Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
I don't particularly like the way lagers look in general, but this is standard fare for the style: light, dissipated head that's persistent around the miniscus. Golden, well carbonated, and a touch cloudier than most. Smells malty, crisp, and smooth. From the description on the bottle, which touts German methodology and denounces adjuncts, I get the feeling that this is a return to a simple, basic style, without frills, and it does a damn good job at that. This is like a Budweiser that doesn't taste like shit. Plain but solid. A keg of this wouldn't get any strange looks at a fraternity party, but wouldn't draw the disdain given to macro shit brews. An interesting idea for a beer, and it overcame my usual tendency towards complexity, spice, and obscure tastes. I wouldn't drink it regularly, but I'm impressed.
09-27-2004 21:42:29 | More by cooter
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Im going to have to swim against the popular opinion here, and state that this is a good, not average, beer. I find lagers are often underrepresented in this community since they lack the depth and complexity of ales. But the purpose of a lager is to be crisp, clear, refreshing, and yet still be flavorful, and I think Victory has accomplished this task.
Pours a very pretty bright, haze-free gold. Head, unfortunately, was disappointing, even for the style. Smell is pretty good, beery and somewhat light and sweet. Taste is good. The malt profile here is dominant, which is unusual for the style, but I still find it doesnt override the subtle, spicy hops. Very drinkable and very refreshing, this is an excellent conversion beer because of its light body and similarity in style to some macros, yet it is refreshing and a solid beer in its own right.
09-24-2004 01:59:47 | More by RocketWidget
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Draught @ Victory: The new All-Malt Lager is a pretty good beer. This was a clear golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head. Fortunately, it wasnt fizzy. As expected, the aroma was a little light. It was pleasing, hoever, with hints of malt and hops. The taste wasnt too bad either. Definitely lighter in body, but a pleasing mix of malts and hops. The brewery probably refers to this as "billpayer beer" as it definitely appeals to the masses.
09-09-2004 20:50:30 | More by Boto
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
App.:small streams of bubbles coming from the bottom. Light, almost lemon yellow color. Very little head.
Smell: I couldn't really detect much of a smell.
Taste: Fruity and slightly bitter taste. Bread and butter taste reminds me of a Bass. Nice malting. Enjoyable aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation about the mouth. Goes down quite easy.
Drinkability: I could drink this all day.
08-24-2004 22:50:04 | More by tomthumbsblues
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
Enjoy by Aug. 18 2004. Oops.
Appearance: Pours out a pale yellow with some visible head there. Almost looks like a macro beer. Scary.
Smell: Clean for the most part. A little bit of grain and malts are in there, slighty on the sweet side as well, but clean and dry.
Taste: They don't call it a All Malt Lager for anything. Malts hit the palate silly all the way through the ride. A touch of hops are in the backround as well for a balancing effect. Again, a little bit on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Smooth and crisp. It did go down easy.
Drinkability: Instead of bringing a case of Bud, bring a case of this and see if people will like it. I'm sure they will. A good beer to convert someone over.
08-22-2004 21:04:22 | More by necoadam
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance: Pale straw color, with a nice white head. Little lacing, and head could have lingered longer. Similar to the Prima Pils in appearance.
Smell: Slight herbal, noble hop presence with a light malt background.
Taste: Definitely prevalent noble hop flavor (though not as prevalent as prima pils). Malt character could be stronger, and could be sweeter.
Mouthfeel: A bit light on body, too dry for what I wanted from this brew.
Drinkability: Easy drink, not consistent with the excellence of Victory, but I'd definitely have it again, if it was the best alternative around.
07-26-2004 18:35:46 | More by PartyHatjo
4.25/5 rDev +19%
Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.
Enjoyed on tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA
14oz pils glass presentation. White 1/2" head over a plae straw brew, and no lacing present. Light pale malt aroma, and the flavor expanded on this with the crisp malt character leading up to a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent.
07-09-2004 12:21:46 | More by ppoitras
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent with a citrus hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a light, pale malt flavor with a bit of citrus hops in the aftertaste. It has little flavor or complexity; boring. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a low bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average lager at best. It has little flavor and terrible mouthfeel. This is by far the worst offering from Victory, although I like the "all malt" concept.
07-06-2004 21:33:47 | More by WesWes
3.13/5 rDev -12.3%
On tap at the drafting room. Clear and very light golden with a small amount of white head that left a creamy ring. Floral and fruit scents, little bit of white grapes. Very light tasting, clear and watery, lightly reminiscant of fruit. I want to say it is one dimensional, but I do catch alot of fruits and flowers in it... No body to speak of, but drinkable.
06-28-2004 00:37:42 | More by shapudding
2.93/5 rDev -17.9%
victory really continues to disappoint me. with exception of the wonderfully tasty hopdevil, the other brews of theirs that i've sampled thusfar really seem to be below the standards that i had hoped for them. the all malt lager is easily the worst of the lot that i have had. it pours a macro looking crisp straw golden colour with no head. i was very disappointed here. the smell and taste: average to slightly below average. both are watery and malty with a touch of grass, sweetness and hops. any flavour is way in the back behind the watery characteristics that dominate here. there's nothing here, really. bland. boring. blah. the one thing i will give this brew is that it is crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day, a bit moreso than your standard macro would be/is. this one is better than those macros, but not by much. i expected more from you victory and you keep disappointing. convince me otherwise...please.
06-25-2004 20:58:30 | More by SixpointJMH
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance is a slightly hazy deep yellow with a decent sized white head that goes quick. A bit of lacing remains throughout the life of the brew. Smells of malt and earthy hops with notes of spice and a few other things. This tastes of a wheat/grainy malt flavor with a slight sweetness. There is a small hop taste in there as well but I cant detect much else. Mouthfeel is decent with good carbonation. This is a beer that would be good to give to someone who is used to macros to try and convert them. A fairly tasty lager that I would probably get again.
06-10-2004 14:53:32 | More by meathookjones
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
wasnt expecting this, but this is a pretty cloudy lager. Medium gold with a soapy white head that fades. Chalky malt aroma is followed up my more of the same (if theres such a thing as a malty pale lager, this is it). The hops are reserved adding just enough spiciness and bitterness to balance the beer out. Nice lager.
06-10-2004 05:18:20 | More by aracauna
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
My first from Victory Brewing. "Enjoy by date" 08/15/04. Pours a very pale, golden color with very little head that does not stick around. There are trace amounts of lace that also disappear as quickly as they come. The aroma is very faint as well. Taste is slightly hoppy with ample carbonation. Pretty smooth drink, but not much there. Could be a good standby or session beer, but nothing to write home about. Decent enough and not bad.
06-05-2004 22:14:45 | More by abcsofbeer
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
12 oz bottle
Appearance: Golden yellow with a huge white head that fades fast. Mild lacing remains
Aroma: Pale malts, slightly grassy hops, and slight phenolic note
Taste: Sweet at the start, and then the German hops become quite present. This beer definitely got better as it went.
Mouthfeel: Smooth start finishes with a slightly coarse dry end. Fairly full body for the style.
Drinkability: Drinkability is quite good, but flavors get quite surpressed if too cool. This would be a great stepping stone beer for macro lovers
06-03-2004 22:56:47 | More by CSquared
3.03/5 rDev -15.1%
Apperance proposes a dark golden yellow hue with sunset red hints, kind of hazy. Aroma contains nice cookie maltiness, a bit toasty as well, light noble hops and mostly bready. I must say Im not getting that much though. In mouth, its presence is very mild without too much going on and even a feeling approaching metal in the finish. Body is rather creamy and could use a bit more carbonation I believe. This is miles away from prima pils unfortunately and I really wanted to enjoy it as I felt it was a great day for an helles. Thanks Francis
05-13-2004 05:31:18 | More by Rastacouere
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
It pours a bright and briskly clear golden yellow. A creamy two fingers of white head expands rapidly, then dwindles soon to a fine bubbly sheen. Thin lacing slides down the glass from whence it came.
In the aroma, the mellow sweetness of light malt provides the backbone, and the gentle bite of noble hops branches from there. A rounded doughy yeast essence lands and earthy air to the mix.
Upon sipping, a slightly grainy malt sweetness asserts itself first, bearing with it a very slight grassy note. A dusky yeast sourness blinks on and off in the middle, allowing a soothing mild hops bitterness to carry through and linger at the finish. It's very simple, crisp, and clean, just not especially exceptional.
Light bodied, it doesn't coat so much as flow across the palate, depositing its tastiness, then washing away to leave a softly lingering bitter glow.
It is what it is, and that's fresh and refreshing. The veritable malt character is nicely balanced by a crisp, reasonably well-defined hops presence. You don't have to concentrate on this flavor, because there's nothing complex about it, and maybe I see that as more of a strength than might others. Pleasant and quenching, it goes down damned smooth, and that plus the nice flavor adds up to a real good quaffability quotient. Yes, it is indeed a lawn mower beer, but one of the better ones, by far. This one will accompany often on my deck this summer.
05-10-2004 14:57:15 | More by Foxman
2.13/5 rDev -40.3%
This is swill in every way. It's a richer PBR, but not as refined or attractive as most macro lagers. The nose is a loud Budweiser, the taste much of the same with a firmer graininess and a sweet, lemony hop character -- a touch of honey and garbage water on the finish. The yeast is as clean as can be and leaves nothing in this brew to be desired. This is a pseudo-German pilsner/helles that falls flat on its ass. Lawnmower beer at its finest.
05-08-2004 19:45:50 | More by ngandhi
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
Received in the Victory Sampler case.
Appearance - Pours out a very yellow color, similar to strw, and, I hate to say it, Miller Lite. Some white head that disappears, but leaves some lacing.
Smell - Malty and very light smelling. Not much to write home about here. Some grassy odors.
Taste - Malts come through with a grassy/grainy flavor. Not what I wanted from a Victory brew. Too light and listless. A small hop feel in there.
Mouthfeel - Reminds me of a macro. Easy and not very assuming..
Drinkability - Very drinkable over the long haul, and maybe a good gateway beer for some, but if you are looking for a good Victory offering, this is definitely not what you want. So much better out there from these guys.
04-06-2004 23:05:10 | More by Edwin
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a nearly transparent pale straw-yellow, with a small white head that disappears quickly, but continues to leave a gentle lacing. The aroma was fresh and malty (duh). Initially it hit me like most pale lagers do -- kinda' nothin', "fuzzy" carbonation, and very easy drinking -- but the fullness of the malt improves in the aftertaste -- making for a brew that is as easy drinking as any good session brew, but far more satisfying after it goes down. The mouthfeel leaves the palate nicely coated, and the lingering flavor is sweet malt with a bit of spiciness that reminded me of a subtle clove-like flavor. Pale lagers generally don't float my boat, but I wouldn't mind going sailing with this one.
03-09-2004 04:03:52 | More by jtfest
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
Pouring Victorys All Malt Lager, I am surprised to see that there is a little bit of sediment in a bottle of beer that isnt bottle conditioned. The head quickly goes from a thick orange-white head to a white coating. While not cloudy per se, it is closer to translucent than transparent. From a distance, Id swear this is a Helles.
The aroma is most definitely citrusy: lemon peel, to be exact. Bringing the aroma into the mouth, it is fuller than it is crisp. Using just this sense, Id assume again that this is a Helles.
The first sip is light and malty-sweet with hints of orange peel. The carbonation is about average. This would make it about as crisp as other pale lagers, but the above-average hop presence ramps-up the level of crispness. Its also smooth and creamy. The multitude of taste sensations here are just amazing for the style. The creaminess wanes as it finishes and winds up almost crisper than the first sips.
Apart from the bold German varieties, I am not a fan of lagers. Victory All Malt Lager has officially changed my stance. Its easily my favorite pale lager, and ranks up there as a session beer of choice.
03-08-2004 00:41:24 | More by JimsArcade
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
The all malt lager is exactly what it claims to be. A solid session brew, in the same style as any of the popular macros only with an important distinction. No filler. As inclined as I am to chuck the export lager style in favor of something more flavorful, or stylistic or <insert your reason for drinking good beer here>, I still think that this beer has a very important purpose. To serve as an example as to what an European export style lager should taste like.
Pours a fresh golden color, with abundant carbonation that slowly settles to a thin lacing. The smell is crisp and reminds slightly sweet. The first taste is refreshing. Very refreshing. Like, yummmm. It's not a craft brew. It's a beer. It could easily be slipped in Joe six pack's hand and he might not even notice the difference. The finish is clean, with the slightest pucker, and no filler aftertaste. The malt is well balanced, and does not sink or cloy. Hop character is subdued, and serves a supporting role. It's not in there to be the focus, it may not come through as strongly as one might like, and without it the beer would be too thin. Relax with this guy, and take it for what it is. Drink it right out of the bottle, kick those big dawgs up, and put on a smile. A solid beer, satisfying and enjoyable; not looking to win awards.
02-25-2004 21:12:27 | More by 99bottles
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
Served in a bottle, best before date of 24JAN04, which was a few days ago.
Appearance: pale straw in color, scant head.
Smell: Malty, slightly grainy with a bare hint of a floral hop aroma.
Taste: Mostly a malt sweetness, hop bitterness is barely there.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean feel. Carbonation is moderate. ETOH is not noticeable.
Drinkability: Seems like a Muenchner Helles, Very smooth with a nose and a taste that are a bit too subdued. This beer would be a great session beer, just because of the mildness of it.
02-10-2004 05:25:41 | More by JackTheRipper
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
new Helle's style: crystal clear golden with a frothy white head, which settles to a decent collar and does a good job of leaving trails of lace down the glass. lightly toasted sweet malt on the nose with a crisp light aroma of european hops. very clean on the palatte with a light sweetness balanced harmoniously with an assertive yet soft german hop bite. thirst quenching and refreshing, the flavor is there but never in your face. YAWN.
sadly, the new helles style can't hold a candle to the older dortmunder style lager they used to make, which was much bigger in body and flavor. i guess this is meant for more mass appeal, but i wish the old lager wasn't sacraficed for this one.
02-01-2004 17:38:28 | More by pheurton
2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
It pours a light strwa color. It also has a light, sweet note to it, and bery hop resonance. not so much a presence, but it is there, and it is a resonance. Pours a light straw color, but not muh to it. It is very fizzy, but that is it. Over-all, I feel it has a light, sweet, malty flavor to it. The hops are there, but it is an after thoguht. Over all it has a nice, light mouth-fell, and, IMOO, it could be a good conversion beer.
01-24-2004 05:18:36 | More by PSUDREW
3.13/5 rDev -12.3%
The beer poured crystal clear pale golden then the yeast came and the beer was turbid. The head was white and tall, but fell quickly to lace the glass.
The aroma is very little. Some slight malt aroma. No hop aroma. Slight fruit aroma, oddly enough, grape.
The flavor is fruity. The beer is slightly sour and has a grape taste as well. Some bitterness in the flavor, but only slight.
The finish is dry. The body is medium-light.
12 ounce bottle.
01-17-2004 00:43:28 | More by GCBrewingCo
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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