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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 187
Gots: 464 | 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 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.

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

Appearance: Poured a yellow color with a huge head that only shortly lived, but left a ton of lacing.

Smell: Hops and some grassy notes in the aroma, a bit of malt detected as well. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Herbal and floral hop flavors backed with some malt to help out. While these tastes are somewhat subdued, they are easily detectable and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning towards thin in body, the malt gives the body here a bit more than I expected from a pilsener.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Overall, while Pilseners aren't my favorite of beers, I can truly say I really enjoy this one. It has always been great on blistering hot summer days. Could also be a decent stepping stone for a macro drinker into the world of craft beer.

Photo of JWFokker
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Victory's Prima Pils is a rather distinctive cloudy straw yellow when poured and forms a white, almost fluffy head that stays around to the finish. Lacing was minimal. It's certainly an attractive looking beer. The mild floral nose is rather non-descript and belies a very well balanced flavor. Crisp, clean hop flavor is most immediate on the pallate, followed by bitter malt in equal measure. No one flavor outshines the other. It's just smooth. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, which is as much as can be expected of any pilsener. Overall it's a first rate brew, one of Victory's best, if not their best. A highly drinkable beer. Definitely recommended.

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

This is a world class pilsener. Nothing fancy. no gimmicks, no extremism just a very well crafted beer using the highest quality ingredients. Those who fancy big beers and equate overpowering characteristics with quality will be unimpressed, but if you just want a great classic, traditional beer you should try this.

It's a clear, brilliant golden straw with a nice stiff , almost crusty head; thousands of tiny carbonation bubbles cling to glass then rise. The aroma is crisp, clean, citrus, fresh grain, grassy hops a bare hint of yeasty bread. The taste is malty, fresh bread, tangy hops with a perfect, clean bitter aftertaste. It's light bodied and well carbonated, just slightly astringent, both satisfying and crisp and refreshing. Could not be more drinkable. A world-class beer for those with a taste for the refined and balanced.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a head on this one! I'd say it was about an inch thick ... creamy white and gorgeous! Body is straw colored and very inviting. Nose is lemony hops and fruit. Tastes much the same ... I really dig the fruitiness. Finish is dry. I can see myself buying this all the time even though I'm not a huge fan of the style ... this is damn tasty!

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a dark golden with a medium head (.5-1 inches). Smells fruity and grassy. Taste definitely grew on me - at first, hoppy bitterness overwhelms you, but a flowery-fruit aftertaste came through after a few sips. The herbal hints balance out the hops very nicely and you have yourself a very nice brew. It is a very unique selection from Victory.

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

Pours a pale yellow with a respectable white head and a little lacing. The aroma is comprised of fresh biscuit notes with a decent amount of European funkiness that is common with this style. A little spiciness and a hint of mint is there too.

The taste is pretty much your standard European Pilsner. Initially sweet with a dry bitter breadiness in the finish. Nice but unremarkable. Mouthfeel is kind of flat, but the drinkability is terrific. Very easy to drink. Exactly the type of beer I like to session.

Would've liked to see some more hopiness and I don't see why people think it's hoppier than other pilsners. That being said, I didn't brew it so I really can't complain. A very nice representation of a traditional German pilsner. This tastes almost exactly like Pilsner Urquell.

Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dull yellow color, a small head (white), and minimal lacing. Slight hops aroma, very average taste - like a slightly more crisp macro lager. Mouthfeel average, drinkability average/good Would not seek this one out. This is a very ordinary beer.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow, with small orange highlights. Carbonation is world-class, and this is beyond beautiful in the Duvel tulip. Millions of steams of orchestrated strands glisten upwards, in definitive pace. With a large white head, that lasts and lasts.

Smell is light with plentiful layers of fruit. Cut fresh hay with a citrus zest, very light effervescent grape, and tangy melon.

Taste upfront has a blast of spicy wheat, and light hay. Delicious German malts. Grassy hops, with a tangy citrus twang take over soon after. Soon the citrus takes over leading way to another spicy semi-floral hop wave. This Pilsner is overall, a blast of flavors screaming for attention. Your palate better damn well listen! The Saaz hops work well with this Pilsner, creating such a beautiful blend of flavor.

I have to say, I love this brew. It's just incredibly solid, any way you look at it. Victory nailed the German Pilsner style here. Prosit!

Photo of Pooba001
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is light, clear, well carbonated, and has good head that could stick around a little longer. Smells good, with distinguishable grain, and Czech and German hops. Flavor is an excellent balance, hops are more prominent than a normal pils, which I appriciate. Light malt and grain are still noticible. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, close to perfect. I'm not a huge fan of the pilsner style, but this is one of the few I can drink a many of and I actually WANT to!!!

Photo of TexIndy
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pilsner glass. Was a nice straw color with good head and carb. Had the typical pilsner smell and looked great but the taste was average for me. Finished a little too dry for my liking and was a little too hoppy. I'm new to the style so will try again as palate develops. (3,RB,ML,O)

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

Pours very clear golden with a nice head, decent retension and some lace.

Smells of hay, hops, floral.

To me, the taste was unusual at first, not what I expected. It packs some flavor. Nice herbal hop fix with some malt to back it up.

Deffinitely quite drinkable. I enjoyed this beer. Recommended

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

Very clear and light straw color. Thin white head without any retention to speak of beyond a thin skin of tiny bubbles. Smells herbal and grassy with a whiff of alcohol. But maybe that was my breath.

Taste is a quick punch of mellow malt, spicy hops, bitterness and you're home. Suitably light. Not much carbonation in my bottle.

Bullseye. In a more pleasant alternate universe this is what we get when we open a can of macrobrew. Come back, summer. I want to drink more Prima Pils.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,659 ratings.