Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,021
Hads: 4,858
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 219
Gots: 621 | 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 stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (551 characters)

Photo of derryd
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of moysauce
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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! (944 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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 (790 characters)

Photo of bushwik
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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!! (693 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of felsenpils
2.43/5  rDev -40.3%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of bubbakx500
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (565 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Just slightly hazy straw yellow, with a two-finger snow white head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Fantastic rings of lacing.

S - Clean biscuit malts and leafy, spicy hops. Smells Bavarian, but without any of that "stale hop" smell sometimes found in the style.

T - Wow. Taste matches the nose, with delicate white bread malt perfectly balanced with peppery, slightly citric (lemon) hops. Flavors are full. Clean. FRESH. Tastes like it was bottled yesterday.

M - Light bodied, with a dry finish. Slightly fizzy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

O - Simply the best pilsner I have ever tasted. It's not only about what's there, but also about what's NOT there; no stale, skunky, or "off" flavors, just clean pilsner taste in a richer package than expected. I honestly can't imagine how it can be improved. When I want a pilsner, this is the beer I will be drinking. (912 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 5.3% abv

Appearance- Crystal clear light gold with a thick foamy white head. Similar to a lager with high carbonation.

Smell- Bready but still has a definite floral aroma coming through with citrus.

Taste- Has some of the classic biscuit-like maltiness up front but quickly develops into a sweet citrus with notes of orange. This develops into a great taste of hoppy spicy flavor. The great punch of hops lingers for awile.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body and has a great amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- I was impressed. This was refreshing and very drinkable. The reason I was impressed was because the appearance had that of a lager, but did not taste like one. Had a nice amount of complexity as well. True to the fact that Victory is a maker of great beers. Prima Pils has a lot of flavor, give it a try. (845 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour with light honeyed color, thick creamy head, and just a suggestion of haze. Nose is very appetizing with some herbal, leafy hop qualities and a hint of bready/grainy aromas. Palate offers a whollop of flavors with ample hoppiness coming through, herbal and pleasantly sharp, with some nice malt in the background to tame things just a little. Incredibly flavorful yet drinkable at the same time. A masterpiece of a pils when judged against the American competition. Bravo. (487 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taking some time to review one of my Super Bowl beer selections following a less-than-thrilling game...

A: Light gold, fizzy

S: Grains and citrus emanate from the beer

T: Hops -- which is what takes this beer up a notch automatically, plus flowery notes and citrus, following through from the initial scent

M: Crisp, carbonated and incredibly light. Dry, almost champagne-like finish

O: One of the top pilsners on the market and an essential reference point to the style in America. Best on tap, but it doesn't lose enough in bottle to knock it down at all. Worth a drink whenever you see it around. (604 characters)

Photo of ACarp
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now I understand the appeal of Pilsner. The first impression is that of a crystal clear beer and a bit of a Saaz bomb at that. The Saaz took center stage at the beginning, bringing their unique zest to the beer as the delicately sweet pilsener grain slowly emerged. Very clean ester profile and thin, easydrinking body. This beer tastes like a Victory.

Serving vessel: Stein, with wurst, kraut, and mustard (407 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear straw yellow with a finger of fizzy white head, no real lacing.
S - Grassy, grainy, lightly herbal, a touch of pine, a little skunky.
T - Grains and grass make the fore of the flavor, some bread malt, a little floral notes underneath.
M - Crisp clean and refreshing.
O - Good pils for sure, not super hopped but good kick. (356 characters)

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.