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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 188
Gots: 466 | 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 oaktown
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the thing... this is a good Pils... but it suffers from what I call JD Drew disease. It's a good Pils but for the price I pay for it, it better knock me off my chair and it does not.

As good as it is, is it really all that much better than other (read: cheaper) beers of the same category? Maybe, maybe not. And for two dollars more, I'll take the cheaper. Still a very good Pils.

A: Great golden appearance.

S: I enjoyed the smell. Nice and crisp. Smells take you places, and this one brought me back to Central Europe (the good parts).

T: Good and crisp. Nice kick to it. Not as complex as I would like, but for a Pils this one has some good meat on the bones.

D: A little disappointed, actually. A real one at a time beer for me.

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

Part of the New Trader BIF package. Poured into a plisner glass.

A: Hazy yellow with one finger of pure white head, that receeds to a thin rim and leaves moderate spidery lacing.

A: Grassy hops and wheat. I beleive there is a touch of lemon in this as well. The grass hop aroma is balanced quite well with the strong malt backbone.

T: As expected from the style. Very crisp and clean. Spicey. Malts win the battle, but still a well balanced brew. Beer finishes slightly stingy, and somewhat dry.

M&D: Light body and suprisingly little carbonation, I would have thought that with the crispness of this beer, there would have been more. Drinkability is high due to the low ABV. A very nice summer brew. Good offering from Victory. Skal.

Photo of daftafne
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went to the a little release party for victory at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany, IN and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Light yellow in color, it had a light floral and hoppy smell. Tasted nice and nutty/maltly wit ha sharp hop bite finish. Reminds of european pilseners - very flavorful but not overdone. Good carbonation, light and refreshing. What you would expect from a pilsener.

Of the three victory beers I have had, this is my favorite. I could really just have a bunch of these on a nice summer day bbq.

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

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub, served in its own glass.

A: A light yellow-gold with a relatively thick, creamy head that retains well and produces some nice rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S: An intense, rich aroma with some faint grainy malts and loads of herbal and grassy hops. Some light lemony aroma, too.

T&M: Sweet grain malt backbone with a huge herbal, lightly spicy hop flavor. The finish is pleasantly drying. Body is medium with an astringent feel.

D: Definitely a quaffer. This beer is tasty, zesty, and refreshing. Best pilsner I've had yet.

Photo of Rayek
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold color is slightly hazy. Foamy white head dissolves to a ring around the edge of the beer. Leaves good lace.

S: Lemon, grass and pepper.

T: Awfully bitter for a Pils. Bitterness is a combination of lemon and pepper with a hint of grapefruit that tastes out of place. Malt is biscuity with a dash of ripe banana. Finishes dry with a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: Medium light body with the right amount of fizz. Feels a little oily.

D: This didn't do much for me. Seemed too bitter for the style in my opinion. Good session beer nonetheless.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears clear golden yellow with a massive head that diminishes slowly, leaving behind some lace.

S. Some yeast, malt and spicy hops are all there up front.

T. Very well balanced pilsner here. The malt is evened out nicely by some bitter earthy hops.

M. Light and crisp. Quenching.

D. A very good brew from victory, and one I will be having more of.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear and pale yellow in color with an inch and a half white head with nice retention, a touch of lacing

S- When you pour it you get a blast of some bright fresh citrus hops, but that fades to a sweet malty aroma

T- this is some good stuff here! It tastes very authentic and very similar to other german and european pilsners. I love the way Victory makes this American by increasing those european hops. It is very hoppy but not overly so. The pilsner malts are biscuty and cracker like and sweet. The hops blance that sweetness nicely and leave some bitterness for the finish.

M- meadium light body and alot lower in carbonation than other pilsners

D- very tasty and very drinkable. One of the best beers I've had in a while, this is a great pilsner, way to go Victory!

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

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear yellow with no head at all. Lacing is minor at best, actually, lacing is there but very slight. Very clear but this is as it should be.

Smell- Saaz hop sweetness and two row light malts a hint of honey grahams. This is shaping up to be a fine pilsner. A light hint of feet on the nose. I guess I'll see how nice it is.

Taste- Saaz is through the roof. Saaz hops and light malts, creamy and highly carbonated. Some Hallertau earthy spiciness, Munich malts in abundance. Quite acceptable. Crisp, somewhat bitter and drying.

Mouthfeel- Light and fluffy. Light-bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- A wonderful and well made pilsner. I was surprised by Victory on this one.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow, almost seethru straw color with great carbonation that keeps a constant head. A hoppy aroma dominates the nose, with hints of grass in the background. A medium-bodied beer which holds well since this beer is all about the hops. Has that dry, crispy sensation with a bitter backbite but goes down smooth and tasty the whole time. Some sweetness derived on the sides from some sweet malts, and unlike some pils that are spicy this is more citric/earth-toned based. I'd have another one anytime.

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To sum it up very briefly, this is an outstanding, crisp pilsener from Victory. The mouthfeel is light and smooth, and the beer isn't very filling at all. The taste is somewhat hoppy, but I didn't find it to be aggressively bitter. I thought it was more of a smooth and subtle bitterness, which makes this a perfectly drinkable brew.

Highly recommended. I've only had a handful of pilsners but so far this is my favorite.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color with a nice foamy white head. Some lace, nothing over the top. Really looks phenomenal and thirst quenching in the glass.

S- Smell was all hops wih an herbal/grassy bite.

T- Aggressively hoppy for a pilsener. The hops were refreshing and spicy. Citrus/grass/earthy flavors. Nothin else here, straight up hops!

M- Perfectly carbonated and decent body.

D- This one could be drank all night long with no problems. Perfect session beer IMO. Also good introduction beer for many.

Photo of maltusaurelius
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown bottle into a German beer mug. Pour formed a fluffy white three finger head that dissipated slowly to leave minimal lacing.

Appearance - beautiful straw gold slightly hazy color with moderate carbonation activity.

Smell - lots of spicy citrus hops on the nose with a detectable biscuity malt scent underneath.

Taste - initial flavor is of bitter hops, followed by a nice mellow biscuity malt character that comes through thereafter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - has a lively crisp mouth feel - slightly prickly almost but in a good way.

Drinkability - this beer is an easy drinking session beer with a lot of character for the style. I would put it up against any pilsener from the Czech Republic or Germany - simply one of the best pilseners out there. It is agressively hopped for the style but that gives it a uniqueness that stands out. Highly recommended.

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.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,659 ratings.