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Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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Sunrise WeissSunrise Weiss

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BA SCORE
88
very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
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 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!

Lnedrive14, May 25, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at home from 1/6 in my keg fridge. Very cloudy appearance, copper color, big bright white head. Loads of fruit smell, banana and some lemon and a hint of clove. The taste is great; it started with the fruit and ended with the spicy cloves. The beer is slightly creamy, but that didn't hang around, it finishes very dry. A very refreshing beer, a great example of a hefe-weizen.

orsulacp, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of CoCambria
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CoCambria, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of irishking1977
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden hue. Moderate head that disappears quickly, leaving almost no lacing. Decent.

S: Orange and coriander. Wait, this is a hefeweizen? No, it's not, at least not from the aromas I'm getting; no banana or clove, which is usually found in hefes.

T: Yes, I don't think this can be categorized as a hefe. It's a wheat beer, yes, but it's more of the "Witbier" style as opposed to the German Hefe. Spicy citrus twang with that familiar coriander bite and a somewhat peppery finish. That's not the normal description of a hefeweizen. This one reminded me of Hogaarden, and also Whirlwind, and then I realized Whirlwind is MADE by Victory. Is this whirlwind in a different bottle. Seems very similar.

M: Somewhat thick, but also slightly watered down, at least in comparison to Hogaarden and other top of the line witbiers. Still, it's very good; as for American interpretations of Witbiers, this one is near the top along with Whirlwind.

D: I used to be able to drink Hoegaarden's like water. This one would also fall into that category, most likely. But I get bored of this after 3 or 4, so drinkability is relatively high, but it also can be tiresome after a moderate amount. Definitely not disappointed and will have this again, but won't bend over backwards to get it.

irishking1977, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of macpapi
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Sunrise Weiss pours a yellor or light-orange color. It has a large and fizzy, white head that quickly dissipates. There are a ton of bubbles at the top of this beer.

Smells of wheat and oranges. A nice, fresh aroma.

Taste is light and dominated by citrus fruits. A bit of a hop bite at the back of the swallow. Not terribly balanced.

In the mouth V.S.W. is crisp and somewhat bitter. Highly carbonated.

This is a pretty drinkable and refreshing summer-type beer. Not spectacular but would be thirst quenching.

macpapi, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of gcare02
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

gcare02, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of mgironta
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of dmarch
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color. Aroma is citrusy with a hint of banana. Taste is of spices and citrus fruits. Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. Quite refreshing after a days work in the hot summer weather. Maybe I won't enjoy this beer so much if it was winter, but right now it's 95 degrees outside and this is what I needed.

dmarch, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of BWH3
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunrise WeissVictory Brewery

12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F
Appearance: A straw colored sunrise beneath a fluffy cloud of foam. Champagne-like effervescent bubbles shower from the bottom of the glass to the head. (4.5)
Smell: Aroma of banana esters combined with the sour tartness of wheat and grassy contributions of hops. (4.0)
Taste: Starts with sharp tart wheat character. Ends with citrus and a light banana note. Good, refreshing, but not exceedingly complex. Little hops contribution. Nothing to erase the palate clean. (4.0)
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very carbonated. A bit off for style. (3.5)
Drinkability: Great brew for the warm summer day. Clean and crisp. Not a good accompaniment for food because it is too easily overpowered by strong flavors (4.0)

BWH3, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge Hefe fan and have tried every German Hefe I have been able to get my hands on. Unfortunately so far I have been dissapointed by most American Hefes so far. I have been impressed with this brewerys other efforts so I was excited to try their Hefe.

A 12 oz bottle poured into my faithful weizen glass. A clear straw yellow with little cloudiness despite my best efforts to agitate the yeast. A robust head that quickly dissipates.

S. Crisp citrusly clove aroma. Very refreshing.

T. Not as robust as my favorite Hefe, Wiehenstephaner, but very good. Holds it's own with the crowd of it's German counterparts.

M. The carbonation is lighter than most Hefes but still a very good Hefe.

D. A great bridge beer. I would love to serve this at my July 4th barbecue. Definitely a great way to baptize BMC drinkers to good beer.

MarkSCCOT, Jun 15, 2007
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 12, 2005
Photo of joshtrich
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

joshtrich, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +2%

teyuders, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of theformula
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmmm, weissbier.

A: Lemony yellow, very light hay hue w/ a semi-cloudy body and visible yeast particles. Big white, fluffy head w/ good retention.

S: Classic aroma; sour wheat, hay-like wheat with a dough-like scent. Crisp citrus, lemon in the middle w/ a soft, subtle hop aroma. Also honey, orange and floral esters noticeable.

M: Smooth, light body w/ nice crisp carbonation.

T: For a US craft beer, it mimics the German very well IMO. Wheat, baked bread flavors glides throughout the beer w/ a little hay/barn-yard note from yeast. Stong citrus layers, banana and spicy clove that makes this a very easy one to drink no matter what the weather's like.

D: Very good German-style weissebier I thought. Crisp, refreshing, tart and yeasty. Needs a little more body IMO, but excellent.

theformula, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a bright transparent golden yellow hue. A good inch of crisp white foam creates a head. Sits an opaque light gold hue after pouring in yeast. Foamy layer stayed through whole beer.

S- Aroma is lots of hay and crisp citrus zest (lemon mostly). A light musk is present along with a good deal of lighter yeasty aroma. Real fresh, bright & refreshing smelling. Really good.

T- Very similar to aroma. The citrus zest and hay notes are the strongest. the yeast becomes more mild and the lighter musk is basically gone. Much simpler then aroma. Good.

M- Quite light. Very easy to drink. Some sharp zest on palate. Lightly lingers for a short bit. Could have some more body on this one to balance, especially with how zesty it is. A thicker then water feel, but not much.

O- Very much on the lighter side for a Hefeweizen. A really good take on the still that leans more towards a wit or belgian pale in some regards. A great summer brew.

busterthecat, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of tmhoye
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

tmhoye, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of felixljr
4/5  rDev +2%

felixljr, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of praufs01
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a tall creamy white head.

Aroma - Smells just like a banana nut muffin to me.

Palate - Light fizzy carbonation.

Flavor - Semi sweet banana flavors up front with a clove taste in the middle that ends with a nice banana and citrus finish.

Final thoughts - Very nice brew from Victory.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a white head.

The aroma is yeasty and candied with notes of banana, cinnamon, and clove. A sweet vanilla fragrance warms the brew.

In the mouth, it's loose and bubbly, with flavors of banana and candy prominent. Spices sneak through, and a citric edge is noted. It's creamy with a dirty, yeasty finish.

I don't think I see myself coming back to this, but it wouldn't be a bad brew in the heat of the summer.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of righthereisay
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Brews Bros, Mt Lebanon, PA.

First of all, I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens. So I am going to try to rate this for what it is, and not comparing to other types of beers that I prefer.

Definitely has that weizen smell. Lemon, pepper, banana...Smells like most of them.

That's where it ends. This one is pretty good (for a Hefeweizen). Just like the smell, lemon, banana, honey, but this has a real nice body...not full, but medium, and not too much carbonation. I could definitely throw these down on a hot summer day.

Congrats to Victory for making the best Hefeweizen I have tried. I'm glad I gave it a shot.

righthereisay, Jun 05, 2011
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 Illinick
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit I like the label, it just says "Summer" to me...
A: Pale, cloudy yellow in color with a big, fluffy, sticky white head that slowly dissipates to a sticky ring and archipelago island-like head. Good lacing. A nice looking, typical hefe brew.
S: A bit light at times, but definate banana and creamy citrus and lemon scents. There's some clove in there as expected and the smell of summer wheat.
T: Nice, smooth banana, wheat, and creamy citrus flavors, especially lemon. Some tartness near the end of the sip. Slight pepper and some clove (although I'd like to see a bit more) with some slight yeasty earth flavors. Dead on hefe flavors.
MF: Medium light that finishes slightly dry, but smooth.
Overall: To be honest I was pleasantly surprised by this brew in a good way. So many brewers come out with a subpar hefe offerings for the summer months, but this one was top notch. It looks great, tastes great and the drinkability is through the roof. It would be tough not to have more than one. Extremely refreshing and flavorful. Kudos.

Illinick, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, lemon gold topped by a bright, white, super-thick, meringue-like head that left tons of lacing behind as I drank. Beautiful.
Smelled of musty wheat and clove backed by a big banana punch. A touch of lemon in the background as well.
Tastes full-on of spicy clove and big-time tangy lemon up front. A big wheat malt flavor follows to back the spicy, fruity flavors. Big, big flavors. Finishes mildly bitter and dry. Yum.
Medium-bodied, extremely smooth. Tingly on the tongue. Killer refreshment. Great stuff.

oxmasterscream, Jul 12, 2005
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 marvmoreno
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
A light gold color with a fluffy head that didn't hold up for too long. Quite brilliant and clear for a wiessbier

SMELL:
A sweet bread aroma comes forth, with a pronounced banana and hints of spice in the back.

TASTE:
Light bread upfront with a muted sweetness, followed by a bouquet of fruity notes of banana, lemon, citrus and pineapple, with a dash of some peppery spice. Finish is short and dry, leaving just a faint metallic bitterness in the palate

MOUTHFEEL:
Crisp and light bodied, with a lively carbonation that gives much of the texture

OVERALL:
A fruity and refreshing weissbier, with all the characteristic banana and clove flavors of a traditional Hefe. I was expecting a more substantial mouthfeel given it is unfiltered, but nonetheless the lightness works in this brew. Refreshing and easy to down, it's a perfect summer session thirst quencher.

marvmoreno, Nov 14, 2012
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.