drumrboy22
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2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear, light yellow color with a frothy white head and light lacing.

Aroma – I detected a hint of lemon rind in the smell.

Palate – Lively carbonation that is a little rough.

Flavor – Smooth taste with a light citrus hop finish.

Final thoughts – This is not really my style of beer but I can tell you that I’ve had much better pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 13:10:56 | More by praufs01
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is straw yellow with a dusting of white head on top. The aroma is crisp malts, a bit of biscuit on the edge.

The flavour starts out flowery, and gives way to a solid biscuity middle. The floral aspects hang out on the back of the tongue, adding some depth without taking over. Slightly astringent on the finish, but overall solid taste.

The mouth on this is about what one would expect, not very thick, some hop action but not a tonne. The drinkability is also par for the course, I would have given it a bit more love here but for the finish.

The bottom line: Victory has put together a solid take on the style. This would easily be up into the 4.0 range if the finish was better though, as the front and middle segments of the taste are easily in that rating category for the class. Altogether, given the price this one probably won't be in my regular rotation, but I would try it again if I ran into it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:42:37 | More by CortexBomb
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima pils on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston on special for $2.50 per pint! Served in a standard pint, the beer is light gold with a nice bone white head. Great lacing.

The aroma is of fresh malts and flowery hops on the nose.

The taste is bright with floral hops semi-sweet grains and grass. Turns slightly bitter late.

The mouth is crisp yet full. What a great easy drinking beer. This is a wonderful pils that is easy to match with almost all food types. A versatile, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 19:48:19 | More by Redrover
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The prima is a light golden color with a little foam head that takes off quickly and leaves a slight carbonation trail on the side of the glass. The smell is very aromatic of flowers and the taste has a nice bitterness up front that mellows in the end of the palate. One of the better American Pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 04:53:41 | More by cswhitehorse
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one day before its "expiration" date. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was a clear but pale gold, could have been a bit lighter and brighter, but not bad. Head was big, white, fluffy, rocky, and left lots of lace everywhere. Tons of bubbles swirl around and up to lend support.

Smell is fairly non-existant--the only thing i can really smell is some skunky suplhury notes which actually work to its advantage. I feel bad reviewing this as the hops have diminished quite a bit. I will definately re-review when i try a fresher one. Taste is somewhat dull--mostly malt but there is still a nice bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel could have used a bit more carbonation, most of my bubbles got used up in the swirling display of co2. Drinkability is good, very good in fact, especially if it is fresh and you like hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 01:14:34 | More by wheelinshirt
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pale yellow like so many other macro lagers. Minor lacing that sets this apart somewhat. Grassy, grainy aroma, not better than bottled samples i've had. Flaccid appearance, looks anemic for a PIls.

Mild bitterness on the palate, could use a bigger hop kick to it. Engineered to appeal to macro drinkers, surely. Not snappy, kind of dull overall. Fuller than usual due to a nice level of carbonation. Simple and non-intellectual, drink by the six-pack.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 04:45:11 | More by emerge077
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Prima Pils Victory Brewery

12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F
Appearance: Beautiful golden pour with bold bone head. Effervescent, clean appearance perfect for style. (4.0)
Smell: Musty, skunky odor with spicy notes from the noble hops. Overall could have a bolder nose and more robust malt contribution to the aroma. (3.5)
Taste: The scent does not translate to the palate. In fact the finishing hops tend to be unpleasant. (3.0)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with great gas content. Appropriate for style (4.0)
Drinkability: okay. I had a six pack of this beer spread out over 2 weeks and by the last bottle it had worn out its welcome. (3.0)

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 11:38:24 | More by BWH3
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow in color with a nice frothy head that sticks around for quite a while. Looks very carbonated.

S- Smell is not too expressive but definitely malt forward with some hops.

T- Tastes sweet and malty but definitely has a hop kick for a pilsener. Very smooth and tasty.

M- Mouthfeel is very carbonated (perhaps a bit too much) and medium bodied. The carbonation, while somewhat overkill did add to the light smoothness.

D- This is sublimely drinkable. It melds a lighter pilsener style beer with a flavor that is so well balanced and smooth it makes you want more and more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:49:52 | More by Lothore
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got this one because it was the highest ranked pils on "The best of BA" that i could get; pours a clear pale yellow w/ a slight white head & good lacing; a nice floral hop aroma w/ some malt undertones; good hop flavor w/ a nice crisp finish good balance; a nice dry, light-med body, a really good example of a classic pilsner,makes my top 10 pilsners, but not #2 status...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 21:25:15 | More by animal69
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold, bubbly, decent head and lace.

S: Semi-bitter, but good.

T: Not bad, but has a very dull bitter taste, as opposed to that strong but flavorful bitter European taste.

M: Zesty at first. Good. Leaves a very mild taste.

D: Goes down easy. Not as bold as a European Pils, but very drinkable.

To be honest, just not as good as a Czech Pilsner, or German Pils. Easy to drink, but when I think Pilsner, I am not going to grab a Victory.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:47:15 | More by Amalak
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3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very bright yellow and not quite transparent. Head is minimal and bright white.

S- Fresh grassy smell. Hops, hops and more hops. I can see where this one is going.

T- Lively taste of fresh hops. Pilsner is just not my thing; a little too harsh. Pine and citrus excite this one.

M- Very bubbly and decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is one of this beers best qualities.

D- Again, I am not much on the strict, pilsner beers. But, if that is what you like, I would find this beer delightful. Not bad, but the harshness of the taste would get old to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 12:41:40 | More by MMAJYK
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,139 ratings.