Altbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by francisweizen on 11-01-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ As Is in NYC. Notes from 3/22/2017.

Deep copper/ruby color with a creamy off-white head. Toasted malt, nuts, and grassy/spicy hops fill the aroma. Hop aroma and flavor is a bit heavy handed with the grassy hops really shining through in the flavor. Toasted malt does its best to keep up and does provide some nice balance. Dry finish and very drinkable. Medium bodied and smooth.

After 2 Hill Farmstead beers, a Grimm, and a Jack's Abby, this might have been my favorite beer of the day. Victory nails another German style.

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Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrisroarshack
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is lightly bready, with floral and muted citrus hop notes and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Flavor is dominated by floral hops initially, substantial yeast ester fruitiness, then becomes earthy hop forward, lightly toasted, and fairly bitter and spicy in the finish. Fairly complex, but the esters aren't pleasant, to my palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes thought of as an amber or red beer except made with all German ingredients and techniques, the fading style of Altbier has always had a for grip on the Dusseldorf and Norther German regions with its "old" style of brewing, but now mainly finds favor with the experimentation of American craft brewers like Victory.

Bright copper and slightly browned, the hybrid-type beer forms a creamy ecru cap, one with great persistence and decorative lace. A stern scent of toasted grain is off-caramel but is nutty, lightly charred, woodsy and crusted. Herbal hops come across peppery, rye-like and grassy while its taste is briskly sweet, again toasty and nutty but faintly honey-like instead of caramelized.

Malt-forward but drying rapidly on the middle palate, the beer's bright malt character is balanced with those grassy and bitter hops. More hoppy than typical compared to German versions, the combination of the fast fade of malt and the snappy rise of hops, the balance rapidly shifts toward the peppery, grassy and spicy bitterness.

A light mineral taste assists the beer's dry and drinkable finish. Closing with a medium body, the beer is as effortless on the palate as pilsner but as characterful as ale. As the bitterness lingers beyond the malt, the taste crispens and lingers with roasted pecan.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lighter copper-deep amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is lighter overall, but has notes of a lightly toasted bread and a bit of a herbal hop and a light sweetness of caramel.

Taste – The taste is very much as would be expected from the nose. It starts with a lightly roasted bready flavor mixed with a bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades a bit as the taste moves on all while a herbal and slightly grassy hop taste comes to the tongue. These flavors are joined by some more light earthy flavors, to in the end, leave a rather light and crisp flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body and moderate carbonation are good for the lighter flavors and create a very crisp and easy drinking brew.

Overall – More on the refreshing side, but a little bit low in the flavor profile which all in all makes for a nice easy drinking session brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a nice amber/copper color, one inch head, and pretty good lacing.

Smells like toasted malt, grassy hops, and caramel.

The taste tells the same story- lots of great malt flavors- toasty, caramelly, and a little bit sweet. Some bitterness is provided by grassy earthy and herbal hop flavors. Punchy flavors without being overbearing, given the sessionable ABV.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Another great beer from Victory, would like to see this one again.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Altbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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