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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

714 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 30
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of futureman69
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, ok....you guys (and gals) are looking at my ratings and thinking "how could this brew possibly be as good as he claims..?"...well, there are a few things you need to know first:
1) You need to be a Helles Lager fan
2) See item #1...
3) You get the picture. Helles lager is a VERY exclusive beer club; it's definitely NOT for the faint of heart or for the hop-enthuiast. Helles-style lager has its own beer-aesthetic - and not one that can be easily explained - but let's just say I live within 45 minutes of the Victory brewery in wonderful Amish-laden Pennsylvania and I can say with utmost confidence that - straight out of the tap or the bottle - this IS the most delicious example of this variety of beer I have ever had.
Do yourself a favor: try it. If you don't like, set it aside and don't think about it for several months...
Then pick it up again - give it another try. If it still doesn't appeal to you, set it aside. Talk with friends. Play pinball. Shoot skeet...take a walk.
THEN - come back and drink it again. Ok..."Wow!", you'll say...or "huh.." or something.
Ok. At this point, change your life. Go back to school and get that post-graduate degree. Or, maybe, propose to that high-school sweetheart and finally get married and settle down. Something. SOMETHING! Do something with your liffe, Goddam-itt! Then, after you've changed, come back and try Victory Lager again. Perhaps you will have found a place for it in your life - at last. Perhaps not.
Ok, several more decades have past; the family's good, the kids are grown, the wife's got some 'growing pains'...says she wants to try life on her own for a while - out in the Pacific Northwest - without you - so you let her go...you trade in your stocks, sell the homestead, flip over your long-held socio-political ideology and find life anew as an ascetic new-millenium warrior monk. God bless you! Now, go to your local beer retailer and purchase a fresh case of Victory Lager. Chill it. Open it. Sip it. Savor it. Delight in life, because (God knows) your days are numbered and good lager (like this) is a rara avis - a scent of life blown on an ocean breeze.
...try to grasp it for a moment and know life as few others live it...

Victory Lager. Indeed.

futureman69, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Travcofarms, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of dchew85
5/5  rDev +39.7%

dchew85, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Lookingloo2
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Lookingloo2, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of wsc3
5/5  rDev +39.7%

wsc3, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of shbobdb
4.95/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours urine yellow with a limp head . . . but boy does it taste!
Ahhh . . . now this is what beer drinking is all about. Round and clean, yet there is a faint malty taste that lingers on the back of the tongue with a pinch of hops up front.
Nothing finer than a good lager and this is a good lager. One of the best American Lagers I've had. Certainly the best made outside of Wisconsin.
Yeah, this lager could easily compete in Wisconsin . . . heck, it could even find itself in Germany and have a fighting chance against some German varieties. I love it, I love it, I love it.

shbobdb, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of PhageLab
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass with a Victory logo.

A - Nice 2 finger head tops off this bright golden brew.

S - Mostly subtle aroma, bread-like with a hint of lemon.

T - Grassy flavor with the perfect hop bite. Balanced, slightly herbal in tone, and ultimately refreshing.

M - Clean and crisp with a mild carbonation level.

D - Fantastic representation of the style, especially for an American brewery. Plan on enjoying this again in the future.

PhageLab, May 09, 2011
Photo of Chetti
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Chetti, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of muskiecf
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth! Refreshing and light. Grassy hoppiness. Has a strong yeast bite that is dry and very pilsner like. I am impressed with how complex it can be yet so simple. A great session lager in the old world style! Victory keeps making some of the best brews in the Eastern US. Cheers!

muskiecf, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw-colored and crystal clear, This lager produces a frothy egg-white head capping off the lazy bubbles floating from the bottom of my pint. I would have liked to see some more vigorous lacing, but everything else is so spot-on that I can still justify the 4.

S: This is already seeming more like a German Pils than a Helles, not that there's a world of difference, and, as such, I'm not expecting too powerful of a bouquet. The nose is dominated by cereal grains and balanced out by a touch of spicy hops. The bouquet is a touch muted though, even for a pils.

T: The taste is easily the brew's best quality; sharp, crisp hops accentuate the delightfully dry body perfectly to create a remarkably refreshing brew with a certain subtlety that is seldom seen in the states.

M: V-Lager is very light and bubbly. Exactly to style.

D: This is one of the finest lagers available on US soil. I'm sure many of Victory's devout followers will be upset by the restrained hopping of this one, but I am very pleased that the brewers risked popularity in order to put out a more traditional product. Keep up the good work Victory!

Avagadro, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of tallfellapgh
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

tallfellapgh, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear, bright shining light.

Very clean beery nose.

It's all in there and it is well balanced.

Good!

Clean and crisp.

This is a wonderful beer. Quality with no pretense. Impossible not to find enjoyable. Another homerun for Victory.

MirkoCroCough, May 25, 2010
Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

shockrocker65, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of pasjc2001
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

pasjc2001, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of CBFanWish
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Company has an excellent reputation of brewing some of the highest quality beer not only in the United States, but in the world. Beers like Storm King, and Prima Pils are often refered to as the best in their classes. Let it be known, they have yet another beer to join the ranks of these greats.
Victory Lager.
Victory Lageer isn't a new beer, in fact, it's been around for quite some time. It just so happens, I'm new to it.
Pouring a clear golden yellow with a light to moderate head, I am looking at what can almost be called the perfect example of a lager. Clean, clear and light in colour. Just what should be expected from one of the greatest breweries in the world.
The aroma was also clean. A malty sweetness mixed wonderfully with grassy overtones and floral undertones.
The taste perfectly mimiced the smell. Grassy hop taste and sweet malts.
I know what I like. This is a beer that should define the lager. Clean, crisp and clear.
Nice job, Victory.

Wish

CBFanWish, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of RyanByorick
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

RyanByorick, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of pearljam118
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Photo of Dodo2step
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

The color of the beer was beautiful and inviting.

The smell was very aromatic

The taste was relentless in that it was full of flavor.

I could sit and drink a six pack of this in the evening and be quite content. A very good beer and i recommend for everyone!

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of gory4d
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a high white head. The smell robust yet crisp grain, with some herbal and floral notes. The taste is clean malt, crisp hops, sweet grainy notes, some mineral tang. It's sharply carbonated, slightly viscous. All in all an excellent Helles, easy to drink and very satisfying.

gory4d, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of CptAubrey
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pale, pale yellow. No trace of chill haze. Fluffy white head billows above the rim of the glass and clings lace-like to the inside of the glass after receding. A beautiful, sparkling beer.

S: Spicy hops, hint of grain, and touch of sulfur. Smell is light and enticing.

T: So smooth and clean! Soft sweetness of malt and herbal, spicy hops predominate with low hop bitterness in finish. Very well balanced. Malt, hoppiness, and bitterness are all soft and clean. No harshness.

M: Fine carbonation and light body. Not watery, but I've had other helles lagers with a little more presence.

D: Supremely drinkable. Refreshing, balanced, and clean. Overall a great beer.

CptAubrey, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of aaronh
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a big change from all my previous Victory experiences-Mild hopping! This is an excellent lager. It pours a nice deep golden color with a thin white head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lace. The aroma is clean and fruity, with bread-like overtones. The taste is malty and smooth, with enough hops to clean the palate. The finish is very clean, with just a hint of a fruity aftertaste. I do believe I could drink these frequently (read "pound"). While different than many of the Victory beers I have tried, it is truly excellent. A great Dortmunder.

aaronh, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this down here in TX! 12 oz bottle with a best by date of Nov 28 2011. Pours a fairly clear, light gold color with a decent cap of white head. Retention and lacing are both average.

Nose is saltine crackers and a light, citric-flesh fruit. I thought I would find more graininess and grassy hops, but Victory has beat a different drum once again.

Taste is light and crisp with some biscuit grain and a fair amount of bright hops...both flavoring and bittering. I like this beer quite a bit, not necessarily a classic helles, but damn is it refreshing and tasty. I would have no problem finishing off a sixer of this in a day. Tasty, clean and interesting...just what I want in a nice lager. Excellent beer, I see a repeat purchase in my very near future.

twiggamortis420, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light gold with a white head. Nose is fairly mild ,with a pleasant fresh grain and a light hop note. Mouth is snappy, bright, super fresh grain and a kiss of sweet malt. A touch grassy in its hop element. This was one I overlooked for awhile but it's just fantastic. Understated, extraordinarily well balanced. Of course criminally underrated. One of the best lagers I've ever had, up there with Victory's best pilsners. They are masters with this style.

JAXSON, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, enjoy by Jan 3 2012.

Slight hazy, gold-straw color. Lots of bubble rising up. Thin head.

Aroma is sweet grain, hay, touch of spicy hops.

The flavor starts off sweet grains, slight spicy hops towards the end. Some biscuity, honey, lemony. Body is light, very crisp. Medium carbonation. Dry finish and aftertaste.

mjurney, Sep 23, 2012
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Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.