Beer of the Week: Victory Prima Pils | Clean Plate Charlie | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida

Beer Beer Beer

Beer of the Week: Victory Prima Pils

Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie

will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it:

How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find

it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer

you'd like featured in Beer of the Week, let us know via a comment.

There was a time when any lager I was presented with was like an affront to my palate. I just didn't want to drink the stuff. To me, those lighter beers just lacked the flavor and character of their more robust counterparts. Why would I waste calories on a less flavorful beer when I could be drinking something big, powerful, and hoppy.

These days, you could say my beer drinking tastes have come full

circle. I'm no longer put off by lagers -- in fact, sometimes I seek

them out. And not because I've grown sick of big beers. I just have a

new appreciation for the subtler taste of lagers and, specifically,

pilsners. With subtle or spicy food, when it's hot out, or when I just don't want

to get blasted off of one glass, a well-balanced lager can your best


A lot of cool pilsners have hit Florida in the past few years. Stoudt's Pils

is one I can't recommend enough -- it has a near perfect blend of light

body and fruity esters, with a heavy dose of dry, herbal hops. And Victory Brewing Company,

out of Downingtown, PA, has a pilsner called Prima Pils that's cropping

up all over these days. It doesn't have the complex flavors of the

Stoudts, but Prima Pils is a nice, light lager that'll serve as a good

substitute for German beers.

In the German tradition, Prima Pils is a very dry, light-bodied pilsner

with a hoppy aftertaste. It uses German malts and hops to achieve its

flavor, but there's also something distinctly American about it. With a

light, fuzzy head, high carbonation, and a thin body, Prima is an easy

drinker. It's so light, it's nearly transparent -- if malt is your bag,

Prima will probably leave you disappointed.

But the hops are rather interesting on this one. I taste dry flavors

usually associated with heavy scotches, like leather and tobacco. And

the aromas linger around there as well -- grassy, herbal, and slightly

tanned. All this leads to a beer that starts on fairly common ground

but finishes unique. I enjoyed the last half of my glass of Prima Pils

much better than the first, maybe because it took me about that long to

discern the flavors.

Is this a pilsner to kick you from your big beer habit? No, probably

not. For that, I'd look at Stoudt's offering. But if you like dry

German lagers, give Victory Prima Pils a go. Find it at Total Wine

& Spirits and some Publix Supermarkets.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
John Linn

Latest Stories