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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,701
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 192
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: 4,701 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a fantastic rocky white head that left very nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of grassy hops, a touch piney. Hops hit on the taste right away, stronger than most pils, has a dry cracker like malt taste the follows. The brew ends a bit bitter and dry but not bad. The feel is a little watery but crisp and refreshing, a tad too dry from my liking. A very drinkable pils, one of the best on this side and the other side of the pond.

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

This beer should be the king of beers! No skunky aftertaste like some Czech beers. Just super clean, crystal clear, golden color almost glows. The flavor shows smooth malt backbone with a nice
grassy hop profile. This is one of the best pilsner on the market!
If you have a freind that only drinks bud l.t they might even go wow!

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light pale gold. Mild lacing. Retention was ok.

Smell: A nice nose of hops, spices, and herbs.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops, spices and malt.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Refreshing. Active carbonation. Light on the mouth.

Drinkability: I didn't think pilsners could be this full of flavor. I need to rethink my stance. This is the thinking mans pilsner.

Photo of MiScusi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden color which then turns into a clear pale goal as it warms up. The head is thin with tiny bubbles and goes away very fast. The smell I get is almost of the belgian pale ale variety. A little tart, fruity, and a very tiny amount of hops. The taste starts with a big hop bite, which leads into a fruity finish and a pronounced hop bitterness. Drinkability is much better on the warmer side, as the carbonation + hop bitterness isn't so harsh. Better than I remember it being the first time I had it.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great American interpretation of the German Pilsener. I don't know if I poured this just right, or if all Prima Pils pours up in this manner, but this has a magnificent appearance! Big, soapy, snow white foamy head that remained in place for several minutes while tiny streams of CO2 bubbles streamed upward. Tilting the glass leaves nice lacing around the edges of the glass. Again, I don't know if I poured this just right, or if they all look this way, but this looked like it belonged in an ad.
Smell was mild, but defined. In other words, there was a handful of nice smells that were both expected and identifiable, but they weren't obscene or assertive like "background music" played too loudly. This was pleasant and enjoyable with its mildly spicy hops and "gently sweet" malt. A session beer for sure. I could drink several of these. Especially with its pleasantly bitter finish. This seemed very well balanced and very easy to drink. I'll probably make this a staple around the house now that Victory is available in Atl.

Photo of Beertron
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a two-week long ice-breaking, finally sat down to review this sucker.
It's tough to review when you have so much hype. Nevertheless, from bottle to pint...

A - Top shot off like a gun when treated to the usual lighter technique. Poured soft and golden with strong carbonation. Head is beautiful bright white and huge, slowly dissipating one large bubble at a time with strong, thick laces.

S - Hops. Lightly piny/evergreen scented, with the floral side of hops taking front and center. Deeper whiffs give a strong earthiness -- spring leaves and mushrooms. Wonderful, intriguing nose, though slightly masked.

T - Man oh man. What a champ. There's so much under-the-radar going on in this beer, I'm not even sure where to start. There's' a light, soft malty sweetness in the forefront, akin to croissants or other light, buttery bread. This is followed by a prominent tinge of hops. They're light, bright and pleasant -- not excessively bitter -- but certainly strong enough to make their presence known. Following the hops is a blast of yeast -- almost a dead ringer for the dry active yeast often used in bread baking (at least in this country). Finally, as the hops show back up for the drying affect, one can detect a salty note along with an earthy acidity that reflects both tea and bile (the latter here not being nearly as disgusting as it sounds).

M - It's obviously on the lighter side of things, but this has a bit more body than a lot of pils and this is a good thing. This beer is just fun -- it quenches, then dries; pretty much begging for another drink to quench, then dry all over again.

D - Huge. I'm not sure what the ABV is here, but I can guarantee you that if it's high, I wouldn't know it until too late. I bet I could drink a sixer of this in less than two hours if I had the time to play. This beer is addictive. Is there crack in here?!?

F - Again, where to start? This brew loves food. So long as one stays on the lighter side of the spectrum, there's probably little that this wouldn't go well with. For what its worth, here are the things that jumped out at me as solid matches: lighter whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), mild artisan cheeses and the softer side of wild mushrooms (chanterelles, honey mushrooms, or, even morels -- but keep it away from ultra deep-flavored mushies like black trumpets, hen 'o the woods or porcinis). This beer's overall profile fits like a good croissant or english muffin so both bacon and eggs seem like they would work well here. You want a beer for breakfast? This is your friend.

O - It's hard to imagine being more impressed. This brew has it all. It's light and quenching but hoppy and dry. It has an uncharacteristic complexity that gives an often rare start, body and finish to it, but it's also incredibly well-balanced and no one component goes over the top. In addition, it wants to be consumed with food. Wow. This beer lives up to the hype and then some. A new standard.

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

12oz bottle -> pint
no date (odd for victory, pretty sure this is a 2007)

Pour a mostly clear yellow wit a tight small white head. Sporadic dots of lace. Carbonation appears multisized, constant and rises at a medium pace.

Nose: Spicey hops, grassy, yeasty, some musty scent i can't quite describe.

Flavor is dominated by the spicing earthy hops. Lemon zing on the finish with a refreshing bitterness that dances along the tongue long after the taste.

Quick medium mouth that is fuller than i expected.

Outstanding drinkability. Good seasonal choice.


Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft straw yellow in color with gold hues. Dense white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Very nice sticky lacing clings to the glass throughout the serving.

S: Fresh bread. Spice and herb. Tropical fruit. Raw grain.

T: Crisp and clean grain is followed by a spicey and herbal hop bitterness that tickels the tongue. Tastes of biscut and a bready malt lend balance and are followed by the soft taste of tropical fruits. Very refreshing dry hop finish.

M: Clean and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This is the perfect brew to enjoy during the summer months. A very clean and refreshing beer that quenchs the thirst. Recommended.

Photo of soupyman10
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, a little head, big bubbles that disappear. Nose is mild - just a touch of crisp hops, but mostly a lot of sweet malt. Taste is a little gravelly - a good amount of sweet malt through first. Then some strong - almost astringent bite on the tongue. Tight, strongly bitter hops show up as the beer continues. It's almost pointedly harsh, and not particularly flavorful or interesting. It chills out a little as it goes down, but it's still a little rough, and not really too appetizing. Did I get a bad bottle?

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Prima Pils on tap at the Falling Rock. The beer was golden yellow and clear. The head was white and loosely packed. The smell was earthy, dirty, hops. Some mineral too. The taste was also very earthy and slightly crisp. This might be really good for the style but I don't like lagers so I don't know. This was a good choice for a hot day however.

Photo of semihobo
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ozer.

Small airy head puddles well, body is a dull dark gold with much bubbling.

Smell is of woodsy, mellow hops and biscuit malts. Fresh.

Taste alternates between slightly sweet malts and solid low-alpha goodness. Hops are prominent with a delicate bitterness. Malts come back for the finish with a breath of sweetness. There are some tastes I can't describe... no off notes at all, excellent.

Mouthfeel is full, pillowy and soft. Light bodied, but the hops on the finish add a feeling of stickiness. Just right.

Could drink these fast, or slow, all night. A little pricey in Chicago, but well worth it. Outstanding.

Photo of Contra
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is what a Pilsener is supposed to taste like. I think every time I've had a Pilsener, it's been of the bland variety. Fairly standard appearance, but still good. The flavor is pretty full, but the body is surprisingly light. I'm honestly at a lost for words on how to describe the flavor. It's not really a style I'm used to, but good beer is good beer.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dull straw color with a slight haze. Displays a dense soap-bubble head; a full fist in hieght, shows decent retention and some spotty lacing. Lemon and citric hop notes are the most obvious aromas, with a light Pilsener malt backing and mild floral hop tones. The first sip is full of pale malt sweetness and sharp pilsener malt. Exhibits a clean lager profile, free from any noticeable off-flavors or yeast by-products. Aftertaste is struck with lemon/orange flavored alpha oils and a background floral Hallertau taste. Solid bitterness is balancing but not aggressive. Med-light mouthfeel with a gentle but crisp carbonation that allows a refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel, yet does not drown out the subtle malt and hop character with too much fizz. Finishes light with minimal buiscuity residues and a mellow lemon/floral hop flavor. A Damn fine Pils with outstanding drinkability and a testament to American efforts to re-create old-world styles.

Photo of beeragent
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a clear straw, with lots of carbonation. The aroma is very skunky, with a slight hint of malt. The taste is a nice citrusy hop flavor up front, followed by a not so great grainy finish. Not much in the middle. Light mouthfeel. A very sessionable pilsner. Overall, I was a little let down by this one. Victory is an incredible brewer, so I was a little dissappointed that it didnt measure up to their other brews, IMO. An okay beer, but not worth paying almost $9 a sixer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear yellow with a moderate head which quickly faded. Light lacing was noted.

Aroma is light but the presence of hops are definitely there.

Hops abound in this pilsner. Malts are there but secondary. Finished very dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a medium carbonation. Some slickness to the tongue as well/

This is a very good pilsner and very sessionable. Enjoy this one!

Photo of trevorwideman
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle procured for me in Minneapolis by rudge75. Thank you so much Dave! Poured into a pilsner glass.

Lovely pour, 1 inch of head recedes slowly. Carbonation is quite mild but keeps a little bit of lace. Typical pilsner colour, light straw but not too pale, unfiltered and slightly hazey. Subdued nose, but delicious all the same. Light and flowery noble hop aromas, slightly earthy. Nutty malt sweetness as well, and a bit of apple blossom.

Taste is, wow....unexpected. This is extremely tasty! The hop character is so pronounced and unique and unlike anything I've had. Hop character is decidedly herbal and a little piney too, with a bit of floral grassiness. Crisp crackery malt character as well, slight nuttiness in the background. Body is light and finishes welcomingly dry. This an exceptional example of a pilsener, and drinkable all night long. It's a beautiful day outside, and I wish I had more than one, I'll tell you that.

Photo of bennetj17
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, pale yellow, head is 1/2 inch quickly settling to a film. Plenty of streaming carbonation is visible. The aroma is nice, mostly a lemony smell with some light hop zest.

Clean and bready taste finishing with a toasty bitterness. In fact its a bit nutty at the end also and there is a real crisp bite to it. The mouthfeel is light, but good for style. Fine tingly carbonation.

As anticipated, this was a very nice example of a Pilsener. Solid, balanced flavor. You could drink many of these, I could drink many of these. We all could drink many...

Photo of treehugger02010
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12 ounzer at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a bright straw color, with a brilliant white head. There was bunches of head, big, fluffy, white head, with a fair retention rate, leaving much lacing as it slowly was drank.
Smell: A bit of an orginal head snap backwords, but soon realized that the aroma wasn't quite that strong. It have a well blended bitter hop and sweet malt to it.
Taste: The taste was mostly hop, a hint of the sweet malt from the nose. It was most likely a bittering hop of sorts.
Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was rather stiff, with no flexibility.
Drinkability: Certainly a great beer, but above average drinkabilty.
Don't drink and review.

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

Pours a light golden color with a foamy bone-white head. Sweet malty and a firm hop spice in the aroma. The palate features a nice balance between a sharp though not overly astringent hop bite (with a mostly leafy, grassy character thought there’s a nice touch of citrus as well) and a fairly sweet but very smooth biscuity/bready malt base. Piney hops in the lengthy, bitter finish.

Most definitely one of the best examples of the American double pilsner style. Smooth, with just the right amount of malt sweetness and a very crisp hop spice, not to mention a delicious and somewhat complex hop flavor. Very drinkable and quite tasty.

Highly recommended…

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: vibrant yellow in color, very clear with nice white head.

Smell: flowery hops that are extremely summery.

Taste: hoppy, bitter, fresh. malt sweetness is there in the background but hops are very much dominant in this beer. bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: a slightly chewy body, smooth and refreshing carbonation.

Drinkability: this is a great summer pilsner. very enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of jmc44
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, extremely clear golden straw color topped by a thick white head. Very nice lacing as the head dissipates.

Aroma is strong on the hops for a pils, a pleasant surprise. A slight malt backbone is hidden there. Overall, though, aroma is light, as it should be.

Flavor again is dominated, but not overwhelmed, by floral hops with a hint of some spice. Once again, a light malty background is present. Finishes clean and crisp with a slight lingering bitterness.

Light in body, and very smooth, this is very drinkable on warm spring and summer days. Probably one of the best pilsners I have had.

Photo of rallison
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that doesn't really stick around.

S: Smells grassy, citrusy and refreshing.

T: Excellent. Great delicate grassy, earthy flavor. This is followed by nice citrusy hops with hints of lemon and wheat. Slight sweetness at the end. Finishes with a crispness and is relatively dry.

M: Light and crisp, with a decent level of carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. Tasty, lower alcohol, yet not boring. Nice.

Highly recommended. A very nice pilsener - possibly the best American one I've had.

Photo of scott
2.54/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a boring interpretation of what a good Pils should be.
Pale, with a quick to fade head. Below average passive carbonation.
Crisp. Hoppy, but still found it to be very uneventful. Let down by Victory with this offering. Maybe I need some sunshine?
A tad skunky with the finish.

Photo of bradford
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from geexploitation. Excellent trader.
Poured a very pale, clean yellow, akin to an American light beer.
Smelled very good. A hoppy interpretation of what I consider to be a bland style.
Tasted good. Better than most pilsners I have tried, again just not my cup of beer.
Had a bit of an offensive mouthfeel to me. A little harsh on the hops and very light on the malt.
Although this isnt my favorite style of beer, this is a hell of a pils. I am starting to develop an appreciation for the lighter session beers, and along with the likes of Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, and Firestone Pale, this one is up there.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy head made of large bubbles, with an army of bubbles marching up the glass. Color is a light yellow with good clarity.

There's a real fine line between this kind of aroma evoking fresh, flowery hops and lightly sweet malts...or smelling like a crappy light macro pils. This is clearly made with some love, as the aroma is in the former category: clean, sharp, earthy.

Tastes true to style; grainy/bready earthiness followed by a peppery hops crispness and syrupy sweet-corn element. Finishes clean and crisp, a dryness only coming after an initial sweet stickiness has its way with the tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't overbearing, but it is somewhat dominant. Has all the crispness and zing you'd want from the style.

If you need a change from the big dark extreme beasts, this one would be a really good choice. If you just want a great American-made pils, something actually made with some pride, again this is a great pick. And for sessioning, this works too. Great drinkability, and an excellent way to welcome in the warmer seasons.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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