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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,434 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,434
Reviews: 1,986
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 318 | 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 techdiver
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Hops and malt greet the nose, balanced more to the hops.

Taste is crisp and clean, hops bitterness making a lasting impression.

Medium bodied with good carbonation and pleasing to the palate.

Very drinkable and suitable for a session beer.

techdiver, May 19, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Golden straw color with a thick head and very active carbonation.

S- Light grass smell with a grainy backround.

T- Light lager taste with a nice hoppy backbone.

M- Very light feel; very crisp.

D- Oh so drinkable. Would make a great BBQ session beer and I will test that theory soon...

mobud, May 17, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this one

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Tall fluffy white head that tries to escape the glass. Color is a bright clear golden yellow with an amazing amount of carbonation activity. Very pretty to look at.
Smell has a dry grain aroma with a hint of the lager yeast. Taste is a dry biscuity flavor with a mild floral hops background.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is highly drinkable and would be nice to session

bort11, May 16, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pale straw yellow body with thin white head. Great head retention.

S- refreshing hop smell with malt backing.

T- refreshing hops upfront all the way through. Small malt backing. Very light taste.

M- Light body and light carbonation.

D- this is very refreshing cold on a hot day. It has a great summer character to it.

PittBeerGirl, May 15, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/light-golden color. Nice carbonation, moderate head – bubbly.

Has that Pilsner twang. Light sweet malt, floral/herbal European hops. Crisp apple/biscuit.

Fruity sweet flow of crisp hop and light malt. Crisp and ballsy yet delicate and subtle. Lightly sweet flaky biscuit malt. Fruity floral tart herbal hop.

Lightly spicy carbonation, maintains a decent punchy throughout.

Very drinkable. Quite nice. I could do these all day, and especially with such a great price. Ah yes.

MrHungryMonkey, May 14, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a creamy head.

Smell is hoppy with resinous and earthy notes. There is a good malt backbone which is also a bit husky. The yeast adds a light sulfuric touch.

Taste of hops that are resinous and raw and make an European impression. The malt is present and is balancing the hops. The sulfuric notes I smelled are not coming back in the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Body is light and aftertaste is dry and bitter. For a German pilsener this is a good attempt, but misses the fullness of it.

Absumaster, May 13, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a fantastic rocky white head that left very nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of grassy hops, a touch piney. Hops hit on the taste right away, stronger than most pils, has a dry cracker like malt taste the follows. The brew ends a bit bitter and dry but not bad. The feel is a little watery but crisp and refreshing, a tad too dry from my liking. A very drinkable pils, one of the best on this side and the other side of the pond.

Gmann, May 13, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer should be the king of beers! No skunky aftertaste like some Czech beers. Just super clean, crystal clear, golden color almost glows. The flavor shows smooth malt backbone with a nice
grassy hop profile. This is one of the best pilsner on the market!
If you have a freind that only drinks bud l.t they might even go wow!

athensbeermaster, May 12, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light pale gold. Mild lacing. Retention was ok.

Smell: A nice nose of hops, spices, and herbs.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops, spices and malt.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Refreshing. Active carbonation. Light on the mouth.

Drinkability: I didn't think pilsners could be this full of flavor. I need to rethink my stance. This is the thinking mans pilsner.

stereosforgeeks, May 12, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden color which then turns into a clear pale goal as it warms up. The head is thin with tiny bubbles and goes away very fast. The smell I get is almost of the belgian pale ale variety. A little tart, fruity, and a very tiny amount of hops. The taste starts with a big hop bite, which leads into a fruity finish and a pronounced hop bitterness. Drinkability is much better on the warmer side, as the carbonation + hop bitterness isn't so harsh. Better than I remember it being the first time I had it.

MiScusi, May 12, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great American interpretation of the German Pilsener. I don't know if I poured this just right, or if all Prima Pils pours up in this manner, but this has a magnificent appearance! Big, soapy, snow white foamy head that remained in place for several minutes while tiny streams of CO2 bubbles streamed upward. Tilting the glass leaves nice lacing around the edges of the glass. Again, I don't know if I poured this just right, or if they all look this way, but this looked like it belonged in an ad.
Smell was mild, but defined. In other words, there was a handful of nice smells that were both expected and identifiable, but they weren't obscene or assertive like "background music" played too loudly. This was pleasant and enjoyable with its mildly spicy hops and "gently sweet" malt. A session beer for sure. I could drink several of these. Especially with its pleasantly bitter finish. This seemed very well balanced and very easy to drink. I'll probably make this a staple around the house now that Victory is available in Atl.

SilentSabre, May 11, 2007
Photo of Beertron
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a two-week long ice-breaking, finally sat down to review this sucker.
It's tough to review when you have so much hype. Nevertheless, from bottle to pint...

A - Top shot off like a gun when treated to the usual lighter technique. Poured soft and golden with strong carbonation. Head is beautiful bright white and huge, slowly dissipating one large bubble at a time with strong, thick laces.

S - Hops. Lightly piny/evergreen scented, with the floral side of hops taking front and center. Deeper whiffs give a strong earthiness -- spring leaves and mushrooms. Wonderful, intriguing nose, though slightly masked.

T - Man oh man. What a champ. There's so much under-the-radar going on in this beer, I'm not even sure where to start. There's' a light, soft malty sweetness in the forefront, akin to croissants or other light, buttery bread. This is followed by a prominent tinge of hops. They're light, bright and pleasant -- not excessively bitter -- but certainly strong enough to make their presence known. Following the hops is a blast of yeast -- almost a dead ringer for the dry active yeast often used in bread baking (at least in this country). Finally, as the hops show back up for the drying affect, one can detect a salty note along with an earthy acidity that reflects both tea and bile (the latter here not being nearly as disgusting as it sounds).

M - It's obviously on the lighter side of things, but this has a bit more body than a lot of pils and this is a good thing. This beer is just fun -- it quenches, then dries; pretty much begging for another drink to quench, then dry all over again.

D - Huge. I'm not sure what the ABV is here, but I can guarantee you that if it's high, I wouldn't know it until too late. I bet I could drink a sixer of this in less than two hours if I had the time to play. This beer is addictive. Is there crack in here?!?

F - Again, where to start? This brew loves food. So long as one stays on the lighter side of the spectrum, there's probably little that this wouldn't go well with. For what its worth, here are the things that jumped out at me as solid matches: lighter whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), mild artisan cheeses and the softer side of wild mushrooms (chanterelles, honey mushrooms, or, even morels -- but keep it away from ultra deep-flavored mushies like black trumpets, hen 'o the woods or porcinis). This beer's overall profile fits like a good croissant or english muffin so both bacon and eggs seem like they would work well here. You want a beer for breakfast? This is your friend.

O - It's hard to imagine being more impressed. This brew has it all. It's light and quenching but hoppy and dry. It has an uncharacteristic complexity that gives an often rare start, body and finish to it, but it's also incredibly well-balanced and no one component goes over the top. In addition, it wants to be consumed with food. Wow. This beer lives up to the hype and then some. A new standard.

Beertron, May 10, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date (odd for victory, pretty sure this is a 2007)

Pour a mostly clear yellow wit a tight small white head. Sporadic dots of lace. Carbonation appears multisized, constant and rises at a medium pace.

Nose: Spicey hops, grassy, yeasty, some musty scent i can't quite describe.

Flavor is dominated by the spicing earthy hops. Lemon zing on the finish with a refreshing bitterness that dances along the tongue long after the taste.

Quick medium mouth that is fuller than i expected.

Outstanding drinkability. Good seasonal choice.

#200

beerphan, May 09, 2007
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
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,434 ratings.