Victory Vienna Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rotsaruch on 05-30-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of gloveman
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Vienna flowed from me VICTORY growler filled yesterday with a pillowy antique white one finger head over a clear golden honey hued pour.

Scents are spicey nutmeg and dark apples. The malts are prevalant.

First flavors are of chewy malts and dark cinnamon spice. Long lingering aftertaste of almost cloying mixed spices. Hops are eased back in the palate. A bit of rye bread rounds out the flavor.

Coats me tongue with an oily feel. Really sticks! Not an all nighter

Last swigs: This Vienna lager is a robust highly malted lager. Full bodied and spicey. Reminds me a lot of Mendocino Red Tail Ale.

Beer is good. Happy local growler beering.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Wow. Wow. Without a doubt, one of the finest brews, enveloped in both its subtlety and complexity, that I have ever tasted. Many thanks to the masterminds at Victory for making this swap happen. I am certain those in Vienna are digging the HopDevil, and I am certainly loving this Vienna Lager. An unassuming brew in the glass, it leaves a finger-width's head throughout, which was nice to see. The aromas were subtle, again, but definately good bits of malt and earthy goodness in that glass. The flavor is crisp, not overly bubbly and so extremely drinkable. This, without a doubt, the work of the devil...LOL. Here's to hoping Victory takes another shot at this one real soon...this brew is certainly in my "kegable" catagory.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

POurs a dark amber, with a thin head, and smells like clover honey, sweet.

when I mention the mix of hops and lagers w/ SNsummer, this is the polar oposite, a pleasent, well made mix. It's intial taste is the standard sweet malts. Somewhat of a toasted sweetness, possible hint of fruits, but only hints, at best. Then, slowly, there is a mix of solid hops. It is just the right mix of citrus flavors. It does not overshadow the sweetness, but pleasently accentuates it. It goes together with a light mouthfeel to make this a highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a growler of this (and one pint) while returning an empty keg. This may be my favorite Victory offering of all time (so far!). It poured a clear honey with a frothy off-white head right out of the growler, extremely fresh each and every pour (a first for me with beer in a growler). The smell was of biscuit, malt, sweet bread, honeysuckle. The taste was sweet and a little spicey; apples and cinamon, very slight foral hop bite, toasted malts, creamy, smooth and crisp all at the same time. The drinkability was off the charts with this one --- I simply could not stop and finished the growler in one sitting. I almost wish the ABV was a little less. I felt this was a lighter, cleaner, crisper and more hoppy version of the St. Boisterous and I actually prefer it to the St.B release. A growler is not enough and I need to order a sixtel if at all possible... I'm not sure if this would translate as well if bottled, but on draught (even in a growler) it's fantastic.

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Photo of nomad
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's newest lager is a darker golden beer with plenty of amber shades. The head is soapy and sparse, but tops of the clean glow of the beer.

Though lagers are typically served a little on the colder side, this beer was much better once it warmed up closer to cellar temperature. As such, it smelled of abundant Vienna malts tossing off notes of roasted apples, light spice most akin to cinnamon, and a delicate waft of fairly sturdy floral hops. Classic type of thin lager mouthfeel.

Taste runs the line of appropriate Vienna malt flavors: amber, rosy, apple-like, with the slightest grainy tone. A thin profile when cold, warmth brought on a much more inviting beer. Through out are seemingly citrus hops with a rough snap like a grapefruit. Surely balanced.

A strong version of a very rare style.

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Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is medium gold with little flashes of amber. The head is definitely a good one. This is a moderately malty lager with an almost honey nose. I was impressed, but don't know why. Victory is one of those few breweries that really does lager styles justice.

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Photo of maybrick
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pals Rotsruch and Ububru were at the bar waiting for this. I
know Rotsa being the MAN he is had it off of the bright tank. He wouldn't tell us much.


It is a filtered amber-type lager with a small head which adds to drinability in my opinion. I didn't think there was much of a nose (but hey, I was sick and not feeling very well - I dragged myself over to Victory for this tasting only) but I could be wrong.

Tastes I noted were kinda floral, kinda malty. Really balanced though and a very crisp finish. Deceivingly high alcohol content at over 6.5%.

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Photo of dmarch
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber in color with a large white head. Cinnamon like aroma with a touch of honey. Light malty sweetness with just the right amount of hops. Enough to add a wonderfull spiciness, but not too much that would take away from the delicate malt character. I haven't been dissappointed by a Victory lager yet.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this beauty to appear after lagering for almost 8 weeks. Inspired by Bill Covaleski's recent trip to the 1516 Brewery in Vienna, Austria, it represents Victory's committment to brewing style and tradition. It pours a clear, deep amber color which is capped by a short, off-white head that slowly disappears into a thin creamy collar with some lacing. The nose has a full noticeable malt character with a touch of a nut-like aroma. There is a very minimal floral hoppy fragrance. The body is medium with a lightly crisp and clean mouthfeel. The taste has a slightly fruity flavor with a hint of nuttiness and honey. The Noble Hops offer a level of soft, spiceness, but firm enough to provide a balance brew. It finishes dry with some lingering nutty malt sweetness. A highly enjoyable lager that satisfies. It offers enough full flavor and complexity to maintain interest while still remaining quite drinkable even at 6.7% abv. Be forewarned that this brew goes directly to the brain.

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Victory Vienna Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 12 ratings