Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,021
Hads: 4,853
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 215
Gots: 615 | 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: 2,021 | Hads: 4,853
Photo of nomad
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright straw gold, with a big frothy head that as it falls turns into a picture of a mountain in decay. Carbonation tends to a steady continuum of different sized bubbles. Has lace and some stain, occasionally in the form of dry clumpy bits that look like firm mineral deposits. Ask for the "slow pour" if you get it at the brewery's pub.

Smell is a world of hop and malt scents: strong farm and garden scents like a bier de garde, of hay, grass, clove, cumin, dried thin flowers. Malty scents of sourdough, pear, apple, pale malt grain. An endless array of scents turning over.

Taste begins very dry and hoppy, but with a golden bread crust malt body underneath. Moves into a fine pale malt sweetish-ness with toned floral hops on top. Has a super soft but relentlessly drying bitterness climbing over my tongue, sometimes developing sourdough bread notes. Juicy, soft, dry, and a fine malt base, topped off by a thin and easy mouthfeel which is carbonated for body, and not for showing off bubbles.

With a developed palate, you can tell this is a classic pils. A classic. (1,090 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima! An exclamation of joy. (Quote from the bottle). Shiny gold body with a nice 1" foamy head and trails of clingy lace. Great floral hop aroma and taste. Lightly sweet malt with caramel notes. Fairly high in grapefruity and lightly metallic bitterness. Lightly herbal. It’s an IPP! (India Pale Pils) Well done! (315 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden crystal clear color. Huge fluffy snow white head. Served in a chunky pint glass on draught.

Nicely crisp and spicy hop aroma leaps from the glass. There is no denying right from the start that what you have here is a "hop first" beer. Taste is bold and spicy, hard as a rock and a joy from start to finish. The crispness of the hops cuts through like a knife. Bitter? - yes, but not in a bad way. A truly enjoyable bitterness shines through and is never totally overpowering due to a warm bread-like core of soft malt. A BIG pils.

Victory, nuff said. (564 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Malty crisp hop distinctive pils nose. Thick sticky white head that is gravity defying.. rocky. straw yellow color with a slight lace (fine). Complex beer taste wise but all light delicate flavors on the tongue. Almost hypnoticly drinkable. Smooth light mouth. Malty crisp (Hop) flavor. There is a sharp bitterish hop dagger left on the tongue in the finish. A great beer with food (esp italian, mexican etc). This is a master representation of a pils. A wonderful session beer.. a perfect beer to have on tap for a superbowl party... I believeit is the best pils I have ever had! I bet you can't drink just one. (612 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden hue. A bit cloudy. Fluffy head could form more easily, nice staying power. Aroma is pleasantly grainy, lemon. Hops add floral, slighty spicy smell. The flavor is more of the clean crisp dry malt. Hops come through on short dry, bitter finish. While Tupper's Hop Pocket Pils suffers from an overattention to the hops, this is nicely balanced and very pleasing. (371 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My, what a lovely beer.

I have to confess that I have avoided pilseners because there are so many crappy American big-brewery beers that purport to be pilseners. But, I have wondered recently if I am focusing too much on the big beers, and since I love Victory beers, I thought I would give this a try.

Wow. Very nice. This is what the American macro-breweries would make if they only could.

Pours pale yellow, slightly cloudy, with a thick, foamy, and bright white head that lasts nicely (and is pocked with sediment). Lacing is strong, looping all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is fresh, slightly fruity, slightly hoppy.

Brisk tasting, slightly bitter but mellow overall, just a bit chewy. This is a remarkable beer. How nice to find out about it just as May is ready to appear in hot Virginia. A great hot weather beer, full of character, but not overwhelming. Wonderful. (896 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color, with a thick, mountainous head. The aroma is fruity, citric, with a sour apple smell. The flavor is fruity, green apple flavors that flow to a nice bitter finish. It is light-medium in body, easy drinking; a definite winner in my books. (254 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly out of the box offering, this Bier presents hazy and golden in a beautiful way. Aromas thick with citrusy hops and freshly cut grains. Smooth and cleansing on the palate, the hops and malts play so well together. A true staple of my Bier drinking life, to date. True, not the true-to-stype Pils, but Victory really knocked this one out of the park.

Prosit! (367 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color with a super-massive frothy white head that towers out of the glass and dissipates (very slowly) in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace that sticks all over the glass. Truly a thing of beauty. Nose is floral hops, bitter hop oils, and fresh cut grass. Medium in body with a strong amount of fine carbonation. Taste starts off with sweet malts followed by some fresh grassy flavors and bitter hop oils and resins that leave a very crisp and refreshing finish. This is the finest pilsner I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample! (591 characters)

Photo of scottum
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow straw amber with a big white head. Malts are bready to some extent. Hops help this brew quite a bit. A hunk of bitter helps out a pilsner out. Malts balance the smalllish hops quite well. I'm not big on lagers, but this is one of the better lagers I've had. Ya can't touch this! Break it down. Stop, Hammer time! (333 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow and unfiltered with a full white head that leaves nice lace. Perfumey "misty" saaz-ish hop aroma. Lean malt background overpowered by very hoppy flavor/bitterness. Light-medium bodied with a very crisp dry finish. A bit too bitter in finishing.

(12 oz. / $1.99)

Enjoy by: 02/04/03
Tasted: 03/12/03 (318 characters)

Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy and golden in color. Has a monsterous and explosive head that slowly descends leaving nice lace behind. Aroma is Hoppy, floral, maybe slightly sour. Flavor started off a bit sour (lemon), middle had some nice hops and spice to it, end was very dry, slightly bitter. (287 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m not sure exactly what to think of this one…I like it, but there’s just something that I don’t like about it. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky head that seems to never die down. It leaves a thick, sticky lace all over the glass. There is high amount carbonation that seems force the aromas right up your nose. Aromas are filled with sweet hoppy goodness, spices, and citrus peel. The taste packs a big punch of citrus-like hops. I think this might be a little to bitter for my taste. It’s a good beer, but I don’t think it’s my style. (567 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

prima pils pours out a hazy, dirty, yellow sun colour. a big foamy snow white head leaves drifts of lace on the side of my glass. a more floral than spicy hoppy nose. flavors are mostly of heavy, but gentle hop bitterness...just a touch of spice. adequate malt body easily holds up the front and center hop profile. smooth mouthfeel gives way to a tongue tingling crispness. bitter and dry finish with a hop aftertaste lingering long after the last swallow is gone. this easy quaffing pilsener is all about the hops, and it's mighty tasty too. definitely one of the best examples of the pils style.

prima thanks to frank4sail for the sample! (644 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well a very hoppy pilsener. If you like em hoppy this is the one for you, though the malts do come out in the beginning. It is a good pils and one to be tried on a hot summer day or just to have a few or if you enjoy that hoppy taste. Good with most food and highly drinkable since it is not a high ABV. (303 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a little more then average pilsner due to its bigger bite and flavor. Color was a cloudy yellow, no head, just some light fizzy bubbles on the top. Smell was a bit bitter from a fresh hop and some sweet maltyness. You could tell it was gonna have some bite just from the smell. Which it had, some favorable hop bite and bitterness, not bad, could've been smoother for a pilsner. I liked it more as it went along. Its a pretty decent pilsner and quite drinkable. The bite is right, but a little much for a pilsner in my book. (533 characters)

Photo of avylover
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one pilsner that is enjoyable to drink. It has a nice fruit hoppiness to it that goes nice over the usual barley flavor for this style. This beer does a nice job of staying interesting while still delivering what you would expect from a pilsner. Refreshing, light, and easy to drink. This beer adds taste, the missing link in a pilsner. (344 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy...I thought pilseners should be clear? Aroma is very much of spicy hops and a little bit of malt sweetness. The flavor is very very hoppy...a spicy kind of hoppy. It's odd, because I bought this sixer a few weeks ago, and my first try of it was absolutely horrible. Just straight up completely and utterly stomach turning bitter. So I was pissed that I bought a bad batch and let the rest sit in the crisper. And I try one tonite, and it tastes tolerable. It's not great, still very bitter, but now it tastes like I thought it should. Who knows, my palate might have been retarded the last time. I find this beer pretty enjoyable now. A little too much bitterness for my liking though. (701 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow, cloudy with virtually no head. This was a pretty average pour, but lurking inside was a huge brew. It smelled very bitter with lots of citrus in the nose. The taste was bold, hoppy and bitter with a slight malt taste. There were some nice mellow notes of pear and mellon that came to the front as it warmed. This is another great brewe from Victory. (372 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory is amazing, because they don't give in to the masses, and they brew the types of beers that they like to brew. This one pours a slightly hazy gold with a vibrant white head that left a full even lace all the way down the glass. The aroma presents a very quaffable bouquet of aromatic saaz hops, not much sweetness just all hops baby. Victory pulled an Emeril on this one, and kicked it up another notch. The European hops give it that classic lager crispness. The taste has a more balanced malt/hop ratio than the aroma. Slightly citrus edge to it, the bitterness leaves a trail of hop resin as it flows down the gullet. The mouthfeel is standard for a well done pilsner, very unique overall finish from this light to medium bodied beer. I could drink this regularly, very palatable and easy to drink. I can't see how somebody couldn't love this beer, but that's just my opinion. (887 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color with a fine white head that melted away leaving a very sticky lace on the glass and on the liquid. Beautiful, and dare I say it, nearly perfect pale malt and hop aroma. Yum. Malty, spicy, tea-like sweet fruit… what is there NOT to like about this beer. Soft bubbles, but not under carbonated. This was a pilsner like I’ve never had before. (363 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured, drank and loved at the brewery itself. It came to me a bright beautiful golden yellow color. Very clear so that one could watch the bubbles dance in the glass. A soft, creamy white head sat on top of my glass calling me to nose and taste it. So I did. The aromas that tickled my nose were fresh, sweet, spicy and hoppy. The different hop smells from fresh grass to citrus to flowers to spices came right at my nose. There were some sweet malt tones as well but the hops were the primary smells. And the taste, WOW, the taste was absolutely great. Hops took the front again, grass, lemons, cloves, hay, flowers and some spices all covered my tongue, again, there was a definite sweet malt presence as well to try to balance the hops, and does so very well. But one cannot deny that this beer was made for hops. Very bold and aggressive from the moment it touches your lips to the middle as it rushes over your tongue to the very dry finish. When I say dry, I mean dry. I swear I could actually feel every drop of moisture get sucked off of my tongue. It was like a desert in there, a bold flavorful desert that I would not mind being stranded in. Great example of this style. Loved it and was glad rotsaruch told me to try it. (1,247 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a nice golden color and had a really nice whit pillowy head that stayed for a while and rendered a really impressive lace all the way down the glass. It's flavors were hop dominated and very refreshing. Exactly what I expected as the american micro version of a pilsner. It had very good body and a grapefruit tart hop finish. More hoppy than most pils you will come across but good none the less. (404 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the tastiest pilsners I've tried. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a thick white frothy foam head. The foam will flow over the glass if not poured slowly! A citrusy/hoppy aroma floats above the beer. Each sip is very smooth, but there is a slight tingle on the tonge just before you swallow. Flavors of hops & citrus seem to dominate at first, however a toasted malt taste makes its presence known towards the end. A dry finish with a slightly hoppy aftertaste is all that remain after each sip.

This beer reminds me of some of the European pilsners I've tried, but without the skunky aroma or taste. Another winner from Victory. (646 characters)

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