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Victory Dark Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2001

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 85
Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better (778 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA) on 2/15/11 during their 15 Year Anniversary Celebration. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear copper, with finger of frothy egg-shell white head. This retains with a fairly rich ½ finger that leaves some thick patches of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh and floral up front, with notes of light roast, caramel, and fresh citrus character quickly following. Nice crispness here in the nostrils.

Those hops are fresh and biting in the taste but aren't overly aggressive, being backed by a fruity and malty mix of caramel, toast, and ripe citric character. This finishes moderately dry with some lingering roast. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a firm and crisp carbonation that is overall quite refreshing feeling in the mouth.

I'm glad to see this one back, as you don't get to see it around quite as much as you used to. This just has a firm and well balanced mix of hops, sweetness, and roast that stayed well flavored, crisp, and easy drinking the whole way through the glass. At 5%, you could enjoy a couple of these and it pretty much pairs up nicely with anything. (1,152 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The All Malt Dark Lager is Victory's late winter/early spring seasonal, released in January. It pours a clear, deep mahogany with a reddish cast and ruby highlights. The short but creamy tan head drops readily but keeps a creamy collar and leaves some spotty lace. The nose expresses fresh toasty malts with some mild spicy hops deep in the background. The body is light/medium with a fine carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor is delicately balanced between a supple, gently toasty malt and an underlying bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with a touch of residual toasted maltiness. Very nicely done! This one is all about balance and drinkability. It has enough character to keep it interesting, but also 'just enough' so that it remains highly drinkable. Well worth trying. (798 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Standard, easy drinking option. Tarnished copper brown color with a finger or so of tan head. Aroma of grains and malts, essentially nothing else, as promised by the "All Malt" label. Simple taste, malts, roasted malts, and more malts, followed by a mild herbal hoppiness. Bit of an astringent aftertaste. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable. (384 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Victory's all malt lager, so I ran into the dunkel had to pick it up. With a lot of Victory's brews being a little over the top, it's really a treat to be dealt a beer that has the main goal of being really drinkable. Appears a deep brown amber with a thin tan head that forms to the edge of the glass to leave a trickled lace around as the I empty it. The hops make up the backbone of the aroma with the darker roasts and maybe some caramel malted barley complementing the mellow floral hoppiness bringing the is beer to equilibrium in the aromatics. Flavor is crisp mellowed sweetness with a great balance of hop bitterness and rough darker roasts bring about a creamy mouthfeel to form a medium to light bodied amazingly drinkable beer. Well made and fine tuned to bring about the balance of everything going on in this great present from Victory. (857 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, metallic scent. There seems to be some roasted and crystal malts here, but the lager yeast dominates the smell. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt flavor. It is sweet and a bit toasted, with a nice hop balance in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent dark lager, but nothing special. I expected something better from Victory. (553 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I"m not a lager guy, but this was pretty good. Good dark brown/amber color with small head. It's not in your face yet is solid presentation.
Bread and sweet malt come through in the nose. It seems very robust but the taste calms down. Grainy taste, malt, but not the kind that tastes bad. This is "fresher" than most lagers I've had. No old sock taste to it. Semi-sweet, a fairly good finish. I'd have it again, but would prefer a PA or something with some bite. (462 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Dark Lager, ontap @ Victory Brewing

Pours a rich dark brown, light khaki colored head forms and not a whole lot of lace. Smells like an imported German lager, Tettnang hops appear brightly along with some doughy notions. In the taste, similar hop flavor, light and tealike, a bit herbal. Dark roasted malt and lager yeast add alot to this beer, giving it that distinct "euro" feel. Light roast, good hop profile, easy drinking medium bodied feel. Whats not to like in this one, a great standby beer. (508 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nonic served at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA.

A: The lager is a caramel brown color with a tan head that measured over a finger in size.

S: The aroma is grainy with lots of caramel. Not much hopwise.

T: The lager is am enjoyable drink, with lots of darker malts dominating the taste. The dark malts are bready with a strong caramel flavor. The sweetness lingers throughout, pairing against fresh hop bitterness during the first and last part of a sip.

M: The mild malt body is refreshing and light, an easy drink.

D: At 5%, the lager is a great sipper. Too bad that Victory has so many good choices on tap. (615 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some red highlightls, minimal head and lacing. Scent is mild, some hints of roasted nuts and pumpernickle bread. Taste brings a more assertive, yet mild taste of fresh bread, lightly roasted nuts and hints of spice and herbs. Lighter side of medium body, very light and watery finnish. A nice, highly drinkable and flavorful beer. (356 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red pour with slightly brown head that dissipates with little lacing. Smell is nutty and toasty with dark malt scents, maybe a small scent of corn is in there as well. Taste is similarly malty as the name would imply, and lots of roasty malts. Mouthfeel is maybe a little thin but there's a nice malty finish that's certainly pleasant. Not the best lager I've ever had and not the best Victory I've ever had, but it's quite drinkable and tasty nonetheless. Certainly worth a try. (484 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavor is very malty, including some roasted malts. Pretty decent beer, not too much going on here, but it serves its purpose well.
6/4/6/4/13 (3.3/5) (254 characters)

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

purcheased at the brewery for $17 a case (great price) . Poured a moderate copper color with modest white head. Smell is of caramel, molasses malt. Taste follows through with a toasted malt flavor. Slight bitterness at the finish. A great drinking beer. I'm not much of a fan of lagers, but this is a verry good one. (316 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a clear amber/caramel brown color, with a little off-white head on it. There is a somewhat sweet, but not too strong caramel aroma to the beer. Some floral notes also. The taste is mainly mildly sweet caramel malt. This is very smooth going down. A very nice session beer. (302 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Bright copper colored beer with a thin white wispy lace.

Clean aroma, a bit herbal with soft caramel notes and grainy edges.

Flavor has some lightly toasted characters, some biscuit, and a soft roasted edge. Touch of lager sourness, with a flowery water taste in the trail. Body is a bit thin with a crisp carbonation and following twang of hop bitterness that's a bit sharp on the palate with herbal lingers. Underlying matly sweetness pulls everything together, with a raw sugar taste and an emerging sweet tea flavor as it melds with herbal hop flavors. Notes of metallic. Drying finish with a residual toasty sweetness and light herbal character.

An easy drinking, approachable and flavorful lager. (730 characters)

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

Dark russet clear pour with a settled tan frothy wafer thin coating and scattered bubbles rising.

Sweet caramel and Karo syrup scents with a touch of vanilla grain malt in the bouquet.

First swigs: Sugary and breakfast cereal Wheatina Oatmeal flavors. Some Maple syrup honey and a twinge of root beer-esque hints and rye.

Gently carbonated. Clean and sweet. With a 5% ABV and a passive overall demeanor, this is quite drinkable.

Last swigs: Pastry and maple malts lager-esque. Erily similar to Penn.
5.00% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (557 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long Saturday of drinking big kick me in the ass monster beers. This was my last beer of the day. I sat down and ate a burger and enjoyed a beer simply built for easy drinking.

Appearance: Served and amber brown color with a tan head and clear body.

Smell: Toasted caramel malts and light scents of fresh grain waft through my nose.

Taste: A light body and overall an easy drinking beer. A touch of sweetness at the tip of the tongue is followed by a grain and malt attribute and finishes with a light but notable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It is light crisp and clean as a lager should be.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is no doubt it's drinkability. Very sessionable and a beer I would say may likely work well as a transition beer. It is very approachable and inoffensive.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (838 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice medium brown with an ok head. It's not really much to look at, but it does have some redeeming qualities in the flavor, such as a slight nuttiness and a light sweetness. Has a bit of hop kick as well that keeps it interesting to drink. (255 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber clear pour with tight bubbles, lightly floating in a thin pattern. points increasing for kick ass cool label. smells slightly malty but mostly of thickly sweet burnt sugar. taste packs on a hint of hop bitterness over the intense malt background like a dry hopped colt 45. finishes clean with a slight lager sourness. a wee bit heavy to be enjoyed repeatedly but a decent brew. wouldn't seek it out again. (411 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served up fairly transparent reddish brown with a slightly tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma of this beer had a lot of toffee notes in and, as well as being slightly toasty with just a tinge of herbal hop character. The taste presented itself as clean, malty and smooth with most of the character coming from the malts. Toffee, caramel, light toastyness and smooth sweetness. Very little hop flavor, but a fair amount of bitterness to help balance out the malts. It had a medium body that was slightly chewy, and it left a bit more stickiness in my mouth than I would have liked. Pretty drinkable, but I think the stickiness would wear on me eventually. Well executed, as are most Victory beers, but just a bit lacking. (729 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark caramel color, topped by a medium tan head. Strong caramel aromas backed by a touch of noble-type hops on the aroma. The taste is very high on biscuity, roasted malt with a nice caramel note as well. A touch of bitterness on the finish leads to a long, slightly sweet aftertaste of roasted malt. The mouthfeel is great, with fine carbonation supporting the smooth malt body. Drinkability is also very good, as this would be a good session beer that you would not likely grow tired of very quickly. A very nice beer from Victory. (547 characters)

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

Pretty well balanced brew. Nothing spectacular, and there isn't one great characteristic that stands out, but this is a very drinkable brew. Has a ruby colored body with a very short head, very malty aroma. A mild bitterness balanced with the strong malty flavors keeps it well balanced. Flavors of dark chocolate and caramel find their way in as well. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. A nice, easy drinker. (401 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with little head. I really like the color.
Smells of rich malts and noble hops. Sweet smells of grapes are also present.
Taste is of biscuit malts and bits of grapes. There is a maltiness present in this beer that is noticable in the aftertaste. Very sweet characteristics up front with a smooth body that blends well. There is also a sour note present. Medium carbonation. The noble German hops and malts work well. Very drinkable beer. (465 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruby with mahogany hints, this lager had a thin head and thin, spotty lacing. Smells of a fruity syrup and small herbal hop splash. Tastes of a small dark-ish fruitiness light wrapped in mocha. Body is mainly maple syrup and nutty roasted malts plus minty dry hops combining to head on through the finish. A bit too full bodied of a mouthfeel and thus a bit filling in the belly.

Too syrupy sweet and then too dry. I sadly did not finish the growler, but I'll use the rest for cooking a demi-glace. Never thought I'd feel this way about a Victory beer - if you can't say anything nice, don't say much at all, so I'll end it now. (637 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color. Slight nut/malt nose. Rich sweet malt notes in the taste but there it ends. Rich white head. It is quite rich and sweet for a lager beer but, it seems something is missing in there to round out this sweetness. It is good.. but for Victory "good" is an under-achievement. I guess the world is tough when you make such darn good products. The Dark Lager is a solid beer but nothing puts it "over the top". (421 characters)

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Victory Dark Lager from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.