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Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 23
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 Abita45
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, there was an average head and good lacing. The aroma is sweet with wheat and citrus, straw and earth tones. The name and label are appropriate enough as it reminds me of fields of long grass.

The color is silty and gold, bordering on straw yellow. Its taste is very good, with a citric sweet taste combined with the relative tartness of wheat and yeast. The citrus provides a pleasant bite to the beer.

While medium in body, it is very refreshing and while it is somewhat heavy on the carbonation, the tastes are so distinct and strong, that the carbonation only makes for a more refreshing beer, rather than obscuring the taste.

Once again, I am impressed with Victory's efforts. This is a fine wheat beer and I think a much more nuanced version than some other examples. It is, ultimately, refreshing and satisfying on a hot, spring day.

Abita45, May 21, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefe poured to a nice yellow golden color that had a slight haze to it. Had a nice sized white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is nice as the wheat comes out mixing with a well defined spice scent which seems to mix with a fair amount of banana. The taste is also very nice, this is a good beer during the warm months. Noticeable flavors of banana, clove, spices and wheat mix well and seem to finish with a slight lemon taste. Overall this is a very well put together American version of a hefe.

Stimack, May 19, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooked up courtesy of aprilluvsbeer for BC2! Thanks April!

Uncaps with a loud pop, pours a hazy straw yellow, some gold highlights, thick white head forms, laces well, good retention. Smell is weissbier, strong banana clove, some bread, wheat, balanced, but pretty regular for the style. Taste is slightly sour, banana, clove and pepper, caramel, vanilla, bready, tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. I know its a weissbier but I found the carbonation a touch too high. The sour/tartness was a nice touch, whether intentional or not. Makes it very refreshing. Thanks April!

Viggo, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one courtesy of VBC on the 5th annual Philly area BA bar crawl. It’s nice to see Victory taking care of their fans.

Initially, this one looks a murky gold, but when held to the light, a lovely pasty white (or Weiss, if you would) comes through. The aggressive streams of carbonation sustain a creamy, craterous, meringue-like head. Very nice.

Smells of a delicate, creamy sourness that carries with it hints of coriander, cranberry and pear backed by a little marshmallow. I like the crispness to this one.

The flavor begins with a sour, but smooth fruit, like the smell but with a little lemon, but picks up a great Belgian yeast strain that wonderfully blends with the fruity nature of the beer by adding a dinner-roll sweetness and just a hint of musky spice. Sadly, a little copper creeps into the finish.

Feels light and airy, but ever-so-slightly creamy. The carbonation borders on being excessive, but manages to go down with out a fight.

Over all a tasty representation of the style. Another good beer from Victory.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of clemtig76
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. Purchased at total Wine in Greenville, SC for $8.99/six. Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and bready with some banana fruitiness and clove spiciness. Taste is bready with hints of citrus and spice with just a little banana in the background. A very tasty brew for summertime consumption.

clemtig76, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy straw yellow with a decent head. The aroma was nice and sweet, some bubble gum and nice fresh fruits complement a slight amount of spice. The taste was nice and crisp with a good sweet citrus flavor that was complimented by a nice yeast bite. The beer was well carbonated and very light on the palate. This is a very enjoyable hefe weizen.

atsprings, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice hefe with some extra bite. Great session brew. More medium bodied and full of fruity esthers. Almost between a true German Weiss and a Belgian Wit. Very interesting beer. Some lemon and cloves swirling around, with a decent pillowy head and sweet drinkability. I enjoyed this one.

bigdeuce, Mar 31, 2007
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 Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before Jun 09 07, 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy dull yellow color. Thick fluffy white head holds together fairly well. Some bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass indicating a good amount of carbonation. Hints of bananas, citrus fruits and herbal hops in the aroma. Tart, but also a bit sweet. Hops seem a bit grassy and herbal. Good carbonation, maybe a bit thin. Not enough of the banana, clove, or bubblegum flavor for me. A decent beer, but not to the same class as the German ones.

Bierguy5, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow straw body, yeasty haze, and a tall, puffy, marshmallowy white head. Good lacing. Yeasty bread aroma with white grapes and banana fruitiness. Light clove and bubblegum. Citric edge. Nice. Tangy wheat bread malt flavors up front. Protein-rich, medium-full body, with rocky, effervescent carbonation. Banana puree, lemon, and grapes with a sweet tart quality. Cloves and yeast in the slightly citrusy finish. Tasty wheat beer and would be even better in the summertime!

alexgash, Jan 21, 2007
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 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 JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a very foamy, white head. Melts away, leaving a rather large residue for quite some time.

S - Cloves and grapefruits dominate the summertime aroma.

T - Spices and bananas are the first flavors that come out, giving way to a grassy-wheat note.

M - Light body that seems to thicken up...good amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry, but flavorful, taste on the tongue.

D - A very enjoyable summertime brew. Although it was cold when I tried mine...

JohnnyM2002, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy straw yellow coloration. The carbonation is tight and steadily streams to the top of the glass. The head is thick with good retention and white colored.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet wheat and banana smell. A very nice crisp citrus lemon compliments the beer.

Taste: The beer delivers a major clove and banana bread like flavor. A bit of pepperyness from coriander perhaps? The lemon provides a zippy complement to the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body and is well carbonated. This is a super easy to drink and is a very refreshing hefe. I will buy this one again next year.

nlmartin, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of AzAleC
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy blonde, rich 2" head with decent retention in the 20 oz.

S: Rich citrus and banana esters, slightly sharp on the nose. Belgian yeast can be smelled as soon as it's set down in front of you, still a few feet from your nose.

T: Strong banana flavor, light and citrusy, toasty and biscuty hints roll over the tongue. A slight alcohol can be tasted as the carbonation pops in your mouth.

M: Smooth and creamy in that unfiltered hefe sort of way. Carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing.

D: It brought me back to the Hefes and Wits I was drinking just a few months back in the summer. Wonderfully crisp and refreshing, just like a brew of the style should be.

AzAleC, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There isnt much that I can say about this beer that hasn't been said about good examples of the style as a whole. Light, spicy, well balanced with lemon, ginger, corriander, banana and clove all living in the taste and scent in happy harmony. Going through a six pack of these isn't a problem at all.

ommegangpbr, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Clear yellow-gold color with a medium and foamy white head with pretty good retention. Pleasant aroma of wheat, spice and banana. Light-bodied and effervescent with a sweet character of fruit and wheat. Clove and citrus flavors are evident as well. The finish is short and spicy. Overally this is pretty well done.

Dogbrick, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory Sunrise Weissbier
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Seems like a fitting way to say goodbye to summer. A Weissbier from Victory....

Pours a cloudy yellow color with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the weisse glass. A big time fluffy and puffy head forms. Almost looks like cotton as it sets upon the top of the beer. Spotted trails of sticky lacings cling to the glass.

Pleasant nose with light whiffs of grains and citrus. The nose also provides some clovey notes.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a soft body. Sweet grains, apple fruit flavors and citrus twang. Strong hints of a lemon-orange citrus blend, ripe banana flavors, dry grass and spicey cloves. Just a touch of hops for bite on the finish provides a nice balance for this American Hefe Weizen.

Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable. I downed two of these in a matter of minutes. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Another winner from Victory's menu of beers.

Hibernator, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow gold with a medium/small white head. The smell has banana and cloves, not bad but alittle light. The taste is crisp with clove,bisquits,banana,and wheat. Not bad. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A nice crisp summer beer,but I was expecting more from Victory. Still, a beer not to be missed.

jmz62565, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 8/27. Reivew from notes.

A: Pours a peachish golden color with a fizzy half finger head. Ghost like faces of retention and lace.
S: Aromas of bananas, peaches, pears, and grass. Very refreshing smelling.
T/M: Initial fruity (banana) blast that gets zapped by carbonation. Finishes with a semi-dry wheatyness. Light body and a bit watery. The carbonation zap takes away from the flavors that this one could exude.
D: Drinkable, but this one has a lot more potential. Could be a bit more heavy duty and flavorful, but it's still one that worth checking out.

bjohnson, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a swirl hefe glass. The liquid is a pale yellow with a fine carbonation. The head was big but not True Hefe big, Nice lace over a cloudy, fizzy base.

The smell is very faint lemon and citrus over a light and yeasty wheat body.

The taste is real close to but noy quite a Baverian Hefe. Small banana and clove taste over a light crisp liquid.

The mouthfeel is good, very smooth and enguaging.

Drinkability in very good, Crisp & Clean, A great thirst quencher. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory- Sunrise Weiss

Appearance- lemon yellow with a small white head. Slighty heavy on the carbonaion.
Smell- light straw/ hay with a balance of lemon.
Taste- lemon, lemon grass, and straw. Evenly balanced without becoming cloying. Slight banana and clove detected with a peppery spice noted.
Mouthfeel- light sweetness with a citrus flavor. A definite summer offering.

Overall- An excellent summer beer!
I drank the 6 pack in about an hour/ hour 1/2.

NJpadreFan, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a bright, almost neon, yellow, wispily cloudy and carbonated. Two fingers of tight white head lift puffily then ebb slowly. Waves of lacing surf the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, tart malted wheat flickers, but the dominant genes are held by banana, clove, coriander, and even some accompanying mint. Lemonty citrus glides along the periphery.

Upon sipping, a quick promise of malt sweetness promptly goes tangy, spotlighting a Blackjack clove and coriander duet, spicy and spirited. A bite of yeast is clipped by an adgy citrus character. Residual grain and a doughy note open the close before some remaining acidity and spicy bitterness dry and linger in the finish. There're no surpises, but it delivers a basic, enjoyable style profile.

Pretty much light bodied, the crispness and carbonation join the grain presence to conjur a nice impression on the palate.

It neither promises nor delivers the moon, but it grants a flavorful bounty of wheaty summer goodness. Even locally there are some beers that stand out more, but this is quite drinkable and more all purpose and sessionable than some of the stars. From sunrise to sunset and all times besides, this is one fun crafy beer.

Foxman, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find this beer at a small market near my house, as I really haven’t had any of Victory’s lighter beers. Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with a light head. Smell is very inviting with the sweetness of a hefe and the spices of a tripel. The taste is just what you’d expect from a summer ale. Nicely spiced with a citrusy lemon flavor that goes great with the sunshine. Pretty homogenous throughout, with no real surprises anywhere in there. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both terrific.

Toddv29424, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of agilis
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Having recently returned from a few weeks in Bavaria, I was looking for a something to replicate the great local brews...without the import prices back in the states (example: Schneider Weiss available in Germany for $14 (case of 20 1/2ltr bottles) would cost me $60 at the local shop).

Pour: The light yellow color, big - thin head that quickly fades, and abundance of carbonation was an instant indication of good things to come.

Taste: The first taste, with it's sweet, crisp feel was just like being back in Munchen. This beer holds up as the night goes on, and is the perfect beer for the 90+ degree days we here in the East are currently living through.

Just as important...my wife, who would opt for wine in almost all circumstances but really enjoyed the beer in Bavaria (finally!...a place she'll drink beer) truly enjoyed Sunrise. That's probably a more exacting review of the style and Victory's ability to reproduce it than my own.

All in all, a great summer beer. I'm going to head out later and get some more before it's gone for the season.

agilis, Jul 30, 2006
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.