1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,620 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,620
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 176
Gots: 426 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,620 | Reviews: 2,003 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this the world's best Pilsner? Probably. And thank God. Victory changes the game with this beer, making something so exactly like it should be that no one, save a few old men holed up in their basements in Prague and Anytown, Germany hiding from their wives, otherwise would dare.

Nobody makes lager like this, mellow in malt but as grainy as whole rye toast, mellow in hops but as citrusy as a field of yuzu and Buddha's hand. It even acknowledges its creamy yeast.

It redefines an otherwise neglected sort of default style of beer reserved for chugging or skunking. This is how beer--all beer--deserves to be made.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap pour incorrectly into a pint glass

a: nice straw yellow color, foamy head

s: hoppy with floral notes

t: clean with floral notes and grain. The hops do not over power the beer but provide a nice bitterness.

m&d: medium body, with decent carbonation. Very refressing beer and extremely drinkable

Excellent Beer!!


Photo of rousee
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a very impressive head of frothy lemon merengue pie like cap-- 2 finger thickness. Holds quite well. Smell is malt with some standard pilsener hops (Saaz?). There is an earthy quality on the nose also.

Taste is that of a real solid gold colored beer. Nothing fancy here, just clean malt with some more pilsener hops. There is a slightly skunky character but it is very subdued. It does have a lemony finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. A little on the sour side but pleasant. Extremely drinkable beer. Seems like it would be very versatile for pairing with food. I think I may actually prefer the bottled version on this one but this draught is quite good too.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer poured a bright gold with a big foamy white head that holds for a little bit but fades leaving a thin film the whole way down and lacing some. The smell is a nice mixture of barley malts and agressive hops. The taste is very similar to the smell with the hops coming out more as the beer warms. The beer has a good body and carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer one that I would love to stock the fridge with in the summer.

Photo of andrewjraab
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head. Decnet stick and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, full floral aroma, perfume, yeast and bread dough. Nice nose on this - it intrigues me.

T - Piney and citrus hops, yeast and bready, crackers, balanced by some malts. Finishes dry on the back end.

O - This is not an ordinary run of the mill Pils. It presents some robust flavors with an aggressive hop profile for a pils and really stands out. Victory pumps out some good brews.

Photo of greyghost86
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an odd shade of yellow. It's almost florescent as I hold it to my computer monitor. The beer has a light and crisp hop smell that peers out of a IPA-like head. The taste is also very fresh, crisp and bold. It has a mild grassy start, a touch of metal-ish hops and then a bitter grassy ending. Refreshing, light (without losing flavor), and not too strong, great session beer.

I got this beer $.88...waa wee wee waa

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of gabedivision
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pilsner glass.

A- a fizzy golden yellow with an orange hue and fluffy white head.

S- Citrusy hops, oranges, lemons, intense spices, very candy like.

T- A bitter sour citrus taste with a fizzy tingle on the tongue.

M- Crisp, light bodied, sour, bitter.

O- Overall its not bad, but it's not for me. The ingredients tend to be overpowering on almost every aspect of this beer.

Photo of Popp24
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ariceclemson
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a clear golden-apricot color w/light head, retaining a thin cap and leaving faint tracing.
S-Aromas of flowery hops, light malt, and wet-dog.
T-Light malt. Taste is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter hops w/nice tart, citrus bite, but the sour taste lingers in mouth for a long time, and gradually turns unpleasant.
M-Good carbonation backbone with lighter body. Decent for style.
D-Light on the palate and easy to drink. Very refreshing.

Photo of EskimoDave
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in a trade from Ritzkiss

Pale straw, nice thicker white head which leaves rings around the glass.

On the nose you first get a grainy smell, quickly followed by the hops taking form in a bit of spiciness with some grapefruit mingled in there.

The hops impart a lemony flavour with some hop spiciness grabbing the front of your tongue midway through. some grassy notes and very light graininess.

Lighter body, smooth, medium dryness, refreshing.

Tthis would make a great summer lager. I can see myself sipping on several cool bottles of this while camping on a hot summer night. Shame you can't buy here in BC.

Photo of aqualung23
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of fisherman34
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color with a medium amount of carbonation. The smell is fairly malty, with a good dose of floral hops. The malt flavor in this one is quite unique, taking on some wildflower honey type qualities. The hop flavors are both grassy and floral, and contribute a bracing bitterness to the mix. I'd drink this regularly if it were available locally, and it's inspired me to homebrew a clone of it sometime in the near future.

Photo of Naes
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a clear golden color with a small white head.
The aroma is grassy and has a bit of citrus as well.
Flavor is mildly malty and has a little bit of hop presence to balance it out with a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear bright golden yellow, half finger head.

S- Sweet, spicy, noble hop aroma.

T- Very light hint of sweetness up front which is almost immediately dominated by wonderful hop flavor and bitterness which carries smoothly through the end.

M- Light, smooth and crisp.

D- Shoulda got a sixer.

Although a little on the bitter side for some, truly a great beer.

Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of chodinheaven
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a very pale straw color, but very rich looking and a little hazy, like there's a lot to this pilsner. Thin white head with decent retention. Smells a little like watered down hops if possible, or maybe I'm just reminded of other pilsners I've had by the smell. Hops are the most prevelant item in the smell.

Tastes like a hoppy pilsner. Which, may I say is nice to have. I was hesitent to even buy this beer because it was a pilsner and my experience with pilsners has been mostly BMC kind of beers, none of which I've enjoyed too much. With this beer the hops hit you right away, followed by that crisp, refreshing spring taste of grass. Great beer that's on the lighter side to have on a hot day and still get a nice dose of not-overbearing hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp on the front and a little creamy in the finish, creating a nice balance of both. Overall a good beer. Freshness date on this bottle is almost a month ago however and I wonder how that affects the overall taste. I understand that good pilsners are complicated beers that have a limited time to be enjoyed at their full potential, so I wonder how much this one is affected. Either way I enjoyed it very much and look forward to trying a fresher selection.

Photo of JVoyager
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,620 ratings.