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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Prima PilsPrima Pils

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3,842 Ratings

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Ratings: 3842
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
Ratings: 3,842 | Reviews: 1,942 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of beerman599


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden hue and a little haze,good foamy head.hoppy clean and delicate aroma. Bitter Saaz hops noted off the top, some malty sweetness as well, an almost tart on the palate. Seems to be borderline medium bodied based on the maltiness. A unique sweet and sour feel throughout, slight acidic finish. Hopped off the charts for a pils, unique, i tell my freinds this is an ale drinkers pils!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 23:15:32 | More by beerman599
Photo of leeenglewood


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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass it produced a huge fluffy head that did die down,yet didnt disapear, and laced the glass till the last drop. To the best of my recollection I smelled and tasted liberty hops this is the only time I have ever been able to pick out an exact hop taste or smell. Nice dry tasting malt comes in with the after taste and is really balanced with the hops. Could drink this beer all day on a nice summer day. Definitely a beer that everybody should try as it has something for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 22:59:15 | More by leeenglewood
Photo of taez555


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

Poured a huge white head with a hazy yellow body with a whole lot of hop sediment floating around in it.

The nose was a nice malty and hoppy smell. Dominated by the round smell of pure german earthy hops.

The initial taste was very hoppy and bitter. It had a slight toasted malt flavor. Some faint yeast. Malty yet balanced well. Very simple and round, full of german earthy hops. The beer ended with a long lingering bitterness.

This is one unique pilsner. If a brewery in germany ever decided to come out with an IPA (IPL)using their standard helles it would probably taste like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 07:05:24 | More by taez555
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow hazy color with a touch of gold. Good solid head with fairly good retention.

Has that classic pilsner smell, I need to find out what that is exactly, and bumps it up to a snappier version. A faint hint of citrus, but overall a faint nose without much to it.

Taste - without hesitation, the most unique pilsner I've had to date. I didn't pick up much hop aroma, but it sure is there in the flavor! Refreshing carbonation, the pilsner malt quickly gives way to a bitter hop bite. Not a lot of depth to the hops, but a solid grapefruit sourness on the finish. A lingering aftertaste of citric bitterness, but no development beyond the grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel is very crisp via good carbonation. What would be an average body is enhanced by the hop level. And what would typically finish cleaner for a pils stays around longer via the oiliness of the hops

Drinkability - A little more bang than I would normally expect in a pils, this is an intense beer. The freshness date said to enjoy by Jan 24, '03, so technically this is 6 months past peak. A fresh sample may improve scores, time will tell. For as much as I am impressed by the flavor uniqueness, that same character also limits its drinkability as you don't expect quite so much aggressiveness in a pilsner style. Maybe this should be classified an India Pales-ner Ale? :-)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 19:37:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden hue, thin, foamy head. Zesty, lemony, clean and delicate aroma. Bitter Saaz hops noted off the top, some malty chewiness as well, an almost sour palate. Seems to be borderline medium bodied based on the maltiness. A unique sweet and sour feel throughout, slight acidic and oily finish. Hopped off the charts for a pils, unique, might be in its own class, a beer to talk about!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 11:46:22 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle, freshness date is “Enjoy by May 20 03”. Has an appropriately green colored label with a picture of a large green & yellow hop.

Appearance: A resilient straw-golden appearance with a massive white puffy head that sits well. Laces the glass well, rings and smudges of thick lace cling to the glass edges. Average carbonation aids head retention.

Nose: Crisp malts mixed with light citric hops. Some spices and a biting pungent bitterness at the back.

Taste: A tasty mix of biscuit from the pilsner malts and a strong spicy bitterness that comes from the hops. The bitterness builds as the beer drinks through, citric elements and a very strong fresh green-hop bitterness in the finish that seems to bite and linger for ever.

Mouthfeel: Extremely crisp, biting bitterness in the mouth that builds to a crescendo even after you swallow the beer. Fulfilling, yet it still has an average mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed on a warm, slightly sticky night in Long Beach. An excellent thirst quencher, which really hits the mark. I will most certainly have another one of these please, thank you very much!

Overall: Not exactly a classic Pilsner, but a superb, very accomplished mix of German Pilsner Malts and European Hops formed into an impressive Hop-Head Pilsner style beer. Another winner from Victory!!

Thanks to Francisweizen for the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 04:15:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Boto


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

Draught @ Victory: The beer is a straw golden in color, with quite the white head. What an aroma: the beautiful smell of hops. An excellent Pilsner. Someone should send a couple cases of this over to Miller so those bozo's can taste a "real" pilsner, and maybe they will stop advertising Miller Lite as one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2003 13:55:47 | More by Boto
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best drunk by" date.

Appearance: Hazy, straw-like hue. Enormous, enormous head which is slow to recede (pour with caution). Heavy, intricate lacing.

Smell: Herbal, spicy; a touch of sweet citrus.

Taste: Gentle bread-like malt notes to start, strong floral bitterness follows and then dominates. Mild clove-like spiceness in the follow-through.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Nicely carbonated.

Notes: Delicious little pilsener. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 01:37:08 | More by Mustard
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New York

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

Crystal clear light gold with white head that left a little lacing...a ton of carbonation...bubbles never stopped...
Aroma was better than most pilsners but not overpowering...hinted of citrus/and earthy hops...
Taste was more of the hops but not crazy...and there was more bitterness than I wanted...
Mouthfeel was averagely thin...
It did go down smooth...
Maybe I expected more from Victory...but I have had better pils...this was OK

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 18:29:11 | More by stegmakk
Photo of dmarch


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

The hop on the label is very appropriate for this beer. The crystal clear golden color and the fluffy white head are absolutely beautiful. This is why the style was devoloped in the first place. Aroma is of saaz hops as a pilsner should be. The taste is very hoppy, IPA level hoppy. For my taste this is fantastic, but I didn't feel the level of hops fits the style. And that's pretty much the only fault of this beer, but if I based my review on personal taste alone, it would be a 5 for taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2003 11:35:50 | More by dmarch
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served at home out of a Victory sampler case. The appearance was golden, with great head retention. The smell was malty, with more than a trace of hops filtering through. The taste was superb for a lager, with hops very evident. The mouthfeel was a bit heavy with carbonation. This beer is great on drinkability, and I could drink these all day!!

Victory's pilsner is one of the best around, and one I'd hand to someone who says all lagers are bland and tasteless. I'd heard rumors that Victory would discontinue this beer, and I certainly hope this isn't the case, because this is a fantastic brew!!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 07:36:51 | More by beergeek279
Photo of DarthMalt


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Something tells me the Victory guys studied this style--a lot--before crafting this blonde beauty. Flow and appearance are just what you would expect for this pilsener, but SHAZAM! What's that smell? Deep, earthy, almost barnyard-like, and full of nasal-fuming spice. Can these be the magical Saaz hops of yore? What a welcome addition--and masterful micro-stroke--to the tired, lame, rehashed, and retarded world of the "Pilsener."

While everyone else (originators, imitators, and re-originators alike) is fighting to be king of the [Plzen] hill, Victory just decided they would move it.


Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 19:45:41 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of sinistersteve


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exploding head was very enjoyable and easily viewable to watch through its medium golden color . Seems to have an aroma and flavor that is what a pilsner beer sould be. The quality of ingrediants and craftsmanship is easily noticable with this one. Just one outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 19:11:14 | More by sinistersteve
Photo of xgrigorix


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold, clear, with a puffy white cloud floating on top. Steady carbonation rises from the depths. Head eventually settles in leaving a stream of lace in it's wake. A quick swill brings the head right back. And I smell hops!
Just a touch of sweetness up front, quickly gives way to an over the top hop laden finish. Dry, with hints of lemon grass. Spicy, floral, and bitter all at the same time. Just enough of the malt sticks around to keep it from crashing in on itself. Very clean flavor, crisp, and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 09:55:54 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of tar


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy pale golden/straw yellow color, with a nice sized foamy white head capping the beer. A mild but very pleasant aroma is present, consisting of hops and a bit of spiciness (the slight scent of apples may also be present). Nice taste of hops, spice, and a bit of fruitiness. Feels very smooth and light in the mouth. This beer has a very nice crispness to its finish, and is probably very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 12:58:31 | More by tar
Photo of longpondbeerman


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pilsener. Even as I poured, I could smell the hops drifting up from the slightly clouded golden yellow brew which cascaded nicely and rose to a thick creamy off-white foam. Nor did the taste disappoint: lots of hops balanced with a light, but noticeably sweet maltiness and a touch of rose hips. Good staying power too--this taste. Highly recommended for a warm late spring evening refresher, especially when you plan to have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 15:08:08 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of SheepNutz


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

I had this pils in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with the largest head I've ever seen. No matter how slowly you pour this one, the foam is unstoppable. It took me about 10 minutes to pour it. Seriously, this is harder to pour than a Duvel. There is lots and lots of thick lacing left on the glass. The smell is hoppy and grassy, reminds me of springtime lawn mowing. The taste has the same grassy effect, with a little clove or ginger spice. There is a little bit of hops on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is just a tad bit oily. The drinkability is awesome, and I could drink many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 20:44:11 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Hobbz

Rhode Island

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

Wow, impressive head: thickly sticky, prevalent and lingering all the way through. My first bottle I poured recklessly into my glass at my own peril (well, actually handed this one off to my bud who was none the wiser!). My pour took me longer and I let the beer sit a minute or two. When I took hold of my glass once again, the beer looked fantastic – as if it were poured over on the continent (where a genuine pils pour takes longer than a Guinness), with no-quit effervescence. Aroma also matched its profile – sweet pils character, slight grassy but hoppy nose. Taste was great to boot: hop bitterness to match its thin-pils character/mouthfeel. Not a really dry lager, but complex. Prima! Think right now it’s the best home-grown pils I’ve had yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 18:36:15 | More by Hobbz
Photo of jcalabre


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 19 January 2002. I'm not a big fan of pilseners; HOWEVER, Victory's Prima Pils is well worth seeking out. I even went to a pilsener tasting a couple of months ago and Prima Pils put the rest to shame. It has a clear straw color w/ a nice hoppy taste on the palate. It's very nice to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 09:32:14 | More by jcalabre
Photo of nomad


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

Pours a bright straw gold, with a big frothy head that as it falls turns into a picture of a mountain in decay. Carbonation tends to a steady continuum of different sized bubbles. Has lace and some stain, occasionally in the form of dry clumpy bits that look like firm mineral deposits. Ask for the "slow pour" if you get it at the brewery's pub.

Smell is a world of hop and malt scents: strong farm and garden scents like a bier de garde, of hay, grass, clove, cumin, dried thin flowers. Malty scents of sourdough, pear, apple, pale malt grain. An endless array of scents turning over.

Taste begins very dry and hoppy, but with a golden bread crust malt body underneath. Moves into a fine pale malt sweetish-ness with toned floral hops on top. Has a super soft but relentlessly drying bitterness climbing over my tongue, sometimes developing sourdough bread notes. Juicy, soft, dry, and a fine malt base, topped off by a thin and easy mouthfeel which is carbonated for body, and not for showing off bubbles.

With a developed palate, you can tell this is a classic pils. A classic.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2003 10:44:21 | More by nomad
Photo of BeerResearcher


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

Prima! An exclamation of joy. (Quote from the bottle). Shiny gold body with a nice 1" foamy head and trails of clingy lace. Great floral hop aroma and taste. Lightly sweet malt with caramel notes. Fairly high in grapefruity and lightly metallic bitterness. Lightly herbal. It’s an IPP! (India Pale Pils) Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 06:57:02 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured a nice yellow/straw with a medium but nice retained head,pretty highly carbonated.Smell was nice and malty with some sweetness.Taste starts malty and somewhat irony but has a lingering dryness to it,somewhat complex for the style.One of the best if not the best pilsners I have had real nice and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 10:42:48 | More by oberon
Photo of bmills1608


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden crystal clear color. Huge fluffy snow white head. Served in a chunky pint glass on draught.

Nicely crisp and spicy hop aroma leaps from the glass. There is no denying right from the start that what you have here is a "hop first" beer. Taste is bold and spicy, hard as a rock and a joy from start to finish. The crispness of the hops cuts through like a knife. Bitter? - yes, but not in a bad way. A truly enjoyable bitterness shines through and is never totally overpowering due to a warm bread-like core of soft malt. A BIG pils.

Victory, nuff said.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2003 13:19:27 | More by bmills1608
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Malty crisp hop distinctive pils nose. Thick sticky white head that is gravity defying.. rocky. straw yellow color with a slight lace (fine). Complex beer taste wise but all light delicate flavors on the tongue. Almost hypnoticly drinkable. Smooth light mouth. Malty crisp (Hop) flavor. There is a sharp bitterish hop dagger left on the tongue in the finish. A great beer with food (esp italian, mexican etc). This is a master representation of a pils. A wonderful session beer.. a perfect beer to have on tap for a superbowl party... I believeit is the best pils I have ever had! I bet you can't drink just one.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 12:14:20 | More by frank4sail
Photo of aracauna


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden hue. A bit cloudy. Fluffy head could form more easily, nice staying power. Aroma is pleasantly grainy, lemon. Hops add floral, slighty spicy smell. The flavor is more of the clean crisp dry malt. Hops come through on short dry, bitter finish. While Tupper's Hop Pocket Pils suffers from an overattention to the hops, this is nicely balanced and very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 00:32:55 | More by aracauna
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,842 ratings.