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Uncle Teddy's Bitter - Victory Brewing Company

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Uncle Teddy's Bitter
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BA SCORE
89
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2002

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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 83
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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Ashley's Saturday night.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear brass color with a creamy white head atop.Aromas were light with mild biscuit and earthy hops standing out,flavors are dry and earthy with a tinge of iron/metal a firm dryer biscuit base is there throughout.A simple easy drinking cask bitter wich it's supposed to be.

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory scores again with this bitter, tasted like an ordinary bitter to me which not many US brewers dare to touch being that it is such a delicate style to tangle with. A good rounded malt sweetness throws toasted crackers and a mild fruitiness to the taste buds. Hops were at a impeccable level of balance. The cask-conditioned smoothness was so impressive that I wanted to quaff this one all night. Great job guys!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded amber orange hue forms a vibrant creamy tan head. Froth and thick with thick even bands of lacing that develop with each sip, good cask conditioned gets harder to come by in the Burgh as time goes on. Bars that used to carry a cask or two don't anymore it's really a shame. Well, this flowing at Fathead's and as soon as I saw it I knew what I would drinking at least a few of. Aroma has roasted caramel with nutty edges herbal funky UK hops with just a finish of piney hoppiness. Flavor is mildly bitter nothing overplays anything else. Session beer at it's best can't hide any off flavors in a brew like this definitely a technical display of talent. That slick oily rush of hops quickly disperses with the roasted malt nut flavors, like a said just a clean drinkable mix of flavorful beer were both sweetness and hop flavor have multiple dimensions. Mouthfeel is of course the strength of most cask beers, and this one is no exception. Creamy fluffy body with hop oils streaking the palate natural light carbonation goes down with such ease, no alcohol burn when it's 3.5-4% abv. Drinkability anytime I see this one flowing, hopefully next time I belly up to a long wooden bar in Downingtown that would be a nice place to meet up with this brew again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory- Uncle Teddy's Bitter

A- Cloudy orange brown with a solid spongy head. Thick spongy lacing down the glass.
S- Mild caramel toffee malt with grapefruit hops.
T- Sweet buttery caramel/ butterscotch toffee malt with big doses of citrus rind.
M- Very buttery and creamy, low natural carbonation with a creamy body and citric finish.

Overall- A beer I've been wanting for a few years now. Lived up to what I was hoping for. If you visit Victory pass on the food and drink 1 of these.

Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

on the handpump at Fat Heads last night...20oz pour in a bubbled mug

A - very thin layer of loose white lace, sitting atop a slightly hazy burnt orange colored beer. the foam sat as a lowly ring throughout most of the drink, very small amount of yeast settles at the bottom of the glass.

S - mostly crackery and bready malt, lightly touched by some caramel sweetness. very subtle layer of slightly grassy hop bitterness finishes it off.

T - again, crackers and stale bread take the spotlight. very milkd through the middle, just a tiny spot of sweetness before turning into some mild earthy hops.

M - extremely light and watery, typical carbonation from a cask. only slightly creamy and biting at the end.

D - a god representation of the classic style, but just not doing enough for me. crazily drinkable though, thanks to an extremely light body and mild taste. a good first beer for happy hour while waiting for friends to show up, before moving onto some bigger guns.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most authentic domestically produced English-style bitters; and an "ordinary" to boot! Once it's settled from the handpump pour, the body is a hazy golden with an orange cast that's topped by a thin cap of creamy bright white foam that holds quite well and leaves some lace. The aroma is limited but offers a subtly fruity, mostly malty character with a light earthiness that's probably contributed to by hops although they're not distinct. The flavor is quite mild combining a soft, clean thin maltiness with a light floral and earthy hop flavor. The body is light with an exceptionally fine carbonation that's extremely smooth and lightly creamy. The finish continues much as it started but without the sharper hop flavor. The bitterness is very well balanced and does just enough to keep the pint interesting. Serious session brew!

Photo of Corkpuller
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love malty beers. I especially love bitters and milds. For me this is the benchmark of the style.

Complex bready and just slightly toasty malt aroma. Hop presence varies based on freshness, but there is always enough backbone to support the malt. Mouthfeel is among the best I've ever experienced. It shows what a beer engine can do for the right beer.

I've always wanted Victory to brew an Old Ale with this grain bill and give it a little brett. Top Notch.

....kinda thinking about driving to Downingtown today.....

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours hazy golden orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Great retention on this guy that produces huge, thick coating of lace down on the sides of the pint glass. The aroma is a pleasing mix of light bread, nuts, citrus, and hops.

The taste starts with a silky malt base that props up a nice presence of lemon zest and grassy bittering hops. The mouthfeel is light, easygoing, and creamy with a bit of a dry finish and feel.

A really solid example of a Bitter from Victory that keeps a decent amount of flavor packed in while still maintaining that lower ABV. I love the fact that they keep this on cask at all times now at the brewery as the silky body only adds to it's immense sessionalbility. I'm always up for a pint or six of this when we visit.

Photo of Chinon01
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Orange copper hue with no head.

Nose - Malty goodness, karo syrup with hints of ocean salinity, some grape tang and St. Joseph's cough syrup.

Taste - Orangy and light breadiness with minerality and hoppiness fighting at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter body but enough to hold it all together.

Drinkability - 5

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint hand-pulled at the brewery.

A: The pint is served with a bubbly flourish. The ale is a hazy orange-brown color, muddled and swirling. The creamy head atop the ale measures around a finger and laces nicely as the glass is consumed.

S: The nose is hoppy with nice sweetness that is equal parts malt and creamy head. A great bitter aroma comes off of the beer.

T: Drinking this pint reminds me of sitting at The Wharf Rat in Baltimore with a best bitter in hand. Few things beat a solid English ale on cask. The bitterness is muted but focused, kicking some earthy hop bitterness before melding into the creamy head. As the hops fade, the sweeter malts emerge. The flavors are biscuity and pleasingly sweet. This beer is all substance and no frills.

M: Creamy head, solid hops and sweet malts, all in one pint. This is a tight beer.

D: This is one helluva session beer, easy to drink with a great flavor. I was tempted to waste my night in Downingtown, downing pints of this beer.

Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap into Scandanavian Mug @ Birreria Paradiso.

Light amber color with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Light hops in the aroma, along with earthy yeast tones. Biscuity malts in the flavor, along with a slight hop bitterness. The yeast did a lot of talking in this one, with mild fruity flavors up front, with a touch of diacetyl. Medium bodied.

A decent bitter, but far from my favorite. The hops weren't quite as assertive as I would have expected, and the yeast is a bit too upfront.

Photo of edskirk3
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served from the hand-pump at the Grey Lodge this weekend.

Once it settled, it was slightly hazy golden orange with 1.5 fingers of deliciously foamy head. The aroma was of sweet malts, some fruit and herbal pine.

Quite a balanced flavor profile, both sweet and bitter. Lightly toasted bread and mild fruitiness cooperate extremely well with the earthy and citric hops.

This ale was very smooth and easily drinkable from the cask. If I see it available again, I shall drink more of it.

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts with notes of citrus hops.
T: Flavors of buttery, toasted malts dominate the overall taste along with some notes of citrus and a subtle amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with just a hint of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink; when combined with the low alcohol content it makes it perfectly sessionable.

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastically palatable, sessionable real ale style English Bitter. Impeccably balanced sweet malt base and great hop character that is smooth not bitey. Very clean refreshing flavor with a hint of 'amber' in the malt and a dry hop, crisp finish. Delectable. I highly recommend.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, pale reddish copper color with a ¼" creamy slightly off white head composed of lots of fine bubbles that persists for a while producing some rings and some light lacing on sipping. Throughout most of the beer sipping leaves fine speckles of lacing with some of the early rings and patches of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and floral with a lightly bready character and with definite presences of earthy hops.

Taste: The favors include a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a slight malty breadiness and fruitiness, but through out there is the earthy bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with the soft gentle carbonation. The finish is medium long and most of it is dominated by the earthy bitterness from the hops which persist nicely and leave me wanting another sip.

Drinkability: This is a good, well made bitter that I've enjoyed drinking and that I'll be having again.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a bright golden brown with an off white creamy head that had a Guinness like cascade effect going on that left some nice lacing. Smelled of oatmeal, sour dirty pineapple and maple syrup. Tasted of creamy corn, smoky caramel, copper and grass that faded into a pleasant dryness that tingled my tongue. Mouth feel was very light and thin with very tiny bubbles. I could definitely knock back a few more of these!

Photo of SeamusDoyle
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a off white head. Aromas that are hoppy and a sweet maltiness. In the taste there is a small bitter, a sweet maltiness and a nice presence of fruitiness. A light bitter, yet mellow mouthfeel and a dry, sticky bitter aftertaste. A nice session-y bitter, a bit light and water in taste, but easy to drink.

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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.