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:
#37,665
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 bluehende
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesGrove
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fscottkey
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heerboth
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MKrauss
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of denace_mennis
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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