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Throwback Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-09-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Schmuckles, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

roastTHEmost, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of maddogruss
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured some of my growler into a Victory shaker glass (I felt that this was most appropriate!).

A: Pours a golden yet straw colored body with a thick, frothy head with nice retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, malty smell with honey undertones that seemed quite complimentary.

T: A light, crisp and refreshing malty taste with some sweet, honey taste evident in the aftertaste.

M: A light, crisp and refreshing beer. An excellent lager and summer beer.

D: An excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this an excellent beer. A very drinkable beer that had me refilling my glass. An excellent brew and highly recommended.

maddogruss, Aug 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

tommyd313, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Rekrule, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Horbar, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during the Victory Over Prohibition Promo night. $3.75 for the pint and you keep the glass.

Appearance: clear pale golden yellow on tap with a 1/2" head that falls to a surface foam that lingers. Some spotty lacing develops. Plenty of carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: very little aroma except for a hint of maltiness.

Taste: leans towards the typical macro beer, but noticeably more malt presence. Corn, touch of citrus, and a light dry bitterness round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The finish is lightly dry and clean. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: compared to other macro lagers, this had a nice flavor that didn't offend. Extremely easy drinking and I could see this is how American lagers used to taste many years ago. With all the great beers Victory offers on tap, this will personally rank low on the selection level. But everyone should try it at least once.

Gavage, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of JohnMalone
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory wanted to create a lager reminisce of the old Schmidt's of Philadelphia brewing company. I drank a lot of Schmidt's in my time so you would think I would have a clear memory but I can't say this taste the same although drinking a lot will cloud the mind. I can say it was very enjoyable.

JohnMalone, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Truh
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Donned some bell bottoms with this one on 7/3/2005. 16-oz. pint at the Cambridge Common.

¼-inch down comforter covering the whole bed, trailing on the sides with a generous amount of stick, good lace. Light gold, crystal clear hue and some lazy action. Nice lager wash out on nose of a slightly earthy, pavement after a spring rain scent. Gigantically clean with a light malt touch and a finishing Curacao lemon flavor and a certain iciness that pushes everything out of the way.

Not a style I would normally gravitate to, but good nonetheless.

Truh, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint served at the brewery, turns out someone found a sixtel lying around, yeah!

A: The lager pours an unmistakeably pale clear color that resembles any one of B, M or C. The head neared 1.5 fingers of bubbly head that quickly receded away.

S: The nose is grainy, laced with a corn sweetness that nicely lays atop the beer. There is no hint of hop bitterness to be found.

T: The pale malts are just that, light and airy on the tongue. The grainy body is thin and fast to disappear. While it lingers, a corn sweetness adds a blast of flavor that one rarely finds in a craft brew. Some hoppiness abounds, but this style is not conducive to humulus lupulus so the flavor is fast to fade.

M: The beer is inoffensive on the palate, neither exciting nor hurting the tastebuds. A nice celebration of the end of Prohibition.

D: The light flavor and lower abv makes it drinkable but there isn't a much of pizzazz (as to be expected). Certainly a throwback.

akorsak, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of chim52chim
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

chim52chim, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of MmmIPA
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capone's the other night and it was limited.


Clear golden body with a small white head that fell to a ring.Lots of streaming bubbles.Very lively looking beer.

"fresh" lager smell with some faint hop presence.

Faint floral hop taste with malt tied in nicely.

Carbonation is easy and present,very good and a smooth mouthful.

Awesome! Well done .Im proud to have helped end prohibtion.Awesome Victory! While this beer really isnt anything new in the lager family,it is indeed a very nice and enjoyable lager to session.I had two of them.Would have again If I saw it on tap.

MmmIPA, Apr 07, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

dreichus, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

VinnyA, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

tomasher, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

BeerMe42, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Barnsley, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the more interesting offerings. A lager which uses some corn and some Schmidt's yeast. This one seemed to remind the older beer drinkers of beers long since gone.

Pours a golden color with a nice head which goes away. Taste is nothing spectacular, but pretty darn drinkable. The corn gives it a somewhat fruity characteristic, while it is light at the same time. Sort of like a Kolsch, but not that good.

GeoffFromSJ, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Victory on 4/24/05.

I read about it on the web site a few days back so I knew what to expect and it was true to the description.

Bright yellow with a slight haze. It smelled of malt and yeast, with barely a hint of hop presence. The taste was slightly sweet, with an intersting yeast flavor in the background, hops were barely present at all. The mouthfeel was crisp and light, maybe an effect of the corn? Highly drinkable. This would be a decent beer for a hot day, although I could think of a few I'd drink before I'd choose this.

There is no doubt that this brew displayed the usual quality of Victory beers, or that they nailed the desired style, it's just not an extremly exciting style to duplicate. However, if you are like me and want to taste a bit of history, then take a trip to Downingtown, order a Throwback, take a sip, close your eyes and imagine what it was like way back when.

Ieatlambfries, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at their brewpub in Downingtown.

Glass clear with pale yellow macro-esque color. Nice hard white head.

Mild grainy malt in the aroma. Dry bittering hops are barely noticable, bit of noble hop spicy twang.

Grainy (possibly corn) maltiness. Dry spicy finish. THis one is good at colder temperatures. The mouthfeel gets rather bitter and made me shudder when I was getting to the bottom of the glass.

Light macro mouthfeel, thin.

Overall a fine lager, and a good session beer, but nothing to write home about.

SurlyDuff, May 27, 2008
Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

azorie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with Pabst Blue Ribbon at the South Philadelphia Tap Room.
Victory $4.00 PBR $2.25

Both the PBR and Throwback have a similar appearance. Crystal clear, straw gold in color, and topped by a full and foamy bright white head that holds fairly well before dropping to a standard collar. The carbonation is fine, leaving thin steady streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily to the surface. In general... a nice appearance.

The aroma is quite limited on both (as it should be for the style) with just vaugue indications of malt, hops, and fermentation esters.

The body is light with a gentle carbonation and a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

The flavor is a basic, one-sided, adjunct-enhanced maltiness. The bartender remarked to me that he likes it "because it's sweet", and it is. In fact, the PBR was crisper and more bitter. It's very clean, and there were hardly any fermentation characteristics to be noted other than the standard, underlying-suplhur "lager" character and a suggestion of fruitiness that should be there.

The finish is "short and sweet" with only a residual malt and next to non-existant bitterness.

It's refreshing! And there's a reason that this is the best selling style of beer in the world. However, I was expecting a pre-prohibition lager for some reason, not and American adjunct lager. A pre-pro would have been more bitter and hoppy. Still, it's a decent enough beer that I'd gladly enjoy in place of PBR, Miller High Life, or even Bud. Except that it costs more. For $4 I'll take the Hop Devil!!!

NeroFiddled, May 28, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

mikefuski17, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Lanstrum, Jun 01, 2013
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Throwback Lager from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.