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Victor's MemoriAle Altbier - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kidadam on 02-24-2007)
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Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's with the rash of recent Alt beers for me lately? Hmm, no idea.

I grabbed this one at Jungle Jim's some time back. Because of the "HORRIFIC" ice storm in Cincinnati, I figured I'd have a few beers as it's illegal to go and drive for any reason (Good times!!!). 22 ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.

Per the label, this beer was dedicated to the two bros' uncle who was a dedicated and proud farmer out in Nebraska. Keeping in sync with the dedication, I raise my glass to you, Uncle Victor - this one's for you!

Pours a rich, highly cloudy dark brown with orange and cherry highlights. Though the initial pour didn't yield much head, the 1/16 inch, tan lingering head had good retention. This is definitely the darkest brown Alt I've had (although this is only my third alt-style beer ever!)...

The nose was a nice mix of semi-sweet malts, light floral hops and a little bitterness. It might just be me, but I almost detect a roasted chocolate malt presence, as well.

Medium to full bodied beer with medium flavor. Moderate carbonation on the mouth, as well. Nut brown flavors mixed with light chocolate malts, like the nose. Very smooth flavor and enjoyable. The slightest bit of drying, bitter hops is detected in the middle and end.

For what it's worth, I like the nut brown and almost chocolate aspects mixed together.

This is my favorite alt style beer to date. It's a relatively straight forward beer that can be sipped or sessioned.

beachbum1975, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Slynger
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear, ruby-oak brown color with a fuzzy light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is sweet and caramely with soft dark fruits and darkly toasted and chocolatey malts, and gentle, woody, overtones.

The flavor has some sweet caramel and light, bittersweet, cocoa along with red grape and red apple fruitiness. A mild amount of darkly toasted bread bitterness finishes with a light, fresh woody quality.

This is my first altbier so I didn't really no what to expect from the style, but this one is a well crafted, tasty, enjoyable brew.

Slynger, May 22, 2008
Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

olafphysics, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of ackeeper
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ackeeper, May 26, 2014
Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do love alts. But I tend to like them on the smaller side. But Cain and Ebel haven't let me down yet.

And they certainly deliver on this one. It manages to have a lot going on while remaining quite quaffable, which to me is what alts should be all about.

It is fairly dry, kicking off with an acidic chocolate tingle on the tongue with a strong earthy blast of noble hops. The finish is light and powdery and just a tad bit sweet.

Every time I take a sip, I notice something different. Strongly acidic black patent, chhocolate, earthy hops, sweet malts, so good. One sip it is like a good German pilsner, and at another like a robust english porter, and at the next like the doppelsticke it is.

A great, great beer.

shbobdb, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of marcobrau
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice medium to dark brown. Purists would say it's too dark; they would probably also call this a dopplesticke, as it is rather strong. I didn't get much a head with my pour, but what foam was generated seem to last, leaving some thick lace. The body is just about right, medium, with a smooth as satin mouthfeel. The malt flavor seems predominant with burnt caramel and hints of chocolate and coffee (just little bits though). The bitterness at the finish is solid and nicely assertive. Overall, one of the Two Brothers best offerings so far.

marcobrau, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, transparent chestnut brown capped by a short but lively head. Spotty lacing but steady streams of bubbles follow.

Mild malt sweetness in the nose, prunes followed by a scent reminiscent of piles of raked leaves. Soft nuttiness kicks in as it warms up with still more sweetness (maple syrup?).

Oh, that's exceptional! Warm malty tones with exquisite, refined sweetness that reminds me of the Italian liqueur, Nocello (a walnut drink). The best qualities of my favorite brown ales are highlighted here with the unmistakable German characteristics of a great doppelbock. The alcohol isn't detectable in the slightest way and dark fruit and bread notes sing through the finish. Love it.

Mouthfeel is super with just the right level of carbonation and thickness to balance each other out. As previously noted, ABV isn't apparent making this a deadly drinkable beer. The Ebels appear to be the real deal; if they were to focus solely on the beers that make up their seasonal/artisan roster I have little doubt they could become a phenomenon.

malcontent, May 01, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This serving was poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head that quickly recedes into a foam ring at the edge, and not much lacing. Body is a deep brown with purpley highlights. Nice looking.

Smell - hearty maltbread and spicy alcohol. Seemingly straightforward and simple.

Taste - as promised by the nose. Very hearty maltbread. Some black pepper. Also, some alcohol spiciness. Very simple, but delicious and hearty.

Mouthfeeel - medium to full bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a very good beer, very hearty, very solid. High abv limits the sessionability.

ultralarry2006, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of baos
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 Fluid ounces into Kayla's ringed pint glass.

A: Dark Ruby tinted brown with a two fingered head tan head that sticks around pretty good. Lacing on this one is some of the best I've seen lately.

S: Dark coffee bit of chocolate and vanilla liqueur maltiness.

T: Vanilla beans and dried dark fruitiness along with hop spice on the get go. This mellows into malt for a dry almost oaky finish. There is a definite oak flavor here. A tad astringent and a lot good.

M: Medium-light feel.

D: This is a good beer. I enjoy drinking the brothers Ebel's brews.

baos, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

King_KongDCO93, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of rousee
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as Altbiier goes this is one of the better ones i have had. Probably the darkest Alt Ive ever seen but i dont think it detracts in any way. There is some nice lace remaining on the sides of the glass. And the foam itself is quite dark.

The nose is mostly roasted malts with some hints of cherry and pine resin. Very nicely done. This is an Alt with a lot of complexity. Reminds me of an imperial stout to some degree with its depth and complexity.

The taste is molasses and more dark malts with a somewhat nutty finish. Reminds me of hazelnuts and almonds. Unfortunately its not too drinkable with this high ABV and resultant sticky sweetness. Still one of the better Alts Ive tried. Very Good !!!

rousee, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark brown with garnet highlights - it's actually an amber hue when held up to a light. Thin off white head.

S: Strong, strong, malty toasted, roasted, and sweet caramel aroma. More characteristic of a brown ale than a clean alt. Some restrained hop aroma and some dark fruit ester aromas are also present.

T: A very strong flavor profile. Quite bitter but the malt flavor easily stands up. Malt flavor is roasted and sweet (caramel) like the aroma. Not attenuated.

MF: Medium body. Sweetness makes it a little cloying/sticky. Light carbonation with a dry finish.

D/notes: I think attenuation is the big issue here. Those strong flavor characteristics need some more alone time and a reduction in sweetness would help in terms of drinkability.

Nipitato, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dense, light-tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, floral hops, and a slight touch of acidity. Deep burnt umber color. Starts off with sweet malt which quickly is blended with a warming booziness as the hops start to come out in the middle. Peaks into a medium-low bitterness with a short burst of floral notes as a toastier malt character comes in for the finish which lingers with toasted malt and hop.

This is pretty well balanced. It's very pleasant. I'm maybe not the biggest fan of the style, and I find the explicitness of the booze character to not agree with my palate, though the hop/malt combination is very well done.

As it warms, the toasted malt character becomes more dominant, to its advantage.

TheSSG, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev -2%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of BlakeAM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BlakeAM, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of waldoiverson
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: appears somewhat viscous from pour with minimal and creamy brown head. excellent lacing with minimal carbonation apparent

Smell: caramel and brown sugar with little alcohol. smells rich and inviting.

Taste: roasted maltiness with bitterness in the finish but not much hop.

Mouthfeel: rather heavy body that coats the mouth in a good way. the appearance is backed up with the mouthfeel

Drinkability: A great beer for a cooler day, I was excited to try and consumed on a warmer day. The roasted notes and thick mouthfeel were a bit much for summer in chicago. i def. want some of these around for fall and will be putting a few away for a nice cool day of watching college football.

waldoiverson, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of EGolfer4
4/5  rDev -2%

EGolfer4, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of MillRat
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It was a hot August day at the North Aurora Beer Fest yesterday, and about a dozen brewers were showing their wares. Points to the local Miller guys for showing up, even though they were outclassed. The Two Brothers rep (Jim and Jason were busy doing demolition in the new digs for their expanded brewery) was very proud that he snagged the second-to-last keg of Victor's Memoriale Altbier for this fest.

The beer poured a cola-brown color with a tan, long-lasting head. Great biscuity malt aroma and flavor, with just enough hops and roast grain bitterness to balance. The dryness helped offset the weight that must have gone along with all that malt, making it an easy drinker out in the summer heat and sun. No idea that it was nearly 8% ABV until I looked at the stats on the beer here before I posted. Maybe if there's enough of an outcry we can get Jason to brew this one again like we did with Cane & Ebel.

MillRat, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Dotcubed
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of the brewery, they've made some great stuff.

I bought this out west, no idea where. Maybe the Four Firkins, probably not Detroit.
Like the brewery and haven't had this style before, that i can recall.

Sam Adams glass seems like a good idea...
Funk fruit smell. Syrup. Hint of carbonation. No foam.
Plesant aroma, malt. Very ripe cherries, some tartness.

Some good results here.
Slight effervescence, dry, fruity, burnt marshmello.
Nothing what I would expect from a beer past it's prime.
Deeply complex, bitter and sweet. Fancy chocolate esque.

Good body to it. Not overly heavy.

What I would like to drink on a farm after a hard day.

Dotcubed, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of mdm46410
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This beer poured a deep, dark, mahogany brown hue with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded into a lasting ring. Some clingy lace was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of toasted caramel, light chocolate, brown sugar, and some fruit. The flavor consisted of bittersweet chocolate, lightly bitter roasted malts, caramelized sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Different and a little unusual. Way over the top for the style, but that's what the brewer intended.

mdm46410, May 27, 2008
Photo of SerialHiker
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours brown to dark brown…nice tan khaki head, a good inch wide…long lasting too, I might add…tons of good carbonation with this ale…(4.25/5)

Smell: Initially there isn’t too much smell happening…most likely because of the awesome head that sticking around…even after head recedes, there isn’t too much aroma…fruity and malty scents in there if I really dig my nose all up in there…(3.5/5)

Taste: Nice, smooth roasted malts…there’s an earthiness to it…hops shows halfway through and does a fantastic balancing job…piney and mildly bitter after taste…there seems to be a smidge of chocolate, cherry and creamy flavors in there as well….(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation…fluffs up real nice and settles well on the palette…no bitterness or over-maltiness here…flavor and feel doesn’t last long…sorta entices the mouth for another sip…(3.75/5)

Overall: Two Brothers does it again…this is a great ale…the flavor is dynamic and well rounded…I know that there’s a bit higher ABV here, but it’s not overly dominate like some in this range…malts and hops balance so nicely…this beer is absolutely perfect while watching Tom Brady do his thing versus, well, anybody…great beer, hope I find another before it’s gone…(4/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Windigstadt
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep mahogany, brilliantly clear; thin ivory head.
Smell: Very slight sweet malt aroma; no hop aroma whatsoever.
Taste: Roast and chocolate malts dominate, with hints of coffee and licorice; very clean with minimal esters; slight alcohol burn; no hop taste or bitterness up front, but blunt bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rather full, especially for an Altbier.
Drinkability: Hides its alcohol well; at 7.8% ABV, I can easily drink the 22 oz. bomber in one sitting.

Overall: I'm thrilled to see an American craft brewer attempting a Sticke Altbier. While I've only had a few other varietals (and I'm using Zum Uerige as the standard), this seems a bit too malty to fit the style. A more pronounced noble hop presence along with a slightly thinner body would put this in the same league as anything from Duesseldorf. Style guidelines aside, the beer is delicious. I would almost categorize it as an ale equivalent of a Doppelbock. It's not going to displace Zum Uerige Sticke in my cellar, but a wonderful offering in its own right.

Windigstadt, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Tbone
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber with crimson highlights when held to the light.
Light tan, moderately sized head leaves some lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite minimal.

The taste is not complex, but very cohesive and well balanced. The mild hops (34 IBU) and toasted cereal malts do not compete for attention.
Definitely richer than any real German Alt, but kind of like an uber-alt thats bigger in all dimensions but retains the relative balance among the flavor components.

The mouthfeel may be its best attribute, wonderfully soft and full.

A very drinkable brew that belies its 7.8% abv

Tbone, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of OHLRangers
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Dark reddish-brown color, with a minimal tan head. Aroma is nice, with caramal, chocolate and dark dried fruits dominant. The taste was more roasted than the smell, with a fair hop balance mainly in the background. There is a bit of an alcohol taste in the finish but it isn't overpowering. All in all a very solid beer, though I wouldn't want to drink several of them on a hot summer's night! Would like to see how this one does after being sat down for about 12-18 months.

OHLRangers, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of smmeier819
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- nearly opaque, deep dark brown color. Dissipating light tan head, minimal lacing on glass

S- MALT!!! Faint floral hop aroma.

T- Rich, chocolaty, malt forward with noticeable hop bitterness note on the back end to balance the richness. No astringency.

M- Wow, this puppy is smooth...What is that? Velvet?

First thoughts, wow this thing is dark for an Alt which in my opinion is a style of beer that often goes overlooked here in the states. The only thing I am sitting here wondering about is if Victor's Memoriale is really an Altbier, why did I get so much yeast flocculated in the dregs of the bottle? Enough nitpicking though, this beer is delicious and deceptively strong...really creeps up on you with that last sip.

smmeier819, Jul 19, 2013
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Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.