Throwback Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #23
Ranked #44,038
3.54 | pDev: 14.69%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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JohnMalone from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory wanted to create a lager reminisce of the old Schmidt's of Philadelphia brewing company. I drank a lot of Schmidt's in my time so you would think I would have a clear memory but I can't say this taste the same although drinking a lot will cloud the mind. I can say it was very enjoyable.

Apr 20, 2014
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Victory catering truck - served in plastic cup

Brilliant golden color, crystal clear in the sunlight and topped with a thin layering of white head. Fades away into a wisp of film with little lacing.

Malty and doughy in the nose with hints of lemon peel and corn. Yup, its an adjunct - but without the steely, offensive scents the more popular varieties tend to exhibit.

Easy drinking with a mild corny backbone. Doughy with honey and a little fresh cut grass. Quaffable, especially on a 80+ degree day outside.

Lighter body, decent carbonation, cool and refreshing on the tongue with minimal dryness. Apparently this was a post-prohibition inspired lager they made with corn flakes, so the results were pretty pleasing. This certainly isn't their best lager brewed beer, but I thought they achieved the goal.

Jun 07, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a pale gold color with minimal head retention and very little lacing. The nose is a bit better, with a light aroma of honey and bread dough. On the palate, this beer isn't bad, showing some light sweet malt and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is very light, and the beer is a bit watery on the palate. Drinkability is pretty good, assuming you like bland, basically listless beers (which I don't).

Not exactly sure what Victory was going for here, but I guess this might make a decent lawnmower beer alternative for those who want a slight upgrade from their mass marketed macro swill.

May 20, 2010
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zoso1967 from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a voluminous white head that quickly fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. Lacing is not so great, even in a bar cleaned glass. The aroma is.... Well to be totally honest I am not picking up on much more what I was accustomed to in the days that I would slam PBR, Miller light or whatever was on special at the bar. A slight maltyness with some yeast and perhaps even a rumor of hops, though that might just be my imagination. The taste is more interesting in that I actually found it to be a bit sweeter than most adjunct lagers. Bready malt and yeast with just a touch of smooth herbal hops and not a whole lot of bitterness. Goes down easy but not very exciting. The mouthfeel is light and the finish is surprisingly crisp given the low bitterness. Very drinkable, but paying craft prices for a macro style product does not make any sense to me. Just go for a Prima or Vic Lager instead. For me, this is pretty much just a gimmick beer.

Apr 14, 2010
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is light and crisp with some light fruits. Flavor of corn sweetness. Light, crisp, refreshing. There's not much going on here, but this is a decent pale lager and quite drinkable and refreshing.
6/3/6/4/14 (3.3/5)

Dec 20, 2008
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured some of my growler into a Victory shaker glass (I felt that this was most appropriate!).

A: Pours a golden yet straw colored body with a thick, frothy head with nice retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, malty smell with honey undertones that seemed quite complimentary.

T: A light, crisp and refreshing malty taste with some sweet, honey taste evident in the aftertaste.

M: A light, crisp and refreshing beer. An excellent lager and summer beer.

D: An excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this an excellent beer. A very drinkable beer that had me refilling my glass. An excellent brew and highly recommended.

Aug 09, 2008
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at their brewpub in Downingtown.

Glass clear with pale yellow macro-esque color. Nice hard white head.

Mild grainy malt in the aroma. Dry bittering hops are barely noticable, bit of noble hop spicy twang.

Grainy (possibly corn) maltiness. Dry spicy finish. THis one is good at colder temperatures. The mouthfeel gets rather bitter and made me shudder when I was getting to the bottom of the glass.

Light macro mouthfeel, thin.

Overall a fine lager, and a good session beer, but nothing to write home about.

May 27, 2008
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barleywinebrewer from New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

so I've heard of this beer around the site and being at the brewery I thought I'd give it a whirl. it is what is says it is, lager crispness with a solid dosing of corn sweetness and a mild underlaying malt and hint of hops.

glad to have tried it, not sure I'd recommend it based on their amazing selection but glad to have tried it.

May 13, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint served at the brewery, turns out someone found a sixtel lying around, yeah!

A: The lager pours an unmistakeably pale clear color that resembles any one of B, M or C. The head neared 1.5 fingers of bubbly head that quickly receded away.

S: The nose is grainy, laced with a corn sweetness that nicely lays atop the beer. There is no hint of hop bitterness to be found.

T: The pale malts are just that, light and airy on the tongue. The grainy body is thin and fast to disappear. While it lingers, a corn sweetness adds a blast of flavor that one rarely finds in a craft brew. Some hoppiness abounds, but this style is not conducive to humulus lupulus so the flavor is fast to fade.

M: The beer is inoffensive on the palate, neither exciting nor hurting the tastebuds. A nice celebration of the end of Prohibition.

D: The light flavor and lower abv makes it drinkable but there isn't a much of pizzazz (as to be expected). Certainly a throwback.

Aug 17, 2007
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JimsArcade from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Release

A: Pale and light-bodied. A considerable white head emerged from the tap.

S: It has a mild malt aroma with a tiny hint of ethers. No hops in the nose to speak of.

T: Surprisingly, there is a bigger hop presence than I expected, consdiering I've tried the Trowback each year it's been produced. It's a very pleasant surprise. The mild hint of corn is not unpleasant. This is probably their most-balanced version to date.

M: Highly carbonated, the lager has a pleasant texture. Well, at least for how long it lasts in the mouth...

D: This beer drinks so easy and fast, I'm surprised how quickly I finished it.

A decent session brew, the '07 Throwback Lager tastes a little hoppier compared to previous incarnations. This would make a great summer brew... too bad it's brewed in the spring (and a cold spring this year, at that).

Apr 11, 2007
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in at Capone’s in Norristown today (ran into LeftMindedRighty) and they had Throwback Lager on in honor of "Victory over Prohibition Day." I decided to give it a whirl.

In the company American Macro Lagers this beer stands out from BMC with more clear grain malt flavor, sweet and easy, but it is an adjunct lager plain and simple.

Appearance: Served a clear pale yellow with a white head.

Smell: The aroma is predictably small, but with some effort I could detect some malt and some bitterness.

Taste: Sweet malt to start with a bitter hops corn husks and bitterness. The bitter and corn-chip dry taste leave a somewhat spicy citrus sitting on the tongue and an annoying aftertaste that had to be washed down with another sip. The flavor apropos to style as is the macro-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with a fizzy light body.

Drinkability: This beer is light and easy and goes down quick. If Victory was trying to compete with the Macro market this easy drinker would do fine for drinking a 6-pack if adjunct lager is your thing. However since the beer is not bottled, anyplace that would have it on tap ie Capone’s has better beer to follow this up with. Either buy a keg for your kegorator (I think their available) or one pint at the bar and move on to something more interesting.

Hope this is helpful.

Apr 07, 2007
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MmmIPA from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capone's the other night and it was limited.

Clear golden body with a small white head that fell to a ring.Lots of streaming bubbles.Very lively looking beer.

"fresh" lager smell with some faint hop presence.

Faint floral hop taste with malt tied in nicely.

Carbonation is easy and present,very good and a smooth mouthful.

Awesome! Well done .Im proud to have helped end prohibtion.Awesome Victory! While this beer really isnt anything new in the lager family,it is indeed a very nice and enjoyable lager to session.I had two of them.Would have again If I saw it on tap.

Apr 07, 2007
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Boto from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a clear golden color. Suprisingly, there was almost no head on it at all. No fizziness also. The aroma was quite mild, but not unpleasant at all. Some malts and a slight hint of floral aromas. The taste is actually pretty good. Similar to the macros, but a bit more flavorful and therefore it has more character. I know I had many of the old Schmidt’s beers back then, but I can’t really say if this is faithful to the old beer. I do remember my father drinking it because it tasted better than most of the other offerings of the day. I wouldn’t mind having a few of these.

Jul 08, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during the Victory Over Prohibition Promo night. $3.75 for the pint and you keep the glass.

Appearance: clear pale golden yellow on tap with a 1/2" head that falls to a surface foam that lingers. Some spotty lacing develops. Plenty of carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: very little aroma except for a hint of maltiness.

Taste: leans towards the typical macro beer, but noticeably more malt presence. Corn, touch of citrus, and a light dry bitterness round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The finish is lightly dry and clean. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: compared to other macro lagers, this had a nice flavor that didn't offend. Extremely easy drinking and I could see this is how American lagers used to taste many years ago. With all the great beers Victory offers on tap, this will personally rank low on the selection level. But everyone should try it at least once.

Apr 11, 2006
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Truh from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Donned some bell bottoms with this one on 7/3/2005. 16-oz. pint at the Cambridge Common.

¼-inch down comforter covering the whole bed, trailing on the sides with a generous amount of stick, good lace. Light gold, crystal clear hue and some lazy action. Nice lager wash out on nose of a slightly earthy, pavement after a spring rain scent. Gigantically clean with a light malt touch and a finishing Curacao lemon flavor and a certain iciness that pushes everything out of the way.

Not a style I would normally gravitate to, but good nonetheless.

Jul 11, 2005
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with Pabst Blue Ribbon at the South Philadelphia Tap Room.
Victory $4.00 PBR $2.25

Both the PBR and Throwback have a similar appearance. Crystal clear, straw gold in color, and topped by a full and foamy bright white head that holds fairly well before dropping to a standard collar. The carbonation is fine, leaving thin steady streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily to the surface. In general... a nice appearance.

The aroma is quite limited on both (as it should be for the style) with just vaugue indications of malt, hops, and fermentation esters.

The body is light with a gentle carbonation and a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

The flavor is a basic, one-sided, adjunct-enhanced maltiness. The bartender remarked to me that he likes it "because it's sweet", and it is. In fact, the PBR was crisper and more bitter. It's very clean, and there were hardly any fermentation characteristics to be noted other than the standard, underlying-suplhur "lager" character and a suggestion of fruitiness that should be there.

The finish is "short and sweet" with only a residual malt and next to non-existant bitterness.

It's refreshing! And there's a reason that this is the best selling style of beer in the world. However, I was expecting a pre-prohibition lager for some reason, not and American adjunct lager. A pre-pro would have been more bitter and hoppy. Still, it's a decent enough beer that I'd gladly enjoy in place of PBR, Miller High Life, or even Bud. Except that it costs more. For $4 I'll take the Hop Devil!!!

May 28, 2005
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Foxman from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It came to me a crystal clear, bubbly straw yellow, with a tight white lager head the dwindled rapidly. It looked rather pretty in the light, actually.

The aroma was quite macro-esque, with a slight hoppy metallic tang, but the sweet malt notes were a bit more full than in the average macro. But, the corn was there as well.

The first sip delivered an almost rock-candy sweetness on board, with real notes of the cracked corn and light malt that conjured it up. The hops bittered the sweet melange, but did little in the line of flavoring it all. Overall, the flavor profile was thing and dropped off quickly as the malt ebbed, leaving a crisp, slightly bittered finish.

Light bodied, it slid right across the palate with nary a delay. It left little in the line of memories once gone.

Jimmy cracked the corn, but in the summer heat, I would not care. It's thin, sweet, and per the old folks I've talked to, right in line with what they remember of the olden lagers of yore. There's nothing here to call anything more than good, save the nice look at the outset, but man does it go down smooth and easy. It's a novelty, but in the sun with sweat on my brow, I'd have no issue with making it a more mainstream indulgence.

May 09, 2005
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silks636 from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found it quite interesting that Victory would go about brewing such a beer, so I just had to give it a try. It definitely lives up to its name, in more than one sense... certainly a throwback to older brews (it is brewed with Schmidt's yeast, and certainly reminds me of some of the old school beers my Grandfather used to drink), but it's also quite easy to “throw back” a few of these.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a quickly dissipating thin head. Smell is that of *insert macro name here*, and the taste is along the same lines... maybe it tasted a little better to me than your standard macro because of all of the other quality Victory brews I consumed beforehand? Standard corn / adjunct taste with a slight yeasty finish. Very little hop flavors present.

An extrordinarily drinkable beer that doesn't claim to be anything it's not.

May 02, 2005
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Ieatlambfries from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Victory on 4/24/05.

I read about it on the web site a few days back so I knew what to expect and it was true to the description.

Bright yellow with a slight haze. It smelled of malt and yeast, with barely a hint of hop presence. The taste was slightly sweet, with an intersting yeast flavor in the background, hops were barely present at all. The mouthfeel was crisp and light, maybe an effect of the corn? Highly drinkable. This would be a decent beer for a hot day, although I could think of a few I'd drink before I'd choose this.

There is no doubt that this brew displayed the usual quality of Victory beers, or that they nailed the desired style, it's just not an extremly exciting style to duplicate. However, if you are like me and want to taste a bit of history, then take a trip to Downingtown, order a Throwback, take a sip, close your eyes and imagine what it was like way back when.

Apr 24, 2005
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the bar at Victory. Poured a clear amber color, similiar to any macro lager. Smells like typical macro lager. I have to admit the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability are also like a macro lager. If I clsed my eyes, I'd think I was drinking a Bud. Disapointing.

Apr 24, 2005
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GeoffFromSJ from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the more interesting offerings. A lager which uses some corn and some Schmidt's yeast. This one seemed to remind the older beer drinkers of beers long since gone.

Pours a golden color with a nice head which goes away. Taste is nothing spectacular, but pretty darn drinkable. The corn gives it a somewhat fruity characteristic, while it is light at the same time. Sort of like a Kolsch, but not that good.

Apr 09, 2005
Throwback Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 55 ratings