Victory Helles Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #272
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #45,269
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
914
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  153
SCORE
82
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Notes: Formerly Victory Lager
Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 914 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by fscottkey:
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fscottkey from New York

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.

Aug 02, 2017
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, milky sunshine yellow with a fine yeasty haze. The bone white cap is decent, but isn't up to Victory's usual high standards. The foam is neither creamy nor sticky and doesn't look all that impressive as it deflates. A squeaky clean glass doesn't help.

Back on track. The nose is a wonderful combination of fresh, sweet grain and bright, lightly spicy, fruity hops. It's exceptionally well-balanced. I haven't had that many, but I don't recall a better Munich helles lager nose than this one. If the flavor follows the aroma, I'll be a happy man.

It does. The first thing that hits me is how much flavor is packed into each mouthful. Victory Lager is well-malted with loads of golden, flame-kissed grain that is deliciously, lightly sugary sweet. Thankfully, the flavor is as finely tuned and as balanced as the nose. A generous amount of German hops provides floral, spicy and herbal flavors with very little grassiness.

The beer stays balanced to the very end. I would have liked a longer finish (it's perfectly clean and crisp by the way) since the flavor is so much to my liking. The light mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and does nothing but enhance drinkability. A somewhat vigorous amount of carbonation keeps things lively all way to bottom of the bottle.

Victory Lager is what American macro lagers should taste like. This bottle contains a simple, straightforward, extremely well-crafted beer that is enjoyable solo and should match up well with all manner of foods. Along with Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier, it's my new favorite version of a style that I don't usually pay much attention to. Victory brews good beer!

Nov 30, 2005
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futureman69 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, ok....you guys (and gals) are looking at my ratings and thinking "how could this brew possibly be as good as he claims..?"...well, there are a few things you need to know first:
1) You need to be a Helles Lager fan
2) See item #1...
3) You get the picture. Helles lager is a VERY exclusive beer club; it's definitely NOT for the faint of heart or for the hop-enthuiast. Helles-style lager has its own beer-aesthetic - and not one that can be easily explained - but let's just say I live within 45 minutes of the Victory brewery in wonderful Amish-laden Pennsylvania and I can say with utmost confidence that - straight out of the tap or the bottle - this IS the most delicious example of this variety of beer I have ever had.
Do yourself a favor: try it. If you don't like, set it aside and don't think about it for several months...
Then pick it up again - give it another try. If it still doesn't appeal to you, set it aside. Talk with friends. Play pinball. Shoot skeet...take a walk.
THEN - come back and drink it again. Ok..."Wow!", you'll say...or "huh.." or something.
Ok. At this point, change your life. Go back to school and get that post-graduate degree. Or, maybe, propose to that high-school sweetheart and finally get married and settle down. Something. SOMETHING! Do something with your liffe, Goddam-itt! Then, after you've changed, come back and try Victory Lager again. Perhaps you will have found a place for it in your life - at last. Perhaps not.
Ok, several more decades have past; the family's good, the kids are grown, the wife's got some 'growing pains'...says she wants to try life on her own for a while - out in the Pacific Northwest - without you - so you let her go...you trade in your stocks, sell the homestead, flip over your long-held socio-political ideology and find life anew as an ascetic new-millenium warrior monk. God bless you! Now, go to your local beer retailer and purchase a fresh case of Victory Lager. Chill it. Open it. Sip it. Savor it. Delight in life, because (God knows) your days are numbered and good lager (like this) is a rara avis - a scent of life blown on an ocean breeze.
...try to grasp it for a moment and know life as few others live it...

Victory Lager. Indeed.

Mar 17, 2006
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Enjoy By: Sep. 29, 2011.

Appearance: Transparent, light yellow-hued body with a smallish layering of white suds.

Smell: Judiciously sweet-scented German malts supported by a pinch of finely-ground spice and a twist of lemon.

Taste: Moderately grainy-tasting, faintly bready pils malt with a drop of honeyed sweetness. Spicy, lightly lemony hop profile with ample bitterness to balance V out. Closes out dry with a small tingle of effervescent carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant, likable all-malt lager.

Jun 29, 2011
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TheNightwatchman from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Nov 19, 2011
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Aug 30, 2013
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DASA10 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 07, 2015
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mrovelli from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 15, 2015
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FatBoyGotSwagger from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Oct 23, 2013
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Resuin from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Jan 09, 2014
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mbender92 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 03, 2016
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victory4me from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Nov 15, 2011
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mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Nov 25, 2011
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Jeff22 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Apr 25, 2013
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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.
**

Jul 31, 2016
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Wonka from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz.
Enjoy by Jan 21 05 (3 days late won’t kill me)

Growing up in the world of the Yuengling Lager, I certainly have had my fill of the lager. This isn’t a typical lager in taste but it is in appearance. Color is light gold (maybe 10K) with a light head that doesn’t hold on. 2 row German malts battle German whole flowers with the malt gaining the big victory. In the taste department, there are malts in the biscuit line, slight metal, and more malts with a slight hops tinge. The malts perform a touchdown dance in the aftertaste with some hops on the sidelines. This review is clearly tainted by an Eagles NFC Championship game victory. Unlike the Eagles, its really light at the end. The nose is full of grains. Its like a barn full of hay. There is light yeast and wheat present.

Refreshing, clean, good summer beer

Jan 24, 2005
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short fizzy white foam that quickly dissipated leaving no cap or lacings. Toasted malt, biscuit, and light lemon hop aromas. Medium bodied with assertive, but not fizzy, refreshing carbonation. Toasted malt with biscuit flavors up front with a tangy, citrus lemon hop bite through the middle. Finishes crisp and dry with a biscuit malt aftertaste.

Aug 21, 2012
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jeddis1 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 10, 2012
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 17, 2016
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Noelito76 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 13, 2016
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HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Nov 18, 2011
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SuperBub from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Jul 05, 2012
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Corrado42 from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 11, 2016
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rowew from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle, enjoy by date clearly marked on the label. Long description of the beer, label is a bit different than the one pictured here. Even though we are getting Victory beers in Colorado, I haven't seen this one there yet.

Appearance: Very light yellow color, lots of bubbles and a thin head that fades quickly. Indistinguishable from your average macro in appearance.

Smell: Very grainy - smells a lot like raw grain and a bit of flour. Just a hint of noble hops in the back.

Taste: I drank several of these in the bottle the last few days, and they seemed to have a bit of a metallic twang to them. In the glass this is not presentat at all, and the beer is much better for it. Clean grain flavors and a very subdued hop flavor.

Overall impression: Quality session lager, with just enough floral hop flavor to keep it interesting. Clean grain flavors - another nice offering from Victory.

Mar 16, 2007
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krenshaw from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very light in color, I'm typically more favorable to darker beers.. with our default kegorator setup it was a little foamier than usual, three fingers rather than two, though that was only the first beer of each day.. overall a visibly refreshing brew..

S - not a strong smell, but refreshing, smells kindof like a Miller Lite

T - very smooth, not too strong.. not a light beer but tastes like one.. great for summer time..

very drinkable brew, like i said above.. does not fill you up and not too strong of an alcohol feeling..

for a lighter looking beer, this was not all too bad.. very drinkable would indicate a great beer to share with friends.. overall i would probably get it again in a bar, but not to fill up my keg at home..

May 14, 2009
Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 914 ratings