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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: 4,930
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 236
Gots: 685 | 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: 4,930
Photo of hustlemuscle
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer.

Pours a cloudy, golden/yellow, with a light feathery head and vigorous carbonation. It has a robust and tangy nose, hoppy, but clean. It was hoppy, but with that sort of spicy, whit flavor. I liked it very much, but it defy's my limited vocabulary for beers like this. Very easy to drink, with enough 'tang' to make you feel like you are drinking something. Refreshing, even.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a golden yellow color with a nice, little white head. Little signs of carbonation (unlike most pilseners), and little signs of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is absolutly delicious. Fresh floral hops and sweet sticky malts barrage the nose. A wonderful smeller indeed.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This is a good tasting pilsener indeed. A well-balanced flavor of hops and malts, with a nice crisp bite. A clean and refreshing taste leads to a nice, long lasting aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but just the tiniest bit slimy.

Drinkability and Overall: This another fabulous offering from Victory. One by one, their beers just knock the styles near dead. This is a great pilsener, almost as good as most imports. A little less crisp than I'd like a pilsener to be, but all in all a great beer I'd have no problem making a session brew out of. Try it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a kick ass Pilsner.

It pours a deep gold color with a modest head and good lacing. The aroma is awash in sea air hops with a biscuit malt background. The components are very bold and compliment each other perfectly, incredible. The taste is dense mix of hop flavors with a full malt character. Theres a sharp bitterness up front which leads into Saaz ,earthy, floral, fresh mown hay hop flavors. The malt is biscuity and very thick. The mouthfeel is densely carbonated. This is one awesome pilsner, Id say my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thrilled to find this in the singles section of the Total Wine in Northern Virginia in early November, but equally disappointed when I noticed that it was well beyond its "enjoy by" date of 9/27/04 by the time I opened it on 11/24/04. Standard brown 12oz bottle with a green and yellow label featuring a big hops cone. No ingredient information.

Pours a clear gold under a one finger white head that is thin and short-lived, leaving just a few strings of lace. The nose is quite malty, with a bit of must in it and a touch of flowery hops. The mouth is light and very prickly. Very good pilsner taste profile, with a solid sweet malt introduction, followed by a significant flowery hops presence, ever so smooth yet delivering just the right bitter bite demanded by the style. The malt fades first, leaving a good bitter sensation at the back of the throat as the liquid disappears. The bite intensifies in the aftertaste, just as it should. Perhaps the head is weak because it is past its prime; nevertheless this is a first rate pilsner.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle may have been old as there was a lack of freshness to the hops however this was a well crafted pils that has lots of saaz hops and a full midbody. The finish is nice and bitter with a good ability to go with food. I would buy Pilsner Urquell in tall cans instead because of potential freshness problems in the PNW.

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Photo of mrfosters
2.86/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold topped by a foamy head with very good retention.Aroma was slightly grassy with heavy citrus overtones.After everything I've heard about this brew I expected something much better , I was ready for a treat, but actually I found this disappointing.I thought the taste was way too acidic and tangy ,kinda like orange juice.I expect a pilner too be much smoother and more balanced. An o.k.beer ..but just not my taste.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly darker-than-straw color, with a small creamy white head. Grassy malt is very evident in the smell, with a little floral hops. Taste is malt dominated, very grassy, a little skunk, but definitely has a hops presence that the czechs and other euros are missing. Pretty good pilsner, one of the better ones i've had.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory.

A wonderful golden pilsener beer. This brew is a nice golden colour with a good head. The aromas are of fresh german hops and light bready malts in the background. Make no mistake this pils is a hop monster. The taste is hoppy up front and very fresh. The hops have a wonderful floral flavor and they almost taste 'green'. The malt flavors peak their heads around the corner of this brew before the hops pummel your tongue with a drying finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy and medium bodied and the drinkability is excellent to boot. An awesome pils. One of the best!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy 1" white head with very solid retention. Thin and scattered lacing with solid strength throughout the glass. Clear, straw/light golden in color.

Faint lemon and floral hop aroma. An underlying corn, light malt sweetness.

Crisp hop flavors that lead to a firm, moderate bitterness. The corn/grain flavors are what drive this pilsener. Virtually no aftertase besides some floral hops. Nothing outstanding in terms of flavor, but remarkably crisp.

Light bodied; crisp, clean, and refreshing. The mouthfeel on the palate is without a doubt the best aspect of this beer.

Light and refreshing. Again nothing special in terms of flavor, but not a bad version of the style. In all honesty, I'm not a big fan of the style, but Prima is a good version IMO. Worth a try if you like the style; if not, give it a shot anyway, you might be converted.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A meringue-like head of tightly packed, pure white bubbles rushes up the sides of my pilsener glass on the pour. Head recedes very slowly and sticks well. Beer is canary yellow in color with shimmering highlights and exceptional clarity. Full aroma of lemony hops even at fridge temperature; a little warmth brings out a compact, leafy bouquet of lemon rind and wet grass clippings balanced by a slight puffed rice maltiness; finishes with some uric salinity. Lemon and hay flavors fill out the midpalate, with a strong bitterness--but not strong enough to overwhelm hints of starfruit and corn silk. Extremely persistent aftertaste suggests quinine and citric rind. Mouthfeel is light, wet, and very firm. I would rather have this as an apertif than drink it in session. The flavors here have clear affinities with parmesan cheese... ooh, now I'm starting to get some ideas...

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Photo of beertaster13
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour wasn't spectacular, looks pale yellow like most lagers and pilsners, the head was more frothy, lacing was nice. The smell has a nice toasted grain and yeast dough, a nice floral and citrus hop are very noticable. The taste is perfect, a nice light grain and toast upfront followed by a great but not overly powerful floral hop, a hint of lemon tingle to the hop as well, light bodied and a very good session beer. This is one of those beers than will convert those big 3 drinkers into craft lovers.

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Photo of jvajda
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice, unfiltered look and an enourmous head that sticks around for a while. Be careful pouring this one.
Smell: My first impression was of wine-like acidity, but a closer inspection revieled fresh hop tones.
Taste: Acidic sourness uncommon in other pilsners I've tried. I like a grassy pilsner but this one is way too grassy. Maybe a result of the whole flower European hops that were used. It has a very fresh malt character that's difficult to describe, but it conflicts with the hops. Good sweetness is welcome. Overall, it's like a mild and lightly hopped fruit-wine. Unique, but not my favorite. A pilsner should be much more subtle than this.
Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with appropriate carbonation.
Drinkability: In my oppinion it's way more overwhelming than a pilsner should be, no to mention way more expensive.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a good white wine. Crisp pils with fruit, lemony citrus. Good straightforward pils, for a change. Good hops.Smooth, not much to look at, light yellow with cloudy mushroom head. Neutral aroma.Had it 5 years later, good but drying bitterness.ABove average mouthfeel.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was better on tap than my several bottle experiences. Golden in color, I also got a thin white head. I thought there was more malt in the aroma than any hops. Initial taste was of pleasing malt sweetness, with some good flowery hops as well. I did think that dropped out a bit, and I detected some grainy notes in the finish. I also appreciated the crisp carbonation.

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Photo of Truh
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a pint of pickled peppers with this one on 7/12/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Frothy, initial quarter inch head with light lacing through the remainder. Crystal clear and golden with constant action going on, mesmerizing. Applejacks and juicy mango sweetness on the nose; hints of hop character. Crisp and thin body, though thin in this context still means more body than any of the macro-pils. Gentle sweetness and light hop profile make this a devastatingly endearing pilsener, to the point that I would make it an every day selection, well, at least for a pilsener.

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Photo of jward
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the lighter side of golden, and bright, with a fluffy white head. The nose is full and floral, like a bouquet of fresh flowers, which enlivens the spirit. It's presented alongside a pleasant grassy (even minty) aroma. The strong hoppy flavor is somewhat surprising for the style, but works well on top of the bready backbone. The finish is wonderfully dry, clean and very dry in fact, but with spicy, lemony notes that linger on the palate.

This is, I think, a great American beer, one which takes the traditional Pilsener style and transforms it into something new, especially with its bold hoppiness. Especially lovely in the warm summer weather. Don't get me wrong, I love the big beers too. But Prima Pils is my highest rated beer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything a good pilsener should be. Fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The saaz hops were bling-blinging in the house, fo shizzle. It is every bit as good as a true pilsener such as czechvar or boom. I would go as far as saying that it's better. Great stuff.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pils poured a very light yellow producing a good head at the top. Small streams of bubbles came up from the bottom of the glass. Smell hinted at fruit, but I could not detect much of anything else. Taste was light and refreshing leaving an aftertaste which was doughy. The mouthfeel was good and I thought the right amount of carbonation was present.

I tried this one back-to-back with another pilsener and I thought this one came out on top. I'd drink another anytime.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-looking uneven head formed out of the bottle and lasted for about 10 seconds. Great resistance. Active in the glass, light gold color. Nose was a rich pils dragged through sweet, powdery flour. Seemed to diminish as I drank.

Interesting oat hop pils taste that seemed to be perfectly round and compact. Mellow grains stretch out from the lasting sweet hopped oat taste. Slightly sweet in the mouth and drying out in the aftertaste.

Excellent pilsener, and one I'll be drinking regularly.

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Photo of necoadam
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to find some fresh bottles of this stuff. Pours out a hazy yellow/golden color with a nice head which seems to stay for a while. Smell consists of hops. lemon, some fresh cut grass and some hidden malts in the backround to round it out. Taste consisted of some nice sharp hop bite with an underlying malt backround which balances quite nicely. Just the right amount of carbonation mixes in as well. Had a medium body which was right for this beer. On tap this has to rock hard. Never pass up on this pils, ever.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory- Prima Pils

Appearance- Yellow. Bright piss yellow with a decent white head that dissapates after a sip or 2.
Smell- grassy hops. Light not too strong.
Taste- a very hoppy pilsner, slight bitterness.

Overall- yet another hum-drum Pilsner. Better than most, but this beer would serve its purpose on a Beirut table more so than served up in a glass. At $6.74 for a sixer I think its a little pricey.

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Photo of malthead
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance, clear amber with a very nice 2 finger white head. Smell is dominated by hops, I can make out the usual pine, with a little citrus, but nothing else. Taste is hoppy, but still balanced. Primarily spicy hops at first, then more herbal as it goes on... very nice. Good mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation. Great drinkability, goes really well with food. Super-hoppy for a Pils, but overall just a really nice beer, even for someone who doesn't like hops too much.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.24/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with almost no head. Carbonation is really weak which seems to be a problem with some of the Victory that I had lately. Aroma is quite subtle has I would expect of a pils but the taste is way too sweet for a pils. I’m guessing they put too much of cascade hops in this. There is some way better pils out there.

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Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hearty golden in color, with a good amount of lacing left from the thin head.

Aroma is mostly spicy hops with a decent malt background.

Taste is well balanced...a medium-sweet malt body is carried by typical pilsner hops profile... lemony, almost sea-grassy, spiced. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack...

The appearence of this pilsener was pure gold with a medium white head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma was citrusy but more floral than the former.

The taste is smooth and light, another of what I would call a "light" beer, regardless of the 5.3% ABV. With that, the ABV is higher than normal for a pils, but this one I felt nothing, it was extremely smooth the whole way, and thus is highly drinkable. Clearly an excellant session beer!

Final Thought: This and Stoudt's Pils rule this country, give it up for the Southeast PA brews...

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