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Victory ESB - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory ESB
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87
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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Reviews by TubaManJack:
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-28-2012 02:15:21 | More by TubaManJack
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-09-2012 16:25:15 | More by JacobMutberg
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Served in a pint glass at the Victory Brewery.

Deep golden color, mostly clear, with a thin fine head of less than one finger's width. Though not a large amount of foam, the retention lacing were very good, with lace all the way down the glass.

A very intricate mix of sweet malts and lightly floral hops with a sort of earthy undertone.

The malts rush in first with a sort of sweet, grainy, earthiness that slowly comes to balance on the tongue with the flavoring hops. The hops come on strong at the finish but continue well into the linger. This is a great example of using a lot of hops without getting stung with the bitterness. Carbonation was fine but abundant and lent itself to a somewhat creamy texture.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. The hops were there in abundance but didn't blow me away right out of the gates like an IPA. The late bloom of the hops after the swallow was also very nice.

09-15-2008 16:33:12 | More by SIRIUS2
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rugbycritic

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

This is a rare find for us here in WNY. A local here (Monty's Krown Lounge, Rochester, NY) had a selection of Victory specialties recently, and this one was in it.

Our benchmark for measuring ESB's always starts with Fullers, who most likely originated the style. I am happy to report, this is not a clone of Fullers, the Victory lads wen out on thier own in another direction.

Color is the expected lovely amber glow, slightly lacy on the glass, an excellent malt and hop balance, almost restrained. Allowing it to warm in your hand, which I know is a difficult task, will yield excellent results with the malt and hop flavors bursting forth.

I would recommend this with out reservation, unless that will get me a seat at the bar in front of the handle for more.

06-02-2003 07:18:37 | More by rugbycritic
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured on tap at Piper's Pub a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but drink the hell out of the Braumeister Pils that was flowing at the same time. This one pours a copper amber hue with a light off white head forming nicely in my glass. Aroma has caramel malt sweetness, hints of cereal bread grains, and earthy herbal hop notes. Flavor continues the trend of caramelized maltiness with a hint of toasted marshmallow with creamy sweet dessert bread, enough hops step up to balance it out but this is very English hopping which works for the style. Earthy, herbal hops grace the palate with a light edge of citrus peel nothing heavy just a kiss that makes the beer very very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample mellow carbonation level that works so well for this beer. Overall drinkability is high, I didn't guess this alcohol to be anywhere near 6% abv, quality American brewed ESB from my own experience that can be a rarity.

04-09-2012 15:28:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Cask conditioned. Fairly clear with just a slight haze. Golden-bronze with an off-white head that holds well but leaves very little lace (may have been a dirty glass). The aroma is brightly hoppy with Goldings and a solid caramel malt backing. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation that gives it a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is well rounded with sweet caramel malt and a light hop flavor. The bitterness is softer, playing a supporting role in the cask version vs. standard draught. There's a soft, gently lingering maltiness in the dryish finish. Superbly enjoyable in this presentation. Not exactly a session beer at 6.2% ABV, but worthy of enjoying more than one in an evening.

09-14-2002 12:30:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

10-20-2013 03:33:36 | More by mikefuski17
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance - Tea color with minimal spotty lacing.

Nose and Taste - Graham cracker crust, warm and orangy, grain and maple. Minimal hops in finish. Lacks minerality.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Mouthfeel is thinner but includes crispness and graininess. Drinkability is high due to cask.

10-08-2008 01:21:09 | More by Chinon01
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a deep orange-amber with a light tan frothy head that left pleanty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with notes of citrus and floral hops with a wee bit of yeast fruitiness. The taste starts with pleanty of caramel and vienna malt flavors balanced with a citrus bitterness and some spicy hop notes. The finish is very smooth with a great balance between the hops and the malt with neither flavor getting the upper hand. Aftertaste is hops as the clear winner. Not over powering but a nice subtle lingering bitterness that slowly fades away. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. Not to bitter either.

01-02-2009 13:35:28 | More by HopEnthusiast
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-27-2013 12:37:13 | More by GreesyFizeek
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

amber in color with a smooth, even, head of white on top that faded off after a couple of moments. Light lacing was left by the side. Aroma is bready, hints of caramel and grassy notes and warming brought out tons of grains. Light, crisp and clean taste, light grassy hops and a smooth even caramel malt base made up the bulk of the profile

08-19-2011 01:59:58 | More by mikesgroove
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Cask at the brewery

A: Pours a transparent copper color with a medium-sized white cap. Retention is decent

S: Soft pale malts give a light toasty note, hops give lots of earthy and spicy notes. Well balanced, and definitely English

T: The low carbonation + the cask makes this really English. Subtle hops and malts are nicely balanced. Hops are spicy, earthy, slightly citrusy. Malts are light, slightly bready, and balance well

MF/D: Carbonation is low, body is medium for the style. Finish is of spicy hops

01-05-2011 21:49:04 | More by scottyshades
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-29-2013 21:42:39 | More by ChipMurray
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erha2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-30-2012 02:24:18 | More by erha2
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BrettVache


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%

Had this wonderfully delicious treat a couple years ago at the brewery and it turned out to be the best I tasted there. Wish we could get it in Rochester New York. Fantastic from start to finish, and also paired well with my meal, wish unfortunately I can't remember what it was at this time

10-28-2012 00:25:59 | More by BrettVache
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Bill69

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

09-27-2013 18:06:08 | More by Bill69
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Gasp100

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured a crystal clear copper color with a thick off-white head that had staying power and left nice lacing down the glass. The smell was of sweet, toasted malts and light floral hops. The taste was crisp and sweet somewhere in between a real strong ESB and a killer Pale Ale. The mouthfeel was bitter and the hops seemed to take over in the end, but still nice and sweet as well. This brew is extremely drinkable (as our all Victory brews) and the above average ABV means that this brew can sneak up on you quick. This is one of the best all around brews I've had on tap so far --- surpassing SNPA as a fantastic daily or session brew. I'm not sure about being "true" to the ESB style purist, but this is like Victory's "Pale Ale" for me --- something they don't have in the line up... yet. This will do just fine and should be bottled as part of their main lineup.

02-15-2004 19:21:21 | More by Gasp100
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-10-2013 11:48:49 | More by bigfnjoe
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aracauna

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

I think that I would have been more impressed with this beer had it been on the hand pump instead of Hop Devil or Milltown Mild. It does have a nice herbal character that works well with this slightly hoppy take on the style. Still, i was more impressed with several other beers I tried during my visit.

06-05-2004 05:47:20 | More by aracauna
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-17-2012 00:26:10 | More by Sparger
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Cask at he brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice ted copper with an off white head and plenty of lacing. Nose brings earthy, herbal, and floral hops plus a touch of caramel. The flavor adds in a tiny amount of citrus plus some mild bready notes. Floral hops prevail. Lovely feel with great bitterness levels. A really solid and fantastically drinkable beer.

10-20-2010 22:40:02 | More by Thorpe429
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random846

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-18-2012 21:53:43 | More by random846
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-26-2013 21:15:49 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Had a pint of this at the Victory sponsored MBA night at Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: Pours a nice, dark golden body with a white head with excellent retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass and the top of the beer.

S: Smells of a slight sweet maltiness with bitter, earthy undertones.

T: A pretty bitter taste with a smooth, sweet malty aftertaste. Excellent taste overall because the sweeter aftertaste did well to balance the pretty strong, bitter taste.

M: A nice, crisp and refreshing feel overall that was fairly smooth.

D: A very drinkable beer. A nice, bitter taste with a smooth, sweet aftertaste. Combined with a crisp, refreshing taste makes this beer very easy to drink or a nice session beer.

04-16-2008 23:42:06 | More by maddogruss
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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2012 16:49:44 | More by VinnyA
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Victory ESB from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.