Prima Pils German Pilsner [5.3%] 4.89/5 (20)



Victory Brewing (United States/PA) – Prima Pils German Pilsner [5.3%] 

‘Prima! It’s a German exclamation of joy. It’s a recognition of accomplishment. It’s what escaped from our lips the first time we sampled this mighty pilsner recipe. With heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts, we achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor that we sought. Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!’ 


–  Hops:  Hallertau’, Spalt‘, Tettnanger‘ and Czech Saaz‘.

– Malts: German Pilsner Malts.

[ ABV: 5.3% IBU: 52* OG: 1.054* FG: 1.011 SRM: 3*. ]

– Available: Year Round, Tap/Draft, 12oz/355ml Bottles & Cans, 6 Pack.


– Look: [ Clean Golden-Yellow, well Carbonated. ] 

– Head: [ 2.5-3 Centimeters of Frothy, White Head, with Viscous Lacing. ] 

– Aroma: [ Floral Citrus, Fresh Cut Grass, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Biscuit, and Earthen-Spice. ] 

– Taste: [ Crisp Citrus, Grassy, Yellow Grapefruit, Vienna Bread, Pineapple and White Pepper. ] 

– Mouth-Feel: [ Creamy, Smooth and Highly Carbonated. Refreshing, Light Bodied, and Fluffy. ] 

– Mid Palate: [ Lemon Grass, Peach, Clover, Honey, Ginger, Pineapple, and  ] 

– Finish: [ Subtle Apricot, Peach, Lemon Grass, Bread, Earthen-Spice, Ginger, Parsley, and hints of Ruby Grapefruit. ]

– Overall: [ Crisp, Gentle Bitterness, Spicy and pleasantly Moreish. Earthen, Herbal-Spice and Fresh Cut Grass on the Palate, with subtle hints of Citrus Zest and Apricot left in the Finish. Refreshing and Balanced with a Creamy, Light-Bodied Texture. Massive amounts of Fresh Cut Grass, Lemon, and White Pepper linger in the Mouth, followed by a refreshingly Crisp, Dry Finish. A clean, easy drinking Pilsner, reminiscent of German Beer Gardens, and vast Hop Fields. ]

– Overall: [ 95.5/100 ] – Style: [ 96.5/100 ] 


– Taste: [ 95.75/100 ] Aroma: [ 97.5/100 ] 

– Would We Buy It Again?: [ As soon as it’s back in stock. The sort of Pilsner I like to have in the fridge for a warm afternoon. ] 

– Affordable?: [ Not in Australia. Although Whole Flower Hops do add so much complexity and character to the Beer, so in my opinion, yes. ] 

– Feedback/Tips: [ Not really. It’s a bloody great Pilsner! ] 

– Day Or Night?: [ Perfect as a Summer afternoon slammer. ]

– Prima Pils: 1 Word Review: [ Grassy. ] 

– Our Favourite Part of Prima Pils: [ The well Balanced Body, and the pleasant Aroma. ] 

– Victory Brewing Co. – Downington, Pennsylvania, United States – 

‘The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts.

Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft, and a friendly rivalry grew between the two. The good-natured competition pushed Bill and Ron to become accomplished home brewers, and as they both grew disillusioned with their jobs in the corporate world they realized their combined skill and love of brewing could pave the path to successful careers as brewers.

Ron left his job as a financial analyst and started an apprenticeship at Baltimore Brewing Company (BBC), working under a Dutch-born and German-trained brewer named Theo DeGroen. After working there for nearly a year, Ron had the necessary prerequisites to move on to study at the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan.

Immediately upon Ron’s departure, Bill took over his emptied role in Baltimore. While Ron was enhancing his German brewing knowledge, Bill was expanding the line of beers produced at the BBC to include several German specialty beers, many of which went on to win multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival. After his time at BBC, Bill completed his brewing studies by traveling to Munich, Germany to attend Doemens Institute.

After Ron’s year of education in Munich, he returned stateside and took a role at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia. Over the course of four year as the brewmaster there, he helped to increase production from 1,500 barrels annually to nearly 15,000.

With knowledge, experience and a love of quality beer in place, Bill and Ron decided they were ready to open their own brewery near where they first met in Pennsylvania.

Victory Brewing Company opened its doors to the public on Feb. 15, 1996. What was once a Pepperidge Farm factory became home to a 144-seat restaurant, 70-foot-long bar and a full-scale brewery. In its first year, Victory Brewing Company brewed 1,725 barrels of beer.

Since then, Victory has increased the size of the restaurant to 300 seats. The brewery has also expanded, producing  125,713 barrels of beer in 2014. As loyal craft beer drinkers continue to show their dedication to flavorful, quality beer, Victory plans to continue its own growth. Onward to Victory!’

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– Home Brewesphere: Victory Prima Pils German Pilsner Clone – 

– All Grain – 

( 5.49 Gallons/21 L ) 

OG = 1.054 FG = 1.012 IBU = 62 SRM = 3 ABV = 5.5% Boil Time = 90 Minutes 

– Fermentables – 

12.0 lb

Pilsner Malt

Weyermann® Mash 37 1 °L
0.25 lb

German Acid/Acidulated/Sauer Malt

Any Mash 33 2 °L

– Hops – 

1.25 oz Sladek (Saaz) 45 min Boil Leaf 7.5%
0.75 oz Tettnanger (US) 30 min Boil Leaf 4.5%
0.75 oz Select Spalt 30 min Boil Leaf 4.8%
0.75 oz Czech Saaz 15 min Boil Leaf 5.0%
0.4 oz Tettnanger (US) 15 min Boil Leaf 4.5%
0.4 oz Select Spalt 10 min Boil Leaf 4.8%
0.4 oz Czech Saaz 10 min Boil Leaf 5.0%
0.4 oz Sladek (Saaz) 5 min Boil Leaf 7.5%
0.4 oz Sladek (Saaz) 1 min Boil Leaf 7.5%

– Yeasts – 

German Lager Yeast White Labs WLP830 77.0%

– Extras – 

1.0 tsp Irish Moss 15.0 min Boil

– Mash Steps – 

Protein Rest Infusion 122.0 °F 20 min
Maltose Rest Infusion 149.0 °F 60 min
Dextrinization Rest Infusion 155.0 °F 20 min
Mash-Out Infusion 170.0 °F 15 min

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