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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 421 | 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 timtheenchanta
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large head with decent retention. Very sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Good pale golden color. Completely clear other than the bubbles of carbonation.

All hops in the smell and taste. There's a hint of pale malt that's a little bready like an amber ale. Great taste with a wonderful dry finish. This is probably my favorite pilsner at the moment.

Another great beer from Victory. Go pick this one up.

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

Clear pale golden straw with a short-lived, pristine white head. Pungent noble hop aromas, grassy and sulfuric -- spot on for the style. Grassy hop flavor that's definitely a cut above most pilsners. Smooth malt presence, but this one is all about European lupulin. Crisp, clean mouthfeel; quenching and quite drinkable. Not my favorite style, but when the mood strikes, this is the one to seek out.

Photo of deuschbag
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug. this beer poured an almost highlighter-style clear yellow color with a moderate head and no lace. the smell was really bad. a very bad skunky grassy smell with just an over powering of skunkiness. the taste was very disspleasing. i don't know to how to describe the taste, except as a more hoppier version of heineken. i had a high expectation to try this brew but was very dissapointed. maybe i just had a bad batch(hopefully. come on, victory!). i won't buy this again, though.

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

12 oz bottle serving. Enjoy by Nov 21 05, oops.

Light, highly carbonated, yellow body with a large white head.

Nose is slightly sulfurous, nice and malty, florally hopped.

Flavor is very characteristic of German Pilseners. Really reminds me of how Bitburger tastes in Germany, (not as good in the US, though). Crisp malt up front. Later on the palate, lemon flavor is noticeable, floral hops are all over the finish. It's very tangy and tasty, should be good on a hot day, too.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a zip on the finish.

Drinkability is great! This stuff goes down like magic. Will probably be a summer favorite for me this year.

Photo of Maestro
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow with the slightest bit of cloudiness. Fluffy, fluffy white head that leaves a creamy lacing.

Smell: Lemon, orange, grass

Taste: Hop explosion...this is by far the hoppiest pilsner I have ever had. There are big grapefruit and pine tastes throughout the beer. The malts provide just enough backbone to balance out the hoppiness. A little bit of sweetness sneeks through from time to time.

Mouthfeel: This is a good drink of beer. Although the hops are big, it is not overwhelmingly bitter. The beer leaves your palette refreshed.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful session pilsner.

Well done, Victory!

Photo of Prufrock
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pilsner.

crystal clear golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head.

aroma is light; notes of skunk, sugar, lemons and floral hops.

heavy carbonation with a light mouthfeel. crisply bitter taste with an overall refreshing taste. simple, straightforward pilsner; somewhat boring. not even close to as good as Victory's others.

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

Label states: Enjoy by Jan 26 06.
Poured from a bottle into american pint glass.

Clear, pale yellow in color. Bright white half inch head, lots of carbonation, with some quick fading lacing. Smells of malts and hops. Also a strong aroma of yeast and bread. There is a slight hint of fruit, maybe banana. Great well balanced taste, lots of malts up front. Finishes dry with some hoppy bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, but not fizzy. Easy drinking pilsner, with a low abv, to make for a good session beer. I would enjoy this more during the summer months.

Photo of bearrunner44
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pale yellow color. Thin, pillowy white head. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Zesty aroma with hints of lemon, spicy hops, and bready malt. Well-hopped.

Taste- Plenty of hop flavor. The hops are present throughout the beer, leaving a nice bite in the finish. The hopping isn't harsh, though. It's blends nicely with the malt flavor, making this a spicy-yet-mellow pils. Full-bodied.

Verdict- A very tasty, well-hopped pilsner. Close to perfect.

Photo of jhu1995
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, pale gold (duh, it is a pilsener!) with nice carbonation and head. Hops really shine in this one. Nice floral, earthy aroma - very pleasing. Bitterness of the hops shines, but there is a mild, faint sweetness that comes through which is hard to place. Very clean and fresh on the palate with a slightly dry feel. Very drinkable, but most of all, really enjoyable. Cheers!

Photo of jslot38
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint Glass from Bottle, Freshness Date Marked

I'm not sure I understand this beer. While I'm sure I didn't receive a bad batch, I'm going to review the beer in front of me. It poured a pale yellow, completely transparent. The bubbly white head disappeared to a coating, and then to nothing, minimal to no lacing. A slightly yeasty smell with a few hints of clove and lemon peel. No dominate taste, certainly no lingerings. Not at all what I expected. Hops are hidden, malts aren't prominant, there is certainly something missing. Any detectable hops do show the common characteristics of a pilsner, a bit zesty, cloved, and a citrus twangs come through, but nothing is at all continually noticable or overwhelmingly appealing. I give points for its simplicity and drinkability however.

This, and I'm relatively new to the category, wasn't what I was expecting, and was overall a disappointment. Not nearly Victory's greatest.

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

Serving temp: 40F Serving glass: Pilsener Glass

Aroma: Zing! Noble hops abound with big citrusy lemon zest & tang zapping my nostrils. Pretty much all hops with this one, just a bit of bready maltiness coming through.

Appearance: Truly a sexy looking beer. Crystal clear, deep straw with beautiful, bountiful beading. Pure white head retains throughout, excellent, intricate lacing.

Taste: I'm not generally a Pils drinker, but this is really tasty. Clean & refreshing, only small amounts of sweetness up front, the hops are obviously the focus here- perhaps just a bit to much. Although, I'm certainly in no position to comment on what a Pils "should" taste like. A little bit of spice to along with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, sparklingly refreshing. Medium carbonation gives it a little more punch and zest. It doesn't get cleaner than this, IMO.

Drinkability: A great, if somewhat overhopped Pils. For a cold summer drink, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have in my hand.

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"...at 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...

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.