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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,026 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,026
Hads: 4,885
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 223
Gots: 635 | 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: 2,026 | Hads: 4,885
Photo of Saint
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a real fine beer. Its light and refreshing as you would expect a Pilsener to be, but its also complemented by being a very hoppy bee.

It pours a very pale golden, yellow color, I had a fine thick head. it smell is mellow, you get hints of its hoppy & bitter nature. It taste complex. The taste is reminiscent of a IPA, yet its not. Its slightly spicy, and not to bitter. Its moutfeel is very crisp, a lot of very active carbonation. Drinkability, this is quite a nice beer. I could easily put several of these down in a row, however, I might tire of its hoppy nature over time. (587 characters)

Photo of pd360
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with just slight bit of cloudiness and a light, frothy head. The aroma is very fresh with an earthy, grassy smell. Easily drinkable, a touch of sweetness followed by a small bit of bitterness. There are some flowery overtones but they do not over power. I will definitely be buying this one again. (329 characters)

Photo of sturner26
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle into normal pint glass.

A: Completely clear straw yellow with a 1-2 finger head that lasts. Lots of carbination bubbles can be seen in the glass as you would expect from a pils.

S: Light bread aroma, subtle wheat/grain, and noble hops shine through very well.

T: Hard to get over the BMC expection I have when drinking a pils. Good combination of hops/grains that is stronger than most pils, but still within style.

M: Rather heavy for a pils, but still light compared to most beers. Dry, crisp, and refreshing as expected.

D: Excellent. With only 5% abv and a light crisp taste this is an enjoyable beer! (635 characters)

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 pk, bottled 2 months from drinking.
-Crisp
-Light bodied
-Ordinary pils color.
-A definite presence of hop kick to it, not too dominating, but enough to make itself known and welcome.
-A good pilsner for the more hop-orented drinkers.
A good bottle to crack open if someone wanted something a bit hoppy but also on the lighter side. (335 characters)

Photo of armiakhe
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Victory Prima had an appearance of yellow coloring and smelled of citrus and freshness which I liked in a beer. However, when I tried it, i thought it tasted very bitter and hoppy. Although I did like the freshness and after taste once you tasted the beer. (260 characters)

Photo of Thaddeus
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear bright yellow, with a small white head

Aroma & Taste: Had a nice hoppy nose to it, lots of herbs hop notes. Had a bitter, dry, hoppy finish. Finished quick but had a lingering bitterness to it. Slight note of honey, that I really enjoyed. (257 characters)

Photo of malvrich
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass
a: Clear golden yellow with fine light to average carbonation. A gentle pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates after about 5 minutes leaving a decent amount of lacing which holds nicely to the glass. Pools of foam also tend to remain on the surface of the beer.

s: Nothing sticks out. A little biscuit balanced by a very subtle floral hop aroma.

t: Again, well balanced with a slight but noticeable hop bite. Smooth maltiness provides a hint of chewiness to the beer. Hops on the finish which is appealing as it lingers however I'm not getting floral as in the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as some have opined and definitely not citrusy. Maybe slightly more piny or herbal.

m: Very light body with the bubbles providing a slight tingle. Again I notice a "fine" quality to the bubbles. Doesn't look like much but I kind of like it. I think this works nicely against the malt too, tying the flavor profile together. I would like a bit more more carbonation in this beer.

o: Have to say I'm a bit disappointed with Prima especially after reading that it is among the absolute best in the style. Same as with Sierra Nevada Summerfest which is nice of course but also fails to impress me in any way. Certainly nothing bad to report but while interesting, also a little underwhelming at its price. (1,345 characters)

Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of palmdalethriller
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The pour leaves a great inch or so of head that leaves a decent amount of lace that typically falls back into the beer. The liquid is a very bright, very clear golden yellow with lots of good sized bubbles floating up to the top.
The Prima Pils smells wonderful. It's a spicy, flowery smell that tastes wonderful.
After smelling the beer for an inordinate amount of time I decided to finally taste it and wasn't disappointed. The hops are definitely right out front, but it's very nicely balanced with a smooth and crisp finish.
The feel is somewhat average - although it's not overly thin there's really nothing memorable about how it feels to drink it. It's to style certainly, just not overly remarkable.
This is incredibly drinkable. I think that for my first sunday football get together this year this beer will play a major role. (836 characters)

Photo of rodcom
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally, I can take or leave a pilsner beer. They simply are a little boring for me. However, this one from Victory is a crisp sharp beer that is so drinkable. Beautiful golden color right out of the bottle that tastes perfect in a chilled glass. Little bit of a an aftertaste brings down the score a bit. (306 characters)

Photo of petroos
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a greenish tint to it almost. Really thick persistent head with large airy bubbles. Carbonation is lively, with large bubbles.

S: Zesty hops and citrus with almost a hint of apple. A bit of flowers.

T: Hops hit nice and hard upfront with lemon zest underlying. Yeast and savory notes on the middle to the bitter spicy finish. Very refreshing.

M: Nice mouthfeel with the carbonation supporting the spicy hop character. Crisp and tight.

D: Love the hoppiness. Refreshing without going overboard. Beautiful example of the style. (562 characters)

Photo of plehnus
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Piney, citrusy, spicy, noble hops.

Appearance: Clear straw to yellow body with a white head.

Flavor: Sweet bready malts with a hint of corn; probably a very lightly malt. Mild hop presence where flavor is concerned, mostly bitterness in the back. Floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a long subtly bitter finish.

Overall: Clean, light, nice hop bitterness, not much developed in the way of hop tastes. Refreshing. Pretty to look at and easy to drink. (465 characters)

Photo of perryw
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to an Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours a nearly transparent straw yellow color. A bit of a fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top.

I get a wheat and slight citrus smell hitting my nose.

The first sip has a sharp bite to it as it sorta shocks my taste buds. Then that calms down and I'm left with a touch of sweet hoppy flavor.

The bitter bite feels good, and the beer is an easy drinker. A good beer to be sure, but probably not my favorite. (507 characters)

Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

A-Bright yellow gold Color. No clouds.
S-Floral hop smell
T-Bitter hops. fades to sweet. then zesty.
M-Medium carbonation. Fades quick.
O-Great beer. But, not my cup of tea. (173 characters)

Photo of dazdave
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this many beer times over the years. I've compared this beer to some of the top Czech pilseners and it seems to best them.

Poured a huge head from a lousy self-pour into a tall narrow glass mug. I love seeing the lacing that forms. Truly a beautiful beer to look at.

I've never noticed much of a smell from this beer. If anything it just smells clean and fresh like summer.

This beer is awesome because its good by itself or with most any food. It has crispness and palate cleansing properties. Yet it also has some very good hop qualities. I enjoy the citrusy notes.

I can drink just one in a session or 2 with a meal and would drink several of these if they weren't so pricey. Spent around $8.00 for a 6er. (729 characters)

Photo of ToggleEyes
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Prima Pils has now become my favorite pilsner for sure. Poured out crisp clear gold, with a big head. The smell of floral hops and maybe some grapefruit. Had just the right carbonation and didn't go flat right away. The taste was "bitter sweet" some honey and citrice. Very good served very cold. mouthfeel was nice, sharp and crisp. A great refreshing drink. (359 characters)

Photo of Cavalier92
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful pale amber with a thick head without much persistence. The hops are everywhere, in the nose, on the tip of your tongue, all though the mouth and in the finish. There's a good bit of easy malt flavor too, and the blend is just about perfect.

If you're new to Victory brews, this is a goo place to start. (315 characters)

Photo of Budro
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inspired by the recent forum discussion of Victory's availability in GA, I picked up a six-pack of this on Saturday, after I'd consented to the idea of saving some dough and contenting myself this weekend with the suprlus white wine my mother-in-law sent home with me after my father-in-law's 60th birthday bash. Ah, well. Rational economic analysis be damned. I'm a Beer Advocate! I poured the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: This is a strikingly beautiful beer, boasting a white foamy head you could shave with. This settles quickly, retaining thinly across the surface, topping a brew of pale golden yellow that evokes yellow hay in the morning light where the light catches it, homemade lemonade at the base, and everywhere else banana--not the peel, but the fruit itself.

S: Sweetness as from distant hay, freshly mown. That's right: distant hay, freshly mown. Hop aromas, pungent and sour, emerge as well, as if carried on gentle breeze.

T: All hops, subdued. (Tamed?) Intense but not overpowering sourness tops the foundation's picnic-blanket shake of bitterness. The malt doesn't contribute much to the flavor, but perhaps in the underlying mellowness, its presence is accounted for. The aftertaste evokes sharp cheddar cheese, but again, faintly.

M: Thin but not weak. Drenches the palate, which takes a nice long time to dry between swallows.

D: Light and perfectly drinkinable. None of that heavy-belly feeling.

I really grew to appreciate this beer over the life of the six-pack. This beer makes a subtle first impression, but repeated exposure yields rewards. (1,590 characters)

Photo of YesFest
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blonde supermodel, known for her handsome winking in your general direction.

Smells like not too many lagers I've whiffed. Juicy, citrus hops, pseudo-ale fruity esters.

Tastes like it's trying to over-compensate for the modern pilsener, which is no problem with me. I heard that this was "over-hopped" and I have to say it's a nice bitter bite for a golden session stock. A citrusy hop gives way to that quintessential german bitter bite. The barley along for the ride would be super smooth, the smoothness comes out with slower long sips.

Makes the mouth feel comfy like one of those cushions that's soft but it's got rough fabric that you just have to get used to. Doesn't take too long!

Between the low alcohol and highly engaging taste, I don't know how you don't drink three of four of these in a sit-down! (817 characters)

Photo of liquidsunshine
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When one is used to drinking pilseners which taste like water the Victory brewing Prima Pils immediately stands out. Pours a pale straw color with a light white head which lingers throughout my enjoyment of this brew. A base of light malt fills the nose along with sharp floral hops. This is not a shy pilsener and it immediately greets you with a strong blend of hops, a light malt fills out in the after taste. While bitter, this is still a very drinkable beer. Would recommend this to anyone who is not used to enjoying pilseners.

Cheers - Matt (549 characters)

Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, wowie-zowie. What Bud and the American mass-produced beers want to be when they grow up. Pilsners aren't my favs - I lean heavily to IPAs and bigger bodied beers, but Victory - a brewery I very much admire - has produced a lovely beverage that any beer lover of any style should enjoy.

The abundant head was thick as shaving cream but rapidly dissipated in the standard pub pint into which I'd poured it. Modest wisps of lacing. Light, bright, clear amber body.

Nose was fresh, for me predominantly malty, noticable hops, but clean, lively, eniticing.. "Drink me. Soon."

What struck me first and hardest was the dryness, followed by the full foamy mouthfeel and full but elegant body. Then the slightly tart to bitter finish. Citrusy notes, lovely balance, and overall impact of "I'm sorry I bought only two in a sixpack sampler. I'd like some more, please." Others have mentioned a somewhat sweet attack: my palate didn't discover this. Again, the flavorful dryness of the beer is why I'll stock this regularly.

By miles and miles my all-time favorite Pils - an admittedly short list, but this is my American champ. (1,126 characters)

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna write a long review about this one. Because we all know how great it is!

Love the Noble Hop bottle. Proud to say that Victory is local. I get very excited when I make my round to this Brew.

Pale, straw gold perfection in appearance, and on top, a solid as a rock tight 2 inch white foamy head, that if you look real close you'll see the aroma vapors rising above the glass.

Great lemon citrus, floral hop aroma topped with bread&butter. Perfect nose, very clean!!

Take a mouthfull, and endure a brilliant crisp, hay hop oil that coats the palate, and DOES NOT go away. The sweet grain backbone is wonderful, and is a good balance to this Noble Hop pils. Small head travels all the way down as I swirl the Brew to find more aromas. As this Brew warms launches more of a sweeter hop twang which is incredible!!!

Damn near flawless Brew!!....Extreme American version of a Pils.

'' That smell.... you know that NOBLE HOP smell... smells like...Victory!!

Rucksicht Bier!!! (1,003 characters)

Photo of robrobrob
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in the Victory 12-pack, and was quite pleasantly surprised. I first had this poured into a regular pint glass on a muggy summer day and it was perfect. The beer came out pale, pale yellow with a small head that lasted the whole time, though it left no noticeable lacing. Mild is the best way to describe the smell, with light malt and grassy hops. It felt just like a pilsner, at least my idea of one, should feel, with prickling carbonation and refreshing crispness. All four of these from the 12-pack went down easily on a sweaty day, and in not much time. Prima is as classy as a pils gets. (604 characters)

Photo of Beertron
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a two-week long ice-breaking, finally sat down to review this sucker.
It's tough to review when you have so much hype. Nevertheless, from bottle to pint...

A - Top shot off like a gun when treated to the usual lighter technique. Poured soft and golden with strong carbonation. Head is beautiful bright white and huge, slowly dissipating one large bubble at a time with strong, thick laces.

S - Hops. Lightly piny/evergreen scented, with the floral side of hops taking front and center. Deeper whiffs give a strong earthiness -- spring leaves and mushrooms. Wonderful, intriguing nose, though slightly masked.

T - Man oh man. What a champ. There's so much under-the-radar going on in this beer, I'm not even sure where to start. There's' a light, soft malty sweetness in the forefront, akin to croissants or other light, buttery bread. This is followed by a prominent tinge of hops. They're light, bright and pleasant -- not excessively bitter -- but certainly strong enough to make their presence known. Following the hops is a blast of yeast -- almost a dead ringer for the dry active yeast often used in bread baking (at least in this country). Finally, as the hops show back up for the drying affect, one can detect a salty note along with an earthy acidity that reflects both tea and bile (the latter here not being nearly as disgusting as it sounds).

M - It's obviously on the lighter side of things, but this has a bit more body than a lot of pils and this is a good thing. This beer is just fun -- it quenches, then dries; pretty much begging for another drink to quench, then dry all over again.

D - Huge. I'm not sure what the ABV is here, but I can guarantee you that if it's high, I wouldn't know it until too late. I bet I could drink a sixer of this in less than two hours if I had the time to play. This beer is addictive. Is there crack in here?!?

F - Again, where to start? This brew loves food. So long as one stays on the lighter side of the spectrum, there's probably little that this wouldn't go well with. For what its worth, here are the things that jumped out at me as solid matches: lighter whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), mild artisan cheeses and the softer side of wild mushrooms (chanterelles, honey mushrooms, or, even morels -- but keep it away from ultra deep-flavored mushies like black trumpets, hen 'o the woods or porcinis). This beer's overall profile fits like a good croissant or english muffin so both bacon and eggs seem like they would work well here. You want a beer for breakfast? This is your friend.

O - It's hard to imagine being more impressed. This brew has it all. It's light and quenching but hoppy and dry. It has an uncharacteristic complexity that gives an often rare start, body and finish to it, but it's also incredibly well-balanced and no one component goes over the top. In addition, it wants to be consumed with food. Wow. This beer lives up to the hype and then some. A new standard. (2,981 characters)

Photo of aquaphiliac
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this for $9.99 + tax.

A: Not a particularly impressive display in my glass; pours a golden yellow with a good sized head.

S: Great smell; hops and more hops i guess. Definitely a strong suit of this beer's appeal.

T: Tastes thin at first and was kinda disappointing but then I started keeping the sip in my mouth longer and I could definitely taste the lovely bitterness. Doesn't have a bold taste, but definitely satisfying.

M: Feels light in the mouth. For the style, that's great but ideally I would love a fuller feel. Still, quite enjoyable and pleasant till the hops hit you.

D: Easy to drink for sure. 5.3% abv makes it easy to put away 3 without thinking twice.

Wasn't wowed for the price, but a solid beer. (736 characters)

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.