WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Really a stand out pilsener, this one! Its average appearance lulls you into a sense of complacency before a nice lemon/citrus notes in the aroma and a great hop character in the flavor, leading to a very dry and full finish convince you that this is no ordinary pils. Really a superior example from a somewhat underappreciated style and, in my opinion, one of Victory's better brews!
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Peoria International Beer Festival. I've never really found a pilsener that I liked, that is until I tried this. Profound hop aroma and flavor, smooth texture. Piney and sappy undertones. Very pleasing.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 Straw golden in color. What an aroma: the beautiful smell of hops. An excellent Pilsner. Someone shoudl send a couple cases of this over to Miller so those bozo's can taste a "real" pilsner, and maybe they will stop advertising Miller Lite as one! Re-rate: just had the draught version. No real difference: both are excellent!!!
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a pilsner, this destroys the myth that only the Germans and their Eastern European cousins understand this often complex style of beer. Thick and rich palate. Crisp clean flavor and not overly hopped like many American brewers lean toward. Delicious golden color. It screams for a warm spring or summer day. For pilseners, this is one of the best. Not a hint of skunk!
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this on draft at the Grey Lodge in Phila. Pilseners are not my favorite style. This tasted like any othe German pilseners
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 2/24/03: Pours a fizzy pale yellow with a foamy white head. Looks like a pils, taste like a pils, but not bad, for a pils.
3/12/06: Light sweet aroma with a hint of grass and maybe corn. Flavor starts lightly sweet followed by a crisp hop bitterness finishing kinda dry. Medium bodied and creamy with lively carbonation.
Foxbush (1145) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Head was quick in forming and overflowed glass. Cloudy in appearance. Hoppy aroma. Classic pilsner. Overall impression was good but not great. Does not impress you as much as other Victory brews. At Holden Beach in NC I was able to try another Prima Pils. The impression was very different. There was lemon and bitterness in the taste from start to finish. This is an excellent Pils.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of toasted malt any piney perfumed hops. Pours from the bottle a sparkling light golden. The large frothy/rocky head is fully lasting with stellar lacing. The flavor has exceptional balance and finish. Great depth for this style. The soft light and smooth body finishes clean. Victory proves that BIG beers do indeed exist in the style of Pilsener.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Calling this a great pilsener is like saying how great Kentucky is because Cincinnati is such a nice city--it has appeal because it crosses over to different territory. Full marks for appearance--have I ever said that for a pilsener?--nice cascade, hazy off-yellow, and wonderful mass of whipped egg-white-like head. The aroma and flavor emit masses of quality hops, giving a floral but at times Juicy Fruit-brand chewing gum flavor. Here is where my mind was thinking "IPA"? "American pale ale?" So distinctively hoppy, it was enjoyable except for, to me, an overly sharp bitterness hanging on. I'm not a hopaholic, so this didn't strike my fancy as much. Sort of like being in Cincinnati (when I'd rather be in Kentucky, or better yet, New York). Still, very enjoyable, very drinkable, very interesting.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2003 What in the name of Josef Groll is this crap. My first reaction of this stuff when trying to poor it into one of my nice pilsner glasses was it had gone bad since I had 1 inch of beer and 7 inches of foam. After scooping out the foam and while holding the glass and bottle nearly horizontial I was able to get a half glass of beer. Next reaction was that I had a bad batch since the beer was cloudy. The taste is like a fish who drank a IPA and pissed this out. So I was going to give it a pass until reading the reviews here and found out it is supposed to be cloudy in appearance. Highly disappointing given the rating for this beer on this site.
Re-rate: Tried again when it was nearly frozen and it was less offensive. The cap did not explode off the bottle, the head more managable, and the flavor more subdued. The other flavors come out while the hops are hidden better than when this beer is warmer.