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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Photo of cpetrone84
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap into Scandanavian Mug @ Birreria Paradiso.

Light amber color with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Light hops in the aroma, along with earthy yeast tones. Biscuity malts in the flavor, along with a slight hop bitterness. The yeast did a lot of talking in this one, with mild fruity flavors up front, with a touch of diacetyl. Medium bodied.

A decent bitter, but far from my favorite. The hops weren't quite as assertive as I would have expected, and the yeast is a bit too upfront.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a off white head. Aromas that are hoppy and a sweet maltiness. In the taste there is a small bitter, a sweet maltiness and a nice presence of fruitiness. A light bitter, yet mellow mouthfeel and a dry, sticky bitter aftertaste. A nice session-y bitter, a bit light and water in taste, but easy to drink.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'n Hum.

I didn't know what to expect from this beer; what I got was a little disappointing. I haven't had much of the style, so I hope I'm not bringing my personal taste into the review too much.

The beer poured fairly nice, with a yellow haziness throughout. The head was already gone by the time it was placed in front of me.

Aroma was interesting. I detected a fairly blah hop profile at first whiff.

Flavor was a little bizarre, but perhaps it was just a shock to my palette. The anticipated english bitterness was present, but it was topped off with a whole lot of honey flavor. Carbonation was low, in keeping with the style I suppose, but with the big honey flavor, it was kind of like an experimental soft-drink. Or a cup of tea and honey that had sat overnight on the counter.

Mouthfeel was a little syrupy because of the low carbonation/honey mix. It was interesting, anyway.

Given the above criticisms, drinkability is pretty high. If you like honey flavor, you'll like this. Ultimately, the flavors are mild and inoffensive, and the lack of carbonation and low ABV makes this a pretty easy drinker.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Victory Brewing Co. in 14-oz. pint glass.

A - Hazy, cloudy rust colored body with creamy white head and nice lacing.

S - Moderate toasted maltiness with traces of grain and bread. Very light hop aroma with predominantly Kent Golding profile. Traces of cask wood in the nose.

T - Initial taste is lightly bitter with an average finish that is also bitter.

M - Light to medium body with a creamy texture that is a bit watery. Virtually no carbonation, but that is expected since it is a cask conditioned offering. Clean, smooth finish. Perfect temperature!

D - Pretty standard British-style ESB with Kent Golding hop profile. Not a bad cask offering from Victory. Not my favorite ESB, but I'd have another, especially on cask.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger (nitro-conditioned cask). Pours a cloudy light with a nitro head. Aroma of light sweet malt and flowery hops. Flavor is initially fruity with a bitter hoppy finish. Super super drinkable and very tasty. I think the nitro works well with this beer and really makes it so smooth and drinkable. It would be interesting to try this sans nitro though. Excellent refresher.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of da_beers
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of BigMike
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask today at the Victory Brewpub. This is my first cask beer.

Served in a nonic pint glass. A golden orange color somewhat hazy with a finger and a half of super creamy super pillow soft head that hugs the side of the glass for dear life.

Smell is pretty light but i guess thats expected for 3.9% abv. Light floral and caramel and some fruitiness.

Taste is light flowers and also some berry presence. Almost like a hint of strawberry or something like that.

Crazy smooth mouthfeel. Almost like liquid air. I'm sure its the way cask brew are but this thing is creamy and super easy to drink.

Like i said at 3.9% combined with the super smoothness, i could drink about 20 of these things. (except for the fact its $4.00 a pint).

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. It came in a nonic glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy amber color. The head is a white color, two fingers tall, small bubbles and stupendous retention.
Smell: The aromas are earthy hops, hints of citrus and wheaty.
Taste: The flavors are citrusy, piney and bits of pale malt.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served from the hand-pump at the Grey Lodge this weekend.

Once it settled, it was slightly hazy golden orange with 1.5 fingers of deliciously foamy head. The aroma was of sweet malts, some fruit and herbal pine.

Quite a balanced flavor profile, both sweet and bitter. Lightly toasted bread and mild fruitiness cooperate extremely well with the earthy and citric hops.

This ale was very smooth and easily drinkable from the cask. If I see it available again, I shall drink more of it.

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Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

on the handpump at Fat Heads last night...20oz pour in a bubbled mug

A - very thin layer of loose white lace, sitting atop a slightly hazy burnt orange colored beer. the foam sat as a lowly ring throughout most of the drink, very small amount of yeast settles at the bottom of the glass.

S - mostly crackery and bready malt, lightly touched by some caramel sweetness. very subtle layer of slightly grassy hop bitterness finishes it off.

T - again, crackers and stale bread take the spotlight. very milkd through the middle, just a tiny spot of sweetness before turning into some mild earthy hops.

M - extremely light and watery, typical carbonation from a cask. only slightly creamy and biting at the end.

D - a god representation of the classic style, but just not doing enough for me. crazily drinkable though, thanks to an extremely light body and mild taste. a good first beer for happy hour while waiting for friends to show up, before moving onto some bigger guns.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory- Uncle Teddy's Bitter

A- Cloudy orange brown with a solid spongy head. Thick spongy lacing down the glass.
S- Mild caramel toffee malt with grapefruit hops.
T- Sweet buttery caramel/ butterscotch toffee malt with big doses of citrus rind.
M- Very buttery and creamy, low natural carbonation with a creamy body and citric finish.

Overall- A beer I've been wanting for a few years now. Lived up to what I was hoping for. If you visit Victory pass on the food and drink 1 of these.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at ChurchKey.

Especially during my last hurrah there, I had to get a random cask selection at the CK. My brother helped me choose this one. It pours a slightly hazed pale straw topped by a tiny smattering of bubbles yearning to be taken seriously as a head. In vain, I say. The nose comprises strawberry, ginger, candi sugar, flowers, and caramel. The taste is surprisingly simpler, considering the smell: Notes of wheat, flowers, and corn are all that make up the assault on my 'buds. This meager list does well, though, even if not very far. The body is light, with no real carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice bitter, as simple and understated as it gets, while still keeping my interest.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of claytri
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear light amber with a fine white head. The aroma is of malt with slight floral hops and vanilla undertones. The taste is sweet malt with a nice hopa finish. The feel is medium and a bit oily with a dy finish. I could drink these all night.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at CAH. Pours a hazy orange...I let it sit and had another brew while I waited. The bartender had the decency to not sit this on the ice rail. Small head and gobs of lace. A little aspirin in the flavor, but dominated by a mild malt smoothness. Medium mouthfeel with a big smooth finish. This is one of the easiest drinking brews I've had in awhile. Buttery and wonderful. Recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.05 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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