r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2005
I am not a lager lover, but I have been impressed with all of Victory’s offerings. So this one was a pleasant surprise. There is a sweetness that is not too strong, and definitely pushes the malt on you. Still thin, but not so much as other lagers that I have been disappointed in. Not bad, but I would recommend other Victory beers above this one. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Clear, pale yellow appearance with a small white head. Moderately sweet, bready aroma. Refreshing, uncomplicated thirst quencher but lacks depth of flavor. Light bodied and well carbonated, with a clean, short lived finish. Homebrewerguy (320) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 My second rating of this beer is better than the first which was old beer. Good looking lager with a QD head. Nice fullness of palate for a lager with malt sweetness and a mild hopping. Grassy hop flavor is more dominant than is the malt. A good beer for style but not my favorite. Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2005
A decent looker and easy drinker. Mild with maybe a touch of wheat character along with the "all-malt" maltiness. Hopping is not prominent. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of corn and sweet malt. Thin and not much flavor.
GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 The graphic depicted here doesn’t match the label on the beer I had (Victory Lager "V") but the Victory website seems to confirm that it is the same beer - must have updated their label. Crystal clean bright gold pour with a medium white head and fair lacing. Peasant aroma of hay and malt. Crisp and refreshing malt flavor with a very subtle and mellow hop finish but no bitterness or bite whatsoever. I know this isn’t a very highly rated beer but every now and then, I have to step back and say "this just tastes great" and leave it at that. That’s where I’m leaving this one. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
A better than average beer, but the "fallout" at the end of each sip prevents this from being a good beer. Thanks to pjk33 for sending this one my way! civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Light golden color with small but lastinghead, smells of wheat oats and honey. Taste clearly of honey, roasted malts and very little hops. Nice amount of carbonation. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 This says Victory V Lager on my beer. A light gold color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is earthy with sweet tobacco and green beans. The taste is light and refreshing. Not a whole lot of flavor. The taste has some vegetables, but I am not sure what. It is lighly hopped. A little strong on carbonation. A nice light refresher. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
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 doesn’t say "all-malt" at all but it does say in the description it’s 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 I’m 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 don’t 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.