Dacrza (633) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date: July 10, 2015... Glassware: 22 oz. pilsner... Occasion: craftbrew showdown--Susquehanna Goldencold vs. Victory Helles... Appearance: pale yellow body that suppresses clusters of bubbles at the glass’s base; large, sporadic burps float upward; excellent head retention of a spongy, full white head; head simmers to solar flares and thick, bubbly hedgerows.... Aroma: a flowery, medium-hopped impression arrives immediately; the stress on German hops and malts is not lost in the product, as a pleasant, welcoming allure of herbs greets the usual cereal and hay of the lager.... Palate: immediate impact on the throat, though the aftertaste is fleeting; soft on the mouth, with a light, apologetic drinkability--definitely intended for swift sipping in sixes; little weight or fizz, but adequately carbonated; not surprisingly, little bitterness to the finish... Taste: again, a floral softness pillows the tongue and exerts a ticklish presence upon the teeth; a release of perfumed lilacs and other botanicals occurs with each sip; a bit sweeter than sour, which is to be expected; smooth and sippable, but begging to be slammed... Overall: I am rating this under the assumption that this was the V Lager I had decades ago, now under a new name but still profiling as the German standout that it was (is)---a treat to revisit old friends, and this beer certainly takes me back to the early years of my beer passion, with its drinkability and gateway familiarity to the less nuanced, more mainstream lagers; Victory has always had my bias, but this is the reason we drink--to enjoy without serious analysis; this beer needs little metrics or measure; just a solid approximation of the style...
drjay44 (2966) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle Pours a medium white, tiny bubbled, well retained white head over a clear, effervescent straw (SRM 2) body......nose is slightly malt sweet, with hints of light colored fruits (pear, apple), biscuit, bread notes with cereal malts, light noble hop aromas, balance slightly to the malts......taste is lightly malt sweet, with hints of cereal, biscuit, becoming dry, with light spicy hop bitterness, balanced.....mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, high carbonation slight acid. This a light refreshing, nicely balanced style, which is not overly complex. This beer meets those criteria. BJCP 9/3/15/5/7
hman43 (604) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It Pours golden with some lacing. It has mild malt character with some grass hops. It is fairly smooth with light bitterness.
Doofgoblin (429) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a good helles! I’ve only had one that was measurably better and that was out of a German brewery in Fort Collins, Zwei Brewing. The aroma is clean and the appearance is too. Taste is toasted malt, crusty bread, and a balanced sweetness with a hint of earth hops. Finish is light and crisp. My only criticism is that I would have liked just a little bit more toasty malt flavor. It goes well with heavy food!
JulienHuxley (4241) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Winooski beverage warehouse. Clear gold pour with small fizzy white head, not the best appearance. Aroma is really grainy, nice full grainy aroma, crisp bready/biscuity notes, very light caramel. Taste is lightly sweet, good husky grainy flavor, bordering on acrid bitter, but always inside the line, fresh bread, very light leafy finish. Palate is light-med bodied with good carbonation, dry and superbly drinkable. A fine helles and another great lager from Victory.
solidfunk (5268) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not a lot going on here. Some crisp malt, paper aroma. Golden pour. Just what you would expect it to be. Bottle pour sampled at whole foods.
Cakes (393) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle.
, A little sweeter than other helles, but very nice. A little more hops as well. Better than the famous Yueling Lager I think.
superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of light lemon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A good amount of dryness present as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice Helles style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Bork (452) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light and quite watery brew with an out of place honey aroma and flavor that turns into very little about midway.
Onslow (1265) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear golden brew, one finger of fizzy head that quickly dissipates to virtually nothing. Aroma of malt, some grass. Taste is luscious sweet light malt at the start with a mild grassy finish. A few notches above macro lagers but not the best exemplar of the style.