This was my first experience with a beer from Victory Brewing from Pennsylvania. I must say overall I was very impressed with the Victory Prima pilsner – even though this isn’t my favorite style of beer.
The beer had a nice golden color which was slightly warmer or darker than beers I had been reviewing lately for The Brew Club – and it was a little less than perfectly clear in the glass. Prima didn’t didn’t seem overly carbonated, and small lingering head was created in the glass, and some decent lacing also remained as the beer was slowly transferred from the glass to my digestive system.
The smell was complicated, and you could tell this beer was different, even before drinking it. The label talks about “European Hops” and “German Malts” being used in the brewing process – and maybe that has something to do with the smell og the beer. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it had a very nice smell that indicated to me that the Prima would be something different. So how did it taste? Does the interesting aroma live up to its expectations?
One word. Yes! Prima pilsner is good! The Victory Prima had a complicated flavor, a little bitter but not unpleasent in the least. It goes down very smoothly and has a kind of aftertaste that really lingered for quite some time. I’m not a technical beer reviewer (gee, really?) so its hard to really explain the complexity and smoothness of this brew – but that’s just what it is. Nice job, Victory. I guess all those German ingredients do make a difference!
If someone were to ask me what I thought of VIctory’s Prima brew, I would tell them that is is definitely worth a try, and I would recommend the Victory Prima without hesitation. If it happens to be on tap someplace – go for it. If you see it on the shelf in your favorite store, give it a try! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I’m a bit of a tough reviewer, and while this beer is really good, it still didn’t overwhelm me with the urge for a second bottle – which is part of my internal, completely biased and unscientific rating system. So I’m going to give the Victory Prima Pilsner 3 out of 5, which really is a pretty good rating from me!