Uncle Teddy's Bitter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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: 233 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 stonermouse
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
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 metter98
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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 claytri
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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 TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the type of beer that is to be served on cask and cask only. All other forms of this beer are inferior.

Beer is orange and clear with a big soapy white head of big bubbles that break leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild malt and earthy hoppy, very nice.

Beer is clean and creamy, moderately bitter with nice smooth mouthfeel and great midpalate flavors. not a lot of sweetness just a good all around beer. Nothing odd or extreme, just a good cask ale.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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 John_M
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Max's today. In my opinion, a beer like this really showcases the talent of the brewer at Victory.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good heard retention and lacing. This beer smells so good... I get warm bread, wheatberries, light apple cider vinegar and a touch of bitterness. The combination is very appealing. Flavors replicate the nose in this smooth, easy drinking, lovely bitter. Mouthfeel is light, soft, long, and so flavorful. Drinkability is just about perfect. It's nothing short of amazing that a 4% beer can have this amount of flavor.

It's easy (or at least easier) to make a great tasting beer with 10% or more alcohol.... but a beer with this much flavor and 4% alcohol is a rarity. Exceptional. Well done Victory....

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, pale reddish copper color with a ¼" creamy slightly off white head composed of lots of fine bubbles that persists for a while producing some rings and some light lacing on sipping. Throughout most of the beer sipping leaves fine speckles of lacing with some of the early rings and patches of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and floral with a lightly bready character and with definite presences of earthy hops.

Taste: The favors include a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a slight malty breadiness and fruitiness, but through out there is the earthy bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with the soft gentle carbonation. The finish is medium long and most of it is dominated by the earthy bitterness from the hops which persist nicely and leave me wanting another sip.

Drinkability: This is a good, well made bitter that I've enjoyed drinking and that I'll be having again.

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Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Hojaminbag
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncle Teddy's Bitter has a hazy, dark orange body with just about no head, which mean no lacing or retention.

The aroma has some light sweetness, with cracker and toasted malt sweetness. There is also a light fruitiness and some spicy hops.

Malt flavors that feature a touch of sweetness along with a good dose of cracker and toasted malt dominate the flavor in Uncle Teddy's Bitter. A little bit of fruitiness comes from the ale yeast, and a dash of noble hops balances the malt out.

Light, not carbonation, warm. It's from a hand pump, and it feels just about right.

A lot of time when I order a beer from a cask, I really get the feeling that the brewer just threw a beer into a cask without really thinking about whether that beer belongs there or not. Uncle Teddy's Bitter is not this way. It is perfectly suited to be drank at room temperature from a hand pump.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on a recent visit to the Victory Brewpub my homebrew club the Lancaster County Brewers made -served on cask in a Nonic

A - A lightly hazed caramel colored rosy amber w/ thick cream cap. The head is smooth and the lace has pin point bead almost blends into microfoam w/ a nice sunny glow to the ale - beautiful color

M - A moderately thin feel ut good density for the style, herbal feel from hops is slightly bitter w/ mild creaminess from the malt and light toast w/ a very mild alcohol effect

S - The aroma has lots of hop goodness- English spiced and slightly fruity esters of yeast w/ the hops in check and slight caramel note from the malt

T - The taste has a nice mix of hops w/ herbal flavor and slight fruitiness w/ bitter edges and sweet toast notes from the malt. A light green pepper quality is notes w/ mild apple like fruit flavor in the yeast and a light tart tinge - the creamy cask treatment allows the flavor of the malt to blend well with the English hops which give a good deal of flavor to the overall beer

D - Crazy good - SO drinkable -I almost gave this a five, but I still was compelled to try several of the 15+ beers at the brewpub so it didn't keep me locked in, but it could have.

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Photo of BigMike
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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 deaconoflove
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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 originalsin
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. My tasting notes are starting to pile up.
Had this on cask at Victory Night at the Shep.

For my first beer of the night- this one really did it for me. If there weren't so many other great Victory brews to try I would've likely sat down at the bar and had at least 4 more of these. Orange-ish in color with little head. The aroma is pretty simple- some light malts and a very faint hop smell. This was a very simple, palatable beer- the bitter kick was so subdued compared to my previous experience with bitters- perhaps that's the result of something I can't quite put my finger on. The beer being deliciously warm mellowing it out? I don't know. It had a nice bready flavor with a little caramel malt as well. Mouthfeel was light to medium with little carbonation. Drinkability...well that was off the charts.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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 mhatters
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask in a standard nonick pint glass at Victory.

A nice English-style cask conditioned ale - beautiful golden-copper color with a thick creamy head. Nose shows a strong hop floral presence for a mild. Taste as well - smooth and creamy with a too-strong hop back note for a mild - kind of a mild and one half. Good finish, this is brewed as a session beer and does not disappoint.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
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 Chinon01
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ajr24
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours hazy golden orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Great retention on this guy that produces huge, thick coating of lace down on the sides of the pint glass. The aroma is a pleasing mix of light bread, nuts, citrus, and hops.

The taste starts with a silky malt base that props up a nice presence of lemon zest and grassy bittering hops. The mouthfeel is light, easygoing, and creamy with a bit of a dry finish and feel.

A really solid example of a Bitter from Victory that keeps a decent amount of flavor packed in while still maintaining that lower ABV. I love the fact that they keep this on cask at all times now at the brewery as the silky body only adds to it's immense sessionalbility. I'm always up for a pint or six of this when we visit.

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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 233 ratings