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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Helles Lager
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81
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756 Ratings
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 33
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 756 | Reviews: 343
Photo of Avagadro
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw-colored and crystal clear, This lager produces a frothy egg-white head capping off the lazy bubbles floating from the bottom of my pint. I would have liked to see some more vigorous lacing, but everything else is so spot-on that I can still justify the 4.

S: This is already seeming more like a German Pils than a Helles, not that there's a world of difference, and, as such, I'm not expecting too powerful of a bouquet. The nose is dominated by cereal grains and balanced out by a touch of spicy hops. The bouquet is a touch muted though, even for a pils.

T: The taste is easily the brew's best quality; sharp, crisp hops accentuate the delightfully dry body perfectly to create a remarkably refreshing brew with a certain subtlety that is seldom seen in the states.

M: V-Lager is very light and bubbly. Exactly to style.

D: This is one of the finest lagers available on US soil. I'm sure many of Victory's devout followers will be upset by the restrained hopping of this one, but I am very pleased that the brewers risked popularity in order to put out a more traditional product. Keep up the good work Victory!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours slightly hazy yellow with a soft white head, great lace.

S: Bready malt, nice Helles nose, but nothing substantial.

T: Delicious sourdough bread malty German flavour. Distinct hop notes at the end add balance. Good flavour.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit chalky. Medium-bodied.

D: A real nice lager, glad I got to try this legendary East Coast brew.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory Lager pours a bright crystal clear lemony yellow with pale amber highlights and a frothy white head that breaks down into a thin surface covering quickly. Lacing is minmial.

The aroma smells like really good fresh beer for lack of a better description. Fresh baked bread and lovely floral Noble hops.

The flavor is an exercise in balance between the light bready malt and the Noble hops. There are no big heavy handed out there flavors, no giant hop attacks, just good refreshing luscious German style lager you could drink all day. Simple doesn't mean a lack of quality and the beer has quality. Muted honey and ever so light citrus flavors present themselves.

The mouthfeel is medium light, soft and perfectly carbonated.

I honestly did not know what to expect from this beer after reading so many negative reviews. I couldn't be more pleased however and can see downing many bottles of this in the future. It's not big, it's not hoppy, it's just good, dependable quality beer, what more can you ask than that?

Photo of mempath
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

why no normal picture of this up? anyways, pours a very light straw color with a sudsy, soapy head, big side bubbles but nice, sticky lacing.

bright grainy nose, fresh maltiness. cerealish. no big sniff needed.

nice semi-yeasty initial taste with the light malts and minimal hops roll in. interesting. much more of a late spring, summer brew for sure. solid, but nothing special. mouthfeel a bit thin...intentionally?

drinkable for sure. nothing awful at all. actually good. but nothing special (did i say that already?). probably should've waited to try this in late april.

Photo of Tilley4
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm crazy about most of Victory's offerings so I picked up singles of this and the Whirlwind Wit yesterday...

Pours a surprisingly clear light golden with a nice fluffy head... Lots of carbonation...looks pretty good..

I'm getting lots of sweet light malt and a macro-like corn aroma... Also, some sulfur going on.. Basically, smells beery if you will....hoping for a bit more in this dept...

If I didn't know better, I'd guess this was a macro... Its not bad or anything, but really just sorta average to me... Tastes sorta like a Bud or any of the other big names... Lots of light sweet malt and corn and virtually no hop presence... Again, sorta disappointing...

Overall... A letdown.. I was expecting more of a solid base of malt and hops that never disappoints, like Sam Adams, but this one didn't do it for me...

Photo of papat444
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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

(Served in an American pint glass) best before Mar 19 2010
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin white head soon to disappears with tiny bubbles in slow motion. S- This beer has a soft sighty sweet malt with a Munich malt hint and pale malt with some field corn note finish.
T- This beer has a big sulfury hops flavor that grows with a fizzy water taste in the finish.
M- This beer is a light mouthfeel with a big scrubbing fizzy finish.
D- This beer is sulfury and fizzy that covers most of the flavor and aroma except for the watery taste in the finish.

Photo of Popkas
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow with little to no head or lacing.

S: Not a lot going on, but there is a hint of bread/grain.

T: Pretty simple bready/grainy taste to hit. Very little bit of hops comes through.

D: Certainly drinkable on summer day or possibly as a session if you were into it.

Photo of BierFan
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin white head despite a strong pour. Pale yellow body. The head really disappointed to me.

Smell: Pale malt. Very little from the hops.

Taste: Kind of lemony. Moderate bitterness. Unimpressive but decent for the style.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an altbier glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow - reminiscent of BMC lager - with a big fluffy white head that's nice and creamy. Nose is slightly hoppy and smells like BMC.

Mouthfeel is very full due to nice carbonation and solid barley. The taste is like a high quality PBR or something, very light bitterness with some light sulfur. Finish is pretty crisp.

Overall I'd say this is worth skipping, better than BMC, but skip this and go to Prima Pils.

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

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, grain, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight hops, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a slightly better than average lager, but still weak in body for my taste. It does get much better as it has a chance to warm.

Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Wegmans-pulled from the singles cooler- poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A golden yellow w/ good clarity and streaming bubbles visible. The head is a quickly dissipating white that turns into a ring w/ small beading

S - A musty, mildly vegetal nose w/ sweet malt note and hint of hops that have a mild herbal scent

M - A crisp clean sparkling carbonated on the tip of the tongue feel. The effect is dry almost spicy on the palate w/ feel appropriate to style but lacks some malt sweetness

T - The taste is lightly yeasty like a german lager should be w/ mellow malt which is dry and takes a backseat to the hops slightly, but has a nutty kernal and blends well w/ the mild herbal hops. The finish is slightly creamy as the carbonation stirs up some gastric expulsion of vapor.

D - A lager that is well made, but doesn't compare to some other Helles biers I have had, just better than average drinkability wise for me.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ap. Victory Lager ia a very pale, pale yellow with a nice white frothy head. Not much lacing.
Sm/Ta. Can a beer smell and taste pale? This is a very mild beer. There is little smell or taste. It reminds me of less expensive, lessor quality beers. There is some perhaps grain/corn smell and taste.
Mf. Pale and thin?
Dr. Yes, but I'm not sure why.

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.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.