Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,028
Hads: 4,907
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 231
Gots: 661 | 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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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, flourescent yellow coloring with a huge amount of carbonation. There was a light, foamy white head across the top. There were light aromas of toast and lemon. The flavors were effervescent and sharp, keeping the beer very light. Lemon essence and toasted malt, with slight sour and hoppy green undertones. The finish is a bit musty and lingering, with astringent, drying, puckering and any other adjective that is slightly uncomfortable, but appropriate for the style.

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Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 21 Aug 15
12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 3 Nov 15

It's been years since the last time I've had this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slight pine, grapefruit. The taste is malty, nice hop note, pines, very nice touch of grapefruit. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew, and glad to see it available to me.

Pours a clear yellow/golden color, nice carbonation, very small head that dissappears quickly, no lacing what so ever.. Right from the pouring I could smell hops, malts, and some citrusy. Very nice taste for a pils, little bite and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable at 5.3%, would make a nice session brew. Another very good job by Victory, would definitely recommend.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy head. Very good retention and lacing.

The smell was wild. Off the bat marijuana aroma which slowly dissipated into a smooth flowery hop scent. A bit of a biscuity aroma detected as well.

The taste was unique for a pils. Flavors of flowery and citrusy hop balanced slightly by a great biscuity flavor. Nice and dry as well.

The mouthfeel was excellent. The healthy dose of hops and the carbonation gave this beer a nice zip.

A highly drinkable beer. Not the best example of the classic German Pils, but who cares. This beer was magnificent. In my opinion, perhaps the best session beer out there.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.