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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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 garymuchow:
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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice fresh aroma of soft fruit, wheat, a touch of sourness, a little bubblegum and overall hefe goodness.
Huge very white head (I'm glad I used an over-sized reidel glass) and slightly cloudy yellow body (before I poured the bottle of the bottle).
Slightly heavier feel that I suppose is consistent with slightly bigger abv. Takes away a bit from the clean and crispness of smaller hefes. Nice tingling on the tongue with fruit, tartness, wheat and a little clove. Quite a bit of dryness and a long lingering finish.
I do appreciate a nice wheat in the winter and this one is fine. Somehow not as enjoyable in the flavor as in the aroma, but still pretty darn nice and goes well with snow outside and an afternoon of winter olympics.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:39:21 | More by garymuchow
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

07-25-2014 15:07:35 | More by audioserf
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-23-2014 00:18:52 | More by RRC03
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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Bought from bargain rack in June. Considering it is a holiday seasonal, the freshness seemed suspect (but the price was right).

A - Very pale straw color, just a bit milky looking but clear overall. No hint of the cloudiness that is typical for a hefeweizen. White head disappears almost immediately after pouring. While there, it is made of big bubbles and looks more like the foam on a soda than a beer. There are some dregs in the bottom of the bottle, but even after dumping those there is only the slightest hint of cloudiness. I'd never guess this was a hefe from the appearance.

S - Aromas are very faint. I get a low yeast and spice impression, but nothing I can specifically distinguish. The wheat does come through as a clean grainy note.

T - Wheat malt dominates, with a crisp, grainy note that might be Pilsner grain. Strong clove but no banana. Some other indistinct spices in the background. Hops bitterness is a bit harsh and "soapy"; low hops flavor is grassy. Dry finish.

M - Thin body. Low, prickly carbonation. Very low alcohol presence.

O - The admittedly aged sample I tried was a thin, slightly harsh, generic wheat beer. It most resembles a wit fermented with a non-traditional neutral yeast. I would not have guessed it was marketed as a strong, spiced hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 03:46:56 | More by Radome
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-18-2014 03:59:22 | More by mskiddo
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05-19-2014 14:55:32 | More by Shandycan
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-14-2014 02:00:13 | More by Lovely85
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-14-2014 01:55:33 | More by nickfl
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 17:23:17 | More by DavoleBomb
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-09-2014 00:10:51 | More by diverite
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/16/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, wheat, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; very a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hefeweizen. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:42:48 | More by superspak
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3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery store and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. 6.7% ABV according to the bottle. Reviewed as a wheat ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3.5 finger wide head of white colour. Thickness is okay. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear transparent translucent yellow of below average vibrance. Thin and weak looking. Not hazy or cloudy; this doesn't look anything like a hefeweizen if that's what they were after. But as a simple wheat ale, it's not a bad appearance per se. Just an underwhelming one. Far from unique or special.

Sm: Clove, wheat, clean barley, floral hop character, banana, and lemon peel.

A clean, fresh, appealing aroma of average strength.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

T: Wheat forms the core of this brew, with complementary notes of clove, faint banana, clean barley, and light lemon peel filling out the body. The yeast is a bit too doughy for a wheat ale, but it's forgivable. I want more banana and clove. Hop presence is minimal, but there is some light floral character there.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Good amplitude.

It's a well-balanced if simple wheat ale with a lot of likable characteristics. Good cohesion, but the build isn't quite gestalt. I really like it, but there isn't much complexity or intricacy here. It does boast some notable subtlety, especially where the lemon peel is concerned.

Very approachable pleasant stuff. I'm enjoying it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Soft. Approachable. Clean. Crisp. Overcarbonated. Light to medium in body. Has a good weight on the palate for the style. Presence on the palate is good overall; this is comforting and goes down easy just like a wheat beer should.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

The texture complements the taste well.

Dr: A very drinkable wheat ale from Victory. Why it's a winter seasonal is beyond me. I'll enjoy finishing this bottle and I'd recommend this to fans of the style. It's not a world class offering by any means, but it'll please the discerning drinker. More good work from the cats over at Victory.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:28:21 | More by kojevergas
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

02-28-2014 00:35:05 | More by angeepangie
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:58:14 | More by fourstringer
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(was told by the bartender this was a "blonde ale" - having never heard of this one, I went along with it)

A: looked like a Wit wit it's pale yellow color, but only half as cloudy.... the foam wasn't quite a match for a Wit either, looking more open-structured and falling rapidly

S: a bit weak, blurry... bright, neutral citrus overtone.... malt aromas - white cake or shortbread

T: lemon, honeydew, spicy pink grapefruit.... shortbread undertone.... actually, a fairly bold spicy hop zip and tingle

M: strange, protein-ous, jellyfish or breast implant-like roll - beta glucans? the effect was mild and confined to the center-middle of the tongue - the finish was more that of a hefeweizen....kind of airy light overall

O: reminded me, flavor-wise, of some American-made, Belgian style blonde ales (Great Divide Samurai, for one...but not as distinct and delicious).... pretty good overall - i would recommend it

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 00:13:22 | More by Bouleboubier
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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.