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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,253
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 scott


2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

This is a boring interpretation of what a good Pils should be.
Pale, with a quick to fade head. Below average passive carbonation.
Crisp. Hoppy, but still found it to be very uneventful. Let down by Victory with this offering. Maybe I need some sunshine?
A tad skunky with the finish.

04-09-2007 23:20:22 | More by scott
Photo of bradford


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Received in a trade from geexploitation. Excellent trader.
Poured a very pale, clean yellow, akin to an American light beer.
Smelled very good. A hoppy interpretation of what I consider to be a bland style.
Tasted good. Better than most pilsners I have tried, again just not my cup of beer.
Had a bit of an offensive mouthfeel to me. A little harsh on the hops and very light on the malt.
Although this isnt my favorite style of beer, this is a hell of a pils. I am starting to develop an appreciation for the lighter session beers, and along with the likes of Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, and Firestone Pale, this one is up there.

04-07-2007 02:05:05 | More by bradford
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a fluffy head made of large bubbles, with an army of bubbles marching up the glass. Color is a light yellow with good clarity.

There's a real fine line between this kind of aroma evoking fresh, flowery hops and lightly sweet malts...or smelling like a crappy light macro pils. This is clearly made with some love, as the aroma is in the former category: clean, sharp, earthy.

Tastes true to style; grainy/bready earthiness followed by a peppery hops crispness and syrupy sweet-corn element. Finishes clean and crisp, a dryness only coming after an initial sweet stickiness has its way with the tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't overbearing, but it is somewhat dominant. Has all the crispness and zing you'd want from the style.

If you need a change from the big dark extreme beasts, this one would be a really good choice. If you just want a great American-made pils, something actually made with some pride, again this is a great pick. And for sessioning, this works too. Great drinkability, and an excellent way to welcome in the warmer seasons.

04-05-2007 21:22:28 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of rayjay


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

The secret easter bunny 07 dropped this one off yesterday...no BA name so I don't know who to thank! BB Jan 22, 07, uh oh better drink it now!

The west coast has it's IPAs, and the east coast has hoppy pilsners. I really miss that old PA pilsner style since I moved out west.

This is a bright, brilliant beer with lots of foam. Straw colored. Lots of hop bite in the nose, with a big pilsner blast including DMS. To sum it up, great smelling and great looking.

Although this one isn't exactly fresh, I feel like I can do a pretty accurate review because I used to drink it all the time. Gotta love that big hop presence...it almost dominates the beer with very aromatic and pleasantly bitter nobles. Malts play a key role by adding a big but gentle grainy, grassy body. Lager yeast profile is simply defined by this beer. Notes of black pepper and green onion.

The carbonation may be a bit much in this case. It adds a lot of spiciness, but I feel it overwhelms the mouthfeel and brings on a soda-pop vibe that goes up your nose. Otherwise, it's a light, refreshing, highly drinkable beverage.

One of the hoppiest pilsners out there. Highy recommended. Think of it as an artistically brewed Miller Lite with quality ingredients and a caring hand. Cheers!

03-29-2007 03:36:51 | More by rayjay
Photo of prototypic


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden to yellow color. One finger head with good retention and light lacing. Much more enticing than your typical macro.

Smell: It has an earthy-grassy type aroma. Hops are certainly there. There's a hint of citrus and malt on the tail end.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. I'd love to have some on a really hot day. It has nice bitter taste to it with just the right bit of malt in there. Citrus flavors (mostly lemon) really round out this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and very smooth. ABV is perfect. Highly drinkable, especially in warm weather. Overall, this is a good beer. It's everything that I wish the American macros could be. Recommended.

03-28-2007 01:48:01 | More by prototypic
Photo of Redwood21


4/5  rDev -1%

This beer poured a golden straw color with a forthy tall white head. There is a sweet hop floral smell. The head lasts for a while with a nice bit left for the whole drink. It starts with a good bit of carbonation, that dies to a nice bubble from the bottom action. The taste is very clean. Its incredibly smooth with hints of hoppyness and a little sweetness. The hops come in more on the finish. It has a nice light to medium mouthfeel that is very smooth and pleasant. Very drinkable due to its crisp light yet flavorful body. Very good pilsner.

03-25-2007 01:31:07 | More by Redwood21
Photo of BMoney575


4.2/5  rDev +4%

Sampled on 3-23-07
Best before 5-27-07

Pours a very pale and clear yellow with a few steady streams of bubbles rising to the top of the glass to maintain a nice white head.

Smell is crisp, slight piney and grassy hops, and a very faint malt sweetness.

Taste is very light and crisp, with a surprisingly strong hop character and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I might prefer, but it fits the style well.

Drinkability is very good, the lighter flavor and appearance make it exceedingly easy to drink.

Overall a very good example of a Pilsner. Victory has done a good job of making a beer that offers a lot in a style that can sometimes be very boring.

03-24-2007 00:53:59 | More by BMoney575
Photo of koolchas


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle from 6pk with enjoy by date of may 27, 2007 poured into a pint glass.

this beer pretty much pours and has the appearance of any american macro but, the taste is beyond and above the macros.

hops are present and flavorful. a very crisp and clean beer. since i am used to higher avbs this makes a great session beer imho. also, this beer makes a great ending to a night after drinking higher abv brews.

this would be one of my choice brews to bring to a party where people are used to the macros.


03-20-2007 06:28:40 | More by koolchas
Photo of AltBock


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

12 oz. bottle with a dark wintergreen label that has a detailed drawing of a giant hop bud right in the middle of the label. Around the hop bud, Victory says it's "a refined Pilsner beer and it's for natural enjoyment." To the left of the hop bud is a large paragraph talking about the Pilsner style and information about the beer itself. To the right of the hop bud is the barcode and Government warning. Usually Victory stamps their beer with a best before date in between the picture and the large paragraph, but they must have forgot to stamp mine because there isn't a date anywhere. That's OK, Victory can't possibly remember to date all of their bottles. Poured into a Pilsner glass (Duh!).

Prima Pils poured a very bubbly pale lemon yellow color with a cloud like 1 finger head of white fluffy foam. It had excellent retention. It lasted the entire duration of the beer's life in my glass and whenever the beer lowered, the head of foam left behind tons of white sticky lace around the glass. It had a subtle aroma of malted grass, peppery hops, a touch of grapefruit, and just the slightest hint of toasted malts at the end. The taste was clean and refreshing with citrus and herbal hops, a dash of pepper, a dab of dried grapefruit, and just the slightest hint of toasted malts in the background. The mouthfeel was light and not too dry with a mild aftertaste bite of dried citrus fruits and herbal hops. Another winner from Victory Brewing. This could definitely make an excellent choice for a summer session beer or any season for that matter. I should also say thanks to fellow BA HoboAGoGo for pointing out this beer to me. I could see why this is one of HoboAGoGo's favorite F-ing beers!

03-19-2007 19:35:00 | More by AltBock
Photo of lehows

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a light straw color, wonderful fluffy white head, with lots of fast carbonation bubbles rising to the head. Smell was crisp and clean, hints of citric tartness, and clean linens. Taste is great, very crisp and clean with a healthy dose of sharp hops. The hops have a distinct bitterness to them, almost sour, and very delicious and refreshing. Also to be found are some hints of grain, pleasantly and mildy malted, as well as some peppery spice in there. Overall, an amazing pils that is highly drinkable/sessionable, something to keep in the fridge at all times.

03-16-2007 15:26:35 | More by lehows
Photo of cabsandking


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Pale gold with a slight cloudiness and a firm one finger foamy white head. The nose is largely spicy floral hop esters, light citrus, dry grains, and some alcohol esters. The medium high carbonation allows some smoothness in the mouthfeel and follows with some cloying. Bitterness is right up front with its sharp hop profile and ends dry with a peppery hotness. Grainy, grassy, corn sugar sweetness rounds this out and just a little musty earthiness brings the flavors together. The finish starts dry, chalky, and peppery and then a sweet hoppy floral character comes into play.

03-08-2007 17:33:48 | More by cabsandking
Photo of ubermunkey


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

poured a clear light golden yellow. the tiny head quickly disappeared leaving a thin white ring. light smells of lemon and maybe grapefruit. the taste was good, not great, but still quite good. there were nice citrus notes as well as a slight hop bitterness to the finish, nothing too crazy, but just a bit for the road. the beer just feels light, i could see myself drinking alot of this easily. this brew makes me think what the big companies COULD do if they wanted to make a beer right, luckily Victory Prima Pils is readily available in my area, so i don't have to think about it for too long.

03-05-2007 02:21:49 | More by ubermunkey
Photo of tonistruth


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A- crystal clear gold, taunt fluffy three finger white head that holds it own very well, when it falls it falls to a 1/2" ring, full white lace on glass

S- clean, crisp, floral, pine, citric lemon

T- crisp biscuit malt up front, hops all the way through, grassy, lemon, tart yeast at finish, hop bitterness through finish

M- dry, bubbly coarse, high carbonation, light bodied, hops leave impression on palette.

D- nice hop bitterness, good flavor, sessionable, recommended, good brew

03-04-2007 07:12:42 | More by tonistruth
Photo of BeerTruth


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Prima Pils poured a clear corn color with a generous amount of carbonation. Lace sticks quite well throughout the entire beer but it isn't that thick. Smell is of mild hops with a fair amount of a malty wheat-like aroma paired with a flowery odor. Very light refreshing taste with mild earthy/herb like tone that is perfect for a warm summer day. This brew is very smooth and well balanced over all which makes it extremely drinkable. I am not usually a fan of pilseners, but I definitely enjoyed this beer. Give it a try. Good job once again Victory.

03-03-2007 03:04:08 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of alexskovan

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured a cloudy dishwatery yellow, with a thin head that dropped quickly. Aroma is big on the grapefruity hoppyness that is all the rage these days among "quality" American beers. (Are the Europeans still mocking our beer for tasting like water, or do they now sneer at it because it tastes like grapefruits? Not that I CARE, mind you, what the good people of Euro-Land think about my great country. But still, I do hope that this insecure need to hop the hell out of our beer in order to compensate for Macro will go away soon.)

Taste is ok, not the punch of hops that I was expecting, but still not right for a beer that calls itself a Pilsener.

This beer is not the WORST abuse of the style that I've ever tasted from a micro -- and of course, it is much better than a macro. But to call it a Pilsener -- no. Sorry. No.

03-02-2007 21:36:25 | More by alexskovan
Photo of SkinnyElvis


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Thanks to the beerwif for this one. Pours with a little head and rather yellow. Very hoppy smell for a pils. Tastes crisp and clean with a hoppy taste. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink. My definition of a well done pils and I like the style. May be my favorite of the style.


02-28-2007 22:55:12 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of SwillinBrew


4/5  rDev -1%

From a 6 pack that has a best before Apr-07 date. (i heard you had to watch for this to get a fresh beer)

Pours a vibrant golden yellow color with a cottony white head. I up ended my bottle on the pour and had a good finger of head.

Smell, a rounded malty aroma with hints of floral, quite fragrant with a little zip to it.

Taste was like light biscuits and bread mixed with a little nuts and some mellow hops to round it out. A little racey and i like it. Fresh on the palate with a good crispiness. I'll be keeping a 6er as standard stock in my dbf.

02-28-2007 18:34:23 | More by SwillinBrew
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

The appearance of this brew is its downfall and if that is the worst thing that you can say about this brew, you have a winner.
The colour is a brilliant pale with limited crown and a light carbonation...the body appears to be thin or watery.
However, this is a nicely balanced beer with a slight advantage to the hops to end. The expierience I recieve from this pilsner is of a fruit mash> pear, lemon a touch of corn.
At first I thought I detected the aroma of corn, if so it quickly left never to return leaving a light floral scent in its wake. Very pleasing.
The appearance of a thin body holds true.
Session beer.

02-25-2007 00:22:50 | More by Shiloh
Photo of dazdave


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Drank this many beer times over the years. I've compared this beer to some of the top Czech pilseners and it seems to best them.

Poured a huge head from a lousy self-pour into a tall narrow glass mug. I love seeing the lacing that forms. Truly a beautiful beer to look at.

I've never noticed much of a smell from this beer. If anything it just smells clean and fresh like summer.

This beer is awesome because its good by itself or with most any food. It has crispness and palate cleansing properties. Yet it also has some very good hop qualities. I enjoy the citrusy notes.

I can drink just one in a session or 2 with a meal and would drink several of these if they weren't so pricey. Spent around $8.00 for a 6er.

02-23-2007 06:24:36 | More by dazdave
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

poured into my Penn Brewery tall pilsner glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap with best by date May/17/07.

Clear,light golden color with a creamy 1" head dissapating into a good layer of foam throughout the beer.Constiant stream of tiny bubbles tightly knit and spotty lacing down the glass.

Strong spicy hop aromas,lots of spicyness and slightly grassy.Some sweet carmell in the nose and a nice toastyness.A clean,inviting aroma.

A snappy spicy taste,toasty/nutty with a bittersweet carmellness. A good,clean citrusy finish. A very balanced beer with a great taste.

A light mouthfeel with bits of grainy courseness,a nice tangyness makes the juices flow.
Extremely drinkable a beer I pick this beer up often to session with.
I'd this one a try. Really good on a hot summer day,very refreshing.

02-20-2007 02:50:49 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of BeerBelcher


4/5  rDev -1%

This beer is very good. It tastes much like a good Bohemian Pilsner, like a Pilsner Urquell or a Czechvar.

It pours a pale, dull, yellow with decent head formation which dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing. At first I was afraid I smelled a bit of skunkiness, but I believe that was just generous amounts of Saaz hops. Flavor is fairly light, but definitely "European" in character. At first I thought it didn't taste like much, but as I drank it, significant pleasant bitterness accumulated in my mouth. Mouthfeel is light, but not insubstantial. This beer is extremely drinkable.

02-20-2007 02:21:33 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of dbalsock


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

App: Poured a standard light pale amber color with good head. There was no lacing, and the head retention was better than average for american made pilseners, i'm sure. Most tend to fizzle out eventually, but this stayed around with ample carbonation.

Smell: A nice conglomeration of german hops comes through on the nose. More intense than the imported varieties, this beer really brought the hops to life.

Taste: I found the hops even more intense on the palate than on the nose, which actually detracted a little from the nice light malt that I knew was there. It was a tad unbalanced, or at least not balanced in the direction I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: I usually don't expect much from pilseners in the mouthfeel category except crisp, refreshing and a slight bite on the aftertaste, but this had a more notable bitterness, as well as more intense carbonation than usual. It was still somewhat crisp, but more rounded out by other sensations.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session this beer as I would other pilsners, because it seems a little more intricate and little bit more thinking about. It's more of artisinal pilsener, and that's a rare find, but it's not what I want when going for the style.

02-19-2007 23:03:19 | More by dbalsock
Photo of cichief


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Victory has done a fantastic job. Their beers are consistently well done. The Pils is a fine example of a European Pils, rarely found in America. This beer is clean and drinkable. I rarely buy the same beer week after week, but this is a fine beer and I seek it out, especially when the weather is warm.

02-18-2007 15:52:44 | More by cichief
Photo of DoubleJ


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Yet another sample from the markdown section at Vendome, a 12 ounce bottle cost me a mere 99 cents, and that folks, is what we call a bargain. On to the beer:

It's German styled alright, but with an American twist to it. What are American craft brewers known for? Making hoppy beers. Take a standard German Pils, and make it a pinch hoppier. It's a bit grassy and spicy with lingering bready malts following each sip. I expected it to be sweeter than it tasted, as the smell had an appealing sticky sweet scent to it. Very German in character, but don't tell my German stange glass that it was brewed in America.

02-16-2007 18:48:54 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of geexploitation


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours bright gold with perfect clarity and a sticky but thin white head that leaves lacing and a collar. Familiar sea-air Saaz hop aroma, very fragrant and volatile. Nice graininess underneath. On the palate, rough hops are at the forefront -- not rough like a bronco, but rough like fine-grained sandpaper. Light barley malt backing on the palate, which provides some smoothness to the beer without being overly creamy or thick. Mouthfeel is light in weight but scratchy with hops. Overall, this is a wonderful pils -- it's got all the hallmarks of the style, but it's also got an American edge in that it's drier and hoppier than most Euro examples. But it's not overdone; it maintains its sessionability. Excellent.

02-13-2007 02:25:26 | More by geexploitation
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,253 ratings.