Victory Helles Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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82
good
892 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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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:
892
Reviews:
368
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
142
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 3/4/14. Clear light golden pour with a nice head and normal lacing. Laid back nose of what strikes me as Hallertau hops, very slight. Light medium body with light carbonation. This is a nice Helles that is to style. The taste is laid back, as is the nose, and light with the expected effervescence. A slight sweetness coupled with a bit of hop flavor and bitterness constitutes the flavor profile. Crisp and clean finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.

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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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3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color, hazy. Short-lived white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Biscuity malts. Slightly doughy, light toast. Hints of herbal and grassy hops. Faint lemon zest. Very clean.

T: Pilsner malt lays down a grainy and biscuity flavor. Mild oily hop bitterness balances nicely. Grassy and slightly herbal/spicy. Perfectly clean. Grainy malt finish.

M: Light bodied. Slight malt firmness. Blast of aggressive carbonation cuts through the body. Crisp.

O: A pretty good stab at the Helles style. Not as honed as the best of them, but it's free of flaws and drinks nicely. Pretty good stuff, I could see a six pack disappearing quickly on a nice day.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.61 out of 5 based on 892 ratings.
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