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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Helles Lager
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743 Ratings

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 32
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

Formerly Victory Lager
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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my standard shaker glass. The lager appears a clear muted yellow color with about a finger of creamy bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are of caramel malt, grassy, earthy hops, fruity and semi-sweet with a pleasant bitterness, some toasted biscuits. Decent body for the style with ample carbonation as well. A good gateway beer.

Photo of thecarster1
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, three quarter inch head that faded pretty quick, nice lacing (looks like a leopard haha), minimal carbonation, bubbly ring around the gladd, clear bright yellow coloring.

s- crisp, slightly sweet grain, minimal hops.

t- refreshing, floral smack of hops that hit in the back of the mouth, well rounded, slightly sweet grain shines through as well.

m- medium body.

d- really great, this is my go to local beer, very drinkable, completely sessionable, i don't normally love munich helles lagers but i really enjoy this one, it doesn't pop as much as hopdevil or prima pils do, but it's great in it's own way.

Photo of BarrelO
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pale gold body. Finger-width white head.

S: Surprisingly strong hop aroma. Reminiscent of Prima Pils. Not what I'm looking for in a helles.

T: The flavor is more in line with a style. Slightly sweet bready maltiness. Just enough noble hops to be noticeable.

M: A bit too heavy. Almost syrupy.

D: It may not compare to Prima Pils or the best Bavarian lagers, but it is a very respectable attempt at a helles. Check it out if you like German beers.

Photo of CptAubrey
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pale, pale yellow. No trace of chill haze. Fluffy white head billows above the rim of the glass and clings lace-like to the inside of the glass after receding. A beautiful, sparkling beer.

S: Spicy hops, hint of grain, and touch of sulfur. Smell is light and enticing.

T: So smooth and clean! Soft sweetness of malt and herbal, spicy hops predominate with low hop bitterness in finish. Very well balanced. Malt, hoppiness, and bitterness are all soft and clean. No harshness.

M: Fine carbonation and light body. Not watery, but I've had other helles lagers with a little more presence.

D: Supremely drinkable. Refreshing, balanced, and clean. Overall a great beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a slight haze. Decent head and lace.

The aroma of grains,citrus and malts.

The taste was mildly sweet,grains,hops,herbal hints and some yeast in the finish.
This beer had a light body feel with medium carbonation and a crisp snap to it.

Notes: So easy to drink,really good session beer. I will use this as a gateway to better beer for my Corona drinking friends.

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

Second beer of the night at the Kinsale. Served on tap in an imperial pint glass. Bright yellow color, with ample carbonation. Nice sized white head. Pretty standard looking lager though. Smell was a bit malty, but not much else. Taste was pretty spot on for a lager. Nice balance of flavor profiles. Mouthfeel was pretty crisp and dry. While the flavor didn't blow me away, the smoothness of this beer impressed me. Extremely easy beer to drink, a very good choice for a session beer. Why anyone would bother to order a macro lager over a quality craft lager like this is beyond me.

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

Victory Lager pours golden straw-yellow and presents a soft foamy head with little lacing. Slightly sweet, but refreshing. There are notes of controlled malt flavors.

For the novice: If you want an everyday beer that has universal appeal, this is it - PA folks, keep it local!

Personally: A good ol' beer for anytime and most any occasion.

Photo of muskiecf
4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth! Refreshing and light. Grassy hoppiness. Has a strong yeast bite that is dry and very pilsner like. I am impressed with how complex it can be yet so simple. A great session lager in the old world style! Victory keeps making some of the best brews in the Eastern US. Cheers!

Photo of Amalak
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a 12 oz. bottle of this.
A- It has a straw-yellow color to it. It had a slight bubbly head that dissipated quickly and left no lace.
S- There's a hint of bitter hops there.
T- It's a very dry beer. Too dry, really. Crisp, with a slight bitterness and some wheaty overtones. Not that impressed.

Photo of NODAK
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smells pretty malty...biscuity....pretty tame.

The thing that defines this beer is how NOT in your face it is. The body is a somewhat sweet, grainy, but restrained malt. This holds for a decent while before the very tame hop bitterness makes itself known in the finish. There's also some biscuity notes on the finish as well. It's definitely a beer I'd recommend for people who are looking for a easy drinking beer year-round....while not incredibly complex, it's definitely drinkable.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Rocktoberfest pint glass.

A - pours straw yellow with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - smells faintly of hops, but I'm not picking up much of anything

T - light and "beery" in the BMC sense of the word. There is a little bit of a crisp bite at the end from the hops. No off flavors detected, just no real on flavors detected either.

M - effervescent fizziness, refreshing coolness

D - The upside of the light body and low flavor profile is that I could drink these forever on a hot day if they were ice cold. Would be a good tailgating beer.

This came as part of a mix case, I would not get it on its own. It is what it is, a fuller bodied BMC clone. Not bad by any means, but I just prefer beer that have more going on with them.

Photo of schmitter
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all, i like the bottle pictured much better than the current one. Anyway, beer poured into a pint glass a very clear, very yellow, very average color. Not much head either. Not sure what it smells like; I would honestly say it smells like budweiser. It doesnt appear to be highly carbonated when poured but the mouthfeel is primarily carbonation. I guess you can kind of taste the cooked, boiled hops, but not in a good way. meh. again, 5 left in a mixed case, anyone want?

::EDIT::I tasted it over the weekend and again tonight directly from the bottle and (for whatever reason) it is much more satisfying.

Photo of Soonami
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap in a pint class at Standard Tap, Phila, last night.

I wanted a lighter beer to quench my thirst last night after a long day of traveling and this beer disappointed. I expected a beer similar to Prima Pils with less herby hoppiness and more body and malt. Instead, I got a piss-yellow, lager with little hop flavor, not much malt or body, and no head. The beer with thin and tasted like nothing I was expecting. Granted this is a step up from Yuengling Lager and the like, but it's not what I would expect from a Victory lager. Maybe this is what the style is supposed to be like, but I did not like it one bit. I was very disappointed and left wishing I had ordered the Stoudt's APA that my dinner companion had, in place of what I had gotten.

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

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what to expect from a Munich Helles Lager, should it be super light colore with little head and a grainy nose? Hopefully, cuz thats what is going on here.

Pours a very pale golden, very very clean and clear. Head is less than a quarter inch and goes away quickly.

Smell is very grainy, corny, wheaty and slightly sour/sweet. Nothing too amazing.

Taste is honestly a bit like Welch's grapefruit juice watered down with some corn juice. That is exactly what this tastes like to me. If you gave a VERY, VERY cold bottle of this to me on a HOT, HOT day I think it would be close to perfect but not right now, it lacks a lot of character IMO.

Taste macro-ey and doesn't do much for me...

Photo of u2carew
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a 3/4 inch head. Good head retention. Visible carbonation. Golden color. Thin lacing.
S) Just a touch of yeast. Sweet fruit scent...citrus, maybe tangerine.
T) Grainy. A mellow sweetness lingers on top while a bit of hops tries to press through.
M) Light bodied. Thin. Slightly dry.
D) A decent brew, but just plain lager.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with about 1/2 inch of white fluffy head.

The scent is of grains, and also a light grape scent.

The taste is of light grains, bitter hops, grapes, and some light yeast.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation.

Very easy to drink a few of these, this is one of the better lagers I've had.

Photo of krenshaw
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very light in color, I'm typically more favorable to darker beers.. with our default kegorator setup it was a little foamier than usual, three fingers rather than two, though that was only the first beer of each day.. overall a visibly refreshing brew..

S - not a strong smell, but refreshing, smells kindof like a Miller Lite

T - very smooth, not too strong.. not a light beer but tastes like one.. great for summer time..

very drinkable brew, like i said above.. does not fill you up and not too strong of an alcohol feeling..

for a lighter looking beer, this was not all too bad.. very drinkable would indicate a great beer to share with friends.. overall i would probably get it again in a bar, but not to fill up my keg at home..

Photo of ZSimon
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weak pale yellow color, with a fluffy head that dissipates to a very fine lingering ring. Not much in the nose, just some faint grain. Surprisingly solid, malty body (given the unimpressive, macro-ish appearance.) Light on the hops, maybe some lemon. A bit of Band-Aid flavor- not a bad thing.

This brew is a bit of a tweener- a flavorful lager that would suit Joe-BMC just fine. Good to see that with all of the huge beers in Victory's portfolio, they can make a fine "regular" beer as well.

Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz battle poured into a pils glass. Thin white head and not much in the way of lacing. A single spot hovers in the center of the surface. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Smell has a slightly wet blanket grain aroma. Taste is surprisingly white grapish. A little spice from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly oily.

Photo of Andreji
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, i was rather disappointed with this opener to the world of victory, especially after hearing only good things about the brewery.

I should've expected it, provided this is the Lager, and i'm more of an ale person.

the pour is quite, quite thin-looking with a fizzy and shiny white head, very light and quick to dissipate- at first, seemingly, this looks like a koelsch until proven otherwise.

Smell, meh all too subtle, somewhat hoppy astringent somewhere, a bit skunky. Taste isn't too bad but is also rather subtle. there's a dominant dry malt feel at first and a very light half-bitter half metallic finish. body is thin and bland, carbonation perceivable throughout.

In the end it's refreshing, and a half-upscale lager but i hope the next Victories have much more to offer (i'm sure they do).

Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and then poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours out a clear pale yellow with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing with ring around the glass and thin layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves light lacing on the side.

Smell: The aroma is light, dry, and fresh with fruity (lemon I think), lightly floral hops and sweet pale malts.

Taste: The flavor light and includes both bready malt sweetness and a nice hop bitterness all in balance with each other so that both share the stage and play nicely with each other.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability: I find this very refreshing and drinkable. And since it goes down so easily I could easily make an evening drinking this beer. This is a well brewed beer and a good example of what an helles lager should be.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emsroth
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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