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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,657
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 185
Gots: 464 | 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 Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a special beer.

Poured this beer into a pilsner glass and was excited as it built 3 fingers of a creamy white head. Most of which remained as I enjoyed the beer.

Bright Golden in color (I see other people call this Straw colored) the beer was very clear and showed small carbonation bubbles as it sat on the glass.

A wonderful fresh hoppy and grass aroma was easily noted from the beer.

A wonderfully balanced beer with what I note as a slight grape taste as I drink. Not sweet, but just reminds me of this. Also has a great spicy complexity to it.

Biscuity malt that leads to a LONG hop finish. This beer sticks with you.

Mouth feel is wonderful and this is a very drinkable beer.

This is one of my favorites. You have to try one if you are a Pilsner fan.

Photo of jordoo
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Nice tight 2 fingers of head, beautifull looking pilsner in the glass very clear light golden straw colored with tiny bubbles making there way to the surface.

Smells very hoppy, herbal/grassy, very nice. Wow the noble hops taste very strong and spicy upfront, crisp and refreshing going down with medium to light mouth feel. Some maltiness on the back end but still its a hop beer all the way and a very good one at that.

Photo of thartman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from a 12oz brown bottle. Pale yellow straw color with loads of tiny bubbles. Nice three finger head with decent retention. Smell of grain, hay, and alfalfa. Very smooth, light and delicate with some citrus, malt, and biscuity flavor. Nice and refreshing, kind of oily in the mouth with a dry finish. Very easy to drink, it reminds me of the "old version" of Pilsner Urquell before they switched to stainless steel.

I am not an expert on Pilsners, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a standard Victory pint glass

appearance: golden yellow with tinges of green, good carbonation and good layer of head

smell: I can smell a bit of malts and a light hint of citrus

taste: a slightly sharp malt taste that is balanced against a light and cleaning lemon zest hops finish

mouthfeel: good carbonation, light in body and a barely noticable astringence and a

drinkability: extremely drinkable, this stuff is sessionable without being uninteresting. It refreshes very well. Just a real solid brew.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by Aug 4 08, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 52 F/ 11 C.

Brilliant greenish yellow color, with a bit of very fine sediment in suspension, but quite clear. Dense white head that slowly fizzles down. Attractive splattery rings of lace.

Fresh smell of grassy, spicy hops, with a bit of lemon zest, and sweet cookielike grainy malt.

Tastes hoppy and clean, exceedingly refreshing. Fresh hop flavor and bitterness - grassy, spicy, lemony - against a clean dry malt background. Very well balanced. Lingering dry hop flavor and bitterness. Elegant and pure, and very very tasty.

Fine carbonation makes for a good smooth texture. Immensely drinkable.

Great beer.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass

A - One finger active, hissing white head. Slightly cloudy yellowish pour.

S - That classic Pilsner aroma. Crisp hop and delicate malt aroma.

T - Again, classic Pilsner. I like the hop flavor they've got in this, some others can have a bit more of an aggression to their hops that masks the rest of the beer, and others sort of a noticable but sort of wimpy hop characteristic. This is happily in the middle. With a little warming the malt comes out from hiding. A little sweet, a little dank, nothing too crazy.

M/D - Steady carbonation. Light amount of hop bite, just enough resistance as it moves through the mouth, those microscopic compounds within screaming "taste me! taste me!".

I hate using the word "crisp" given its overuse in marketing from big name beers but this beer's got a lot of crispness to it. That isn't such a bad thing. It's very much alive and wants to be noticed while you sip. I actually think this would serve quite well as a gateway beer along the lines of Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale etc.

Photo of stcules
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, tending to greenish. Limpid, bright, very clean.
A very beautiful hat of white foam.
Hoppy smell, right. Very fresh. Grassy, hay, dry flowers.
Very hoppy taste, too. And dry. And fresh. Very clean.
Very pleasant to drink.
Light in body, dry aftertaste.
Very inviting. Very good pils.

Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Straw gold color with a one-finger head that recedes. Good carbonation.

Aroma: Smooth and lightly sweet with decent hop bitterness in the nose. Simple and uncluttered aroma.

Taste: Nice and bitter upfront. Decent maltiness as well. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness and light malt sweetness. Very light and easy to drink. Definitely more hops than I expected.

Drinkability: Again, very crisp and drinkable at 5.3% ABV. This would make a better lawnmower beer than a macro offering.

Photo of PBBC
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours incredibly clear... so clear in fact, I had a hard time believing that it could have any flavor.

Aroma.. slightly biscuity, tangy, a tinge of spice... almost like an english ale.

Taste- very clean, but with lingering malt sweetness that coats the tongue... a present, but not overwhelming hop bitterness makes itself known right as the malt sweetness washes away.

Very drinkable, great mouthfeel- much more substantial than one would expect from the color.

Great pilsner... try it once this summer with some spicy food.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Prima Pils poured from a bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy by May 11 2008" Drinking on May 18

A- Very clear golden with a foamy head composed of a wide range of bubbles.

S- Smells like a german pilsner should in my opinion. Very clean hops smell with a backround malt sweetness

T- Taste is great but does not have enough yeast character to please me fully. Carbonation brings out a great bitter hop flavor. Lemon hops and floury biscuit malt

M- Carbonation is EXCELLENT. Balanced range of bubbles makes this beer feel good all over your lips, tongue, mouth, intestines, and more.

D- Drinks quite well. You get what you pay for.

Photo of friesfox5
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep tan, nice carbonation, brief lacing.

S- Ahhh, what a smell. A deep hop aroma, biscuits, grains, mild sweetness. I could smell this beer for hours....but then that would take away from my time drinking it!

T- PERFECTLY balanced malts and hops. The hop spiciness to the finish is not overwhelming but is substantial.

D- I've had many German pilseners and this is as good or better than all of them. This stands up to ones I've had on draft in Germany and Switzerland with no problem at all.

Photo of Taffle
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense rush of carbonation hits the surface while pouring prima's bight, golden stream. Head retention brief, a hint of haze massing the look.

Pretty earthy and grassy to the nose. A little sweetness too.

Sour and hoppy blend into a spicey, intense flavor.

A good, full body for a pilsner. If it weren't so zesty to the palate I would enjoy indulging in more, instead of hitting something else.

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

Pouring from the bottle into a tall slender glass reveals a pale yellow body with a billowing frothy white cap. The head sustains throughout as it is continuously replenished by a stream of tiny bubbles. Looks nice.

Nose reveals a touch of malty grain, and a hint of floral grassy hops. Seems clean. Good here as well.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of sweet malt leading to grassy hop and ending with a kiss of sharp spicy bitterness that lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel seems pretty standard for the style. Thin with lots of tiny bubbles.

This is great beer from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet. Prima Pils i s crisp and refreshing with just enough malt and hop presence to keep you going back for more.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear bright golden yellow, half finger head.

S- Sweet, spicy, noble hop aroma.

T- Very light hint of sweetness up front which is almost immediately dominated by wonderful hop flavor and bitterness which carries smoothly through the end.

M- Light, smooth and crisp.

D- Shoulda got a sixer.

Although a little on the bitter side for some, truly a great beer.

Photo of oakbluff
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a 12 ounce bottle. Appearance- very pale straw colour with a slight haze. Head comes and goes quickly. Nose- grassy spicy hops. Taste- quite spicy in the front end, which quickly dries out into an aspirin like bitterness in the finish. Malt is very clean- a little bready. Carbonation is medium. Its tasty- just seems too harsh for this delicate style.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours astonishingly yellow wiht a foamy, sticky wite head. Light carbonation visible. Leaves a messy lacing around the glass.

Smells of sweet German hops.. Tettnang etc. Nice robust aroma that complements the style very well and very noticeable and pleasant.

Taste is a little more bitter than some of the other German Pils I've had. Very light, appley, and tart with hops.

Could use a little more carbonation to lighten up the otherwise very light character of the beer.

The bitterness gets to me in drinking this beer too. Normally Pils is all about balance but this makes it a little off center- not by much though. It's about 90% there. There just seems to be a gap in the final 10% between the crisp, sweet character of the beer and that tiny bit of bitterness where the flavors don't complement each other.

I thought it was interesting to see an American brewery go so gung-ho at a German Pils. I don't think I've had another American brewery's beer that really attempts it.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and bright yellow. Nice head and good lace action.
The aroma is of hops and herbs. You can also pick up some malts,sweet fruits and a tingly spicy that is well balanced with mild bitterness.
The finish is crispy and dry.The beer itself is lightly carbonated and it has a nice satisfying ending. This one was purchased based on brand reputation and the citizens of Pennsylvania have a lot to be proud of with this brew.

Notes: I am not a fan of the Pilsener,but this will be a staple for summer. This was an experience in that I did not expect to like it so much. A surprise; and yes I can handle these wild hops,the question is can you?

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.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,657 ratings.