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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,160 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 233 | 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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jaybags

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

06-11-2012 17:13:35 | More by jaybags
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Joshgranucci


2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

07-30-2014 20:30:53 | More by Joshgranucci
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Boilerfood

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

07-01-2012 13:52:44 | More by Boilerfood
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GoBIG

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

08-13-2012 00:46:01 | More by GoBIG
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marvin213

North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It's very light. For what it's worth, I love Victory Brewing Company. I'm concerned that this beer might be the most challenging I've encountered in regards to keeping in mind its style. It's a Pilsener, so it should be light.

Truth is--I've had it before and not really enjoyed it. Objectively, there's basically no head. I'm biased by my preferences (obviously), but this beer doesn't look that good.

For Victory's reputation alone, +0.5 on appearance. The smell is good. It smells like high-quality keg beer...which means, of course, you associate the smell with high-quality keg parties. That's good.

I hate the taste. I knew it coming in, as this is the last of my sixer bought near the end of '08. I didn't like any of 'em. Is it the style? Is it a bad batch? Seems like the smell would be worse if it were. The smell though, independent of the taste, is good. Is it just the brew's nostalgic properties? I basically hate the taste.

I admit noticing the "A" BA rating, so I'm trying to figure out what might be wrong with me:<) This is the worst taste rating thus far in my reviewing life, but the BA description is accurate--I'm simply "not impressed."

Mouthfeel isn't much different for me. Maybe I don't like this style of beer? I should get another reputable German-style Pils and evaluate. Maybe it's too carbonated for me. Does that vary much among bottling sessions?

The drinkability is what gets me. I followed the thread about how great this beer was to kick back on a day like the Super Bowl. I had one then...didn't like it. I'll certainly consider an update if and when appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 00:00:49 | More by marvin213
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riversider76

New York

2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow. Head disappears quickly. Lots of carbination, not much lacing. Smell was very hoppy,and floral. Mouthfeel is light. For me this taste was way too hoppy. Bitter from start to finish. If you like a light,bitter beer try it. If not don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 00:52:27 | More by riversider76
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TLove

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I definately do not understand the hype about this beer. If this is the "golden chalice pilsner", I'd be thrilled to scratch any pils off my list from now on.

Appearance was clear, bubbly and watery. Not much going on at all. Smell was mildly enticing, perhaps reminiscent of a watered down light lager, but nothing notable. Not much fullness. Watery, full of unattributable light malts and a touch of hops in the mouth make this beer average, but not much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 02:58:23 | More by TLove
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Kurt_Boss


2.43/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My score is way off the norm, but notice how the high ratings tend to agree that this beer is a breed of its own. It makes for a difficult review because it doesn't taste like other pils. Should we treat it as just a beer, or as a particular attempt at the style? I fall on the side of judging to the standard, so please take that into consideration. This receives only a 2.5 (below average!) from me, but it gets this score as a pils. Without regard to style, it's easily a high 3's to low 4's.

This is a pils for an IPA fan. I happen to be a big fan of double IPA's, so this particular beer suits me--but, my take away is it is far too bitter for a pils.

This is a tasty beer, please don't misunderstand me. The problem is that this beer style is supposed to be an easy drinking, low ABV, refreshing brew. A good pils, in my book anyway, is clear, crisp, and thirst quenching; however, this beer is more inline with an experience such as you'll find with a good IPA.

With all that out of the way here's my take.

Served from bottle. I don't care about glass type, so I'm not noting it.

The smell is citrus, hops, and a faint hint of what many will consider skunk. (Don't worry it's not skunked, lagers are aged...a tiny hint of skunk is not a fault!)

Appearance is below average for a pils. It should be clear enough to see through, while the Prima, as many have noted, is cloudy for quiet a while. The carbonation, head, and lacing are perfect examples of what a pils should be--in this regard of appearance Victory has done a great job. Too bad for the clarity!

The mouthfeel is too think and creamy for the style. While no porter or malty bock, it simply is a little too thick. As noted previously, the carbonation is pleasant and what you expect from a pils.

The taste is the real downfall for Prima Pils as a pils. While the style should be refreshing and crisp, low enough ABV to tip several back in a session, the hops will just stick with you. This tastes like an IPA. Not an overly hopped IPA, but it's bitter, and the bitterness does not leave the back of your palate for quite some time.

Overall: This falls below average for a pils. I'm sorry to say, a typical macro pils is simply superior to this for the style.

Final words. Try this beer if you like IPA's. You may just find the lager you've been looking for. You get the hoppiness of a good IPA with the great head of a true pils. Taken in this regard, you'll find much to enjoy, just don't judge it as a pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 21:07:45 | More by Kurt_Boss
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felsenpils

Wisconsin

2.43/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:49:57 | More by felsenpils
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scott

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

V.07
This is a boring interpretation of what a good Pils should be.
Pale, with a quick to fade head. Below average passive carbonation.
Crisp. Hoppy, but still found it to be very uneventful. Let down by Victory with this offering. Maybe I need some sunshine?
A tad skunky with the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 23:20:22 | More by scott
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John_Rendleman

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

04-10-2014 02:19:13 | More by John_Rendleman
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-05-2012 02:15:27 | More by Massbmx
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

05-10-2014 03:39:28 | More by Cory_Brown
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cirtap

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-11-2012 21:16:39 | More by cirtap
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-18-2012 23:38:51 | More by PrimScrewhead
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Codytucker13

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-06-2012 03:38:57 | More by Codytucker13
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-22-2013 03:42:48 | More by ejw127
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ifnkovhg

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

03-16-2014 20:22:48 | More by ifnkovhg
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amalahow

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

06-29-2013 03:56:35 | More by amalahow
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

08-21-2012 04:12:53 | More by tmars13
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

04-27-2012 23:04:49 | More by Rekrule
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Puterguru

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-18-2012 19:43:11 | More by Puterguru
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

02-17-2012 02:35:14 | More by grannaniwa
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

After reading one good review after another, I was excited to try Victory Prima Pils on-tap.

Poured a light yellow color, light lager look.

Smell was OK. Minorly hoppy, certainly a strong scenet of pilsner (herbal).

The tongue is where this beer lost me. Got almost a moldy flavor with the beer. I'll admit I'm not a huge German been fan, but this brew really didn't do much for me.

And yes, I know I'm in the miority on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 19:19:29 | More by devinoconnor
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Strategery

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reviewing this beer as I'm drinking it at an upper west side bar in NYC.

Appearance- It looks just like a good Pilsener should. Crystal clear gold, with a 1/2 inch head and decent lacing. Certanly looks the part.

Smell- Not bad. A little musky. A friend of mine picks up some smoke, which I don't. We both agree it has a bit of stinky cheese as well as a distinct sour apple smell. Interesting.

Taste- This is where this beer just constantly disappoints me. It is apparently the highest rated German Pilsener on planet earth, and it just seems like the point is lost in this beer. It almost always tastes like Victory added some liquid skunk to this beer. Which I'm sure is from the whole cone Saaz hops, but it just isn't a good example of the style at all. Radeburger, Jever, Bittburger, and even Great Lakes' Prohibition Pils are much better representations of what this style should be. The flat bitterness on the back of the palette is the most disconcerting part. When it's I've cold, it's fairly refreshing, but loses any sublety of flavor once it warms even te slightest bit.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light. No complaints.

Drinkability- One and done. Which is disappointing for supposedly the best Pilsener on the planet.

Overall- I absolutely love lagers. I'm a contrarian when it comes to most people on this sight in that regard. I've just been constantly disappointed by this beer. The Gaffel Kolsch (an ale I know) and the Radeberger I had prior just showed so much more craftsmanship and subtlety that this beer ultimately just fell short.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 05:08:44 | More by Strategery
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,160 ratings.