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Throwback Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 54
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-09-2005

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 54
Photo of Phatz
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in at Capone’s in Norristown today (ran into LeftMindedRighty) and they had Throwback Lager on in honor of "Victory over Prohibition Day." I decided to give it a whirl.

In the company American Macro Lagers this beer stands out from BMC with more clear grain malt flavor, sweet and easy, but it is an adjunct lager plain and simple.

Appearance: Served a clear pale yellow with a white head.

Smell: The aroma is predictably small, but with some effort I could detect some malt and some bitterness.

Taste: Sweet malt to start with a bitter hops corn husks and bitterness. The bitter and corn-chip dry taste leave a somewhat spicy citrus sitting on the tongue and an annoying aftertaste that had to be washed down with another sip. The flavor apropos to style as is the macro-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with a fizzy light body.

Drinkability: This beer is light and easy and goes down quick. If Victory was trying to compete with the Macro market this easy drinker would do fine for drinking a 6-pack if adjunct lager is your thing. However since the beer is not bottled, anyplace that would have it on tap ie Capone’s has better beer to follow this up with. Either buy a keg for your kegorator (I think their available) or one pint at the bar and move on to something more interesting.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,359 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a clear golden color. Suprisingly, there was almost no head on it at all. No fizziness also. The aroma was quite mild, but not unpleasant at all. Some malts and a slight hint of floral aromas. The taste is actually pretty good. Similar to the macros, but a bit more flavorful and therefore it has more character. I know I had many of the old Schmidt’s beers back then, but I can’t really say if this is faithful to the old beer. I do remember my father drinking it because it tasted better than most of the other offerings of the day. I wouldn’t mind having a few of these. (610 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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!!! (1,568 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It came to me a crystal clear, bubbly straw yellow, with a tight white lager head the dwindled rapidly. It looked rather pretty in the light, actually.

The aroma was quite macro-esque, with a slight hoppy metallic tang, but the sweet malt notes were a bit more full than in the average macro. But, the corn was there as well.

The first sip delivered an almost rock-candy sweetness on board, with real notes of the cracked corn and light malt that conjured it up. The hops bittered the sweet melange, but did little in the line of flavoring it all. Overall, the flavor profile was thing and dropped off quickly as the malt ebbed, leaving a crisp, slightly bittered finish.

Light bodied, it slid right across the palate with nary a delay. It left little in the line of memories once gone.

Jimmy cracked the corn, but in the summer heat, I would not care. It's thin, sweet, and per the old folks I've talked to, right in line with what they remember of the olden lagers of yore. There's nothing here to call anything more than good, save the nice look at the outset, but man does it go down smooth and easy. It's a novelty, but in the sun with sweat on my brow, I'd have no issue with making it a more mainstream indulgence. (1,237 characters)

Photo of silks636
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found it quite interesting that Victory would go about brewing such a beer, so I just had to give it a try. It definitely lives up to its name, in more than one sense... certainly a throwback to older brews (it is brewed with Schmidt's yeast, and certainly reminds me of some of the old school beers my Grandfather used to drink), but it's also quite easy to “throw back” a few of these.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a quickly dissipating thin head. Smell is that of *insert macro name here*, and the taste is along the same lines... maybe it tasted a little better to me than your standard macro because of all of the other quality Victory brews I consumed beforehand? Standard corn / adjunct taste with a slight yeasty finish. Very little hop flavors present.

An extrordinarily drinkable beer that doesn't claim to be anything it's not. (855 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the bar at Victory. Poured a clear amber color, similiar to any macro lager. Smells like typical macro lager. I have to admit the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability are also like a macro lager. If I clsed my eyes, I'd think I was drinking a Bud. Disapointing. (270 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (423 characters)

Throwback Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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