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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 174
Gots: 423 | 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 coldchill
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow/gold with a medium size head. Mossy smell is noticeableat first sniff. Nice clean flavor with hop bite mid-taste, but quickly fading into a crisp refreshing finish. This is a good beer, I am not normally a huge fan of lagers, but I could drink this one again and again.

Edited to add: This beer just kept getting better and better. I thought I should come back and adjust my scores accordingly.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12 oz. Bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a straw yellow. Nice carbonation and a good 2 finger white rocky head that fades fast.

The smell is a strong malt with a good hopy zing. Makes you think good things are to come.

The taste is fresh malty goodness upfront and a very bold hops presents. For a pilsner this beer delivers more then most in the flavor department. A nice bitter finish realy adds to the whole.

Mouth feel crisp and clean, very full feeling.

Drinkability is outstanding, I will put this down as a buy. Prosit MK

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this pils pours a very pale straw yellow color, with a full finger of rocky pure white head, moderate carbonation swiftly ascends to the top

S - a sweet malty aroma, with a great hoppy character pushing through, the faint citrine aroma of lemons sneaks in the nose at the end

T - very hoppy, much more so than i thought from the aroma, sweet mlats are more subdues and the lemony citrus flavor is more pronounced, very tasty

M&D - dry and balanced, very tasty , im not too experienced in the way of pilseners, but this seems like a high quality one, very easy down, a nice brew, as is the pattern with Victory

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its been several months since I last had this beer, and I wonder if I might have an old barrel this time around. Looks great, yellow and gold with a nice white head. Smells sweet and a bit hoppy. Taste is similar, but it lacks crisp flavors. The hops dont have much flavor and he malt flavor is pretty plain. It just kind of tastes like a light pale ale. It thought it was okay and it still drank nicely, but this wasn't the beer I expected.

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

The beer poured a vibrant yellow color with a bright white head and some lacing on the glass. The nose was a fresh hop character with a touch of spice. The taste is very true to the pilsner form, hops up front with some fruit notes in the back. The hop character is not overwhelming which makes for an easy drinking, crisp beer.

Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small head that quickly disappeared. Generous lacing left streaks down the sides of the glass.

Subtle hoppy and skunky aromas.

Taste was somewhat hoppy with hints of citrus and spices coming through as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

Very easy drinking.

Definitely more flavorful than your average pilsener but overall not much better.

Photo of Liquids
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foamy two-finger head, with a transparent, super pale yellow hue and effervescent carbonation. Smells resinous and spicy. Hops at first, but a little less hoppy than the aroma indicated. Tastes rather hoppy, but in a spicy way--good hop choice. As for the malt/yeast aspect, it's middle of the road--not stale but not quite bready, though malt flavors have improved since the last time I tried it. Clean overall. No alcohol noticable. Mouthfeel is actually too high in carbonation for me, light but not watery. With a heavy pour, the flavors are more balanced. Mind you, it's a pils. Drinkability is rather good, and this is a truly good pils, which are hard to come by. Far better than Brooklyn (at least in the bottle), but still not quite as pleasing as my local microbrew pils (New England Elm City Lager). A big, widely available winner of a pale crafted lager.

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

Pours lemon yellow with a short but very lasting white head. The smell is slightly sweet malts with lagery yeast and a very slight hop sting. The taste is nearly perfect for a pils in my opinion. Slightly sweet up front, with a slight cirtus flavor mixed in the with bitter hops. Mouthfeel is also excelent, somewhat dry, lacking the "slick" feeling I get from lots of pilsners, and with a perfect medium-high carbonation. Overall I have to say this beer meets all of my requirements for a pilsner, and is virtually free from flaws. Very refreshing.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer while visiting Maryland in July- and staying in an unairconditioned room, and man did it hit the spot.

The beer pours a lovely pale straw color with a very white thin head that dissipates quickly.

There is a lovely scent of crispness and hops in the nose, smells as a good pilsner should.

The taste is excellent. The bitterness is definitely there, but is well balanced. There is a rich fruitiness with some slight cream nuances following the bitter. Rounder and fuller than some German style pilsners, but still delicious.

The mouthfeel is pretty dry, but the roundness and creaminess mentioned above subtract from the crispness that should be a little more prominent on the finish.

Same goes for drinkability- It is very drinkable, but a little crisper finish would have been even more welcome on this hot day. The hops are nice, but could have even a little more oomph.

Overall a very nice beer, any negative comments are really just nitpicking. I'll definitely drink this again.

Photo of jsimon816
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Prima Pils in Philly on a hot summer afternoon. An easy drinking refreshing German stlye pilsner with a light hoppy aftertaste. If you ever experienced the humidity on the East Coast a cold refreshing Prima Pils did the work of quenching my thrist. Would like to try in on draught.

Photo of normZurawski
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is decent, maybe about as good as you're going to get in a pilsener? I'm not a huge fan though I admit they come in handy on these summer days (nights, mornings, etc). It's a good all around beer for the style, with a bit more character than most of the other offerings. Nice bite on the aftertaste distinguishes it from others.

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

Clear color is bright golden yellow and tight foamy white head holds a fine layer that seems to be permanent. I don't have a whole lot to say about this except that its summer delight packed in a bottle. Ultra crisp, refreshing, delectable, and uplifting. Aroma is wonderfully spicey hopped with a suggestion of pineapple among the lemons/limes. Nice solid sweet bready malts, and a hint of butter add fullness. Taste is just as delightful. It shares all the same qualities with added spicey bitterness. Mouth is so slick and smooth, a little resinous, grassy, and nicely dry through the finish. Perfect carbonation too. Drinkability is intense. Its as if there's a gravitational force inside of me pulling my Prima Pils in. Mmmmm.

A great German pils Victory-affied. Possibly my favorite Pils. I haven't had enough of the style yet to judge for sure though.

Photo of kgotcher
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice straw color with a fairly sturdy white head.

Aroma is mostly hops but you can find some slightly nutty maltyness in there.

Taste is very nice with a great hoppy bitter finish. Nothing overblown but just enough so that you can distinguish this from every other pilsner other there. Hints of light fruit and grain from the malt but the finish is all hops. Very dry but leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. An IPA of Pilsners.

VERY enjoyable, one of my favorite pilsners.

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with effervesence & a 3 fingers deep fluffy white head. Very good head retention & super lacing

Smell; Malty with peppery hops scent

Taste: Malt, then gassy & peppery flavors up front. Hop bitterness lingers on tounge. Finoshes peppery, slightlly malty, soapy & dry

MF: Good balance, medium body & good carbonation

Drank very easy, nice take on the style with a German influence to be sure

Photo of Hautacam
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow gold ..white foamy head...laces a bit and drops to 1/8" and lasts.
Smell is very faint biscuity grains.
Tastes at first, bitter citrus-rind hop ..then a sweet corn grainy malt, which fades back to bitter with a slighty cloying finish. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel approaches medium...with medium carbonation.
Probably the sweetest and hoppiest pils I've tasted...good drinkability....this will go well with pizza or barbeque.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, extra light straw color. Fluffy white head is well supported. Aromas are wheaty, spicy hoppy, and slightly skunky. Body is quite heavy for the style (alcohol?). Hops aren't as forward as I anticipated. Reminds me of a pretty standard American Pils. It's clean and refreshing, though I'd like a bit more carbonation. Exp date of June 28th, 06.... I feel this is a much better brew when fresh. Bitterness doesn't come in any more so than an Urquell, but it is appropriate. Overall, a bit of a dissapointment, I anticipated something more enlightening by the previous reviews. Blue Paddle is local and a mere equivelent.

Photo of EPICAC
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden with a fluffy white headthat thins to a persistent layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Aromas of resiny hops and slightly sweet grainy malts.

Taste: Sweet toasty malt flavors followed by a nice strong balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth and light bodied.

Drinkability: Flavorful, balanced and pleasingly bitter.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but Prima Pils has a nice balancing bitterness that I like.

Photo of sloejams
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils is the best American example, I’ve had of a classic German pilsner. In fact, Prima Pils is probably the best pilsner I’ve ever had. The bottle pours a straw color into my glass. Nice carbonated streams of bubble percolate the glass reaching the ¼ inch froth head. The aroma provides the obvious hops: herbs and spices. Pale malts come through in the taste with the said hops. A lil grain flavor hides beneath. The taste is smooth and subtle; even though it far out-hops any European pilsner you’ll ever have.

It’s a remarkably delicious and easy drinking lager. One word of wise: if picking up a 6 pack of this delicious nectar, be sure to check the Born On Date. This is not a beer that tastes as good past it’s prime. I’ve walked that road, please don’t follow.

Photo of guitarmage
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear, pale yellow. White head reduces to a sticky lacing.

Smell: Mild grains and grassy hops, almost marijuana like.

Taste: Really mild upfront, citrus in the middle then a pretty strong grassy hop blast finishes and cleans things up.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and light bodied, almost dissolves from the mouth.

Drinkability: Really clean and then you get hit with a dose of hops. I like it and find it really drinkable. This would be good paired with something that needs some cleaning up of the palate, almost a pizza beer in my opinion.

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

Appearance - Golden yellow in color. Tall pilsner glass showcases a slow yet active rise of carbonation bubbles.
Smell - Great spice hop aroma.
Taste - Citrus (grapefruit) and floral hops. Faint grain finish calms the hops.
Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish.
Drinkability/Notes - Another really nice beer from Victory, they have such great full hops. Unique, interesting and highly enjoyable.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of Prima Pils served in a Three Philosophers goblet.

Appearance: The pils is a golden yellow color, very bright and vibrant with no hint of any impurities.

Smell: The pils has a firm biscuity malt aroma that mixes nicely with a strong earthy hop aroma.

Taste: The beer has a spicy noble hop flavor that is durable and tasty without destroying your taste buds. The malts are well balanced, giving just enough of a sweetness to really accentuate the hops.

Mouthfeel: This really is a victory for your tastebuds.

Drinkability: Well-made pils, perfectly suitable for a hot summer day or and other day of the year.

Photo of SethB2
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golded yellowish color. Transparent with not much of a head. Also a small amount of lacing.

S - Ahh, it's a Pilsner. Spicy hops covering a grainy malt profile.

T - I likey. The noble hops are more abundant in this beer than most other pilsners, and helps. Initial taste is spicy, somewhat peppery with slightly bitter and dry finish.

M - Decent. As mentioned, a tad dry, but it feels nice.

D - Very good. Nice summertime beer.

Photo of Mdog
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light gold with moderate carbonation. A quick pour will give a large head.

Smell: Strong grassy hops.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, then an onslaught of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, with a dry finish that keeps you coming back for more.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer.

This is one of my all-time favorites and a "second step" beer. Maybe not the first craft beer to advocate to newbies, but a good beer to steer them to next. Very highly recommended.

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

Tried at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's Cincinnati. It's a mo-ped for Ale drinkers: they enjoy it, but they don't want to admit it to their Ale drinking friends. In reality, this is about as good as a pilner gets. Though no amped up body, hops, or foreign character, it's simple and to-the-point. A nice pilner malt base with characterful hops (may not be classic noble versions) and maybe an American hop or two for a better citrus and acidic hop finish. Lightly earthy and dusty, and a body that is on the upper end of the style scale. Although many will proclaim the Pilsners should not contain esters of any sort, I find that a pleasant, light estery quality of pears and a nectar-like perfume aroma compliment the beer well. Because of esters and basically no dms or acetaldahyde, the beer may use ale yeast? Finsihes very clean and very crisp. No doubt a best-of-style beer!

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

Pale yellow in color with vibrant carbonation and a fat, lumpy white head on top. Smells primarily of fresh German hops - spicy, floral and herbal with some light grainy malts. Crisp herbal and grassy hops - lemon citrus zest and bready grain. Its got some bite to it and the dryness lingers.

Not just a thirst quencher, this is a damn fine beer. Very fresh...good pils!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.