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Uncle Teddy's Bitter - Victory Brewing Company

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196 Ratings

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 28
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 WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

akorsak, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of mobud
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Brewpub.

A- Nice pale hazy beer with small tight head that laced nicely as the beer was sampled.

S- Gentle hops smell with a some bread aromas after several sips.

T- Muted hops taste with a return of the bread element.

M- Light, but rich. A smooth finish and very little aftertaste.

D- A great beer that is only available at the brewery. This one goes high on my list of session beers. It was so good I stayed alittle longer at the pub so I could have another!

mobud, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +5.5%
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 +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 +15.1%
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 +0.5%
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.

Phatz, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 +3.8%
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 -1.3%
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 +7.5%
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 +16.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +12.3%
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
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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +17.6%
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 +5.5%
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 +3.8%
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
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 196 ratings.