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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 28 | 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 Brad007


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Bright yellow color with a very thin head.

Aroma: Malt sweetness upfront with a tinge of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and malty with some hop bitterness in the middle. Goes down easy. A bit bready. Seems drinkable. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and not too sweet. The hops balance out the sweetness. I'm not much for describing lagers but I like this one.

Drinkability: Decent lawnmower beer. You should drink this instead of PBR. It's smooth, refreshing and inoffensive. I don't normally drink lagers but I would drink this again if I could find it easier.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 16:19:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A - Yello and on the clear side. Not a lot of carbonation going on, but there was about a 1" head. Some lacing left behind in the pint glass.

S - Not much going on. The dankness of a lager, with some hops to it. Not bad, just not much there.

T - Munich Helles Lager's are my favorite stlye, and I don't think this is the best representation of the style. Not a bad tasting beer, but not nearly as good as other popular Munich Helles'. A fair amount of hoppy bitterness, with just a touch of an adjunct-like flavor, which I didn't like. A cut grass / flowery aftertase.

F - Pretty refreshing. I prefer my lagers to have a little more carbonation, though. Certainly easy to drink.

O - Not a bad beer, but there are Munich Helles' that are much better. Not a bad flavor, and I'd drink this again, but probably wouldn't buy it. Decent beer, but there are many better Munich Helles', Spaten, Lowenbrau, Hofbrau, and others.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 14:05:26 | More by stella77artois
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a pale yellow colored brew with a big white head. The head has a good level of retention but eventually fades to leave very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and caramel smell with some lighter hints of citrus.

Taste – The taste on this one is rather simple and non-complex. It taste begins with some lighter malty and bready flavor. These flavors are soon met by a light caramel sweetness and a light citrus flavor which take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and the carbonation rather average. The light body suited the simplicity of the beer very well. A little more carbonation may have better suited the brew however by making it even more refreshing. With that said however, the mouthfeel overall was still done rather nicely.

Overall – Very easy drinking and a nice session style brew. Good for drinking on long nights with pals.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:11:42 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a bright, clear golden hue, with a single-finger off-white head that soon recedes to moderate lacing. A nice looking lager!

S - Smell is of light, floral hops, citrus notes (lemon, lime), grassy/cereal grains, and a very subtle malt presence.

T - Taste is of light, grainy malts, with some faint honey notes, perfectly balanced with lightly floral/citrus hop notes. The balance here is ace.

M - Light/Medium body. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but that's usually what people are looking for in a basic lager. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

D - Can you say sessionable? This makes for a great lawnmower/summer beer.

Overall - I think this beer could use a tad bit more flavor and mouthfeel to be a truly great lager, but it's still pretty good. Good interpretation of the Munich Helles style.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 08:03:29 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of goindownsouth


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am traditionally not a Lager fan, but this one was an eye-opener. Very malty, with some diversity mixed in, this brew was very earthy and hearty, but in a very good way. Combine that with the fact that it goes well with some of the more carnivorous items on Victory's grub menu. Worth the try.


Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2003 15:53:17 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Jason


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the label.

Fluffy foamy off white head, a touch of haziness from either a chill haze or yeast on a dull yellowish straw hue. Head retention is decent.

Aromas of a hay like grainy malt, lemony herbal hop and a faintness of yeast.

Light crispness, more smoothness, on a moderate body. Raw snap of grain upfront with a doubling of hop bitterness that wants to linger. Soft graininess with a powdery, almost doughy character. A kiss of yeast in the back with hints of alcohol and a drying husky grain.

I bet you this brew on tap is lovely, pretty good in the bottle to say the least. A raw lager, not like most at all … light yet flavourful. As others have noted this could be a great crossover beer if not just a brew for macro drinkers to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 14:45:50 | More by Jason
Photo of Stigs


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin layer of loose white foam which quickly settles to a film and ring. the beer is mostly clear and *very* pale straw colored.

S - grainy but with a nice grassy and slightly lemony hop kick at the end. light a light Prima (which is nice).

T - begins with strong malt grains and biscuits before a flash of grassy hops. quickly again the lightly buttery and bready malt takes over.

M - thin body but the carbonation falls just a tiny bit flat. lingering sweetness and grains.

D - light and drinkable, a bit malt-heavy for my taste but seems to suit the style pretty well. will make good work of the other 5 bottles from my Victory variety pack in this weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 00:44:44 | More by Stigs
Photo of emsroth

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App: Pale yellow with a nice white frothy head. Wonderful to know that such a pale beer can be this good.

Smell: Faint smells of malted grain. Sweet smell mixed with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, sweet malt paired with a strong husky malt. One of the huskiest I've had. Light, crisp flavor.

Medium-low level of carbonation that adds to the dryness. Not as refreshing as other helles lagers because the flavor is so strong and distinct.

I had this a multitude of times. It's best out of the bottle. Not recommended with food. It's flavor is too sweet and strong to be paired with food. If anything maybe pizza or a light lunch sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 04:31:52 | More by emsroth
Photo of Jon


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw with a frothy white head. Leaves only the slightest trails of lace down the glass. Nose dominated by aspects of lemon zest, yeast and some sweetish malt. Tastes rather bready in the German pils style, with notes of the lemon zest, yeast and some grain. Mouthfeel is quite prickly and carbonated. This is one refreshing brew. It's easy to drink and serves well as a summer thirst quencher. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 02:23:19 | More by Jon
Photo of edskirk3


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, good till August.

Pours pale straw yellow with a thin white head and active carbonation. Light aroma of grassy grains and lemon.

Soft husky grains with a slowly emerging hop bitterness. A touch of breadiness. Crisp and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Very good pale lager they got here. In a perfect world they would all taste at least this good.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:38:28 | More by edskirk3
Photo of aracauna


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wasn’t expecting this, but this is a pretty cloudy lager. Medium gold with a soapy white head that fades. Chalky malt aroma is followed up my more of the same (if there’s such a thing as a malty pale lager, this is it). The hops are reserved adding just enough spiciness and bitterness to balance the beer out. Nice lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 05:18:20 | More by aracauna
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellow/straw in color. Clear with a "typical" carbonation pattern as seen in many macro lagers. Poured into a pilsner glass. A one-finger head developed upon initial pour and evolved into a slight ring which remained, due to the lively carbonation.

Smell - Lively nose which provided a clean, crisp aroma. A sharp, slightly tart hoppy presence was present as well.

Taste - A suprising (as least to me) malty taste. I was expecting more of an initial bite, due to the usual hop presence in a lager. This was refreshing and showcased the thought that went into balancing this offering. A nice sweet middle followed by a very mellow finish. I did sense a slight hops body, but it was well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Buttery feel. The carbonation did add to the "transport" but did not overly expand upon where none was needed.

Drinkability - Not a style I have made a point of becoming familiar with, so my opinion is biased by my limited experience. I really liked this offering and could see a six-pack fitting into my refrig. Would be a good offering to pair with meat on the grill.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:28:55 | More by Nesued
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my standard shaker glass. The lager appears a clear muted yellow color with about a finger of creamy bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are of caramel malt, grassy, earthy hops, fruity and semi-sweet with a pleasant bitterness, some toasted biscuits. Decent body for the style with ample carbonation as well. A good gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 18:23:54 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. best before date of may 22, 2009 (tasted in mid-march)

clear, pale golden straw. vigorous pour gives a fizzy head with big bubbly foam, fading to a thin layer with nice retention. webby lacing, especially when pouring a second bottle into the same glass.

gentle sulfurous whiff fades to light bready malt aroma, melding with grassy noble hops.

light, almost watery flavor. bready malts can be detected under a grassy, moderately bitter and snappy, noble hop bite. trace of sulfur. something bordering on fusel however.

thin, but smooth enough. still pretty drinkable. fairly prickly carbonation, with flash of faint astringency in the finish.

prior to trying the sixer, i had tried samples before. in smaller amounts, it seemed like it might be a decent helles. but upon trying full sevings, the fusel character comes out and the feel is thinner than expected. better than average, but had higher hopes for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 11:01:15 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear straw with 1 finger white head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - pretty wimpy lager yeast, malt, citrus

T - Nothing standout, your standard lager, not very bitter with a nice touch of wheat.

M - Light body, high carbonation, effervescent, smooth.

O - Good summer beer, but Victory has so many other better brews I would never get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 14:53:20 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:35:26 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a middling consistency - neither thick nor thin. There was a nice head and some good lacing.

I smelled the malt above anything else, though a little citrus peeked through.

The taste was decent. Malt, a little lemon and hops. A good taste.

This had a fair amount of carbonation and a crisp finish for a well done mouthfeel.

I'll be honest, I don't necessarily care for this style of beer. I think it's, by nature, thinly constructed. I tried it because Victory is a solid brewery. That being said, this is an okay beer. I think it's as good as you can get with the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 14:52:14 | More by avalon07
Photo of dar482

New York

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 02:56:07 | More by dar482
Photo of AudioGilz


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad appearance to this brew; your average translucent golden yellow hue with a small head.
Aroma rises the good beer thoughts a bit though, very German-like in character, cereal grainy and crisp; very promiscuous in hinting of a flavor and refreshment similar.
And indeed, the flavors and mouthfeel translate from the aroma, crispy grains, high carbonation, slighty dry finish with just a wee bitterness.
As far as lagers go here in PA, this is one of the best; way better than any mass-produced American lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 23:18:44 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a nice looking light copper color. The head was fizzy and white. Kind of faded off after a few minutes. The aromas here are oh hops and malt pretty much. There might be a little wooden aromas too but not much. The flavor is pretty hoppy, there is a little bit of a earthy tone in the aftertaste. The malts leave some dryness behind as well. The mouthfeel is quite drinkable. This beer is pretty good and deserves a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 02:54:45 | More by Knapp85
Photo of bmills1608


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color.

Clean full bodied taste, a bit hoppier on the nose and palate then I would have expected.

Taste is clean malts, medium mouthfeel with a real nice balance of spicy hops. Somewhat reminiscent of Yuengling lager, but all around bigger.

NO adjunct tastes what so ever, it's a no brainer what all malt does for beer. A solid, flavorful workhorse of a brew. The type of beer you could enjoy anytime for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2002 06:34:49 | More by bmills1608
Photo of bosco7


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw color with decent bone white head that quickly dissipates into a thin film of bubbles.

Some vague honey notes, minty/floral hop notes, and grain husk in the nose.

Very light flavors here as expected. Starts with those subtle honey flavors and some light malt. Subtle spicy, wintergreen, and floral flavors barely come across but make this beer pleasant.

Thinish mouthfeel but still nowhere as thin as a macro.

Overall this is not going to blow anyone's mind but is very drinkable and would make the perfect complement to grilled/barbequed foods as well as sharing many with friends during the game.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 19:38:26 | More by bosco7
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light aroma of lightly sweet pale malt (I tried, that's all I could find). Moderately thick, foamy, bright white colored head fades quickly to a patchy film. Perfectly transparent pale straw colored beer with a few streams of fine bubbles rising from around the bottom edges of the glass. Lightly sweet malt up front with a pinch of candied hop flavor underneath. The body is fairly light, and there is a healthy dose of carbonation towards the end. I read the style guide and everything seems to be in check, but I don't think there's much in this style that appeals to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 01:16:46 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of waughbrew


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Either this is new to the state of MA, or I have not been paying enough attention!

I wouldn't have bought this without the date, which for this bottle happens to say: Enjoy By Jul 15 08.

Pours a very clear very light gold with a medium-sized white head that has a little creaminess, but not much. Head settles down to a thin cap rather quickly, leaving a little lace on the glass. Bubbles are continually rising for the duration of the beer. Smells like buttered popcorn, though slightly floral and bitter. Rather thin in the mouth and leaving a clean bitterness, this one could accurately be described as "crisp." That being said, there is definitely a sweetness present in the flavor that stays around the teeth. A pleasantly herbal note is present throughout, which must be those fresh German hops that they brag about.

Nothing sticks out in the beer, which can be looked at as a good thing or a bad thing. I can't say that it is very memorable, but as a clean, crisp, balanced, and pleasant brew, this is something that I would not mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 20:32:20 | More by waughbrew
Photo of horshack7


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear golden colored beer with only one finger of head.

Aroma: Golden raisins, dates, mild apricot, grassy, touch of biscuit. Twinge of dryness in the nose, and sweet maltiness.

Taste: Light bodied, grassy, apricot, light raisins and a crisp mouthfeel that finishes nice and dry.

Notes: Very drinkable all around good for anytime of year but even better for a warm day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:58:02 | More by horshack7
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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