Radek Kliber (7115) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma : traditional straight golden malt aroma, grainy lager with light scent of hop.6+
Appearance: great shade of gold with medium light white top.3-
Flavour and Palate: medium bodied. First sip tells all, perfectly prepared malt work. Its roundness, just enough carbonation inside with touch of hop. If not the label I would never believed this was brewed in USA. Perfectly balanced, softer than German counterparts, still crisper than Czech ones and fuller and more malt sided than most Polish micros. This is truly benchmark brew as for golden pale lager.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: snifter. pours a beautiful gold color, with some white lacing. low head retention and lacing.
S: Smells sweeter than most helles, but it does have that distinct corn malt aroma.
T: Tastes a little sweeter than expected. huge corn malts with no distinct hop flavor, probably some light nobles. Aftertaste is perfect though, just the sweetness, not the corn flavors.
M: Clean and crisp, a little thicker than expected. good carbonation.
D: very drinkable beer. I have started to drink more Helles lager, and I really enjoyed this one. great summer brew.
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBD 3/4/14. Clear light golden pour with a nice head and normal lacing. Laid back nose of what strikes me as Hallertau hops, very slight. Light medium body with light carbonation. This a nice Helles that is to style. The taste is laid back, as is the nose, and light with the expected effervescence. A slight sweetness coupled with a bit of hop flavor and bitterness constitutes the flavor profile. Crisp and clean finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.
Vestlake (270) - 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.
JulienHuxley (5578) - 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.
Dacrza (835) - 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...
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale straw colored, phenomenally clear. Points off for a disappointing lack of foam. Aromas of yeasty bread dough with a malty, barely sulphury "European" qualty, and spicy-flowery hop. The flavor is the same as the nose, only more! Incredibly malty, crisp yet mellow. Bittering hops are almost nonexistent- more bitterness, please! Finishes clean and juicy, like a raw kernel of just-picked sweet corn. Surprisingly full in body, considering the color. Quite satisfying. Why can't American megabeers be like this?
ChainGangGuy (4770) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Enjoy By: Sep. 29, 2011.
Appearance: Transparent, light yellow-hued body with a smallish layering of white suds.
Smell: Judiciously sweet-scented German malts supported by a pinch of finely-ground spice and a twist of lemon.
Taste: Moderately grainy-tasting, faintly bready pils malt with a drop of honeyed sweetness. Spicy, lightly lemony hop profile with ample bitterness to balance V out. Closes out dry with a small tingle of effervescent carbonation.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: A pleasant, likable all-malt lager.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Aroma of sweet malts, pours golden larger in color, 1 inch white head, taste of sweet malts, citrus, bitter hop balance. Sweet malty aftertaste, full body brew. This one is a definite, easy to drink clean, crisp, refreshing flavor.
Earlier Rating: 6/12/2011 Total Score: 4
I was shocked to see some of these low ratings for this brew. What else do you want from a lager? This beer is perfect, right on style! I don’t get it; some beers regardless of the taste, but because of the style (IPA’s Belgium) get high ratings, when lagers continue to receive low ratings. This is a great beer!!! However, I do agree with Cheapdark, the price is too high for this brew!
Doofgoblin (487) - 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!