Victory Helles Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager
BA SCORE
42.7%
Liked This Beer
3.58 w/ 895 ratings
Victory Helles LagerVictory Helles Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Victory Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,684
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
895
Liked:
382
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
13.41%
Alströms:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
143
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 895 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of CNoj012
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of OttmarJobs
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vetbidder
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TominGermany
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Urk1127
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jlabs
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anteater
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 cambabeer
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bankboy66
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great smell and feel. Starts like a lager but finishes like a Pilsner with a watery malty back end. Completely inoffensive and would drink again.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of JamesLeung
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wingnut93
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fenix2009
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Dogleg
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 42.7% out of 100 with 895 ratings
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