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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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696 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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.

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CBFanWish

New York

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

01-20-2005 19:23:04 | More by CBFanWish
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

12-05-2004 22:42:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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brentk56

North Carolina

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.

11-29-2004 00:36:12 | More by brentk56
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

10-25-2004 21:40:16 | More by Gavage
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cooter

New York

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
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

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.

09-24-2004 01:59:47 | More by RocketWidget
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Boto

Connecticut

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.

09-09-2004 20:50:30 | More by Boto
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

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
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necoadam

Connecticut

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
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

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
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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WesWes

New York

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
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

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
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

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
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meathookjones

Virginia

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.

06-10-2004 14:53:32 | More by meathookjones
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aracauna

Georgia

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.

06-10-2004 05:18:20 | More by aracauna
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

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
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CSquared

North Carolina

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
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

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

05-13-2004 05:31:18 | More by Rastacouere
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Foxman

New Jersey

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
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ngandhi

Illinois

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.

Relax, relax.
ng

05-08-2004 19:45:50 | More by ngandhi
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Edwin

Pennsylvania

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
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jtfest

Oregon

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
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Pouring Victory’s All Malt Lager, I am surprised to see that there is a little bit of sediment in a bottle of beer that isn’t 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, I’d 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, I’d 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. It’s 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. It’s easily my favorite pale lager, and ranks up there as a session beer of choice.

03-08-2004 00:41:24 | More by JimsArcade
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.