Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,825 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,825
Reviews: 2,051
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 210
Gots: 588 | 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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Ratings: 4,825 | Reviews: 2,051
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is transparent and light yellow in color. Bubbles emanating from the depths of the beer ascend rapidly to the surface. The head is thick and white, leaving ringlets of lacing around the perimeter of the pilsner glass.

The aroma is of lager malt, a slight funk (positive), floral notes / floral hops.

The flavor is quite tasty and refreshing. This is one of the better examples of a German Pilsener I have had, especially from an American brewery. The flavor leads with a malty, biscuity character, then gracefully transitions to a light hop bitterness in the finish. Personally, I would prefer the hop character to be slightly less pronounced, allowing the malt component to shine through a bit more, but I can't deny that this is done artfully.

Easy to drink, a bold flavor, distinctive. This is in the upper echelon of the style, without question.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a light head, white in tone, which quickly dissipated. It had a very floral nose with a rather light mouthfeel. There was a great non-overpowering hoppiness in the mouth. The finish was very clean, very dry. All in all, a very beautiful beer. Someone needs to remind me why I used to pooh-pooh this beer. I feel as though I am born-again. It is certainly a beer that could be a session beer, and especially during the summertime.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another fine beer from Victory. Pours a gold / yellow color with a small head. Sports plenty of bubbles as the carbonation level is perfect. The aroma is pleasant with sharp bitterness and some sweetness. The taste and mouthfeel are wonderful - crisp on the tongue, strong hops, and sweetness that all balance out nicely. The bitterness last long (and still going) on the tongue after swallowing. Super refreshing and extremely drinkable. Love this pils.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden yellow with 1/4" of soft, dense, white heat that has good retention. The nose has notes of straw and grass with earthy, leafy hops. The taste is straw-like and grassy, similar to the nose, and features great, earthy, bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, clean, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is one of the more complex pilsners out there. The nose and flavor are very similar and the hop character is phenomenal for a pilsner.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz(fairly fresh) bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass.

A- Prima pils has a very bright golden/yellow color almost straw like. A dismal 1 inch white head came up then went down with ease. Nothing in terms of lacing. A few dense pea sized clumps of foam were scattered on the surface.

S- Is pretty simple with a bunch of European hops and German malts. This one has a very floral appeal to it and maybe some spice character.

T- Very earthy with the hops and malts blending very well with one another. Getting a touch of citrus flavor as well as some spiciness. Bready quality's throughout. Some yeast in there to add.

M- Thin to semi medium in bodied with just the right amount of carb to go with it. A nice crispness to begin which fades with some warming. I prefer to drink this as cold as possible which is different.

D- All day, especially in the summer. This is a true German Pilsner. Low ABV with a great taste and a nice crispness to it.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, poured into pint glass

A: Golden yellow with thick white head.

S: Noble hops, pleasant.

T: Saaz hops upfront with delicious bitterness. Robust for a pilsner, with German malts showing up as the beer warms.

M: Solid for a pilsner, dry, medium-bodied, not thin at all.

D: Exceptional, very easy drinking beer, with great taste, only drawback is the price, $8.59 for a sixer.

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

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with freshness dating on the label. Pours a nice shade of quite light golden amber.Snow white head,leaves moderate lacing. Nose is spicy,fresh lemony hops. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing brew. Loads of resiny and cirtic hops stand out in this bold and flavorful quafer. Great with many foods, fine everyday brew/sessioner.

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek World Tour shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale gold, slightly yellowish color. It started out with a thick, bright white foamy head but settled down to a thin covering within a minute or so.

The Noble hops really come through in the aroma with a bold, spicy, grassy, earthy flavor. A crisp lemony, citrusy flavor also comes through pretty well in the nose.

The nose suggested the hops were going to be bold, but the taste really surprised me with just how bold they were. It has a huge earthy, grassy and spicy noble hop presence to it. The citrus comes through a bit in the finish but not a lot. The hops leave a lingering spicy, moderately bitter flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it definitely showcased the noble hops very well. A little malt sweetness and citrus helped balance the flavor out a bit.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears clear golden yellow with a massive head that diminishes slowly, leaving behind some lace.

S. Some yeast, malt and spicy hops are all there up front.

T. Very well balanced pilsner here. The malt is evened out nicely by some bitter earthy hops.

M. Light and crisp. Quenching.

D. A very good brew from victory, and one I will be having more of.

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

On tap at Vine St. pub in Denver.
A nice, light golden pour. Topped by a rich, semi chunky.
Good lacing all the way down, sticky.

A spicy aroma to it with quick whiffs of light biscuit. Coriander and persimmon. Some floral.

The taste is a good play between spicy hops and biscuit. Whereas the hops dominate at first with spice and florals, the biscuity malt comes in at the end with a semi-sweet finish. Although there is a bite to it, it's still rather smooth and clean. Not musky like some GPs.

I drank this paired with quesadillas. Perhaps not the best combo, but the malt and tortilla worked out well.
very nice

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another sample from the markdown section at Vendome, a 12 ounce bottle cost me a mere 99 cents, and that folks, is what we call a bargain. On to the beer:

It's German styled alright, but with an American twist to it. What are American craft brewers known for? Making hoppy beers. Take a standard German Pils, and make it a pinch hoppier. It's a bit grassy and spicy with lingering bready malts following each sip. I expected it to be sweeter than it tasted, as the smell had an appealing sticky sweet scent to it. Very German in character, but don't tell my German stange glass that it was brewed in America.

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its been several months since I last had this beer, and I wonder if I might have an old barrel this time around. Looks great, yellow and gold with a nice white head. Smells sweet and a bit hoppy. Taste is similar, but it lacks crisp flavors. The hops dont have much flavor and he malt flavor is pretty plain. It just kind of tastes like a light pale ale. It thought it was okay and it still drank nicely, but this wasn't the beer I expected.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Leaves a nice simple white head with minimal retention of about two fingers. Pale lemon/straw body and cloudy with much visible carbonation. Some sticky lacing is apparent, but the head doesn't stick around for very long.

Bouqeut on this is a very spritzy lemon quality almost like a good Hefeweizen but bigger. Almost like spurtiza Italian soda feel but not much else. Really unique.

Just right body with a lime hop tangyness in taste. Mid palate lemon but this big citrus lemon/lime and hop play on taste and finish making the beer almost like an Italian cafe soda. Crisp and tangy. For it's big visible carbonation, it doesn't feel very carbonated at all.

Drinkability is real solid and easy and unique, this is a great beer for summer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer while visiting Maryland in July- and staying in an unairconditioned room, and man did it hit the spot.

The beer pours a lovely pale straw color with a very white thin head that dissipates quickly.

There is a lovely scent of crispness and hops in the nose, smells as a good pilsner should.

The taste is excellent. The bitterness is definitely there, but is well balanced. There is a rich fruitiness with some slight cream nuances following the bitter. Rounder and fuller than some German style pilsners, but still delicious.

The mouthfeel is pretty dry, but the roundness and creaminess mentioned above subtract from the crispness that should be a little more prominent on the finish.

Same goes for drinkability- It is very drinkable, but a little crisper finish would have been even more welcome on this hot day. The hops are nice, but could have even a little more oomph.

Overall a very nice beer, any negative comments are really just nitpicking. I'll definitely drink this again.

Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy golden color with nice sized white foamy head. Weak aroma with hints of hops, wheat and citrus. Bland flavor of pilsner malt, subtle hops and straw. Easy drinking session beer that is a little too bland and watered down for my taste.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pleasant bright golden colour, with a robust and thick head of just creamy-white foam. Lacing is sticky and persistent, some pancake bubbling on the top of the head. Some rather lazily bubbling carbonation animates the beer. A really top-looking pilsener.

I could smell it as soon as I'd uncapped the bottle - a big and boisterous fruity hop cacophony. Notes of passionfruit, resin and sweet citrus, with a really pleasant, but very underplayed grain sweetness. It's clean and fresh and more pointed than, say, the hop explosion you'd get from an IPA, but it's bang on for this style.

Taste is also clean and fresh, with a nice sharp and direct vector of hop bitterness through the mid palate. Finish is extremely dry, which is just what you want, leaving a refreshing bite of underripe carambola or kiwifruit. Mouthfeel is just leavened with a little fine sparkling carbonation without feeling bloating or prickly.

This is crisp and clear, amazingly refreshing and thoroughly drinkable. This is a really well-made, spot-on pilsener. This is what beer's about.

Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden beer with a slight cold haze, good white head.

Smell is herbal and citrus hops with a biscuit malt backbone and a faint whiff of butter.

Taste is mildly sweet and creamy with a sold hit of hops to the tongue at the beginning. Tasty and much better balanced than I expected from it's reputation for being a hoppy Pilsner. Remains an excellent well made Pilsner all the way through.

Good mouth feel.

Outstanding drinkability I could drink this all the time except there was only one case of this at the Pasadena BevMo.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep yellow with great carbonation and a fluffy white head.

S: Nose is light but with grain, sweetness, light hops.

T: Light hops, sweetness, grain, dash of hops a very, some light floral and honey notes

M: Mouthfeel is light, sweet, light booze, sweetness.

O: Drinkability is very good.

Photo of wl0307
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF Bar, GBBF 2009; BB 04/10/2009, served lightly chilled in a 500ml straight pint glass. NOTE: No indication of alc. strength is provided on the label.

A: pours a very pale straw hue with sporadic streams of medium-size bubbles; the fluffy white foam settles slowly to a thin cap to last.
S: clean/fine straw-ish lager malt makes its way into the nostrils first, but the fruity backbone from lightly citric (almost grapefruit-ish) and breezy-floral hop aroma stays staunchly behind; a close sniff would reveal more aromatic citrusness and a clean, sour-doughy note as of a well lager-ed beer, but not quite pronounced as its genuine German counterparts. Overall, refreshing, and very pleasant, thanks to the fulsome fruitiness on the balance.
T: the flavour is lightly fruity and immediately bitter from the very beginning, but quickly the bitter grapefruits ensue and leave clean lager malts way... behind; the aftertaste is really chewy, zesty-tannic and bitter, much more so than most (if not ALL) German Pilseners I've tried and, simultaneously, the hop flavour and aroma are both more assertive as well. Sip after sip, the bitterness intensifies and renders a tongue-plucking impact throughout.
M&D: moderately carbonated and medium-bodied for the reported strength (5.3%abv.), this lager is in fact more like a well-hopped blond ale - for, the lingering bitterness and chewy palate in the end is more like that of a blond ale, which comes with pronounced hoppiness not usually associated with a German Pilsener, while the typical clean dough-iness is rather suppressed in face of the hop components. Overall, this American hoppy take on the style is not bad at all - very thirst-quenching, tasty, and well-crafted.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear yellow body with a gentle carbonation racing through it. There is a thick white head that is creamy but turns bubbly after a while.

S- The smell of dry pale malt has a spicy hop aroma and when it warms there is a faint dry honey malt note in there too.

T- This beer has a smooth faint pale malt freshness with a soft raw corn note to it. The herbal green hops have a hint of ginger spice to them that finish in a nice hoppy bite.

M- The mouthfeel is light with a dry finish but I didn't detect any note of sulfur dryness.

D- This beer has good depth of hops and the malt flavors are very good for this style.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and fair lacing. The nose is light but attactive, consisting of honey, biscuit dough and light pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, with the beer showing some light sweetness initially that is quickly balanced by a considerable bite of bitterness in the finish. This beer is light and refreshing, but still has plenty of flavor. Drinkability is quite good, with the crisp bitter finish and low alcohol making this very much a summer time session beer.

As always, just a very nice beer...

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/yellow color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cooked corn, hops, diacetyl. The corn overpowers the aroma. Taste is malty with a hop bite in the finish. I get some honey and some bready flavors throughout. Medium body, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. Great pilsner I could see a few of these in my future.

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At first this comes off as very hoppy especially for a pilsner but it mellows in the mug and finish is not bad.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of Prima Pils served in a Three Philosophers goblet.

Appearance: The pils is a golden yellow color, very bright and vibrant with no hint of any impurities.

Smell: The pils has a firm biscuity malt aroma that mixes nicely with a strong earthy hop aroma.

Taste: The beer has a spicy noble hop flavor that is durable and tasty without destroying your taste buds. The malts are well balanced, giving just enough of a sweetness to really accentuate the hops.

Mouthfeel: This really is a victory for your tastebuds.

Drinkability: Well-made pils, perfectly suitable for a hot summer day or and other day of the year.

Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils reminds me of a brand-new gold plated trumpet. It is brilliantly resplendent and its well-polished glisten is without even the faintest of blemishes; I dare not stain the glass with fingerprints. In contrast, its head is almost unattractively scuzzy and its retention concerningly feeble. Luckily, the orchestra of bubbles entertain with their own concerto of jostling movement and hypnotic rhythm. This definitely belongs in the symphony.

The aroma is of the perfect match for a pilsner- sassy, soapy, spicy, it has all the characteristics of Europe's most popular style beer. And I am speaking of a *real* pilsner, not the bastardized mass-produced yellow lagers that are often labeled 'pils', but rather of the fragrant, fiery variety that is rightfully the pride of every Czech (and German). Successful execution is owed to whole-leaf Saaz and German Northern Brewer hops.

And despite the bottle being three-months old, that lemony, green, grassy pungency of the hops is still hugely discernible in the taste as well. It's almost gritty earthiness is mellowed out by the sweet, lightly grainy taste of bready pale malts. The sweetness of malts and the bitterness of hops is one of nature's true ying and yangs - a testament to the inherent balance of the natural world. It's hard to say what aspect I like better.

Actually no it isn't - I like the hops. And that this pilsner uses a good amount of them makes it wholly gratifying. This style of beer is notorious for disappearing in gulps rather than sips, liters rather than millimeters and Prima Pils' quenching, light bodied mouthfeel, complete with the clipping hop bite, is no exception to the trend. Discounting all this brewery's other notably solid offerings, Victory can rightfully be called such just on the basis of this beer.

Prima Pils being a great pilsner should shock you as much as water being wet. Not only is Pennsylvania renown for making some of the best German-style beers outside of Germany, but Victory is right up there amongst the best of that state's many great breweries. Besides, this brewery makes a whole variety of insanely highly rated pilsners, one of which, Braumeister Harvest Pils, is probably the best example of the style I've ever tried.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,825 ratings.