Brew Review

Beer Review – Victory Prima Pils


Thanks to a healthy dose of beautiful weather on Thanksgiving Day, I was able to enjoy this bottle of Victory Prima Pils while chatting with my Father In Law on his backyard deck.

Here is what our friends at Victory Brewing have to say about their Prima Pils:

Heaps of hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe.

And now for my review…

  • Appearance: Crystal clear, golden yellow color with lots of translucent, fast rising bubbles. Little to no head, which probably has more to do with the choice of glassware than with the actual beer. There were no Pilsner glasses to be found. Sorry.
  • Aroma: Lemon zest. Mild citrus hops. Biscuity malt.
  • Taste: Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Some sweet malt to start things off. Citrus kicks in at mid-palate, followed immediately by some mild hop bitterness. Pleasant bitter finish.
  • ABV: 5.3%

This is not the first time that I’ve had the Victory Prima Pils, and it certainly won’t be my last. Smooth, refreshing, well balanced, thirst quenching, and highly session worthy are just a few of the ways to describe this delicious beer (selling it in cans would make this a serious Ultimate Summer Beer contender). Although I enjoy drinking this beer on it’s own, I would love to pair it up with those Brauhaus Schmitz Bavarian Soft Pretzels and a plate of Weiss Wurst (with a side of Potato Salad and Sauerkraut please!). Victory’s Prima Pils lives up to its sterling reputation.

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  1. Depending upon how much time has elapsed since the last time I’ve had an Avery Joe’s Pilsner, I go up and down with this beer. Sometimes I like it, other times I find it weak, which has more to do with my taste buds than anything else. Given the choice between the two, I’ll always go with Joe’s, but I will never turn down the Prima by itself.

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    • I had the Joe’s Pilsner on one or two occasions this past summer. My first sampling was just a few day’s after reading Don’s review. Sadly, I didn’t love it. Avery makes some great beer (White Rascal might be my favorite), but this one didn’t win me over. I wonder if proximity to the brewer has anything to do with it. Victory is a mere hour away from me while you are quite close to Avery.

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  2. Victory is a solid go-to, especially when looking for a variety pack! In PA it’s hard to find 6-packs, so I tend to look for variety packs when I buy a case. Golden Monkey is a good deal when you want a high abv Belgian-style for not too much money, and why wouldn’t you want that?

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    • Well said Ryan! I bought this beer as part of a mixed 12 pack. My Father In Law did me a favor, so payback was a 12 pack of Victory beer. He too is a fan of the Golden Monkey. As he would say, “Having a couple of Golden Monkeys will tune you up for sure!”. Or something along those lines.

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    • It is a really nice place and well worth the visit. Decent food too! When I went, there were many happy people walking out with growlers full of uber fresh Victory beer.

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