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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 Gasp100
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been trying a lot of IPA's and Pale Ale's lately so I decided on a whim to go with a Lager or Pilsner style this time around. This poured a beautiful clear gold, which I haven't seen in a quite a while (since drinking Foster's over the summer). A medium head about 1/2 inch settled and disapated quickly to a thin lace which stuck to the glass through the entire pint. The smell was full and floral with hoppy overtones. It smelled like what I used to call "beer" --- just better. The taste was full and light at the same time. A very crisp, not-to-bitter tingle with a nice balance of malt and hops which mellowed out on the tail end. There was a very slightly sweet taste but definitely not fruity at all. The carbonation added some "lift" to the glass and this was extremely drinkable. Victory is just amazing.... Hop Devil (my current fave, Storm King....) I have a newfound love for "German" style beers and this one may be perfect for winning over friends who ONLY drink Bud or MGD. I'm really glad to have found a nice "new" style to shake things up.

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

"Enjoy by 11 Jan. 2004"
It's a well-crafted product. Giant aromas of sticky, fresh herbs are followed by flavors of same. Slatey, intense, loaded with chewy hop stems and seed oils. The liquid is clear and there is a robust head of pillowy white. I search for malt and turn up honeyed, transparent shades of sweetness and silky texture. I would recommend this pils to hop addicts for sure. But for me, there is never a joyful balance of malt and hops. Overbearing in most contexts I can imagine, yet this hop explosion might serve a purpose in certain situations...like on a hay ride or after bong hits.

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

This is another fine beer from Victory. Pours a gold / yellow color with a small head. Sports plenty of bubbles as the carbonation level is perfect. The aroma is pleasant with sharp bitterness and some sweetness. The taste and mouthfeel are wonderful - crisp on the tongue, strong hops, and sweetness that all balance out nicely. The bitterness last long (and still going) on the tongue after swallowing. Super refreshing and extremely drinkable. Love this pils.

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

This is one of the better Pilseners I have tried (along with Schell), and leads me to wonder why so many other ones are so bland and tiresome. The beer is a lightly cloudy pale gold color with medium white head that lingered quite awhile. Lots of small bubbles and thin lacing. The aroma is zesty hops. Light-bodied and crisp with a peppery hops flavor throughout. Some malt is evident as well. The finish is dry and hoppy. The Pils style is nowhere near my favorite but I can see this beer being the standard by which to measure others.

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Photo of saltydog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden yellow, crystal clear, resilient head with lace. Smell: aromatic hops with a nice maltbackbone. Flavor: Clean, tasty malt sweetness very nicely balance by hop bitterness. Also very full hop flavors, somewhat earthy. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice tangyness from the hops. Very drinkable..an easy session beer. Not my favorite style by any means, but a good example of how good an honest pilsner can be, especially when it doesn't have to travel halfway across the world.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Extremely hoppy smell. The head disappeared quickly (although well carbonated.). Color is very light golden. I am getting no malty flavors or aroma's whatsover.

I enjoy most pilsners but find the extreme hoppiness of this bier to be a distraction. The aftertaste and mouthfeel are absolutely attrocious in my opinion.

This is not a bier I enjoy but I can see why it is popular with the crowd. It is original in it's approach and not a tasteless macro crap.

Just not for me.


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Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy yellow color kind of weird actually, with a thick fluffy white head. thick lace all the way down. strangely sweet smelling, but also very hoppy. you know this is gonna be pretty intense before you even taste it. it takes a few sips to get used to the hops, and be able pick out anything else. first the hops here are incredibly strong, i don't think i've had a beer in which the hops seem to be so pure and untainted by other flavors. i feel like just got a mouthful of raw hops, but in a good way. underneath there is a subtle malt profile, without which this beer would be pretty vile hop water. it has a slight vanilla slight licorice flavor from he interplay between the malt and hops and slightly fruity flavor. With out the heavy carbonation that it has, i think this would be gross so i like the somewhat thin and higly carbonated mouthfeel. this beer walks a fine line, so drinkablity takes a little hit. i couldn't drink more than a couple of this in a sitting.

note: freshness date is sept 28 '03, so this might be a little past it's prime.

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Photo of Stopper
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow. The head is creamy, fluffy, and very white. The aroma is of a spicy hoppiness over a sturdy light malt base. The body is medium and quite effervescent, and the initial taste is balanced toward the bitter side. The bright hop bitterness becomes even bigger very quickly and has a nice combination of spice, fruit, and grass notes. This is more pronounced into the finish, but a decent base malt sweetness supports it for a bit before it nearly completely dries out and the bitterness and huge flavor of hop spiciness with a bit of grassiness again. This flavor sticks around for quite a while, and if I wait for a while before the next sip I'm left with a very sharp bitter spiciness on the back of my tongue, and the round flavor of a noble-type hop finish toward the sides and front.

Well, to put this pilsner against most of the other pilsners I've ever tried is almost unfair. This has a gigantic hoppiness, the like of which I think I've never even come close to finding in another pilsner. And I don't want to say it's a great beer just because it has a lot of hops, but I do want to say it's a great beer because it has a lot of interest throughout, with a respectable malt base supporting a wonderfully captivating blend of hop flavors that lasts from the nose to the finish, all while still having the very dry spicy finish I'd expect from a pils... only with a nice addition of extra dimension.

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a pilsener? Wow - a whole new world of what a pils can be has opened before my eyes. Massive carbonation - took three pours to let the head settle and get the beer in the glass. Candy sweet aroma, but the beer was not sweet in flavor. Hops - this beer is an example of how a pils can be hoppy, and done darn well, at that. As a hop-head, I have great appreciation for a lager that can carry a substantial hop load without an ale's malt to shoulder the burden. Very crisp and clean, and, surprisingly, very little hop bitterness at the finish. If I had regular access to this beer, it would be a staple in the garage fridge.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great pilsner, enough said. Probably the best lager i have had in a long time. Looks a pale straw yellow, with a head that leaves an incredible amount of lace on the glasss, bordering on artwork. The nose is slightly hoppy, and quiter herbal. The taste is as smooth as it can get, they should call this stuff perfect pils instead. I will have this in the house all the time. The perfect baseball beer in my opinion.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another classic from Victory. It has the perfect Pilsner profile: looks clean and refreshing, an immediate balanced sweetness, followed by a satisfying mouthfeel, and gradually finishing with that hoppy bitterness that lasts. Nice lace on the glass. A perfect summer beer that you can "repeat as necessary". A definite "Buy it by the Case". Don't share this beer with drinkers of "lite" or budmillercoors, they just don't get it, so don't give them any.

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Photo of beerinator
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, super clear. White head with slight head retention.

Aroma: Piney hop aroma over powers. Sharp hops! Slight bit of citrus behind the pine trees.

Taste: Smoother than expected from the aroma. The beer is bitter upfront, but fades to merely a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. The hop presence on the tongue feels strangely muted compared to the last time I tried this. I think this beer may have been a bit old.

Notes: This particular sample seems to have diminished in its hoppy flavor. It's a good beer, but lacking the bold flavor I recall from my last tasting of it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice bright golden color, that pours with a nice white head that disappears quickly. Has a nice appealing floral bouquet. The first taste is one of a soft malty flavor, which then finishes with a nice sharp hop bitterness that marries well with a bit of hop flavor. This is a great example of a Pils, which I wish I could get on a regular basis.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of Jan 11, 2004. Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden yellow in color. Topped with a lovely and lively white head of tiny bubbles. The head goes away after a minute or so, leaving you with a small layer of bubbles on the top. Active carbonation in the glass during the entire consumption. Adequate lacing, to boot.

Smell: It might look like a macro, but it sure as #### don't smell like one. Grapefruity citrus hops (with hints of orange) balanced with sprucy hop aroma greet you. Nice hoppy bouquet... very appealing.

Taste: Inital salty flavor that gives way to a piney bitterness. Nice light malt flavor pokes it's head out shortly thereafter. Aggressively hopped for a pilsener, but it works.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: Quite quaffable, though I've certainly enjoyed the other Victory beers I've had much more. Definitely a beer for the porch/stoop on a hot summer day. Could easily be a great session beer.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my two favorite beers for this summer (Victory Wit is my other). When I was frist introduced to this one a couple years ago I was not prepared to be won over, but won over I was!! It pours a beautiful clear yellow color with a nice creamy head. The wonderfully fragrant hops are present immediately. There is a certain sweetness to this beer. It is WAY hoppier than most Pils, but heck, it is from Victory, and they know how to use their hops!! This beer is crisp and clean and full of flavor and not to be missed in your beer tasting endeavors!

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Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw yellow color, with a frothy white lingering head. Aroma of corn and hops. Flavor is sweet corn, with some hops, plus sweet malt. Finish has a tender bite with some spice. Nice smooth mouthfeel, with decent lacing. Damn good for a pilsner, perhaps the best I've had.

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Photo of alexgash
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on this highly-touted pilsner. It being a Victory product, I had high expectations, and I wasn't disappointed. A thanks to my friend Dan and his daily stops at Premier. Poured a crystal clear yellow with a big marshmallowy white head. Smell is of peppery, spicy, hops with a slight, lean malt aroma. Taste: WOW! Lightly sweet malts up front that are quickly replaced with a building hop spiciness, punctuated with a sharp, bitter finish. Ahhh! Very crisp and a big feel for a pilsner. This is the hoppiest example of the style I have ever had and I love it. Finally, a lager-smooth IPA!

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Photo of vitesse
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in 12 oz. bottle.
beautiful golden appearance. so so clear. nice head retention. smell of strong hops hits you right away. taste is just way too overboard on the hops, in my opinion. this is nothing like the familiar european pilseners -- there isn't any saaz spiciness. the hops that are there leave a dry, grassy, earthy flavor. i didn't like it.
this is a unique beer, though. it's worth a try, just not my bag.

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Photo of beerman599
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden hue and a little haze,good foamy head.hoppy clean and delicate aroma. Bitter Saaz hops noted off the top, some malty sweetness as well, an almost tart on the palate. Seems to be borderline medium bodied based on the maltiness. A unique sweet and sour feel throughout, slight acidic finish. Hopped off the charts for a pils, unique, i tell my freinds this is an ale drinkers pils!

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass it produced a huge fluffy head that did die down,yet didnt disapear, and laced the glass till the last drop. To the best of my recollection I smelled and tasted liberty hops this is the only time I have ever been able to pick out an exact hop taste or smell. Nice dry tasting malt comes in with the after taste and is really balanced with the hops. Could drink this beer all day on a nice summer day. Definitely a beer that everybody should try as it has something for everyone.

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Photo of taez555
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a huge white head with a hazy yellow body with a whole lot of hop sediment floating around in it.

The nose was a nice malty and hoppy smell. Dominated by the round smell of pure german earthy hops.

The initial taste was very hoppy and bitter. It had a slight toasted malt flavor. Some faint yeast. Malty yet balanced well. Very simple and round, full of german earthy hops. The beer ended with a long lingering bitterness.

This is one unique pilsner. If a brewery in germany ever decided to come out with an IPA (IPL)using their standard helles it would probably taste like this.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow hazy color with a touch of gold. Good solid head with fairly good retention.

Has that classic pilsner smell, I need to find out what that is exactly, and bumps it up to a snappier version. A faint hint of citrus, but overall a faint nose without much to it.

Taste - without hesitation, the most unique pilsner I've had to date. I didn't pick up much hop aroma, but it sure is there in the flavor! Refreshing carbonation, the pilsner malt quickly gives way to a bitter hop bite. Not a lot of depth to the hops, but a solid grapefruit sourness on the finish. A lingering aftertaste of citric bitterness, but no development beyond the grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel is very crisp via good carbonation. What would be an average body is enhanced by the hop level. And what would typically finish cleaner for a pils stays around longer via the oiliness of the hops

Drinkability - A little more bang than I would normally expect in a pils, this is an intense beer. The freshness date said to enjoy by Jan 24, '03, so technically this is 6 months past peak. A fresh sample may improve scores, time will tell. For as much as I am impressed by the flavor uniqueness, that same character also limits its drinkability as you don't expect quite so much aggressiveness in a pilsner style. Maybe this should be classified an India Pales-ner Ale? :-)

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden hue, thin, foamy head. Zesty, lemony, clean and delicate aroma. Bitter Saaz hops noted off the top, some malty chewiness as well, an almost sour palate. Seems to be borderline medium bodied based on the maltiness. A unique sweet and sour feel throughout, slight acidic and oily finish. Hopped off the charts for a pils, unique, might be in its own class, a beer to talk about!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle, freshness date is “Enjoy by May 20 03”. Has an appropriately green colored label with a picture of a large green & yellow hop.

Appearance: A resilient straw-golden appearance with a massive white puffy head that sits well. Laces the glass well, rings and smudges of thick lace cling to the glass edges. Average carbonation aids head retention.

Nose: Crisp malts mixed with light citric hops. Some spices and a biting pungent bitterness at the back.

Taste: A tasty mix of biscuit from the pilsner malts and a strong spicy bitterness that comes from the hops. The bitterness builds as the beer drinks through, citric elements and a very strong fresh green-hop bitterness in the finish that seems to bite and linger for ever.

Mouthfeel: Extremely crisp, biting bitterness in the mouth that builds to a crescendo even after you swallow the beer. Fulfilling, yet it still has an average mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed on a warm, slightly sticky night in Long Beach. An excellent thirst quencher, which really hits the mark. I will most certainly have another one of these please, thank you very much!

Overall: Not exactly a classic Pilsner, but a superb, very accomplished mix of German Pilsner Malts and European Hops formed into an impressive Hop-Head Pilsner style beer. Another winner from Victory!!

Thanks to Francisweizen for the chance to try it.

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