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Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 23:05:31 | More by macpapi
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 18:21:36 | More by Bierguy5
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 22:33:26 | More by alexgash
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 23:54:31 | More by oelergud
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:08:08 | More by theformula
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 19:52:26 | More by JohnnyM2002
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 12:04:50 | More by nlmartin
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 01:49:08 | More by AzAleC
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:13:28 | More by ommegangpbr
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 20:37:41 | More by Dogbrick
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 19:27:33 | More by Hibernator
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 01:03:43 | More by jmz62565
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 18:43:20 | More by bjohnson
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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 04:22:06 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 01:08:48 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:09:59 | More by Foxman
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 23:05:08 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of agilis

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 13:44:31 | More by agilis
Photo of FuzzyGuy84


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous light yellow color, somewhat cloudy. Very bright smell, light and fruity, very pleasant. Nice taste, not nearly as heavy as you would expect, which I like for a beer intended for summer. Quite drinkable, with minor, but certainly present bitterness. Great chewy mouthfeel. A refreshing summer offering that is definetely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 22:58:08 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of errantnight


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

A delicious, easy drinking surprise. Finally, an east coast summer brew I enjoyed as much as the Oberon that escapes me.

Cloudy, golden yellow straw with a very smooth, soft, velvety head. Yum.

It even smells like a hefe! Hints of fruit and sweet spice amidst pale, delicate malt.

Drinks like butter. Without the butter taste. There's a flood of mild, balanced, fruitiness. Tastes of that hefeweizen standard banana/clove, but I found berries to be almost as predominant. Not fruit-beer berryness, just delicious yeasty goodness. There's distinct lemon citrus tones in here that bring a zesty tang to the table. Hops really aren't noticeable, but there's enough to (almost) cleanse the palate for a refreshing, dry finish that doesn't leave the slightly sweet notes to build on the tongue. It almost seems lighter and more delicate beer than many other's (think: Sam's Summer), but with a greater (meaning: deeper) flavor profile.

Still, ultimately, this doesn't have the body or substance to enter the realm of the truly great, but as summer beers go, as session beers go, as great pairings with all things heat-related go... Victory manages to provide yet another great beer to my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 14:11:43 | More by errantnight
Photo of Franchise


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow leaving a thick white head frothy and stays with this brew all the way. The aroma is lemon, honey, wheat, fruit esters of banana, spiced cloves, and a bit of must. The taste is tart upfront, with a honey malt background, A smooth wheat twang refreshing feel on the palate that finishes crisp with a bitter hop presence that just rounds out this brew satisfying my summer cravings.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 19:25:19 | More by Franchise
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 18:45:50 | More by Illinick
Photo of IntriqKen


4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy light orange/yellow with a massive white head that melts slowly to a sticky white lacing.
Aroma is faintly clove, banana, biscuits, and white pepper. Maybe a hint of apple.
Taste is wonderfully light and refreshing....smooth apple, banana, cloves....soft wheat with a sharp pepper bite on the swallow.
Mouthfeel is full...especially for this style.
VERY drinkable....drying afterwards making you want another and another and another.
Thanks, Ev.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 20:29:35 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of ggaughan


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

Served from a 68 oz German growler from the Victory brewpub. The beer poured a cloudy, yellow straw color with a nice thick white head. Nice carbonation. The aroma of this beer is pretty well dominated by the wheat smells and is complimented well by some citrus notes. The taste is more of the same with some very pleasant wheat taste for the summer and citrus which balances this out well and makes is very refreshing and light.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2006 02:54:32 | More by ggaughan
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
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.