Frank (3337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some notes before the rating begins: First off thanks to my secret santa for this. Second, my bottle has a different label that pictured here. It doesnít say "all-malt" at all but it does say in the description itís a helles so this has gotta be it. Also, the best by date on this was sometime a month ago but the beer seems none the worse the wear so Iím rating anyway. All right, on to the good stuff:
Crystal clear golden yellow. Pours with nearly no head. Nose nice but mild with hints of fresh cut hay, lemon and toast. Drinks very easily. This could be a good chugger for beer-bonging idiots provided they donít mind paying the extra dough for the good stuff. The carbonation is feisty but somewhat subdued. Well hopped without sacrificing a thing in the way of drinkability. This is how a pale-colored lagers should be made.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh straw color body with brilliant clarity, medium carbonation and a pillowy snow white head that faded fast. Enticing aroma of fresh grain, wheat, and grassy hops. Flavor has balanced notes of malt, butternut, lemon, and herbal hops. Medium sweet maltiness and a light bitter finish. Crisp and clean with no detectable sulfur. A very fresh tasting beer that is noticeably hoppier than other bland lagers. This is a great tasting thirst-quencher. I could drink this everyday, especially during the summer.
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve never had a bad beer from Victory; these guys know what theyíre doing! Pours a nice pale-gold with a long-lasting white head, some lacing. Slightly sweet and malty. Very drinkable.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy by date of November 2004, Sampled December 2004
A spicy hop aroma emenates from my glass as I pour this beer. The beer is a brilliant straw gold color, and is topped by a frothy, just barely off-white head. The aroma is nicely full with continental spicy hop notes, I get notes of herbs, grass, and a hint of lemon. The beer is quite light on the palate, and has a pleasing malt sweetness. There is a nice bitterness in the finish, which is a nice balance. There is a decent amount of hop flavor here as well. This beer is actually defined by the hoppiness, though certainly not in the way that an IPA is defined by hoppiness.
This is just an incredibly tasty example of a Helles. Despite it being past its bottle date this beer tasted incredibly fresh and vibrant to me, I canít even imagine a fresh one being better.
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells somewhat skunky but tastes pretty good. I believe they recently reformulated this beer and I definitely like it more now than the old one.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is a slightly hazy deep yellow with a decent sized white head that goes quick. A bit of lacing remains throughout the life of the brew. Smells of malt and earthy hops with notes of spice and a few other things. This tastes of a wheat/grainy malt flavor with a slight sweetness. There is a small hop taste in there as well but I canít detect much else. Mouthfeel is decent with good carbonation. This is a beer that would be good to give to someone who is used to macros to try and convert them. A fairly tasty lager that I would probably get again.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not my idea of a lager at all...pale yellow color with white head, aroma of hops and some sweetness, possibly lemon. Very crisp body, but much more bitter than any other lager I have ever had. Goes down easy, bud not what I was looking for from this particular beer, from this particular brewer.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yellow color, white head. Aroma is grass and yeast with some sweetness. Thin mouthfeel, lively carbonation. I think Iím going to have to try that again, something wrong probably happenned to the bottle I had, ícause it tasted pretty bad, like an old medicine, very unpleasant.
IndianaRed (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with lots of lively bubble. Small white head that dissapeasrs quickly. Sparse spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet and grassy with a touch of honey. Light pale flavors of light grain and grass. Quick mild finish. Easy to put away.
ClarkVV (4218) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a moderately weak golden color. Small fizzy white head, too much filtration. Aroma of grass, hay, saaz hops, pretty crisp and lightly bitter. Bit of pear and apple, light phenols. Flavor is a bit too bittersweet right of the start, developing some caramelly malt sweetness as it progresses. Very clean and filtered flavors of light grains, a touch of honey and almonds. Hops on the finish are not overdone, and add a good crispness, light herbal/spiciness. Still, Iím not terribly impressed. Malt seems muddled and too overbearing up front. Eh, itís quite drinkable but unremarkable.