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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

706 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 30
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of guinnessfan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

guinnessfan, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of AudioGilz
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

AudioGilz, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

jcdiflorio, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Jacobob10
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Jacobob10, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

plaid75, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

orsulacp, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of mjc410
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

mjc410, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid pours much like a pills. Light straw like yellow. Lots of carbonation. The head however was smallish,

The smell was citrus, lemony

The taste was also lemony with a nice bitter bite, Kind of saved the day on this one.

Mouth feel was good, no complaints, nothing to make it stand out.

Drinkability was good to better. Sorry, a good solid above average quality brew but nothing to distinguish it's self. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of cracgor
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is probably one of the easiest drinking beers I've had in my life. 12 oz bottle. Pours out a pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Looks sort of like champagne. Has a very sweet fruity smell to it. Drinking it is like liquid gold. Not really light in flavor. There is tons of it, just all very pleasant and very little bitter flavor in it. Has a sweet floral hop. It is amazingly clean and crisp. A light tasting beer to enjoy in the summer. This is hands down the best example of a "lawnmower beer" I have ever tasted.

cracgor, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of dansm
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice clear pale yellow color, with a small white head.

S-Aroma is that of sweet malt with some very light hops in the background.

T-Nice, slightly sweet malt flavor, with a hint of lemon. The slight hop bitterness finishes up nicely.

M-Thin body with a decent carbonation.

D-This is a good drinking beer, goes down really smooth. Won't take much to finish off a sixer.

dansm, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the palest of yellows with a small white head that melts to nothing.
Aroma is light macro malty without the corn.
Taste is light malt and a bright hop tingle aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very full for style.
Aftertaste is bright and clean...fresh, drying, yet quenching.
Very drinkable.

IntriqKen, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw color--good continual carbonation. It forms a small head and leaves a moderate amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

The smell is mud, skunk, earth essence--not real pleasant but somewhat appropriate for the style. After having a couple sips, the smell is actually more pleasant.

Very smooth bready taste with just a faint hop finish. This would be a good beer to introduce a macro drinker to craft beers with. There are some adjuct-ish characteristics present but I would bet they dont use any here. Smooth and very drinkable.

rousee, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 355 mL bottle of Victory Lager poured into an Ommegang glass. The lager is cold.

Appearance: The lager has a muted yellow color that reminds me of BMC. There is no sign of any impurities.

Smell: The lager has a strong caramel aroma that results from the firm malt backbone.

Taste: The malts really stand out here. They provide an array of caramel to biscuit aromas, each of which is firm and very tasty. The hop character is just enough to provide a nice even flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well made and true to style, this beer just tastes good.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This beer is well made and I highly recommend it.

akorsak, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear very pale lemon juice yellow. A one finger head that dissipates within a minute of being poured. No lacing.

S - Crisp clean smell of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) over light bodied malt. Not fantastic, but far from offensive.

T - A bit of citrus flavor at first bite. It is crisp and pleasant. As the flavors progress, they develop a bit of a light bodied malt / grassy presence to overpower the citrus. Finishes grassy and lightly bitter. Very mild flavor, for the style that is great.

M - Carbonation is high, thin and watery. Refreshing as can be.

D - Easy. It is like water, so it drinks like water. This is a natural session beer, a compliment to nearly any meal. It tastes like a macro lager, but stripped of all unpleasantries.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit:
Wow, this was an early review...very bland and not too much to write about. A good lager for working outside in the fall or early spring.


Not too sure I'd compare this to other lagers...poured very pale with little to no head. Smells very wheaty with slight hops...don't get me wrong - these characteristics didn't turn me off at all!
Went down very smoothly as it is very light. Aftertaste is that of an American Lager. It's very enjoyable!

JohnnyM2002, May 22, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours a white 1", short lived fizzy head that is fed after the pour by bubbles from the bottom. The beer is a golden straw in color.

smell: Pretty much the same as the taste. A slight, grainy sweetness of pale malt, light noble hops, and maybe a little corny sulfur.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low side of the high range, and the body light.

taste: The taste is of slightly sweet pale malts, light noble hops, and just a touch of bitterness. Very clean, well balanced, and especially flavorful for a beer of this style.

drinkability: off the charts drinkability, I will likely drink this by the truckload this summer

Best by date of June 08, 2006 printed on the label

resampled on 6/16/08 with a best by 7/15/08 bottle...scores updated slightly from 4/4/4.5/4.5/5

blackie, May 05, 2006
Photo of kpw1000
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

I was pretty disappointed in this beer.

I acknowledge up front my bias against this style: I prefer an IPA, a trippel, a milk stout or oatmeal stout, a nice brown ale.

While I'm not partial to this style, I've had the Weihenstephaner Original and loved it, and of similar styles, I've enjoyed immensely Hacker Pschorr's Oktoberfest, and several others.

I also have a generally favorable bias for Victory; they're kind of local and I've liked the Prima Pils, and loved (loved!) Golden Monkey and HopDevil Ale.

But this beer, while a nice color, a nice pour, a nice feel, seemed utterly bland in flavor. I know this style is not known for the power of its taste, but this seemed unacceptably and exceptionally insipid.

Sorry.

kpw1000, May 05, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale pale golden clear color- beer? This looks like champagne to me. Weird. Not much in the way of the nose... a hint of lemon and wheat, but it isn't terribly fragrant. Tastes like a hefe. A very filtered hefe. Wheat and lemon come through strong, maybe a hint of banana too. Taste is nice- but not so lageresque. Mouthfeel reminds me a bit of champagne, too... Very very drinkable, light and refreshing, goes down easy- a nice crisp brew.

scooter231, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jul 02 06.
DRINK IT IT'S SPOILING!
Pretty good for a helles lager... has the typical flavor profile of the style. Kinda wheaty, a bit of lemon in the flavor, very clear looking, a bit on the sweet side of the spectrum. A little too sweet for me; when I go for a pale lager I tend to like them a bit dryer and crisper. This is on the juicy side. A little bit slick on the palate but has appropriate carbonation.
Solid stuff. Nothing striking about it but it does its job.

ommegangpbr, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this in a mug after working in the yard.

Poured a pretty, lemony-straw color. Not much head and very little lacing.

Not a lot of aromas, mild malt and hops but nothing to jump out, however for the style this is what I expected.

This beer had an excellent, subtle flavor that was not overly hoppy or malty, but did have a nice, mild taste. A good example of a helles lager, IMO.

Kind of a fizzy mouthfeel, but also light, smooth and crisp.

It really excels in the drinkability category, I wish I would have bought more than one to sample, as I could easily drink several of these in a row, especially out on a hot summer day grilling. This will be my beer of choice to bring to a summer party, especially if there are lots of non-BAers around who might squawk at something other than a typical lager.

doppelmeup, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of pvsob
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold to pale straw color (clear), with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly (no lace). Besides a slight hop aroma mingled with a touch of malt, I personally had a little trouble picking up any other aroma characteristics. The taste starting a little sweet for me, moved to a slight hoppy flavor and finished crisp with the faintest grain flavor. Overall mouth feel was a little thin almost watery to me. Bottom-line is that this is a decent Helles Lager. It won't knock you out with complexity, but it is enjoyable as a simple Lager. I will definitely be enjoying a few of these beside the grill this summer.

pvsob, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the absolute most approachable beers I've experienced. With all the recent conversations about approachable, easy going transition beers I wanted to start off by saying this definitely falls in that category.

Appearance: Typical for the style. It is a pale golden color, completely translucent. Head fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Musty and sweet right up front. It is gently malty with a clear presence of some hops but it is just laid back and relaxed.

Taste: The taste is the same way. Laid back and relaxed. This beer is interesting and good to taste but is remarkably easy to just drink with out thinking. The lightly toasted malts have a barley caramelized attribute to them. The hops character does not want you to notice it; so well balanced and simply supporting the overall affect of the beer on the palate. There is a bit of homemade bread or dough attribute as well, maybe that is what subconsciously says take off your shoes, sit on the porch and enjoy the hell out of me.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. this style tends to be very crisp and this one is light crispy and only gently bitter in the dry aftertaste. A bit more slick than some.

Drinkability: Many of the characteristics of this beer may seem reserved. It may not be as ‘big’ as some of you my prefer, but it is remarkably easy, one of the most enjoyable session beers I can think of.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle with a "best before" stamp on it, into my trusty pint glass...Victory lager poured a golden yellow with a small head that disappated to leave hardly anything behind, all that was visible of the head was a faint faint ring or lace around the rim. Thin beads of carbonation rushed to the surface.

Took a few deep whiffs of this but had trouble pulling much of any character off the nose. A faint yeasty or bready scent was detectable.

The taste was really nothing to get excited over, bready yeasty really reminds me of a slightly better version of budwiser, not exactly what you expect when you spend your money on "Victory" if I had wanted a beer with characteristics like this I would have just bought a case of Bud for what I plopped down for a sixer of this.

The mouthfeel was the only thing that really set it apart from a cheap lager. slightly more carbonated and a little more active in the mouth. Water thin yet at times it feels like it is attemping to acheive a more medium body.

Very drinkable in the way any cheap lager is...not something you sit back and savor, but something you drink at a out of control house party...

all in all this is definately not worth the price. Bummer

DaggerEyes, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear pale straw color with a fizzy white head that thins. Spider web lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very grainy with just a light scent of hops. Smells very fresh and crisp.

Taste is very crisp and malty with a dominating grainy flavor. A slight hop taste peeks through now and then, but it's more of an afterthought. Finishes crisp and clean.

Body seems a bit thin, carbonation is good.

This goes down with tremendous ease. A very nice lager - but what else would you expect from Victory?

MaltyGoodness, Mar 28, 2006
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.