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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,430
Reviews: 1,985
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 318 | 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 NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy 1" white head with very solid retention. Thin and scattered lacing with solid strength throughout the glass. Clear, straw/light golden in color.

Faint lemon and floral hop aroma. An underlying corn, light malt sweetness.

Crisp hop flavors that lead to a firm, moderate bitterness. The corn/grain flavors are what drive this pilsener. Virtually no aftertase besides some floral hops. Nothing outstanding in terms of flavor, but remarkably crisp.

Light bodied; crisp, clean, and refreshing. The mouthfeel on the palate is without a doubt the best aspect of this beer.

Light and refreshing. Again nothing special in terms of flavor, but not a bad version of the style. In all honesty, I'm not a big fan of the style, but Prima is a good version IMO. Worth a try if you like the style; if not, give it a shot anyway, you might be converted.

NEhophead, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A meringue-like head of tightly packed, pure white bubbles rushes up the sides of my pilsener glass on the pour. Head recedes very slowly and sticks well. Beer is canary yellow in color with shimmering highlights and exceptional clarity. Full aroma of lemony hops even at fridge temperature; a little warmth brings out a compact, leafy bouquet of lemon rind and wet grass clippings balanced by a slight puffed rice maltiness; finishes with some uric salinity. Lemon and hay flavors fill out the midpalate, with a strong bitterness--but not strong enough to overwhelm hints of starfruit and corn silk. Extremely persistent aftertaste suggests quinine and citric rind. Mouthfeel is light, wet, and very firm. I would rather have this as an apertif than drink it in session. The flavors here have clear affinities with parmesan cheese... ooh, now I'm starting to get some ideas...

NearerMyBeerToMe, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour wasn't spectacular, looks pale yellow like most lagers and pilsners, the head was more frothy, lacing was nice. The smell has a nice toasted grain and yeast dough, a nice floral and citrus hop are very noticable. The taste is perfect, a nice light grain and toast upfront followed by a great but not overly powerful floral hop, a hint of lemon tingle to the hop as well, light bodied and a very good session beer. This is one of those beers than will convert those big 3 drinkers into craft lovers.

beertaster13, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of jvajda
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice, unfiltered look and an enourmous head that sticks around for a while. Be careful pouring this one.
Smell: My first impression was of wine-like acidity, but a closer inspection revieled fresh hop tones.
Taste: Acidic sourness uncommon in other pilsners I've tried. I like a grassy pilsner but this one is way too grassy. Maybe a result of the whole flower European hops that were used. It has a very fresh malt character that's difficult to describe, but it conflicts with the hops. Good sweetness is welcome. Overall, it's like a mild and lightly hopped fruit-wine. Unique, but not my favorite. A pilsner should be much more subtle than this.
Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with appropriate carbonation.
Drinkability: In my oppinion it's way more overwhelming than a pilsner should be, no to mention way more expensive.

jvajda, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a good white wine. Crisp pils with fruit, lemony citrus. Good straightforward pils, for a change. Good hops.Smooth, not much to look at, light yellow with cloudy mushroom head. Neutral aroma.Had it 5 years later, good but drying bitterness.ABove average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was better on tap than my several bottle experiences. Golden in color, I also got a thin white head. I thought there was more malt in the aroma than any hops. Initial taste was of pleasing malt sweetness, with some good flowery hops as well. I did think that dropped out a bit, and I detected some grainy notes in the finish. I also appreciated the crisp carbonation.

PatandDavid, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Truh
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a pint of pickled peppers with this one on 7/12/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Frothy, initial quarter inch head with light lacing through the remainder. Crystal clear and golden with constant action going on, mesmerizing. Applejacks and juicy mango sweetness on the nose; hints of hop character. Crisp and thin body, though thin in this context still means more body than any of the macro-pils. Gentle sweetness and light hop profile make this a devastatingly endearing pilsener, to the point that I would make it an every day selection, well, at least for a pilsener.

Truh, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of jward
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the lighter side of golden, and bright, with a fluffy white head. The nose is full and floral, like a bouquet of fresh flowers, which enlivens the spirit. It's presented alongside a pleasant grassy (even minty) aroma. The strong hoppy flavor is somewhat surprising for the style, but works well on top of the bready backbone. The finish is wonderfully dry, clean and very dry in fact, but with spicy, lemony notes that linger on the palate.

This is, I think, a great American beer, one which takes the traditional Pilsener style and transforms it into something new, especially with its bold hoppiness. Especially lovely in the warm summer weather. Don't get me wrong, I love the big beers too. But Prima Pils is my highest rated beer.

jward, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything a good pilsener should be. Fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The saaz hops were bling-blinging in the house, fo shizzle. It is every bit as good as a true pilsener such as czechvar or boom. I would go as far as saying that it's better. Great stuff.

CBFanWish, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pils poured a very light yellow producing a good head at the top. Small streams of bubbles came up from the bottom of the glass. Smell hinted at fruit, but I could not detect much of anything else. Taste was light and refreshing leaving an aftertaste which was doughy. The mouthfeel was good and I thought the right amount of carbonation was present.

I tried this one back-to-back with another pilsener and I thought this one came out on top. I'd drink another anytime.

tomthumbsblues, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-looking uneven head formed out of the bottle and lasted for about 10 seconds. Great resistance. Active in the glass, light gold color. Nose was a rich pils dragged through sweet, powdery flour. Seemed to diminish as I drank.

Interesting oat hop pils taste that seemed to be perfectly round and compact. Mellow grains stretch out from the lasting sweet hopped oat taste. Slightly sweet in the mouth and drying out in the aftertaste.

Excellent pilsener, and one I'll be drinking regularly.

donnebaby, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to find some fresh bottles of this stuff. Pours out a hazy yellow/golden color with a nice head which seems to stay for a while. Smell consists of hops. lemon, some fresh cut grass and some hidden malts in the backround to round it out. Taste consisted of some nice sharp hop bite with an underlying malt backround which balances quite nicely. Just the right amount of carbonation mixes in as well. Had a medium body which was right for this beer. On tap this has to rock hard. Never pass up on this pils, ever.

necoadam, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory- Prima Pils

Appearance- Yellow. Bright piss yellow with a decent white head that dissapates after a sip or 2.
Smell- grassy hops. Light not too strong.
Taste- a very hoppy pilsner, slight bitterness.

Overall- yet another hum-drum Pilsner. Better than most, but this beer would serve its purpose on a Beirut table more so than served up in a glass. At $6.74 for a sixer I think its a little pricey.

NJpadreFan, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of malthead
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance, clear amber with a very nice 2 finger white head. Smell is dominated by hops, I can make out the usual pine, with a little citrus, but nothing else. Taste is hoppy, but still balanced. Primarily spicy hops at first, then more herbal as it goes on... very nice. Good mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation. Great drinkability, goes really well with food. Super-hoppy for a Pils, but overall just a really nice beer, even for someone who doesn't like hops too much.

malthead, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with almost no head. Carbonation is really weak which seems to be a problem with some of the Victory that I had lately. Aroma is quite subtle has I would expect of a pils but the taste is way too sweet for a pils. I’m guessing they put too much of cascade hops in this. There is some way better pils out there.

Phyl21ca, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of shirfan
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hearty golden in color, with a good amount of lacing left from the thin head.

Aroma is mostly spicy hops with a decent malt background.

Taste is well balanced...a medium-sweet malt body is carried by typical pilsner hops profile... lemony, almost sea-grassy, spiced. Excellent drinkability.

shirfan, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack...

The appearence of this pilsener was pure gold with a medium white head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma was citrusy but more floral than the former.

The taste is smooth and light, another of what I would call a "light" beer, regardless of the 5.3% ABV. With that, the ABV is higher than normal for a pils, but this one I felt nothing, it was extremely smooth the whole way, and thus is highly drinkable. Clearly an excellant session beer!

Final Thought: This and Stoudt's Pils rule this country, give it up for the Southeast PA brews...

mobyfann, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw pilsener color with a fluffy, white head that sticks around for a bit and then dissipates into a thin layer of lace atop the beer. Real grassy, spicy floral Saaz hop aroma. Decent pils malt backbone evident, too. Very hoppy and dry for a pils, not unlike Jever, yet even hoppier. A bit dry and bitter in the finish which just adds to its drinkability because it demands that one's palate should have another sip. This is not only the finest US-brewed pilsener I've experienced, it competes with its German and Czech counterparts quite nicely. This beer rocks. It is so balanced in all the right places. Pilseners, believe it or not, are one of the hardest styles of beer to brew to the point of exactness (a quality one that is), and, again, Victory's right on target.

crookedhalo, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Moan and Dove.

Pours a clear, pale gold, deeper than your average pils, with a 1/4 inch pocked, white head that settles down a bit and leaves a clinging lace along the side of the glass as you go.

Nose is a fresh, summer sawgrass or hayfield smell with a sweet lemon zest hiding in the background. On tap it's bit milder, more open than the bottle.

First hit on the palate is hoppy, less so than the bottled version, but still more agressive than most pilsners. The malt seems to be there quicker off tap, too, balancing it out nicely. Finish is clean, still leaving some sawgrass bitterness, malty sweetness and lemon-zest tang on the palate to invite you for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is clean & crisp. Carbonation is mild but with just enough bite to lend itself well to the flavoring. A little less bite on tap makes this just a bit more pleasant in the mouth, and is the only place my rating changes from the bottled version.

Drinkability doesn't get any better.


wyllder, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I'm going to say right now I didn't expect this to be fantastic, as once I'd gotten this bottle home, I discovered that the 'Enjoy By" date was "Jan 11 04." Wish I'd noticed that before I bought it. In any event, I will try a fresher bottle of this when the opportunity presents itself and alter this review accordingly if I am so moved.

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.29. I had a suspicion from the label (which features a whole hop flower) that this would be a hoppy pilsener.

This beer poured a slightly hazy pale yellow-gold color. There was a moderate sized white head that looked oddly creamy for a pils. Lots of lace left behind.

Smell was a bit skunky. One can probably chalk that up to it's age. It was not so skunky as to block out the high degree of hoppiness in this beer. I bet a fresh one of these would smell great.

Taste, again, was rather skunky. It was mild enough, however to provide my taste buds with proof that a fresher one would probably be noteworthy by it's citrusy hoppiness and it's mildly sweet maltiness. I'm definitely trying the first fresh one of these I find.

I think this is slightly thicker than other pilseners I've had, but it's still somewhat light bodied.

This wasn't bad, even with a little skunkiness. A fresh one of these would probably make a great session beer. It would perfectly suit the kind of weather currently occuring here in Spokane (hot, muggy, etc.). Worth trying if available.

woemad, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale gold in color. Poured a one and a half finger head into a pilsner glass. Head faded quickly, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell: Big-time grapefruit. Meadowy aromas.

Taste: Delicious. Citrus notes... full-on grapefruit and hops. The grapefruit flavor became more and more prevalent as I drank. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: I'll have eleven more please. Way too easy to drink. Perfect for summertime enjoyment. Straight up refreshment.

Sidenote: I'm not particularly a fan of pilsners but I tried this because of a strong recommendation from a friend. Since trying it that first time, I've always made room in the fridge for more, especially during warmer months. Also, be sure to drink this as fresh as possible. It definitely loses something as time passes.

oxmasterscream, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Average clearish pale yellow with average head.

Smell: Hops and grainy malt. Slight fruitiness comes through.

Taste: This beer tastes better when it warms up slightly. Some of the flavors are subtle and need a little warmth to come through. The hops are multidimentional. On the back of the tongue, they hit hard with grapefruit bitterness. A very sweet malt makes a powerful showing on the front of the tongue.. This beer turned me off at first, but grew on me at the halfway point (needs warming period).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The mouthfeel is ever so slightly thick due to the sweet malt. Good session beer.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall above average brew. I am not a big pilsner fan, but I would definitely try this one again. Appearance was a nice clear medium yellow with a decent lacing head. Smell was light malt with some fruity essence. Taste was crisp with the smoothness of the malt followed by the fruitiness of the hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp..very refreshing. Smoothness definitely added to drinkability. A great beer for a hot summer day.

edchicma, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the "Enjoy By" date marked for Oct. 10 2004.

The appearance is golden with a great deal of carbonation bubble activity. White 3/4 inch head forms on top.

This is a tasty pilsner that is very clean. Very good amount of hops and malt. There is a flowery & earthy undertone.

Pilsners are not my favorite style, but I could get into this interpretation. I could see this beer working well at a summertime bbq. Very drinkable beer.

Hibernator, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours a dark gold with a lacy 1" head that retains fairly well. lacing is heavy. smell is saaz hops crazy . taste is also very hoppy for a pilsner but, delicious. perfect for a hot day. had a half a dozen at chestnut st. cafe (sharon, pa) after work. paired great with the rueben i was eating. mouthfeel was good. nice carbonation. very drinkable. recomended on draft...terrific.

ramrod666, Jul 11, 2004
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,430 ratings.