Altbier - Victory Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.