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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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357 Reviews

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 829
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20.56%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle @ Rooster's Beak.

A: Caramel color, frothy two finger head.

S: Caramel, very distinguishable breadiness, and a little banana.

T: Strong malts all over; caramel, bread, butterscotch.

M: Medium-light and a little creamy.

O: It is very good and stands out way above other flagship lagers (*cough* Boston Lager *cough*).

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #112
Served On: 01/20/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV:
Date/ Code: 02/13/2012

This bottle was mixed in with a sixer of home brews I got from a buddy of mine.

Look: Lemony yellow color with possibly some chill-haze going on. The head was nothing more than a white coating of film. Carbonation was ok. Nothing too crazy.

Smell: I got sort of a pancake batter with some citrus hop notes. Definitely not a bad aroma for your typical lager.

Taste: The taste was very light and crisp. Some faint citrus was up front with a very watery middle. The bready notes from the aroma were definitely not in the taste. This beer is more reminiscent of a summer ale or wheat beer.

This beer was ok. It would basically put this beer into the 'lawn mower' category.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear pale yellow with a nice white head that produced a small white, foamy head. The beer gave off a nice grain aroma with a hint of citrus hops, I think. The taste of the beer was good, mostly grainy, but overall the beer was well balanced. The beer had a light, clean and crisp feel and it was extremely easy to drink. I had a couple without even noticing. Overall, a fine example of the style from one of the best breweries.

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Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear corn hue in body with a white top that fades fast. Smells of floral notes, a dab of honey, and some hops. Tastes of floral, honey, some hop bitterness towards the finish. Light in body with light carbonation. Pleasant and easily quaffable. Nice.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Sept 2011, so it's a little past it's best. Picked up from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy straw colour with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Forms a small head of white foam with a creamy texture; this lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a faint hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle aromatic hop flavour and a crisp finish. Notes of citrus and floral hops, accompanied by a hint of dry yeast. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light astringency. Decent body for a light style. Aftertaste of floral aromatic hops.

A rather nice lager - a light, slightly hoppy flavour puts this a cut above industrial fare. Refreshing; would be great on a hot day. Too bad it's a bit expensive over here for everyday drinking. Worth sampling.

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure golden yellow with 1/2" of loose, foamy white head that fades to a thin lacing. There are noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose has a lemony, grassy aroma. The taste is lightly malty, lemony, grassy, and earthy. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with perfect carbonation.

This a well balanced, very smooth, easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

lagers usually bore my palate, and this one is really no different, except for the fact that it is so damn good. it is crisp as can be, has more than a watery body, and is not a corn beer. it pours light and thin, but has enough to it that it works with big food. it is really refreshing with that german style malting that leaves it flavorful and distinct. helles style i believe. wouldnt chose it over most other victory beers, but this one is proof that a golden lager made in the USA can still excite from time to time.

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Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color with a white head which has average retention and some lacing. The smell has grain, grassy hops, yeast, and a bit of sulfur? Not entirely pleasant.

The sulfur shows up in the taste too, as does grain, yeast, and grassy hops. There is a little bit of sweetness, which is mostly overpowered by the sulfur.

Light bodied, dry, plenty of carbonation. Not my favorite lager by any means. Not the worst either, but plenty of room for improvement.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Downingtown location:

In a pilsener glass:

A: clear light golden color, small frothy head, fast fading head leaves rings and spotty lacing

S: malts, not much else

T: sweet through the malts

M: light to medium, sessionable, sweet aftertaste and sweet and watery finish

O: easy drinking Munich Helles, decent for the style, good for me

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Photo of diamondc
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fluffy head, leaves a thin cap of foam after dissipating. Pale, golden hue. Not much lacing action going on.

S: Faint lemon, hay, grass, cereal, a lot of honey.

T: More of the lemon, grainy, honey, crackers. Why am I reminded of Honey Smacks cereal? Can't detect much hops, just a faint grass/earthy bitterness at the end.

M: Quaffable, just a real no brainer when it comes to drinkability here.

O: Not that complex at all, but then it does hit all the style notes well. If six packs were cheaper, I'd buy this more.

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Photo of gory4d
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a clear straw golden color with a lighter white head resting on top. Fades fairly quickly with a few spots of lacing.

Floral hops with a swift bitterness in the nose. Straw and toasted grain malt. Touches of grassiness and lemon peel add a nice crispness.

Light hoppiness up front, grassy with lemon peel. Soft malts with straw and toasted grains. Light steelyness and faint fruit tones. Finishes super crisp and clean.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, tingly and a little dry on the tongue. A solid, drinkable lager once again from Victory.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw-like golden yellow beneath a scattered, pure white head that leaves almost no lacing behind.

Aroma consists of straw, pale malt, and citrus, perhaps lemon, perhaps grapefruit.

The flavor offers fainter citrus, pale malt that is a bit bready, and a bit grainy.

Crisp, smooth, quite refreshing with a medium to light body and medium carbonation.

A nice example of the style overall, just about what one could hope for.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw with about 1 finger of creamy head that dissipates quickly. Very low carbonation. Very thin, webbed lacing that clings to the glass for only seconds.

N: Light lemony citrus and floral aromas, grapefruit and grains. Very light hints of banana.

T: Lemony citrus and grapefruit upfront. Followed by light grains and a hint of banana and caramel. Finishes extremely clean with almost no flavors except some lingering grains and grapefruit.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, crisp and extremely clean.

O: Incredibly easy drinking and a prime candidate for a gateway beer for your BMC drinking buddies. Highly sessionable and light on the palette.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color with perfect clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Not a lot of head, but there is a thin and patchy white sheet on top after it rapid dissapation. Smells of wheat and barley malts, as well as some fine crisp hops. Fresh oranges back it faintly, rounding the smell out.

Light to medium body, slightly heavier than your average lager. Crisp, clean taste but some slight lingering of barley malts in the finish. Hops add the crispness and have a small bittering effect that balances out the barley. Definitely a twinge of citrus in the taste, adding a level of complexity that you don't find in a whole lot of lagers. Higher carbonation adds to the crispness. This is just a beer that is not overly complex, but they definitely paid attention to the details and brewed a solid lager with more flavor than most others you'll find out there. Definitely no off adjunct flavors, probably the best part of this beer. Great for a hot summer day that calls for a light and refreshing beer that tastes pretty damn good too.

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Photo of deadliest
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden yellow. Lots of bubbles. 2 fingers of white head that sticks around for a short while and leaves dots of lacing behind.
S: Light malts and some citrus/grassy hops.
T: Light malt and citrus hops again. lemon zest, and biscuit.
F: Light mouthfeel. Crisp. Good carbonation.
O: Really good lager. Too bad craft breweries don't put out more examples of these beers.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clear yellow/light gold, with moderate white head about an inch thick. Retains for a few minutes, then quickly vanishes, leaving no lacing. Typical weak lager appearance.

My nose detects scents of lemon,citrus, grains and light malt. A little weird, but has character.

Mouth absorbs faint traces of malt and graininess. A slight acidic and bitter citrus-like edge near the end of tasting. probably from hops. Fairly light-bodied, with your typical lager high carbonation.

As you may know I am generally not a fan of plain ol' lagers(the non-pilsener and non-Oktoberfest kind), so I did not expect much from this. That said, it is what it is. Not supposed to be extraordinary, just an everyday-type session brew. It's rather average at that, because I know there's better offerings in this style out there.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear light golden in color with a small frothy head. A fast fading head leaves just a ring and spotty lacing.

Smells of malts. There is a sharp crispness in the aroma as well as sutle hints of grass.

Taste has that crisp malt taste, but not overpowering more in balance. A light toasted malts or toasted biscuit. Followed by fresh grass with a lemon tartness at the finish.

Thin and ever so tart. Finishs clean.

A good easy drinking beer. A smooth sutle malt forward style that's sure to please.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC, into a mug.

A rising shiny fourteen carat gold, bright as all get out body, with a small collar of simple white. Classic singular straight rising carbonation that never stops. Looks like a solid lager.

Bouquet is small smelling, soft kind of malt but not much else with a little yeast.

Taste comes off with a heavily carbonated feel. Mild white bread and Wonder Bread light. Stupidly crisp with a mild herbal hop presence and even some butter. A bit gaseous but just tolerable enough.

Overall a good example of a lawn mower beer.

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Photo of jizfiasco
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear goldenrod color that resembles a very watery American lager. The head is fluffy and white but disappears in a blink. Smells a bit more German than it appears with a little pepper and grain. The taste is so much betters than the look and scent. If I saw this beer in a glass not knowing what it was I would pass it by buy the flavor is on point. I get grainy breaded malts, herbal hop notes and that peppery feel that is necessary for the style. Carbonation is lower but very striking and the beer goes down easy buy it gets too sweet as it warms so it's a gulper. Overall a good representation but could be a little cheaper I'm my opinion for what it is.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with one finger of loose, white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head collapses quickly and leaves only light lace on the glass.

S - Grainy malt with some notes of honey. A bit of herbal hop character in the background as well.

T - Clean, grainy malt up front with some graham cracker character. A touch of honey comes out in the middle along with a little herbal hop flavor. Things finish up with more dry, grainy malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Clean and well balanced with a decent malt character. This is a drinkable Helles, but not as flavorful as some others that I have had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Enjoy By: Sep. 29, 2011.

Appearance: Transparent, light yellow-hued body with a smallish layering of white suds.

Smell: Judiciously sweet-scented German malts supported by a pinch of finely-ground spice and a twist of lemon.

Taste: Moderately grainy-tasting, faintly bready pils malt with a drop of honeyed sweetness. Spicy, lightly lemony hop profile with ample bitterness to balance V out. Closes out dry with a small tingle of effervescent carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant, likable all-malt lager.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.