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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 Galathil
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/golden, almost straw-like color with full inch head that didn't endure for long. Smells slightly citrusy. Grain, hops and some grassy floralness, some spice character too in smell. Seems promising. Has a clean pilsner taste. Occasional citrus evident, and slight lemon and bready malts noticeable, but kind of unbalanced with hops dominating. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy with light carbonation making it refreshing and crisp, and dries a little in the finish. Drinkable, but probably wouldn't go back for more.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown bomber of Victory's Prima Pils pours a clear golden color with a nice cap of white foam above. Smells of grains and fresh hops linger into the nose. Quick on the palate and O so refreshing. A dash of breadiness upfront is quickly overtaken by strap of lasting bitterness. Slightly dry at the end which lingers from the herbal bitterness. A little more hoppy than the average Pilsner, but that, as it turns out, is not a bad thing.

Photo of JoKo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into French Pilsner glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright yellow with a full inch or so white head. The carbonation in this beer is very high with a cascade of bubbles rushing to the top, it's appearance reminded me of a Duvel.

Smell: The smell is piney hops up front with some pilsner malt present in the background

Taste: The taste is very piney, bitter citrus, and German styled pilsner malts in the background, I keep thinking Duvel as I drink this beer, it's probably the pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and light, typical pils.

Drinkability: Very good, it's nice to see an American micro brewery doing such an underrated yet great style, probably because it is such a challenge to do. Overall, well done, it would be worth buying again.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12oz bottle from a fellow BA after a day of beer hunting around Louisville and Southern Indiana. Poured into a 14 oz clear mug (all my pilsner and draft glasses are at college and I'm home on break... go figure)

Appearance: poured a cloudy, golden straw color; foamy, bubbly white head about 1.5 fingers thick that quickly dissipated.

Smell: hoppy herbal zest excites the nostrils; slight bready/malty hints present when I opened the bottle; a faintly sweet, almost grassy hint presented itself as the beer warmed.

Taste: strong, herbal hoppy note hits first, then fades into a mellower, bready finish that faintly reminds me of the taste of clove honey; I can begin to pick out grapefruit notes immediately following the initial outburst of hops. Overall, the taste seemed balanced between the initial sharpness of the hops and the slightly malty mellowness that rounded out the finish.

Mouthfeel: solid carbonation creates a prickly feeling on the tongue that quickly fades. Moderately crisp, but maybe not so crisp as other pilsners I've tried.

Drinkability: I didn't mind the abundance of herbal hops at the start and actually enjoyed the fact that this beer finished off smooth. In fact, I felt it finished smoother than other Czech pilsners like Pilsner Urquell and Czechvar. Only 5.3% ABV and no real warming kick to the beer - I could easily drink a couple of these in a setting.

A decent, hoppy pilsner, but I'm not sure whether I can say I prefer this over Pilsner Urquell, especially since I can get 12 packs of it on the cheap at school. Nonetheless, Prima Pils was quite the fine pilsner, especially paired with a leftover slice of Pazzo's pizza.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Victory's bold, colorful labels. Freshness dated! Straw color with a large white head. Retains well and leaves a few lacey wisps.

Smells of herbal, grassy, citrus hop. Light grain.

Light malt under heavy herbal, grapefruit spicey hop. Mild lemon flavor here and there. Much smoother and less crisp than many pils. Intense herbal hop drying never leaves the mouth. I don't like intense herbal hops.

Overall, a good hoppy pils but I just don't like the overabundance of herbal hop which gives the beer an ointment-like flavor.

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Consumed on an unseasonably warm day when I was quite thirsty. I really like the picture on the bottle

Appearance: Light, golden, clear. Very low head maybe half a finger, quickly dissapearing.

Smell: Lemony, just a tiny bit of hops, no alcohol

Taste: Wheaty, a little lemony, not sweet but not bitter, just neutral.

Mouth: Very carbonated, light and thin

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink

Im not getting anything special from this beer, glad to have a six pack of it, but I won't be seeking it out in the future.

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

A blonde supermodel, known for her handsome winking in your general direction.

Smells like not too many lagers I've whiffed. Juicy, citrus hops, pseudo-ale fruity esters.

Tastes like it's trying to over-compensate for the modern pilsener, which is no problem with me. I heard that this was "over-hopped" and I have to say it's a nice bitter bite for a golden session stock. A citrusy hop gives way to that quintessential german bitter bite. The barley along for the ride would be super smooth, the smoothness comes out with slower long sips.

Makes the mouth feel comfy like one of those cushions that's soft but it's got rough fabric that you just have to get used to. Doesn't take too long!

Between the low alcohol and highly engaging taste, I don't know how you don't drink three of four of these in a sit-down!

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Straw yellow with 1/2-finger nearly white head with decent retention for the style and a smidge of lace.

S: Much more grassy than the bottle version with more herbal qualities. Light pilsner malts still come on strong to complete a very good nose.

T: The flavor is also more haylike and grassy than the bottle version, showing the greater hops emphasis in the draft product. Pale and pilsner malts lend the typical mineral quality.

M: Body is firmly medium with very lively carbonation and malty, more noble hops aftertaste.

D: A great beer on-tap, but I still like the bottle version better so that the maltiness is played up a bit more.

Photo of Riccymon
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a golden yellow with two and a half fingers of dense head. A few minutes after the pour, loads of bubbles still rise from the bottom of the glass, and head retention and lacing are remarkable. The smell, a spicy hop combo of grassiness and lemon zest, is sharp and enticing. Upfront, I taste the same flavors as well as some grapefruit, while a small, sweet backbone just appears in the otherwise quite bitter finish. This drinks very light and leaves my mouth clean and hydrated, all of which contributes to great drinkability. Hats off to Victory on this one!

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a nice, just slightly hazy golden amber. The head pours into a thick foam that settles like a pillow and leaves webs of lacing everywhere. Carbonation has a lively presence. The smell is earthy, citrus hops before a light malt makes its presence known. An herbal undertone is detected as well. The taste is primarily pure herbal hops with a pronounced malt taste. Earthy and citrus tones present themselves as well to add to an excellent balance of flavors. The finish is dry and lingers with a hops bitterness mixed perfectly with a hidden sweetness. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with a medium body. This is what it seems like the macro posers would be aspiring to. Absolutely drinkable. I'm not as familiar with the pils style as with some others, but I can tell this could easily be a standard-setter for it.

Photo of aeminter
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw gold color with a great whit head and good lacing. It is a bit hazy. *tisk tisk*

Very light, floral (hops), pilsner malt and a little sulfur in the background.

Crisp and bitter, noble hops (likely), good finish with just a hint of sweetness in the back. Very refreshing, and a nicely crafted pilz.

Side note: I usually don't care for pilseners. I guess it too closely resembles the "mega swills" I was told was real beer through ads. This beer and a slim few others are changing my mind on pilseners and lagers in general.

Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Prima Pils glass. The guy at D'Vines was cool enough to throw in the glass for free when I bought a six-pack.

A: Straw-like gold color with a huge 3-4 finger head that has suprising staying power and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: A big blast of of noble hops that will clear out your sinuses in a hurry.

T: Dominated by the hops (appropriately enough, given the label art). But it's balanced out quite nicely by the sweet bready malt. Outstandingly thirst-quenching.

M: Effervescently light. The high carbonation has a rather bloating effect.

D: As far as I'm concerned, this is THE session beer. It's basic enough to knock back and enjoy on a hot summer day, but at the same time, it's interesting enough that you don't have to turn your mind off to enjoy it.

Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into a pint glass.

Beer is golden, minimal white head that fades quickly. some minimal lacing.

The brew smells of hops, citrus undertones.

The brew tastes of nice hops, with a crisp bite to it. Nice.

The drinkability of this brew is high - could easily get a case of this and drink all night. A pilsner with a great hop balance - which would be plenty. I normally think pilsners tend to be very light on the palate - this one hits the spot. Good bite to it.

Another great brew for Victory.

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow, nice poofy white head.

Skunky, earthy, noble hop aromas and taste. Nice balance, plenty of hops.

Solid feel, plenty of hop bite. Has a nice solid ale chunkiness to it.

Quite flavorful, nice solid feel, carbed on the high side which I personally like. Has a lingering skunkiness that overides the wonderful hops. Sorry but the skunkiness is just to nasty to ignore here. It just gives the overall experience a really sour ending.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw colored, hazy golden yellow with a vibrant foamy white head of big carbonation quickly dissipating leaving little lacing in the glass.

The fresh, pleasant hop aroma wafts from the glass featuring floral scents and citrus zest. Also a hint of straw or grass, and just a touch earthy.

Big floral hops, wheat & yeast, perhaps just a hint of pepper, and lemon or similar citrus flavor.

Generous carbonation, light to medium bodied, and a great palate.

This is a great beer for everyone. Enough flavor for the true beer lover, but no so aggressive it turns away the novice. Also, extremely easy to drink a few. Enjoy.

Photo of Kromes
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very light straw colored beer that poured a nice head with good carbonation. Slight sweet hoppy smell. Taste is bitter and citrusy and the feel is very light to this beer. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. Reminded me of an IPA, but way more drinkable than an IPA. I can only have one or two IPAs before I get sick of them, but this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 250th review!!!

A - Two fingers worth of virgin white head... Moderate carbonation... Lots of fizz as the head begins to settle, though it displays solid retention... Terrific stickiness... Completely translucent pale straw color... Clean...

S - European hops... Crystal malt... Lemon... Orange zest... Cut grass... Faint floral aromas... Mildly sweet... A hint of muskiness...

T - A generous amount of maltiness upfront... Biscuit... Sweet citrus... Then the hops rise to the top and never go away... A hint of pepper emerges as part of the aftertaste...

M - Crisp, clean and dry are the first three words to come to mind... Slightly aggressive, yet smooth... Medium bodied... A hoppy aftertaste lingers...

D - A tremendous and memorable example of the style... This one will definitely challenge your palette and could head to head with any Pilsner found round the world...

Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw to light yellow in color. Ever so slightly hazy. Nice thick foamy head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S: All hops. Grassy, citrusy hops mixed with a hint of alcohol.

T: Zingy, almost tangy, spicy hops on the front, finishing with a peppery bitterness. Very light malt flavor. Amazing amount of hoppiness for a Pils.

M: A light weight dry beer with a lightly astringent bitterness.

D: Overall a very nice beers. For a pils, this beer displays a lot of character and I'm a fan of the assertive hop character. The weight of this beer lends it to being a nice session beer.

Photo of FishGetter
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow apperance. Frothy two finger head that lingerd for some time.
Grainy aroma pushes its way up front, accompanied by a very sight sweetness.
Sweetened notes of grapefruit pop out mixed with a clean grain flavor. Finish is paired with a breif citrus tang that disapates quickly.
Light bodied, possible slight over carbination apparent from thick head that resulted from a easy pour.
Plesant offering from victory however very forgetable. For me, not on the top ten of brews when one goes the the store.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy (?) light lemon yellow with just a hint of gold hue. Medium white head reduces quickly to a thin cap. Light lacing.

Aroma is more balanced than I expected. Malty with a spiced fruit (citrus) quality and grassy hops.

Aroma is more malty than the flavor. There's a quick flash of malt to start, then a transition into a mild fruity (citrus zest) hop flavor with a touch of pine. It's the finish where the hopping really asserts itself. Looong bitter finish which goes grassy and drying.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp; a touch creamy.

Not bad overall; drinkable, though overrated in my opinion and certainly overpriced.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic 20oz pint glass.

A: This beer pours a very light yellow color reminiscent of BMC beers, but with a nice 2 finger head. No lacing whatsoever, but nice bubbles throughout.

S: Smells of slightly citrusy hops which I like, but the Pilsner bitter is there too which I'm not as large a fan of. The smell is the best I've encountered for a pilsner though.

T: For the style I think it's the best I've had. The hops are present, but I wish more so. The bitter pilsner flavor takes over when this beer is cold. As it warms the taste improves (for me at least) and there is a slight citrus here as well. I wish there were more and less bitterness. More malt would be good too, but earns high marks for creaminess. Finishes clean.

M: Extremely good. Very creamy and coats my mouth in a way I like.

D: For the style it's highly drinkable, this just isn't my favorite style of beer. For a pilsner though I have not had one better and would drink it again.

Photo of AccidentalKate
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A light yellow lager, with a strong head upon it that seems to last quite a bit. Really nice Belgian Lace on the side of the glass as the head dissipates slowly. It is a little more opaque than others in the lager line, and if judged, this would likely be a mark against it.

Aroma: There's a strong hit of hops here, even a bit of floral-ness along with it. (Hey, is floralness a word?)

Taste: It'd be a little arrogant of me to say that this is what a pilsner should taste like. Let me instead say that this is what I imagine a pilsner should be. Stong hit of bitterness right up front that slowly fades away. Then the essence of the hops comes into play, with the bitterness intermingling with some floral tastes and some orangey-citrus hints in the background. If there's a malt or grain here, I'm not finding it, but I don't think that's the point of pilsners. I'm not a fine of bitter beers, but this one has a nice complexity about it which I find intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Brighter than most pilsners, but the effervescence quickly fades. Probably the weakest part of the beer. But still better than most.

Drinkability: If you're a fan of pilsners, this might be one which needs to be sought out. It's complex and far more interesting than other pilsners I have sought out. Not watery at all. A very good beer.

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

pours a very light golden straw (into the warsteiner pilsner)...great head diminishes slowly, leaving delicate lacing. nice commune of carbonation at the bottom, some bubbles, here and there, jetting up to the mothership...

very nice citrusy, malty nose...more like lemon than anything. very promising.

now this is different. and not what i expected (though i did expect something unexpected!). extreme 'light' hoppy bitterness comes in a nice blast but thins out very pleasantly in the finish. not hardcore hophead stuff, but certainly will be deeply appreciated by most. the bitterness that remains reminds me mainly of the much more intense smuttynose IPA. i am very impressed with this. time for a case.

crisp, light to medium body, perfect carbonation, no cloying...so very drinkable and certainly an exemplary session brew...but would go so well with sushi. i would imagine it being able to take on blackened catfish, too.

along with good ole Yuengling Lager (budget...), this will be a fine late spring and summer brew. but it's fine now as a 2nd day of spring brew!

Photo of DannyS
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - cloudier than other Pilsners I've had, appearance is more reminiscent of a wheat ale or a pale ale. Head pours thick but dissipates quick.

S - Hoppy and fresh on the nose, but also smells slightly musty.

T - A nice, slightly bready, clean pilsner taste; hoppier than others I've had. My only gripe is that the hop bitterness is stronger than the hop taste.

M - Fizz is light and body is thin but not too watery. Good for a refreshing pilsner.

D - I could drink these all friggin' day. goes down easy and finishes clean, making it all too easy to have drink after drink.

Overall - Enjoyable enough to consider for a repeat purchase; would be a definite standby if the bitterness weren't so strong.

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

Tap at O'Briens, pouring terribly so they really had to work for my pint. Poured bright yellowish and very clear. Small head that dissipated. Aroma was much hoppier than expected. Pleasant herbal hops. Hop flavor and a biscuity maltiness dominate the tastebuds and it has a long clean dry finish that is quite nice. Highly drinkable american hoppy pilsner, and a great go-to beer IMO.

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