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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

192 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I very, very special brew, to be sure. Pale in colour, this offering presents in all it's gravity fed glory. Fantastic notes of bready goodness and mild fruity hops to balance this highly quaffable brew. Smooth on the palate - to say the least - the hops played a predominant role on the tongue, but was balanced with some nice biscuitiness. The prototypical session brew if there ever was one.

goindownsouth, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and great head retention that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Fruity aroma with hints of earthy hops

Taste: Bread and fruity flavors up front with nice moderated earthy bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bittter earthy flavors dominate but there is a sweet fruitiness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Heavy body and low carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of a style that is rarely brewed on these shores

brentk56, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy caramel/orange colour with a super-dense, cream coloured head. Great retention and thick, solid rings of lace were left behind at each sip. Sweet caramel and citrusy, piney hop aroma. Solid bitterness throughout with plenty of malt up front, fresh grain character, and a bit of hop character. Low carbonation with a slight astringent graininess. An excellent session brew that really shines in the cask format.

DrJay, May 19, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served a medium copper colored beer with creamy white head. Smell is superb with a nice mixture of malt and hops. Taste is even better than the smell with the malt and hops forming an excellent balance. Finished with a moderate dryness that is supremely refreshing. The perfect session beer with modest alcohol content, great taste and perfect drinkability. Definitely a winner.

tgbljb, May 07, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev 0%
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!

Phatz, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on cask draught at the Victory brewery.

My first time trying a cask-conditioned beer, and I was excited. It arrived with a healthy white head that would never leave, body was a hazy golden color.

Aroma was very subtle, nothing sticking out really... hints of sweetness and fruits if anything.

The flavor is perfectly balanced. Malts, hops, and a mild fruitiness.

Feel is 100% smooth.

HugoGrim, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at CAH. Pours a hazy orange...I let it sit and had another brew while I waited. The bartender had the decency to not sit this on the ice rail. Small head and gobs of lace. A little aspirin in the flavor, but dominated by a mild malt smoothness. Medium mouthfeel with a big smooth finish. This is one of the easiest drinking brews I've had in awhile. Buttery and wonderful. Recommended.

pentathlete, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask Draught @ Victory: This one pours a clear golden color. Mine was pulled with a thick, creamy head on top. There was a good amount of lacing. The nose is light and consists of a bit of malts and spiciness. The taste is very good. It is a somewhat dry malt taste, with a good amount of hops that results in no sweetness but limited bitterness. A tad biscuity also. This was also served at cellar temperature. An excellent session beer.

Boto, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of bmills1608
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and creamy pour from the hand pump. Lighty amber in color, a bit hazy. On the nose, fruits (peaches) and soft honey malt. Flavor is over the top awesome. Smooth, starting slightly sweet with flavors of light tea, honey, soft white bread and a touch of yeast far in the background. Warm and gentle tingling bitterness follows, very clean, noticable but not overpowering. Finishes super creamy and fairly rich. Mouthfeel on cask is just killer, so rich, creamy and smooth. Ultimate drinkability.

Overall - One of my favorites from by far, my favorite brewery. Incredibly delicious stuff from the hand pump..

bmills1608, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh cask from the brewwpub.

Tough froth atop a golden pour. Liquid dessert.

Scents of berry, red apples, and cake dough sans sugar.

Solid bitter brisk tea and plenty of complex notes to be exceptional.

Killer suds enjoyment.

Quite drinkable. Enjoyed while touring VICTORY t'nite.

blitheringidiot, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable, at least on-cask. Looks absolutely incredible. The head just wouldn't go down. It was so beautiful I just let it sit for a while. Seriously. I normally call beer God's gift to man. Sometimes you need to just sit and appreciate.

I couldn't get too much of a smell. After the head eventually got down I got more of a smell. I have a poor sense of smell, so I'm not going to hurt it too much in the rating.

The taste is a little heavy on the hops, but the beer is made from second-runnings of Old Horizontal so that makes sense. The malt is perfect up-front. The aftertaste is hops, but not overpowering. A very good drinking beer. I would tone down the hops just a little bit (only in the aftertaste) to give this a five. This style is delicate so I suggest not tinkering with the recipe. Yes, that's right. Don't listen to me!

The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability? I can't get enough. This is the ultimate session brew.

This beer shows Victory's incredible versatility. They do big-beers well. But they do medium-strength beers well. And they do these small beers well also. My hat is off to them. Bravo!

GeoffFromSJ, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Jason, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed my experience with this beer. A session beer that can be enjoyed pint after pint after pint. I once thought that cask beer's appearance was unappealing, but not any more. I think cask ales are a beautiful thing to behold. A very nice fruity yeast flavor with just enough hops to barely overpower the malt in this beer. I'm not sure how this would be in a bottle or from a keg, but from the cask, it was excellent.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on the hand pump at the brewery and was glad I did. Poured a hazy gold (haze mostly due to carbonation) with a nice bright white foam layer on top. Aroma was pretty subdued but hinted at apples and pears with a dash of malt sweetness. Very mild tasting with no overly strong flavors and a very clean finish. Hints of pears and apples and the malt sweetness carried over from the nose. Mouthfeel was amazingly smoothe going down. A truly impressive feat and something I have not experienced very often in a beer. Could easily drink a lot of this and not get sick of it. If you go to the pub, you MUST try this one...of course, you could say that about all their beers.

jreitman, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of boblinneman
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from handpump, creating a smooth creamy beer. Very drinkable, silky mouthfeel. Lacks the snappy flavor of Victorys single hop ESB. Great beer if your not in the mood for a very aggressive style. Mild malts, citrusy hops - excellent session brew.

boblinneman, Nov 21, 2002
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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.