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:
#37,684
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
895
Liked:
382
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
13.41%
Alströms:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
143
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 895 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden clear body with a nice, albeit briefly-lived head. A bit of lacing down the side.

Smell: Slightly floral, slightly woody aroma but not much is perceptable

Taste: Starts out with a bready base that is joined by a refreshingly light floral hop bite. Slightly sweet and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light and well-carbonated.

Drinkability: This is what a lager should taste like on a hot summer day.

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of light lemon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A good amount of dryness present as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice Helles style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep golden color with nice rocky head,a slight malty sweet aroma not much to speak of.taste was nice and fruity witha good malt backbone,very drinkable.A real nice lager not to wimpy but realy drinkable,I would seek it out again when i wanna drink something a little lighter but with some real substance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro as part of the Blind BIF Round 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden-straw color with a short white head. Carbonation bubbles are apparent. Head does not stick around for all that long. The nose is a bit grainy with some pilsner malt and a bit of floral and herbal hops. The taste brings a bit more of the hop components of the nose along with some grain in the background. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinks quite well; very quaffable. This is a nice session brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts with slightly lighter notes of spicy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, upfront there are moderate flavors of bready malts with a lighter amount of grainy malts and just a touch of sweetness. There are moderate flavors of spicy and herbal hops that results in a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers but only for a short amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, reminds me of sitting in a biergarten enjoying a pleasant afternoon. The lighter body, low ABV (which is well hidden), and enjoyable flavors make this one I would definitely have again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and bready malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and light with mild flavors of lager yeast and a little bit malt sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready. Even for a style that is simplistic by nature, this beer doesn't seem to have a lot to it.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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

A - The beer pours with one finger of loose, white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head collapses quickly and leaves only light lace on the glass.

S - Grainy malt with some notes of honey. A bit of herbal hop character in the background as well.

T - Clean, grainy malt up front with some graham cracker character. A touch of honey comes out in the middle along with a little herbal hop flavor. Things finish up with more dry, grainy malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Clean and well balanced with a decent malt character. This is a drinkable Helles, but not as flavorful as some others that I have had.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

First had this a while ago, but I just recently revisited it. It's not something I'd normally go for, and it's not my usual style, but if the owner is going to buy me one, who am I to decline?

Served in a 0.3L German-style tumbler, Victory lager pours a crystal clear golden brown color with a nice cap of foamy white head that retains well, and leaves just a bit of soapy lacing. Aroma of light German malts, light floral hops, basic, no nonsense. Taste follows the aroma, pale malts, crackery grains, floral hops, crisp, clean, nothing complex or amazing, but it's a standard lager, so what more can you ask for? Light body, and goes down as smooth as anything. For the style, this is a very good beer. If you want something simple and extremely easy to drink, yet miles ahead of the macro market, look no further.

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

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Enjoy By: Sep. 29, 2011.

Appearance: Transparent, light yellow-hued body with a smallish layering of white suds.

Smell: Judiciously sweet-scented German malts supported by a pinch of finely-ground spice and a twist of lemon.

Taste: Moderately grainy-tasting, faintly bready pils malt with a drop of honeyed sweetness. Spicy, lightly lemony hop profile with ample bitterness to balance V out. Closes out dry with a small tingle of effervescent carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant, likable all-malt lager.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, milky sunshine yellow with a fine yeasty haze. The bone white cap is decent, but isn't up to Victory's usual high standards. The foam is neither creamy nor sticky and doesn't look all that impressive as it deflates. A squeaky clean glass doesn't help.

Back on track. The nose is a wonderful combination of fresh, sweet grain and bright, lightly spicy, fruity hops. It's exceptionally well-balanced. I haven't had that many, but I don't recall a better Munich helles lager nose than this one. If the flavor follows the aroma, I'll be a happy man.

It does. The first thing that hits me is how much flavor is packed into each mouthful. Victory Lager is well-malted with loads of golden, flame-kissed grain that is deliciously, lightly sugary sweet. Thankfully, the flavor is as finely tuned and as balanced as the nose. A generous amount of German hops provides floral, spicy and herbal flavors with very little grassiness.

The beer stays balanced to the very end. I would have liked a longer finish (it's perfectly clean and crisp by the way) since the flavor is so much to my liking. The light mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and does nothing but enhance drinkability. A somewhat vigorous amount of carbonation keeps things lively all way to bottom of the bottle.

Victory Lager is what American macro lagers should taste like. This bottle contains a simple, straightforward, extremely well-crafted beer that is enjoyable solo and should match up well with all manner of foods. Along with Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier, it's my new favorite version of a style that I don't usually pay much attention to. Victory brews good beer!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, foamy, white head that quickly dissipated into wispiness. It was a very pale yellow, almost straw-like, in color. The mouthfeel was very light, but I got a nice maltiness on the nose. In fact, I even thought that nose reminded me of hay. There was a good malty sweetness both in the mouth and on the finish. The finish was surprisingly dry, reminding me that an American lager is far different from a Helles-style lager. Viva la difference!

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the label.

Fluffy foamy off white head, a touch of haziness from either a chill haze or yeast on a dull yellowish straw hue. Head retention is decent.

Aromas of a hay like grainy malt, lemony herbal hop and a faintness of yeast.

Light crispness, more smoothness, on a moderate body. Raw snap of grain upfront with a doubling of hop bitterness that wants to linger. Soft graininess with a powdery, almost doughy character. A kiss of yeast in the back with hints of alcohol and a drying husky grain.

I bet you this brew on tap is lovely, pretty good in the bottle to say the least. A raw lager, not like most at all … light yet flavourful. As others have noted this could be a great crossover beer if not just a brew for macro drinkers to enjoy.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my first Victory, but my first Victory purchased on tap in SC! Poured a clear light amber amber with a small white head and a very quick fade, almost no retention, and only a slight bit of a residual lace. Very light smell, somewhat grainy with bread tones and not alot of fullness to it. The taste was decent, with a crisp, clean, smooth feel, but just not alot of profile to it. Grainey bread like taste, small hop trying to break through but just doesnthave enough to get through all the way. Overall this is a decent session beer nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either. Could definatly see myself throwing this down on a 90+ day, but at night as a tv beer, nah.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Wegmans-pulled from the singles cooler- poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A golden yellow w/ good clarity and streaming bubbles visible. The head is a quickly dissipating white that turns into a ring w/ small beading

S - A musty, mildly vegetal nose w/ sweet malt note and hint of hops that have a mild herbal scent

M - A crisp clean sparkling carbonated on the tip of the tongue feel. The effect is dry almost spicy on the palate w/ feel appropriate to style but lacks some malt sweetness

T - The taste is lightly yeasty like a german lager should be w/ mellow malt which is dry and takes a backseat to the hops slightly, but has a nutty kernal and blends well w/ the mild herbal hops. The finish is slightly creamy as the carbonation stirs up some gastric expulsion of vapor.

D - A lager that is well made, but doesn't compare to some other Helles biers I have had, just better than average drinkability wise for me.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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