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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish red as opposed to reddish brown and had a decent head that died quick with minimal lace and a airy, clean aroma of some bread malt and touches of sweet caramel and minimal hops. A bitter hop taste first hit me, but then it smoothes out and is balanced thanks to some sweet caramel and bread malt (possible bitter chocolate or toffee in there). Good balance and finish, not the most flavorful ESB I've had but a pretty good one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 14:05:23 | More by clayrock81
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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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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a darker brown with a full tan colored head. Good lacing present on glass.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Bread bitterness from the hops up front and through the middle. Malts and maple sweetness to finish.

M: Body yet light enough to have few. Great feeling on the tongue - really creamy.

O: Well done ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 03:52:39 | More by Oakenator
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robdip9

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

06-11-2013 16:44:54 | More by robdip9
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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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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-26-2013 21:15:49 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-17-2013 18:06:29 | More by Jason1337
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phishbone23

New York

2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

01-23-2013 17:17:30 | More by phishbone23
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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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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2012 16:49:44 | More by VinnyA
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BrettVache


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.3%

08-15-2012 20:25:58 | More by Larry_C
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-06-2012 17:55:59 | More by hockeyfighter19
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Thirsty2383

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

06-06-2012 18:55:01 | More by Thirsty2383
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KevinTK


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-30-2012 14:57:22 | More by KevinTK
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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-copper color with a thin off white head. The head faded very fast leaving only a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biscuit in nature mixed with a bitter hop aroma of earthy and citrus nature. There are light spice and herbal aromas mixed into the nose as well which overall create an overall very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste is biscuit up front as the nose would have predicted. In the middle some of the citrus hop flavor and spice then comes into to the tongue. The citrus loses ground fast but the spiciness gets stronger. In the end the spice flavors mix with the bread an herbal/grassy flavor and an earthy hop flavor to leave a bitter spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Typical for a cask beer this one was creamy in body and low in carbonation. It was nice and smooth and very drinkable.

Overall - The flavors of this beer taste and transition well making this one a very easy drinking bitter with a nice smooth feel and taste.

Serving type: cask

05-23-2012 23:44:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-02-2012 21:03:44 | More by gloveman
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ohcomeonthatsfunny


3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-01-2012 15:59:39 | More by ohcomeonthatsfunny
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory ESB

Pours an orangeish copper color. Aroma of floral hops, caramel and orange citrus. In the flavor, herbal tea, citrus zest, and mild grassy bitterness from the hops. The malt/yeast foundation adds alot of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and bread tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated. Straightforward and very English in style, this is a worthy ESB with a good amount of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 05:35:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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ChadT89

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

02-20-2012 01:31:14 | More by ChadT89
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prisdefer

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-20-2012 23:45:33 | More by prisdefer
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random846

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-18-2012 21:53:43 | More by random846
Victory ESB from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.