1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,351 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,351
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 299 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,351 | Reviews: 1,977 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice with an "enjoy by" date of August 26 2005.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen a beer as clear as this one. It's a clear, clear clear pale gold color. Not too much head or lacing to speak of.
Smells very fresh with some mild grassy herbal notes thrown in for good measure.
This one is definately a beer for pilsner lovers. Crisp hops presense with a pleasant bitterness and a nice clean finish. Has a nice, sharp bubbly mouthfeel that compliments the flavors. Prima Pils would probably be amazing when paired with spicy food.
An excellent warm weather beer. I could drink these all night and still want more.

ommegangpbr, May 14, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, golden color with a small white head that dissapates quickly, and it is quite clear. The smell is big, juicy hops with a spicy background, seems like saaz hops and there is a light malt scent in the background. The taste is also dominated by hops, you get a resiny hop oil flavor as well as a citrusy tartness to it. The saaz hops really make themselves felt with a spicy middle followed by a biscuity malt flavor to balance the finish. The finish is dry and refreshing. The mouthfeel is smooth like a pilsner should be. This is a great summertime brew and im glad it's available in NC now.

silver0rlead, May 14, 2005
Photo of BadBadger
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely outstanding pilsner. Poured a beautiful near clear color with hints of gold: an amazing site to behold. The smell was faintly sweet, being enjoyable. The taste is just short of exceptional-nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp and refereshing. Definitely a beer to purchase in abundance and enjoy!

BadBadger, May 08, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden straw colored body. Bright white head, a good inch or so. Nice lacing.

Smell: Good pilsenery hoppy/spicy aroma.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Some herbal/yeasty flavor, a little maltiness up front, and a good dose of hops! The aftertaste is nice and sweet. Quite dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great, a great beer for a BBQ out in the backyard!

JackStraw22, May 04, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While out walking today we ran into some friends and shared a few Pilsner Urquells before walking home to grill dinner.

Once at home,the grill was fired up the steaks sizzling and my reward was a crisp Prima Pils. This beer is balanced and refreshing. It pours a clear pale gold, smells of flowery hops and has a hoppy, tingly taste that beckons you to have another sip. This is a summer beer for sure.

I will be sure to keep extra of this on hand. Now if it came in cans for the beach, that would be grand.

Citadel82, May 02, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a yellow, hazy beer with almost no head. Interesting... don't recall ever having a hazy pilsener before.

Aroma was strongly of aromatic hops, with a hint of spices. Nice.

The taste was mildly fruity, with a hint of bitterness and a bit of spiciness. Pretty dang good.

Mouthfeel... nice. Not heavy, but some depth to it. Drinkability also good. I would go back for this one again, when the mood for this style comes about.

connecticutpoet, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright, pale gold to yellow, very clear with a thick white head composed of large bubbles. The head receded quickly, and left a dapple of lace on the side of the glass. I could smell the hops (Saaz?) from 3 ft away. They really dominate the aroma with a crisp citrus character. No malt really comes through in the nose. The taste is a light crisp hop-forward flavor that again has the citrus, a subtle grapefruit character that has an almost earthy tone. This delivers an assertive bitterness to the beer. The malt is completely overcome by the hops. This is not a bad character. Very crisp and refreshing mouth feel. Highly drinkable. What a great summertime beer. Pilsners have not been my favorite beer for several years, but this could change my mind.

carln26, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, very pale yellow color with a bubbly white head. Slight chill haze is present. Crisp lemony nose also includes a lot of maltiness. Some grass is noted, as well as citrous hops. Hops immediately bite your tongue and don't let go. Bitter lemon transitions into some interesting spiciness. Bready malt attempts to balance the bold hops. Finish is spicy with some herbal qualities, backed by malty smoothness with some grassiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and finishes quite dryly. Light and refreshing, drinkability is quite high for this one (especially with the approaching warm weather). I was expecting this to be hoppy, but it exceeded my expectations. I've never had a beer this light that was as aggressively hopped. Quite interesting, and very tasty.

BeerFink, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe this is what Pilsner Urquell used to taste like. Pours a clear straw color, big head that dies down. Good Lacing. Aroma is similar to fresh cut grass, but not as strong. Taste is huge, hops are there, but very well balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is a tad thick for the style, but I like 'em thick. This is great stuff. About time they distributed into Michigan!

deejaydan, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of a "real" pilsner. So not sure what to expect, high ratings gave me the idea of trying it out (I did not read any reviews before tasting it).

Appearance: golden straw color; very clear. Not much head, but that may be due to age (freshness).

Smells of lovely hop aroma (I enoy the smell of hops much more than taste).

Tastes strong hop with out the intense bitterness. Aftertaste kicks in some bitterness, but nice. Nice mouthfeel a bit fizzy. After the first few sips, the hoppiness dies somewhat and you can enjoy more of the maltiness.

Great aperitif, gets you hungry, but fills you up a bit; really hits the spot.

This is a good beer. Its intense hop flavor has me thinking this isn't a standard Pils. I would definitely jump on it given another chance, but not something I'd buy normally.

[editted because I ddi ont sepll cehkc]

NiceGuyMike, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my personal favorites. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a nice head and lace down the glass.

Smells like a nice day outdoors. Earthy, natural smell. Grass and herbs. Very hoppy.

The taste is very hoppy, but not powerfully bitter or oily. These are the noble hops that are advertised on the box. They are very earthy, grassy, herbal, and chewy, but not bitter and not palate-shredding. There is some balancing sweetness but I can't say it balances it out completely. This is supposed to be hoppy and it pulls it off spectacularly. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Something I could drink over and over.

Litterbean, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of trumick
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow. Nothing to hide here with a 1/2 inch head and lacing all around, nice looking beer.

Scent is bready malts with wonderful Saaz hop. It reminds me a bit of a Duvel in the nose (must be the pilsner malts).

Taste is sweet malts up front then immediately followed by the European hops, Saaz, Hallertua maybe. Nice dry finish with the hop lingering for quite a while. This has an outstanding taste that could put this beer at the top of my Pils list. Hell, at the top of my list, period.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing. It has just the right amount of carbination and goes down smooth.

Drinkability cannot be improved upon. A great session beer with exceptional flavor that will keep me coming back for more.

trumick, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Victory for my taste was a golden honey colour with plentiful carbonation. A small white froth rose up and subsided shortly thereafter. Random islands of lacing clung to the glass.

Honey and hop pings came through in the aroma. Just a scat of citrus impression.

The taste was surprisingly bitter. The first couple of sips acclimated my taste buds to this new and exciting beer I had especially for their delight. Faint lemony flavours showed up in the finish . The hops seemed to outweigh the pilsner malts in the taste. Which was absolutely fine with me. Good, bold flavour and a refreshingly crisp and dry ending. I could surely sit around in the summer time and pound these suckers like so many railroad spikes. Nice.

SupaCelt, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/18/05- Received via trade with connecticuitpoet and steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz brew with a best by date of Feb 2004...scary. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Nice crisp yellow pour with a clean 3/4 inch head and adequate lacing.

Smell- More hoppy than expected in the nose. Otherwise your normal grain scents.

Taste- Not a sweet as many pils I have tried, but a nice hoppy background. Nice grain taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and a bit dry. Maybe a very slight watery taste at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably would be one of my got to pils if I had easy access to it. Nice change of pace with the heavier hop profile. Nice session brew.

GClarkage, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with enjoy by date of Apr 02 05.

Clear, light gold in color with small white froth. Cascading bubbles come up through the middle of the beer. Head settles quickly into a small collar and coating.

Great doughy malt smell with this brew. Peppery, herbal hops show off.

Hops are assertive right from the get go. Crisp and refreshing body, malt character is superb. Finish is slightly dry, then a long malt and hops aftertaste.

This has to be one of the best Pils I've had. Top notch.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with slight, oh so slight, particles in the swirl. Foamy 1 inch head, with some lacing. Nose is hops and zest and it flows right into the taste. Crispy, bready, hoppy quenching fluid bathes the mouth. Wonderful not overly dry finish. This is a fine beer that drinks easy and has a lot of character. I bought one to sample, now I'm off to get a sixer.

pentathlete, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ouncer labeled Enjoy by Apr 02 05. Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow. Generous frothy white three-finger head makes itself known as the cap is popped, sticks around for a while, leaving some sticky lace. Nice lookin' beer. Nose is delicate but definite, malt and grassy hops. Grain/malts start out, quickly overcome by pleasant citrus and bitter hops that back off but leave a dry finish. Definitely a Pils for a hops lover! Lightly carbonated, drinks far too easily, wish I had another! Thanks kafkaEsb, for the chance to try this one.

babydoc, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of maybrick
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow What a GREAT PILS! I decided it was time to revisit this one after the very flattering NY Times Article. This brew maybe the best Pils in the world right now.

Color is perfect. Nose while delicate has a definite and detectable balanace of malt and hop. The taste is just over the top. Sublte sweetness on the front end with an exceptionally clean, crisp, and dry back end. Carbonation on draft was excellent leaving nice lace rings down my pint glass. Great beer!

maybrick, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass, it pours a straw color (pale gold) with a dense white head that tends to not dissipate too quickly at all, which is nice. Aroma is of citrus fruits (grapefruit) and some hops and spice. A touch of alcohol also hits my sinuses. Taste is soft spice and citrus flavors with a mild piney hop flavor. Sugary sweet grapefruits hit your palete on the finish along with some slightly bitter hops. Overall, this is pretty smooth and silky with some tingly carbonation throughout. Overall drinkability is pretty decent but I tend to not be a huge Pilsner fan.

Fish113d, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with freshness dating on the label. Pours a nice shade of quite light golden amber.Snow white head,leaves moderate lacing. Nose is spicy,fresh lemony hops. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing brew. Loads of resiny and cirtic hops stand out in this bold and flavorful quafer. Great with many foods, fine everyday brew/sessioner.

Billolick, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bright golden yellow brew with nice lacing. Hoppy smell for a pilsener! Taste is very smooth and malty with a nice hoppy aftertaste. An herbal flavor is present throughout which is somewhat grassy with a very mild bread flavor. Mouthfeel is Dry. Overall this beer is very enjoyable and would be an excellent session beer.

Schwarzbart, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale spun gold colour with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is a little grassy, and spicy. You can tell this thing is gonna have some hops. A bit of biscuit malt shows up but is put back in its place by the hops. Taste is crisp and clean. A subtle malt sweetness gives way to the crush of hops. Grassy, floral, spice are all there in the finish. The beer does stay in some what of a balance however and never goes over the top in terms of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation which helps enable a crisp clean mouthfeel. Never does the hoppiness feel heavy. Drinkability is good. This would be great on a summer day sitting on the deck while chillin and grillin. I had not had this in a while and was definitly impressed with the reintroduction.

TinusTime, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold pour with a thin white head of small bubbles. Smell is malty and grainy with a lots of clean hop scent. The taste itself is grainy and toasty, with a nice dry complexity in there. More hops than a typically expect from the style, but the bready malt flavors are very much to the forefront as well. As drinkable a session pils as you're likely to find; this one is a high point even for Victory.

whartontallboy, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this brew for quite some time...thanks to kmpitz2 for the hook up. A very nice bright summer sunshine yellow with a fairly thick white bubbly head on top. Spotty lacing as the head falls. There's a big spicy, herbal noble hop aroma rising into my nose along with hints of sweet grains and some notes of lemon. Quite nice.

A clean, refreshing malt mixes oh so well with the spicy, herbal, slightly floral hop tones...a delicate balance between sweet and bitter. Slight smatterings of bread, lemon and citrus peek out here and there. Lovely..easily the best pilsener I've tried to date.

Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation that floats over the palate. Incredibly easy to drink...this is a damn tasty, refreshing brew. I think this could easily convert some folks to better beer. I will be looking for a sixer soon!

orbitalr0x, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the best pils in existance. Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head. The aroma is lightly malty with a floral spiciness and earthy hop aroma. The flavor starts off clean with a spicy and fruity hop flavor followed by the appropriate bitterness. The malt flavor is light and clean and the mouthfeel is medium light and very smooth with ideal carbonation. This beer served properly, is absolutely delicious and thirst quenching.

yeagerbm, Mar 23, 2005
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,351 ratings.