Warm weather is here, time for a light, refreshing #beer…

It’s that time of year when the mercury is consistently above 75 degrees, the lawn and outdoor areas require constant attention, grills are fired up frequently, and everybody just wants to be outside.  It’s also that time of year when many people turn back to their old standby beers of canned piss because of their light, cold, and water-like characteristics to quench their thirst.  Consider this a Public Service Announcement:  You need not reach for that swill anymore.  You can find light bodied, crisp flavored, thirst quenching beers that actually achieve quality in taste and style for these summer months without regressing into the pool water that is Miller/Bud/Coors.  For this installment of a summer brew review (HA! A rhyme…free of charge!), I present Victory Brewing Company’s Prima Pils.

Victory Brewing Company (http://victorybeer.com/) is located in Downington, PA, close to the beer hub that is Philadelphia.  Opened in 1996, Victory has become adept at making a wide variety of styles and flavor profiles, with influences both American and European.  Readily available across the country, this is a beer just about all of my readers should be able to get their hands on.  Prima Pils is a German-style Pilsener, with an ABV of 5.3%, an IBU of 44, and it is available year-round.  For the Prima Pils, I will provide you with two reviews, one from a bottle and one on-tap, and this will also show some of the subtle differences that can be seen when changing serving styles.

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, flourescent yellow coloring with a huge amount of carbonation. There was a light, foamy white head across the top. The nose dances with light aromas of toast and lemon, which is very enticing. The flavors were effervescent and sharp, keeping the beer very light. Lemon essence and toasted malt, with slight sour and hoppy green undertones flood the taste buds. The finish is a bit roasty and lingering, with an astringent, drying, puckering and you get the point feel, which is very appropriate for the style.   If you find yourself at an establishment with outdoor seating and Prima Pils on-tap, then my friend, you have found a place to stay for a bit.

Picture by Paul A. Ner, http://bythepint.com/victory-prima-pils

Now, on to the bottle serving, which will be more appropriate for the lawnmowing/grilling/sitting around outside the house scenarios.  Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a straw-yellow color, slightly cloudy, with no head or film. The beer has grainy and roasty smells, with bits of toasted wheat infiltraiting the nose. Flavors start off light, but burst through strongly on the mid-tongue. There are characteristics of smokey malt, cereal/grain, a hint of citrus and a splash of hops, which is refreshing in a Pils. The beer has a slightly sour aftertaste, with a filmy and long finish. Very smooth, despite the crisp and light body and slightly hopped flavor. Very easy to drink, and great with strong flavored foods, especially spicy ones.  Drinkability and light flavors give this an overall thirst quenching character, and weighing in 5.3% ABV, this is very sessionable.

So, my dear readers and fellow fans of the craft brew, get outside and do whatever it is you need to do.  Or, get outside and soak in the great weather.  Either way, grab yourself a real beer when you go out.  Hot weather is no excuse for a regression in quality.  And make sure to wear sunscreen…sunburns are a bitch, and you can trust that coming from this pale, Irish powder lookalike.  Welcome to summer everyone, and as always, drink educated my friends!


2 Responses to “Warm weather is here, time for a light, refreshing #beer…”

  1. Can’t go wrong with a lienie’s summer shandy.

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