Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,574
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 379 | 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 dauss
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: standard 12oz. bottle. Enjoy by date of Jan 29 06.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden straw yellow. A small white head forms with great retention. Very effervescent, tons of bubbles just streaming from the bottom of my tulip glass.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with a sweet wisp of alcohol. Grassy noble hops linger softly in the background with a refreshing floral quality.

Taste: Highly carbonated, hop flavor bursts right through the medium bodied malt flavor. Intense grassy noble hop flavor with a strong and smooth bitterness that lingers. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Notes: Crisp, refreshing, smooth, balanced. This pils is stronger on the hops that other pils I've had, and it is great. It has a nice balance with good hop flavor and moderately strong bitterness. Whoa, this beer is going to be hard to keep in the fridge because it is just so tasty.

Photo of stewart124
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima! Like the bottle says.
Spicy/Zesty smells from the pale golden brew with a foamy white head. Earthy notes.
Very tasty biscuit malts and a lean malt character. More Saaz hops are present again and really add a complexity to this pilsner. Firm aftertaste that finishes a bit dry.
I had to try this beer again to make sure I was reading it right. Plus it is very drinkable and really makes me respect pilsners again. Thank you Victory for changing my mind on the way Americans do Pilsners.

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

I hadn't had a pilsner in quite awhile and this was refreshing after two large Thanksgiving feasts. Poured clear with descent head that stuck around for a little while. Golden and parkling.

Aroma was great with subtle hops over sweetness. Mouthfeel was good, just a little chewy; a definite plus.

The taste was a thorough cleansing of the post-turkey palate that was both enjoyable and easy going down.

Photo of cheers2beers
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug

Appearance: This beer pours a yellowish/golden liquid white pillowy head.Lots of laceing on the sides of my glass.

Aroma: The nose is of piney,woody,hops,and old malty scents.This beer is also a bit skunky to me.

Taste: The palate is of,much like the nose,pine,woods,slight hops,the old malts in the finish and even a slight buttered corn flavoring on the tongue.I would even adventure to say a little soy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is simple,thin,slightly watery,and bubbly in the finish.

Drinkability: I would not recommend this beer.The price is high for this style.But, if your buying i might have one or two of these.Overall, just not my cup of tea.


Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow/golden color, nice carbonation, very small head the dissappears quickly, no lacing what so ever.. Right from the pouring I could smell hops, malts, and some citrusy. Very nice taste for a pils, little bite and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable at 5.3%, would make a nice session brew. Another very good job by Victory, would definitely recommend.

Photo of lpayette
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Smells of hops and grain. Pours a very clear golden yellow, with a bright white head that disipates rather quickly. Lots of hops. They provide a slightly bitter taste in the middle, but not as bitter as one might expect. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall a very good beer for what Victory was apparently shooting for- a hoppy pilsner. Not bad at all

Photo of Xadoor
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright straw colour with white frothy head which dissipated quickly. No lacing in the glass. Grassy and earthy aromas. Dry, hoppy flavour with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Light and refreshing, good to have with food as there are no over-powering flavours. Certainly a very drinkable beer, but I prefer the Czech Pilsners much more.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours with a nice head that is dissipating slowly. The color of the beer is a golden straw.

Smell: First thing that I smell is hops. Hints smells of bread and a grassiness.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is hops. A some what citrus flavor probably from the hops. As the beer warms I am picking out a slight malt taste that balances the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

My first victory beer and I found it very enjoyable. Look forward to trying their other beers.

Photo of quasimoto
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured light golden color with a nice head on it. It was rather cloudy though.

S - Light crisp with the czech hops barley comeing through

T - Has a light citryusy taste from the hops, but other than that the malt is very light. Barely any real strong decisive flavor at all.

M - Light bodied. little carbination to disturb the palette.

D - Definitley a session beer for anytime of the year.

Photo of jaluria
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden beauty with very minimal head that remains for just a few seconds. Excellent carbonation that gives the impression of champagne. Aromas of yeast, malt, grains, and hops. The taste is an excellent example of this style with it's crisp, bitter taste upfront followed by a dry finish. Hop bitterness dominates the malt, but both flavors are detectable. The carbonation simply addes to the dry, hop profile. The aftertaste is quite bitter, but not unpleasant or overly dominant. A refreshing beer with good taste. I can easily have a few of these.

Photo of cracgor
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright golden/yellow Beer. perfectly transparent with lots of carbonation. Smells sweet malty with some piney hops. It is a little sour smelling. It really smells like a pilsner...not much more to it. The hops hit you first. quite piney. The sweet malts take over at the end. It is a straightforward beer and well balanced. A little astringent, but not in anyway that takes away from the beer. Light to medium body. Very drinkable. Everything about the beer makes me want to take another drink.

Photo of ClearDog
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a transparent light gold. Nice foamy, pure white 1-finger head. Small carbonated bubbles are visible. This beer looks very good in my glass mug.

Smell -- Very pleasant hop character. Hints of green grass. I find it to be very interesting for this style. This pilsner has balls.

Taste -- Clean and crisp taste, but not too light. It has character. The hops come out very nicely, but are nowhere near overly bitter. They are balanced out nicely with the malt. This is bar none the best tasting pilsner I've ever had.

Mouthfeel -- Light, but not as light as a typical beer of this style. This one has a good feel to it.

Drinkability -- Indeed very drinkable. I'm surprised by how much I like this beer. I pretty much wrote-off the pilsner style as being boring; boy was I wrong. I can see myself drinking a few of these every so often. I will be coming back to this beer very soon.

Photo of Terp96
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite German Pilsner, Prima is my go to beer for the style.

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a decent head.

The nose is fantastic. Good saaz aroma. Grassy, floral notes.

Tastes great for a lighter beer. The hop and malt balance is exceptional and doesn't break down at all. The malty sweetness shines through the great hop flavor. This beer maintains a consistency throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. For a lighter style, this beer holds its own and even gives you an impression that it is much thicker than it is.

Drinkability is fantastic. This is a great session beer, especially when the weather is warm.

Prima Pils is always in my fridge.

Photo of ahking
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After seeing this beer on several top pilsner lists, I finally found it at my local market. After taking my first sip, I realized why. Pours a hazy but bright straw yellow. This tells me this beer has not been refined over and over just to make it clear like budwieser or miller lite. Nice white head that fades quickly, but leaves traces of its self all down the glass. Crisp and clean this beer bites your tongue with a nice hoppy edge, but not overdone. So refreshing and drinkable! Floral hops blend well with malt character. I won't often say this, but this is better than almost every pilsner I ever drank in Germany and Eastern Europe. You have to praise the guys at Victory and all great free-thinking American brewers who never limit themselves. Prost!

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light sparkling yellow-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is light and sweet hops, just slightly grassy.

Taste is a bit corny, sweet light malt. Sweet body with a hoppy bite that follows the flavor. A nice dry Saazy sharpness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light and drinkable. A good attempt at an aggressive pilsner for a US brewer, but I'd still prefer the Czech versions.

Photo of walleye
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle.was sitting at the bar at kuhnhenns when Brett brought this over to me. poured a yellow, with white head. aroma wheat, yeast, asome sourness, hop, and some malt. flavor, hops, malts grainy, as it warmed got honey and citrus. mouthfeel was dry would be a good session beer.

Photo of Naes
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a clear golden color with a small white head.
The aroma is grassy and has a bit of citrus as well.
Flavor is mildly malty and has a little bit of hop presence to balance it out with a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale yellow straw color with a small head of tight white bubbles at first pour. The beer was well carbonated with lots of bubbles sticking around the glass, and there are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it didn't stick around all that long. There is a tad of laceing on the glass when drinking.

Aroma: Lots of fresh floral hops in the nose to greet you at first. As the head settles a bit, you can definitely pick out some of the sweet malt presence.

Taste: Boat loads of hops lead the flavor profile, with a fresh floral aromatic flavor. The aroma is so intense that it just leads into the flavor. The hops shine the entire time at the beginning of the flavor. Somewhere in the middle, there is a bit of Sulfur and malt to shine it head just as the bittering hops take over and lead well into the finish. The balance is definitely tipped toward the bitter at the end, yet there is enough girth to the malt to keep it from being over powering.

Opinion: Now this is an anomaly of beer in my opinion. It definitely has the malt presence of a true Pilsner beer, while the hops is probably more assertive than the most hoppy Northern German Pilsner that I have tried. If I were to guess, this is pretty close to a hopped up version of Jever Pils. Yet Jever has a bit more sweet balance in the finish. This is still a mighty fine beer.

Photo of HardTarget
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Standard 12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of Jan 29 06

Aroma: Mineral aspect to a pretty straightforward light malt aroma. No hops noted

Appearance: Painfully clear almost watery yellow glass with diffuse carbonation streams feeding a white cover.

Flavor: Oh, there are the hops! German and/or noble hops, more of a bittering hop than a flavor hop, but appropriate to style. A hint of a citric rind deep in the flavor: maybe a bit of grapefruit rind, but not juicy, dried grapefruit rind. Funny how I got all malt in the nose and all hop in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full, almost too firm carbonation, dry finish.

Overall Impression: A quality pilsner. In the style of Urquell but with a bit more assertive hop presence. For all the bitter, it doesn’t pucker. I think the carbonation is a touch high and the transparent appearance kind of throws me a bit, but a quality beer none the less. I can’t see this being a session beer; it’s scratching my beer itch pretty quickly.

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

You'll know if you'll like it before you taste it. The smell is that strong and distinct. Grainy flavors. A hops smack stonger and sharper than just about any pils you've tried. Some subtle hints of sweet and tart fruit. This is highly drinkable in the sense that you'll want to have more, not in the bogus sense that it's so, ahem, bland that it doesn't put up any fight going down. This beer is soft and light on the palate, but it's also interesting and for real for real. Probably my favorite Pils. If you have macro-swilling friends, this might be a good crossover beer to shove down their naive palates, or it might just be more than they can handle.

Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light straw with a big thick white head and excellent lacing. Smell is herbal hops and grassy with some lemon notes. Tastes very hoppy, mostly herbal but with some spiciness. However there is also enough bready malt to provide some balance. This beer has a very nice clean but substantial mouthfeel. Very nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Very drinkable. Overall- awesome pils. Easily the best I've had of the style.

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

A- Golden brew with a 1 1/2" white head. Large bubbles shoot sporadically to the surface. Head falls to a cap and leaves some light lacing.

S- Soft hops. Herbal. Hay. Fresh mowed lawn.

T- Awesome! Biscuity. Fresh bread. Nice malty balance. Spicy hop. Light bitterness in the finish.

M- Good mouthfeel. Crisp, clean. Great dry finish.

D- Outstanding. I will definitely come back to this. Easily my favorite in the pilsner category.

Photo of DrJay
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow and brilliantly clear with a fluffy white head. Great lacing and excellent head retention. Crisp aroma with spicy saaz, fresh floral hops, and a bit of lemon sitting on top of light pils malt sweetness. Malty sweetness just balances out contributions from the hops. There's an oily hop bitterness that's quite forward and carries through the finish. Hop flavour is citric and floral with just a hint of spiciness that kicks in towards the end. Light body with moderately high carbonation, but this beer doesn't come close to feeling watery. The texture is a bit slick and there's just a little residual sweetness that keeps the finish from drying out too much. This is a very refreshing beer packed with hops. Definitely my kind of pilsner.

Photo of allengarvin
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, into a chalice glass. Pours out a quite pale, crystal clear bleached gold with only a light film of foam atop the beer. Nose is very hoppy, with bright, grassy, citrus notes--very delightful. Flavor is crisply malty with more delicious hop flavor, grassy, spicy, herbal. Moderately high bitterness interplays perfectly with a cracker-like, biscuity malt. Finishes very dry. Texture is sharp and distinct with a medium-light body.

One of the best pilsners I've ever had, this is almost a perfect session beer.

Photo of fingolfin72
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- pale gold, not quite clear. Fine, lacy white head.

Nose- Hops, Pine, perhaps a bit of lemon.

Palate- Dry, dry, dry. Bracingly hoppy with a mineral backbone. A bit of lemony sugar peeks out in the surprisingly long finish.

This is a very fine beer for enjoying with food because of its dryness. I haven't had this one repeatedly, but it seems to be an ideal session beer.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,574 ratings.