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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:
#38,955
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
897
pDev:
13.41%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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46
Gots:
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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of swgwilt
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BankerJoe for this one. I wish Victory would send this out here to Colorado, but for some reason we don't get it.
Pours a medium to light yellow color. Moderate head, but nothing too rocky. The head falls quickly although carbonation bubble continue. It falls into the middle of the pack for the style.
The smell is mainly of grain. Not a lot of hops in the nose.
Tastes maltier (think biscuity) than some of the German examples, but it's still clearly a normal helles rather than a pils or export. Hops finish the flavor component nicely. Not overbearing, but just right.
I could easily drink a mass or two of this. One of the best American examples of the style for sure. Because it's fresh, that makes it even better.
This is a solid helles.

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Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a bright and briskly clear golden yellow. A creamy two fingers of white head expands rapidly, then dwindles soon to a fine bubbly sheen. Thin lacing slides down the glass from whence it came.

In the aroma, the mellow sweetness of light malt provides the backbone, and the gentle bite of noble hops branches from there. A rounded doughy yeast essence lands and earthy air to the mix.

Upon sipping, a slightly grainy malt sweetness asserts itself first, bearing with it a very slight grassy note. A dusky yeast sourness blinks on and off in the middle, allowing a soothing mild hops bitterness to carry through and linger at the finish. It's very simple, crisp, and clean, just not especially exceptional.

Light bodied, it doesn't coat so much as flow across the palate, depositing its tastiness, then washing away to leave a softly lingering bitter glow.

It is what it is, and that's fresh and refreshing. The veritable malt character is nicely balanced by a crisp, reasonably well-defined hops presence. You don't have to concentrate on this flavor, because there's nothing complex about it, and maybe I see that as more of a strength than might others. Pleasant and quenching, it goes down damned smooth, and that plus the nice flavor adds up to a real good quaffability quotient. Yes, it is indeed a lawn mower beer, but one of the better ones, by far. This one will accompany often on my deck this summer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short fizzy white foam that quickly dissipated leaving no cap or lacings. Toasted malt, biscuit, and light lemon hop aromas. Medium bodied with assertive, but not fizzy, refreshing carbonation. Toasted malt with biscuit flavors up front with a tangy, citrus lemon hop bite through the middle. Finishes crisp and dry with a biscuit malt aftertaste.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. best before date of may 22, 2009 (tasted in mid-march)

clear, pale golden straw. vigorous pour gives a fizzy head with big bubbly foam, fading to a thin layer with nice retention. webby lacing, especially when pouring a second bottle into the same glass.

gentle sulfurous whiff fades to light bready malt aroma, melding with grassy noble hops.

light, almost watery flavor. bready malts can be detected under a grassy, moderately bitter and snappy, noble hop bite. trace of sulfur. something bordering on fusel however.

thin, but smooth enough. still pretty drinkable. fairly prickly carbonation, with flash of faint astringency in the finish.

prior to trying the sixer, i had tried samples before. in smaller amounts, it seemed like it might be a decent helles. but upon trying full sevings, the fusel character comes out and the feel is thinner than expected. better than average, but had higher hopes for this one.

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

Photo of clay23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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 fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Moan and Dove. This golden-yellow lager is extremely clear to see through, however, there is practically no head. The aroma is barely a hint of hops. Surprisingly, the taste was very developed even with the lack of apparent smells. It turned out to be a really sweet lager. An average carbonation allows it to be somewhat refreshing but a bit too watery. Overall, this drink was a little too crisp, a little too watery and lacked any powerful aroma. But it was decently sweet.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Pours a radiant clear yellow, with a small head and streamers of carbonation. The aroma is powerful - you can smell this beer coming. It is bready and sweet with a nice sting of hop bitterness. The flavor is a little less powerful, but still delicious - bready, lemony with that distinctive Victory Brewing hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasant. This is an eminently drinkable beer

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Photo of rowew
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle, enjoy by date clearly marked on the label. Long description of the beer, label is a bit different than the one pictured here. Even though we are getting Victory beers in Colorado, I haven't seen this one there yet.

Appearance: Very light yellow color, lots of bubbles and a thin head that fades quickly. Indistinguishable from your average macro in appearance.

Smell: Very grainy - smells a lot like raw grain and a bit of flour. Just a hint of noble hops in the back.

Taste: I drank several of these in the bottle the last few days, and they seemed to have a bit of a metallic twang to them. In the glass this is not presentat at all, and the beer is much better for it. Clean grain flavors and a very subdued hop flavor.

Overall impression: Quality session lager, with just enough floral hop flavor to keep it interesting. Clean grain flavors - another nice offering from Victory.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Enjoy by Jul 02 06.
DRINK IT IT'S SPOILING!
Pretty good for a helles lager... has the typical flavor profile of the style. Kinda wheaty, a bit of lemon in the flavor, very clear looking, a bit on the sweet side of the spectrum. A little too sweet for me; when I go for a pale lager I tend to like them a bit dryer and crisper. This is on the juicy side. A little bit slick on the palate but has appropriate carbonation.
Solid stuff. Nothing striking about it but it does its job.

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Photo of Jason1337
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of tillmac62
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear corn hue in body with a white top that fades fast. Smells of floral notes, a dab of honey, and some hops. Tastes of floral, honey, some hop bitterness towards the finish. Light in body with light carbonation. Pleasant and easily quaffable. Nice.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear pale straw color with a fizzy white head that thins. Spider web lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very grainy with just a light scent of hops. Smells very fresh and crisp.

Taste is very crisp and malty with a dominating grainy flavor. A slight hop taste peeks through now and then, but it's more of an afterthought. Finishes crisp and clean.

Body seems a bit thin, carbonation is good.

This goes down with tremendous ease. A very nice lager - but what else would you expect from Victory?

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Photo of u2carew
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a 3/4 inch head. Good head retention. Visible carbonation. Golden color. Thin lacing.
S) Just a touch of yeast. Sweet fruit scent...citrus, maybe tangerine.
T) Grainy. A mellow sweetness lingers on top while a bit of hops tries to press through.
M) Light bodied. Thin. Slightly dry.
D) A decent brew, but just plain lager.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 897 ratings
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