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Victor's MemoriAle Altbier - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Victor's MemoriAle AltbierVictor's MemoriAle Altbier

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BA SCORE
91
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75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a one-time release, as far as I know, guess time will tell.

Served in a stange cylinder, around 45º. Two fingers of tan creamy foam have a creamy surface texture. Loopy drips of lacing are left around the edge after every sip. Color is a very deep reddish mahogany that light can just barely pass through.

Aroma of dried black cherry, wood, faint cocoa, and dark malts. It really creates an appeal once the bottle is opened. After sitting in the bottle for the better part of the year, much of the hop aroma that I noticed on draft has diminished. Still it's very unique and pleasant.

Robust feel that is impressively smooth with light carbonation. It rolls across the palate, evaporating quickly. Bitterness of earthy aged hops linger into a mildly dry finish. A little woody in the taste, with a big malt bill. Some light nutty character with a light sweetness that is balanced by an equally mild bitterness in the finish.

Very light feeling despite it's robust flavor profile. Easy to drink, something I could have once in a while. One bomber is the perfect serving size.

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.

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.

Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a family crest, Ebel, and explains that this beer is brewed in honor of thier grandfather, Victor. Very cool.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of light tan foam than settles quickly into a very thing layer and ring around the glass. Good lacing. The beer itself is a dark ruby brown with some activity.

Smell: Tons of caramel and dark, sweet molasses aroma upfront! I love it. Hints of alcohol at the end.

Taste: Caramel and roastiness at first, trails into a decent malt body and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good body and average carbonation. Just enough bite to help get the flavors to your taste buds.

Drinkability: I unfortunately only picked up one bomber of this while in Illinois, and am now disappointed I didn't get more. A great, flavorful beer I could drink all the time.

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)

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany. Perfectly clear mahogany. Brilliant looking. Bubbly beige head leaves nice rings of lace. Nice whiff of malt and hops. Toffee blends with a little nougat like maltiness and caramel on the nose with a backdrop of slight minty hops. Good nose. The taste up front is that of toffee and nuts and caramel and nougat. Even with the 34 IBUs, this is a malt dominated beer. And that's not a bad thing either. The hops add balance to this beer and a little dryness to the finish. Somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Medium-full body. At 7.8% a/v, this is quite a hefty alt. Sticke like in strength and texture. Not quite as good as Uerige, but this stuff is pretty damn good.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep blackish brown body yeilds a ruby glow on the edges when held to light. Head is a two finger perfect tan that leaves thick frothy lace. Nice wheat and malt balances dance with a hint of sweetness and dark fruit on the nose. As it hits the tongue you get a very rich malt backboned beer. Smokey feel is even and well balanced with slight rich sweetness. This beer drinks very easy with nice character. Mouthfeel is very thick and glazing. Meaty rich and long on the mouth which translates well into the overall taste. Nutty and burnt biscuit like notes do also develop as you enjoy this one. A success of a beer in a tough time for the brewers.

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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Sheffield's 5/18/07.

A: Served a dark black with a 1/2 finger cap of tan-colored foam.

S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, rye bread, caramel, toffee, and cola nut.

T: Flavors of toasted malt, chocolate, black cherry, cola, caramel apples, mild roast coffee, rye tang, and slightly bitter hops.

M: Smooth, sweet, with a bitter zing.

D: This is a very refreshing beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to autumnaldave for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly malts/caramel, and some toffee/vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, a nice little sweetness, nice touch of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one goes down real smooth, highly recommended.

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.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None listed, arrived on shelves around early October
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Two Brothers' Victor's Altbier finds itself a dark and toasted version of the style that lands itself in "sticke" territory. With a very nice expressive aroma and taste that features toasted bread and nuts, a bit of cocoa, and some nicely bittering European hops. Would definitely get again and would appreciate this being a seasonal or rotating release.

Pours a moderately dark tan, 2cm head of small to medium-sized bubbles, quite dense, producing quite a thick head. Head gradually falls to a thick ring around the glass Lacing is present, somewhat modest, small spheres of foam sticking to the sides of the glass and a few lines. Body is a very dark brown color, nearly opaque, with light bringing out orange-amber hues. Carbonation is not visible, but clearly present in supporting the head.

Aroma is of darkly toasted brown bread, toasted walnuts and hazelnuts, slight black tea, very faint herbal European hops, and general thick, malty sweetness. Overall impression is of toasted bread and nuts with some minor complexity added by the hops and tea scents.

Taste is influenced by the toasted walnuts and hazelnuts meeting modest cocoa. Front of palate picks up toasted dark bread and nuts, cocoa, even a bit of coffee and marshmallow. Mid-palate features these flavors alongside spicy European hops and tannins as from black tea. Back of palate continues spicy European hops alongside decreased toasted bread, nut, and cocoa presence. Lingering aftertastes of toasted bread and nuts, cocoa, even a bit of marshmallow: not a stout, but a heavy German-style brown ale that veers towards one.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderate to moderate-light carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonic pep to make this move across the palate smoothly and easily. Closes rather dry, with substantial stickiness around the lips.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yet almost opaque dark brown color with less than a finger whispiy light tan head that fades quickly to surface. Nice lacing observed.

The smell has creamy, mild roast malt, chocolate and cola characteristics.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice hop characteristic and a tingle from the carbonation.

The flavor is malty and sweet with subtle milky cream notes.

Drinkability - very nice; a new style for me. I'll be out on the hunt for the next opportunity for this. The 7.8% is hidden from the

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.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked in Columbus OH. From the re-release series.
A sturdy mohoghanny pour, about a finger of cream colored head.

Aroma, quite malty, toffee. Herbally notes, tea, leather.

Taste, Peaty, tobacco, leather up front. Toasted malt and toffee. Pretty strong walnut. A faint anise and cocoa.

Maybe a little lighter than mid body, a nice amount of carbonation. A tad watery may be the only flaw. Drinks get easily.

Not as good as the Sticke brews from Germany, but it is close. Very well done.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle from a trade with Autumnaldave.

A: The altbier is a dark cola color, deep brown with an orange highlight or two when light shines through. The head is nearing two fingers on pour and laces nicely in the glass.

S: A strong malty body emerges from the ale, providing a biscuity nose that has a subtle tart element and some dark alefruits lingering around.

T: The body is thick and dripping with malts. The flavors are biscuity with a great deal of grainy bread. The strength of the malts creates a dry, near tart mouthfeel that fosters some raisin and brown sugar flavors. The finish kicks up a bitter hop flavor that gives a nice flourish on the way down before deferring to the raisins as a lingering taste.

M: A solid malt body that holds its strength throughout and a big hop finish, the mouthfeel is grainy and full.

D: The full mouthfeel and higher abv leave me content with the one bomber that I have. The bier is quite good however, a must-see for fans of the alt style.

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that has good retention. A dark murky brown color with hints of reddish hue.

N: Lots of sweet malts and fruit really stand out. Almost raspberries, sour cherries, raisins, and other reddish fruits. Some almost tangy sour aromas come through as well. A little deeper comes slight chocolate malts and some roast. A touch of some hoppy aromas as well.

T: Wow, lots of different flavors. Lots of malts to start, some dark malts, roasted, toasted, chocolate, creamy, etc. Then some fruit, sour cherry, raspberry, other fruit flavors. Some cereal taste. Some hops and a pretty good bitterness as well. Earthy flavors, prolly from the hops, and some creamy roasted flavors. More slightly tangy sour fruit flavors. Quite a few flavors blended pretty nicely.

M: GOod body, some carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, with more earthy spicy hops. Pretty dry but maintains a good malty sweetness feel and a slight syrupy feel. The sour flavors linger only long enough for the long bitterness to seem to take over and ride out the finish.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown, some red highlights, thin tan head, nice lacing, settles to a ring. Smell is malty, toffee, bread, some iron, dark fruits, minor roast, yeast, neat. Taste is very malty, roast, toffee, some fruits, bread, bit of chocolate, solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, shows itself as some fruitiness. Nice shot at doing an 8% altbier, this works pretty well. Doesn't come across as too big for the style.

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.

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky garnet with bright orange peel trim. It's too bad that it's overcast today because I have a sneaking suspicion that bright sunlight would make MemoriAle look even better. The golden brown sugar colored crown is firmly creamy. It has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour, but I can see the beginnings of a wonderful lace display.

The nose is reminiscent of a balanced brown ale. Balanced, that is, between heavily toasted malt and herbal, grassy hops. I hope it opens up with warming because I really like what I'm able to appreciate at the moment. Despite the high ABV (for the style), there's no trace of alcohol.

Victor's is good beer. Solid, drinkable and well-crafted are a few other words that come to mind. As the nose suggested it would be, the flavor profile is incredibly balanced. In fact, it might even be hoppier than it is malty; definitely a change of pace for an alt.

The flavor profile consists of well-toasted brown bread (not quite pumpernickel) spread with a thin layer of melted caramel and orange marmalade, then sprinkled with cocoa powder and shredded hop leaves. I'm thinking Saaz or Tettnang. Warming brings out a bit more complexity and depth. Even though alcohol is still well-hidden, I could have come pretty close to guessing the correct ABV.

The mouthfeel is more firm than soft, due partly to the carbonation, and almost develops a light creaminess on the swallow. Although it doesn't fit my preferred profile, it fits the beer well and will be scored accordingly.

Victor's MemoriAle Altbier can't touch the excellence of the Uerige altbiers, but it's one of the best American alts that I've ever had. Only Heavyweight Stickenjab (R.I.P.) and Victory Ten Years Alt can compare. This is a worthy member of the Two Brothers Artisan Beer series and was well worth the price of admission.

Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.