Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone
A Review of Victory Lager by Victory Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/19/2011 by Chops
                   
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In order to be a true beer enthusiast, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone, even if you know ahead of time that you're probably going to be disappointed. Why? Because of two main reasons. One, knowledge is power. If you are going to praise or slam a beer, then you had better know the style, else you run the risk of sounding like a complete jackass. And two, because you might just be surprised by what you find. Case in point: the Victory Lager.

In recognition of BrewChief's upcoming Victory Brewing Co. Round Table, I decided it was only fair to sample some of their product line that I hadn't had yet. One of the best ways to gauge a brewery's quality is to sample their easy brews. There are a lot of breweries out there that make an incredible X style, but the rest of their line is crap. This is usually because a brewery has gained some notoriety and decided to capitalize on their name. So, they try and brew other styles that they know nothing about, then naive consumers buy it solely based on name recognition. I imagine any brew fan reading this can think of at least one brewery off the top of their head that fits this description. So what are the typical brewery pitfalls? Lagers and pilsners.

Lagers and pilsners are quick, cheap and easy to make. That's why all the mass produced trash beers are typically lagers or pilsners and why the vast majority of them are craptastically bad. So when you come across a brewery that actually cares about the quality of their beer over making a quick buck, that's where you'll typically find some quality lighter beers.

Victory Lager is one of those beers. This beer shines where most lagers fall flat on their faces. It has a hazy, rich yellow color instead of that clear urine look. The aroma is very light and crisp with buttery undertones instead of that harsh minerally smell. The taste has a lemon and buttery zest instead of that typical rusty water flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty relaxed, quite clean and airy without that typical sulfuric aftertaste. It's actually a nicely balanced beer with no major flaws or overly dominant traits. And this, my friends, is what a lager should be.

Overall, Victory Lager is a very pleasant beer. This is one of the very few lagers that I could actually enjoy on a hot summer day. And even though lagers aren't exactly my cup of tea (or glass of beer rather), I would certainly recommend it to the lighter beer drinkers. This goes a long way in showing me that Victory Brewing Co. puts a lot of time and thought into their products.

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