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Altbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 11-01-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

gcare02, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

InspectorBob, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

touchmeimsac, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Number3red, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lighter copper-deep amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is lighter overall, but has notes of a lightly toasted bread and a bit of a herbal hop and a light sweetness of caramel.

Taste – The taste is very much as would be expected from the nose. It starts with a lightly roasted bready flavor mixed with a bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades a bit as the taste moves on all while a herbal and slightly grassy hop taste comes to the tongue. These flavors are joined by some more light earthy flavors, to in the end, leave a rather light and crisp flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body and moderate carbonation are good for the lighter flavors and create a very crisp and easy drinking brew.

Overall – More on the refreshing side, but a little bit low in the flavor profile which all in all makes for a nice easy drinking session brew.

Darkmagus82, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Liberty St for $5/pint. My beer arrived a dark amber color with a short white head. The aroma and flavor began with smooth caramel malts with a touch of garden spice and then finished with a very grassy orange rind hop flavor. All in all, a finely made alt. I just found there to be a dead spot in the initial flavor that detracted from an otherwise great beer.

tempest, May 10, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bigfnjoe, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased from the brewery. Poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark toffee brown color with great clarity and a nice head of foam on top. Aroma is malty, raisiny, with a touch of spicy hops.

First sip is substantially more bitter than expected. Nice munich malt body, but finishes pretty dry with a firm bitter aftertaste.

The dry finish combined with the strong bitter aftertaste knock it down a few points for me. I really like the flavor of the beer, for the split second before the bitters washes over my palate.

All in all, not too bad, but I sure wish I had brought home a growler of Hop Wallop instead :)

FickleBeast, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Dana718
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Dana718, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tkdchampxi, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Casey3236, Mar 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Giantspace, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to an almost brown in color (slightly darker than I am used to seeing for the style) with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of toasted malts with just a hint of toffee sweetness and a fairly strong aroma of herbal and spicy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has a the light to moderate body of the toasted malts with just a hint of toffee sweetness followed by even stronger presence of the hops. There is definitely a strong presence of herbal and spicy hops with moderate amounts of pine and citrus. Strangely, there was just a hint of something that reminded me of star anise in the background.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: As someone that has visited Dusseldorf and tasted all of the Altbier available there, this beer has a slightly different twist and a much stronger presence of hops. Enjoyable but maybe not exactly true to the style.

dbrauneis, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Gorgeous looking beer; very clear burnished copper color, small creamy head that settles to a thin band on top; clingy sheets of lace. Mild nutty toasted bread aroma with muted grassy hops poking through just a bit.

Extremely well balanced taste combines toasted bread maltiness and that nutty note with subtle but interesting hops that feature herbal, grassy, and floral flavors. Just a hint of alcohol. Dry all around; very little sweetness, just a trace of caramel to the malt. Lightly lingering bitter aftertaste.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Full, rounded, and very pleasing mouthfeel. A relatively subtle beer that nonetheless has a lot of depth of flavor.

tobelerone, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a nice amber/copper color, one inch head, and pretty good lacing.

Smells like toasted malt, grassy hops, and caramel.

The taste tells the same story- lots of great malt flavors- toasty, caramelly, and a little bit sweet. Some bitterness is provided by grassy earthy and herbal hop flavors. Punchy flavors without being overbearing, given the sessionable ABV.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Another great beer from Victory, would like to see this one again.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Clear, dark copper body under a fixed head of fluffy foam that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Nutty sweet, toasty aromas...toffee, light brown sugar, and noble hops. Toasty malt flavor balanced by a solid bitterness. Spicy, noble hops, black tea, and slight minty notes. Medium-light bodied and very drinkable. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

wedge, Aug 21, 2012
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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
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Altbier from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.