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
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1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of tgbljb
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of silks636
3.23/5  rDev -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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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)

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Photo of Foxman
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 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 JimsArcade
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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).

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Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 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 xnicknj
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Throwback Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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