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
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I have never taken serious notes on this beer, but I've drank my fair share. Tonight I had two tall glasses full and I must say I love this beer. This isn't the greatest review of all time, but I have to say something because I absolutely adore this beer. I want to marry it actually. It is so rich and wonderful. Big Munich and caramel and tea like flavors, very rich. but at the same time so fresh and smooth and easy drinking. I could drink this beer all night long it is just so smooth and so fucking interesting.

Victory Dark Lager, will you marry me?

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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 lpayette
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brownish copper with nearly no head.

Smells of honey, a bit of caramel, and a certain hop smell/taste that seems to be in a lot of victory beers.

Tastes- all the above plus a little alcohol. Tastes pretty amazing really.

It's fairly drinkable. Watery on the tongue but ends dryish.

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Photo of stewart124
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with little head. I really like the color.
Smells of rich malts and noble hops. Sweet smells of grapes are also present.
Taste is of biscuit malts and bits of grapes. There is a maltiness present in this beer that is noticable in the aftertaste. Very sweet characteristics up front with a smooth body that blends well. There is also a sour note present. Medium carbonation. The noble German hops and malts work well. Very drinkable beer.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Dark Lager, ontap @ Victory Brewing

Pours a rich dark brown, light khaki colored head forms and not a whole lot of lace. Smells like an imported German lager, Tettnang hops appear brightly along with some doughy notions. In the taste, similar hop flavor, light and tealike, a bit herbal. Dark roasted malt and lager yeast add alot to this beer, giving it that distinct "euro" feel. Light roast, good hop profile, easy drinking medium bodied feel. Whats not to like in this one, a great standby beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory’s All Malt Dark Lager pours a clear deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights. The head is a nice tan color, and fills half the glass after a rough is creamy with deep pockets. The head drops after a bit and leaves a nice creamy collar. On the nose the aroma of toasty malts, some spicy hops, caramel, and perhaps a hint of chocolate as well.
The body is light/medium with decent carbonation. On the palate the flavor has good balance between the toasty malts and some bitterness. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. A very tasty brew that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; Clear copper with a large light tan head that clings to glass almost endlessly.

S: Dark sweet malts with some earthiness.

T: Dark malts but still light on the palette then the hops work there way in with pine and earth showing them selfs assertively. There is only a slight taste of sweetness before the hops balance the beer.

M: Medium bodied with good carbination and a bitter dry finish.

D: This is a good quaffer. The hop bitterness and aggressiveness push the limits for the style but are not too much.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty well balanced brew. Nothing spectacular, and there isn't one great characteristic that stands out, but this is a very drinkable brew. Has a ruby colored body with a very short head, very malty aroma. A mild bitterness balanced with the strong malty flavors keeps it well balanced. Flavors of dark chocolate and caramel find their way in as well. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. A nice, easy drinker.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purcheased at the brewery for $17 a case (great price) . Poured a moderate copper color with modest white head. Smell is of caramel, molasses malt. Taste follows through with a toasted malt flavor. Slight bitterness at the finish. A great drinking beer. I'm not much of a fan of lagers, but this is a verry good one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark russet clear pour with a settled tan frothy wafer thin coating and scattered bubbles rising.

Sweet caramel and Karo syrup scents with a touch of vanilla grain malt in the bouquet.

First swigs: Sugary and breakfast cereal Wheatina Oatmeal flavors. Some Maple syrup honey and a twinge of root beer-esque hints and rye.

Gently carbonated. Clean and sweet. With a 5% ABV and a passive overall demeanor, this is quite drinkable.

Last swigs: Pastry and maple malts lager-esque. Erily similar to Penn.
5.00% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark caramel color, topped by a medium tan head. Strong caramel aromas backed by a touch of noble-type hops on the aroma. The taste is very high on biscuity, roasted malt with a nice caramel note as well. A touch of bitterness on the finish leads to a long, slightly sweet aftertaste of roasted malt. The mouthfeel is great, with fine carbonation supporting the smooth malt body. Drinkability is also very good, as this would be a good session beer that you would not likely grow tired of very quickly. A very nice beer from Victory.

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

I sampled this dunkeles at Zeno's Pub in State College,PA. This was my first taste of Victory's dark lager and, once again, Victory did not disappoint me! The beer poured with an off-white, somewhat creamy head that sat above a light mahogany body with hints of amber. The nose was malty with a hint of spicy noble hops in the background. The taste mirrored this nose. It had a nicely malty and subtely caramelly body with just enough of the noble hops in the background to balance out the taste beautifully. This is a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed and it will now be my session beer of choice. Victory Dark Lager would be at home and welcomed in any bierstube in Bavaria!


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