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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,346
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 296 | 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 ClassicBrad
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap once, but that was weeks ago and I took no notes. I remember being a lot more impressed from the tap then this bottle.

Appearance was a lighter golden with a pretty full white head that disappeared and left no signs of existance shortly after. Looks like what you would expect from a traditional pilsner.

Smell was pretty appetizing. It's like smelling a regular old pilsner but with cunning malt and hop character.

Taste was delicious. It just seemed like it was holding back compared to the pint I had on tap. If I were reviewing the draft, I would have given it a 5, but the bottled version fell short of anything above good.

Mouthfeel was exciting and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability from the bottle was one aspect that beat the draft. I remember being slightly overwhelmed from the draft (which wasn't totally a bad thing) and the bottle is actually an incredibly easy drink. This would be a good case for a get together.

ClassicBrad, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

These notes might be five months old. I got lazy then I misplaced them.

Chill haze, pale hay-yellow in hue, no bubbles danced in the liquid; bright white foam. At the apex the head was three fingers tall. Impressive head retention, the bubbles slowly subsided to a modest cap. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and sporadic. This is an attractive beer.

The legend of Prima Pils doesn’t live up to the hype… at least based on what I smell. Sure, the nose is pleasantly hoppy, spicy, earthy, grassy, and zesty with some citrus notes. Not much malts, I am surprised. Maybe (and I mean maybe) I detect some cracker aromas. It is lightly fruity in the background. Moderate potency, it is a charmingly hoppy Pils; what more can I ask for.

The palate is quite enjoyable. Flowery, grassy, citrus and zesty hoppiness. Fairly bitter, it hits me at the back of the throat. I’m impressed with the concentrated hop flavors. The palate is tangy in the middle, fruity… minimal malt backbone. This is a tasty Pils. I like it but I would like a fuller flavor profile.

Medium in body, light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel; I prefer the mouthfeel to be firmer.

Damn tasty and drinkable; this is not as outstanding as I thought it would be. I like Blue Paddle and Scrimshaw just as much. Still, I want another bottle or two... or a keg. Thank you RedHaze for the sample, I am happy I finally tried Prima Pils.

bditty187, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light-yellow straw color with a large white head. It is mostly clear except for just a bit of haziness.

Smells like a muted wheat beer.

Taste consists of a strong wheaty flavor with a grainy aftertaste. Other than that one ingredient I'm not even picking up any of the popular orange or lemon sweetness. Kind of bland.

Mouthful is pretty light, awesome carbonation, and very refreshing.

Drinkability is great. Pils have never been the most exciting beers for me, or wheat type beers in general. But this one is refreshing with a strong flavor. Just not my kind of flavor. Very refreshing and ended up being quite enjoyable.

terrabyte, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of TeddyBrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Pioneer Supermarket in Manhattan, which has a great selection, because I've been so impressed with other Victory Beers.

The beer pours nicely with a significant head that doesn't last too long. The color is pleasing, sort of a medium light straw. Enough color to suggest something interesting. From the first smell and taste I can tell I like it. I haven't had a Pilsner Urquell in some time, but this tastes very, very similar to me. Medium high-notes, very drinkable, a good beer.

This would be a nice one to enjoy with the game. Definitely one to try to win over some die-hard big-brewer lager drinkers.

TeddyBrew, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light golden color with lots of carbonation and a strong hop smell to it, tastes hoppy with a slight malt sweetness to it, with a spicy hoppy aftertaste, the frothy head doesn't stay for long as it quickly subsides, a good beer especially for the its cheap price, a good representation of a tough brew to master

1fastz28, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my Magic Hat Hocus Pocus Pilsner glass. Coloration was pale golden...similar to a Budweiser, with a nice little white head. Smell was extremely clean, almost too clean by my standards in that it smelled a bit like dish soap. Taste was also very clean, with crisp carbonation, a definite vegetable presence, and touch of hops. It was pretty easy on the palate....simply an easy to drink Lager. I preferred the Harvest Pilsner much more on tap, but then again, this is a pretty quality Pilsner considering some of the other interpretations out there on the market. Cheers.

jamie2dope, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good. Pale golden color with nice clarity. Moderate sized whitish head. Creamy and long lasting.

Aroma more subtle than some pils. Hop aroma a bit subdued, and also a bit of malt aroma evident as well.

A hint of malt sweetness initially, but then nothing but hops. Dries out toward the finish with a good lingering hop bitterness very in the spirit of the style. An earthy character to the hopiness.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Maybe a bit more body (less dry) than expect from this style.

Overall an intensely hoppy beer, but with enough malt to support it. Very fresh, clean lager character. Probably what good German Pils tastes like fresh in its native land.

mpyle, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp clear aromas and clean pour. Minimal head and a slight heaviness give this pils higher marks. The hops come through after a few sips and finish strong. Semi- dry on the mouth but slight fruity and candy malt sweetness counteracts the hop backlash. This pilsner may be schizoid but it is very satisfying.

kernalklink, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent straw colored body with good carbonation. Creamy white head, good retention and lace.
Classical grain lager scent, slightly sweet, hopped and with a vegetable like overtone, good balance.
Sweet grainy flavor, sweet at first then a well hopped aftertaste going into a fairly rough hop rush.
Medium body, dry finish and abit rough.
This is a very well crafted lager. Good balance, great flavors simple without being a bore.


oelergud, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of YukataNinja
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yellow, some bubbles, nice 1.5 finger head that faded slowly.

Smell: Nice pilsner malt smell, not too strong or weak.

Taste: Very well balanced. Starts with a hop kick and then quickly fades to the malt sweetness and a slight bitterness. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, sweet lingering taste, palate mostly clean.

Drinkability: Very good beer, easily enjoyable anytime. I'm not a pilsner guy but I could see my self making this a regular beer to drink

YukataNinja, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, from the variety pack, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with 1 finger head, that had good retention and lacing throughout the glass.

S: Grain, mild malt and some citrus, not grassy/hoppy.

T: "So fresh and so clean" malt and hops perfectly balanced. Slight hop bitterness in the end. Good stuff.

M: Strong flavor leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Not too much carbonation.

D: Very good, full of flavor, sessionable.

This is a more complex beer than I expected. The hops and malt can both be noticed. Part of a fresh variety pack.

guinnessfan, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, pale yellow in color. Medium sized white head. Streaming carbonation.

Grass & grapefruit in the aroma. Bready. Tiniest whiff of apple.

Nicely bittered, lingers throughout and into aftertaste. Malt is crackerlike. Just a bit of sweetness in the middle. Very well balanced.

Light in body, medium carbonation. Drying.

Prima is a fine name for this beer. Excellent flavor, sessionable in a huge way. Just the thing on this fine, 63 degree January evening. Highly recommended.

, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle says best before Feb 12, 2007. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with an inch and a half white puffy head. Lacing and head retention are both pretty good. It smells like lemon, grain and malt. It tastes like citrus (lemon), grain/bread, and it also has a bit of a peppery spicyness to it. There's also a slight hop bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, but crisp and refreshing. It would be better for a hot summer day, but it's still good on a colder day. Drinkability is very good, it would be a good session beer for me in the summertime. I think this is a pretty good pilsner, I'd definitely buy it again.

bluejacket74, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of karengarys
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My slow pour left little head - sorry, personal taste. this is a hazy light amber color.

Smells somewhat malty and a bit floral. Quite nice.

Taste is sparkley clean - A clean hop is present, malty, and lemony. This has a very dry taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy. The two usually seem opposite, but they both work together in this brew - somehow - and it works well.

Finish is clean and has a citrus.flavor. A dry clean aftertaste is left behind.

This is a very drinkable beer. I am not a pilsener fan, but this one is worth having.

karengarys, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room temp from a 12oz bottle(Best by Jan 22 07). Nice straw gold colour with lots of foam that holds up nicely, in fact, it lasted for the whole session and it made some nice lacing on the side of my glass.

The nose has a nice citrus smell to it; more of a lemon than grapefruit.

The taste is true to the nose with lots of lemon citrus hoppiness that bursts onto your taste buds. A few more sips in and, now that my palate has gotten used to the strong flavour from the hops, I notice that there *is* an ample malt presence that was initially hidden. It's really not on the sweet side but it's there and does offset the bitterness toa degree. The finish is very dry and leaves me yearning for more. A super drinkable sample of a Pilsner....I dare say it's my all time favourite and.... I'm glad I went to check my reviews before opening this(last) bottle. I thought for sure that I had reviewed it before but no, I didn't!!!??

Bottom line: This is a Pilsner that doesn't hold back on the flavour so enjoy!!

Bitterbill, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around beauty by Victory here. Nice head on the pours leaves lacing down the glass. A lemony, banana smell gleams through and is a medium bodied, crisp beer pouring an unfiltered looking golden color. The kick of this is, it has a lot of hops which are rounded out by the munich malts. Another top shelf beer by Victory.

bigdeuce, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light-looking semi-thick head on it. Lingers long enough and gives enough lace until the last drop. Beautiful light golden color. It has some hop aroma followed by a touch of malt, but not much. Mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated and very light. This is an easy drinking beer that is great on hot days. It has a wonderful hop profile for a pilsner, can taste the citrusy flavor which bursts in your mouth but leaves a clean dry aftertaste and makes you want more.

dwarvenspirits, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Poured about a two inch head and left a very good amount of lacing on the glass as it's being consumed.

S: Sweet perfumy malt is very present up front. The nose was also a good amount of grainess as well.

T & M: Perfumy and a little caramel malt up front that fades to grassy hopes in the true taste. Aftertaste leaves a nice amount of hop bitterness and sweet perfumy malt taste that leaves you wanting more. Mouthfeel is very good for the style, as it's fairly medium bodied, which is just what a German Pilsner should be.

D: Highly drinkable German Pilsner assuming you like the style. Looks fairly similar in terms of color to other lagers out there (many people don't realize head retention and lacing have a lot to do with a beer), but tastes completely different as is defenitely not for a "I'm only a Bud Light guy". Victory Brewing did an excellent job with hop bittering this beer and balancing everything out.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a miller lite golden shower yellow. Nice thick 2 fingers of head that quickly boils down. Plenty of thick lacing.

Strong hoppy without the fresh floral smell. The hops dont smell regular, more biting than expected. I must assume its correct for the German style as if anything it reminds more of its American counterparts.

Certainly not a taste that I am used to. Tastes fresh. Fresh hops, not like the biting smell I get. More like a "camp" beer smell ... you know the one ;).

Fresh and floral, but almost creamy. Carbonation is very surprising. Much less than expected and in a good way. Very nice overall, impressive down the line.

Very drinkable. Not a style I would typically go for, but not one I think I would pass up if offered.

JasonA, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally a pils type guy, but I thought it would be nice to start with for dinner. Poured into a tall pils glass, nice two inch thick pure white head, with good retention and lacing. The color of the body is lovely translucent blond gold, with streams of bubbles retaining the head. Smells of pils malt, gentle and elegant, some piny, but subdued hops, pale malts and a hint of honey (like mentioned in other reviews). The taste is crisp and refreshing, a very quenchable beer, I feel as though I enjoy it more the bigger the mouthful I drink. The pils malt is present, with subtle bitterness from the hops. To make an oxymoron this beer screams of subtlety. The quality of the water is even present to a degree, as far as my limited experience with pils this is very nice. I'd buy it again if the occasion called for it no doubt.

mmcave, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific head retention, accompanied by a classic light golden color and oodles of carbonation bubbles in an otherwise clear body. Nose is remarkably fresh smelling with plenty of mellow hopping and a citrus twinge. Obviously tthe "grainy" typical pilsner smell is also present but this is a better example than most. Lacing also impresses even beforre the first sip.

Tight, tasty flavor that opens with malt and finishes with a broad river of open ended, piney hops. Aftertaste is satisfying and long lasting. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Extremely European tasting.. If I didn't know better I'd have sworn this was an import, which is praise, particularly in this style. Tough to top on either shore.

daliandragon, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear yellow body with a gentle carbonation racing through it. There is a thick white head that is creamy but turns bubbly after a while.

S- The smell of dry pale malt has a spicy hop aroma and when it warms there is a faint dry honey malt note in there too.

T- This beer has a smooth faint pale malt freshness with a soft raw corn note to it. The herbal green hops have a hint of ginger spice to them that finish in a nice hoppy bite.

M- The mouthfeel is light with a dry finish but I didn't detect any note of sulfur dryness.

D- This beer has good depth of hops and the malt flavors are very good for this style.

rhoadsrage, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking Pilsener! Pours a light straw yellow with lots of visible sediment. The frothy white head is large, sticky and persistent.

The aroma is sweet with subtle fruity hints of pineapple and citrus rind. There is a spicy, pepper smell in the background.

Light, sweet flavor blends balances into a medium citrus hop profile. Mellow grapefruit with hints of pineapple finish with a spicy, bitter finish. Lots of pepper and clove spiciness in the aftertaste with a splash of zesty, citrus sweetness.

Light palate with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a nice Pilsener from Victory. I wasn't expecting the full range of spices but the taste does not disappoint. This would make for a good summer session brew. I can imagine drinking quite a few of these on hot summer day!

Estarrio, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into mug

Clear golden hay color with a white one finger head with decent retention. The head ends up as a thin cap. Solid layered lacing along the glass.

Hints of husky malts with a sharp presence of piney hops.

Grainy and sweet malts loaded with citrusy hops. Thin mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation gives a little bit of bite on the tongue. The finish consists of a bit of grain and the lingering bitterness of the hops.

Not a bad pilsner, great for the summer (although this was tasted in the winter). Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a very nice head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy hops. Taste is good with a lot of hops for a pils with a little fruitiness and a little malt. Mouthfeel is good and so is drinkability. Not my favorite style but this is a good beer.

hckyfn9999, Dec 08, 2006
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,346 ratings.