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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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702 Ratings

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | 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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3/5  rDev -16%

wingnutz27, May 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

oline73, May 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

DCocco86, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rallyr32, May 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

MikeWard, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ramrod666, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of pinyin
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Victory Lager was one of the best Helles Lagers brewed in the US, up until Victory changed the beer formula, the taste and started filtering it.

In 2013 they changed the entire formula for the worse.

Victory Lager in early 2013 was a slightly cloudy yellowish medium bodied fresh and amazing lager.

The current product is golden, more carbonated, filtered and always tastes sour.

I really hope that Victory goes back to the original brew process of this beer because it was amazing.

This new product is so average and tasteless.

pinyin, Apr 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

waddellc2, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

coopdog1000, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

thampel09, Apr 15, 2014
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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.

ThePaintedGrey, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Furley80, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Giantspace, Apr 07, 2014
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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.

dar482, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Rossnicolini, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

Yellolab2010, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

tassell1, Mar 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

KevinGordon, Mar 09, 2014
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3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

First review, first Helles tasted as far as I can remember. My comments will by no means compare to that of a beer judge, but here goes:
--bottle to pint glass; light urine / apple cider color (label notes golden which is appropriate)
--nominal head with aroma lightly sweet, but 1st thought is Foster's
--taste: like that of a standard DOMESTIC lager (which says alot pro and con, since not an American beer fan), albeit a bit smoother and definitely not as bad hoppy
--aftertaste: hangs there on the tongue / lingers in your mouth; dry, palpable cottony mouth feel requiring you to take another hit to quench it
--buzz meter: drank pre lunch@ 1130 so mild to mod on empty stomach
--burpage: slightly acidic / hoppy (this would be standard)

Drinkability: ala comic book grading scale = FINE.

Big Fan of Victory, since lived in Philly for some time, but with so many beers to try / re-try, not one I'd be HANKERING (my new category) for / no love lost; but would probably reconsider, as we all would and all know, if we had one on tap in Downingtown.
Ch33rs factor = indifferent.

Honisbygonis, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

wiegs4life, Feb 22, 2014
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.