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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory- Lager

A- Light yellow with a thick billowy white head.
S- Strong crisp malt with a touch of hay/ straw.
T- Light buttery caramle malt with a touch of straw/ hay and grass.
M- Dry and crisp throughout. Sweet in the end.

Overall- Finally flt like reviewing this 1. I'm not a big Lager but this is very enjoyable. Light yet flavorful and a phenomonal golfing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 20:53:18 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of fitzy84


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Moan and Dove. This golden-yellow lager is extremely clear to see through, however, there is practically no head. The aroma is barely a hint of hops. Surprisingly, the taste was very developed even with the lack of apparent smells. It turned out to be a really sweet lager. An average carbonation allows it to be somewhat refreshing but a bit too watery. Overall, this drink was a little too crisp, a little too watery and lacked any powerful aroma. But it was decently sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 22:38:14 | More by fitzy84
Photo of wheelinshirt


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average offering from Victory, but included in the variety case with hopdevil, golden monkey and prima pils, so I end up drinking this one a bit.

Straw yellow with a fingers worth of almost soapy looking head, poor retention and no lace.

Smell is pale, biscuity malt with some fruitiness and a little spiciness from the hops. Taste is similar, balanced malt and mild bitterness, finishes with some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, enjoyable beer and definately drinkable. Kind of the odd ball of the Victory Variety pack but it is worth drinking, or at least trying. Perhaps a good "gateway to craft beer" beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 20:44:20 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of StarSAELS


2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My opinion: this is the let-down in the Victory sample pack. Granted, I'm not a fan of lagers, but I've had a few that made me lick my lips and ask for another. This one... no. Run-of-the-mill.

Pours, looks, smells, tastes and feels like a standard lager. Nothing really jumps out at me. Looks like... a beer. Smells like... a beer. Tastes like... a beer. You know, that nondescript beer. Reminds me of the boring stuff grampa and my uncles drank.

I guess not everybody in the dugout can be the star of the game!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 03:45:06 | More by StarSAELS
Photo of Domingo


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BankerJoe for this one. I wish Victory would send this out here to Colorado, but for some reason we don't get it.
Pours a medium to light yellow color. Moderate head, but nothing too rocky. The head falls quickly although carbonation bubble continue. It falls into the middle of the pack for the style.
The smell is mainly of grain. Not a lot of hops in the nose.
Tastes maltier (think biscuity) than some of the German examples, but it's still clearly a normal helles rather than a pils or export. Hops finish the flavor component nicely. Not overbearing, but just right.
I could easily drink a mass or two of this. One of the best American examples of the style for sure. Because it's fresh, that makes it even better.
This is a solid helles.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 23:12:31 | More by Domingo
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost transparent straw yellow body that pours with a very thin foamy white head that quickly disappears completely. No lacing is left behind in the glass. Body does have a minimal cloudiness to it. All I am asking for here is a little bit of head retention.

S- Faint aroma of sweet pale malt and soft hops.

T- The main character upfront is the subtle, sweet pale malt. Sweet, grainy and almost has hints of corn in it. Soft hop flavor accents the pale malt for the finish and a subtle sweetness lingers. Nice, simple, Helles Lager flavor.

M- Medium to high carbonation with a lightweight-but full body that is not too thin.

D- This is a pretty plain and simple example of a Munich Helles Lager. One that is easy to drink and enjoy for its simplicity. Not my favorite from the victory lineup-but none the less a pretty solid example of the style. As far as Munich Helles go-I strongly prefer Penn Gold but I would probably have this one again-besides its part of the Victory variety case and the other 3 offerings in there are very good beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 16:35:14 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of matty


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I would give this beer a shot since the brewery is in the Philadelphia vicinity.It is pale yellow and the smell is average.Taste is unremarkable at first but has a nice fresh bread aftertaste.I would recommend this beer to my buddies,it's not great but it's definetly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 03:28:16 | More by matty
Photo of tempest


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn, this is just a nice German helles lager, something that surprisingly hard to find. It's a golden yellow without much head unfortunately, but everything else is good. The aroma is sweet and bready with the flavor opening up into a light fruity lager funk, lightly roasted grains, a touch of biscuit, and a smooth mouthfeel. This is a great lawnmower beer, but also so much more. I wish more bars around me would carry this.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 02:52:33 | More by tempest
Photo of LeftyBWS


4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.Label includes an "enjoy by ---" date.
A: Pale yellow in color, somewhat dusty, but almost clear towards the bottom of the glass. Thin white head, fairly bubbly but clean. No lacing.
S: Fruity and sweet. Orangey, with some caramel malts detectable. Kind of unassuming, but pleasant nonetheless.
T: Crisp, with the malty sweetness and slightly bitter hoppiness intermingling harmoniously. Sorta wheaty, but mostly just smooth and satisfying.
M: Refreshing and crisp; the beer explores the mouth. Tingly after-feel.
D: Pretty good. On the lighter side, so ideal for spring/summer.
Overall, a great-tasting lager. This beer wins points from me not so much for having an outstandingly unique taste, but rather a perfect balance of a bunch of flavors. They're hard to pinpoint exactly just because they're blended so well. Definitely worth investigating for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 02:00:14 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce beer with a best by date of Aug 02 2007.

Pale straw color with little to no head. I really enjoy this brewery's products so I am making an effort to try as many as possible.

In short, this tasted like a high end BMC. Not bad, but not the best of the style either. Crisp taste. I dispute the corn taste or smell many note. It wasn't there and corn is not an ingredient.

A good hot weather beer. On a high note, I let my Bud drinking friends try it and they liked it. A great gateway beer to turn the discussion to craft beer.

I believe that there really is no completely bad beer. Somewhere out there someone in enjoying Old Milwaukee and socializing. My percieved superior taste buds do not lessen that experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 00:32:42 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of boelker62


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a fizzy little head that diminished almost completel, but no worry, the medium bidy on this yellow lager is quie plpeasing. Gets ou ready for ehat you'll imbibe upon soon.

S - light malty and yeasty nose, with the faintest hint of hops.

T - This, IMO is a beer that is style on. It has the deep cellared feel of a cool fermented German lager. A nice rendition of this style, and nothing spectacular or od, just damn solid. I think that is enough. Some beers, if you are not a fan specifically of the type, cannot be spectacular. Reigning champ of this style for me.

M - was nice and wet with a soft carbonation and a cleansing finish, enticing you to get more, but not requiring it out of dryness.

A stronghold of the Victory brand, and a perfect opportunity to start converting macro drinkers. Next stop, a Maibock...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 02:50:50 | More by boelker62
Photo of Bitterbill


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade with jwc215...thanks, Joe!

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by Jun 19 07) a clear, bubbly straw gold colour with a large head of foam. It settles down after a while but stays for the entire session as a fine layer and there's lacing.

The smell hasa pretty hoppy aroma mixed in with some malty tones.

The taste on first sip has a nice hoppy presence... I'm getting some lemon zest. Further sips in and there's some non sweetish malt and bread there but they are on the light side. It finishes crisp and clean and makes for a good thirst quencher.

The body is light as is the carbonation. I like this one and it has a good German feel to it.

Bottom line: This is a good Lager...no bells or whistles, just a good solid Lager. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 14:06:43 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my first Victory, but my first Victory purchased on tap in SC! Poured a clear light amber amber with a small white head and a very quick fade, almost no retention, and only a slight bit of a residual lace. Very light smell, somewhat grainy with bread tones and not alot of fullness to it. The taste was decent, with a crisp, clean, smooth feel, but just not alot of profile to it. Grainey bread like taste, small hop trying to break through but just doesnthave enough to get through all the way. Overall this is a decent session beer nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either. Could definatly see myself throwing this down on a 90+ day, but at night as a tv beer, nah.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2007 23:33:00 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jwc215


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by June 19 '07" printed on label.

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that quickly descends to a thin patch. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is grassy/lemony with some breadiness. Farily mild.

The taste is grainy/grassy upfront. Sweetish malt and bready yeast soon overtakes the grassy taste. Some oily hops. Light texture with a fair amount of clean crispness. Overall, not unlike so many average to decent Euro-lagers.

It has a clean, refreshing quality to it. Not bad, but nothing particularly special about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 10:23:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of rowew


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle, enjoy by date clearly marked on the label. Long description of the beer, label is a bit different than the one pictured here. Even though we are getting Victory beers in Colorado, I haven't seen this one there yet.

Appearance: Very light yellow color, lots of bubbles and a thin head that fades quickly. Indistinguishable from your average macro in appearance.

Smell: Very grainy - smells a lot like raw grain and a bit of flour. Just a hint of noble hops in the back.

Taste: I drank several of these in the bottle the last few days, and they seemed to have a bit of a metallic twang to them. In the glass this is not presentat at all, and the beer is much better for it. Clean grain flavors and a very subdued hop flavor.

Overall impression: Quality session lager, with just enough floral hop flavor to keep it interesting. Clean grain flavors - another nice offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 22:35:30 | More by rowew
Photo of SkinnyElvis


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the beerwif for this bottle. Pours almost clear into my pint glass and the head settles quickly to almost nothing. Decent enough smell of hops for a lager. Again, tasty but subtle hops within the limits of the style. Very, very drinkable which is why I am drinking this while packing some beer and waiting for the Super Bowl.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 19:11:39 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of MmmIPA


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn lager pint glass.Best before 06/19/07

Very clear golden body with a bone white head that is about 1 finger thick.It then fell to a ring around the glass.Leaves nice lacing on the glass when drank half way through.
Very clean smell with a sorda corn hint to it.
The first taste that comes to my palate is Nachos and or corn.I dont really taste the malt in this stuff,there is a slight hop bitterness.Its very refreshing and above slighty carbonated.
This is a fine lager and taste nothing like im used to in the lager dept.Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 19:32:14 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of guinnessfan


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint.

A: Pale, clear straw. Little head. No retention. No lacing. Looks weak

S: Little...Yeasty, grainy...Yada yada.

T: Weak, not bad but not good. Mild grainy taste with subtle malt taste.

M: Thin, okay carbonation, but somewhat watery. Light, crisp and clean.

D: Not a bad beer, just nothing special. Easy to pound, better than many macro lagers.

This offering was somwhat of a let down. I am beginning to like the style, but this seems like a weak representation. Penn Gold is a better choice for a Helles Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 15:13:28 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold with a snow-white and frothy head. some fine lacing. Smells sweet, alot like honey.

Taste is very sweet, hardly any hop flavor at all. Lots of honey flavor in this. Pale sweet malt, hnts of caramel. Mouth is a bit cloying quite frankly. Sticky mouth and finish. The honey-like flavors are just too much. Not a good Helles IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 18:20:35 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of AudioGilz


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad appearance to this brew; your average translucent golden yellow hue with a small head.
Aroma rises the good beer thoughts a bit though, very German-like in character, cereal grainy and crisp; very promiscuous in hinting of a flavor and refreshment similar.
And indeed, the flavors and mouthfeel translate from the aroma, crispy grains, high carbonation, slighty dry finish with just a wee bitterness.
As far as lagers go here in PA, this is one of the best; way better than any mass-produced American lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 23:18:44 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass,beer was light golden,straw color.Lots of carbination,white creamy head dissapated quickly. Has a bread-like aroma. no real hop presense.Grainey,bread taste,not much of a hop bitterness.It tasted thin, not much body.Would be a good beer served cold on a hot day,not a filling beer at all.Not what I'm used to from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 02:37:36 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was completely not what I expected. I had been hoping for a nice malty lager with some serious flavor. What I got was a macro lager on steroids.

Pours a straw yellow color with a very small head and not much retention at all. I would have had a hard time distinguishing it side-by-side from a Bud. The aroma was not very pleasing at all. It didn't make me shy away from the beer, there just wasn't anything to talk about.

Very bland taste. Where are the malts? Where are the hops? Something is missing here for sure.

As critical as I'm being about this beer, it wasn't undrinkable. There just wasn't anything unique or exciting about it. You could have put it side by side with any other macro lager and I would have been hard pressed to tell the two apart. I actually put down a sixer of HopDevil and bought this instead. I won't be making that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 00:41:48 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retenton and lacing.

The smell featured a soft doughy aroma which was cut by a spicy hop presence.

The taste was likewise soft and doughy, with a mild and tasty grain profile. The strong hop spiciness really made the taste authentic.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall an authentic rendition of the style. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 02:15:50 | More by plaid75
Photo of orsulacp


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear gold/yellow with a nice fluffy white head. I wrote down what I smelt and then had to look it up, DMS (a sweet corn smell), it was very pronounced and there was a slight metallic smell there too. It had a nice grainy malt taste, slightly sweet with hint of bitterness at the end of the sip. It had a light/medium body with a good level of carbonation making a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 01:43:19 | More by orsulacp
Photo of mjc410


2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my La Moneuse tulip, which is of course the ideal lager glass...

The head is fizzy and soda like, quickly falling to a glass ring and surface lacing over a very light gold, bubbly body. The nose is of somewhat off-putting grain. Taste is very nice though, a clean, balanced grain/hop combination, very simple. Mouthfeel is spot on, with a thin body and high carbonation. A very easy drinker, but with some significant negatives and no complexity whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 00:29:28 | More by mjc410
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.