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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,656
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 185
Gots: 464 | 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 tlinner
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale yellow, decent white head and lacing.

Smell - Malt, banana, citrus. Not much of a hop note.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Now the hops come in. Much more hoppy than most beers this color. Citrus and fruity, some spice, and a honey sweetness that compliments the bitterness well.

Drinkability- I've really grown to appreciate this brew. It falls somewhere between an IPA and a German lager. A very good offering from Victory.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a golden yellowish color with very little white head.

S: somewhat citrusy and yeasty

T: same as smell, citrus and yeast

M: thinner than some beers but well balanced for this style

D: super easy to drink and can't pick up alcohol.

Photo of Cavalier92
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful pale amber with a thick head without much persistence. The hops are everywhere, in the nose, on the tip of your tongue, all though the mouth and in the finish. There's a good bit of easy malt flavor too, and the blend is just about perfect.

If you're new to Victory brews, this is a goo place to start.

Photo of JBogan
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale gold with nary a head. What little head there was left minimal lacing. This beer wasn't much to look at.

At first this beer surprised me with a slight skunkiness in the aroma. After a few more deep breaths that first sensation was replaced by more of a citric quality, along with some flowery notes.

Tasted a bit better than it smelled. Some grassy hops come to the fore along with a hint of honey. Nice and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel was very good. Crisp and a little thicker than I'd expected in a beer of this type. Very smooth going down.

I liked this beer more and more as I drank it. This is a pretty solid Pils and quite easy to knock down.

Photo of surfer4life
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute from a 12oz bottle.

A - Yellow and murky with a very small head. that recedes to a few mere bubbles on the glass. No Lacing.

S - Lemons a strong, small scent of hops, but a little more sweet smelling than bitter. Sourness.

T - Kinda of flat actually. Not a lot of flavor that I can detect. Hoppy bitterness can be tasted, and a little oakiness. Not a lot more to it.

M - Well carbonated, leaves the mouth feeling crisp and clean.

D - Average drinkability. Not a great beer, not a terrible beer, just ok for me.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with very little head. The scent is very nice. There's a sweetness there(honey?) with a hop stickiness too! The taste is great! Citrus hops right off the bat but then that turns to a honey-like sweetness. Then it finishes very crisp and clean! This is one of the go to light beers in the summer and I recommend this beer a lot.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner glass. The way this beer looks in a tall glass is fantastic. A nice decent head with nice carbination and a transparent golden color. Smell is a big hit spiciness of hops. Some maltyness to it but a bit overwheaming hit of hops. Mouthfell is light and refershing. Overall a decent beer from Victory. This is one I would pick up on a hot day

Photo of diamondc
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack for around $9. Best by May 16 '09.

Appearance: Perfect ... clear, golden, nice foamy head, webs of lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of going to the local bread store. Awesome. There are hints of sulphur, herbalness, and orange zest.

Taste: Lots of lemon & orange skin. Definitely some pineiness. The hops tend to overwhelm the sweet maltiness that I really like in German pilsners though. The malt comes into balance with the hops warmed up though.

M & D: Crisp & refreshing, with a pleasant bitter aftertaste that begs for more sips.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Victory beers so this one seemed like a no-brainer to try out. While it is my least favorite Victory beer I have tried thus far, it's still above average when compared to other beers out there. Kind of a lackluster cloudy yellow appearance, not much for lacing. Smell is sort of spicy with some European hops smell. Taste is of a lot of Saaz hops to me (not sure if they were actually used), very European taste to it... but also a little hoppier (I'm guessing it was Americanized?). Nothing special but a decent beer to give a try.

Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap and it poured a straw like color with a foamy haead that was gone quickly. Smelled hops and than more hops. Taste was not what I was expecting and maybe that is because i'm not well versed in the style. My problem was the overwhelming hop flavor. Sometimes hops are over done and IMO this is one of those instances. Finish was almost metal tasting. Beer was light and well carbonated. Not my favorite beer. Probably won't come back to this one as there are too many other beers that I like a lot more. But I still think this is a great brewery...just not this particular brew...maybe the style isn't for me???

Photo of TheDoorman
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly clear yellow body with a faint white head that dissipates quickly and minimal lacing. Has a distinctly sweet pale malty aroma. I'm not a big lager drinker, esepcially nto pilsners. This smells like a somewhat refined version of Heineken. More going on with the taste, though I am afraid not in a great way. Some nutty and tartness, but also a real medicinal feel. A good amount of residual biterness for the style, though lacking any definable hop-like citric, floral or earthy flavors. Light, effervescent, watery on the mouth. Very dry. For me, maybe the problem is the style. This is probably a great pilsner, given the ratings, but not for me. The flavor profile is very limited, and the bitter dryness, without any real hop or malt burst just gives the beer an unbalanced and unappetizing feel. I won't be back.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass cold from the fridge and given a couple of minutes to take the edge off the chill. Glass of cold water on the side to rinse mouth occasionally. Best by dated 25 March.

Appearance: Pours a bright gold color with the head being close to half an inch. The head begins to thin almost immediately leaving behind a rim of foam around the glass, a bit of froth in the middle and some thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Grassy, bready/biscuity with balanced malt and hop aromas.

Taste: First the malt then the hops, bouncing back and forth. The strong hop presence does not overwhelm but spreads through out the mouth as a counter balance to the malt which sometimes dominates and sometimes does not. Although the hop seems a bit strong the malt comes back in to establish the balance. The long aftertaste is predominantly malt with hints of hop bitterness emerging and then fading again. The hops are clearly not dominating this Pils but rather making it more complex. As it warms the malt presence becomes more pronounced but the hops are still there. I find this one truly "Prima!"

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, crisp and dry, with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: With the balance of mildly sweet malt, its mild hop bitterness, and its overall freshness of taste I could drink several of these. I keep wanting another taste and find this Pils fresh and refreshing any time of year. Note: I find this one a bit temperature critical in the sense that consumed too cold the hop bitterness is strong. As the beer warms a bit the balance becomes better and it is hard to tell if you are tasting malt or hop or both.

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

A - Pours beautifully into a pilsner glass. Golden yellow body with tons of carbonation, streams and streams of bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass. Rocky white three finger head. Great start.

S - Sweet, bready malt in the nose, very inviting. Balanced as well, as the hops pull through after the malt. Very hoppy for a pilsner, but like I said, very well balanced, not overpowering at all like some IPA's can be.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thin as some pilsners can be. Loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel, extremely crisp and dry.

T - Sweet malt hits the tongue right away and lingers for a bit...then all of a sudden my palate gets smacked with citrus and grass. I even burped up hops after the third sip. The balance is ridiculous for a beer that is obviously much hoppier than the typical lager.

D - I'm glad I reviewed this five years into my craft beer experience. I can appreciate a world class lager such as this so much more. I'm thinking Victory should replace Bud Light in the drinkability commercials because this is a beer I could quaff all night long.

Photo of soccerman7
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright blonde color with a very nice finger of lacing head

S - Hops are upfront. Herbally. Wonderful malt notes and a touch of spice.

T - Very light and crisp. Hops are not as sharp as the nose leads it. A bit thin almost in the body. Spiciness on the tail end of it.

M - Smooth overall but the peppery notes linger.

D - A very good american pilsner, and is a great choice for summer and cookouts. Clean and crisp.

Photo of cvfish
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color that produced a white head that retained ok and left some lacing

S - Hoppy aromas with a slight malt undertone

T - A decent hop burst with some honey and floral hints and a malt body

M - Smooth, thin bodied, and moderate carbonation

D - Very good beer, true pilsener with good flavor

Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow leaving a nice tall head and very nice lacing. Smells of sweet candy, grassy earthiness and some spice from the hops. Tastes of peppery bitterness up front followed quickly by a melon like sweetness. Finishes with some residual bitterness and peppery dryness. Fairly sweet but nice and crisp in the end. Nice carbonation that complements the finish.

A fantastic pils, especially from this country. Great value for the price and easily can hold up its own against the european pilsners. Great balance ending with a nice crisp, clean finish. Love it.

Photo of pmcgill10
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance is clear pale yellow with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin lace in about a minute. Aroma is of hops -- very floral, quite pungent. Over the top hops pervade throughout the tasting of this brew. Initial hoppy spiciness gives way to a moment of mild malty breadiness and then floral hoppy finish. Hop bitterness sticks around on your tounge for about a minute. If you like a spicy/bitter pilsener this brew is for you.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a modest but sticky 1/2" head. Leaves lacing as it goes down the glass. Active carbonation.

Smell is of hops, with a biscuity aroma. Kind of a sour aroma in there as well.

Taste is of hops up front, then a sweet malt taste, some spice-with a bitter bite near the end. Pleasant refreshing aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Drinkability is great-one of the most sessionable out there. Very delicate flavours.

A good beer, but I had higher expectations.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer into Celebrator pils glass.

Appearance- nearly clear, light straw color, with a thick pouring but settling to medium-thin head.

Smell- much more interesting smells than I was expecting. Hops aromas flower out of the glass, along with a nice rich light malt scent. Nothing out of the ordinary for a pils, but more than you get with many of them.

Taste- crisp light flavor, melds into a wave of hops, with some malt sweetness also present. Swallow is rich with malt following malt, and fading into a lightly hopped aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- light, crisp, clean. Exactly what you expect from a pils.

Drinkability- good. I've been wanting a good pils for a week now, and this is a very good one, so I could go through half the pack, if I'm not careful.

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

A: Pale gold color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated quickly to an even skim that held. Light, broken lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Wet slightly sweet grains, hay and cut grass. Light citrus and pepper of bittering hops.

T: Light bready malts with a healthy bitter bite in the finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and clean with a nice bitter dryness in the finish.

D: If you want to session with a pilsener, this is good choice: flavorful, balanced, crisp and clean.

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

Draft at two eastside Cincy locations.

Poured clear amber color with a medium white head that diminshed slowly with good lacing.

Well balanced aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbontion.

Well balanced flavor with a solid pilsner finish of moderate duration.

Very good pilsner draft.

Photo of Onenote81
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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 +2.5%
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%
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
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,656 ratings.