Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,573 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,573
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 170
Gots: 379 | 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 Pinto21
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a pale straw with a bit of head, but not much.

Smelled strongly of hops as I emptied the bottle into the pint glass, but as it sits the smell settles to a spicy hops and sweet malt.

MMM pils. exactly what you expect. hops up front and in the finish with a little bit of tasty malt. It's just what you expect, but not amazing like a few pils imports I've tried.

With the Phils in the Series I may drink more than a sixer tonight. I could even go one per inning.

Photo of jdg204
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the staple brews from one of my fav PA breweries, how can this possibly go wrong??

A: Deep, clear yellow, with a big, lacy white head. Nice retention and great lacing.

S: Sweet hop aroma, resembling freshly cut grass or flowers. Some malt is present as well, with hints of citrus.

T: Hops are obviously the standout here, and they are incredibly complex. There's a big bite of bitterness initially, then a lingering spiciness. The hops gradually become rather herbal and earthy. Malts are present but subdued in relation to the hops. They leave a nice touch of sweetness near the finish and give the brew enough of an overall balance to avoid becoming overwhelming.

M: Moderately smooth, the finish is certainly a bit dry. Body is medium, with very active carbonation.

D: Another superstar in the Victory lineup, which comes as no surprise. By far the greatest Pilsner I've had yet, these guys make an awesome big brew out of a style that is usually pretty straightforward. Definetly a brew you should get your hands on, you'll be amazed at the complexity this offers.

Photo of joepais
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured clear pale yellow with a big white head in my pint glass. Aromas of light malts and intense hops filled my nose

This brew tastes awesome citrus malts and great malt sweetness. It's kind of strange how the hops stand out first then the sweetness follows on this brew. Nice and light in the mouth and crisp on the tongue.

This is now my go to pizza beer, and now that victory is now in Maine It may be my go to brew for next summer. Extremely drinkable for anyone who was wondering

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- Pours a slightly hazy bronze yellow color. Very little head and fairly apparent carbonation.

Smell- Very bready and yeasty in the nose, very distinctive pilsner here.

Taste- Definitly a hoppy pilsner, not overpoweringly so but its a large part of this beer. Slightly spicy but overall good balanced sour flavor.

Mouthfeel- Really fills out the palate well, lingers for ages.

Drinkability- Very high, this is one smooth beer!

Photo of leif86
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy yellow brew with a thin white head that leads traces of lacing down the glass.

S: Lemon peel, slight floral hop aroma. Also some subtle cereal grain.

T: Floral and sweet at the beginning before yielding to some delicious grapefruit hop taste that lingers nicely.

M: Crisp, clean, not too watery but not creamy. Very refreshing.

D: Great on this slightly warm day. I'll be looking for this some more in the summer. I could drink many of these. Perfect balance between flavor and drinkability.

Photo of hreb
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle reads "enjoy by Sep 29 08" (oops). Beer pours golden yellow, nearly clear, with a thin white foam on top. Aroma is mild and pleasant, hoppy, not at all skunky. Smells like a pilsner, I guess.

Taste is very refreshing, cool, not overly bitter, no dominant sugary flavors. Pleasantly sharp carbonation to go with the citrusy-lemon flavors.

Overall, a fine American pilsner style.

Photo of william5586
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pale yellow color. light head that dissipates after awhile but leaves good lacing behind as you drink.

S: some hops, maybe a little lemon, yeast

T: dry, hops, and a nice bitter finish

M: very light and drinkable but with more than enough flavor

D: one of my go to beers. i love to have this around because of the great taste and the lower abv means you can drink a decent amount. also very affordable price for a case

Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, clear yellow, with a big, lacy white head. Nice retention and great lacing.

S: Big, sweet hop aroma, resembling freshly cut grass or flowers. Some malt is present as well, with hints of citrus.

T: Hops are obviously the standout here, and they are incredibly complex. There's a big bite of bitterness initially, then a lingering spiciness. The hops gradually become rather herbal and earthy. Malts are present but subdued in relation to the hops. They leave a nice touch of sweetness near the finish and give the brew enough of an overall balance to avoid becoming overwhelming.

M: Moderately smooth, the finish is certainly a bit dry. Body is medium, with very active carbonation.

D: A really nice offering. The hops are really big, but it's not a one-dimensional beer. A lot of complex flavors at work that make this a very enjoyable and drinkable brew.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It seems I am somewhat of a dissenting opinion here. I shall have trouble sleeping tonight.

Light golden orange haze. Big bubbled white as snow head.

Smells like thin orange juice and beer. Maybe a sour note.

Light citrus taste. Like an orange squeezed into a glass of bud light. Not so much to my liking.

Very thin bodied. Gonna chug this and move on because I'm not really enjoying it.

I'll most likely read some of the other reviews and try some other pils and maybe come back to this one for a second try. Maybe not.

Overall: marginal at best

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden hue and surprisingly a bit hazy. Off-white head fades to a nice sheen. Good lacing.

Mmmm, smell that saaz! Zesty, citrusy, lemon-limey and a touch of grapefruit. Freshly classical Pilsner nose.

Mild grassy hop flavors are dominant with nice light grainy malt balance. Very clean and refreshing. Can drink this all night! A perfect warm weather quencher.

I would venture to say this is the best American made pilsners I have ever had, and could easily hang with their european brethren.

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

A: Poured a clear, buttery-gold with a 1finger dull white head that was foamy. Retention was short with a strong vibrant showering of macro carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose was fresh lemon juice with a touch of grassiness and fresh grains.

T: The flavor opens with a sharp flowery citrus and dry pale grains. Slightly bitter, more so per style, with grassy notes and flashes of sweet husky grains occur in the middle of the palate before finishing off with a tartness of lemon peels. Overall this was very hoppy for a pils. A mixture of traditional fine german malts and flowery hops combine with a aggressive American influence of west coast hopping gives this a new twist with great results.

M: sharp with a lively tingle from the carbonation. Slick feel with a dry tart finish.

D: Good drinkability and good enjoyment. A great pilsner with an amped up American hoppy influence makes this case worthy and a great summer time drink.

Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright golden color, with a white three inch thick head, that kaces slowly down the glass. A grassy, spicy scent, that is followed by a malty biscuity fragrance. A light bread and biscuit flavor starts out the taste. It then blends to a grassy and mild citrus bitterness, that lingers on the palate for some time. A watery thin feel at the front, it then gradually gains weight as it reaches the back of the palate. The scrubbing sensation of carbonation finishes it all out at the end. This is a fantastic session beer, easy to drink, great flavor, strong aroma, the low alchol level, means I am drinking several before the night is over.

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

Finally I got around to try this one and I wasn't disappointed. Appearance is light and yellow with a bit of head and some nice oily lacing. Smell and taste are very good. Some dry malt up front and a nice hop bite at the back end that fades away quickly. Mouthfeel is good light in body and excellently carbonated. Drinkability is easy going, just like it should be.

Photo of sweethome
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is light golden with a slight haze - nice 1" white head that lasts a good long time.

Nose is fresh cut grass, a bit of grapefruit.

Wow - what a start - bready malts, floral hop rush and fine bittering. Flavor is on the attack here and I love it!

So much flavor packed in this light colored beer! If Miller Lite is true pilsner beer, then this is a kick your ass, MF True Pilsner beer, baby!

Probably the best US pils I've had. Fine german malt flavor, grassy hop flavor and nice bitter finish.

Flavorfull, refreshing, and drinkable. While staying true to style in so many ways, pushes it just a bit, and hits to the highest mark.

My scores are compared to other pils.

Bravo!

Photo of sethmeister
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever so slightly hazy pale soft gold, with a large dense white head. Leaves a moderate amount of lace.

Intense spicey and herbal scents.

Surprising hop bitterness. Peppery, zesty, herbal. Lots of bitterness on the tongue. Perhaps a touch of grains.

Fast, clean dry finish.

Drinkability is fantastic. Really sad I only have one bottle of this.

I'm not a pilsener fan overall but this one is fantastic.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Amy and Ryan at the blue Trout Grill in Keene, NH for bringing Victory to New Hampshire first!!

A classic looking Pilsner, pure golden color, great carbonation and a rather fluffy, well-retained head. Classic look.

The nose has mildly sweet malt, nearly buttery with a massive herbal effect, mildly spicey with earhy and great wheatiness, the yeast is big time effct! mucho hops pop out later on.

The balance is sublime, this crispy pils malt is snappy, yet smooth....a good amount of heft to balance out the wonderfully robust earthiness, which inludes, mild pepper, zesty wheat and a massive earthy and tangy hop right at the end. The hops are very bold in the finish, but that is what makes this Pils unique is the complexity of the hop...it might be a stretch from the classic European styles, but it totally works! It's a dry, clean feel with a smooth finish....very high on the quoff factor.

The drinkability is SICK, this is my ultimate session brew.

Photo of Kolsch
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap on home draft system.

This is one beer that I almost always have on my draft system because not only do the BMC drinkers like it, it also happens to be one dam fine pilsner.

Appearance is golden yellow.

Smell is peppery spice with hop overtones.

First initial taste is grassy hop with a pepper bite to it. As it warms, more of the malt comes out to sweeten it just a bit. Smooth aftertaste with no cloying bitterness.
Really easy to drink many of these and not get palette fatigued.

Hands down, this is my all time favorite Pilsner.

Photo of Magpie14
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow hue...a touch of gold in it. No head and lacing

Smell: hops, big floral hop smell. Not to much else going on...seems like a good burly pilsner overall.

Taste: big burst of flavor and hops to boot. Spicy and bitter throughout, goes down very smooth. Aftertaste hangs around and makes you crave more. I am getting some grains in their also.

Mouthfeel: smooth feel and medium body. Great stuff! A six pack would be gone in heartbeat in my fridge. Nice brew!

I have always been a fan of the Victory's beers

Photo of seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this single bottle yesterday at South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a straw, very pale, yellow with a decent two inch foam.

The aroma is of pale and nutty malts, slightly grassy but mostly spicy hops. It has a very delicate flowery aroma that comes through rather nicely...a bit of sweet corn too. I'm also getting some hints of caramel. A little buttery as it warms up.

Tastes very similar to the aroma, a wonderful nutty malt profile with a flowery and spicy hop finish...really well balanced. Finishes with some earthy bitterness and a little dryness which makes this absolutely drinkable. I also get a blast of citrus near the middle.

Pretty full bodied for a pilsner with medium carbonation...extremely drinkable.

Photo of TerjUGA
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Poured a golden straw color, nice size head with good lacing.

S- smells a bit sweet, hints of hops and maybe a little citrus.

T- Taste amazing, hoppy all the way through but not to much, a little malt to it. very sweet in the middle, a bit of honey to me. hints of grass and citrus. great balance.

M- perfect feel for a pils, nice and crisp. great feel.

D- great drink, i love this beer, my favorite beer from victory so far. great brew.

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy pale straw yellow with a one inch bubbly white head. It quickly sinks down to a thin skim. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy - the earthy/herbal type, with a nice grainy, slightly sweet malt backing.

Taste has an initial burst of aforementioned hops that last all the way through to the finish. After the initial sensation some sweet maltiness is detectable for a short period before it is quickly taken over by the hoppiness. Herbal hops linger long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and smooth.

Enjoyable pilsener for sure. One fine session beer. Victory is one of the better American brewers of German lagers.

Photo of stoutman
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quite hoppy pils. The aroma is a sweet malt scent. Color is a light bright gold with good carbonation and a white head that drops down thin. Taste is somewhat bitter. Starting with a light body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish jumps out as hoppy with some sweetness and then a bold bitterness with just a hint of malt.

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

Had this on tap at Maxie's in Ithaca.

Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a few fingers bubbly head. Very carbonated. Nose is crisp and slightly citrusy from clean hops. Taste follows with a great balance of citrusy bitter hops and crisp light maltiness. Goes down easy and makes you want more. I'd have had more if I wasn't full from dinner.

Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/straw color. The pour produced a thin head of white foam that gave way to a spotty film.

S - Floral/herbal with hints of fresh cut grass and citrus. Malt presence also detected.

T - Malty up front with definite herbal notes. Finishes off dry, with a slight hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied and pretty tasty. Definitely not your typical Euro Pilsener. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

Photo of trbergman
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Freshness dated November 5, 2008.

Appearance - The beer is between straw and amber in color and a bit hazy. It has an attractive collar of pure white foam.

Smell - A touch of malt, perhaps, but mostly noble hop aroma. Floral, herb-like.

Taste - God, I'd almost forgotten how much I love this beer! Hop bitterness dominates the flavor profile but without the hyperaggressiveness of a DIPA. There's a smidge of toast flavor from the malt, but it's nearly crowded out by the grassy, citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Perfect: dead-on for the style. Light-bodied and crisp, with fine carbonation.

Drinkability - Only halfway through I was ready for number two. Very sessionable. I could drink a few of these while watching a game or grilling outside.

I first tried Prima a couple years ago and it was one of my first ventures into craft beer. With a lot more drinking experience, most of it limited to ales, I'd put this beer forth as a challenge to anyone who tries to malign lager as somehow inferior. Prost!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,573 ratings.