Sunrise Weiss - Victory Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
07-30-2006 13:44:31 | More by agilis
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
07-29-2006 22:58:08 | More by FuzzyGuy84
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
07-25-2006 14:11:43 | More by errantnight
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-24-2006 19:25:19 | More by Franchise
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-24-2006 18:45:50 | More by Illinick
4.47/5 rDev +14%
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.
07-23-2006 20:29:35 | More by IntriqKen
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-13-2006 02:54:32 | More by ggaughan
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-05-2006 01:25:21 | More by DuqTroops
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Hefe weizen my ass. This is, at best, a pale wheat ale. That is not a put down, just my take on the beer.
Appearance: The ale pours with a nice three finger head that lingers and is a slighty hazy color that is just a shade or two from BMC territory.
Smell: Wheat is the predominant aroma, providing a light aroma. There are some fruits there, say oranges.
Taste: The wheat provides a nice bitterness. There is little malt presence, so not many hops are needed for the ale.
Mouthfeel: The spritziness of the carbonation and light wheat flavors are very pleasing and refreshing. The beer also has a dryness that forces you to go back for more.
Drinkability: Although it is no hefe, I like it. This beer is good at quenching thirst, even with a 5.7% abv tag.
06-30-2006 23:39:38 | More by akorsak
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Enjoy by May 1, 2007 clearly printed. 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a mainly clear though slightly hazy pale straw with rough carbonation and a thin white head on top.
Crisp grain and citrus aroma. Clean and refreshing.
Nice hints of tart lemon/orange coupled with a strong malt backbone. Finishes dry and appealing. An excellent American interpretation of the German classic. One of the better Hefeweizen's in the US.
06-27-2006 18:29:33 | More by cbl2
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
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
thanks ed for the rec
with the two fingers of pillowy, thin foam, this bottle neatly fills a brooklyn wheat glass. thin yellow piss color to a sparkling gold in the fat parts. cruising bubbles add visions of refreshment to my already thirsty brain. looks spectacular for a lager.. questionably clear and light for a hefeweizen. let's see, shall we?
lemony aroma with a biscuit backer. not too spicy, nice and tart wheat complimenting a developed body. nothing extreme here, smells fresh like a wheat beer should without signs of age of overdoneness. yeast adds a pleasant cantaloupe fruitiness to the mix here.
creamy phenolic meets a vague spritzing of citrus rind and yellow cake mix inside this glass. finishes strangely botanical, but mild, and reeks of freshness. somewhat hennepin-y with the overactive yeast and funky flavored byproducts, but seems to quench my thirst awful good and goes down real easy. a decent wheat beer, and one i would be happy to pack away in my belly one after another. however, in the scope of the field, i probably wouldn't choose this one over some more traditional examples.
a good summer beer and that's pretty much the extent of sunrise's wonderment.
06-12-2006 22:56:22 | More by goodbyeohio
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured a medium straw hue with a four finger foamy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.
The smell was rich with banana and clove. A substantial wheaty backbone as well.
The taste was a very spicy biscuity adventure. Excellent yeast presence and a minor lemony aftertaste. This was a very authentic hefe flavor.
The mouthfeel was excellent. Light and refreshing, as a hefe should be. Dry finish.
This is an excellent American version of the hefe. One of the best ones yet.
06-10-2006 01:31:01 | More by plaid75
2.93/5 rDev -25.3%
Poured into a Weizen straight out of the bottle.
A: Nice white head about an inch thick, stuck around for quite some time with a decent amount of lacing. Beer was a clear golden color with a good amount of bubbles from the carbonation. Not as cloudy as you might expect from a hefe weizen. Typically, I love watching a freshly poured weizen, but this is kinda boring.
S: Something's not quite right in the smell here. I'm honestly not sure what it is, but there's something wrong. Almost chemical? Definitely have a decent amount of that citrusy lemon scent, but not as much as you expect.
T: I've had better hefe weizens. It's somewhat sweet, almost creamy with a good deal of the characteristic citrus flavors. Nice bready flavor as well from the malts, but all around, it seems to be lacking something. I keep thinking about that smell that I can't quite put my finger on, because I think it's making itself felt in the taste too. Not too much of an aftertaste, but the citrusy flavor does linger for a bit.
M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy I'd say, with minimal bite from the carbonation. Hefe weizen's uusally have more character in their mouthfeel, but this one is rather tame.
D: I haven't usually been disappointed by Victory but I'm not a huge fan. I mean, I love Hefe Weizens, as they are pretty drinkable in general, but after this six pack is through, I don't intend to get another. Rather weak hefe weizen in my book.
06-09-2006 02:43:12 | More by InDreams
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
hazed gold with a good sized large bubbled head. i expected more cloudiness.
the smell is a little sulfuric with a large acidic component. sorta like one of those goddamned lemons was already added. beneath that is some soft banana and clove, and a little bit more of a bready character than i expected, but it's more than welcomed. verdict on the smell: not bad, but i would reverse it's dominant and lesser qualities. ie. less sulfur and citrus, more banana, clove, bread. note the citrus goes away after a bit, form warmth or just breathing, i don't know.
the taste fares better than the aroma with mostly the same ingredients. no sulfur here, as thats usually just part ofthe aroma. the citrus is more subdued letting the traditional hefe flavors do their work, but adding a nice tang to the mix.
medium body with seltzer-y carbonation.
drinkability would is ok, but would be better with a more finely honed smell and a little bit better of a handle on the carbonation.
my final score is a 3.6, but it deserves closer to a 3.8 or so on a straight up 5 point scale, if that makes sense.
06-02-2006 00:10:24 | More by kmo1030
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
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!
05-25-2006 22:24:11 | More by Lnedrive14
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was a huge head on top which fizzed out quickly. The beer was golden yellow and clear. The lack of haze was strange for this style of beer.
Smelled and tasted all right, pretty good yeast and wheat combination. Not bad, I'd have it again.
04-30-2006 12:51:21 | More by TurdFurgison
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a cloudy gold, with a large coarse head. Lots of bubbles --fizzy almost like a soda. Mild wheat funk with strong banana notes in the aroma. Tastes just a bit tangy with the banana aroma coming through clearly. Bitterness is there, maybe a bit more than some hefes, but not strong. The balance here is carried by the tangy banana wheat flavors. Body is light and fizzy, going down with a pleasant fruity finish.
This hefe weizen is well-rounded, light bodied, and not overpowered by funky flavors like many wheat beers. It's refreshing and perfect for a warm day. Another strong showing from Victory, which is quickly rising on my list of favorite craft breweries. Be careful with this one, though; a whole six pack will disappear in no time!
04-18-2006 21:41:38 | More by copasetic
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.
Pale straw colored body, cloudy of course, with tons of visible carbonation. Creamy looking white head dissipates into a thin disk.
Aroma is very sweet, smooth and creamy, not as crisp and spicy as a classic Hefe, but still sports the banana and clove. Quite strong in the banana dept actually.
The flavor is much more malty than expected, and as the smell dictated, not as spicy as your average Hefe. Very wheaty and smooth. Spices are faint, but still there.
Surely not a bad Hefe, but just not as great as some others. Mad King Weis also from Victory for example is a much better Weizen in my opinion. If you're looking for a more mellow, smooth, Hefe... this is your brew. If you like crisp spices and sweetness, you might want to look elsewhere.
03-22-2006 02:08:42 | More by HugoGrim
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Appearance: Pours light banana yellow with a huge white sudsy 3+ finger head in my Wiezen Glass. It is 'murky water' transparent-ish; hazy. A lot of very active carbonation bubbles.
Smell. Yeast, Phenols, cloves subtle hop and bread attributes.
Taste: Slightly sour flavor with sharp wheat character and a yeasty bready attribute. Mildly citrus up front, spicy through the middle with a bit of banana and then an orange aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Very active mouthfeel. Tingly full of carbonation. Crisp dry finish.
Drinkability: This is not generally my favorite style of beer but this is a really good Hefe-Wiezen. It is easy, approachable, and very refreshing. It'd be great for a hot day.
Hope this is helpful.
Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!
03-08-2006 04:51:48 | More by Phatz
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
Cloudy straw yellow with a large, fizzy, bright white head. Some lace and fair head retention. Yeasty and bready aroma with a strong clove component and a bit of honey. The flavour is about the same, finishing with mild spiciness and a hint of lemony citrus. Moderately high carbonation composed of large, fizzy bubbles. The body's a bit thin, leaving it somewhat dull on the palate, but there's some creaminess that balances things out. Some dryness in the finish. Highly drinkable, this would be great in the summer. Thanks northyorksammy!
03-05-2006 17:12:58 | More by DrJay
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz bottle: Wheat-like yellow colour, cloudy and with a big head at first, but it fastly goes to the grave. Aromas are all cloves, spices, and wheat, the taste is the same. Your atypical American styled German wheat beer if you ask me. More tame and timid than even the whirlwind, but not horrible. Mouthfeel is a bit dead to me, but drinkability is high. A good, cheaper, six pack to pair up with your white pizza...Other than that...yawn.
02-27-2006 15:53:15 | More by francisweizen
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
Appearance- Pouurs a thre finger head but fades into nothing, not even a filmy surface foam. Pours a hazy banana peel mixed with sunny dried hay with lots of suspended sediment. Lack luster lacing lacing for a weiss.
Smell- Grass, lighty malts, cloves, and little hops.
Taste- Stoarst out with some very nright malts mixed withits distant cousin hops in for a weekend visit. I then noticed a little horse barn hay mixed with bubble gum and cloves.
Mouthfeel- Like any regular weiss, pretty light, as well as very versatile with food. I would use this beer from venison to a pizza.
02-25-2006 07:21:39 | More by scruffwhor
3.03/5 rDev -22.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Weizen glass.
Pours a bright golden yellow reminds me of the sun in the summer - very nice color. Lots of carbonation is immediately noticeable as the head disappears quickly, but bubbles continue to rush to the top of the glass. Smells like wheat, citrus, and a bit of corriander. Taste is citrusy with a bit of banana and a mildly bitter aftertaste - not the best tasting Hefe, but totally passable. Mouthfeel is interesting due to the high carbonation seems like it detracts from the flavor. Not a bad brew, but could stand to lose some of the carbonation...
02-23-2006 21:08:50 | More by montageman
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz bottle from santoslhalper as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" white head above the clear light golden (yellow?) brew. Head fades slowly, fueled by furious bubbling, with plentiful bits of frothy lacing. Patience isn't one of my virtues, but I'll try not to be faulting here. Aroma is wheat and spices. Taste is wheat, cloves, and spices. Mouthfeel is nice and light, to style, and drinkability is quite pleasing as well. This one has summertime written all over it. But a thirst-quencher other times as well, for sure.
02-20-2006 19:28:48 | More by ppoitras
Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.