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Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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88
very good

282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: rebel1771 on 07-16-2002

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Reviews: 282 | Hads: 362
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (605 characters)

Photo of trumick
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a huge bright white head that hangs around a bit with little lacing.

Scent is of lightly sweet malts cloves, bananas and yeast.

Taste is of sweet malts, yeast, cloves, slight pear, citrus and bananas. It finishes dry with a subtle citrus tang.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing and smooth.

Another very good offering from Victory. It is perfect for a nice sunny summer day. Would I enjoy another? Yes, I do believe I will take myself up on that. (495 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasing beer indeed. Pouring into a tall weizen glass brings up a big spongy head over a pale straw body, with a light haze. A big, big lemony taste, but not sour, and some light spiciness, add to a crisp, clean wheat taste. There a lovely fizziness like a foundain soda, and then a bit of a tart finish. (312 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man this beer was well built except for one thing that I could not get fully over and that was all the corriander. Mostly a good Hefe, there was plenty of spice clove and some bannana, but man was there way too much corriander. It looked good cloudy and a pleasent white head but the smell was very lemony and I was worried form the start. One of these days I will finish of the other four, maybe I'll pawn them off on my unsuspecting friends. (443 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellow, with a clingy froth of head.

Smell: Heavier on the wheat than on the banana, but overall weaker than what I was expecting.

Taste: Banana peel flavor, sort of dry and too light. Okay for a hot summer day, but I'd go for Victory's other fine products before trying this one again. (310 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of finepaws
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I may have a new favorite Hefe. This one made me want to rate a beer, which I've been slack about for some time, but here goes. Victory does another great beer. This poured a pale yellow, almost straw. Big foamy head that went down some, but still maintained through the whole beer. This is a really pretty wheat beer. Only slightly cloudy. Smells like wheat,duh, bananas, and citrus. Tastes are all the same, with a bam! Citrus is very lemonish. Crisp, cool, and refreshing. It's got all the tastes that I love about german hefe, and this is American. Like I said in the begginning, Victory has a great seasonal summer beer! If you like hefe's you need to try this one. (670 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a slightly hazed bright copper with an enormous , pillowy white head. Loads of carbonation is present.

Smell: The nose is of obvious wheat, mixed with a strong yeast smell. The fruitiness is everywhere, and to me mainly smells like bananas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is very bright and spritzy, with nice wheat accented bananas and almost hay. The balance is impeccable, and finished with a sweet, mouth watering close. The mouthfeel is creamy and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: Another killer brew from Victory, as is normally the case. Just about perfect for this time of year. With how warm it is outside, it was great to come inside to this brew. (684 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky straw yellow in color with a big puffy white head that retains well and leaves little lace.

Wow, this is an American hefe?!? Big ripe banana aromas with zesty lemon, bubblegum sweet, wheaty grain, cloves, spice, and floral hops.

The flavor is even better! Massive banana, pink bubblegum, and lemon flavors on the fore, with notes of slick wheat, spicey cloves, very German tasting yeast, and soft floral hops. Almost a Witte like character due to the balance of sweet and tart flavors.

Medium bodied with a juicey creamy mouthfeel with plenty of fine, tickling carbonation. This is the best American hefe I have ever had. I gave a sip to a German friend who just returned from a visit htere, including Erdinger. He was very impressed as well. (757 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy light amber color with a large white puffy head to start that rapidly fell to a light covering. Smell is perfect with spicy, clovy, lemony textures. The taste is even better with a follow-through of the spiciness and cloviness and lemon. After taste is also excellent with with a mild dryness at the finish. I could drink this beer all the time (or a least once a day). The best hefe weizen I've ever had. (419 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thx to the good Vicree rep who laid a six of this on me at the end of the Penn Brewfest. Beer, beer, and more beer!

Poured with a thick, quick to disappear, white head. The label says, "Unfiltered", but it is an unneccesary designation once the beer has been poured. It is a pale lemon yellow color and so cloudy as to suggest rain at any moment. It had a big, fruity banana nose with an underlying current of spice. I really liked the tangy mouthfeel. The clove and banana esters seemed to be locked in a battle for dominance in my mouth. It is the spice, though, that lingers on the finish.

Last thoughts: I truly wish that I liked this style of beer. I was inspired to make today "Witbeer Wednesday" with a tip o'the wood to malty. I was put in mind of the time that I took my beloved uncle to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Halfway through the meal, he remarks, "This would be great if I liked pancakes." Precisely my thinking today. (950 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew at the pub in Downingtown.
Served chilled in a fluted glass. Bright white fluffy head present on serving.
Color is a cloudy gold with some sediment.
Aroma is lemony, bready, and bananas. First sip reveals a fine yet bitey carbonationand fairly lite body.
Super head retention.
Flavor is similar to nose, fruity, banana, and some lemon hits, maybe some cloves in there too, but I have trouble smelling that sometimes.
Beer is very smooth and easy to drink, perfect for a warm July Friday afternoon. (518 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic wheat brew from the gang at Victory Brewing Company. This cloudy as all hell version of a weissbier was rather yellow to almost an orange in hue. The head was tall and rocky, to be sure. Aromas of citrus and bananas whaft through my brain, speaking to me of things to come. Very refreshing on the palate, this Bier has a solid punch, thanks from the citrus. Good character, and highly, highly drinkable.

Zum wohl! (428 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy unfiltered straw hued pint from a growler under a perfect 2 finger high cloudy white head that quickly dissipates to scant head coating. A few swirls towards the end bring up some foamy covering but no lace.

Potent aromas of blended cloves and bananas. Leafy scents peppery spices in there. Saison like hints percolate about.

Ripe bananas and coriander flavor. A bit bready, doughy, quite herbal with citrousy finish. After a little gradual warming, dry bitter aftertaste.

Foamy sugary 7-Up bite in the body. Tons of chewiness and 5.7 % ABV make for a good summer drinker.

Last swigs: Actually reminds me a bit of STONE E04. This might be beer blaspheme but I could go for an orange wedge in this one.

Beer is good. Especially fresh beer. Happy beering. (777 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (926 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Victory: Another good beer from them. It is a cloudy, yellow, slightly golden color. Nice aroma that is yeasty and with just a bit of citrus. A medium bodied brew. Very refreshing and tasty. A hint of citrus to the taste, and not a lemon slice in sight! (263 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at the Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk. This may be the best American Weiss I've had to date. Served in the proper traditional glassware, it was a cloudy, golden yellow with a thick white head. Spice, coriander, citrus and clove all detectable in the nose.

What got me about this Weiss is that it is quite full of flavor, and pretty complex as well. Most American Weissbiers seem to lack in this department. Yeast and clove run wild, as it finishes dry and fruity with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly and dead-on for the style. Victory has crafted yet another excellent beer. This one seems a little harder to come across, so if you do by chance find it, don't hesitate. (693 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy white-ish gold with a decent ivory head, lower carbonation than normal, and light lace. Fruity bubble-gum yeasty aroma with a light burnt plastic/rubber over time (?) sulpher (?). Tangy fruity citrusy taste but not your typical banana-clove hefe-weizen. Nice creamy but light mouthfeel.

Refreshing but not one of my picks for a hefe-weizen. I know this was fresh as it came from the brewpub; bought by a co-worker.

Label states "Unfiltered Wheat Beer"

Enjoy By: 10/05/03
Tasted: 06/20/03 (504 characters)

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow, with a thin yet persistent white head.

Starts out with a lemony, wheat-y nose. Dry, lemony, spicy (clovey) flavor, with a slightly bitter finish. Let it warm for just a few minutes, and the cloves and bananas emerge, but the lemony presence remains there throughout. On an absolute basis, it's not quite the beer that, say, Franziskaner is. On the right day (80+ degrees, sunny, sitting by the pool) though I'd rather have this brew - the citric tang combined with the hefeweiss flavors make it the nigh-on perfect summer brew. These guys do SUCH a brilliant job. (584 characters)

Photo of stingo
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was the first brew I tried at the Microbrew Expo. And what a brew it is! It poured a tawny yellow color with a good head, the nose with a promise of good things to come. Delivering on this promise, this weissbeer has a great light wheat taste, coupled with a smooth and agreeable finish. Very refreshing ideal summer drinking. One of the standouts (IMO) from the expo. (373 characters)

Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.