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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,702
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 193
Gots: 496 | 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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Ratings: 4,702 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light yellow or dark pee yellow if you prefer, moderate cloudiness with a good thick head yet little lacing, bubbles large and dispersed. Sharp focus to the nose, wheat and field grasses, white grapefruit peels, emphasis on hops with zero roasted nor malty notes. Medium-bodied, not heavy but densely packed, quite dry with a refreshing grain and hops profile. Given its weight, has a remarkably clean and concise finish. Undercurrent of that white grapefruit/lemon citrus lends more twist. Appreciate the uncompromising bitterness.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is great with a huge head that lasts and laces the whole way down. Pours a golden yellow, almost completely clear with active carbonation.

Smells lightly citrusy and piney, very subtle but nice.

Tastes damn good, good to have a real lager once in a while. Not much bitter or bite, just smooth and balanced goodness.

Mouth is thicker than expected but it actually works well here.

I could session the hell out of this beer. Very good stuff.

Photo of hwwty4
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this one. Its a beer I've been hoping to get for a while.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a slightly hazy straw with a big white head that leaves very minimal lacing. The aroma is big on spicy noble hops, with just a hint of medicinal qualities. The flavor is what sums up a pilsner. There are definite notes of spicy hops, a bit of medicinal qualities, a bit of sulfur, and just a nice clean grainy quality. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is a great beer. I could definitely see myself finishing off a six-pack of this in a night and will be trying this beer again.

Photo of spike882
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a fair amount of head comprised of small carbonation bubbles. Head lingers sufficiently and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the glass. Body is color is slightly hazy.

Forthcoming smell of pilsner malts with a large floral and citrus background.

Very clean taste on the palate with pleasant notes of spice an bitterness. Leaves a dry taste on the tongue.

Carbonation is sharp but overall it's very smooth.

For a pils this is a good drinker with more complexity than most I have had in the past. A good product from Victory.

Photo of dakid618
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy piss yellow with a half finger of fizzy head. Smell is light and wheaty. Taste is very clean. All light malts, kinda buttery. Light, slightly dry mouthfeel. This beer really coats your mouth with maltiness. The aftertaste lingers for several minutes after each drink. Drinkability is high. Definitely an easy beer to drink.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in my Tyranena pint.

A: Pours a hazy gold, with a nice one finger white head. Good head retention, nice lacing.

S: Some bready/pilsner malts in the nose. Some floral hops follow, as does a nice spiciness.

T: I get maltiness first, but then some nice spiciness and bitterness comes through. Very clean.

M: Proper carbonation level. Very smooth. Finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable. I haven't had many Pilsners out of the realm of BMC, but this has to be the best one I've had to date. A very good pils.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From ottovon.

Pours to a hazy gold with a thin white head that leaves very little lacing.

Not much smell with a little hops coming through.

Tastes pretty plane jane not much here. A little hops and a little grain on the back side.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Probably won't drink it again. Just a very average Pilsener.

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

Thanks to greenvilleguitar for the hookup on this beer! I am consuming on the review date. However, the best before date is 9/8/08, roughly 4 months ago.

A - Poured into my Trumer Pils glass. Slightly hazy medium golden color, thin white head with good retention and some lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Sweet maltiness with some pilsener grain character. Floral hops.

T - Floral hops hit up front with the graininess holding up well. Finishes medium-dry, could be a little crisper. Bitterness is medium, lingering on into the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate-high level of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink, could have a few more. For this style of beer, we should expect a high level of drinkability and this beer is right on. Could use a drier finish and a bump in malt character to further enhance overall experience.

Photo of kballer
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. There's no freshness date. I poured into a half liter pilsener glass and allowed it to foam up a lot. The head looks delicious and fluffy. T

The smell is defintely the beers strongest area. It smells spicy and hoppy. Just thinking about the smell makes me want to crack one open. Luckily it tastes like it smells. some sips are really spicy and others taste bread-like.

Very drinkable lager.

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

Poured, appropriately, into a Prima Pils glass. Slightly hazy golden yellow in color with a fluffy, bright white finger tall head. Excellent lacing.

S - An aroma of grainy malt and spicy hops.

T - Hops flavor dominates. Spicy, floral, slightly herbal. Nice and sweet honey malt presence attempts to balance the flavor out but this beer errs on the side of hoppiness.

M - Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Seems to be lacking in carbonation in my opinion. Wish this had a little bit more a crispness to it that a pilsner often has. Dry finish.

D - Definitely drinkable if you are looking for a nice hop bite in a pilsner.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/18/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very light golden yellow colored body with almost no head, white, but diminishing. And has a very malty aroma. An just okay hoppy malty smooth balanced flavor, with a slightly malty aftertaste. Just an okay beer, average.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prima Pils pours a light gold with a white head that leaves some lacing.

Aromas are grainy and grassy in the hop department.
the taste is also the exact same.

I am surprised by such a decent mouthfeel. It has a fluffiness to it that I enjoy. This has summer beer written all over it.

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.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,702 ratings.