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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-14-2013

A wheat ale, combining German wheat and barley malts, oats, torrified wheat and whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops, this fruity and warming holiday brew delivers a refreshing finish, with spicy hints of banana, clove and citrus.
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Ratings: 557 | Reviews: 102
Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a thick, rocky head. Smells of banana, spice, a bit of wheat and grain. Tastes saison-like. Toasty, bready, spicy. Fruity yeast with banana and pineapple. Mouthfeel is sticky. It foams up in the mouth. Decent.

Photo of Paul432_1
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is incredibly to sweet. Kind if a strange aftertaste. I do not recommend this beer

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep golden color. Can smell the spiceyness. It wasn't all that much like a Hefe. More like a belgian with a really nice spicey taste. Would enjoy more in the future.

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. All aspects of this were just...meh.

Photo of jfugeman
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very fruity and sweet aroma. A nice hint of banana with a slight spice/tartness, finishes somewhat dry. Overall it's a nicely balanced beer that doesn't have too much of anything but also doesn't especially stand out.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana, wheat. Taste is very refreshing. Banana's, wheat, a bit of cloves, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of ThomasJ25
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had one of these over the holidays a couple of months ago. It was easy to drink but don't think I would search it out.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly opaque almost clear deep straw/pale gold producing almost 3 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a heavy surface collar of lace reaching over 1/2 inch up the sides of the glass. There is quite a bit of white sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is wheat, delicate lemon & orange, faint butter & even more faint dried grass or hay. Taste is also delicate but more robust than the nose: wheat, bready, orange, thin lemon, some banana & spice with pepper throughout & some bitterness beginning in the finish. Aftertaste is citric & slightly bitter providing the only hop presence in the sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied with with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean being quite prickly & leaving a phenolic presence on the tongue. Listed as a Hefeweizen, to my taste it might be classed as a pale wheat ale or even a light wheat wine (if there is such a thing).

Photo of jwosh01
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not my favorite beer ever

Photo of Sonofalime
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes of spicy cloves. Smells of malts and hops. Great winter brew.

Photo of beerrat
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the best rather have a Shootgun Betty

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light spicy wheat. Not my thing.

Photo of larryi86
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy light golden color with a three finger head.

S- Wheat, bananas, cloves, some citrus hops, hints of earthy spices.

T- Citrus, bananas, wheat, cloves, earthy spices, tasty, but flavors are clashing some.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- This isn't a bad beer, but I feel Victory usually does a lot better. Flavors are just clashing too much for me.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of coriander, white pepper, straw, yeast, bananas, lemon; Saison like! Taste sweet wheat, citrus, pepper, lemon. Winter ale; Not!

Photo of almostjay
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid hef. Nothing special but a nice departure from the average "Christmas beer"

Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another random Xmas gift, always nice to try a new Victory beer. A winter hefeweizen, hm....

A - Nice golden yellow pour with a creamy white head, slight haziness and rising carbonation bubbles. Mostly full cap is left along with bits of lace.

S - Toasted banana bread, lots of wheat, leafy and earthy tones, light and somewhat tart citrus.

T - A little more in the way of Citra hops coming through here with a good amount of earthy grass and peach. Still good wheat-y banana clove yeasts with a bit of bubblegum there as well.

M - Feel is on the bigger side, lots of foam and carbonation, a little on the abrasive side with hops, yeast and bubbles. Finishes dry.

O - Pretty good American hefe, though the extra hop addition doesn't do a whole lot for me. Kind of a puzzling choice for a winter ale but that's fine.

Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light and slightly clouded gold. The head is big and pillowy, with great retention. It has a nice light wheat aroma with fruity esters and some spices, as well. The taste is not bad but a little weak. Muffled, if that makes sense, with all the notes there but lacking depth. There is a nice weight and plenty of carbonation. Not sure what makes this a winter wheat beer.

Photo of Dr_Farts
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden, hoppy winter ale

Photo of Charlie_Rubis
4.86/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely amazing beer !!! My favorite winter beer!

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a cloudy deep straw color. The aroma is full of wheat and spice. The taste has dry wheat elements with tons of herbal elements . Hoppy, spicy, with a semi dry hop bite. Spicy and grainy. Full bodied well carbonated. Overall, a bit harsh but interesting winter hoppy hefeweizen.

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light cloudy straw color. Big healthy head. Funky nose and flavor. Typical wit.

Photo of bassboneman
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting so much more from this brew.
I love Victory products, generally.
This winter wheat beer is - well...wierd!
The color is really light, the flavor is a wine-cooler-ish.
I was looking for a break from the stouts and the porters - but this was a disappointment.

Photo of LennyBound
1.25/5  rDev -65%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Hefeweizen abused with hops. What happened to this Christmas ale? Drain-pour.

Photo of microbrewlover
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a clear straw color with a three finger fluffy white head, some of which remains as a collar until the end; good carbonation and heavy lacing.

The smell is strong on bananas and cloves, wheat, straw and fresh cut grass and some bubblegum.

The taste is kind of bland, which is a disappointment after the nice smell. The taste gives you bananas and wheat, some cloves but that is about it. The feel is kind of creamy and there is a slightly flat aftertaste.

Overall this brew promises a lot in the smell but does not deliver on the taste.

Photo of dacrza1
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: December 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang Rare Vos shaker pint... OCCASION: awaiting the Kisatsky clan with the usual Christmas excitement... APPEARANCE: staunchly thick, glacially white head that sits a good three fingers above a rather light golden body that swirls with effervescence--tough to not find appealing; reasonable tracings as the glass finishes... AROMA: banana and clove--as expected of a wheat; some nutmeg and oat; tough to discern the citric notes... PALATE: a watery lightness at the tongue but slightly earthy on the throat; a neutral effect on the mouthfeel...TASTE: arresting clove and pepper mix with a malty finish that tamps down (out?) the lightness and refreshment of a usual wheat ale; see the attempt at adding more holiday to the party, but this is a slightly overwrought wheat for the season... OVERALL: a hit with our gathering last week, it pairs well with salsa and pub fare in spite of its initial insinuations; at 6.7% ABV, it maintains well as a compliment to a variety of finger foods; as a standalone, slightly abrasive as a mashup of styles that could pair if either more delicately or efficiently blended...

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.