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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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2,033 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,033
Hads: 4,930
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 235
Gots: 687 | 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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Reviews: 2,033 | Hads: 4,930
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this pils pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a decent white head and light lacing. Nose of lightly sweet malt, spicy and bittering hops, and some yeast notes with a light grain background. Flavors are sweet malt backbone to the fore and back with spicy hops and bittering hops rounding it all together. Very nice carbonation keeps it lively and high on the "session" scale of drinkability. Lightly bitter aftertaste with some grain background. Good if you like your pils with a bittering hop background.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bitter & very sour. Hoping I just got an old one. Ugh. I can't even finish it.


Tried this again and was very impressed. Cracker malts in harmony with the spicy hops. Finishes dry and the hops linger in the mouth, in a good way.

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Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
4.75/5  rDev +17%

A-Bright yellow gold Color. No clouds.
S-Floral hop smell
T-Bitter hops. fades to sweet. then zesty.
M-Medium carbonation. Fades quick.
O-Great beer. But, not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Bottle poured into a pokal.
A: Pale golden; clear; 4 finger fluffy white head subsides into 1 finger after a minute...great lacing.
S: Bready, sweet, touch of citrusy/spicy hops
T: The hops come right away, spicy/herbal, dry; still get a bit of bready pils malt; long dry sweet/herbal zesty finish...bit of rind. Those are some hops.
M: Crisp, prickly on the tongue, but still pretty smooth.

Overall: Great beer, especially if you like hops. My ideal German pils is a bit more bready and grassy...but I never say no to this beer.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale almost clear yellow with a fizzy white head. The head settles down, taking on a nice creamy quality and adding a little sticky lacing. The aroma is distinct, with light bread notes, earthy and citrus hops. The taste is actually a little hop forward, dialing back the malt in favor of the two competing hops notes. The malt is more of a background note. It has a sharp crispness to it and some carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Pale golden yellow; transparent; fluffy white head that falls quickly to lace.
Smell: Sweet and malty
Taste: Grassy and citrusy well balanced around a sweet malt finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and well attenuated
Overall: This one is well executed and easy to drink

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Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev +1%

This is a solid pilsner. Crisp and refreshing. Nice hop character before a bready and malty finish. Super drinkable. Nice citrus and tangy profile in the nose.

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Photo of jageraholic
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: beautiful golden god. Nice white permanent head

S: very bready forward, biscuit, grassy, faint lemon

T: bitter citrus bread and biscuit. Sweet bread. Grass in a good way. Faint citrus.

M: very bubbly, light, crisp, coats the mouth nicely and leaves in a hurry. Makes me want to keep drinking it

O: the definitive american pilsner that will have good competitors but none cant beat. Rating is based on american pilsner and not necessarily the foreign style. Excellent!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, great sized white bubbly head, fades at a rate rate, only a few small bits of lacing on the glass, thin cap remains on top for awhile longer.

Smell has a fairly strong grassy hop aroma with a touch of sweetness from the malt backing.

Taste starts out with the malt sweetness with a decent hop presence, hops are slightly more citrusy than the nose indicated yet still retain their grassiness, well balanced without any element being overly strong, very easy to drink, carbonation is medium with a body that is light yet not thin which is quite difficult to pull off.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

A: didn't pour it out of the bottle unfortunately.

S: lemon grass and sweetness

T: wet hay, lemon juice, hops, sweet bread, mustiness, pepper.

M: light-medium. Lovely carb.

O: awesome pilsner. Crisp and bright. Flavors are strong.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

I am drinking this from a bottle one day before the drink by date.
Nose has an initial shot of sulfur but it quickly dissipates, faint DMS, some pale malt, grainy.
Palate: grain, a touch of sweet with a pleasant bitter emphasis on the end. Good balance between the malt and hops, clean and crisp. Dries out on the finish – rounded and well balanced.
Brilliant gold, 2” finely bubbled white foam cap, diminishes at medium speed but rouses back up, lacy.
Well carbonated, medium light body, refreshing, well made.

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Photo of UndatedSeapiece
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Nose: Sweet, perfumy, malty, similar to Pilsner Urquell
Taste: Unlike Pilsner Urquell, it is a lot hoppier. Malt is about the same as PU, but the hops linger and eventually overpower the other flavors. Above average carbonation. About as light as you would expect from a Pislner, but it seems quirky because this level of hops is usually prominent in heavier beers.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle poured into a Barrelhouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light golden yellow with a few visible floaties and a thin white head that disappears.

S:Pretty straight to the point, little malt sweetness backed with nice floral hops.

T: Crisp floral hops, a little grassy with some lemon zest, well backed with just enough malt.

M: Light body, lighter on the carbonation.

O: Was quite happy to stumble into this one (normally not carried anywhere near my area). Pretty refreshing and drinkable brew to help beat the heat.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -26.1%

BB 24 Dec 14 bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt and maybe a hint of fruit
Head small (< 2 cm), white, frothy, very rapidly diminishing to a 1-2 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body very light yellow, clear
Flavor begins extremely bitter; this bitterness lasts past the beer and completely overpowers any other flavors; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no fruity esters.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.9375. Final weighted score: 2.975
There is no hint of malt after the nose and there is no lasting dense head or lacing. The bitterness is more than expected or wanted, probably too much for the style.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a 1/2" rocky white head. Lots of effervescence. Clearer than the last time I had it.

Aroma: Generally spicy pilsner-like smell. Smells pretty similar to Summerfest, perhaps a touch spicier.

Taste: Hoppy arrival, hoppy across mid-palate. Big, bitter finish - dry. Painfully bitter on the finish (for the style).

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-lightweight body; a touch less carbonation than I typically associate with the style.

Overall: This is lightyears better than the last bottle of this I had. That one was clearly off (always check bottle dates, and thank you Victory for having them). Still, if the goal is a clear, crisp, easy-drinker, this is off the mark. The hops on the finish are just too strong. In terms of enjoyment, I'd put Mama's Lil' Yella and Summerfest (both Czech) ahead of this.

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Photo of TheRaven
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This is one of my go-to beers. Hoppy but not an IPA. Mellow but not a Budweiser. You can take it tailgating or to an oyster roast. Just an excellent, all-around beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Love Victory and this is one of the highest-rated pilsner beers. Here goes:

A: Clear gold with a two-inch head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The beer is also well-carbonated. Overall, perfect for the style. 4.5/5.0

S: Pilsner hops and light, grainy malt. Pilsner hops impart a grassy, straw-like smell. Can also detect some biscuit. Very refreshing, but the smells were somewhat muted and could have been better. 4/5

T: Light malt lingers on the front of the tongue and the hops are more apparent at the rear of the palate. Pilsner hops impart tastes of grass, hay (lots of hay), and lighter spices. Overall very light and refreshing. Great pilsner taste. 4.5/5.0

M: Very light, crisp, and well-carbonated. Great. 4.75/5

O: Very good pilsner. Should've had it colder, though.

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Photo of popopine
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Everyone has different flavor filters. Mine says this: It's good. On the hoppy side for a pills for my liking. Pleasent earthy flavor. I liked it. Will drink again. I prefer Skrimshaw for an American Pills but this one shows up quite well with a meal. Refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very clean straw color with a rich, long lasting head and outstanding lacing. The aroma is a good combination of malt with citrus hop notes. The initial flavor is hop dominated with good malt flavor in the middle and a long lasting dry but very pleasant slightly bitter finish. The carbonation level is perfect and held well. I started this beer well chilled and the flavors really came out well. This is a very refreshing beer that I paired with mild Italian sausage and it was a good combination.

If you like pilsner style beers this one is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of rypkr
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 5. Just a beautiful crystal clear straw with many bubbles. 1/2" large bubble head from easy-modedate pour.

S - its awesome. I haven't tasted it yet at this point in filling out the review but the exceptional appearance and smell compelled me to review this beer fully, so here goes...

T - dry. Very hoppy for a pilsner. More bitter than sweet per style. Not bad, but unfortunately very let down. Looks and smells great but only an average beer, probably below average and wrongfully classified pilsner.

M - nothing great, nothing poor. 3.75, its pretty drinkable.

O - 3.5. Points docked for tasting far more an IPA than a pilsner.

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Photo of kfoss99
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Buen Apetito Mexican Restaurant in Waterville, Maine. Served in a 16-ounce shaker glass.

Appearance - bubbly, clear, and yellow;

Smell - Slight floral hop aroma that grew as the lager warmed;

Taste - Dry and refreshing with a floral hop taste in the finish;

Mouthfeel - thoroughly carbonated and not watery;

Overall - One of the best lagers that I've had. This is what green bottled Euro beers should probably taste like if they weren't always skunked.

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Photo of Brauhaus
1.46/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I recently tried it when in the UK and I am seriously surprised that something like this is sold. It's pretty much like a homebrewer's first pils. It is nowhere near the subtley balanced flavours other examples such as Pilsner Urquell display.

The taste is quite harsh, steely. The body is way too thin and lacks just a little bit of the sweetness that is necessary for even the dry beers like "Flensburger" or "Jever".

I'd go back to the drawing board with this one...

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nearly transparent pale yellow hue with a bubbly bleach white head that quickly fizzles down to a small cap, but leaves some lacing in its wake. Good for the style, I would say.

S: More hop-heavy than I was expecting. A nice floral aroma atop a platform of pilsner malt. Not much according to my nose. Short, sweet, and to the point!

T: Oooh, this is nice and hoppy, by pilsner standards. A lovely floral profile meddled together with some bready sweetness from the malt. Perfectly balanced from the start and through the middle, but the finish fades out with a hint of bitterness that's just really hitting the spot for me.

M: Pilsners aren't known for their ostentatious mouth presence, but Prima Pils clocks in towards the upper-end of the spectrum for the style. Solid medium body with the perfectly level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Drinks like a goddamn champ.

O: I'll admit that I'm a few steps away from a pilsner hater. They're just not my thing and I've accepted that I'm not going to like every beer style. I picked up Prima Pils for two reasons, honestly. First off, my pop is a huge fan of pilsners and lagers and this is one of the most praised (American) German pils around. And secondly, Victory is a local brewery that offers several beers that I adore, so I felt obligated to at least entertain their pilsner offering. I'm almost reluctant to admit that I love this beer. It's not one of my dearly beloved IPAs or stouts, but this beer, quite frankly, is effin' delicious. It's light, yet flavorful. It's top-tier, yet available. And given that summer is only midway through, you can bet this will be the beer of choice in my family BBQ coolers.

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

This is my first review.
A - I poured this bottle into a Pilsner glass. Slight head, had a decent carbonation and a wonderful clear golden liquid. Head was thin but remained there for awhile.
S - The aroma was that of what you would look for in a good pilsner. Citrus, biscuit and a nice slight hop aroma.
T - The taste was balanced. Citrus, malt, biscuit and a piney hop taste right at the end.
M - Carbonation was right on point. Well balanced. The balance of malt and hops was really good.
O - Overall, I am very pleased with this beer. I don't tend to like pilsner as much as other styles but this one got my attention. I wouldn't turn one down. Thankfully they are offered year round and Victory is located in the state I live in. Definitely bringing more of this home and it might make an appearance at my wedding in September.

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Photo of Joe_European_Brew_13
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good overall Pilsener. Smooth taste and easy drinking. Crisp taste with an overall light feeling to it. Ideal for a hot summer day. Not to nit-pick, but the price is a bit high compared to many other beers. Still, very enjoyable- I wouldn't turn on down!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.