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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

673 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | 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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meathookjones

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2004 14:53:32 | More by meathookjones
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, a small sweet to dry maltiness and a very clean taste. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. A very nice lager, yet nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 17:30:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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bort11

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz battle poured into a pils glass. Thin white head and not much in the way of lacing. A single spot hovers in the center of the surface. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Smell has a slightly wet blanket grain aroma. Taste is surprisingly white grapish. A little spice from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly oily.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 04:20:03 | More by bort11
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robertp1024

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Victory lager poured a light golden yellow. Very little head and what head was there quickly disappeared. The scent was subtle. Light malt, mostly light wheat grains. The flavor was crisp and subtle. Light malts, not very powerful. Soft lager style wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was refreshing, and there was little aftertaste. Nice lager, but would like a little more power behind it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 01:32:46 | More by robertp1024
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw color with decent bone white head that quickly dissipates into a thin film of bubbles.

Some vague honey notes, minty/floral hop notes, and grain husk in the nose.

Very light flavors here as expected. Starts with those subtle honey flavors and some light malt. Subtle spicy, wintergreen, and floral flavors barely come across but make this beer pleasant.

Thinish mouthfeel but still nowhere as thin as a macro.

Overall this is not going to blow anyone's mind but is very drinkable and would make the perfect complement to grilled/barbequed foods as well as sharing many with friends during the game.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 19:38:26 | More by bosco7
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Either this is new to the state of MA, or I have not been paying enough attention!

I wouldn't have bought this without the date, which for this bottle happens to say: Enjoy By Jul 15 08.

Pours a very clear very light gold with a medium-sized white head that has a little creaminess, but not much. Head settles down to a thin cap rather quickly, leaving a little lace on the glass. Bubbles are continually rising for the duration of the beer. Smells like buttered popcorn, though slightly floral and bitter. Rather thin in the mouth and leaving a clean bitterness, this one could accurately be described as "crisp." That being said, there is definitely a sweetness present in the flavor that stays around the teeth. A pleasantly herbal note is present throughout, which must be those fresh German hops that they brag about.

Nothing sticks out in the beer, which can be looked at as a good thing or a bad thing. I can't say that it is very memorable, but as a clean, crisp, balanced, and pleasant brew, this is something that I would not mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 20:32:20 | More by waughbrew
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear golden colored beer with only one finger of head.

Aroma: Golden raisins, dates, mild apricot, grassy, touch of biscuit. Twinge of dryness in the nose, and sweet maltiness.

Taste: Light bodied, grassy, apricot, light raisins and a crisp mouthfeel that finishes nice and dry.

Notes: Very drinkable all around good for anytime of year but even better for a warm day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:58:02 | More by horshack7
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Wegmans-pulled from the singles cooler- poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A golden yellow w/ good clarity and streaming bubbles visible. The head is a quickly dissipating white that turns into a ring w/ small beading

S - A musty, mildly vegetal nose w/ sweet malt note and hint of hops that have a mild herbal scent

M - A crisp clean sparkling carbonated on the tip of the tongue feel. The effect is dry almost spicy on the palate w/ feel appropriate to style but lacks some malt sweetness

T - The taste is lightly yeasty like a german lager should be w/ mellow malt which is dry and takes a backseat to the hops slightly, but has a nutty kernal and blends well w/ the mild herbal hops. The finish is slightly creamy as the carbonation stirs up some gastric expulsion of vapor.

D - A lager that is well made, but doesn't compare to some other Helles biers I have had, just better than average drinkability wise for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 19:53:13 | More by Slatetank
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant orange-tinted yellow with some yeast flecks and a small white head. Minimal retention and lace.

The nose is soft and delicate, with a vaguely chalky-lemon zest dusting over the creamy pear flavors. There are touches of corn and hoppy flowers lingering in the background too.

Palate is very smooth, with more malty and creamy flavors. I'm thinking the hops weren't meant to be too noticeable. It's almost too drinkable of a brew.

Overall, wonderful flavors but the delicacy and smoothness make this borderline too chuggable. Even when I'm looking to get trashed I want to savor a beer a bit. But still very delicious and a sure recommendation for someone who hates hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:28:25 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold, slightly hazy, with very little head or lace to speak of. Nice malt aroma comes through, a bit of honey and citrus and a subtle hop aroma. Again a nice malt flavor mixed with honey and citrus. A decent hop flavor and slight bitterness but not as sharp as their pils. Average carbonation and high drinkability. A decent brew and a good candidate for a crossover brew to entice the macro drinkers of the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 19:47:14 | More by sabrills70
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 8/7/05 - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours with a 1 finger white head with medium bubbles that don't leave much lacing. The body looks unfiltered - kinda like a witbier with a touch of yellow/gold tinges. Metal, spicy hops, malts and maybe diacetyl on the nose. Palate is the same, with a crisp, light body, but I'm also getting a hint of wet paper and even corn, even though there was none in the mash. Wish I hadn't forgotten about this bottle - I'm sure it's better when fresher.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 21:40:53 | More by mmmbeer
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 14:53:20 | More by williamjbauer
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale straw-yellow with a bone-white head that starts at about a finger and a half and eventually deflates to a bubbly cap. There's literally one streak of lace down the glass. Not really impressive, but I didn't really expect much.

S: The aroma is definitely stronger than that of the macro lagers. Nose is slightly sweet, cereal-like grains with just a touch of spicy hops. The scent here is plain but definitely not offensive. I can appreciate this.

T: Slightly sweet bready malts. Slightly oat-like at times. A nice bit of spicy hop flavor towards the middle. Finishes relatively clean with just an ever so slight touch of hop bitterness. Light, yet flavorful.

M: A wonderful medium body. That might sound strange, but my least favorite part of most lagers is the thin, soda-like bodies. Victory Lager boasts a nice, comfortable body that lets you know that you're drinking a beer. A surprising touch of creaminess. This one goes down unlike any other lager I've had in the past.

O: Admittedly, lagers are NOT my favorite style. In fact, they're one of my least favorite styles, BUT I can appreciate when someone hits the nail on the head and brews a good one; that's exactly what Victory has done here. There's nothing over the top here. There's no flavors that'd scare away a BMC drinker. This is a just a pure, clean, highly enjoyable lager. I look forward to bringing this with me to BBQs during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:35:26 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a middling consistency - neither thick nor thin. There was a nice head and some good lacing.

I smelled the malt above anything else, though a little citrus peeked through.

The taste was decent. Malt, a little lemon and hops. A good taste.

This had a fair amount of carbonation and a crisp finish for a well done mouthfeel.

I'll be honest, I don't necessarily care for this style of beer. I think it's, by nature, thinly constructed. I tried it because Victory is a solid brewery. That being said, this is an okay beer. I think it's as good as you can get with the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 14:52:14 | More by avalon07
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dar482

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a light clear golden color.

The aroma has a nice grassy aroma, and a breadiness and grainy character.

The flavor is extremely refreshing. A decent punch of light citrus, grass. Then an extremely crisp cracker/bready note. A bit of a flaw from DMS or something, but a reasonable amount for the style.

A good easy drinking brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 02:56:07 | More by dar482
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad appearance to this brew; your average translucent golden yellow hue with a small head.
Aroma rises the good beer thoughts a bit though, very German-like in character, cereal grainy and crisp; very promiscuous in hinting of a flavor and refreshment similar.
And indeed, the flavors and mouthfeel translate from the aroma, crispy grains, high carbonation, slighty dry finish with just a wee bitterness.
As far as lagers go here in PA, this is one of the best; way better than any mass-produced American lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 23:18:44 | More by AudioGilz
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a nice looking light copper color. The head was fizzy and white. Kind of faded off after a few minutes. The aromas here are oh hops and malt pretty much. There might be a little wooden aromas too but not much. The flavor is pretty hoppy, there is a little bit of a earthy tone in the aftertaste. The malts leave some dryness behind as well. The mouthfeel is quite drinkable. This beer is pretty good and deserves a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 02:54:45 | More by Knapp85
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color.

Clean full bodied taste, a bit hoppier on the nose and palate then I would have expected.

Taste is clean malts, medium mouthfeel with a real nice balance of spicy hops. Somewhat reminiscent of Yuengling lager, but all around bigger.

NO adjunct tastes what so ever, it's a no brainer what all malt does for beer. A solid, flavorful workhorse of a brew. The type of beer you could enjoy anytime for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2002 06:34:49 | More by bmills1608
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the label.

Fluffy foamy off white head, a touch of haziness from either a chill haze or yeast on a dull yellowish straw hue. Head retention is decent.

Aromas of a hay like grainy malt, lemony herbal hop and a faintness of yeast.

Light crispness, more smoothness, on a moderate body. Raw snap of grain upfront with a doubling of hop bitterness that wants to linger. Soft graininess with a powdery, almost doughy character. A kiss of yeast in the back with hints of alcohol and a drying husky grain.

I bet you this brew on tap is lovely, pretty good in the bottle to say the least. A raw lager, not like most at all … light yet flavourful. As others have noted this could be a great crossover beer if not just a brew for macro drinkers to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 14:45:50 | More by Jason
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin layer of loose white foam which quickly settles to a film and ring. the beer is mostly clear and *very* pale straw colored.

S - grainy but with a nice grassy and slightly lemony hop kick at the end. light a light Prima (which is nice).

T - begins with strong malt grains and biscuits before a flash of grassy hops. quickly again the lightly buttery and bready malt takes over.

M - thin body but the carbonation falls just a tiny bit flat. lingering sweetness and grains.

D - light and drinkable, a bit malt-heavy for my taste but seems to suit the style pretty well. will make good work of the other 5 bottles from my Victory variety pack in this weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 00:44:44 | More by Stigs
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emsroth

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App: Pale yellow with a nice white frothy head. Wonderful to know that such a pale beer can be this good.

Smell: Faint smells of malted grain. Sweet smell mixed with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, sweet malt paired with a strong husky malt. One of the huskiest I've had. Light, crisp flavor.

Medium-low level of carbonation that adds to the dryness. Not as refreshing as other helles lagers because the flavor is so strong and distinct.

I had this a multitude of times. It's best out of the bottle. Not recommended with food. It's flavor is too sweet and strong to be paired with food. If anything maybe pizza or a light lunch sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 04:31:52 | More by emsroth
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Jon

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw with a frothy white head. Leaves only the slightest trails of lace down the glass. Nose dominated by aspects of lemon zest, yeast and some sweetish malt. Tastes rather bready in the German pils style, with notes of the lemon zest, yeast and some grain. Mouthfeel is quite prickly and carbonated. This is one refreshing brew. It's easy to drink and serves well as a summer thirst quencher. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 02:23:19 | More by Jon
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, good till August.

Pours pale straw yellow with a thin white head and active carbonation. Light aroma of grassy grains and lemon.

Soft husky grains with a slowly emerging hop bitterness. A touch of breadiness. Crisp and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Very good pale lager they got here. In a perfect world they would all taste at least this good.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:38:28 | More by edskirk3
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aracauna

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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