Victory Helles Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Lager - Helles
Ranked #229
Ranked #27,451
3.59 | pDev: 13.37%
Mar 12, 2022
Oct 17, 2001
Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager
Notes: Formerly Victory Lager
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Ratings by JohnniEMc:
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
More User Ratings:
3.77 by acurtis from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2021
3.75 by walt5 from Delaware on Mar 10, 2020
3.9 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jan 30, 2020
3.65 by DFred from California on Jul 06, 2019
3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Jun 20, 2019
3.75 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on May 02, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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
3.76 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2019
3.55 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota on Jan 11, 2019
3.85 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jan 09, 2019
3.25 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Dec 21, 2018
3 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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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3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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
3.55 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania on Jul 11, 2018
3.22 by arrowsmith_ from Pennsylvania on Jun 19, 2018
3.18 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2018
3.78 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Feb 19, 2018
3.5 by Budlum from Maryland on Feb 04, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ThievingDrunkard from Pennsylvania

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
5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2017
3.42 by bluehende from Delaware on Sep 09, 2017
4.25 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania on Sep 02, 2017
3.75 by skorze from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by fscottkey from New York

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
3.15 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Jul 24, 2017
4.35 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jul 01, 2017
3.69 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2017
3.96 by denace_mennis from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2017
3.71 by anthony-s from New Jersey on Jun 13, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

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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3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CNoj012 from New York

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
2.91 by OttmarJobs from Germany on Apr 10, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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
4 by smanders from Virginia on Mar 19, 2017
4.2 by Hoptometrist from Ohio on Mar 19, 2017
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2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TominGermany from Germany

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
2.4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Feb 04, 2017
3.89 by Jlabs from New York on Jan 11, 2017
Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 916 ratings