Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 38
Gots: 84 | 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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Ratings: 801 | Reviews: 359
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, foamy, white head that quickly dissipated into wispiness. It was a very pale yellow, almost straw-like, in color. The mouthfeel was very light, but I got a nice maltiness on the nose. In fact, I even thought that nose reminded me of hay. There was a good malty sweetness both in the mouth and on the finish. The finish was surprisingly dry, reminding me that an American lager is far different from a Helles-style lager. Viva la difference!

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours slightly hazy yellow with a soft white head, great lace.

S: Bready malt, nice Helles nose, but nothing substantial.

T: Delicious sourdough bread malty German flavour. Distinct hop notes at the end add balance. Good flavour.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit chalky. Medium-bodied.

D: A real nice lager, glad I got to try this legendary East Coast brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear straw yellow with a bit of head that recedes to just around the edges.

S. Bready yeast and a bit of malt.

T. Very flavorful. Mild hop bitterness, some grainy tastes, sweet background and ultra smooth. Interesting style lager from victory.

M. Medium bodied and almost creamy, but it is alittle watery around the edges.

D. Drinkability is very good. A nice beer to relax with and enjoy.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn, this is just a nice German helles lager, something that surprisingly hard to find. It's a golden yellow without much head unfortunately, but everything else is good. The aroma is sweet and bready with the flavor opening up into a light fruity lager funk, lightly roasted grains, a touch of biscuit, and a smooth mouthfeel. This is a great lawnmower beer, but also so much more. I wish more bars around me would carry this.

Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC, into a mug.

A rising shiny fourteen carat gold, bright as all get out body, with a small collar of simple white. Classic singular straight rising carbonation that never stops. Looks like a solid lager.

Bouquet is small smelling, soft kind of malt but not much else with a little yeast.

Taste comes off with a heavily carbonated feel. Mild white bread and Wonder Bread light. Stupidly crisp with a mild herbal hop presence and even some butter. A bit gaseous but just tolerable enough.

Overall a good example of a lawn mower beer.

Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker yellowish-golden color with a foamy white head that settles into a nice lace. Aroma is nothing special with subtle hints of floral hops. Flavor is a nice balance of hops , maltiness and a crisp golden flavor. Very smooth drinking enjoyable session beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass) best before Mar 19 2010
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin white head soon to disappears with tiny bubbles in slow motion. S- This beer has a soft sighty sweet malt with a Munich malt hint and pale malt with some field corn note finish.
T- This beer has a big sulfury hops flavor that grows with a fizzy water taste in the finish.
M- This beer is a light mouthfeel with a big scrubbing fizzy finish.
D- This beer is sulfury and fizzy that covers most of the flavor and aroma except for the watery taste in the finish.

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 355 mL bottle of Victory Lager poured into an Ommegang glass. The lager is cold.

Appearance: The lager has a muted yellow color that reminds me of BMC. There is no sign of any impurities.

Smell: The lager has a strong caramel aroma that results from the firm malt backbone.

Taste: The malts really stand out here. They provide an array of caramel to biscuit aromas, each of which is firm and very tasty. The hop character is just enough to provide a nice even flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well made and true to style, this beer just tastes good.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This beer is well made and I highly recommend it.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retenton and lacing.

The smell featured a soft doughy aroma which was cut by a spicy hop presence.

The taste was likewise soft and doughy, with a mild and tasty grain profile. The strong hop spiciness really made the taste authentic.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall an authentic rendition of the style. Very drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing tough. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one.

Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium-pale gold with feverous carbonation and a sudsy thin head that faded quickly.

S: some light fresh grains, light herbal hopping.

T: The flavor bore some wet grains, floral hopping and a light fresh grassiness. Overall the flavor appeared rather, safe, non-offending but fit per style.

M: lively from the carbonation.

D: Drinkability was ok, was on the fence for this one. Drinkable but with a shoulder shrug for excitement.

Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, grain, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight hops, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a slightly better than average lager, but still weak in body for my taste. It does get much better as it has a chance to warm.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, malts, some grains, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew, probably best enjoyed in warmer weather.

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 Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Bright yellow color with a very thin head.

Aroma: Malt sweetness upfront with a tinge of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and malty with some hop bitterness in the middle. Goes down easy. A bit bready. Seems drinkable. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and not too sweet. The hops balance out the sweetness. I'm not much for describing lagers but I like this one.

Drinkability: Decent lawnmower beer. You should drink this instead of PBR. It's smooth, refreshing and inoffensive. I don't normally drink lagers but I would drink this again if I could find it easier.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light straw color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of absurdly crisp light malts with sharp light citrus aromas. Also present are hints of leafy and spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as robust. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright citrus flavors - more lemon rind than anything else. Midway through the sip the citrus influence fades a bit and the flavor profile becomes more bitter with the addition of earthy hops. Very slight hints of breadiness come into play before fading out to allow the hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another very good lager from Victory. Very smooth and I wish I had access to this more regularly. Very well worth a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle in Western Mass, poured into a pint glass. The beer is crystal clear, light gold colored, with a thin head. The aroma is light and malty, definitely smells like it came out of Munich. The aroma is malty, a little sweet, and maybe a little bread dough. The mouthfeel is light as water, and drinkability is very good. There should be more lagers like this in the U.S., I wish I could find it easily at home.

I've liked most Victory beers I've tried, it's a shame that they only market several (Hopdevil, Storm King, Prima Pils, Hop Wallop) widely in OH. I'd like to see this (along with Moonglow) on OH shelves.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good drinkable lager. Pour is a 1/2 inch of bubbly head that fizzes to just a mild lace ring. Color is a respectable bright bubbly yellow. Smells of lager yeast, biscuit, and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is about the same but very clean and crisp. I kept thinking how many lagers I had and none impressed me as much. Mouth feel is again bubbly, light and crisp.

Overall a step up from BMC and just enough flavor to impress a craft veteran like me this beer has it all. Give it a try.

Photo of avalon07
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.

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 DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Chevy Chase. I've lost track of how many years its been since I've had this beer. Five? In any case, there's no freshness date on this, so I hope it isn't ancient.

Clear golden yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk rather quickly. The nose is rather excellent. MOderately hoppy with a blend of earth, lemon snappiness, and a touch of soap, this is a pretty enjoyable blend (despite the soap). This complements the malt character, which is a blend of crackers, bread, grain, dough and even a touch of honey. Very nice.

The palate is better. Opening with a firm bitterness, lemony, dusty and snappy (though not quite as nice as in Summer Love) flavors follow. Grainy and doughy for the most part, with a touch of honey, the malt character is quite nice, and nicely complements the hops. Drying, grainy and bitter on the finish with a mild mineral character that actually tastes like it might be a combination of the earthy hops and the carbonic acid. I really like the hop profile of this beer. Light in body without being watery, this beer has a medium-high level of carbonation (appropriately enough) and a drying finish that's mildly hoppy and mildly grainy. Very nice, recommended.

Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cold from bottle to pint glass, this lager is a clear golden color with steady carbonation, a fair white cover and modest lacing. The aroma suggsts a slightly sour mash idea with a little leafy hop. The flavor brings a pretty watery apple cider malt with a mild hop bite. The taste isn't bad but it's kind of wimpy with carboard hints and maybe a touch of toffee. The constitution of this lager even reminds me at times of watermelon. The hop finish keeps it interesting, otherwise it's forgettable but fairly drinkable. It works.

Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.