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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,430
Reviews: 1,985
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 318 | 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 AustinBeerLvr
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Poured about a two inch head and left a very good amount of lacing on the glass as it's being consumed.

S: Sweet perfumy malt is very present up front. The nose was also a good amount of grainess as well.

T & M: Perfumy and a little caramel malt up front that fades to grassy hopes in the true taste. Aftertaste leaves a nice amount of hop bitterness and sweet perfumy malt taste that leaves you wanting more. Mouthfeel is very good for the style, as it's fairly medium bodied, which is just what a German Pilsner should be.

D: Highly drinkable German Pilsner assuming you like the style. Looks fairly similar in terms of color to other lagers out there (many people don't realize head retention and lacing have a lot to do with a beer), but tastes completely different as is defenitely not for a "I'm only a Bud Light guy". Victory Brewing did an excellent job with hop bittering this beer and balancing everything out.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a miller lite golden shower yellow. Nice thick 2 fingers of head that quickly boils down. Plenty of thick lacing.

Strong hoppy without the fresh floral smell. The hops dont smell regular, more biting than expected. I must assume its correct for the German style as if anything it reminds more of its American counterparts.

Certainly not a taste that I am used to. Tastes fresh. Fresh hops, not like the biting smell I get. More like a "camp" beer smell ... you know the one ;).

Fresh and floral, but almost creamy. Carbonation is very surprising. Much less than expected and in a good way. Very nice overall, impressive down the line.

Very drinkable. Not a style I would typically go for, but not one I think I would pass up if offered.

JasonA, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally a pils type guy, but I thought it would be nice to start with for dinner. Poured into a tall pils glass, nice two inch thick pure white head, with good retention and lacing. The color of the body is lovely translucent blond gold, with streams of bubbles retaining the head. Smells of pils malt, gentle and elegant, some piny, but subdued hops, pale malts and a hint of honey (like mentioned in other reviews). The taste is crisp and refreshing, a very quenchable beer, I feel as though I enjoy it more the bigger the mouthful I drink. The pils malt is present, with subtle bitterness from the hops. To make an oxymoron this beer screams of subtlety. The quality of the water is even present to a degree, as far as my limited experience with pils this is very nice. I'd buy it again if the occasion called for it no doubt.

mmcave, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific head retention, accompanied by a classic light golden color and oodles of carbonation bubbles in an otherwise clear body. Nose is remarkably fresh smelling with plenty of mellow hopping and a citrus twinge. Obviously tthe "grainy" typical pilsner smell is also present but this is a better example than most. Lacing also impresses even beforre the first sip.

Tight, tasty flavor that opens with malt and finishes with a broad river of open ended, piney hops. Aftertaste is satisfying and long lasting. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Extremely European tasting.. If I didn't know better I'd have sworn this was an import, which is praise, particularly in this style. Tough to top on either shore.

daliandragon, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear yellow body with a gentle carbonation racing through it. There is a thick white head that is creamy but turns bubbly after a while.

S- The smell of dry pale malt has a spicy hop aroma and when it warms there is a faint dry honey malt note in there too.

T- This beer has a smooth faint pale malt freshness with a soft raw corn note to it. The herbal green hops have a hint of ginger spice to them that finish in a nice hoppy bite.

M- The mouthfeel is light with a dry finish but I didn't detect any note of sulfur dryness.

D- This beer has good depth of hops and the malt flavors are very good for this style.

rhoadsrage, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking Pilsener! Pours a light straw yellow with lots of visible sediment. The frothy white head is large, sticky and persistent.

The aroma is sweet with subtle fruity hints of pineapple and citrus rind. There is a spicy, pepper smell in the background.

Light, sweet flavor blends balances into a medium citrus hop profile. Mellow grapefruit with hints of pineapple finish with a spicy, bitter finish. Lots of pepper and clove spiciness in the aftertaste with a splash of zesty, citrus sweetness.

Light palate with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a nice Pilsener from Victory. I wasn't expecting the full range of spices but the taste does not disappoint. This would make for a good summer session brew. I can imagine drinking quite a few of these on hot summer day!

Estarrio, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into mug

Clear golden hay color with a white one finger head with decent retention. The head ends up as a thin cap. Solid layered lacing along the glass.

Hints of husky malts with a sharp presence of piney hops.

Grainy and sweet malts loaded with citrusy hops. Thin mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation gives a little bit of bite on the tongue. The finish consists of a bit of grain and the lingering bitterness of the hops.

Not a bad pilsner, great for the summer (although this was tasted in the winter). Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a very nice head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy hops. Taste is good with a lot of hops for a pils with a little fruitiness and a little malt. Mouthfeel is good and so is drinkability. Not my favorite style but this is a good beer.

hckyfn9999, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one in preparation for a beer dinner.

Stray yellow in color. Very clear. White 1/4" head that quickly fades. First taste is of hops. More than the average Pils but it helps out. It's very smooth and tasty. Not your average Pils. The malt and hops balance out nicely. I think this one might be a great starter for my meal...

mnfinnkidd, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden yellow appearance. Beautiful head that looks like whipped egg whites.

Plenty of malt in the nose, along with pine and lemon zest.

Slightly sweet with ample bitter hops that come straight at you. Some citrus, and a touch of alcohol. Surprising depth.

Wonderfully creamy on the way down, with a nice zing of carbonation. Well-balanced on the tongue.

Exceptionally easy to drink. A very fine beer, and one of the best pilseners I've tasted.

MVassar, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged in a 12 oz amber bottle, 3 months before best-by date
Served at about 35F
Aroma at bottleneck full of herbal noble hops
Poured with very little head, so increased the splashing to get a fine 1/2 white head that left good lace.
Appearance in glass was straw yellow and crystal clear.
Aroma in the glass was again noble hops with a touch of maltiness.
Taste: Bitter up front, rich tasting but not a lot of body, with a slightly sweet finish and a pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Upon warming, gets a little sour reminiscent of American lagers.
Drinkability: This is a really fine beer. It look and taste are exceptional. The hop bitterness and aroma are well balanced, not excessively malty or sour like American style and some European lagers. It's a hard style to perfect, and they've nearly done so. American macro breweries are technically capable of making a pilsner this good, why o why do they elect not to? This could be a benchmark pils to judge all others against.

BattleRoadBrewer, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This German Pils pours a golden straw yellow into my glass, the head is as white as white can get and stabilizes at about one finger. Lacing appears to be good as well.

The aroma of this beer is very clean. Noticable spicy hop aromas make up a large portion of this beer's aroma proflie. There is also a small amount of citrus aroma in the hop aroma profile of this beer. The sweet malt aroma is right in the front of the smell, but is secondary to the hop aromas.

The first and foremost character that I notice from this beer is its coarse bitterness. Floral hop character dominates the hop profile of this beer, and there is also a bit of spiciness. Bitterness lingers after it has been swallowed then slowly melts away. Hop character and bitterness trump malt characteristics in this brew. Malt sweetness and character is there but is in the background of the hop focus of this beer.

The brew is lightbodied and has a higher level of carbonation which benefits this beer in my opinion. The beer finishes somewhat dry, and leaves you wanting more. All in all this is a pretty good beer, but I would prefer something of a different style. I'll probably not buy this beer in the near future because there are many other Pils I've yet to try. This beer didn't make a good enough impression on me for it to become my "house pils."

becktone, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw yellow with thin head. Nice lacing with lots of little bubbles.

Wonderful fresh clean smell typical of the style.

Great representation of a German Pils.Clean,spicy dry taste with backbone. Hops are steady right to the end. Just the right amount of malt to compliment the hops.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel is consistent. Could be a good session beer in spite of the dryness.

Excellent brew. Victory Prima never lets you down.

Happy Holidays!

peterittenhouse, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of biking4beer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice bubbly one finger head. Crisp clear golden color like you would expect. Looks like a thirst quencher.

Has the bitter Pilsner smell like you would expect too. Slightly hoppy. The aromas make me want to dive into this one.

Tastes crisp and clean with the typical pilsner bitterness. Good hop flavor. There is a hop cone on the label after all. Good sourness. Not overwhelming.

Perfect level of carbonation for this style and goes down well. A good drinking beer and representation of the style.

biking4beer, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Melchizedek
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, light, clear gold with a substantial, dense white head that is amply maintained by streams of carbonation.

Smell is nicely pilsner-y, especially full of earthy/mineral tones. Grassy and floral hop come through as well. Light and almost spritzy in the mouth, with a slight sweetness pushing through to balance a very well-developed grass-and-spice hop flavor. A mouthwatering mineral bitterness wraps things up in delightful fashion.

You know, there's just nothing not to like about this stuff. I'm thrilled that it's readily available as a go-to pils here.

Melchizedek, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a Pilsner glass
Recent brewing, primed 11/06

Poured a hazy bright yellow with an average white mostly lasting frothy head.

Smelt of moderate bread and perfume.

Taste was upfront moderate pine and light sweet pineapple followed by a strong pine bitterness and a light white bread kick on an long bitter flowery finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, crisp and dry, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is what a pilsner should taste like. No doubt.

xav33, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Somwhat hazy honey-gold. Very nice lacing.

Aromas are quite herbal.

Feels soft on the palate, but it does have energy, with plenty of subtle malts and a pleasant citrus/herb hop profile. The finish is the most attention-grabbing aspect in its length and impressive bitterness.

A great balance of flavor intensity with drinkability.

tcfishler, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden straw color, slight haze, and a weak head.

The smell is quite nice, very pleasant... hoppy, creamy, and fruity aromas. Smells like a Czech Pilsener to me.

Taste is very dry, with a nice light, yet spicey hop finish. Quite nice!

Mouthfeel is good. The bitter and spicy hop finish really sticks around in your mouth.

This is an excellent session worthy pilsener.

This beer was courtesy of MuenchenerKindl. Thanks for the trade.

flexabull, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an “enjoy by date” of 2/28/07. Bought from the Park Slope Food Coop.

Poured with a thick 2" head and a golden clear dream. It looked quite yummy. It smelled of fresh hops and bread. The flavor was also bready and slightly bitter. It was a zesty, crisp beer. Through out the drink the retention of the head was good. This is a very drinkable beer.

AChamberlain, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Traditional Pint Glass

A - Brilliant clear straw-colored gold with a nice 1 inch off white head. Head dissolves to leave a thin layer for the remainder of the beer, with lacing making solid sheets on the glass.

S - Clean Noble hops with hints of floral notes.

T - Smooth and rich Noble hop flavor with a slight spice on the tongue. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but very pleasant.

M - As above, smooth with a slight zip of bitterness and a crisp finish.

D - Excellent drinkability. I could have numerous bottles of this fine brew.

gmcfarre, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a light yellow straw color. The head is frothy, stiffens rather nicely and leaves substantial small-bubbled lacing. Flurrying bubbles race up throughout the body of the beer.

The light aroma is almost all grain. The flavor is sweet grain, strong presence of hops, a drop of corn syrup, a little honey, a little lemon, and a dose of sulpher.

The mouth is light, but more complex than many pils, as the sweetness, grainy-ness, and hoppy bitterness all interplay with one another; good carbonation. Very drinkable, complex enough to savor, light enough to make a good session beer. Another solid one from Victory.

Osiris9588, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first pilsener, so I don’t have much of a grasp on the style. Aroma was very hoppy, sensed a little grass. Light yellow with a snow white head. Nice and smooth on the way in and finishes hoppy and dry. I enjoyed this quite a bit and sure wouldn’t mind having it again.

MaxxDaddy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow slightly hazy brew with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a fine smoky haze. A good swirl does, however, bring back a good cap. Quite a few wet arcs lace the glass.

Smells clean and refreshing, but pretty weak. I can smell sweet grains and some thin hops.

Tastes much better than it looks and smells. Very big acid hop presence that borders on sour. Lemon rind and unsweetened grapefruit are unaccompanied by any sort of balancing malt. Very acrid and astringent. This brew is like a sharp biting blade of tart hops.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light and quenching. Good carbonation level....not to bubbly like some pilsners. Drinkability is somewhat lessened for me due to the very acidic and sour hop profile...but strangely I found myself craving another.

This is not a bad beer. I like it for what it manages to accomplish, but it's not my cup of tea (glass of beer?)

pmcadamis, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hay yellow into a pint glass with a tiny bit of haze. There is a minor one finger head which is relitively quick to fade, although it does lace the glass a little.

Prodominantly wheaty smelling, but there is a great crisp stinging hops scent to add. It's one of the more potent and pleasant smelling pilsners I've had.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There's a good dry bitter malt base, which is woderfully complimented by mellow hopping. Overall it's crisp with a nice clean finish. Very well balanced in my opinion.

This beer defines drinkability. Good ABV, balanced flavors, clean finish, and it's pretty refreshing results in the most drinkable beer I've had in recent months.

Bottom Line:
This is my new party beer. Don't get me wrong, this beer could easily be thrown down with some food it's just so fantastic for shear poundability.

Grundle20, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Nice head, good retention.

Smell is nice. Citrusy hops.

Taste: This beer must be poured into a traditioanl pilsner glass for max enjoyment or will come off too hoppy with out balance. If in the pilsner glass, it has a nice earthy hoppiness too it that isn't overbearing and is quite pleasant. For the hop head, but not overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing. Clings decently.

Drinkability: An easy to drink brew. Give a nice hop flavor and profile while still being refreshing.

jasonjlewis, Oct 22, 2006
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,430 ratings.