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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,655
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 184
Gots: 463 | 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 geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bright gold with perfect clarity and a sticky but thin white head that leaves lacing and a collar. Familiar sea-air Saaz hop aroma, very fragrant and volatile. Nice graininess underneath. On the palate, rough hops are at the forefront -- not rough like a bronco, but rough like fine-grained sandpaper. Light barley malt backing on the palate, which provides some smoothness to the beer without being overly creamy or thick. Mouthfeel is light in weight but scratchy with hops. Overall, this is a wonderful pils -- it's got all the hallmarks of the style, but it's also got an American edge in that it's drier and hoppier than most Euro examples. But it's not overdone; it maintains its sessionability. Excellent.

Photo of adowney523
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale yellow and clear. A white head slowly faded as it was drank.

Smell is very earthy and flower-like.

A great taste of malt, flowery and earthy like the smell. Hops are fainter, yet distinct in the background. Their earthy taste compliments the malt well.

I really enjoyed this beer, though it was my first pilsener and very drinkable. I will have to explore this style more thoroughly.

Photo of torchedpunk
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- light gold pours a thin head and dissipates to a ring around glass. Heavy bubbling.

Smell- hint of hops, primarily smell of malt and yeast.

Taste- Beautiful hint of hops. Not over done but blended in tactfully. Smooth malt taste, not overpowering. Basically a balanced pilsner with a small kick of hops.

Mouthfeel- very basic and smooth. I wouldn't expect any abuse from a pilsner.

Drinkability- high drinkability for its balance. definitely can drink this one often. Nothing harsh or out there, high marks for its balance, but no flashy experimentation per se.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before June 04, 07 Poured into pils glass.

Pours golden yellow with a foamy head that is well-retained.

The smell is of hops - Saaz hops. Plenty of them.

The taste is floral and grassy - Saaz hops with just enough malt to keep things together.

The feel is appropriately light, with some slickness to it.

This is one that I get when I want a hoppy pils. It is refreshingly light with a hoppy character and a nice taste.

Photo of rarevos
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a translucent yellow with lively carbonation. Pillowy head that has great retention and leaves sticky trails in abundance down the sides of the glass.

S: Dry grain, a bit of farmhouse funk, spicy (peppery), herbal. Very mellow.

T/M: Nothing tricky about this: spicy, hoppy, and dry. Really crisp. Finish is dry and bitter.

D: Crisp, dry, bitter, wonderful. I'm not much of a pilsener fan, but this is good stuff.

Photo of bradleyseven
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14oz Pokal

crystal clear straw tinted beer, very bubbly with 1/2 inch of wet white head

faint notes of wheat and a dose of floral/herbal hops

hints of light raw wheat as well as a little home-made white bread. Hops kick in with authority; slightly biting, herbal tasting with just a touch of lemon zest.

Crisp is the name of the game here; nicely carbonated, light in body, substantial drying from the hops, lingering bitterness.

this is a great lawn-mower beer for hop-heads; it is extremely drinkable, nicely hopped, light bodied, very satisfying on a hot day or with some tangy barbecue

~E. Brad

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

12oz bottle poured into a mug, because I plan on pairing (ha!) this with some fresh grilled hot dogs and that's what seems right.

Pours a lovely clear golden color, nice carbonation present and an absolutely huge, puffy, foamy white head. I was a little concerned about not using a pilsner glass, but this baby's holding up just fine. Nice lacing too.

The aroma is nice and grassy, its sweet and fruity too, along with a nice hop presence. Yum!

Taste is quite grassy and floral as well, along with a nice sweetness that comes through before the hops in the swallow. Quite hoppy, but very tasty. Probably my favorite American pilsener.

Mouthfeel is good, not too light, crisp and slightly drying. The hoppiness, without excessive bitterness, from the flavor just won't quit, and thats a good thing.

Drinkability is great, this is a great one for the summer or for sessioning during a long spell of sporting activities, either playing or watching.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Certainly the best american Pils I have had, this beer pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head and active carbonation in the glass.

Nose is malty and a little sweet, hops are there but quite subdued. Nonetheless, very appetizing.

Taste is very pleasant, with initial malty carbonated feeling followed by notable bitterness, which fades into the finish slowly.

Beers like this aren't going to blow the palate away like some heavier and stronger styles, but in terms of enjoyablility, this beer could easily be sessioned with this taste and ABV, and thus is judged by style rather than overall impact.

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a nice white head. Seems like what a Pils should look like.

Smell is like the hay I used to haul as a kid. Minus the sneezing! There are also some hops mixed in there.

Taste is excellent. Very smooth and buttery and buscuit like with a hoppy finish that lasts in your mouth a while.

Mouthfeel is light and buttery.

Drinkability is very high. I've never tasted a pilsner this good before. One of my go to brews from now on.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an odd shade of yellow. It's almost florescent as I hold it to my computer monitor. The beer has a light and crisp hop smell that peers out of a IPA-like head. The taste is also very fresh, crisp and bold. It has a mild grassy start, a touch of metal-ish hops and then a bitter grassy ending. Refreshing, light (without losing flavor), and not too strong, great session beer.

I got this beer $.88...waa wee wee waa

Photo of ClassicBrad
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap once, but that was weeks ago and I took no notes. I remember being a lot more impressed from the tap then this bottle.

Appearance was a lighter golden with a pretty full white head that disappeared and left no signs of existance shortly after. Looks like what you would expect from a traditional pilsner.

Smell was pretty appetizing. It's like smelling a regular old pilsner but with cunning malt and hop character.

Taste was delicious. It just seemed like it was holding back compared to the pint I had on tap. If I were reviewing the draft, I would have given it a 5, but the bottled version fell short of anything above good.

Mouthfeel was exciting and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability from the bottle was one aspect that beat the draft. I remember being slightly overwhelmed from the draft (which wasn't totally a bad thing) and the bottle is actually an incredibly easy drink. This would be a good case for a get together.

Photo of bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

These notes might be five months old. I got lazy then I misplaced them.

Chill haze, pale hay-yellow in hue, no bubbles danced in the liquid; bright white foam. At the apex the head was three fingers tall. Impressive head retention, the bubbles slowly subsided to a modest cap. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and sporadic. This is an attractive beer.

The legend of Prima Pils doesn’t live up to the hype… at least based on what I smell. Sure, the nose is pleasantly hoppy, spicy, earthy, grassy, and zesty with some citrus notes. Not much malts, I am surprised. Maybe (and I mean maybe) I detect some cracker aromas. It is lightly fruity in the background. Moderate potency, it is a charmingly hoppy Pils; what more can I ask for.

The palate is quite enjoyable. Flowery, grassy, citrus and zesty hoppiness. Fairly bitter, it hits me at the back of the throat. I’m impressed with the concentrated hop flavors. The palate is tangy in the middle, fruity… minimal malt backbone. This is a tasty Pils. I like it but I would like a fuller flavor profile.

Medium in body, light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel; I prefer the mouthfeel to be firmer.

Damn tasty and drinkable; this is not as outstanding as I thought it would be. I like Blue Paddle and Scrimshaw just as much. Still, I want another bottle or two... or a keg. Thank you RedHaze for the sample, I am happy I finally tried Prima Pils.

Photo of terrabyte
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light-yellow straw color with a large white head. It is mostly clear except for just a bit of haziness.

Smells like a muted wheat beer.

Taste consists of a strong wheaty flavor with a grainy aftertaste. Other than that one ingredient I'm not even picking up any of the popular orange or lemon sweetness. Kind of bland.

Mouthful is pretty light, awesome carbonation, and very refreshing.

Drinkability is great. Pils have never been the most exciting beers for me, or wheat type beers in general. But this one is refreshing with a strong flavor. Just not my kind of flavor. Very refreshing and ended up being quite enjoyable.

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

Picked this one up at the Pioneer Supermarket in Manhattan, which has a great selection, because I've been so impressed with other Victory Beers.

The beer pours nicely with a significant head that doesn't last too long. The color is pleasing, sort of a medium light straw. Enough color to suggest something interesting. From the first smell and taste I can tell I like it. I haven't had a Pilsner Urquell in some time, but this tastes very, very similar to me. Medium high-notes, very drinkable, a good beer.

This would be a nice one to enjoy with the game. Definitely one to try to win over some die-hard big-brewer lager drinkers.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light golden color with lots of carbonation and a strong hop smell to it, tastes hoppy with a slight malt sweetness to it, with a spicy hoppy aftertaste, the frothy head doesn't stay for long as it quickly subsides, a good beer especially for the its cheap price, a good representation of a tough brew to master

Photo of jamie2dope
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my Magic Hat Hocus Pocus Pilsner glass. Coloration was pale golden...similar to a Budweiser, with a nice little white head. Smell was extremely clean, almost too clean by my standards in that it smelled a bit like dish soap. Taste was also very clean, with crisp carbonation, a definite vegetable presence, and touch of hops. It was pretty easy on the palate....simply an easy to drink Lager. I preferred the Harvest Pilsner much more on tap, but then again, this is a pretty quality Pilsner considering some of the other interpretations out there on the market. Cheers.

Photo of mpyle
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good. Pale golden color with nice clarity. Moderate sized whitish head. Creamy and long lasting.

Aroma more subtle than some pils. Hop aroma a bit subdued, and also a bit of malt aroma evident as well.

A hint of malt sweetness initially, but then nothing but hops. Dries out toward the finish with a good lingering hop bitterness very in the spirit of the style. An earthy character to the hopiness.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Maybe a bit more body (less dry) than expect from this style.

Overall an intensely hoppy beer, but with enough malt to support it. Very fresh, clean lager character. Probably what good German Pils tastes like fresh in its native land.

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

Crisp clear aromas and clean pour. Minimal head and a slight heaviness give this pils higher marks. The hops come through after a few sips and finish strong. Semi- dry on the mouth but slight fruity and candy malt sweetness counteracts the hop backlash. This pilsner may be schizoid but it is very satisfying.

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

Transparent straw colored body with good carbonation. Creamy white head, good retention and lace.
Classical grain lager scent, slightly sweet, hopped and with a vegetable like overtone, good balance.
Sweet grainy flavor, sweet at first then a well hopped aftertaste going into a fairly rough hop rush.
Medium body, dry finish and abit rough.
This is a very well crafted lager. Good balance, great flavors simple without being a bore.


Photo of YukataNinja
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yellow, some bubbles, nice 1.5 finger head that faded slowly.

Smell: Nice pilsner malt smell, not too strong or weak.

Taste: Very well balanced. Starts with a hop kick and then quickly fades to the malt sweetness and a slight bitterness. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, sweet lingering taste, palate mostly clean.

Drinkability: Very good beer, easily enjoyable anytime. I'm not a pilsner guy but I could see my self making this a regular beer to drink

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

12 oz. bottle, from the variety pack, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with 1 finger head, that had good retention and lacing throughout the glass.

S: Grain, mild malt and some citrus, not grassy/hoppy.

T: "So fresh and so clean" malt and hops perfectly balanced. Slight hop bitterness in the end. Good stuff.

M: Strong flavor leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Not too much carbonation.

D: Very good, full of flavor, sessionable.

This is a more complex beer than I expected. The hops and malt can both be noticed. Part of a fresh variety pack.

Photo of
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, pale yellow in color. Medium sized white head. Streaming carbonation.

Grass & grapefruit in the aroma. Bready. Tiniest whiff of apple.

Nicely bittered, lingers throughout and into aftertaste. Malt is crackerlike. Just a bit of sweetness in the middle. Very well balanced.

Light in body, medium carbonation. Drying.

Prima is a fine name for this beer. Excellent flavor, sessionable in a huge way. Just the thing on this fine, 63 degree January evening. Highly recommended.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle says best before Feb 12, 2007. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with an inch and a half white puffy head. Lacing and head retention are both pretty good. It smells like lemon, grain and malt. It tastes like citrus (lemon), grain/bread, and it also has a bit of a peppery spicyness to it. There's also a slight hop bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, but crisp and refreshing. It would be better for a hot summer day, but it's still good on a colder day. Drinkability is very good, it would be a good session beer for me in the summertime. I think this is a pretty good pilsner, I'd definitely buy it again.

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

My slow pour left little head - sorry, personal taste. this is a hazy light amber color.

Smells somewhat malty and a bit floral. Quite nice.

Taste is sparkley clean - A clean hop is present, malty, and lemony. This has a very dry taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy. The two usually seem opposite, but they both work together in this brew - somehow - and it works well.

Finish is clean and has a citrus.flavor. A dry clean aftertaste is left behind.

This is a very drinkable beer. I am not a pilsener fan, but this one is worth having.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room temp from a 12oz bottle(Best by Jan 22 07). Nice straw gold colour with lots of foam that holds up nicely, in fact, it lasted for the whole session and it made some nice lacing on the side of my glass.

The nose has a nice citrus smell to it; more of a lemon than grapefruit.

The taste is true to the nose with lots of lemon citrus hoppiness that bursts onto your taste buds. A few more sips in and, now that my palate has gotten used to the strong flavour from the hops, I notice that there *is* an ample malt presence that was initially hidden. It's really not on the sweet side but it's there and does offset the bitterness toa degree. The finish is very dry and leaves me yearning for more. A super drinkable sample of a Pilsner....I dare say it's my all time favourite and.... I'm glad I went to check my reviews before opening this(last) bottle. I thought for sure that I had reviewed it before but no, I didn't!!!??

Bottom line: This is a Pilsner that doesn't hold back on the flavour so enjoy!!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,655 ratings.