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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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of JimsArcade
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
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 -18.8%
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 -18.3%
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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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3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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

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

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3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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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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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Victory Dark Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 87 ratings