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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,297
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 155
Gots: 275 | 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 mynie


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

On tap at the map room.

Pours a sparkly champagney perfect golden with a sticky, foamy white head that sticks around for ages.

Smells of an absolutely perfect blend of flowery weedy malts--like you're rolling around in a ditch full of tall green grass and wildflowers--with an explosively dry hop. Yes, that's right: an explosion of dryness.

Starts off with an incredible sweet and drybitter smootheness that sinks gently into a weedy, flowery middle and ends with a strong punch of spicy and dry european hops.

Absolutely wonderful. The best pilsener in the world.

06-19-2007 17:27:56 | More by mynie
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Score one for the Americans...12 oz. bottle in a willibecker...Coors light pall with head that wavers slightly...still, opaque...malt is noticeable in that crisp, welcoming bite that only a good pilsner can deliver...I wonder if, like Brewery Ommegang, the Downington brewers didn't take a few notes from a European master...perfect for the oncoming summer...I'd score this higher, if only pilsners weren't so unimpressively colored or scented... I guess God can't imbue beauty on everything!

06-16-2007 01:23:26 | More by dacrza1
Photo of zdk9


3.33/5  rDev -17.6%

I think I probably don't appreciate this style quite as much as most ales, but with that in mind here are my thoughts on the a highly rated American Pils.

A- Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a tint of aquamarine. Head is under a finger of small tight white bubbles that leave just a touch of lacing with each sip.

S- Lemony characteristics lie over a slightly spicy pale maltiness, reminscent of white wheat bread.

T- Bitter lemon and grapefruit balance out light bready flavor that I found to be somewhat weak.

M- The bitterness of this beer lingers in my mouth. It almost forces me to take another sip so that the sweeter taste of the initial burst will balance out this bitterness.

D- An ok pils but I'm craving something more flavorful, even with the lightness of a pils.

06-15-2007 22:23:39 | More by zdk9
Photo of boelker62


4.08/5  rDev +1%

A - pours to a small white head atop a fully clear, straw-hued body. The head is fully diminishing and leaves no lacing.

S - really, quite delectable, unexpectedly for the style, for me. A heavy mlt attacks the nose first, then the light piney hops note lingers. And I'll be damned if there isn't a hint of soap in the mid sniff. Enticing.

T - what I imagine Pilsners should be. Starts with a light sweetness balancing the initial bitterness. Really, the perfectly lagered yeasts come to the forefront midway through this brew as well, and really show it's roots.

M - style on medium body that leaves you anting, without needing another.

D - if this is your style, this is one of the best, and at 5.3%, not a problem. No overly lengthy aftertaste to prevent the next sip from being wanted, just crisp and authentic for the style. I avoided this beer for a long time, knowing I was not a pilsner guy, but after this, I will add tasting upper end pilsners like this one to my agenda.

Bad me.


06-14-2007 11:58:26 | More by boelker62
Photo of JBStith

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Victory Prima Pils...

A: Pale straw with a nice white head. Disapates quickly, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Nothing really stands out. However, a nice balance between clean malt and hop aromas.

T: Really nice and clean. Great citrus hops up front and nice bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced with malt.

M&D: Medium body and mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, especially in hot summer weather, which we still have in NC in mid-September (damn-it).

06-12-2007 19:15:21 | More by JBStith
Photo of BassAssassin


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

A: Light straw in color with a thick, creamy white head.

S: Big whiff of grassy, herbal hops. Some citrus zest is also very apparent. This is really hoppy.

T: Big flavors of grassy, herbal hops...just like the smell. Some light, biscuity malt sweetness is tasted by mid sip. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry. This one's all about the hops.

M: Light bodied and crisp. However, I would have preferred a slightly grainier feeling brew...more carbonation perhaps? I should stress SLIGHTLY grainier.

D: One of the best beers I've had. I'd like to pair this with a wide variety of foods. It's also excellent on its own, especially during a hot, humid day. Who would have thought a pilsener could have so much flavor? You'll be burping hops, but I suspect that's just what the brewer intended.

06-11-2007 02:02:37 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of bosco7


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Straw color with creamy white head with perfect clarity. CO2 bubbles trickle up the sides of the glass for the entire length of time.

Fresh baked bread, lemon zest with some clove-like spices in the nose. Very pleasent.

Big malt character upfront with tons of biscuit and bread flavors. Grassy hop flavors round out the malt. Finishes spicy. Very flavorful.

One of the best Pilsners that have ever graced my tongue. Extremely drinkable and balanced.

06-07-2007 03:43:43 | More by bosco7
Photo of jackorain


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

A-light yellow, loose bubbly head about 1 inch, falls quickly bur leaves a decent ring from the remaining lace.

S-clean fresh yeast and barley, a decenmt hop aroma.
T-Crisp, light malt followed by a significnat earthy hop bitterness that lingers quite long. nice suprise. bone dry finish

M- prickly, crisp, refreshing, light body, astringent.

D-Very good, nice summer deck beer. Or post lawn mowing beer.

06-02-2007 18:29:23 | More by jackorain
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a clear light yellow color with a huge white head that resists fading and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is that classic pungent pils with a bright lemon citrus aroma.

The mouth feel is immediately flushed from the carbonation an bright refreshing hop character.

The flavor is just as refreshing, mirrors the smell and is complemented by the feel. It's got a strong spicy flavor as well that lingers with the finish.

At 5.3% ABV this is a nice light summertime beverage.

06-02-2007 16:31:55 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Not sure what all the hype is about with this beer. With over 600 reviews and an average over "4", I am not sure what the deal is. This beer reminds me of when I was young, doing the dishes and and enjoying the spoils of what was left over. I feel the Pilsner style is weak, period.

A. Pale.
S. Stale.
T. See above.
M. Chalky
D. Weak.

05-26-2007 11:30:44 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of Atlas1


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

I've had enough Prima Pils over the last several years to finally justify reviewing it.... or something like that....

Pours a clean, clear golden color with a bubbly two-finger head on top which sticks around for a while, but eventually subsides to a thin film over the top of the beer. No lace here to speak of. Smells clean and malty, like a proper German pilsner should, right? Right. You can tell just from smelling this puppy that you're not getting another macro-processed American pilsner-style lager. No corn in this guy. The malt is the dominant aroma here, but there are faint notes of cut grass and old shoe leather as well. Not much fruit that I can sense, although at times there are also faint lemony scents as well. The taste is malty goodness as well, but with a very pleasant hop kick in the finish. Very well balanced, with some subtle buttery flavor as well. And that mouthfeel? Smooth. Almost chewy, but clean and crisp all at the same time. A heckuva a pils for this side of the pond, no doubt. A proper year-round quaffable session beer. More, please.

05-22-2007 22:41:08 | More by Atlas1
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

12 oz bottle served in a Pilsner glass

A - clear, light yellow color with a nice foamy head that settled down to a thin layer, leaving some lacing.

S - true German malt aroma, smells like an imported beer, Spatan comes to mind.

T - clean, crisp, light malty taste accompanied by a light herbal hop bite, exceptional flavor.

M - light body, refreshing malt/hop balance with a clean, dry finish.

D - great drinkability, not filling at all, easy drinker with a unique flavor.

Great Job, Bill and Ron!

05-22-2007 21:26:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of neenerzig


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into my tumbler. This beer is a clear medium golden color. The head is a good 1/4 when poured and quickly settles to a decent sized ring along the inside of the glass and an decent surface layer that leaves okay lacing. Aromas of malt and hops are there and not really much else. The taste is again of hops and malt and not much else, maybe a hint of vegetables. Good balance. The hop bitterness certainly becomes more dominant as the beer starts to warm. I thought the beer was surprisingly hoppy for its style. Has a crisp mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation and a full body. Very easy to drink. I'd certainly drink this again.


05-22-2007 00:35:25 | More by neenerzig
Photo of kimcgolf


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured from the tap to a sparkling light yellow, whith snow white head that linered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma wasn’t as pronounced as I thought it would be, but tended to be grassy citrus. Mouthfeel nipping due to the carbonation, and the flavor was a continuation of the grassy fruit found in the aroma.

I’m not a big pilsner fan generally, but must say Victory did a good job on this one.

05-20-2007 13:16:14 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of techdiver


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear golden straw color with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Hops and malt greet the nose, balanced more to the hops.

Taste is crisp and clean, hops bitterness making a lasting impression.

Medium bodied with good carbonation and pleasing to the palate.

Very drinkable and suitable for a session beer.

05-19-2007 18:41:05 | More by techdiver
Photo of mobud


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Golden straw color with a thick head and very active carbonation.

S- Light grass smell with a grainy backround.

T- Light lager taste with a nice hoppy backbone.

M- Very light feel; very crisp.

D- Oh so drinkable. Would make a great BBQ session beer and I will test that theory soon...

05-17-2007 17:51:44 | More by mobud
Photo of bort11


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Thanks to jwc215 for this one

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Tall fluffy white head that tries to escape the glass. Color is a bright clear golden yellow with an amazing amount of carbonation activity. Very pretty to look at.
Smell has a dry grain aroma with a hint of the lager yeast. Taste is a dry biscuity flavor with a mild floral hops background.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is highly drinkable and would be nice to session

05-16-2007 04:39:15 | More by bort11
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

A- pale straw yellow body with thin white head. Great head retention.

S- refreshing hop smell with malt backing.

T- refreshing hops upfront all the way through. Small malt backing. Very light taste.

M- Light body and light carbonation.

D- this is very refreshing cold on a hot day. It has a great summer character to it.

05-15-2007 22:33:01 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/light-golden color. Nice carbonation, moderate head – bubbly.

Has that Pilsner twang. Light sweet malt, floral/herbal European hops. Crisp apple/biscuit.

Fruity sweet flow of crisp hop and light malt. Crisp and ballsy yet delicate and subtle. Lightly sweet flaky biscuit malt. Fruity floral tart herbal hop.

Lightly spicy carbonation, maintains a decent punchy throughout.

Very drinkable. Quite nice. I could do these all day, and especially with such a great price. Ah yes.

05-14-2007 21:21:09 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Absumaster


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

A bright golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a creamy head.

Smell is hoppy with resinous and earthy notes. There is a good malt backbone which is also a bit husky. The yeast adds a light sulfuric touch.

Taste of hops that are resinous and raw and make an European impression. The malt is present and is balancing the hops. The sulfuric notes I smelled are not coming back in the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Body is light and aftertaste is dry and bitter. For a German pilsener this is a good attempt, but misses the fullness of it.

05-13-2007 09:37:58 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%

Pours a clear straw color with a fantastic rocky white head that left very nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of grassy hops, a touch piney. Hops hit on the taste right away, stronger than most pils, has a dry cracker like malt taste the follows. The brew ends a bit bitter and dry but not bad. The feel is a little watery but crisp and refreshing, a tad too dry from my liking. A very drinkable pils, one of the best on this side and the other side of the pond.

05-13-2007 05:05:06 | More by Gmann
Photo of athensbeermaster


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

This beer should be the king of beers! No skunky aftertaste like some Czech beers. Just super clean, crystal clear, golden color almost glows. The flavor shows smooth malt backbone with a nice
grassy hop profile. This is one of the best pilsner on the market!
If you have a freind that only drinks bud l.t they might even go wow!

05-12-2007 15:51:59 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance: Light pale gold. Mild lacing. Retention was ok.

Smell: A nice nose of hops, spices, and herbs.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops, spices and malt.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Refreshing. Active carbonation. Light on the mouth.

Drinkability: I didn't think pilsners could be this full of flavor. I need to rethink my stance. This is the thinking mans pilsner.

05-12-2007 04:41:46 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of MiScusi


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden color which then turns into a clear pale goal as it warms up. The head is thin with tiny bubbles and goes away very fast. The smell I get is almost of the belgian pale ale variety. A little tart, fruity, and a very tiny amount of hops. The taste starts with a big hop bite, which leads into a fruity finish and a pronounced hop bitterness. Drinkability is much better on the warmer side, as the carbonation + hop bitterness isn't so harsh. Better than I remember it being the first time I had it.

05-12-2007 03:46:26 | More by MiScusi
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

This is a great American interpretation of the German Pilsener. I don't know if I poured this just right, or if all Prima Pils pours up in this manner, but this has a magnificent appearance! Big, soapy, snow white foamy head that remained in place for several minutes while tiny streams of CO2 bubbles streamed upward. Tilting the glass leaves nice lacing around the edges of the glass. Again, I don't know if I poured this just right, or if they all look this way, but this looked like it belonged in an ad.
Smell was mild, but defined. In other words, there was a handful of nice smells that were both expected and identifiable, but they weren't obscene or assertive like "background music" played too loudly. This was pleasant and enjoyable with its mildly spicy hops and "gently sweet" malt. A session beer for sure. I could drink several of these. Especially with its pleasantly bitter finish. This seemed very well balanced and very easy to drink. I'll probably make this a staple around the house now that Victory is available in Atl.

05-11-2007 00:04:47 | More by SilentSabre
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,297 ratings.