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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,133
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 144
Gots: 228 | 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 KarlHungus


4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a clear golden color. The head is massive, cloudy and bright white. The aroma is a perfect blend of spicy, floral and grassy. This is what a pilsener smells like at its best. The taste begins with floral notes than moves towards grass and spices. The finish is a nice clean bitterness that envelops my whole tongue. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Although this is still a light beer, it is probably the heaviest pilsener I have yet tasted, and I do think that the extra weight really helps the mouthfeel. Whereas most pilseners can be discribed as crisp and light, Prima Pils can be discibed as crisp and smooth. Overall, this is a great pilsener and will hold a rotating spot in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 22:34:33 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of maddamish


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light gold in color. Medium sized head when poured. The lacing is fantastic on this beer. Very consistant and thick.

Smell: A little watery with a hop blast to the nose.

Taste: Although this isn't as stong as the hop devil, the hops are present in this beer. A one trick pony but the trick is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for a pil. This beer has a nice body with a not so smooth finish. But that isn't a bad thing.

Drinkability: Best pilsner I have found on the market so far. What do you think?

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 21:37:01 | More by maddamish
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow-gold, thin white head. Great retention. Minimal carbonation streaming. Aroma of saaz hops and lemons and a touch of curacao in the finish. Very crisp and fresh. Taste is wonderfully fresh, citrusy, spicy, and floral. Lasting bitterness despite being a smooth and easy drinker. Clover and grass clippings, orange peal, crazy hoppy finish. Yippie. This is great stuff but I still prefer the big German varieties.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 00:18:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of HoboAGoGo


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of the bottle into the pint glass with a cascading head. Very clear, bright golden body with active bubbles. Smelled of strong, grassy hops, fresh vegetable, grain husks and sweet bread. Taste was very clean, there was a grainy body that had an almost floral, going into a grassy hop taste with a very spicy mouth after you finish the beer that stuck on my tongue for a good minute after the first drink. Incredibly crisp, easy to drink, beautiful beer. I hate the fact I cannot get this beer at home.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 03:47:53 | More by HoboAGoGo
Photo of ChuckD

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Thick, dense white lacing atop a clear golden body.

To the nose, the hop character is overwhelming. Not abrasive or nasty - but a pleasant floral spiciness.

In the mouth, the hops are verified in a super dry, spicy body with subtle malt sweetness in the back. Hops abound here and are quite tasty.

The feel is as it should be for the style. Just enough bite and carb to enhnance the floral bouquet - not overcome. It finishes dry and full.

Musings: Obviously loaded with a shitload more hops than most pils. It does work though - and the result is a nicely balanced, hop bang in a highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 13:52:06 | More by ChuckD
Photo of pvsob


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils pours to a pale yellow color with a nice head that fades slowly. It is very clear with some lacing. Hops and yeast dominate the aroma with hints of citrus breaking through. You can definitely taste the hops, but they don't slap you in the face and there is a nice balance of sweetness that accompanies the long hop finish. The body is light to moderate. Overall this is an excellent Pils, one of the best I've had to date. Extremely CRISP and very satisfying. Pick some up if you haven't tried it yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 18:53:59 | More by pvsob
Photo of OStrungT


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden clear yellow. It has a thick fluffy white head that fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces. Tiny bubbles continue to rise after a few minutes.

This beer has a yeasty aroma. It is slightly spicy. I can detect a hoppy aroma with Saaz hops, I think. It smells slightly citrusy.

This beer has a spicy flavor. Not overly strong like in Belgians, just subtle. It is slightly lemony. It has a good hoppy flavor. It tastes just a little grainey.

This beer is very crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and it is not too strong in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 22:58:07 | More by OStrungT
Photo of MrSeth


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a really good pilsner and doesn't disapoint! A white head forms over a crystal clear light golden body with lots of bubbly. The head settles right away and leaves swirls and some lace, standard for a pilsner in a good way.

Smells a tad skunky and hoppy. Not bad though.

The taste honeyish without being particularly sweet, malty and balanced with a perfect touch of bitterness.

Strongly carbonated, crisp and clean!

I could drink quite a few of these on a sunny day.. hope they are still available come cookout season!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 01:23:24 | More by MrSeth
Photo of hero27


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Enjoy by March 11, '06.

Extremely clear bright yellow. Floral hop aroma. Light and highly drinkable, but still exciting enough for the tastebuds.
Big-time Saaz hop flavor mixed with a light malt. The bitterness is really subtle, though. To be brutally honest here..if we're talking about hoppy "summer beers", Gumballhead still makes this brew it's bitch. That being said, I'll still try and track down some sixers of this before the brutal Iowa heat gets here. A great pick to sit by the pool, grill, beach, or hell..just about anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 03:58:41 | More by hero27
Photo of shbobdb


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

It's like New Glarus Edel Pils (RIP) and Sam Adams Harvest Imperial Pilsner had a baby. This beer has the same fruity overtones from the yeast that Edel Pils does with a heavy heavy overlay of German Hops. Mostly Hersbrucker, is my gut feeling. I could be wrong though.

Nice and refreshing. A touch bitter and a touch too hoppy for a 'refreshing' afterwork Pilsner, but an AMAZING beer when taken on its own field. Man, nice and clean mixed with enough earthy hops to give you a touch of cottonmouth. I love it,

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 03:09:38 | More by shbobdb
Photo of kelticblood


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big step up from the mass produced crap pilsners out there. Some time was actually spent into crafting this. Poured out a hazy straw yellow almost like a wheat beer. Light and foamy head didnt last that long. Aroma of pine and hops. Slight skunky aroma in the beginning. Leaves a medium bitterness. Very good carbonation with a crisp finish. Light and refreshing. A very drinkable Pilsner. Just wish they werent $9 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 05:55:21 | More by kelticblood
Photo of EvilTwin

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a nice golden yellow, light frothy 3/8" head.

S. Very strong bouquet of grasses and sharp hops.

T. A lot more flavor than I was expecting, nice initial bite with the carbonation tickling your tongue.

M. thin, slightly above watery, however as I prefer stouts and porters, this could be from my bias.

D. For a person stepping over from the average macro pilsner this beer will slow down their drinking. I found it VERY drinkable and loved the nice hoppy characteristics.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 01:34:54 | More by EvilTwin
Photo of sinistrsam


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I have yet to find a better microbrew Pilsner. I got a craving for a Pilsner a while back and went on BA to check out some reviews, and this was at the top, so I found a place in Durham with it on tap, and I was not disappointed.
It was a very very pale brew, with an almost watery body, mild carbonation, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was somewhat wheaty, lemony, with a little floral hoppiness, but the taste was outstanding: Bitter-sweet with piney tones, alcohol well balanced and very very dry, clean mouthfeel. I would expect this to be a great warm-weather beer, but I could drink this any time of the year. Simply a great interpretation of this style. Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2006 18:40:22 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of sacfly


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, enjoy by Apr 06 06.
Pours a hazy yellow with huge bubbles in the head and bubbling through the brew. Smell is herbal and slightly dusty. Taste is light with no malt detectable but there is a mild bitterness that permeates the beer and lingers into the aftertaste. Pine and lemon, but not in an overpowering IPA way.

Crisp, easy beer to drink. Nothing too complex, but it is a pilsner. And a fine one at that.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 19:58:25 | More by sacfly
Photo of Skidz


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright pale straw and sits a beaming pale gold in the glass with a large creamy white head. Fades to wisping of foam around the edges with good lacings all around.

Smells of bright grassy hops and light crackery malts. Simple and pleasing.

Tastes of dry, crisp pils malt with a torrent of hops bitterness closing in. Straight up grassy all the way. Finishes moderately bitter, all in perfect check.

Crisp, clean and paired with a moderate and fine carbonation with a light body.

Pils as it should be. Completely thoughtless, yet packed with indescribable nuances. This stuff cleans itself up.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 23:14:00 | More by Skidz
Photo of NolanGTI


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can something be balanced and still blow away the hop profile that is traditional for its style? Well if anything can, this beer can. Simply one of the best beers to come out of Victory and one of the best US Pilsners on the market.

Color to style, with a nice nose but not overwhelming. Then the taste.. clean and crisp with the nicest little hop punch to it. One of my alltime favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 19:55:29 | More by NolanGTI
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a bright and vibrant yellow gold with a thin film of large bubbles for a head.

Smelled like bread dough and powdery white flour with an ambiguous sour fruit.

Tastes like sweet bread dough with a musky dirty yeast and a crisp oaky hop nip that left the finish a bit dry.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with an intrusive small bubbled carbonation.

Over all, the finish was a bit dry, and the carbonation was prohibitive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 17:05:31 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden in color, with a large, persistent white head, excellent broken lace, and a few small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Tangy citrus hops, with hints of pine as well, solid slightly tart pale malt beneath, and a pleasant cut grass aroma.

Taste: Opens with crisp, tart pale malt, and a wave of citrus (predominantly orange), and lesser pine hops. The malt asserts itself with a mildly sweet wave late in the taste. The finish is quite dry. A fairly sharp metallic bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example of a style that has always struck me as being rather bland. This is far and away better than most German Pilseners.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 03:44:09 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Jredner


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is slightly sulpher tinged and sharp with hops. Lemonade yellow with a huge three finger thick head that is frothy and bubbly. Fore is grainy/malty with a lot of sweetness from that malt. Hop profile is lower than I thought it would be. Definitely a great warm weather beer here as it is quite quenching.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:23:02 | More by Jredner
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden with a thin white head... there's a slight haze to this one, and bubbles of carbonation rise like champagne in my glass. The aroma is of a fresh pine forest. As for the taste, there's hardly any sweetness here, with only mild notes from the grain. The effervescent bubbles build on my tongue, followed by grassy, piney, floral hop flavors. The tangy, bitter tannins linger in the finish. Make sure you get your nose into the glass as the hop aroma truly enhances the hop flavor.

Overall, a nice strong presence of hops in a beer that's lighter, crisper and more approachable than a big IPA for a malt-lover like myself. These aren't the citrus/grapefruit hop flavors so loved by many American brewers. These are the hops of a classic European pilsner punched up a few notches. Though not exactly smooth in my book, it's relatively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 03:25:34 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- brilliant golden yellow with a decent white head. the head dissapates to a frothy film that laces all down the glass.

S- nice grassy hop aroma with zesty yeast hints.

T- spicey, oily, grassy hop flavor. the finish has a little metalic soapy flavor but its not overpowering and doesnt really have any negative effect on the taste.

M- medium body with bold carbonation.

D- extremely easy to drink and refreshing.

overall- this is a great beer for almost any occasion. one of the most easy to drink and refreshing beers ive come across.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 19:24:15 | More by Gritsak
Photo of phisig137


3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light straw color, with no head to speak of. A very faint aroma of citrus hops is present, but not much else. Flavorwise, I find this to be very one dimensional, with a good amount of graininess, and a smooth hop finish. One thing that is very pleasant about this beer is it's very creamy mouthfeel.

All in all, this is better than most every other american pilsner you'll find on the market. There are better from overseas, but this one is quite nice IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 02:20:21 | More by phisig137
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large head with decent retention. Very sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Good pale golden color. Completely clear other than the bubbles of carbonation.

All hops in the smell and taste. There's a hint of pale malt that's a little bready like an amber ale. Great taste with a wonderful dry finish. This is probably my favorite pilsner at the moment.

Another great beer from Victory. Go pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 21:36:32 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden straw with a short-lived, pristine white head. Pungent noble hop aromas, grassy and sulfuric -- spot on for the style. Grassy hop flavor that's definitely a cut above most pilsners. Smooth malt presence, but this one is all about European lupulin. Crisp, clean mouthfeel; quenching and quite drinkable. Not my favorite style, but when the mood strikes, this is the one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 04:59:23 | More by orfeu
Photo of deuschbag


2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug. this beer poured an almost highlighter-style clear yellow color with a moderate head and no lace. the smell was really bad. a very bad skunky grassy smell with just an over powering of skunkiness. the taste was very disspleasing. i don't know to how to describe the taste, except as a more hoppier version of heineken. i had a high expectation to try this brew but was very dissapointed. maybe i just had a bad batch(hopefully. come on, victory!). i won't buy this again, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 11:37:53 | More by deuschbag
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,133 ratings.