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Uncle Teddy's Bitter - Victory Brewing Company

Uncle Teddy's Bitter
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90
outstanding

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2002)
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-nitro-tap at Pony Bar (Hells Kitchen) in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear deep medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some darker golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and bready malts with a light amount of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted pale malts that have an almost buttery aspect to them with some light notes of citrus/orange rind hops and just a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Super creamy.

O: Unfortunately this beer did not really benefit from being served on nitro - it came out a little too creamy almost like a cream ale. I think this beer would be best served on cask with light amounts of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-04-2013 01:32:12 | More by dbrauneis
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Nitro pour at the brewery, pours a very light brown with a creamy, silky foam that laces the entire glass.

SMELL: Light nose of bready malts and a whiff of noble hop flowers.

TASTE: Upfront it tastes like a very mild English pub ale much akin to the commercially available pale milds in nitro cans, perhaps with less character. Really light malt flavor, nothing much to report. The beer gets a light nutty note in the finish, and had a small note of mildly bitter, tea like hops.

OVERALL: A decent, run of the mill mild. The nitro made it drink like water, and nothing was off but it was surprisingly bland. Even as a fan of milds, I got bored with this one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-21-2013 18:42:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber or light amber. Head settling in nicely. Looks like an English pale on nitro.

Toasted grain, floral and citrus hops, English maltiness. Light grassiness.

Nice sweet bitter. Orange hops, floral hops, barley malt, English-style caramelization, peach creaminess, browned apple, and must. Quite nice.

Drinks like a champ. Wonderful creamy feel. Wet-bodied. Softly carbonated.

A standout specialty beer. Perfect for the spring.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-06-2013 13:39:35 | More by thecheapies
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Churchkey. Served in a pint glass. Pours a nice caramel-copper with a good, lasting white head. Nice sticky lacing. The nose carries some bready, slightly-toasty malt along with just a touch of nuttiness. Good earthy, floral hops in the background then coming through into the flavor. Nice malty base for that, though still fairly thin (without being watery). Light body with appropriate cask carbonation and a smooth bitterness. Well done bitter.

Serving type: cask

12-15-2012 19:11:53 | More by Thorpe429
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dull amber with decent sustainable whitish head. Nose has a distinct white vinegar note, which is very surprisingly, pleasant and interesting. Flavor is apple cider, mild english green hops, and a very dry finish. There is an acidic astringency that bites the throat as it goes down, but again, not offensive. Lightly sour after the soft very lowly carbonated body. Bitter hop oil lingering finish.

Serving type: cask

11-16-2012 23:22:25 | More by SeamusDoyle
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, medium copper-hued body pulled from the cask with a slim, scraggly, ivory head. A few dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faint, tenuous notes of crisp grains, toffee, and dried peppery herbs.

Taste: Light toffee maltiness, subtly sweet. Light toasted grains with a touch of nuttiness. Faint golden raisin fruitiness. Mild herb and spice from the hops. Faintly bitter. Lightly malty finish with some of that herbal edge lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant, nicely balanced, easy-drinking session cask beer for lunchtime.

Serving type: cask

09-14-2012 22:34:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks fairly standard when poured in the glass - amber-brown in color with really no head but consistent with this style. Smells of apples, bread and other spices - maybe some nutmeg. Taste is wonderful with the same notes hit from the aroma. After many trips to London this is the best delivery of this type of beer west of the Atlantic. What's better is the low ABV - definite session beer.

Serving type: cask

08-11-2012 22:55:43 | More by Oakenator
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of just slightly off white foam on top of a lightly hazy, dark golden brown body.

S - Notes of red apple, cinnamon, bready malt and caramel.

T - Thick, bread and toffee up front.  Red apple yeast and more bread in the middle.  Finishes with musty hops more fruity yeast, and lingering rich, thick malt.

M - A moderately thick, creamy body, low carbonation, and a balanced finish.a

D - excellent, the best bitter I have had since the last time I was in the UK and honestly better than most even there.  Great yeast character and rich malt with just enough hops to impart the requisite bitterness and keep it balanced.  I'm really glad I got to have it from a cask as that probably made a huge difference.

Serving type: cask

07-27-2012 18:15:18 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: single finger head and excellent retention as it is on the hand pull on a very lslightly hazy crimson with golden hues body. Very nice lacing.

S: very fruity and floral, almost popouri floral. Citrus is pineapple banana and tangerine.

T: very flavorful and nicely hopped for the style. Flavors include earthy hops, lightly roasted malts, slight bitter floral hops and very light caramel and orange citrus sweetness.

M: medium body and cask smoothness. Wet finish.

Overall: an excellent beer for the style and one of the best casket beers I have had. Highly drinkable which doesnt sacrifice flavor to be so.

Serving type: cask

07-27-2012 16:34:34 | More by kylehay2004
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery. Pours a very clear golden color with a small, quickly dissipating head and patchy lacing. Aroma of sweet honey and caramel maltiness, with subtle floral hops underneath.

Nice balanced flavor; the Styrian and Kent Goldings lend floral, herbal, and grassy notes and bitterness to the bready, honey-sweet malt character. Initial sweetness dries out nicely in the finish, leaving behind a lightly grassy bitter aftertaste.

Very smooth feel, low carbonation, medium bodied. Cask treatment very well done, avoids being at all watery. Feels quite soft in the mouth and goes down easy. A very tasty offering.

Serving type: cask

07-13-2012 19:18:15 | More by tobelerone
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mactrail

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather warm in the not-quite-a-pint glass. Nice creamy head on the amber brew tinged with yellow. Slightly hazy. Pleasant light mouthfeel.

Pleasant mouthful of hops. Very resiny with a moderate bitter hit. More like an English Pale Ale than practically any brew I've had on our side of the ocean. Thin mouthfeel, and near flat, but appropriate to the style. Great perfumey aromas and flavor. Tops for quaffability.

From the cask at London Grill in Philadelphia. Notes from visit on June 1, 2012, the beginning of Philly Beer Week.

Serving type: cask

07-02-2012 23:01:20 | More by mactrail
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a lighter amber/yellow color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast giving only the lightest amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a biscuit aroma. Mixed with this is caramel and some grassy and herbal aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out with a nice malty base with hints of caramel within. Toward the middle of the taste the smooth bready base remains, but the caramel fades a bit. While the sweet fades a somewhat yeasty and more herbal flavor take over the vacant position. Theses flavor carry the taste to a crisp end with a light hoppy flavor melding in.

Mouthfeel – While only at 3.9 % abv this beer is exceptionally creamy. It may be a part of the hand pull nature which leads to a lower level of carbonation, but the body is thick and very nice for the style of beer.

Overall – One wonderful session beer. It has good malty flavors mixed with some sweet and hop favors mixed within. Very drinkable.

Serving type: cask

06-13-2012 23:59:24 | More by Darkmagus82
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is light amber in color, with a very dense creamy head about a half inch thick.

Smells like walking into the woods after it has rained, wet bark, dead pine needles, and moist soil. Not a bad smell, certainly nothing decaying. Light caramel and just a puff of smoke.

Very light bitterness, close to none. Subdued flavor, like eating the white flesh near the rind of a watermelon, very watery with slight biscuit.

Feels like a lot of water in the mouth, and some light tannic effect. not much else.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2012 00:14:47 | More by Doppelbockulus
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is light amber, little to no head. Sweet caramel malts and some thanksgiving spice with hints of pepper and sugar. Taste is caramel malts being taken by iced tea with some light peppery spice and a touch of hearbal hops. Creamy body, low carb from cask, a touch oily. Iced tea flavor dominates and is not my cup of tea.

Serving type: cask

12-27-2011 20:33:32 | More by cpetrone84
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a hand pull at Victory Brewing:

The beer appeared a very nice, clear copper color with hints of red with a great, thick, creamy, slightly off-white head. The head was fairly well retained but eventually faded into nothing. No noticeable carbonation. The aroma was mild, mostly malty with a hint of yeast. The taste of the beer was great, extremely well balanced and the fact that the beer was served at a warmer temp really made the beer more enjoyable. The beer had a medium body, creamy, smooth and exceptional drinkability. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and I hope that I get to enjoy this one again.

Serving type: cask

09-02-2011 02:20:00 | More by PhillyStyle
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Hand-pumped into a pint glass, this ESB was a clear, golden brown, fairly low carbonation, with a small head of delicate, white bubbles that completely disappeared before the end of the drinking session. Lots of caramel and yeast in the nose, very clean and fresh. Nice taste, with caramel and honey, bready yeast, and a great balance of hop bitterness that makes this beer distinctive yet very accessible. Medium body, a bit chewy, and left a bit of syrupy film in the mouth. Overall drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

06-14-2011 14:27:13 | More by Rifugium
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from hand pump in a pint glass.

appears a clear golden color with a 3/4" frothy head of large white bubbles. leaves a bit of soapy lacing.

aroma is mild, of earthy grassy hops. taste is of slightly sweet malt, buttery cracker, with mild hop finish. mouthfeel is smooth and lower carbonation, as expected from the cask.

definitely an easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2011 14:58:10 | More by jmdrpi
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Victory. Has a citrus hop nose. Pours a light amber, mostly gold color. Nice frothy head with suds that lace the glass. Taste is mostly pale or base malt. Would like to see more of a malt-like character whether biscuit or bread or light caramel. I think the hops mask the malts. Nice light to medium mouthfeel. Great drinkability.

Serving type: cask

03-06-2011 20:59:49 | More by jwhancher
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Beerbluesbiology

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a half pint of this from the cask at Victory Brewing Co. A beautiful beer, an amber-golden body with a fluffy 1/2 fingered head. Having this beer at a warmer temp from the cask really enhances the smoothness of this beer. This bitter really is spectacular and it has a bit more cone hop presence than others which makes it quite appetizing. The light caramel malt backbone holds up the extra bitterness from the hops, leading to quite an impressive brew. Very smooth and silky, drinking the head is like diving into a cloud!

Serving type: cask

01-10-2011 06:44:28 | More by Beerbluesbiology
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Relatively recently at Rattle 'N Hum's Victory promo...about 2 months ago. Poured a translucent gold, with less than a finger of white, and less than stellar retention and lacing. No visible carbonation wasn't surprising, given the cask origin. The smell was a robust bouquet of rosemary and other spices that I couldn't place, mixed with grass and sugary apple. The taste was very nice as well, tasting more like a saison rather than a bitter, and finishing on a dry apple note. Non-carbonated, smooth texture, and surprisingly thin which certainly aided its sessionability. Fantastic session brew. It definitely tasted as if the folks from Victory used the hops left over from brewing Saison du Buff to brew this great beer, given the herbal/spicey profile. No complaints here.

Serving type: cask

12-23-2010 23:51:15 | More by donniecuffs
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint glass at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours golden orange with a pure white one finger head that leaves thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Very fresh smell to this one. Plenty of leafy hops, english yeast, and bready/caramel malts. This is a very welcoming and fresh smelling beer.

T - Very light taste. Hops are a bit muted compared to the nose, plenty of chewy malt, and a crisp, clean, finish thanks to the english yeast. So damn tasty and refreshing. I could see myself drinking a few too many of these no problem.

M - Light body and flavor with excellent carbonation. Fairly smooth with a dry finish. Very nice feel to this one.

D - With the combo of the low ABV and toned down flavors this one is highly quaffable. I could literally drink this all day.

Serving type: cask

11-27-2010 22:40:39 | More by orangesol
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had on cask at the brewpub, served in an imperial pint. The beer is hazy straw in color with a delicate little white head. The nose is earthy and hay like. It has a creamy mouthfeel and subtle flavors, hay, sweet malt and a pleasant breadiness. The beer finishes with light bitterness. I know understand why people have to have bitters on cask, a really well done brew.

Serving type: cask

11-24-2010 21:45:05 | More by bonkers
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a relatively pale and lightly hazed straw color with a cap of white head with big bubbles from the hand pump pour. Scent is light and made up of bread, nuts, flowers, honey, toffee and earth. Taste suprised me, the light color and scent decieve as the components of scent come forward and make a nice, nearly full flavored beer. The cask pour makes for a creamier mouthfeel with lighter carbonation, great for the style. A very nice, flavorful mild bitter, maybe second only to Yards Brawler in the 4% range in terms of flavor, with slightly more complexity.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2010 18:43:41 | More by rfgetz
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Wow. I was blindsided by this one. I was not expecting such a flavorful beer when I ordered this one. Floral and fruity aromas and whiffs of grain. Nice full and fluffy white head. Palate is clean and refreshing with light citrus and floral hops. Just enough dry bitterness to compliment the cracker flavor of the malt and yeast. With great flavor, and at a sessionable 4%, this is a clear cut winner and a great cask offering.

Serving type: cask

11-07-2010 01:40:48 | More by JunkYardJake
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'n Hum.

I didn't know what to expect from this beer; what I got was a little disappointing. I haven't had much of the style, so I hope I'm not bringing my personal taste into the review too much.

The beer poured fairly nice, with a yellow haziness throughout. The head was already gone by the time it was placed in front of me.

Aroma was interesting. I detected a fairly blah hop profile at first whiff.

Flavor was a little bizarre, but perhaps it was just a shock to my palette. The anticipated english bitterness was present, but it was topped off with a whole lot of honey flavor. Carbonation was low, in keeping with the style I suppose, but with the big honey flavor, it was kind of like an experimental soft-drink. Or a cup of tea and honey that had sat overnight on the counter.

Mouthfeel was a little syrupy because of the low carbonation/honey mix. It was interesting, anyway.

Given the above criticisms, drinkability is pretty high. If you like honey flavor, you'll like this. Ultimately, the flavors are mild and inoffensive, and the lack of carbonation and low ABV makes this a pretty easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 18:46:46 | More by stonermouse
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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.