Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 99 | 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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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass.

3.75 A: Murky dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a half finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Good spiciness in this, just like any good hefe. Clove and pepper are equally potent. Neutral wheat, yeasty breadiness. Smells damn good.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but the nose is better. Less clove and pepper, but still some. Neutral wheat. The yeastiness is more powerful than the other flavors. It's not bad, but doesn't stand out either.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good lively carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.5 D: It's okay, but doesn't stand out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory has made a hefeweizen and called it a winter beer. Now that's a surprise. This is one beautiful beer. Hazy, turbid and yellow. Soft pastel lemon yellow. A cream colored head of foam sits atop this beer and lasts and leaves lace.

It's subtle and has an overall softness to the nose and to the palate. There is a delicate hoppiness to the middle of the beer that is a mere touch of lemon citrus, and what I can only call hop succulence. Dry crisp wheat with it's golden sweetness, a crisp cracker. Light banana, soft clove, light bubblegum. The mouthfeel is creamy and there is a slight bite form carbonation. There is lemon grass here and rather than become green with herbal it seems to stay yellow and drier with the lemon grass. The finish is spicy and has a touch of mild white pepper with a nice maltiness to linger. It's only in the very last moments of the beer that you notice a faint bitterness from hops. Again, perfectly soft, perfectly subtle and 100% under control.

Gosh I like this so much. It does not crowd the palate with over ripe fruit or with too much citrus so that you would question it's true nature as a hefe. This beer would compliment a variety of holiday cookies and cakes and that was one of my first thoughts.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of wheat, clove, orange, light lemon. Flavor is sweet wheat, spicy clove and coriander; finishes semi-sweet with spice and hop bitterness, slight butteriness, wheat. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. An interesting take on a wheat beer, with a bit more sweetness and alcohol than a normal hefeweizen. Clove and coriander forward, which does give it bit of a winter holiday feel. Too much body and alcohol for a hereweizen, but interesting as a holiday wheat beer, of which there aren't too many.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I am reviewing this as a Witbier, not a Hefeweizen as was listed when I wrote this review.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with massive white head of fine bubbles that are quite sticky.

Smell: Banana, clove, citrus, pepper and wheat.

Taste: Wheat backbone with lots of yeasty notes of banana, clove and white pepper. The citra hops are evident as well, with a strong citrus counterbalance, but no real bitterness.

Feel: Well carbonated with a fuller body than standard for the style. Fairly creamy and dry.

Overall: I am not sure what the deal is with the trend toward Winter Witbiers, but at least this is an amped up version. Very nice beer, even if not quite ideal for the season.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Orange peel, banana and clove on the nose with a suspicion of bacon. Pours hazy straw under a moussey 2” off-white foam cap that leaves clingy lace. Very creamy, spicy palate with citrus, banana and clove over white bread.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell:A yeasty, fruity, and spicy wheat driven Hefeweizen style aroma. Wheat and pale malt upfront with bready hints of cereal grains, hefeweizen yeast, straw, and crackers. Spice hints of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Fruity hints of banana and dried apple. Slight hint of bubblegum. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Light background hints of grassy hops. A pretty solid hef style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and pretty fruity wheat hefeweizen like taste. Bready taste of wheat and pale malt with notes of hefeweizen yeast, cereal grains, straw, cracker, and hay. Spice notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Taste of banana and apple fruits along with some bubblegum. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Slight earthy hop note of grass in the background. A pretty nice crisp wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and nicely spicy and fruity.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Hefeweizen style wheat beer. A nice change of pace from the typical winter seasonals.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pale golden almost a light peach color with suspended yeast floating through the body, big fine carbonation creamy smooth cloudy white head. Chunky uneven lacing settles as the head dwindles down to the collar. Aroma mild grassy character, citrus, bubblegum, and clove this is a classic German style hefeweizen with a bit more alcohol and a tad more body than an average hefe...they labeled it a celebratory winter wheat ale. Flavor is sharp with a citrus spice combo that is settled by a combination of the wheat and yeast characteristics, I'm not sure if this has spice additions...I'm willing to bet it's just ester heavy from the authentic German yeast strain and the high alcohol. Still quite tasty and smooth going down as long as you enjoy that sturdy carbonation that a true hefeweizen offers. The only mildly cloying aspect is that initial acidity between the sharp citrus/spice combo. Overall a beer that I'm glad I picked up a six to try versus splurging on the whole case that was available at a local wholesaler. This will be enjoyed throughout the winter months, and definitely a nice change of pace from the average overly spiced winter warmer/Christmas ale monotony.

Photo of chinchill
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of March 2015.

A gentle pour still created an oversized head that came over the top even though nearly half of the beer remained in the bottle.

The aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of bananas and more than a hint of cloves, as well as some less pleasant notes. The flavor is similar but more fruity with a clear citrus aspect. Spicy aftertaste. Poor balance.

O: contaminated batch? Perhaps, but even giving this some benefit of the doubt it's certainly among the poorest offerings from Victory. Probably a DNF.

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...

Photo of crwrunner
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw color with no head.

This smells kind of citrusy and a with a bit of grass.

The taste is a nice slight lemon with coriander and spice. A very we'll balanced beer. Also has a bit of dry mouthfeel.

The only thing lacking in this beer would be a good head to give off that pleasant aroma as a previous review mentioned.

Photo of Naudan
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Floral - Very Tasty on tap. Not a strong hefeweizen taste. Be careful of the ABV.

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 amorette87
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw, hazy, bigger body white foam head

Smell- clove, citrus, banana

Taste- very strong banana and clove flavor upfront, very crisp finish

Mouth feel- Bubbly , light, creamy finish

Over all- nice light belgian style beer, reminds me of the carbonation in champagne

Photo of gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Pours a beautiful thick, frothy head that was 3 fingers long. Cloudy blonde color that left no lacing or collar.
S: Beautiful clove characteristics with some overripe banana.
T: Deliciously wheaty with lots of banana and cloves
M: Only the slightest felt carbonation.
O: Delicious and deserving of a much higher rating.

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 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 Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big well made Hefeweizen not what was expected of a Winter Warmer.
Well recommended for fans of this style.
Is it an Impy Hefeweizen ? Not quite but it is a tasty uber Hefeweizen. So if you are a fan of this style get some now!
Looks great, smells just right, tastes perfect plus, mouthfeel is good, Overall an excellent big
Hefeweizen .
Update: 12/21/2014
More specifics.
Three fingers of long lasting white head with excellent lacing.
Smell is bold bananas and clove.
Taste is again bananas and clove. Hops are just right.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation is fine.
Finishes light refreshing and perfectly balanced.
Overall I highly recommend this beer if you want to try a well crafted American take on the heffe style.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant Beer Garden in Hampden Township

A- cloudy yellow green with a fluffy one finger head that leaves a splotchy lacing on the pint.

S- german malts dominate the nose as well faint hints of citrus and floral hops.

F- floral hops come through more prominent in the palate and the german malts are more on the back end. its interesting. I also get the banana and clove.

M- banana and clove become more yeasty in the mouth and it tends to linger. a light hefe but decent.

O- not bad....the color and smell are down but the flavor and mouth pick it up.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
6.7% ABV, Enjoy by March 21 2014

A - Poured into a Bruery tulip, this beer looks exactly like the warm, friendly label portrays! Hazy pale yellow in color, Winter Cheers looks like a witbier, pouring with a tall white head that decorates the glass in chunky lacing as it slowly recedes.

S - Victory has crafted a unique amalgam from the very beginning as Winter Cheers has a forward aroma of citrusy hops that impart lemongrass which melds perfectly with a decent dose of clove and finish of fresh bubble gum Big League Chew! Grainy pale malt, soft wheat, and flaked oats provide this beer with a round and seductive appeal.

T - Hoppy citrus character leads the holiday cheer with melodies of lemon oil drizzled on the yeast's plentiful clove spiciness; bubble gum not far behind. Wheat's softness balances the pale grains for a smooth and playful base that acts as a springboard for the zestiness.

M - Winter Cheers' smooth and soft body provides the perfect entry, and finish, to this wheat beer that's laded with dry spice and citrus and a completely invisible alcohol level.

O - Victory Winter Cheers' label screams holiday cheer and while the beer itself (forgetting about the label) works as a holiday beer, this would be an exceptional summer beer as well! Bright citrus and glowing spicy notes swirl together above a smooth and drinkable body for a totally cohesive wheat beer that incorporates wonderfully clean German ingredients and drinkability with American ingenuity.

Photo of fourstringer
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel chalice. Moderate hand. No date, but presumably from the 2013-2014 Winter season.

A: Visible sediment in a cloudy, golden yellow body. 1/2 finger of white head and less than average retention. No lacing of note.

S: Wheat scents with coriander, fruit. Touch of earthy funk. Some pineapple, pear.

T: Opens like a wheat beer with indistinct fruit. Transitions to a lightly herbal and spice-driven bitterness. Dry finish with some tartness and astringency. Light alcohol.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with some spritz up front. Moderate body.

O: Subtle spicing in a serviceable American-style wheat. Not sure how this has anything to do with Winter aside from the hint of spice. Mostly comes across as a U.S. hefeweizen with a drier, more herbal finish and slightly ramped up EtOH.

Prost!

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bananas, citrus and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has strong notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little spicier and stronger compared to other hefeweizens so it works well for drinking during the cold weather.

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

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of March 22, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new winter seasonal to me from Victory Brewing Co., this time a hefeweizen.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a pale murky lemon lime color with two fingers of fluffy bubbly white head. Nice fat bubbly lacing. Fits the style.

S - Smell is comprised of the usual suspects, musty earthy yeast, citric lemon / lime, grass, wheat, clove, bubblegum, & some banana. Maybe some brett, but not too much.

T - Again, the usual suspects are all here: crisp wheat, husky grains / corn, lemongrass, some tart citrus, clove spice, floral coriander, and some mashed banana. Solid amount of piney / bitter hops to keep the malts in check.

M - Feel is crisp, light, refreshing, and slightly tart. A bit of a grainy / bubblegum malt finish.

Overall, a fair example of the style, but nothing outstanding. Smells pretty nice, and it drinks good, but there isn't a whole lot to set it apart from the others. A hefeweizen isn't exactly what I think of when I hear winter beer either, but it is a nice change of pace from all these dark winter warmers.

Victory Winter Cheers ---3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clearish bright yellow, some carbonation. one finger head.

S-Some metallic notes, wheat, clove, banana and some spice.

T-Kinda bland. The wheat, banana, clove and other spices are there, they are balanced well. But not that intense. Weak flavors.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, not much carbonation.

O-Still not sure why this style was chosen for a winter beer. Then on top of that it wasn't a good beer from the style.

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 mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light yellow, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation rising from the bottom. A 1 finger head that hung around for quite a while. Aroma was a slightly bitter banana with a hint of spicy tang. Flavor had a bit of pepper kick, but also slightly sweet as well. Felt good in the mouth, a bit of carbonation and coating. Overall, not bad at all. Didn't hit me as a winter beer however, more just a solid wheat beer.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
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