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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

701 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | 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 Fish113d
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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
Photo of pentathlete
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

In the seemingly neverending quest for a drinkable lager for the wife-unit we come to Victory's All Malt Lager. She didn't care for it...it did not unseat Brooklyn Lager for her all-around favorite.

I, OTOH, like both. The Victory pours a traditional golden yellow. Clear, bubbly, white foamy head. Smells like...malt...yeast...like it's ingredients, which do not include rice or corn. Smells clean. The taste, though, was just a bit sweet for me. Malty goodness and a thick mouthfeel for a lager make it an easy to drink brew. After one, the sweetness is less of an issue. This is an excellent crossover candidate and fine brew.

Had this on-tap also at CAH (Innsbrook) and it tasted a little soapy, not sure why, just a little detergent hit on the tongue.

pentathlete, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Also out of the Victory variety pack...

Appearance-gorgeous golden color with active carbonation, about an inch of nice wispy head that sticks around for a little before dissapearing into thin air.

Smell-a lot of grains, a slight whiff of hops and malt but mostly grain with slight alcohol perfumes permeating.

Taste-light and crisp, alcohol seeps in a long with a malty finish at the end, surprisingly watery to me.

Mouthfeel-light and crisp, finishes with barely an aftertaste yet not completely clean with some hop and malt feel.

Drinkability-you could definitely have as many as you want, nice hop and malt touches on the palette, yet watery and thin enough to attract macro drinkers to crossover.

Overall-a nice crossover beer but as a lager its merely good, which is fine, it's just after having their Prima Pils I'm convinced Victory could have produced a much better beer to knock my socks off. Oh well, a fine lager in every respect, just dissapointing after Prima Pils.

TheDeuce, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%

Taking a step back to the lighter side of beer I picked this one up in a mixed sixer.

This lager pours into my glass a brilliantly clear yellow gold with a thick foamy white head.

The smell is a mellow fresh beer aroma.

The taste of this beer is very smooth and medium bodied with a light but well rounded malt flavor. This is a very well made lighter lager without the watered down character of typical American offerings.

Whenever you are in the mood simple but high quality beer this is it.

yeagerbm, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of Wonka
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

12 fl. oz.
Enjoy by Jan 21 05 (3 days late won’t kill me)

Growing up in the world of the Yuengling Lager, I certainly have had my fill of the lager. This isn’t a typical lager in taste but it is in appearance. Color is light gold (maybe 10K) with a light head that doesn’t hold on. 2 row German malts battle German whole flowers with the malt gaining the big victory. In the taste department, there are malts in the biscuit line, slight metal, and more malts with a slight hops tinge. The malts perform a touchdown dance in the aftertaste with some hops on the sidelines. This review is clearly tainted by an Eagles NFC Championship game victory. Unlike the Eagles, its really light at the end. The nose is full of grains. Its like a barn full of hay. There is light yeast and wheat present.

Refreshing, clean, good summer beer

Wonka, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of CBFanWish
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Victory Brewing Company has an excellent reputation of brewing some of the highest quality beer not only in the United States, but in the world. Beers like Storm King, and Prima Pils are often refered to as the best in their classes. Let it be known, they have yet another beer to join the ranks of these greats.
Victory Lager.
Victory Lageer isn't a new beer, in fact, it's been around for quite some time. It just so happens, I'm new to it.
Pouring a clear golden yellow with a light to moderate head, I am looking at what can almost be called the perfect example of a lager. Clean, clear and light in colour. Just what should be expected from one of the greatest breweries in the world.
The aroma was also clean. A malty sweetness mixed wonderfully with grassy overtones and floral undertones.
The taste perfectly mimiced the smell. Grassy hop taste and sweet malts.
I know what I like. This is a beer that should define the lager. Clean, crisp and clear.
Nice job, Victory.

Wish

CBFanWish, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

Enjoy by date of November 2004, Sampled December 2004
A spicy hop aroma emanates from my glass as I pour this beer. The beer is a brilliant straw gold color, and is topped by a frothy, just barely off-white head. The aroma is nicely full with continental spicy hop notes, I get notes of herbs, grass, and a hint of lemon. The beer is quite light on the palate, and has a pleasing malt sweetness. There is a nice bitterness in the finish, which is a nice balance. There is a decent amount of hop flavor here as well. This beer is actually defined by the hoppiness, though certainly not in the way that an IPA is defined by hoppiness.

This is just an incredibly tasty example of a Helles. Despite it being past its bottle date this beer tasted incredibly fresh and vibrant to me, I can't even imagine a fresh one being better.

Gueuzedude, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Light golden clear body with a nice, albeit briefly-lived head. A bit of lacing down the side.

Smell: Slightly floral, slightly woody aroma but not much is perceptable

Taste: Starts out with a bready base that is joined by a refreshingly light floral hop bite. Slightly sweet and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light and well-carbonated.

Drinkability: This is what a lager should taste like on a hot summer day.

brentk56, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

Clear yellow in color with a short white 1/4" head that disappeared quicker than your can say Downingtown Pennsylvania. No lacing either. The aroma was very faint, as some malts are detectable. The flavor is not what most are used to with Victory brews, as the mild malt and soft bitterness don't overly excite your tongue. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp. No noticeable aftertaste. Drinkability is there, but flavor component is lacking to make this a more interesting brew. This is a perfect beer for the macro drinkers in the crowd and maybe it will spark interest in trying some of Victory's better offerings.

Gavage, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of cooter
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.

cooter, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

I’m 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 doesn’t override the subtle, spicy hops. Very drinkable and very refreshing, this is an excellent conversion beer because of it’s light body and similarity in style to some macros, yet it is refreshing and a solid beer in it’s own right.

RocketWidget, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Boto
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 wasn’t fizzy. As expected, the aroma was a little light. It was pleasing, hoever, with hints of malt and hops. The taste wasn’t 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.

Boto, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
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.

tomthumbsblues, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of necoadam
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.

necoadam, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
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.

PartyHatjo, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of shapudding
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.

shapudding, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

SixpointJMH, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
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 can’t 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.

meathookjones, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

wasn’t 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 there’s 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.

aracauna, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
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.

abcsofbeer, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of CSquared
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

CSquared, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
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 I’m 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

Rastacouere, May 13, 2004
Photo of Foxman
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.

Foxman, May 10, 2004
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.