Victory Dark Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 87
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
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 shapudding
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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 +13.8%
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 +13.5%
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 +12.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +8.9%
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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Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 tgbljb
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of Erix
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of rotsaruch
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the 2004 Dark (dunkel) Lager is on draft at the Victory brewpub. I love these guys (Ron & Bill) because they are always teaking and seeking their idea of the perfect expectation of the beer they have and/or are brewing. This year's very version has a rich, dark, mahogany hue with a small off-white head. There is slight, almost indistinquishable aroma. But, the roasted malt taste is noticable, not smokey or peat flavor. The medium carbination provides a smooth mouthful. The hops are in the background, but there is a delicate, delicious, but not overwhelming malt finish. A classic session brew. Hope you all have an opportunity to try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Gasp100
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Todd
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +4.9%
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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Beertarded
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rusted brown with a large tan head. The aroma has hints of toffee and carmel mixed in with a heeping doase of malt. The flavor is quite sweet and pleasent, with an herbal hop tinge to match a delicate malt flavor. I would choose this every time over their non-dark lager.

A nice beer that has no interntions of being anymore than its name. Quite good.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Boto
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a clear amber/caramel brown color, with a little off-white head on it. There is a somewhat sweet, but not too strong caramel aroma to the beer. Some floral notes also. The taste is mainly mildly sweet caramel malt. This is very smooth going down. A very nice session beer.

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