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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

737 Ratings
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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 31
Gots: 61 | 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

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I was generously given by my friend Bruce (thanks Bruce!) into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Enjoy by Feb 12 2011" stamped on the left side of the label.

A Glowing straw yellow translucent body under an all too brief light white head. Kind of a standard look for a lager but not displeasing. 3.0

S Barley centric smell of a classic lager with an emphasis on corn. Again here, somewhat standard and unadenturous. Repeated sniffs revealed an even more grainy, pleasing presentation. 3.5

T Good tasting lager. Sure the barley malt (not sweet, more grainy) is primary in the taste but there is also a depth to the barley taste that I do not always find in lagers. 4.0

M Rather thin actually. Sure lagers are mostly thin but this was really too thin for me. 2.0

D Very, very good indeed. 4.5

Notes: If it had more body and had a better look and smell I am sure my ratings would have been higher. This is a reasonable alternative to other lagers but I think that there are better ones out there in the craft beer world. Thanks again to Bruce for seeing to it that I was able to try this one tonight!

Photo of bonkers
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a SA pint glass. It pours a bright yellow, lots of carbonation and a fluffy head. The head fades quickly. The smell is a bit grainy, nothing outstanding. The beer is crisp and smooth. A pleasant bitternes it the overiding flavor but it is very clean. The beer is light bodied and very sessionable. A nice change from the bigger beers I ususally drink.

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light, easy-going, perilously drinkable lager that goes down smooth as water... even my girlfriend liked this one and she's not a huge fan of beers... appearance is about average for a lager, with a golden color and light carbonation present... smell is okay but rather bland compared to the other, more robust samples from this company... Taste was good... very light with faint citrus and fruit notes on the palate, though slightly watery... drinkability was really very good because it went down so smoothly without the faintest hint of any bitterness... This is definitely an awesome session beer and downing a sixer wouldn't be a problem... while more bland than most other Victory beers, this brew certainly scores for mouthfeel and drinkability... Recommended for a good, light, session beer...

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beverly Hills Tavern in Wyomissing.
Served to me cold, with a full fluffy white head. Gold in color with sharp clarity. Smells pretty good. Bread, hay, and honey. Palate is quite sweet with a good honey and cracker malt flavor. Finishes with just a touch of grassy hop flavor. Overall, a strong option when in search of a refreshing mild flavored lager, without adjuncts.

Photo of justintcoons
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw with about 1 finger of creamy head that dissipates quickly. Very low carbonation. Very thin, webbed lacing that clings to the glass for only seconds.

N: Light lemony citrus and floral aromas, grapefruit and grains. Very light hints of banana.

T: Lemony citrus and grapefruit upfront. Followed by light grains and a hint of banana and caramel. Finishes extremely clean with almost no flavors except some lingering grains and grapefruit.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, crisp and extremely clean.

O: Incredibly easy drinking and a prime candidate for a gateway beer for your BMC drinking buddies. Highly sessionable and light on the palette.

Photo of pezoids
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright and clear amber color with a thin white head. A very easy drinking light to medium bodied lager beer that matched perfectly with the wings I was having. Well controlled hop bitterness and a nice malty aroma. Similar to but easier drinking than the Yuengling Traditional lager I’m quite used to.
A good average beer.

8/3/03:

Bought a case of this recently and I don't remember this beer being so light in color. it's a golden color with tinges of amber. Still very good, but doesn't seem as malty as the above draft version.

Photo of chefhatt
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a golden color body with a small fizzy head that quickly disaptes ton a very,very thin lace around the edge. The smell has a lemony, malt aroma to it. The taste is well balanced with malt and some lemon hop flavor to it. It is well carbonated with a nice mouth feel, no after taste. Over all this is a nice easy drinking beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a clear straw golden color with a lighter white head resting on top. Fades fairly quickly with a few spots of lacing.

Floral hops with a swift bitterness in the nose. Straw and toasted grain malt. Touches of grassiness and lemon peel add a nice crispness.

Light hoppiness up front, grassy with lemon peel. Soft malts with straw and toasted grains. Light steelyness and faint fruit tones. Finishes super crisp and clean.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, tingly and a little dry on the tongue. A solid, drinkable lager once again from Victory.

Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass producing minimal head that diminished to practically nothing very quickly. No discernible lacing to note. Color was a mostly clear light yellow gold.

S: interesting aroma that seems to be a cross between a light yeasty smell and fresh milled grain.

T: A touch more than light bodied with hints of fresh bread and grain, more so than a 'malt' flavor. Hops seem light and fall second to the other flavors. Finish is relatively quick with a slight touch of lingering sweetness.

M: Sort of a 'faux' light, more of a medium body with a light flavor. Carbonation is very light with no visible bubbles but you catch them on the tongue.

D: Pretty good. Nice 'general' sort of drink that can be enjoyed anytime with most foods.

Nice brew. I was expecting something a little bit lighter in body and taste but this was a pleasant surprise. Good flavor, body, and finish.

Photo of hillind
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer Fall Beerfest.

Golden pour with a large white head. The aroma is grainy with a little bit of corn and some bready malt. The flavor is more grain with some fruity hop characteristics. I get a little bit of grape in the flavor as well as some grassy and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A nice, easy drinking Helles Lager.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a clear straw yellow with a hint of brown and a thick frothy head. Smelled of dry dirty corn and a musky citrus. Tasted very citrusy for a lager with a sweet corn and oats base. Very slight and simple. Mouth feel was light bodied with a medium to high carbonation. I’d have to say that this would be an ideal transition beer for some one addicted to macros who is curious about Victory.

Photo of twelvsies
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, standard issue but solid sort of lager. Would be excellent in the summer. One thing I love about Victory is the fact that they have so many beers that are just eye candy. This is a great example of what a lager should look like - perfect clarity, straw colored, lightly carbonated, and with a small head that sticks around for a while but eventually disappears. Would be nicer I guess if the head lasted longer, but I'm not gonna nitpick here. Smell is yeasty and grainy, with a light malt backbone and a grassy but sedate hop profile. Crisp taste first of all, which is good. Followed up by some bready malty tastes and a wee bit of hops. Could be a bit more rounded off in terms of having some nicer, more robust, sweet malts, for balance. All in all though, it's a really drinkable beer with a subtle character.

Photo of Ianhockey91
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice transiton beer. Pours out a yellow/caramel with a nice white head which dissappears quickly. tastes a bit bland, but it beleive this one is meant for refreshment, not of comlexity. The mouthfeel was quite fizzy but still good. Overally if youve got friends over and dont want ot stock up on BUD get this it will please both sides.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jul 02 06.
DRINK IT IT'S SPOILING!
Pretty good for a helles lager... has the typical flavor profile of the style. Kinda wheaty, a bit of lemon in the flavor, very clear looking, a bit on the sweet side of the spectrum. A little too sweet for me; when I go for a pale lager I tend to like them a bit dryer and crisper. This is on the juicy side. A little bit slick on the palate but has appropriate carbonation.
Solid stuff. Nothing striking about it but it does its job.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade with jwc215...thanks, Joe!

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by Jun 19 07) a clear, bubbly straw gold colour with a large head of foam. It settles down after a while but stays for the entire session as a fine layer and there's lacing.

The smell hasa pretty hoppy aroma mixed in with some malty tones.

The taste on first sip has a nice hoppy presence... I'm getting some lemon zest. Further sips in and there's some non sweetish malt and bread there but they are on the light side. It finishes crisp and clean and makes for a good thirst quencher.

The body is light as is the carbonation. I like this one and it has a good German feel to it.

Bottom line: This is a good Lager...no bells or whistles, just a good solid Lager. I'd drink it again.

Photo of pvsob
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold to pale straw color (clear), with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly (no lace). Besides a slight hop aroma mingled with a touch of malt, I personally had a little trouble picking up any other aroma characteristics. The taste starting a little sweet for me, moved to a slight hoppy flavor and finished crisp with the faintest grain flavor. Overall mouth feel was a little thin almost watery to me. Bottom-line is that this is a decent Helles Lager. It won't knock you out with complexity, but it is enjoyable as a simple Lager. I will definitely be enjoying a few of these beside the grill this summer.

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.

Photo of necoadam
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of milkbaby9
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 9-20-2010, drank 8-28-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory glass. 3 finger head quickly reduces to almost nothing without lacing. Crystal clear pale yellow color.

Aroma of lemon rind, light pine, and sweet malt. Tastes lemon, honey, light hops, and malt. Just the barest touch of bitterness comes in and fades back to the malt.

Okay carbonation. Very light bodied, watery. Very straightforwardly nice but kinda light on flavor almost to the point of blandness, though that makes it really easy to drink and to drink a lot of it. I think it is okay, but far from the class of say Weihenstephaner Original Premium even though that had to make a trip from overseas.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw-like golden yellow beneath a scattered, pure white head that leaves almost no lacing behind.

Aroma consists of straw, pale malt, and citrus, perhaps lemon, perhaps grapefruit.

The flavor offers fainter citrus, pale malt that is a bit bready, and a bit grainy.

Crisp, smooth, quite refreshing with a medium to light body and medium carbonation.

A nice example of the style overall, just about what one could hope for.

Photo of Mirthrandir
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Light straw color with perfect clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Not a lot of head, but there is a thin and patchy white sheet on top after it rapid dissapation. Smells of wheat and barley malts, as well as some fine crisp hops. Fresh oranges back it faintly, rounding the smell out.

Light to medium body, slightly heavier than your average lager. Crisp, clean taste but some slight lingering of barley malts in the finish. Hops add the crispness and have a small bittering effect that balances out the barley. Definitely a twinge of citrus in the taste, adding a level of complexity that you don't find in a whole lot of lagers. Higher carbonation adds to the crispness. This is just a beer that is not overly complex, but they definitely paid attention to the details and brewed a solid lager with more flavor than most others you'll find out there. Definitely no off adjunct flavors, probably the best part of this beer. Great for a hot summer day that calls for a light and refreshing beer that tastes pretty damn good too.

Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.