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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,515
Reviews: 1,990
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 163
Gots: 340 | 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 DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a bright and vibrant yellow gold with a thin film of large bubbles for a head.

Smelled like bread dough and powdery white flour with an ambiguous sour fruit.

Tastes like sweet bread dough with a musky dirty yeast and a crisp oaky hop nip that left the finish a bit dry.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with an intrusive small bubbled carbonation.

Over all, the finish was a bit dry, and the carbonation was prohibitive.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden in color, with a large, persistent white head, excellent broken lace, and a few small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Tangy citrus hops, with hints of pine as well, solid slightly tart pale malt beneath, and a pleasant cut grass aroma.

Taste: Opens with crisp, tart pale malt, and a wave of citrus (predominantly orange), and lesser pine hops. The malt asserts itself with a mildly sweet wave late in the taste. The finish is quite dry. A fairly sharp metallic bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example of a style that has always struck me as being rather bland. This is far and away better than most German Pilseners.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is slightly sulpher tinged and sharp with hops. Lemonade yellow with a huge three finger thick head that is frothy and bubbly. Fore is grainy/malty with a lot of sweetness from that malt. Hop profile is lower than I thought it would be. Definitely a great warm weather beer here as it is quite quenching.

Jredner, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden with a thin white head... there's a slight haze to this one, and bubbles of carbonation rise like champagne in my glass. The aroma is of a fresh pine forest. As for the taste, there's hardly any sweetness here, with only mild notes from the grain. The effervescent bubbles build on my tongue, followed by grassy, piney, floral hop flavors. The tangy, bitter tannins linger in the finish. Make sure you get your nose into the glass as the hop aroma truly enhances the hop flavor.

Overall, a nice strong presence of hops in a beer that's lighter, crisper and more approachable than a big IPA for a malt-lover like myself. These aren't the citrus/grapefruit hop flavors so loved by many American brewers. These are the hops of a classic European pilsner punched up a few notches. Though not exactly smooth in my book, it's relatively drinkable.

apintofknowledge, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of Gritsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- brilliant golden yellow with a decent white head. the head dissapates to a frothy film that laces all down the glass.

S- nice grassy hop aroma with zesty yeast hints.

T- spicey, oily, grassy hop flavor. the finish has a little metalic soapy flavor but its not overpowering and doesnt really have any negative effect on the taste.

M- medium body with bold carbonation.

D- extremely easy to drink and refreshing.

overall- this is a great beer for almost any occasion. one of the most easy to drink and refreshing beers ive come across.

Gritsak, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light straw color, with no head to speak of. A very faint aroma of citrus hops is present, but not much else. Flavorwise, I find this to be very one dimensional, with a good amount of graininess, and a smooth hop finish. One thing that is very pleasant about this beer is it's very creamy mouthfeel.

All in all, this is better than most every other american pilsner you'll find on the market. There are better from overseas, but this one is quite nice IMO.

phisig137, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large head with decent retention. Very sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Good pale golden color. Completely clear other than the bubbles of carbonation.

All hops in the smell and taste. There's a hint of pale malt that's a little bready like an amber ale. Great taste with a wonderful dry finish. This is probably my favorite pilsner at the moment.

Another great beer from Victory. Go pick this one up.

timtheenchanta, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden straw with a short-lived, pristine white head. Pungent noble hop aromas, grassy and sulfuric -- spot on for the style. Grassy hop flavor that's definitely a cut above most pilsners. Smooth malt presence, but this one is all about European lupulin. Crisp, clean mouthfeel; quenching and quite drinkable. Not my favorite style, but when the mood strikes, this is the one to seek out.

orfeu, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of deuschbag
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug. this beer poured an almost highlighter-style clear yellow color with a moderate head and no lace. the smell was really bad. a very bad skunky grassy smell with just an over powering of skunkiness. the taste was very disspleasing. i don't know to how to describe the taste, except as a more hoppier version of heineken. i had a high expectation to try this brew but was very dissapointed. maybe i just had a bad batch(hopefully. come on, victory!). i won't buy this again, though.

deuschbag, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle serving. Enjoy by Nov 21 05, oops.

Light, highly carbonated, yellow body with a large white head.

Nose is slightly sulfurous, nice and malty, florally hopped.

Flavor is very characteristic of German Pilseners. Really reminds me of how Bitburger tastes in Germany, (not as good in the US, though). Crisp malt up front. Later on the palate, lemon flavor is noticeable, floral hops are all over the finish. It's very tangy and tasty, should be good on a hot day, too.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a zip on the finish.

Drinkability is great! This stuff goes down like magic. Will probably be a summer favorite for me this year.

ghostwalker, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Maestro
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow with the slightest bit of cloudiness. Fluffy, fluffy white head that leaves a creamy lacing.

Smell: Lemon, orange, grass

Taste: Hop explosion...this is by far the hoppiest pilsner I have ever had. There are big grapefruit and pine tastes throughout the beer. The malts provide just enough backbone to balance out the hoppiness. A little bit of sweetness sneeks through from time to time.

Mouthfeel: This is a good drink of beer. Although the hops are big, it is not overwhelmingly bitter. The beer leaves your palette refreshed.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful session pilsner.

Well done, Victory!

Maestro, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pilsner.

crystal clear golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head.

aroma is light; notes of skunk, sugar, lemons and floral hops.

heavy carbonation with a light mouthfeel. crisply bitter taste with an overall refreshing taste. simple, straightforward pilsner; somewhat boring. not even close to as good as Victory's others.

Prufrock, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label states: Enjoy by Jan 26 06.
Poured from a bottle into american pint glass.

Clear, pale yellow in color. Bright white half inch head, lots of carbonation, with some quick fading lacing. Smells of malts and hops. Also a strong aroma of yeast and bread. There is a slight hint of fruit, maybe banana. Great well balanced taste, lots of malts up front. Finishes dry with some hoppy bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, but not fizzy. Easy drinking pilsner, with a low abv, to make for a good session beer. I would enjoy this more during the summer months.

BigDaddyWil, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pale yellow color. Thin, pillowy white head. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Zesty aroma with hints of lemon, spicy hops, and bready malt. Well-hopped.

Taste- Plenty of hop flavor. The hops are present throughout the beer, leaving a nice bite in the finish. The hopping isn't harsh, though. It's blends nicely with the malt flavor, making this a spicy-yet-mellow pils. Full-bodied.

Verdict- A very tasty, well-hopped pilsner. Close to perfect.

bearrunner44, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, pale gold (duh, it is a pilsener!) with nice carbonation and head. Hops really shine in this one. Nice floral, earthy aroma - very pleasing. Bitterness of the hops shines, but there is a mild, faint sweetness that comes through which is hard to place. Very clean and fresh on the palate with a slightly dry feel. Very drinkable, but most of all, really enjoyable. Cheers!

jhu1995, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of jslot38
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint Glass from Bottle, Freshness Date Marked

I'm not sure I understand this beer. While I'm sure I didn't receive a bad batch, I'm going to review the beer in front of me. It poured a pale yellow, completely transparent. The bubbly white head disappeared to a coating, and then to nothing, minimal to no lacing. A slightly yeasty smell with a few hints of clove and lemon peel. No dominate taste, certainly no lingerings. Not at all what I expected. Hops are hidden, malts aren't prominant, there is certainly something missing. Any detectable hops do show the common characteristics of a pilsner, a bit zesty, cloved, and a citrus twangs come through, but nothing is at all continually noticable or overwhelmingly appealing. I give points for its simplicity and drinkability however.

This, and I'm relatively new to the category, wasn't what I was expecting, and was overall a disappointment. Not nearly Victory's greatest.

jslot38, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 40F Serving glass: Pilsener Glass

Aroma: Zing! Noble hops abound with big citrusy lemon zest & tang zapping my nostrils. Pretty much all hops with this one, just a bit of bready maltiness coming through.

Appearance: Truly a sexy looking beer. Crystal clear, deep straw with beautiful, bountiful beading. Pure white head retains throughout, excellent, intricate lacing.

Taste: I'm not generally a Pils drinker, but this is really tasty. Clean & refreshing, only small amounts of sweetness up front, the hops are obviously the focus here- perhaps just a bit to much. Although, I'm certainly in no position to comment on what a Pils "should" taste like. A little bit of spice to along with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, sparklingly refreshing. Medium carbonation gives it a little more punch and zest. It doesn't get cleaner than this, IMO.

Drinkability: A great, if somewhat overhopped Pils. For a cold summer drink, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have in my hand.

SurgeonGeneral, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light gold-tinged yellow. Its ever so slightly cloudy. Big 'ol sudsy head is almost gone in a minute. There is slight lacing. Nose is strong lupulin and sulpher. It is off-putting at first, but continued quaffing titilates.

Taste starts off bitter, but not as much as the nose led me to expect. It gives a nice zestyness that complements the higher carbonation level. Sweet malt comes to the surface almost immediately but is pushed back by the bitter hops, which have a slight lemon character, but are really mostly just bitter. Toward the finish a bit of that sulpher comes out, but does not linger unplesantly in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice for the style but may be a tad thin, also the carbonation fizzled a bit quicker than I'd prefer.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best american pilsners I have ever tasted. Enjoyed on tap fresh at the Victory Brewpub in Downingtown, PA.

Appearance: A beautiful straw to golden yellow color with a thick creamy, frothy white head.

Aroma: Piney hop and citrus, vanilla?, melon?

Taste: Fantastic citrusy hop taste with a hint of vanilla or melon. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

Overall: Incredibly drinkable. This is the beer that could convert bud and coors drinkers to craft beer.

BillyB, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally my local grocery store carries this! Probably for a limited time. 12 oz bottle, awesome hoppy-green label(love their design). First of all 99% of the pilseners i have had i have hated so lets see what happens with this much loved brew. This poured a light yellow gold color with a nice but small white head. Mediocre lacing. Awesome stringing of tiny bubbles. The smell is not the most impressive to me, sweet yet simple hops. Clean. This has some nice yet very light and sharp hop flavor. Tastier than most pilsners i have had by far, but it certainly tastes very euro. This is drinkable. but i would take Brooklyn's Pilsener over this any day. It tastes similar to ass macro pilseners, its just that you can tell more time and better ingredients into it because there are no disgusting chemical aftertastes. But still, as As SMF said below "this is a functional beer"...at this price I am looking for more than functional. Average to me.

kbnooshay, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy light golden color. fairly light carbonation with several streams of tiny bubbles rising. thin white head covers the beer.

fairly light clean grassy aroma. was hoping for more, but its not a deal breaker.

now there are the hops. any disappointment in the aroma is quickly put aside with the first sip. welll rounded bitterness is accompanied by good levels of hop flavor. little residual sweetness and finishes on the dry side.

not quite as good as i had hoped, but i had built this up in my own mind a lot. being two months past its enjoy by date may have affected the aroma slightly, but i doubt too much. one of only a few lagers i have had the last couple of weeks, but a good one.

joecast, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had from 12oz bottle. Clear golden color, looked like typical every-day beer (the kind I always drank when I was 21).

This version is all about hops. Much hoppier than I expected, even more hops flavor than some IPA's I've had.

Excellent, made me like pilsners again. Recommended.

TurdFurgison, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of ChiSox05
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shining yellow that catches the light well. Absolute clarity. Thinned out head held on for the first few sips.

Nearly all hops with underlying grain, think I hit a touch of wheat. Hops are sharp, mild hop spice, aroma of pear skin. Basic, fresh, familiar German beer smell.

Taste is an expected metallic, spicy fresh hop with a pleasant bitter, oily finish. Malt mediates the mouthfeel. Spicy and tingly up front, cleansing and multiplyingly foamy later on, not for sweethearts, just clean, dry refreshement.

Again, specially after warming, familiar German malt smell that I don't know how to describe otherwise. Clean, easy drinking, showcase for the spicing hops, detectable quality.

ChiSox05, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright lemon yellow, clear, with a spritzy white head & carbonation. Very typical of the style.

Initial aroma is a strong, sharp hop bitterness. Grapefruit and grasses come up and weave around the oiliness of the hops.

Flavor is very strong in the hop bitterness department, very lemony sour.

Mouthfeel is astringent.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but I don't understand why it is rated as high as it is by others. Hops are too strong, way overblown and out of balance.

Dukeofearl, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prima Pils is golden with good carbonation. Head is medium-sized and fluffy. The aroma is of grain and herbal hop. Wow, the taste is hoppier than expected. Very herbal and bitter. Grainy malt is there, but hops are the focus. My overall impression of this is similar to Victory's HopDevil, the hop bitterness takes a bit much from the flavor for my tastes. I'll probably try this again to see if I can figure out what the fuss is about.

Gagnonsux, Dec 29, 2005
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,515 ratings.