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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,702
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 193
Gots: 496 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
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Ratings: 4,702 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of arvjunk
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a standard pint glass

I had very low expectations going in. I was looking for a craft brew that was better than Stella Artois (something my friend likes).

A - golden yellow color, medium opacity

S - lots going on, lemony citrus, slight pine notes

T - wow, this surprised me. tastes really good. citrusy and refreshing, light body but incredibly flavorful.

M - for what it is, it has some structure in the mouth, not overly carbonated, but nice.

D - I could drink quite a few of these, especially during the summer.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice straw-gold color with dense, 2-inch, white head. Bubbles cascade up from the bottom of the glass. Laces well.

S- Lemon zest, light malt in the background. Nothing too strong, but pleasant.

T- Slightly lemony, light light malt in the background-somewhat biscuity or wheaty. Hope bitterness, giving an almost sticky dry finish. Hops are present, but not like they would be in an IPA or something. Piney. Not sure I like this, but not sure I don't.

M- Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Slick with a dry finish.

D- A little sticky (for me) to put a bunch down, but good to enjoy one or two.

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow with a orange tint. A nice slight white head with some really nice lacing.

The smell is fruity at first with some slight tangerine some wet hope flavor.

The taste has a strong wheat flavor. There is some nice hoppiness to the taste as well. Some citrus hops with some slight floral hops. A nice fruit feel, tangerine, lemon, and some slight orange as well.

The feel of this beer is delightful. Goes down really well and is a really nice beer for a hot day. Something with some really good flavor that could possibly go well with a burger or other cookout food.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. It's a very pale yellow gold with a very nice stream of bubbles. A small head that went away quickly, but on pouring the second half it produced a huge head.
Sm. Fresh hops, clean and clear. Not a strong smell.
Ta. lemony at first, strong hops, bitter finish. Actually very, very good.
Mf. light with strong carbonation, fills the mouth.
Dr. Looking forward to more.

Photo of nc41
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is easy. For the style it's a great tribute to a difficult and perhaps misinterpreted style. It's the brew a lot of German and Chez Pils yearn to be. Nice pour, smells familiar, but that ends it right there from the norm. Nicely hoppy, not over done, spicy, but drinkable for nearly everyone. This is one great brew, a session beer, a beer for spicy food, a beer for BBQ ribs. It just gets it done. A hard style to compete in but this one will stand up to anything out there.

Photo of tzieser
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden color with a decent head that settles to a small lacing. typical looking pilsner.

smell is good. piney, skunky hops dominate the scents with subtle hints of malt. i can tell this pilsner will be a bit on the hoppy side

tastes outstanding. rich malts are perfectly balanced by piney, skunky hops (saaz hops probably). it has enough water in the bled to make this brew very refreshing, especially on a hot day like today. probably the best american brewed pilsner on the market.

mouthfeel is good. not much else to say.

drinkability is awesome. goes down smooth and is very refreshing.

overall- one of the best pilsners i've had. the only US pilsner I can think of in comparison is Buzzard's Bay Brewing Co's Pilsner. I've bought this one a few times and I plan on buying more. Highly recommended, regardless of how you feel about pilsners.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden copper color with a fizzy single-finger head that didn't last long. The smell is doughy malt wit some floral and herbal hops. The taste is almost all hops from the start to the finish. It starts off with some sweet malt and spicy hops that give way to some bitter grapefruit rind hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but the lingering hops really cut down on drinkability for me. Maybe I'm missing something here, but this beer didn't strike me as anything special.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an excellent pale gold with a sizeable white head.

The aroma is floral hops and something doughy or buttery.

A rounded hoppiness coats the palate. Floral, herbal, spicy, and a touch grassy. Doughy malts sweeten and smooth the brew. The finish is crisp and hoppy.

This would make a great cookout beer. It's extraordinarily drinkable; would match well with dogs, burgers, or pizza; and is a perfect beer just to kick back and relax with.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

POured from a 12 oz. bottle into my brand new Spaten mug.

a -Came out w/ an impressive 2 finger foamy head, w/o much lacing, but solid retention.

s - who put a skunk in my beer? nothing but hops and lemon/apple goodness here.

t - wow, a tad bit of sweetness, but overall hops dominate this ballgame. spicy herbal hop action going on, im loving this hop bitterness.i must note that the subtle yet appearent malt canvas adds just enough balance to this brew

mf - crisp and refreshing, lots of carbonation, everything a good german pils should be.

d - all day long, if you can hang w/ the hops and have a thirst for something crisp and skunky look no further my friend, top notch german pils from an american co. i love it!

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: finger-thick head quickly thins to a light layer and ring, clear gold color, bubbles abound
s: mellow hops dominated by malts
t: grassy, bitter hops are constant/dominant, slight hoppy finish balanced with malts
m: light to medium body with mouth-full of carbonation
d: i'm not a big pilsner fan, but this was a pretty solid beer

Photo of bsend
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep golden/sunshine yellow color that lets light through. A nice foamy white head appears with a standard pour.

Smell: Nice mix of yeast, hop, and a tiny amount of spice.

Taste: Good for the style. Beyond your standard Pilsener, the beer adds small amounts of hop and some spice as well. Good amount of character for the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a spicy dryness to it. On par for the style.

Drinkability: This make for a good session beer. A decent mix of easy drinking and worthwhile taste.

Final Thoughts - Probably my pilsener of choice. Good American made beer.

Photo of Stunner97
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearnce- golden to brown to amber copper, was poured with a very thick white head that had high retention (not sure how well lady poured this one of the tap)

Smell- A good mix of alot of spicy hops and some sweet malts on the nose, the smell on this beer really came off on you very powerfully and nice,

Taste- I was very impressed overall with the taste on this one, it was definitely hoppy with a long lasting bitter finish but it also had a nice malty up front kick to it that made for a pretty nice balanced flavor experiance, lots of flavor here and not a light beer,

Mouthfeel- moderately carbonated, with medium to light body, yet crisp and refreshing,

Drinkability- Amazing drinkablity, this beer would make an absolute superb session beer, I would have to say I honestly liked this beer alot more the second time around trying it, its a very well balanced beer with loads of hops but yet a nice malt balance, for a good session beer there arent a ton I would look at over this pilsner with balls, give it a try victory made me smile again was happy to see this at the local ball park,

Photo of elliot23
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sight: Poor a nice clear and bright yellow. Small head into a chilled glass.

Nose: A pleasant hop nose straight forward with fruit on the back. A little grass and lemon of note

Taste: Great depth for a pils. A good presence of hops that is mild but enjoyable. Nice citrus notes and a long lasting finish of balanced bitterness. Grass and dryness on the end.

Feel: Crisp and dry. A nice sense of body.

Drinkability: A good effort on a German pils that is a nice medium body lager and a great drinkers beer for the spring and summer months.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint. Freshness date of March 23, oops.

Pours a brilliant straw with perfect clarity. Loosely bubbled soapy head is big and settles to a soap sud cap.

Aroma is fruity hops up front. Floral notes and sweet tarts candies. Malt is very clean in the aroma. Smells almost cloying in sweetness.

Taste is hops up front. Hops are bitter, but at the same time carry the fruity and floral notes of the aroma. The flavor is most surprising when you pair it with the aroma. Hops are biting and earthy at the end. Clean malt flavor with a slight hint of alcohol esters on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery, but not enough to make a stink about. The texture is perfect to style, crisp and really refreshing.

Very good Pils.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear straw yellow color with about an inch of pillowy white head. Smells of grassy hops, biscuits, touch of citrus, maybe lemon, toasted malts/grains. Medium in both body and carbonation. Pleasantly bitter, crisp and quenching.

Photo of fingerlaker
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best Pilsner I have ever had.

Pouring it with a "top pour" to maximize the head I got a good 2-inch head that lasted more than the German standard of 10 minutes. The head had a ton of protein that suggested a good amount of 6-row barley. Smell of grass.

Taste was quite dry and the dryness emphasized the bitter grassy hops, which were front-and-center in the brew but NOT overpowering. Pilsners are about balance, and I feel that they got it dead-on.

Photo of BrandonB
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a fairly clean, somewhat clear golden hue with a foamy white head that hangs around for a bit. There is a light malt flavor with a grassy hop being more pronounced. It finishes clean, dry and crisp with a decent bitter note. Easy to drink and an interestingly different pislner.

Photo of techcommdood
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pils glass.

Solid golden color with pronounced haze. Poured with a half-finger of white foam, which quickly collapsed. Nice lacing on the glass. Interesting note - looking at this beer in front of my laptop created an eerie fluorescent glow effect from the beer, almost like dropping a highlighter into a glass of water and then lighting it with a blacklight bulb. Weird.

Strong floral hops and lemon on the nose, with some faint light malts backing it up. Slight hint of caramel and lawn clippings.

Bitter, mild citrus up front and then a strong attack of bittering hops toward the back of the tongue. Not much in the way of malts in this one, save for a faint sweetness that rolls right to the back of the tongue as the other flavors announce their arrival.

Thin, prickly, and dry.

I'd say this one is middle of the road. It's not a beer I could down quickly, and not one I'd call session. It's also not a sipping beer or one I would want to leave sitting for any period of time.

I'll admit, I'm not a pils guy. It was good, but not my choice of style to begin with. But, in the name of all that is just and good, I had to pick it up because I haven't had it yet. Will I finish the 6-pack? You bet. Will I buy it again. Probably not. But that's just me. Hell, I consider barleywines to be session ales. ;)

Photo of Larrytown
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a nice foamy cap on top. Nose has a nice mixture of malt and floral hops, though I'd love for it to have just a tad more kick.

Taste is true to style; some hops in the house for sure, but there's no missing that malty backbone. Starts with the former up front and fades to the latter.

I feel like this was somewhat crimped by the time of year I had it; I liked it, but I could see it really being a homerun in July or so. I'll definitely keep it in mind as summer rolls around.

Photo of kdmorse
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw color topped with a head of pure white bubbles that fade to a thin foam. Lacing clings to the glass as the beer is finished. Light malt scent matched well with grassy hops. Very crisp taste and clean finish. Hop flavor of a true pilsner pairs with malt without overpowering it. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a very pale golden yellow with good clarity and a large, creamy paper white head. Lines and dots of lacing pepper the inside of the glass.

A nice floral bouquet with lemons and crisp, bready malt. Hops are big and everpresent in the nose.

Taste is more lemons and citrus with pale, bready malt and a punching hop bitterness. The hop bite is crisp and really leaves a dry, grassy flavor in the mouth.

A fuller than normal body for a pilsner, but is very welcomed. Carbonation is right where it needs to be.

Drinkability is fantastic. Perfect year round, but especially on a hot day while mowing the lawn.

Photo of goetta
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle with one inch off white head. Snow like lacing with cloudy straw color. A floral hop aroma and slight citrus flavor stands out in this pilsner. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with good malt balance.
Not as crisp, light or bitter as many pilsners. Would complement many food choices. This beer defies any particular purpose or occasion. This beer would be a good choice at any time.

Photo of sarahspat
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass. About an inch of thick-looking off white head. Very little lacing. The beer is a hazy pale, almost pastel yellow, quite a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom.

The nose is yeasty, biscuity and floral. The taste falls in line with the smell but with a hint of lemon, too. It becomes more caramelly and floral as it warms. The smell focuses more on the malt, and the taste is slightly more on the hoppy side. This beer is the definition of well-balanced and perfect for the style. It's light and refreshing, yet very flavorful; hops and malt are both well-represented and complement each other superbly. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, which lends to the drinkability. This is nice session beer and a great German Pilsener.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good overall beer, Right on the style, Problably the best Pilsner I have every had and I lived in Prague for 6 months.

appearance: pale

smell: pleasant, loaded hops

taste: a prefect pilsner, reminded of a lot of the quality czech pilsners.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. I was ultra impressed

Photo of Birmingham
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: The aroma is clean with flowery notes and hints of malts.

Appearance: The beer poured bright yellow and brilliantly clear with a tall white head.

Flavor: The initial taste had a bitter bite and herbal notes. As the beer warmed up the flavor became crisp flavor. The malt's presents increased and rounded out flavor.

Mouth feel: It has a light body, mild carbonation and medium dry finish.

Overall Impression: A clean beer, in line with style guideline. Over all the beer was enjoyable beer to drink.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,702 ratings.