Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,575
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 383 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle with a December 17, 2007 best-by date. I hope I'm not too late! Decanted into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear straw yellow with a small, white head. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Sweet grainy aromas, hint of honey, touch of bitter hops. A little bit of wheat, even.

T: Crisp and pretty clean. Starts light, blossoms into a mellow hoppiness, then ends with a nice grainy aftertaste. Not the boldest flavors, but it travels well.

M: Light-bodied. Slight touch of carbonation.

D: Overall, this is a very nice pilsner. Not my favorite ever, but it's still a fine example.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a bright goldenish yellow type color. Fairly large white fluffy head poking out of the glass.
Nice lemony character in the nose with a big hoppiness present.
Hops up front, some hints of spice and citrus to follow. Light and crisp with some subtleties present. Very unique for the style and very tastey as well. It goes down easy and is refreshing.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light hazy yellow; looks a little "wheaty"; comes with a 1/2 finger head this very white and fluffy -- starts to fade pretty quickly into a full and uneven skim; there is loose and slightly oily lacing that holds lightly to the sides of the glass; very strong carbonation bubbling up from beneath.

Smell: A very mild citrus aspect comes through between some wheaty scents and cracked grains.

Taste: Comes across with a nice mild bitter aspect from the hop presence and holds a very slight lemony/orange peel citrus; a wheaty grainy flavor is mixed with just a very slight hint of yeast, but there is something else and it reminds me of barley.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonation compliments a crisp and refreshing body that is light, but not overly so and even holds a very slight stickiness to the roof of the mouth. This is an especially crisp brew.

Drinkability: Quite high. I could easily drink this one in sessions. I've tasted it on tap before, and I think I actually prefer the bottle as the flavor just seems stronger to me now. It's got a nice flavor that is refreshing and body that doesn't weigh one down at all.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly hazy honey color, fine white head with a decent top and some visible carbonation. Pretty beer looks. Aroma is of herbal hops dominance and a background of fine German pilsner malts. A little woody, some hops citrus there too, a little biscuity. Good balance in the nose. Taste is a great crisp balance of the pale malts used and a aggressive hopping style, there is a pretty hoppy pils. But it never becomes too much or one sided, the malts are always there to mellow it out. Distinctly bitter finish with a slight resiny lingering. Body is a little bigger than your average Deutsch pils. Carbonation is subtle and pleasing. Drinkability is good, too, Prima Pils makes a dangerous trifecta of smells, tastes and looks.

Quite good, my first Victory Brewing beer and I am impressed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a very pale straw color, but very rich looking and a little hazy, like there's a lot to this pilsner. Thin white head with decent retention. Smells a little like watered down hops if possible, or maybe I'm just reminded of other pilsners I've had by the smell. Hops are the most prevelant item in the smell.

Tastes like a hoppy pilsner. Which, may I say is nice to have. I was hesitent to even buy this beer because it was a pilsner and my experience with pilsners has been mostly BMC kind of beers, none of which I've enjoyed too much. With this beer the hops hit you right away, followed by that crisp, refreshing spring taste of grass. Great beer that's on the lighter side to have on a hot day and still get a nice dose of not-overbearing hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp on the front and a little creamy in the finish, creating a nice balance of both. Overall a good beer. Freshness date on this bottle is almost a month ago however and I wonder how that affects the overall taste. I understand that good pilsners are complicated beers that have a limited time to be enjoyed at their full potential, so I wonder how much this one is affected. Either way I enjoyed it very much and look forward to trying a fresher selection.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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