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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Prima PilsPrima Pils

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3,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 3854
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 Philousa


2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a very clear pale sunshine yellow. Effervescent with a loose head that dissipates in a hurry. The nose is dominated by honey and nectar. It smells almost too thick/sweet. A slightly nutty aroma comes out with a swirl, tending towards almond. A slight biscuit is way in the back. The flavor starts with bitter grass then moves to a nutty white bread. There is a nectar like bitterness from noble hops, then it gets really bitter and slightly piney. Definitely out of the style, as it lingers for a while. Feel is very slightly watery with a balanced finish.

This is just too grassy and bitter. Chlorophyll comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:45:55 | More by Philousa
Photo of cbbqbrew


4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just keep coming back to this one. It is clean and crisp. The look is just what one would expect from this style. This one is bitter. It takes a little getting used to. I have learned to LOVE it. Refreshing! Not boring! The lacing is very even and sticks to the glass like a spider web.
Great beer and reasonably affordable too!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 22:57:01 | More by cbbqbrew
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy honey coloured liquid with 1/4" white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Floral and grassy hops likely Tettnanger and Saaz. Sweet biscuit malt and honey.

T: Aspirin, grass, earth, flowers, biscuity malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Pretty much flawless for the style as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:09:55 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of cyclonece09


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw yellow that is semi-translucent and a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet barley and slight floral aroma. Tastes of light grain body with slight floral hop bite. This beer is carbonated heavily, but not overly so, and goes down very smoothly with its light body. Overall, a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:20:36 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Sam21


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer many times and it is a standout in the field of pilsners. The clear golden body sits beneath an thick sudsy white head. Excellent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is filled with herbal hops that exhibit a touch of citrus. Bready malt. Clean. The flavor follows suit. Bready malt and a blast of cutting bitterness. No sweetness. Nice sharp bite to the finish. It's really nicely structured and has plenty of character.

A wonderful anytime beer - and a more heavily hopped pilsner. Good drinkin.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 03:00:41 | More by Sam21
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

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

A: into a pilsener glass, somewhere between pale gold and straw in color; two-finger white head that draped arms of lace

S: bright fresh and floral hops

T: pale, grain-tasting, dry malts under the crips and bitter herbal and floral hops

M: light, crisp, tingly, bitter, well-carbonated

O: I can't be too style-specific here (outside of my own expectations for the style), as this is the only German pilsener I've ever had. As a beer in general, I found it to be quite refreshing, crisp, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 14:32:37 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of LibrariansLoveBEER

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful light yellow color, reminiscent of mama's little yella pils. Moderate head settled to a thin but even froth which left some lovely lacing, Im a girl so I notice the pretty lacing :) .

S - Unusual, I have to think about what it reminds me of.

T - More bitter than I expected, kinda grassy. Can't identify the hops, not the usual suspects hat I enjoy, but not bad, just different. Definately spicy and rough. Not piney, not citrusy...hmm.

M -Crisp, dry finish. Kinda leaves the mouth feeling puckered.
O - I'm an IPA lover but I could learn to love this, pils isn't too far from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:00:24 | More by LibrariansLoveBEER
Photo of Pc93nmbb


4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a tremendous pils. Looking for something that replaces a BMc that is drinkable and delicious....this is it. Sweet and crisp perfect with the spicy padthai I made.

This is how a perfect pilsner should taste!

No more bad beer!!! Victory for all! Victory victory!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:09:24 | More by Pc93nmbb
Photo of BWED


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.5 liter pour in a pils glass at the brewery.

A- Crystal clear golden, with a one finger white head. Lots of lacing, and the head retains well.

S- Light sweet malt with citrus notes. A little biscuity.

T- Small roast/sweet malt flavor with a mild grassy/earthy hop balance.

M- Light, clean, and the classic Pils bitterness hangs around at the end.

O- Very flavorful and clean. Will be great in the summer. This beer makes me really excited for the craft Pils scene, which I haven't really explored a lot. Victory is doing some good things, and I'm glad I live nearby to experience it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 04:01:18 | More by BWED
Photo of ChugMan


4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Important note: Make sure not to drink this below the recommended serving temp, otherwise the flavor will be utterly ruined. If anything, err on the warmer side rather than colder!

Food Pairing: (1) Beef bulgogi with spicy kimchi paired beautifully with this Pils. Being a sweetish soy/ garlic sauce, Bulgogi is an odd one to pair, but the spice of the kimchi along with it created a terrific foil for the honey, floral & strong hop traits of the beer. (2) Japchae, a noodle dish made with a light sugar / soy sauce and vegetables and beef - not bad but not ideal: The hops were far too vigorous for the mild flavor of the food.
A - Pristine light yellow. Moderate head settled to a thin but even froth which left some fine lacing.
S - Some clover, sugar cookies. Very nice.
T - An amazing abundance of fresh honey and a faceful of clover - love at first sip! Light creamyness leads to a very clean finish.
M - Crisp, spicy hops dance around the mouth like fireworks. "Fun" seems an odd way to describe it, but yes, quite fun.
O - A definite must-try for anyone. Can't wait to have it again!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 07:28:42 | More by ChugMan
Photo of DerAtomsmasher


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I remember first getting into craft beer; the hop shiv that you get thrust into your mouth right away on this one was off-putting. Almost like a lighter IPA on the palate. Not a whole lot of malt going on here, but it's crisp, dry and all about the bitter citrus bite. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 04:19:57 | More by DerAtomsmasher
Photo of admiral1


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Probably my favorite pilsner. Deep flavor with a great finish, my only down is it's smell is not real strong. Then again, I'm really an IPA guy, so I like the strong bite of good hops, but this beer is really good. On a fresh pour, CO2 rolls like a New England snowstorm and holds a nice firm foam head.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 18:35:21 | More by admiral1
Photo of silverking


3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a darker gold with a nice fluffy white head. Head retention is good, and the lacing is nice to look at. It smells very hoppy for a pilsner, which is no problem for me. some citrus and floral notes are detectable. The taste shows some light malt up front with lemon peel, but then a sharp hoppy bitterness takes over. It has a light crisp mouthfeel with aggressive carbonation. It's light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:20:54 | More by silverking
Photo of JPlo


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark golden color, clear. Long lasting head and excellent lacing.

Taste: Lots of hops for a Pilsner. Herbal and spicy. some citrus and or leafy too. Malt is biscuity and/or grainy. Very bitter finish, again heavy on the hop.

Feel: Crisp medium body with light carbonation. Finish is very long and dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 19:24:31 | More by JPlo
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before 3/1/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, floral, grass, cracker, pepper, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with a good balance of hops and fruity lager esters. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, apple, pear, pepper, pine, floral, grass, cracker, bread, hop earthiness, and floral spiciness. Good amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pepper, grass, cracker, bread, hop earthiness, and floral spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a very hoppy flavor profile; and nearly zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Pilsner style. Great hoppy flavor balance with good complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:53:51 | More by superspak
Photo of dar482

New York

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It comes in a clear straw yellow color like other pilsners.

There is a big dank grassy aroma. There's some floral and citrus in the hops along with the hay like hops from pilsners.

The flavor has a familiar pilsner grassy taste with a bitter finish. The floral and citrus hops as well.

As good as it is, it still doesn't blow my mind. I don't really have it miles ahead of other pilsners like other reviewers have. Still highly recommended though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2013 03:14:15 | More by dar482
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won't change this rating, because I know BA just changed their ratings policy so you could only have one rating per beer, regardless of style type. Previously I had multiple ratings of this beer due to serving types (bottle, tap). I'm just having this in a bottle now and it's just as damn good. Highly recommended. Almost hoppy pale ale in character, but with the pilsner touch.

On-tap at Stone Brewery.

Yellow and very pils-looking, don't know if it was a careful pour or not but there wasn't much head, however there was some lacing and plenty of rising bubbles.

Had a lemony and grainy accent to an overall crispy hops aroma.

Taste wise it was plenty of citrus, toasty bready malts, lots of smooth and tasty hops, and plenty of lemony citrus.

Feel wise it was light and well carbonated, with a nice bitter aftertaste.

On-tap it's quite delicious, just as it was in the bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 00:27:28 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy


3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale yellow with a twinge of haze a finger of pale white foam on top. some lacing

Aroma- floral, watermelon, and minty

Taste- herbal and minty on the front in with a finish of slightly toasted grain. Not a lot of corn or honey flavor in this one. lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste maybe because of the whole hops ?

Mouthfeel- dry with a good carb level although the hops in the end really do linger.

Overall- I maybe shouldn't have tasted this before work, The hops really stick around. Its tasty but I think that lagunitas does a better hoppy pils( with more booze) and over all I really like the Oskar Blues little yellow Pils but this one sure seems authentic and is a definite contender!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 16:37:03 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Photo of kevinjosephlee


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

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear straw with good lacing and a white head that fades after a few minutes.

S: Aroma balance is toward the flowery and spicy noble hops.

T: Crisp and bitter. Like the aroma, the hops are dominant with little malty flavor.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

Notes: This beer follows the style guide very well, and so I score it high accordingly. But I guess Pils just isn't my thing. The bitterness makes it difficult to enjoy the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:36:36 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of kojevergas


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a good pils and I'd seen the high ratings on this one so I picked up a sixer here in SoCal for $10.99. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the fridge and side-poured into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, fairly thin, with some light cream. Retention is above average. Body colour is a predictable clear light yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style; this is standard fare so far.

Sm: Fresh full clean barley and pale malts. Crisp and refreshing. A bit of floral hop character. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Par for the course. It's appealing.

T/Mf: Ah. Now we're getting somewhere. Fresh full-bodied clean barley and pale malts. Complementary floral hopping gives it a bit more depth. Some crystal malt. The softness of the mouthfeel is a highlight, and what sets this beer apart from other pilsners in my opinion. Smooth, wet, and refreshing, with a bit of dryness and a dash of lemongrass on the climax. A bit coarse in the second act, bringing out the flavour. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer and feels carefully balanced with the flavour profile; it's very nectary but I'd stop short of calling it sweet or cloying. It's disappointingly simple, but it's also got more depth than many (German) pilsners. I do like it. A refreshing pleasant pilsner. Very well balanced and executed, though it's a bit too bitter for the style (likely from slight overhopping, which also gives it a bit more floral flavour). It lacks subtlety, but there are some more refined notes here.

Dr: As easy to drink as any pilsner out there. Would pair great with food. I wouldn't get it again with Pilsner Urquell so readily available, but it's a good offering from Victory, and it's nice to see craft breweries attempting lighter easier to drink styles. I'll easily kill my sixer, and I think it's well priced as an East coast import.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:02:50 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Hawksfan79


4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: pilsner
Nice clear crisp light yellow beer with a thick soapy, rocky head. Floral and piney hop aroma with a slight grassy smell and a hint of yeast.
A slight bit of Malt in the front followed by a very strong piney hop bitterness.
Thin and light bodied mouthfeel with a sticky hop texture. Very active carbonation and a strong hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:50:58 | More by Hawksfan79
Photo of beergoot


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, golden yellow body with a thick, large bubble white head. Citrus and heady floral nose; fresh pine scent. Zesty pine and citrus taste with a nice balance of malt sweetness and complementary hop bitterness. Medium-light body, clean, crisp, dry finish.

Strong hop presence in aroma and flavor with a citrus and pine character throughout. The well-balanced malt component provides a nice sweet counterpoint to the hop bitterness plus adds some smoothness to the overall feel. Fresh and alluring from the get go...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:07:00 | More by beergoot
Photo of spoony


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a pils glass.

A-An average pour produced about one finger of shiny, white foam that settled pretty quickly. The beer was straw-yellow in color and clear. A few big, chunky bubbles of carbonation were visible. Pretty true to style.

S-The brew gives off whiffs of biscuity malts, a touch of dry yeast and some spicy, grassy hop notes. Nothing crazy here, but nothing bad, either.

T-The taste is grassy and slightly hoppy up front. The mid-palate is grainy and biscuity, and more pils like. The finish is slightly bitter with a hoppy bite to cap it all off. Definitely more hops than a typical pils, which makes for a unique flavor. The beer loses a point or two for a slightly soapy taste that never completely disappears.

M-My bottle was a touch flat for the style. The feel was lighter to medium bodied and easily drinkable.

O-Its January, but the sun is out, so I figured I would break up the stout/strong ale parade with a pils, and this was a good choice. It wasn't the best beer I have tasted, probably not even close to the best pils I have tasted, but the little hoppy kick keeps this from feeling like just another light, fizzy beer. I would reach for this again as the weather warms or anytime I need a break from the stronger brews that I tend to gravitate towards.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:27:28 | More by spoony
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy yellow colour with a good-sized white head. Head is gone quickly, some lace.

Smell contains grassy and spicy noble hops and crisp, bready malt.

Taste is focused on the hops, spicy and grassy. Lemon. Some bready, crisp malt flavours. Lager yeast. Fairly bitter, particularly in the aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Crisp.

Overall, easy drinking but flavourful. I am not a pilsner fan, and my score probably reflects that, but this strikes me as quite a good presentation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 20:45:20 | More by jrenihan
Photo of barczar


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a solid half inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving lines of lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet grain and crackery pilsner malt. Light floral hops are barely detectable. Citrus becomes more evident after a sip.

Flavor reveals citrus pith, grapefruit, and floral hop character, much more present than in the aroma, riding on a backbone of pilsner malt into a fairly dry, moderately bitter finish. Floral hops linger throughout.

Body is moderate, With slightly high carbonation and a bit of an astringent grain finish.

Best example of a pilsner I've had in a while, though the hops are over the top. But that's good for my personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:39:17 | More by barczar
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,854 ratings.