Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

784 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

Formerly Victory Lager
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Ratings: 784 | Reviews: 354
Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden yellow, with minimal inch head, and some lacing.

Mostly grassy hops, and lightly bready malts.

Straight forward lager, crisp, refreshing but not a lot going on. Just a lot of grass.

Not something I would purchase but still find acceptable.
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Photo of Gajo74
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color, very little head and no lace retention. Aroma has a slightly tart and sour element when first poured, later hay and then grain and malt as it warms. Taste is mostly grainy and mineral water. Not very complex. Very light feel.
Not a bad light beer to open up the palate, but nothing special either.

Photo of grumpygerman
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bready sweetness with a slightly hoppy and crisp finish. A solid, straight forward Helles.

Photo of Jericho7x
4.61/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

New to craft beers, but this one would be a regular IF I could get better access to it. Local place in Nashville (Craft Brewed) told me about it. Very good beer for a beginner that is NOT into all the hops and malts. Drinkable, and tasty. Give it a try if you are like me.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I keep falling more in love with Victory brewery every day. The look isn't great with a light yellow and medium carbonation and maybe I'm stuffy today but I don't smell a thing but the taste - oh man. Deep, rich corn and nutty flavor - this bear tastes so good!

Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well done helles lager by Victory. Clean, slightly sweet grainy maltiness with hops only lending a bit of a drying finish. Great drinking lager. Lighter bodied. Could stand to add a little to the body Great tailgate beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Bright but pale straw with decent white cap.

Smell: Straw and hay mostly, with some dried out apple.

Taste: Malty with apple, pear, cereal grains, and straw. There is some light peppery spiciness at the finish. Some grainy aftertaste that macros often have as well.

Feel: Very light bodied with carbonation more in check than expected. Smooth and crisp but only semi-dry.

Overall: Decent Helles that would be a good crossover beer, but I have had better Helles Lagers, or I would just reach for a crispier Pilsner.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like slightly fruity lager yeast, grassy hops, and lightly bready malts.

This is a pretty simple lager, but tasty nonetheless. A little bit of honey sweetness, some grassy, spicy hops, and bready malts.

This is light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Nothing super special here, but still tasty.

Photo of WckdVbz
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is an okay beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit and spicy hops. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, wheat, and yeast. Floral and spicy European hops with some grass. A solid light lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely crisp and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and spicy Euro hops. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, cracker, cereal grains, wheat, straw, and yeast. Spicy and floral Euro hop notes along with a light note of grass. A nice bready clean taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A solid take on the Euro light lager style. Good crisp biscuit malt and Euro hop notes.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

THE most beautiful beer I've seen. So crystal clear and the color is outstanding, pale golden. This beer smells like you want it to smell with the euro hops and malts. So clean is flavor and showcases what you can do with some serious skill behind a euro lager. While this is no BA RIS or some sour raz beer, it is what it is and it's an excellent version of that.

Photo of Rutkiller
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent, easy-drinking lager. Clean, crisp taste.

Photo of Amanduhhh
1.99/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Shallow and pedantic. A miller lite with some spice.

Photo of breadwinner
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully drinkable, this brew is clean and satisfying.

Photo of philbe311
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Close to 10 years of cra ft beer geekdom living in both the philly suburbs and south central PA and I have yet to try this Victory offering... Looking around for something new and unpretentious, this called out to me today from the shelves... An average pour yields slightly less than a fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp off-white colored froth that displays minimal to no retention... It leaves behind a thin veil of splotchy lacing an thin collar... The color is an exceedingly pale golden straw... A light to moderate bit of average paced carbonation rises randomly throughout... The nose is simple and clean... Loaded with rich bready malts and cereal grains... A light euro hop presence... On the palate this one is a bit of a subdued version of the nose... Perhaps you can mix in a touch of lemon zest as well... The mouthful is on the fuller side of light bodied... A bit thin... A very limited bit of carbonation bite... Goes down rather uneventfully... A simple and somewhat enjoyable beer, but in the future I'd much rather opt for the Prima Pils, Stoudt's Gold or a Sly Fox offering to itch my Pennsylvania German lager itch...

Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Enjoy by 15 Jun 2015 printed on the label. Pours a straw gold with no head, just a soapy, fizzy slick. Copious tiny bubbles are seen effervescing in-solution. Nose expresses cereal grains and a light, grassy quality. Taste follows nose - fairly clean with a faint sour mash skunk towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, simple, refreshing and quite drinkable.

Photo of nelsonracite
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

was not a fan of this lager

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Rated within style, this is easily one of the best lagers I have ever had!

Poured from a really fresh keg at a friend's party, I found this to be sweet, creamy, and refreshing. Much better than the bottled version, that I had prior to my days on BA.

Worth checking out if you can get this fresh.

Photo of JSaulWelter
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Tolerable but uninspired, it's like they weren't trying. I sense there's a reason this was removed from the variety pack.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle BB 16 Nov 14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of lightly roasted malt
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor very light, slightly malty, ending slightly bitter. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.3125. Final weighted score: 3.425
This is a decent lager, a statement that for me is often an oxymoron. It meets the criteria for a Munich helles lager in most details, except for the presence of chill haze. Not only does it meet criteria well, it also tastes pretty good. I may have to buy some more of this.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

02/20/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. So this is what an all malt taste like. Nice dry finish. Leaves a mild aftertaste that is not cloying. Prob'ly a good summer session beer with a push @ 5.9 ABV.

04/13/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. All I ask from a beer. Nothing more, nothing less. Bring it!

Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The ratings for this beer, both from the BA community, and the Brothers, have long puzzled me. I'm admittedly biased for German style offerings, with particular fondness for Bavarian profiles, so Victory's focus on hewing closely to traditional German examples undoubtedly appeals to my palate. Victory Lager nails the popular Helles lager that is most popular in Bavaria as the everyday beer. Pouring an unfiltered, slightly hazy pint is a nice twist, departing slightly from tradition, but that only adds to the appeal, in my opinion.

Hopheads (and I drift into and out of that spectrum regularly) likely will find this too mellow, but rather than judging Victory Lager against the biting IPAs or Belgian ales, I use the original German Helles as my reference point. And this beer hits the mark. This is an outstanding American interpretation of the original style.

Prost!

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale straw-yellow with a bone-white head that starts at about a finger and a half and eventually deflates to a bubbly cap. There's literally one streak of lace down the glass. Not really impressive, but I didn't really expect much.

S: The aroma is definitely stronger than that of the macro lagers. Nose is slightly sweet, cereal-like grains with just a touch of spicy hops. The scent here is plain but definitely not offensive. I can appreciate this.

T: Slightly sweet bready malts. Slightly oat-like at times. A nice bit of spicy hop flavor towards the middle. Finishes relatively clean with just an ever so slight touch of hop bitterness. Light, yet flavorful.

M: A wonderful medium body. That might sound strange, but my least favorite part of most lagers is the thin, soda-like bodies. Victory Lager boasts a nice, comfortable body that lets you know that you're drinking a beer. A surprising touch of creaminess. This one goes down unlike any other lager I've had in the past.

O: Admittedly, lagers are NOT my favorite style. In fact, they're one of my least favorite styles, BUT I can appreciate when someone hits the nail on the head and brews a good one; that's exactly what Victory has done here. There's nothing over the top here. There's no flavors that'd scare away a BMC drinker. This is a just a pure, clean, highly enjoyable lager. I look forward to bringing this with me to BBQs during the summer months.

Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a light clear golden color.

The aroma has a nice grassy aroma, and a breadiness and grainy character.

The flavor is extremely refreshing. A decent punch of light citrus, grass. Then an extremely crisp cracker/bready note. A bit of a flaw from DMS or something, but a reasonable amount for the style.

A good easy drinking brew.

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

First review, first Helles tasted as far as I can remember. My comments will by no means compare to that of a beer judge, but here goes:
--bottle to pint glass; light urine / apple cider color (label notes golden which is appropriate)
--nominal head with aroma lightly sweet, but 1st thought is Foster's
--taste: like that of a standard DOMESTIC lager (which says alot pro and con, since not an American beer fan), albeit a bit smoother and definitely not as bad hoppy
--aftertaste: hangs there on the tongue / lingers in your mouth; dry, palpable cottony mouth feel requiring you to take another hit to quench it
--buzz meter: drank pre lunch@ 1130 so mild to mod on empty stomach
--burpage: slightly acidic / hoppy (this would be standard)

Drinkability: ala comic book grading scale = FINE.

Big Fan of Victory, since lived in Philly for some time, but with so many beers to try / re-try, not one I'd be HANKERING (my new category) for / no love lost; but would probably reconsider, as we all would and all know, if we had one on tap in Downingtown.
Ch33rs factor = indifferent.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.