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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,698
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 192
Gots: 495 | 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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Ratings: 4,698 | Reviews: 2,026
Photo of Louie1031
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one a short time after the enjoy by date: 15Jul06. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pour resulted in a nice white head that left a good amount of lace as I quaffed this one down. Prima Pils has a light golden hue with substantial carbonation.

This brew gives off a citrus-like hop scent with a bit of spicyness. Pilsner malt smell evident as well.

The taste is certainly bold for a Pilsener. Hop spicyness lingers after the swallow. Nice crisp finish. Malt definitely rides sidekick to the hops in this Pilsner, which I like a lot. Victory definitely stepped it up a notch with this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with noticeable carbonation pricking the tongue throughout.

One could definitely rip back a few of these after a tough day at work and be better for it. Especially if you like a side of hops with your pilsner.

Photo of benito
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle, this was a hazy straw with a disappointingly thin head and lots of carbonation. Fortunately, the bouquet and flavors were top-notch: lots of floral aromas in the nose and a buttery sweetness followed by a crisp, dry, and very bitter hop finish.

The bitter finish is almost too overwhelming, though I think it really only detracts from this brew in terms of drinkability. I don't know that I think this deserves the title of BA's best German pilsener, but it is quite tasty. A worthwhile summer brew.

Photo of loren01
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light straw color with 1 finger width white head, no lacing down the glass
S: Smell is of fresh cut alfalfa/grass. nice aroma but not too overbearing
T: Taste is crisp hoppiness, with a bitter aftertaste. Characteristic skunkiness that is common with pilsner beers.
M: Moderate to heavy carbonation bite on the tongue
D: Good Pilsner, I never really drink this style of beer but would be very refreshing on a hot summer day. Thanks to nlmartin for this one recieved in a trade.

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

A-Golden yellow color with a decent fluffy white head.

S-Nice malt aroma behind the spicy hops.

T-Ever so slightly sweet malt taste, followed by a little citrus and the spicy bitterness of the hops.

M-Kind of thin mouthfeel, with a light dry finish.

D-This goes down pretty smooth, leaves a nice aftertaste, making it very drinkable.

Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer a number of times. It always goes down too darn quickly for me to get any sort of notes on it. Mighty tasty stuff. This time I held back to take these notes:

Appearance: Pours a lemon straw yellow color with a semi hazy body and a big white head.

Smell: Lemon grain and herbal hops. It is clean and certainly hoppy. Just what I expect from a German Pilsner. Its that spicy Saaz that just tickles my nose and the anticipation builds.

Taste: No disappointment here. This beer is packed full of flavors and depth (for a Pilsner especially). It has a solid malt backbone (with a dash of sweetness) that holds it together and of coarse spices and grassy Saaz hop bitterness that is bold but not cloying. The aftertaste is the best part of this beer. It sticks with you relentlessly and beckons for the next sip. Thus the drinkability! WOW!

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and crisp with a very dry finish. Superb!

Drinkability: Don't mess around, this beer is like Pringles; once you pop you can't you can't stop. Make sure you have plenty cuz after one you'll want more. This beer is built for sessioning, parties and *DRINKING!*

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Winter
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden with a foamy white head. Saaz hops jump right out in the nose, in addition to a bready malt with a feint touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Spicey Saaz hops are noticeable right away in the taste. Flavor's a little non-descript upfront, but the assertive hoppiness of the Saaz comes through soon enough. Flavors of grapefruit are also present in the hoppy pils. Without the assertive use of hops I think this would be a rather regular and bland pilsner. Nice maltiness toward the back. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish. I had this with Italian sausages and pasta and it paired wonderfully. Definitely one to seek out and give a try.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a bright white head. Unfortunately, my head almost completely disappeared in 3 minutes and didn't even leave a trace on the side of the glass.

The smell is nice and fresh. Even the smell is refreshing. Lots of nice flowery hops in the nose, along with some sweet malt.

Holy Munich, Batman! This is a lovely pilsner. Nice and clean, a bit sweet, with a great Saaz aftertaste lingering in your mouth.

Very thin mouthfeel could use a little thickening up, in my opinion. And maybe a higher mash temp might help with head retention, too.

The taste makes up for the thin mouthfeel and the ordinary looks. This is quite drinkable.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second review of this beer...I finally got a fresh one thanks to blitheringidiot from PA...thanks, Ev. Unfortunately in California so far I had not been able to find fresh Victory product
Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice single finger head that melts to sticky lacing which seems to last the entire glass.
Aroma is lager yeasts and grass with the tiniest of sweet malt.
Taste is brisk and clean...sweet malt...with a nice pleasant hop bite on the tale end that drys the mouth as it should.
Aftertaste is a pleasant blend of the malt and hops...still drying...making you want another sip...then another. Exactly the way a summer beer should be.
VERY drinkable.
I'm very happy to post this positive review of this excellent beer.
Update: It appears that fresh Prima Pils is finally making it's way out west....I've been lucky enough to get it regularly and it is Wonderful...the best there is.

Photo of coldchill
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow/gold with a medium size head. Mossy smell is noticeableat first sniff. Nice clean flavor with hop bite mid-taste, but quickly fading into a crisp refreshing finish. This is a good beer, I am not normally a huge fan of lagers, but I could drink this one again and again.

Edited to add: This beer just kept getting better and better. I thought I should come back and adjust my scores accordingly.

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

Poured form a 12 oz. Bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a straw yellow. Nice carbonation and a good 2 finger white rocky head that fades fast.

The smell is a strong malt with a good hopy zing. Makes you think good things are to come.

The taste is fresh malty goodness upfront and a very bold hops presents. For a pilsner this beer delivers more then most in the flavor department. A nice bitter finish realy adds to the whole.

Mouth feel crisp and clean, very full feeling.

Drinkability is outstanding, I will put this down as a buy. Prosit MK

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this pils pours a very pale straw yellow color, with a full finger of rocky pure white head, moderate carbonation swiftly ascends to the top

S - a sweet malty aroma, with a great hoppy character pushing through, the faint citrine aroma of lemons sneaks in the nose at the end

T - very hoppy, much more so than i thought from the aroma, sweet mlats are more subdues and the lemony citrus flavor is more pronounced, very tasty

M&D - dry and balanced, very tasty , im not too experienced in the way of pilseners, but this seems like a high quality one, very easy down, a nice brew, as is the pattern with Victory

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its been several months since I last had this beer, and I wonder if I might have an old barrel this time around. Looks great, yellow and gold with a nice white head. Smells sweet and a bit hoppy. Taste is similar, but it lacks crisp flavors. The hops dont have much flavor and he malt flavor is pretty plain. It just kind of tastes like a light pale ale. It thought it was okay and it still drank nicely, but this wasn't the beer I expected.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a vibrant yellow color with a bright white head and some lacing on the glass. The nose was a fresh hop character with a touch of spice. The taste is very true to the pilsner form, hops up front with some fruit notes in the back. The hop character is not overwhelming which makes for an easy drinking, crisp beer.

Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small head that quickly disappeared. Generous lacing left streaks down the sides of the glass.

Subtle hoppy and skunky aromas.

Taste was somewhat hoppy with hints of citrus and spices coming through as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

Very easy drinking.

Definitely more flavorful than your average pilsener but overall not much better.

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

Pours a foamy two-finger head, with a transparent, super pale yellow hue and effervescent carbonation. Smells resinous and spicy. Hops at first, but a little less hoppy than the aroma indicated. Tastes rather hoppy, but in a spicy way--good hop choice. As for the malt/yeast aspect, it's middle of the road--not stale but not quite bready, though malt flavors have improved since the last time I tried it. Clean overall. No alcohol noticable. Mouthfeel is actually too high in carbonation for me, light but not watery. With a heavy pour, the flavors are more balanced. Mind you, it's a pils. Drinkability is rather good, and this is a truly good pils, which are hard to come by. Far better than Brooklyn (at least in the bottle), but still not quite as pleasing as my local microbrew pils (New England Elm City Lager). A big, widely available winner of a pale crafted lager.

Photo of zjungleist
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours lemon yellow with a short but very lasting white head. The smell is slightly sweet malts with lagery yeast and a very slight hop sting. The taste is nearly perfect for a pils in my opinion. Slightly sweet up front, with a slight cirtus flavor mixed in the with bitter hops. Mouthfeel is also excelent, somewhat dry, lacking the "slick" feeling I get from lots of pilsners, and with a perfect medium-high carbonation. Overall I have to say this beer meets all of my requirements for a pilsner, and is virtually free from flaws. Very refreshing.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer while visiting Maryland in July- and staying in an unairconditioned room, and man did it hit the spot.

The beer pours a lovely pale straw color with a very white thin head that dissipates quickly.

There is a lovely scent of crispness and hops in the nose, smells as a good pilsner should.

The taste is excellent. The bitterness is definitely there, but is well balanced. There is a rich fruitiness with some slight cream nuances following the bitter. Rounder and fuller than some German style pilsners, but still delicious.

The mouthfeel is pretty dry, but the roundness and creaminess mentioned above subtract from the crispness that should be a little more prominent on the finish.

Same goes for drinkability- It is very drinkable, but a little crisper finish would have been even more welcome on this hot day. The hops are nice, but could have even a little more oomph.

Overall a very nice beer, any negative comments are really just nitpicking. I'll definitely drink this again.

Photo of jsimon816
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Prima Pils in Philly on a hot summer afternoon. An easy drinking refreshing German stlye pilsner with a light hoppy aftertaste. If you ever experienced the humidity on the East Coast a cold refreshing Prima Pils did the work of quenching my thrist. Would like to try in on draught.

Photo of normZurawski
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is decent, maybe about as good as you're going to get in a pilsener? I'm not a huge fan though I admit they come in handy on these summer days (nights, mornings, etc). It's a good all around beer for the style, with a bit more character than most of the other offerings. Nice bite on the aftertaste distinguishes it from others.

Photo of tastybeer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear color is bright golden yellow and tight foamy white head holds a fine layer that seems to be permanent. I don't have a whole lot to say about this except that its summer delight packed in a bottle. Ultra crisp, refreshing, delectable, and uplifting. Aroma is wonderfully spicey hopped with a suggestion of pineapple among the lemons/limes. Nice solid sweet bready malts, and a hint of butter add fullness. Taste is just as delightful. It shares all the same qualities with added spicey bitterness. Mouth is so slick and smooth, a little resinous, grassy, and nicely dry through the finish. Perfect carbonation too. Drinkability is intense. Its as if there's a gravitational force inside of me pulling my Prima Pils in. Mmmmm.

A great German pils Victory-affied. Possibly my favorite Pils. I haven't had enough of the style yet to judge for sure though.

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

Nice straw color with a fairly sturdy white head.

Aroma is mostly hops but you can find some slightly nutty maltyness in there.

Taste is very nice with a great hoppy bitter finish. Nothing overblown but just enough so that you can distinguish this from every other pilsner other there. Hints of light fruit and grain from the malt but the finish is all hops. Very dry but leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. An IPA of Pilsners.

VERY enjoyable, one of my favorite pilsners.

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with effervesence & a 3 fingers deep fluffy white head. Very good head retention & super lacing

Smell; Malty with peppery hops scent

Taste: Malt, then gassy & peppery flavors up front. Hop bitterness lingers on tounge. Finoshes peppery, slightlly malty, soapy & dry

MF: Good balance, medium body & good carbonation

Drank very easy, nice take on the style with a German influence to be sure

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

Pale yellow gold ..white foamy head...laces a bit and drops to 1/8" and lasts.
Smell is very faint biscuity grains.
Tastes at first, bitter citrus-rind hop ..then a sweet corn grainy malt, which fades back to bitter with a slighty cloying finish. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel approaches medium...with medium carbonation.
Probably the sweetest and hoppiest pils I've tasted...good drinkability....this will go well with pizza or barbeque.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, extra light straw color. Fluffy white head is well supported. Aromas are wheaty, spicy hoppy, and slightly skunky. Body is quite heavy for the style (alcohol?). Hops aren't as forward as I anticipated. Reminds me of a pretty standard American Pils. It's clean and refreshing, though I'd like a bit more carbonation. Exp date of June 28th, 06.... I feel this is a much better brew when fresh. Bitterness doesn't come in any more so than an Urquell, but it is appropriate. Overall, a bit of a dissapointment, I anticipated something more enlightening by the previous reviews. Blue Paddle is local and a mere equivelent.

Photo of EPICAC
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden with a fluffy white headthat thins to a persistent layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Aromas of resiny hops and slightly sweet grainy malts.

Taste: Sweet toasty malt flavors followed by a nice strong balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth and light bodied.

Drinkability: Flavorful, balanced and pleasingly bitter.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but Prima Pils has a nice balancing bitterness that I like.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,698 ratings.