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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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3,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 3833
Reviews: 1942
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%

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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Photo of wiseguywood


4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a pilsner?? Wow, this is a top of the class beer.

It pours a nice golden color and the head is still there 5 minutes after pouring.

Has a nice hoppy aroma.

Great tasting pilsner and would definitely have another.

I'd say it should be considered a best of the best in this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:57:29 | More by wiseguywood
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 8, 2013.

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that builds up and fades down just as fast. It must be a chill haze because this is supposed to be a filtered beer but it does not look like it.

The aroma is of grainy malts, husks, grits, yeast, citrus, and a clean hop note on the backside. It echoes most of what is to be expected from a German pilsener.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

The taste begins with a notable grainy malt character with a dry yet citrus-like bitterness hanging on at the finish. Really clean finish too.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:42:05 | More by puboflyons
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" date of Nov 28, 2013 etched into the body near the curve of the bottleneck. Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a towering golden crystal clear body with a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass to replenish an ample stark white head. The foam is two fingers thick and fluffy, like cotton candy. Retention is excellent and it leaves nice sticky residue and rings as I drink it down. A prototypical looking German Pils.

Smell - Bright and clean, with light biscuity notes blending with subtle hoppy bitterness and herbal grass notes and lemon zest. Bready and light, like fresh flatbread and butter crackers, with just enough acidity to keep it sharp to the nose.

Taste - Much like the smell, light malts and bready tones dominate alongside a bouquet of faint floral tones and lemony essence, but no sourness. Perhaps a hit of tart, but that could be my perception playing tricks on me from the non-tart zest characteristic. On the finish is a pleasant bitterness that provides a counterpoint to the softer grain notes. There is a faint amount of sweetness as well to bring the flavors all together.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light bodied, with ample carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Significant tingling effect from the carbonation to offset the softness of the flavors.

Overall, an outstanding German pils. Although I must admit to a sweet spot in my heart for this style, this one is an exceptional example that hits all the notes one would expect from a world-class lager. I wish there were a local option in this style as good as this one for me to support. This is my favorite offering from the short list of Victory brews I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 05:33:36 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Givemebeer


4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Tap at The Station In Garwood, NJ. (Good place by the way)

A: Straw colored with a nice head and retention and excellent lacing

S: Foral and biscuity

T: Extremely herbal and floral a very hoppy pilsener. Some light malt backbone - bready

M: Crisp, refreshing, dry finish - very nice

O: Great great pilsener definitely world class. Over-hopped and fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 06:24:52 | More by Givemebeer
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Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma is definitely more interesting, bringing some toasty tones, as well as the taste. The hop presence is relatively (to the style) shy in the beginning, but at the end they show up with vigor. This is a good german pilsener, pretty perfect for new england summers.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 22:16:31 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of notalagerlugger


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

S - Bottle I have heard it is fresher on tap

A - is excellent but I do not care what a beer looks like. I have had cloudy, muerky, hazy, clear, brown. black and almost black, red, auburn, amber, golden, etc... Colored beer and it has little to with taste.

Smell - like a good old fashioned beer or a czech pils. A little more floral smell.

Taste - it is great, clean crisp and hoppy. pairs with all food

M - excellent, light crisp

O - a great pilsner the only better pilsner is Sam Adams impierial pilsner. It is bold
But light and I could enjoy it everytime I drink beer

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 19:35:57 | More by notalagerlugger
Photo of DrJ


3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale corn yellow in color, fluffy head with good retention, very pronounced herbal nose with a decent dose of summertime New York City subway (aka sulfur), pronounced herbal bitterness that overpowers the malt on the palate, very bitter herbal & vegetal finish. A very hops-centric Pilsner-style lager, with pronounced herbal & vegetal notes that tend to overpower the malt, a strong option for those among us who enjoy hops-centric beers .

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 14:01:55 | More by DrJ
Photo of bubseymour


3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the most highly regarded American made Pilsners out there. I'm doing a re-review of this one. I've revisited this beer 2-3 times over the last year and although my pallet is more tolerable of hop bombed double IPAs and such, it has lost its tolerance for this over-hopped and bitter pilsner. I just don't find this beer refreshing nor easy to drink, both of which is a mandatory requirement IMO for this style of beer. I still respect it to some regards but there are several other pilsners now that I would prefer over this hop bombed pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:05:35 | More by bubseymour
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Puerto Rico

3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden yellow with little carbonation and a thin ribbon of white head. Very thin lacing and head fades quickly.

S - Nice hoppy floral notes from the Noble hops.

T - Hop bitterness abounds through out - more so than I would expect from a pils. I'm getting very light grapefruit notes. Hop-dominated aftertaste is quite pleasant.

M - Very light carbonation for this light-bodied brew.

O - Not bad but I'm not crazy about it. Really not a beer I would go for again unless I'm stuck between this and a bunch of PAs and IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:42:25 | More by rx-beer


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3 yrs in Germany... I went through a lot of German Pilsner. Two years after returning I have found an outstanding replacement. I saw this beer on a BrewDogs episode and luckily my Total Wine carries it.

Hop forward like the better German Pils. Nice pour, good head, and color. Feels a little heavier than my favorite German pilsners but is very close. It has quickly become a great beer to come home to.

I have recommended this to a few die hard pale ale friends because it is a little more refreshing and they all keep it in the fridge now.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 06:23:04 | More by BREWMONKEY27
Photo of WHbeerlover


2.89/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Since returning from my first trip to Germany, I been in search to replicate the experience of enjoying a German Pilsener. The Prima Pils fits that category.

Pils tend to have a short shelf life and maybe the bottle was dated but it wasn't the experience I was hoping for.

A- Pours a straw or pale yellow that has a slightly hazy hue with a hardy medium to heavy head.
S- The balance was lacking overly floral and with some hops upfront followed by slightly sweet, grainy malts.
T- Tastes clean, and crisp upfront, a little to bitterness in the middle, finishes light, dry and sweet.
M- Medium + bodied for a pilsner with medium to heavy carbonation.
D- drinkable and not too filling.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 20:48:07 | More by WHbeerlover
Photo of Beric


4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener
Served: 10 October 2013

Appearance: A crystal clear golden yellow with a solid one finger head that diminishes to a nice half finger of foam for the rest of the beer. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom. Great lacing as the beer is drunk- laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: Bitter floral hops. Very clean. The hops are assertive, but down beat you over the head. That being said, you can't smell much else in the nose.

Taste: This is where this beer is special. There is a powerful, upfront hoppiness about it that ushers in a bready, bitter pilsener aftertaste. This is an incredible blend of flavoring and bittering hops, and both compliment each other quite well. The different phases (hoppy up front, bitter/bready on the back) was most pronounced when starting the beer, but by the end, the tastes had converged into a masterful hopped up pilsnery bready bitterness. This beer finishes dry. A phenomenal, complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation for the style leads to a crisp "erfrischende" mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a phenomenal beer. It looks like the internet suggests that this gem has an IBU in the low-to-mid forties. This is not unlike hoppier German pilseners from Germany, such as Jever, Waldhaus, Alpirsbacher, or Rothaus. Rothaus Pils (Tannenzäpfle) is one of my favorite all-time beers, so that this beer comes close is extremely exciting. A fantastic brew, and one I am planning on buying in greater quantities. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:59:07 | More by Beric
Photo of stakem


3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clear yellow color with a finger of white suds across the top. Spotty and stringy lace stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is very grassy and herbal. Faint lemony appeal with zest and pith. A bit of grainy sweet undertone but the aroma is mostly dominated by a noble hop grassiness.

Taste is much more aggressive with grassy and herbal bitterness than you might expect. Almost a lemony zest quality hints towards a feeling of perfume and minorly fruity alcohol that is oily and pithy. Very subtle suggestions of straw-like grain that is fresh.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, snappy and refreshing. Worth checking out but there are other examples in the style I would choose over this one if given the opportunity...prime example being any of Victory's braumeister pils offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 17:59:03 | More by stakem
Photo of PaulyB83


4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a bright straw yellow that is slightly foggy. Has a big bright white head that slowly dissipates to a small ring. Looks to have a medium-light viscosity.

S- Great pils smell of nobel hops, no skunkiness.

T- Nice noble hop bitterness, and cracker malt notes.

M- Good carbonation in the mouth, light and refreshing mouthfeel

O- This is one of my favorite beers and something I love to have with food. It is crisp, and refreshing and not too heavy. It reminds me very much of the European pilsners but without the skunkiness and corn flavors that you usually find in those. I bet much of that has to do with it being an American brew and can find it very fresh. I wish more places had this on tap so maybe Bud drinkers would give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:16:29 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of brurevu


4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Prima Pils is the perfect pilsner. It has a great full bodied pilsner taste with a load of hops to make this a dynamic taste experience. It poured a light golden color with a full creamy head. The first taste was reminiscent of many of the hoppy IPAs I have been having lately but there is enough of the signature German pilsner flavor to keep it well within the style. I had this on a hot afternoon and it was light enough to tame the heat and the dynamic hoppy bitterness kept me coming back for more. One of my favorite pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 19:45:36 | More by brurevu
Photo of Walletsworth

North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy light yellow with a finger of head with great lacing. Smells piney with a touch of corn in there as well. Tastes slightly skunky with a hint of pine and corn.

Overall a great pilsner with tremendous flavor without any odd aftertaste like some skunky beers have.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:56:51 | More by Walletsworth
Photo of Wyattldavis


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Not overpowering. Golden appearance, with a clean finish and very refreshing. Definitely not too sweet/not too much alcohol content. The hops are just right - present but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is extraordinary - big, clear crisp carbonation that isn't fizzy and feels just right. I could see this being one of my standards - especially in the summer. One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:40:49 | More by Wyattldavis
Photo of JanetCDavis


3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Paired this with camembert, fontina, and gouda. Really nice for end of summer. Absolutely refreshing. Straightforward, with an edge of orange. Really outstanding with the creamy camembert. Would recommend as a stand-alone or accompaniment to a sophisticated dinner first course.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:40:38 | More by JanetCDavis
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New York

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 12 oz bottle from City Swiggers in Manhattan. I must say this is my favorite German Pilsner on the market.

A - a shade below gold with a fluffy mousse like head.

S - clean with lots of earthy and noble hops present.

T - for a pilsner, this has some great depth. Big spicy and bitter hops were found but the malt was still present.

M - not much in the way of carbonation.

O - a refreshing beer that is extremely drinkable and does what it sets out to do quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 19:40:56 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Ri0


4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Very transparent yellow straw with just a half finger of white head. Retains a thing cap during the session and thick webs of lacing. Streams of micro bubbles rise from the bottom. I would have given this a 5 if the head was bigger.

S - Scents of mellow grassy and earth hops. Grains and biscuit malt, followed by spicy hops.

T - There is quite a bit of taste going on in this Pils. The combination of German malts and hops yield a very flavorful beer. Grains, grass, earth, spice, and bitterness are waking my palate.

M - As others have noted, the carbonation was a bit lacking for the style. Light bodied with a slight soapiness.

O - My review may not seem to show how much I enjoy this Pilsener. It is a very nice take on the style. I decided to give it a try when the temps soared into the 90's and I was happy to have it to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:05:01 | More by Ri0
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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle picked up at the Winooski Bev while visiting family in Vermont. Poured in a Prima Pils pilsner glass.

A - Translucent straw with a thick dense head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S - Smells like an adjunct mixed with hops. A little bit of biscuity malts on the end.

T/M - A bit more bite than most pilseners. The nobel hops really shine through adding some spicy/herbal character. The carbination is just right with a nice dry finish.

O - Extremely drinkable beer, yet there is nothing that blows me away. I'll admit, however, that I'm not a huge fan of lighter lagers like this. But it does what it's supposed to do very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:26:43 | More by lancecenter
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright yellow-orange and clear. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - A little bit of hop smell, not an IPA but pretty nice for a pilsner.

T - Clean, light, and refreshing with pretty good hop flavor for a pilsner.

M - Light, dry, refreshing.

O - I'm an IPA guy, but I used to be a pilsner guy who thought Amstel was good. That being said, this is possibly the best pilsner out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 05:54:08 | More by ianmatth
Photo of Libationguy


4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant medium+ straw with gold and yellow hues. Bright white 1 1/2 finger head with medium retention. Delicate lacing in the glass.

Wonderful crisp nose, citrus, fresh pine needles, green grass, light biscuit and cracker, mild hop spice. Very clean feel to the nose.

Crisp and clean on the palate. Grapefruit and light orange zest, fresh pine sap, cracker and a light resin note. Very much an American interpretation of the style, but wonderful balance. Super sessionable.

Medium bodied and plush mouthfeel. Mild bitterness and medium+ length on the finish.

Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 07:36:52 | More by Libationguy
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The reviewers are unanimous, this may be the best-in-class American Pilsner. I'd like to taste it blind vs other top pils like Oskar, Urquell, etc.

Victory is a top east coast brewery, consistent, clean, and surprising without wobbly out of balance brews. Bravo! You must try them!

A: Poured into pint glass, luscious white head, faded fast not much, but a little dotty lacing, the tiny bubbles I recall from my Dad's first beers when I was a kid rising in a tall glass.

S: Hops and citrus, but so much more subtle than our hoppier beers. Perfume, lemon, grass, herbs. Crisp, floral, "the smell of a woman in the sunshine".

Taste: Very appetizing and dry. Starts refreshing fresh bread crust; grows into a tingle of hoppy bitterness with grassy and herbal over tones, finally a super crisp, clean finish. Lovely arc, lovely appetizer and with food: Oysters, clams, sausage, brats, fish, crabs.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation, but that oh so subtle pilsner tingle and finish, light and airy and summery, also a kissing kind of beer. Your mouth just feels good all over.

Drinkability: So far my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:07:54 | More by Act25
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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 1/2 liter glass.
A--Crystal clear golden color. Huge head that slowly dissipates and leaves excellent lacing.
S--Absolutely lovely. Bready yeastiness, yet still a bit hoppy. Not like a standard pilsener, but still excellent on its own.
T--Mostly like the smell. There's a nice balance between the hops & maltiness. There's citrus and yeastiness. Three thumbs up.
M--Creamy & fulfilling. Excellent feel, not "refreshing", but you'll want more.
O--Another win for Victory. This stuff is 1.)Excellent for its style and 2.) just freaking excellent, regardless of style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:27:22 | More by horshamguy
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