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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,622
Reviews: 2,004
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 177
Gots: 426 | 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 ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new Victory brewpub on 6/18/08.

A - Clear golden body with a slight amber hue and thick, foamy one-and-a-half finger bone white head on top. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - Clean pilsner nose with plenty of noble hops, some citrus notes and bready malt. There are also some grassy hops and fruity notes with hints of apple, pear and white grapes.

T - Classic pilsner flavor profile with plenty of citrus notes and a clean, grassy hop bite. Malt is predominantly bready.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and clean, brisk mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and slightly dry with a crisp hop bite that lasts for a while.

D - Sessionable pils with lots of flavor. Very true to style, this brew is definitely a nod to the classic German pilseners that preceded the American craft beer movement. Prima Pils is certainly worthy of inclusion on Victory's flagship lineup.

Photo of timbro81
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp straw yellow with low carbonation and a lackluster head, it was very quick to settle to a FINE ring. Smells of crisp spicey noble hops and not much else. Those same hops dominate the palate. Good carbonation in the mouth with a nice mouthfeel. Aftertaste is hoppy and tongue numbingly good. Best U.S. Pils I've had. I am yet to be dissappointed by Victory. "Neat-O gang!"

Photo of bkilpatr
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/17/08. Best by date of 01/14/08, a little concerned...

Pours a bright golden color, looks unfiltered. Two fingers of soft whitish head slowly recede leaving slight lacing. Strong aromas of European hops with a bit of green tea mixed in.

Lots of hop flavor along with citrus (lemon and orange). Nice bitter finish, but doesn't leave any aftertaste. Very clean finish. Feel is smooth and slick, probably from the hop oils. Medium carbonation and light-ish body. Drinkability is also good. Very light and clean, easily sessionable. Great for a hot summer day.

Pretty good for a bottle that is six months past its date.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow body with some carbonation bubbles flying around. White head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of hops and pale pilsner malt. Lots of hops, actually.

Prima Pils has a plethora of different noble hops thrown into it, and those little leafy things really express themselves in the flavor.
This thing is earthy, grassy and spicy as hell, with a solid hop bitterness and a touch of lemon and fruit from the hops. Pilsner malt is in the background and somehow it manages to not be overpowered, although it does take a backseat.

The carbonation is crisp, the body is medium and the mouthfeel is spot-on, as I've come to expect from Victory beers.

Nice and drinkable. I've bought cases of this one on a couple of occasions, and I will generally grab it when I see it on-tap also. This is a stand up pilsner for sure.

Photo of Kadonny
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery into a Victory pilsener glass. You can't get this any fresher.

A: A medium yellowy straw color with a fluffy white 2 finger head poured. What a pretty beer.

S: A nice sharp nose of hops, grain, grass and some fruity sweetness. The earthy tones come out more as you smell it.

T: Hops, no doubt with hints of grass, lemon zest, grains, a bit of floral flavors and a nice earthy dry bitterness that lingers on. Nice malt backbone that keeps the beer smooth is evident, but not the star here. Clean and crisp, but this beer is all about those nice German style hops.

M: Light to medium with zero alcohol trace and a nice crisp dry bitterness.

D: High, very high. Sit back and enjoy 3 or 4 of these no problem. Very drinkable, very smooth but very bitter just as a good pils should be.

Overall for me hands down this is one of the top pils you can get. Top, top beer. If you like pils, seek this one out for sure.

Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy straw with a small thick white head.

Smell. Crisp lager characteristic with a little bit of a raw graininess to it. the noble hop aroma accompanies it.

Taste. The frist few sips I get just a bitter flavor, but no specific hop taste. As it warms the more distinct noble hop flavor comes out with the bitterness making it a nice crisp flavor. Aftertaste sweetens a bit and gives a grainy maltines.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, but a little filling for the style. There is still an nice crispness still. Beer has a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, the second half tasted much nicer than the first to me. Ive been waiting to try this beer for some time now, but i think the anticipation got the better of me as I was hoping for more. I liked it, and would enjoy it in the future, but i just thought the flavor would have been more distinct. Abita's 20th anniversary pilsner was a bit better imho. But still a nice beer.

Photo of mattcrill
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Cracker-like aromas and a bit of sulfur hit first. The sulfur notes quickly fade and the nose is left with spicy, crisp hop notes.

Appearance: Brilliant golden-rod pour with a white cap.

Flavor: More crackers, peppery, and spicy hop notes quickly take charge. A bit of lemon zest as it warms and the palate adjusts. Noble hop flavors abound but this is wonderfully balanced. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alochol heat detected.

Overall impression: A refrehsing, classic German Pilsner. Very hop forward but wonderful drinking and immensely enjoyable.

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

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of white fizzy head with decent retention. Beer is pale yellow with a chill haze.
S: Spicy hops, citrus, coriander with a malt scaffold underlying it all.
T: Great malt body opens, followed by a hop bite. Minus points for a tiny bit of metallic off flavor
M: Solid and full with a nice hop brightness
D: Tremendous drinkability. I wish this wasn't the last in my 6-pack (and my first of the night).

Photo of PatrickJR
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow. Two finger head died rather quickly to a thin film. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom though.

S - Loaded with spicy hops. A little peppery, a little citrusy, almost a brine like character.

T - Hops come in first with an earthy character. A wonderful burst of grain and semi-sweet malt is followed by a metallic and slightly floral hop finish. Aftertaste is earthy and bitter.

M - Decent carbonation, and thin but not watery.

D - Decent enough but a little intense. Definite potential but not quite what I'm looking for.

I had high hopes for this beer, especially considering other pilsners that I found less than interesting. Overall the taste is a little strange, I don't know if it's a good example of a pilsner or just a heavily hopped one.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz. bottle very pale with good head and some lingering lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and slightly spicy from the hops.

Taste is overall much better than other american pilsners but comes across a bit strong compared to the german original. As usual, when american companies make european styles, they tend to err on the side of over-doing it with more malt and especially more hop character than would normally be expected.

This is a very drinkable beer with session written all over it. I would love to see a cooler of these at a cookout. A great summer beer.

P.S. - it should be noted that I decided to try this one back-to-back with Odell's Double Pilsner. Perhaps not a fair comparison, looking back, because the DP is bigger and "badder" in every way.

Photo of Strix
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with a fading head.

Smells bready, with whatever those pilsnery hops are.

Again, the pilsnery hops are prominent. This finishes crisply, and is completely lacking the skunk I have come to associate with most (green bottle) pilsners I've tried. That said, I haven't enjoyed most pilsners I've tried, and if this is the pinnacle, it shows me I'm just not a huge fan of the style.

Overall, good for a pilsner, refreshing and crisp.

Photo of BigMike
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 12oz. bottle.
Drink by date of sept.8 2008

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a nice head. Very little lacing remains after a few minutes. Lots of carbonation looks almost like ginger ale.

very light hop smell. Fruity with a slight citrusy aroma.

Taste is lightly hoppy and citrusy. A very crisp and clean after taste.

A great example of a pilsner. This would make an exceptional session beer.

The only time i drink pilsners is in the summer and today is a great example. Temp is pushing 100 and these Primas went down smoothly.

EDIT: Jan. 28 2010.

When i first reviewed Prima Pils i wasn't a huge fan of Pilseners and i don't think i gave a fair review. I purchased a Prima Pils glass from victory and a bomber of fresh Prima today. Let me tell you, if there is a Pilsener thats even close to this one i would love to try it. This really is an amazing beer. So delicate yet flavorful. The head is so fluffy and creamy and leaves gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass!
This is a world class Pilsener and a world class beer for that matter.
It doesn't need to 100 degrees as my original review said to enjoy this. Its about 30 outside right now and this is tastuing just fine.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a very clear, golden straw color with a thick white head that completely disappears after a minute.
Smells grainy and sweet. Some toated bread/biscuit. Spicy hops come through too.
The hops come through first on the taste. Grassy, spicy hops followed with a somewhat thin malt backbone.
Great mouthfeel. Light and highly carbonated to cleanse the palate.
Pretty good drinkability. Close enough to sessionable to make this a good all afternoon or evening beer. Perfect on a hot day.
Great beer that has become my standard summertime beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before Aug 08/ Poured into my RR pint glass

A: Straw yellow with a dense two-finger white head. Plenty of carbonation. Good retention, bits of lacing.

S: Grassy hops all the way with a earthy slant. Surprisingly sharp in its hop character, there's also a faint herbal touch, with mint present. Hint of toast and biscuit rounds this out with no trace of butteriness that i've found in a depressing number of American lagers.

T: Over the top grassy-earthy and spicy hops. Fantastic. There's the thinnest of malt backbones to this with flavors of toast and biscuit but this is an outright noble hop riot. The finish is long and surprisingly bitter.

M: Excellent carbonation with an excellent dry, bitter finish. There is also a slightly resiny character to the palate.

D: This is how it's done, kiddies. My top pilsener along with the Trumer Pils.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass, looked a golden yellow with small ½ finger head that fades but does leave lacing. Nice citrus odor possibly oranges. Awesome taste not what I was expecting, kind of a mild zesty hoppy citrus flavor followed by the wheat. Another summer classic very refreshing and drinkable. Don't make the mistake of only picking up one like I did.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a special beer.

Poured this beer into a pilsner glass and was excited as it built 3 fingers of a creamy white head. Most of which remained as I enjoyed the beer.

Bright Golden in color (I see other people call this Straw colored) the beer was very clear and showed small carbonation bubbles as it sat on the glass.

A wonderful fresh hoppy and grass aroma was easily noted from the beer.

A wonderfully balanced beer with what I note as a slight grape taste as I drink. Not sweet, but just reminds me of this. Also has a great spicy complexity to it.

Biscuity malt that leads to a LONG hop finish. This beer sticks with you.

Mouth feel is wonderful and this is a very drinkable beer.

This is one of my favorites. You have to try one if you are a Pilsner fan.

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

12 oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Nice tight 2 fingers of head, beautifull looking pilsner in the glass very clear light golden straw colored with tiny bubbles making there way to the surface.

Smells very hoppy, herbal/grassy, very nice. Wow the noble hops taste very strong and spicy upfront, crisp and refreshing going down with medium to light mouth feel. Some maltiness on the back end but still its a hop beer all the way and a very good one at that.

Photo of thartman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from a 12oz brown bottle. Pale yellow straw color with loads of tiny bubbles. Nice three finger head with decent retention. Smell of grain, hay, and alfalfa. Very smooth, light and delicate with some citrus, malt, and biscuity flavor. Nice and refreshing, kind of oily in the mouth with a dry finish. Very easy to drink, it reminds me of the "old version" of Pilsner Urquell before they switched to stainless steel.

I am not an expert on Pilsners, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a standard Victory pint glass

appearance: golden yellow with tinges of green, good carbonation and good layer of head

smell: I can smell a bit of malts and a light hint of citrus

taste: a slightly sharp malt taste that is balanced against a light and cleaning lemon zest hops finish

mouthfeel: good carbonation, light in body and a barely noticable astringence and a

drinkability: extremely drinkable, this stuff is sessionable without being uninteresting. It refreshes very well. Just a real solid brew.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by Aug 4 08, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 52 F/ 11 C.

Brilliant greenish yellow color, with a bit of very fine sediment in suspension, but quite clear. Dense white head that slowly fizzles down. Attractive splattery rings of lace.

Fresh smell of grassy, spicy hops, with a bit of lemon zest, and sweet cookielike grainy malt.

Tastes hoppy and clean, exceedingly refreshing. Fresh hop flavor and bitterness - grassy, spicy, lemony - against a clean dry malt background. Very well balanced. Lingering dry hop flavor and bitterness. Elegant and pure, and very very tasty.

Fine carbonation makes for a good smooth texture. Immensely drinkable.

Great beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass

A - One finger active, hissing white head. Slightly cloudy yellowish pour.

S - That classic Pilsner aroma. Crisp hop and delicate malt aroma.

T - Again, classic Pilsner. I like the hop flavor they've got in this, some others can have a bit more of an aggression to their hops that masks the rest of the beer, and others sort of a noticable but sort of wimpy hop characteristic. This is happily in the middle. With a little warming the malt comes out from hiding. A little sweet, a little dank, nothing too crazy.

M/D - Steady carbonation. Light amount of hop bite, just enough resistance as it moves through the mouth, those microscopic compounds within screaming "taste me! taste me!".

I hate using the word "crisp" given its overuse in marketing from big name beers but this beer's got a lot of crispness to it. That isn't such a bad thing. It's very much alive and wants to be noticed while you sip. I actually think this would serve quite well as a gateway beer along the lines of Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale etc.

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

Golden yellow, tending to greenish. Limpid, bright, very clean.
A very beautiful hat of white foam.
Hoppy smell, right. Very fresh. Grassy, hay, dry flowers.
Very hoppy taste, too. And dry. And fresh. Very clean.
Very pleasant to drink.
Light in body, dry aftertaste.
Very inviting. Very good pils.

Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Straw gold color with a one-finger head that recedes. Good carbonation.

Aroma: Smooth and lightly sweet with decent hop bitterness in the nose. Simple and uncluttered aroma.

Taste: Nice and bitter upfront. Decent maltiness as well. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness and light malt sweetness. Very light and easy to drink. Definitely more hops than I expected.

Drinkability: Again, very crisp and drinkable at 5.3% ABV. This would make a better lawnmower beer than a macro offering.

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

Beer pours incredibly clear... so clear in fact, I had a hard time believing that it could have any flavor.

Aroma.. slightly biscuity, tangy, a tinge of spice... almost like an english ale.

Taste- very clean, but with lingering malt sweetness that coats the tongue... a present, but not overwhelming hop bitterness makes itself known right as the malt sweetness washes away.

Very drinkable, great mouthfeel- much more substantial than one would expect from the color.

Great pilsner... try it once this summer with some spicy food.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Prima Pils poured from a bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy by May 11 2008" Drinking on May 18

A- Very clear golden with a foamy head composed of a wide range of bubbles.

S- Smells like a german pilsner should in my opinion. Very clean hops smell with a backround malt sweetness

T- Taste is great but does not have enough yeast character to please me fully. Carbonation brings out a great bitter hop flavor. Lemon hops and floury biscuit malt

M- Carbonation is EXCELLENT. Balanced range of bubbles makes this beer feel good all over your lips, tongue, mouth, intestines, and more.

D- Drinks quite well. You get what you pay for.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,622 ratings.