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Altbier - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 11-01-2004

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 58
Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at 3Fs pub.
A: served in an imperial pint glass. chestnut/deep copper and clear. decent off-white head and lacing is somewhat diminishing.
S: muted. some nuttiness and caramel.
T: quite dry and almost a bit sourish. get some nuttiness and dark bread from the malts. hops bring decent smooth spicy and earthy bitterness.
M: light to medium, astringency damages this for me.
D: a little more malt sweetness and a lack of the astringent/slightly sour character would have helped this beer immensely for me.

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Photo of pezoids
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev -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 :)

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Erix
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Altbier from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.