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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,246
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 152
Gots: 255 | 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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Truh

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Picked a pint of pickled peppers with this one on 7/12/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Frothy, initial quarter inch head with light lacing through the remainder. Crystal clear and golden with constant action going on, mesmerizing. Applejacks and juicy mango sweetness on the nose; hints of hop character. Crisp and thin body, though thin in this context still means more body than any of the macro-pils. Gentle sweetness and light hop profile make this a devastatingly endearing pilsener, to the point that I would make it an every day selection, well, at least for a pilsener.

08-30-2004 20:37:35 | More by Truh
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jward

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%

On the lighter side of golden, and bright, with a fluffy white head. The nose is full and floral, like a bouquet of fresh flowers, which enlivens the spirit. It's presented alongside a pleasant grassy (even minty) aroma. The strong hoppy flavor is somewhat surprising for the style, but works well on top of the bready backbone. The finish is wonderfully dry, clean and very dry in fact, but with spicy, lemony notes that linger on the palate.

This is, I think, a great American beer, one which takes the traditional Pilsener style and transforms it into something new, especially with its bold hoppiness. Especially lovely in the warm summer weather. Don't get me wrong, I love the big beers too. But Prima Pils is my highest rated beer.

08-28-2004 22:21:00 | More by jward
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CBFanWish

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Everything a good pilsener should be. Fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The saaz hops were bling-blinging in the house, fo shizzle. It is every bit as good as a true pilsener such as czechvar or boom. I would go as far as saying that it's better. Great stuff.

08-28-2004 12:43:39 | More by CBFanWish
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%

This Pils poured a very light yellow producing a good head at the top. Small streams of bubbles came up from the bottom of the glass. Smell hinted at fruit, but I could not detect much of anything else. Taste was light and refreshing leaving an aftertaste which was doughy. The mouthfeel was good and I thought the right amount of carbonation was present.

I tried this one back-to-back with another pilsener and I thought this one came out on top. I'd drink another anytime.

08-24-2004 22:32:09 | More by tomthumbsblues
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Nice-looking uneven head formed out of the bottle and lasted for about 10 seconds. Great resistance. Active in the glass, light gold color. Nose was a rich pils dragged through sweet, powdery flour. Seemed to diminish as I drank.

Interesting oat hop pils taste that seemed to be perfectly round and compact. Mellow grains stretch out from the lasting sweet hopped oat taste. Slightly sweet in the mouth and drying out in the aftertaste.

Excellent pilsener, and one I'll be drinking regularly.

08-11-2004 17:16:31 | More by donnebaby
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necoadam

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Was finally able to find some fresh bottles of this stuff. Pours out a hazy yellow/golden color with a nice head which seems to stay for a while. Smell consists of hops. lemon, some fresh cut grass and some hidden malts in the backround to round it out. Taste consisted of some nice sharp hop bite with an underlying malt backround which balances quite nicely. Just the right amount of carbonation mixes in as well. Had a medium body which was right for this beer. On tap this has to rock hard. Never pass up on this pils, ever.

08-11-2004 00:11:54 | More by necoadam
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.7%

Victory- Prima Pils

Appearance- Yellow. Bright piss yellow with a decent white head that dissapates after a sip or 2.
Smell- grassy hops. Light not too strong.
Taste- a very hoppy pilsner, slight bitterness.

Overall- yet another hum-drum Pilsner. Better than most, but this beer would serve its purpose on a Beirut table more so than served up in a glass. At $6.74 for a sixer I think its a little pricey.

08-08-2004 14:41:36 | More by NJpadreFan
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malthead

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Great appearance, clear amber with a very nice 2 finger white head. Smell is dominated by hops, I can make out the usual pine, with a little citrus, but nothing else. Taste is hoppy, but still balanced. Primarily spicy hops at first, then more herbal as it goes on... very nice. Good mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation. Great drinkability, goes really well with food. Super-hoppy for a Pils, but overall just a really nice beer, even for someone who doesn't like hops too much.

08-06-2004 23:10:21 | More by malthead
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -44.8%

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with almost no head. Carbonation is really weak which seems to be a problem with some of the Victory that I had lately. Aroma is quite subtle has I would expect of a pils but the taste is way too sweet for a pils. I’m guessing they put too much of cascade hops in this. There is some way better pils out there.

08-04-2004 14:33:53 | More by Phyl21ca
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shirfan

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Hearty golden in color, with a good amount of lacing left from the thin head.

Aroma is mostly spicy hops with a decent malt background.

Taste is well balanced...a medium-sweet malt body is carried by typical pilsner hops profile... lemony, almost sea-grassy, spiced. Excellent drinkability.

08-01-2004 06:43:13 | More by shirfan
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack...

The appearence of this pilsener was pure gold with a medium white head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma was citrusy but more floral than the former.

The taste is smooth and light, another of what I would call a "light" beer, regardless of the 5.3% ABV. With that, the ABV is higher than normal for a pils, but this one I felt nothing, it was extremely smooth the whole way, and thus is highly drinkable. Clearly an excellant session beer!

Final Thought: This and Stoudt's Pils rule this country, give it up for the Southeast PA brews...

07-30-2004 02:14:31 | More by mobyfann
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a straw pilsener color with a fluffy, white head that sticks around for a bit and then dissipates into a thin layer of lace atop the beer. Real grassy, spicy floral Saaz hop aroma. Decent pils malt backbone evident, too. Very hoppy and dry for a pils, not unlike Jever, yet even hoppier. A bit dry and bitter in the finish which just adds to its drinkability because it demands that one's palate should have another sip. This is not only the finest US-brewed pilsener I've experienced, it competes with its German and Czech counterparts quite nicely. This beer rocks. It is so balanced in all the right places. Pilseners, believe it or not, are one of the hardest styles of beer to brew to the point of exactness (a quality one that is), and, again, Victory's right on target.

07-26-2004 03:13:03 | More by crookedhalo
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wyllder

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

On tap at the Moan and Dove.

Pours a clear, pale gold, deeper than your average pils, with a 1/4 inch pocked, white head that settles down a bit and leaves a clinging lace along the side of the glass as you go.

Nose is a fresh, summer sawgrass or hayfield smell with a sweet lemon zest hiding in the background. On tap it's bit milder, more open than the bottle.

First hit on the palate is hoppy, less so than the bottled version, but still more agressive than most pilsners. The malt seems to be there quicker off tap, too, balancing it out nicely. Finish is clean, still leaving some sawgrass bitterness, malty sweetness and lemon-zest tang on the palate to invite you for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is clean & crisp. Carbonation is mild but with just enough bite to lend itself well to the flavoring. A little less bite on tap makes this just a bit more pleasant in the mouth, and is the only place my rating changes from the bottled version.

Drinkability doesn't get any better.

Wyll-

07-22-2004 13:46:31 | More by wyllder
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woemad

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Ok, I'm going to say right now I didn't expect this to be fantastic, as once I'd gotten this bottle home, I discovered that the 'Enjoy By" date was "Jan 11 04." Wish I'd noticed that before I bought it. In any event, I will try a fresher bottle of this when the opportunity presents itself and alter this review accordingly if I am so moved.

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.29. I had a suspicion from the label (which features a whole hop flower) that this would be a hoppy pilsener.

This beer poured a slightly hazy pale yellow-gold color. There was a moderate sized white head that looked oddly creamy for a pils. Lots of lace left behind.

Smell was a bit skunky. One can probably chalk that up to it's age. It was not so skunky as to block out the high degree of hoppiness in this beer. I bet a fresh one of these would smell great.

Taste, again, was rather skunky. It was mild enough, however to provide my taste buds with proof that a fresher one would probably be noteworthy by it's citrusy hoppiness and it's mildly sweet maltiness. I'm definitely trying the first fresh one of these I find.

I think this is slightly thicker than other pilseners I've had, but it's still somewhat light bodied.

This wasn't bad, even with a little skunkiness. A fresh one of these would probably make a great session beer. It would perfectly suit the kind of weather currently occuring here in Spokane (hot, muggy, etc.). Worth trying if available.

07-19-2004 00:21:00 | More by woemad
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Pale gold in color. Poured a one and a half finger head into a pilsner glass. Head faded quickly, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell: Big-time grapefruit. Meadowy aromas.

Taste: Delicious. Citrus notes... full-on grapefruit and hops. The grapefruit flavor became more and more prevalent as I drank. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: I'll have eleven more please. Way too easy to drink. Perfect for summertime enjoyment. Straight up refreshment.

Sidenote: I'm not particularly a fan of pilsners but I tried this because of a strong recommendation from a friend. Since trying it that first time, I've always made room in the fridge for more, especially during warmer months. Also, be sure to drink this as fresh as possible. It definitely loses something as time passes.

07-18-2004 00:17:35 | More by oxmasterscream
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thinkbreakfast

New York

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

App: Average clearish pale yellow with average head.

Smell: Hops and grainy malt. Slight fruitiness comes through.

Taste: This beer tastes better when it warms up slightly. Some of the flavors are subtle and need a little warmth to come through. The hops are multidimentional. On the back of the tongue, they hit hard with grapefruit bitterness. A very sweet malt makes a powerful showing on the front of the tongue.. This beer turned me off at first, but grew on me at the halfway point (needs warming period).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The mouthfeel is ever so slightly thick due to the sweet malt. Good session beer.

07-15-2004 04:31:02 | More by thinkbreakfast
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

An overall above average brew. I am not a big pilsner fan, but I would definitely try this one again. Appearance was a nice clear medium yellow with a decent lacing head. Smell was light malt with some fruity essence. Taste was crisp with the smoothness of the malt followed by the fruitiness of the hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp..very refreshing. Smoothness definitely added to drinkability. A great beer for a hot summer day.

07-14-2004 02:10:29 | More by edchicma
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the "Enjoy By" date marked for Oct. 10 2004.

The appearance is golden with a great deal of carbonation bubble activity. White 3/4 inch head forms on top.

This is a tasty pilsner that is very clean. Very good amount of hops and malt. There is a flowery & earthy undertone.

Pilsners are not my favorite style, but I could get into this interpretation. I could see this beer working well at a summertime bbq. Very drinkable beer.

07-13-2004 22:08:28 | More by Hibernator
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

this brew pours a dark gold with a lacy 1" head that retains fairly well. lacing is heavy. smell is saaz hops crazy . taste is also very hoppy for a pilsner but, delicious. perfect for a hot day. had a half a dozen at chestnut st. cafe (sharon, pa) after work. paired great with the rueben i was eating. mouthfeel was good. nice carbonation. very drinkable. recomended on draft...terrific.

07-11-2004 20:34:36 | More by ramrod666
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cbl2

New York

3.15/5  rDev -22%

Appearance:

Opaque off-yellow with extreme effervescence and huge white head. Reminds me of a Belgium White in appearance.

Smell:

Holy Hops Batman!!!

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Bitter, bitter, bitter at first. If you hold it in your mouth long enough a mild malt characteristic begins to emerge, but the hoppy bitterness still dominates throughout. If you are a hophead, this may appeal to you. I'm not, and it doesn't.

06-24-2004 18:48:21 | More by cbl2
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -1%

Quality Pilsener. Pale, pale gold in colour. Probably the most hoppy pilsener that i've had, really bitter aswell, grassy/haylike aromas, slightly honeyed. Pretty soft mouthfeel at the start, but the bitterness hads some sharpness and length to the flavour. Which is a good thing, coz its a tasty brew. Liked it very much.

06-18-2004 12:57:24 | More by rastaman
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pluto

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%

This beer pours with a cascade of bubbles, head is moderate. Nose is floral hops. Color is straw. Beautifully balanced beer, light biscuity malt with assertive hop presence that complexifies as you drink. Clean, well attenuated. Opens new dimensions in microbrew pilsners. Bravo!

06-17-2004 01:03:48 | More by pluto
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Very clean golden color is a shade darker than the macro posers that are dime a dozen. The carbonation is natural, so the beer does not appear to be as fizzy as them either. There is however a steady stream of tiny bubbles constantly flowing upwards, feeding a tiny head.

The aroma is clean, delicate, and hoppy. It does not have any grainy, sour funk like a macro. The taste is a lot fuller when compared to a macro beer. There is a lot to like here with a crisp hoppy bitterness, sweet Pilsner malts with a mellow, mature lager character.

Pilsner is a difficult style to brew a distinguished beer in, but Victory has done it. I wish I had it available here to pass the summers in Hotlanta. Thanks Foxman for the taste of Pennsylvania.

06-10-2004 03:20:43 | More by rajendra82
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -23.8%

this pilsner is probably one of the more flavourful brews within the style that i've sampled, and probably the most flavourful of those that adhere closely to the style, but it's still nothing spectacular. it pours a moderate golden colour thats a bit darker than many other pilsners. it's a tad less carbonated than a typical pilsner too, which is nice. head is thin and short lived. the smell is a bit buttery and hoppy. the taste is actually pretty good here, solid for a style i'm not particualry fond of, but still nothing to write home about. there's a slight sulfur flavour in the back throughout, which i find to be typical of the style as well. here it was subdued some which was nice. again, this is more in line with the traditional pilsner style. if that's your thing, than this is a brew you'd probably enjoy more than i. give me a hoppy, sweet troegs sunshine pils or the limited rouge 12th street pils any day over this one. a bit of a disappointment overall.

05-23-2004 17:36:37 | More by SixpointJMH
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4%

A leader in the pilsner style. Pours a light yellow gold, very clear, could use a little more head. Smell is crisp and hoppy. Taste is excellent. Hops are true to style and remain well though the aftertaste. Very light, with little detectable malt. Extremely refreshing, a perfect summer beer that doesn't sacrifice on taste. An excellent pilsner.

05-14-2004 03:17:53 | More by RocketWidget
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,246 ratings.