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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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357 Reviews

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 831
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 41
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cold from bottle to pint glass, this lager is a clear golden color with steady carbonation, a fair white cover and modest lacing. The aroma suggsts a slightly sour mash idea with a little leafy hop. The flavor brings a pretty watery apple cider malt with a mild hop bite. The taste isn't bad but it's kind of wimpy with carboard hints and maybe a touch of toffee. The constitution of this lager even reminds me at times of watermelon. The hop finish keeps it interesting, otherwise it's forgettable but fairly drinkable. It works.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold color with moderate poof of head that leaves quickly with little lacing. Scent is very mild, faint notes of grass, hay and flowers. Taste is clean with the touches of grass, hay, faint sweet malt and light bitterness with no off twang. Lighter side of medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A high quality lager that tops all macro offerings.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, a small sweet to dry maltiness and a very clean taste. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. A very nice lager, yet nothing too exciting.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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

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Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and a little hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into pint glass. to style, a pale straw color, with bright white head, which fades fairly quickly. the aroma is of light hops. taste is well balanced with light flavor. clean finish.
higher carbonation, light body.
very easy drinking. refreshing.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clean, malty, german style lager beer. This lager pours a dark amber colour into my pint glass. The aromas are of malt. The taste is very malty, with the hops hiding in the background, if they are even there...The mouthfeel is full, crisp, and satisfying and the drinkability is very good as well...

A very simple beer from Victory, but one that is very easy to quaff all night long(if need be)

Cheers to Victory for this one!,

PS: the new version is very similar to the old one, but now it tastes more like Miller High Life! Judge that one for yourself!!!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle, freshness date is “Enjoy by May 20 03”. Has a red, blue and yellow label that is quite striking in appearance. It has a picture of a hand holding a bottle of Victory, whilst simultaneously giving the famous Churchillian two-fingered “V” sign. The label is in the style reminiscent of old Communist Posters from the 1930’s Soviet Union. Has a short blurb on the left hand side, which has a nice, but polite, dig at some other Lager producers that use Corn & Rice.

Appearance: Amber gold in color, with a very clear body. Frothy head easily forms when first poured, looks great at first. But it slowly rescinds to settle down to a thin collar covering. Low carbonation but the head never completely breaks down.

Nose: No surprises. A malty nose to start with, which has a sweet caramel aspect.

Taste: Starts rather reserved at first, and builds with every sip. Malty beginnings amidst a creamy caramel setting that has a light grain feel. The end is slightly dry but with a lip-smacking malt finish. An extremely clean beer from start to finish, no rough edges at all.

Mouthfeel: Average, yet the creamy mouthfeel and a lovely smooth malt texture, all help to increase the mouthfeel slightly and aid its Drinkability. Very nice!

Drinkability: Started as an easy to drink run of the mill lager, that finished as a very quaffable, extremely tasty malty lager. I would imagine this to be a real imbiber on tap.

Overall: Took a short while and a few mouthfuls, but this Lager really grew on me in the end. Impressive!!

Thanks to Francisweizen for the chance to try it.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color with a small, stable, white head. The head leaves bits of clumpy lace. Aroma is yeast, citrus, and malt.
This is a slightly sweet beer, and not nearly as hoppy as I expected from Victory. Still, it's well balanced and very drinkable. The Finish is a little sweeter than I expected and doughy.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours a white 1", short lived fizzy head that is fed after the pour by bubbles from the bottom. The beer is a golden straw in color.

smell: Pretty much the same as the taste. A slight, grainy sweetness of pale malt, light noble hops, and maybe a little corny sulfur.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low side of the high range, and the body light.

taste: The taste is of slightly sweet pale malts, light noble hops, and just a touch of bitterness. Very clean, well balanced, and especially flavorful for a beer of this style.

drinkability: off the charts drinkability, I will likely drink this by the truckload this summer

Best by date of June 08, 2006 printed on the label

resampled on 6/16/08 with a best by 7/15/08 bottle...scores updated slightly from 4/4/4.5/4.5/5

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Photo of papat444
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before May 1, 2010.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A starkly clear pale yellow body with tiny bubbles and a generous white head. Nice looking.

Smell: Um, smells a little like adjuncts here. I get some lemon & a grassy feel but can't help but feel the aroma is only a notch higher than a BMC.

Taste: A little better with a strong lemon overtone and some cereal or wheat also. Has a distinct aftertaste, like sulfur. Again, i find it tastes a little better than most macros but still, i kind of expected more.

Mouthfeel: Not too great. While it has a good zest and active carbonation that makes it lively, i find it soapy and not too comfortable in the palate.

Drinkability: Surprisingly a bit of a chore to finish this.

Overall: I'll pass next time. I like this brewery and their offerings but this one is not memorable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass and was greeted with about 2 fingers of fluffy white head. This did subside pretty quickly to a wispy film on the surface of the beer. The beer was a medium gold color and very clear. There was a decent amount of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of lacing.

Good Looking Beer.

Aroma was biscuit or cracker like and of light malt. Perhaps a fresh field.

Taste was smooth well balance and of light malt. I sense a tiny bit of green grape flavor like I do when I drink Warsteiner. This is definitely not as hoppy as Victory Prima Pils or other Pilsners. (Good, since it's not a pilsner) Finish is very balanced between a bread/cracker like finish and a very light hop finish.

Very refreshing, very light mouth feel. A great session beer or one do consume on a hot summer day.

Good effort by Victory.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute glass.

3.0 A: Pale orange/yellow in color with a hint of green hues. Somewhat aggressive pour gave a thin bubbly head that fell quickly. No lacing.

3.0 S: Grains and hay. Sour citrus and a hint of spice.

3.5 T: Mainly grainy malts and hay. Little hop character, but what is there balances well. Some spice and a little bit of metalic tang.

3.5 M: Crisp, but smooth with a medium body.

4.0 D: Good overall brew for the style.

Though I admit I am not a big fan of Helles lagers, this one isn't a bad option, but it certainly isn't a Penn Gold either.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, old-school aspect to this beer. Light gold/caramel color with good head retention. Moderate bittering with a bit of fresh grain popping through in the middle. Finish is even, with the barest hint of honey sweetness. Could be a little smoother around the edges, but overall quite nicely done.

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow color with puny white foam head that quickly reduced to a thin rim and no lace

S: Lively aromas of grain, tangy hops, and yeast

T: Strong husky grain flavor up front, sweet malts, a bit of yeasty doughiness, and subtle but pleasant tangy hops finish that is slightly dry

M: Very smooth with less carbonation that most lagers which keeps it from being fizzy

D: Easily drinkable and enjyable but not overly unique

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Replacing the amateurish review I wrote on 06/03/2007:

The other lager included in the Victory sampler pack, this thin and translucent beer takes on a grain color with limited head and no retention.

Aroma bouquet includes malt, butter, grain, alcohol and a hint of skunkiness. It's a bit typical, but never offensive.

Taste is a blend of sweet butter, corn, crackers, milk, biscuit and the slightest bit of hops. Aftertaste is completely free of any metallic qualities.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight dryness in the conclusion and limited bitterness.

This is certainly a drinkable beer and a nice try at a Helles lager, but, when paired alongside the superior Prima Pils, it falls flat.

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Photo of wedge
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold under an initially solid fluffy white head that drops to a patchy surface covering. Sweet grainy aroma with a little hoppy spice. Flavor is biscuity and sweet - not much from the hops other than some bitterness. Pretty light and crisp. Not bad.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.