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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 233 | 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 assurbanipaul


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light sparkling yellow-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is light and sweet hops, just slightly grassy.

Taste is a bit corny, sweet light malt. Sweet body with a hoppy bite that follows the flavor. A nice dry Saazy sharpness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light and drinkable. A good attempt at an aggressive pilsner for a US brewer, but I'd still prefer the Czech versions.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 02:49:04 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of walleye


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle.was sitting at the bar at kuhnhenns when Brett brought this over to me. poured a yellow, with white head. aroma wheat, yeast, asome sourness, hop, and some malt. flavor, hops, malts grainy, as it warmed got honey and citrus. mouthfeel was dry would be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 19:48:16 | More by walleye
Photo of Naes

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a clear golden color with a small white head.
The aroma is grassy and has a bit of citrus as well.
Flavor is mildly malty and has a little bit of hop presence to balance it out with a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 02:08:39 | More by Naes
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale yellow straw color with a small head of tight white bubbles at first pour. The beer was well carbonated with lots of bubbles sticking around the glass, and there are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it didn't stick around all that long. There is a tad of laceing on the glass when drinking.

Aroma: Lots of fresh floral hops in the nose to greet you at first. As the head settles a bit, you can definitely pick out some of the sweet malt presence.

Taste: Boat loads of hops lead the flavor profile, with a fresh floral aromatic flavor. The aroma is so intense that it just leads into the flavor. The hops shine the entire time at the beginning of the flavor. Somewhere in the middle, there is a bit of Sulfur and malt to shine it head just as the bittering hops take over and lead well into the finish. The balance is definitely tipped toward the bitter at the end, yet there is enough girth to the malt to keep it from being over powering.

Opinion: Now this is an anomaly of beer in my opinion. It definitely has the malt presence of a true Pilsner beer, while the hops is probably more assertive than the most hoppy Northern German Pilsner that I have tried. If I were to guess, this is pretty close to a hopped up version of Jever Pils. Yet Jever has a bit more sweet balance in the finish. This is still a mighty fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 15:06:45 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of HardTarget


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Standard 12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of Jan 29 06

Aroma: Mineral aspect to a pretty straightforward light malt aroma. No hops noted

Appearance: Painfully clear almost watery yellow glass with diffuse carbonation streams feeding a white cover.

Flavor: Oh, there are the hops! German and/or noble hops, more of a bittering hop than a flavor hop, but appropriate to style. A hint of a citric rind deep in the flavor: maybe a bit of grapefruit rind, but not juicy, dried grapefruit rind. Funny how I got all malt in the nose and all hop in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full, almost too firm carbonation, dry finish.

Overall Impression: A quality pilsner. In the style of Urquell but with a bit more assertive hop presence. For all the bitter, it doesn’t pucker. I think the carbonation is a touch high and the transparent appearance kind of throws me a bit, but a quality beer none the less. I can’t see this being a session beer; it’s scratching my beer itch pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 02:52:15 | More by HardTarget
Photo of GnomeKing


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

You'll know if you'll like it before you taste it. The smell is that strong and distinct. Grainy flavors. A hops smack stonger and sharper than just about any pils you've tried. Some subtle hints of sweet and tart fruit. This is highly drinkable in the sense that you'll want to have more, not in the bogus sense that it's so, ahem, bland that it doesn't put up any fight going down. This beer is soft and light on the palate, but it's also interesting and for real for real. Probably my favorite Pils. If you have macro-swilling friends, this might be a good crossover beer to shove down their naive palates, or it might just be more than they can handle.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 02:09:13 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of burnstar


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light straw with a big thick white head and excellent lacing. Smell is herbal hops and grassy with some lemon notes. Tastes very hoppy, mostly herbal but with some spiciness. However there is also enough bready malt to provide some balance. This beer has a very nice clean but substantial mouthfeel. Very nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Very drinkable. Overall- awesome pils. Easily the best I've had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 04:56:15 | More by burnstar


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden brew with a 1 1/2" white head. Large bubbles shoot sporadically to the surface. Head falls to a cap and leaves some light lacing.

S- Soft hops. Herbal. Hay. Fresh mowed lawn.

T- Awesome! Biscuity. Fresh bread. Nice malty balance. Spicy hop. Light bitterness in the finish.

M- Good mouthfeel. Crisp, clean. Great dry finish.

D- Outstanding. I will definitely come back to this. Easily my favorite in the pilsner category.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 03:56:04 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of DrJay


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow and brilliantly clear with a fluffy white head. Great lacing and excellent head retention. Crisp aroma with spicy saaz, fresh floral hops, and a bit of lemon sitting on top of light pils malt sweetness. Malty sweetness just balances out contributions from the hops. There's an oily hop bitterness that's quite forward and carries through the finish. Hop flavour is citric and floral with just a hint of spiciness that kicks in towards the end. Light body with moderately high carbonation, but this beer doesn't come close to feeling watery. The texture is a bit slick and there's just a little residual sweetness that keeps the finish from drying out too much. This is a very refreshing beer packed with hops. Definitely my kind of pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 23:31:20 | More by DrJay
Photo of allengarvin


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, into a chalice glass. Pours out a quite pale, crystal clear bleached gold with only a light film of foam atop the beer. Nose is very hoppy, with bright, grassy, citrus notes--very delightful. Flavor is crisply malty with more delicious hop flavor, grassy, spicy, herbal. Moderately high bitterness interplays perfectly with a cracker-like, biscuity malt. Finishes very dry. Texture is sharp and distinct with a medium-light body.

One of the best pilsners I've ever had, this is almost a perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 02:34:25 | More by allengarvin
Photo of fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- pale gold, not quite clear. Fine, lacy white head.

Nose- Hops, Pine, perhaps a bit of lemon.

Palate- Dry, dry, dry. Bracingly hoppy with a mineral backbone. A bit of lemony sugar peeks out in the surprisingly long finish.

This is a very fine beer for enjoying with food because of its dryness. I haven't had this one repeatedly, but it seems to be an ideal session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 03:00:12 | More by fingolfin72
Photo of Tim460


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice head that lasts a couple minutes before it leaves a respectable lacing. Carbonation bubbles very noticable as well.

Smell: A strong malt smell ,grains, and a slight hint of citrus.

Taste: Dry, Sublte hop taste followed by malt in the back end. More comparable to the imperial pilsners i've had than to other pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Somewhat creamy taste up front due to the excellent lacing that lasted till the finish. Carbonation is apparent.

Drinkability: Defenately a great session brew. Goes down easy.

The best pilsener I've tried yet. Can't wait to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 22:20:17 | More by Tim460
Photo of bcm119


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Straw colored with a fine white head. Classic pils aroma with hints of hay and pale biscuity malts. Soft, grassy Saaz nose. Becomes slightly doughy, with hints of flowery honey and white toast, staying perfectly crisp throughout. Maybe a tad fizzy when cold. Clean finish. Really refreshing. A nice American alternative to Bitburger Pils, but a little more robust and flavorful, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 03:40:56 | More by bcm119
Photo of Zorro


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden beer with a slight cold haze, good white head.

Smell is herbal and citrus hops with a biscuit malt backbone and a faint whiff of butter.

Taste is mildly sweet and creamy with a sold hit of hops to the tongue at the beginning. Tasty and much better balanced than I expected from it's reputation for being a hoppy Pilsner. Remains an excellent well made Pilsner all the way through.

Good mouth feel.

Outstanding drinkability I could drink this all the time except there was only one case of this at the Pasadena BevMo.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 22:48:13 | More by Zorro
Photo of nortmand


4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow, with a longlasting white head and some nice lacing.
Slightly fruity, watermelon citrus smell. Sage possibly as well.
Up front, a nice, mellow maltiness that sustains through the whole tongue. Even with the malt there, after the first hit, this beer is all about the spicy saaz. Awesome bitter spiciness from mid tongue back, which leaves a crisp bitterness long after the swallow.
Smooth, bubbly and delicious, this is an awesome pils and is extraordinarily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 23:23:32 | More by nortmand
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from Victory. Now I know what all the fuss was about. Poured out to a light gold color with medium carbonation and a nice white foamy head. Looks like the proverbial "Beer" you see in cartoons and on TV. Aromas of hops, malt and sweet earthiness fills the nose. Very nice. Taste is delectible; hops, malt, sweet spices, citrus and floral notes fill the palate, all the while remaining smooth and crips. Light mouthfeel is refreshing and smooth. A high level of drinkability is found here, as this brew could easily be a session beer or a cross over point for many macro drinkers to see the light of day in a craft brew world. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:06:24 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BrewMaster


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 oz bottle marked "Enjoy By Oct 08 05" poured into a Duvel glass. Pale straw color topped with a dense white head that shows decent retention and no lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet nose, not much else there besides the malt.

Taste: Big malty flavor to open it up with a sweet and fruity wave to follow. Some orange blossom honey and bready crispness. The middle has a dense and lingering citrus hop flavor. The ending is long with a surprising alcohol taste and a sweet vegetable finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and smooth, a bit watery and sandy and sticky at the end.

Drinkability: This is a good pils but I had heard so much about this beer I am kind of disappointed. The maltiness is full and crisp as expected from a pils with a nice hop flavor. Certainly nothing to complain about, but I expected more from the number one rated beer for the style (as of today).

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 03:29:44 | More by BrewMaster
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this at the two main places I shop for beer locally. Excited as hell I picked up a couple six packs for sampling. I'm now deep into the second sixer and its truly a spectacle that must be consumed regularly.

Poured into a pilsener glass at medium strength it comes up with a nice slightly off white light bodied head supported by an array of carbonation. sniffed some hop presence as well as some subdued wheat.

Yummmmy. Every drink has enough ummmph that the taste doesn't get boring. Hops were much more dominant in the taste than I expect for this style and I love it. Its not as refreshing as most pilseners as its really a dry middle and finish. Yet the body at first has a wet feeling on the palate. It quickly is smacked around by the dry hop presence. Addicting qualities to this beer as I had to ration its goodness.

Highly reccomended pils and at a fair price for this much quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 01:14:35 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Mitchster


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a sparkling clear pale straw golden, forming a soft white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. Mouthfeel is zippy yet smooth, and finished with a slight astringency, making this one very easy to drink. The aroma is very soft with a traditional Saaz nose, freshly mown hay, and delicate pale malts. The taste is initially floral and spicy with Saaz, followed by a subtle grainy pale malt body, nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness. The aftertaste is bittersweet and haunted by spicy hop overtones. Very flavorful and an excellent example of the style. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 22:50:13 | More by Mitchster
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a bubbly white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Floral noble hops on the nose; very crisp

Taste: Starts out bready and refreshing; then, a sudden flash of hoppy bitterness with grassy, but minty, undertones arrives and lasts through the crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with generous carbonation

Drinkability: One fantastic pilsener - my favorite example of the style

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 20:40:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of jmz62565


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great golden color,a full three finger head.Best looking pilsner I've seen.A great dry hoppy taste,very dry,very clear with lots of bubbles.If distribution was larger it would mean the end of the large macro beers.A great pilsner from one of my favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 02:27:25 | More by jmz62565
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy


4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna write a long review about this one. Because we all know how great it is!

Love the Noble Hop bottle. Proud to say that Victory is local. I get very excited when I make my round to this Brew.

Pale, straw gold perfection in appearance, and on top, a solid as a rock tight 2 inch white foamy head, that if you look real close you'll see the aroma vapors rising above the glass.

Great lemon citrus, floral hop aroma topped with bread&butter. Perfect nose, very clean!!

Take a mouthfull, and endure a brilliant crisp, hay hop oil that coats the palate, and DOES NOT go away. The sweet grain backbone is wonderful, and is a good balance to this Noble Hop pils. Small head travels all the way down as I swirl the Brew to find more aromas. As this Brew warms launches more of a sweeter hop twang which is incredible!!!

Damn near flawless Brew!!....Extreme American version of a Pils.

'' That smell.... you know that NOBLE HOP smell... smells like...Victory!!

Rucksicht Bier!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 04:42:02 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very distinctive pils, definatly a more aggressive take on the classic German original.

Pours a crystal clear gold in color with a thin fizzy white head that had little retention. Nose is super clean, but with a nice floral hop aroma. Taste is also very clean and a little dry, quite hoppy though for the style, not overly bitter, but flavorful but remains light and crisp. A nice lightly bready malt backbone balances out the affair.

This style tends to be a bit subtle compared to the huge beers that are all the rage these days, but subtlety is nice sometimes, especially in something like this, definatly a session candidate. The nice hop profile makes this a nice bridge into the style for someone like myself who is used to drinking more over-the-top offerings.


Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 08:43:21 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden body, clear with a huge rocky and foamy pure white head. Aroma is grassy, full on Saaz: spicy and flowery, herbs and bready hay. Milder than expected, but I love the saaz here or maybe it had been too long since I last smelled it. Tongue-biting body, airy, creamy, great support fom a good medium body. Malt bite early on, in a honeyish fashion, but most of the flavor development is all about the flavorful saaz that makes us believe we’re actually chewing on flowers and some lemon peaks. Something makes me say hallertau too, but I’m no expert at picking hops used. Extremely refreshing and crisp. Wonderful beer for a hot day.
Re-tried on tap at the Gingerman (NYC) and I was very impressed once again by the fragrant hoppiness of that one. Bottles don’t keep their freshness very long, but this particular pint was vibrant with floral, herbal, spicy hops that overcame the soft, biscuity malts. Immensely dry and satisfying to me hence the score bumping up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2005 01:32:20 | More by Rastacouere
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear very pale gold out of bottle. Not much head, it goes away very quickly. Nice aroma that reminds of Pilsner Urqel (sorry for the spelling). First sip reveals a nice smooth lager with some hops bitterness detectable. A bit of meat on this pilsner not like a watery lager. It could use a little more malt taste. A fine alternative to Czech pilsners that don't survive the trip over the seas.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 00:52:07 | More by mjohn27603
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