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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,533
Reviews: 1,990
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 166
Gots: 349 | 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 palmdalethriller
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The pour leaves a great inch or so of head that leaves a decent amount of lace that typically falls back into the beer. The liquid is a very bright, very clear golden yellow with lots of good sized bubbles floating up to the top.
The Prima Pils smells wonderful. It's a spicy, flowery smell that tastes wonderful.
After smelling the beer for an inordinate amount of time I decided to finally taste it and wasn't disappointed. The hops are definitely right out front, but it's very nicely balanced with a smooth and crisp finish.
The feel is somewhat average - although it's not overly thin there's really nothing memorable about how it feels to drink it. It's to style certainly, just not overly remarkable.
This is incredibly drinkable. I think that for my first sunday football get together this year this beer will play a major role.

palmdalethriller, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely shade of gold. Has a dense, tight white head, which drops pretty fast, leaving no lace.

Smells of spicy hops, and malt.

I taste mainly spicy hops, with a restrained malt flavor. Somewhat earthy as well, grassy flavor coming through. Decent flavor, although not really my cup of tea.

Good full mouthfeel. A little chewy, which I wasn't expecting, but it seems to work.

Overall, I wasn't impressed, although I would drink this over just about any mass marketed lager. It's not that it's bad, just not what I enjoy. Maybe my palate hasn't evolved to this level of subtlety yet. I'll try it again down the road, and see.

dancinwillie, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light yellow, according to style. Decent head.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy.

Taste: Hops up front fruity, and spicy and bitter in the back. The hops in this one are not simply abundant, but also abundantly flavorful, my first time having sweetness seemingly from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Can't remember due to bad notes, only the score.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, my first brew from Victory and it definitely lived up to the hype. I'll be grabbing a sixer of this one soon.

Stonebreaker, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is poured with a copper colour and a nice inch head. Quite good retention on the head and a lot of carbonation. The pilsner smell definitely comes through in the nose with subtle hints of fruits. The taste of the beer is quite surprising, the general pilsner flavour doesn't come out, but a lot of more subtle fruits come out. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, it makes a great addition to the beer.The flavour is some lemon mixed with a pleasing sweetness. It's a bit watery on the mouthfeel, but incredibly drinkable.

This is probably the best pilsner I've ever had; I'm not a fan of pilsners at all really, but I find this one doing a great job.

swizzlenuts, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Reanimator
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was completely surprised by this pilsener style from Victory. Enjoy by Aug 18 08 printed on the label.

Pours a hazy, pale straw color with the characteristic musky, grassy, malt aroma. Very delicious, with lemon-banana grassiness on the front, characteristic muskiness in the mids, and ending pleasantly with a unique and long lasting hop bitterness on the finish. Very crisp and light mouthfeel, practically perfect for the style.

Overall, this is one of the best pilseners I've had the pleasure of tasting - hugely drinkable, refreshing, and surprisingly unique.

Thanks to swizzlenuts for this one!

Reanimator, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, nice carbonation, good looking pilsner.

Aroma you can smell a couple feet away. Sweet floral smell.

Bitter hoppy taste at first, followed by sweetness.

Full bodied for a pilsner, stingy aftertaste.

This is a lot like the moonlight lunatic lager.

Murchmac, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden metallic color with thin clinging head.

Smell - Good noble hop aroma. No malt (appropriate for style).

Taste - Grassy and lean with a hint of malt. Some floral and pronounced hop bite.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Hop bite makes it a little less than very good.

Chinon01, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of unionturf
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap for $1.50 at Brixx.

Clear yellow color with little smell. Taste was surprising considering the look of the beer, not bad but not great either. While it was not awful I cannot see buying it again considering I can get Dead Guy or Two Hearted for the same price.

unionturf, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer poured a bright gold with a big foamy white head that holds for a little bit but fades leaving a thin film the whole way down and lacing some. The smell is a nice mixture of barley malts and agressive hops. The taste is very similar to the smell with the hops coming out more as the beer warms. The beer has a good body and carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer one that I would love to stock the fridge with in the summer.

MSchae1017, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of thisisshsas
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow coloring with a large foamy head, very clear and indicative of the style.

S- light crisp smell, it could be a little stronger to be better.

T- nice and light, flowery side flavor with a slight crispy hop taste thats extremely refreshing. Carbonation gives a slight burn of the tongue. One of the best lagers I've ever had.

M- unlike some lagers, the prima pils has a strong enough flavor that it doesn't fade after a few few seconds. You can swish it in you mouth and get more flower style taste.

D- extremely drinkable, a beer for the usual bud drinker and the beer connoisseur as well. Not my favorite style but you have to recognize good when it shows up though.

thisisshsas, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is crisp with a friendly bite to it, sweet and hoppy could be more pronounced. Poured a very pale golden yellow with an enormous white pillowey head that left some impressive lacing down my glass. Clean mouthfeel that is wonderfully smooth which teams with the flavor to make this beer incredibly drinkable. Flavor falls right in line with a nice crisp and snappy profile. The hops (I believe saaz are commonly used) round out a lightly malted base creating a nicely balanced flavor. There is a beautiful easiness to this pilsner ( I don't want to call it simple ) which is what makes it so very good and easily enjoyable. Not my favorite style and for the price I will likely not re-visit this too often.

kinger, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of youngblood
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful gold coloring, sparkles when held up to sunlight. Poured to a two finger head into an imperial pint glass. Head retention was about one minute. Leaves some pretty lace on the glass.

S - Smells of a mixture of sweetness and bitterness, hops come up a little bit in the back in the scent.

T - Very interesting. Has a strong pilsner flavor at the opening followed swiftly by the freshly cut grass bitterness of hops. Well balanced.

M - Smooth on the tongue, very light.

D - Low ABV lends itself to being a session beer. The hops and pilsner style make this quite a refresher!

youngblood, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of pearljam118
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into glass

A: Golden yellow, clear with little head settling quickly

T: Slightly sweet at first with a taste of hops, crisp bitter after taste.

M: very carbonated but light

D: perfect beer after a summer long day, im looking forward to picking up a case of this beer

pearljam118, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Jacob Wirths in Boston.

Pours a clear gold with a one-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving spotty lacing.

Smell is faint, but there's some lightly toasted grains and some noble hops: very grassy and floral.

Taste is toasted grains, and grassy, floral hops, with a crisp, bitter finish. There's a very distinct petroleum characteristic, much like a good viogner.

Light-bodied, very crisp and clean.

Wonderful drinkability. Couldn't ask for a better brew on a hot summer day!

MrMonkey, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle poured into a pilsener glass, best before date: 10/8/08.

A: Pours a clear and clean looking light golden straw with a nice inch thick and rocky egg shell white head that leaves just as thick a lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice little ropes of carbonation doing their best to support the head. Hard to think how this beer could be improved on any more, just give me a tiny bit more carbonation throughout the session, otherwise perfection in a glass.

S: Grassy and sweet with a mild floral hop spiciness. Germal pils through and through.

T/MF: Very grassy, haylike and floral, lemon zest and comes to mind and backed by a solid malt grainiess. Mouthfeel is mildly coarse and leaves the slightest of drying sensations on the tongue. Feels full bodied for a pilsener if that makes sense. I mean it obviously doesn't drink like a dopplebock but its not yellow fizzy water either, I suppose I could sum this up by saying it has a solid chewiness to it with a mildly lingering hop profile, nice nice nice.

D: One fine beer! Who says pilseners can't be flavorful. Insanely drinkable, good any time of the year and a wonderful American take on the style. I was worried that hops would dominate this beer but they play a well defined role in this beer, wonderfully paired with the malts. Tasty tasty stuff.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft into an - of course - pilsener glass. Nearly the platonic pilsener appearance. Nothing amazing about it except how prototypical it should be. A deep but clear golden color, with a lacy white head.

Floral, not particularly bitter, hops on the nose. Good, crisp, but pretty standard.

Clear and nicely noticeable malt graininess and nuttiness compliment the foll bodied hop taste. Very crisp and refreshing feel. Leaves behind a perfect, slight twinge of hop bitterness on the palate, inviting you to drink more. Maybe a lot more.

TheMistler, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of beernut
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cannot complain about Victory. Pours clear golden with a nice white head that doesn't stay around too long. Aroma is big floral hops with a grainy sweetness. Taste is big floral and spicy hops, with a citrus taste as well. Finished a little sweet, mild bitterness maybe with a grassy aftertaste. Always a good purchase.

beernut, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of donaldchapman
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, brilliantly clear, with good lacing.
S - Flowery hop aromas with a good malty grainy aroma to back it up.
T - Light malt sweetness, with a good bitterness and plenty of hop flavors, clean crisp.
M - medium light bodied, with a good carbonation and crsip finish.

This is a great beer, it is light and refreshing and packed with flavor.

donaldchapman, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

best by date is unreadable but i have reason to believe this is a fresh bottle.

Prima Pils pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a monster foamy white head that leaves some sticking. The nose is very impressive and surprisingly large, lots of big fruit esters and (Belgian?) yeast. A metallic note surfaces as the beer settles. The big fruity/grassy character of the nose really transfers into its flavor, over all balanced, decent pale malt backbone and a dry hop profile, it sports a rather bitter but not offensive aftertaste. Spicy and farmhouse funky, this reminds me of a 'light' saison rather than a true pils. Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Its fairly drinkable, and would be great in the hot months.

ATPete, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Generik420
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New to the state of Indiana is beers from Victory Brewing Company based in Downingtown, PA. I have had a few of their offerings and have yet to be disappointed. So it is with great pleasure that I can review the Prima Pils and gleefully say I didn't have to trade to get this, it is now here in Naptown!

One of my bigger complaints with the craft beer industry is the lack of pilsners. It's almost like the industry as a whole has seen what the big 3 have done to the style and they are content to let them get away with it. Well Victory has decided to fight back with their Prima Pils which is an outstanding pilsner that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the finest from Europe. Prima Pils pours a bright golden yellow and in the right lighting, it almost gets a neon glow to it. It is really something to behold, with a gorgeous bright white and thick head gracing the top. Eventually that head will slow drop out but continue to leave lacing all the way down the glass.

The first thing you notice when you raise the glass up to your face is the hops aroma. Very distinct noble hops layered on top of fresh cut grass.. oh so inviting! Taking a sip and you realize that the flavor lives up to the aroma. The beer has a clean and crisp hop bite that really demands that you to take another swallow. The hops are somewhat grassy in nature and leave the beer with an outstanding balance between bitterness and malt. On the tail end, that bitterness lingers lightly on the back of the tongue to remind you that you still have more in the glass.

This is an absolutely world class pilsner beer and would compare well with brands from Europe like Stiegl, Warsteiner, Radeberger, etc. So for those of you out there that have shied away from that pale pilsner style, either because of what the macros have done to the style or because many times imports have that 3 months in a cargo hold taste, give this one a try. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Generik420, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of gunnerman
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a recent trade, thanks Adam. Poured a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head. Smell is very citrus, sweet grass and a bit of crisp lemon goodness. Taste was where this is at, I was so thirsty and craving a beer, boy this went down well and quickly, taste is very mild highly carbonated sweet on the toungue with light malt and a bit of hop bitterness not overwhelming. This is one good summer beer it goes down so smooth and really quenches the thirst.

gunnerman, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of NolateM
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Best by" date is about a month away, so I'm in the zone...

Yellow, slightly hazy pilsner with a perfect lingering head.

Crisp flavor, reminiscent of corn nuts, bready malt, hint of yeast, and with a pleasantly bitter, zesty hop finish. Hoppier than your average pilsner, which if you ask me is a good thing.

Lively carbonation, easy to drink plenty of this. This is THE quintessential pilsner, and a tried & true favorite summer beer.

About $8.50 a six-pack

NolateM, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, pale yellow in color. A nice half inch head forms on the pour. Smell is malty with some underlying floral qualities. Taste is much the same, but with more of the underlying floral hops coming through. The taste is much better than the smell. Clean and non-cloying on the mouthfeel. This is a good pilsener.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of chrisny4205
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw yellow. Bone white head that kept me company most of the testing. We became close friends.

Smell got better the more I tasted the beer. Earthy to piney smell.

This beer went from good to amazing after the fourth sip. A great example of a German pilsner. Such a delicate beer that lets its flavors come at you one at a time. Sweet maltiness then erased by the bittering hops. The flavors are light and very well balanced.

Sat well. Not a big body. This is a delicate brew.

This beer could be drank at anytime and all the time.

chrisny4205, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a Pilsner should be. It is one of a handful of American-made pilsners that simply set the standard for all the others.

Pours radiant yellow and perfectly clear,with a big fluffy head and streams of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head fades slowly to large, luxurious lacing. The aroma is powerful, bright and grainy with a slight lemony tinge and subtle, smooth floral hops. The flavor is honey-like, with a powerful pils grain backbone and a surprisingly strong hop bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasing with a good carbonation bite and a bit of bitterness developing and clinging on the back of the mouth.

This is a superbly drinkable beer, light and crisp enough to win over Macro fans, but complex and subtly hoppy enough to win over craft-beer-only purists. It's hard to do better than this.

Seanibus, Jul 16, 2008
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,533 ratings.