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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Previously known as All Malt Lager (Helles) & V Lager

There was a time when all beer tasted this good. Back when immigrant Brewmasters turned fresh malts and hops into liquid gold. Before big business lessened our precious beer with corn and rice. Having trained in Germany, we thirst for better beer. So, we brew better beer like this crisp, golden, helles-style lager. Brewed with patience from quality German malts and hops, it is a Victory for Your Taste!

Malt: Imported 2 row German malts

Hops: Whole flower German hops


hfmejias' rating

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 2/20
hfmejias (952) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Golden with a thick white head... A little to bitter for a lager in my opinion. Not the best offer from Victory.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestlake (196) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2015
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1694) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2015
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.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2015
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1364) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joejames (316) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroadestTom (114) - - MAR 20, 2015
Aroma bread, 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

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
dagimp (801) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2015
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eberndt (231) - - FEB 27, 2015
Pours yellow with stark white head. Taste is very Bready and crisp. Pretty good would probably be better on a hot day.


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