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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,148 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 4,148
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 230 | 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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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was dated Sep 03 '05

Poured into a straight pilsener glass this beer is crystal clear pale yellow with a pillowy two-finger snow white head which settles down to one-finger after a minute. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom.

Aroma features a generous dose of hops- partly grassy, partly lemon peel- and a good platform of grainy malt. It is definitely German in nature. Some faint alcohol is present as well.

The hops are really ratcheted up on the palate- a very clean yet substantial bitterness dominates. There is just enough malt to keep things from getting coarse but that is all. The finish is dry and crisp, and the lemon peel hop elements linger for quite a while. As with the nose a touch of alcohol finishes things off. Not exactly my cup of tea, but quality stuff nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 14:55:23 | More by TongoRad
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light straw-gold color with a nice thick head. Great lace left on the glass after each sip.

Smell is very floral and very lightly malty. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with powerful (but not overwhelming) hops and a touch of malt. This beer screams hops in the nose, but is very balanced. Finished almost bone-dry and crisp.

A very drinkable beer, that I bought as a hot weather thirst quencher, but I would drink all year round. The only problem I see with this, is my inability to stop drinking it!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 15:14:25 | More by Beervis
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Boilermaker88

California

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

Served from a 12oz bottle with "enjoy by 09.20.2005" on the lower left side of the label.
Appearance: bright goldenrod color, generous carbonation, and a frothy white head. Moderate amounts of lace simply add to the pleasing visual.
Smell: quite floral and fruity, with some snappy, spicy hops. Decent hay-like malt rounds things out a bit. Real solid Saaz aroma.
Taste and feel: wow, big-time hops pop here! Sweetly malty to begin with. Get a nice fruity flavor putting in a brief appearance. Quickly steps aside for a solid counterpointing spicy hops rush. Herbal hops flavor carries over well past each swallow. Medium-bodied, yet fuller than most other pils. High carbonation gives Prima Pils a lively nip to the tastebuds.
Overall: so easily drinkable, so superbly hopped! Easily my favorite beer by Victory. Hope that Victory can get some fresh Prima Pils sent out to the West Coast soon. It'll be a DBF staple.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 05:33:32 | More by Boilermaker88
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz. bottle from the sampler pack. Date on the bottle!! Yea!

Pours a brilliant straw yellow with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head drops off to just a few islands in a very short time; my only gripe with this beer. Pretty high level of carbonation evident.

The smell is awesome. If this isn't Saaz, I'll eat my glass! And the aroma from the (German) malt is to die for. Spices and fresh baked bread are blended together. Great aroma!

The taste is just like the smell. Smooth malt followed by a gentle bittering and then that spicy Saaz hop flavor. I wish I was better at describing flavors. The balance is perfect for the style. This isn't an understated pilsner by any means, but...WOW!

Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly soft carbonation, a tongue cleansing crispness, and a long lasting hop presence in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

If I didn't like IPA's so much, this would be my everyday beer. Not too strong, not too weak, just right. A session beer looking for a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 19:25:31 | More by jakester
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I've been drinking ales for so long I'd kind of forgotten just how good a pilsner can be. In many ways but for one this was an exceptional brew.

The pour was unmistakably a pilsner - clear, straw yellow with a pure white head. The foam died off all too quickly and left only the faintest of rings around the glass.

The smell was just plain yummy - clean, clear hops just begging for a sip. The taste was incredible. My first reaction was "oh, yeah, this is what a -beer- used to taste like" There's a nice balance between a sweetish, light bread malt note and a very aggressive hop. This has all the hallmarks of an old-fashioned, true to style pilsner.

For all of the other positives, the mouthfeel was a major disappointment. There was practically no carbonation, no 'fizz' on the tongue. Instead the beer just laid there, flat, like it had been left open overnight. The minimal head was a warning sign and for good reason.

I'm hoping the lack of carbonation is a fluke. This sample was hand carried from the East Coast (thanks rapopoda!) but I doubt that could have caused any problems. I'm looking forward to sampling some more "Prima" Pils in the hopes that the next one is more typically carbonated. (if so, I'll re-rate to be fair) It's a shame because the taste was so incredible...

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 04:02:12 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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marcobrau

Illinois

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

Perhaps the hoppiest pilsner I've ever had. (I swear that this beer had slight green tinge to its golden hue.) The aroma is wonderfully spicy. Hops show themselves quite a bit in this pilsner, but mostly in the middle and in the nose. The bitterness is apparent, but not as striking as one might expect. The malt flavor is crisp and clean. The mouthfeel is smooth and the body firm. Perhaps a bit fuller bodied than most German pilsners that this beer seems to imitate, but what more can you ask for in a microbrewed pilsner beer?

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2005 03:02:03 | More by marcobrau
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw hue with a half-inch stark white head. Nice carbonation. Great nose of sharp floral, grassy hops and crisp, clean lager yeast. Palate begins with more of the same, then develops a sharper hoppiness. Finish is lightly bitter, with light notes of citrus and black pepper. Medium body is standard for a pilsner. An excellent, thirst-quenching beer perfect fora warm June evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 01:10:06 | More by ElGordo
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

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

Nice light golden color and tons of carbonation bubbles. 1/2" white foamy head that disipated a little too quickly. Nice malty smell with a light floral aroma and a grassy overtone. Taste starts out with a grassy and slight citrus note that is followed by a nice bitterness for the aftertaste. Well balanced beer, the bitterness dosn't overpower and actually becomes less noticable as you finish the beer. Very drinkable beer especially @ $25/case. Will be on my regular summer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 13:22:52 | More by beermanbrian
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kegerator

Maryland

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from victory
pours a slightly hazy yellow with some slight golden tones and a decent 1/2 inch head that sticks around for a good while.
smell was floral hops up front with hints of malt and bread in the back.
taste was a nice blend of the floral hop with a hit of slight citrus and bready earthiness. the beer was clean and crisp and had an almost bready creaminess that lingered at the back of the mouth

very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 11:32:50 | More by kegerator
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz best by 7/24/05 printed on the label, poured into a pilsener glass.

Clear gold with active carbonation that supports a two finger head of white that shows good retention and sticky lace.

Spicy hops paired with biscuity malts, with that pilsener funkiness underneath. Earthy.

The malts are upfront when tasted. Slightly caramel with some husk. The hops come in midway and lead into a dry, but very clean finish.

The mouthfeel on this one suprised me. Not thick in any way, but full and smooth. Not heavy, but my whole mouth feels it.

This is an excellent choice for a session brew, or something to have with dinner. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 05:43:21 | More by ypsifly
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palma

New York

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

Good looking pils. Golden body with a decent head.
Light hoppy aroma with some grassy notes.
A clean refreshing taste with a very strong bitterness. Nice solid body, especially for a pils. This beer scores a high 4.5 for that hop bitterness baby! yeah!
Overall, a great pils which is very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 05:32:24 | More by palma
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Pours light white golden color with big, foamy white head that deposited all kinds of chunks of lace to the glass.
Aroma has a really grass and flowered hop aroma with just a touch of malt sweetness.
Flavor is full of light bodied crystal and light malts with a full blown grass and citrus balancing hop taste. Really well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little on the full side for style but it's a good twist. Not quite as clean on the palate as expected with just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Drinkability is very high. Abolsutely thirst quenching and refreshing. Definitely a bit of an American twist on a great style but well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 17:54:55 | More by CRJMellor
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Freshness date: Sept. 11, 2005.

Appearance: Pours a light, straw yellow with an incredible head. Thick, foamy, rocky, a full four fingers thick into a pilsner glass on this warm spring evening. Great active carbonation adds points to this nice presentation.

Smell is fresh and expressive, the pilsner malts are obvious but not overpowering... grassy and slightly grainy. This should be good.

Taste: Crisp and clean, ballsy for a German style pils... this brew leans damn near into "uber" territory. Clean pilsner maltiness with a fantastic, perfectly suitable hop bitterness in the finish. Too good for the lawnmower, I reserve these for the barbecue and by the pool.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but substantial, terrific for the style. Not the gleaming feature of this beer, but then again, we're talking pilsner. It drinks quite well.

Drinkabilty: At $30.99 a case at Total Wine in River Edge, NJ, this is not my everyday session brew. The hoppy finish has the ability to numb the taste buds a bit after a few bottles, so savor da flavor!

However, when the sun is shining and friends are in abundance, as is almost always the case in the summer months, I make it my business to have a case on hand. Fortunately this is readily available in the area, and it can't be beat for a truly rewarding hot weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 02:02:37 | More by yelterdow
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great German Pilsner that was only $2.50 a pnt last night at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Enough head and lacing and tons of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Smooth tasting, with hints of honey and clove. One of the best, if not the best, tasting pilsners I can recall. Though it could be a session beer, I had this last after a long evening of tasting and took a bit longer to finish. Keep cooler than room temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 19:16:08 | More by Backer2004
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

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

Tasted on tap at Brixx, 6/2/05.

Golden in color with a thin layer of white foam (at least, by the time it reached my table, the head had reduced) and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Soft, herbaceous aroma with a strong hops presence. Taste is similar, with layers of herbal flavors and crisp, dry hoppiness sitting atop a soft depth of malts that round out the flavor in the mouth.

All in all, I'm very, very happy that Brixx added this beer to their lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 15:49:35 | More by RockyTopHeel
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EPseja

New Jersey

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

Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature.

A: Light straw yellow, crystal clear. Modest, off-white, foamy head with many different sized bubbles. Steady, hypnotizing streams of bubbles rising from microscopic flaws on the inside of the glass. Relaxing and meditative like watching a fishtank... heh heh.

S: Characteristic clean, sweet pure German pils. Slightly flowery with an aggressive touch of European hops that adds to its seductive nose.

T: Immediate hop hit in the front, slightly uncharacteristic for the style. Clean and lightly malty in the middle. Medium dry, hoppy bitter finish. Pleasant hop aftertaste that makes me (but perhaps not the average pilsener drinker) want another sip.

M: Active and lively without being overcarbonated. Refreshing, however I feel that it could stand to benefit from a pinch less carbonation.

D: This is a supremely drinkable summertime pilsener even if the carbonation isn't the smoothest. I can't find any reason not to reach for another bottle - even after already having a few. Nice job, Victory!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 16:30:25 | More by EPseja
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granger10

Wisconsin

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

This beer pours a light golden color with a large foamy egg white head. Head recedes to a small layer above the liquid. Not really any lacing, only a few bubbles rise to the top. Smell is slightly hoppy but more grassy but in a good way. Taste has much more of a hop precense than the aroma. I guess I might be used to the whole dry hopping thing but this doesn't really seem dry hopped. Quite a full body which takes the main stage with a nice herbal element. Hops are nicely noticeable but not stinging in any way. The spicyness of the hops work with the rest of the flavors in near perfect harmony. They just work with the rest of the beer beautifully. Finish has little acidity and lingers with a hop bite. Great beer here, probably the best pils I have ever had. I need to get me some pilsners from Germany and compare but this is damn excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 21:42:31 | More by granger10
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a nice light golden colour, sparkly with a small head that quickly dissipates. Smells like sweet malt, with a little bit of up front hop bitterness. It's tasty, sweet at the front, pretty full and malty, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty full for a pilsner, lots of flavour and very enjoyable, probably one of the best pilsners out there. Definately a fine session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 00:20:08 | More by Viggo
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jvonkluck

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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 +4%
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 +9.7%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.2%
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 +13.9%
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%
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
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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