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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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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
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roastTHEmost

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-18-2012 16:58:38 | More by roastTHEmost
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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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-27-2011 15:55:08 | More by brez8791
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-14-2011 20:46:46 | More by Number3red
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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-08-2011 16:27:04 | More by tubbnik
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-28-2011 20:02:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-26-2011 18:52:27 | More by djrn2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 01:59:58 | More by mikesgroove
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Kraftwork on 2/17/11.

Pours a clear golden amber/orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a very thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma but the nose is dominated by a sweet malt character. Hints of earthy pine and very faint sweet citrus balanced by toasted caramel malt, rye and biscuit.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a hop forward flavor that lingers into a dry finish. This is quickly countered by a strong malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit. Although this is decently balanced, the hops are the star here with a lingering bitterness and dry finish. The ABV is decently masked but this beer is still a bit harsh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 19:14:32 | More by corby112
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: cask

01-05-2011 21:49:04 | More by scottyshades
Victory ESB from Victory Brewing Company
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