Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,574
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 379 | 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 CortexBomb
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is straw yellow with a dusting of white head on top. The aroma is crisp malts, a bit of biscuit on the edge.

The flavour starts out flowery, and gives way to a solid biscuity middle. The floral aspects hang out on the back of the tongue, adding some depth without taking over. Slightly astringent on the finish, but overall solid taste.

The mouth on this is about what one would expect, not very thick, some hop action but not a tonne. The drinkability is also par for the course, I would have given it a bit more love here but for the finish.

The bottom line: Victory has put together a solid take on the style. This would easily be up into the 4.0 range if the finish was better though, as the front and middle segments of the taste are easily in that rating category for the class. Altogether, given the price this one probably won't be in my regular rotation, but I would try it again if I ran into it on tap.

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima pils on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston on special for $2.50 per pint! Served in a standard pint, the beer is light gold with a nice bone white head. Great lacing.

The aroma is of fresh malts and flowery hops on the nose.

The taste is bright with floral hops semi-sweet grains and grass. Turns slightly bitter late.

The mouth is crisp yet full. What a great easy drinking beer. This is a wonderful pils that is easy to match with almost all food types. A versatile, enjoyable beer.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The prima is a light golden color with a little foam head that takes off quickly and leaves a slight carbonation trail on the side of the glass. The smell is very aromatic of flowers and the taste has a nice bitterness up front that mellows in the end of the palate. One of the better American Pilseners.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one day before its "expiration" date. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was a clear but pale gold, could have been a bit lighter and brighter, but not bad. Head was big, white, fluffy, rocky, and left lots of lace everywhere. Tons of bubbles swirl around and up to lend support.

Smell is fairly non-existant--the only thing i can really smell is some skunky suplhury notes which actually work to its advantage. I feel bad reviewing this as the hops have diminished quite a bit. I will definately re-review when i try a fresher one. Taste is somewhat dull--mostly malt but there is still a nice bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel could have used a bit more carbonation, most of my bubbles got used up in the swirling display of co2. Drinkability is good, very good in fact, especially if it is fresh and you like hops.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pale yellow like so many other macro lagers. Minor lacing that sets this apart somewhat. Grassy, grainy aroma, not better than bottled samples i've had. Flaccid appearance, looks anemic for a PIls.

Mild bitterness on the palate, could use a bigger hop kick to it. Engineered to appeal to macro drinkers, surely. Not snappy, kind of dull overall. Fuller than usual due to a nice level of carbonation. Simple and non-intellectual, drink by the six-pack.

Photo of BWH3
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Prima Pils Victory Brewery

12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F
Appearance: Beautiful golden pour with bold bone head. Effervescent, clean appearance perfect for style. (4.0)
Smell: Musty, skunky odor with spicy notes from the noble hops. Overall could have a bolder nose and more robust malt contribution to the aroma. (3.5)
Taste: The scent does not translate to the palate. In fact the finishing hops tend to be unpleasant. (3.0)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with great gas content. Appropriate for style (4.0)
Drinkability: okay. I had a six pack of this beer spread out over 2 weeks and by the last bottle it had worn out its welcome. (3.0)

Photo of Lothore
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow in color with a nice frothy head that sticks around for quite a while. Looks very carbonated.

S- Smell is not too expressive but definitely malt forward with some hops.

T- Tastes sweet and malty but definitely has a hop kick for a pilsener. Very smooth and tasty.

M- Mouthfeel is very carbonated (perhaps a bit too much) and medium bodied. The carbonation, while somewhat overkill did add to the light smoothness.

D- This is sublimely drinkable. It melds a lighter pilsener style beer with a flavor that is so well balanced and smooth it makes you want more and more.

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got this one because it was the highest ranked pils on "The best of BA" that i could get; pours a clear pale yellow w/ a slight white head & good lacing; a nice floral hop aroma w/ some malt undertones; good hop flavor w/ a nice crisp finish good balance; a nice dry, light-med body, a really good example of a classic pilsner,makes my top 10 pilsners, but not #2 status...

Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold, bubbly, decent head and lace.

S: Semi-bitter, but good.

T: Not bad, but has a very dull bitter taste, as opposed to that strong but flavorful bitter European taste.

M: Zesty at first. Good. Leaves a very mild taste.

D: Goes down easy. Not as bold as a European Pils, but very drinkable.

To be honest, just not as good as a Czech Pilsner, or German Pils. Easy to drink, but when I think Pilsner, I am not going to grab a Victory.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very bright yellow and not quite transparent. Head is minimal and bright white.

S- Fresh grassy smell. Hops, hops and more hops. I can see where this one is going.

T- Lively taste of fresh hops. Pilsner is just not my thing; a little too harsh. Pine and citrus excite this one.

M- Very bubbly and decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is one of this beers best qualities.

D- Again, I am not much on the strict, pilsner beers. But, if that is what you like, I would find this beer delightful. Not bad, but the harshness of the taste would get old to me.

Photo of longarm
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrific clear, golden and classic pils pour with nice carbonation. Head isn't too bad either, but it doesn't linger long.

Slight sulfur aroma, typical of good pilsners backed with modestly strawlike and sweet maltiness. Very slight hint of noble hops in the background. I little more of this would be nice.

Noble hops more apparent in the flavor. Hint of sulfur on the finish, but it's ever so slight and seems well within style.

Excellent mouthfeel. Crisp but full bodied with a clean finish.

Very drinkable beer and one of the nice editions of the style on the U.S. market. Has a slightly bigger punch than classic pilsners, both in terms of flavor and alcohol. I like this beer a lot and glad I can get it here in Maryland.

Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a gigantic Pilsner fan, but this was pretty interesting take on the style. Thanks to phillipe2something for the brew.

Pours a light golden color, small white head. Smell is grass and ... citrus? The taste has a strange lemony/citrus bite, some earthy/yeasty hops and malt backing, and is nicely carbonated.

A decent thirst quencher, but not my fave.

Photo of fitzy84
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable Pilsener. I felt it was better than most American-styled Pilsener's. It had a very, very crisp taste while being great in hop and malt balance. But for being an accessible drink, I felt it could have had more of stronger flavor than its light, golden taste. This was definitely a drink many people could drink that would be a very high quality beer. However, its lightness and watery feel left more to be desired.

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not has a big fan of this beer as everyone else seems to be.It's a pale yellow with average smell.The taste is a strong bitter bang in the face.I'm assuming that this style of beer is not for me.It also seems that I am in the minority.So go out and buy one and judge for yourself.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Atlanta this past weekend. We went up to see BC defeat the #15 ranked Ga Tech in football. Poured into a pint glass while waiting for the wife to get home.

Pours a gorgeous clear straw gold with a two finger head that was gone with in a few sips.

A very clean aroma, with a prominent spicy hop presence.

This beer is lightly hopped and very balanced. It also has a biscuity middle and finishes dry.

It has a prickly carbonation which really brings out the hops in this brew. Very light in body.

A near perfect pils. Extremely drinakable, with a nice flavor. A great example of what this style can be.

Photo of kenito799
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Best before date: Nov 13. 2007. Fresh from a closed case, no light exposure.

Clear golden color with fluffy white head that recedes and leaves wisps of lace as it is drunk.

Aroma is yeasty (like champagne), floral-hoppy, malty, fresh, deliciously beer-y.

Flavor is wonderfully crisp with perfectly balanced hop bitterness (very different kind of bitterness than the hops in an IPA) from start to finish, with smooth malt all the way through. Very refreshing and supremely drinkable and thirst-quenching. Exactly what I want on a hot day.

Photo of ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour was clear and golden. Big and bubbly carbonation and a thin white head.

Smell was of fresh hops. A biscuity malt as well. Light spices round this off.

Taste of light grassy hops. Earthy and a slight malt tartness to it also.

Mouthfeel was very crisp and clean. A little dry in the end with a tingle on the tongue. Quite refreshing and the high point for me.

I certainly enjoyed this beer and could drink many. Not sure why I haven't purchased it before, not the biggest Pilsener fan I guess. The bottle confirms what I thought of this on-tap. Good stuff.

Photo of jkrich
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with "enjoy by" date 12/12/07 which indicates this is a fresh beer. Purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

Poured a light, clear, golden color with a persistent white head into a pilsner flute.

Open opening bottle could detect the flowery hop aroma of the European hops typical of a fresh pilsner.

Initial taste of pleasant hop bitterness followed by a slight malty sweetness - a well rounded mouthful. The sweetness reminds me more of a Czech pilsner than a German interpretation. Either way, this is a sophisticated, elegant pilsner

Excellent session beer to enjoy any time of the year. I am always impressed with a brewery that attempts and succeeds at brewing a world class pilsner as this is a very difficult style to brew.

Photo of Crotor
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've long thought that the east coasters just don't know how to do a proper IPA. And yes, I've had Hop Devil and DFH's "minute" offerings... But this doesn't mean the east-coasters don't know how to do a *hoppy* beer - behold, Prima Pils!

Pours an incradibly light gold - perhaps the lightest I've ever seen in a craft beer. Pushed up one finger of lingering head. Marks for appearance would be higher if the beer were clearer...

The aroma is all clean, noble hops. And would I be crazy if I said I smelled a hint of tropical fruit too? Whatever the case, it smells damn good.

Assertively hoppy in the mouth, and all with the strange and somewhat unfamiliary (to the American drinker, that is, due to their under-utilization) flavor of noble hops. The malt stays back, but it has the appropriate pilsner malt profile... I'm glad to let the hops do their thing. Damned tasty.

Lively in the mouth and damned drinkable. It's just so refreshing to have a beer *this* hoppy, but NOT using the PNW-alpha/citrus monsters. Too bad this is so difficult to find on the west coast...

Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle

Bought at Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Very easy to drink, good session beer

Poured into a pint glass and had a 1/4 inch head

Very tasty for a pilsner and I consider it one of the best of its kind even though not one of my favorite beer styles

Photo of macster
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color producing a thin white head which fades quickly to a paisley patterned thin film.

Clean, pleasant aromas of lemon zest, flowers, fresh baked biscuits, cut hay and herbs come to mind.

Palate is a bit thin, light and watery; but a shows off a lively carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly quite hoppy for a Pilsener. Herbs and spices make a strong presence here with a moderate bitterness. A subdued honey-bread, lemon candy sweetness follows up in the background. A bit on the light side, but clean and refreshing nonetheless.

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy golden liquid, topped with a finger and a half of white head. Good retention and lace.

S - Grainy and sweet with a slight hoppy note in the background. Distinct German pilsner aroma that I can only describe as corn tortillas.

T - Grainy with lots of herbal hop flavor. Sweet at first, but it finishes dry and smooth.

M - Moderately high carbonation, light body and a somewhat astringent finish.

D - This is by far the most authentic German pilsner that I have had from an American brewery. The flavor and aroma are spot on and I am amazed that they would take the time to craft something this subtle. Stylistically, the only flaw is the somewhat poor clarity. German pilsner is by no means one of my favorite styles, but Prima is beautifully done.

Photo of david131
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A slightly cloudy golden liquid fills the glass. A thick white head forms and maintains itself for quite some time but settles to a thin covering after some minutes. The streaming lines of carbonation rising to the top look amazing. Leaves some good lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Pretty complex for the style. Some straw, grass, and some punget hops. There is no real "skunky" aspect to the beer, amazing.

T- Hops and some biscuity malt. Sweet up front and a little sour on the finish. Maybe a little bit of tea essence to this. The hops are pretty grassy- which I love.

M- A little dry, and the carbonation is spot on. Everything seems to be hitting on all cylinders here.

D- A very impressive Pilsener- the best I have yet to try in fact. I will have to start keeping this around.

Photo of Budro
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inspired by the recent forum discussion of Victory's availability in GA, I picked up a six-pack of this on Saturday, after I'd consented to the idea of saving some dough and contenting myself this weekend with the suprlus white wine my mother-in-law sent home with me after my father-in-law's 60th birthday bash. Ah, well. Rational economic analysis be damned. I'm a Beer Advocate! I poured the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: This is a strikingly beautiful beer, boasting a white foamy head you could shave with. This settles quickly, retaining thinly across the surface, topping a brew of pale golden yellow that evokes yellow hay in the morning light where the light catches it, homemade lemonade at the base, and everywhere else banana--not the peel, but the fruit itself.

S: Sweetness as from distant hay, freshly mown. That's right: distant hay, freshly mown. Hop aromas, pungent and sour, emerge as well, as if carried on gentle breeze.

T: All hops, subdued. (Tamed?) Intense but not overpowering sourness tops the foundation's picnic-blanket shake of bitterness. The malt doesn't contribute much to the flavor, but perhaps in the underlying mellowness, its presence is accounted for. The aftertaste evokes sharp cheddar cheese, but again, faintly.

M: Thin but not weak. Drenches the palate, which takes a nice long time to dry between swallows.

D: Light and perfectly drinkinable. None of that heavy-belly feeling.

I really grew to appreciate this beer over the life of the six-pack. This beer makes a subtle first impression, but repeated exposure yields rewards.

Photo of dgallina
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated best-before October 2007

Pours pale and slightly hazy yellow with a little head, reasonable lace. Great aroma; lots of fresh cut grass, honey, and mint. The flavor is fabulous too. Very clean honey, fresh mint, and grass notes on the front. Finishes with bitter hop and lingering mint notes. Body is crisp, light, with nice carbonation. A fantastic pils!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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