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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,285
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 154
Gots: 267 | 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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Photo of deuschbag


2.65/5  rDev -34.4%

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug. this beer poured an almost highlighter-style clear yellow color with a moderate head and no lace. the smell was really bad. a very bad skunky grassy smell with just an over powering of skunkiness. the taste was very disspleasing. i don't know to how to describe the taste, except as a more hoppier version of heineken. i had a high expectation to try this brew but was very dissapointed. maybe i just had a bad batch(hopefully. come on, victory!). i won't buy this again, though.

02-04-2006 11:37:53 | More by deuschbag
Photo of ghostwalker


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

12 oz bottle serving. Enjoy by Nov 21 05, oops.

Light, highly carbonated, yellow body with a large white head.

Nose is slightly sulfurous, nice and malty, florally hopped.

Flavor is very characteristic of German Pilseners. Really reminds me of how Bitburger tastes in Germany, (not as good in the US, though). Crisp malt up front. Later on the palate, lemon flavor is noticeable, floral hops are all over the finish. It's very tangy and tasty, should be good on a hot day, too.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a zip on the finish.

Drinkability is great! This stuff goes down like magic. Will probably be a summer favorite for me this year.

02-03-2006 00:01:04 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of Maestro


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Bright yellow with the slightest bit of cloudiness. Fluffy, fluffy white head that leaves a creamy lacing.

Smell: Lemon, orange, grass

Taste: Hop explosion...this is by far the hoppiest pilsner I have ever had. There are big grapefruit and pine tastes throughout the beer. The malts provide just enough backbone to balance out the hoppiness. A little bit of sweetness sneeks through from time to time.

Mouthfeel: This is a good drink of beer. Although the hops are big, it is not overwhelmingly bitter. The beer leaves your palette refreshed.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful session pilsner.

Well done, Victory!

01-29-2006 17:52:22 | More by Maestro
Photo of Prufrock


2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

bottle poured into a pilsner.

crystal clear golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head.

aroma is light; notes of skunk, sugar, lemons and floral hops.

heavy carbonation with a light mouthfeel. crisply bitter taste with an overall refreshing taste. simple, straightforward pilsner; somewhat boring. not even close to as good as Victory's others.

01-29-2006 00:25:45 | More by Prufrock
Photo of BigDaddyWil


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Label states: Enjoy by Jan 26 06.
Poured from a bottle into american pint glass.

Clear, pale yellow in color. Bright white half inch head, lots of carbonation, with some quick fading lacing. Smells of malts and hops. Also a strong aroma of yeast and bread. There is a slight hint of fruit, maybe banana. Great well balanced taste, lots of malts up front. Finishes dry with some hoppy bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, but not fizzy. Easy drinking pilsner, with a low abv, to make for a good session beer. I would enjoy this more during the summer months.

01-28-2006 01:27:23 | More by BigDaddyWil
Photo of bearrunner44


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance- Pale yellow color. Thin, pillowy white head. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Zesty aroma with hints of lemon, spicy hops, and bready malt. Well-hopped.

Taste- Plenty of hop flavor. The hops are present throughout the beer, leaving a nice bite in the finish. The hopping isn't harsh, though. It's blends nicely with the malt flavor, making this a spicy-yet-mellow pils. Full-bodied.

Verdict- A very tasty, well-hopped pilsner. Close to perfect.

01-21-2006 06:06:16 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of jhu1995


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a clear, pale gold (duh, it is a pilsener!) with nice carbonation and head. Hops really shine in this one. Nice floral, earthy aroma - very pleasing. Bitterness of the hops shines, but there is a mild, faint sweetness that comes through which is hard to place. Very clean and fresh on the palate with a slightly dry feel. Very drinkable, but most of all, really enjoyable. Cheers!

01-21-2006 04:03:08 | More by jhu1995
Photo of jslot38


3.13/5  rDev -22.5%

Pint Glass from Bottle, Freshness Date Marked

I'm not sure I understand this beer. While I'm sure I didn't receive a bad batch, I'm going to review the beer in front of me. It poured a pale yellow, completely transparent. The bubbly white head disappeared to a coating, and then to nothing, minimal to no lacing. A slightly yeasty smell with a few hints of clove and lemon peel. No dominate taste, certainly no lingerings. Not at all what I expected. Hops are hidden, malts aren't prominant, there is certainly something missing. Any detectable hops do show the common characteristics of a pilsner, a bit zesty, cloved, and a citrus twangs come through, but nothing is at all continually noticable or overwhelmingly appealing. I give points for its simplicity and drinkability however.

This, and I'm relatively new to the category, wasn't what I was expecting, and was overall a disappointment. Not nearly Victory's greatest.

01-17-2006 18:00:35 | More by jslot38
Photo of SurgeonGeneral


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Serving temp: 40F Serving glass: Pilsener Glass

Aroma: Zing! Noble hops abound with big citrusy lemon zest & tang zapping my nostrils. Pretty much all hops with this one, just a bit of bready maltiness coming through.

Appearance: Truly a sexy looking beer. Crystal clear, deep straw with beautiful, bountiful beading. Pure white head retains throughout, excellent, intricate lacing.

Taste: I'm not generally a Pils drinker, but this is really tasty. Clean & refreshing, only small amounts of sweetness up front, the hops are obviously the focus here- perhaps just a bit to much. Although, I'm certainly in no position to comment on what a Pils "should" taste like. A little bit of spice to along with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, sparklingly refreshing. Medium carbonation gives it a little more punch and zest. It doesn't get cleaner than this, IMO.

Drinkability: A great, if somewhat overhopped Pils. For a cold summer drink, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have in my hand.

01-15-2006 17:12:28 | More by SurgeonGeneral
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

It pours a light gold-tinged yellow. Its ever so slightly cloudy. Big 'ol sudsy head is almost gone in a minute. There is slight lacing. Nose is strong lupulin and sulpher. It is off-putting at first, but continued quaffing titilates.

Taste starts off bitter, but not as much as the nose led me to expect. It gives a nice zestyness that complements the higher carbonation level. Sweet malt comes to the surface almost immediately but is pushed back by the bitter hops, which have a slight lemon character, but are really mostly just bitter. Toward the finish a bit of that sulpher comes out, but does not linger unplesantly in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice for the style but may be a tad thin, also the carbonation fizzled a bit quicker than I'd prefer.

01-11-2006 06:15:23 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%

This is one of the best american pilsners I have ever tasted. Enjoyed on tap fresh at the Victory Brewpub in Downingtown, PA.

Appearance: A beautiful straw to golden yellow color with a thick creamy, frothy white head.

Aroma: Piney hop and citrus, vanilla?, melon?

Taste: Fantastic citrusy hop taste with a hint of vanilla or melon. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

Overall: Incredibly drinkable. This is the beer that could convert bud and coors drinkers to craft beer.

01-08-2006 21:20:52 | More by BillyB
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

2.88/5  rDev -28.7%

Finally my local grocery store carries this! Probably for a limited time. 12 oz bottle, awesome hoppy-green label(love their design). First of all 99% of the pilseners i have had i have hated so lets see what happens with this much loved brew. This poured a light yellow gold color with a nice but small white head. Mediocre lacing. Awesome stringing of tiny bubbles. The smell is not the most impressive to me, sweet yet simple hops. Clean. This has some nice yet very light and sharp hop flavor. Tastier than most pilsners i have had by far, but it certainly tastes very euro. This is drinkable. but i would take Brooklyn's Pilsener over this any day. It tastes similar to ass macro pilseners, its just that you can tell more time and better ingredients into it because there are no disgusting chemical aftertastes. But still, as As SMF said below "this is a functional beer"...at this price I am looking for more than functional. Average to me.

01-03-2006 06:47:07 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of joecast


4/5  rDev -1%

hazy light golden color. fairly light carbonation with several streams of tiny bubbles rising. thin white head covers the beer.

fairly light clean grassy aroma. was hoping for more, but its not a deal breaker.

now there are the hops. any disappointment in the aroma is quickly put aside with the first sip. welll rounded bitterness is accompanied by good levels of hop flavor. little residual sweetness and finishes on the dry side.

not quite as good as i had hoped, but i had built this up in my own mind a lot. being two months past its enjoy by date may have affected the aroma slightly, but i doubt too much. one of only a few lagers i have had the last couple of weeks, but a good one.

01-03-2006 05:03:44 | More by joecast
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Had from 12oz bottle. Clear golden color, looked like typical every-day beer (the kind I always drank when I was 21).

This version is all about hops. Much hoppier than I expected, even more hops flavor than some IPA's I've had.

Excellent, made me like pilsners again. Recommended.

01-03-2006 02:02:54 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of ChiSox05


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Shining yellow that catches the light well. Absolute clarity. Thinned out head held on for the first few sips.

Nearly all hops with underlying grain, think I hit a touch of wheat. Hops are sharp, mild hop spice, aroma of pear skin. Basic, fresh, familiar German beer smell.

Taste is an expected metallic, spicy fresh hop with a pleasant bitter, oily finish. Malt mediates the mouthfeel. Spicy and tingly up front, cleansing and multiplyingly foamy later on, not for sweethearts, just clean, dry refreshement.

Again, specially after warming, familiar German malt smell that I don't know how to describe otherwise. Clean, easy drinking, showcase for the spicing hops, detectable quality.

12-30-2005 05:19:53 | More by ChiSox05
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.23/5  rDev -20%

Pours a bright lemon yellow, clear, with a spritzy white head & carbonation. Very typical of the style.

Initial aroma is a strong, sharp hop bitterness. Grapefruit and grasses come up and weave around the oiliness of the hops.

Flavor is very strong in the hop bitterness department, very lemony sour.

Mouthfeel is astringent.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but I don't understand why it is rated as high as it is by others. Hops are too strong, way overblown and out of balance.

12-30-2005 02:06:28 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Prima Pils is golden with good carbonation. Head is medium-sized and fluffy. The aroma is of grain and herbal hop. Wow, the taste is hoppier than expected. Very herbal and bitter. Grainy malt is there, but hops are the focus. My overall impression of this is similar to Victory's HopDevil, the hop bitterness takes a bit much from the flavor for my tastes. I'll probably try this again to see if I can figure out what the fuss is about.

12-29-2005 23:34:33 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of SteveO1231


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a light golden yellow. Great head of white bubbles, lots of carbonation. Spider-web lacing around my glass.

Very nice aroma of malted barley, biscuity with a awesome hoppy scent.

Nice light bodied beer, sweet malt flavors with a nice hoppy bitterness and a bubble burp filled finish.

Very nice brew, crisp and clean. Hoppy as hell, a little unbalanced but I like it. Very high carbonation tickles the nose.


12-27-2005 07:36:44 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of dirtylou


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz bottle, 6 pack from harris teeter, best by 1/6/06

appearance: pours a bright golden yellow, somewhat see through yet a tad cloudy at the same time...a light white head and minimal lacing

smell: lemon peel, grassy, herbal hops, traditional german malt aromas, a touch of lime, splash of citrus

taste: peppery and spicy malt backbone with a bigger than normal hop profile makes this one stick out. lemon peel and some other citrus fruits are noticable...a tad herbal and grassy

mouthfeel: light-medium body, slight hop bitterness

drinkability: very drinkable

12-24-2005 19:05:50 | More by dirtylou
Photo of akahn


4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy head. A lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

A bready, biscuty aroma.

Smooth, light malt flavor. Some slight lemon bitterness, hop tanginess. Rolling carbonation. A lasting but slight, dry aftertaste. On the light body side of things, but certainly not watery. I've had beers that are fuller bodied than this yet somehow seem more watery.

This is a tasty and extremely drinkable beer. Probably the most drinkable I've ever had. I had four of these right in a row of each other last night, and that's something that I rarely care to do. I look forward to drinking this on a hot summer night after riding around town on my bike.

12-22-2005 04:44:37 | More by akahn
Photo of RedHaze


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a clear pale yellow with a thick fluffy white head that fades to a nice cap, and leaves behind a small amount of lace.

Smell; there's a definite spicy hoppiness to this, and has a bit of a floral scent. It has a nice clean smell to it.

Taste; slightly biscuity malts, with some piney hops with a bit of spiciness in the finish and just a little bit bitter. Mouthfeel is light and just slightly oily. Prima Pils went down very easy, my glass was empty before I knew it. This is not my favorite style, but I still found this to be rather enjoyable.

12-21-2005 22:56:57 | More by RedHaze
Photo of HugoGrim


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pale yellow in color with a decent head. Visible carbonation throughout.

Scent is much spicier and hopier than you'd expect from a pils.

Flavor is a perfect balance of sweet smoothness and spicy bitterness. A very substantial herbal, spicy, hop flavor is contrasted by a smooth malty sweetness. This is the first Victory brew I've tried, and I am very impressed.

12-18-2005 15:39:51 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of pbr85

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

I poured this beer from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is one of the few pilsners that I have had. Appearance is faint yellow with a small white head that disappears rapidly. There is little to no lacing. The smell is flowery hops. The hops are the first thing that hit you when you taste it but quickly fade to reveal biscuity malts. As it warms the hop flavor becomes dominated by the bready malts. This beer feels a little dry in the mouth, but it is still somewhat smooth. Its drinkability is great, I could kill a bunch of this in one night but I wouldn't necessarily always have this on hand...

12-17-2005 00:10:47 | More by pbr85
Photo of clabaugh


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear and crisp pale gold, very transparent and pure. Big, sudsy, white head resembling a frothy tide. Lacing is respectable; it clings to glass unevenly and with modest vigor.

Smell: Sweet, bready malts with hints of piney hops. The beer exudes rich biscuit overtones supplemented with some mildly pungent hops.

Taste: A solid backbone of biscuit, flour, and cereals confronts one immediately. The malts proudly announce themselves in every sip of this beer. Some piney hops manage to interject themselves humbly in the midst of some serious malt assertiveness.The beer strikes me as a bit out of balance, as the hops could stand to be more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and just bitter enough. The carbonation is just right. Luxurious on the tongue.

Drinkability: Exceedingly drinkable. This beer's smoothness and moderate alcohol content make it an excellent candidate for session beer status.

12-16-2005 22:46:49 | More by clabaugh
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clear macro-looking yellow with a nice lasting fluffy head. I got biscuts, fruits(citrus), and floral aromas in the nose. Very pleasent. The taste kind of suprised me. It was much more hoppy than I was expecting. Kind of a fruity and grassy taste with some very well defined hop character. Feels kind of thin and overly carbonated in the mouth. You could easily throw a few of these down while watching a football game. I'm not a big pilsner fan, but I will continue to drink Victory's Prima Pils.

12-15-2005 18:50:28 | More by wcudwight
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,285 ratings.