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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,089
Reviews: 1,961
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 139
Gots: 215 | 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 emmasdad


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden straw color, with a good, rocky white head. Great pilsner nose: clean malt and piney hops. This beer has a good clean flavor, with the malt balanced nicely by the piney, grassy hops. This beer tastes exactly like a pilsner should-crisp, clean, flavorful and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:24:45 | More by emmasdad
Photo of jhu1995


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, pale gold (duh, it is a pilsener!) with nice carbonation and head. Hops really shine in this one. Nice floral, earthy aroma - very pleasing. Bitterness of the hops shines, but there is a mild, faint sweetness that comes through which is hard to place. Very clean and fresh on the palate with a slightly dry feel. Very drinkable, but most of all, really enjoyable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 04:03:08 | More by jhu1995
Photo of IPAcraig


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Atlanta this past weekend. We went up to see BC defeat the #15 ranked Ga Tech in football. Poured into a pint glass while waiting for the wife to get home.

Pours a gorgeous clear straw gold with a two finger head that was gone with in a few sips.

A very clean aroma, with a prominent spicy hop presence.

This beer is lightly hopped and very balanced. It also has a biscuity middle and finishes dry.

It has a prickly carbonation which really brings out the hops in this brew. Very light in body.

A near perfect pils. Extremely drinakable, with a nice flavor. A great example of what this style can be.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 22:43:21 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden straw with a short-lived, pristine white head. Pungent noble hop aromas, grassy and sulfuric -- spot on for the style. Grassy hop flavor that's definitely a cut above most pilsners. Smooth malt presence, but this one is all about European lupulin. Crisp, clean mouthfeel; quenching and quite drinkable. Not my favorite style, but when the mood strikes, this is the one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 04:59:23 | More by orfeu
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a crips clear, golden straw hue. A creamy white head froths, then settles very slowly, showing nice rentention. Lacy rings spiral down the inside of the glass.

There's a presence of floral/fruity hops, along with round notes of malt. I detected a very distant, evasive sourness of yeast as well.

The dry, floral hops kick in first, with a fruit current that is very present as you inhale the sip, almost felt as much as tasted. There's again a round malt sweetness. There's a fleeting ashy taste as the malt gives way and fades to a nice crisp hops tingle.

It's rather light bodied, as expected, and it not so much coats as rinses across the mouth and tongue, leaving a dry, flat hops glow at the back of the mouth.

It's hoppier than most pilsners in my admittedly limited experience, but this is a good thing. It looks refreshing, smells refreshing, and simply, is refreshing, as the flavor delivers on the visual promise. It's damned good, and demands to be drunk, and not just one either, so I did, but it doesn't haunt like so many higher ABV brews. I'm opening my palate back to lagers again, and I almost can't wait till summer to enjoy this on the deck after spending an hour tending to the lawn. Well, the beer I want, but not necessarily mowing the lawn. But you know what I mean.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 22:32:51 | More by Foxman
Photo of BlackBearForge


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory Prima Pils pours a light golden straw, crystalline clear with a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The aroma has wonderful floral and slightly pungent hops with a light bready malt.

The flavor is full of wonderful pungent and slightly spicy Euroean hops balanced with very nice bready malts. Balance is the key here, great flavors nicely balanced. The finish is slightly bitter and long on flavor.

Mouhfeel is on the medium side of light, nicely carbonated and smooth.

I do believe I have found my favorite pilsener. I can see buying this regularly and I hope it stays available in the local market. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:33:29 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A - Straw colored with good clarity and a moderate white head.

S - Crisp and spicy with equal contributions from the yeast, hops and malt.

T - Clean and assertive with a moderate hop bitterness. There are no off flavors. I'm not big on American brewed Pilsners but this one is as good as they get.

M - Thin and moderately carbonated but appropriate for the style.

D - Very easy to drink and a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 12:00:35 | More by GJ40
Photo of cretemixer


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Victory product! Pours a slightly hazy gold with a unbelievable thick and dense head that hangs in there for a good, long time. Fades to about a quarter inch fed by the carbonation. Floral and citrus hop aroma is foremost. Taste is also very hoppy for a pilsener, but extremely welcome. Good mouthfeel for the style and nicely carbonated--Left a mother of a lace down the whole glass too. Thanks to aaronh for this fine beer and the other Victory's to follow.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 11:26:10 | More by cretemixer


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3 yrs in Germany... I went through a lot of German Pilsner. Two years after returning I have found an outstanding replacement. I saw this beer on a BrewDogs episode and luckily my Total Wine carries it.

Hop forward like the better German Pils. Nice pour, good head, and color. Feels a little heavier than my favorite German pilsners but is very close. It has quickly become a great beer to come home to.

I have recommended this to a few die hard pale ale friends because it is a little more refreshing and they all keep it in the fridge now.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 06:23:04 | More by BREWMONKEY27
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown bomber of Victory's Prima Pils pours a clear golden color with a nice cap of white foam above. Smells of grains and fresh hops linger into the nose. Quick on the palate and O so refreshing. A dash of breadiness upfront is quickly overtaken by strap of lasting bitterness. Slightly dry at the end which lingers from the herbal bitterness. A little more hoppy than the average Pilsner, but that, as it turns out, is not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 22:21:57 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of unclejimbay


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with bright white cap and sticky lace.
Aromas of noble Euro hops, grassy spicyness with a bit of skunk whisper. Mild aroma overall.
Tastes much better than it smells. Crisp noble hop bite with hints of lemon, lemongrass, lime, on a pils malt body.
Medium light body with medium+ carbonation.
Enjoyable as a German style Pils, much less skunkyness than some authentic green bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 22:47:56 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of darklordlager


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a modest but sticky 1/2" head. Leaves lacing as it goes down the glass. Active carbonation.

Smell is of hops, with a biscuity aroma. Kind of a sour aroma in there as well.

Taste is of hops up front, then a sweet malt taste, some spice-with a bitter bite near the end. Pleasant refreshing aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Drinkability is great-one of the most sessionable out there. Very delicate flavours.

A good beer, but I had higher expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:09:58 | More by darklordlager
Photo of marburg


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, cheery golden color. Crystal clear. Lively looking carbonation. Head is whiter than a fresh coat of perfectly white paint. Just absolutely pristine.

Hop-dominated aroma. A little bit of light, dried bread malt is in there, but this is predominantly a mix of herbal, grassy hops and some more floral fragrances. Very light feel to it even though I would hardly describe this as a very light-bodied beer. Unexpectedly smooth from the first sip to the last. Malt sweetness is mild and is wiped aside quickly by a snappy hop bite that offers a really earthy, weedy, plant bitterness. Finishes, of course, pretty dry. Went down in a heartbeat. I was a little surprised, frankly. I was really expecting the hops to be overwhelming, and while they do dominate every aspect of this brew, I think they form much more "accessible" type of experience than many super-hopped brews out there. Much more herbal than sharp or outright bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 13:55:58 | More by marburg
Photo of robrobrob

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in the Victory 12-pack, and was quite pleasantly surprised. I first had this poured into a regular pint glass on a muggy summer day and it was perfect. The beer came out pale, pale yellow with a small head that lasted the whole time, though it left no noticeable lacing. Mild is the best way to describe the smell, with light malt and grassy hops. It felt just like a pilsner, at least my idea of one, should feel, with prickling carbonation and refreshing crispness. All four of these from the 12-pack went down easily on a sweaty day, and in not much time. Prima is as classy as a pils gets.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 00:38:40 | More by robrobrob
Photo of TWHartman


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale gold, sterling clear, with a thick white head. Head stays together very well and leaves a nice lace.

S- very hoppy, noble variety. Spicy and earthy with some nice malt overtone.

T- very clean hop and malt flavor. Bitterness at first feels a little too assertive, but the lingering taste is very clean, bright and nice, leaves the palate feeling clean.

M- perfect for style, not too thick but still foodlike, leaving a lingering taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:22:07 | More by TWHartman
Photo of barrelman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had a pilsner in quite awhile and this was refreshing after two large Thanksgiving feasts. Poured clear with descent head that stuck around for a little while. Golden and parkling.

Aroma was great with subtle hops over sweetness. Mouthfeel was good, just a little chewy; a definite plus.

The taste was a thorough cleansing of the post-turkey palate that was both enjoyable and easy going down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2005 04:43:33 | More by barrelman
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- brilliant golden yellow with a decent white head. the head dissapates to a frothy film that laces all down the glass.

S- nice grassy hop aroma with zesty yeast hints.

T- spicey, oily, grassy hop flavor. the finish has a little metalic soapy flavor but its not overpowering and doesnt really have any negative effect on the taste.

M- medium body with bold carbonation.

D- extremely easy to drink and refreshing.

overall- this is a great beer for almost any occasion. one of the most easy to drink and refreshing beers ive come across.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 19:24:15 | More by Gritsak
Photo of joe1510


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle

Prima Pils poured a very pale golden. Crystal clear with a 1 finger eggshell white head. The head sticks on this one. Moderate carbonation rises in random spots off the bottom.

Smells of grain with a touch of sweetness. There's also a little hay in the nose as as well. A nice noble hop spiciness comes through at the end.

Taste is good. Like a pilsner but the flavors seem to be more pronounced than most which is a plus. There's hay/grassy flavor throughout that balances with the graininess in the back. The hop spiciness comes through at the swallow. This is all followed up by a nice mild but lingering bitterness that makes you want to take that next gulp.

Mouthfeel is where it should be. Light but not watery. Carbonation pushes it through.

Drinkability is high. The body and mouthfeel make it an easy drinker and the hops leave a nice lingering bite that leaves you wanting more. Very dry finish.

Overall Prima Pils is, to me anyway, what a pilsner should taste like. Pilsners are far from my favorite style but this is one I could easily drink often. Good offering from Victory.


Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 17:18:19 | More by joe1510
Photo of fox227


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours cloudy yellow with an impressive three fingered white foamy head, follows with excellent retention, kept during the whole duration of drinking the 22oz bottle, and with nice lacing.

S: Freshly poured beer smells of lemon rind, some sweet malt, and some herbal spiciness.

T: First thing I notice is citrus/lemon forward hops up front, and just barely a hint of sweet caramel, perhaps a bit of pine, some honey, and some general herbal spicy notes.

M: Not just a nice hop numbing, and the expected high carbonation that comes with the style, but an elegant creaminess that coats the tongue.

O: This is a very well crafted Pilsner from an American craft brewery. It's as drinkable as any, but never sacrifices on flavor that you get with lesser, macro versions.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:05:20 | More by fox227
Photo of Tomas77


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was served a light straw gold with a small but dense head of foam. Lace formed nicely on the sides of the glass.

Malts had some buiscuty aromas and flavors but mostly hops were present but not overpowering at all. Good balance. I did get the spicy/peppery/some floral notes in the nose and on the palate typical of german style pilsners. Dry and a little bitter in the finish. Not watery at all as one might think when looking at it in a glass.

High drinkability rating. Very refreshing. Great beer for warm summer days. Quaffable for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 16:22:22 | More by Tomas77
Photo of beermanbrian


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light golden color and tons of carbonation bubbles. 1/2" white foamy head that disipated a little too quickly. Nice malty smell with a light floral aroma and a grassy overtone. Taste starts out with a grassy and slight citrus note that is followed by a nice bitterness for the aftertaste. Well balanced beer, the bitterness dosn't overpower and actually becomes less noticable as you finish the beer. Very drinkable beer especially @ $25/case. Will be on my regular summer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 13:22:52 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of arizcards


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:40:28 | More by arizcards
Photo of afksports

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mom. I received a Victory 12 pack for my birthday. What a cool mom. Prima Pils is just the right beer to have to cool off on a summer day. She doesn't have the same beer-memory that I do, but this was also the beer she and I shared at a dinner celebrating my Dad's birthday. So even though pilseners are not my style of choice, Prima has a lot going for it.

But the beer can stand on its own. It's got a golden body, tons of fluffy white head and lace that stick around the glass, tiny bubbles shooting up from the bottom, and a wonderful aroma of actual hops. It smells wet, like a field of hops wet with dew. (I haven't even been there, but ... artistic license...). There's grass, and some bitterness there too. Not much to the malt presence, but that's appropriate.

The taste is drying, bitter at the start, crisp and light, features grapefruit and grass. As I drink it, I tend to want water, and that's a drawback. It's definitely drying.

Still, it's a nice light to medium bodied beer that's one of the tops of its style, it's got great carbonation, and it came from my mom. How could it not be good?

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:29:23 | More by afksports
Photo of JackStraw22


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden straw colored body. Bright white head, a good inch or so. Nice lacing.

Smell: Good pilsenery hoppy/spicy aroma.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Some herbal/yeasty flavor, a little maltiness up front, and a good dose of hops! The aftertaste is nice and sweet. Quite dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great, a great beer for a BBQ out in the backyard!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 00:16:33 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of MaineBeerMan


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold in color with a big head of pure white foam, seemed maybe a little too foamy, as I had to stop pouring and wait for the head to settle a bit before finishing the pour, even with a 16 oz. glass and an easy pour with a well chilled bottle.
The smell was rich in flowery, herbal hops, with some sweet breadlike malt in the background.
Medium bodied with a good bit of tingly carbonation, typical Pilsener sweetness at first, then the hops take over with a vengeance. Hop character is very herbal/flowery before a drying bitterness on the finish. Not much in the way of malt flavor, just enough to know it's in there, the hops are king in this brew.
Overall quite a drinkable beer, tastes like a European pils, with an American IPA hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 21:06:23 | More by MaineBeerMan
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,089 ratings.