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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,616
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 174
Gots: 425 | 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 beertastegood
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a two-finger thick head. Good retention. Aromas of spicy, herb-like hops and bready, biscuit-like malt I could smell this beer for a long time. Air freshener anyone?

Taste: big punch of hops up front, fading into a spicy, minty flavor accented by a biscuit-like flavor underneath. Dry. And nothing else. This is the epitome of "clean" fermentation characteristics. No esters, diacetyl, fusels at all.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light body. Finishes very dry with the hop flavor lingering.

Drinkability: Yes. Definitely yes.

A great example of the pilsner style from Victory. And the best part is, it doesn't have to come from overseas, so it is much more fresh than imports! I will be drinking this beer during this Texas summer.

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

just tried this at a bar in Ann Arbor, beer poured into a tall skinny mug with a nice three finger head that left a lot of lacing. color was straw with a abundant carbonation.

nose was floral hops and a hint of sweet malt.

taste was sweet malt up front and then a HUGE floral hop kick, hoppiest pilsner i've ever had by far. nice hop character though, not fruity and not as grassy as many euro pilsners. very floral.

mouthfeel was appropriate for the style, perhaps a bit thicker than most but still fairly thin. nice carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good, very refreshing.

overall, a pretty flavorful pilsner, I think this one stretches the boundaries of the style, but still a very enjoyable beer, nice in the summertime.

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

I poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A-It poured a light gold color, with a 1/2 inch bright white head, it had very little lacing, yet it was still present.
S-The smell was clean. Light sweet malts, and crisp citrus hops with a slight floral scent, as well as fruity yeast esters too.
T- This pilsner had a nice hopy citrusy front, with a nicely balanced mid body. It finished with a hopy crispness that was clean with just a slight bitterness.
M/D- Prima had ample carbonation, and was extremely drinkable. I actually was drinking this at a buy one get one happy hour and ordered the same thing for my second drink. I was really impressed because I had been looking for a light beer to drink during the hot summer, and this one has enough flavor to be it. It also had a slightly heavier mouthfeel than I was expecting. I look forward to living in a city where victory beers are available.

Photo of heyitsbyron
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a pint glass.

Probably among the lightest non-swill beers I've ever poured. Perfectly clear, minimal head, and just a pale golden yellow.

Smells very fruity, though ambiguously fruity. Otherwise, just standard grassy hops. I really like the smell.

Taste was just standard. Bitter finish, sweet start and in between just crisp clean German fun! Floral and fruity, though not so much as it smelled.

Bit astringent and bubbly, but hey it's a pilsener.

Great beer for the summer, nice and crisp. I almost crave beers like this after I've been out in the sun for awhile.

Photo of Dubblebock
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's definitely been great to have some of the highly-touted Victory beers available in Texas. I've enjoyed the opportunity to get my hands on some of the most coveted beers made in America today.

The Prima Pils has been a very unusual ride for me. I typically enjoy Euro-styled pilsners and pretty much know what to expect from them, but the Prima Pils kind of threw me for a loop. I've actually held off on reviewing it for a while. I wanted to try it several times over a period of weeks in order to get a better handle on it.

The pour is just fantastic. The beers looks great in the mug, spewing forth a massive head of foam atop a cloudy straw body. The nose was strong and floral, with a hint of citrus and a stronger sense of hops.

The taste is where this beer really confounded me. The hop presence in the flavor just kind of overwhelms everything else. It's almost enough to make me think I'm drinking an IPA. There is a bready sort of malt character, but it's muted into the background. Slight traces of lemon verbena, maybe? Perhaps, but if so, it's almost obliterated by the strong and overpowering hops.

The mouthfeel was a bit harsh. Well-carbonated. Ultimately, I'm not going to be reaching for this one very often.

It's pretty obvious what Victory was going with here. The hop flower prominently displayed on the label should have clued me in that this was no ordinary Euro-pilsner. It's definitely an interesting and somewhat confounding beer, and I'm glad I picked up the sixer.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. One inch foamy white head quickly dissipates into just surface skim that does linger until the end. Color - very pale yellow-gold straw with very slight haze. A little bit of lacing, but not much.

Aroma - Biscuity, grassy, herbally, lemony.

Taste - Pretty much as promised by nose. A grassy herbal biscuit followed with hint of lemon and more herbs. Slightly dry herbally aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - somewhat full, a little chewy, much carbonation ( in that good-on-a-hot-day-thirst-quenching sort of way ) Smooth, with a moderate amount of hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down very easy. It' s very good, and I could easily just pound one of these right after another, especially when summer weather rolls around. If you like Euro Lagers ( and really, who as beer drinker doesn't ? ), then this will rate amongst the best, and most refreshing as well, even though this is American.

Photo of shroompod
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into pint glass.

Clear straw colored. Small head retains some lace.

Smell has hop presence ,faint sweetness.

Taste is mostly hops with a clean pilsner malt in the background. More hop flavor than a typical german pilsner.

Moutfeel is light , good carbonation.

Drinkabitly is high. I think I'll knock one back after mowing the grass.

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

Pours out of the bottle a bright goldenish yellow type color. Fairly large white fluffy head poking out of the glass.
Nice lemony character in the nose with a big hoppiness present.
Hops up front, some hints of spice and citrus to follow. Light and crisp with some subtleties present. Very unique for the style and very tastey as well. It goes down easy and is refreshing.

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

This brew pours a clear golden color. The head is massive, cloudy and bright white. The aroma is a perfect blend of spicy, floral and grassy. This is what a pilsener smells like at its best. The taste begins with floral notes than moves towards grass and spices. The finish is a nice clean bitterness that envelops my whole tongue. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Although this is still a light beer, it is probably the heaviest pilsener I have yet tasted, and I do think that the extra weight really helps the mouthfeel. Whereas most pilseners can be discribed as crisp and light, Prima Pils can be discibed as crisp and smooth. Overall, this is a great pilsener and will hold a rotating spot in my refrigerator.

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

Light gold in color. Medium sized head when poured. The lacing is fantastic on this beer. Very consistant and thick.

Smell: A little watery with a hop blast to the nose.

Taste: Although this isn't as stong as the hop devil, the hops are present in this beer. A one trick pony but the trick is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for a pil. This beer has a nice body with a not so smooth finish. But that isn't a bad thing.

Drinkability: Best pilsner I have found on the market so far. What do you think?

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow-gold, thin white head. Great retention. Minimal carbonation streaming. Aroma of saaz hops and lemons and a touch of curacao in the finish. Very crisp and fresh. Taste is wonderfully fresh, citrusy, spicy, and floral. Lasting bitterness despite being a smooth and easy drinker. Clover and grass clippings, orange peal, crazy hoppy finish. Yippie. This is great stuff but I still prefer the big German varieties.

Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of the bottle into the pint glass with a cascading head. Very clear, bright golden body with active bubbles. Smelled of strong, grassy hops, fresh vegetable, grain husks and sweet bread. Taste was very clean, there was a grainy body that had an almost floral, going into a grassy hop taste with a very spicy mouth after you finish the beer that stuck on my tongue for a good minute after the first drink. Incredibly crisp, easy to drink, beautiful beer. I hate the fact I cannot get this beer at home.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Thick, dense white lacing atop a clear golden body.

To the nose, the hop character is overwhelming. Not abrasive or nasty - but a pleasant floral spiciness.

In the mouth, the hops are verified in a super dry, spicy body with subtle malt sweetness in the back. Hops abound here and are quite tasty.

The feel is as it should be for the style. Just enough bite and carb to enhnance the floral bouquet - not overcome. It finishes dry and full.

Musings: Obviously loaded with a shitload more hops than most pils. It does work though - and the result is a nicely balanced, hop bang in a highly drinkable brew.

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

Prima Pils pours to a pale yellow color with a nice head that fades slowly. It is very clear with some lacing. Hops and yeast dominate the aroma with hints of citrus breaking through. You can definitely taste the hops, but they don't slap you in the face and there is a nice balance of sweetness that accompanies the long hop finish. The body is light to moderate. Overall this is an excellent Pils, one of the best I've had to date. Extremely CRISP and very satisfying. Pick some up if you haven't tried it yet.

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

This beer pours a golden clear yellow. It has a thick fluffy white head that fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces. Tiny bubbles continue to rise after a few minutes.

This beer has a yeasty aroma. It is slightly spicy. I can detect a hoppy aroma with Saaz hops, I think. It smells slightly citrusy.

This beer has a spicy flavor. Not overly strong like in Belgians, just subtle. It is slightly lemony. It has a good hoppy flavor. It tastes just a little grainey.

This beer is very crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and it is not too strong in flavor.

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

Looks like a really good pilsner and doesn't disapoint! A white head forms over a crystal clear light golden body with lots of bubbly. The head settles right away and leaves swirls and some lace, standard for a pilsner in a good way.

Smells a tad skunky and hoppy. Not bad though.

The taste honeyish without being particularly sweet, malty and balanced with a perfect touch of bitterness.

Strongly carbonated, crisp and clean!

I could drink quite a few of these on a sunny day.. hope they are still available come cookout season!

Photo of hero27
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Enjoy by March 11, '06.

Extremely clear bright yellow. Floral hop aroma. Light and highly drinkable, but still exciting enough for the tastebuds.
Big-time Saaz hop flavor mixed with a light malt. The bitterness is really subtle, though. To be brutally honest here..if we're talking about hoppy "summer beers", Gumballhead still makes this brew it's bitch. That being said, I'll still try and track down some sixers of this before the brutal Iowa heat gets here. A great pick to sit by the pool, grill, beach, or hell..just about anywhere.

Photo of shbobdb
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's like New Glarus Edel Pils (RIP) and Sam Adams Harvest Imperial Pilsner had a baby. This beer has the same fruity overtones from the yeast that Edel Pils does with a heavy heavy overlay of German Hops. Mostly Hersbrucker, is my gut feeling. I could be wrong though.

Nice and refreshing. A touch bitter and a touch too hoppy for a 'refreshing' afterwork Pilsner, but an AMAZING beer when taken on its own field. Man, nice and clean mixed with enough earthy hops to give you a touch of cottonmouth. I love it,

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

A big step up from the mass produced crap pilsners out there. Some time was actually spent into crafting this. Poured out a hazy straw yellow almost like a wheat beer. Light and foamy head didnt last that long. Aroma of pine and hops. Slight skunky aroma in the beginning. Leaves a medium bitterness. Very good carbonation with a crisp finish. Light and refreshing. A very drinkable Pilsner. Just wish they werent $9 a six pack.

Photo of EvilTwin
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a nice golden yellow, light frothy 3/8" head.

S. Very strong bouquet of grasses and sharp hops.

T. A lot more flavor than I was expecting, nice initial bite with the carbonation tickling your tongue.

M. thin, slightly above watery, however as I prefer stouts and porters, this could be from my bias.

D. For a person stepping over from the average macro pilsner this beer will slow down their drinking. I found it VERY drinkable and loved the nice hoppy characteristics.


Photo of sinistrsam
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I have yet to find a better microbrew Pilsner. I got a craving for a Pilsner a while back and went on BA to check out some reviews, and this was at the top, so I found a place in Durham with it on tap, and I was not disappointed.
It was a very very pale brew, with an almost watery body, mild carbonation, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was somewhat wheaty, lemony, with a little floral hoppiness, but the taste was outstanding: Bitter-sweet with piney tones, alcohol well balanced and very very dry, clean mouthfeel. I would expect this to be a great warm-weather beer, but I could drink this any time of the year. Simply a great interpretation of this style. Cheers

Photo of sacfly
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, enjoy by Apr 06 06.
Pours a hazy yellow with huge bubbles in the head and bubbling through the brew. Smell is herbal and slightly dusty. Taste is light with no malt detectable but there is a mild bitterness that permeates the beer and lingers into the aftertaste. Pine and lemon, but not in an overpowering IPA way.

Crisp, easy beer to drink. Nothing too complex, but it is a pilsner. And a fine one at that.

Photo of Skidz
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright pale straw and sits a beaming pale gold in the glass with a large creamy white head. Fades to wisping of foam around the edges with good lacings all around.

Smells of bright grassy hops and light crackery malts. Simple and pleasing.

Tastes of dry, crisp pils malt with a torrent of hops bitterness closing in. Straight up grassy all the way. Finishes moderately bitter, all in perfect check.

Crisp, clean and paired with a moderate and fine carbonation with a light body.

Pils as it should be. Completely thoughtless, yet packed with indescribable nuances. This stuff cleans itself up.

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

Can something be balanced and still blow away the hop profile that is traditional for its style? Well if anything can, this beer can. Simply one of the best beers to come out of Victory and one of the best US Pilsners on the market.

Color to style, with a nice nose but not overwhelming. Then the taste.. clean and crisp with the nicest little hop punch to it. One of my alltime favorites.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,616 ratings.