Home Grown New American Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Home Grown New American LagerHome Grown New American Lager

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gatornation on 03-12-2017

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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour gets you under a finger of bone white head, lightly dimpled surface, any lacing forms short isolated islands rather than true streaks, retention actually halfway decent for what it is. The liquid is bright yellow yet also full of particulate which gives it a thorough haze, not that many bubbles and nothing close to beads. Upon the pour the nose leaps right out at you with a delicate floral breeze, lots of mixed white citrus zest and country style bread, salt and pepper, firm feel in the nostrils, dollop of basic peach and apricot fruit at best, no overt flaws present. Medium-bodied, extremely dry and the carbonation prickles more than expected. Freshly herbaceous with grass, lemongrass notes. Earthy as well, light metallic side, this and that salt/pepper thing tends to mask the florality or anything remotely sweet. The sour lemon citrus persists well, you almost think there’s a cut lemon floating in it. Apple and pear skin, apricot pit, very little fruit pulp. The more you sip it, the heavier it feels. You could say that it works on its own terms but not interested in more than a bottle to analyze and write up.

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Photo of Jason
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Slightly in the raw, but with tons of balance this somewhat hop forward lager shows off a nearly clear yellow hue and an impressive head on top. Smells of citrus, while flowers, green tea, & fresh cut grass. Incredibly smooth with a very refreshing crispness. Citrus, grassy, mildly herbal hop flavor go far into the after taste. Not too bitter, just loads of hop flavor. More or less clean and drinks like a lager. In the big world of hop forward beers I'd love to see more hoppy lagers like this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Victory Brewing Co. "Home Grown"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 27 NOV 2017..." and sampled 31 JUL 2017
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've waited a while to try this because I haven't seen it on tap and I didn't want to buy a 12-pack, but let's see, maybe it's worth buying a whole case. It's a lot lighter in color than I thought it would be, a mostly clear yellow beneath a finger-thick head of densely creamy bright white foam. I'll assume that whatever it lacks in clarity is due to dry-hopping. The aroma is pungent with hop resins, floral notes, grapefruit and other tropical fruit (low-level mango, papaya, passionfruit, orange, etc.), and just a hint of grassiness. It's quite pleasant and welcoming. The head has dropped at this point but it still maintains a solid, creamy surface covering, and there's some solid sheets of lace covering from where the head began to where it is now. The flavor brings some of the hops with it, but I'm mostly getting citrus/tropical and a bit of pine and what seems like apple/blueberry now, and there's not a lot of malt flavor to it. I understand what it is, or what it's supposed to be - a lighter style American lager - but in this case I think the hops are a little overdone. The aroma is bigger than what you find in the flavor (although that's not the worst thing, and maybe a good thing for some), and it's out of balance in the flavor with too much hop flavor not having enough malt to back it up. The bitterness level is OK, perhaps higher than what you might expect from a beer of just 4.8% ABV with this limited level of malt, but OK. Ah, so, what to say? I'm glad I didn't buy the 12-pack of this but it would have made an OK "hoppy" lawnmower beer anyway. Wow, that sounds really insulting in a way, and it's not as bad as that makes it out to be, but still true. I wouldn't want to have two of these in a row. And I'm surprised by that. This is the first beer from Victory that I won't champion to others. It's not lack of quality materials, or production, all of that's fine, it fails by design.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy straw with a big fluffy white head. Medium retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Super bright and floral, lots of yellow grapefruit and lemon zest, bright citrus zest; subtle pine, mint, crackery malt, some honey blossom.

T: A big pop of lemon and grapefruit upfront, mostly the peel and zest and oils. The malt backbone is cracker-like, light and crisp. There's hints of pineapple and white peach. There's more grassy, floral, and slightly piney hop flavor on the back end, as well as some dank earthy character reminiscent of DirtWolf. Finishes crisp and clean with a bit of a doughy aftertaste.

F: Fairly light, well-carbonation, pretty crisp and clean, but with a bit earthy hop oils lingering.

O: A simply excellent lager. This is an IPL, for sure. Very well done.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll be honest. I liked this beer. A lot. It pours a hazy yellow/gold in the glass, with just a hint of fresh, piney hops in the nose. A decent foam head laces nicely all the way down. The taste is at first subtle pine, then a smooth malt body and a soft bitter aftertaste that is both welcome and refreshing. I could find nothing wrong with this. It was the perfect "every day" beer, with the balance of easy drinking flavor, lower ABV, and yet enough hops to make it interesting without trying to be an IPA (or IPL). Victory has another winner with this one.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most of you people are crazy.

This is a freaking amazing lager. Crystal clear and perfectly golden in color. Excellent foam retention. An American lager in look in every way.

Aroma of cereals and soft floral hops, but more cereal than hop. And this is a super fresh can. Don’t smell any malt sweetness. Excellent lager nose, with an American hop twist.

Tastes like a super clean, lively/crisp, and quite balanced lager, with a touch of sweetness that quickly dissipates after a slap you on the cheek bitterness that lingers through a very long finish. And its damn crushable at that. I would not put this in IPL territory. Ventures in that direction, but the whole cone hops used keep the bitterness tamed and not astringent/harsh like most IPLs made using pellets.

This aint a hop bomb ale made in five days and designed to generate free cash. Not an adjunct stout to appease in your face flavor chasers. Not a flavor of the week gose, or a fructose laden beer mimosa that is more juice than ale. And no lactose was harmed in the making of this beer.

This is, simply, an amazing beer. There has been/will be no hype. Ratings will suck. And uninformed beer nerds will poo poo this beer. But if you can get past all that and are looking for a crushable, balanced (skews towards bitter—in a good way), extremely well made lager, this beer rocks.

No clue how well this beer holds up over time, but its a lager. Drink fresh.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a hazy pale golden color with tons of tiny suspended particles. There is a three finger, sudsy bright white head that sticks around forever and leaves lots of chunky patches of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is rather subdued and all over the board. Orange, citrus pith, pine, grapefruit, floral and spicy hop notes with lager yeast, as well as crackery and doughy malts.

Taste is the same. Very hop forward although the malts do make themselves known. The flavors come across muddled rather than complex and layered.

Feel is light, juicy and smooth. Lacking the crispness and dry finish that I prefer in a lager. Very easy drinking though.

Overall this beer is a miss for me. I prefer lagers in the traditional German sense, especially the hop flavors. I do enjoy many hoppy lagers too, but I have yet to be impressed by one that uses "new school" hops as I find that the fruity juiciness ruins the mouthfeel.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kcc
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drhall36
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generalraider
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: September 3, 2017... OCCASION: Draft #3 with the family, coming up soon... GLASSWARE: PSU pilsner... pours a pale golden body rife with bubbles, translucently thin... head is off-white, frothy like a ragged sponge, with bubbles in various sizes... immediate hop bite at the nose, with aromatic pine and lavender seguing into citric lemon and stonefruit... slight mango and acetyl alcohol... caramel is solid, with light bread malts backing the lager, but the hops continue to power through its six-headed hydra... this beer has some stylistic confusion--it's an India (should have a heavier ABV than this?) and it's a lager (though this has an almost skewed hop-to-malt balance)... the mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing, and tempting, with a crisp, full finish... the flavor profile is not as diverse or pronounced as its aroma: the citrus is faint, mostly lemon and hay; the caramel settles for second place; and the flowery hints give way to pepper, anise, and less spicy earthiness... I believe I like this, as its drinkability and taste project long nights without sacrificing quality or quantity...

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Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at the fine Knob Hill Tavern in Newburgh, IN on a cold Winter day.

Appearance: Clean golden with a whitish head. No lace but no points detracted as it was served in a frosty mug.

Aroma: Malty with some hops! Very nice.

Taste: Clean and traditionally lager-malty but with a definite pop of hops to give a modern American twist to the traditional lager style. Quite delicious, and one I’ll look for in cans/bottles soon. Victory for Victory, here.

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Photo of let8it8grow
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is a big hop smell with some fruit tossed in. The taste is very hoppy with a mild fruit backdrop.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Home Grown New American Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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