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Victory ESB - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory ESB
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
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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Photo of Craze38
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Craze38, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

clayrock81, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9%

GreesyFizeek, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Oakenator, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of robdip9
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

robdip9, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +9%

bigfnjoe, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

FirstBrewsoon, May 26, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TubaManJack
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of VinnyA
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

VinnyA, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BrettVache
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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

BrettVache, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Larry_C
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Larry_C, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +2.6%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Thirsty2383
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Thirsty2383, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +9%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of erha2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

erha2, May 30, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Darkmagus82, May 23, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

gloveman, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
3/5  rDev -23.1%

ohcomeonthatsfunny, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ChadT89
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

ChadT89, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

prisdefer, Jan 20, 2012
Victory ESB from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.