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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,656
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 185
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 cro250klr
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my first Prima on tap at the last stop of a pub crawl. After beating ourselves to death with high abv Belgians all day I wanted something on the lighter side. What a good choice.

Came home the next day and only picked up a six pack, just in case my tastebuds deceived me and it was just a fluke. Opened the bottle and,,,Nice.

Look at Prima in a glass and you'd say it might be an offering from BMC. One taste, however, and you'll know there's a bit of pride put into the brewing of this fine grog. The pure white head laces till the very end. The carbonation is nice and suttle. The taste is a light citrus/hop combination. It immediately makes you want to have another sip. I'm picking up a citrus smell, lemon? An absolutely great choice for the summer season. I could pair this with just about anything off of the grill. I am by nature a lover of strong Belgian browns. There comes a time though, when I crave something ligher. This is the perfect beer to relax with while lounging around on a warm summer's day. I would definetly recommend having this one in the fridge for the upcoming summer.

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

I really dig the color of this brew. It's a pale straw yellow somewhat opaque. A decent half inch white head that quickly vanished leaving behind thin yet full lacing.

Smells of lemon rind, hops, pine, lime, malt, and some wheat.

Very good pils. Very German in style. Perfectly balanced hop and malt. Nearly the same flavors as the nose big on the lemon/lime, with a wheaty finish. Very clean, smooth mouthfeel and drinkable for a day and a half.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a pint glass

poured a beautiful gold lots of carbonation with a fizzy head.

sweet nose with notes of grain and honey and a fairly bitter piney hop bite.

Bitter hopey bite on the taste mixed with notes of grain and honey

A nice high ammount of carbonation on the toungue with a medium body and a smooth finish.

A incredibly drinkable beer, perfect summer thirst quencher!

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

Light straw and just a hint of haziness on the pour, but minimal heading and a few lacy remnants. The aroma is lovely noble Czech hops with a hint of sweetness. This sweetness is carried through with the taste, which is more full and developed than many pilseners I've had. It's mild and smooth, but hits with spicy notes. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a generally clean finish.

Ok, I'm not a huge fan of the pilsener style. I like funkier punch you in the face ales, but this is very good and very drinkable. Give me a six and a warm day, and I'll call this one all sorts of good.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a fizzy golden color with a nice white head. The nose is packed with hop spiciness. A bit on the floral side as well. The taste is spectacular. Completely hoppy right out of the gate. Almost a perfumey flavor if thats possible. Not much malt character, but I dont mind... the hops are extremely tasty. Finishes good. The mouthfeel is exactly what I could want from a beer of this style. Excellent body, excellent carbonation. I could down these with ease all night long! I'm really impressed with this offering from Victory. Great job!

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Straw yellow with a three finger frothy white head that dissipates in about 3 minutes leaving a decent ring of uneven lace behind.

S - Smell is not very strong, but it is grassy, floral and slightly sweet.

T - A bit of strong floral hops and grassy hops with slightly sweet honey flavors as well. The bitter aftertaste is grassy and quite good.

M - Somewhat smooth, a bit refreshing and thin.

D - Outstanding! Drinks easier than water. Sessionable and goes with food. You have to look hard to find the few faults with this pilsner.

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

A crisp golden color on pour. Poured with a fluffy white head with a fantasic retention. Very few carbonation bubbles.

The first aroma I noted was an oregano hinting at the edges of the hops. The aroma was very pleasent, and I wanted to use it as an air freshener in my car.

The first sip had an almost nutty flavor, with an aftertaste of lemon. Hops were also very evident in the flavor of this beer. I was surprised at how well the blend of flavors danced on my tongue.

The feel of this beer was it weakest quality, with a slight lack of carbonation and a mild watery feel.

Overall this is a fantastic offering and would be very refreshing at a tailgate party on a hot day before a baseball game.

Photo of silks636
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle well within safe range of the 'consume by' date on label.

Very handsome straw color. Crystal clear with a HUGE foamy white head. Defintely a gorgeous offering. Spicy lemon scented nose. Absolutely loaded with flavor.. nice layer of bready sweet malt under grassy and spicy tones - VERY liberally hopped. Very smooth going down with a crisp clean finish. First rate session beer. Perfect on a hot day with a slice of pepperoni pizza.

Photo of hanco005
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single 12 ozbottle in the mix and match selection at Cellar’s Wine and Spirits in Roseville, MN. The enjoy by date says Dec 24 05 so it is about 5 months past it’s date. We’ll see if it has any noticeable effect…it is poured into a pilsner glass.

A—pours a sunburst pale yellow, a little hazy, but otherwise clear, a 1 ½ inch bright white fizzy head fades away rather quickly, impressive full lacing is produced

S—very fragrant, grains are strongest, some floral hop tones in there as well as some mild malty sweetness

T—grainy hop bitterness with a flowery taste, gives way to sweetness in the swallow, finishes a bit dry. Overall, very tasty

M—crisp and light, light bodied, moderate carbonation

D—very tasty, easily a session beer. Although this bottle was past it’s prime, I don’t think it had much effect on it.

Photo of k75
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, hey , this rewrites a few pils rules. hops do not need to be so subtle; just fresh and a bit forward.

great nose sets you up for exactly what is coming...

nice light / medium bold crispness

quaffing is in order - and order some food - a great appetizer.

refreshing and beguilingly simple.

beats an Urquell any day.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. Trying to review within style but also against all beers in general.

Pours a pale, clear straw yellow with 2-3 fingers of snowy, fluffy head. Nose is light with notes of musty malt husk, grass and unfortunately a waft of piss as it warms. Taste is light and bright - leafy hop bitterness, grassy/musty malt - very "clean" and sterile tasting. Mouthfeel is lager smooth and nicely crisp. Probably too subtle for a DIPA/ADS/RIS/Quad lover, but its sessionability is well-noted. Not something I'd drop $7.99/sixer for, but would certainly not turn it down if offered.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had many a Pilsener in my life and this is for me the most satisfying.

I begins with a crystal clear straw pour into the glass. It has a minimal white head that clears quickly. The aroma is of fresh baked bread and floral noble German hops.

The flavor of the beer begins with a spicy and pronounced flow of hops. The hops are bold, but in no way harsh. As the beer goes down, the crispness of the pale pilsener malt flavor shines through. It is marked by notes of bread yeast and some biscuity flavors - truly "liquid bread." There are also very small amounts of phenols that hit the tip of your togue, which adds a little spiciness to the overall picture.

The carbonation is spot on and lively. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way thin.

This beer has superior drinkability and can quench with the best of them during the hot summer months. Shazam beeotch!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently to go along with the warmer weather. I love Victory's Hop Devil and Storm King Stout, so I had a lot of anticipation for this offering of theirs as well. It was very enjoyable, and solidly crafted. The Pilsener is not my favorite style of beer, but I can see why this wins raves and is popular during the warmer months!

This beer had a great pour - nearly filled my pint glass up, wonderful streams of bubbles in nice, vertical towers, and a gorgeous goldenrod hue were all very pleasing to the senses. The taste was hard for me to pinpoint, since I love beers with loads of flavor and nuances to them. This isn't like that, but it still grew on me very nicely. A bit of a herbal tone to it, with notes of straw and grass, and a very soapy and slightly metallic undertone to bottom it out. A clean, crisp finish and the right amount of carbonation can be found here too, and I love how it tingles on the upper half of my mouth long after I've taken my last sip of it. The maltiness is present, but not too heavy, and this is a very filling beer relative to the lighter spring and summer offerings!

I couldn't taste any of the alcohol in this, and it went down so easily, but never as anything to be chugged or consumed at a fast pace. Certainly worth a try for the warm-weather beer drinker who wants a subtly and solidly satisfying experience. It's no wonder that this beer is the #1 rated Pils on this site!

Photo of ITK4ever
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a retraction from an earlier review. I've had a change of heart on Prima Pils. This is really an outstanding beer. I was looking for something a little lighter for this spring and summer and I believe this to be my guy. Beautiful golden color, white thick head which draws in to about a finger...nice lacing. Hops on the nose with a little sweet, fruitiness. Hoppy, fleeting malt for balance, and a little banana can be picked up. Carbonation is perfect for a refreshing finish. A little long on the aftertaste, but not bad.

I like this beer alot....I guess I just didn't give it a fair chance a year ago.

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

Arrived a pale transparent gold color, with a white cap that stayed for the duration. Aroma is somewhat grainy, with hops coming up a little short from what I was expecting. Flavor starts off with a nice hop punch up front, then grains and toasty malts before a dry, clean finish, very nice! provides a nice mouthfeel. Definately a sessionable brew. If you see it, try it.

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?

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,656 ratings.