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Thursday, June 22, 2006 

Victory Brewing Company Prima Pils

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Most of the beers available in the world are lagers. All the garbage beers (read: Budweiser, Miller, etc.) are lagers. Some have dare define them as pilsners. Pilsners originated in Pilsen small city in the western Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Pilsen is the home of Pilsner Urquell, one of the most imported European pilsners. Like the Czechs, the Germans are very proud pilsner makers. German pilsners tend to be a bit more hoppy than their Czech counterparts; providing the bitter bite in the finish.

Prima Pils is the best American example, I’ve had of a classic German pilsner. In fact, Prima Pils is probably the best pilsner I’ve ever had. The bottle pours a straw color into my glass. Nice carbonated streams of bubble percolate the glass reaching the ¼ inch froth head. The aroma provides the obvious hops: herbs and spices. Pale malts come through in the taste with the said hops. A lil grain flavor hides beneath. The taste is smooth and subtle; even though it far out-hops any European pilsner you’ll ever have.

It’s a remarkably delicious and easy drinking lager. One word of wise: if picking up a 6 pack of this delicious nectar, be sure to check the Born On Date. This is not a beer that tastes as good past it’s prime. I’ve walked that road, please don’t follow.


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