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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,421 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,421
Reviews: 1,984
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 163
Gots: 314 | 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 gimmehead
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium gold with a big bubbly white head and streaming bubbles throughout

Smell: Floral and citric, more intense aroma than I normally notice in a pilsener

Taste: Grassy malts, Saaz hops, slight spiciness and lightly bready

Mouthfeel: loads of carbonation

Drinkability: crisp, light and refreshing; good session beer

gimmehead, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says best buy 9/11/04, it's now February 17th. There must be a misprint because this beer was awesome, now on to a review.

Pours a lovely golden-light orange, good sized head, nice lacing.

Aroma shows off the hops nicely, some spicy and some floral. A bit of a biscuit aroma comes through as well.

Medium bodied, big hop flavor here. Again, a nice blend of spicy and floral hops as does a nice biscuity flavor. Bitteness comes in in the middle along with a bit of sweetness. Finish is a nice dry bitterness.

Awesome pils, the date had me scared but man am I glad I gave it a shot. A real hop-head's pils.

Southernbrew, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz., with "enjoy by 4/2/05" on label. Pours into the pilsner glass a bright golden yellow with a 2 finger yead that leaves some lacing. Has a crisp metallic/grassy/grainy hop aroma. The beer has a nice bitterness that lasts and has a grassy/citric/floral taste that is very crisp and refreshing. The malts come through as the beer warms with the slightest hint of caramel. Feels nice and would be a good session beer. Would be easy to introduce this one to macroheads.

mmmbeer, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

one of my all time favorites

poured witha big froathy creamy merangue like head on a golden colored body. sweet spicy aroma, grassy witha touch of yeast or could be bready malt. smooth delicate taste, good body witha alight sweetness. very solid hop character witha strong but lingering bitterness. I could drink this all day long and never get tired of it.

shippos, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of BruceBeerman
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent German pilsner with more hops then the typical pils from the motherland. Light straw color with nice small head. Very nice lace that clings to glass. The smell is typical pils. But the taste is what seperates it from the pack. They hopped it up. Victory is the king of hopback. But not just for IPAs, it works for pils too. I love the Hallertau hops and this is a little over the top for the average joe six pack drinker. But just right for me as I love hops. This is a good combination of bittering and finishing aroma hops. Very drinkable. Easy to just reach for another. Ok, don't mind if I do.

BruceBeerman, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery's tap, into my growler, into my car, and then, a half-hour later, into me.

Pours a perfect bright golden color, with twirling, incredibly small bubbles into my pilsner flute. There is a small, respectable head that soon settles down into the classic pilsner edging. Perfect for the style.

Smell is all Perle and Styrian Golding hops, so clean and clear, and recognizable -- I've brewed with these types, and this is like breathing in the aroma of a fresh bag of their flowers.

Taste is surprisingly mellow -- much more mellow than the bottled version, with a light sweet underbelly of malt for the hops to soak in. This is like drinking each of the elements of the beer separately. The devastatingly clean finish of the lager yeast makes every ingredient apparent, and every one able to be appriciated.

Mouthfeel is good, spritzy yet calm enough to let the brew come into contact with the palate consistently. I would like maybe a smidge of more carbonation, but I'm happy with this.

Drinkability is great -- you could enjoy this all day.

This differs from the bottled version, in that it is less brash and grassy, and more of the "complete package," as they say. It's hard to say which I would prefer -- only that I would love either after a long summer afternoon cutting the lawn. Delicious.

ithacabaron, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another fine victory brew. a solid version on a pils, its deep golden and vibrant, smells spicy and tangy, a bit hoppy for a "normal" pils. taste is much like the nose, lightly sweet grainy malt, lots of spicy hops (yet not overpowering), great balance....crisp and clean, finishes a bit dry. very nice. pilsners have few standouts...but i feel this is one of them. overall a very good refreshing beer.

DESTRO, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judging by the reviews of others I thought I'd like this beer more than I did. I've recently been more into the not so intense beers meaning less stouts, porters, and double IPAs and more ESBs, lagers, and pilsners. Don't know why, it's just a phase I'm going through. Definately a little dissapointed by this beer though. There's nothing particularly bad about this beer at all, and there's nothing particularly good either. Pours a very light and bubbly clear yellow color, almost like a sparkling cider or champagne or something. Smell is vague but I can detect some spicyness and a light malt flavor. Taste is just a dud. Nothing bad, nothing good. I don't see the hop characteristics in this beer, as many have noted. Just some spicy characters and some bready biscuity malts, but nothing special. I've liked every other Victory brew I've tried, but this one falls short. Unless you're in the mood for a really plain beer, skip this one.

twelvsies, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of hustlemuscle
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer.

Pours a cloudy, golden/yellow, with a light feathery head and vigorous carbonation. It has a robust and tangy nose, hoppy, but clean. It was hoppy, but with that sort of spicy, whit flavor. I liked it very much, but it defy's my limited vocabulary for beers like this. Very easy to drink, with enough 'tang' to make you feel like you are drinking something. Refreshing, even.

hustlemuscle, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a golden yellow color with a nice, little white head. Little signs of carbonation (unlike most pilseners), and little signs of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is absolutly delicious. Fresh floral hops and sweet sticky malts barrage the nose. A wonderful smeller indeed.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This is a good tasting pilsener indeed. A well-balanced flavor of hops and malts, with a nice crisp bite. A clean and refreshing taste leads to a nice, long lasting aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but just the tiniest bit slimy.

Drinkability and Overall: This another fabulous offering from Victory. One by one, their beers just knock the styles near dead. This is a great pilsener, almost as good as most imports. A little less crisp than I'd like a pilsener to be, but all in all a great beer I'd have no problem making a session brew out of. Try it.

santoslhalper, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a kick ass Pilsner.

It pours a deep gold color with a modest head and good lacing. The aroma is awash in sea air hops with a biscuit malt background. The components are very bold and compliment each other perfectly, incredible. The taste is dense mix of hop flavors with a full malt character. Theres a sharp bitterness up front which leads into Saaz ,earthy, floral, fresh mown hay hop flavors. The malt is biscuity and very thick. The mouthfeel is densely carbonated. This is one awesome pilsner, Id say my favorite of the style.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thrilled to find this in the singles section of the Total Wine in Northern Virginia in early November, but equally disappointed when I noticed that it was well beyond its "enjoy by" date of 9/27/04 by the time I opened it on 11/24/04. Standard brown 12oz bottle with a green and yellow label featuring a big hops cone. No ingredient information.

Pours a clear gold under a one finger white head that is thin and short-lived, leaving just a few strings of lace. The nose is quite malty, with a bit of must in it and a touch of flowery hops. The mouth is light and very prickly. Very good pilsner taste profile, with a solid sweet malt introduction, followed by a significant flowery hops presence, ever so smooth yet delivering just the right bitter bite demanded by the style. The malt fades first, leaving a good bitter sensation at the back of the throat as the liquid disappears. The bite intensifies in the aftertaste, just as it should. Perhaps the head is weak because it is past its prime; nevertheless this is a first rate pilsner.

Globetrotter, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle may have been old as there was a lack of freshness to the hops however this was a well crafted pils that has lots of saaz hops and a full midbody. The finish is nice and bitter with a good ability to go with food. I would buy Pilsner Urquell in tall cans instead because of potential freshness problems in the PNW.

canucklehead, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of mrfosters
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold topped by a foamy head with very good retention.Aroma was slightly grassy with heavy citrus overtones.After everything I've heard about this brew I expected something much better , I was ready for a treat, but actually I found this disappointing.I thought the taste was way too acidic and tangy ,kinda like orange juice.I expect a pilner too be much smoother and more balanced. An o.k.beer ..but just not my taste.

mrfosters, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly darker-than-straw color, with a small creamy white head. Grassy malt is very evident in the smell, with a little floral hops. Taste is malt dominated, very grassy, a little skunk, but definitely has a hops presence that the czechs and other euros are missing. Pretty good pilsner, one of the better ones i've had.

TastyTaste, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory.

A wonderful golden pilsener beer. This brew is a nice golden colour with a good head. The aromas are of fresh german hops and light bready malts in the background. Make no mistake this pils is a hop monster. The taste is hoppy up front and very fresh. The hops have a wonderful floral flavor and they almost taste 'green'. The malt flavors peak their heads around the corner of this brew before the hops pummel your tongue with a drying finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy and medium bodied and the drinkability is excellent to boot. An awesome pils. One of the best!

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy 1" white head with very solid retention. Thin and scattered lacing with solid strength throughout the glass. Clear, straw/light golden in color.

Faint lemon and floral hop aroma. An underlying corn, light malt sweetness.

Crisp hop flavors that lead to a firm, moderate bitterness. The corn/grain flavors are what drive this pilsener. Virtually no aftertase besides some floral hops. Nothing outstanding in terms of flavor, but remarkably crisp.

Light bodied; crisp, clean, and refreshing. The mouthfeel on the palate is without a doubt the best aspect of this beer.

Light and refreshing. Again nothing special in terms of flavor, but not a bad version of the style. In all honesty, I'm not a big fan of the style, but Prima is a good version IMO. Worth a try if you like the style; if not, give it a shot anyway, you might be converted.

NEhophead, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A meringue-like head of tightly packed, pure white bubbles rushes up the sides of my pilsener glass on the pour. Head recedes very slowly and sticks well. Beer is canary yellow in color with shimmering highlights and exceptional clarity. Full aroma of lemony hops even at fridge temperature; a little warmth brings out a compact, leafy bouquet of lemon rind and wet grass clippings balanced by a slight puffed rice maltiness; finishes with some uric salinity. Lemon and hay flavors fill out the midpalate, with a strong bitterness--but not strong enough to overwhelm hints of starfruit and corn silk. Extremely persistent aftertaste suggests quinine and citric rind. Mouthfeel is light, wet, and very firm. I would rather have this as an apertif than drink it in session. The flavors here have clear affinities with parmesan cheese... ooh, now I'm starting to get some ideas...

NearerMyBeerToMe, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour wasn't spectacular, looks pale yellow like most lagers and pilsners, the head was more frothy, lacing was nice. The smell has a nice toasted grain and yeast dough, a nice floral and citrus hop are very noticable. The taste is perfect, a nice light grain and toast upfront followed by a great but not overly powerful floral hop, a hint of lemon tingle to the hop as well, light bodied and a very good session beer. This is one of those beers than will convert those big 3 drinkers into craft lovers.

beertaster13, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of jvajda
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice, unfiltered look and an enourmous head that sticks around for a while. Be careful pouring this one.
Smell: My first impression was of wine-like acidity, but a closer inspection revieled fresh hop tones.
Taste: Acidic sourness uncommon in other pilsners I've tried. I like a grassy pilsner but this one is way too grassy. Maybe a result of the whole flower European hops that were used. It has a very fresh malt character that's difficult to describe, but it conflicts with the hops. Good sweetness is welcome. Overall, it's like a mild and lightly hopped fruit-wine. Unique, but not my favorite. A pilsner should be much more subtle than this.
Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with appropriate carbonation.
Drinkability: In my oppinion it's way more overwhelming than a pilsner should be, no to mention way more expensive.

jvajda, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a good white wine. Crisp pils with fruit, lemony citrus. Good straightforward pils, for a change. Good hops.Smooth, not much to look at, light yellow with cloudy mushroom head. Neutral aroma.Had it 5 years later, good but drying bitterness.ABove average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was better on tap than my several bottle experiences. Golden in color, I also got a thin white head. I thought there was more malt in the aroma than any hops. Initial taste was of pleasing malt sweetness, with some good flowery hops as well. I did think that dropped out a bit, and I detected some grainy notes in the finish. I also appreciated the crisp carbonation.

PatandDavid, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Truh
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a pint of pickled peppers with this one on 7/12/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Frothy, initial quarter inch head with light lacing through the remainder. Crystal clear and golden with constant action going on, mesmerizing. Applejacks and juicy mango sweetness on the nose; hints of hop character. Crisp and thin body, though thin in this context still means more body than any of the macro-pils. Gentle sweetness and light hop profile make this a devastatingly endearing pilsener, to the point that I would make it an every day selection, well, at least for a pilsener.

Truh, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of jward
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the lighter side of golden, and bright, with a fluffy white head. The nose is full and floral, like a bouquet of fresh flowers, which enlivens the spirit. It's presented alongside a pleasant grassy (even minty) aroma. The strong hoppy flavor is somewhat surprising for the style, but works well on top of the bready backbone. The finish is wonderfully dry, clean and very dry in fact, but with spicy, lemony notes that linger on the palate.

This is, I think, a great American beer, one which takes the traditional Pilsener style and transforms it into something new, especially with its bold hoppiness. Especially lovely in the warm summer weather. Don't get me wrong, I love the big beers too. But Prima Pils is my highest rated beer.

jward, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything a good pilsener should be. Fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The saaz hops were bling-blinging in the house, fo shizzle. It is every bit as good as a true pilsener such as czechvar or boom. I would go as far as saying that it's better. Great stuff.

CBFanWish, Aug 28, 2004
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,421 ratings.