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Victory Prima Pils (240 of 1001)

Rating: 4.05

Another beer from the 1001 Beers list now, my 240th in total and what will be my first of four Victory beers on the list, all of which I ordered from the Brewdog online shop last month. This one is brewed using what the Pennsylvania brewery calls “heaps” of hops and imported German malts giving the beer an approximate IBU of around 44.  As well as featuring in the 1001 Beers list, this one was also included in legendary beer reviewer Michael Jackson’s list of 500 Classic Brews and at the time of writing is listed as the 8th best pilsner on RateBeer. The beer also rates highly on the BeerAdvocate website where it is listed as the 3rd best German style pilsner in the world so naturally this is one that I’m really looking forward to trying. And to find this was a beer that Victory’s distributors initially wanted nothing to do with, originally thinking that drinkers would turn their backs on another pilsner believing it to be the same as the likes of Miller Lite, thankfully this one is nothing like that garbage and actually has a taste to it.
Victory Prima Pils

Appearance (4/5): Incredibly clear and a light golden colour that has a lot of small bubbles rising to the surface from the start. There is a centimetre tall, foamy white head on top of this one that holds as a nice surface lacing with a little extra left on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Very fresh on the nose with a great blend of citrus and grassy hops alongside some light pilsner malts and a hint of sweetness. There is the odd hint of floral coming through as well and overall the beer is a great smelling pilsner that is both light and refreshing without coming across as weak or bland; a rare feat for pale lagers these days.
Taste (8/10): Grassy hops and a medium strength taste of citrus comes through initially, alongside touches of spice from the hops and some refreshing lemon flavours. There is a light malt base and hints of sweetness followed by a subtly bitter finish that rounds things off very nicely indeed.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and light bodied but certainly not thin or bland, the beer has good carbonation with a light bitterness appearing around the middle and carrying through towards the end of the beer. There is a good balance throughout and the beer was incredibly easy to drink as a pilsner should be.

Overall (17/20): This one was a great pilsner and definitely up there with some of the best of the style I have tried, in fact it could very possible be the best of the style I have tried. The beer was incredibly easy to drink, had a refreshing and pleasant taste and kept a great balance throughout, with the flavours complimenting each other and the nose excellently. Don’t pass up trying this one if you get the chance, it’s such a good beer.

Brewed In: Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1997
Type: German Pilsner
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £2.80

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