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Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rebel1771 on 07-16-2002)
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Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy light gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a beautiful pale and wheat malt scent along with a very yeasty aroma. It's loaded with esters. The taste is great as well. It's smooth and tastey with a bit of citrus and lots of banana/clove flavors. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This nails the hefe profile. It's flavorful with a citrus edge, lots of yeast esters and a wonderful malt bill; well done Victory.

WesWes, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of bahumutx
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with a big but thin white head.

Smell: What a great smell. Cloves, Banana and Yeast. Just what a Hefe Weizen should smell like.

Taste: Starts of with cloves and then moves on to a slight sweetness and yeast. There is also a banana and wheat taste that is present. Also some slight citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium Mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight wheat and clove ending that does not last along time but is refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could easily drink a six pack of these on a hot summer’s day.

What a great example of the style. Once again a great beer from victory brewing. This taste good during the cold winter months but I can’t wait to try it on a hot summers day.

bahumutx, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of rowew
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, Enjoy by date printed on the label - it seems to be a year or so out.. seems a bit long for a weiss? Lots of description on the label.

Appearance: Pours with a great billowy white head, yellow with just a hint of orange, and some clouds in there.

Smell: Lots of fruit - some banana and a bit of citrus, and also a nice yeasty pepperiness.

Taste: Nice spicey and balanced by some great fruit flavors. Very drinkable, lots of wheat flavor in there too.

Overall impression: Great wheat beer - definitely one of the better American offerings. Great balance, highly highly drinkable.

rowew, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden color. Lots of head retention. Very nice.

S - Wonderful. Lemon, wheat. Strong aromas. Exactly what you expect in a good Hefe.

T - I am not a huge wheat beer/Hefeweizen fan. However, Victory has sold me on this one. Very mild flavors of lemon, wheat.

M - Very smooth. Nice carbonation and light bodied.

D - As good as this style gets in my opinion. Poor another round!

BeerDawgs, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of bditty187
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale yellow-white in hue; the liquid looks warm and agreeable. White head, at the apex the foam was three-fingers tall. The head retention was fairly solid; it slowly and steadily faded to a thin soapy cap… and then a soapy ring. There was no subsequent lacing. Damn, otherwise this beer looks really good. Nitpicking, maybe but head retention and lacing are critical to the appearance of this style. Both areas could use a boost. Still, it is good-looking wheat beer.

The nose says clearly, “I am a Hefe Weizen and not some misguided American Wheat beer!” Hell yeah! Lightly citrusy with hints of cloves and bananas, it is wheat too. In the background are kisses of bubblegum and marshmallows. I am impressed; the nose is very well-rounded and tremendously articulate. This is easily one of the best domestic Hefes I have had the pleasure of smelling. Inviting… truly lovely!

The palate is special. Wheaty throughout, sometimes Hefes lack this quality. Sure, bready is nice but wheaty is wonderful! It is lightly clovey and faintly peppery at the back, with some bananas too, there is also a pleasant jolt of lemon zest. Very refreshing! It is hoppy for a Hefe, flowery and moderately bitter. IMO, this makes the beer even more invigorating then, say, Paulaner’s version. While both are good, Victory seems to have added a little extra layer of loveliness. The aftertaste is a bit short but I can live with it… cleansing. The lemony residue is really pleasant. There aren’t many areas this beer could improve in; it fits my mental image of a Hefe almost to the letter. If there were louder banana and bubblegum notes I would drool all over myself. It is really one of the better Hefes I have had, it is no Weihenstephaner but what is?

Medium in body, moderate levels of fizzy carbonation, which tickles my throat as it happily slides down. The carbonation aids the refreshing nature of the taste. The mouthfeel fits this beer well. What a great tasting, juicy beer that begs to be drank.

Which leads to the obvious fact, this beer is drinkable. What a great Summer Beer! It is kicking ass in December! I could kill a keg of this myself on any giving day. Just think… burgers, Victory Weiss, a lawn chair and shade. Oh my, that could be heaven. This beer is in great shape for a summer seasonal. I got my bottle via a trade with RedHaze. Thanks a bunch, this was a great Hefe and one of the best domestic interpretations I have had. If you haven’t tried it, do so!

bditty187, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle
Pours a light, hazy, golden color with a small but well formed white head. Retention is lacking and there is very little lacing.
Smell is pretty good. Loads of yeastiness, a bit of citrus, light wheatiness. Definite banana and clove aromas as well.
Taste is delicate and well balanced. A near perfect Weiss. Banana, clove, yeastiness, and just a bit of wheat sourness. A good blend of maltiness and bitter and spicy hops as well.
Mouthfeel is light, but that's what I want in this beer, it's easy drinking all the way.
Overall, a good Weiss beer. Definitely worth it on a hot summer day or night, or whenever. A great and refreshing beer.

LuckySevens82, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a thick and murky yellow-gold color with some thick lacing on the sides and a thin head. Aromas were pungently strong and sweet. Lemons, yeasts, breads, slight spice. Taste has a great sweetness to it. Perfect dry balance of citrus and biscuit-aspects; definitely one of the best tasting hefes. Mouthfeel is really crisp and refreshing. Really brings out that dry taste and makes you want more and more. Victory continues with some high quality here.

fitzy84, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded light golden yellow with a 2 finger white creamy head that thins and stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana/clove, some floral notes, a slight hint of smoke. Quite robust - very fragrant.

The taste is of banana/clove over a wheat tang. Subtle floral notes and slight subtle, distant smokiness add to depth and complexity. Semi-sweet turns into a dry-ish, crisp finish.

Light-to-medium-bodied. This has the hallmark flavors of a traditional Bavarian HW with a bit of heft to it. Quite complex for the style. A great American interpretation of a Bavarian HW.

jwc215, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw with huge head the recedes nicely with spotty lacing.

S: Banana, clove, citrus, and bready yeast flavors.

T: This is a clove bomb if there is one. Cloves dominate but there is a lot of lemon notes as well.

M: Creamy and smooth with a crisp, dry citrus finush.

D: There is a lot of flavor in this beer yet it is extremely easy to drink. A few ticks less on the ABV's and this would be a perfect on the drinkablility for me.

Biscuit033, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of SwillBilly
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle:

Pours a light, cloudy golden color with a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Banana, banana, banana, interspersed with a bready, yeasty aroma.

Taste: Banana flavors dominate with hints of spice, clove and yeast. Very crisp and refreshing. I like this one a lot.

Mouthfeel is sort of bready and smooth.

This is a very good Hefe, I like this better than a Franziskaner. An easy drinker that would be a great session brew. Victory comes out on top of the Hefe. Seek and enjoy. Perfect for a hot summer night.

SwillBilly, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was cloudy yellow with a smallish head for the style. Aroma was typical weizen smells of citrus, clove and a bit of grassiness. Flavor was very citrusy with just a bit of hop and grassiness with a drier than expected mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer and a fine example of the style, I would definitely drink more if I could get a hold of it.

MaineBeerMan, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of nomad
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Victory Brewery and Pub:

Poured an opaque banana peel color that looked finely done wheat. But it had only a minimal head, some even lace, and no stain. Darn.

Smelled of mild banana and minimal clove, a quality lactic tone, and a very fresh and firm wheat background. Taste was of very fresh and firm wheat, with an appetizing sour flavor and a fruitiness (some banana, more mellow tropical fruits) that was small and wrapped up underneath the strong sour flavor though nevertheless an important presence. Small finish was refreshing and without any lingering yeasty, bitter, or creamy flavors.

Quick and palette cleansing, highly refreshing, to me this was a quality hefe-weizen without surprises, imbalances, or anything else. A nice by-the-numbers textbook version.

nomad, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of zimm421
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bodega on 6/9/11 in a standard pint glass. Appears a hazy pale yellow color with a decent bubbly white head. Not a great amount of lacing, but this beer still looks wonderful.

The aroma is full of wheat and other light malts and nice wheat hints. There are also nice fruity scents, mostly citrus. The taste is very similar. Very tangy on the tongue with the wheat and the fruit. There are nice clove spices as well. Everything seems to fit together well and really works great.

The mouthfeel is just right, medium to light bodied, good amounts of carbonation and it goes down very smoothly and easily. Overall, this is a great beer. It is easy drinking, very flavorful and is something that works great on a hot day.

zimm421, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent very light straw yellow body with uniform cloudiness. Pours with a huge creamy white head that slowly settles to 1 finger and has great retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of citrus upfront with a big peppery spice essence. Big yeasty and banana smell in the background.

T- Lots of peppery spice upfront with accents of citrus and bubblegum. Firm yeasty backbone. The finish is a combination of citrus and bitter hops and comes off a little bit acidic. Sweet bready yeast along with a residual spiciness linger. I just love this spiciness in a hefe.

M- High carbonation and sweet, smooth yeasty body with just the right amount of thickness.

D- This is a great job by Victory. Great interpretation of a German Hefe. This is a great and drinkable summer beer. Its too bad I didn't pick it up until after the release of all the Oktoberfests. Will stock up on plenty of this next year.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I am enjoying some Hefe's this season. Have really developed a taste for them. Since Victory is one of my favorite brewers, I figured it was time to try their version.

Pours with a pillowy/fluffy white head that stays for a bit then settles to a ring of thick foam around the glass. Thick clumps of lacing stick all inside the glass. Cloudy pale straw colored beer. Spot on look for the style.

Aroma is very fresh, slighty earthy, some yeast and pepper. Yes Banana.

Flavor is very nice and spicy. Lots of wheat grains, banana, coriander, white pepper.. Some decent spice to this.

Mouth feel is effervescent, refreshing and light.

Love this and it's very drinkable. Great summer beer. Love it.

Reagan1984, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a weissebier glass this beer produces a monumental head that is coherent enough to rise a good inch above the rim of the glass without collapsing. The beer comes out of the bottle crystal clear until my swirling and adding the dregs causes a cloud of yeast to slowly spread through the glass.

S - Lots of clove and a little bit of banana. Some vanilla and maybe smoke as well. Very satisfying weisse beer aroma.

T - A more even mix of banana and clove than in the aroma. Creamy vanilla note on top followed by herbal hops and just a hint of smoke in the finish. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

M - High carbonation, medium body.

D - Wow, this is a great bavarian style wheat beer, and as such it is ridiculously drinkable. The aroma and appearance are spectacular and the flavor is pretty good as well (though I prefer a balance that favors banana and bubble gum more than clove). Overall this is a beautiful example of a style that can be quite difficult to perfect. I am continually amazed at Victory's prowess at brewing classic beer styles.

nickfl, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow under about 3 fingers worth of white foam. Scant lacing and decent retention. Lemon, grassy notes with a solid wheat base. A bit fruity sweet to start the flavor but not too much so. Light lemon and grassy notes here as well. Solid wheat flavor with more lemon. A bit light in the body but very refreshing and tasty. Very drinkable stuff and definitely one of the best American versions I have had. I’m not real big on the style overall but I will be buying more of this for sure.

meathookjones, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of oelergud
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy sunny gold body, low carbonation, white mostly creamy head with small bubbles with good retention and lace.
Scent is wheat and yeast, mildly spiced and fresh.
Mild, sweet and refreshing taste. Malts and hops are wellbalanced in this appropriately named sunny experience of a beer.
Aftertaste is a gently rolling wheat field in your mouth.
Full body, wetting and refreshing.
Highly drinkable and a brew I'll remember for next summer as a thirst quencher.


oelergud, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of BeerBeing
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: cloudy yellow color, large white head, sticky lacing

Smell: yeasty with banana and citrus and minor spiciness

Taste: light body, VERY crisp mouth feel, fruitness big way, citrus, banana, apple, spicy clove and yeast

Notes: highly refreshing and very good indeed

BeerBeing, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of DavidJ710
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass nicely. There is no need to worry about getting a good head on this one. As the beer is unfiltered, you should swirl it about two-thirds of the way through the pour which generates all the head you need. Speaking of head. the beer's head is pure white and disappears quickly. When tipped, there isn't much lacing at all. Getting back to the "hefe," or with wheat part of the beer, the beer is nice and cloudy. I don't take my beer with fruit, so there is no lemon tainting this review. The smell is crisp and sweet. Banana is very prevelant to the nose, and apple is there to drive the scent home. After a few sips two thoughts came to mind... "Damn, this is dry," and "Good thing I have more." Sunrise is the perfect summer seasonal. Thin and crisp, good for serving at about 45 degrees. There you have it. Crisp, cold, and yummy. As always, Victory has produced another winner.

DavidJ710, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw/orange color with medium head,smell was very spicey and clovey with some smokey notes.A real nicely spicey flavor very clovey and smokey with a lemon it was perfection, a very smokey background to this brew.A real nice weisse very happy to try this.

oberon, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of TheBCrew
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weissbier glass with 3 fingers of white head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacing. Pale straw color, clear at the bottom and wispy-cloudy at the top of the glass. Aroma of banana, cloves and a lemony acid twang. Taste is clean and refreshing. Well balanced with a hint of banana and lemon in the dry, slightly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel with exceptional drinkability.

TheBCrew, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden white color with a two-finger head into my glass. Looks about right for the style but is actually closer to a witbier color.

Aroma is full of clove and slight banana as well. Wheat is also prominent as it should be. Very good.

Taste is slightly chewy with a good dollop of clove in the mouth. Full of flavor here. Just a slight hint of banana.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove. Nothing harsh. Refreshing.

Very good example and wonderful for a hot day. Victory knows their stuff with this style.

Brad007, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of RikkiTorment
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!!

RikkiTorment, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Jarod
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass an orangish/yellow color that cloudy in appearance. Cloud like consistency for the head, fluffy, and pure white in color. It lasted only a short time, then it fell to a small skim and a nice white rim on the edges. No real lace present. Would have liked to see some delicate lace or something. The aromas that came from the glass were of sweet fruit (lemon, orange), bananas, wheat grains, spices (cloves) and a wisp of yeast in the end. Nice meld of aromas in the glass all seemed to be present but not overpowering. The tastes were of fruits (oranges, apples – some tart), bananas, clove spices, sweet malts, light wheat grain, and again wisps of yeast for a moment, and then finishes kind of dry. Medium bodied. Sweet malt and esters are present in the aftertaste. A well-balanced beer, full of great flavors that refresh and please. Very good beer and drinkable. Very good example of style

Jarod, Sep 17, 2003
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.