Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,028
Hads: 4,908
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 231
Gots: 661 | 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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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color, almost no head, smells like cheap beers I drank back in the day.

Like hop devil but a little less pine and bitterness. A pilsner by name but this isn't fooling anyone... its an IPA. Meh. Another highly rated beer completed. Won't be drinking many more of these bitter and piney beers. They just don't do it for me.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Again, looks like a regular Pils, deep golden straw under a snow white head.

Aroma: Smells Pilsy, lots of sweet Pils malts, quite nice, just like a German Pils, with Noble hops lingering in the background.

Up front: Nice bitterness, quite hefty but not overpowering. I get a good deal of tartness/astringency here, too, with a typical German bittersweetness.

Mid: Again, same as up front, but even stronger. Not much Pils malt sweetness on the sides, as I'd expect in a German Pils; rather, it's really tart to bitter here, going into citrusy.

Back: Here's more bitterness and tartness, but still not much Pils malt sweetness. mmm... this is more a typical Märican Pils if I don't get any Pils malt sweetness soon. Still, it's laden bitterness, which I like, but it's really just a one-note wonder.

Aftertaste: Bitter bitter bitter, bitingly so.

Mouthfeel: Perfect like a real Pils, nice and thick, but still crisp and biting.

Overall: This beer really isn't much better than any of the others I've had. It's got lots of bitterness, astringency and a tad of citrus, but not much else. It's powerfully bitter, which I like, but I keep waiting for a sweet PILS malt to show up and tell me it's something more than a hop-sicle, that it's a PILS with a enough Pils malt to be a balanced beer. Hate to say it, but I'm not terribly impressed, except with the amount of Noble hop bitterness they packed in without making me feel totally overpowered, though it's nearing that limit the more I drink it. But wait, I'm getting now some pils malt sweetness somewhere, but it's in and out and not a major component of this beer.

Again, it's kinda like playing tennis, having a killer forehand,... and not having a back-hand. It ain't gonna get you far as a tennis player without being balanced. I'm sorry, Jack, I really wanted to wow this beer, but it's not nearly as good as the best from Kneitiner, Faust, or Mahrs, or whichever I said I loved. It reminds me a lot of the beers I reviewed from Franken and said were hop-forward, but even they had Pils malt lurking all over the place to keep my interest. This bitterness of the VictoryPrima Pils is hard to take after I get to the end of the glass and I keep waiting for the sweet in the bittersweetness that is wonderful Pils to rescue me. Sorry, a 4 of 5, though maybe the best I've had here this go-round.

Maybe the solution is to make a new beer style, the Märican Pils, defined as being super Noble hoppy and virtually no Pils malt sweetness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Enjoy by Jul 20 2012.

A - A dense cloud of white foam rests on top of the crystal clear golden straw yellow beer. Fantastic retention keeps the pile afloat, lightly applying collars of lace to the glass.

S - Enticing, crisp mineral sulfur traces flow through out the beer while a hint of lemon citrus comes from herbal and floral German hops. Crisp overall, a sweet pilsner malt base brings Prima Pils, one of the closest-to-classic American-brewed pilsners to a close.

T - Intensely crisp, Prima Pils abandons the majority of the pilsner malt sweetness that was in the nose for a plain pale malt that bows to the hop additions; herbal and floral with back-end citrus zest while plenty of sulfur still carries through into the flavor as well.

M - Bone dry, Victory's Prima Pils has a balanced but bitter finish that briefly lingers on the tongue before subsiding to faint sulfur and citrus. Light-bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation, this beer is easily quaffable.

O - Victory's Prima Pils arrests nearly all malt interaction, focusing heavily on the German noble hops and their delicate floral and herbal characteristics. Dry and balanced towards bitterness, Prima Pils is a crisp, refreshing beer that's hard not to gulp down and a stand-out among American-brewed pilsners.

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Photo of jellikit
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: yellow. Clear. Ever so slight of a haze. Thin foamy head.

S: not much there. Pepper? Pine? I'm searching.

T: light and refreshing with a great hop flavor and bittering. Citrus. Medium-light malt. Slight biscuit.

M: medium to medium-high carbonation. Light body.

O: great Pilsner. Great balance with a great hop presence. Wish there was more aroma.

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Photo of Bone53
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a two finger off white head

Smell: Grassy, floral, biscuit, lemon zest

Taste: Bicuity malts upfront that fades into a light citrus, earthy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light body; Smooth, crisp. and refreshing.

Overall: This is a great represetation of the style. It has more body and flavor than any other pilsner I've had, which is a good thing. Drinks more like a pale ale in my opinion. A solid choice for a summer beer. My favorite pils to date

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very crisp pilsner that looks, smells, and tastes exactly like a classiv European pilsner should.

Yellow hue with light hoppy aroma. Medium hop start with that extra crisp finish that makes you desire that next sip.

Would definitely suggest checking the "born on" date with this style of Victory beer as it does tend to flatten out as it ages with my expirences and is just not great when it looses that crispness.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. ours clear, pale golden with small white airy head. Pure malt aroma and taste, hops kick in at the finish, providing nice bite. Pure and simple pilsner. Lots of bread and biscuit malt presence, simple clean hops on the tail end, nice clean finish.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a paper thin head, looks like a shitty domestic at first glance. What is to come is entirely camouflaged by the appearance of this brew.

Smells very malty, immediate sweetness from the malts and just the slightest hint of hops. At this point, it looks and smells like a shitty domestic.

Wow! At first sip I am absolutely dumbfounded. Deep floral notes, sweet sweet malts, and a hoppy backend that comes out of nowhere, damn tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel is mostly bitter and slightly floral.

Overall an awesome meeting of lager and IPA. Done well.

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Photo of derryd
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy Pilsner, like an IPA mated with a lager, what else can you say? Very hoppy somewhat creamy in the mouth. Hoppy smelling. Leaves a hop taste in your mouth. A bit of a palette wrecker but you can probably drink past it. Drink this after you're done with the serious drinking for the evening.

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Photo of moysauce
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Almost no head from a very aggressive pour. No lacing. Very clear yellow - very typical.

S: Smells like your run of the mills AAL. Pretty grainy. I can pick up some grassy notes. Almost none of the citrus that I've seen some people saying.

T: Based of smell I wasn't expecting anything special from this beer. I thought it was going to taste like a plain, boring AAL. Once you take a sip you are flattered with this surprise burst of hops. Very simple flavor profile. Nothing really upfront, but a nice bitter blast on the backend.

M: Great carbonation aiding in that crisp, easy-going feel. Doesn't coat the mouth or throat and just slides on down. Perfect.

O: Maybe the six pack I bought was old, but if the beer actually left some lacing and actually had a head this would be an A beer for me. Overall I think it's a fantastic beer, great for the summer, and can't wait to buy more!

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from the Brewdog online shop (£2.80):
A clear, light golden color with a 1cm foamy white head that holds as a nice surface lacing with a little extra left on the sides.

Fresh with a great blend of citrus and grassy hops & light pilsner malts. There's a hint of sweetness & floral notes and overall the beer is light and refreshing without coming across as weak or bland.

Grassy hops & citrus initially, alongside some spice & refreshing lemon flavors. A light malt base & hints of sweetness followed by a subtly bitter finish.

Smooth & light bodied with good carbonation with a light bitterness. There is a good balance throughout & the beer was incredibly easy to drink as a pilsner should be.

A great pilsner & definitely up there with some of the best of the style I have tried, in fact it could very possible be the best of the style I have tried. Don't pass up trying this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of tmm313
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber color. Constant bubbles. Good head/lacing.

S- Goodness gracious that smells wonderful. Bready malts, caramel, and a touch of lemon, with wonderful notes of floral hops, fresh hops, and pine.

T- Same as the nose for the most part. Bready malts, caramel, a touch of lemon and grapefruit with wonderful notes of pine and floral and fresh hops. Slight touch of roast as well. The hop flavors are delicate, yet powerful somehow. Everything is balanced wonderfully.

M- Medium body. Creamy on the tongue and drying, with a nice piney, bready aftertaste.

O- One of the best Pilseners I've ever had, period.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has all the tell tale signs of a well crafted Pilsner. Whether it's the bright clean golden body or the heavy froth for a top, this Pilsner sets up well. The nose is bready with cracker and Pilsner malts. The flavor is strong yet light to feel as a cracker, bread, toast, cereal malt and a dash of hops glide across the tongue. This is what Pilsners all should be.

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Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
7/10/14 best-by date

L: clear yellow ... 1/3-inch white head of foam that's sticking and lacing -- classic look

S: very grainy, almost sour grain ... some barley sweetness

T: floral ... bitter flowers; some pilseners are grassy, some spicy, this is definitely more floral and very bitter; there's some sweetness and some grain, but this beer is definitely american-ized with extra hops

F: solid all around, nothing spectacular

O: a solid offering and one I'll hit from time to time, but the extra-bitter bite is too floral for my pilsener-taste buds ... still, the fact that it's a bit different from most good German pilseners is a good thing, offering a bit of a change-up from the more classic noble-hop profile found in most of my favorite pilseners

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Photo of bushwik
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll have to echo many of the other reviewers that this is certainly not a German Pils by any stretch of the imagination. It is however a SOLID offering from the always consistent Victory stable. I liken this to a consistancy of a Zwickel actually although it is not unfiltered is has a much more syrupy and hop forward flavor then a crisp and clear German Pils lager would. It is however highly sessionable and incredibly flavorful for a lager of its kind and I could put down a few of these easily on a warm day.

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine back in early February for $1.99 each. Enjoy by April 21, 2014.

Beer poured pale gold with a nice white head that is hanging around nicely.

Nose is sweet cereal malts.

Taste is sweet cereal malts with no hint of cloying, lemon, and pepper. Malts and hops work together harmoniously with the peppery hops lingering in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and the beer is well carbonated. Strangely enough there is a nice smoothness to this brew.

Overall this brew rocks! I enjoy the Gordon Biersch Czech Pils before attending Coyote hockey games and it has been a favorite until now! Seek this beer out if you are looking for a flavorful session brew!!

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Photo of Furlinator
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light gold with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades to a ring and thin cap on top and leaves strands of lace.

Smell is of roasted grains and bready malt up front with floral accents.

There is strong hop bitterness upon first taste with a malty aftertaste and a trace of honey sweetness.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid, sessionable, hop forward pilsener.

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Photo of felsenpils
2.43/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Prima Pils is rather dark for the style, yet has a nice fluffy head when poured into a glass. What hits you first is the hop aroma. The taste is also hop-accented to the point that I cannot appreciate the malt body. I am not sure why dry hopping has invaded every beer style on the planet, since it was never intended for most of them. Prima pils is a solid American micro pilsener, but certainly not a "German Pilsner" as they say on their website. It is way too far out of balance. I taste great potential in this beer, but it lets me down in being just another blast of hops like a run of the mill west coast IPA.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with little head. Has a very grainy, malty aroma, with a hint pine and lemon. Tastes very much like it smells, with a malty flavor initially, and some floral hop and lemony taste that comes later. No overwhelming taste of alcohol, and it goes down very smoothly.

Overall, a very good German Pilsner and a great session beer. Will certainly become a regular in the warmer weather.

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Photo of bubbakx500
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fact that this beer was a Pils after I tasted it was mind blowing. It definitely caught me off guard, but in a good, delicious "I cant get enough of this beer" type of way. Normal Pils don't taste as if they'll surprise you and that they all taste the same. Not this one. I'd buy this again for sure.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head. Decnet stick and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, full floral aroma, perfume, yeast and bread dough. Nice nose on this - it intrigues me.

T - Piney and citrus hops, yeast and bready, crackers, balanced by some malts. Finishes dry on the back end.

O - This is not an ordinary run of the mill Pils. It presents some robust flavors with an aggressive hop profile for a pils and really stands out. Victory pumps out some good brews.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

I notice that the head is light, fizzy and champagne-like with a pale white color, and stands about a finger and a half thick. The head persists fairly well before dissipating and leaving lace trails about the glass. The liquid is a pale golden or blonde, clear and doesn't show much carbonation. It looks crisp.

There's a pretty big aroma on this beer, so much so that I was catching whiffs the moment I opened the glass. It's heavy on sweet, honey-like maltiness, with a bitter tartness beneath. There's also a bready quality to the aroma.

I'm liking the lightness on this beer. Feels very delicate on the palate. There's a lemony zest and tartness, with some lingering sweet, breadiness. The finish is dry and bitter and I get some grassy and floral hops. Interestingly, for me at least, I notice a slight yeast feel that reminds me of a Belgian beer. It's subtle though.

Prima Pils is really easy to drink yet there are subtleties to the beer that suggest this isn't a beer to be pounded, despite how easy one could do just that. There's a nice medley of sweet, bitter and yeasty all at play here and I enjoy it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick, foamy head. Very strong, pleasing citrus aroma. Fruit filled taste with citrus, apples and pineapples. Mild hoppy bitterness. I prefer IPA type hoppiness and am not really a lager drinker, but this one doesn't disappoint. Probably the best lager/pilsner that I have tasted. Would definitely use as a session beer.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale gold with a generous two inch white head.

Aroma is beautiful. Herbal and white pepper on the nose. Love the German hop presence with bready overtones. The malt mingles well.

Taste has nice hop power with subtle souring notes. I'm sticking with the white pepper spiciness and biscuit.

Medium body and a bit creamy finish.

This takes me back to the glory days of what Stella Artois was. Great traditional pilsner that takes you back. Thanks for breweries like Victory and the craft industry to bring back quality and great taste.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. Amazing describes this beer. Nice fluffy cotton white head that sticks very well to the glass. Well done on the whole hopping of the beer. Definitely see how it translates to the flavor and smell. Consistently keeping my nose to glass and enjoying the hop smell an sweet malts. Really smooth, bitterness barely hits you, very nice, keeps you drinking. Color of light straw, very inviting. This beer nails almost all avenues for me. Another top pils in my book. Presentation is outstanding. Pricey, but worth it!

Awesome beer!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.