Victory Helles Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager
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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #214
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,791
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
914
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager
Notes: Formerly Victory Lager
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania, Mar 18, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Oct 26, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ThievingDrunkard
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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ThievingDrunkard from Pennsylvania, Dec 13, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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fscottkey from New York, Aug 02, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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CNoj012 from New York, May 31, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2017
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2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Victory Helles from the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with no head and no lace. The scent was blah...not much to report. The taste was fairly well balanced and easy to drink. There was a touch of bread and hop. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok....middle of the road...that's why is got straight 3s

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Photo of emerge077
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD: Nov 10 2016. Poured two bottles into a large half liter mug.
Frothy head of foam initially that fades after the first couple sips. Random spotty lacing around the edges, patchy surface skim. Active trails of rising carbonation. Bright clarity, tiny amount of suspended micro sediment.

Aroma is mild, bready soggy cereal grains, light lager yeast presence.

Taste is clean and malty, basic malt profile, light apple esters from the yeast. Hint of light malt sweetness.
Light bodied, somewhat crisp, little to no bitterness. Pretty clean and quaffable on a hot day.
Simple and unfettered, fairly utilitarian. Not reinventing the wheel, it's more of a traditional pre-prohibition throwback.
Worth a try, simplicity is underrated. That said, Victory definitely makes more interesting lagers than this one.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Sep 01, 2016
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2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**
02/09/2013
Slight fruit. Hops. Light Yellow. Looks more like a pilsner. Strong Carbonation.Grapefruit and hops.Excellent carbonation and very lively.Was Expecting a bit more Oomph. A very lively beer, but not much going on in terms of flavor and ultimately that is the most important thing.

Wins the side by side comparison with Fordham Helles Lager, Victory Lager and Yuengling Lager.
**

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Jul 31, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/17...clear, light, see through, golden head. Low foam, virtually gone. Chalky malt straw nose. Clean taste, citrus crisp lemon pokes through and vanishes. Water filled finish. Fast flavor and gone. Feels authentic. Simple and refreshing.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Jul 30, 2016
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2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Three finger white head over a light straw colored body. Inviting spicy scented nose which increases the disappointment in the watery taste. Great looking beer without structure.

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TSuthard from New Jersey, May 28, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a bright golden yellow, completely transparent...very small white head. Smell is faint, but what is there is grass, lemon, and honey. Taste is very mellow and pleasant. I got more honey, and lots of fruits (melon, white grape, peach, etc), with some gentle spiciness. Feel is thin with moderate carbonation, but deliciously smooth and a gulper for sure. Kind of has the overall profile of a pilsner, but with a less "prickly" bite to it. Overall it's a mild, easy to drink beer that's just downright pleasant. It's not a complex beer filled with nuances, but damn if it isn't tasty. This beer would be right at home at a summer BBQ.

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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania, Feb 17, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-12-18 and on 2017-07-31 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Clear, straw-gold with a 1-finger white head and little lace

S - Bread, honey, grass and floral

T - Bread, touch of lemon, white grape, honey, grass, light flowery spice. Mild bitterness as expected.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth.

O - A very nice Helles. Very approachable for those coming from a macro beer perspective but still quite flavorful.

Note: On 2017-07-31, I had this side-by-side with a Surly Hell, which is more bitter and doesn't have the white grape flavor. The Surly has the bitterness of a Pils, while this Victory is milder and more malt/fruit based.

Note: On 2018-04-27 I had this side-by-side with a Sixpoint Alpenflo and a Von Trapp Helles. The Sixpoint and Von Trapp have a similar aroma, leaning a bit more to the sourdough side than the Victory, which smells a bit sweeter than either. This sweetness comes through in the flavor, with an emphasis on white grape. The Sixpoint has a more complex, grainy base; less sweetness and greater carbonation. The Von Trapp sits somewhere in-between; leaning more towards the Victory in terms of sweetness but at the same time, a little more bitter than the Victory.

Of the three, the Victory has more of the white grape flavor, which I like in a Helles. From memory, it is similar in white grape sweetness to Weihenstephaner Helles. Having done a number of Helles side-by-side comparisons in the last month, I am raising my ratings for this beer. Formerly the scores were 4.25, 4, 4, 4, 4. You can see above how this has changed.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Dec 18, 2015
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4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pale gold, good clarity. Pours a nice white head, tight and long lasting.

Incredibly clean nose. Slight hint of malt, but I might be a bit congested from allergies.

Total lawnmower beer. Gently flavored with a hit of malt, a slight fruitiness, and then a nice balance of bitterness from the hops. Everything quite subdued. Nicer drinker for a hot day. Meets the style as not being hop driven like a pilsner.

Fairly light body, quite heavily carbonated. Carbonation makes it feel a bit more "macro", but also dries out the finish some to encourage the next sip.

Got this one as a freebie as part of a homebrew prize donated by Victory (thanks!), and definitely a nice choice for a hot day.

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mpyle from Maryland, Sep 13, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, August 2015. Served cold in a Duvel Tulip.

Look: Hazy lemon yellow, thin white head that disappearscompletely, no lacing.
Smell: faint noble hoppiness, pleasant. Mild fruity yeastiness.
Taste: Mild, slight hint of sourness and gentle spicy hop.
Feel: crisp, good.
Overall: underpowered but easy drinking.

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fx20736 from New York, Sep 04, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and a little hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean.

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3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold under an initially solid fluffy white head that drops to a patchy surface covering. Sweet grainy aroma with a little hoppy spice. Flavor is biscuity and sweet - not much from the hops other than some bitterness. Pretty light and crisp. Not bad.

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wedge from North Carolina, Aug 02, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: July 10, 2015... Glassware: 22 oz. pilsner... Occasion: craftbrew showdown--Susquehanna Goldencold vs. Victory Helles... Appearance: pale yellow body that suppresses clusters of bubbles at the glass’s base; large, sporadic burps float upward; excellent head retention of a spongy, full white head; head simmers to solar flares and thick, bubbly hedgerows.... Aroma: a flowery, medium-hopped impression arrives immediately; the stress on German hops and malts is not lost in the product, as a pleasant, welcoming allure of herbs greets the usual cereal and hay of the lager.... Palate: immediate impact on the throat, though the aftertaste is fleeting; soft on the mouth, with a light, apologetic drinkability--definitely intended for swift sipping in sixes; little weight or fizz, but adequately carbonated; not surprisingly, little bitterness to the finish... Taste: again, a floral softness pillows the tongue and exerts a ticklish presence upon the teeth; a release of perfumed lilacs and other botanicals occurs with each sip; a bit sweeter than sour, which is to be expected; smooth and sippable, but begging to be slammed... Overall: I am rating this under the assumption that this was the V Lager I had decades ago, now under a new name but still profiling as the German standout that it was (is)---a treat to revisit old friends, and this beer certainly takes me back to the early years of my beer passion, with its drinkability and gateway familiarity to the less nuanced, more mainstream lagers; Victory has always had my bias, but this is the reason we drink--to enjoy without serious analysis; this beer needs little metrics or measure; just a solid approximation of the style...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Jul 11, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this. A standard craft lager made well. BB date of Aug 11,2015 so not super fresh.
A. Very light gold color
S. Not much here
T. Biscuity with malty lead notes. Crisp finish, and grassy tones
O. A very well made lager, will buy again if convenient but won't go out of my way to purchase

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Davidstan from Alabama, Jun 28, 2015
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

from a single into a stange

clear gold with a puffy 2 finger white head, nice nose of pale malt, corn, grain, a little hay, the taste is fine but a little too sweet on the end for me, and it lingers without any kind of crispness.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Jun 16, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of light lemon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A good amount of dryness present as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice Helles style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jun 14, 2015
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2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours clear yellow-gold with no head. Aroma is dominated by the lager yeast giving off tons of hay, with a touch of bread an lots of water. Flavor is much the same. Thin mouthfeel. Overall, this one was done in by the low abv. Watered down and lacking in all departments.

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denver10 from New Mexico, Jun 04, 2015
Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 914 ratings