Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 38
Gots: 84 | 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: 801 | Reviews: 359
Photo of shapudding
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the drafting room. Clear and very light golden with a small amount of white head that left a creamy ring. Floral and fruit scents, little bit of white grapes. Very light tasting, clear and watery, lightly reminiscant of fruit. I want to say it is one dimensional, but I do catch alot of fruits and flowers in it... No body to speak of, but drinkable.

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

victory really continues to disappoint me. with exception of the wonderfully tasty hopdevil, the other brews of theirs that i've sampled thusfar really seem to be below the standards that i had hoped for them. the all malt lager is easily the worst of the lot that i have had. it pours a macro looking crisp straw golden colour with no head. i was very disappointed here. the smell and taste: average to slightly below average. both are watery and malty with a touch of grass, sweetness and hops. any flavour is way in the back behind the watery characteristics that dominate here. there's nothing here, really. bland. boring. blah. the one thing i will give this brew is that it is crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day, a bit moreso than your standard macro would be/is. this one is better than those macros, but not by much. i expected more from you victory and you keep disappointing. convince me otherwise...please.

Photo of meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a slightly hazy deep yellow with a decent sized white head that goes quick. A bit of lacing remains throughout the life of the brew. Smells of malt and earthy hops with notes of spice and a few other things. This tastes of a wheat/grainy malt flavor with a slight sweetness. There is a small hop taste in there as well but I can’t detect much else. Mouthfeel is decent with good carbonation. This is a beer that would be good to give to someone who is used to macros to try and convert them. A fairly tasty lager that I would probably get again.

Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first from Victory Brewing. "Enjoy by date" 08/15/04. Pours a very pale, golden color with very little head that does not stick around. There are trace amounts of lace that also disappear as quickly as they come. The aroma is very faint as well. Taste is slightly hoppy with ample carbonation. Pretty smooth drink, but not much there. Could be a good standby or session beer, but nothing to write home about. Decent enough and not bad.

Photo of CSquared
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Golden yellow with a huge white head that fades fast. Mild lacing remains

Aroma: Pale malts, slightly grassy hops, and slight phenolic note

Taste: Sweet at the start, and then the German hops become quite present. This beer definitely got better as it went.

Mouthfeel: Smooth start finishes with a slightly coarse dry end. Fairly full body for the style.

Drinkability: Drinkability is quite good, but flavors get quite surpressed if too cool. This would be a great stepping stone beer for macro lovers

Photo of Rastacouere
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance proposes a dark golden yellow hue with sunset red hints, kind of hazy. Aroma contains nice cookie maltiness, a bit toasty as well, light noble hops and mostly bready. I must say I’m not getting that much though. In mouth, its presence is very mild without too much going on and even a feeling approaching metal in the finish. Body is rather creamy and could use a bit more carbonation I believe. This is miles away from prima pils unfortunately and I really wanted to enjoy it as I felt it was a great day for an helles. Thanks Francis

Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a bright and briskly clear golden yellow. A creamy two fingers of white head expands rapidly, then dwindles soon to a fine bubbly sheen. Thin lacing slides down the glass from whence it came.

In the aroma, the mellow sweetness of light malt provides the backbone, and the gentle bite of noble hops branches from there. A rounded doughy yeast essence lands and earthy air to the mix.

Upon sipping, a slightly grainy malt sweetness asserts itself first, bearing with it a very slight grassy note. A dusky yeast sourness blinks on and off in the middle, allowing a soothing mild hops bitterness to carry through and linger at the finish. It's very simple, crisp, and clean, just not especially exceptional.

Light bodied, it doesn't coat so much as flow across the palate, depositing its tastiness, then washing away to leave a softly lingering bitter glow.

It is what it is, and that's fresh and refreshing. The veritable malt character is nicely balanced by a crisp, reasonably well-defined hops presence. You don't have to concentrate on this flavor, because there's nothing complex about it, and maybe I see that as more of a strength than might others. Pleasant and quenching, it goes down damned smooth, and that plus the nice flavor adds up to a real good quaffability quotient. Yes, it is indeed a lawn mower beer, but one of the better ones, by far. This one will accompany often on my deck this summer.

Photo of ngandhi
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is swill in every way. It's a richer PBR, but not as refined or attractive as most macro lagers. The nose is a loud Budweiser, the taste much of the same with a firmer graininess and a sweet, lemony hop character -- a touch of honey and garbage water on the finish. The yeast is as clean as can be and leaves nothing in this brew to be desired. This is a pseudo-German pilsner/helles that falls flat on its ass. Lawnmower beer at its finest.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of Edwin
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in the Victory Sampler case.

Appearance - Pours out a very yellow color, similar to strw, and, I hate to say it, Miller Lite. Some white head that disappears, but leaves some lacing.

Smell - Malty and very light smelling. Not much to write home about here. Some grassy odors.

Taste - Malts come through with a grassy/grainy flavor. Not what I wanted from a Victory brew. Too light and listless. A small hop feel in there.

Mouthfeel - Reminds me of a macro. Easy and not very assuming..

Drinkability - Very drinkable over the long haul, and maybe a good gateway beer for some, but if you are looking for a good Victory offering, this is definitely not what you want. So much better out there from these guys.

Photo of jtfest
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly transparent pale straw-yellow, with a small white head that disappears quickly, but continues to leave a gentle lacing. The aroma was fresh and malty (duh). Initially it hit me like most pale lagers do -- kinda' nothin', "fuzzy" carbonation, and very easy drinking -- but the fullness of the malt improves in the aftertaste -- making for a brew that is as easy drinking as any good session brew, but far more satisfying after it goes down. The mouthfeel leaves the palate nicely coated, and the lingering flavor is sweet malt with a bit of spiciness that reminded me of a subtle clove-like flavor. Pale lagers generally don't float my boat, but I wouldn't mind going sailing with this one.

Photo of JimsArcade
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring Victory’s All Malt Lager, I am surprised to see that there is a little bit of sediment in a bottle of beer that isn’t bottle conditioned. The head quickly goes from a thick orange-white head to a white coating. While not cloudy per se, it is closer to translucent than transparent. From a distance, I’d swear this is a Helles.

The aroma is most definitely citrusy: lemon peel, to be exact. Bringing the aroma into the mouth, it is fuller than it is crisp. Using just this sense, I’d assume again that this is a Helles.

The first sip is light and malty-sweet with hints of orange peel. The carbonation is about average. This would make it about as crisp as other pale lagers, but the above-average hop presence ramps-up the level of crispness. It’s also smooth and creamy. The multitude of taste sensations here are just amazing for the style. The creaminess wanes as it finishes and winds up almost crisper than the first sips.

Apart from the bold German varieties, I am not a fan of lagers. Victory All Malt Lager has officially changed my stance. It’s easily my favorite pale lager, and ranks up there as a session beer of choice.

Photo of 99bottles
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The all malt lager is exactly what it claims to be. A solid session brew, in the same style as any of the popular macros only with an important distinction. No filler. As inclined as I am to chuck the export lager style in favor of something more flavorful, or stylistic or <insert your reason for drinking good beer here>, I still think that this beer has a very important purpose. To serve as an example as to what an European export style lager should taste like.

Pours a fresh golden color, with abundant carbonation that slowly settles to a thin lacing. The smell is crisp and reminds slightly sweet. The first taste is refreshing. Very refreshing. Like, yummmm. It's not a craft brew. It's a beer. It could easily be slipped in Joe six pack's hand and he might not even notice the difference. The finish is clean, with the slightest pucker, and no filler aftertaste. The malt is well balanced, and does not sink or cloy. Hop character is subdued, and serves a supporting role. It's not in there to be the focus, it may not come through as strongly as one might like, and without it the beer would be too thin. Relax with this guy, and take it for what it is. Drink it right out of the bottle, kick those big dawgs up, and put on a smile. A solid beer, satisfying and enjoyable; not looking to win awards.

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle, best before date of 24JAN04, which was a few days ago.

Appearance: pale straw in color, scant head.

Smell: Malty, slightly grainy with a bare hint of a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Mostly a malt sweetness, hop bitterness is barely there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean feel. Carbonation is moderate. ETOH is not noticeable.

Drinkability: Seems like a Muenchner Helles, Very smooth with a nose and a taste that are a bit too subdued. This beer would be a great session beer, just because of the mildness of it.

Photo of pheurton
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

new Helle's style: crystal clear golden with a frothy white head, which settles to a decent collar and does a good job of leaving trails of lace down the glass. lightly toasted sweet malt on the nose with a crisp light aroma of european hops. very clean on the palatte with a light sweetness balanced harmoniously with an assertive yet soft german hop bite. thirst quenching and refreshing, the flavor is there but never in your face. YAWN.

sadly, the new helles style can't hold a candle to the older dortmunder style lager they used to make, which was much bigger in body and flavor. i guess this is meant for more mass appeal, but i wish the old lager wasn't sacraficed for this one.

Photo of PSUDREW
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a light strwa color. It also has a light, sweet note to it, and bery hop resonance. not so much a presence, but it is there, and it is a resonance. Pours a light straw color, but not muh to it. It is very fizzy, but that is it. Over-all, I feel it has a light, sweet, malty flavor to it. The hops are there, but it is an after thoguht. Over all it has a nice, light mouth-fell, and, IMOO, it could be a good conversion beer.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden then the yeast came and the beer was turbid. The head was white and tall, but fell quickly to lace the glass.

The aroma is very little. Some slight malt aroma. No hop aroma. Slight fruit aroma, oddly enough, grape.

The flavor is fruity. The beer is slightly sour and has a grape taste as well. Some bitterness in the flavor, but only slight.

The finish is dry. The body is medium-light.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of beerinator
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear, very very clear. Light golden, extremely white head with good retention.

Aroma: Sharp sweetness to the smell. No hops in the aroma. Acrid acidic sharpness. A bit of grape was noted.

Taste: Very nice mouthfeel. Feels just right. Sweet in the finish, doesn't linger. Not a lot of hop presence. Very drinkable beer. Sessiony.

Notes: A good choice for initiating others into the world of great Microbrewed lagers.

Photo of Gasp100
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale golden color with a lilting head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation is right on with this old standby. The smell is malty with a super slight "skunky" scent. The taste is great -- clean, clear but just bold enough to take this a few steps beyond the macro's. The mouthfeel is crisp but doesn't last too long. The drinkability is second to none --- some think this is a little bland but I think it's a perfect representation of a standard, simple, great tasting lager. This is Bud on steriods. I think you could server this to any macro drinker and they'd be pleasantly surprised. This will probably become one of my standard beers.

Photo of Ianhockey91
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice transiton beer. Pours out a yellow/caramel with a nice white head which dissappears quickly. tastes a bit bland, but it beleive this one is meant for refreshment, not of comlexity. The mouthfeel was quite fizzy but still good. Overally if youve got friends over and dont want ot stock up on BUD get this it will please both sides.

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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first two times I had this beer it was directly out of the bottle. The thing that comes to mind is "alright." It could definitely be better. It had a syrupy finish that detracted from the overall taste. The third time, in a glass, I was quite surprised at how light this beer looked. It reminded me of Coors Light. Very unexpected. All in all, not a bad beer. But not a good beer either.

Photo of kindestcut
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured a remarkable clear gold with evident carbonation and a large foamy head that survived several minutes. The beer looked far more clear than I was expecting, even for a lager.

The aroma was obvious malt, grain and herbs. The aroa was not overpowering, or even all that strong.

The taste was not very satisfying. I usually like lagers, but this beer is not as sweet as some I have had in the past. I felt like I was drinking liquid Grape Nuts and the musty malt was overpowering.

I have to say I wanted to like this brew but it just wasn't my cup of...well, beer.

Photo of Cizauskas
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a personal favorite for a 'go-to' beer .

Bright deep golden. Medium body with a pleasant quality of lightly toasted malt. Crisp finish with slight afterburp of hops. No grapefruit, resiny hops here, but a spicy, floral aroma and flavor. Very refreshing.

Photo of UnionMade
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review is for the export style.
The beer pours a clear straw gold, topped with a huge, craggy white head. The head foamed up like crazy, filling half the glass with head. Very sticky lacing, forming large clumps of broken head on the glass.
Aroma is slightly sour and oxodized, with a winey white grape quality. Crisp pale malts and some mellow herbal hopping beneath. Mostly an oxodized aroma, which is a shame. I was assured this was fresh.
Clean pilsner malts dominate the flavor, with a light, crisp hoppiness following, finishing slightly dry and grainy, with a hint of unripened peach sourness. Moderate oxodization, with a bit of a papery flavor in the aftertaste, and some wine-like grape notes. Huge, mouthfilling carbonation, most likely because of the age, with a medium body.
It's a shame this is old, because I expect the hops are wonderful. Unfortunately, they've all but disappeared. I'll have to try this again.

Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.