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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 31
Gots: 61 | 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

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Photo of umtox
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very light golden lager with a decent head and lots of carbonation

S: Pungent classic beer smell, a bit yeasty.

T: Crisp, strongly carbonated and a decent aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, crisp on the palate.

An average lager for a microbrewery, but very drinkable. Definitely would pair well with food.

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Yellow hue. Brilliant crystal clear clarity. Minimal white head.

S: Grainy sweet. Clean and crisp. A full and pleasing aroma. Very malty with only limited floral hop bitterness.

T: Grainy and sweet like the aroma. Some slight noble hop bitterness finishes. Some corn flavor.

MF: Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. Have had better hellles from Germany - this is good.

Photo of Nesued
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellow/straw in color. Clear with a "typical" carbonation pattern as seen in many macro lagers. Poured into a pilsner glass. A one-finger head developed upon initial pour and evolved into a slight ring which remained, due to the lively carbonation.

Smell - Lively nose which provided a clean, crisp aroma. A sharp, slightly tart hoppy presence was present as well.

Taste - A suprising (as least to me) malty taste. I was expecting more of an initial bite, due to the usual hop presence in a lager. This was refreshing and showcased the thought that went into balancing this offering. A nice sweet middle followed by a very mellow finish. I did sense a slight hops body, but it was well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Buttery feel. The carbonation did add to the "transport" but did not overly expand upon where none was needed.

Drinkability - Not a style I have made a point of becoming familiar with, so my opinion is biased by my limited experience. I really liked this offering and could see a six-pack fitting into my refrig. Would be a good offering to pair with meat on the grill.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. Nothing special here. Very middle of the road for a lager. I guess you could say this is what a lager should taste like, but there's nothing distinguishable about it. Pours a light golden with good foam. It's very drinkable, yes, but because there's not too much to it. If I'm looking for a quick drink, I'd choose this over a Sprite, but that's about it.

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

12oz bottle into nonic

Slightly hazy pale straw color with an eggshell white one finger head that slowly settles to almost nothing. Tiny spots of lacing on the glass.

Sweet grainy malt aroma with a tiny bit of flowery hops.

Like the aroma, mostly the grainy malt with some bitter and slightly spice hops coming in at the end. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.

This style is so perfect for a hot summer day. I think this one would also make a good intro beer for someone trying to get into craft beer. It's balanced, not too strong, and refreshing. I've had better MHL than one one, but it's still a solid beer. Recommended.

Photo of bosco7
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw color with decent bone white head that quickly dissipates into a thin film of bubbles.

Some vague honey notes, minty/floral hop notes, and grain husk in the nose.

Very light flavors here as expected. Starts with those subtle honey flavors and some light malt. Subtle spicy, wintergreen, and floral flavors barely come across but make this beer pleasant.

Thinish mouthfeel but still nowhere as thin as a macro.

Overall this is not going to blow anyone's mind but is very drinkable and would make the perfect complement to grilled/barbequed foods as well as sharing many with friends during the game.

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a middling consistency - neither thick nor thin. There was a nice head and some good lacing.

I smelled the malt above anything else, though a little citrus peeked through.

The taste was decent. Malt, a little lemon and hops. A good taste.

This had a fair amount of carbonation and a crisp finish for a well done mouthfeel.

I'll be honest, I don't necessarily care for this style of beer. I think it's, by nature, thinly constructed. I tried it because Victory is a solid brewery. That being said, this is an okay beer. I think it's as good as you can get with the style.

Photo of edskirk3
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, good till August.

Pours pale straw yellow with a thin white head and active carbonation. Light aroma of grassy grains and lemon.

Soft husky grains with a slowly emerging hop bitterness. A touch of breadiness. Crisp and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Very good pale lager they got here. In a perfect world they would all taste at least this good.

Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow color with puny white foam head that quickly reduced to a thin rim and no lace

S: Lively aromas of grain, tangy hops, and yeast

T: Strong husky grain flavor up front, sweet malts, a bit of yeasty doughiness, and subtle but pleasant tangy hops finish that is slightly dry

M: Very smooth with less carbonation that most lagers which keeps it from being fizzy

D: Easily drinkable and enjyable but not overly unique

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass producing minimal head that diminished to practically nothing very quickly. No discernible lacing to note. Color was a mostly clear light yellow gold.

S: interesting aroma that seems to be a cross between a light yeasty smell and fresh milled grain.

T: A touch more than light bodied with hints of fresh bread and grain, more so than a 'malt' flavor. Hops seem light and fall second to the other flavors. Finish is relatively quick with a slight touch of lingering sweetness.

M: Sort of a 'faux' light, more of a medium body with a light flavor. Carbonation is very light with no visible bubbles but you catch them on the tongue.

D: Pretty good. Nice 'general' sort of drink that can be enjoyed anytime with most foods.

Nice brew. I was expecting something a little bit lighter in body and taste but this was a pleasant surprise. Good flavor, body, and finish.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

The color of the beer was beautiful and inviting.

The smell was very aromatic

The taste was relentless in that it was full of flavor.

I could sit and drink a six pack of this in the evening and be quite content. A very good beer and i recommend for everyone!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, a small sweet to dry maltiness and a very clean taste. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. A very nice lager, yet nothing too exciting.

Photo of maddogruss
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a straw, yellow body with a small, carbonated white head. Head fizzled away immediately like a glass of Sprite. No lacing was evident from start to finish.

S: Hints of sweet malts and slightly bready.

T: Tasted like a watery beer. Hints of sweet, honey malts. Corn was evident in the aftertaste.

M: Over carbonated beer. This beer was brewed and then infused with carbon dioxide. The body itself felt like it was watered down a little bit before it was bottled.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer, but not for the taste. The light and almost tasteless nature of this beer makes it not just drinkable but poundable. I can slam these back all night long without missing a beat or feeling bloated at all.

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

12 oz. bottle with a label that has a big red "V" smack dab in the middle of it. To the right of the "V" is the barcode and US Government warning. To the left of the "V" is address of the brewery and a heafty paragraph describing the beer. A clearly stamped "Enjoy by" date is in between the paragraph and the big red "V." The refund values can be found on the small neck label.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Lager into my Bell's Brewery standard American pint glass. This Victory beer poured a disappointing extrememly clear and light straw yellow. The head of foam started off with a 1/2 inch head of white fizzy foam that just fizzled away completely in only 2 seconds. It did manage to leave behind a handful of small white rings and a spot of white bubbly lace.

Smell: The only thing I got in the beginning was the faintest aroma of malted grains and a small dab of floral hops. I thought that was it until I swirled it around and received a slightly fruity aroma. At least there wasn't corn or rice in there.

Taste: According to the paragraph, I'm guessing this is suppose to be a take on a throw back lager from the late 1800's and early 1900's. I believe they got what they wanted. The taste started off with malted grains and then ended with crispy German hops. That's all folks! No hidden taste or anything along those lines. It was just a taste of malted grains and hops.

Mouthfeel: It was clearly a light beer with a weak aftertaste of crispy German hops. After the light taste, I wasn't expecting much and that's exactly what I got.

Drinkability: It's clearly not my favorite Victory beer, but it would however make a great substitute for any of your run of the mill macros out there. Not a victory for Victory with this one.

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light, easy-going, perilously drinkable lager that goes down smooth as water... even my girlfriend liked this one and she's not a huge fan of beers... appearance is about average for a lager, with a golden color and light carbonation present... smell is okay but rather bland compared to the other, more robust samples from this company... Taste was good... very light with faint citrus and fruit notes on the palate, though slightly watery... drinkability was really very good because it went down so smoothly without the faintest hint of any bitterness... This is definitely an awesome session beer and downing a sixer wouldn't be a problem... while more bland than most other Victory beers, this brew certainly scores for mouthfeel and drinkability... Recommended for a good, light, session beer...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of StarSAELS
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
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!

Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.32/5  rDev -7%
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.

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.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.