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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

Victory LagerVictory Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 641 | Reviews: 332 | Show All Ratings:
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a clear straw yellow with a hint of brown and a thick frothy head. Smelled of dry dirty corn and a musky citrus. Tasted very citrusy for a lager with a sweet corn and oats base. Very slight and simple. Mouth feel was light bodied with a medium to high carbonation. I’d have to say that this would be an ideal transition beer for some one addicted to macros who is curious about Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 18:37:41 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Victory brewery.

The look was pretty plain. Pale yellow body with a white head which disappeared quickly.

Scent is sweet grain with hints of spice and fruits. Hops hiding in the background.

The flavor starts with a graininess then moves to a fresh bread flavor mixed with fresh hops. Finishes with a yeastiness.

A decent beer overall, though it is paled in every category to the other beers available. It tasted like water after such monster brews as Storm King and Hop Devil, though I tried not to let that hinder the rating.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2005 14:37:58 | More by HugoGrim
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap 6/15/05 and 6/22/05 at Mighty Mike's in Sterling, VA.

Had to try twice (a week apart) and verify a few times that this was really a Victory product that I was poured.

Straw colored with a very low white head. Not much of an aroma or flavor ... what is there is very light in the malt dept but not very grainy like I find with most Helles beers. No hops to speak of. Fairly light bodied and weak. I'd almost swear this was a macro.

Not a very good Helles -- a decent All Malt American Lager I guess but not one I'd go back to.

Per Victory website: 4.8% ABV

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2005 17:37:09 | More by RBorsato
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed the Hop Devil so much I jumped at the chance to try this, but must say I was very disapointed. Poured a pale yellow gold with a 1/2" white head of tight foam that had a little lacing going on. Nose was sweet, lite, nothing spectacular. Tasted very even, nicely balanced, with perhaps some very mild hoppiness and an excuse of some spice as it warmed. Very little body, finished a little watery. I would take a Yuengling over this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2005 22:50:57 | More by BuckSpin
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow in color with a short white 1/4" head that disappeared quicker than your can say Downingtown Pennsylvania. No lacing either. The aroma was very faint, as some malts are detectable. The flavor is not what most are used to with Victory brews, as the mild malt and soft bitterness don't overly excite your tongue. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp. No noticeable aftertaste. Drinkability is there, but flavor component is lacking to make this a more interesting brew. This is a perfect beer for the macro drinkers in the crowd and maybe it will spark interest in trying some of Victory's better offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2004 21:40:16 | More by Gavage
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Boto

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: The new All-Malt Lager is a pretty good beer. This was a clear golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head. Fortunately, it wasn’t fizzy. As expected, the aroma was a little light. It was pleasing, hoever, with hints of malt and hops. The taste wasn’t too bad either. Definitely lighter in body, but a pleasing mix of malts and hops. The brewery probably refers to this as "billpayer beer" as it definitely appeals to the masses.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2004 20:50:30 | More by Boto
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed on tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA

14oz pils glass presentation. White 1/2" head over a plae straw brew, and no lacing present. Light pale malt aroma, and the flavor expanded on this with the crisp malt character leading up to a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2004 12:21:46 | More by ppoitras
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2004 00:37:42 | More by shapudding
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guinness33

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2004 20:58:30 | More by guinness33
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2004 14:53:32 | More by meathookjones
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roguetester

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a review of the reformulated All Malt Lager. It is now "Helles Style". I picked up a growle of the beer while in the area and took it home to sample...

The beer poured with a large white head that dissapated quickly. Beer is extremely clear, light yellow in color.

I'm not sure what Hops variety added to the aroma, but I did not like it. It may be the style, but I was not a fan. It seemed rather pungent.

The taste was clean as was the aftertaste. Very little in the way of malt or hops flavoring. This beer is about as easy drinking as they make them.

I'm having a hard time trying to describe this beer without using phrases like Bud or Miller. Helles is Germany for light and this tasted like a light beer. There was an article in the forum about if breweries should have guest light beers on tap. I think Victory has answered by creating this lowest common denominator brew.

Having gone to High School I consider Victory my home town brewery and support them when I can. I, however, do not have much good to say about the new All Malt Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2003 11:21:16 | More by roguetester
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty lager that is quite thirst quenching and low in ABV so this lends it to being highly drinkable. Light amber in color and very full bodied for a lager it is another excellent beer from Victory, with a hoppy finish and floral bouquet. Smooth mouthfeel and taste make this a great year round beer. Better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2003 13:45:56 | More by bierman2000
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

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

Everybody around here loves yuengling so there alway scared to try any of Victory's beers. This is the one I always tell them to get. It's always available and it gives the macro something they can not only enjoy, but appreciate. Clear copper in color with a fluffy white head. Sweet maltiness in the aroma and slight hops. Taste is malty with a slight flavor of hops in the finish, not much bitterness from the hops. For what it is, it's a great beer. It's like they just did what every macro brewery does, only they did it much better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2003 11:26:10 | More by dmarch
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep golden color with nice rocky head,a slight malty sweet aroma not much to speak of.taste was nice and fruity witha good malt backbone,very drinkable.A real nice lager not to wimpy but realy drinkable,I would seek it out again when i wanna drink something a little lighter but with some real substance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 18:42:34 | More by oberon
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2003 15:53:17 | More by goindownsouth
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright and clear amber color with a thin white head. A very easy drinking light to medium bodied lager beer that matched perfectly with the wings I was having. Well controlled hop bitterness and a nice malty aroma. Similar to but easier drinking than the Yuengling Traditional lager I’m quite used to.
A good average beer.

8/3/03:

Bought a case of this recently and I don't remember this beer being so light in color. it's a golden color with tinges of amber. Still very good, but doesn't seem as malty as the above draft version.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2003 14:01:27 | More by pezoids
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright golden-blond color with no head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Grainy and malty with a little citrus in the background.

Taste: Not very appealing to me. The first thing I thought of when I tasted this beer was "Budweiser". Too much of a "grainy" flavor and it lacked substantial sweetness, too.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot to get excited about here. Barely any carbonation to speak of detracts somewhat.

Drinkability: Not a beer that I cared for. I was too reminded of a macro beer. It's interesting to read the other reviews of this beer. Most seem to think that it is a very good example of this beer style. Given that this is the first beer of this style I've reviewed, I am probably not fully appreciating what this beer has to offer, but I just didn't care for it. One positive thing to take away from this is that I like hops (and lots of 'em) in my beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2003 11:07:59 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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
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Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 16:57:34 | More by Honisbygonis
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 3/4/14. Clear light golden pour with a nice head and normal lacing. Laid back nose of what strikes me as Hallertau hops, very slight. Light medium body with light carbonation. This is a nice Helles that is to style. The taste is laid back, as is the nose, and light with the expected effervescence. A slight sweetness coupled with a bit of hop flavor and bitterness constitutes the flavor profile. Crisp and clean finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:47:05 | More by tillmac62
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a gorgeous straw color. The head isn't much, though - not even a finger high (white shade), and retention isn't any better (read: poor). No real lacing is left behind, either. But the body is beautiful enough to make me overlook its crappy head.

S: Honestly, I don't get much. Maybe a hint of bready malts, and a (admittedly decent otherwise) noble hop profile. At least what's there is quite nice - it would be a good aroma if it were stronger. As it warms up, it seems to become a little bolder.

T: There are some nice noble hops right from the start. They're mild, but they work really well. The finish is lightly sweet. To me, this beer is more conducive to drinking than analyzing - it doesn't have much in the way of standout qualities or bold flavors, but by gawd, it just works extremely well.

M: Quite dry and crisp. Well carbonated, too. Maybe a hair overcarbonated, but that's a trifle. This goes down more than easily enough.

O: The aroma may not have been up to snuff, but the actual taste of the beer was. And that's all I really care about. There's nothing like a good lager in the right mood, and this hit that 'right mood' extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:49:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color, hazy. Short-lived white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Biscuity malts. Slightly doughy, light toast. Hints of herbal and grassy hops. Faint lemon zest. Very clean.

T: Pilsner malt lays down a grainy and biscuity flavor. Mild oily hop bitterness balances nicely. Grassy and slightly herbal/spicy. Perfectly clean. Grainy malt finish.

M: Light bodied. Slight malt firmness. Blast of aggressive carbonation cuts through the body. Crisp.

O: A pretty good stab at the Helles style. Not as honed as the best of them, but it's free of flaws and drinks nicely. Pretty good stuff, I could see a six pack disappearing quickly on a nice day.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 18:52:56 | More by ryan1788a5
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear straw yellow, no carbonation, not much head either.

S-Malt, straw, wheat not much of anything.

T-Very similar to the nose, straw, wheat, semi-sweet. No bitterness.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and watery.

O-A boring, bland, nothing new lager. No reason to have other than the tick.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:52:45 | More by rlee1390
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A very good drinkable lager. Pour is a 1/2 inch of bubbly head that fizzes to just a mild lace ring. Color is a respectable bright bubbly yellow. Smells of lager yeast, biscuit, and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is about the same but very clean and crisp. I kept thinking how many lagers I had and none impressed me as much. Mouth feel is again bubbly, light and crisp.

Overall a step up from BMC and just enough flavor to impress a craft veteran like me this beer has it all. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 18:29:50 | More by DrDemento456
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bum732

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Clean maltiness with a nice noble hop greeness

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Clean, malty semi-sweetness with some noble hop flavor. Medium, leafy hops with a malty body following additional hop flavor. Nice balance with the hops leaving a very good impression over the malt. Very slight sulfur, but a good thing.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Really solid lager. Definitely has a more hoppy profile than traditional Helles. Great balance overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:41:40 | More by bum732
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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