Throwback Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stirgy on 04-09-2005

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by VinnyA:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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!!!

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Photo of Fcip78
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chim52chim
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of schmitter
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of dreichus
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of zoso1967
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Bill69
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phatz
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maddogruss
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of gloveman
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of ptat
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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Throwback Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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