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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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2,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,034
Hads: 4,926
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 234
Gots: 682 | 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: 2,034 | Hads: 4,926
Photo of malvrich
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass
a: Clear golden yellow with fine light to average carbonation. A gentle pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates after about 5 minutes leaving a decent amount of lacing which holds nicely to the glass. Pools of foam also tend to remain on the surface of the beer.

s: Nothing sticks out. A little biscuit balanced by a very subtle floral hop aroma.

t: Again, well balanced with a slight but noticeable hop bite. Smooth maltiness provides a hint of chewiness to the beer. Hops on the finish which is appealing as it lingers however I'm not getting floral as in the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as some have opined and definitely not citrusy. Maybe slightly more piny or herbal.

m: Very light body with the bubbles providing a slight tingle. Again I notice a "fine" quality to the bubbles. Doesn't look like much but I kind of like it. I think this works nicely against the malt too, tying the flavor profile together. I would like a bit more more carbonation in this beer.

o: Have to say I'm a bit disappointed with Prima especially after reading that it is among the absolute best in the style. Same as with Sierra Nevada Summerfest which is nice of course but also fails to impress me in any way. Certainly nothing bad to report but while interesting, also a little underwhelming at its price.

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Photo of kflorence
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow in color with a half inch of thick, creamy head atop. Carbonation levels look average. Head retention is excellent and there is noticeable lacing on the glass edges as you drink. A beautiful, classic pilsner appearance leads me to believe this one will be smooth and refreshing.

S: Sweet grains and grass dominate the aroma with notes of floral hops, light fruits and a tiny bit of cream corn. I suppose you could say a bit soapy. A truly classic pilsner aroma, I could use a little less grass/astringency on the nose, but spot on otherwise.

T: Spicy, floral hops up front with some grass. Sweet, pale malts and cream corn dominate the middle. The two eventually marry in the finish which is crisp with bitter grass and sweet grains. The bitterness remains on the tongue for some time, but is pretty tame.

M: Light bodied with prickly carbonation, this one goes down smooth and easy with a slight amount of cream and chewiness. Crisp, dry and sessionable.

O: Picked this up on a whim and was not disappointed. What I found here was a classic European pilsner done American style with a slightly amplified hop profile, though if I were to complain I'd say the malt profile was a bit lackluster. Still, you could do far worse if you're looking for a good American pilsner. This is the first brew I've reviewed from this brewery and I'm pretty impressed thus far. Cheers!

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Photo of cervezango
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

tiny bubbles and a light white head, golden transparent body.
sweet fruity , and clean smell.
hoppy with a sweet finish.
as it warms up there are some grass notes in the flavor too.
perfect summer after noon beer, definitely hits the beer spot. a victory for victory.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light yellow.. clear see thru.. the nose is a sweet cracker, light skunk hop.. the taste follows with less sweetness and more of the skunk spice hop.. simple malt profile and balance of hops.. thin and prickly.. good pils though i have some slightly better.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I randomly grabbed this one at the end of work a week ago and I have to say, I fell in love with it! Totally not at all what I expected in the best way possible! It pours thin and clear with a light golden tone and a tall foamy head. Smells very nice with a smooth citrus kick and a light piney undertone. I was completely surprised when I first tasted it! Its crisp and vibrant with a smooth tone of malts. I definitely tasted notes of pine and citrus from those hops! Altogether, its an amazing beer!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a 1 finger white head. Head recedes quickly but leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind.

Aroma is earthy and spicy hops. Doughy malt. A bit of citrus and cut grass.

Dry, earthy hops on the first taste. Herbal and spicy. Dough and biscuit malt. Lemon, straw, and pepper.

Moderate body with a crisp mouth feel. Very dry on the tongue. Earthy hops linger.

Classic example of a pilsener. Very smooth. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color, almost no head, smells like cheap beers I drank back in the day.

Like hop devil but a little less pine and bitterness. A pilsner by name but this isn't fooling anyone... its an IPA. Meh. Another highly rated beer completed. Won't be drinking many more of these bitter and piney beers. They just don't do it for me.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Again, looks like a regular Pils, deep golden straw under a snow white head.

Aroma: Smells Pilsy, lots of sweet Pils malts, quite nice, just like a German Pils, with Noble hops lingering in the background.

Up front: Nice bitterness, quite hefty but not overpowering. I get a good deal of tartness/astringency here, too, with a typical German bittersweetness.

Mid: Again, same as up front, but even stronger. Not much Pils malt sweetness on the sides, as I'd expect in a German Pils; rather, it's really tart to bitter here, going into citrusy.

Back: Here's more bitterness and tartness, but still not much Pils malt sweetness. mmm... this is more a typical Märican Pils if I don't get any Pils malt sweetness soon. Still, it's laden bitterness, which I like, but it's really just a one-note wonder.

Aftertaste: Bitter bitter bitter, bitingly so.

Mouthfeel: Perfect like a real Pils, nice and thick, but still crisp and biting.

Overall: This beer really isn't much better than any of the others I've had. It's got lots of bitterness, astringency and a tad of citrus, but not much else. It's powerfully bitter, which I like, but I keep waiting for a sweet PILS malt to show up and tell me it's something more than a hop-sicle, that it's a PILS with a enough Pils malt to be a balanced beer. Hate to say it, but I'm not terribly impressed, except with the amount of Noble hop bitterness they packed in without making me feel totally overpowered, though it's nearing that limit the more I drink it. But wait, I'm getting now some pils malt sweetness somewhere, but it's in and out and not a major component of this beer.

Again, it's kinda like playing tennis, having a killer forehand,... and not having a back-hand. It ain't gonna get you far as a tennis player without being balanced. I'm sorry, Jack, I really wanted to wow this beer, but it's not nearly as good as the best from Kneitiner, Faust, or Mahrs, or whichever I said I loved. It reminds me a lot of the beers I reviewed from Franken and said were hop-forward, but even they had Pils malt lurking all over the place to keep my interest. This bitterness of the VictoryPrima Pils is hard to take after I get to the end of the glass and I keep waiting for the sweet in the bittersweetness that is wonderful Pils to rescue me. Sorry, a 4 of 5, though maybe the best I've had here this go-round.

Maybe the solution is to make a new beer style, the Märican Pils, defined as being super Noble hoppy and virtually no Pils malt sweetness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Enjoy by Jul 20 2012.

A - A dense cloud of white foam rests on top of the crystal clear golden straw yellow beer. Fantastic retention keeps the pile afloat, lightly applying collars of lace to the glass.

S - Enticing, crisp mineral sulfur traces flow through out the beer while a hint of lemon citrus comes from herbal and floral German hops. Crisp overall, a sweet pilsner malt base brings Prima Pils, one of the closest-to-classic American-brewed pilsners to a close.

T - Intensely crisp, Prima Pils abandons the majority of the pilsner malt sweetness that was in the nose for a plain pale malt that bows to the hop additions; herbal and floral with back-end citrus zest while plenty of sulfur still carries through into the flavor as well.

M - Bone dry, Victory's Prima Pils has a balanced but bitter finish that briefly lingers on the tongue before subsiding to faint sulfur and citrus. Light-bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation, this beer is easily quaffable.

O - Victory's Prima Pils arrests nearly all malt interaction, focusing heavily on the German noble hops and their delicate floral and herbal characteristics. Dry and balanced towards bitterness, Prima Pils is a crisp, refreshing beer that's hard not to gulp down and a stand-out among American-brewed pilsners.

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Photo of jellikit
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: yellow. Clear. Ever so slight of a haze. Thin foamy head.

S: not much there. Pepper? Pine? I'm searching.

T: light and refreshing with a great hop flavor and bittering. Citrus. Medium-light malt. Slight biscuit.

M: medium to medium-high carbonation. Light body.

O: great Pilsner. Great balance with a great hop presence. Wish there was more aroma.

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Photo of Bone53
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a two finger off white head

Smell: Grassy, floral, biscuit, lemon zest

Taste: Bicuity malts upfront that fades into a light citrus, earthy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light body; Smooth, crisp. and refreshing.

Overall: This is a great represetation of the style. It has more body and flavor than any other pilsner I've had, which is a good thing. Drinks more like a pale ale in my opinion. A solid choice for a summer beer. My favorite pils to date

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very crisp pilsner that looks, smells, and tastes exactly like a classiv European pilsner should.

Yellow hue with light hoppy aroma. Medium hop start with that extra crisp finish that makes you desire that next sip.

Would definitely suggest checking the "born on" date with this style of Victory beer as it does tend to flatten out as it ages with my expirences and is just not great when it looses that crispness.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. ours clear, pale golden with small white airy head. Pure malt aroma and taste, hops kick in at the finish, providing nice bite. Pure and simple pilsner. Lots of bread and biscuit malt presence, simple clean hops on the tail end, nice clean finish.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a paper thin head, looks like a shitty domestic at first glance. What is to come is entirely camouflaged by the appearance of this brew.

Smells very malty, immediate sweetness from the malts and just the slightest hint of hops. At this point, it looks and smells like a shitty domestic.

Wow! At first sip I am absolutely dumbfounded. Deep floral notes, sweet sweet malts, and a hoppy backend that comes out of nowhere, damn tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel is mostly bitter and slightly floral.

Overall an awesome meeting of lager and IPA. Done well.

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Photo of derryd
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy Pilsner, like an IPA mated with a lager, what else can you say? Very hoppy somewhat creamy in the mouth. Hoppy smelling. Leaves a hop taste in your mouth. A bit of a palette wrecker but you can probably drink past it. Drink this after you're done with the serious drinking for the evening.

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Photo of moysauce
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Almost no head from a very aggressive pour. No lacing. Very clear yellow - very typical.

S: Smells like your run of the mills AAL. Pretty grainy. I can pick up some grassy notes. Almost none of the citrus that I've seen some people saying.

T: Based of smell I wasn't expecting anything special from this beer. I thought it was going to taste like a plain, boring AAL. Once you take a sip you are flattered with this surprise burst of hops. Very simple flavor profile. Nothing really upfront, but a nice bitter blast on the backend.

M: Great carbonation aiding in that crisp, easy-going feel. Doesn't coat the mouth or throat and just slides on down. Perfect.

O: Maybe the six pack I bought was old, but if the beer actually left some lacing and actually had a head this would be an A beer for me. Overall I think it's a fantastic beer, great for the summer, and can't wait to buy more!

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from the Brewdog online shop (£2.80):
A clear, light golden color with a 1cm foamy white head that holds as a nice surface lacing with a little extra left on the sides.

Fresh with a great blend of citrus and grassy hops & light pilsner malts. There's a hint of sweetness & floral notes and overall the beer is light and refreshing without coming across as weak or bland.

Grassy hops & citrus initially, alongside some spice & refreshing lemon flavors. A light malt base & hints of sweetness followed by a subtly bitter finish.

Smooth & light bodied with good carbonation with a light bitterness. There is a good balance throughout & the beer was incredibly easy to drink as a pilsner should be.

A great pilsner & definitely up there with some of the best of the style I have tried, in fact it could very possible be the best of the style I have tried. Don't pass up trying this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of tmm313
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber color. Constant bubbles. Good head/lacing.

S- Goodness gracious that smells wonderful. Bready malts, caramel, and a touch of lemon, with wonderful notes of floral hops, fresh hops, and pine.

T- Same as the nose for the most part. Bready malts, caramel, a touch of lemon and grapefruit with wonderful notes of pine and floral and fresh hops. Slight touch of roast as well. The hop flavors are delicate, yet powerful somehow. Everything is balanced wonderfully.

M- Medium body. Creamy on the tongue and drying, with a nice piney, bready aftertaste.

O- One of the best Pilseners I've ever had, period.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has all the tell tale signs of a well crafted Pilsner. Whether it's the bright clean golden body or the heavy froth for a top, this Pilsner sets up well. The nose is bready with cracker and Pilsner malts. The flavor is strong yet light to feel as a cracker, bread, toast, cereal malt and a dash of hops glide across the tongue. This is what Pilsners all should be.

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Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
7/10/14 best-by date

L: clear yellow ... 1/3-inch white head of foam that's sticking and lacing -- classic look

S: very grainy, almost sour grain ... some barley sweetness

T: floral ... bitter flowers; some pilseners are grassy, some spicy, this is definitely more floral and very bitter; there's some sweetness and some grain, but this beer is definitely american-ized with extra hops

F: solid all around, nothing spectacular

O: a solid offering and one I'll hit from time to time, but the extra-bitter bite is too floral for my pilsener-taste buds ... still, the fact that it's a bit different from most good German pilseners is a good thing, offering a bit of a change-up from the more classic noble-hop profile found in most of my favorite pilseners

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Photo of bushwik
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll have to echo many of the other reviewers that this is certainly not a German Pils by any stretch of the imagination. It is however a SOLID offering from the always consistent Victory stable. I liken this to a consistancy of a Zwickel actually although it is not unfiltered is has a much more syrupy and hop forward flavor then a crisp and clear German Pils lager would. It is however highly sessionable and incredibly flavorful for a lager of its kind and I could put down a few of these easily on a warm day.

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine back in early February for $1.99 each. Enjoy by April 21, 2014.

Beer poured pale gold with a nice white head that is hanging around nicely.

Nose is sweet cereal malts.

Taste is sweet cereal malts with no hint of cloying, lemon, and pepper. Malts and hops work together harmoniously with the peppery hops lingering in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and the beer is well carbonated. Strangely enough there is a nice smoothness to this brew.

Overall this brew rocks! I enjoy the Gordon Biersch Czech Pils before attending Coyote hockey games and it has been a favorite until now! Seek this beer out if you are looking for a flavorful session brew!!

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Photo of Furlinator
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light gold with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades to a ring and thin cap on top and leaves strands of lace.

Smell is of roasted grains and bready malt up front with floral accents.

There is strong hop bitterness upon first taste with a malty aftertaste and a trace of honey sweetness.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid, sessionable, hop forward pilsener.

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Photo of felsenpils
2.43/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Prima Pils is rather dark for the style, yet has a nice fluffy head when poured into a glass. What hits you first is the hop aroma. The taste is also hop-accented to the point that I cannot appreciate the malt body. I am not sure why dry hopping has invaded every beer style on the planet, since it was never intended for most of them. Prima pils is a solid American micro pilsener, but certainly not a "German Pilsner" as they say on their website. It is way too far out of balance. I taste great potential in this beer, but it lets me down in being just another blast of hops like a run of the mill west coast IPA.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with little head. Has a very grainy, malty aroma, with a hint pine and lemon. Tastes very much like it smells, with a malty flavor initially, and some floral hop and lemony taste that comes later. No overwhelming taste of alcohol, and it goes down very smoothly.

Overall, a very good German Pilsner and a great session beer. Will certainly become a regular in the warmer weather.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.