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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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2,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,034
Hads: 4,926
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 234
Gots: 683 | 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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Reviews: 2,034 | Hads: 4,926
Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw color, crystal clear, small white head, spotty lacing

S: Pilsner malts, light hops

T: Sweet malts right away then a nice hop bite to it, hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium to light, resiny hop film coats the mouth

O: Good beer. A bit more hoppy than other pilsners I've had more recently and I was expecting more sweetness but this combination is still good just a bit different than what I expected.

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Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color topped with a fluffy white foam. Sweetly doughy and floral, the nose is a great tribute to a classic German pils, and even more inviting than many good German examples. Prima is hop-forward on the palate, showing grass and flowers against a doughy-biscuity malt backdrop. The carbonation and bitterness keep it lively on the tongue and lead into a dry finish that begs to be refreshed with another sip. Top notch.

Absolutely will buy again.

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Photo of norehowsky
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pale, golden and very clear. Poured into a pilsner glass - decent white head, nothing to write home about

S - initial smell is somewhat fruity, with that raw malty finish you'd expect from a Pilsner

T - fairly similar to the smell but the hops are much more prominent, moreso than the average Pilsner. Definitely some fruity undertones, grapefruity

F - light and crisp, refreshing

O - a nice hoppy Pilsner, which is not surprising when it comes to Victory. As a guy who usually swings towards IPA, this is definitely a solid beer in my book. I love the hops, but always enjoy a lighter beer like this, especially when it's on the hoppier side.

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Photo of Beerdoe
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This the beer I drink. My regular in the keg late spring and summer. Simple and refreshing. Great to come home to after fishing. Better than lemonade.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale, golden, and crystal clear. 1 finger head dissipates quickly to a wispy cap, some spotty lacing.

Smell - Nice snappy Pils malt: raw, grainy, biscuity and fresh. Kick of sweet/sour green apple skin. Hops have a nice combo aroma of grassy/spicy/herbal.

Taste - Much like nose, but hops are kicking much harder than you'd sense from the nose - grassy and herbal with a lemony citrus snap. Malt is raw and grainy with a touch of much needed honey sweetness. A bit of that apple/grapeskin peaks in, then this brew dries out real fast and a moderate grassy/herbal bitterness lingers.

Feel - Light/medium body with a nice and light feel, carb is active but not overly so. Smooth yet crisp.

Overall - Pretty much hits the nail on the head for the "hoppy pilsner" style: crisp, hoppy, and very drinkable. It might go juuust slightly overboard on the hops for my taste, but I could see myself knocking back a few of these any old time. An excellent beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't really get the (relative) hype on this beer. If you want a Pilsner with no flavor, I guess it's a good choice, but there's much better craft Pilsners out there.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/6 keg into a German Tulip Glass, beautiful Golden clear color, with a nice rocky white head. Good lacing, excellent retention.

Aroma is pretty basic, but I think true to my experience with German Pils in Germany.

Taste is awesome, just nailed it. right amount of hops, and you can drink these all night.

Feel is medium, and very smooth, almost silky.

If you like Pils, drink this.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They nailed it.
It tastes just like all of those imported beers that we paid extra for back in 80's. But why bother? And should I rate it higher than Beck's or Carlsburg, or St. Pauli Girl?
They all taste nearly identical. But I could drink these all night, if there was nothing more interesting.

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Photo of ClarenceClawmons
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I lived in Prague for six months I've been chasing the dragon for a solid domestic Pilsner. This beer is the closest I've come to satisfying that craving. My hope is that my purchasing large quantities of this beer will help the microbrew movement move away from constant IPAs and branch out into more European-style Pilsners.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden hue with a pure white head and lots of bubbles.
The aroma is full of spicy and fruity hop scents with cracker and biscuit goodness backing it up.
What a tasty pils. Follows the aroma with nice, spicy hops, sweet cracker, a little bit of citrus and a nice, slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated.
Overall, just a really tasty, crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of J-EKoslosky
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Prima is a world-class pilsner. One of the first American beers I tried years back that stood up to the classics of that style. It remains at the top of the class in what now may be an underappreciated category here in the States.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. Beer is clear, bright golden yellow with a white two-finger head that drops down some, but hangs on for the duration. Sticky lacing clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is more assertive than typical pilsners with herbal and citrus hop notes underpinned by bready malt. Taste follows the nose - strong spicy, herbal bitterness with light bread and grainy malt sweetness. Surprisingly medium in body, light and crisp texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

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Photo of Roser
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- small thin bone white head. No lacing. Clear golden hue. Lots of bubbles.

S- clean. Floral, bready, malty.

T- sweet floral hops up front, malts in the middle, and bitter dry finish on the back end.

M- light body

O- a very nice Pilsner from a rock solid brewery. Would recommend and have again.


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Photo of CraigP83
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a pilsner, good carbonation. Has that wheat smell I like and tastes OK but fades into that thicker syrupy honey taste/feel that I don't really like in some pilsners.

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Photo of GFM
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a clear light golden color with abundant carbonation. Only a thin head and not much lacing. Floral scent. Course feel. Dry hoppy taste with moderate bitter aftertaste. A very solid, thirst quenching, sessionable Pilsner. It's status as a category leader is well deserved (9.0)

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Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Thin white head. Golden color liquid.
S: Subtle earthy and spicy hops with fruity notes and slight sweet bready malts.
T: Front is slight bread sweetness, bubbly spicy hops middle, finish is subtle mellow earthy hops that leaves a nice dry finish.
M: Medium to high carbonation. Medium body.
O: My go to Pilsener. Great for a lighter less filling beer with good taste and moderate hoppiness.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow color. No head. Smells bready, slightly sweet, and has a noticeable hop aroma in there. Tastes fuckin' great! Bready malt, and a very subtle hop flavor comes through towards the end of my glass. Light body, easy to drink. Awesome pils.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a light golden color with a white fluffy head.

In the nose you get some fruity sweetness and grassiness

The taste is great. good floral, flower, grassy notes, hints of tropical fruit (maybe pears?) sweetness, spices, a good hop profile with a slight bitterness in the end to help balance it all out.

The mouth feel is light with good carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, I'm not the biggest Pilsner fan..but I do really enjoy this brew if I'm looking for something on the lighter side to drink that won't screw me out of flavor.

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Photo of Alissa2579
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the houlihans in parsippany. I read the other reviews before ordering and thought I was getting more of a fruity beer. It's just a regular old pilsner. Certainly not bad but not anything to get excited about

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Photo of jancona
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice transparent golden color.
Smells like sweet bread, honey and pears.
Taste is outstanding! Sweet bread malt with honey, pear and a light lingering zing of hops.
Outstanding session beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice finger length head which retains as a persistent lace throughout.
Aroma reminded me mostly of fruity esters.
What a taste! This is not your average pilsner by any means. Lots of complexity to the taste yet wonderful balance. Starts off as a fruity taste; like apples or pears. As I drink further, the hops element becomes more pronounced and leaves a dry and bitter aftertaste that perfectly balances the fruity and malty sweetness. There is also lots of bread like elements as well as herbal and spicy characteristics. Really a lot going on in this one.
Great feel. Light bodied and crisp, a spritzy carbonation that prickles the tongue. So drinkable, I could drink 10 more of these. (o.k. maybe not)
Truly one of my favorite german pilsners. I've had it before and enjoyed it each time. This will continue to be a go to beer for me!

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Photo of RobinLee
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet and floral. Taste is initial sweetness quickly chased by bitterness. Floral, spicy hops slightly overshadow the biscuity malt, but not by much. Good carbonation, pleasantly prickly bubbles. Finishes very clean. Great for crushing in the summer, or as a breather among the heavy stouts in winter.

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Photo of KeithCardon
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Love this one no matter what the season. The hop taste is straight at ya, almost daring you to let it linger. When you do let it linger, the hops taste fades slowly and as the intensity dies down, ready for another swig.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Fresh greys in at Leura cellars.
Sorry, but all metallic in flavour, and somewhat sulphurous.... Not sure if a bad bottle or batch but won't revisit...

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Photo of Pithy756
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Pours a nice straw color, beautiful 4 finger fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Clear, yet very active bubbles
Aroma: citrus/grassy. Smells crisp, if that's even possible.
Flavor: Starts with a nice hoppy bite, gives way to fruity/spicy finish. Hops linger throughout
Mouthfeel: light bodied, carbonated
Overall: Nice refreshing beer. Will definitely drink agaiin.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.