Victoria Lager | Vancouver Island Brewing

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Victoria LagerVictoria Lager

Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, part of the most recent VIB mixed-pack to show up here in Alberta. And I know it's not the same, but this one's name really reminds me of the dearly departed Victoria Bitter (or just 'VB') in these parts. Anyways.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some decent patchy and streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, white saltine crackers, a bit of underripe apple and pear fruitiness, some subtle earthy peppercorn notes, and very subtle leafy, weedy, and floral old-school hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, some mildly sugary generic fruitiness, ethereal bubblegum (why, I do not profess to know), faint estery yeast, and more underwhelming leafy, musty, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly benign in its ennui-stricken frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, but a tad watery by the same sword. It finishes off-dry, the crackery malt and fading wan fruity notes presiding.

Overall - well, this is certainly an above-average Canadian-struck lager, but not exactly in league with the average-to-best versions of the purported Teutonic style. Plain, but easy enough to put back, that is if you're not duly distracted by all the shit going on south of the 49th, amirite?

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Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a bottle while sitting on the patio at the Fogg 'n Suds in Vancouver.
It has a clear straw / gold color, a strong pour produced a nice white head. The foam does shrink but doesn't totally disappear, and left some minimal lacing on the glass.
The beer is what you expect from the style. A touch of hops, refreshing and easy to drink. Clean, dry finish. A good all around summer drinking beer.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pasteurized apple juice golden, with a lanky layer of micronized bubbles.

Smell: Grassy at first, it slowly develops a corn syrupy sweetnes that takes over firmly as the pint goes down.

Taste: Body is a bit more affirmed than your standard macro lager (probably more attributable to the corn syrup and low carbonation to actual malt), the aftertaste, like the looks, is dry like a bitter apple. A baby step above your brother in law's lager.

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Photo of Fabric8r
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light lager. A real pleasure to drink. Nice bottle label, kept one for a souvenier. This lager is very smooth. Just the right ballance of malt to hop, you can taste both. Two bottles from the 6 pack I bought tasted horrible, must have been something they shouldn't have let out. But the other 4 were a real pleasure to drink.

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Victoria Lager from Vancouver Island Brewing
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 6 ratings