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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 419 | 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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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of kballer
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. There's no freshness date. I poured into a half liter pilsener glass and allowed it to foam up a lot. The head looks delicious and fluffy. T

The smell is defintely the beers strongest area. It smells spicy and hoppy. Just thinking about the smell makes me want to crack one open. Luckily it tastes like it smells. some sips are really spicy and others taste bread-like.

Very drinkable lager.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured, appropriately, into a Prima Pils glass. Slightly hazy golden yellow in color with a fluffy, bright white finger tall head. Excellent lacing.

S - An aroma of grainy malt and spicy hops.

T - Hops flavor dominates. Spicy, floral, slightly herbal. Nice and sweet honey malt presence attempts to balance the flavor out but this beer errs on the side of hoppiness.

M - Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Seems to be lacking in carbonation in my opinion. Wish this had a little bit more a crispness to it that a pilsner often has. Dry finish.

D - Definitely drinkable if you are looking for a nice hop bite in a pilsner.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/18/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very light golden yellow colored body with almost no head, white, but diminishing. And has a very malty aroma. An just okay hoppy malty smooth balanced flavor, with a slightly malty aftertaste. Just an okay beer, average.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils pours a light gold with a white head that leaves some lacing.

Aromas are grainy and grassy in the hop department.
the taste is also the exact same.

I am surprised by such a decent mouthfeel. It has a fluffiness to it that I enjoy. This has summer beer written all over it.

Photo of Nipitato
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Marty's in Newton.

A: Straw hue. White head that dissipates to a thin topping. Slightly hazy.

S: Graham cracker like malt aroma. Crisp and clean with some noticeable spicy noble hop character.

T: Crisp with a mellow yet pronounced bitterness. Some spicy hops add character to the mostly clean taste. A touch of graininess.

MF: Medium-light body. Well carbonated. Bitterness lingers quite long.

D, notes: The bitterness/hoppiness is done very well with this beer. Crisp with very good drinkability.

Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 20oz. pint glass-straw colored, topped with an inch of cotton-white head-
Nice spice/hop aroma makes you want to jump in with both lips-
Very flavorful, good hop "tang", with an almost hint of lemon- slightly bitter finish that hangs around awhile (not a bad thing)
Thin, dissapating lacing.
Very drinkable, would be a good session candidate-
Overall, an excellent version of the pilsener style-Very tasty! Go get some!!

Photo of pd360
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with just slight bit of cloudiness and a light, frothy head. The aroma is very fresh with an earthy, grassy smell. Easily drinkable, a touch of sweetness followed by a small bit of bitterness. There are some flowery overtones but they do not over power. I will definitely be buying this one again.

Photo of hoplover82
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear bright yellow with a medium fluffy to creamy white head that dissapates VERY slowly to a thin layer with some real good lace for the style.

Aroma is of earthy and crisp citrus hops with a little sweet bread in the back.

The flavor is the same as above really. Just a hint of soft bitterness. The sweet bread comes through a little more in the flavor but the hops shine through to brighten things up a little. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

I could drink a whole keg of this it's so drinkable.

Photo of Silenus89
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz to pint glass

A. Pale yellow color with a laced head

S. Floral and earthy notes and hops

T. A clean grain taste that I like alot, noticeable hop taste

M. Medium body and good carbonation

D. This is a very session able beer, could easily have a 6 pack and enjoy my self. Ill be getting this again for the playoffs. Go Chargers!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,610 ratings.