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: 54 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Dbthwaites88
4.8/5  rDev +36.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JohnMalone
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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 Truh
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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 chim52chim
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 VinnyA
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 GeoffFromSJ
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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 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 Bill69
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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Throwback Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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