Victory Helles Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
#40,677
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
899
pDev:
13.41%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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Photo of Roberto11232
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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 GregStoner
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuowl74a
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OatmattStout
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Corrado42
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-12-18 and on 2017-07-31 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Clear, straw-gold with a 1-finger white head and little lace

S - Bread, honey, grass and floral

T - Bread, touch of lemon, white grape, honey, grass, light flowery spice. Mild bitterness as expected.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth.

O - A very nice Helles. Very approachable for those coming from a macro beer perspective but still quite flavorful.

Note: On 2017-07-31, I had this side-by-side with a Surly Hell, which is more bitter and doesn't have the white grape flavor. The Surly has the bitterness of a Pils, while this Victory is milder and more malt/fruit based.

Note: On 2018-04-27 I had this side-by-side with a Sixpoint Alpenflo and a Von Trapp Helles. The Sixpoint and Von Trapp have a similar aroma, leaning a bit more to the sourdough side than the Victory, which smells a bit sweeter than either. This sweetness comes through in the flavor, with an emphasis on white grape. The Sixpoint has a more complex, grainy base; less sweetness and greater carbonation. The Von Trapp sits somewhere in-between; leaning more towards the Victory in terms of sweetness but at the same time, a little more bitter than the Victory.

Of the three, the Victory has more of the white grape flavor, which I like in a Helles. From memory, it is similar in white grape sweetness to Weihenstephaner Helles. Having done a number of Helles side-by-side comparisons in the last month, I am raising my ratings for this beer. Formerly the scores were 4.25, 4, 4, 4, 4. You can see above how this has changed.

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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Odysseyalien
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JJTrex
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicious.

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Photo of swgwilt
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lambdon
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KenC
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 899 ratings