Victory Helles Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #241
Ranked #27,217
3.59 | pDev: 13.37%
Mar 12, 2022
Oct 17, 2001
Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager
Notes: Formerly Victory Lager
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Two brown twelve ounce bottles emptied into a clear glass liter mug show a brew with a dull golden amber color. There's not much head despite a decanting of near room temperature beer. It's moderately translucent, but there is a mild cloudiness. Malty up front for the nose, there's also some yeastiness as a secondary trait. The aroma pretty much follows through to the taste. It's malty more in an earthy way than in a sweet way, such as a Scottish Ale. There's also a little funkiness to it, like with many European lagers. The body is more than acceptable, for a lager. Fuller flavored than many in the lager family, but unfortunately it's a style that just doesn't get the highest ratings. But, for what it is, it's well done.
Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by walt5 from Delaware

Mar 10, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by DFred from California

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

May 02, 2019
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Reviewed by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Clear amber color with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.
Smell: A light, herbal, grassy hop aroma. Sour green apple.
Taste: Sour green apple, green grapes, and a hint of spicy herbal bitterness. Sweet, bready malt on the finish.
Feel: Light-bodied with a carbonated mouthfeel.
Overall: A mild, very drinkable beer. Flavors and aroma are balanced and subdued. A nice hint of sourness &/or carbonation to keep things interesting.
Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 3.55 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jan 11, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Vylo from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 3 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, pale golden color. Thin head that faded to practically nothing almost instantly. Left not much lacing. Looks like nothing more than Bud Light.

S---Hoppy. Some earthiness, like grass. A bit floral. A little bit of bready yeastiness.

T---Grass/straw is up front. A light honey spice to it. Excellent balance between hops and malts.

F---Light & quenching. Just a touch of astringency.

O---This is one to have after mowing the lawn on a hot day. Would definitely like to have another (or 2).
Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12oz bottle into speiglau IPA glass.

Look is golden yellow with a white thick head.

Aroma is american lager malty delicious.

Taste is typical American lager sweet with a light tang.

Pretty good drinkable beer.
Oct 18, 2018
Rated: 3.55 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 3.22 by arrowsmith_ from Pennsylvania

Jun 19, 2018
Rated: 3.18 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Budlum from Maryland

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by ThievingDrunkard from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great afternoon drink. Had it at Victory’s Beer Garden at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Go visit when the weather is nice and have this if on tap.
Dec 13, 2017
Rated: 5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 3.42 by bluehende from Delaware

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by skorze from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2017
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Reviewed by fscottkey from New York

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) and there is a best by date (07/10/2017). I guess this one was in the back of the fridge for a bit. The beer is a transparent golden color and has a 1/2 a finger of white head that recedes quickly

S: [3.75] Corn, spicy hops, floral hops, grape skin.

T: [4.00] Spicy hops, lemon grass, light grape skin.

M: [3.50] As expected for the style and ABV. Decent body with a bit of prickly carbonation.

O: [3.75] I like this style a lot and when a brewer nails one it is great. This is a really tasty beer. I would session several of these happily.
Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.15 by Can_has_beer from Texas

Jul 24, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by denace_mennis from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Jun 13, 2017
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Clear gold with a small foamy white head. Medium-poor retention, and some sheets of lacing.

S: Honey, sweet cracked cereal grains, golden bread crust, and a kiss of floral hops.

T: Bright and bready upfront, lightly toasty and grainy with rich honey flavors. Smooth and well-balanced, with a light touch of herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Finishes crisp and clean.

F: Light-ish feel--but not watery--with a prickly medium-plus carbonation.

O: A solid interpretation of the Helles style. I would recommend it.
Jun 09, 2017
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Reviewed by CNoj012 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a token spot or two of lacing on the glass.

Smell is bland and pretty one dimensional. I'm getting a lot of straw along with a bit of toasted bread and crackers.

Taste is similar with a bit of citrus and fruity esters from the yeast.

Feel is light, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall this beer is pretty decent and ticks most of the boxes for the style, but it is fairly bland. I've been drinking a lot of Southern Tier Why the Helles Not (the artist formerly known as Where the Helles Summer) lately and it blows this beer out of the water.
May 31, 2017
Rated: 2.91 by OttmarJobs from Germany

Apr 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Golden straw colored. See through with a small white head. Beery scent, slight citrus. Very similar to other Helles I've had with a yeast flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Decent carbonation and a crisp finish.
Apr 07, 2017
Rated: 4 by smanders from Virginia

Mar 19, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Mar 19, 2017
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Reviewed by TominGermany from Germany

2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bought a six pack and was unimpressed. Poured with little head which quickly dissipated. Color was very pale and the taste was pretty bland. I have five more to drink but won't be buying anymore.
Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 2.4 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by Jlabs from New York

Jan 11, 2017
Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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