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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,267 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,267
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 154
Gots: 261 | 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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Mdog

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%

Appearance: Light gold with moderate carbonation. A quick pour will give a large head.

Smell: Strong grassy hops.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, then an onslaught of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, with a dry finish that keeps you coming back for more.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer.

This is one of my all-time favorites and a "second step" beer. Maybe not the first craft beer to advocate to newbies, but a good beer to steer them to next. Very highly recommended.

06-18-2006 01:01:25 | More by Mdog
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Tried at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's Cincinnati. It's a mo-ped for Ale drinkers: they enjoy it, but they don't want to admit it to their Ale drinking friends. In reality, this is about as good as a pilner gets. Though no amped up body, hops, or foreign character, it's simple and to-the-point. A nice pilner malt base with characterful hops (may not be classic noble versions) and maybe an American hop or two for a better citrus and acidic hop finish. Lightly earthy and dusty, and a body that is on the upper end of the style scale. Although many will proclaim the Pilsners should not contain esters of any sort, I find that a pleasant, light estery quality of pears and a nectar-like perfume aroma compliment the beer well. Because of esters and basically no dms or acetaldahyde, the beer may use ale yeast? Finsihes very clean and very crisp. No doubt a best-of-style beer!

06-17-2006 17:59:42 | More by BEERchitect
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wedge

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pale yellow in color with vibrant carbonation and a fat, lumpy white head on top. Smells primarily of fresh German hops - spicy, floral and herbal with some light grainy malts. Crisp herbal and grassy hops - lemon citrus zest and bready grain. Its got some bite to it and the dryness lingers.

Not just a thirst quencher, this is a damn fine beer. Very fresh...good pils!

06-15-2006 02:41:17 | More by wedge
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dfried

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Bright and crisp clear golden color with a head that settled to a slight film. The smell is sweet and zesty. The taste is quite sweet and smooth as you would expect from a lager initially, not all that different from most American domestics, but then the subtleties become more apparent and thrusts this well above average. The nice smooth malt gives way to zesty, spicy, lemon-like hops. This beer is really light, easy going, and refreshing.

06-13-2006 13:28:24 | More by dfried
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bonbright7

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -30.7%

I chilled it down before popping the top and pouring it into my 50 cl mug. I was very interested in trying this after reading glowing reviews, so it looked good in the glass before the first taste.

It had a light beer taste to it with a zing of hops that was nearly overpowering in grapefruit type of flavors. Was I drinking the hyped beer that I had read too much about? I could see others liking it and a tasting draft might be its saving grace for me at another time, but it was not for me with grilled salmon on the table as I reached for the fridge for another choice.

06-10-2006 01:13:25 | More by bonbright7
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Pours a golden color with a one to two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves good spider web lace on the glass.
S: Aromas of grassy and wheaty malt flavors with a good refreshing kick to it with a nice slight hop/spicy presence.
T & M: Tastes of grassy and wheaty malts. Nice extra hop taste that hits first followed by a smooth aftertaste. Very nice refreshing taste. One of the better pilsner's I've ever had. Would have this again in a second! Slick and smooth through the mouth with a nice level of carbonation that keeps you wanting more.
D: One of the most drinkable beers I've had, though this may be due to the smoothness, low abv, and very refreshing, thirst quenching taste.

06-09-2006 21:51:30 | More by bjohnson
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Kendo

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Golden with a 2 finger white head. Retains some uneven lacing.

Scent: florally hops, maybe just a hint of pine or grass.

Taste: Slightly citrusy. Hops dominate the finish, with a clean, dry hoppy bitterness lingering on the tongue and mouth. A very nice version of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level and body for this style. Remember, we're not talking a heavy beer, but this really fits the style.

Drinkability: Excellent. HIGHLY sessionable. Great lighter-style beer for hanging out on the deck in the sun, but far from flavor-less. Enjoy all summer long.

Note: this was the first of 3 German-style pilsners I sampled back-to-back-to-back this weekend. In my opinion, it was the best of the 3 (the others were Stoudt's Pils and Eku Pils).

06-05-2006 14:18:46 | More by Kendo
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plaid75

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy head. Very good retention and lacing.

The smell was wild. Off the bat marijuana aroma which slowly dissipated into a smooth flowery hop scent. A bit of a biscuity aroma detected as well.

The taste was unique for a pils. Flavors of flowery and citrusy hop balanced slightly by a great biscuity flavor. Nice and dry as well.

The mouthfeel was excellent. The healthy dose of hops and the carbonation gave this beer a nice zip.

A highly drinkable beer. Not the best example of the classic German Pils, but who cares. This beer was magnificent. In my opinion, perhaps the best session beer out there.

06-03-2006 00:49:41 | More by plaid75
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a pale, pale yellow...with very little head to speak of, lightly carbonated.
Smells...hmmm, well, malty. Toss in some lemon scent for good measure.
Tastes like a pilsner- lemon citrus, slighty hops, fairly bland.
Finishes with a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. Very fizzy.
Better than most pilsners and definitely not what I was expecting...in a good way.

06-01-2006 20:54:20 | More by MeLikeBeer
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GreenWBush

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%

Now here's a beer i've been waiting for with baited breath. I get quite angry about the lack of quality session beers to be had in the craft-world, especially the dearth of tasty pilsners. Perhaps my expectations here were just so high for a style so subtle I was setting myself up for a let-down.

Prima Pils pours out of the Hopleaf bar tap a shiny brass with a voluminous head. Its phenomenal head-structure creates a ferocious meringue atop the pitcher.

The aroma is that of lightly toasted grainy malt and huge Saaz-y hops...and not much else. A few plastic flavors make me think 'munich malt'.

Taste is...well, a huge let down. A nice bready - not grainy - malt flavor fills the mouth, then the lime-like citrus hop charge starts. The bitterness is not particularly high, but I just can't get around this odd and off-putting raggedness. Doesn't sit well on the tongue. One pint is plenty. Near-puckering almost sour flavor drags down the score, despite the bartender's claim of a fresh keg.

I appreciate the effort of crafting a flavorful pilsner...just not the actual resulting beer. Perhaps this draft-offering was just an off-batch. I'll look forward to trying this again, however, as legions of Victory fans can't be wrong.

06-01-2006 20:09:15 | More by GreenWBush
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Vancer

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Well I’ll be – once ya get a good pilsner, it does make a difference! Very sturdy brew here, started off by a lemon yellow pour, with a smallish white head (lil disappointing). BBD of 5/20/06

Sharp hop notes in the aroma, followed by a rich and malty quaff. Sharp and crisp, almost like a Czech pilsner, but without any euro skunk to distract you from the rich flavor.

These Primas would make for a nice evening of session quaffing.

Thanks to beerbeing.

05-31-2006 19:50:24 | More by Vancer
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PeatReek

California

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

The body pours quite a pale yellow, with a moderate haze and thinnish bone-white head. Aroma is sharp and dry malty, with hints of sulphur and floral hops. Ooh! The taste is light and dry, with a more prominent hop taste than most Pilsners, and I feel like a touch of American hops, although the bottle says no. Overall quite a good pilsner; a little more bitter than I'd like, but it's a clean bitterness that doesn't really compromise the drinkability. If anything, it could stand to be a bit dirtier in the Czech style. But I suppose that's not what they were going for. Still, delicious.

05-31-2006 05:09:26 | More by PeatReek
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cro250klr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

Had my first Prima on tap at the last stop of a pub crawl. After beating ourselves to death with high abv Belgians all day I wanted something on the lighter side. What a good choice.

Came home the next day and only picked up a six pack, just in case my tastebuds deceived me and it was just a fluke. Opened the bottle and,,,Nice.

Look at Prima in a glass and you'd say it might be an offering from BMC. One taste, however, and you'll know there's a bit of pride put into the brewing of this fine grog. The pure white head laces till the very end. The carbonation is nice and suttle. The taste is a light citrus/hop combination. It immediately makes you want to have another sip. I'm picking up a citrus smell, lemon? An absolutely great choice for the summer season. I could pair this with just about anything off of the grill. I am by nature a lover of strong Belgian browns. There comes a time though, when I crave something ligher. This is the perfect beer to relax with while lounging around on a warm summer's day. I would definetly recommend having this one in the fridge for the upcoming summer.

05-27-2006 22:49:17 | More by cro250klr
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

I really dig the color of this brew. It's a pale straw yellow somewhat opaque. A decent half inch white head that quickly vanished leaving behind thin yet full lacing.

Smells of lemon rind, hops, pine, lime, malt, and some wheat.

Very good pils. Very German in style. Perfectly balanced hop and malt. Nearly the same flavors as the nose big on the lemon/lime, with a wheaty finish. Very clean, smooth mouthfeel and drinkable for a day and a half.

05-25-2006 22:17:17 | More by mcallister
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

bottle poured into a pint glass

poured a beautiful gold lots of carbonation with a fizzy head.

sweet nose with notes of grain and honey and a fairly bitter piney hop bite.

Bitter hopey bite on the taste mixed with notes of grain and honey

A nice high ammount of carbonation on the toungue with a medium body and a smooth finish.

A incredibly drinkable beer, perfect summer thirst quencher!

05-19-2006 13:12:06 | More by DaggerEyes
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copasetic

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Light straw and just a hint of haziness on the pour, but minimal heading and a few lacy remnants. The aroma is lovely noble Czech hops with a hint of sweetness. This sweetness is carried through with the taste, which is more full and developed than many pilseners I've had. It's mild and smooth, but hits with spicy notes. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a generally clean finish.

Ok, I'm not a huge fan of the pilsener style. I like funkier punch you in the face ales, but this is very good and very drinkable. Give me a six and a warm day, and I'll call this one all sorts of good.

05-17-2006 22:58:20 | More by copasetic
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

It pours a fizzy golden color with a nice white head. The nose is packed with hop spiciness. A bit on the floral side as well. The taste is spectacular. Completely hoppy right out of the gate. Almost a perfumey flavor if thats possible. Not much malt character, but I dont mind... the hops are extremely tasty. Finishes good. The mouthfeel is exactly what I could want from a beer of this style. Excellent body, excellent carbonation. I could down these with ease all night long! I'm really impressed with this offering from Victory. Great job!

05-17-2006 03:43:29 | More by jasonpeckins32
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Straw yellow with a three finger frothy white head that dissipates in about 3 minutes leaving a decent ring of uneven lace behind.

S - Smell is not very strong, but it is grassy, floral and slightly sweet.

T - A bit of strong floral hops and grassy hops with slightly sweet honey flavors as well. The bitter aftertaste is grassy and quite good.

M - Somewhat smooth, a bit refreshing and thin.

D - Outstanding! Drinks easier than water. Sessionable and goes with food. You have to look hard to find the few faults with this pilsner.

05-16-2006 05:11:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

A crisp golden color on pour. Poured with a fluffy white head with a fantasic retention. Very few carbonation bubbles.

The first aroma I noted was an oregano hinting at the edges of the hops. The aroma was very pleasent, and I wanted to use it as an air freshener in my car.

The first sip had an almost nutty flavor, with an aftertaste of lemon. Hops were also very evident in the flavor of this beer. I was surprised at how well the blend of flavors danced on my tongue.

The feel of this beer was it weakest quality, with a slight lack of carbonation and a mild watery feel.

Overall this is a fantastic offering and would be very refreshing at a tailgate party on a hot day before a baseball game.

05-16-2006 01:26:52 | More by RedChrome
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silks636

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle well within safe range of the 'consume by' date on label.

Very handsome straw color. Crystal clear with a HUGE foamy white head. Defintely a gorgeous offering. Spicy lemon scented nose. Absolutely loaded with flavor.. nice layer of bready sweet malt under grassy and spicy tones - VERY liberally hopped. Very smooth going down with a crisp clean finish. First rate session beer. Perfect on a hot day with a slice of pepperoni pizza.

05-15-2006 17:08:04 | More by silks636
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Purchased a single 12 ozbottle in the mix and match selection at Cellar’s Wine and Spirits in Roseville, MN. The enjoy by date says Dec 24 05 so it is about 5 months past it’s date. We’ll see if it has any noticeable effect…it is poured into a pilsner glass.

A—pours a sunburst pale yellow, a little hazy, but otherwise clear, a 1 ½ inch bright white fizzy head fades away rather quickly, impressive full lacing is produced

S—very fragrant, grains are strongest, some floral hop tones in there as well as some mild malty sweetness

T—grainy hop bitterness with a flowery taste, gives way to sweetness in the swallow, finishes a bit dry. Overall, very tasty

M—crisp and light, light bodied, moderate carbonation

D—very tasty, easily a session beer. Although this bottle was past it’s prime, I don’t think it had much effect on it.

05-15-2006 13:45:56 | More by hanco005
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k75

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

wow, hey , this rewrites a few pils rules. hops do not need to be so subtle; just fresh and a bit forward.

great nose sets you up for exactly what is coming...

nice light / medium bold crispness

quaffing is in order - and order some food - a great appetizer.

refreshing and beguilingly simple.

beats an Urquell any day.

05-15-2006 08:15:23 | More by k75
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. Trying to review within style but also against all beers in general.

Pours a pale, clear straw yellow with 2-3 fingers of snowy, fluffy head. Nose is light with notes of musty malt husk, grass and unfortunately a waft of piss as it warms. Taste is light and bright - leafy hop bitterness, grassy/musty malt - very "clean" and sterile tasting. Mouthfeel is lager smooth and nicely crisp. Probably too subtle for a DIPA/ADS/RIS/Quad lover, but its sessionability is well-noted. Not something I'd drop $7.99/sixer for, but would certainly not turn it down if offered.

05-14-2006 02:12:08 | More by Golden2wenty1
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SacoDeToro

California

4.93/5  rDev +22%

I've had many a Pilsener in my life and this is for me the most satisfying.

I begins with a crystal clear straw pour into the glass. It has a minimal white head that clears quickly. The aroma is of fresh baked bread and floral noble German hops.

The flavor of the beer begins with a spicy and pronounced flow of hops. The hops are bold, but in no way harsh. As the beer goes down, the crispness of the pale pilsener malt flavor shines through. It is marked by notes of bread yeast and some biscuity flavors - truly "liquid bread." There are also very small amounts of phenols that hit the tip of your togue, which adds a little spiciness to the overall picture.

The carbonation is spot on and lively. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way thin.

This beer has superior drinkability and can quench with the best of them during the hot summer months. Shazam beeotch!

05-13-2006 20:40:06 | More by SacoDeToro
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Picked this up recently to go along with the warmer weather. I love Victory's Hop Devil and Storm King Stout, so I had a lot of anticipation for this offering of theirs as well. It was very enjoyable, and solidly crafted. The Pilsener is not my favorite style of beer, but I can see why this wins raves and is popular during the warmer months!

This beer had a great pour - nearly filled my pint glass up, wonderful streams of bubbles in nice, vertical towers, and a gorgeous goldenrod hue were all very pleasing to the senses. The taste was hard for me to pinpoint, since I love beers with loads of flavor and nuances to them. This isn't like that, but it still grew on me very nicely. A bit of a herbal tone to it, with notes of straw and grass, and a very soapy and slightly metallic undertone to bottom it out. A clean, crisp finish and the right amount of carbonation can be found here too, and I love how it tingles on the upper half of my mouth long after I've taken my last sip of it. The maltiness is present, but not too heavy, and this is a very filling beer relative to the lighter spring and summer offerings!

I couldn't taste any of the alcohol in this, and it went down so easily, but never as anything to be chugged or consumed at a fast pace. Certainly worth a try for the warm-weather beer drinker who wants a subtly and solidly satisfying experience. It's no wonder that this beer is the #1 rated Pils on this site!

05-13-2006 08:14:26 | More by JerzDevl2000
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,267 ratings.