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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,621
Reviews: 2,004
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 177
Gots: 426 | 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 hckyfn9999
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a very nice head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy hops. Taste is good with a lot of hops for a pils with a little fruitiness and a little malt. Mouthfeel is good and so is drinkability. Not my favorite style but this is a good beer.

Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one in preparation for a beer dinner.

Stray yellow in color. Very clear. White 1/4" head that quickly fades. First taste is of hops. More than the average Pils but it helps out. It's very smooth and tasty. Not your average Pils. The malt and hops balance out nicely. I think this one might be a great starter for my meal...

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

Slightly cloudy golden yellow appearance. Beautiful head that looks like whipped egg whites.

Plenty of malt in the nose, along with pine and lemon zest.

Slightly sweet with ample bitter hops that come straight at you. Some citrus, and a touch of alcohol. Surprising depth.

Wonderfully creamy on the way down, with a nice zing of carbonation. Well-balanced on the tongue.

Exceptionally easy to drink. A very fine beer, and one of the best pilseners I've tasted.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged in a 12 oz amber bottle, 3 months before best-by date
Served at about 35F
Aroma at bottleneck full of herbal noble hops
Poured with very little head, so increased the splashing to get a fine 1/2 white head that left good lace.
Appearance in glass was straw yellow and crystal clear.
Aroma in the glass was again noble hops with a touch of maltiness.
Taste: Bitter up front, rich tasting but not a lot of body, with a slightly sweet finish and a pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Upon warming, gets a little sour reminiscent of American lagers.
Drinkability: This is a really fine beer. It look and taste are exceptional. The hop bitterness and aroma are well balanced, not excessively malty or sour like American style and some European lagers. It's a hard style to perfect, and they've nearly done so. American macro breweries are technically capable of making a pilsner this good, why o why do they elect not to? This could be a benchmark pils to judge all others against.

Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This German Pils pours a golden straw yellow into my glass, the head is as white as white can get and stabilizes at about one finger. Lacing appears to be good as well.

The aroma of this beer is very clean. Noticable spicy hop aromas make up a large portion of this beer's aroma proflie. There is also a small amount of citrus aroma in the hop aroma profile of this beer. The sweet malt aroma is right in the front of the smell, but is secondary to the hop aromas.

The first and foremost character that I notice from this beer is its coarse bitterness. Floral hop character dominates the hop profile of this beer, and there is also a bit of spiciness. Bitterness lingers after it has been swallowed then slowly melts away. Hop character and bitterness trump malt characteristics in this brew. Malt sweetness and character is there but is in the background of the hop focus of this beer.

The brew is lightbodied and has a higher level of carbonation which benefits this beer in my opinion. The beer finishes somewhat dry, and leaves you wanting more. All in all this is a pretty good beer, but I would prefer something of a different style. I'll probably not buy this beer in the near future because there are many other Pils I've yet to try. This beer didn't make a good enough impression on me for it to become my "house pils."

Photo of peterittenhouse
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw yellow with thin head. Nice lacing with lots of little bubbles.

Wonderful fresh clean smell typical of the style.

Great representation of a German Pils.Clean,spicy dry taste with backbone. Hops are steady right to the end. Just the right amount of malt to compliment the hops.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel is consistent. Could be a good session beer in spite of the dryness.

Excellent brew. Victory Prima never lets you down.

Happy Holidays!

Photo of biking4beer
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice bubbly one finger head. Crisp clear golden color like you would expect. Looks like a thirst quencher.

Has the bitter Pilsner smell like you would expect too. Slightly hoppy. The aromas make me want to dive into this one.

Tastes crisp and clean with the typical pilsner bitterness. Good hop flavor. There is a hop cone on the label after all. Good sourness. Not overwhelming.

Perfect level of carbonation for this style and goes down well. A good drinking beer and representation of the style.

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

Pours a nice, light, clear gold with a substantial, dense white head that is amply maintained by streams of carbonation.

Smell is nicely pilsner-y, especially full of earthy/mineral tones. Grassy and floral hop come through as well. Light and almost spritzy in the mouth, with a slight sweetness pushing through to balance a very well-developed grass-and-spice hop flavor. A mouthwatering mineral bitterness wraps things up in delightful fashion.

You know, there's just nothing not to like about this stuff. I'm thrilled that it's readily available as a go-to pils here.

Photo of xav33
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a Pilsner glass
Recent brewing, primed 11/06

Poured a hazy bright yellow with an average white mostly lasting frothy head.

Smelt of moderate bread and perfume.

Taste was upfront moderate pine and light sweet pineapple followed by a strong pine bitterness and a light white bread kick on an long bitter flowery finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, crisp and dry, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is what a pilsner should taste like. No doubt.

Photo of tcfishler
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Somwhat hazy honey-gold. Very nice lacing.

Aromas are quite herbal.

Feels soft on the palate, but it does have energy, with plenty of subtle malts and a pleasant citrus/herb hop profile. The finish is the most attention-grabbing aspect in its length and impressive bitterness.

A great balance of flavor intensity with drinkability.

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

Pours a bright golden straw color, slight haze, and a weak head.

The smell is quite nice, very pleasant... hoppy, creamy, and fruity aromas. Smells like a Czech Pilsener to me.

Taste is very dry, with a nice light, yet spicey hop finish. Quite nice!

Mouthfeel is good. The bitter and spicy hop finish really sticks around in your mouth.

This is an excellent session worthy pilsener.

This beer was courtesy of MuenchenerKindl. Thanks for the trade.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an “enjoy by date” of 2/28/07. Bought from the Park Slope Food Coop.

Poured with a thick 2" head and a golden clear dream. It looked quite yummy. It smelled of fresh hops and bread. The flavor was also bready and slightly bitter. It was a zesty, crisp beer. Through out the drink the retention of the head was good. This is a very drinkable beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into Traditional Pint Glass

A - Brilliant clear straw-colored gold with a nice 1 inch off white head. Head dissolves to leave a thin layer for the remainder of the beer, with lacing making solid sheets on the glass.

S - Clean Noble hops with hints of floral notes.

T - Smooth and rich Noble hop flavor with a slight spice on the tongue. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but very pleasant.

M - As above, smooth with a slight zip of bitterness and a crisp finish.

D - Excellent drinkability. I could have numerous bottles of this fine brew.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a light yellow straw color. The head is frothy, stiffens rather nicely and leaves substantial small-bubbled lacing. Flurrying bubbles race up throughout the body of the beer.

The light aroma is almost all grain. The flavor is sweet grain, strong presence of hops, a drop of corn syrup, a little honey, a little lemon, and a dose of sulpher.

The mouth is light, but more complex than many pils, as the sweetness, grainy-ness, and hoppy bitterness all interplay with one another; good carbonation. Very drinkable, complex enough to savor, light enough to make a good session beer. Another solid one from Victory.

Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first pilsener, so I don’t have much of a grasp on the style. Aroma was very hoppy, sensed a little grass. Light yellow with a snow white head. Nice and smooth on the way in and finishes hoppy and dry. I enjoyed this quite a bit and sure wouldn’t mind having it again.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow slightly hazy brew with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a fine smoky haze. A good swirl does, however, bring back a good cap. Quite a few wet arcs lace the glass.

Smells clean and refreshing, but pretty weak. I can smell sweet grains and some thin hops.

Tastes much better than it looks and smells. Very big acid hop presence that borders on sour. Lemon rind and unsweetened grapefruit are unaccompanied by any sort of balancing malt. Very acrid and astringent. This brew is like a sharp biting blade of tart hops.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light and quenching. Good carbonation level....not to bubbly like some pilsners. Drinkability is somewhat lessened for me due to the very acidic and sour hop profile...but strangely I found myself craving another.

This is not a bad beer. I like it for what it manages to accomplish, but it's not my cup of tea (glass of beer?)

Photo of Grundle20
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hay yellow into a pint glass with a tiny bit of haze. There is a minor one finger head which is relitively quick to fade, although it does lace the glass a little.

Prodominantly wheaty smelling, but there is a great crisp stinging hops scent to add. It's one of the more potent and pleasant smelling pilsners I've had.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There's a good dry bitter malt base, which is woderfully complimented by mellow hopping. Overall it's crisp with a nice clean finish. Very well balanced in my opinion.

This beer defines drinkability. Good ABV, balanced flavors, clean finish, and it's pretty refreshing results in the most drinkable beer I've had in recent months.

Bottom Line:
This is my new party beer. Don't get me wrong, this beer could easily be thrown down with some food it's just so fantastic for shear poundability.

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

Apperance: Nice head, good retention.

Smell is nice. Citrusy hops.

Taste: This beer must be poured into a traditioanl pilsner glass for max enjoyment or will come off too hoppy with out balance. If in the pilsner glass, it has a nice earthy hoppiness too it that isn't overbearing and is quite pleasant. For the hop head, but not overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing. Clings decently.

Drinkability: An easy to drink brew. Give a nice hop flavor and profile while still being refreshing.

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

A: Golden yellow hue with a slight orange tint to it. One inch head w some lace and good retention.

S: A relaxed citrus smell with hoppy notes abounding. Some grass or natural floral scent present here.

T: An incredibly smooth taste, very nice Pilsner with a nicely tuned hop flavor in the end that's very pleasing. Citrus notes somewhat relaxed in the taste.

M: A bit slick from the hops, but very enjoyable. A nice and easy bite, yet very smooth all-around.

D: Very pleasant Pils with a right tasty hop assault. Would definitely place a second order.

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle

Prima Pils poured a very pale golden. Crystal clear with a 1 finger eggshell white head. The head sticks on this one. Moderate carbonation rises in random spots off the bottom.

Smells of grain with a touch of sweetness. There's also a little hay in the nose as as well. A nice noble hop spiciness comes through at the end.

Taste is good. Like a pilsner but the flavors seem to be more pronounced than most which is a plus. There's hay/grassy flavor throughout that balances with the graininess in the back. The hop spiciness comes through at the swallow. This is all followed up by a nice mild but lingering bitterness that makes you want to take that next gulp.

Mouthfeel is where it should be. Light but not watery. Carbonation pushes it through.

Drinkability is high. The body and mouthfeel make it an easy drinker and the hops leave a nice lingering bite that leaves you wanting more. Very dry finish.

Overall Prima Pils is, to me anyway, what a pilsner should taste like. Pilsners are far from my favorite style but this is one I could easily drink often. Good offering from Victory.


Photo of AndoBrew
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*I liked it would not buy*

App: ha haaha maybe my glass.. but the carbonation upon pour is rising up in big lazy bubbles, kinda cute. there is nothing to be said about the looks of this beer except that its head does not look macro brew at all, but the rest...

smell: well an unfortunate happening prevented me from getting a true nose on this beer, but it had a yesty slight SLIGHT grassy hay smell with a touch of floral hops.

tatse: suprise suprise this one is alive. I get so scared seeing a beer of this color, but this is good. floral clean hops a touch of pepper and then a back of the throat bitter from a more citrusy grapefruit hop. I love the pepper wish there was a titch more, btjm. Nice pill!

Mf: nice lil carbo zing up front finishes a lil thicker feeling in the back of the mouth but remains refreshing .good job.

drinkable: yes.. a touch less grapfruit on the back end and it would be a 5. but do we really wanna take away that good flavor just so we can pound it faster??

What a suprise beer for ,me. I was very upset at the thought of drinking a beer of this nature, but I like it! cheers.

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a decent frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is light grains and noble hops. It's clean, but not too exciting.

The flavor is slightly sweet, grainy malts with a good sized noble hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with a good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very well made, bold pilsner. I'm not a huge fan of the style though.

Photo of klewis
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/7/06

A: Pours a clear straw with lots of carbonation and a frothy two-finger head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Malty with aromas of resiny hops.

T: A well-balanced and interesting taste with honey-like malt flavors and quite a lot of bitterness. The flavor lasts much longer than most pils.

M: Light in body with moderate carbonation.

D: If I'm going to drink a pilsener, from now on, it's going to be this one.

Photo of goochpunch
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden straw with very lively carbonation and a thing head that has good retention. Malty body with a big spicy hop presence. Flavor is really hop forwarded. Floral, herbal, spicy, and slightly piny. Maltiness is more of a background element, but this is really interesting. Light body and spritzy mouthfeel. I would buy this again and could see this being a session.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very pale, almost whitish yellow. Super generous head, leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Very crisp, clean, and surprisingly malty. Over the top hops. The smell alone is intoxicating.

Taste: This tastes like a damn good Czech pilsner, but maltier, and dare I say better.

Mouthfeel: This is where this one surprises you. This has a much richer feel than what you might expect. You can feel the maltiness. This does not come at the expense of refreshment. This beer is outstandingly refreshing.

Drinkability: This is the beer that I wish all my macro-oriented friends would drink. I would go to their houses more. Buy this often, and in great quantities.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,621 ratings.