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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,567 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,567
Reviews: 1,992
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 368 | 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 Winter
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 TheJollyHop
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good pils is hard to find, but luckily Victory has created a brew that has enough body and flavor to stand on its own, and isn't so substantial as to detract or interfere with a good sandwich.

The pils is pale straw in color and the pour created roughly an inch worth of fluffy head. Comprised of rather large bubbles, coupled with the vessel being a shaker pint, the head, not surprisingly, fades rather fast. However some scattered lace is left behind, all the while a flurry of bubbles ascend from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is rather subtle with faint scents of herbal hops and bready malt. Very faint yeast notes as well. Very light and indicative of a refreshing beverage rather than that of a substantial meal.

The bitterness profile really shines in the taste and accentuates the crispness of the beer. Mellow herbal hop flavor with some subtle bread malt and a nice, dry finish that lingers faintly after the swallow. Some lemon and grain flavor is noticeable as well. Slightly astringent but not in a bad way. Definitely not a watered down beer for sure.

The body is rather light, as to be expected, with low to medium carbonation, however the weight feels great on the tongue.

As far as drinkability is concerned, I split a six pack and if there was one more left I would have drunk it! The flavor balance, the crisp, dry finish, and the mellow herbal hops all contribute to make this beer a very enjoyable session-able beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a very small white head that leaves more lace than expected when it's gone.

Smell: For the most part, distinctly European hop aromas- flowers and grass. Light buttered sweetness.

Taste: Begins with a sweet tea flavor, finishing with a pleasant herbal hoppiness. Mild sweet butter notes. When it's gone, a sweet, grassy flavor is left in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp body and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A faithful interpretation of a German style, well-balanced and enjoyable. Definitely a beer I wouldn't mind drinking again. Highly sessionable.

Photo of danfisher1
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review as a BA so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. This was a 12oz bottle poured into my favorite Belhaven pint glass.

A - for the most part clear but not quite transparent. the color is light golden/amber with about an inch of head with good retention.

S - the floral characteristics of the hops really comes through

T - hoppiness followed by a good level of bitterness, almost no aftertaste the beer is very crisp and clean. This is extraordinary considering the fact that this is a full flavored brew.

M - for the most part very clean and crisp just like the aftertaste. Big taste but overall light...good summer beer.

O - I chose this beer for my first review b/c it is my everyday beer, one of the perks of living so close to Victory. This beer could match up with any pils from germany or prague, but it brings its own flavor to the table which you really gotta give a high five to Victory!

Photo of ralree
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light gold, white head, tiny lacing, good retention for style.

S: A bit rich, great hop aromas, brown sugar, a little fruit.

T: Hops are nice and strong, and bring bold bitter flavor to this beer. Not much sweetness in the front, but some definitely comes through toward the end. A little fruit on the nose and some more later. I like the sourness at the end as well, and the little bit of burnt toast - just enough to detect, not enough to throw the flavor off.

M: Dry, clean, perfect carbonation. Exactly what I expect from this style.

D: Goes down better than most beer - isn't overly rich at all, and would make a great (temporary) friend on a hot day!

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a one finger head with low retention.
Nice hoppy aroma, a bit of everything: fruity, floral and herbal balanced with its malt sweetness. Notes of lemongrass and bready malt.
Amazing clean and crisp taste, notes of fresh cut grass, bread just out of the oven and sweet flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
A hoppy pilsner with character and superb flavor, in my opinion superior to most German and Czech pilsners. Far from boring, which is generally a challenge for pilsners. Actually, I don’t remember having a better pilsner. Highly recommendable.

Photo of bubbakx500
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fact that this beer was a Pils after I tasted it was mind blowing. It definitely caught me off guard, but in a good, delicious "I cant get enough of this beer" type of way. Normal Pils don't taste as if they'll surprise you and that they all taste the same. Not this one. I'd buy this again for sure.

Photo of NA1NSXR
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like a pilsener, golden, small head, medium high carbonation. Laces reasonably.

Smell - Noble hoppy aromas abound, Strength of the smell is about medium.

Taste - Starts with a translation of the smell into taste...sweet with no bitterness. I really like the way the bitterness is built into this pils. It comes on middle to late in the sip but then vanishes cleanly, leaving only a little on the back of the tongue. Sometimes its not just how good the flavor is, it is how it comes and goes that can make a beer unique for me. It ends a bit spicy.

Mouthfeel - Just right for pilsener. Feels just like a certain famous Czech pilsener in the mouth.

Drinkability - This is a solidly drinkable beer. All the elements are there. It is perhaps a bit strong tasting to have more than one or two in my opinion. However, if you are drinking this beer for the flavor, this beer does not go wrong.

Photo of donovanneb
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you aren't a pilsner drinker or have gone away from the fizzy yellow beers, don't let this one slips through your fingers.

Look and feel is definitely one of a German Pilsner. The taste is very smooth, creamy and balanced. There aren’t any off-putting notes like stinkiness or bitterness. Very subtle flavors keep coming out through the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, doesn’t leave you wanting more. Definitely something you should experience to see what a true pilsner should taste like.

Photo of Star80
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw gold, good bubbles, some whispy lacing. The beer smells slightly spicey, and rather grassy. The taste is very clean and dry, and slightly sweet. Big grassy, earthy hops greet the palate and come off cleanly, dry, and bitter. Wow, has a nice big green apple snap to it, something you only get from a fresh, hoppy pilsner. Jeez, you know I wonder how different the WORLD would be if people learned how to appreciate what a real pilsner style beer tastes like. Peace in the Mid-East? Maybe. Racial harmony? Possibly. Anyway, not quite as hard and bubbly mouthfeel as a "true" Czech pilsner, but slightly smoother. Overall this is a wonderful brew, that could go well with just about anything; bowling, BBQ, burgers, bungee-jumping, the sky is the limit...

Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow. Head is egg-shell white and only about a finger despite some pretty vigorous pouring. Retention is minimal.

Smell: Crisp and clean, with a hint of pale malts, hops and citrus. Not overly impressive.

Taste: Wow. After the smell I am very surprised. Pale malts and citrus are fairly strong up front, and quite a bit of hoppy bitterness comes at the end. It's probably the tastiest pilsener I've tried.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a clean, slightly dry finish. Carbonation is moderate and seems to be about right.

Drinkability: It's not filling and low ABV, so it's very drinkable. Definitely a great substitute for some BMC crap if you're looking to put down quite a few brews. If I had drank this straight from the bottle I would have thought it was unbelievable for a "lighter" beer.

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so stoked to try this beer. I have heard a lot of good things. I hope it don't let me down. I poured into a pokal glass at 40 degrees. Thank you so very much boralyl, for getting me this bomber.

Appearance: A nice 3 finger steady white foamy bubbly head that is leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a light straw with some amber hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. The appearance on the beer beer is beautiful.

Nose: A fragrant hops and a clean malt overwhelm the senses. A nice fragrant floral bouquet and some pine. A grainy malt aroma with some light toast, and yeast.

Taste: A very nice and clean flavor. Fragrant spicy hop flavor with a touch of wood. The malt is lightly toasted, and has yeast. There is a subtle sweetness in pilsner.

The mouth feel is clean, light, slightly dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This is such a wonderful pils, has a very good character, flavor and is so easy to drink. I wish I had a couple more in the fridge. Thank you so very much boralyl, for getting me this.

Photo of Litterbean
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my personal favorites. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a nice head and lace down the glass.

Smells like a nice day outdoors. Earthy, natural smell. Grass and herbs. Very hoppy.

The taste is very hoppy, but not powerfully bitter or oily. These are the noble hops that are advertised on the box. They are very earthy, grassy, herbal, and chewy, but not bitter and not palate-shredding. There is some balancing sweetness but I can't say it balances it out completely. This is supposed to be hoppy and it pulls it off spectacularly. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Something I could drink over and over.

Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised I haven't reviewed the Prima Pils yet, seeing as I've had it so many times.

Color and appearance are solid: clear, yellow-gold, with a creamy one-finger head. Aroma is excellent, with pungent Saaz hops dominating the nose. Really hoppy!

Flavor is also really hoppy, but almost too much so for a pils. I know the malt backbone is there because I feel it, but I need to taste more of it. The pilsners I tend to like the best are a little more biscuity, a little sweeter, but still bitter. A minor quibble however. Mouthfeel is creamy yet light. Extraordinarily drinkable for such a hoppy, flavorful brew. Quaff away.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pilsner glass. Label says enjoy by May 1, 2011.

A - The beer pours a brilliant yellow color/soft gold. Clear. A nice 2 finger white head with good retention and gobs of lacing.

S - A nice biscuit malt character with a bit of citrus and mild hop character. Mostly malt.

T - The beer starts clean with a nice even malt flavor. Biscuit and bread flavors. The middle brings a nice mild hop character. Finishes clean and crisp. Good.

M - Very pleasant mouthfeel. Good carbonation and light bodied. Smooth yet crisp.

D - I could drink this all day.

Overall, this is another Victory beer I was pleasantly surprised with. A good friend of mine told me to be weary but I liked it. I would certainly put a few of these back on a nice hot summer day. Good stuff.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-26-2011 20:07:07

Photo of LittleCreature
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a hazy two fingers of dense, white, marshmallow-like head over a clear body of pale gold. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell - 4.0
Malt aroma is slightly sweet, reminding of a fresh baked white loaf with some powdery husk. Noble hops are herbal and perfumy but not in an in-your-face way. Very German. Gut.

Taste - 4.0
Sweet, slightly powdery, bready Pilsener malt backbone, followed by herbal, slightly spicy hop flavour, a fair whallop of bitterness and finishes bone dry. The lean body really lets the hops punch above their weight in this assertively bitter beer. Alcohol becomes apparent with increased temperature.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Light bodied and moderately carbonated, fine bead ensures a smooth, near creamy mouthfeel.

Overall - 4.5
An excellent example of a German Pilsener and a very enjoyable beer. I think it's very important to serve this at the right temperature. Straight out of the fridge it was all hops and bitterness. After a few minutes it was a lovely balance and a few more minutes and it started to take a less pleasant, boozy edge.

Photo of LaLaSnite
4.16/5  rDev +3%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma is definitely more interesting, bringing some toasty tones, as well as the taste. The hop presence is relatively (to the style) shy in the beginning, but at the end they show up with vigor. This is a good german pilsener, pretty perfect for new england summers.

Photo of stella77artois
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation visible. 1 finger sized head which dissipated slowly, and left small amounts of residuals.

S - Suprising amount of hops for a pilsener. A bit each of malt, lemon and even some frsh cut grass,

T - Wow, this is a delicious pilsener. A touch of hops follows the malt. The aftertaste features a delicious slightly lemony bitterness. A suprisingly flavorful pilsener.

F - Definately a sessionable beer. Very refreshing and easy on the throat and tongue. Almost a perfect feeling beer, can't wait to have a few of these on the golf course.

O - I'm a huge pilsener and lager fan, and this is up there with the best I've sampled. So much flavor going on for a pilsener, yet still sessionable and easy on the throat and stomach. Highly recommend this brew to any pilsener/lager fans, or anyone that is looking for an easy drinking beer with lot's of great flavor.

Photo of emyers
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a one inch white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops along with a light bready malt aroma. Very simple, yet enticing. Smells very refreshing.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Really highlights the noble hops with spicy, slightly piney flavors. Malt bill keeps it simple with lightly toasted malts. Fairly bitter finish. While this beer has a very developed, excellent noble hop flavor, it stays simple and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, extremely refreshing. Highly, highly drinkable.

Overall: Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of the pilsner style, but if I could get more that tasted like this my opinion could change in a hurry. I could drink this all day.

Photo of flyingpig
4.16/5  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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-20 in Columbia, PA and revistited on 2012-10-18 in the same locale (mouthfeel and appearance raised .5 each).

A - Clear straw with a 1-finger white head that fades but leaves nice, curtained lacing.

S - Grassy, lemon, herbal, hop floral, honey. Very inviting.

T - Pale malt, lots of lemon, grass, herbal, honey and a nice finish of tartness and lemon zest bitterness, which lingers long into the dry aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Lightly chewy at first then crsip and refreshing.

O - I like enough to make it part of my beer rotation. It's refreshing, has a lowish ABV but also has a lot of flavor, especially the bright lemon citrus and dry, spicy finish. Bolder than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (another one in my regular rotation) but not quite as well balanced. I like this better than the Sierra Nevada Summerfest or the Stoudts Pils after tasting them side-by-side. Also, while this has a 1% higher ABV than my #1 session beer, 21st Amendment's Bitter American, as of late, this is capturing a bigger portion of my beer budget than in previous years. Really good stuff.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick, foamy head. Very strong, pleasing citrus aroma. Fruit filled taste with citrus, apples and pineapples. Mild hoppy bitterness. I prefer IPA type hoppiness and am not really a lager drinker, but this one doesn't disappoint. Probably the best lager/pilsner that I have tasted. Would definitely use as a session beer.

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying the Hop Devil so much that I wanted to try more Victory Brews. I have always heard great things about this pils.

This beer looks so refreshing. In a pils glass, it was light lager color with a slight haze that I wasn't expecting. The head was big and craggy and the lacing was good.

The nose is a lager aggressiveness with a good amount of underlying malt. There may be a hint of banana there.
This pils has a hint of fruit (maybe some sweet pear). It's got malt breadiness coming thorugh but quickly falls into a sharp pils bite. The end becomes more malty again and that leads to a dry bitterness.

Light body that was fuller than expected with a heavy carbonation.

It feels like this beer could have been crisper in the finish but generally I really enjoyed it. It makes me want to spend more time with non IPA brews. It's worth dropping my addiction to enjoy a wider range of beers.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent offering from Victory. And yet another big Thanks! to my fellow BA's for opening up the door to the wonderful world that is Victory brewing. I've yet to be disappointed by any of their beers.

Pours a lovely, golden yellow with a "shimmering" head that was very robust and persisted to coat the glass all the way to the very bottom.

Aroma is HOPPY! A floral, spciy nasal assault that clearly indicates the direction this beer is going.

Flavor? Hoppy, obviously. Very crisp and dry, this beer was made for tantalizing the taste buds. Hiding in the background is the malt character, but it was masked by the hops to the point that I really couldn't discern what I was tasting. Mouthfeel is excellent, as is the drinkability. It finished clean and dry, with the hoppy character lingernig.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,567 ratings.