Victory Dark Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2001

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by shapudding:
Photo of shapudding
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle fresh from the Brewery, no dating though.
Poured out a warm amber, almost tinging a bit towards ruby, nice coloring. Good amount of light caramel/khaki head reduced down to a swirling dust. I could catch the aroma from the pint glass on the counter as soon as I poured it -not overpowering, just good stuff. Dark cherries and maltiness. Just enough carbination to give it a good feel without being overpronounced or flat, just under medium bodied, not really light-bodied. Very nice dark, malty flavors, good and mild -but not bland at all. This is just very well balanced. Good amount of toastyness left in your mouth after each sip, and a bit of caramelly sweetness- just a touch.
Damn good session beer. I have never been a lager fan at all. Despise those parties you get stuck at where there is a choice of cans or lager only -that is why I started toting my own! But I really have been enjoying the dark lagers, and this one goes down very easy. Been kicking these back as drinkers and with meals, too bad it is limited edition.

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Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Bright copper colored beer with a thin white wispy lace.

Clean aroma, a bit herbal with soft caramel notes and grainy edges.

Flavor has some lightly toasted characters, some biscuit, and a soft roasted edge. Touch of lager sourness, with a flowery water taste in the trail. Body is a bit thin with a crisp carbonation and following twang of hop bitterness that's a bit sharp on the palate with herbal lingers. Underlying matly sweetness pulls everything together, with a raw sugar taste and an emerging sweet tea flavor as it melds with herbal hop flavors. Notes of metallic. Drying finish with a residual toasty sweetness and light herbal character.

An easy drinking, approachable and flavorful lager.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Victory's all malt lager, so I ran into the dunkel had to pick it up. With a lot of Victory's brews being a little over the top, it's really a treat to be dealt a beer that has the main goal of being really drinkable. Appears a deep brown amber with a thin tan head that forms to the edge of the glass to leave a trickled lace around as the I empty it. The hops make up the backbone of the aroma with the darker roasts and maybe some caramel malted barley complementing the mellow floral hoppiness bringing the is beer to equilibrium in the aromatics. Flavor is crisp mellowed sweetness with a great balance of hop bitterness and rough darker roasts bring about a creamy mouthfeel to form a medium to light bodied amazingly drinkable beer. Well made and fine tuned to bring about the balance of everything going on in this great present from Victory.

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Photo of Jordanbryan10
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of QXSTER1
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of Victory I usually don't think of session beers. The Dark Lager fits this category. Very nice dark amber appearance with a wisp of a head. Not much in the nose. Smooth, exceptionally clean, malt and grain, a touch of caramel and some background roastiness. Hops are subtle, just there to balance the sweetness not to be in the fore. As with their other beers Victory achieves what it set out to do. Produce a brew true to style which this clean lager is. But as an Ale guy give me some fusels, phenols and esters!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The All Malt Dark Lager is Victory's late winter/early spring seasonal, released in January. It pours a clear, deep mahogany with a reddish cast and ruby highlights. The short but creamy tan head drops readily but keeps a creamy collar and leaves some spotty lace. The nose expresses fresh toasty malts with some mild spicy hops deep in the background. The body is light/medium with a fine carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor is delicately balanced between a supple, gently toasty malt and an underlying bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with a touch of residual toasted maltiness. Very nicely done! This one is all about balance and drinkability. It has enough character to keep it interesting, but also 'just enough' so that it remains highly drinkable. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA) on 2/15/11 during their 15 Year Anniversary Celebration. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear copper, with finger of frothy egg-shell white head. This retains with a fairly rich ½ finger that leaves some thick patches of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh and floral up front, with notes of light roast, caramel, and fresh citrus character quickly following. Nice crispness here in the nostrils.

Those hops are fresh and biting in the taste but aren't overly aggressive, being backed by a fruity and malty mix of caramel, toast, and ripe citric character. This finishes moderately dry with some lingering roast. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a firm and crisp carbonation that is overall quite refreshing feeling in the mouth.

I'm glad to see this one back, as you don't get to see it around quite as much as you used to. This just has a firm and well balanced mix of hops, sweetness, and roast that stayed well flavored, crisp, and easy drinking the whole way through the glass. At 5%, you could enjoy a couple of these and it pretty much pairs up nicely with anything.

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Photo of schmitter
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of Chinon01
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bready, toasty, simply liquid bread. Richly colored brownish amber with simple head. Nose is again bready with a hint or vanilla icing. Taste is almost sweet with toasty and nearly deeper roasted notes. Really nice but little mid palate and a meager finish. Good mouthfeel and as for drinkability, the growler is just about empty.

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Photo of incubuscience
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nonic served at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA.

A: The lager is a caramel brown color with a tan head that measured over a finger in size.

S: The aroma is grainy with lots of caramel. Not much hopwise.

T: The lager is am enjoyable drink, with lots of darker malts dominating the taste. The dark malts are bready with a strong caramel flavor. The sweetness lingers throughout, pairing against fresh hop bitterness during the first and last part of a sip.

M: The mild malt body is refreshing and light, an easy drink.

D: At 5%, the lager is a great sipper. Too bad that Victory has so many good choices on tap.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nerdophile
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better

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Photo of salthemonster
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has really grown on me, and not for its complexity, but rather its simplicity and straightforwardness. Poured a beautiful dark cherry amber, with a loose 1" head of cream foam. The nose is deep and malty, with a whisper of some smoke. Its welcoming and inviting, safe.

Boy, is it smooootthhh. Rich malts envelop the tongue, hints of caramel, a light bitterness. A mild hop peak rises on the pallete, which then slides into a slow, deep rich malted finish on the throat. The aftertaste is very pleasing, rich, kinda syrupy and smooth.

While I usually enjoy beers for their complexity, this one is very enjoyable in its simplicity. It is what it is, and doesn't try to be anything else. I could see a iced cooler of these for BA's to just relax, not think too much about beer, and just enjoy.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color. Slight nut/malt nose. Rich sweet malt notes in the taste but there it ends. Rich white head. It is quite rich and sweet for a lager beer but, it seems something is missing in there to round out this sweetness. It is good.. but for Victory "good" is an under-achievement. I guess the world is tough when you make such darn good products. The Dark Lager is a solid beer but nothing puts it "over the top".

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Photo of C-Dog
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of zoso1967
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served up fairly transparent reddish brown with a slightly tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma of this beer had a lot of toffee notes in and, as well as being slightly toasty with just a tinge of herbal hop character. The taste presented itself as clean, malty and smooth with most of the character coming from the malts. Toffee, caramel, light toastyness and smooth sweetness. Very little hop flavor, but a fair amount of bitterness to help balance out the malts. It had a medium body that was slightly chewy, and it left a bit more stickiness in my mouth than I would have liked. Pretty drinkable, but I think the stickiness would wear on me eventually. Well executed, as are most Victory beers, but just a bit lacking.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long Saturday of drinking big kick me in the ass monster beers. This was my last beer of the day. I sat down and ate a burger and enjoyed a beer simply built for easy drinking.

Appearance: Served and amber brown color with a tan head and clear body.

Smell: Toasted caramel malts and light scents of fresh grain waft through my nose.

Taste: A light body and overall an easy drinking beer. A touch of sweetness at the tip of the tongue is followed by a grain and malt attribute and finishes with a light but notable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It is light crisp and clean as a lager should be.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is no doubt it's drinkability. Very sessionable and a beer I would say may likely work well as a transition beer. It is very approachable and inoffensive.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Pav5069
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gasp100
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful dark mahogany color with little head and barely any lacing. The smell was of toasted malt and honey. The taste was toasted/roasted sweet malt, smokiness and chocolate with a very slight hint of hops. Everything about this brew was subdued and the hops barely showed up but I'm guessing this is very close to the true style of a Dunkel / Dark Lager. This is a little mellow for a Victory brew but like I said, it's probably true to the style (this is my first true Dunkel). The beer is very drinkable with a medium - low ABV and not too filling (don't let the color fool you). Very fitting for the transition from late Winter into the early spring season. I think I'll have another...

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Photo of Erix
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a pint glass from a bottle
Appearance: A tasty looking amber hued brown, this is a rather dark beer which still has good clarity. Off white to khaki head consisting of very fine bubbles.
Smell: A very malty smell, with some rather strong hints of cherry in its sweetness. I could smell this beer well before I brought it anywhere near my nose. Very nice.
Taste: The cherry in the nose is neatly subdued and co-opted by the deep smooth maltiness of this beer. It is able to be very malty without being thick or heavy in the least. Clean and clear in flavor, with some darker fruit flavors following up. A very round yet compact profile here, with an easy finish.
Mouthfeel: Clean, fresh, and light, despite the color and depth of flavor. Ends with a dry astringency, but is really quite refreshing.
Drinkability: I could drink this on a very regular basis, if only it had longer availability. Great stuff.
This is a beer worth looking for, and I don't really understand why it doesnt prompt a little more talk, except for the fact that it is a lager, and not a strong or hoppy one. Well made, delicious, and not heavy, it is an exceptional seasonal.

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Victory Dark Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 87 ratings