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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,523
Reviews: 1,990
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 165
Gots: 342 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

tpaetow, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

morrowd3, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Maxie's in Ithaca.

Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a few fingers bubbly head. Very carbonated. Nose is crisp and slightly citrusy from clean hops. Taste follows with a great balance of citrusy bitter hops and crisp light maltiness. Goes down easy and makes you want more. I'd have had more if I wasn't full from dinner.

aquatonex, Sep 13, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light golden yellow color with a big foamy head. Great looking lacing and head retention. Smells nice and hoppy. A banquet of spicy of floral hops hit the nose with a bready malt in the background. The taste is absolutly delicious! Spiced with hops to perfection. Pine like bitterness hits the tounge first and then evens out to a softer floral flavor. It's like the hops are in a tuga-war with the malts because the malts are trying to keep the hops in check. Dry hoppy finish. Smooth medium body and perfect drinkabilty. Damn this is good drinking. I love a great pilsner during the summer time, but this one threw me off guard. True to the style but a lot hoppier. This could be one of the most delicious pilsners I have had.

Luigi, Jul 29, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a white gold color with slight, but withstanding head. The color was especially gorgeous during the pour, as it almost looked like it sparkled. Perhaps the effect of the first beer after a long night of work.

Slight amounts of hops and slight amounts of skunk were the first prevalent aromas I detected. Slightly grassy with a bit of bready malt.

The taste definitely surpasses near every pilsner I've ever had. It almost tastes like a hoppy pale ale, but it's classified otherwise. To give an idea of the hoppiness, it's somewhere between an EIPA and an AIPA. The taste is mildly zesty, and the hops are leaning slightly towards pine with some citrus. It has a good share of grassiness as well.

The body is a tad thin for the style, but carbonation covers it up pretty well. The finish has only the slightest dryness and overall the mouthfeel is quite unintrusive.

The drinkability of this is exceptional. Reviewing the one single I got was definitely tricky since it was disappearing before my eyes. It goes down like a very light beer, but packs the punch of something bigger. At 5.3%, it tastes like a 6%.

Highly recommended.

BBP, Oct 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

dowen44, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

j0hnc2468, Jul 24, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Best before date: Nov 13. 2007. Fresh from a closed case, no light exposure.

Clear golden color with fluffy white head that recedes and leaves wisps of lace as it is drunk.

Aroma is yeasty (like champagne), floral-hoppy, malty, fresh, deliciously beer-y.

Flavor is wonderfully crisp with perfectly balanced hop bitterness (very different kind of bitterness than the hops in an IPA) from start to finish, with smooth malt all the way through. Very refreshing and supremely drinkable and thirst-quenching. Exactly what I want on a hot day.

kenito799, Sep 17, 2007
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3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I probably don't appreciate this style quite as much as most ales, but with that in mind here are my thoughts on the a highly rated American Pils.

A- Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a tint of aquamarine. Head is under a finger of small tight white bubbles that leave just a touch of lacing with each sip.

S- Lemony characteristics lie over a slightly spicy pale maltiness, reminscent of white wheat bread.

T- Bitter lemon and grapefruit balance out light bready flavor that I found to be somewhat weak.

M- The bitterness of this beer lingers in my mouth. It almost forces me to take another sip so that the sweeter taste of the initial burst will balance out this bitterness.

D- An ok pils but I'm craving something more flavorful, even with the lightness of a pils.

zdk9, Jun 15, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jrand2621, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden with a half finger of white head.

Smell: Sweet hay, floral hops, malt and some hint of lemon.

Taste: Grassy bitter hops, lemon grass. Great pilsner taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Probably my go to Pilsner. Victory nailed the style with this one.

Axic10, Jan 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head sits atop this clear, pale golden beer.
Hoppy aroma of mostly grassy hops with some earthiness as well. Nice lagered malt aroma as well.

Taste shows a nicely balanced beer with a solid hop presence. Hops are mostly grassy with just a touch of earthiness. Solid pilsner malt backbone that isn't overly grainy. Crisp and refreshing, but flavorful as well. Finish leaves you wanting more.

Good body to the mouthfeel.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall, this is easily one of the best pilsners I've tried. Future consumption will most definitely be sought out. Huge thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for dragging this one to Ohio for me!

PhantomVodoo, Apr 15, 2004
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice straw colored brew thats got some nice carbonation and a super white head that quickly recedes and sticks at a thin layer. sticks well to the side of the glass. outside of the head nothing all that special going on here.

S - wow this thing smells amazing. orange, lemon, yeast, floral herbal smell with a good hop presence in there as well. so much going on here.

T - the nose was a great indicator of what was to come. orange and lemon mix in nicely together. nice resiny hop taste to this one. good grassy taste sits in the background. such a good beer.

M - good amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. this one feels crisp and smooth. perfect for a warm summer day.

O - this is one amazing beer. had heard quite a lot of good things about this one but was still blown away.

celticfutblclub, Apr 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color with a nice foamy white head. Some lace, nothing over the top. Really looks phenomenal and thirst quenching in the glass.

S- Smell was all hops wih an herbal/grassy bite.

T- Aggressively hoppy for a pilsener. The hops were refreshing and spicy. Citrus/grass/earthy flavors. Nothin else here, straight up hops!

M- Perfectly carbonated and decent body.

D- This one could be drank all night long with no problems. Perfect session beer IMO. Also good introduction beer for many.

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 22, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

liquorpig, Dec 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

kidzord, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

aqualung23, Feb 01, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Cloudy yellow in color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger head that disappears very quickly. Medium lacing that was spotty and stuck around the whole time.

S: Lemon grass and some slight hop profile. Not strong but definitely a nice nose.

T: The flavor matches the nose but steps up the intensity. Nice lemon grass flavor with hop bitterness slightly rounding out the pilsener malt. Delicious flavor profile and surprisingly complex.

M: Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with high carbonation. Consistently left me wanting more.

O: An excellent pilsener and overall an excellent beer. One that I would enjoy having in my kegerator at home. You know, if I had a kegerator.

suspect, May 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Lelampp, Dec 22, 2013
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,523 ratings.