Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass. The second of my many spoils from PA.
A - Prototypical pale yellow, turning more brown towards the center. A good bit of haze. 1-2 finger white head rises with moderate retention and settles to a thin cap. No lacing.
S - Immediately I am reminded of Flying Dog's In Heat Wheat. Sunrise strikes a decent balance between banana and creamed corn with a smidge of lemon juice thrown in. Vanilla hides in the corners as well, but there's no clove or phenolic aspect that's needed for a 4 or better rating.
T - Right now I am really on the fence between 3.5 and 4. Great sweet flavor of bananas pulls through from the beginning with a healthy dose of grain that I assume must be the creamed corn aroma I picked up on in the nose. Moderate sweetness is restrained by mild citric notes of lemon peel. A sourness approaching phenolic territory creeps in on the sides of the tongue late palate making for a crisp and refreshing finish. I've settled on 3.5 due to the absolute lack of clove/medicinal flavors.
M - No problems here. Light to medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.
D - In terms of sheer drinkability, this is one of the best, perfect to drink all day/night. Victory's Sunrise Weiss is a great beer, certainly one of the best in it's class when it comes to American interpretations. I loved the taste but in some ways, while better than a lot of so-called hefeweizens, it really can't match it's German ancestors. It's not the banana slam that is Franziskaner, it's not the harmony than defines Weihenstephaner, it doesn't quite touch the elegance of Paulaner, and it certainly doesn't deliver much sourness and hardly any phenolic character found in so many of the style. Here's a case of personal preference vs. stylistic limitaions. Sunrise Weiss is a fantastic tasting beer, but it lacks some key elements of a hefeweizen. I'm not a fan of overly sour and/or medicinal hefes, so it tastes great to me, but it's lacking some of the balance that makes the style interesting. Still, I would be thrilled if I could purchase this beer regularly. Not quite a match for the giants out there, but a very worthy and tasty effort.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2009 08:55:49 | More by PatrickJR
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4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Living within an arms reach of this brewery I frequent a meal or two every so often as a cheat for my diet. During the spring and summer months when Sunrise is on tap it's a given that I will have at least one!!
I'm not big on wheat beers, but to me Sunrise is easily my most favorite to readily drink.
It has a hazy, almost ripe orangey-yellow to it that you can't see through due to it being an unfiltered beer. The head somewhat laces around the edges of the glass which is not always typical of a wheat style.
The smell is fantastic and refreshing. It has a slight citrus smell but nothing overbearing or out of the ordinary.
The taste of this beer is beautifully assembled by the yeast and malts fermenting rather than the added ingredients for flavor. You get that same typical clove, citrus and off banana taste to it; yet none of those are involved in the brewing process.
Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated nor under carbonated, it's just right. Being unfiltered some beers can leave some sediment in your mouth from time to time... This is not one of them unless you're drinking it from a bottle.
If you ever have the chance to give this a shot, it's a sure-fire thumbs up!!
Serving type: on-tap
08-16-2013 06:33:49 | More by RikkiTorment
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.