Uncle Teddy's Bitter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

230 Ratings

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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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 84
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 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 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 jwhancher
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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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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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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint glass at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours golden orange with a pure white one finger head that leaves thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Very fresh smell to this one. Plenty of leafy hops, english yeast, and bready/caramel malts. This is a very welcoming and fresh smelling beer.

T - Very light taste. Hops are a bit muted compared to the nose, plenty of chewy malt, and a crisp, clean, finish thanks to the english yeast. So damn tasty and refreshing. I could see myself drinking a few too many of these no problem.

M - Light body and flavor with excellent carbonation. Fairly smooth with a dry finish. Very nice feel to this one.

D - With the combo of the low ABV and toned down flavors this one is highly quaffable. I could literally drink this all day.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had on cask at the brewpub, served in an imperial pint. The beer is hazy straw in color with a delicate little white head. The nose is earthy and hay like. It has a creamy mouthfeel and subtle flavors, hay, sweet malt and a pleasant breadiness. The beer finishes with light bitterness. I know understand why people have to have bitters on cask, a really well done brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a relatively pale and lightly hazed straw color with a cap of white head with big bubbles from the hand pump pour. Scent is light and made up of bread, nuts, flowers, honey, toffee and earth. Taste suprised me, the light color and scent decieve as the components of scent come forward and make a nice, nearly full flavored beer. The cask pour makes for a creamier mouthfeel with lighter carbonation, great for the style. A very nice, flavorful mild bitter, maybe second only to Yards Brawler in the 4% range in terms of flavor, with slightly more complexity.

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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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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.05 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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