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Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 1 | 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 DuqTroops


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - thick orangy color, little head, usually disappeared quickly (drank a bunch of these)

Smell - lots of orange and bananas smell from this great beer body.

Taste - lots of fruit, some orange, more banana and yeast/wheat to follow up.

Mouthfeel - easy and smooth; very refreshing.

Drinkability - could easily have a few more of these and still respect beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 01:25:21 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefe weizen my ass. This is, at best, a pale wheat ale. That is not a put down, just my take on the beer.

Appearance: The ale pours with a nice three finger head that lingers and is a slighty hazy color that is just a shade or two from BMC territory.

Smell: Wheat is the predominant aroma, providing a light aroma. There are some fruits there, say oranges.

Taste: The wheat provides a nice bitterness. There is little malt presence, so not many hops are needed for the ale.

Mouthfeel: The spritziness of the carbonation and light wheat flavors are very pleasing and refreshing. The beer also has a dryness that forces you to go back for more.

Drinkability: Although it is no hefe, I like it. This beer is good at quenching thirst, even with a 5.7% abv tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 23:39:38 | More by akorsak
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 1, 2007 clearly printed. 12 oz. bottle.


Pours a mainly clear though slightly hazy pale straw with rough carbonation and a thin white head on top.


Crisp grain and citrus aroma. Clean and refreshing.


Nice hints of tart lemon/orange coupled with a strong malt backbone. Finishes dry and appealing. An excellent American interpretation of the German classic. One of the better Hefeweizen's in the US.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 18:29:33 | More by cbl2
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well yes I can't lie I have an ongoing relationship with Victory that's clear and yes I'm not one of those craft brewing lover's who hate wheat beers. In this case I found a great representation of the American brewed hefeweizen quite the rare creation if you ask me. It appears a clouded golden hue that is reminiscient of one of the most promising hefeweizens with a large cloudy white head that leaves behind thick bands of lacing. Aroma contains thick billowing layers of banana and vanilla that could go on all day in my nostrils with a sharp wheat citrus toned quality about it, let's just say it's damn good. Taste consists of soft marshmellow, banana, and vanilla phenols strongly brought on by yeast characteristics along with more sharp wheat characteristics and citrus notes. Mouthfeel has an effervescent highly carbonated champagne mouthfeel very much like the best of the best German brewed hefeweizens I love it. Drinkability is over and over again one of my favorite domestic versions of this style bring more on thanks Bill C. and Ron B. good guys believe me I know.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 03:08:02 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks ed for the rec

with the two fingers of pillowy, thin foam, this bottle neatly fills a brooklyn wheat glass. thin yellow piss color to a sparkling gold in the fat parts. cruising bubbles add visions of refreshment to my already thirsty brain. looks spectacular for a lager.. questionably clear and light for a hefeweizen. let's see, shall we?

lemony aroma with a biscuit backer. not too spicy, nice and tart wheat complimenting a developed body. nothing extreme here, smells fresh like a wheat beer should without signs of age of overdoneness. yeast adds a pleasant cantaloupe fruitiness to the mix here.

creamy phenolic meets a vague spritzing of citrus rind and yellow cake mix inside this glass. finishes strangely botanical, but mild, and reeks of freshness. somewhat hennepin-y with the overactive yeast and funky flavored byproducts, but seems to quench my thirst awful good and goes down real easy. a decent wheat beer, and one i would be happy to pack away in my belly one after another. however, in the scope of the field, i probably wouldn't choose this one over some more traditional examples.

a good summer beer and that's pretty much the extent of sunrise's wonderment.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 22:56:22 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a four finger foamy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was rich with banana and clove. A substantial wheaty backbone as well.

The taste was a very spicy biscuity adventure. Excellent yeast presence and a minor lemony aftertaste. This was a very authentic hefe flavor.

The mouthfeel was excellent. Light and refreshing, as a hefe should be. Dry finish.

This is an excellent American version of the hefe. One of the best ones yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 01:31:01 | More by plaid75
Photo of InDreams


2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen straight out of the bottle.

A: Nice white head about an inch thick, stuck around for quite some time with a decent amount of lacing. Beer was a clear golden color with a good amount of bubbles from the carbonation. Not as cloudy as you might expect from a hefe weizen. Typically, I love watching a freshly poured weizen, but this is kinda boring.

S: Something's not quite right in the smell here. I'm honestly not sure what it is, but there's something wrong. Almost chemical? Definitely have a decent amount of that citrusy lemon scent, but not as much as you expect.

T: I've had better hefe weizens. It's somewhat sweet, almost creamy with a good deal of the characteristic citrus flavors. Nice bready flavor as well from the malts, but all around, it seems to be lacking something. I keep thinking about that smell that I can't quite put my finger on, because I think it's making itself felt in the taste too. Not too much of an aftertaste, but the citrusy flavor does linger for a bit.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy I'd say, with minimal bite from the carbonation. Hefe weizen's uusally have more character in their mouthfeel, but this one is rather tame.

D: I haven't usually been disappointed by Victory but I'm not a huge fan. I mean, I love Hefe Weizens, as they are pretty drinkable in general, but after this six pack is through, I don't intend to get another. Rather weak hefe weizen in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 02:43:12 | More by InDreams
Photo of kmo1030


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazed gold with a good sized large bubbled head. i expected more cloudiness.
the smell is a little sulfuric with a large acidic component. sorta like one of those goddamned lemons was already added. beneath that is some soft banana and clove, and a little bit more of a bready character than i expected, but it's more than welcomed. verdict on the smell: not bad, but i would reverse it's dominant and lesser qualities. ie. less sulfur and citrus, more banana, clove, bread. note the citrus goes away after a bit, form warmth or just breathing, i don't know.
the taste fares better than the aroma with mostly the same ingredients. no sulfur here, as thats usually just part ofthe aroma. the citrus is more subdued letting the traditional hefe flavors do their work, but adding a nice tang to the mix.
medium body with seltzer-y carbonation.
drinkability would is ok, but would be better with a more finely honed smell and a little bit better of a handle on the carbonation.

my final score is a 3.6, but it deserves closer to a 3.8 or so on a straight up 5 point scale, if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 00:10:24 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

One of the first Victory brews I have been thoroughly disappointed with. Pours a ridiculously thin yellow with a huge head. Color reminded me of Corona (read: not a good thing). Very little haze. Flavor was meek - very little to it. Frankly, this is a fine session beer in replace of Bud Light, because it has very little flavor but no crappy aftertaste. Victory - put a little more effort in to a hefe please!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 22:24:11 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was a huge head on top which fizzed out quickly. The beer was golden yellow and clear. The lack of haze was strange for this style of beer.

Smelled and tasted all right, pretty good yeast and wheat combination. Not bad, I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 12:51:21 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of copasetic


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold, with a large coarse head. Lots of bubbles --fizzy almost like a soda. Mild wheat funk with strong banana notes in the aroma. Tastes just a bit tangy with the banana aroma coming through clearly. Bitterness is there, maybe a bit more than some hefes, but not strong. The balance here is carried by the tangy banana wheat flavors. Body is light and fizzy, going down with a pleasant fruity finish.

This hefe weizen is well-rounded, light bodied, and not overpowered by funky flavors like many wheat beers. It's refreshing and perfect for a warm day. Another strong showing from Victory, which is quickly rising on my list of favorite craft breweries. Be careful with this one, though; a whole six pack will disappear in no time!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 21:41:38 | More by copasetic
Photo of HugoGrim


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

Pale straw colored body, cloudy of course, with tons of visible carbonation. Creamy looking white head dissipates into a thin disk.

Aroma is very sweet, smooth and creamy, not as crisp and spicy as a classic Hefe, but still sports the banana and clove. Quite strong in the banana dept actually.

The flavor is much more malty than expected, and as the smell dictated, not as spicy as your average Hefe. Very wheaty and smooth. Spices are faint, but still there.

Surely not a bad Hefe, but just not as great as some others. Mad King Weis also from Victory for example is a much better Weizen in my opinion. If you're looking for a more mellow, smooth, Hefe... this is your brew. If you like crisp spices and sweetness, you might want to look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 02:08:42 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of Phatz


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours light banana yellow with a huge white sudsy 3+ finger head in my Wiezen Glass. It is 'murky water' transparent-ish; hazy. A lot of very active carbonation bubbles.

Smell. Yeast, Phenols, cloves subtle hop and bread attributes.

Taste: Slightly sour flavor with sharp wheat character and a yeasty bready attribute. Mildly citrus up front, spicy through the middle with a bit of banana and then an orange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very active mouthfeel. Tingly full of carbonation. Crisp dry finish.

Drinkability: This is not generally my favorite style of beer but this is a really good Hefe-Wiezen. It is easy, approachable, and very refreshing. It'd be great for a hot day.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 04:51:48 | More by Phatz
Photo of DrJay


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw yellow with a large, fizzy, bright white head. Some lace and fair head retention. Yeasty and bready aroma with a strong clove component and a bit of honey. The flavour is about the same, finishing with mild spiciness and a hint of lemony citrus. Moderately high carbonation composed of large, fizzy bubbles. The body's a bit thin, leaving it somewhat dull on the palate, but there's some creaminess that balances things out. Some dryness in the finish. Highly drinkable, this would be great in the summer. Thanks northyorksammy!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 17:12:58 | More by DrJay
Photo of francisweizen


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: Wheat-like yellow colour, cloudy and with a big head at first, but it fastly goes to the grave. Aromas are all cloves, spices, and wheat, the taste is the same. Your atypical American styled German wheat beer if you ask me. More tame and timid than even the whirlwind, but not horrible. Mouthfeel is a bit dead to me, but drinkability is high. A good, cheaper, six pack to pair up with your white pizza...Other than that...yawn.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 15:53:15 | More by francisweizen
Photo of scruffwhor


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pouurs a thre finger head but fades into nothing, not even a filmy surface foam. Pours a hazy banana peel mixed with sunny dried hay with lots of suspended sediment. Lack luster lacing lacing for a weiss.

Smell- Grass, lighty malts, cloves, and little hops.

Taste- Stoarst out with some very nright malts mixed withits distant cousin hops in for a weekend visit. I then noticed a little horse barn hay mixed with bubble gum and cloves.

Mouthfeel- Like any regular weiss, pretty light, as well as very versatile with food. I would use this beer from venison to a pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 07:21:39 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of montageman


3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Weizen glass.

Pours a bright golden yellow reminds me of the sun in the summer - very nice color. Lots of carbonation is immediately noticeable as the head disappears quickly, but bubbles continue to rush to the top of the glass. Smells like wheat, citrus, and a bit of corriander. Taste is citrusy with a bit of banana and a mildly bitter aftertaste - not the best tasting Hefe, but totally passable. Mouthfeel is interesting due to the high carbonation seems like it detracts from the flavor. Not a bad brew, but could stand to lose some of the carbonation...

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 21:08:50 | More by montageman
Photo of ppoitras


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from santoslhalper as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" white head above the clear light golden (yellow?) brew. Head fades slowly, fueled by furious bubbling, with plentiful bits of frothy lacing. Patience isn't one of my virtues, but I'll try not to be faulting here. Aroma is wheat and spices. Taste is wheat, cloves, and spices. Mouthfeel is nice and light, to style, and drinkability is quite pleasing as well. This one has summertime written all over it. But a thirst-quencher other times as well, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 19:28:48 | More by ppoitras
Photo of dbalsock


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: abundant amount of head, very appetizing. the beer itself is colored a light orange or yellow. rather cloudy beer, not as cloudy as some, but more cloudy than others... a nice middle ground.

smell: sweet, fruity... kinda belgiany

taste: bitter and citrusy with the fruit flavor being brought out nicely through the hops.

mouthfeel: light and swift along the palate, leaves me refreshed after the enticing initial bitterness.

drinkability: easily quaffed, but the carbonation takes its toll. if it was slightly less carbonated i would drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 18:00:55 | More by dbalsock
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very large initial head off the our Cloudy light orange. Honeyish citrus aroma. Well carbonated moderately sour wheat with citrus notes and orange aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Easy drink. Initially creamy mouthfeel, not as creamy as others I have had of the style. A nice one.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 04:16:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of lpayette


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was bottled on June 2nd, 2005 and enjoyed on Jan. 9th 2006. Part of a case that I bought apparently on sale at the victory brewery because it was getting old. Think it was only about $18.

Poured slowly into a weizen glass. For this one I decided to not add in the yeast. The first time I tried this beer I added the yeast and was dissappointed at how tart it was. Would prefer that the addition of yeast to a Hefe Weizen would enhance the flavor however... Anyway- it pours a cloudy very pale straw bordering on white color with a substantial white head. Lots of carbonation to feed that head keeping it bubbly.

Smells of banana and mild lemon fruityness.

Tastes can be very sour/tart when you get a bit of yeast. A sort of conservative amount of banana and citrus flavors, along with some nearly grainy-like wheat. Tingly mouthfeel with high carbonation. Would have scored slightly higher though if the yeast had contributed positively to the flavor.

*Update- Just drank this again and found that adding the yeast didn't make it tart and DID add a bit to the flavor. Not sure what happened before.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 04:30:06 | More by lpayette
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 03:17:47 | More by bahumutx
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 16:57:09 | More by bditty187
Photo of RedHaze


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a two finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap that leaves thick lacing behind.

Smell; really nice lemon zest smell, along with cloves and just a little bit of banana.

Taste; the lemony citrus stand out up-front, then foloowed by the cloves. You do get the bananas, and maybe a little orange as well. Mouthfeel was pretty light and crisp, and slightly creamy. This style of beer is not one that I usually like, and would not seek out. However, I found myself really enjoying this, and I think I would actually buy some if it was available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 03:23:05 | More by RedHaze
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Misty, pale morning sunshine yellow with bleached lemon edges. The humongous head of cotton white shares cotton's fluffy softness, yet is still sticky enough to deflate on its own terms... slowly and with style. A relative lack of lace is the only negative.

The nose is wonderfully fragrant and is one of the best hefe weizen noses that I've ever smelled. All of the requisite style elements are in place, with the addition of a lemon peel zestiness that sets it apart from some of the world's other great hefes. Clove spice is the other major contributor and provides the perfect counterpoint to the wheatiness and citrus fruitiness. Very well done.

The flavor doesn't quite measure up to the out-of-this-world nose, but it's a near thing. I can appreciate plenty of fresh, sun-baked wheat flavor, with a restrained amount of sweetness that is balanced by the bitterness of the flowery hops. This is definitely one of the hoppier versions of the style. Since that seems to be a Victory house characteristic and since I love hops, I don't mind a bit.

Because of the generous use of hop flowers, the flavor is at least as lemongrassy as it is banana estery. Ripe banana is easily appreciated, however, and earns a 2.5/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. Although clove spice comes through loud and clear, it's more of an accessory flavor than a dominant one. All in all, hops and yeast get equal billing; unusual for a hefe weizen, but a valid American twist on the style.

I usually like my hefes to be slightly sweeter and more lush (this one favors bitter, crisp, dry and clean), but it's still an outstanding, refreshing ale. The word 'refreshing' is often overused, but it fits this beer perfectly. The mouthfeel is light-medium and is well-carbonated, further contributing to the sense that downing a sixer on a hot July day would be no problem at all. Sessionable? Oh yeah.

Sunrise Weissbier is yet another quality offering from Victory. Are there any styles that these guys haven't nailed? From where I sit, it doesn't reach the stratospheric heights achieved by the German masters, but it's far and away the best domestic version of the style that I've run across so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 15:10:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.