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Victory Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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728 Ratings
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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 31
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of fitzy84
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Moan and Dove. This golden-yellow lager is extremely clear to see through, however, there is practically no head. The aroma is barely a hint of hops. Surprisingly, the taste was very developed even with the lack of apparent smells. It turned out to be a really sweet lager. An average carbonation allows it to be somewhat refreshing but a bit too watery. Overall, this drink was a little too crisp, a little too watery and lacked any powerful aroma. But it was decently sweet.

fitzy84, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a slight haze. Decent head and lace.

The aroma of grains,citrus and malts.

The taste was mildly sweet,grains,hops,herbal hints and some yeast in the finish.
This beer had a light body feel with medium carbonation and a crisp snap to it.

Notes: So easy to drink,really good session beer. I will use this as a gateway to better beer for my Corona drinking friends.

Lexluthor33, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, standard issue but solid sort of lager. Would be excellent in the summer. One thing I love about Victory is the fact that they have so many beers that are just eye candy. This is a great example of what a lager should look like - perfect clarity, straw colored, lightly carbonated, and with a small head that sticks around for a while but eventually disappears. Would be nicer I guess if the head lasted longer, but I'm not gonna nitpick here. Smell is yeasty and grainy, with a light malt backbone and a grassy but sedate hop profile. Crisp taste first of all, which is good. Followed up by some bready malty tastes and a wee bit of hops. Could be a bit more rounded off in terms of having some nicer, more robust, sweet malts, for balance. All in all though, it's a really drinkable beer with a subtle character.

twelvsies, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of goindownsouth
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am traditionally not a Lager fan, but this one was an eye-opener. Very malty, with some diversity mixed in, this brew was very earthy and hearty, but in a very good way. Combine that with the fact that it goes well with some of the more carnivorous items on Victory's grub menu. Worth the try.

Prost!

goindownsouth, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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*).

bucklemyshoe, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of horshack7
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.

horshack7, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of waughbrew
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.

waughbrew, May 11, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a beautiful gold color, with some white lacing. low head retention and lacing.

S: Smells sweeter than most helles, but it does have that distinct corn malt aroma.

T: Tastes a little sweeter than expected. huge corn malts with no distinct hop flavor, probably some light nobles. Aftertaste is perfect though, just the sweetness, not the corn flavors.

M: Clean and crisp, a little thicker than expected. good carbonation.

D: very drinkable beer. I have started to drink more Helles lager, and I really enjoyed this one. great summer brew.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.5/5  rDev -2%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +5%

rcjennings, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.75/5  rDev +5%

ColdWaffles, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Fish113d, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of WuBByG999
3.5/5  rDev -2%

WuBByG999, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of burnstar
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale straw color with a thick white head which leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt with some grassy and floral hops. Taste is dominated by sweet malt although some hops are present to balance the sweetness. This is medium to full-bodied and well carbonated- feels very nice in the mouth. Also extremely drinkable. This is pretty good stuff- no doubt. But it's also not all that exciting.

burnstar, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a perfectly average beer. A beer to recommend to the Bud drinker in your circle of friends as an entre' to better things. Pours a transparent pale gold with a sparse short-lived head that left no lace whatsoever....sigh. Persisitent light carbonation insufficient to form the sparsest of rings of foam on a beer clean glass. The aroma was light and bready, some sweetness hints of corn and faint floral hops. Taste was balanced and refreshing. Short lived sweetness fading to a hoppy finish that is persistent but faint. Mouthfeel is light. This is an easy drinking beer though a tad too "euro lager-ish" for my tastes. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A refreshing and drinkable brew, perhaps a good brew to have around for the dog days of August when you are having many more than one.

Citadel82, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of gory4d
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

gory4d, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Jacobob10
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was completely not what I expected. I had been hoping for a nice malty lager with some serious flavor. What I got was a macro lager on steroids.

Pours a straw yellow color with a very small head and not much retention at all. I would have had a hard time distinguishing it side-by-side from a Bud. The aroma was not very pleasing at all. It didn't make me shy away from the beer, there just wasn't anything to talk about.

Very bland taste. Where are the malts? Where are the hops? Something is missing here for sure.

As critical as I'm being about this beer, it wasn't undrinkable. There just wasn't anything unique or exciting about it. You could have put it side by side with any other macro lager and I would have been hard pressed to tell the two apart. I actually put down a sixer of HopDevil and bought this instead. I won't be making that mistake again.

Jacobob10, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.95/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours urine yellow with a limp head . . . but boy does it taste!
Ahhh . . . now this is what beer drinking is all about. Round and clean, yet there is a faint malty taste that lingers on the back of the tongue with a pinch of hops up front.
Nothing finer than a good lager and this is a good lager. One of the best American Lagers I've had. Certainly the best made outside of Wisconsin.
Yeah, this lager could easily compete in Wisconsin . . . heck, it could even find itself in Germany and have a fighting chance against some German varieties. I love it, I love it, I love it.

shbobdb, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +19%

02/20/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. So this is what an all malt taste like. Nice dry finish. Leaves a mild aftertaste that is not cloying. Prob'ly a good summer session beer with a push @ 5.9 ABV.

04/13/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. All I ask from a beer. Nothing more, nothing less. Bring it!

seedyone, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

shockrocker65, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
3.25/5  rDev -9%

NickyDee21, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow bordering on gold with white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Yeast and light hops with notes of flowers, citrus fruits, and slightly sweet malts.

T/M: Incredibly crisp, sweeter malts with yeasts and notes of grassy hops and citrus fruits in the aftertaste. Light body with a lot of effervescence and slight creaminess. Delicious.

D: One of the better lagers I've had. Bravo, Victory.

thekanna, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first two times I had this beer it was directly out of the bottle. The thing that comes to mind is "alright." It could definitely be better. It had a syrupy finish that detracted from the overall taste. The third time, in a glass, I was quite surprised at how light this beer looked. It reminded me of Coors Light. Very unexpected. All in all, not a bad beer. But not a good beer either.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Soonami
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap in a pint class at Standard Tap, Phila, last night.

I wanted a lighter beer to quench my thirst last night after a long day of traveling and this beer disappointed. I expected a beer similar to Prima Pils with less herby hoppiness and more body and malt. Instead, I got a piss-yellow, lager with little hop flavor, not much malt or body, and no head. The beer with thin and tasted like nothing I was expecting. Granted this is a step up from Yuengling Lager and the like, but it's not what I would expect from a Victory lager. Maybe this is what the style is supposed to be like, but I did not like it one bit. I was very disappointed and left wishing I had ordered the Stoudt's APA that my dinner companion had, in place of what I had gotten.

Soonami, Jun 28, 2009
Victory Lager from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.