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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Helles Lager
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Ratings: 757
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: 757 | Reviews: 343
Photo of dmamiano
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very, very light yellow with NO head or lacing...bubbles rising quickly to the top looking for an escape. Clean nose with hints of hops and german malts.
Taste is an onlought of carbonation. Hints of sweet gum, fruit mainly banannas and a bitter edge. Light on the feel

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

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing tough. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one.

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

Pours a radiant clear yellow, with a small head and streamers of carbonation. The aroma is powerful - you can smell this beer coming. It is bready and sweet with a nice sting of hop bitterness. The flavor is a little less powerful, but still delicious - bready, lemony with that distinctive Victory Brewing hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasant. This is an eminently drinkable beer

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

A: snifter. pours a beautiful gold color, with some white lacing. low head retention and lacing.

S: Smells sweeter than most helles, but it does have that distinct corn malt aroma.

T: Tastes a little sweeter than expected. huge corn malts with no distinct hop flavor, probably some light nobles. Aftertaste is perfect though, just the sweetness, not the corn flavors.

M: Clean and crisp, a little thicker than expected. good carbonation.

D: very drinkable beer. I have started to drink more Helles lager, and I really enjoyed this one. great summer brew.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass and was greeted with about 2 fingers of fluffy white head. This did subside pretty quickly to a wispy film on the surface of the beer. The beer was a medium gold color and very clear. There was a decent amount of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of lacing.

Good Looking Beer.

Aroma was biscuit or cracker like and of light malt. Perhaps a fresh field.

Taste was smooth well balance and of light malt. I sense a tiny bit of green grape flavor like I do when I drink Warsteiner. This is definitely not as hoppy as Victory Prima Pils or other Pilsners. (Good, since it's not a pilsner) Finish is very balanced between a bread/cracker like finish and a very light hop finish.

Very refreshing, very light mouth feel. A great session beer or one do consume on a hot summer day.

Good effort by Victory.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and bready malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and light with mild flavors of lager yeast and a little bit malt sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready. Even for a style that is simplistic by nature, this beer doesn't seem to have a lot to it.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of Schmidts
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow from the bottle with a small lasting head. Smells of sweet malt and grain with a light touch of hops. Taste is rather wonderful light refreshing reminds me of the old days and beer I drank when I was young. It feels great in your mouth smooth and light and a light sweetness! It is Very Refreshing. This is the kind of Beer you can sit down and just drink one after another and just plain enjoy! This is a beer I will drink as long as it is made and I do not mind paying more for as it is truely flavorfull!
Beer Its Not Just A Beverage It s Food!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear straw yellow with a bit of head that recedes to just around the edges.

S. Bready yeast and a bit of malt.

T. Very flavorful. Mild hop bitterness, some grainy tastes, sweet background and ultra smooth. Interesting style lager from victory.

M. Medium bodied and almost creamy, but it is alittle watery around the edges.

D. Drinkability is very good. A nice beer to relax with and enjoy.

Photo of thepassingofdays
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - looked pretty gimicky to me from the outside, pretty typical light lager.

Smell - light and pleasant, refreshing and simple.

Taste - pretty plain, but very drinkable. It's an excellent PLAIN lager, nothing special about it but it's the type of beer you could have a couple of to quench your thirst.

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

A: Poured pale yellow/straw with a small white head that disappeared quickly. Some visible carbonation.

S: Light grain husk and fruity hops. Not terribly strong in the nose, but it's fairly "clean."

T: Also not a lot going on, flavor-wise -- light malt and grain followed by a hint of fruity-ness. Finishes dry with a hint of sweetness lingering. Decent balance b/w sweetness and dry bitterness, but a tad bit too fruity-sweet for my preference.

M: Good for the style -- light with a decent carbonation level.

D: Pretty good. Goes down easy.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH, on my trip back to SE Ohio for Memorial Day Weekend. Anyhow....

Appearance: yellow, transparent, 1/2" white head on the pour

Smell: mild hops and some of that macrolager smell

Taste: some hops with a tinge of citrus, and some cereal malts (it seems anyways)

Mouthfeel: light body

Drinkability: could do two in a night

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

Enjoy by 8/17/08, and I don't mind if I do.

Light gold to straw in color, with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sweet malt and some mild hop spice. This is as simple as it gets. Not bad, just simple.

Really the taste is an extension of the aroma. Some nice malty goodness up front, a little mix of hop spice and a quick finish that is crisp and clean.

Medium bodied, with some perceived thickness to this Helles Lager. Noticeable viscosity, yet an easy drinker after a tense ride to the DC area from West by-God.

I would recommend this to people on both sides of the BA fence.

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

Bought a bottle in Western Mass, poured into a pint glass. The beer is crystal clear, light gold colored, with a thin head. The aroma is light and malty, definitely smells like it came out of Munich. The aroma is malty, a little sweet, and maybe a little bread dough. The mouthfeel is light as water, and drinkability is very good. There should be more lagers like this in the U.S., I wish I could find it easily at home.

I've liked most Victory beers I've tried, it's a shame that they only market several (Hopdevil, Storm King, Prima Pils, Hop Wallop) widely in OH. I'd like to see this (along with Moonglow) on OH shelves.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a pale straw-colored body with active Champagne-style carbonation, capped with two fingers of soft white foam that reduces to a foamy sheet that leaves scattered ribbons of fine lacing.

Smell is rich and malty with tangy hops.

Taste is mildly sweet; nice and malty with a kiss of citrusy and lightly bitter hops and a slightly dry, minerally finish.

Smooth and light-bodied; refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Bright yellow color with a very thin head.

Aroma: Malt sweetness upfront with a tinge of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and malty with some hop bitterness in the middle. Goes down easy. A bit bready. Seems drinkable. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and not too sweet. The hops balance out the sweetness. I'm not much for describing lagers but I like this one.

Drinkability: Decent lawnmower beer. You should drink this instead of PBR. It's smooth, refreshing and inoffensive. I don't normally drink lagers but I would drink this again if I could find it easier.

Photo of albern
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow with not a whole lot of head or anything remotely interesting. The smell at first was grassy, or hay like, with some citrus aromas, a maybe a bit of veggie in there too. As the beer settles, the sweeter malts emerge and some of the less pleasing macro like aromas disappear. The taste improves as the beer settle too. It began with too much the lemony, vegetable, sweetish macro flavors and segued into a slightly better flavor with more complex malts emerging. The beer is moderately carbonated, very light bodied, a bit on the watery side, and not all that interesting. It gets a bit more husky as my palate gets used to it. This is certainly better than most macro lagers you'll find, but if has pretentions to be more, there just isn't that much here that would keep me coming back. It's quite drinkable if you are after a thirst quencher.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pale yellow, very little head and no lacing, light carbonation rising from the surface of the glass. Looks a bit green in places

smell: nutty, a bit earthy, a bit of grass and lime

taste: very much as it smells. A bit of malty sweetness and yeasty nuttiness is followed by a slightly sour lime flavor and just a touch of saltiness.

mouthfeel: really nice, light and refreshing without being watery, appropriate amount of carbonation.

drinkability: I've knocked a few of these back before I find it nice and refreshing. Kind of a good "lawnmower beer." Althought I wonder if the lime like hop flavor would become overwhelming if a person where to try to have a session with this

Note: I really like this beer, it's just a good solid session lager or a damn good lawnmower beer. It's not overly complex and it's not subtle it's just a solid no fuss lager. And sometimes that just hits the spot.

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

Either this is new to the state of MA, or I have not been paying enough attention!

I wouldn't have bought this without the date, which for this bottle happens to say: Enjoy By Jul 15 08.

Pours a very clear very light gold with a medium-sized white head that has a little creaminess, but not much. Head settles down to a thin cap rather quickly, leaving a little lace on the glass. Bubbles are continually rising for the duration of the beer. Smells like buttered popcorn, though slightly floral and bitter. Rather thin in the mouth and leaving a clean bitterness, this one could accurately be described as "crisp." That being said, there is definitely a sweetness present in the flavor that stays around the teeth. A pleasantly herbal note is present throughout, which must be those fresh German hops that they brag about.

Nothing sticks out in the beer, which can be looked at as a good thing or a bad thing. I can't say that it is very memorable, but as a clean, crisp, balanced, and pleasant brew, this is something that I would not mind having again.

Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a faintly orange tinted gold with a decent white head.
the smell has a husk-y grainy bite up front with lemon and some herbal hop qualities. maybe a bit of honey in there.
the taste is sweetly grainy, with more of that lemon citrus backing it up. vague honey beneath the other flavors with the addition of some bread. herbal/floral hops provide some bitterness.
medium body with moderate carbonation that leans towards the fine side.
good drinkability, very quenching and easy drinking. i find this beer very satisfying, it's one of my favorites for the style. i'm considering picking up a case for the summer.

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.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.