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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,130 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 4,130
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 144
Gots: 228 | 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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jvonkluck

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the most drinkable beers I've ever tasted.
It's pale yellow in color with a white head and a steady flow of tiny bubbles.
The aroma is dominated by a floral scent, with an undertone of honey.
The taste is a blend of the aforementioned flavors that finishes with a nice hoppy note that lingers on the taste buds.

Another solid brew from Victory. These guys continually impress me.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 03:11:29 | More by jvonkluck
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a pilsner or lager drinker...ale man all the way. But since Victory is one of my favorite brewers I thought I should give it a try.

The color is clear golden yellow with a light and fluffy head of pure white. Head is quite nice looking and retains well with a modest amount of lace. This would look great in my Trumer Pils glass, oh well.

The aroma is much fuller than I expected with a nice, crisp malt aroma of honey and buttery biscuits. There's a lovely (and quite large) floral hop aroma with a grassy meadow note. Very clean and crisp smelling overall.

The flavor is exceptional for a pilsner. A perfect balance between golden caramel and honey malt sweetness, and floral and grassy hops. Finish is initially malty and quickly washed over by crisp, puckery hops.

Mouthfeel is light and airey yet maintains a full and rich mouthfeel. This is a good beer for any time, any place, or any occasion. Are all micro-brewed pilsners this good?

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 19:13:59 | More by AlexJ
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freed

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After getting goaded for not liking this beer, I decided to try it again. Glad I did.

The pour is crystal clear and golden - thin white foam, low carbonation.

Aroma is wonderful. Bready like a SE Asian lager, but with a much nicer, floral hop component.

The taste is great. Not overpowered by Saaz, like the last time. The pils malt is complimented by some specialty. The hop profile is a mix of something noble and something domestic tasting. Slightly bitter but with a perfectly crisp compliment. Also, very drinkable and excellent for beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 03:35:24 | More by freed
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color with a medium amount of carbonation. The smell is fairly malty, with a good dose of floral hops. The malt flavor in this one is quite unique, taking on some wildflower honey type qualities. The hop flavors are both grassy and floral, and contribute a bracing bitterness to the mix. I'd drink this regularly if it were available locally, and it's inspired me to homebrew a clone of it sometime in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 16:20:28 | More by fisherman34
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not extremely familiar with pilsners so I decided to give this one a try. It was also a great excuse to use my roommate's pilsner glasses which just sit around collecting dust.

Light gold color - almost clear - with a small frothy head and good retention. Spicy hop aroma that gave it a unique taste. Very light bodied and carbonated. Slightly dry mouthfeel and very crisp and clean. Definitely a drinkable beer but I don't think this would be my choice to drink all night long. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and it went very well with the chili I made for dinner, but it's something I would only want to drink once in a while, not keep my fridge stocked with.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 15:18:07 | More by Jacobob10
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice with an "enjoy by" date of August 26 2005.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen a beer as clear as this one. It's a clear, clear clear pale gold color. Not too much head or lacing to speak of.
Smells very fresh with some mild grassy herbal notes thrown in for good measure.
This one is definately a beer for pilsner lovers. Crisp hops presense with a pleasant bitterness and a nice clean finish. Has a nice, sharp bubbly mouthfeel that compliments the flavors. Prima Pils would probably be amazing when paired with spicy food.
An excellent warm weather beer. I could drink these all night and still want more.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 01:29:15 | More by ommegangpbr
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, golden color with a small white head that dissapates quickly, and it is quite clear. The smell is big, juicy hops with a spicy background, seems like saaz hops and there is a light malt scent in the background. The taste is also dominated by hops, you get a resiny hop oil flavor as well as a citrusy tartness to it. The saaz hops really make themselves felt with a spicy middle followed by a biscuity malt flavor to balance the finish. The finish is dry and refreshing. The mouthfeel is smooth like a pilsner should be. This is a great summertime brew and im glad it's available in NC now.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 00:12:58 | More by silver0rlead
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BadBadger

New York

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely outstanding pilsner. Poured a beautiful near clear color with hints of gold: an amazing site to behold. The smell was faintly sweet, being enjoyable. The taste is just short of exceptional-nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp and refereshing. Definitely a beer to purchase in abundance and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 23:43:52 | More by BadBadger
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JackStraw22

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden straw colored body. Bright white head, a good inch or so. Nice lacing.

Smell: Good pilsenery hoppy/spicy aroma.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Some herbal/yeasty flavor, a little maltiness up front, and a good dose of hops! The aftertaste is nice and sweet. Quite dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great, a great beer for a BBQ out in the backyard!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 00:16:33 | More by JackStraw22
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While out walking today we ran into some friends and shared a few Pilsner Urquells before walking home to grill dinner.

Once at home,the grill was fired up the steaks sizzling and my reward was a crisp Prima Pils. This beer is balanced and refreshing. It pours a clear pale gold, smells of flowery hops and has a hoppy, tingly taste that beckons you to have another sip. This is a summer beer for sure.

I will be sure to keep extra of this on hand. Now if it came in cans for the beach, that would be grand.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 01:52:37 | More by Citadel82
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a yellow, hazy beer with almost no head. Interesting... don't recall ever having a hazy pilsener before.

Aroma was strongly of aromatic hops, with a hint of spices. Nice.

The taste was mildly fruity, with a hint of bitterness and a bit of spiciness. Pretty dang good.

Mouthfeel... nice. Not heavy, but some depth to it. Drinkability also good. I would go back for this one again, when the mood for this style comes about.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 05:02:23 | More by connecticutpoet
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carln26

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright, pale gold to yellow, very clear with a thick white head composed of large bubbles. The head receded quickly, and left a dapple of lace on the side of the glass. I could smell the hops (Saaz?) from 3 ft away. They really dominate the aroma with a crisp citrus character. No malt really comes through in the nose. The taste is a light crisp hop-forward flavor that again has the citrus, a subtle grapefruit character that has an almost earthy tone. This delivers an assertive bitterness to the beer. The malt is completely overcome by the hops. This is not a bad character. Very crisp and refreshing mouth feel. Highly drinkable. What a great summertime beer. Pilsners have not been my favorite beer for several years, but this could change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 21:53:29 | More by carln26
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BeerFink

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, very pale yellow color with a bubbly white head. Slight chill haze is present. Crisp lemony nose also includes a lot of maltiness. Some grass is noted, as well as citrous hops. Hops immediately bite your tongue and don't let go. Bitter lemon transitions into some interesting spiciness. Bready malt attempts to balance the bold hops. Finish is spicy with some herbal qualities, backed by malty smoothness with some grassiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and finishes quite dryly. Light and refreshing, drinkability is quite high for this one (especially with the approaching warm weather). I was expecting this to be hoppy, but it exceeded my expectations. I've never had a beer this light that was as aggressively hopped. Quite interesting, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 01:49:53 | More by BeerFink
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe this is what Pilsner Urquell used to taste like. Pours a clear straw color, big head that dies down. Good Lacing. Aroma is similar to fresh cut grass, but not as strong. Taste is huge, hops are there, but very well balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is a tad thick for the style, but I like 'em thick. This is great stuff. About time they distributed into Michigan!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 01:21:56 | More by deejaydan
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of a "real" pilsner. So not sure what to expect, high ratings gave me the idea of trying it out (I did not read any reviews before tasting it).

Appearance: golden straw color; very clear. Not much head, but that may be due to age (freshness).

Smells of lovely hop aroma (I enoy the smell of hops much more than taste).

Tastes strong hop with out the intense bitterness. Aftertaste kicks in some bitterness, but nice. Nice mouthfeel a bit fizzy. After the first few sips, the hoppiness dies somewhat and you can enjoy more of the maltiness.

Great aperitif, gets you hungry, but fills you up a bit; really hits the spot.

This is a good beer. Its intense hop flavor has me thinking this isn't a standard Pils. I would definitely jump on it given another chance, but not something I'd buy normally.

[editted because I ddi ont sepll cehkc]

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 22:51:17 | More by NiceGuyMike
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Litterbean

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my personal favorites. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a nice head and lace down the glass.

Smells like a nice day outdoors. Earthy, natural smell. Grass and herbs. Very hoppy.

The taste is very hoppy, but not powerfully bitter or oily. These are the noble hops that are advertised on the box. They are very earthy, grassy, herbal, and chewy, but not bitter and not palate-shredding. There is some balancing sweetness but I can't say it balances it out completely. This is supposed to be hoppy and it pulls it off spectacularly. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Something I could drink over and over.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 03:59:54 | More by Litterbean
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trumick

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow. Nothing to hide here with a 1/2 inch head and lacing all around, nice looking beer.

Scent is bready malts with wonderful Saaz hop. It reminds me a bit of a Duvel in the nose (must be the pilsner malts).

Taste is sweet malts up front then immediately followed by the European hops, Saaz, Hallertua maybe. Nice dry finish with the hop lingering for quite a while. This has an outstanding taste that could put this beer at the top of my Pils list. Hell, at the top of my list, period.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing. It has just the right amount of carbination and goes down smooth.

Drinkability cannot be improved upon. A great session beer with exceptional flavor that will keep me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 03:17:12 | More by trumick
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Victory for my taste was a golden honey colour with plentiful carbonation. A small white froth rose up and subsided shortly thereafter. Random islands of lacing clung to the glass.

Honey and hop pings came through in the aroma. Just a scat of citrus impression.

The taste was surprisingly bitter. The first couple of sips acclimated my taste buds to this new and exciting beer I had especially for their delight. Faint lemony flavours showed up in the finish . The hops seemed to outweigh the pilsner malts in the taste. Which was absolutely fine with me. Good, bold flavour and a refreshingly crisp and dry ending. I could surely sit around in the summer time and pound these suckers like so many railroad spikes. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 17:11:07 | More by SupaCelt
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/18/05- Received via trade with connecticuitpoet and steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz brew with a best by date of Feb 2004...scary. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Nice crisp yellow pour with a clean 3/4 inch head and adequate lacing.

Smell- More hoppy than expected in the nose. Otherwise your normal grain scents.

Taste- Not a sweet as many pils I have tried, but a nice hoppy background. Nice grain taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and a bit dry. Maybe a very slight watery taste at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably would be one of my got to pils if I had easy access to it. Nice change of pace with the heavier hop profile. Nice session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 19:47:07 | More by GClarkage
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with enjoy by date of Apr 02 05.

Clear, light gold in color with small white froth. Cascading bubbles come up through the middle of the beer. Head settles quickly into a small collar and coating.

Great doughy malt smell with this brew. Peppery, herbal hops show off.

Hops are assertive right from the get go. Crisp and refreshing body, malt character is superb. Finish is slightly dry, then a long malt and hops aftertaste.

This has to be one of the best Pils I've had. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 22:13:39 | More by Shultzerdugen
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with slight, oh so slight, particles in the swirl. Foamy 1 inch head, with some lacing. Nose is hops and zest and it flows right into the taste. Crispy, bready, hoppy quenching fluid bathes the mouth. Wonderful not overly dry finish. This is a fine beer that drinks easy and has a lot of character. I bought one to sample, now I'm off to get a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 18:51:59 | More by pentathlete
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babydoc

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ouncer labeled Enjoy by Apr 02 05. Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow. Generous frothy white three-finger head makes itself known as the cap is popped, sticks around for a while, leaving some sticky lace. Nice lookin' beer. Nose is delicate but definite, malt and grassy hops. Grain/malts start out, quickly overcome by pleasant citrus and bitter hops that back off but leave a dry finish. Definitely a Pils for a hops lover! Lightly carbonated, drinks far too easily, wish I had another! Thanks kafkaEsb, for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 03:58:03 | More by babydoc
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow What a GREAT PILS! I decided it was time to revisit this one after the very flattering NY Times Article. This brew maybe the best Pils in the world right now.

Color is perfect. Nose while delicate has a definite and detectable balanace of malt and hop. The taste is just over the top. Sublte sweetness on the front end with an exceptionally clean, crisp, and dry back end. Carbonation on draft was excellent leaving nice lace rings down my pint glass. Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2005 17:26:57 | More by maybrick
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass, it pours a straw color (pale gold) with a dense white head that tends to not dissipate too quickly at all, which is nice. Aroma is of citrus fruits (grapefruit) and some hops and spice. A touch of alcohol also hits my sinuses. Taste is soft spice and citrus flavors with a mild piney hop flavor. Sugary sweet grapefruits hit your palete on the finish along with some slightly bitter hops. Overall, this is pretty smooth and silky with some tingly carbonation throughout. Overall drinkability is pretty decent but I tend to not be a huge Pilsner fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 23:55:39 | More by Fish113d
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with freshness dating on the label. Pours a nice shade of quite light golden amber.Snow white head,leaves moderate lacing. Nose is spicy,fresh lemony hops. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing brew. Loads of resiny and cirtic hops stand out in this bold and flavorful quafer. Great with many foods, fine everyday brew/sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 03:34:45 | More by Billolick
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,130 ratings.