Cybercat (4987) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Comes out of tap clear pale golden with a nice fine-bubbled eggshell head. Aroma is more apple and pear than malty, almost cider-like. Flavor has malty and fruity notes, not strong but refreshing. Mouthfeel has average fizz and body, and leaves a slightly dusty finish. OK, but will take the edge off a hot afternoon. Drink it while watching a game.
onceblind (6929) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brilliantly clear light golden with a thin white head. Clean biscuity/crackery lagery nose. Clean and crackery flavor with lots of pale German malts. Straight forward and lagery, with that Helles cleanness.
ZacM612 (521) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden, clear and bubbly with a thin white head. Malty aroma. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty light bodied. Not bad.
TXBadger (2459) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and a little hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean.
Dacrza (819) - 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 (3342) - 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 (1057) - 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 (478) - 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 (5525) - Trois-Rivières, 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 (7231) - 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.