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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,658
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 187
Gots: 464 | 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 Offa
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is interesting, very hoppy and bitter for the body, but clean, tasty, and light at the same time.

Bright gold, it has a medium, lasting white head, slowly shrinking and leaving a little decent lace.

The aroma is very nice and very German, bready very herbal with a little lemon and a hint of pine.

The taste is lightly malty with a a little honey and a strong herbal-citrus hop flavour with bitterness starting off softly but then taking over quite strongly to dominate the character. It has prominent herbal-citrus hop flavour and bitterness, and is clean and dry in the finish, with the hop taste and bitterness lingering strongly.

I like it, but it is a little too bitter for me, especially considering the light body, and it takes the hop emphasis a little too far for this style. At the same time, the actual flavour is rather light and almost one-dimensional, without the nice play of malt and hop flavours that I like in the style. I definitely prefer a little less bitterness, a little more balance, and more flavour. That said, it is very, very clean, somewhat tasty, interesting, and different. Additionally, although the bitterness brings down the drinkability for me, it is not so bitter as to bring it down too far and I still find it fairly drinkable.

Photo of Greggy
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden color with a touch of haze. The head is white and 1 finger in height. No major sediment to speak of. Great lacing is present.

S- Nice honey graham, graininess, nice hop presence with notes of pear, light orange. Nice.

T- Starts out with some nice maltiness with light citrus notes then quickly transitions to some nice dry hops with a residual feel of pear and apple notes. Nice!

M- Low medium carbonation. Nice balance of hops and malt.

D- This is an exceptional german pilsner. I would call it a czech/german hybrid. I will definitely be drinking again, especially @ the 5.3% ABV!

Photo of ShamasUVA
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rather cloudy beer with some protein haze, unexpected for style. A light golden color, OK. Good carbonation, head retention.

Amazing, pils malt and continental hops, in perfect harmony. No esters, fusels, diacetyl or other flaws.

Clean grainy taste, followed by lingering bitterness. A tad more bitter than most German Pilseners, however this is probably closer to traditional style than modern german pilsners. I am going to give a 4.5 here.

Crisp and lovely.

Jesus, I am not sure I can think of a beer that is this drinkable. I could have 50 or 100. Ok... 5 or 6.

Great Pils. If it were clear, it'd be almost perfect.

Photo of gciccarelli
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a pale yellow with minimal, quickly dissipating head. Leaves little to no lacing.

Smell - Mildly hoppy, with malt and spice notes. Almost a "grassy" quality...but in a good way.

Taste - A bit hoppier than your typical pilsner...get a lot of hops with a malt base. Grain taste as well. Leaves a slight aftertaste. Very excellent if you like hops.

Mouthfeel - Huge amount of carbonation. Very light body.

Drinkability - Could easily drink a bunch of these - very smooth and light.

I'm not the biggest fan of pilsners but this is an excellent beer (as a hops fan)...definitely recommended. Everything I've ever had from Victory is good!

Photo of UDbeernut
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap pour incorrectly into a pint glass

a: nice straw yellow color, foamy head

s: hoppy with floral notes

t: clean with floral notes and grain. The hops do not over power the beer but provide a nice bitterness.

m&d: medium body, with decent carbonation. Very refressing beer and extremely drinkable

Excellent Beer!!


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

Pours like a wheat beer--lots of cloudiness, straw to golden color. Frothy head that leaves good ring lace.

Mild hop aroma with a proper malt base. Slightly skunked in this one.

More hoppy than most pilsners. It has a very rich body for the style.

Doesn't really fit the style, but it is delicious.

Photo of saradad
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz glass, the head forms and dissipates quickly, leaves some lacing down the glass. The color is a lemony yellow with quite a lot of carbonation. The smell is not that impressive, citrusy hops mostly. Nor is the flavor that impressive, not bad but not great. Mostly the citus from the hops overpowers the malt. I really don't think this is a bad brew, but it's certainly not one of my favorites.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

4.0 A: A tiny bit hazy. Straw colored. Very nice head retention and steady stream of bubbles from bottle of glass. Leaves plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Hoppy for the style. Grassy and herbal hops. Balanced well with sweet and spicy malt character.

4.0 T: Hops manifest themselves in the taste as much as they do the nose. Quite bitter for a Pils. Earthy first, then spicy. Hopheads will love this. Though I love hoppy beers, I really don't want my Pilsners to be this bitter. Still, it is done really well if you accept that it's out of the ordinary.

3.5 M: This is the low point of the brew, but it isn't terrible. It could be a little creamier, but that's about it.

4.0 D: Not a boring Pilsner in the least. This Pils thinks it's an IPA. This should keep you happy for a while.

Photo of Goliath
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden color, although it is still transparent. A thin bright white head sits on top and lingers with good retention.

The aroma is pretty nice for a pils. A bit of citrusy lemon peel provides a relatively hoppy nose. Not a ton going on, but for a pils it's certainly impressive.

The taste is pretty good. Again, a good bit of citrus up front only to finish slightly bready and very clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, full of lively carbonation giving a really cleansing crip feeling.

Drinkability is high. It's a solid pils from pour to finish. The first time I tried this beer I didn't like it, but I've since developed a better appreciation for the style. I'm very pleased I revisited this pils.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy deep gold with a good head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Well, no big surprise here. Floral hops dominate, with a little bread dough in the background.

Taste is the spicy hop bite you'd expect, with some citrus notes. A grainy bread element is there too, and has a bit of sweetness that is a nice counter balance to all that bitterness. Nice craft here.

Mouthfeel translates into a level of drinkability. Fair carbonation keeps the flavors from being too cloying, but you know what you are buying here (look at the label!). My drinkability numbers come down as this is very very good, but in the 2-3 in a row range. I just personally have a hard time heavy sessioning super hop-saturated beers. Not a negative, as it is intentionally off balance and heavy-handed in the hop department. Try it.

Photo of Pinto21
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +4.7%
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
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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 +1.7%
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 +7.9%
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
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
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
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +1.7%
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 +11.7%
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
4.32/5  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
4.57/5  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.


Photo of sethmeister
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,658 ratings.