Altbier
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Altbier
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
40
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 10, 2019
Added:
Nov 01, 2004
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  9
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Rated: 3.75 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.
Apr 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.55 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by chrisroarshack from Alaska

Jun 23, 2016
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.
May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.
May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BriAri from Pennsylvania

Sep 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by kneary13 from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2014
 
Rated: 2.5 by Shandycan from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by cyguyjg from Pennsylvania

Mar 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by ejmvet from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

Mar 10, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by touchmeimsac from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by d_gaff from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Number3red from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by HRamz3 from Pitcairn

Nov 08, 2013
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.
Sep 04, 2013
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.
Aug 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by fdig23 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by stevez86 from New Jersey

Jul 01, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by ShanShantheRocket from New York

May 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 09, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by ZehrAlte from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2013
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Reviewed by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Victory Altbier
(Listed ABV 5.0 %)

Pours a medium dark copper, with a slightly off white head and leaves lace down the pint. Aroma of herbal hops and caramel. In the flavor, surprisingly hop forward with a firm caramel\toasted malt backing. Resinous, spicy, fairly bitter leafy hops give a bit of oily balance. As the brew approaches room temperature, malty notes of chocolate and nut develop. Finishes with a more or less even balance. Medium to full bodied brew and well carbonated. Overall, this is one of the better altbiers I have come across . Without a doubt, a very good example of the style.
Apr 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Jason1337 from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2013
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Reviewed by Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a Bell's pint at The Local Miami.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch head that soon becomes a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Bready malt aroma with a mild hop smell and nearly no alcohol.

T- Well-balanced flavor of soft malt and moderate bitterness. Very easy to drink as it should be for only 4.5% ABV. Slightly sweet and refined, almost like a lager which isn't surprising. A bit toasty.

M- Pretty crisp with a small bite from the hops and a medium body. Medium-low carbonation.

O- A fine session beer with plenty of character. Could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these in an outdoor setting.
Apr 03, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by Roberto11232 from New York

Feb 28, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania

Jan 21, 2013
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Victory. Served in a sample glass. Pale caramel with some bread in the nose. A bit of earthy hops. Light body with a dry finish. Fairly bitter. Crisp.
Jan 09, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by TheZoner

Jan 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by erikl48 from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dana718 from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2012
 
Rated: 3.25 by anewlanguage from Massachusetts

Oct 13, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Sep 06, 2012
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to an almost brown in color (slightly darker than I am used to seeing for the style) with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of toasted malts with just a hint of toffee sweetness and a fairly strong aroma of herbal and spicy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has a the light to moderate body of the toasted malts with just a hint of toffee sweetness followed by even stronger presence of the hops. There is definitely a strong presence of herbal and spicy hops with moderate amounts of pine and citrus. Strangely, there was just a hint of something that reminded me of star anise in the background.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: As someone that has visited Dusseldorf and tasted all of the Altbier available there, this beer has a slightly different twist and a much stronger presence of hops. Enjoyable but maybe not exactly true to the style.
Sep 02, 2012
Altbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 65 ratings