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Victory Helles Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
877
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
20.78%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
132
For Trade:
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Photo of rfgetz
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold color with moderate poof of head that leaves quickly with little lacing. Scent is very mild, faint notes of grass, hay and flowers. Taste is clean with the touches of grass, hay, faint sweet malt and light bitterness with no off twang. Lighter side of medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A high quality lager that tops all macro offerings.

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

Bottle from Chevy Chase. I've lost track of how many years its been since I've had this beer. Five? In any case, there's no freshness date on this, so I hope it isn't ancient.

Clear golden yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk rather quickly. The nose is rather excellent. MOderately hoppy with a blend of earth, lemon snappiness, and a touch of soap, this is a pretty enjoyable blend (despite the soap). This complements the malt character, which is a blend of crackers, bread, grain, dough and even a touch of honey. Very nice.

The palate is better. Opening with a firm bitterness, lemony, dusty and snappy (though not quite as nice as in Summer Love) flavors follow. Grainy and doughy for the most part, with a touch of honey, the malt character is quite nice, and nicely complements the hops. Drying, grainy and bitter on the finish with a mild mineral character that actually tastes like it might be a combination of the earthy hops and the carbonic acid. I really like the hop profile of this beer. Light in body without being watery, this beer has a medium-high level of carbonation (appropriately enough) and a drying finish that's mildly hoppy and mildly grainy. Very nice, recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Bright yellow color with a very thin head.

Aroma: Malt sweetness upfront with a tinge of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and malty with some hop bitterness in the middle. Goes down easy. A bit bready. Seems drinkable. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and not too sweet. The hops balance out the sweetness. I'm not much for describing lagers but I like this one.

Drinkability: Decent lawnmower beer. You should drink this instead of PBR. It's smooth, refreshing and inoffensive. I don't normally drink lagers but I would drink this again if I could find it easier.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into pint glass. to style, a pale straw color, with bright white head, which fades fairly quickly. the aroma is of light hops. taste is well balanced with light flavor. clean finish.
higher carbonation, light body.
very easy drinking. refreshing.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Enjoy by 15 Jun 2015 printed on the label. Pours a straw gold with no head, just a soapy, fizzy slick. Copious tiny bubbles are seen effervescing in-solution. Nose expresses cereal grains and a light, grassy quality. Taste follows nose - fairly clean with a faint sour mash skunk towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, simple, refreshing and quite drinkable.

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

Bought a bottle in Western Mass, poured into a pint glass. The beer is crystal clear, light gold colored, with a thin head. The aroma is light and malty, definitely smells like it came out of Munich. The aroma is malty, a little sweet, and maybe a little bread dough. The mouthfeel is light as water, and drinkability is very good. There should be more lagers like this in the U.S., I wish I could find it easily at home.

I've liked most Victory beers I've tried, it's a shame that they only market several (Hopdevil, Storm King, Prima Pils, Hop Wallop) widely in OH. I'd like to see this (along with Moonglow) on OH shelves.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear straw yellow, no carbonation, not much head either.

S-Malt, straw, wheat not much of anything.

T-Very similar to the nose, straw, wheat, semi-sweet. No bitterness.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and watery.

O-A boring, bland, nothing new lager. No reason to have other than the tick.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a pale yellow colored brew with a big white head. The head has a good level of retention but eventually fades to leave very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and caramel smell with some lighter hints of citrus.

Taste – The taste on this one is rather simple and non-complex. It taste begins with some lighter malty and bready flavor. These flavors are soon met by a light caramel sweetness and a light citrus flavor which take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and the carbonation rather average. The light body suited the simplicity of the beer very well. A little more carbonation may have better suited the brew however by making it even more refreshing. With that said however, the mouthfeel overall was still done rather nicely.

Overall – Very easy drinking and a nice session style brew. Good for drinking on long nights with pals.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light straw color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of absurdly crisp light malts with sharp light citrus aromas. Also present are hints of leafy and spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as robust. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright citrus flavors - more lemon rind than anything else. Midway through the sip the citrus influence fades a bit and the flavor profile becomes more bitter with the addition of earthy hops. Very slight hints of breadiness come into play before fading out to allow the hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another very good lager from Victory. Very smooth and I wish I had access to this more regularly. Very well worth a shot.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color with a small, stable, white head. The head leaves bits of clumpy lace. Aroma is yeast, citrus, and malt.
This is a slightly sweet beer, and not nearly as hoppy as I expected from Victory. Still, it's well balanced and very drinkable. The Finish is a little sweeter than I expected and doughy.

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well done helles lager by Victory. Clean, slightly sweet grainy maltiness with hops only lending a bit of a drying finish. Great drinking lager. Lighter bodied. Could stand to add a little to the body Great tailgate beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a clear straw golden color with a lighter white head resting on top. Fades fairly quickly with a few spots of lacing.

Floral hops with a swift bitterness in the nose. Straw and toasted grain malt. Touches of grassiness and lemon peel add a nice crispness.

Light hoppiness up front, grassy with lemon peel. Soft malts with straw and toasted grains. Light steelyness and faint fruit tones. Finishes super crisp and clean.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, tingly and a little dry on the tongue. A solid, drinkable lager once again from Victory.

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Photo of papat444
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before May 1, 2010.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A starkly clear pale yellow body with tiny bubbles and a generous white head. Nice looking.

Smell: Um, smells a little like adjuncts here. I get some lemon & a grassy feel but can't help but feel the aroma is only a notch higher than a BMC.

Taste: A little better with a strong lemon overtone and some cereal or wheat also. Has a distinct aftertaste, like sulfur. Again, i find it tastes a little better than most macros but still, i kind of expected more.

Mouthfeel: Not too great. While it has a good zest and active carbonation that makes it lively, i find it soapy and not too comfortable in the palate.

Drinkability: Surprisingly a bit of a chore to finish this.

Overall: I'll pass next time. I like this brewery and their offerings but this one is not memorable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a gorgeous straw color. The head isn't much, though - not even a finger high (white shade), and retention isn't any better (read: poor). No real lacing is left behind, either. But the body is beautiful enough to make me overlook its crappy head.

S: Honestly, I don't get much. Maybe a hint of bready malts, and a (admittedly decent otherwise) noble hop profile. At least what's there is quite nice - it would be a good aroma if it were stronger. As it warms up, it seems to become a little bolder.

T: There are some nice noble hops right from the start. They're mild, but they work really well. The finish is lightly sweet. To me, this beer is more conducive to drinking than analyzing - it doesn't have much in the way of standout qualities or bold flavors, but by gawd, it just works extremely well.

M: Quite dry and crisp. Well carbonated, too. Maybe a hair overcarbonated, but that's a trifle. This goes down more than easily enough.

O: The aroma may not have been up to snuff, but the actual taste of the beer was. And that's all I really care about. There's nothing like a good lager in the right mood, and this hit that 'right mood' extremely well.

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

Cold from bottle to pint glass, this lager is a clear golden color with steady carbonation, a fair white cover and modest lacing. The aroma suggsts a slightly sour mash idea with a little leafy hop. The flavor brings a pretty watery apple cider malt with a mild hop bite. The taste isn't bad but it's kind of wimpy with carboard hints and maybe a touch of toffee. The constitution of this lager even reminds me at times of watermelon. The hop finish keeps it interesting, otherwise it's forgettable but fairly drinkable. It works.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this down here in TX! 12 oz bottle with a best by date of Nov 28 2011. Pours a fairly clear, light gold color with a decent cap of white head. Retention and lacing are both average.

Nose is saltine crackers and a light, citric-flesh fruit. I thought I would find more graininess and grassy hops, but Victory has beat a different drum once again.

Taste is light and crisp with some biscuit grain and a fair amount of bright hops...both flavoring and bittering. I like this beer quite a bit, not necessarily a classic helles, but damn is it refreshing and tasty. I would have no problem finishing off a sixer of this in a day. Tasty, clean and interesting...just what I want in a nice lager. Excellent beer, I see a repeat purchase in my very near future.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear straw with 1 finger white head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - pretty wimpy lager yeast, malt, citrus

T - Nothing standout, your standard lager, not very bitter with a nice touch of wheat.

M - Light body, high carbonation, effervescent, smooth.

O - Good summer beer, but Victory has so many other better brews I would never get this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, a small sweet to dry maltiness and a very clean taste. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. A very nice lager, yet nothing too exciting.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit and spicy hops. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, wheat, and yeast. Floral and spicy European hops with some grass. A solid light lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely crisp and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and spicy Euro hops. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, cracker, cereal grains, wheat, straw, and yeast. Spicy and floral Euro hop notes along with a light note of grass. A nice bready clean taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A solid take on the Euro light lager style. Good crisp biscuit malt and Euro hop notes.

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

Poured into a flute glass.

3.0 A: Pale orange/yellow in color with a hint of green hues. Somewhat aggressive pour gave a thin bubbly head that fell quickly. No lacing.

3.0 S: Grains and hay. Sour citrus and a hint of spice.

3.5 T: Mainly grainy malts and hay. Little hop character, but what is there balances well. Some spice and a little bit of metalic tang.

3.5 M: Crisp, but smooth with a medium body.

4.0 D: Good overall brew for the style.

Though I admit I am not a big fan of Helles lagers, this one isn't a bad option, but it certainly isn't a Penn Gold either.

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

Appearance - Yellow clear like a pilsner. Carbonated throught drinking yet very little head develops at all.

Smell - Lemony, grassy and strawlike but subtle and nothing really jumping out.

Taste - Very true to the european origniation and not an over-the-top American craftbrew style. Straw and grass flavorings present but like the smell, flavors are subtle and not overpowering making this a great session beer or summertime drinker. Has some similarities to the pils but there is no hoppy bite to it.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery but this is a 4.8 ABV lager so I wouldn't expect it overly rich or buttery.

Overall - this is a very well made, true to Munich style lager. Easy drinker, with pleasant light flavorings. Anyone and everyone can enjoy this brew whether your a BA or not.

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

A very clean, malty, german style lager beer. This lager pours a dark amber colour into my pint glass. The aromas are of malt. The taste is very malty, with the hops hiding in the background, if they are even there...The mouthfeel is full, crisp, and satisfying and the drinkability is very good as well...

A very simple beer from Victory, but one that is very easy to quaff all night long(if need be)

Cheers to Victory for this one!,
F.

PS: the new version is very similar to the old one, but now it tastes more like Miller High Life! Judge that one for yourself!!!

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow color with puny white foam head that quickly reduced to a thin rim and no lace

S: Lively aromas of grain, tangy hops, and yeast

T: Strong husky grain flavor up front, sweet malts, a bit of yeasty doughiness, and subtle but pleasant tangy hops finish that is slightly dry

M: Very smooth with less carbonation that most lagers which keeps it from being fizzy

D: Easily drinkable and enjyable but not overly unique

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle, freshness date is “Enjoy by May 20 03”. Has a red, blue and yellow label that is quite striking in appearance. It has a picture of a hand holding a bottle of Victory, whilst simultaneously giving the famous Churchillian two-fingered “V” sign. The label is in the style reminiscent of old Communist Posters from the 1930’s Soviet Union. Has a short blurb on the left hand side, which has a nice, but polite, dig at some other Lager producers that use Corn & Rice.

Appearance: Amber gold in color, with a very clear body. Frothy head easily forms when first poured, looks great at first. But it slowly rescinds to settle down to a thin collar covering. Low carbonation but the head never completely breaks down.

Nose: No surprises. A malty nose to start with, which has a sweet caramel aspect.

Taste: Starts rather reserved at first, and builds with every sip. Malty beginnings amidst a creamy caramel setting that has a light grain feel. The end is slightly dry but with a lip-smacking malt finish. An extremely clean beer from start to finish, no rough edges at all.

Mouthfeel: Average, yet the creamy mouthfeel and a lovely smooth malt texture, all help to increase the mouthfeel slightly and aid its Drinkability. Very nice!

Drinkability: Started as an easy to drink run of the mill lager, that finished as a very quaffable, extremely tasty malty lager. I would imagine this to be a real imbiber on tap.

Overall: Took a short while and a few mouthfuls, but this Lager really grew on me in the end. Impressive!!

Thanks to Francisweizen for the chance to try it.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.61 out of 5 based on 877 ratings.
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