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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,421 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,421
Reviews: 1,984
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 163
Gots: 314 | 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 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
Photo of Contra
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is what a Pilsener is supposed to taste like. I think every time I've had a Pilsener, it's been of the bland variety. Fairly standard appearance, but still good. The flavor is pretty full, but the body is surprisingly light. I'm honestly at a lost for words on how to describe the flavor. It's not really a style I'm used to, but good beer is good beer.

Contra, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dull straw color with a slight haze. Displays a dense soap-bubble head; a full fist in hieght, shows decent retention and some spotty lacing. Lemon and citric hop notes are the most obvious aromas, with a light Pilsener malt backing and mild floral hop tones. The first sip is full of pale malt sweetness and sharp pilsener malt. Exhibits a clean lager profile, free from any noticeable off-flavors or yeast by-products. Aftertaste is struck with lemon/orange flavored alpha oils and a background floral Hallertau taste. Solid bitterness is balancing but not aggressive. Med-light mouthfeel with a gentle but crisp carbonation that allows a refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel, yet does not drown out the subtle malt and hop character with too much fizz. Finishes light with minimal buiscuity residues and a mellow lemon/floral hop flavor. A Damn fine Pils with outstanding drinkability and a testament to American efforts to re-create old-world styles.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a clear straw, with lots of carbonation. The aroma is very skunky, with a slight hint of malt. The taste is a nice citrusy hop flavor up front, followed by a not so great grainy finish. Not much in the middle. Light mouthfeel. A very sessionable pilsner. Overall, I was a little let down by this one. Victory is an incredible brewer, so I was a little dissappointed that it didnt measure up to their other brews, IMO. An okay beer, but not worth paying almost $9 a sixer.

beeragent, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear yellow with a moderate head which quickly faded. Light lacing was noted.

Aroma is light but the presence of hops are definitely there.

Hops abound in this pilsner. Malts are there but secondary. Finished very dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a medium carbonation. Some slickness to the tongue as well/

This is a very good pilsner and very sessionable. Enjoy this one!

Monkeyknife, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle procured for me in Minneapolis by rudge75. Thank you so much Dave! Poured into a pilsner glass.

Lovely pour, 1 inch of head recedes slowly. Carbonation is quite mild but keeps a little bit of lace. Typical pilsner colour, light straw but not too pale, unfiltered and slightly hazey. Subdued nose, but delicious all the same. Light and flowery noble hop aromas, slightly earthy. Nutty malt sweetness as well, and a bit of apple blossom.

Taste is, wow....unexpected. This is extremely tasty! The hop character is so pronounced and unique and unlike anything I've had. Hop character is decidedly herbal and a little piney too, with a bit of floral grassiness. Crisp crackery malt character as well, slight nuttiness in the background. Body is light and finishes welcomingly dry. This an exceptional example of a pilsener, and drinkable all night long. It's a beautiful day outside, and I wish I had more than one, I'll tell you that.

trevorwideman, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, pale yellow, head is 1/2 inch quickly settling to a film. Plenty of streaming carbonation is visible. The aroma is nice, mostly a lemony smell with some light hop zest.

Clean and bready taste finishing with a toasty bitterness. In fact its a bit nutty at the end also and there is a real crisp bite to it. The mouthfeel is light, but good for style. Fine tingly carbonation.

As anticipated, this was a very nice example of a Pilsener. Solid, balanced flavor. You could drink many of these, I could drink many of these. We all could drink many...

bennetj17, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12 ounzer at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a bright straw color, with a brilliant white head. There was bunches of head, big, fluffy, white head, with a fair retention rate, leaving much lacing as it slowly was drank.
Smell: A bit of an orginal head snap backwords, but soon realized that the aroma wasn't quite that strong. It have a well blended bitter hop and sweet malt to it.
Taste: The taste was mostly hop, a hint of the sweet malt from the nose. It was most likely a bittering hop of sorts.
Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was rather stiff, with no flexibility.
Drinkability: Certainly a great beer, but above average drinkabilty.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a foamy bone-white head. Sweet malty and a firm hop spice in the aroma. The palate features a nice balance between a sharp though not overly astringent hop bite (with a mostly leafy, grassy character thought there’s a nice touch of citrus as well) and a fairly sweet but very smooth biscuity/bready malt base. Piney hops in the lengthy, bitter finish.

Most definitely one of the best examples of the American double pilsner style. Smooth, with just the right amount of malt sweetness and a very crisp hop spice, not to mention a delicious and somewhat complex hop flavor. Very drinkable and quite tasty.

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of muffguy4beer
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: vibrant yellow in color, very clear with nice white head.

Smell: flowery hops that are extremely summery.

Taste: hoppy, bitter, fresh. malt sweetness is there in the background but hops are very much dominant in this beer. bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: a slightly chewy body, smooth and refreshing carbonation.

Drinkability: this is a great summer pilsner. very enjoyable and drinkable.

muffguy4beer, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of jmc44
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, extremely clear golden straw color topped by a thick white head. Very nice lacing as the head dissipates.

Aroma is strong on the hops for a pils, a pleasant surprise. A slight malt backbone is hidden there. Overall, though, aroma is light, as it should be.

Flavor again is dominated, but not overwhelmed, by floral hops with a hint of some spice. Once again, a light malty background is present. Finishes clean and crisp with a slight lingering bitterness.

Light in body, and very smooth, this is very drinkable on warm spring and summer days. Probably one of the best pilsners I have had.

jmc44, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that doesn't really stick around.

S: Smells grassy, citrusy and refreshing.

T: Excellent. Great delicate grassy, earthy flavor. This is followed by nice citrusy hops with hints of lemon and wheat. Slight sweetness at the end. Finishes with a crispness and is relatively dry.

M: Light and crisp, with a decent level of carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. Tasty, lower alcohol, yet not boring. Nice.

Highly recommended. A very nice pilsener - possibly the best American one I've had.

rallison, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of scott
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a boring interpretation of what a good Pils should be.
Pale, with a quick to fade head. Below average passive carbonation.
Crisp. Hoppy, but still found it to be very uneventful. Let down by Victory with this offering. Maybe I need some sunshine?
A tad skunky with the finish.

scott, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of bradford
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from geexploitation. Excellent trader.
Poured a very pale, clean yellow, akin to an American light beer.
Smelled very good. A hoppy interpretation of what I consider to be a bland style.
Tasted good. Better than most pilsners I have tried, again just not my cup of beer.
Had a bit of an offensive mouthfeel to me. A little harsh on the hops and very light on the malt.
Although this isnt my favorite style of beer, this is a hell of a pils. I am starting to develop an appreciation for the lighter session beers, and along with the likes of Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, and Firestone Pale, this one is up there.

bradford, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy head made of large bubbles, with an army of bubbles marching up the glass. Color is a light yellow with good clarity.

There's a real fine line between this kind of aroma evoking fresh, flowery hops and lightly sweet malts...or smelling like a crappy light macro pils. This is clearly made with some love, as the aroma is in the former category: clean, sharp, earthy.

Tastes true to style; grainy/bready earthiness followed by a peppery hops crispness and syrupy sweet-corn element. Finishes clean and crisp, a dryness only coming after an initial sweet stickiness has its way with the tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't overbearing, but it is somewhat dominant. Has all the crispness and zing you'd want from the style.

If you need a change from the big dark extreme beasts, this one would be a really good choice. If you just want a great American-made pils, something actually made with some pride, again this is a great pick. And for sessioning, this works too. Great drinkability, and an excellent way to welcome in the warmer seasons.

Metalmonk, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The secret easter bunny 07 dropped this one off yesterday...no BA name so I don't know who to thank! BB Jan 22, 07, uh oh better drink it now!

The west coast has it's IPAs, and the east coast has hoppy pilsners. I really miss that old PA pilsner style since I moved out west.

This is a bright, brilliant beer with lots of foam. Straw colored. Lots of hop bite in the nose, with a big pilsner blast including DMS. To sum it up, great smelling and great looking.

Although this one isn't exactly fresh, I feel like I can do a pretty accurate review because I used to drink it all the time. Gotta love that big hop presence...it almost dominates the beer with very aromatic and pleasantly bitter nobles. Malts play a key role by adding a big but gentle grainy, grassy body. Lager yeast profile is simply defined by this beer. Notes of black pepper and green onion.

The carbonation may be a bit much in this case. It adds a lot of spiciness, but I feel it overwhelms the mouthfeel and brings on a soda-pop vibe that goes up your nose. Otherwise, it's a light, refreshing, highly drinkable beverage.

One of the hoppiest pilsners out there. Highy recommended. Think of it as an artistically brewed Miller Lite with quality ingredients and a caring hand. Cheers!

rayjay, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden to yellow color. One finger head with good retention and light lacing. Much more enticing than your typical macro.

Smell: It has an earthy-grassy type aroma. Hops are certainly there. There's a hint of citrus and malt on the tail end.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. I'd love to have some on a really hot day. It has nice bitter taste to it with just the right bit of malt in there. Citrus flavors (mostly lemon) really round out this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and very smooth. ABV is perfect. Highly drinkable, especially in warm weather. Overall, this is a good beer. It's everything that I wish the American macros could be. Recommended.

prototypic, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden straw color with a forthy tall white head. There is a sweet hop floral smell. The head lasts for a while with a nice bit left for the whole drink. It starts with a good bit of carbonation, that dies to a nice bubble from the bottom action. The taste is very clean. Its incredibly smooth with hints of hoppyness and a little sweetness. The hops come in more on the finish. It has a nice light to medium mouthfeel that is very smooth and pleasant. Very drinkable due to its crisp light yet flavorful body. Very good pilsner.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on 3-23-07
Best before 5-27-07

Pours a very pale and clear yellow with a few steady streams of bubbles rising to the top of the glass to maintain a nice white head.

Smell is crisp, slight piney and grassy hops, and a very faint malt sweetness.

Taste is very light and crisp, with a surprisingly strong hop character and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I might prefer, but it fits the style well.

Drinkability is very good, the lighter flavor and appearance make it exceedingly easy to drink.

Overall a very good example of a Pilsner. Victory has done a good job of making a beer that offers a lot in a style that can sometimes be very boring.

BMoney575, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of koolchas
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 6pk with enjoy by date of may 27, 2007 poured into a pint glass.

this beer pretty much pours and has the appearance of any american macro but, the taste is beyond and above the macros.

hops are present and flavorful. a very crisp and clean beer. since i am used to higher avbs this makes a great session beer imho. also, this beer makes a great ending to a night after drinking higher abv brews.

this would be one of my choice brews to bring to a party where people are used to the macros.


koolchas, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a dark wintergreen label that has a detailed drawing of a giant hop bud right in the middle of the label. Around the hop bud, Victory says it's "a refined Pilsner beer and it's for natural enjoyment." To the left of the hop bud is a large paragraph talking about the Pilsner style and information about the beer itself. To the right of the hop bud is the barcode and Government warning. Usually Victory stamps their beer with a best before date in between the picture and the large paragraph, but they must have forgot to stamp mine because there isn't a date anywhere. That's OK, Victory can't possibly remember to date all of their bottles. Poured into a Pilsner glass (Duh!).

Prima Pils poured a very bubbly pale lemon yellow color with a cloud like 1 finger head of white fluffy foam. It had excellent retention. It lasted the entire duration of the beer's life in my glass and whenever the beer lowered, the head of foam left behind tons of white sticky lace around the glass. It had a subtle aroma of malted grass, peppery hops, a touch of grapefruit, and just the slightest hint of toasted malts at the end. The taste was clean and refreshing with citrus and herbal hops, a dash of pepper, a dab of dried grapefruit, and just the slightest hint of toasted malts in the background. The mouthfeel was light and not too dry with a mild aftertaste bite of dried citrus fruits and herbal hops. Another winner from Victory Brewing. This could definitely make an excellent choice for a summer session beer or any season for that matter. I should also say thanks to fellow BA HoboAGoGo for pointing out this beer to me. I could see why this is one of HoboAGoGo's favorite F-ing beers!

AltBock, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of lehows
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color, wonderful fluffy white head, with lots of fast carbonation bubbles rising to the head. Smell was crisp and clean, hints of citric tartness, and clean linens. Taste is great, very crisp and clean with a healthy dose of sharp hops. The hops have a distinct bitterness to them, almost sour, and very delicious and refreshing. Also to be found are some hints of grain, pleasantly and mildy malted, as well as some peppery spice in there. Overall, an amazing pils that is highly drinkable/sessionable, something to keep in the fridge at all times.

lehows, Mar 16, 2007
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,421 ratings.