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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

Victory LagerVictory Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 04:40:59 | More by Sammy
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 03:54:09 | More by silver0rlead
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 23:13:50 | More by cubedbee
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 01:16:46 | More by HappyHourHero
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2005 22:50:57 | More by BuckSpin
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 22:29:52 | More by Schwarzbart
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 01:39:02 | More by Fish113d
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 02:07:49 | More by pentathlete
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TheDeuce

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 05:41:08 | More by TheDeuce
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 03:28:23 | More by yeagerbm
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Wonka

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 21:30:57 | More by Wonka
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CBFanWish

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 21:42:29 | More by cooter
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 22:50:04 | More by tomthumbsblues
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 21:04:22 | More by necoadam
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 18:35:46 | More by PartyHatjo
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2004 12:21:46 | More by ppoitras
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WesWes

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 21:33:47 | More by WesWes
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2004 00:37:42 | More by shapudding
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guinness33

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2004 20:58:30 | More by guinness33
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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