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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,658
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 186
Gots: 464 | 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Amy and Ryan at the blue Trout Grill in Keene, NH for bringing Victory to New Hampshire first!!

A classic looking Pilsner, pure golden color, great carbonation and a rather fluffy, well-retained head. Classic look.

The nose has mildly sweet malt, nearly buttery with a massive herbal effect, mildly spicey with earhy and great wheatiness, the yeast is big time effct! mucho hops pop out later on.

The balance is sublime, this crispy pils malt is snappy, yet smooth....a good amount of heft to balance out the wonderfully robust earthiness, which inludes, mild pepper, zesty wheat and a massive earthy and tangy hop right at the end. The hops are very bold in the finish, but that is what makes this Pils unique is the complexity of the hop...it might be a stretch from the classic European styles, but it totally works! It's a dry, clean feel with a smooth finish....very high on the quoff factor.

The drinkability is SICK, this is my ultimate session brew.

Photo of Kolsch
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap on home draft system.

This is one beer that I almost always have on my draft system because not only do the BMC drinkers like it, it also happens to be one dam fine pilsner.

Appearance is golden yellow.

Smell is peppery spice with hop overtones.

First initial taste is grassy hop with a pepper bite to it. As it warms, more of the malt comes out to sweeten it just a bit. Smooth aftertaste with no cloying bitterness.
Really easy to drink many of these and not get palette fatigued.

Hands down, this is my all time favorite Pilsner.

Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow hue...a touch of gold in it. No head and lacing

Smell: hops, big floral hop smell. Not to much else going on...seems like a good burly pilsner overall.

Taste: big burst of flavor and hops to boot. Spicy and bitter throughout, goes down very smooth. Aftertaste hangs around and makes you crave more. I am getting some grains in their also.

Mouthfeel: smooth feel and medium body. Great stuff! A six pack would be gone in heartbeat in my fridge. Nice brew!

I have always been a fan of the Victory's beers

Photo of seaoflament
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this single bottle yesterday at South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a straw, very pale, yellow with a decent two inch foam.

The aroma is of pale and nutty malts, slightly grassy but mostly spicy hops. It has a very delicate flowery aroma that comes through rather nicely...a bit of sweet corn too. I'm also getting some hints of caramel. A little buttery as it warms up.

Tastes very similar to the aroma, a wonderful nutty malt profile with a flowery and spicy hop finish...really well balanced. Finishes with some earthy bitterness and a little dryness which makes this absolutely drinkable. I also get a blast of citrus near the middle.

Pretty full bodied for a pilsner with medium carbonation...extremely drinkable.

Photo of TerjUGA
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Poured a golden straw color, nice size head with good lacing.

S- smells a bit sweet, hints of hops and maybe a little citrus.

T- Taste amazing, hoppy all the way through but not to much, a little malt to it. very sweet in the middle, a bit of honey to me. hints of grass and citrus. great balance.

M- perfect feel for a pils, nice and crisp. great feel.

D- great drink, i love this beer, my favorite beer from victory so far. great brew.

Photo of roadhouse
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy pale straw yellow with a one inch bubbly white head. It quickly sinks down to a thin skim. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy - the earthy/herbal type, with a nice grainy, slightly sweet malt backing.

Taste has an initial burst of aforementioned hops that last all the way through to the finish. After the initial sensation some sweet maltiness is detectable for a short period before it is quickly taken over by the hoppiness. Herbal hops linger long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and smooth.

Enjoyable pilsener for sure. One fine session beer. Victory is one of the better American brewers of German lagers.

Photo of stoutman
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quite hoppy pils. The aroma is a sweet malt scent. Color is a light bright gold with good carbonation and a white head that drops down thin. Taste is somewhat bitter. Starting with a light body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish jumps out as hoppy with some sweetness and then a bold bitterness with just a hint of malt.

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

Had this on tap at Maxie's in Ithaca.

Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a few fingers bubbly head. Very carbonated. Nose is crisp and slightly citrusy from clean hops. Taste follows with a great balance of citrusy bitter hops and crisp light maltiness. Goes down easy and makes you want more. I'd have had more if I wasn't full from dinner.

Photo of nasty15108
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/straw color. The pour produced a thin head of white foam that gave way to a spotty film.

S - Floral/herbal with hints of fresh cut grass and citrus. Malt presence also detected.

T - Malty up front with definite herbal notes. Finishes off dry, with a slight hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied and pretty tasty. Definitely not your typical Euro Pilsener. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

Photo of trbergman
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Freshness dated November 5, 2008.

Appearance - The beer is between straw and amber in color and a bit hazy. It has an attractive collar of pure white foam.

Smell - A touch of malt, perhaps, but mostly noble hop aroma. Floral, herb-like.

Taste - God, I'd almost forgotten how much I love this beer! Hop bitterness dominates the flavor profile but without the hyperaggressiveness of a DIPA. There's a smidge of toast flavor from the malt, but it's nearly crowded out by the grassy, citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Perfect: dead-on for the style. Light-bodied and crisp, with fine carbonation.

Drinkability - Only halfway through I was ready for number two. Very sessionable. I could drink a few of these while watching a game or grilling outside.

I first tried Prima a couple years ago and it was one of my first ventures into craft beer. With a lot more drinking experience, most of it limited to ales, I'd put this beer forth as a challenge to anyone who tries to malign lager as somehow inferior. Prost!

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

Real light golden Hay. Real nice head that sets an example for lace.

Smells like hop paradise.

Prima indeed. Wow. A hop cascade finale. Fine woods, pine, dough, little lemon citrus. But Completely mild and relaxed.

dry but not overdone in any way.

I'll drink the lot! This is how I want my pilsener.

Photo of danielocean03
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.Appearance is a transparent golden straw yellow with a thick two fingers of bone white fizzy head that slowly fell back to moderate lacing. Active carbonation slowly builds up a light cap of white foam. Aroma is classic pilsener, crisp and clean with that skunky hoppiness and maltly earthen undertones. Hop profile is more pronounced in the aroma than most of this style. Taste is more of the same, crisp and refreshing, grassy/floral hops, malt and wheat. Finishes dry and smooth, nice light skunky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little rough, but expected with a lighter bodied brew with moderate to high levels of carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding, clean and refreshing beer with great flavor, excellent session beer. Highly recommend, will seek out again.

Photo of currysage1
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear goldenrod with a fine textured 1.5 finger rocky head. Lots of sticky lace all the way down, with a layer of head staying lightly all the way down.

Aroma is of very bright and inviting, plenty of hop pungency coming through, citrus notes specifically grapefruit, dried hay, earth after it rains.

Taste is very earthy in the beginning almost like dried hardwood, then moves right into the hop bite, definate pine resin, and peppercorn, nicely bittered for a Pils.

Feel is spot on, silky and easy to go down, very refreshing, carbonation is very pleasing and with the style.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright golden color with a small head that fizzles away with lots of bubble action. Smells very german. German malts, noble hop spice. Tastes of more noble hops, doughy german malts, extremely crisp, light, good carbonation, ridiculously sessionable beer. Terrific easy-drinker and highly enjoyable.

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

12 oz. bottle with a Best By date of Sep 08 2008 poured into my Prima Pils pilsener glass.

A: Beer is a pale light gold color with a slight haze. A huge three-finger head of foam threatens to crest out of the glass, then very slowly recedes leaving gobs of sticky lacing down the side of the glass. A thick white cap sticks around throughout the drink.

S: Aroma is a hop assault on the nose. Loads of spicy and herbal German noble hops.

T/M: Hops abound in this one. Herbal and spicy hops dominate the taste, but never become completely overwhelming. A doughy malt base underscores the spiciness and the crisp carbonation tingles the palate. Clean-drinking and light-to-medium bodied with a long, dry bitter finish.

D/O: This Pils is a hophead's dream come true. A sublime beer that is both over-the-top in terms of hopiness and yet understated in it's effect on the palate. You could drink this all afternoon and never become fatigued. I've not much experience with true GERMAN pilseners, but this one is certainly the best-of-breed among many fantastic PA offerings.

Photo of biggred1
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazed almost white blonde with a medium bodied head. Minimal lace. Nice hoppy smell with hints of fresh doughy bread.Tastes like a good euro pils on steroids, delicious, fresh and a nice dose of hop bitterness that doesn't overpower the flavor. This is one of the best U.S. version of this style I've had. Very tasty and very drinkable. Outstanding.

Photo of MP72
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale straw color with a nice white head

S-Definitely smell some hops and grassiness

T- Very smooth drinker with nice balance of malt and hops. Slightly spicy.

M- Crisp and refreshing

D- very high , this is one easy drinkin' euro style pils. Victory does it again!

Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

200th review! Pilsner glass. Three fingers of bone-white foam sit on top of a bright golden yellow body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles make it glisten. Aroma of big grassy hops, a bit of lemon rind, and husky pale malts. Flavor wave of bitter, grassy, spicy hops, backed up by a crisp, dry dose of pale malt. Slightly herbal in the hop flavor, slightly grainy and cereal like in the malt profile. Bone dry on the finish, refreshing, smooth, full-bodied. A wonderful example of a Czech-inspired, American Pilsener.

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three fingers of very active off white bubbles fade in minutes leaving dots of lace. Body is a glowing pure golden yellow. Nose is crisp with yeasty wheat and a lite hop profile. With first sip you get a clean fresh balance of hops and wheat. Very crisp and refreshing while carrying a balance of hop bitterness and yeasty sweetness. Smooth drinking. Carries a mouthfeel that is slightly thick and really invites the next sip. Super drinkable.

Photo of BravoTwo
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice clear yellow hue with decent head, that fell quickly back into the beer. Good carbonation.

S - Nice floral hops aroma, very beautiful smelling. Clean and crisp.

T - Nice hops taste here. A very clean tasting, uncomplicated pilsner which makes it a really pils IMO.

M - To style, and not bad just an average clean mouthfeel.

D - Way drinkable. A great summer pilsner (or any time for that matter) an excellent example of a great beer from Victory

EDITED on 6/4/09

- pale straw yellow color, with really nice foamy head and strong lacy retention clinging down the glass as it drinks.

S - Floral, spicy hops character in the nose with fresh lightness. Good smelling pils.

T - Hops.... Starts bitter and slowly the floral earthiness progresses forward. Slightly chewy malt at the backbone. Lightly fruity notes are present as well. Overall taste is exceptional and well developed.

M - Crisp and clean, well carbonated in the mouthfeel.

D - Exceptionally good drinking pils and really well designed beer, definitely worth your while as a great example of a nice hoppy pils.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a six-pack of this at Green's this past week. I normally pass by pilsners, macro and micro alike due to the stamp that AB has put on pilsners. Anyway, I saw the reviews on here, and thought I should get over my view of pilsners and try this one out. I am damn glad that I did! Poured from the bottled into a DAB mug (running out of clean glasses). Pours a hazy yellow color with a good head that remains about 1/8" thick throughout the beer. Smell is grassy, natural, and with German malt. Taste is much more complex than any pilsner I have had to date. Sweet - honey maybe?, grassy, malty, and finishes slightly bitter. This would make a fantastic session brew, and it might have to be a standard beer in my fridge.

Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, although with a ton of carbonation and it's a bit cloudy; has a nice bit of head with some good lacing. Nice malty scent, slight skunkiness. It has a good crisp malt flavor, with a bit of pepperiness at the end. It's not the smoothest going down from teh carbonation, but not overly rough.

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood in Atlanta.

Pours a good golden color that's completely clear. One-finger white head that diminishes quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a small ring around the glass. Lacing is alright.

Smells pretty grassy. There are also hop notes in there, and a slight sweet smell. Not bad, but certainly not great.

Tastes like one of the best pilseners I've ever had. Decently sweet flavor with spices and hops. Spices are not very strong, and the hops add mostly bitter taste. Everything works very well together, and it's very complex for a lager.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not very thick but that's not to be expected. Carbonation is good, it really helps bring out the flavor.

Drinkability is good. Something else brings itself to the forefront on almost every sip. I'm not a huge fan of pilseners, but I could drink a lot of this one.

Overall it's a very solid offering. I wouldn't buy this a whole lot, but only because I like ales better. If you haven't tried this give it a shot, it's pleasantly surprising.

Photo of palmdalethriller
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The pour leaves a great inch or so of head that leaves a decent amount of lace that typically falls back into the beer. The liquid is a very bright, very clear golden yellow with lots of good sized bubbles floating up to the top.
The Prima Pils smells wonderful. It's a spicy, flowery smell that tastes wonderful.
After smelling the beer for an inordinate amount of time I decided to finally taste it and wasn't disappointed. The hops are definitely right out front, but it's very nicely balanced with a smooth and crisp finish.
The feel is somewhat average - although it's not overly thin there's really nothing memorable about how it feels to drink it. It's to style certainly, just not overly remarkable.
This is incredibly drinkable. I think that for my first sunday football get together this year this beer will play a major role.

Photo of dancinwillie
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely shade of gold. Has a dense, tight white head, which drops pretty fast, leaving no lace.

Smells of spicy hops, and malt.

I taste mainly spicy hops, with a restrained malt flavor. Somewhat earthy as well, grassy flavor coming through. Decent flavor, although not really my cup of tea.

Good full mouthfeel. A little chewy, which I wasn't expecting, but it seems to work.

Overall, I wasn't impressed, although I would drink this over just about any mass marketed lager. It's not that it's bad, just not what I enjoy. Maybe my palate hasn't evolved to this level of subtlety yet. I'll try it again down the road, and see.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,658 ratings.