Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-14-2006 04:16:11 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy yellow straw color with a nice white head. A fair amount of lacing as it goes down. Nose is clove, banana, and some citrus. Maybe a hint of pepper. Taste is a bit sweet and fruity with a bit of spice. Nice, light and cremy feel with good carbonation levels. Overall, a very nice summer beer.
10-20-2010 22:35:56 | More by Thorpe429
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-04-2005 15:10:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Poured a clear light amber, yellow with a huge hite pillow like head, and tons of carbonation. Very lively aroma, lots of grains and cereal hints, with some subtle fruit like flavors mixed in. Bananas and apples were the most prominant. Taste was exhilirating. Such a lively, frothy and light flavor. Quite possibly the best warm weather beer I have ever tried. Flavor just exploded in your mouth and the lightness of it along with the remarkable carbonation are unmatched. This is now going to be summer beer of choice until or if something can uproute it. Really a phenomanal brew.
05-21-2007 23:30:20 | More by mikesgroove
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks for sending this one, Dyan.
A: The beer pours a hazy light golden orange color with a finger of white head.
S: Starts off with a nice aroma of clove and white pepper. There is a touch of nutmeg along with the sweet banana notes. Fairly sweet with some wheat, bread, and a fair amount of bubblegum.
T: The flavor has quite a bit of bubblegum to it along with a nice banana note. The clove flavor is a bit more subdued than I had hoped, but it is there, particularly on the finish. A bit too carbonated, unfortunately, which kills a bit of the malt flavor.
M: Light in body with a medium to high carbonation and a really crisp feeling on the tongue.
O: An easy to drink hefeweizen (as they should be). Could have used a bit more yeast contribution to it, but still alright.
08-22-2011 04:31:01 | More by womencantsail
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Served to my end of the bar a clearish, light gold body with a small, white head.
Smell: A nose smelling predominately of husky, grainy wheat malt and cloves paired with lighter, though noted sniffs of lemon and Noble hops.
Taste: A start of anticipated tangy wheat malt with an integrated lemon citrus character and slight sweetness. Enter the cracked cloves which really push aside the other tastes. A light backing of Noble hops provides an additional spiciness and light bitterness. As it warms, the lemon flavor increases slightly. Finishes dry with a final mix of malted wheat and cracked cloves.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Positively acceptable! While not the most wondrous weiss it still makes for fine, tasty summertime drinking.
07-19-2010 22:14:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
This wheat beer pours out as a hazy orange yellow color. The aromas have some lemon grass in there along with some fresh cut wheat and yeast. The taste isnt too bad the citrus from the hops come forward and then The wheat nellies the whole thing out in the aftertaste. This beer is great for the summer, it's light body and smooth texture on the tongue gives off some a refreshed feeling in your mouth. It's notmmymfavorite wheat beer but it could be much worse.
04-15-2011 02:58:55 | More by Knapp85
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
07-31-2003 01:59:50 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.
Any excuse to bust out my DB weizen glass is quickly embraced. This one pours a partially hazy pale straw topped by a mountain of white froth. The nose is your standard hefeweizen smell: banana, clove, orange peel, wheat, and a touch of flowers; nothing amiss here. The taste holds the same elements, plus a bit more orange-rind and floral bitterness. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice little hefe, nothing mind-blowing, but tasty enough and very easy to drink.
08-16-2010 17:13:16 | More by TMoney2591
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a cloudy yellow-gold body beneath a full head of rocky bright-white foam that holds well and leaves short splashes of lace about the glass. The nose is peppery, clovey, lemonish, phenolic with bubblegum, and just slightly banana-ish. It's light bodied and zesty before becoming airy on the tongue. The flavor delivers sweet and delicately tangy wheat-based malt that's accented with notes of lemon, clove, and black pepper. It finishes dry with some more lingering clove and pepper. Very nicely done! A refined, highly drinkable, and refreshing weizen that still offers a full flavor and complexity.
07-24-2005 12:14:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a clouded yellow with a weak white head. Nose is what you'd expect. Banana, clove, funk. A bit airy on the flavor really. Just nice and fluffy shall we say. Almost seems like a hefe and a wit got together to procreate and this is what came out. Real smooth feel. Extremely drinkable. The quintessential warm weather brew.
07-13-2008 18:41:59 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is well-balanced with bready flavors of wheat and yeast, sweet flavors of citrus and banana, along with a background of spices. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice refreshing beer to drink a lot of if you're in the mood for the style.
08-23-2008 20:37:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +11%
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.
01-14-2008 03:05:34 | More by nickfl
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
06-22-2006 03:08:02 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours an effervescent & hazed straw color with 4+ fingers of pillowy eggshell-white head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Cloves, lemons & a little bubblegum
T: Lemons, white pepper, & lemon grass up front. Slight metallic & grapefruit & fruitty notes as this warms. Finishes tart with juicy fruit notes, coriander, & some grassy notes
MF: Light/medium bodied & sprtizy
Drinks too easy for the abv, a good hefe although not 100% true to the style, another winner from Victory, glad they are making their presence felt here in Colorado
09-08-2007 02:59:28 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +2%
Slightly hazed and nearly white, a pearish appearance, going on green, nearly, with a puffy, active crown of foam above.
Sweet, then tart nose, loaded with citrus and spice...tons of orange and lemon, with that banana & clove kick in their, too....nice.
Very refreshing, a blast of flavor, bitter, tart, then sweet and smooth. Plenty more hops in this than your average German Weissbier. Tart from the citrus flavors in the hops, bitter a bit, then just refreshing and delicious.
Long, tart, citric, hoppy finish, medium bodied...
07-17-2007 09:53:35 | More by feloniousmonk
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Not exactly a hefeweizen...Umm....I mean at the time of this review this is the #30 hefeweizen on the best of beeradvocate.com best of lists. yay!
Beer is yellow and mostly clear, oops, thin white head, small bubbles, oops, and some lacing, low carboantion (oops).
The aroma is mildly yeasty (oops) and grainy (oops). It doesn't smell bad but this is suppose to be a hefeweizen right?
Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front and finishes a little dry with a mildly grainy aftertaste. I'm tired and kind of sick of this beer. game over.
08-17-2011 05:30:01 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-18-2008 21:59:42 | More by WesWes
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
08-20-2008 01:13:28 | More by jwc215
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Mild haze considering the style. Foamy, but quickly dissipating near white head. Leaves no lace. Straw color.
Strong wheat aroma with a notable dollop of yeast in the nose.
A dry beer with a sour aftertaste. Good wheat presence in the taste. Thin bodied--not filling at all; high level of carbonation. A good summer beer.
06-21-2009 17:01:21 | More by smcolw
4.43/5 rDev +13%
Pours a pale yellow color with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles. The head was two fingers thick, and some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was of wheat, banana, clove, and citrus. The flavor followed the nose, as the banana, clove, lemon, and general spiciness were nicely balanced with some light bitterness and grainy wheat.
Mouthfeel was very crisp at the start and finish, and the finish was also slightly dry and refreshing. Superb drinkability, as several of these can be enoyed in a single session. One of my more favorite hefe's on the market today.
10-30-2005 18:05:52 | More by Gavage
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Always been a big fan of Victory beers... now time to try their summer seasonal, which I never saw offered at my local beer store last year. Pours a nice cloudy golden color, nice head to it.. moderate amount of lacing. Nice pungent banana/clove smell to it. Taste is very flavorful.. nice snap of taste to it (moreso than most hefe's) and a great smoothness and body to this beer. Very drinkable and flavorful, an above average Hefe for sure... definitely has a lot of them beat int he flavor profile department. Solid summer seasonal here.. definitely will be coming back to this one.
08-09-2009 02:09:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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