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Victory Helles Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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357 Reviews

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 835
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

Formerly Victory Lager
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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Lager pours golden straw-yellow and presents a soft foamy head with little lacing. Slightly sweet, but refreshing. There are notes of controlled malt flavors.

For the novice: If you want an everyday beer that has universal appeal, this is it - PA folks, keep it local!

Personally: A good ol' beer for anytime and most any occasion.

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Photo of Edwin
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in the Victory Sampler case.

Appearance - Pours out a very yellow color, similar to strw, and, I hate to say it, Miller Lite. Some white head that disappears, but leaves some lacing.

Smell - Malty and very light smelling. Not much to write home about here. Some grassy odors.

Taste - Malts come through with a grassy/grainy flavor. Not what I wanted from a Victory brew. Too light and listless. A small hop feel in there.

Mouthfeel - Reminds me of a macro. Easy and not very assuming..

Drinkability - Very drinkable over the long haul, and maybe a good gateway beer for some, but if you are looking for a good Victory offering, this is definitely not what you want. So much better out there from these guys.

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Photo of cooter
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't particularly like the way lagers look in general, but this is standard fare for the style: light, dissipated head that's persistent around the miniscus. Golden, well carbonated, and a touch cloudier than most. Smells malty, crisp, and smooth. From the description on the bottle, which touts German methodology and denounces adjuncts, I get the feeling that this is a return to a simple, basic style, without frills, and it does a damn good job at that. This is like a Budweiser that doesn't taste like shit. Plain but solid. A keg of this wouldn't get any strange looks at a fraternity party, but wouldn't draw the disdain given to macro shit brews. An interesting idea for a beer, and it overcame my usual tendency towards complexity, spice, and obscure tastes. I wouldn't drink it regularly, but I'm impressed.

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Photo of oneeye
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Golden yellow with plenty of carbonation bubbles that form a egg shell white head. Very thin looking as you can see right through the glass of beer and the carbonation bubbles are very visible. Minimal lace sticks around with lots of carbonation.

A grainy aroma with a scent of grassy hops. Smells crisp and clean.

A light tasting lager that has a great balance of malt, grain, and hops. The malts are slightlty sweet. A great grain hop mix, light lemon, grassy, and earthy. A good tasting crisp beer with a dry finish.

Victory Lager could be a great session beer. A good tasting crisp and clean beer. It's easy to drink with a great balance of flavor, mouthfeel, and this beer tastes good to the end.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear, bright shining light.

Very clean beery nose.

It's all in there and it is well balanced.


Clean and crisp.

This is a wonderful beer. Quality with no pretense. Impossible not to find enjoyable. Another homerun for Victory.

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Photo of boelker62
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a fizzy little head that diminished almost completel, but no worry, the medium bidy on this yellow lager is quie plpeasing. Gets ou ready for ehat you'll imbibe upon soon.

S - light malty and yeasty nose, with the faintest hint of hops.

T - This, IMO is a beer that is style on. It has the deep cellared feel of a cool fermented German lager. A nice rendition of this style, and nothing spectacular or od, just damn solid. I think that is enough. Some beers, if you are not a fan specifically of the type, cannot be spectacular. Reigning champ of this style for me.

M - was nice and wet with a soft carbonation and a cleansing finish, enticing you to get more, but not requiring it out of dryness.

A stronghold of the Victory brand, and a perfect opportunity to start converting macro drinkers. Next stop, a Maibock...

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Photo of brianjay
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FULL DISCLAIMER: I am not typically a lager drinker, but these hot summer days make it a lot easier to grab one off the shelf.

No head on this one. It is a cloudy, bright yellow body. A little bit of movement, but not much. Not much aroma either. The yeast produces a bit of floral, earthy aromas but you have to search for it.

A grain/malty flavor on the back of this one, and the herbal flavors of the hops gives it a bit of character.

Overall, nothing here is overpowering. A well balanced and frighteningly easy beer to drink. Load up the cooler with a six pack of these.

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Photo of JimsArcade
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring Victory’s All Malt Lager, I am surprised to see that there is a little bit of sediment in a bottle of beer that isn’t bottle conditioned. The head quickly goes from a thick orange-white head to a white coating. While not cloudy per se, it is closer to translucent than transparent. From a distance, I’d swear this is a Helles.

The aroma is most definitely citrusy: lemon peel, to be exact. Bringing the aroma into the mouth, it is fuller than it is crisp. Using just this sense, I’d assume again that this is a Helles.

The first sip is light and malty-sweet with hints of orange peel. The carbonation is about average. This would make it about as crisp as other pale lagers, but the above-average hop presence ramps-up the level of crispness. It’s also smooth and creamy. The multitude of taste sensations here are just amazing for the style. The creaminess wanes as it finishes and winds up almost crisper than the first sips.

Apart from the bold German varieties, I am not a fan of lagers. Victory All Malt Lager has officially changed my stance. It’s easily my favorite pale lager, and ranks up there as a session beer of choice.

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Photo of beep71
1.38/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was given a few of these at a family dinner over the holidays. This brewery is local, but I've never had this before and was looking forward to it. I popped the cap and poured, and was instantly disappointed. Very little head, and a cheap beer color. The smell wasn't all that pleasing, and the taste was worse. easily the worst microbrew lager I've had. Thank God I didn't have to pay for it. I never will, not when I can buy Yuengling for less and not ever be wishing I didn't.

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Photo of MP72
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- pale gold with a nice white head which sadly diminished quickly. Very clear on par with the best german helles.

S- not a lot going on a bit bready and grainy ,,slight lemon smell. Overall weak in the nose.

T- Very clean and with a bit of hop bite and some euro skunk just enough to give it some pilsner character. Not at all in a bad way.
Finishes nicely and leaves you wanting more.

D- Very good nice moderate ABV and easily quaffable since it is a bit on the thin side even for a helles.

Overall Victory wins again I love these guys from my home state and this is a nice summertime beer for the heat we're having and a fine Helles.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice transiton beer. Pours out a yellow/caramel with a nice white head which dissappears quickly. tastes a bit bland, but it beleive this one is meant for refreshment, not of comlexity. The mouthfeel was quite fizzy but still good. Overally if youve got friends over and dont want ot stock up on BUD get this it will please both sides.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Victory lager poured a light golden yellow. Very little head and what head was there quickly disappeared. The scent was subtle. Light malt, mostly light wheat grains. The flavor was crisp and subtle. Light malts, not very powerful. Soft lager style wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was refreshing, and there was little aftertaste. Nice lager, but would like a little more power behind it.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 9-20-2010, drank 8-28-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory glass. 3 finger head quickly reduces to almost nothing without lacing. Crystal clear pale yellow color.

Aroma of lemon rind, light pine, and sweet malt. Tastes lemon, honey, light hops, and malt. Just the barest touch of bitterness comes in and fades back to the malt.

Okay carbonation. Very light bodied, watery. Very straightforwardly nice but kinda light on flavor almost to the point of blandness, though that makes it really easy to drink and to drink a lot of it. I think it is okay, but far from the class of say Weihenstephaner Original Premium even though that had to make a trip from overseas.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this. A standard craft lager made well. BB date of Aug 11,2015 so not super fresh.
A. Very light gold color
S. Not much here
T. Biscuity with malty lead notes. Crisp finish, and grassy tones
O. A very well made lager, will buy again if convenient but won't go out of my way to purchase

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Photo of StarSAELS
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My opinion: this is the let-down in the Victory sample pack. Granted, I'm not a fan of lagers, but I've had a few that made me lick my lips and ask for another. This one... no. Run-of-the-mill.

Pours, looks, smells, tastes and feels like a standard lager. Nothing really jumps out at me. Looks like... a beer. Smells like... a beer. Tastes like... a beer. You know, that nondescript beer. Reminds me of the boring stuff grampa and my uncles drank.

I guess not everybody in the dugout can be the star of the game!

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Photo of saradad
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going over some notes from the other night I got this:
A: Golden, visible carbonation, white head quick disappears.

S: Malty goodness with a citrusy hops balance

T: Sweet nutty with light citrus behind that, good balance.

M: Creamy, drying finish with a light hops aftertaste.

D: Oh yeah, this is a good one.

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Photo of umtox
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very light golden lager with a decent head and lots of carbonation

S: Pungent classic beer smell, a bit yeasty.

T: Crisp, strongly carbonated and a decent aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, crisp on the palate.

An average lager for a microbrewery, but very drinkable. Definitely would pair well with food.

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Photo of jizfiasco
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear goldenrod color that resembles a very watery American lager. The head is fluffy and white but disappears in a blink. Smells a bit more German than it appears with a little pepper and grain. The taste is so much betters than the look and scent. If I saw this beer in a glass not knowing what it was I would pass it by buy the flavor is on point. I get grainy breaded malts, herbal hop notes and that peppery feel that is necessary for the style. Carbonation is lower but very striking and the beer goes down easy buy it gets too sweet as it warms so it's a gulper. Overall a good representation but could be a little cheaper I'm my opinion for what it is.

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Photo of leeenglewood
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was still in the all malt lager packaging but the case came with a flyer inside of it telling the about the change in recipe to the helles lager style. Pale yellow with a slim head disappears after a few sips with tiny bubbles rising to the top. Smells like husky grains and is somewhat grassy. Taste is a decent light sweet malt flavor a tinge of hops that are herbal tasting. Does quite well on the palate and is no way extreme in any which way. A very good take on a the german light lager style while not catering to anything specifically because it certainly has more flavor then any macro pale lager and as such is a very good substitute for them. Like a gateway drug of the beer world nothing great nothing bad just plain good is the new recipe. I expect to see Victory turn more peoples head then ever before. The new recipe is a victory for your taste not your pretensions.

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Photo of dansm
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice clear pale yellow color, with a small white head.

S-Aroma is that of sweet malt with some very light hops in the background.

T-Nice, slightly sweet malt flavor, with a hint of lemon. The slight hop bitterness finishes up nicely.

M-Thin body with a decent carbonation.

D-This is a good drinking beer, goes down really smooth. Won't take much to finish off a sixer.

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Photo of DrunkenPanther
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkle caramel color with a head that goes away just as fast you can pour the beer.
The smell is interesting...at first, the heavymalt/hop smell reminded me of straight wort, but not as potent.
I found two different tastes with this one depending on whether it was consumed very cold or as it warms a bit. If consumed very cold, it hits with a strong malt flavor with a fairly strong bite on the tongue (not a bad bite, just not one you would expect with a very malty beer) and finishes off with more traditional lager flavor. As the beer warms, the malt taste lingers more and smooths out. Definitely an easier brew to drink as it is not really overpowering with malt as one might expect.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

First review, first Helles tasted as far as I can remember. My comments will by no means compare to that of a beer judge, but here goes:
--bottle to pint glass; light urine / apple cider color (label notes golden which is appropriate)
--nominal head with aroma lightly sweet, but 1st thought is Foster's
--taste: like that of a standard DOMESTIC lager (which says alot pro and con, since not an American beer fan), albeit a bit smoother and definitely not as bad hoppy
--aftertaste: hangs there on the tongue / lingers in your mouth; dry, palpable cottony mouth feel requiring you to take another hit to quench it
--buzz meter: drank pre lunch@ 1130 so mild to mod on empty stomach
--burpage: slightly acidic / hoppy (this would be standard)

Drinkability: ala comic book grading scale = FINE.

Big Fan of Victory, since lived in Philly for some time, but with so many beers to try / re-try, not one I'd be HANKERING (my new category) for / no love lost; but would probably reconsider, as we all would and all know, if we had one on tap in Downingtown.
Ch33rs factor = indifferent.

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Photo of ZSimon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weak pale yellow color, with a fluffy head that dissipates to a very fine lingering ring. Not much in the nose, just some faint grain. Surprisingly solid, malty body (given the unimpressive, macro-ish appearance.) Light on the hops, maybe some lemon. A bit of Band-Aid flavor- not a bad thing.

This brew is a bit of a tweener- a flavorful lager that would suit Joe-BMC just fine. Good to see that with all of the huge beers in Victory's portfolio, they can make a fine "regular" beer as well.

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Photo of CSquared
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Golden yellow with a huge white head that fades fast. Mild lacing remains

Aroma: Pale malts, slightly grassy hops, and slight phenolic note

Taste: Sweet at the start, and then the German hops become quite present. This beer definitely got better as it went.

Mouthfeel: Smooth start finishes with a slightly coarse dry end. Fairly full body for the style.

Drinkability: Drinkability is quite good, but flavors get quite surpressed if too cool. This would be a great stepping stone beer for macro lovers

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Photo of sturner26
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into normal pint glass.

A: Clear pale yellow, bordering on golden. Tiny bubbles and a 2-3 inch white head that fades quickly.

S: Smells like an adjunct to be honest. Some lemon and grass but the smell makes me think I'm drinking an BMC.

T: With the smell of adjunct in my nose, I couldn't help but find the taste to be slightly above BMC. Lemon overtone and some cereal or wheat but it had a distinct aftertaste, like sulfur and was not great.

M: Good (compared to an BMC, which has become my standard for this beer unfortunatly). Good zest and active carbonation similar to a pils.

D: Not great. Packaged in a mized case with Hopdevil, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey, I know which beer will be my last resort every time I visit the fridge.

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Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.