Uncle Teddy's Bitter
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Bitter - English
Ranked #2
Ranked #7,527
4.02 | pDev: 13.18%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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curl217 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this from cask at McGrath's in Harrisburg PA. Found this to be an excellent example of an english mild/bitter. Pours with little head , which quickly disappears ,and nice coppery/amber color. Tastes bready , malty, lightly toasted. Very nice slight bitter finish. Pleasant Malt aroma.

Apr 29, 2016
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a beautiful, nearly opaque honey-golden - not much head, but that must be how it’s poured. Malty aroma has subtle fruity and horehound notes. Flavor has good malty and fruity tones and a bitter undertone - subtle, and as the description says, no bite. Finish is dry and smooth, not a lot of tingle but good body, and the fizz last. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

Apr 15, 2015
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Corkpuller from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love malty beers. I especially love bitters and milds. For me this is the benchmark of the style.

Complex bready and just slightly toasty malt aroma. Hop presence varies based on freshness, but there is always enough backbone to support the malt. Mouthfeel is among the best I've ever experienced. It shows what a beer engine can do for the right beer.

I've always wanted Victory to brew an Old Ale with this grain bill and give it a little brett. Top Notch.

....kinda thinking about driving to Downingtown today.....

Apr 12, 2015
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da_beers from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a dark amber. Two fingers of white head. Not light enough to see carbonation.

S - malt forward for sure. Some spice notes in there. Faintest caramel notes. Bready and some banana.

T - not bad. Bready malts that aren't overly sweet. Some banana and nutmeg. Good for style.

M - light to medium body. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

O - good for style. Don't drink a lot of bitters but would recommend.

May 29, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Ashley's Saturday night.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear brass color with a creamy white head atop.Aromas were light with mild biscuit and earthy hops standing out,flavors are dry and earthy with a tinge of iron/metal a firm dryer biscuit base is there throughout.A simple easy drinking cask bitter wich it's supposed to be.

May 13, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

As bitters go, this is a bit subpar. It's very lightly flavored, with essentially no hop character. The malt character is smooth and nice, though.

Jul 15, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-nitro-tap at Pony Bar (Hells Kitchen) in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear deep medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some darker golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and bready malts with a light amount of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted pale malts that have an almost buttery aspect to them with some light notes of citrus/orange rind hops and just a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Super creamy.

O: Unfortunately this beer did not really benefit from being served on nitro - it came out a little too creamy almost like a cream ale. I think this beer would be best served on cask with light amounts of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Jul 04, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Nitro pour at the brewery, pours a very light brown with a creamy, silky foam that laces the entire glass.

SMELL: Light nose of bready malts and a whiff of noble hop flowers.

TASTE: Upfront it tastes like a very mild English pub ale much akin to the commercially available pale milds in nitro cans, perhaps with less character. Really light malt flavor, nothing much to report. The beer gets a light nutty note in the finish, and had a small note of mildly bitter, tea like hops.

OVERALL: A decent, run of the mill mild. The nitro made it drink like water, and nothing was off but it was surprisingly bland. Even as a fan of milds, I got bored with this one.

Apr 21, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber or light amber. Head settling in nicely. Looks like an English pale on nitro.

Toasted grain, floral and citrus hops, English maltiness. Light grassiness.

Nice sweet bitter. Orange hops, floral hops, barley malt, English-style caramelization, peach creaminess, browned apple, and must. Quite nice.

Drinks like a champ. Wonderful creamy feel. Wet-bodied. Softly carbonated.

A standout specialty beer. Perfect for the spring.

Apr 06, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Churchkey. Served in a pint glass. Pours a nice caramel-copper with a good, lasting white head. Nice sticky lacing. The nose carries some bready, slightly-toasty malt along with just a touch of nuttiness. Good earthy, floral hops in the background then coming through into the flavor. Nice malty base for that, though still fairly thin (without being watery). Light body with appropriate cask carbonation and a smooth bitterness. Well done bitter.

Dec 15, 2012
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SeamusDoyle from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dull amber with decent sustainable whitish head. Nose has a distinct white vinegar note, which is very surprisingly, pleasant and interesting. Flavor is apple cider, mild english green hops, and a very dry finish. There is an acidic astringency that bites the throat as it goes down, but again, not offensive. Lightly sour after the soft very lowly carbonated body. Bitter hop oil lingering finish.

Nov 16, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, medium copper-hued body pulled from the cask with a slim, scraggly, ivory head. A few dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faint, tenuous notes of crisp grains, toffee, and dried peppery herbs.

Taste: Light toffee maltiness, subtly sweet. Light toasted grains with a touch of nuttiness. Faint golden raisin fruitiness. Mild herb and spice from the hops. Faintly bitter. Lightly malty finish with some of that herbal edge lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant, nicely balanced, easy-drinking session cask beer for lunchtime.

Sep 14, 2012
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks fairly standard when poured in the glass - amber-brown in color with really no head but consistent with this style. Smells of apples, bread and other spices - maybe some nutmeg. Taste is wonderful with the same notes hit from the aroma. After many trips to London this is the best delivery of this type of beer west of the Atlantic. What's better is the low ABV - definite session beer.

Aug 11, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of just slightly off white foam on top of a lightly hazy, dark golden brown body.

S - Notes of red apple, cinnamon, bready malt and caramel.

T - Thick, bread and toffee up front.  Red apple yeast and more bread in the middle.  Finishes with musty hops more fruity yeast, and lingering rich, thick malt.

M - A moderately thick, creamy body, low carbonation, and a balanced finish.a

D - excellent, the best bitter I have had since the last time I was in the UK and honestly better than most even there.  Great yeast character and rich malt with just enough hops to impart the requisite bitterness and keep it balanced.  I'm really glad I got to have it from a cask as that probably made a huge difference.

Jul 27, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: single finger head and excellent retention as it is on the hand pull on a very lslightly hazy crimson with golden hues body. Very nice lacing.

S: very fruity and floral, almost popouri floral. Citrus is pineapple banana and tangerine.

T: very flavorful and nicely hopped for the style. Flavors include earthy hops, lightly roasted malts, slight bitter floral hops and very light caramel and orange citrus sweetness.

M: medium body and cask smoothness. Wet finish.

Overall: an excellent beer for the style and one of the best casket beers I have had. Highly drinkable which doesnt sacrifice flavor to be so.

Jul 27, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery. Pours a very clear golden color with a small, quickly dissipating head and patchy lacing. Aroma of sweet honey and caramel maltiness, with subtle floral hops underneath.

Nice balanced flavor; the Styrian and Kent Goldings lend floral, herbal, and grassy notes and bitterness to the bready, honey-sweet malt character. Initial sweetness dries out nicely in the finish, leaving behind a lightly grassy bitter aftertaste.

Very smooth feel, low carbonation, medium bodied. Cask treatment very well done, avoids being at all watery. Feels quite soft in the mouth and goes down easy. A very tasty offering.

Jul 13, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather warm in the not-quite-a-pint glass. Nice creamy head on the amber brew tinged with yellow. Slightly hazy. Pleasant light mouthfeel.

Pleasant mouthful of hops. Very resiny with a moderate bitter hit. More like an English Pale Ale than practically any brew I've had on our side of the ocean. Thin mouthfeel, and near flat, but appropriate to the style. Great perfumey aromas and flavor. Tops for quaffability.

From the cask at London Grill in Philadelphia. Notes from visit on June 1, 2012, the beginning of Philly Beer Week.

Jul 03, 2012
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a lighter amber/yellow color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast giving only the lightest amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a biscuit aroma. Mixed with this is caramel and some grassy and herbal aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out with a nice malty base with hints of caramel within. Toward the middle of the taste the smooth bready base remains, but the caramel fades a bit. While the sweet fades a somewhat yeasty and more herbal flavor take over the vacant position. Theses flavor carry the taste to a crisp end with a light hoppy flavor melding in.

Mouthfeel – While only at 3.9 % abv this beer is exceptionally creamy. It may be a part of the hand pull nature which leads to a lower level of carbonation, but the body is thick and very nice for the style of beer.

Overall – One wonderful session beer. It has good malty flavors mixed with some sweet and hop favors mixed within. Very drinkable.

Jun 14, 2012
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Doppelbockulus from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is light amber in color, with a very dense creamy head about a half inch thick.

Smells like walking into the woods after it has rained, wet bark, dead pine needles, and moist soil. Not a bad smell, certainly nothing decaying. Light caramel and just a puff of smoke.

Very light bitterness, close to none. Subdued flavor, like eating the white flesh near the rind of a watermelon, very watery with slight biscuit.

Feels like a lot of water in the mouth, and some light tannic effect. not much else.

Jan 28, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is light amber, little to no head. Sweet caramel malts and some thanksgiving spice with hints of pepper and sugar. Taste is caramel malts being taken by iced tea with some light peppery spice and a touch of hearbal hops. Creamy body, low carb from cask, a touch oily. Iced tea flavor dominates and is not my cup of tea.

Dec 27, 2011
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a hand pull at Victory Brewing:

The beer appeared a very nice, clear copper color with hints of red with a great, thick, creamy, slightly off-white head. The head was fairly well retained but eventually faded into nothing. No noticeable carbonation. The aroma was mild, mostly malty with a hint of yeast. The taste of the beer was great, extremely well balanced and the fact that the beer was served at a warmer temp really made the beer more enjoyable. The beer had a medium body, creamy, smooth and exceptional drinkability. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and I hope that I get to enjoy this one again.

Sep 02, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Hand-pumped into a pint glass, this ESB was a clear, golden brown, fairly low carbonation, with a small head of delicate, white bubbles that completely disappeared before the end of the drinking session. Lots of caramel and yeast in the nose, very clean and fresh. Nice taste, with caramel and honey, bready yeast, and a great balance of hop bitterness that makes this beer distinctive yet very accessible. Medium body, a bit chewy, and left a bit of syrupy film in the mouth. Overall drinkable and enjoyable.

Jun 14, 2011
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from hand pump in a pint glass.

appears a clear golden color with a 3/4" frothy head of large white bubbles. leaves a bit of soapy lacing.

aroma is mild, of earthy grassy hops. taste is of slightly sweet malt, buttery cracker, with mild hop finish. mouthfeel is smooth and lower carbonation, as expected from the cask.

definitely an easy drinking session beer.

Apr 24, 2011
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Victory. Has a citrus hop nose. Pours a light amber, mostly gold color. Nice frothy head with suds that lace the glass. Taste is mostly pale or base malt. Would like to see more of a malt-like character whether biscuit or bread or light caramel. I think the hops mask the malts. Nice light to medium mouthfeel. Great drinkability.

Mar 06, 2011
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Beerbluesbiology from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a half pint of this from the cask at Victory Brewing Co. A beautiful beer, an amber-golden body with a fluffy 1/2 fingered head. Having this beer at a warmer temp from the cask really enhances the smoothness of this beer. This bitter really is spectacular and it has a bit more cone hop presence than others which makes it quite appetizing. The light caramel malt backbone holds up the extra bitterness from the hops, leading to quite an impressive brew. Very smooth and silky, drinking the head is like diving into a cloud!

Jan 10, 2011
Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 233 ratings