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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,420 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,420
Reviews: 1,983
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 314 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

flyers1980, Aug 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

jbertsch, Aug 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

nheinzie57, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a random happy hour spot in Philly. Served in a shaker.

Pour: Completely clear straw yellow with a finger and a half white head that recedes pretty quickly.

Smell: Light floral and grassy hoppiness that has some light caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Follows the nose very well, building upon the floral and grassy bitterness, adds some citrus, and finishes with a great bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Super light a refreshing on a hot day. Bitterness lingers mildly well.

Overall: A really, really enjoyable pilsner. Will get this again.

cfrances33, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

raythealeman, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

fastrodney, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

JDizz, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BeneathAJoe, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

WDJersey, Aug 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Mark5252, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of beerluvr
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a Pilsner Urquell tumbler.

A- Clear straw yellow, supporting a pillowy white head

S- Clean grassiness and flowery hops, some light bread

T- Brief subtle malt sweetness then POW...here's your hops, nice and bitter. You could never fault this one for being underhopped, that's for sure.

M- Gently carbonated..smooth and easy to drink

O- Just about the finest domestic example of an German Pilsner I've come across, it's got the assertive hoppiness I enjoy and it's light enough to drink in quantity. Well done, Victory.

beerluvr, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of LIbeerguy
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southampton shaker pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: an attractive light golden color. Many different streams of bubbles flowing up to the top. Nice frothy white foam.

S: Green apple, biscuit, floral, green grapes,

T: Bready, floral, pear, apple, earthy, fuzzy on the palate, clean finish with a shortly lingering aftertaste of green apple.

A nice crisp, clean, and refreshing pilsner from Victory. They have done a good job staying true to the traditional pilsner style while putting their own tweak on it giving it a little bit more of a kick, the beer seeming a bit more robust than a traditional German-style pilsner which is what they seem to be trying to emulate. Well done.

LIbeerguy, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Kurt_Boss
2.43/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My score is way off the norm, but notice how the high ratings tend to agree that this beer is a breed of its own. It makes for a difficult review because it doesn't taste like other pils. Should we treat it as just a beer, or as a particular attempt at the style? I fall on the side of judging to the standard, so please take that into consideration. This receives only a 2.5 (below average!) from me, but it gets this score as a pils. Without regard to style, it's easily a high 3's to low 4's.

This is a pils for an IPA fan. I happen to be a big fan of double IPA's, so this particular beer suits me--but, my take away is it is far too bitter for a pils.

This is a tasty beer, please don't misunderstand me. The problem is that this beer style is supposed to be an easy drinking, low ABV, refreshing brew. A good pils, in my book anyway, is clear, crisp, and thirst quenching; however, this beer is more inline with an experience such as you'll find with a good IPA.

With all that out of the way here's my take.

Served from bottle. I don't care about glass type, so I'm not noting it.

The smell is citrus, hops, and a faint hint of what many will consider skunk. (Don't worry it's not skunked, lagers are aged...a tiny hint of skunk is not a fault!)

Appearance is below average for a pils. It should be clear enough to see through, while the Prima, as many have noted, is cloudy for quiet a while. The carbonation, head, and lacing are perfect examples of what a pils should be--in this regard of appearance Victory has done a great job. Too bad for the clarity!

The mouthfeel is too think and creamy for the style. While no porter or malty bock, it simply is a little too thick. As noted previously, the carbonation is pleasant and what you expect from a pils.

The taste is the real downfall for Prima Pils as a pils. While the style should be refreshing and crisp, low enough ABV to tip several back in a session, the hops will just stick with you. This tastes like an IPA. Not an overly hopped IPA, but it's bitter, and the bitterness does not leave the back of your palate for quite some time.

Overall: This falls below average for a pils. I'm sorry to say, a typical macro pils is simply superior to this for the style.

Final words. Try this beer if you like IPA's. You may just find the lager you've been looking for. You get the hoppiness of a good IPA with the great head of a true pils. Taken in this regard, you'll find much to enjoy, just don't judge it as a pils.

Kurt_Boss, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

nevery, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Rudy, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

PhotoMattT, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tomasher, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

NumberNone, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of chimaylvr
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stella chalice

App: hefeweizen-like hue - cloudy deep yellow, half-finger head
dissipates rather quickly but retains a light lacing...get a good whiff quick!

Smell: lemony and grass like, light citrus

Taste: medium bitterness, lemon, some lingering honey and ginger notes, lightly phenolic

Mouthfell: malty but a little puckering. Carbonation level medium to low

Overall: for it's style I really enjoyed this beer. Victory really can hang with any German brewery on this one. I will buy it again

chimaylvr, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

QL49, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great pils - the second I've had this week. It has great aromatic character and a nice hoppy taste. The aftertaste has way more hops than this style usually has, being out of character, but really nice.

The beer was way too cloudy when I opened it but it was pretty cold. As it warmed it got better. The taste kept getting better too.

This is a really nice pilsener I would buy again when I wanted a fuller than normal experience.

schoolboy, Jul 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

kurt5316, Jul 26, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SamAdams perfect pint.

Clear golden yellow. Very little head.

Smells of grass.

Tastes of grass, some lemon. Pleasant bitterness. Do I rate on style or how much I like it? I'll go with how much I like it, which is a lot.

Mouthfeel: no complaints.

Overall: a refreshing and delicious, if over hopped, pilsner.

BrewDocCT, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

CalbeDacks, Jul 26, 2012
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,420 ratings.