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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,156
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 232 | 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 nlmartin


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

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a pale cloudy yellow. The head was an off white honey coloration that went away.

Smell: This beer has a very upfront spicy hoppy smell with a few hints of doughyness.

Taste: For a little pilsner this one packs a whole lotta spicy hoppy goodness. There is a mild undertone of lemony sweetness paired with biscuits.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light bodied beer. The carbonation plays nicely with the hoppy lightness of the beer.

Drinkability: Pilsners are not my normal brew of choice. I dam BMC and the like for my Pilsner distaste. I am looking forward to this Pilsner and a few others when summer comes.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 23:48:32 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very thin, light bodied beer. It poured out with a decent head. The color is a cloudy light straw shade. The smell is not much different than a macro. The taste is extremely watered down. You can detect a very slight hop taste. The mouthfeel is on the edge of revolting. The drinkability could not be very high. A brewer such as Victory just plain out missed the mark with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 17:21:28 | More by Enola
Photo of ToggleEyes


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

Prima Pils has now become my favorite pilsner for sure. Poured out crisp clear gold, with a big head. The smell of floral hops and maybe some grapefruit. Had just the right carbonation and didn't go flat right away. The taste was "bitter sweet" some honey and citrice. Very good served very cold. mouthfeel was nice, sharp and crisp. A great refreshing drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 00:16:08 | More by ToggleEyes
Photo of riversider76

New York

2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow. Head disappears quickly. Lots of carbination, not much lacing. Smell was very hoppy,and floral. Mouthfeel is light. For me this taste was way too hoppy. Bitter from start to finish. If you like a light,bitter beer try it. If not don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 00:52:27 | More by riversider76
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass the beer was a straw, full golden yellow color. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and two fingers of pure white head formed atop the beer.

The smell is a mild hoppiness with floral undertones and a spiciness in the background. Slightly grainy as well.

Taste has an innitial hop character that creates a mild but not over powering bitterness. Some floral esters come through as well and a slightly grainy after taste. A slight malt profile, but the hops win the battle in the end yet still are not too strong.

A light body with high carbonations and a crisp finish.

A good pilsner although I find it a little bland. A little more showing from the hops would have convinced me more. A good selection to pair with lighter dishes, seafood, or pasta. For a domestic example, I prefer Brooklyn Pils over this.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 05:25:59 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of Shovelbum


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

Golden-neon yellow body with a stark frothy white head. Decent head retention with very little lace. Light aromas of diacetyl and floral hops. Has a more generous citric and spicy hop flavor than most pilsners with an accompanying light bitterness. There’s a bit of malt in there to help balance things out, but the hops prevail. A fuller mouthfeel than most pilsners, but still quite lean. Smooth and clean from start to finish with a slight kiss of bitterness from the hops.

A well-built pilsner. The amped up hops is a nice addition and isn’t so overwhelming as to throw it off kilter or too far out of style. Refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 23:33:07 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

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

Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a substantial white, fluffy head. It sticks well and leaves lacing all over the place. The smell is slightly bready with substantial spice and lemon notes. Upfront the taste is full and bready, then gives way to an unbelievable crispness of spicy hops, less lemon, and a substantial herbal, tealike quality. It dries out terrifically through the finish with only a slight lingering bitterness and the enormous urge to sip again. Mouthfeel is quite full for a pils, and carbonated perfectly in my mind, that meaning a bit less than some other examples of the style. Session beer number 1.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 22:15:59 | More by numenor1
Photo of dauss


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

Presentation: standard 12oz. bottle. Enjoy by date of Jan 29 06.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden straw yellow. A small white head forms with great retention. Very effervescent, tons of bubbles just streaming from the bottom of my tulip glass.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with a sweet wisp of alcohol. Grassy noble hops linger softly in the background with a refreshing floral quality.

Taste: Highly carbonated, hop flavor bursts right through the medium bodied malt flavor. Intense grassy noble hop flavor with a strong and smooth bitterness that lingers. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Notes: Crisp, refreshing, smooth, balanced. This pils is stronger on the hops that other pils I've had, and it is great. It has a nice balance with good hop flavor and moderately strong bitterness. Whoa, this beer is going to be hard to keep in the fridge because it is just so tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 04:05:18 | More by dauss
Photo of stewart124


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima! Like the bottle says.
Spicy/Zesty smells from the pale golden brew with a foamy white head. Earthy notes.
Very tasty biscuit malts and a lean malt character. More Saaz hops are present again and really add a complexity to this pilsner. Firm aftertaste that finishes a bit dry.
I had to try this beer again to make sure I was reading it right. Plus it is very drinkable and really makes me respect pilsners again. Thank you Victory for changing my mind on the way Americans do Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 04:37:37 | More by stewart124
Photo of barrelman

New York

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

I hadn't had a pilsner in quite awhile and this was refreshing after two large Thanksgiving feasts. Poured clear with descent head that stuck around for a little while. Golden and parkling.

Aroma was great with subtle hops over sweetness. Mouthfeel was good, just a little chewy; a definite plus.

The taste was a thorough cleansing of the post-turkey palate that was both enjoyable and easy going down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2005 04:43:33 | More by barrelman
Photo of cheers2beers


2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug

Appearance: This beer pours a yellowish/golden liquid white pillowy head.Lots of laceing on the sides of my glass.

Aroma: The nose is of piney,woody,hops,and old malty scents.This beer is also a bit skunky to me.

Taste: The palate is of,much like the nose,pine,woods,slight hops,the old malts in the finish and even a slight buttered corn flavoring on the tongue.I would even adventure to say a little soy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is simple,thin,slightly watery,and bubbly in the finish.

Drinkability: I would not recommend this beer.The price is high for this style.But, if your buying i might have one or two of these.Overall, just not my cup of tea.


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 04:28:52 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Wasatch


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow/golden color, nice carbonation, very small head the dissappears quickly, no lacing what so ever.. Right from the pouring I could smell hops, malts, and some citrusy. Very nice taste for a pils, little bite and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable at 5.3%, would make a nice session brew. Another very good job by Victory, would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 02:26:28 | More by Wasatch
Photo of lpayette


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Smells of hops and grain. Pours a very clear golden yellow, with a bright white head that disipates rather quickly. Lots of hops. They provide a slightly bitter taste in the middle, but not as bitter as one might expect. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall a very good beer for what Victory was apparently shooting for- a hoppy pilsner. Not bad at all

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 06:13:55 | More by lpayette
Photo of Xadoor


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright straw colour with white frothy head which dissipated quickly. No lacing in the glass. Grassy and earthy aromas. Dry, hoppy flavour with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Light and refreshing, good to have with food as there are no over-powering flavours. Certainly a very drinkable beer, but I prefer the Czech Pilsners much more.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 21:33:27 | More by Xadoor
Photo of bahumutx


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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours with a nice head that is dissipating slowly. The color of the beer is a golden straw.

Smell: First thing that I smell is hops. Hints smells of bread and a grassiness.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is hops. A some what citrus flavor probably from the hops. As the beer warms I am picking out a slight malt taste that balances the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

My first victory beer and I found it very enjoyable. Look forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 02:39:06 | More by bahumutx
Photo of quasimoto


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured light golden color with a nice head on it. It was rather cloudy though.

S - Light crisp with the czech hops barley comeing through

T - Has a light citryusy taste from the hops, but other than that the malt is very light. Barely any real strong decisive flavor at all.

M - Light bodied. little carbination to disturb the palette.

D - Definitley a session beer for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 16:41:15 | More by quasimoto
Photo of jaluria


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden beauty with very minimal head that remains for just a few seconds. Excellent carbonation that gives the impression of champagne. Aromas of yeast, malt, grains, and hops. The taste is an excellent example of this style with it's crisp, bitter taste upfront followed by a dry finish. Hop bitterness dominates the malt, but both flavors are detectable. The carbonation simply addes to the dry, hop profile. The aftertaste is quite bitter, but not unpleasant or overly dominant. A refreshing beer with good taste. I can easily have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 14:15:39 | More by jaluria
Photo of cracgor


4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright golden/yellow Beer. perfectly transparent with lots of carbonation. Smells sweet malty with some piney hops. It is a little sour smelling. It really smells like a pilsner...not much more to it. The hops hit you first. quite piney. The sweet malts take over at the end. It is a straightforward beer and well balanced. A little astringent, but not in anyway that takes away from the beer. Light to medium body. Very drinkable. Everything about the beer makes me want to take another drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 21:14:27 | More by cracgor
Photo of ClearDog


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

Appearance -- Pours a transparent light gold. Nice foamy, pure white 1-finger head. Small carbonated bubbles are visible. This beer looks very good in my glass mug.

Smell -- Very pleasant hop character. Hints of green grass. I find it to be very interesting for this style. This pilsner has balls.

Taste -- Clean and crisp taste, but not too light. It has character. The hops come out very nicely, but are nowhere near overly bitter. They are balanced out nicely with the malt. This is bar none the best tasting pilsner I've ever had.

Mouthfeel -- Light, but not as light as a typical beer of this style. This one has a good feel to it.

Drinkability -- Indeed very drinkable. I'm surprised by how much I like this beer. I pretty much wrote-off the pilsner style as being boring; boy was I wrong. I can see myself drinking a few of these every so often. I will be coming back to this beer very soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 20:58:20 | More by ClearDog
Photo of Terp96

North Carolina

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

My favorite German Pilsner, Prima is my go to beer for the style.

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a decent head.

The nose is fantastic. Good saaz aroma. Grassy, floral notes.

Tastes great for a lighter beer. The hop and malt balance is exceptional and doesn't break down at all. The malty sweetness shines through the great hop flavor. This beer maintains a consistency throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. For a lighter style, this beer holds its own and even gives you an impression that it is much thicker than it is.

Drinkability is fantastic. This is a great session beer, especially when the weather is warm.

Prima Pils is always in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 15:10:13 | More by Terp96
Photo of ahking


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After seeing this beer on several top pilsner lists, I finally found it at my local market. After taking my first sip, I realized why. Pours a hazy but bright straw yellow. This tells me this beer has not been refined over and over just to make it clear like budwieser or miller lite. Nice white head that fades quickly, but leaves traces of its self all down the glass. Crisp and clean this beer bites your tongue with a nice hoppy edge, but not overdone. So refreshing and drinkable! Floral hops blend well with malt character. I won't often say this, but this is better than almost every pilsner I ever drank in Germany and Eastern Europe. You have to praise the guys at Victory and all great free-thinking American brewers who never limit themselves. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 17:37:13 | More by ahking
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light sparkling yellow-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is light and sweet hops, just slightly grassy.

Taste is a bit corny, sweet light malt. Sweet body with a hoppy bite that follows the flavor. A nice dry Saazy sharpness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light and drinkable. A good attempt at an aggressive pilsner for a US brewer, but I'd still prefer the Czech versions.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 02:49:04 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of walleye


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle.was sitting at the bar at kuhnhenns when Brett brought this over to me. poured a yellow, with white head. aroma wheat, yeast, asome sourness, hop, and some malt. flavor, hops, malts grainy, as it warmed got honey and citrus. mouthfeel was dry would be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 19:48:16 | More by walleye
Photo of Naes

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a clear golden color with a small white head.
The aroma is grassy and has a bit of citrus as well.
Flavor is mildly malty and has a little bit of hop presence to balance it out with a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 02:08:39 | More by Naes
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale yellow straw color with a small head of tight white bubbles at first pour. The beer was well carbonated with lots of bubbles sticking around the glass, and there are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it didn't stick around all that long. There is a tad of laceing on the glass when drinking.

Aroma: Lots of fresh floral hops in the nose to greet you at first. As the head settles a bit, you can definitely pick out some of the sweet malt presence.

Taste: Boat loads of hops lead the flavor profile, with a fresh floral aromatic flavor. The aroma is so intense that it just leads into the flavor. The hops shine the entire time at the beginning of the flavor. Somewhere in the middle, there is a bit of Sulfur and malt to shine it head just as the bittering hops take over and lead well into the finish. The balance is definitely tipped toward the bitter at the end, yet there is enough girth to the malt to keep it from being over powering.

Opinion: Now this is an anomaly of beer in my opinion. It definitely has the malt presence of a true Pilsner beer, while the hops is probably more assertive than the most hoppy Northern German Pilsner that I have tried. If I were to guess, this is pretty close to a hopped up version of Jever Pils. Yet Jever has a bit more sweet balance in the finish. This is still a mighty fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 15:06:45 | More by SkeeterHawk
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,156 ratings.