paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
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 (767) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2014
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 (279) - 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. JulienHuxley (5979) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
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 (1067) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2015
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...