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Altbier - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

57 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

01-07-2013 02:04:49 | More by TheZoner
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2012 14:49:14 | More by erikl48
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-04-2012 05:31:06 | More by Dana718
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

10-12-2012 23:44:11 | More by anewlanguage
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-26-2012 14:16:49 | More by Giantspace
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-06-2012 03:53:38 | More by lupercmda
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-02-2012 14:26:21 | More by dbrauneis
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

@ 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.

08-21-2012 17:57:24 | More by wedge
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-28-2012 15:34:47 | More by nmann08
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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.

07-27-2012 18:21:54 | More by nickfl
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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.

07-27-2012 16:16:41 | More by kylehay2004
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-24-2012 11:47:30 | More by whartontallboy
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-06-2012 17:56:56 | More by hockeyfighter19
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 :)

07-04-2012 00:18:53 | More by FickleBeast
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

07-03-2012 13:34:38 | More by tobelerone
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-07-2012 23:16:50 | More by jrfehon33
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-02-2012 00:44:27 | More by InspectorBob
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2011 17:36:58 | More by kmwilson76
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

07-10-2010 22:40:38 | More by MrMcGibblets
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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.

05-19-2010 23:24:03 | More by John_M
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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.

05-17-2010 21:37:18 | More by organicbrewer
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

05-09-2010 23:16:32 | More by tempest
Altbier from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.