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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,417
Reviews: 1,983
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 313 | 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 bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with creamy white head with perfect clarity. CO2 bubbles trickle up the sides of the glass for the entire length of time.

Fresh baked bread, lemon zest with some clove-like spices in the nose. Very pleasent.

Big malt character upfront with tons of biscuit and bread flavors. Grassy hop flavors round out the malt. Finishes spicy. Very flavorful.

One of the best Pilsners that have ever graced my tongue. Extremely drinkable and balanced.

bosco7, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-light yellow, loose bubbly head about 1 inch, falls quickly bur leaves a decent ring from the remaining lace.

S-clean fresh yeast and barley, a decenmt hop aroma.
T-Crisp, light malt followed by a significnat earthy hop bitterness that lingers quite long. nice suprise. bone dry finish

M- prickly, crisp, refreshing, light body, astringent.

D-Very good, nice summer deck beer. Or post lawn mowing beer.

jackorain, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow color with a huge white head that resists fading and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is that classic pungent pils with a bright lemon citrus aroma.

The mouth feel is immediately flushed from the carbonation an bright refreshing hop character.

The flavor is just as refreshing, mirrors the smell and is complemented by the feel. It's got a strong spicy flavor as well that lingers with the finish.

At 5.3% ABV this is a nice light summertime beverage.

jjayjaye, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what all the hype is about with this beer. With over 600 reviews and an average over "4", I am not sure what the deal is. This beer reminds me of when I was young, doing the dishes and and enjoying the spoils of what was left over. I feel the Pilsner style is weak, period.

A. Pale.
S. Stale.
T. See above.
M. Chalky
D. Weak.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 26, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had enough Prima Pils over the last several years to finally justify reviewing it.... or something like that....

Pours a clean, clear golden color with a bubbly two-finger head on top which sticks around for a while, but eventually subsides to a thin film over the top of the beer. No lace here to speak of. Smells clean and malty, like a proper German pilsner should, right? Right. You can tell just from smelling this puppy that you're not getting another macro-processed American pilsner-style lager. No corn in this guy. The malt is the dominant aroma here, but there are faint notes of cut grass and old shoe leather as well. Not much fruit that I can sense, although at times there are also faint lemony scents as well. The taste is malty goodness as well, but with a very pleasant hop kick in the finish. Very well balanced, with some subtle buttery flavor as well. And that mouthfeel? Smooth. Almost chewy, but clean and crisp all at the same time. A heckuva a pils for this side of the pond, no doubt. A proper year-round quaffable session beer. More, please.

Atlas1, May 22, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a Pilsner glass

A - clear, light yellow color with a nice foamy head that settled down to a thin layer, leaving some lacing.

S - true German malt aroma, smells like an imported beer, Spatan comes to mind.

T - clean, crisp, light malty taste accompanied by a light herbal hop bite, exceptional flavor.

M - light body, refreshing malt/hop balance with a clean, dry finish.

D - great drinkability, not filling at all, easy drinker with a unique flavor.

Great Job, Bill and Ron!

JoeyBeerBelly, May 22, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my tumbler. This beer is a clear medium golden color. The head is a good 1/4 when poured and quickly settles to a decent sized ring along the inside of the glass and an decent surface layer that leaves okay lacing. Aromas of malt and hops are there and not really much else. The taste is again of hops and malt and not much else, maybe a hint of vegetables. Good balance. The hop bitterness certainly becomes more dominant as the beer starts to warm. I thought the beer was surprisingly hoppy for its style. Has a crisp mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation and a full body. Very easy to drink. I'd certainly drink this again.


neenerzig, May 22, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to a sparkling light yellow, whith snow white head that linered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma wasn’t as pronounced as I thought it would be, but tended to be grassy citrus. Mouthfeel nipping due to the carbonation, and the flavor was a continuation of the grassy fruit found in the aroma.

I’m not a big pilsner fan generally, but must say Victory did a good job on this one.

kimcgolf, May 20, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Hops and malt greet the nose, balanced more to the hops.

Taste is crisp and clean, hops bitterness making a lasting impression.

Medium bodied with good carbonation and pleasing to the palate.

Very drinkable and suitable for a session beer.

techdiver, May 19, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Golden straw color with a thick head and very active carbonation.

S- Light grass smell with a grainy backround.

T- Light lager taste with a nice hoppy backbone.

M- Very light feel; very crisp.

D- Oh so drinkable. Would make a great BBQ session beer and I will test that theory soon...

mobud, May 17, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this one

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Tall fluffy white head that tries to escape the glass. Color is a bright clear golden yellow with an amazing amount of carbonation activity. Very pretty to look at.
Smell has a dry grain aroma with a hint of the lager yeast. Taste is a dry biscuity flavor with a mild floral hops background.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is highly drinkable and would be nice to session

bort11, May 16, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pale straw yellow body with thin white head. Great head retention.

S- refreshing hop smell with malt backing.

T- refreshing hops upfront all the way through. Small malt backing. Very light taste.

M- Light body and light carbonation.

D- this is very refreshing cold on a hot day. It has a great summer character to it.

PittBeerGirl, May 15, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/light-golden color. Nice carbonation, moderate head – bubbly.

Has that Pilsner twang. Light sweet malt, floral/herbal European hops. Crisp apple/biscuit.

Fruity sweet flow of crisp hop and light malt. Crisp and ballsy yet delicate and subtle. Lightly sweet flaky biscuit malt. Fruity floral tart herbal hop.

Lightly spicy carbonation, maintains a decent punchy throughout.

Very drinkable. Quite nice. I could do these all day, and especially with such a great price. Ah yes.

MrHungryMonkey, May 14, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a creamy head.

Smell is hoppy with resinous and earthy notes. There is a good malt backbone which is also a bit husky. The yeast adds a light sulfuric touch.

Taste of hops that are resinous and raw and make an European impression. The malt is present and is balancing the hops. The sulfuric notes I smelled are not coming back in the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Body is light and aftertaste is dry and bitter. For a German pilsener this is a good attempt, but misses the fullness of it.

Absumaster, May 13, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a fantastic rocky white head that left very nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of grassy hops, a touch piney. Hops hit on the taste right away, stronger than most pils, has a dry cracker like malt taste the follows. The brew ends a bit bitter and dry but not bad. The feel is a little watery but crisp and refreshing, a tad too dry from my liking. A very drinkable pils, one of the best on this side and the other side of the pond.

Gmann, May 13, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer should be the king of beers! No skunky aftertaste like some Czech beers. Just super clean, crystal clear, golden color almost glows. The flavor shows smooth malt backbone with a nice
grassy hop profile. This is one of the best pilsner on the market!
If you have a freind that only drinks bud l.t they might even go wow!

athensbeermaster, May 12, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light pale gold. Mild lacing. Retention was ok.

Smell: A nice nose of hops, spices, and herbs.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops, spices and malt.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Refreshing. Active carbonation. Light on the mouth.

Drinkability: I didn't think pilsners could be this full of flavor. I need to rethink my stance. This is the thinking mans pilsner.

stereosforgeeks, May 12, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden color which then turns into a clear pale goal as it warms up. The head is thin with tiny bubbles and goes away very fast. The smell I get is almost of the belgian pale ale variety. A little tart, fruity, and a very tiny amount of hops. The taste starts with a big hop bite, which leads into a fruity finish and a pronounced hop bitterness. Drinkability is much better on the warmer side, as the carbonation + hop bitterness isn't so harsh. Better than I remember it being the first time I had it.

MiScusi, May 12, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great American interpretation of the German Pilsener. I don't know if I poured this just right, or if all Prima Pils pours up in this manner, but this has a magnificent appearance! Big, soapy, snow white foamy head that remained in place for several minutes while tiny streams of CO2 bubbles streamed upward. Tilting the glass leaves nice lacing around the edges of the glass. Again, I don't know if I poured this just right, or if they all look this way, but this looked like it belonged in an ad.
Smell was mild, but defined. In other words, there was a handful of nice smells that were both expected and identifiable, but they weren't obscene or assertive like "background music" played too loudly. This was pleasant and enjoyable with its mildly spicy hops and "gently sweet" malt. A session beer for sure. I could drink several of these. Especially with its pleasantly bitter finish. This seemed very well balanced and very easy to drink. I'll probably make this a staple around the house now that Victory is available in Atl.

SilentSabre, May 11, 2007
Photo of Beertron
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a two-week long ice-breaking, finally sat down to review this sucker.
It's tough to review when you have so much hype. Nevertheless, from bottle to pint...

A - Top shot off like a gun when treated to the usual lighter technique. Poured soft and golden with strong carbonation. Head is beautiful bright white and huge, slowly dissipating one large bubble at a time with strong, thick laces.

S - Hops. Lightly piny/evergreen scented, with the floral side of hops taking front and center. Deeper whiffs give a strong earthiness -- spring leaves and mushrooms. Wonderful, intriguing nose, though slightly masked.

T - Man oh man. What a champ. There's so much under-the-radar going on in this beer, I'm not even sure where to start. There's' a light, soft malty sweetness in the forefront, akin to croissants or other light, buttery bread. This is followed by a prominent tinge of hops. They're light, bright and pleasant -- not excessively bitter -- but certainly strong enough to make their presence known. Following the hops is a blast of yeast -- almost a dead ringer for the dry active yeast often used in bread baking (at least in this country). Finally, as the hops show back up for the drying affect, one can detect a salty note along with an earthy acidity that reflects both tea and bile (the latter here not being nearly as disgusting as it sounds).

M - It's obviously on the lighter side of things, but this has a bit more body than a lot of pils and this is a good thing. This beer is just fun -- it quenches, then dries; pretty much begging for another drink to quench, then dry all over again.

D - Huge. I'm not sure what the ABV is here, but I can guarantee you that if it's high, I wouldn't know it until too late. I bet I could drink a sixer of this in less than two hours if I had the time to play. This beer is addictive. Is there crack in here?!?

F - Again, where to start? This brew loves food. So long as one stays on the lighter side of the spectrum, there's probably little that this wouldn't go well with. For what its worth, here are the things that jumped out at me as solid matches: lighter whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), mild artisan cheeses and the softer side of wild mushrooms (chanterelles, honey mushrooms, or, even morels -- but keep it away from ultra deep-flavored mushies like black trumpets, hen 'o the woods or porcinis). This beer's overall profile fits like a good croissant or english muffin so both bacon and eggs seem like they would work well here. You want a beer for breakfast? This is your friend.

O - It's hard to imagine being more impressed. This brew has it all. It's light and quenching but hoppy and dry. It has an uncharacteristic complexity that gives an often rare start, body and finish to it, but it's also incredibly well-balanced and no one component goes over the top. In addition, it wants to be consumed with food. Wow. This beer lives up to the hype and then some. A new standard.

Beertron, May 10, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date (odd for victory, pretty sure this is a 2007)

Pour a mostly clear yellow wit a tight small white head. Sporadic dots of lace. Carbonation appears multisized, constant and rises at a medium pace.

Nose: Spicey hops, grassy, yeasty, some musty scent i can't quite describe.

Flavor is dominated by the spicing earthy hops. Lemon zing on the finish with a refreshing bitterness that dances along the tongue long after the taste.

Quick medium mouth that is fuller than i expected.

Outstanding drinkability. Good seasonal choice.


beerphan, May 09, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft straw yellow in color with gold hues. Dense white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Very nice sticky lacing clings to the glass throughout the serving.

S: Fresh bread. Spice and herb. Tropical fruit. Raw grain.

T: Crisp and clean grain is followed by a spicey and herbal hop bitterness that tickels the tongue. Tastes of biscut and a bready malt lend balance and are followed by the soft taste of tropical fruits. Very refreshing dry hop finish.

M: Clean and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This is the perfect brew to enjoy during the summer months. A very clean and refreshing beer that quenchs the thirst. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, May 06, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, a little head, big bubbles that disappear. Nose is mild - just a touch of crisp hops, but mostly a lot of sweet malt. Taste is a little gravelly - a good amount of sweet malt through first. Then some strong - almost astringent bite on the tongue. Tight, strongly bitter hops show up as the beer continues. It's almost pointedly harsh, and not particularly flavorful or interesting. It chills out a little as it goes down, but it's still a little rough, and not really too appetizing. Did I get a bad bottle?

soupyman10, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Prima Pils on tap at the Falling Rock. The beer was golden yellow and clear. The head was white and loosely packed. The smell was earthy, dirty, hops. Some mineral too. The taste was also very earthy and slightly crisp. This might be really good for the style but I don't like lagers so I don't know. This was a good choice for a hot day however.

ArrogantB, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of semihobo
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ozer.

Small airy head puddles well, body is a dull dark gold with much bubbling.

Smell is of woodsy, mellow hops and biscuit malts. Fresh.

Taste alternates between slightly sweet malts and solid low-alpha goodness. Hops are prominent with a delicate bitterness. Malts come back for the finish with a breath of sweetness. There are some tastes I can't describe... no off notes at all, excellent.

Mouthfeel is full, pillowy and soft. Light bodied, but the hops on the finish add a feeling of stickiness. Just right.

Could drink these fast, or slow, all night. A little pricey in Chicago, but well worth it. Outstanding.

semihobo, Apr 29, 2007
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,417 ratings.