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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,532
Reviews: 1,990
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 166
Gots: 348 | 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 Goatdavemac
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Too hoppy for my taste, but if you are looking for a hoppy pilsner, this is your beer.

Goatdavemac, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very light in color with a beautiful foamy head that left a gorgeous lacing on my glass.

Smell - Light, grassy hop aroma with a balancing sweetness. It looks and smells like a pils, but how does it taste?

Taste - I've found it very frustrating that American brewers can't seem to mimick the exceptional smoothness and traditional flavors of a German Pils. This one hits the nail on the head.

The malt flavors are in the background, of course. The grassy and floral hops caress the tongue gently but distinctly. There's some sweetness to be had, but it's the signature hop flavor that leads this one to the Promise Land.

Mouthfeel - Masterfully light and smooth. Be careful of your first sip - you might empty the glass with it.

Drinkability - I used to love drinking a pils outside in the middle of the day, walking around cobblestone Bavarian streets in search of the tastiest bratwurst stand. This one takes me back. Another winner from Victory!

Update - I first rated this with a 2003 vintage to thought it would be fun to re-review it with an '04. This really is an amazing Pils. It's on the big side, mind you, but has to be one of the best session beers sold in the US. I'm upping my Drinkability rating by half a point and praying to the empty bottle.

Update - I took a studious look at this beer again in 2009. Six years now I've been drinking this Pils and it hasn't lost it's luster. I reviewed three bad beers in a row tonight, dumping most of them in the sink, so need something reliable.

The Prima Pils is just a beautiful beer. The head especially comes up just right and is one of the prettiest beer toppings I've ever seen in my life. The rest of the beer is top-notch as previously reviewed, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better American-made effort at the style.

RoyalT, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice yellow/straw with a medium but nice retained head,pretty highly carbonated.Smell was nice and malty with some sweetness.Taste starts malty and somewhat irony but has a lingering dryness to it,somewhat complex for the style.One of the best if not the best pilsners I have had real nice and highly drinkable.

oberon, May 20, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

billyanania, Yesterday at 01:50 AM
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

instinct2, Wednesday at 04:14 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TThrust, Tuesday at 09:00 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Airsomers, Tuesday at 07:19 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

BrianQuinn, Tuesday at 04:06 PM
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3.04/5  rDev -24.8%

Sig_P938, Monday at 12:08 AM
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4/5  rDev -1%

mmilyko, Sunday at 11:46 PM
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

dheldman, Sunday at 03:43 PM
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3.36/5  rDev -16.8%

Bscroggins34, Sunday at 12:29 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Doomclaw, Nov 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

irish6174, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of Pithy756
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a nice straw color, beautiful 4 finger fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Clear, yet very active bubbles
Aroma: citrus/grassy. Smells crisp, if that's even possible.
Flavor: Starts with a nice hoppy bite, gives way to fruity/spicy finish. Hops linger throughout
Mouthfeel: light bodied, carbonated
Overall: Nice refreshing beer. Will definitely drink agaiin.

Pithy756, Nov 21, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -11.9%

hogfish3, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

awesomea, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jeffaroo95, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

gregcordle, Nov 18, 2014
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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,532 ratings.