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Altbier - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: francisweizen on 11-01-2004)
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

cyguyjg, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Erix
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Served from a growler to a pint glass.
Appearance: A clear amber gold beer, head rather quickly disappearing. No haze whatsoever.
Smell: Both malt and hops come through assertively, making a nice sweet and slightly spicey profile. Clean.
Taste: Wonderful. The initial peppery hop bite is followed with a full malt profile, sliding again into a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Sharp, cleansing feel of carbonation, but not everwhelming. A little astringent as well, but no more than I'd like.
Drinkability: Quite a refreshing, satisfying beer, and still one that makes me want another. Ever since this showed up at Victory, it has been my first choice every visit.

Erix, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Quite the little altbier here. On-Tap at Victory this is a dark red/amber coloured brew with a nice white head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. The aromas scream fresh german hops, spices, and tea. The aromas of this altbier are quite subdued compared to the Sticke or even SPH Secret Ale. The taste is spicy hops up front with a lovely biscuity malt taste in the middle and a distinct finish of tea. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lovely and the drinkability is awesome as well. Another winner from Victory!

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

garuda, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of pezoids
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

An attractive looking beer. Was expecting a bit more lively looking head on the beer, but that's not a big deal. Poured bright, clear and a nice copper color. Spicy sweet malt nose. Some pepper notes. The taste is light and slightly creamy. Slight pepper spice with an interesting tang. The finish was dry and clear and had a spicy smoothness. The body is medium light with a tinge of lingering sweet citrus in the aftertaste. Well, again no surprises from Victory – As with their Kolsch, most of the characteristics for the style that I'm familiar with are here. They are truly one of the best U.S. brewers at recreating distinctive and fiercely regional old world beer styles. Another winner here. Very good.

pezoids, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +13%

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head on a clear straight copper body. Very thick lacing.

S: light candied orange, earthy hops, caramel malt sweetness and light breads.

T: breads cracker and grains up front moving to a metallic and earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Simple but transitions well. Mild sweet caramel late in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: hoppy for the style which can be boring at times. I liked this one a lot and would thing of this of a regular beer for me if it was available in my area.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +13%

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber brown body with good retention and lace.

S - Pungent and spicy hops with some lightly toasted malt.

T - Toasted grain up front with some spicy hop character. More dry toast in the middle and a bitter finish with a touch of citrus and lingering pine flavor.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, flavorful alt overall.  The hops may be a bit more pungent than most examples, but they add a nice brightness to the beer and work pretty well with the malt.

nickfl, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

a: the color of dark maple syrup, off-white head with average retention and light lacing

s: crisp pilsner malt body with an underlying nutty/toasty note, bright floral/herbal noble hop nose, hoppier than most, good introduction

m: carbonation lively, somewhere along the medium-high border, with a light-medium body and a dryness that encourages frequent pulls from the glass

t: again the body carries nutty and toasty malt notes on a structure of snappy pilsner malt, superb noble hop presence - peppery and herbal, pulpy and pungent but balanced, with a cleansing bitterness, just a fine lager with a lot to offer in such a small package

d: very easy - a flavorful lager that's both satisfying and drinkable

the menu suggested comparisons to a dark Prima Pils, and I'll agree - it's got that same super-crisp pilsner structure and vivid noble hops that make both beers winners, 12 oz. serving at the brewpub

blackie, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

reviewed the day after purchasing the growler.
a-Dark Copper. Huge tan head with really tight bubbles. Head lingers for the entire glass leaving lacing behind. Brilliantly clear.

s-Light toasty malt aroma with a very low spicy hop aroma.

t-moderately malty. Lots of melandoidens. Moderatly bitter with a nice spicy hop flavor. Very low yeast esters. Very nice.

m-Fairly dry. Moderate carbonation. No alcohol heat.

d-Great altbier. Second to the ones I had fresh in dusseldorf.

organicbrewer, May 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

kneary13, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jrfehon33, Jun 07, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

On draft at Barcade, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a clear amber hue with a one finger foy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The ell featured a crisp toasted malt with an herbal earthy hop.

The taste was very well balanced with earth tones a elements of clean sharp careless and spicy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward te cleaner and drier side of the style.

Overall a duperior alt.

plaid75, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

It came to me crisp and clear, a golden amber with a nice bed of foam across the top. The lacing followed nicely down the side of the pint.

Hops and the tang of hops dueled nicely in the aroma, foretelling of a pleasant experience to come.


The malt and hops balanced very well, with the biscuity character of the malt well levened by the tangy bite of the hops.

Light-bodied, it came across the palate smoothly and left in the same way.

This is one emminently drinkable beer, a fine companion to most foods, or alone as a session beer. I found myself coming back to it as the evening wore on, and not because it was the only choice, but because it was the best choice.

Foxman, Apr 19, 2005
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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%

Victory Altbier
(Listed ABV 5.0 %)

Pours a medium dark copper, with a slightly off white head and leaves lace down the pint. Aroma of herbal hops and caramel. In the flavor, surprisingly hop forward with a firm caramel\toasted malt backing. Resinous, spicy, fairly bitter leafy hops give a bit of oily balance. As the brew approaches room temperature, malty notes of chocolate and nut develop. Finishes with a more or less even balance. Medium to full bodied brew and well carbonated. Overall, this is one of the better altbiers I have come across . Without a doubt, a very good example of the style.

Stinkypuss, Apr 21, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Served in a Bell's pint at The Local Miami.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch head that soon becomes a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Bready malt aroma with a mild hop smell and nearly no alcohol.

T- Well-balanced flavor of soft malt and moderate bitterness. Very easy to drink as it should be for only 4.5% ABV. Slightly sweet and refined, almost like a lager which isn't surprising. A bit toasty.

M- Pretty crisp with a small bite from the hops and a medium body. Medium-low carbonation.

O- A fine session beer with plenty of character. Could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these in an outdoor setting.

Immortale25, Apr 03, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a glowing copper amber color wit good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, showing cereal, sweet malt and a bit of black pepper. Mouthfeel replicates the nose, and I'm impressed by the amount of flavor this low abv. beer delivers. The beer also has a slight fruity flavor, that blends in well with the light hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is exceptional. Could easily drink a bunch of this, and at 4.5% abv., can't imagine what would stop me.

Impressive beer from Victory.

John_M, May 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ZehrAlte, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kmwilson76, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

stevez86, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

erikl48, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

I'm a big fan of German Ales (i.e. Kolsh and Altbier) and this one is quite good. Victory is very good at emulating styles and this in no exception.

A light brown color with a lighter brown head. Good fresh aroma and very drinkable. I hope to see this a lot this summer because I'll drink it when i do.

david18, Apr 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BriAri, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Oakenator, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

brez8791, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

d_gaff, Dec 29, 2013
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Altbier from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.