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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 86
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 pour...it 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 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 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 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 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 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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Victory Dark Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.7 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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