Victory Helles Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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82
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894 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
894
Reviews:
369
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
142
For Trade:
0
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a light clear golden color.

The aroma has a nice grassy aroma, and a breadiness and grainy character.

The flavor is extremely refreshing. A decent punch of light citrus, grass. Then an extremely crisp cracker/bready note. A bit of a flaw from DMS or something, but a reasonable amount for the style.

A good easy drinking brew.

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First review, first Helles tasted as far as I can remember. My comments will by no means compare to that of a beer judge, but here goes:
--bottle to pint glass; light urine / apple cider color (label notes golden which is appropriate)
--nominal head with aroma lightly sweet, but 1st thought is Foster's
--taste: like that of a standard DOMESTIC lager (which says alot pro and con, since not an American beer fan), albeit a bit smoother and definitely not as bad hoppy
--aftertaste: hangs there on the tongue / lingers in your mouth; dry, palpable cottony mouth feel requiring you to take another hit to quench it
--buzz meter: drank pre lunch@ 1130 so mild to mod on empty stomach
--burpage: slightly acidic / hoppy (this would be standard)

Drinkability: ala comic book grading scale = FINE.

Big Fan of Victory, since lived in Philly for some time, but with so many beers to try / re-try, not one I'd be HANKERING (my new category) for / no love lost; but would probably reconsider, as we all would and all know, if we had one on tap in Downingtown.
Ch33rs factor = indifferent.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.61 out of 5 based on 894 ratings.
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