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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 J-EKoslosky
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Prima is a world-class pilsner. One of the first American beers I tried years back that stood up to the classics of that style. It remains at the top of the class in what now may be an underappreciated category here in the States.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. Beer is clear, bright golden yellow with a white two-finger head that drops down some, but hangs on for the duration. Sticky lacing clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is more assertive than typical pilsners with herbal and citrus hop notes underpinned by bready malt. Taste follows the nose - strong spicy, herbal bitterness with light bread and grainy malt sweetness. Surprisingly medium in body, light and crisp texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

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Photo of Roser
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- small thin bone white head. No lacing. Clear golden hue. Lots of bubbles.

S- clean. Floral, bready, malty.

T- sweet floral hops up front, malts in the middle, and bitter dry finish on the back end.

M- light body

O- a very nice Pilsner from a rock solid brewery. Would recommend and have again.


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Photo of CraigP83
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a pilsner, good carbonation. Has that wheat smell I like and tastes OK but fades into that thicker syrupy honey taste/feel that I don't really like in some pilsners.

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Photo of GFM
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a clear light golden color with abundant carbonation. Only a thin head and not much lacing. Floral scent. Course feel. Dry hoppy taste with moderate bitter aftertaste. A very solid, thirst quenching, sessionable Pilsner. It's status as a category leader is well deserved (9.0)

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Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Thin white head. Golden color liquid.
S: Subtle earthy and spicy hops with fruity notes and slight sweet bready malts.
T: Front is slight bread sweetness, bubbly spicy hops middle, finish is subtle mellow earthy hops that leaves a nice dry finish.
M: Medium to high carbonation. Medium body.
O: My go to Pilsener. Great for a lighter less filling beer with good taste and moderate hoppiness.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow color. No head. Smells bready, slightly sweet, and has a noticeable hop aroma in there. Tastes fuckin' great! Bready malt, and a very subtle hop flavor comes through towards the end of my glass. Light body, easy to drink. Awesome pils.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a light golden color with a white fluffy head.

In the nose you get some fruity sweetness and grassiness

The taste is great. good floral, flower, grassy notes, hints of tropical fruit (maybe pears?) sweetness, spices, a good hop profile with a slight bitterness in the end to help balance it all out.

The mouth feel is light with good carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, I'm not the biggest Pilsner fan..but I do really enjoy this brew if I'm looking for something on the lighter side to drink that won't screw me out of flavor.

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Photo of Alissa2579
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the houlihans in parsippany. I read the other reviews before ordering and thought I was getting more of a fruity beer. It's just a regular old pilsner. Certainly not bad but not anything to get excited about

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Photo of jancona
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice transparent golden color.
Smells like sweet bread, honey and pears.
Taste is outstanding! Sweet bread malt with honey, pear and a light lingering zing of hops.
Outstanding session beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice finger length head which retains as a persistent lace throughout.
Aroma reminded me mostly of fruity esters.
What a taste! This is not your average pilsner by any means. Lots of complexity to the taste yet wonderful balance. Starts off as a fruity taste; like apples or pears. As I drink further, the hops element becomes more pronounced and leaves a dry and bitter aftertaste that perfectly balances the fruity and malty sweetness. There is also lots of bread like elements as well as herbal and spicy characteristics. Really a lot going on in this one.
Great feel. Light bodied and crisp, a spritzy carbonation that prickles the tongue. So drinkable, I could drink 10 more of these. (o.k. maybe not)
Truly one of my favorite german pilsners. I've had it before and enjoyed it each time. This will continue to be a go to beer for me!

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Photo of RobinLee
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet and floral. Taste is initial sweetness quickly chased by bitterness. Floral, spicy hops slightly overshadow the biscuity malt, but not by much. Good carbonation, pleasantly prickly bubbles. Finishes very clean. Great for crushing in the summer, or as a breather among the heavy stouts in winter.

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Photo of KeithCardon
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Love this one no matter what the season. The hop taste is straight at ya, almost daring you to let it linger. When you do let it linger, the hops taste fades slowly and as the intensity dies down, ready for another swig.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Fresh greys in at Leura cellars.
Sorry, but all metallic in flavour, and somewhat sulphurous.... Not sure if a bad bottle or batch but won't revisit...

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Photo of Pithy756
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Pours a nice straw color, beautiful 4 finger fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Clear, yet very active bubbles
Aroma: citrus/grassy. Smells crisp, if that's even possible.
Flavor: Starts with a nice hoppy bite, gives way to fruity/spicy finish. Hops linger throughout
Mouthfeel: light bodied, carbonated
Overall: Nice refreshing beer. Will definitely drink agaiin.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this pils pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a decent white head and light lacing. Nose of lightly sweet malt, spicy and bittering hops, and some yeast notes with a light grain background. Flavors are sweet malt backbone to the fore and back with spicy hops and bittering hops rounding it all together. Very nice carbonation keeps it lively and high on the "session" scale of drinkability. Lightly bitter aftertaste with some grain background. Good if you like your pils with a bittering hop background.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bitter & very sour. Hoping I just got an old one. Ugh. I can't even finish it.


Tried this again and was very impressed. Cracker malts in harmony with the spicy hops. Finishes dry and the hops linger in the mouth, in a good way.

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Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
4.75/5  rDev +17%

A-Bright yellow gold Color. No clouds.
S-Floral hop smell
T-Bitter hops. fades to sweet. then zesty.
M-Medium carbonation. Fades quick.
O-Great beer. But, not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Bottle poured into a pokal.
A: Pale golden; clear; 4 finger fluffy white head subsides into 1 finger after a minute...great lacing.
S: Bready, sweet, touch of citrusy/spicy hops
T: The hops come right away, spicy/herbal, dry; still get a bit of bready pils malt; long dry sweet/herbal zesty finish...bit of rind. Those are some hops.
M: Crisp, prickly on the tongue, but still pretty smooth.

Overall: Great beer, especially if you like hops. My ideal German pils is a bit more bready and grassy...but I never say no to this beer.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale almost clear yellow with a fizzy white head. The head settles down, taking on a nice creamy quality and adding a little sticky lacing. The aroma is distinct, with light bread notes, earthy and citrus hops. The taste is actually a little hop forward, dialing back the malt in favor of the two competing hops notes. The malt is more of a background note. It has a sharp crispness to it and some carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Pale golden yellow; transparent; fluffy white head that falls quickly to lace.
Smell: Sweet and malty
Taste: Grassy and citrusy well balanced around a sweet malt finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and well attenuated
Overall: This one is well executed and easy to drink

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Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev +1%

This is a solid pilsner. Crisp and refreshing. Nice hop character before a bready and malty finish. Super drinkable. Nice citrus and tangy profile in the nose.

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Photo of jageraholic
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: beautiful golden god. Nice white permanent head

S: very bready forward, biscuit, grassy, faint lemon

T: bitter citrus bread and biscuit. Sweet bread. Grass in a good way. Faint citrus.

M: very bubbly, light, crisp, coats the mouth nicely and leaves in a hurry. Makes me want to keep drinking it

O: the definitive american pilsner that will have good competitors but none cant beat. Rating is based on american pilsner and not necessarily the foreign style. Excellent!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, great sized white bubbly head, fades at a rate rate, only a few small bits of lacing on the glass, thin cap remains on top for awhile longer.

Smell has a fairly strong grassy hop aroma with a touch of sweetness from the malt backing.

Taste starts out with the malt sweetness with a decent hop presence, hops are slightly more citrusy than the nose indicated yet still retain their grassiness, well balanced without any element being overly strong, very easy to drink, carbonation is medium with a body that is light yet not thin which is quite difficult to pull off.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

A: didn't pour it out of the bottle unfortunately.

S: lemon grass and sweetness

T: wet hay, lemon juice, hops, sweet bread, mustiness, pepper.

M: light-medium. Lovely carb.

O: awesome pilsner. Crisp and bright. Flavors are strong.

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