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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 174
Gots: 424 | 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 Nipitato
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.42/5  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
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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 +6.2%
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
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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

Enjoyed on tap at the Red Fez in Providence RI
A - Pale yellow in color with a fluffy white head that ends up as a thick skim. Nice lacing.
S - Fresh malt and flowery hops.
T - It is a crisp clean brew - light sweet malt up front then the floral hops with some bitterness and a great dry finish.
M/F - I love the smoothness of this pilsner. It is light in body and just a pleasure to quaff.
D - This is a beer that has really grown on me especially after having it fresh on tap. It pleases me.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a mug. "Enjoy by Sep 08 08" stamped onto the label. Ooops, I've let this one slip past its prime.

A- Slightly hazy golden appearance. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fades fairly quickly to a thin cap. Beautiful, heavy lacing.

S- Earthy, herbal, hopiness.

T- Crisp, earthy grapefruit, and an herbal / spiciness. A hint of sweetness, and a nice, moderate bittering on the finish. This may be slightly "past its prime," but the excellent flavor seems to have remained securely intact. I am now eager to try a "fresh" version to see if it's even better.

M- Medium/high carbonation. A bit "tingly." Fairly creamy and smooth, and a bit drying.

D- Quite high. This just feels like a really good, year-round, sessionable brew.

Future outlook: I would have no qualms whatsoever about drinking this again.

Photo of RicoBrew
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- It pours out a nice, light golden color with an extremely light and soft looking head.

S- You first get the light pilsner malt note, then it fades to a nice light and airy citrus note - like grapefruit. Then a little bit of the hop bitterness comes through and finishes out. Extremely pleasant.

T- The hop bitterness hits your tongue first, then the bitterness fades into the hop citrus note. The light toasted malt comes through and then fades to a nice dry finish.

M- It's nice and light on your tongue with a little bit of carbonation sting, but a pleasant amount.

D- Extremely drinkable. This is what Bud, Miller, and Coors need to strive for in their beers. This has a perfect blend of noble hops and light malt to make a nice citrusy front and a good malty back. Extremely refreshing and a good session beer. I highly recommend this beer for parties.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/23/08. Bottle. Looks like yellow piss with a white head. Aroma of grass, light floral hops. Flavor of wheat, light hops, maybe some light fruits, a little skunk. Quite flavorful, although I couldn't quite identify all of the flavors. Very tasty, simple, easy to drink. I'd love this on draught. Great pilsener.
7/3/8/4/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of yesyouam
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils is a sparkling, intense and clear light golden lager with a slowly dissipating small white head. The lacing is thick and persistent. The aroma is fruity, soft and wooden. There is a faint bright citrus note. Light grain provides the backdrop for these noble players. It is tender to the tongue when wet, but leaves a chalky feel. It has a nice, filling medium body. The hops burst onto the scene here, fruity and wooden. It is a loud and bright flavor that persists with the rumble of peppery alcohol and bitter juniper. Wow! A light lager can be unoffensive... and wonderful! Par for the course for Victory.
(rated May 2, 2007)

Photo of RodBurg
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to thehand for this one. Pours an almost fluorescent pale yellow with a slight haze to it. Small white head forms, leaving no lace.

Smell isn't very appetizing. Pretty hoppy for a pilsener. Very skunky, almost has a litter box urine scent to it.

Taste makes up for the smell and then some. Crisp floral and citrusy hops mingle perfectly with a lightly sweet malt torso. Very crisp and refreshing. Good stuff.

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

A little hoppier than a typical German pils, but for my tastes that's a plus.

Very pale, translucent color and very noticeable lacing. The noble hop aroma is not significantly more that a typical German pils, but the actual hop flavor and bitterness is. Light going down and a lasting impression left.

A lager alternative for hoppy pale ales. And a treat for anyone looking for quality craft lagers. Hats off to Victory!

Photo of meday
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

Whitish yellow hue w/ snow-white head

Light hop aroma with a hint of lemon citrus.

Citrus sweet hop flavor, with only slight bitterness. A nice cross between a german pilsner and an IPA.

Nice, crisp and clean mouthfeel.

A great beer for a light colored pilsner drinker to try something new.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the office in Summit NJ in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Nice 2 finger head with excellent longevity. The beer had a nice coppery medium brown color with excellent clarity. Little lacing, but good head retention.

Smell: smells like its a hop bomb. Great citrusy hops and grassy smells came through. Good amount of fresh fruit with some nice hoppy bread scents came through.

Taste: Very nice! Full and wonderful beer with a very complex., yet pin pointed flavor profiles. Immediately after swallowing you get a tremendous dose of mandarin orange juice comming through. Its really amazing how much its aftertaste is like mandarin oranges in the can. Moderately strong hops but definately not over done.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Great viscosity and very nice texture. Its similar to a Bass ale on the mouthfeel, but a little bit fuller and thicker.

Drinkability: Its very very powerful on the taste factor. This beer needs some food with it for sure if you are going to session this beer. Its got moderate abv so you can have a couple of these bad boys but its a diverse and complex beer that deserves to be savored and appreciated.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice semi hazy straw color with a 2 finger head. Not much lacing in my glass.

Aroma at first is very floral from hops. Grains and malts come through, a bit of yeast is present. Some grassy aromas are there too, almost like fresh cut hay. Touch of citrus too.

Taste starts off a bit sweet which quickly yields to bitter hops. Can taste some citrus as well. Some malty flavors come out as well. The hops seem to dominate. Moderately bitter hop finish. Pretty good mouthfeel, smooth and crisp. Drinkability is good.

Hoppiest pilsner I have ever had, but still very good.

Photo of cleeze
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great sub for all those pils not to be named!

Great pale yellow golden color with some great head and almost perfect lacing.

Smell was strong of hops and earthy aromas. Also some malty goodness.

Taste was a great balance between malts and hops. Very smooth, dry and crisp.

drinkability is very high. I could drink these all night

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

A beautiful pilsner. Clear gold with a bubbly white head. The aroma explodes with hops, grass, and lemons. Clean, crisp taste that perfectly balances the malt and noble hops. Bitter without puckering. Dry, sweet finish. Very, very good beer. The Germans should be jealous.

Photo of Grandwazoo
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap -- Straw yellow with some haziness. Creamy head, though not particularly thick or long lasting

Nose -- Very appealing Citrus floral nose with a pressed linen (not quite burnt sugar) overtone

taste -- Great stuff! Light malt with balanced hops that fills the entire mouth. Citrus and tea flavors up front with a tea-hops finish. Both refreshing and satisfyingly flavorful

Feel -- Perfectly carbonated, pleasing to the entire tongue...just enough sweet but never too much. Loads of flavor without being thick. Bitter without making the tongue feel dry

Drinkability -- Smooth, full, and yummy....thank you, sir, may I have another!!!

Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a one finger white head. Modest amount of lacings.
Aroma is euro floral hops a bit skunky.
Taste is some sweet malts with a good amount of bitter hops. Grassy,lemon, some leather.
Mouthfeel is bitter lemon.
Drinkabilty is very good. One of the better pilsners available in the US. Biiter dry finish.

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

Golden pour white foamy head. Slight hops pine, citrus aromas. Very surprised by the malt in this one, complimented with nice grassy body. Not overly carbonated with just enough body. Very clean and bitey at the finish. One of the best pilseners I've had to date.

Photo of thain709
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden yellow with some good cloudiness...a fluffy white head

S - I get a whiff of hops and flowers...earthy smelling

T - The hops are very present...some maltiness upfront...but a strong hop flavor at the end...a little too bitter for me

M - Light and carbonated

D - The pilsener is not my style but Victory has done a nice job with this one...I would drink it again

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a SA pint glass. It pours a clear, pale, straw color of yellow with a fizzy white head. The nose is a bit of bread, and a bit of grass. The taste is crisp with a pleasant amount of hops. Nothing is overpowering-crisp, clean , and hoppy. Prima Pils has a dry finish. The beer is light bodided and easily quaffable. A good beer that should go well with most foods.

Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy golden color with nice sized white foamy head. Weak aroma with hints of hops, wheat and citrus. Bland flavor of pilsner malt, subtle hops and straw. Easy drinking session beer that is a little too bland and watered down for my taste.

Photo of beerhappy
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful light golden brassy yellow into the pilsner glass, with excellent clarity. Produces a sturdy 2 finger head which fades before too long leaving some absolutely gorgeous lacing in the glass. As far as the smell of this lager, there's not much to go by... it's very faint but whole flower hops start to come though, fresh grass, etc. The taste delivers a very crisp, tart bite to it. Some malt sweetness lingers in the back of the mouth. The good carbonation balances the hops and malt and creates a light easy drinking quality in this brew. Mmmm... I want more.

Photo of stephens101
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellowish orange into a pilsner glass. The white head dies out quickly leaving a few small fingers of lacing behind. Bubbles endlessly rise to the surface at a carefree pace, indicating a fair amount of carbonation. Smells earthy, grainy and a bit sweet. Tastes of hop bitterness at first, with the malts and a bit of lemon in the background. I'm also getting some very subtle notes of spice with a fleeting astringency at the very end. Mouth-feel is a bit above medium.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.