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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,572
Reviews: 1,993
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 170
Gots: 376 | 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 cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a bright, clear golden-yellow body with a fluffy finger or so of creamy white head that retains nicely and leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell is citrus-hoppy with an herbal character, with a rich background of light malt and roasted nuts.

Taste is tart and nutty with nice malt character, strong floral and bitter hops with sweet citrus, a hint of tart dry apple and a little pine plus a lingering dry, bitter finish with a bit of astringency.

Light and refreshing with perfect carbonation to make it drinkable all day long.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis. Served in a pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow color with excellent carbonation. Nice white head and very good lacing.

S - Grassy smell with some floral hop aroma as well.

T - Spicy hops with a little sweetness on the backend. Seemed a little off on the balance to me.

M/D - Very smooth and crisp with excellent carbonation. A very drinkable pilsner.

Photo of joekfsu
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear yellow with a massive amount of white foamy head that simmers down to a thin mostly lasting layer. Aroma of floral hops and a hint of sweet malts. Initial flavor is balanced between hops and malt. No other flavors come out distinctly. Aftertaste dominated by the hops and hint of spice as it drags on. Some lacing, moderate aftertaste, light body, and limited alcohol noted. Overall a nicely done beer when in the mood for something lighter and maybe a good starter beer for people not into the bigger beers.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prima pils pours a somewhat hazy wheat colored yellow capped with a pale white head. The head which once stood at one finger depth falls to a thin cap and collar.

Floral hop aroma dominates the nose. There's a bready background that show the malts attempting to balance out the hops. A well hopped brew.

Taste is similar to its scent, but more balanced. Flowery hop presence is backed by a biscuity malt aroma that is doughy in character.

The prickly carbonation serves to enhance the hop qualities. The pilsner remains very drinkable and light. A very American take on the pilsner style, but remains filled with flavor compared to the other pilsners commonly found stateside.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pale with a little chill haze. Head very fluffy.

S:Smells creamy with nice hop notes. Very inviting.

T: Nice malty front with a dry hoppy finish. Damn good. Comparable to European examples with well - done American modifications to this style.

MF: More body than most pilsners.

D: I'd kill a ton of this.

This beer was featured in a "Sweet 16 of American Beers" in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. This was the overall champ, so I thought I had to try it. I think they picked a winner, though the piece was a little heavy on APAs (though the champ was not).

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

Pours a pale golden yellow color with a nice white head that has a medium body that laces the glass pretty well all the way down the glass. It has a nice light malty aroma followed by a nice citrisy and floral hoppy bitterness. The taste is excellent for a pilsner with a nice light malty backbone followed by a really nice citrisy and floral hoppy bitter taste that really rounds out the beer and makes it very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a nice slightly bitter feel. The drinkability is really good and I could make this a session beer that's for sure. One of the best pilsners I have had.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a bright yellow color and a somewhat clear - though not totally clear - consistency. There was a nice inch of head on it, as well as solid lacing.

Had a malty aroma, along with some sweet fruit. Very pleasant.

I really enjoyed the taste of this one. The malt and hops gave it a little bitterness, which was offset by a citrus flavor. Complex, subtle and well done.

Had a good amount of carbonation and a crisp finish. Nice mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer. I've tried a few pilseners (of varying styles of that beer) and none of them has been remotely satisfying. This one is different. Goes down very easily.

Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden yellow.. thin white head that lasts for days.. good carbonation and lace..

S: Lovely spicy/bitter hops... some citric notes but mostly floral with a dash of malt in the back end

T: Mirrors the aroma nicely.. the hops are just wonderful european floral/citric style.. nice bready malt base keeps everything in line..

M: Light bodied.. good carbonation.. crisp, dry finish

D: Lovely... my favorite pils right now... so glad its local and i can get a sixtel whenever i want this summer.

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

On tap at Old Bay, New Brunswick poured well into American pint glass.

A: Pale and clear nice golden color. Slim lacing and head.

S: Smoky, with a background of malt and hops.

T: Well matched hops and yeast flavors. Woodsy tastes are delicious. Floral hops for a pilsner are balanced incredibly well with the malt while keeping it incredibly light.

M: Some carbonation and smooth as you can get.

D: Ideal for a session. This is one that you can only love for the season. If you havent tried, it is surely worth seeking out.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

I have had this beer on numerous occasions and finally decided to give it a review.

A- a light straw hazy color and appearance to it. Not too much head and a light lace.

S- a hoppy citrusy smell to it. I can also get some hints of floral aroma's

T- a kick of strong hops but it isnt dry like i would expect. i can also taste some grapefruit and minor spices.

M- smooth and a strong flash of the hops. Leaves behind a nice aftertaste of the grapefruit.

D- goes down smooth and easy to put back. Love the pils. I have had it before with a lemon in it. To some people thatmakes it worse but i think it adds more flavor.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - light yellow golden color with a white head leaving decent lacing

s - sweet, hoppy, grassy

t - sweet and grassy up front with a well hopped floral spicy flavor. Dry finish.

m - lots of carbonation and a nice tingling sensation

d - barely misses the session beer category at 5.3%, but I could definitely see myself drinking a few of these. This isn't boring or too sour like some other pilsners. Great hops that give a great taste.

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

I grabbed this while in Galena, at the Galena River Wine and Cheese shop. Among the terrific beer selection it had, this gem was for well under $2, a steal by any realistic estimation. A finger of off-white head tops a lemon yellow body, with ample lacing on the Yankees pint glass. The nose is bursting with hops, bready malt, and some sour components, especially lemon and orange peel. The taste is incredible for a Pilsener, full of hops, somewhat grassy, a touch gritty and very bold. This blows away any macro, and can easily hold its own any delicious German offering. It's incredible.

This has quickly moved to the top of my list of favorite Pilseners, a real delight making me wish I had grabbed a sixer of this in addition to the mixed six I snagged. Fantastic.

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

A - Slow poured at Victory left a fluffy 3 finger head that diminished slowly. Lacing remained on the glass.

S - Citrus, a bit grainy, Some lemon and nice aroma of hops .

T - Pale ale like bitterness to start, nice body and an awesome bitter finish.

M - Perfect carbonation, exceptional feel.

D - Great to drink a few at a football game, or while mowing the lawn. A well-balanced, and refreshing beer.

Photo of Rezzin
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm moving soon so I was cleaning out the beer fridge and look what I found, a bottle Prima Pils! I don't think it's that old though - maybe 6mo at most.

A - Poured into a pilsener glass. 3/4" white pillow-y head, brilliantly clear light golden in color.

S - Mmm... the aroma is spicy from the noble hops and there is a little sweetness in the nose.

T - First impressions are a nice bitter bite and a crisp clean finish. A little sweetness from the pilsener malt is present but mostly i'm tasting the noble hops. It's working really well for me.

M - I would say this is medium bodied leaning towards light with medium carbonation.

D - This is a great German Pilsener and one of the better beers I've sampled. I really like this one a lot. T

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, pale golden hue under a well-lacing one finger head.

Smell: Caught some tart apple, and a huge floral hops aroma.

Taste: The tart apple sure enough hit first, and opened up to reveal some subtle pale malt. The hops really dominated though, with a delicious floral bouquet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and tart, with medium carbonation and a nice, dry hoppy finish.

Drinkability: This is a great Pilsener. It's very flavorful, and downplays the grassy, hay-like quality usually found in the style. It's got a great burst of hoppiness that is delightfully unique. Top marks from me.

Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light misty yellow with a thin white head that faded fast. The smell is hoppy and floral, with some sweet notes from some malty characters. The taste starts sweeter with the hoppy notes and finishes malty. A good deal flavor is packed into this beer. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, medium body. This is an easy drinker, and very enjoyable. A great beer.

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

A-Light pale amber, head that leaves nice lacing, carbonation keeps skim refreshed. Attractive if a little lacking in color.
S-Earthy, inviting. Pils-type hops w/ a hint of malt.
T-Nice balance of bitter and sweet Malt is expressed as gentle by tasty starchiness. Hops are that classic pils bitterness. It's slightly seltzery, fairly rich and satisfying. Flavor notes include lemony and slightly floral.
M-Body is light to medium. A little bit of malt stickiness. Carbonation adds interest.
D-Outstanding. An easy-going brew with enough authority of flavor to make a perfect session beer. Yummy.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 2/4.

Best by date: March 2, 2008

A - Poured out a hazy, golden/yellow color with a little amount of carbonation. It had a soapy, white, two-finger head.

S - It smelled quite floral and hoppy. It also smelled of grains and caramel malt.

T - It tasted very sweet. There was a light malt flavor blended with a grain taste. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Victory products are great and this is no exception. A great pils.

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I've had Prima Pils before but have never reviewed it, so here goes.

Appearance: Light straw yellow color with a nice stream of middle bubbles surging toward the top. Initially dense head fades slightly with not a lot of lacing left on the glass, though some swirls recharge it and leave it thick and semi-tiredless.

Smell: Floral and herbal spicy hop aromas, with some lemon grass, earthiness, citrus, and with some swirling I keep getting more floral hops, though I can't distinct what's from what. An effervescent and aromatic brew overall, with a lot to admire and much to keep going back for in the nose.

Taste: A huge bouquet of herbal and floral hops, with citrus, a lot of spice, and a finish of floral hops with enough malt backbone to make the finish lingering and long.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: This is certainly a great brew, from a great brewery, and one that's brewed year-round? Am I Pils nut? Not really. But this is a damn fine beer, and I really want to try the staples and the real imports to see how close this is to an actual monolith.

Photo of dsigmon
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: looks like a pilsner, very light golden color with white head which stays for quite some time

S: smell of grass and earth tones with some faint citrus, all in all not very apparent

T: tastes like it smells. the pilsner taste is very apparent in which i normally do not enjoy but the added citrus and grass flavors bring it into drinkability for me.

M: a little thin but leaves a nice coating as you kick it back, good carbonation

D: if i had been mowing the yard or any other outdoor labor prior to having this, it would have hit the spot. however, it was cold and i was at a bar and this one was enough.

Photo of drperm
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Purple Onion, Saluda, NC.

Pilsner? Really? It certainly looks like a pilsner in the glass, but beyond that, I wouldn't even peg it for a lager, let alone a Pilsener. To me it was much more reminiscent of an IPA or an APA. That being said, it's a great beer in its own right. The palate was somewhat thin and sulfurish, and the nose somewhat sweet, but I'd gladly have more. Nice session beer if they have it on tap. I doubt I'd buy a 6-pack, though.

When I want an American-made Pilsenser, I think I'll stick to Trumer.

Photo of mellocello2003
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful lace and a reasonable head that diminishes quite quickly

S - citrusy, lemony, floral, spicy, cinnamony. Wonderful aroma of hops and malts.

T - exceptional. Bitterness up front followed by a refreshing wave of delicate, balanced, citrus and hops. Finally followed up after swallowing by a QUITE prolonged lip-smacking, delicious bitterness. The resins from the hops seem to coat your mouth and stay with you for at least a minute after drinking. Great for cutting through spicy foods.

M - once again, exceptional. Creamy yet bubbly.

D - very drinkable, very good beer. A well-balanced, refined, delicious, and refreshing beer from the folks at Victory Brewing Company.

Photo of Sponan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a nice pils glass.

Appearance: Pale, golden yellow. Nice white head. Great lacing and a nice bubbling effect.

Smell: Strong, grassy hops. Memories of mowing the lawn from this one.

Taste: One smooth beer. The hops are strong for the style but not overpowering. Faint malt presence. Good hop bitterness. Spicy fading to grassy/floral. The malt remains faint throughout, but never fades completely and compliments the hops well. Just a hint of sweetness just before the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The bubbling glass made me worry about the carbonation, but it was spot-on when drinking. Very light in the mouth, but just chewy enough.

Drinkability: This is probably my favorite session beer, and is always in my fridge. The right level of alcohol and refreshment for a hot summer day (or any other day).

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

On tap at the Brick Store Pub

A - Poured a hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head in a Prima Pils pilsner glass

S - Grassy hops and malts..a little bit of a biscuit smell in there..a little spicyness also

T/M - Malty upfront with a nutty/biscuit taste and a chewy consistancy with a nice hint of a spicy hops finish that gave the end a very crisp and clean finish

D - This is what all American Macro lagers wishes they could be when they grew up..a very good lagered brew

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

a: Cloudy yellow body, much like apple juice. White head with great retention and wonderful lacing.

s: Grassy, herbal hops and light malt. Smells just like hay from a farm.

t: Terrific hop character. Very grassy, earthy and herbal. A wonderful hop flavor is paired with a light pilsner style malt. Wow, I don't drink many pilsners, but this by far the best I have had.

m: Medium body, chewy malt, smooth with a dry finish.

d: A great pilsner, wish I could buy it back home (currently enjoying the beer selection of Fort Collins on a job hunting voyage). Its hop heavy, don't know that all lager drinkers will like this fact, but I sure do. Good stuff.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,572 ratings.