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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,702
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 193
Gots: 496 | 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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Ratings: 4,702 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer poured a bright gold with a big foamy white head that holds for a little bit but fades leaving a thin film the whole way down and lacing some. The smell is a nice mixture of barley malts and agressive hops. The taste is very similar to the smell with the hops coming out more as the beer warms. The beer has a good body and carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer one that I would love to stock the fridge with in the summer.

Photo of thisisshsas
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow coloring with a large foamy head, very clear and indicative of the style.

S- light crisp smell, it could be a little stronger to be better.

T- nice and light, flowery side flavor with a slight crispy hop taste thats extremely refreshing. Carbonation gives a slight burn of the tongue. One of the best lagers I've ever had.

M- unlike some lagers, the prima pils has a strong enough flavor that it doesn't fade after a few few seconds. You can swish it in you mouth and get more flower style taste.

D- extremely drinkable, a beer for the usual bud drinker and the beer connoisseur as well. Not my favorite style but you have to recognize good when it shows up though.

Photo of kinger
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is crisp with a friendly bite to it, sweet and hoppy could be more pronounced. Poured a very pale golden yellow with an enormous white pillowey head that left some impressive lacing down my glass. Clean mouthfeel that is wonderfully smooth which teams with the flavor to make this beer incredibly drinkable. Flavor falls right in line with a nice crisp and snappy profile. The hops (I believe saaz are commonly used) round out a lightly malted base creating a nicely balanced flavor. There is a beautiful easiness to this pilsner ( I don't want to call it simple ) which is what makes it so very good and easily enjoyable. Not my favorite style and for the price I will likely not re-visit this too often.

Photo of youngblood
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful gold coloring, sparkles when held up to sunlight. Poured to a two finger head into an imperial pint glass. Head retention was about one minute. Leaves some pretty lace on the glass.

S - Smells of a mixture of sweetness and bitterness, hops come up a little bit in the back in the scent.

T - Very interesting. Has a strong pilsner flavor at the opening followed swiftly by the freshly cut grass bitterness of hops. Well balanced.

M - Smooth on the tongue, very light.

D - Low ABV lends itself to being a session beer. The hops and pilsner style make this quite a refresher!

Photo of pearljam118
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into glass

A: Golden yellow, clear with little head settling quickly

T: Slightly sweet at first with a taste of hops, crisp bitter after taste.

M: very carbonated but light

D: perfect beer after a summer long day, im looking forward to picking up a case of this beer

Photo of MrMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Jacob Wirths in Boston.

Pours a clear gold with a one-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving spotty lacing.

Smell is faint, but there's some lightly toasted grains and some noble hops: very grassy and floral.

Taste is toasted grains, and grassy, floral hops, with a crisp, bitter finish. There's a very distinct petroleum characteristic, much like a good viogner.

Light-bodied, very crisp and clean.

Wonderful drinkability. Couldn't ask for a better brew on a hot summer day!

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle poured into a pilsener glass, best before date: 10/8/08.

A: Pours a clear and clean looking light golden straw with a nice inch thick and rocky egg shell white head that leaves just as thick a lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice little ropes of carbonation doing their best to support the head. Hard to think how this beer could be improved on any more, just give me a tiny bit more carbonation throughout the session, otherwise perfection in a glass.

S: Grassy and sweet with a mild floral hop spiciness. Germal pils through and through.

T/MF: Very grassy, haylike and floral, lemon zest and comes to mind and backed by a solid malt grainiess. Mouthfeel is mildly coarse and leaves the slightest of drying sensations on the tongue. Feels full bodied for a pilsener if that makes sense. I mean it obviously doesn't drink like a dopplebock but its not yellow fizzy water either, I suppose I could sum this up by saying it has a solid chewiness to it with a mildly lingering hop profile, nice nice nice.

D: One fine beer! Who says pilseners can't be flavorful. Insanely drinkable, good any time of the year and a wonderful American take on the style. I was worried that hops would dominate this beer but they play a well defined role in this beer, wonderfully paired with the malts. Tasty tasty stuff.

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

Draft into an - of course - pilsener glass. Nearly the platonic pilsener appearance. Nothing amazing about it except how prototypical it should be. A deep but clear golden color, with a lacy white head.

Floral, not particularly bitter, hops on the nose. Good, crisp, but pretty standard.

Clear and nicely noticeable malt graininess and nuttiness compliment the foll bodied hop taste. Very crisp and refreshing feel. Leaves behind a perfect, slight twinge of hop bitterness on the palate, inviting you to drink more. Maybe a lot more.

Photo of beernut
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cannot complain about Victory. Pours clear golden with a nice white head that doesn't stay around too long. Aroma is big floral hops with a grainy sweetness. Taste is big floral and spicy hops, with a citrus taste as well. Finished a little sweet, mild bitterness maybe with a grassy aftertaste. Always a good purchase.

Photo of donaldchapman
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, brilliantly clear, with good lacing.
S - Flowery hop aromas with a good malty grainy aroma to back it up.
T - Light malt sweetness, with a good bitterness and plenty of hop flavors, clean crisp.
M - medium light bodied, with a good carbonation and crsip finish.

This is a great beer, it is light and refreshing and packed with flavor.

Photo of ATPete
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

best by date is unreadable but i have reason to believe this is a fresh bottle.

Prima Pils pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a monster foamy white head that leaves some sticking. The nose is very impressive and surprisingly large, lots of big fruit esters and (Belgian?) yeast. A metallic note surfaces as the beer settles. The big fruity/grassy character of the nose really transfers into its flavor, over all balanced, decent pale malt backbone and a dry hop profile, it sports a rather bitter but not offensive aftertaste. Spicy and farmhouse funky, this reminds me of a 'light' saison rather than a true pils. Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Its fairly drinkable, and would be great in the hot months.

Photo of Generik420
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New to the state of Indiana is beers from Victory Brewing Company based in Downingtown, PA. I have had a few of their offerings and have yet to be disappointed. So it is with great pleasure that I can review the Prima Pils and gleefully say I didn't have to trade to get this, it is now here in Naptown!

One of my bigger complaints with the craft beer industry is the lack of pilsners. It's almost like the industry as a whole has seen what the big 3 have done to the style and they are content to let them get away with it. Well Victory has decided to fight back with their Prima Pils which is an outstanding pilsner that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the finest from Europe. Prima Pils pours a bright golden yellow and in the right lighting, it almost gets a neon glow to it. It is really something to behold, with a gorgeous bright white and thick head gracing the top. Eventually that head will slow drop out but continue to leave lacing all the way down the glass.

The first thing you notice when you raise the glass up to your face is the hops aroma. Very distinct noble hops layered on top of fresh cut grass.. oh so inviting! Taking a sip and you realize that the flavor lives up to the aroma. The beer has a clean and crisp hop bite that really demands that you to take another swallow. The hops are somewhat grassy in nature and leave the beer with an outstanding balance between bitterness and malt. On the tail end, that bitterness lingers lightly on the back of the tongue to remind you that you still have more in the glass.

This is an absolutely world class pilsner beer and would compare well with brands from Europe like Stiegl, Warsteiner, Radeberger, etc. So for those of you out there that have shied away from that pale pilsner style, either because of what the macros have done to the style or because many times imports have that 3 months in a cargo hold taste, give this one a try. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Photo of gunnerman
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a recent trade, thanks Adam. Poured a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head. Smell is very citrus, sweet grass and a bit of crisp lemon goodness. Taste was where this is at, I was so thirsty and craving a beer, boy this went down well and quickly, taste is very mild highly carbonated sweet on the toungue with light malt and a bit of hop bitterness not overwhelming. This is one good summer beer it goes down so smooth and really quenches the thirst.

Photo of NolateM
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Best by" date is about a month away, so I'm in the zone...

Yellow, slightly hazy pilsner with a perfect lingering head.

Crisp flavor, reminiscent of corn nuts, bready malt, hint of yeast, and with a pleasantly bitter, zesty hop finish. Hoppier than your average pilsner, which if you ask me is a good thing.

Lively carbonation, easy to drink plenty of this. This is THE quintessential pilsner, and a tried & true favorite summer beer.

About $8.50 a six-pack

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, pale yellow in color. A nice half inch head forms on the pour. Smell is malty with some underlying floral qualities. Taste is much the same, but with more of the underlying floral hops coming through. The taste is much better than the smell. Clean and non-cloying on the mouthfeel. This is a good pilsener.

Photo of chrisny4205
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw yellow. Bone white head that kept me company most of the testing. We became close friends.

Smell got better the more I tasted the beer. Earthy to piney smell.

This beer went from good to amazing after the fourth sip. A great example of a German pilsner. Such a delicate beer that lets its flavors come at you one at a time. Sweet maltiness then erased by the bittering hops. The flavors are light and very well balanced.

Sat well. Not a big body. This is a delicate brew.

This beer could be drank at anytime and all the time.

Photo of Seanibus
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a Pilsner should be. It is one of a handful of American-made pilsners that simply set the standard for all the others.

Pours radiant yellow and perfectly clear,with a big fluffy head and streams of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head fades slowly to large, luxurious lacing. The aroma is powerful, bright and grainy with a slight lemony tinge and subtle, smooth floral hops. The flavor is honey-like, with a powerful pils grain backbone and a surprisingly strong hop bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasing with a good carbonation bite and a bit of bitterness developing and clinging on the back of the mouth.

This is a superbly drinkable beer, light and crisp enough to win over Macro fans, but complex and subtly hoppy enough to win over craft-beer-only purists. It's hard to do better than this.

Photo of xare
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was a nice golden color with a thin lacy head. It was very inviting and nice to see but a bit disappointing with the small head (looks like soap scum, that's it).

Smell was of malt and hops - better than average but nothing memorable that made me salivate.

Taste was average at best - could taste malt and hops and wetness in general, but again, nothing that really distinguished itself and made me want to have it again.

Mouthfeel was a surprise. It definitely was very full and had some meat on its bones but didn't go down very crisp or clean. That kind of balanced out for an average sensation.

Drinkability was decent - finished it pretty quick but I doubt I'd search out 6-packs of this beer simply because I have so many other options I'd go for instead of going to the trouble of finding this beer. If it was readily available without a struggle, I'd buy 6ers for sure but as is, its availability limits its drinkability for me.

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!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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