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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,617
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 175
Gots: 425 | 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 ATPete
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

best by date is unreadable but i have reason to believe this is a fresh bottle.

Prima Pils pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a monster foamy white head that leaves some sticking. The nose is very impressive and surprisingly large, lots of big fruit esters and (Belgian?) yeast. A metallic note surfaces as the beer settles. The big fruity/grassy character of the nose really transfers into its flavor, over all balanced, decent pale malt backbone and a dry hop profile, it sports a rather bitter but not offensive aftertaste. Spicy and farmhouse funky, this reminds me of a 'light' saison rather than a true pils. Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Its fairly drinkable, and would be great in the hot months.

Photo of Generik420
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New to the state of Indiana is beers from Victory Brewing Company based in Downingtown, PA. I have had a few of their offerings and have yet to be disappointed. So it is with great pleasure that I can review the Prima Pils and gleefully say I didn't have to trade to get this, it is now here in Naptown!

One of my bigger complaints with the craft beer industry is the lack of pilsners. It's almost like the industry as a whole has seen what the big 3 have done to the style and they are content to let them get away with it. Well Victory has decided to fight back with their Prima Pils which is an outstanding pilsner that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the finest from Europe. Prima Pils pours a bright golden yellow and in the right lighting, it almost gets a neon glow to it. It is really something to behold, with a gorgeous bright white and thick head gracing the top. Eventually that head will slow drop out but continue to leave lacing all the way down the glass.

The first thing you notice when you raise the glass up to your face is the hops aroma. Very distinct noble hops layered on top of fresh cut grass.. oh so inviting! Taking a sip and you realize that the flavor lives up to the aroma. The beer has a clean and crisp hop bite that really demands that you to take another swallow. The hops are somewhat grassy in nature and leave the beer with an outstanding balance between bitterness and malt. On the tail end, that bitterness lingers lightly on the back of the tongue to remind you that you still have more in the glass.

This is an absolutely world class pilsner beer and would compare well with brands from Europe like Stiegl, Warsteiner, Radeberger, etc. So for those of you out there that have shied away from that pale pilsner style, either because of what the macros have done to the style or because many times imports have that 3 months in a cargo hold taste, give this one a try. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Photo of gunnerman
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a recent trade, thanks Adam. Poured a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head. Smell is very citrus, sweet grass and a bit of crisp lemon goodness. Taste was where this is at, I was so thirsty and craving a beer, boy this went down well and quickly, taste is very mild highly carbonated sweet on the toungue with light malt and a bit of hop bitterness not overwhelming. This is one good summer beer it goes down so smooth and really quenches the thirst.

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

"Best by" date is about a month away, so I'm in the zone...

Yellow, slightly hazy pilsner with a perfect lingering head.

Crisp flavor, reminiscent of corn nuts, bready malt, hint of yeast, and with a pleasantly bitter, zesty hop finish. Hoppier than your average pilsner, which if you ask me is a good thing.

Lively carbonation, easy to drink plenty of this. This is THE quintessential pilsner, and a tried & true favorite summer beer.

About $8.50 a six-pack

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, pale yellow in color. A nice half inch head forms on the pour. Smell is malty with some underlying floral qualities. Taste is much the same, but with more of the underlying floral hops coming through. The taste is much better than the smell. Clean and non-cloying on the mouthfeel. This is a good pilsener.

Photo of chrisny4205
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw yellow. Bone white head that kept me company most of the testing. We became close friends.

Smell got better the more I tasted the beer. Earthy to piney smell.

This beer went from good to amazing after the fourth sip. A great example of a German pilsner. Such a delicate beer that lets its flavors come at you one at a time. Sweet maltiness then erased by the bittering hops. The flavors are light and very well balanced.

Sat well. Not a big body. This is a delicate brew.

This beer could be drank at anytime and all the time.

Photo of Seanibus
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a Pilsner should be. It is one of a handful of American-made pilsners that simply set the standard for all the others.

Pours radiant yellow and perfectly clear,with a big fluffy head and streams of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head fades slowly to large, luxurious lacing. The aroma is powerful, bright and grainy with a slight lemony tinge and subtle, smooth floral hops. The flavor is honey-like, with a powerful pils grain backbone and a surprisingly strong hop bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasing with a good carbonation bite and a bit of bitterness developing and clinging on the back of the mouth.

This is a superbly drinkable beer, light and crisp enough to win over Macro fans, but complex and subtly hoppy enough to win over craft-beer-only purists. It's hard to do better than this.

Photo of xare
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was a nice golden color with a thin lacy head. It was very inviting and nice to see but a bit disappointing with the small head (looks like soap scum, that's it).

Smell was of malt and hops - better than average but nothing memorable that made me salivate.

Taste was average at best - could taste malt and hops and wetness in general, but again, nothing that really distinguished itself and made me want to have it again.

Mouthfeel was a surprise. It definitely was very full and had some meat on its bones but didn't go down very crisp or clean. That kind of balanced out for an average sensation.

Drinkability was decent - finished it pretty quick but I doubt I'd search out 6-packs of this beer simply because I have so many other options I'd go for instead of going to the trouble of finding this beer. If it was readily available without a struggle, I'd buy 6ers for sure but as is, its availability limits its drinkability for me.

Photo of oaktown
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the thing... this is a good Pils... but it suffers from what I call JD Drew disease. It's a good Pils but for the price I pay for it, it better knock me off my chair and it does not.

As good as it is, is it really all that much better than other (read: cheaper) beers of the same category? Maybe, maybe not. And for two dollars more, I'll take the cheaper. Still a very good Pils.

A: Great golden appearance.

S: I enjoyed the smell. Nice and crisp. Smells take you places, and this one brought me back to Central Europe (the good parts).

T: Good and crisp. Nice kick to it. Not as complex as I would like, but for a Pils this one has some good meat on the bones.

D: A little disappointed, actually. A real one at a time beer for me.

Photo of Gtreid
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the New Trader BIF package. Poured into a plisner glass.

A: Hazy yellow with one finger of pure white head, that receeds to a thin rim and leaves moderate spidery lacing.

A: Grassy hops and wheat. I beleive there is a touch of lemon in this as well. The grass hop aroma is balanced quite well with the strong malt backbone.

T: As expected from the style. Very crisp and clean. Spicey. Malts win the battle, but still a well balanced brew. Beer finishes slightly stingy, and somewhat dry.

M&D: Light body and suprisingly little carbonation, I would have thought that with the crispness of this beer, there would have been more. Drinkability is high due to the low ABV. A very nice summer brew. Good offering from Victory. Skal.

Photo of daftafne
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went to the a little release party for victory at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany, IN and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Light yellow in color, it had a light floral and hoppy smell. Tasted nice and nutty/maltly wit ha sharp hop bite finish. Reminds of european pilseners - very flavorful but not overdone. Good carbonation, light and refreshing. What you would expect from a pilsener.

Of the three victory beers I have had, this is my favorite. I could really just have a bunch of these on a nice summer day bbq.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub, served in its own glass.

A: A light yellow-gold with a relatively thick, creamy head that retains well and produces some nice rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S: An intense, rich aroma with some faint grainy malts and loads of herbal and grassy hops. Some light lemony aroma, too.

T&M: Sweet grain malt backbone with a huge herbal, lightly spicy hop flavor. The finish is pleasantly drying. Body is medium with an astringent feel.

D: Definitely a quaffer. This beer is tasty, zesty, and refreshing. Best pilsner I've had yet.

Photo of Rayek
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold color is slightly hazy. Foamy white head dissolves to a ring around the edge of the beer. Leaves good lace.

S: Lemon, grass and pepper.

T: Awfully bitter for a Pils. Bitterness is a combination of lemon and pepper with a hint of grapefruit that tastes out of place. Malt is biscuity with a dash of ripe banana. Finishes dry with a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: Medium light body with the right amount of fizz. Feels a little oily.

D: This didn't do much for me. Seemed too bitter for the style in my opinion. Good session beer nonetheless.

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears clear golden yellow with a massive head that diminishes slowly, leaving behind some lace.

S. Some yeast, malt and spicy hops are all there up front.

T. Very well balanced pilsner here. The malt is evened out nicely by some bitter earthy hops.

M. Light and crisp. Quenching.

D. A very good brew from victory, and one I will be having more of.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear and pale yellow in color with an inch and a half white head with nice retention, a touch of lacing

S- When you pour it you get a blast of some bright fresh citrus hops, but that fades to a sweet malty aroma

T- this is some good stuff here! It tastes very authentic and very similar to other german and european pilsners. I love the way Victory makes this American by increasing those european hops. It is very hoppy but not overly so. The pilsner malts are biscuty and cracker like and sweet. The hops blance that sweetness nicely and leave some bitterness for the finish.

M- meadium light body and alot lower in carbonation than other pilsners

D- very tasty and very drinkable. One of the best beers I've had in a while, this is a great pilsner, way to go Victory!

Photo of blakesell
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear yellow with no head at all. Lacing is minor at best, actually, lacing is there but very slight. Very clear but this is as it should be.

Smell- Saaz hop sweetness and two row light malts a hint of honey grahams. This is shaping up to be a fine pilsner. A light hint of feet on the nose. I guess I'll see how nice it is.

Taste- Saaz is through the roof. Saaz hops and light malts, creamy and highly carbonated. Some Hallertau earthy spiciness, Munich malts in abundance. Quite acceptable. Crisp, somewhat bitter and drying.

Mouthfeel- Light and fluffy. Light-bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- A wonderful and well made pilsner. I was surprised by Victory on this one.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow, almost seethru straw color with great carbonation that keeps a constant head. A hoppy aroma dominates the nose, with hints of grass in the background. A medium-bodied beer which holds well since this beer is all about the hops. Has that dry, crispy sensation with a bitter backbite but goes down smooth and tasty the whole time. Some sweetness derived on the sides from some sweet malts, and unlike some pils that are spicy this is more citric/earth-toned based. I'd have another one anytime.

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

To sum it up very briefly, this is an outstanding, crisp pilsener from Victory. The mouthfeel is light and smooth, and the beer isn't very filling at all. The taste is somewhat hoppy, but I didn't find it to be aggressively bitter. I thought it was more of a smooth and subtle bitterness, which makes this a perfectly drinkable brew.

Highly recommended. I've only had a handful of pilsners but so far this is my favorite.

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

A- Bright golden color with a nice foamy white head. Some lace, nothing over the top. Really looks phenomenal and thirst quenching in the glass.

S- Smell was all hops wih an herbal/grassy bite.

T- Aggressively hoppy for a pilsener. The hops were refreshing and spicy. Citrus/grass/earthy flavors. Nothin else here, straight up hops!

M- Perfectly carbonated and decent body.

D- This one could be drank all night long with no problems. Perfect session beer IMO. Also good introduction beer for many.

Photo of maltusaurelius
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown bottle into a German beer mug. Pour formed a fluffy white three finger head that dissipated slowly to leave minimal lacing.

Appearance - beautiful straw gold slightly hazy color with moderate carbonation activity.

Smell - lots of spicy citrus hops on the nose with a detectable biscuity malt scent underneath.

Taste - initial flavor is of bitter hops, followed by a nice mellow biscuity malt character that comes through thereafter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - has a lively crisp mouth feel - slightly prickly almost but in a good way.

Drinkability - this beer is an easy drinking session beer with a lot of character for the style. I would put it up against any pilsener from the Czech Republic or Germany - simply one of the best pilseners out there. It is agressively hopped for the style but that gives it a uniqueness that stands out. Highly recommended.

Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new Victory brewpub on 6/18/08.

A - Clear golden body with a slight amber hue and thick, foamy one-and-a-half finger bone white head on top. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - Clean pilsner nose with plenty of noble hops, some citrus notes and bready malt. There are also some grassy hops and fruity notes with hints of apple, pear and white grapes.

T - Classic pilsner flavor profile with plenty of citrus notes and a clean, grassy hop bite. Malt is predominantly bready.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and clean, brisk mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and slightly dry with a crisp hop bite that lasts for a while.

D - Sessionable pils with lots of flavor. Very true to style, this brew is definitely a nod to the classic German pilseners that preceded the American craft beer movement. Prima Pils is certainly worthy of inclusion on Victory's flagship lineup.

Photo of timbro81
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp straw yellow with low carbonation and a lackluster head, it was very quick to settle to a FINE ring. Smells of crisp spicey noble hops and not much else. Those same hops dominate the palate. Good carbonation in the mouth with a nice mouthfeel. Aftertaste is hoppy and tongue numbingly good. Best U.S. Pils I've had. I am yet to be dissappointed by Victory. "Neat-O gang!"

Photo of bkilpatr
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/17/08. Best by date of 01/14/08, a little concerned...

Pours a bright golden color, looks unfiltered. Two fingers of soft whitish head slowly recede leaving slight lacing. Strong aromas of European hops with a bit of green tea mixed in.

Lots of hop flavor along with citrus (lemon and orange). Nice bitter finish, but doesn't leave any aftertaste. Very clean finish. Feel is smooth and slick, probably from the hop oils. Medium carbonation and light-ish body. Drinkability is also good. Very light and clean, easily sessionable. Great for a hot summer day.

Pretty good for a bottle that is six months past its date.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow body with some carbonation bubbles flying around. White head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of hops and pale pilsner malt. Lots of hops, actually.

Prima Pils has a plethora of different noble hops thrown into it, and those little leafy things really express themselves in the flavor.
This thing is earthy, grassy and spicy as hell, with a solid hop bitterness and a touch of lemon and fruit from the hops. Pilsner malt is in the background and somehow it manages to not be overpowered, although it does take a backseat.

The carbonation is crisp, the body is medium and the mouthfeel is spot-on, as I've come to expect from Victory beers.

Nice and drinkable. I've bought cases of this one on a couple of occasions, and I will generally grab it when I see it on-tap also. This is a stand up pilsner for sure.

Photo of Kadonny
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery into a Victory pilsener glass. You can't get this any fresher.

A: A medium yellowy straw color with a fluffy white 2 finger head poured. What a pretty beer.

S: A nice sharp nose of hops, grain, grass and some fruity sweetness. The earthy tones come out more as you smell it.

T: Hops, no doubt with hints of grass, lemon zest, grains, a bit of floral flavors and a nice earthy dry bitterness that lingers on. Nice malt backbone that keeps the beer smooth is evident, but not the star here. Clean and crisp, but this beer is all about those nice German style hops.

M: Light to medium with zero alcohol trace and a nice crisp dry bitterness.

D: High, very high. Sit back and enjoy 3 or 4 of these no problem. Very drinkable, very smooth but very bitter just as a good pils should be.

Overall for me hands down this is one of the top pils you can get. Top, top beer. If you like pils, seek this one out for sure.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,617 ratings.