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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Lager
Ranked #71
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,340
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
172
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 11, 2021
Added:
Mar 12, 2017
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  38
SCORE
84
Good
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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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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is the dry-hopped version. Larger head of three fingers initially. Good 3D lacing webs. Hazy with a green hue to the dirty gold color.

Crisp and refreshing smell. The base malt is very clean and there's an extraordinarily attractive floral hop. This is one of the most attractive beers in terms of smell I've had.

The taste is consistent with the smell. The malty start is excellent if a bit nondescript. The body leans rich for a lager; neutral carbonation. The hop is interesting in a good way with some white pepper bite and continued floral softness. Overall, a superior, refreshing lager.
Jun 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2020
 
Rated: 2.86 by Jeez from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

May 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by monk2021 from Texas

Feb 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.32 by markallmon from Tennessee

Feb 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Dec 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Nov 27, 2019
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Reviewed by hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Golden color, lively carbonation. Hops bring a bit of a bite to a middle-of-the-road lager. Not remarkable in any way. A fairly competent thirst quencher, but not much more.
Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.28 by DIM from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by RKCMUZIK

4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by robebo44 from Virginia

Sep 03, 2019
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Reviewed by beerloserLI from New York

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A pale off yellow color with decent clarity and a white and quick head of foam bubbles. The nose is semi-sweet with hops and malt. Very clean on the first few sips with lots of nice pilsner malt and rather hoppy on the finish. Smooth as all hell with really nice balance between the malt and hops. A light/moderate mouth feel that drinks refreshing but will full stick on flavors. Notes of bready malt, grass, straw, mixed spice, herbs, pepper, lemon, and grapefruit.

Overall, this is pretty nice stuff. It's a bit hoppy for a lager but that seems to be the point and I think the balance is really well done despite that.
Aug 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Wornoutcook from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
$1.50 a can in a 15 pack. A very good and tasty beer. One I could drink more than one of in a sitting. Flavor is complex enough to not get board but Alcohol content is low enough to allow you to get work done after breakfast.
Aug 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by Boone757 from Virginia

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.02 by hoppyhoppy from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Nephilium from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Crisp aroma with earthy hop notes. pours a slightly hazy straw with a thin white head. Light bodied, a touch of straw, earthy notes, and spice come through from the flavor. Lingering mild bitter finish, comes across very dry.
Jul 16, 2019
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Rated by TheDodec from Maryland

2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
Can't get over the weird taste of used gym socks.
Jul 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.7 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jul 04, 2019
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Picked up this brew as part of a mixed 15-pack 4-29-19 for $1.27 per can. Enjoy before 7-5-19.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a smaller white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of oranges and mangos, pretty nice.

Taste follows the nose. Hints of oranges and mangos over a light malt body. Finishes kind of flat.

Mouthfeel is light bodied but lakes crispness that i would expect for a lager.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing i would personally seek out.
Jun 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.62 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jun 03, 2019
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear light amber with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is a touch of bitter citrus, with bready malts. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Finish is dry and cleansing.
May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -19%
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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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured a hazy lemon yellow with a half finger white head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing was present. Nose is sweet and floral. Taste lightly follows the nose with just a slight hop finish. The feel is a moderate light with a bit of seltzer.
Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by RockHop from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.47 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Jacob_bartling from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Reviewed by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pale yellow with a white head.
Smell: Sweet, floral hoppy smell. Really nice.
Taste: Mild citrus. A hint of smoke/pepper/cloves. Bit of a minty herbal taste. Smooth bready finish.
Feel: Thin, carbonated.
Overall: A balanced lager with some interesting flavors going on. Pretty and smells nice. Mild and drinkable. Really good beer -- the minty/herbal flavor combined with the breadiness really puts it over the top for me.
Feb 25, 2019
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Reviewed by ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Sampled from a can, best by June 15, 2019. Looks like a lager, but not as yellow, it has a more golden hue. Aroma is fantastic for a light lager...lemon & citrus with none of the usual skunkyness.

Taste somewhat follows the aroma upfront, which is enjoyable. However, the mouthfeel and backend leaves a somewhat stale finish. I enjoyed this well enough. I think it has a lot of potential, but the finish would grow old with more than one. If it had a drier, crisper finish, it could be very good.
Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.84 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.39 by DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

Jan 20, 2019
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