Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,575
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 382 | 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 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.

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.

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" this price I am looking for more than functional. Average to me.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow. Great head of white bubbles, lots of carbonation. Spider-web lacing around my glass.

Very nice aroma of malted barley, biscuity with a awesome hoppy scent.

Nice light bodied beer, sweet malt flavors with a nice hoppy bitterness and a bubble burp filled finish.

Very nice brew, crisp and clean. Hoppy as hell, a little unbalanced but I like it. Very high carbonation tickles the nose.


Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 6 pack from harris teeter, best by 1/6/06

appearance: pours a bright golden yellow, somewhat see through yet a tad cloudy at the same time...a light white head and minimal lacing

smell: lemon peel, grassy, herbal hops, traditional german malt aromas, a touch of lime, splash of citrus

taste: peppery and spicy malt backbone with a bigger than normal hop profile makes this one stick out. lemon peel and some other citrus fruits are noticable...a tad herbal and grassy

mouthfeel: light-medium body, slight hop bitterness

drinkability: very drinkable

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

Pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy head. A lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

A bready, biscuty aroma.

Smooth, light malt flavor. Some slight lemon bitterness, hop tanginess. Rolling carbonation. A lasting but slight, dry aftertaste. On the light body side of things, but certainly not watery. I've had beers that are fuller bodied than this yet somehow seem more watery.

This is a tasty and extremely drinkable beer. Probably the most drinkable I've ever had. I had four of these right in a row of each other last night, and that's something that I rarely care to do. I look forward to drinking this on a hot summer night after riding around town on my bike.

Photo of RedHaze
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a thick fluffy white head that fades to a nice cap, and leaves behind a small amount of lace.

Smell; there's a definite spicy hoppiness to this, and has a bit of a floral scent. It has a nice clean smell to it.

Taste; slightly biscuity malts, with some piney hops with a bit of spiciness in the finish and just a little bit bitter. Mouthfeel is light and just slightly oily. Prima Pils went down very easy, my glass was empty before I knew it. This is not my favorite style, but I still found this to be rather enjoyable.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pale yellow in color with a decent head. Visible carbonation throughout.

Scent is much spicier and hopier than you'd expect from a pils.

Flavor is a perfect balance of sweet smoothness and spicy bitterness. A very substantial herbal, spicy, hop flavor is contrasted by a smooth malty sweetness. This is the first Victory brew I've tried, and I am very impressed.

Photo of pbr85
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is one of the few pilsners that I have had. Appearance is faint yellow with a small white head that disappears rapidly. There is little to no lacing. The smell is flowery hops. The hops are the first thing that hit you when you taste it but quickly fade to reveal biscuity malts. As it warms the hop flavor becomes dominated by the bready malts. This beer feels a little dry in the mouth, but it is still somewhat smooth. Its drinkability is great, I could kill a bunch of this in one night but I wouldn't necessarily always have this on hand...

Photo of clabaugh
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear and crisp pale gold, very transparent and pure. Big, sudsy, white head resembling a frothy tide. Lacing is respectable; it clings to glass unevenly and with modest vigor.

Smell: Sweet, bready malts with hints of piney hops. The beer exudes rich biscuit overtones supplemented with some mildly pungent hops.

Taste: A solid backbone of biscuit, flour, and cereals confronts one immediately. The malts proudly announce themselves in every sip of this beer. Some piney hops manage to interject themselves humbly in the midst of some serious malt assertiveness.The beer strikes me as a bit out of balance, as the hops could stand to be more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and just bitter enough. The carbonation is just right. Luxurious on the tongue.

Drinkability: Exceedingly drinkable. This beer's smoothness and moderate alcohol content make it an excellent candidate for session beer status.

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear macro-looking yellow with a nice lasting fluffy head. I got biscuts, fruits(citrus), and floral aromas in the nose. Very pleasent. The taste kind of suprised me. It was much more hoppy than I was expecting. Kind of a fruity and grassy taste with some very well defined hop character. Feels kind of thin and overly carbonated in the mouth. You could easily throw a few of these down while watching a football game. I'm not a big pilsner fan, but I will continue to drink Victory's Prima Pils.

Photo of joeskirkie
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear bright yellow with a tall fluffy white foamy head that stayed around for a while.

Smells grassy, and spicy. Same goes for taste. I didn't really detect any malts or much else to the flavor but it finished with a very distinct bite that lingers.

I think as a pilsener, this ones definately stands it's ground and pilsener fans would delite.

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a nice 2 finger sized white head decent alcing left behind on my glass.

Aroma light malt backbone with a nice grassy hop aroma with hints of spicey hops thrown in to boot.

Taste is bready malt some mineral flavors in the background followed by nice grassy hops hints of lemon and spice. Taste is nice and hoppy for a pilsner one of the better ones I have had but I am no expert on pilsners. If better one taste like this I might try some next summer.

Mouthfeel is light but heavier then swill good carbonation, easy drinking nice.

Drinkability is good nice light but lots of flavor. Make a great lawn mower beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear pale straw with a fluffy white head that thins, but doesn't completely fade. Lacing all over the glass.

Awesome crisp aroma. Excellent aroma of pilsner malt and hops. Smells amazingly fresh and crisp. Smells perfect.

Taste is outstanding. A super crisp maltiness upfront with a perfect amount of spicy hops followed by a super clean and dry finish. It might be hoppier than most in the style, but who cares? This is a superb tasting pilsner.

Body is good for the style.

I can drink this everyday and twice on Sunday. Such a delicious beer with an ABV that allows you to consume several without a worry. Pilsner lovers NEED to try this beer.

Photo of nlmartin
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a pale cloudy yellow. The head was an off white honey coloration that went away.

Smell: This beer has a very upfront spicy hoppy smell with a few hints of doughyness.

Taste: For a little pilsner this one packs a whole lotta spicy hoppy goodness. There is a mild undertone of lemony sweetness paired with biscuits.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light bodied beer. The carbonation plays nicely with the hoppy lightness of the beer.

Drinkability: Pilsners are not my normal brew of choice. I dam BMC and the like for my Pilsner distaste. I am looking forward to this Pilsner and a few others when summer comes.

Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very thin, light bodied beer. It poured out with a decent head. The color is a cloudy light straw shade. The smell is not much different than a macro. The taste is extremely watered down. You can detect a very slight hop taste. The mouthfeel is on the edge of revolting. The drinkability could not be very high. A brewer such as Victory just plain out missed the mark with this beer.

Photo of ToggleEyes
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Prima Pils has now become my favorite pilsner for sure. Poured out crisp clear gold, with a big head. The smell of floral hops and maybe some grapefruit. Had just the right carbonation and didn't go flat right away. The taste was "bitter sweet" some honey and citrice. Very good served very cold. mouthfeel was nice, sharp and crisp. A great refreshing drink.

Photo of riversider76
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow. Head disappears quickly. Lots of carbination, not much lacing. Smell was very hoppy,and floral. Mouthfeel is light. For me this taste was way too hoppy. Bitter from start to finish. If you like a light,bitter beer try it. If not don't bother.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass the beer was a straw, full golden yellow color. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and two fingers of pure white head formed atop the beer.

The smell is a mild hoppiness with floral undertones and a spiciness in the background. Slightly grainy as well.

Taste has an innitial hop character that creates a mild but not over powering bitterness. Some floral esters come through as well and a slightly grainy after taste. A slight malt profile, but the hops win the battle in the end yet still are not too strong.

A light body with high carbonations and a crisp finish.

A good pilsner although I find it a little bland. A little more showing from the hops would have convinced me more. A good selection to pair with lighter dishes, seafood, or pasta. For a domestic example, I prefer Brooklyn Pils over this.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-neon yellow body with a stark frothy white head. Decent head retention with very little lace. Light aromas of diacetyl and floral hops. Has a more generous citric and spicy hop flavor than most pilsners with an accompanying light bitterness. There’s a bit of malt in there to help balance things out, but the hops prevail. A fuller mouthfeel than most pilsners, but still quite lean. Smooth and clean from start to finish with a slight kiss of bitterness from the hops.

A well-built pilsner. The amped up hops is a nice addition and isn’t so overwhelming as to throw it off kilter or too far out of style. Refreshing and drinkable.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,575 ratings.