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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Prima PilsPrima Pils

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3,843 Ratings

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Ratings: 3843
Reviews: 1942
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of LiquidSanity


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Golden, transparent yellow color. Almost looks like synthetic motor oil. Weird description but hey, its the truth.

Ar: Mild Apple and citrus notes. Nothing very strong. Pleasant.

Ta: Very crisp and refreshing. Very hoppy notes and the flavor lingers. The hops stay on the palate for a long period of time. This is basically an IPA without the bitterness.

Mf: Smooth and refreshing. I can see myself drinking this during a hot summer day.

Ov: Tasty and hoppy. The alcohol doesn't over power and the bitterness isn't as potent. This is a good beer to try if you are not a true hop head. Good transition beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 21:35:00 | More by LiquidSanity
Photo of mactrail


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice in the tall Pilsener glass with a lovely golden color. Big resiny hop flavor dominates the beer. Light body and very crisp. Incredibly fragrant with wonderful floral hops. Plenty sharp, near to acidic. Bitterness is quite pervasive.

A tap selection at the Linkery in San Diego. A thoroughly drinkable hoppy beer, but quite focused and even intense. The dissenter in our group thought it taste of Comet Cleanser.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 05:53:46 | More by mactrail
Photo of kylehay2004


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy white head on a hazy golden body. Thin lacing.

S: musty, bitter hops on the nose with floral and grassy notes and light malts.

T: more of the same with a very nice bittering note by the noble-like hops which transitions to a mildly sweet malt and floral finish.

M: very full feeling as far as pilsners go. Coats the palate well. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very refreshing with flavor more robust than many others in the genre

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 21:17:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of phishsihq


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This German Pilsner pours a brilliant straw color with a bubbly white head that provides plenty of lacing. Grainy pils malt, lemon, and some floral and spicy hop character forms a very appealing bouquet of aromas. Bready malt and some sweetness blends beautifully into crisp hop bitterness, with some lemon and honey detected as well. Crisp and clean, this amazing Pils is lighter in body, and features a moderate level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 19:10:07 | More by phishsihq
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at a local bar.

A- a clean and clear golden straw color with a thick one-finger head. Nice retention and lacing, good carbonation.

S- Nice clean out in the grass field smell with some sweet maltiness.

T-Malt sweetness and hop bitterness in perfect harmony. A great tasting pils.

M- Crisp and refereshing with a bit of tartness and bite on the finish.

O-An excellent brew. It looks and tastes great. Very easy drinking pils.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 15:33:05 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of djbreezy


4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA

appearance - golden, transparent, huge foamy white head, big retention and lacing

smell - notes of sweet bread and yeast

taste - bready and yeasty with some hop notes mixed in

mouthfeel - medium body, perfect carbonation

drinkability - refreshing, flavorful, session brew

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 18:21:52 | More by djbreezy
Photo of vandemonian


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Prima Pils is a delicious pilsener. I had this on tap at ChurchKey. I usually find this style boring but this one is nice. It has a bit more going on.

A: Clear yellow colour. 3.5

S: Subtle malt with some light hoppiness. 4

T: Crisp with some malt and bitterness bitter. Earthy hoppiness. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 03:24:11 | More by vandemonian
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego (La Mesa), Calif. Color was murky pale golden. Light head, maybe ¾ inches. Some lacing on the top that lasted throughout. Sporadic film on the sides.

Wasn’t too impressed with the smell. The first thing I thought was shoe polish. Had some light citrus and grassy notes, but nothing too inspiring.

Tasted kind of fruity up front. Lemon citrus hops came in right after, but grass tried to make its presence known. Little bitter on the finish.

Light body. Average carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

An OK beer overall, but nothing I’d write home about. Maybe it was the setting, giving the other ratings, but I guess I’d have to give it another try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 07:29:45 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/04/11 notes. Had this on tap last night at the American Tap Room in Clarendon, VA, though I've had it several times before.

a - Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with one finger of frothy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, bready malts, and light sweet fruit. Nice, but not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of grain, wheat, biscuit, bready malts, floral and earthy notes. Lightly sweet again, not bad.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice, above average pilsener, thought not my favorite pilsener or Victory beer. The floral and sweet notes and help it a lot, and it is very easy to drink. Would have it again and a good springtime beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 16:16:23 | More by mdfb79
Photo of modernartblues


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Notes, Consumed 06.22.11

Appearance: bright golden yellow, stream of bubbles, fluffy white head, bits of lacing throughout

Smell: hoppy, perhaps the hoppiest pilsner nose I have ever experied....touches of biscuity malt break through as well

Taste: perfect pilsner in my mind, big hop presence is balanced out by light malt presence in the body....

Mouthfeel: springs across the palate everytime

Overall: you will find Prima Pils in the dictionary next to drinkability, my favorite beer to session, love it

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 21:16:59 | More by modernartblues
Photo of jsprain1


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear medium golden with a one finger white head. Decent retention and a touch of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet with a deep earthyness. Just a light buttery note.
T- Initially its sweet and grainy but it becomes more and more earthy throughout the sip. Finish is both sweet and earthy. Fairly clean otherwise.
M- Light-medium body. Light carbonation.
O- A simple easy drinking pilsner and one of my favorite pilsners. just all around a tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:36:34 | More by jsprain1
Photo of orangesol


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Fridge on opening day into a Prima Pils glass.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a big pillowy two finger tall white head leaving light steaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready pils malts, spicy hops, lemon rind, and some damp earth. This one is classic pils all the way.

T - Starts off with a big chewy pils malt kick that lingers throughout each sip. Hints of spicy hops and zesty lemon help keep things balanced. The finish is fairly chewy with a slight hop bite, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Clean, chewy, feel that helps to keep this ones drinkability high.

O - I could, and have, drank this all day. Between the low ABV and the simple flavors it is extremely drinkable. It remains one of my go to beers when I am at a place with questionable beer selection.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 23:34:28 | More by orangesol
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with a lasting white head.

Aroma is as expected for style, if a bit hoppier. Taste follows aroma but is even more hoppy, especially in the finish. Long lasting and moderately bitter hop finish and after-taste. Hints of sweet malts.

Nice medium, light body with medium, high carbonation imparting a crisp feel. Semi-dry finish.

O - a pils for hop-heads; this one is more hoppy than most pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 18:32:42 | More by chinchill
Photo of WoodBrew


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Pils available at the Boulevard in J'Town, PA. The beer's appearance is clear golden color with decent white head and carbonation which led to a good lace. The smell was typical of hay, barley and hint of hop. The flavor is dry strong presence of saaz hops. Mouthfeel is very good...there is enough flavor to keep the beer interesting and tasty. Great for sessioning. Overall it is a very good pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 03:12:15 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of wadecats


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dirty Truth

This is a consistently awesome American hoppy pilsner.
Super clear and crisp gold beer, so drinkable for such a hoppy beer. Not much pilsner yeast taste on this one but more carbonation for you average pils.
The Prima has a full body but not too much - leaves the mouth well hopped

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 02:14:57 | More by wadecats
Photo of LittleDon


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at 5 Napkins in Boston on 8/9/11.

Hazy golden with a substantial long lived head and good amount of lace. Malt aroma with a bit of fruit and earthy/spicy hops. Medium carbonation and medium body. Great balance between grainy malt and earthy hops. Lots of bitterness (for a pilsner) in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 23:17:24 | More by LittleDon
Photo of pkeigs


3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smelled it and got nothing but cheddar cheese popcorn, I wonder if the line was dirty because the last time I had it in bottle I truly enjoyed it.

After getting over the cheddar cheese nose I started to really appreciate the beer, it is a nice clean pilsner. Smells like pilsner malt, noble hops. Nice and crisp

Tastes nice, very clean beer accentuating the czech Saaz and pilsner malts. Not very complex but I love it as a nice session-able lager.

Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Crisp earthy finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 13:45:12 | More by pkeigs
Photo of jneiswender


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in victory pub in downington. On draft. Cool in tall pint glass.
A. Clear gold body and a pretty white cap head.

S. Floral; metallic but clean

T. Grain...sweet but quite hoppy

M. Light somewhat dry

D. Very good. Probably the best you will get this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 20:45:55 | More by jneiswender
Photo of sleestak4life


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft @ Redcoat Tavern. Pours a pale straw yellow with a scummy white head with surprising lacing. Aroma is grassy with light citrus and flowery hops. Initial sweetness yields to significant bitterness and a long grain finish. Getting along extraordinarily well with my burger. Lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 16:50:01 | More by sleestak4life
Photo of Klym


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times now and recently had the chance to have it on tap. It's a beautifully clear golden beer with a classic frothy, white head. Wheat and honey smells with a wheat grain cocktail taste with the same honey sweetness tying it all together. Mouthfeel is almost chewy. It's a highly sessionable, wholesome beer with great aspects all around. Such an easy A.

Can't like pils and not try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 06:52:31 | More by Klym
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, flourescent yellow coloring with a huge amount of carbonation. There was a light, foamy white head across the top. There were light aromas of toast and lemon. The flavors were effervescent and sharp, keeping the beer very light. Lemon essence and toasted malt, with slight sour and hoppy green undertones. The finish is a bit musty and lingering, with astringent, drying, puckering and any other adjective that is slightly uncomfortable, but appropriate for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 01:39:10 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of leschkie


3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Normally, when I write these beer reviews, I like to try to create a picture for the reader so he/she knows exactly what I'm visualizing and knows exactly those thoughts that are going through my head. Regrettably, however, I just don't think this beer is worth the time to do that. So, instead, my review will be succinct and exactly to the point.

Tasting notes from 6/16/11. On tap at Stone and poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale gold with some turbidity consistent with partial filtering. Turbidity gives the beer an added and attractive peach-like element. Traditional white-colored head that poured about 3/4 inch thick to start but eventually receded to half it's original thickness; head remained full and intact across the entire surface of the beer throughout the tasting.

Smell: Short-lived scents of lemon, floral, and grass that eventually gave way to one of stagnant well-water. Reminded me of the kind of scent one experiences when touring an unsanitary working microbrew. I ended up having to close off my nostrils for a majority of my sips.

Taste: Luckily, the sudden transformation was not immediate, so I was able to enjoy (albeit for a short while) the delightful flavors of lemon, earthly grass tones similar to oleocanthal in an extra virgin olive oil, hops, and orange peel with first few sips. Then the beer began to taste exactly like that stagnant water smell described earlier, and, to put it delicately, that's all I'm going to say about that.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and a little more carbonation than I would have liked though. Never did like the taste of well-water rolling around in my mouth while growing up.

Overall: This one will probably come out to about a 3.2, and I'm actually being quite generous here. I'm sure by now you know what I thought of the beer overall, so I need not say more. Pity because I actually enjoy this style quite well. However, I am going to give this beer the benefit of the doubt and will promise to revisit it...just as soon as I finish off my mouthwash and give the scars left behind some time to heal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 18:04:15 | More by leschkie
Photo of harrymel


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the fly from notes from last night.

A: Yellow with hazy clarity. Butter colored quilt of foam atop which grasps for the edges well. Spotty lacing.

S: Floral: jasmine, hibiscus and hints of grain. Nice.

T: Buttery grains and hints of noble hops. Great bitterness on the mid-palate.

M: A little thick for the style IMO. Moderate carb. Barely slick in the finish.

O: Above average, but the mouthfeel and tastes don't up to the level of greatness I expect in a pils.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:06:52 | More by harrymel
Photo of billshmeinke


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pils glass at Blue Palms.

Clear pale straw golden color. About a finger of head. Wispy lacing left along the side of the glass.

Bread and characteristic pilsner malt scents. Light spicy hop scents.

Tastes of rustic bread, slightly earthy, then a huge spicy hop finish.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry. Super refreshing.

A hop head's summer delight.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 21:32:48 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of jdense


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Friendly Spot, San Antonio, TX. 4.23.11.

The appearance and smell matches the bottled version, but the taste isn't as sweet. Hops are more pronounced, nice floral bite with big dose of pilsener malt for balance. This is really good, extremely drinkable on tap, one of America's best pilseners. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 23:16:47 | More by jdense
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