Victory Bitter | The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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Brewed by:
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 01-27-2003

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Mikexw
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hungtseechau
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bobhoya
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A half pint on tap.

One finger head, amber/copper colour.

Aromas of some toffee and malt - not much tho.

Taste is restrained at first, but then the hoppy bitterness kicks in after a few mouthfuls.

It's a fizzy little bugger, but apart from that, mouthfeel is good and flavour lingers - even as you walk down to the Rocks.

So - all in all a reasonable beer. HOWEVER marked down due to servng temperature. Simply served far too cold on a winter's night. My bad for having a half. A slow pint would be a much much better bet.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second brew of the night from my visit to the brewery. Poured into a schooner glass and shared with my wife.

Poured a nice copper-amber colour, solid head and good retention for a bitter. Looked pretty good.

Nose was malt, caramel, herbal hops, a bit of citrus. Goldings if I'm not mistaken.

A refreshing and tasty bitter (which is saying a lot for me because I'm rarely impressed with them). The hops provide a generous amount of flavor to the brew, which took the form of herbal tea, earth and a bit of citrus. Lovely caramel backing to it.

My only complaint was that the brew felt a bit over-carbonated. Other than that, usual bitter feel.

My favorite of the night, the Bitter was certainly a Victory in all senses of the word. A quality pale ale with some flavor, but with a low enough ABV and mild body to mean for some serious consumption. Great work.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a delight in Sydney, this small micro-brew that probably draws millions of tourist due to the fact that it is Sydney's oldest brewery/pub. Who gives a SH&T! Does it make good beer that is what is really important...right??? Well let me tell you....the Victory Bitter is pretty darn good. You can smell the caramel and hops. The amber color is pleasing to the eye. The taste does not dissappoint, the caramel and malt balance the bitterness of the hops and makes for a great...what for it...SESSION BEER!!!! Stay thirsty my friends...and when in Sydney...put LNB on your list of musts!

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken during a recent trip to Sydney.

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 copper color with a ¼" white head that persists and leaves some reasonable lacing

Smell: The soft light aromas include some touches of caramel laced with lightly herbal hop notes.

Taste: As expected from the nose the flavors include some lightly sweet caramel interwoven with the herbal and lightly bitter character of the hops. Some well balanced flavors here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and smooth with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins with the sweet malt that fades away. The finish then ends with some herbal and lightly dry hop bitterness

Drinkability: I enjoyed sipping my way through this one and would say fresh on tap at the brewpub this is the best of the three Lord Nelson beers I sampled while in Sydney. I'd surely be willing to have another even though there are other bitters I'd prefer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear copper colour with a beautiful white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Mild malt aroma with a light EKG note.

Smooth and malty with a crisp yet mild citrus and spicy hop character.

Moderately-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Too gassy.

Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking beer but the gassiness lets it down.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -A light copper/amber color with a small head that leaves precious little lacing. Looks moderately carbonated.
Smell- Sweet malt, It's like being a lollie shop and not knowing where the carmel/toffee/brittles begin and end, limited herbal hops
Taste- Similar to the taste, I found it rather sweet up front until the bitter finish. Moderate complexity
Mouthfeel- An interesting slickness and a heavy dose of late bitter malt
Drinkablility- I could take a few laps around the track with this brew.

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Photo of rizzo
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is now firmly in the English Bitter territory now. Lovely fuggles aroma and flavour balanced in a generous portion of crystal malt. Appearance reminds me of some of those northern English mild ale but this guy packs a little more punch. Worth a trip to the Lord Nelson.

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Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy orange/light copper with a thin whisp of head. Rings of lace left down the glass.
S - Smell is dominated by a toffee aroma. Slight biscuit.
T - Like the smell but also with a floral hoppiness to balance it.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation.
D - A decent beer, tasty & could put away a few.

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Photo of vancurly
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a) Amber with coppery highlights, slight haze. Quite attractive, with a light head easing to a thin slick.
s) Toffee/caramel notes, slight metallic hoppiness
f) Toasty cara-malts... nothing particularly significant to note, but well a balanced & enjoyable draft nonetheless
m) Not bad, late bitterness
d) Decent session ale

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer. Thick and rich cloudy amber colour, with a decent head. Almost looks like you could chew your way through this one.

Spicy bitter notes on the nose, with a hint of malt, but overall pretty subdued.

The palate is a lot better. Long, fragrant and robust. Pretty good caramel malt flavours. This one has its basis on the malt, but the strong, rich flavoursome bitterness wins it over. Most enjoyable.

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Photo of Finite
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wish people would rate beers for what they are worth. the previous reviews say ok aroma and ok appearance.

Let me tell you that there is nothing wrong with the way this beer looks. if you dislike the taste dont let the other factors take damage. This brew has great balance of flavours and is malty and smooth.

cara malt type taste. It really reminds me of sam adams strangley enough. A little wattery if anything but you cant go wrong with a pint of this to finish off a week.

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Photo of ALEBOY
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing ultra special. But, it was better than I was expecting.
Looked O.K. but had a watery body . Nowhere near as bitter as I would have liked, a bit more aroma would have been a treat.
Will have to agree with rastaman , this beer has more in common with an Aussie lager than a Bitter.

However, if you're shouting, I'd probably drink it again.

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Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty weak really, kind of Ok appearance, with decent head and lace, decent aroma, but nothing happening on the palate, short finish, simple, and boring, some hops, but i feel like they try to hide them, not really close to an English bitter, i hate to say this, but its closer to an Aussie lager, sad, i know.

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Victory Bitter from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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