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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,341
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 295 | 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev -1%

best before June 04, 07 Poured into pils glass.

Pours golden yellow with a foamy head that is well-retained.

The smell is of hops - Saaz hops. Plenty of them.

The taste is floral and grassy - Saaz hops with just enough malt to keep things together.

The feel is appropriately light, with some slickness to it.

This is one that I get when I want a hoppy pils. It is refreshingly light with a hoppy character and a nice taste.

jwc215, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours like a wheat beer--lots of cloudiness, straw to golden color. Frothy head that leaves good ring lace.

Mild hop aroma with a proper malt base. Slightly skunked in this one.

More hoppy than most pilsners. It has a very rich body for the style.

Doesn't really fit the style, but it is delicious.

smcolw, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

A nice bright golden color, that pours with a nice white head that disappears quickly. Has a nice appealing floral bouquet. The first taste is one of a soft malty flavor, which then finishes with a nice sharp hop bitterness that marries well with a bit of hop flavor. This is a great example of a Pils, which I wish I could get on a regular basis.

Gueuzedude, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

MarkyMOD, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Halcyondays, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Gavage, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Was in the mood for a good pils and I'd seen the high ratings on this one so I picked up a sixer here in SoCal for $10.99. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the fridge and side-poured into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, fairly thin, with some light cream. Retention is above average. Body colour is a predictable clear light yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style; this is standard fare so far.

Sm: Fresh full clean barley and pale malts. Crisp and refreshing. A bit of floral hop character. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Par for the course. It's appealing.

T/Mf: Ah. Now we're getting somewhere. Fresh full-bodied clean barley and pale malts. Complementary floral hopping gives it a bit more depth. Some crystal malt. The softness of the mouthfeel is a highlight, and what sets this beer apart from other pilsners in my opinion. Smooth, wet, and refreshing, with a bit of dryness and a dash of lemongrass on the climax. A bit coarse in the second act, bringing out the flavour. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer and feels carefully balanced with the flavour profile; it's very nectary but I'd stop short of calling it sweet or cloying. It's disappointingly simple, but it's also got more depth than many (German) pilsners. I do like it. A refreshing pleasant pilsner. Very well balanced and executed, though it's a bit too bitter for the style (likely from slight overhopping, which also gives it a bit more floral flavour). It lacks subtlety, but there are some more refined notes here.

Dr: As easy to drink as any pilsner out there. Would pair great with food. I wouldn't get it again with Pilsner Urquell so readily available, but it's a good offering from Victory, and it's nice to see craft breweries attempting lighter easier to drink styles. I'll easily kill my sixer, and I think it's well priced as an East coast import.

High B-

kojevergas, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1%

04/18/05- Received via trade with connecticuitpoet and steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz brew with a best by date of Feb 2004...scary. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Nice crisp yellow pour with a clean 3/4 inch head and adequate lacing.

Smell- More hoppy than expected in the nose. Otherwise your normal grain scents.

Taste- Not a sweet as many pils I have tried, but a nice hoppy background. Nice grain taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and a bit dry. Maybe a very slight watery taste at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably would be one of my got to pils if I had easy access to it. Nice change of pace with the heavier hop profile. Nice session brew.

GClarkage, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

I love Victory beers so this one seemed like a no-brainer to try out. While it is my least favorite Victory beer I have tried thus far, it's still above average when compared to other beers out there. Kind of a lackluster cloudy yellow appearance, not much for lacing. Smell is sort of spicy with some European hops smell. Taste is of a lot of Saaz hops to me (not sure if they were actually used), very European taste to it... but also a little hoppier (I'm guessing it was Americanized?). Nothing special but a decent beer to give a try.

oriolesfan4, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

woodychandler, Jul 04, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

weeare138, May 18, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Served on-tap at The Fridge on opening day into a Prima Pils glass.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a big pillowy two finger tall white head leaving light steaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready pils malts, spicy hops, lemon rind, and some damp earth. This one is classic pils all the way.

T - Starts off with a big chewy pils malt kick that lingers throughout each sip. Hints of spicy hops and zesty lemon help keep things balanced. The finish is fairly chewy with a slight hop bite, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Clean, chewy, feel that helps to keep this ones drinkability high.

O - I could, and have, drank this all day. Between the low ABV and the simple flavors it is extremely drinkable. It remains one of my go to beers when I am at a place with questionable beer selection.

orangesol, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

tempest, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

wl0307, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%

12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clear yellow color with a finger of white suds across the top. Spotty and stringy lace stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is very grassy and herbal. Faint lemony appeal with zest and pith. A bit of grainy sweet undertone but the aroma is mostly dominated by a noble hop grassiness.

Taste is much more aggressive with grassy and herbal bitterness than you might expect. Almost a lemony zest quality hints towards a feeling of perfume and minorly fruity alcohol that is oily and pithy. Very subtle suggestions of straw-like grain that is fresh.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, snappy and refreshing. Worth checking out but there are other examples in the style I would choose over this one if given the opportunity...prime example being any of Victory's braumeister pils offerings.

stakem, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Billolick, Apr 01, 2005
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,341 ratings.