Home Grown New American Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Home Grown New American LagerHome Grown New American Lager
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Style:
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #48
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,861
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
238
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  33
SCORE
85
Very Good
Home Grown New American LagerHome Grown New American Lager
Notes: Gotta give the people what they want, right? A lot of you have been searching for your next go-to beer. Something hoppy, but still drinkable and refreshing. Search no further! Six varieties of American whole flower hops (Centennial, Mosaic, Azacca, Cascade, Chinook, and Citra) pack bold and juicy flavors into this crisp, drinkable lager. Meet Victory Home Grown. Your NEW American Lager.
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dry-hopped lager by Victory with a 4.8% ABV.

Look-It pours a light-yellow golden color with a slight haze and white foamy head. The lacing is drooping, sparse, and wet.

Smell-It has a tenuous aroma and is difficult to pin down what it smells like, but I get apricot peel, fresh cut hay, a minerality, and some clove.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but I’m also picking up on some sort of melon and melon rind. It almost reminds me of an orange crème soda with that apricot and honey suckle malts. The melon is the aftertaste and the apricot and honey suckle are front and center. It is light-bodied and very light. It has a crisp and refreshing rinse sort of feel to it and is an easy drink.

Overall-It is definitely nice to try a beer that is a bit unique. This dry-hopped lager was a great idea and Victory did a great job with it!

Nov 24, 2019
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RKCMUZIK

4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing and smooth taste I love a cold beer after a good jam session !
Best thing is you can enjoy a few and still find the chords : )

V for Victory !

Sep 20, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, citrus. Taste is the same as the aroma, there are some floral notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it ain't bad, but I was expecting something a little more hop forward.

May 05, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shimmering golden with a moderate white frothy head, this does not stand out much from other light lagers. Bitter grass, Corn Pops, and an astringent, musty hop presence define the light, airy body that finishes dry.

Apr 18, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with white head. Not too clear, but not hazy. Head is okay with some retention. Some effervescence that gives the nose some citrus, candy, and grain. Flavor is a bit odd. Nite quite hoppy, and not well balanced. Very light and crisp with little malt. Almost seems brewed with rice. Seltzery and easy to drink if you like light beers with a hint of herby hops.

Apr 04, 2019
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Jacob_bartling from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: very light golden Amber

S: great smell. Lots of juicy citrusy smells.

T: taste is good. Not great, but definitely good

MF: too light for me. The biggest issue with this beer. Mouth feel if more like a pilsner

O: overall, I wanted this beer to be so much better. I like most of the beers from this brewery, and I absolutely LOVE the smell from this beer but it just falls flat.

Mar 06, 2019
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a nice light yellow/gold color with nice clean fair white foam with mild lacing along for the ride...
The aroma is a bonus and somewhat of an adventure, because of all that goes on in the nose with it...it was difficult to seperate, but as I got to the taste it opened up for me, and that even took awhile...then it hit me! the one thing that really came thru for me was the apricot fruitiness. It was like a revelation for me and those enjoying this brew with me. They weren't thinking that way, but once I pointed it out, they also have the same revelation that I had... it was very funny and we needed more at that point.
As for the feel...it didn't matter at this point, because of the enjoyment of the taste...but the feel was pleasant and enjoyable as the taste adventure.
All in all Victory did well with this brew...especially with an ABV of only 4.8 that challenges brews with higher. Well done Victory! This is a Victory for all that try it.

Feb 21, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Look is fairly clear yellow. Smell is yeasty malt. Taste pretty much follows nose. Feel is light. Overall a very drinkable lager.

Feb 21, 2019
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srw from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass.
L: Pours a bright golden straw color with about a finger and a half of white head. Lacing remains around the glass as the head settles.
S: Lemon, melon, a some fruity hops.
T: Clean, crisp with some lemon zest and mild hops finish.
F: Light bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Very good lager. The hops add nice flavor to a fantastic smooth lager.

Dec 27, 2018
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a part of Victory's 15 "Kick Back Pack". I enjoy a few of the other brews in this pack, but this has become my favorite.

L: Not too dissimilar from better AAL's, like Coors Banquet or Miller High Life. Not bad at all, with a nice fizzy head that lasts, but nothing too special.

S: Oh yes! Very nice floral bouquet of rose and wildflowers, with blueberry and apple underneath. Nice!

T: Hops really elevate the taste of this bad boy. It takes all the best elements of a simple, Miller High Life-type lager and combines them with a simply scrumptious hops presence that bends the rules of what an American lager can be.

F: Velvety and substantial, like the best American lagers. Reminds me of Yuengling, but better.

Overall: Friends of mine CLAIM to prefer Golden Monkey, Prima Pils, or Hop Devil... But for whatever reason, these are always the first to disappear from my 15 pack!

Dec 02, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by January 6th 2019. Can compliments of my friend, the beer guy at Liquor Shed, Jacob.

A vigorous pour yields 2 fingers of foam with some spotty lacing.

Grapefruit citrus, tropical fruity aromas emanating from my glass. I get cracker malt that is not shy at all. Great nose.

Cracker malt and that dry hopped goodness playing on an even keel to my palate. Almost a perfect balance. So much flavour without the need for a hefty abv. Even after several sips, the flavours don't fade.

Mouthfeel...so nice. Helps with the high drinkability.

More like this please and make them available so that I can grab them off the shelf.

Oct 05, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, best before 5/7/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes presence. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy pale lager! All around awesome citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very vibrant, juicy, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; with a great balanced clean pils malt backbone, and mild residual sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering. Loved the hop profile as expected.

Sep 29, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 12/4/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale golden with solid clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have hints of orange along with some crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors are sharp and crisp. More orange along with some hints of lemon and grapefruit. Lots of fresh grass. Nice hop bitterness. Malts do their thing, but don't dominate. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with active carbonation
carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid "hoppy lager". It's more or less what you would expect from one. Not bad at all.

Aug 18, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Now my favorite us hoppy lager. This is how lager was meant to be. A garden of flavor. Agree with Alstrom Bros 4.2 review.
a) Pale gold body with thick, lacey, sticky, creamy white head that lasts and laces all the way down. mild carbonation.
s) I get fruity and herbal hops that are very light and airy, followed by white cracker, melon, and lemon.
t) All the big flavors of the aroma brightly arriving home with flowers and melon hops in the lead.
f) Creamy for lager, big cleansing finish. Great food beer.
o) US best hoppy lager?

Jul 26, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is grassy and floral;

T: not especially flavorful either; grassy, floral, and citrus; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking and refreshing, but I expected more aroma and flavor;

Jul 26, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can, enjoy by 8/26/18. Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a medium bubbly white head that diminishes and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet grainy malts with fruity hops and a little green apple.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with lemony fruit and a crisp grassy finish. Some green apple comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

Overall, a nice light hoppy lager.

Jul 17, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: chill haze on this light amber color. Frothy white head

S: sweet grains, lemongrass, sweet breads and grains


T: sweet grains, sweet lemon, and a sweet malt presence upfront. Some slightly earthy mild hop presence behind that

M: light mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: very smooth for the style, and doesn’t have an adjunct flavor. It’s a hot weather BBQ beer for whole family

Jul 02, 2018
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean pale yellow with a white head that leaves some lace.

Smells of floral and citrus hops with earthy malt undertones.

Taste is a nice punch of floral, citrus, and earthy hops melding into a biscuit malt backbone. Very nice.

Jun 23, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
Enjoy By: 07 May 2018

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some lemon, kinda fruity. The taste is malty, hoppy, lemon, kinda fruity. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew, a nice thirst quencher.

Jun 19, 2018
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flaskman from New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was looking for an easy drinker for a hot day so I figured why not. Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass. Light golden yellow with plenty of head that dissipates quickly leaving a little on the edge with minor lacing. For a lager the smell was wonderful. The first thing that you get is a fresh hop smell that was unexpected. The taste was surprisingly hoppy but not overpowering. It is floral and refreshing. It tastes like hop oil added to a great lager base because it does feel resiny. Slightly different. Very crisp, refreshing and crushable. A fantastic spin on an American lager. The perfect beer for when you are thirsty.

Jun 17, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear light yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” bright white head that slowly recedes to leave a thin irregular island of foam on the surface and a wide ring of lacing around the sides of the glass. Sipping create several scattered small patches and some slender legs of lacing.

The aromas are gentle and mostly about the hops. There’s some floral and some grapefruit character, a bit of resin and some tropical fruits. Way in the background there is also a bit of bready malt.

The flavors, as expected from the nose, are gentle and mostly all about the hops with both the floral and citric flavors showing. There’s also touch of resin and some tropical fruits, The hops are backed up by just a bit of bready malt sweetness that is balanced nicely by some light, slightly resinous bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with just a bit of crispness from the moderate, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the light, bready background sweetness begins to fade so that the floral and citric hop character become the focus before they too fade away into a nice dry and slightly bitter ending.

Overall a reasonably drinkable and refreshing beer that I’d certainly not turn down if offered. Also, I could see serving this bee at a party or for an evening with guests when what is wanted is a flavorful beer that doesn’t take attention away from good conversation, etc. While the aromas/flavors are not particularly intense they are playing together nicely. However, I think I’d like it a bit better if there were just a wee bit more malt backbone showing.

Jun 17, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Rich golden color with just a bit of haziness. Fluffy white head with not much retention. Ok to good lacing.

S---Hoppy. Floral & fruity (citrus)

T---Juicy. Citrusy (lemon/grapefruit).

F---Just a little bit dry. Crisp & refreshing. More body than I expected from such a low ABV.

O---An excellent offering from an excellent brewery. As flavorful a lager as you're likely to find.

Jun 16, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent, pale yellow with a fluffy, fizzy, half inch, bright white head that sizzles and pops and slowly dissipates. Nose is light and grassy with hint of adjuncts. Taste consistent with nose - a little crackers with just a kiss of lemon and a clean finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. All and all a pleasant, refreshing, lawnmower beer. Totally drinkable.

Jun 12, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super affordable 15 packs are for sale around the Baltimore metro area.

Pours filtered, very pale yellow with a small head. Perhaps a shade darker than, say, Coors, but not as dark or as lively as a European-style pils.

Smells very clean: grassy, fruity, lightly floral, minimal esters. Nice.

Tastes like it smells: grass and potpourri up front, moving into a middle containing nodes of hay and citrus hops, finishing very clean with some light bitter hoppiness on the aftertaste. It's a light beer, sure, but it's super well brewed and a top-tier example of the style.

Also, as with all well-brewed lighter-tasting beers, I'd strongly recommend pouring this into a glass.

Jun 10, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, yellow-hued body with a small-sized, evaporating, white head.

Smell: Lightly tannic, lightly toasty with a frown-giving, quasi-chemically scent, hinting of scorched wax or cleaner.

Taste: Doughy malts, slightly toasted grain. Where the hops, where the goodness should be, egads, you're given a seconds-long, almost spiteful spritz of dry shampoo right in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very disappointing, Victory. Can't recommend this.

Jun 01, 2018
Home Grown New American Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 238 ratings