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 (1273) - 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.
Vestlake (236) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour with a half a finger head. This tastes every bit as good as the imported Dortmunder/Helles I’ve had. Great taste, will buy again.
Atom (1821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a clear straw/golden with a medium white head. Aroma of lager yeast, mild malt, and slight grassy hops. Taste of lightly bready lager yeast and malt with light hop and a touch of bitterness. A drinkable Helles.
3fourths (8642) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2015
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle best by July 2015. Clear gold with no head. Simple aroma of honey-ish malt and yeast that smells like vitamins and cosmetics, and DMS shows as corn and concrete, more so in the mouth than the nose. Light bodied, moderately sweet with low bitterness and low acidity. Syrupy and flabby approach, coarse starchy finish, low carbonation. All around terrible lager, smells foul and looks bad.
Chad9976 (1445) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m not sure how it happened, but it seems like Munich Helles Lager (BJCP Style 1D) is suddenly a hip lager style among American breweries. Some brew it traditionally, others change it up a bit. Victory Helles Lager claims to be among the traditional camp – which it may very well be as far as recipe goes – however, it’s lacking a lot of the distinct qualities found in the style. This drinks more like a generic pale lager than any kind of niche style. It’s not flawed, and I can honestly recommend it, but it needs some improvement.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. A six-pack cost $9.99 ($1.67 per bottle or $0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Straw pale gold color over a crystal clear body. Carbonation is consistent. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head that never completely dissipates but leaves no little lacing.
Smell: Pure pilsner malt. Clean, but mild. No hops.
Taste: Going by the description on the brewery’s website, it seems that this beer is brewed simply with German two-row pilsner malt. That’s fine, but there’s nothing memorable or exciting about the malt base. It definitely has the classic lager/pilsner taste of pale malt, but that’s about it. It’s clean – no DMS or diacetyl – which is also fine, but having something for the taste buds to latch onto would be nice. This is brewed with whole flower German hops, which is a vague description and an odd choice. There isn’t much in the way of perceived bitterness and just the faintest trace of Noble hop spice somewhere in the backend. That being said, there’s absolutely nothing off-putting about this palette other than its mildness.
Drinkability: When I first started drinking my glass I took a very long pull as it was remarkably refreshing and easily quaffable. At only 4.8% ABV, Victory Helles Lager has the light, sessionable body you want in a brew of this style. It’s crisp and clean with no aftertaste. There probably should be a bit more body for the weight, though. A good introductory craft lager – now only if it were available in cans instead of bottles.
joejames (366) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear straw yellow, quick small head, no lacing or retention. Aroma is malty. Taste is sweet, subtle earthy bitterness. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slick mouth feel. Finishes sweet. Tasting note of bread, earth, grass and herbs. Good example of the style. It’s nothing special.
BroadestTom (217) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance golden, clear, white foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate light body, average carbonation,
Overall not a huge fan but I would suggest this beer to a friend
dagimp (839) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 Oz bottle into a mason jar. Pours macro clear with no lacing or head. No aroma. Mouthfeel is very light. Good amount of carb. Taste is pretty bland. Some sweetness. And that’s about it. I will try anything from Victory. But considering Summer love has very similar measurables to this and is WAY better. I’ll stick with that.
TBone (14272) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle in San Juan as V Lager.
Slightly hazy yellow color, small white head. Grainy malty aroma. Light to medium-bodied. Malty flavor with earthy German hops, a bit grainy. It is just another lager even it is from Victory.