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

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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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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason1337
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Roberto11232
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of TheZoner
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of erikl48
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Dana718
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of anewlanguage
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lupercmda
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Clear, dark copper body under a fixed head of fluffy foam that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Nutty sweet, toasty aromas...toffee, light brown sugar, and noble hops. Toasty malt flavor balanced by a solid bitterness. Spicy, noble hops, black tea, and slight minty notes. Medium-light bodied and very drinkable. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber brown body with good retention and lace.

S - Pungent and spicy hops with some lightly toasted malt.

T - Toasted grain up front with some spicy hop character. More dry toast in the middle and a bitter finish with a touch of citrus and lingering pine flavor.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, flavorful alt overall.  The hops may be a bit more pungent than most examples, but they add a nice brightness to the beer and work pretty well with the malt.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head on a clear straight copper body. Very thick lacing.

S: light candied orange, earthy hops, caramel malt sweetness and light breads.

T: breads cracker and grains up front moving to a metallic and earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Simple but transitions well. Mild sweet caramel late in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: hoppy for the style which can be boring at times. I liked this one a lot and would thing of this of a regular beer for me if it was available in my area.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased from the brewery. Poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark toffee brown color with great clarity and a nice head of foam on top. Aroma is malty, raisiny, with a touch of spicy hops.

First sip is substantially more bitter than expected. Nice munich malt body, but finishes pretty dry with a firm bitter aftertaste.

The dry finish combined with the strong bitter aftertaste knock it down a few points for me. I really like the flavor of the beer, for the split second before the bitters washes over my palate.

All in all, not too bad, but I sure wish I had brought home a growler of Hop Wallop instead :)

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Gorgeous looking beer; very clear burnished copper color, small creamy head that settles to a thin band on top; clingy sheets of lace. Mild nutty toasted bread aroma with muted grassy hops poking through just a bit.

Extremely well balanced taste combines toasted bread maltiness and that nutty note with subtle but interesting hops that feature herbal, grassy, and floral flavors. Just a hint of alcohol. Dry all around; very little sweetness, just a trace of caramel to the malt. Lightly lingering bitter aftertaste.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Full, rounded, and very pleasing mouthfeel. A relatively subtle beer that nonetheless has a lot of depth of flavor.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kmwilson76
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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