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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 174
Gots: 425 | 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 largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold with a fairly long-lasting white head.

Smell: A big floral and herbal hop aroma is most prevalent with some biscuity undertones.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry and biscuity, the pilsner malt really takes a back seat to the spicy, grassy hop flavors here. Noble hops appear with even greater presence in the finish, biting and crisp with greater bitterness than any German pils I've tried. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is spot-on for the style. The only thing that this beer is lacking is the clean finish that I commonly associate with a good pils; the oily hops take over the palate and linger for a touch longer than I'd like.

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

A - Pours a clear straw with an inch of dense and chatty foam.

S - Somewhat chalky and herbal/floral, with light citrus tones.

T/M - Quite malty up front with a sweet touch but finishes dry and quite bitter. Not overly carbonated and has a not-excessively-light body. Very clean, well controlled flavours.

D - Quite good, I like the touch of malt that seems to put this a bit above most pils I've had.

Photo of wanker
2.87/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pepe La Peu! I thought that I got a skunked sixer until I read several reviews that came to the same conclusion I did -- someone dropped a skunk into this brew.

Dude, where does this overwhelming skunkiness come from? I've never smelled a beer where it was this strong.

Luckily the skunk is less apparent in the taste than the smell. But nevertheless, my second impression of this beer (first being the skunk) was "I sure don't miss lagers."

Hate to say it, but to me this one tasted like one part Miller High Life, one part skunk and one part hops.

...and this from the folks that brought us Storm King! How disappointing.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bubbly light straw yellow with a 2 finger head and wispy lacing stuck everywhere in the glass.

S - Pale/pilsner malt with a touch of spicy, floral noble hops and what I refer to as stale lager. Not sure if this stale lager is lager yeast aroma or sulfur or what but it is a aroma/flavor I tend to find in some lagers. The aroma kept switching back and forth from noticeable hops to this sulfur type aroma.

T - Nice sweet pilsner malt backbone with some spicy and floral hops mixed in. I also get the stale lager/sulfer taste mixed in.

M - Light and crisp with the slightest dry finish. Very easy to drink.

D - Everyone talks about how hoppy this beer is but I think Troegs Sunshine or NG Home Town Blond are hoppier versions of German Pilsners. I would still drink a Prima as a nice refresher on a warm summer day.

Photo of rodcom
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally, I can take or leave a pilsner beer. They simply are a little boring for me. However, this one from Victory is a crisp sharp beer that is so drinkable. Beautiful golden color right out of the bottle that tastes perfect in a chilled glass. Little bit of a an aftertaste brings down the score a bit.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer looks exactly how a pilsner should. It is a beautiful golden, clear, color with a healthy-looking, white, frothy head. The smell is watery with mild hops and a great herbal barley aroma...rheinheitsgebot? Very simple, clean smelling beer.

Taste: Hoppy and floral. There is a herbal character that does well to balance the malt. The beer tastes full enough to have some complexity but it is likely owing to the biscuity malt. After all, let's not forget Morgan's Canon: parsimony is to be preferred. Perhaps this is just a simple, excellently crafted beer.

M: Slightly more bountiful than most pilsners, likely from the stronger biscuit malts. Very tasty as it is still remarkably clean tasting.

Victory was new to Georgia when I got this beer so it was an intial foray into their offerings. Now I get the Prima on tap at Trappeze. Had Pilsner Urquell not abanbdoned their traditional recipes, they would still remain my top. In our current state, however, Prima Pils looks prime to rise above.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a clear pale yellow with a strong carbonation and a great white head of foam.

S: Smells faintly of citric hops and mostly Euro lager graininess.

T: Not for nothing, but this isn't that great. I was looking for some aggressive hopiness for a pilsner, but instead, got mostly boring pilsner. That said, it was crisp, clean, slightly hopped and thirst quenching, but not what I was hoping for.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated; refreshing.

D: It paired well with my citrus vinagrette dressing, but I probably wouldn't get a six pack of it or re-order it by itself.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle, and maybe I'm biased against pilsners as a boring style to start with, but I just couldn't get into this one.

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

Lightly hazy pale lemon color with a fuzzy white cap. Lightly lemony smelling with grassy, earthy hops. Much the same in the flavor. Nice medium body with pleasant carbonation finishing lightly crisp and dry. Very nice pilsner. Extremely pleasant, palatable, and sessionable. Definitely one of the best of the style.

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

On tap at The Flying Saucer. It was a fairly hot spring day and after a visit to the zoo, I was thirsty. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a clear straw color with a thick white head. It was a little sticky and left some nice lacing. Nice floral bouquet. It had a pleasant hoppy taste that was crisp and refreshing. Nice beer.

Photo of Kraken
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard bar pint glass. Hardy pour yields one finger of perfectly white head with slight lacing. Beer pours an exceptional clear straw/amber with no sediment. Slightly floral nose, hints at the heightened hop character of this pilsner. Hops are very prevalent on the tongue, nice light malt character and candy sugar balance it out. Finish is clean. Bravo Victory this is a very nice pilsner.

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

A-pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with some visible sedimemt slowly falling to the bottom,the head is thick fluffy and tall leaving behind some nice lacing

S-hoppy,white flour,lemon rinds(smells very nice,for a pils)

T-citrusy,some dry grassy flavors mix evenly with a malty buiscuity balance that macros can only dream of

M-outstanding....light but full body is IMHO what is missing from many average pils,this feels like it has real substance,the finish is clean and bordeline dry

D-a simple yet well rounded brew,they just don't get any better,see ya soon Prima!

Photo of umtox
2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean and light with a fair amount of carbonation and a good head

S: Hoppy, bitter, but with a definite skunk undertone

T: Clean, a bit bitter and refreshing, a bit of a limestone or brine flavor.

M: Crisp on the palate giving way to bitterness

D: Not the lightest pils, but definitely a decent session beer.

This is a pretty decent pils minus the smell. Would find this especially refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Near perfect looking golden, bubbly body under an inch and half worth of white head. Good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Smells of floral hops, mostly clean, perhaps a bit of skunk.

T: Malty up front, some piney hop in the back end with a moderate level of bitterness.

M/D: Light, crisp, refreshing, slightly prickly, but very easy to go down. A pretty good pilsener. Personally, I like mine a bit more "Saaz"-ier, I think this one is heavy on other noble varieties. Still a very good beer for a summer day.

Photo of EStreet20
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tall, thin pils glass. Never really been into pilseners but I'm trying to expand my horizons even more.

A - A good hard pour produces a nice transparent yellow brew with about a finger and a half of white head. Tiny bubbles rush to the top.

S - Pils malts mix with a nice fruitiness. Some hops playing as well.

T - A nice mix of pils malts with a hop rush.

M - Fairly light bodied, which works out for the style. Bubbly carbonation.

D - Yeah, could definitely drink a few. Trying to expand my palate to pilseners and this is a nice start. Could enjoy some cold on a hot summer day.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- ultra clear straw golden yellow with a soft puffy white head and plenty of wispy lace. constant stream of champagne bubbles rise in a dense column up the center with prismatic effects, letting the beer glisten in the light.

S- grassy lemony hops and sweet pale malt. very clean smell with a spicy floral punch. just screams refreshing, like a kicked up lemonade. flowery herbal aroma intensifies as it warms slightly with plenty of tea-like hops.

T- crisp and clean, noble hops lead the with with a fair amount of pale malt playing back-up. soft lemon, darjeeling tea, saltine cracker, and raw grains, and an all at once floral/herbal/grassy bitter finish.

MF- light and clean, very clean as a metter of fact, slightly dry, and plenty effervescent.

D- really dig this pils, clean enough for a lager lover and zippy enough for a hop head.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color a good lace of head. Smell is mild and slightly fruity. Taste is very perfumy, sweet, and slightly bitter. It goes down very smooth but with some bitterness on the back on the palate. This a very good beer and completely different than an American pilsner.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into my Molson pilsner glass.

A: Nice deep golden color with tons of transparity. 1/2 finger of white head that quickly went down.

S: Grassy with hops in there as well and a nice earthy backbone.

T: Malt is up front then the hops. Sweet fade inbetween that goes into the finishing bitterness.

M: Light body but well done. Feels heavier than it is. Carbonation is strong.

D: With the weather getting nicer I find myself reaching for more session beers. Nothing beats coming home from work and having a beer or two while the weather is nice. This beer fits that perfectly.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a clear golden-apricot color w/light head, retaining a thin cap and leaving faint tracing.
S-Aromas of flowery hops, light malt, and wet-dog.
T-Light malt. Taste is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter hops w/nice tart, citrus bite, but the sour taste lingers in mouth for a long time, and gradually turns unpleasant.
M-Good carbonation backbone with lighter body. Decent for style.
D-Light on the palate and easy to drink. Very refreshing.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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
4.42/5  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
4.32/5  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.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.