With a name that comes from a German exclamation of joy and recognition of a great accomplishment, Prima Pils is Victory Brewing Company’s take on the German Pilsner style.

Before we get started on the review though, we should probably go over how to properly slow-pour your Prima Pils.

Sure, I have the wrong glass (I am still looking for an independent craft brewery with a nice pilsner glass for sale), but I did make sure to pour as close as possible to the above instructional video.

It took a while, but I think it was worth it, as I compared to a second, un-poured bottle I had shortly after. Maybe it’s just me, though. I am looking for others to taste test the difference between the two – let me know what you think in the comments after you try it yourself.

This looks like a trademark pilsner, light, pale, just a classic clean beer. Modest carbonation and head with spotty lacing left as it recedes.

Smells like the spicy and grassy hops that make up the beer, and you can’t help but detect the malty goodness that hides in back as you examine the scent.

As I take my first sips, the spicy and grassy hops are at the front, with a biscuity dry malt in back. Hop forward and medium-bodied, the bitterness doesn’t stick around for too long with a clean, dry, and almost sweet finish.

This beer is an awesome American interpretation of the original Pilsner style, substituting German hops with their American counterparts.

Fantastic, eminently quaffable, and wholly refreshing. Since I had the first one in the photo above, I’ve had this again on no less than a half dozen occasions, and will definitely be part of my regular line-up going forward.


  • ABV: 5.3%
  • IBU: 44
  • Style: German Pilsner
  • Taste: Earthy, Grassy, Citrus, Biscuit Malt
  • Rating: 4.2/5
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Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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