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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,130 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,130
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 144
Gots: 228 | 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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prima Pils. Best before July 20th, 2012. Poured into my recently acquired Founders pint glass (thanks Mad Mex Robinson and Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week!).

Bright gold in color with tremendous clarity. Some rising bubble action. Fluffy off-white head with a mottled top. Sticky and clinging despite leftover water from the glass rinse. Looks fab. 4.0

Citric hops and earthy hops provide a sweet and spicy hop aroma. Some mustiness from the grains with little or no yeast character, in other words, very crisp. Hints of orange peel, lemon, and fresh herbs. 4.0

Big zesty hop burst at the beginning. Parallels with a spicy finish, as well. Very dry in the middle-to-end. Husky grains, citric fruit peels, and herbal notes make for one avant-garde, but tasty pilsner! Love the spice from bittering whole-leaf hops. 4.5

Easy to throw down. Would have like a little more carbonation to keep it sudsy and amplify the spiciness of the hops, but this is just fine. Full-on body for a pilsner. 4.0

Possibly my favorite domestic pilsner, and one of my favorite domestic lagers. One of the best finishing beers I've ever had. Great stuff. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:56:30 | More by thecheapies
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Mattybz28

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-24-2012 00:32:08 | More by Mattybz28
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a two finger white rocky head with awesome lacing.

Aroma of freshy cut grass and lemon waft up from the glass. Also some flowers with a little grain.

The flavor starts out with plenty of bread and a little bit of biscuit. Grassy hops quickly swoop in along with a stronger bitterness than I was expecting. This leads to an very dry, clean finish with lingering bitterness.

Wow this really is an amazing beer. It is extremely refreshing and an awesome thirst quencher. The bitterness might be a little high for a pilsener but it works very well in this beer. This will become a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 19:47:55 | More by rangerred
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with an indecipherable freshness date printed on the label, poured into a Sam Smith pub nonic.

A: Straw, yellow color with a touch of haze, unimpressive retention and lacing in the soapy white head. Maybe a touch darker than you're standard BMC.

S: Crisp pilsner malt and bready sweetness, hints of orange, lemongrass, touch of an herbal hop oil, very faint. Decent crisp citrus zest hop presence for a pils.

T: Lots of crisp pilsner malt, a bit biscuity but there is malt sweetness as well, a touch of honey...lemon zest, grassy hops, floral, crisp, light, and clean.

MF: Light body, clean, moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

O: Pleasant, maybe a go to beer in the summer but I can't see myself searching it out again. As far as the style goes, its easily the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:15:11 | More by Scotchboy
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mscudder

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by May 7, 2012. Poured into a Newcastle Schooner.

A - A crisp straw yellow with a small white head. Beer is cloudy with just a bit of transparency.

S - Lemon, grass, hops and some light biscuity notes.

T - Initially, this is as if I am biting into a biscuit. A number of malts really characterize this beer. The other notes are much more subtle. Some hints of flowers and a presence from the hops, but not overly bitter. Not really my cup of tea, but well done.

M - Beautifully done in this category. A nice medium body and superb carbonation. The beer makes its mark and then recedes leaving a nice thin coating behind on your palette.

O - This is not a style I traditionally enjoy but this is the best I have ha in the class. I can easily see what the hype is about and certainly would not turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 04:05:42 | More by mscudder
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 08:39:53 | More by Tucquan
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pokal. best by july 3 2012.

a - pours a hazy, pale yellow and forms a pinky or so of dense, sudsy, white foam. retention is good and the head leaves thick swathes of webby lacing in the glass.

s - pungent noble hops with a biscuity malt character. faint grassiness.

t - pungent, piney hop character all around. has a light biscuity malt base and faint lemony notes but clearly this beer is all about the hops. finishes crisp and dry with a mouth puckering bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

m - light in body with adequate carbonation. medium co2 profile. slightly slick from the hop oils.

o - goes down easy with plenty of flavor, but i'd like a little more malt balance. a good fit for a hot spring/summer afternoon, though probably not a beer i'd buy often.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 18:54:24 | More by divineaudio
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-20-2012 02:30:01 | More by HumphreyLee
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Appearance is fairly clear, pale straw-gold with nice effervescence. Nice 2-finger head with good retention and lacing. The nose is flowery and herbal.

The beer has a light body and a clean flavor. I don't get much malt flavor, but I do get a pronounced hop profile. Not too bitter, just more assertive than with most pilsners. The finish is quite dry and flowery with a nice lingering herbal character, leaving the palate ready for more.

A nice distinct pilsner. I have had a few in recent days and this one definitely tastes different. I can see why it's rated so highly in its' category. I wish I could taste just a bit more of the malt and was just a bit more carbonated, but that is my only gripe here.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 09:20:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Aschap

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

04-19-2012 01:15:06 | More by Aschap
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waffles

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-18-2012 22:18:43 | More by waffles
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-18-2012 13:19:28 | More by yergermeister
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no visible date poured into a pilsner glass producing a fluffy twoish finger white head. A clear golden body with lots of bubbles.
Lemon and grass dominate for the most part in the aroma but with some herbal character.
The same characteristics of the nose are present in the taste. Errs more on the grass and herbal qualities. Some hop bitterness pops out at you. Fairly dry and light.

A good springtime brew for sure.

It is obvious this isn't going to be a true to form pilsner. The packaging shows you this.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 04:38:37 | More by MattSweatshirt
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joshtrich

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-17-2012 21:19:52 | More by joshtrich
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-17-2012 17:37:59 | More by RyanGoodman
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wafers

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden colored pour, somewhat bubbly
S: Not much aroma, hint of lemony hops
T: bready malt character up front, moderate amounts of bitter hops throughout
M: Very crisp, refreshing, moderate carbonation making for a pretty easy drink
O: Awesome pilsner brew from Victory...the beer is very refreshing, drinkable, and flavorful without any hints of skunk...highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 05:37:10 | More by wafers
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-17-2012 02:13:37 | More by tln13
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antoines15

California

5/5  rDev +23.5%

04-15-2012 22:49:44 | More by antoines15
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy white head on a hazy golden body. Thin lacing.

S: musty, bitter hops on the nose with floral and grassy notes and light malts.

T: more of the same with a very nice bittering note by the noble-like hops which transitions to a mildly sweet malt and floral finish.

M: very full feeling as far as pilsners go. Coats the palate well. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very refreshing with flavor more robust than many others in the genre

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 21:17:43 | More by kylehay2004
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nova73

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-15-2012 20:01:42 | More by nova73
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This German Pilsner pours a brilliant straw color with a bubbly white head that provides plenty of lacing. Grainy pils malt, lemon, and some floral and spicy hop character forms a very appealing bouquet of aromas. Bready malt and some sweetness blends beautifully into crisp hop bitterness, with some lemon and honey detected as well. Crisp and clean, this amazing Pils is lighter in body, and features a moderate level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 19:10:07 | More by phishsihq
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-15-2012 18:29:59 | More by thegerm87
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rdunigan

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-15-2012 00:41:31 | More by rdunigan
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a clear bright pale yellow color with a finger and a half of soapy white head. Lots of visible streaming carbonation and lots of chunky glass coating lace

S- Very aromatic bouquet of floral notes, earthy, herbal, and a very distinct pilsner malt smell

T- Very clean tasting pilsner. Big pilsner malt taste, large floral and earthy hop notes, big bready and doughy notes, light lemon taste

M- Very refreshing, highly drinkable, finishes dry,, smooth, medium to lighter bodied

O- A great pilsner that is highly drinkable. Sometimes this is not the most interesting style, but this is just a great everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 23:51:18 | More by Hoptometrist
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

04-14-2012 20:45:43 | More by KingBiscuit
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,130 ratings.