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Lager - American
Ranked #83
Ranked #33,230
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very 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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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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

4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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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beerloserLI from New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Wornoutcook from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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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arizcards from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -19.6%
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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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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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RockHop from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +6.9%
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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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -6.6%
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 +4.2%
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 -0.8%
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 +15.1%
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 North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -6.6%
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 +10.6%
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 -7.4%
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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