Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-14-2013)
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Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured - somewhat aggressively - from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy pale yellow with a 1.5-finger bubbly white head on top. Some lace clings to the glass from that large head.

S: Cereal grains & wheat, with a touch of spice. Mild nose overall.

T: Grain and wheat twang is there for foundation, along with some general fruitiness. A touch of lemony bitterness is there on the finish. Modest spice throughout. Heat from the nearly 7% ABV is felt in the belly, but not noted on the palate.

M: Light in heft, active carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

O: Good. An interesting change-of-pace for the winter, as it's light and effervescent instead of the usual heavy winter offerings. I'm enjoying this as a "pregame" start to the evening on what's shaping up to be the warmest night of the winter in awhile. . . .

More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +5.3%
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 Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Shoretalk
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Jstewart6
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of harryragg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dcjeffreys
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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 PSU_Mike
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Chesterbrewing
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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
2.35/5  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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.