Victory Helles Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
869
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
20.78%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
126
For Trade:
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Photo of bierman2000
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty lager that is quite thirst quenching and low in ABV so this lends it to being highly drinkable. Light amber in color and very full bodied for a lager it is another excellent beer from Victory, with a hoppy finish and floral bouquet. Smooth mouthfeel and taste make this a great year round beer. Better on tap.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light yellow beer. The head is about a half a finger but falls very very quickly. The aroma is mostly like corn, and I'm sorry to say that the flavor is mostly the same. It is light and fresh and except for a touch of diacetyl, it's kinda refreshing. A bit thinnish on the mouthfeel but appropriate enough for the style.
There is an easiness to drinking this that I cannot quite put my finger on, just wish something stood out a little more.

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Photo of kegerator
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first beer from Victory that I was not overly impressed by.
very simple beer but to be honest I would probably go and buy a 12 of Yuengling instead.
Pours a straw yellow with a decent 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. Smell was all malt as the name suggests with no hop notes detected. taste seemed one sided, mostly malt with a hint of bread in the back, the mouthfeel was good, crisp and clean with a slight tingle but a little thin, not watery but thin. Not a bad beer just nothing special

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint.

A: Pale, clear straw. Little head. No retention. No lacing. Looks weak

S: Little...Yeasty, grainy...Yada yada.

T: Weak, not bad but not good. Mild grainy taste with subtle malt taste.

M: Thin, okay carbonation, but somewhat watery. Light, crisp and clean.

D: Not a bad beer, just nothing special. Easy to pound, better than many macro lagers.

This offering was somwhat of a let down. I am beginning to like the style, but this seems like a weak representation. Penn Gold is a better choice for a Helles Lager.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the lightest beers I've drank in a while and the lightest out of this Victory sampler pack. This beer poured a bright straw yellow with a nice finger and a half head and maintained good carbonation until the end. The head dissapeared quickly though and there was very little to no lacing. The smell was typical lager with just a little more hop than usual. Taste is of mild malts and very fresh tasting or maybe I should say just plain clean and organic tasting. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This beer is my least favorite that I have tried from Victory, but then again that's just my preference. Saying that it is still quite easy to drink and very true to the style.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale straw-yellow with a bone-white head that starts at about a finger and a half and eventually deflates to a bubbly cap. There's literally one streak of lace down the glass. Not really impressive, but I didn't really expect much.

S: The aroma is definitely stronger than that of the macro lagers. Nose is slightly sweet, cereal-like grains with just a touch of spicy hops. The scent here is plain but definitely not offensive. I can appreciate this.

T: Slightly sweet bready malts. Slightly oat-like at times. A nice bit of spicy hop flavor towards the middle. Finishes relatively clean with just an ever so slight touch of hop bitterness. Light, yet flavorful.

M: A wonderful medium body. That might sound strange, but my least favorite part of most lagers is the thin, soda-like bodies. Victory Lager boasts a nice, comfortable body that lets you know that you're drinking a beer. A surprising touch of creaminess. This one goes down unlike any other lager I've had in the past.

O: Admittedly, lagers are NOT my favorite style. In fact, they're one of my least favorite styles, BUT I can appreciate when someone hits the nail on the head and brews a good one; that's exactly what Victory has done here. There's nothing over the top here. There's no flavors that'd scare away a BMC drinker. This is a just a pure, clean, highly enjoyable lager. I look forward to bringing this with me to BBQs during the summer months.

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Photo of Wonka
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

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taking a step back to the lighter side of beer I picked this one up in a mixed sixer.

This lager pours into my glass a brilliantly clear yellow gold with a thick foamy white head.

The smell is a mellow fresh beer aroma.

The taste of this beer is very smooth and medium bodied with a light but well rounded malt flavor. This is a very well made lighter lager without the watered down character of typical American offerings.

Whenever you are in the mood simple but high quality beer this is it.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App.:small streams of bubbles coming from the bottom. Light, almost lemon yellow color. Very little head.

Smell: I couldn't really detect much of a smell.

Taste: Fruity and slightly bitter taste. Bread and butter taste reminds me of a Bass. Nice malting. Enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation about the mouth. Goes down quite easy.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
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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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People have described this as having a very grainy taste, and I'd have to agree. It tastes like corn. Since I'm an American, I guess I don't know what a real lager is supposed to taste like. I didn't like it at first but it grew on me. If you can imagine a combination of strong corn and hay flavors, mixed with a traditional lager, you get Victory Lager. It's actually a lot tastier than I just described it.

I think the bottle that I tried was bad, so it's hard to give an objective review of this beer. Even if it were ok, I think I would have gone for Yuengling if I was in a mood for a lager.

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Photo of pheurton
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

new Helle's style: crystal clear golden with a frothy white head, which settles to a decent collar and does a good job of leaving trails of lace down the glass. lightly toasted sweet malt on the nose with a crisp light aroma of european hops. very clean on the palatte with a light sweetness balanced harmoniously with an assertive yet soft german hop bite. thirst quenching and refreshing, the flavor is there but never in your face. YAWN.

sadly, the new helles style can't hold a candle to the older dortmunder style lager they used to make, which was much bigger in body and flavor. i guess this is meant for more mass appeal, but i wish the old lager wasn't sacraficed for this one.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow from the bottle with a small lasting head. Smells of sweet malt and grain with a light touch of hops. Taste is rather wonderful light refreshing reminds me of the old days and beer I drank when I was young. It feels great in your mouth smooth and light and a light sweetness! It is Very Refreshing. This is the kind of Beer you can sit down and just drink one after another and just plain enjoy! This is a beer I will drink as long as it is made and I do not mind paying more for as it is truely flavorfull!
Beer Its Not Just A Beverage It s Food!

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden hued beer with a good head of white foam that left just a bit of lace.
Smell was full of toasted malt and nice floral hop aromas. Kind of an earthiness there too.
Sweet malt flavor with a perfect hop balance, some toasted malt character blends into the crisp light hop finish.
Damned tasty beer with a great drinkability, I'm not usually big on lagers, but this one hit the nail on the head. I would drink a lot more of these if I could get them, thanks to NeroFiddled for a sample of a great lager!

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw color, with a nice white head. Little lacing, and head could have lingered longer. Similar to the Prima Pils in appearance.

Smell: Slight herbal, noble hop presence with a light malt background.

Taste: Definitely prevalent noble hop flavor (though not as prevalent as prima pils). Malt character could be stronger, and could be sweeter.

Mouthfeel: A bit light on body, too dry for what I wanted from this brew.

Drinkability: Easy drink, not consistent with the excellence of Victory, but I'd definitely have it again, if it was the best alternative around.

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Photo of Kallessin
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow straw color, very clear with a lot of bubbles rising to the surface. Very white foamy head that settles to a thin film within a minute or so.

Has a very subtle sweet malt aroma with some grain and a fair amount of spicy herbal hops in the forefront.

The flavor is very much like the aroma - sweet subtle malt, light bread and cereal grains. There's a mild spicy/herbal hop flavor.

It's light bodied with prickly carbonation. Very clean, crisp with a light dryness.

This is a light, easy drinking beer - really simple and subtle flavors, but satisfying. It would be perfect for a backyard BBQ on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of appenzeller
1.85/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Me: pilsner nut. I love and treasure pilsners in the old Czech and Bavarian styles.

I tried Prima Pils given all its good reviews (see my earlier review), found it to be mighty tasty but definitely way off for the true style. In particular, it lacked the smoothness and technical quality of a true pilsner. So, I thought I'd see if Victory found it in their lager.

Nope. This is a skunky, overpale lager. No subtle hops profile, just skank. Malts are nonexistent but what there is . . . skank. I'm willing to write off this review as an old beer, but then . . . why is it that I can still get a really nice Spaten, Urquell, or Czechvar here in the states--granted not totally fresh but not this skank?

I think if we're going to tank imports for lack of freshness (as reviewers here do), then surely we need to do that with the domestics--which have less of an excuse.

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Photo of jtfest
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly transparent pale straw-yellow, with a small white head that disappears quickly, but continues to leave a gentle lacing. The aroma was fresh and malty (duh). Initially it hit me like most pale lagers do -- kinda' nothin', "fuzzy" carbonation, and very easy drinking -- but the fullness of the malt improves in the aftertaste -- making for a brew that is as easy drinking as any good session brew, but far more satisfying after it goes down. The mouthfeel leaves the palate nicely coated, and the lingering flavor is sweet malt with a bit of spiciness that reminded me of a subtle clove-like flavor. Pale lagers generally don't float my boat, but I wouldn't mind going sailing with this one.

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pale golden color, not unlike a macro, slightly more lively looking. Minor carbonation action, very thin head.

Smell – Sweet malts, hard to get too much more. Grains?

Taste – Mild malt flavors. A bit sweet but in a nice way, not sticky. Tastes like a full flavor (euro) macro. Crisp.

Mouthfeel – Light body. Pleasant mouthfeel. Nothing lingers, clean finish.

Drinkability/notes – Probably a nice summer or all night session beer. Maybe a good cross over brew as has been noted, but maybe not enough going on to make converts.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale golden color with a lilting head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation is right on with this old standby. The smell is malty with a super slight "skunky" scent. The taste is great -- clean, clear but just bold enough to take this a few steps beyond the macro's. The mouthfeel is crisp but doesn't last too long. The drinkability is second to none --- some think this is a little bland but I think it's a perfect representation of a standard, simple, great tasting lager. This is Bud on steriods. I think you could server this to any macro drinker and they'd be pleasantly surprised. This will probably become one of my standard beers.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. Nothing special here. Very middle of the road for a lager. I guess you could say this is what a lager should taste like, but there's nothing distinguishable about it. Pours a light golden with good foam. It's very drinkable, yes, but because there's not too much to it. If I'm looking for a quick drink, I'd choose this over a Sprite, but that's about it.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color, with a nice white head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lace. A thin head is retained throughout. Nice floral scent, with hints of hay or grass. A crisp, clean taste, with a fuller mouthfeel than one might anticipate from this beer's appearance. Pretty drinkable, but if you're having many different beers in a drinking session, try this one first...it's pretty complex, but can cleanse the palate pretty well, paving the way for others. Victory continues to impress me with their range of great brews.

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Photo of Popkas
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow with little to no head or lacing.

S: Not a lot going on, but there is a hint of bread/grain.

T: Pretty simple bready/grainy taste to hit. Very little bit of hops comes through.

D: Certainly drinkable on summer day or possibly as a session if you were into it.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/22/2010

A - Very light, straw gold. Light carbonation is visible giving the beer a thin, bright white head. Great clarity. Basically what I'd expect for the style. Unfortunately, in the end it doesn't leave much of a head and doesn't lace in the least.

S - Light grain and bread notes. Flower and lemon notes from the hops. Very clean and seems pretty spot on.

T - Just as good as the smell led me to believe. Victory really hits the mark with its lagers. Follows the nose really well, and it honestly does remind me of Prima Pils a lot. It's more bready, less grainy, and the flavor is a lot more rounded(Prima Pils being sharper in comparison). It has a really nice bitterness and a great flowery, lemony hop profile.

MF - Very nicely carbonated, and there's enough body to make it known but not so much as to make me think I'm drinking say, a bock.

D - It's a very clean, full-flavored helles lager. That alone makes it more drinkable that most other beers. It's very fresh tasting and very good. It's awesome to have such good examples of German styles made a few hours away.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Lager pours golden straw-yellow and presents a soft foamy head with little lacing. Slightly sweet, but refreshing. There are notes of controlled malt flavors.

For the novice: If you want an everyday beer that has universal appeal, this is it - PA folks, keep it local!

Personally: A good ol' beer for anytime and most any occasion.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
82 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.
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