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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

697 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | 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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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

04-13-2009 11:01:15 | More by tai4ji2x
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emsroth

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

04-10-2009 04:31:52 | More by emsroth
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oneeye

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Golden yellow with plenty of carbonation bubbles that form a egg shell white head. Very thin looking as you can see right through the glass of beer and the carbonation bubbles are very visible. Minimal lace sticks around with lots of carbonation.

A grainy aroma with a scent of grassy hops. Smells crisp and clean.

A light tasting lager that has a great balance of malt, grain, and hops. The malts are slightlty sweet. A great grain hop mix, light lemon, grassy, and earthy. A good tasting crisp beer with a dry finish.

Victory Lager could be a great session beer. A good tasting crisp and clean beer. It's easy to drink with a great balance of flavor, mouthfeel, and this beer tastes good to the end.

04-05-2009 17:44:40 | More by oneeye
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours an absolutely clear palest of yellows. Minimal carbonation rising through. Large bubbly white head on top. Moderate retention. No lacing/webbing to speak of.

Smells very light and sour. Some corn, slight citrus. Twangy. Very light and watery mouthfeel. Goes down very easily. Taste is of strong lemon in my mind. No hop bite. Slight malty flavor. Not bad for a thirst-quencher, but that's about it. I won't get it often, but it is refreshing.

02-20-2009 23:15:02 | More by Onenote81
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

I will try not to hold against this beer the fact that I was drinking it while watching the Eagles implode in the NFC championship game.

A-Clear golden with a fluffy white head. No lacing to speak of.

S-A little malt, that's about it.

T-A little malt, a bit of noble hops in the finish. Not bad.

M-Medium bodied and refreshing.

D-Yeah, not bad but I would not seek this one out.

HV

01-28-2009 17:33:56 | More by sholland119
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

I bought a case of this at the Victory Brewpub in Downingtown, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color with a big white head that has ok retention and little to no lacing.
Smell: The aroma is a mild non-offensive malt.
Taste: The is a nice hop bit up front, follow by milt pale malt.
Mouthfeel: THe mouthfeel is both crisp and dry.
Drinkability: This is a great lawnmower beer. It is an excellently done approachable beer.
Don't drink and review.

01-20-2009 00:35:42 | More by treehugger02010
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden color with white frothy heading. Heading dissolves very quickly. Slowly carbonation bubbles drift upward kind of trippy. Very earthy and nutty smell with a citrus ending. Taste is very dry with alot of carbonation kind of to much, almost unenjoyable. I would call this a light lager that is very carbonated. Leaves no lacing at all. A kind of let down for a highly rated brew.

01-18-2009 19:21:51 | More by TheFightfan1
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trbergman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Pale gold body topped with a quarter inch of creamy white head that doesn't stick around very long.

S - Bready, a tad sweet, some floral and grassy hops.

T - Dry, cracker-like malt with a touch of sweetness in the middle. There's an initial kick of spicy hop bitterness that's overtaken by the malt in the short, clean finish.

M - Light, with very fine carbonation.

D - Not really interesting, but clean and quenching.

01-16-2009 02:18:17 | More by trbergman
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Poured a medium-pale gold with feverous carbonation and a sudsy thin head that faded quickly.

S: some light fresh grains, light herbal hopping.

T: The flavor bore some wet grains, floral hopping and a light fresh grassiness. Overall the flavor appeared rather, safe, non-offending but fit per style.

M: lively from the carbonation.

D: Drinkability was ok, was on the fence for this one. Drinkable but with a shoulder shrug for excitement.

01-06-2009 23:41:43 | More by beerthulhu
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Golden yellow...small head that disappears quickly

S - Sweet malts...give way to a floral smell

T - A nice malt flavor...sweet tasting...and a faint hop finish...faint I tell you

M - Perfect...light, crisp, and refreshing

D - Another solid Victory brew...I will be having this one over and over again

12-10-2008 16:07:06 | More by thain709
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a darker yellowish-golden color with a foamy white head that settles into a nice lace. Aroma is nothing special with subtle hints of floral hops. Flavor is a nice balance of hops , maltiness and a crisp golden flavor. Very smooth drinking enjoyable session beer.

12-01-2008 08:32:11 | More by corby112
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a SA pint glass. It pours a bright yellow, lots of carbonation and a fluffy head. The head fades quickly. The smell is a bit grainy, nothing outstanding. The beer is crisp and smooth. A pleasant bitternes it the overiding flavor but it is very clean. The beer is light bodied and very sessionable. A nice change from the bigger beers I ususally drink.

11-30-2008 21:34:25 | More by bonkers
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saradad

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

Going over some notes from the other night I got this:
A: Golden, visible carbonation, white head quick disappears.

S: Malty goodness with a citrusy hops balance

T: Sweet nutty with light citrus behind that, good balance.

M: Creamy, drying finish with a light hops aftertaste.

D: Oh yeah, this is a good one.

11-11-2008 19:53:12 | More by saradad
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Pale yellow with a little bit of white head.

S - Really light wheat smell.

T - Very smooth and light. Good wheat flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. It's really light and crisp. I love Victory!

11-03-2008 02:42:09 | More by jeffmonarch
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

10-14-2008 20:30:26 | More by DavoleBomb
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%

Very, very light yellow with NO head or lacing...bubbles rising quickly to the top looking for an escape. Clean nose with hints of hops and german malts.
Taste is an onlought of carbonation. Hints of sweet gum, fruit mainly banannas and a bitter edge. Light on the feel

10-13-2008 23:37:04 | More by dmamiano
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing tough. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one.

10-07-2008 02:10:48 | More by Wasatch
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Seanibus

California

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

Pours a radiant clear yellow, with a small head and streamers of carbonation. The aroma is powerful - you can smell this beer coming. It is bready and sweet with a nice sting of hop bitterness. The flavor is a little less powerful, but still delicious - bready, lemony with that distinctive Victory Brewing hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasant. This is an eminently drinkable beer

08-01-2008 23:00:56 | More by Seanibus
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

A: snifter. pours a beautiful gold color, with some white lacing. low head retention and lacing.

S: Smells sweeter than most helles, but it does have that distinct corn malt aroma.

T: Tastes a little sweeter than expected. huge corn malts with no distinct hop flavor, probably some light nobles. Aftertaste is perfect though, just the sweetness, not the corn flavors.

M: Clean and crisp, a little thicker than expected. good carbonation.

D: very drinkable beer. I have started to drink more Helles lager, and I really enjoyed this one. great summer brew.

07-23-2008 22:11:28 | More by paulthebeerguru
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

07-13-2008 22:43:38 | More by Reagan1984
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and bready malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and light with mild flavors of lager yeast and a little bit malt sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready. Even for a style that is simplistic by nature, this beer doesn't seem to have a lot to it.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

07-05-2008 02:41:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19%

Pours light yellow from the bottle with a small lasting head. Smells of sweet malt and grain with a light touch of hops. Taste is rather wonderful light refreshing reminds me of the old days and beer I drank when I was young. It feels great in your mouth smooth and light and a light sweetness! It is Very Refreshing. This is the kind of Beer you can sit down and just drink one after another and just plain enjoy! This is a beer I will drink as long as it is made and I do not mind paying more for as it is truely flavorfull!
Beer Its Not Just A Beverage It s Food!

06-27-2008 00:18:15 | More by Schmidts
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

A. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear straw yellow with a bit of head that recedes to just around the edges.

S. Bready yeast and a bit of malt.

T. Very flavorful. Mild hop bitterness, some grainy tastes, sweet background and ultra smooth. Interesting style lager from victory.

M. Medium bodied and almost creamy, but it is alittle watery around the edges.

D. Drinkability is very good. A nice beer to relax with and enjoy.

06-19-2008 23:56:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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thepassingofdays

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance - looked pretty gimicky to me from the outside, pretty typical light lager.

Smell - light and pleasant, refreshing and simple.

Taste - pretty plain, but very drinkable. It's an excellent PLAIN lager, nothing special about it but it's the type of beer you could have a couple of to quench your thirst.

06-16-2008 18:19:00 | More by thepassingofdays
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Kendo

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Poured pale yellow/straw with a small white head that disappeared quickly. Some visible carbonation.

S: Light grain husk and fruity hops. Not terribly strong in the nose, but it's fairly "clean."

T: Also not a lot going on, flavor-wise -- light malt and grain followed by a hint of fruity-ness. Finishes dry with a hint of sweetness lingering. Decent balance b/w sweetness and dry bitterness, but a tad bit too fruity-sweet for my preference.

M: Good for the style -- light with a decent carbonation level.

D: Pretty good. Goes down easy.

06-14-2008 23:23:25 | More by Kendo
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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