Uncle Teddy's Bitter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2002

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Photo of Oakenator
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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.....

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy orange color with dense creamy white head that had great retention and left layers of foam after each sip.

S: Caramel and toffee, then the floral and fruity nots come out a bit.

T: Caramel, floral hints, fruits, slight piney/earthiness. This is one ofthe most flavorful bitters that I have had.

M: Creamy and mouth coating then finishing dry and leaving you wanting more.

D: I have at least one every time it is on at the brewery. One of my favorite beers. Something that could be drunk all night long.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and creamy pour from the hand pump. Lighty amber in color, a bit hazy. On the nose, fruits (peaches) and soft honey malt. Flavor is over the top awesome. Smooth, starting slightly sweet with flavors of light tea, honey, soft white bread and a touch of yeast far in the background. Warm and gentle tingling bitterness follows, very clean, noticable but not overpowering. Finishes super creamy and fairly rich. Mouthfeel on cask is just killer, so rich, creamy and smooth. Ultimate drinkability.

Overall - One of my favorites from by far, my favorite brewery. Incredibly delicious stuff from the hand pump..

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed my experience with this beer. A session beer that can be enjoyed pint after pint after pint. I once thought that cask beer's appearance was unappealing, but not any more. I think cask ales are a beautiful thing to behold. A very nice fruity yeast flavor with just enough hops to barely overpower the malt in this beer. I'm not sure how this would be in a bottle or from a keg, but from the cask, it was excellent.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served a medium copper colored beer with creamy white head. Smell is superb with a nice mixture of malt and hops. Taste is even better than the smell with the malt and hops forming an excellent balance. Finished with a moderate dryness that is supremely refreshing. The perfect session beer with modest alcohol content, great taste and perfect drinkability. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of ajr24
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the cask this beer looks damn appetizing. Had it at Victory and absolutely LOVED the fact that they use imperial pint glasses for their ales- not to mention proper glassware for everything, but back to the point...
This bitter looks like it belongs in merry old England. Deep golden and copper color topped off with a creamy white head that seduces your mouth, tongue and perhaps your very soul. It smells of an excellent malt character with the proper bittering hop aroma. Every single quality ingredient comes to fruition once the pint glass inches towards your lips and that first sip trickles in. Indicative of the taste is the mouthfeel, its velvety smoothness entices every orifice of your mouth until the very last drop. This is a session beer at its finest, although it is hard to just have one, you must realize that while at Victory the rest of the beer lures me in like birds to a bird feeder (i'm sure that i'm not alone).

All in all this beer is one of my favorites on cask. Recommend it to all.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory scores again with this bitter, tasted like an ordinary bitter to me which not many US brewers dare to touch being that it is such a delicate style to tangle with. A good rounded malt sweetness throws toasted crackers and a mild fruitiness to the taste buds. Hops were at a impeccable level of balance. The cask-conditioned smoothness was so impressive that I wanted to quaff this one all night. Great job guys!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I very, very special brew, to be sure. Pale in colour, this offering presents in all it's gravity fed glory. Fantastic notes of bready goodness and mild fruity hops to balance this highly quaffable brew. Smooth on the palate - to say the least - the hops played a predominant role on the tongue, but was balanced with some nice biscuitiness. The prototypical session brew if there ever was one.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable, at least on-cask. Looks absolutely incredible. The head just wouldn't go down. It was so beautiful I just let it sit for a while. Seriously. I normally call beer God's gift to man. Sometimes you need to just sit and appreciate.

I couldn't get too much of a smell. After the head eventually got down I got more of a smell. I have a poor sense of smell, so I'm not going to hurt it too much in the rating.

The taste is a little heavy on the hops, but the beer is made from second-runnings of Old Horizontal so that makes sense. The malt is perfect up-front. The aftertaste is hops, but not overpowering. A very good drinking beer. I would tone down the hops just a little bit (only in the aftertaste) to give this a five. This style is delicate so I suggest not tinkering with the recipe. Yes, that's right. Don't listen to me!

The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability? I can't get enough. This is the ultimate session brew.

This beer shows Victory's incredible versatility. They do big-beers well. But they do medium-strength beers well. And they do these small beers well also. My hat is off to them. Bravo!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber that is fogged. Creme head that stays. Nose is hoppy and slightly woody. Flavor is just as described: "cask-ish". Hops are definitely there. Smooth and nice. Definitely bitter, but in a smooth way. Feel is very smooth. Great carbonation and a smooth liquid. Overall a great treat to be able to have.Well worth trying.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint hand-pulled at the brewery.

A: The pint is served with a bubbly flourish. The ale is a hazy orange-brown color, muddled and swirling. The creamy head atop the ale measures around a finger and laces nicely as the glass is consumed.

S: The nose is hoppy with nice sweetness that is equal parts malt and creamy head. A great bitter aroma comes off of the beer.

T: Drinking this pint reminds me of sitting at The Wharf Rat in Baltimore with a best bitter in hand. Few things beat a solid English ale on cask. The bitterness is muted but focused, kicking some earthy hop bitterness before melding into the creamy head. As the hops fade, the sweeter malts emerge. The flavors are biscuity and pleasingly sweet. This beer is all substance and no frills.

M: Creamy head, solid hops and sweet malts, all in one pint. This is a tight beer.

D: This is one helluva session beer, easy to drink with a great flavor. I was tempted to waste my night in Downingtown, downing pints of this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is how you brew a fucking beer. On cask at Max's today.

Beautiful amber in color with a dense, soft, off-white head with just phenomenal retention and lacing, this is an outrageously beautiful beer. The nose is outstanding. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, minerals, earth, mild minty and a touch of fruity English yeast, this puts the craft back into "craft beer". The palate opens with butterscotch, vanilla and caramel with some minerals coming through. Drying finish with earthy and herbal hop character, this beer is medium-light in body with a soft carbonation and is just eminently drinkable.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Wow. I was blindsided by this one. I was not expecting such a flavorful beer when I ordered this one. Floral and fruity aromas and whiffs of grain. Nice full and fluffy white head. Palate is clean and refreshing with light citrus and floral hops. Just enough dry bitterness to compliment the cracker flavor of the malt and yeast. With great flavor, and at a sessionable 4%, this is a clear cut winner and a great cask offering.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, dark orange. Finger and half head that hung around for a little while.
Light smell, but I got some caramel/toffee and some earthy hops.
Tasted the same as it smelled. Hops became more prevalent, but not at all overpowering. Still retained that caramel/toffee maltiness.
Light mouthfeel. Some lingering bitterness, but otherwise leaves the palate clean.
Highly drinkable and only 4%. Probably one of the few truly sessionable beers by a U.S. craft brewery.
Definitely recommended. This could even be a very good gateway beer as it doesn't assault the palate with overdone hops or alcohol.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Orange copper hue with no head.

Nose - Malty goodness, karo syrup with hints of ocean salinity, some grape tang and St. Joseph's cough syrup.

Taste - Orangy and light breadiness with minerality and hoppiness fighting at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter body but enough to hold it all together.

Drinkability - 5

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Took a Saturday mc ride to The Whip Tavern in Chester County, PA. (our favorite destination) There was a hand-lettered sign on the tap for "Uncle Teddys". I assumed it was a British beer in keeping with the British/Irish collection of beers at the Whip.
Ap. Light color with a slight amber tinge and a nice thick foamy head.
Sm. Light hops, very little smell.
Ta. Served relatively warm, very mild flavor of citris, maybe a little caramel? in there. A mildly bitter finish.
Mf. Nicely filling, smooth with good carbonation.
Dr. Very, very drinkable. Had we not been on bikes and sitting on a warm, humid patio, I'd have had another or two.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ok so my first review

i had this on the hand pump at standard tap in Philadelphia.

im not a huge huge excperts on bitters but i do like them. I have never seen this victory before and seeing this before and given victor's track record i figured i would give it a go.

it pours a golden coppery color. YOu can smell the aroma typical of bitters. But this one is a little special because it wasnt overly bitter. I cant put my finger on it, but it was very well balanced and smooth.

A great session beer I hope to see more of this from victory

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a .4 liter glass from a beer engine - brewed with German malts and Styrian and Kent Goldings hops. It arrives at the table a lightly-hazed caramel, with low carbonation and an inch of creamy head that deposits nice lacing. Gently hoppy in the nose, with a sturdy backing of toasted and biscuity malts. Similar on the palate, with notes of citric/grassy and leafy/spicy hops. It has a medium body that is smooth and creamy, low in carbonation, and leaves a medium, hoppy finish. Very enjoyable ale, with excellent mouthfeel and flavor. Definitely give this one a try if you see it at the brewery.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts with notes of citrus hops.
T: Flavors of buttery, toasted malts dominate the overall taste along with some notes of citrus and a subtle amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with just a hint of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink; when combined with the low alcohol content it makes it perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Relatively recently at Rattle 'N Hum's Victory promo...about 2 months ago. Poured a translucent gold, with less than a finger of white, and less than stellar retention and lacing. No visible carbonation wasn't surprising, given the cask origin. The smell was a robust bouquet of rosemary and other spices that I couldn't place, mixed with grass and sugary apple. The taste was very nice as well, tasting more like a saison rather than a bitter, and finishing on a dry apple note. Non-carbonated, smooth texture, and surprisingly thin which certainly aided its sessionability. Fantastic session brew. It definitely tasted as if the folks from Victory used the hops left over from brewing Saison du Buff to brew this great beer, given the herbal/spicey profile. No complaints here.

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