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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager

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357 Reviews

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 835
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 101 | 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

Formerly Victory Lager
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Reviews: 357 | Hads: 835
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a light transparent gold, with a thin pale white head that fades quickly. The smell is mainly citrus with a bit of freshly baked bread. Nice, but I wish it were stronger. The taste is much like the smell - heavily citrus with a touch of bread. This has a stronger citrus taste than probably any other lager I've had. Very crisp, drinkable, and refreshing. Certainly a big step above most mainstream lagers.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear straw with 1 finger white head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - pretty wimpy lager yeast, malt, citrus

T - Nothing standout, your standard lager, not very bitter with a nice touch of wheat.

M - Light body, high carbonation, effervescent, smooth.

O - Good summer beer, but Victory has so many other better brews I would never get this again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is light-medium and crisp. Light grassy hops and biscuit malt with hints of lemon combine on the palate. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Nice, easy drinking, tasty helles.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: thin head on a hazy pale golden body.

S: musty light pale malts and grains.

T: overall bland with little standing out. Mostly malts and grains.

M: moist finish. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very bland. I guess drinkable but not for the flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

First had this a while ago, but I just recently revisited it. It's not something I'd normally go for, and it's not my usual style, but if the owner is going to buy me one, who am I to decline?

Served in a 0.3L German-style tumbler, Victory lager pours a crystal clear golden brown color with a nice cap of foamy white head that retains well, and leaves just a bit of soapy lacing. Aroma of light German malts, light floral hops, basic, no nonsense. Taste follows the aroma, pale malts, crackery grains, floral hops, crisp, clean, nothing complex or amazing, but it's a standard lager, so what more can you ask for? Light body, and goes down as smooth as anything. For the style, this is a very good beer. If you want something simple and extremely easy to drink, yet miles ahead of the macro market, look no further.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle @ Rooster's Beak.

A: Caramel color, frothy two finger head.

S: Caramel, very distinguishable breadiness, and a little banana.

T: Strong malts all over; caramel, bread, butterscotch.

M: Medium-light and a little creamy.

O: It is very good and stands out way above other flagship lagers (*cough* Boston Lager *cough*).

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #112
Served On: 01/20/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV:
Date/ Code: 02/13/2012

This bottle was mixed in with a sixer of home brews I got from a buddy of mine.

Look: Lemony yellow color with possibly some chill-haze going on. The head was nothing more than a white coating of film. Carbonation was ok. Nothing too crazy.

Smell: I got sort of a pancake batter with some citrus hop notes. Definitely not a bad aroma for your typical lager.

Taste: The taste was very light and crisp. Some faint citrus was up front with a very watery middle. The bready notes from the aroma were definitely not in the taste. This beer is more reminiscent of a summer ale or wheat beer.

This beer was ok. It would basically put this beer into the 'lawn mower' category.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear pale yellow with a nice white head that produced a small white, foamy head. The beer gave off a nice grain aroma with a hint of citrus hops, I think. The taste of the beer was good, mostly grainy, but overall the beer was well balanced. The beer had a light, clean and crisp feel and it was extremely easy to drink. I had a couple without even noticing. Overall, a fine example of the style from one of the best breweries.

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Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear corn hue in body with a white top that fades fast. Smells of floral notes, a dab of honey, and some hops. Tastes of floral, honey, some hop bitterness towards the finish. Light in body with light carbonation. Pleasant and easily quaffable. Nice.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Sept 2011, so it's a little past it's best. Picked up from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy straw colour with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Forms a small head of white foam with a creamy texture; this lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a faint hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle aromatic hop flavour and a crisp finish. Notes of citrus and floral hops, accompanied by a hint of dry yeast. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light astringency. Decent body for a light style. Aftertaste of floral aromatic hops.

A rather nice lager - a light, slightly hoppy flavour puts this a cut above industrial fare. Refreshing; would be great on a hot day. Too bad it's a bit expensive over here for everyday drinking. Worth sampling.

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure golden yellow with 1/2" of loose, foamy white head that fades to a thin lacing. There are noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose has a lemony, grassy aroma. The taste is lightly malty, lemony, grassy, and earthy. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with perfect carbonation.

This a well balanced, very smooth, easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

lagers usually bore my palate, and this one is really no different, except for the fact that it is so damn good. it is crisp as can be, has more than a watery body, and is not a corn beer. it pours light and thin, but has enough to it that it works with big food. it is really refreshing with that german style malting that leaves it flavorful and distinct. helles style i believe. wouldnt chose it over most other victory beers, but this one is proof that a golden lager made in the USA can still excite from time to time.

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Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color with a white head which has average retention and some lacing. The smell has grain, grassy hops, yeast, and a bit of sulfur? Not entirely pleasant.

The sulfur shows up in the taste too, as does grain, yeast, and grassy hops. There is a little bit of sweetness, which is mostly overpowered by the sulfur.

Light bodied, dry, plenty of carbonation. Not my favorite lager by any means. Not the worst either, but plenty of room for improvement.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Downingtown location:

In a pilsener glass:

A: clear light golden color, small frothy head, fast fading head leaves rings and spotty lacing

S: malts, not much else

T: sweet through the malts

M: light to medium, sessionable, sweet aftertaste and sweet and watery finish

O: easy drinking Munich Helles, decent for the style, good for me

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Photo of diamondc
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fluffy head, leaves a thin cap of foam after dissipating. Pale, golden hue. Not much lacing action going on.

S: Faint lemon, hay, grass, cereal, a lot of honey.

T: More of the lemon, grainy, honey, crackers. Why am I reminded of Honey Smacks cereal? Can't detect much hops, just a faint grass/earthy bitterness at the end.

M: Quaffable, just a real no brainer when it comes to drinkability here.

O: Not that complex at all, but then it does hit all the style notes well. If six packs were cheaper, I'd buy this more.

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Photo of gory4d
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a high white head. The smell robust yet crisp grain, with some herbal and floral notes. The taste is clean malt, crisp hops, sweet grainy notes, some mineral tang. It's sharply carbonated, slightly viscous. All in all an excellent Helles, easy to drink and very satisfying.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this down here in TX! 12 oz bottle with a best by date of Nov 28 2011. Pours a fairly clear, light gold color with a decent cap of white head. Retention and lacing are both average.

Nose is saltine crackers and a light, citric-flesh fruit. I thought I would find more graininess and grassy hops, but Victory has beat a different drum once again.

Taste is light and crisp with some biscuit grain and a fair amount of bright hops...both flavoring and bittering. I like this beer quite a bit, not necessarily a classic helles, but damn is it refreshing and tasty. I would have no problem finishing off a sixer of this in a day. Tasty, clean and interesting...just what I want in a nice lager. Excellent beer, I see a repeat purchase in my very near future.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of deadliest
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden yellow. Lots of bubbles. 2 fingers of white head that sticks around for a short while and leaves dots of lacing behind.
S: Light malts and some citrus/grassy hops.
T: Light malt and citrus hops again. lemon zest, and biscuit.
F: Light mouthfeel. Crisp. Good carbonation.
O: Really good lager. Too bad craft breweries don't put out more examples of these beers.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clear yellow/light gold, with moderate white head about an inch thick. Retains for a few minutes, then quickly vanishes, leaving no lacing. Typical weak lager appearance.

My nose detects scents of lemon,citrus, grains and light malt. A little weird, but has character.

Mouth absorbs faint traces of malt and graininess. A slight acidic and bitter citrus-like edge near the end of tasting. probably from hops. Fairly light-bodied, with your typical lager high carbonation.

As you may know I am generally not a fan of plain ol' lagers(the non-pilsener and non-Oktoberfest kind), so I did not expect much from this. That said, it is what it is. Not supposed to be extraordinary, just an everyday-type session brew. It's rather average at that, because I know there's better offerings in this style out there.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear light golden in color with a small frothy head. A fast fading head leaves just a ring and spotty lacing.

Smells of malts. There is a sharp crispness in the aroma as well as sutle hints of grass.

Taste has that crisp malt taste, but not overpowering more in balance. A light toasted malts or toasted biscuit. Followed by fresh grass with a lemon tartness at the finish.

Thin and ever so tart. Finishs clean.

A good easy drinking beer. A smooth sutle malt forward style that's sure to please.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light gold with a white head. Nose is fairly mild ,with a pleasant fresh grain and a light hop note. Mouth is snappy, bright, super fresh grain and a kiss of sweet malt. A touch grassy in its hop element. This was one I overlooked for awhile but it's just fantastic. Understated, extraordinarily well balanced. Of course criminally underrated. One of the best lagers I've ever had, up there with Victory's best pilsners. They are masters with this style.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.