Victory brewery ‘Prima’ pils


image“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!”

These brewers are lucky their beers are good because there’s no awards for their labels. Something about them gives off a cheap, tacky feel. Served in a flute glass the transparent, golden pour offers up a frothy 1 finger head that reduces to a light dusting of foam on top. Some healthy lacing clings to the glass. The aroma is producing some nice, light pot-pourri florals with candied lemon, pear, sage, lavender and undertones of cereal grains and corn. There’s enough going on here to say that it’s a decent aroma for a pils. The mouth feel is is light and oily with a vibrant, well rounded fizz. The front palate enjoys a mildly assertive bitterness that hangs on through to the finish. Another few sips allow the tongue to get accustomed to the spicy, citrusy hops which in turn allows hints of light biscuit malts and corn chips to come forward. The finish is mild citric with a lengthy bitter back end that may just be cautiously revealing its slightly above average ABV (5.3%). This is a pretty good pilsner, while being very sessional at the same time a decent flavour profile is on offer. Well balanced and all round easy drinking beer. Not bad.