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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,427 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,427
Reviews: 1,985
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 316 | 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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass at ChurchKey.

Wow, how has it taken me so long to drink and review this beer? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose is faint (as I've come to expect from these pilsners), comprising only some wheat and light florals. The taste follows, a bit stronger, with notes of floral and citrus peel bitters and a very light background bit o' biscuits. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils, but nothing to get all that uppity about.

TMoney2591, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1%

SocalKicks, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pale yellow like so many other macro lagers. Minor lacing that sets this apart somewhat. Grassy, grainy aroma, not better than bottled samples i've had. Flaccid appearance, looks anemic for a PIls.

Mild bitterness on the palate, could use a bigger hop kick to it. Engineered to appeal to macro drinkers, surely. Not snappy, kind of dull overall. Fuller than usual due to a nice level of carbonation. Simple and non-intellectual, drink by the six-pack.

emerge077, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried to order this in a few different bars in T.O., and it is always sold out. Now, I've tracked down a bottle, so let's see what the fuss is all about.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some spotty lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of floral citrus hops, and biscuity white grain. The taste is crisp barley grain, and floral, piney, and grassy hops. The carbonation is average, the body decently round, and full, but a bit clammy, and it finishes clean and crisp.

A pretty decent old world pils, wish it were easier to get a hold of.

biboergosum, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 2/4.

Best by date: March 2, 2008

A - Poured out a hazy, golden/yellow color with a little amount of carbonation. It had a soapy, white, two-finger head.

S - It smelled quite floral and hoppy. It also smelled of grains and caramel malt.

T - It tasted very sweet. There was a light malt flavor blended with a grain taste. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Victory products are great and this is no exception. A great pils.

zeff80, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, bright golden color with a soft, creamy head that holds up fairly well. The aroma is intensely hoppy - bright and fresh - with a grassy and somewhat spicy character. A crisp carbonation and medium body join to create a full mouthfeel. The flavor is bold: Generously malty, but then it needs to be, to support the mouth-watering and solid hop flavor. Quite aggressive. The finish is big and hoppy, leaving a resiny dryness. A bold German-style pilsner, not so much seductive as it is dominating.

NeroFiddled, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so so so crisp. an awesomely refreshing beer when you just need a beer. pours s unshiney yellow colow with lots of carbonation and rising head. smells very well balanced, with noticable malts and hops in the nose. taste is quite complex for a pilsner, and more hoppy than most ive tried. could almost be a pale ale, except for the lighter malts and mouthfeel. this is freakishly sessionable and ont of the only pilsners i consistently choose to purchase and drink. also one of the few pilsners that truly excited me. if you are in the same boat pick this one up

StonedTrippin, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy golden liquid, topped with a finger and a half of white head. Good retention and lace.

S - Grainy and sweet with a slight hoppy note in the background. Distinct German pilsner aroma that I can only describe as corn tortillas.

T - Grainy with lots of herbal hop flavor. Sweet at first, but it finishes dry and smooth.

M - Moderately high carbonation, light body and a somewhat astringent finish.

D - This is by far the most authentic German pilsner that I have had from an American brewery. The flavor and aroma are spot on and I am amazed that they would take the time to craft something this subtle. Stylistically, the only flaw is the somewhat poor clarity. German pilsner is by no means one of my favorite styles, but Prima is beautifully done.

nickfl, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bight pale yellowish golden colour with a very active carbonation that hold the near perfect lace together.

Very expressive in the hop department with herbal and spicy aromas and flavours that solidly dominate the senses but not to the point of being overwhelming. Touch of biscuity doughy maltiness within, very clean with a dry long lasting hoppy finish.

Perfect with some spicy homemade sausage at Redbones. If you like your pils with more than enough hops this is the one.

Jason, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory is amazing, because they don't give in to the masses, and they brew the types of beers that they like to brew. This one pours a slightly hazy gold with a vibrant white head that left a full even lace all the way down the glass. The aroma presents a very quaffable bouquet of aromatic saaz hops, not much sweetness just all hops baby. Victory pulled an Emeril on this one, and kicked it up another notch. The European hops give it that classic lager crispness. The taste has a more balanced malt/hop ratio than the aroma. Slightly citrus edge to it, the bitterness leaves a trail of hop resin as it flows down the gullet. The mouthfeel is standard for a well done pilsner, very unique overall finish from this light to medium bodied beer. I could drink this regularly, very palatable and easy to drink. I can't see how somebody couldn't love this beer, but that's just my opinion.

WVbeergeek, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, light malts and lager yeast and it’s very robust for the style.

T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet and then transitions into a little bit of fruitiness and a strong hops bitterness. There’s a very nice balance and the after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could see myself drinking quite a few of these over the course of an evening. I could also see myself choosing this beer to drink with a nice large meal. It’s a very good beer overall.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 4/23/11. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a rich looking bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that skims the surface, leaving back sticky swathes of foamy looking lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral, herbal, citric, and a bit spicy, with a light underlying bready sweetness from the malts.

The taste has a leafy and spicy bitterness to it that stretches the whole way through. This just has a bright hoppy pop to it in the mouth that is supported by those Pils malts, which while giving off some balancing sweetness here, mostly have a grainy stiffness to them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, clean, and all-around assertive feel in the mouth.

Ah, this is a classic from Victory and I never turn down a pint or bottle if it comes my way. That mix of German and Czech hops lends this a distinct kind of herbal or earthy spiciness that I really dig and that close to 5% ABV keeps this right there at that approachable level where you can have a couple of these without taxing the palate a whole lot. I love that I’m able to get this beer fresh at the brewery with relative ease.

Kegatron, May 02, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clouded straw gold with minimal head that falls to nothing. Nose is a matured and subdued lemon.Flavor is slightly citrus like with a smooth and slightly heavily bodied character that comes off as earthy and leaves a high amount of ink in the mouth. Consistent flavor delivery never drops off; just fades away over time. Very drinkable, though might be a bit too hearty for some.

RblWthACoz, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bomber up at Wegman's poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is golden and the clarity is lightly hazed with a moderately fast paced rise of bubbles. The head is 1/2 inches of rocky snow and lace clings in spots in a wave pattern. The smell is musty and mineral from the yeast with a pils malt scent and the German origin is apparent in both hops and yeast with slight grassy vegetal and herbal aromas from the hops. The malt and hops with the yeast delivers a mild sweet scent which compliments the earthy elements well. I get a bit of grass, probably because it is so fresh, but mild grainy feel with high carbonation and spicy, peppery middle and mild sweet tinges throughout. The light grainy texture in there with a pretty resinous hop texture and highly dry semi-bitter finish.

The tast is light toasted pils malt with a mild floral hop flavor and some spicy grassy tastes that aren't harsh, yet still gives the impression that this pils is highly hop flavored with a very mild yeast mineral quality and light pilsner malt sweetness. The finish is dry and spicy with a nice yeasty tinge. I think this is a great American take on the German Pils style, with a pretty hop forward taste, yet it is still within range to be considered traditional influenced with nice noble hop character and high drinkability.

Slatetank, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with effervesence & a 3 fingers deep fluffy white head. Very good head retention & super lacing

Smell; Malty with peppery hops scent

Taste: Malt, then gassy & peppery flavors up front. Hop bitterness lingers on tounge. Finoshes peppery, slightlly malty, soapy & dry

MF: Good balance, medium body & good carbonation

Drank very easy, nice take on the style with a German influence to be sure

russpowell, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, mostly clear golden banana color.

Nose lots of nice malts, straw, toasty wheat, light grassy floral hops.

Taste clean and crisp, nice toasty pilsner malts, light straw grassy floral noble hops with a decent of bitterness. Drier finish with a long bitter hoppy crisp finish, touch of spicy hops too.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall very drinkable, crisp and refreshing, nice pils malts, nice noble and bit of american hops, great pils.

jlindros, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, lacey, white head, sparkling foam.
Aroma has citrus notes, lemon zest, flowers, and pineapple.
Delightfully light texture, long, welcome finish. Truly this must be the thinking man's "lawnmower beer". Possesses a certain zing that reminds me somehow of Duvel. I'm normally an ale man, but I would never pass up on
this pilsner. Are the fine folks of Downington, PA aware that among their modest ranks walk these brewing gods disguised as mortals?

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I need to preface with I'm not a big Pils guy. There are some I like and some I don't. I'm sorting them in my mind. This beer is nearly clear, like water, it was impressive, amazing really. I stared at it for a while before drinking it. There is little to moderate carbonation, big head that fell away quickly. Smell is a little skunky, proabably not the best descriptor because the beer was not skunky. I can see why people use this as a good example of a pilsner, but I did not enjoy it. Sweetness classic Pils aroma developed or became more obvious as I drank. All in all, not my favorite but a great example of an American made Pils, think Bitburger when you drink this.

drabmuh, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a golden hut. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with some mild lacing.

Smell: Malty, this one is very light with a mild sweetness. I'm also getting an herbal presence.

Taste: Light and crisp, just like the smell. I"m getting some floral notes along with a bitterness from the pils malt and some hops. The finish is slightly bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.

Overall: This is a really nice pils. Light and easy to drink, I'm a big fan.

oline73, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: ?

I'm obviously not a pils guy, but this one's not too bad, and it's seen quite often in bottles and on tap. Clear golden-yellow pour, with a bubbly white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Floral hops on the nose, grainy. No surprises here. Taste of pils malts, grains, biscuity, light and crisp, floral hops with a touch of citrus zest, fairly bitter and drying. Light body, pretty easily drinkable for the style, but overall just not my thing.

Rifugium, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

mactrail, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of pale malts and hops. It has a very bitter scent. The taste is decent. It is light and refreshing with quite a bit of hop flavor. Again, the beer has a very bitter taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well, but it has a lingering aftertaste that may deter some from having more than one.

WesWes, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mendvicdog, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

MarkyMOD, Aug 18, 2012
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,427 ratings.