Uncle Teddy's Bitter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

84 Reviews

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2002

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured amber with a decent head and decent clarity. Smelled mostly gentle and nutty with some light roasted malt aromas. Very nice taste. Creamy, nutty, well balanced, with a nice earthy bitterness to finish. Some slight herbal notes of sage as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with an herbal, dry finish. A little rich for the style, but still quite a nice beer.

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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 ruckzuck
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap recently at BSP.

A - dark golden body with a massive creamy head. This beer was really visually pleasing

S - biscuity malt with very tiny hop presence

T - again, biscuity flavor with hints of hop bitterness shining through. Pretty tasty.

M - medium body with low carbonation, and goes down ever so smoothly

D - a real joy. Incredibly sessionable and look forward to enjoying this again at some point

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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 beerphan
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cask -> 20oz dimpled mug
Fatheads, Pittsburgh, PA

Arrived a mostly clear pale orange with only some dish suds atop. No real lacing to speak of.

Nose: Light malts and hops, I was in a crowded bar, so..

Nice light mouthfeel. Good flavorful bready malts along with a balancing hop presence. Bitterness was mild but present. Very balanced.

A delightful surprise. This would make for an awesome session beer.

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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 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 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 ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

hand pump at the brewery (from notes)

Arrived a hazy, cloudy burnt orange with a 1/2 inch creamy white head. Possibly the whitest head I have ever seen. About halfway through, the head began to "crack" and formed some really cool island shaped chunks of head.

The smell was of bread, hops, fruit and malts. It was a really subtle smell and quite pleasing.

Taste was of floral hops and a clean yeast and malt presence. Very appealing and subdued. This was a real pleasant surprise for me. I have overlooked this one for too long.

Chewy and creamy. Delicious. I could drink this beer all day.

Victory has done it again, this will be a staple from now on every time I make my way to Downingtown.

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Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Very slightly hazed copper in color. Has a short lived big frothy white head.

s: Perfumed hops and a hint of brown sugar

t: Mild dry hoppy bitterness and some gritty earthy malts. Is it my imagination or do I taste some alcohol?

m: Thick and very creamy, leaves a nice hop tickle in its wake.

d: Made for sessioning and hits the mark.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded amber orange hue forms a vibrant creamy tan head. Froth and thick with thick even bands of lacing that develop with each sip, good cask conditioned gets harder to come by in the Burgh as time goes on. Bars that used to carry a cask or two don't anymore it's really a shame. Well, this flowing at Fathead's and as soon as I saw it I knew what I would drinking at least a few of. Aroma has roasted caramel with nutty edges herbal funky UK hops with just a finish of piney hoppiness. Flavor is mildly bitter nothing overplays anything else. Session beer at it's best can't hide any off flavors in a brew like this definitely a technical display of talent. That slick oily rush of hops quickly disperses with the roasted malt nut flavors, like a said just a clean drinkable mix of flavorful beer were both sweetness and hop flavor have multiple dimensions. Mouthfeel is of course the strength of most cask beers, and this one is no exception. Creamy fluffy body with hop oils streaking the palate natural light carbonation goes down with such ease, no alcohol burn when it's 3.5-4% abv. Drinkability anytime I see this one flowing, hopefully next time I belly up to a long wooden bar in Downingtown that would be a nice place to meet up with this brew again.

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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 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 mobud
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Brewpub.

A- Nice pale hazy beer with small tight head that laced nicely as the beer was sampled.

S- Gentle hops smell with a some bread aromas after several sips.

T- Muted hops taste with a return of the bread element.

M- Light, but rich. A smooth finish and very little aftertaste.

D- A great beer that is only available at the brewery. This one goes high on my list of session beers. It was so good I stayed alittle longer at the pub so I could have another!

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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 brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and great head retention that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Fruity aroma with hints of earthy hops

Taste: Bread and fruity flavors up front with nice moderated earthy bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bittter earthy flavors dominate but there is a sweet fruitiness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Heavy body and low carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of a style that is rarely brewed on these shores

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Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy caramel/orange colour with a super-dense, cream coloured head. Great retention and thick, solid rings of lace were left behind at each sip. Sweet caramel and citrusy, piney hop aroma. Solid bitterness throughout with plenty of malt up front, fresh grain character, and a bit of hop character. Low carbonation with a slight astringent graininess. An excellent session brew that really shines in the cask format.

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

What a fantastically palatable, sessionable real ale style English Bitter. Impeccably balanced sweet malt base and great hop character that is smooth not bitey. Very clean refreshing flavor with a hint of 'amber' in the malt and a dry hop, crisp finish. Delectable. I highly recommend.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on cask draught at the Victory brewery.

My first time trying a cask-conditioned beer, and I was excited. It arrived with a healthy white head that would never leave, body was a hazy golden color.

Aroma was very subtle, nothing sticking out really... hints of sweetness and fruits if anything.

The flavor is perfectly balanced. Malts, hops, and a mild fruitiness.

Feel is 100% smooth.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a bright golden brown with an off white creamy head that had a Guinness like cascade effect going on that left some nice lacing. Smelled of oatmeal, sour dirty pineapple and maple syrup. Tasted of creamy corn, smoky caramel, copper and grass that faded into a pleasant dryness that tingled my tongue. Mouth feel was very light and thin with very tiny bubbles. I could definitely knock back a few more of these!

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