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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

725 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 30
Gots: 48 | 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 HugoGrim
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Victory brewery.

The look was pretty plain. Pale yellow body with a white head which disappeared quickly.

Scent is sweet grain with hints of spice and fruits. Hops hiding in the background.

The flavor starts with a graininess then moves to a fresh bread flavor mixed with fresh hops. Finishes with a yeastiness.

A decent beer overall, though it is paled in every category to the other beers available. It tasted like water after such monster brews as Storm King and Hop Devil, though I tried not to let that hinder the rating.

HugoGrim, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a perfectly average beer. A beer to recommend to the Bud drinker in your circle of friends as an entre' to better things. Pours a transparent pale gold with a sparse short-lived head that left no lace whatsoever....sigh. Persisitent light carbonation insufficient to form the sparsest of rings of foam on a beer clean glass. The aroma was light and bready, some sweetness hints of corn and faint floral hops. Taste was balanced and refreshing. Short lived sweetness fading to a hoppy finish that is persistent but faint. Mouthfeel is light. This is an easy drinking beer though a tad too "euro lager-ish" for my tastes. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A refreshing and drinkable brew, perhaps a good brew to have around for the dog days of August when you are having many more than one.

Citadel82, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, milky sunshine yellow with a fine yeasty haze. The bone white cap is decent, but isn't up to Victory's usual high standards. The foam is neither creamy nor sticky and doesn't look all that impressive as it deflates. A squeaky clean glass doesn't help.

Back on track. The nose is a wonderful combination of fresh, sweet grain and bright, lightly spicy, fruity hops. It's exceptionally well-balanced. I haven't had that many, but I don't recall a better Munich helles lager nose than this one. If the flavor follows the aroma, I'll be a happy man.

It does. The first thing that hits me is how much flavor is packed into each mouthful. Victory Lager is well-malted with loads of golden, flame-kissed grain that is deliciously, lightly sugary sweet. Thankfully, the flavor is as finely tuned and as balanced as the nose. A generous amount of German hops provides floral, spicy and herbal flavors with very little grassiness.

The beer stays balanced to the very end. I would have liked a longer finish (it's perfectly clean and crisp by the way) since the flavor is so much to my liking. The light mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and does nothing but enhance drinkability. A somewhat vigorous amount of carbonation keeps things lively all way to bottom of the bottle.

Victory Lager is what American macro lagers should taste like. This bottle contains a simple, straightforward, extremely well-crafted beer that is enjoyable solo and should match up well with all manner of foods. Along with Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier, it's my new favorite version of a style that I don't usually pay much attention to. Victory brews good beer!

BuckeyeNation, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of akajimmyd
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pale golden color, not unlike a macro, slightly more lively looking. Minor carbonation action, very thin head.

Smell – Sweet malts, hard to get too much more. Grains?

Taste – Mild malt flavors. A bit sweet but in a nice way, not sticky. Tastes like a full flavor (euro) macro. Crisp.

Mouthfeel – Light body. Pleasant mouthfeel. Nothing lingers, clean finish.

Drinkability/notes – Probably a nice summer or all night session beer. Maybe a good cross over brew as has been noted, but maybe not enough going on to make converts.

akajimmyd, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a disappointment for me. I guess I was expecting much more from this brewery. I was really excited to try it, but it did let me down. The main reason was the smell and taste. They were way too much like a lot of the Euro Lagers out there. The only thing, was that it had an ok look to it. Skunk abounded in this bottle for me. Not something I would offer to anyone I liked.

JISurfer, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold, slightly hazy, with very little head or lace to speak of. Nice malt aroma comes through, a bit of honey and citrus and a subtle hop aroma. Again a nice malt flavor mixed with honey and citrus. A decent hop flavor and slight bitterness but not as sharp as their pils. Average carbonation and high drinkability. A decent brew and a good candidate for a crossover brew to entice the macro drinkers of the world.

sabrills70, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of ghostwalker
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle. Best by Jun 17 05. I guess it's a little late for this one, but I just bought it last week.

Pale, slightly cloudy yellow with a light frothy white head.

Mild malt nose.

Sweet malt up front, mild floral hops. Not bad, but not a lot there, either.

Mouthfeel is thin but refreshing. About what I expected for the style.

Drinkable. Would be a good lawnmower beer, or a summer barbecue beer, or a beer to enjoy while bowling with the guys. It's a micro-macro.

Overall, it's like they set out to brew a smooth lager to show how good it can be done, and maybe succeeded a little too much. It's what many macro-brews could achieve if they bothered with quality ingredients and methods, a smooth mildly malty beer with very little flavor, but certainly no BAD flavors. I'm glad I tried it for variety's sake, but will stick with Victory's other offerings in the future.

ghostwalker, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of burnstar
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale straw color with a thick white head which leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt with some grassy and floral hops. Taste is dominated by sweet malt although some hops are present to balance the sweetness. This is medium to full-bodied and well carbonated- feels very nice in the mouth. Also extremely drinkable. This is pretty good stuff- no doubt. But it's also not all that exciting.

burnstar, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 8/7/05 - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours with a 1 finger white head with medium bubbles that don't leave much lacing. The body looks unfiltered - kinda like a witbier with a touch of yellow/gold tinges. Metal, spicy hops, malts and maybe diacetyl on the nose. Palate is the same, with a crisp, light body, but I'm also getting a hint of wet paper and even corn, even though there was none in the mash. Wish I hadn't forgotten about this bottle - I'm sure it's better when fresher.

mmmbeer, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of jakester
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is from a sampler case I got at Shelbourne Beer Distributor. The date (Nov 13 '05) is clearly marked on the case. On the label is marked "Enjoy by Nov 14 05". However, there is something clearly wrong with this beer.

Pours a medium yellow with millions of tiny floaters in there. The white head seems bubbly and lasts about one minute, then drops to nothing. Uh-oh.

Aroma is pilsner malt, with some spicy hops in the back. There is some kind of off smell in there, like it's old. Kind of cardboardy, and not pleasant. It's in date, so something is awry.

Flavor is like the smell. Tastes ok at first, nice pilsner malts and spicy hops, but there is a definite wet cardboard taste. As I drink this, the off flavors get worse. Very disappointing beer from Victory.

Mouthfeel is ok, sort of medium bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. The finish is on the dry side.

I know Victory laughs at the idea that their beers are not as good since they installed their new brewery, but in my opinion, they are not. I've never had so many bad beers from Victory as I'm getting now. This beer is in date, and it's shot. A damn shame.

jakester, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber color with notable white head. Smell is malty and a bit sweet, but in a pleasant way. Taste is crisp and sharp, able to note sweet malt present with a different texture than from corn syrup. Finish is crisp and malty. A good lager.

tgbljb, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of hustlemuscle
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear yellow with a big puffy head, smells of saaz with a mild undercurrent of malts. Tastes about the same, crisp and refreshing,slight malts, slight hops, with a tiny tartness that comes out as the beer warms. A fine lawn mower beer, or relaxing summer day beer.

hustlemuscle, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Victory lager poured a light golden yellow. Very little head and what head was there quickly disappeared. The scent was subtle. Light malt, mostly light wheat grains. The flavor was crisp and subtle. Light malts, not very powerful. Soft lager style wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was refreshing, and there was little aftertaste. Nice lager, but would like a little more power behind it.

robertp1024, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, foamy, white head that quickly dissipated into wispiness. It was a very pale yellow, almost straw-like, in color. The mouthfeel was very light, but I got a nice maltiness on the nose. In fact, I even thought that nose reminded me of hay. There was a good malty sweetness both in the mouth and on the finish. The finish was surprisingly dry, reminding me that an American lager is far different from a Helles-style lager. Viva la difference!

woodychandler, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap 6/15/05 and 6/22/05 at Mighty Mike's in Sterling, VA.

Had to try twice (a week apart) and verify a few times that this was really a Victory product that I was poured.

Straw colored with a very low white head. Not much of an aroma or flavor ... what is there is very light in the malt dept but not very grainy like I find with most Helles beers. No hops to speak of. Fairly light bodied and weak. I'd almost swear this was a macro.

Not a very good Helles -- a decent All Malt American Lager I guess but not one I'd go back to.

Per Victory website: 4.8% ABV

RBorsato, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of kegerator
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first beer from Victory that I was not overly impressed by.
very simple beer but to be honest I would probably go and buy a 12 of Yuengling instead.
Pours a straw yellow with a decent 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. Smell was all malt as the name suggests with no hop notes detected. taste seemed one sided, mostly malt with a hint of bread in the back, the mouthfeel was good, crisp and clean with a slight tingle but a little thin, not watery but thin. Not a bad beer just nothing special

kegerator, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a temporary one-finger head.

Sweet malt dominates the aroma, but there is also some grassy hops. DMS (corn) is also present, but it is at a (barely) acceptable level.

Flavor is malty with a touch of herbal hop quality. Mouthfeel is sufficiently crisp and bitter, though it borders on 'watery'. The DMS makes its encore appearance on the finish. There is a genuine sense of balance overriding everything.

Not a bad beer at all- definitely a 'quaffer'- some flaws, but they can easily be overlooked under the right circumstances.

TongoRad, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw colour with a nice two finger white head. Aroma is a touch grassy with some bready and malt characteristics. Smell is very clean and crisp. Taste has some nice sweet malty notes with some citrus in the background. Not very complex and not very hoppy. Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Very drinkable on a hot day. This is not the most complex beers, but I dont think it is meant to be. Just a crisp clean lager for those days when they hit the spot. Such as 85 degrees with 84 % humidity.

TinusTime, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, at Mondial 2005. Another mediocre malty lager. But of head, something people watching a hockey game would down without thinking, or tasting. Malty, significant carbonation. Light golden. I had this before the bolder beers, didn't help.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow/golden color with little head, looks like budweiser. Smell is pretty different though, very grainy, with hints of biscuit and cracker and a light saaz hops aroma, definately get a "raw lager" vibe from the aroma. Taste is big on malt, with a bready/cracker malt flavor that continues into a light saaz hops spiciness that is quickly overtaken by a dry, crisp finish. Good mouthfeel and fairly high carbonation that makes this very refreshing. A very good and easy drinking lager thats more complex and tasty than i expected.

silver0rlead, May 16, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date on the bottle is 3/1/05. The beer pours a crystal clear light golden color with a bright foamy white head that fades fast. The smell is a very clean grain smell, with some sweet malts coming through in the background. The taste too is clean and malty, and there is a just barely detectable hop bite. The mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp and the beer is medium to light bodied. This is a very simple straightfoward beer, but very well done. Great for a hot summer's day or to introduce macro drinkers too.

cubedbee, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light aroma of lightly sweet pale malt (I tried, that's all I could find). Moderately thick, foamy, bright white colored head fades quickly to a patchy film. Perfectly transparent pale straw colored beer with a few streams of fine bubbles rising from around the bottom edges of the glass. Lightly sweet malt up front with a pinch of candied hop flavor underneath. The body is fairly light, and there is a healthy dose of carbonation towards the end. I read the style guide and everything seems to be in check, but I don't think there's much in this style that appeals to me.

HappyHourHero, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed the Hop Devil so much I jumped at the chance to try this, but must say I was very disapointed. Poured a pale yellow gold with a 1/2" white head of tight foam that had a little lacing going on. Nose was sweet, lite, nothing spectacular. Tasted very even, nicely balanced, with perhaps some very mild hoppiness and an excuse of some spice as it warmed. Very little body, finished a little watery. I would take a Yuengling over this.

BuckSpin, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the lightest beers I've drank in a while and the lightest out of this Victory sampler pack. This beer poured a bright straw yellow with a nice finger and a half head and maintained good carbonation until the end. The head dissapeared quickly though and there was very little to no lacing. The smell was typical lager with just a little more hop than usual. Taste is of mild malts and very fresh tasting or maybe I should say just plain clean and organic tasting. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This beer is my least favorite that I have tried from Victory, but then again that's just my preference. Saying that it is still quite easy to drink and very true to the style.

Schwarzbart, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a "traditional" ale glass at room temp, it pours a pale gold color with 2 inches of frothy white head and lots of cascading bubbles. The head dissipates pretty quickly leaving some edge lacing and a slight layer of head on top. Aroma is of pale, bright malts and some citrus (lemon); aroma is very clean and basic. Sipping, it has a slightly sweet malty flavor with hints of grains and maybe some corn flavors in there also. The sweetness is a little lemony and decent. Carbonation is well balanced throughout along with some slight alcohol on the tongue upon swallowing. Nothing exciting about this one: a straight forward lager that is light and simple to drink.

Fish113d, Mar 24, 2005
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.