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 JimsArcade
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Victory Dark Lager pours like water with a practically non-existent head into a pint glass. What little head is there is pure white, which is odd considering the beer-bottle-brown color of the liquid itself.

The aroma is slightly sweet with hints of malt. Bringing the aroma into the mouth the aroma doesn’t change, but it is quite crisp. Everything is standard for the style.

The first sip is all malt...roasted malts, specifically. It is drier than other beers I’ve had in the style. The mouthfeel is watery and highly carbonated. If there are hops in this brew they are hidden well. As it warms the taste of roasted malts become even more evident. It finishes practically unchanged.

While I’m not a big fan of most lagers, I always have high hopes for Victory products. I have to admit, this fell short: it was only average. Granted, many breweries’ products I’ve sampled rarely reach this level, but usually Victory can do so much better. It’s a drinkable beer, that’s for sure, but it just lacks any bit of complexity.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber clear pour with tight bubbles, lightly floating in a thin pattern. points increasing for kick ass cool label. smells slightly malty but mostly of thickly sweet burnt sugar. taste packs on a hint of hop bitterness over the intense malt background like a dry hopped colt 45. finishes clean with a slight lager sourness. a wee bit heavy to be enjoyed repeatedly but a decent brew. wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of alexwag
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper with a bit of ochre -- reds brought out by the light. Half finger of steadily-disappearing head, not much lacing.

S- Husky and malty, a bit of red apple sweetness. Not that potent.

T- Sweet and then tart, a bit tannic and straw-y. Apples and a bit of viscous sugar. Sort of an unpleasant aftertaste, IMO. Flavor sits on the front of the tongue, slowly works its way back. A bit hoppy at the end.

M- Becomes fizzy quickly, slightly watery. Otherwise smooth, but not super pleasant.

D- Drinkable if you dig the flavors, I am not that into them, though usually a fan of all things Munich. Too sweet and lacking body.

Victory has much better offerings than this one. Maybe there's a reason it was so much cheaper than the others ...

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Photo of nomad
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruby with mahogany hints, this lager had a thin head and thin, spotty lacing. Smells of a fruity syrup and small herbal hop splash. Tastes of a small dark-ish fruitiness light wrapped in mocha. Body is mainly maple syrup and nutty roasted malts plus minty dry hops combining to head on through the finish. A bit too full bodied of a mouthfeel and thus a bit filling in the belly.

Too syrupy sweet and then too dry. I sadly did not finish the growler, but I'll use the rest for cooking a demi-glace. Never thought I'd feel this way about a Victory beer - if you can't say anything nice, don't say much at all, so I'll end it now.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavor is very malty, including some roasted malts. Pretty decent beer, not too much going on here, but it serves its purpose well.
6/4/6/4/13 (3.3/5)

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Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, metallic scent. There seems to be some roasted and crystal malts here, but the lager yeast dominates the smell. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt flavor. It is sweet and a bit toasted, with a nice hop balance in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent dark lager, but nothing special. I expected something better from Victory.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/brown color, with a good off-white head. head stuck around pretty well. Smell was ok, slightly malty, a little bit of spicy hops. Very smooth, malty and nutty. Can't get excited about it, but very drinkable and quaffable. Can't go wrong, and a great session brew.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I"m not a lager guy, but this was pretty good. Good dark brown/amber color with small head. It's not in your face yet is solid presentation.
Bread and sweet malt come through in the nose. It seems very robust but the taste calms down. Grainy taste, malt, but not the kind that tastes bad. This is "fresher" than most lagers I've had. No old sock taste to it. Semi-sweet, a fairly good finish. I'd have it again, but would prefer a PA or something with some bite.

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice medium brown with an ok head. It's not really much to look at, but it does have some redeeming qualities in the flavor, such as a slight nuttiness and a light sweetness. Has a bit of hop kick as well that keeps it interesting to drink.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Standard, easy drinking option. Tarnished copper brown color with a finger or so of tan head. Aroma of grains and malts, essentially nothing else, as promised by the "All Malt" label. Simple taste, malts, roasted malts, and more malts, followed by a mild herbal hoppiness. Bit of an astringent aftertaste. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Brewing--A bastion of what stands for greatness in beer. While still a quality beer this is the bastard son of the union between Bill and Ron from victory. Still a damn good beer but just not as loveable as all their other offerings.

Deep brown with orange hues and an off-white head. Aromas of nuts, malts, and cinnamon?. Flavor is much the same but strikes a much better balance in flavor than it does in smell. Theres a little bit of sourness in there but its hardly noticeable. Body is slightly heavy and carbonation is light and it carries a good feeling on the tongue. Its a little nutty an odd tasting but I dont see this offerings as flavorful or as exciting as other beers by victory.

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Photo of Scoats
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is called All Malt DARK Lager, not to be confused with the All Malt Lager, which is a year-round golden beer. It's a seasonal in the Dunkel style. Munich Dunkel is a darn good style of beer and this one is true to it, thus it's a very nice, drinkable session beer. True to the style, it's not particularly hoppy.

It goes great with Crazy Richards All Natural Peanut Butter, a late night pairing that may have added a few pounds to me. This is a beer that is better fresh, so I don't recommend stocking up on it. Fresh, it's one of my favorites. The several month old ones aren't jazzing me as much.

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Photo of QXSTER1
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 frank4sail
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red pour with slightly brown head that dissipates with little lacing. Smell is nutty and toasty with dark malt scents, maybe a small scent of corn is in there as well. Taste is similarly malty as the name would imply, and lots of roasty malts. Mouthfeel is maybe a little thin but there's a nice malty finish that's certainly pleasant. Not the best lager I've ever had and not the best Victory I've ever had, but it's quite drinkable and tasty nonetheless. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: this one poured hazy brown with a light, almost white, head. it was nice, but nothing stood out for me.

smell: honey with an undertone of fruit: banana, orange, lemon, yum. i can also pick up on some caramel.

taste: nutty and honey sit subtly on the palate while a very standard barley flavor makes itself quite known. the honey and citric aftertaste really pull this beer's taste score up.

mouthfeel: very watery and smooth... in fact so watery and smooth that it feels watered down and detracts from the overall experience.

drinkability: the mouthfeel really bores me in this beer, i could drink a lot of it if i was dying of thirst, and didn't know that alcohol would dehydrate me... but i'd rather not have more than a pint.

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Photo of Katahdin
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Lager style. Poured a rich, dark color not at all like a Yuengling lager. Has a wonderful roasted aroma to it. Taste was liek drinking a nice black coffee with hints of chicory and tannins that lingered on the tongue. Went down smooth. Probably would be a good session beer.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish with amber hints. Clear. No head.

S: Roast malts, hints of bread. Low hop in the background.

T: Malty, not very sweet. Just enough hops to balance.

M: Medium body, light alcoholic warming. This beer looks almost flat but has a nice level of carbonation in it.

D&N: Decent beer, but not the best of the style I've had. Lacks "oomph".

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Photo of pheurton
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliantly clear dark ruby brown with an beige head that manages to stick around some. clean, roasted european malts on the nose. dark roasted, carmely malted taste balanced well with the right amount of hops. a good, well crafted dark lager that achieves exactly what it strives to be....don't expect to be blown away though. a solid offering.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some red highlightls, minimal head and lacing. Scent is mild, some hints of roasted nuts and pumpernickle bread. Taste brings a more assertive, yet mild taste of fresh bread, lightly roasted nuts and hints of spice and herbs. Lighter side of medium body, very light and watery finnish. A nice, highly drinkable and flavorful beer.

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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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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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