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Winter Cheers | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Winter CheersWinter Cheers
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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.

Added by rab53 on 10-14-2013

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Photo of Joe_Duvel
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. To me it tastes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and a Hefeweizen. I had it at a friends house and then looked all over for a six pack. When I couldn't find a six pack I went and bought a case. It's a great beer! Weihenstephaner Hefe Weisse is my favorite Hefeweizen and Duvel is my favorite strong Belgian pale ale. It's like if those two had a baby. I hope Victory decides to keep this on as a seasonal. I'll buy every year! Heck put it out year around!

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Photo of Spiceboy
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the most Refreshing Beer I've ever had...which is why I hope they offer it Year Round b/c it would taste Great in the summer too:) I've had it both in Draft and Bottle and they both taste great. Interestingly, the Bottle says it's unpasteurized which is unique for Bottles as most are "pasteurized". Since Draft Beer is also unpasteurized this beer bottled tastes the same as it does on tap:)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful light color about an inch and a half while head... Smell some spice and a little bit of fruit but wow as u sip. So refreshing... So much spice.. So much fruit... Kinda surprised this only has an 83 on here. Maybe it's because it's typically not what I think of for a winter beer. But if I was chugging these down in the snow I would definetely feel a little bit warmer

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Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

EBD 2/19/15. Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden with some flocculation. World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of tropical hops, with a lemon rind note, over light biscuit. Quite nice elements of banana and clove are also evident and become predominate as it warms and the head finally dissipates (which took about 12 minutes). Light medium body with a slick texture that approaches oily. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish. The flavor profile is World Class - intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a burst of very slightly bitter clove, tropical fruit and slowly fades to a pepper note in the middle over a light biscuit sweetness with just a hint of hop bitterness. As the finish begins, banana is evident and a lemon like tartness puckers the tongue. It finishes a bit dry and is slightly crisp. This is a very flavorful Hefe. Victory hit this one outta da park.

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Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, very pale straw color; pours with a lumpy, whipped cream like head.

My first whiff brings a sense of relief, this is not a holiday spice bomb. I smelled enticingly fresh citrus, sweet grains, and a delicate layer potpourri like spice. A bit more sweetness on the tongue than the smell suggested. Stewed banana and zesty citrus. The finish is sweet graininess and lightly peppery clove. The body is oddly thin, thinner than the average hefe anyway.

Overall this exceeded my expectations by far.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked “Enjoy by 22 Mar 2016” at 33 degrees (hotel reefer) into shaker; allowed to warm to 42 degrees
Aroma of banana and clove and a hint of citrus
Head large (Seven cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular eight to 12 mm creamy ring and layer
Lacing partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy, effervescent
Flavor of generic citrus and wheat, slightly bitter and slightly sour; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, very lively carbonation, nearly fizzy

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 4. A pleasant change from those sticky sweet over spiced winter warmers that seem to be the norm.

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Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Just tried this. Great winter beer, that surprises the palate. This has spice notes that you would expect in a winter brew, but it is golden in color rather than dark. It is evident that this is a wheat beer after the first taste, but it is followed up by a hop profile that resembles a pale ale. All around a surprising, and delicious beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - cloudy yellow with hues of orange, frothy white head spatters the glass with lacing
S - zesty aroma of citrus, orange, spice, wheat, yeast
T - fruity, juicy, orange zest, yeast, wheat, spicy, faintly tropical from the Citra hops, warming
M - medium bodied, higher carbonation, spicy semi-drying finish keeps you coming back for more
O - excellent, really like this one, definitely not a traditional German Hefeweizen. It's Americanized with the Citra zing and seems to have some Belgian over tones to it as well. Nice blend of flavor and creativity!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of teromous
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The bottle says "Enjoy By: 06 MAR 2016" so it's anyone's guess as to when it was bottled.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw colored beer with a large white foamy head. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: A bit of a spicy aroma like herbal spicy hops and a bit of clove.

Taste: All of the flavors really hit at once; clove, herbal thyme-like hop flavor, and the taste of wheat is actually there. All of these are good signs that the beer is fresh. There is a bit of cedar right at the end.

Mouthfeel: It's perfect for this beer in both carbonation and body. There is a bit of bitterness at the end that merges with the wheat very nicely.

Overall: So here is where I'll say that overall this is an outstanding wheat beer. I would highly recommend it if you can get it fresh, and it appears that during this time of year it is fresh. Personally it doesn't feel like a winter beer at all. On the bottle it mentions that basically this is supposed to be a lighter beer to brighten up the darkness that winter brings. I'll bite...yeah it is an excellent beer and drinking a beer this well made really does brighten up my spirit...especially getting a fresh wheat beer at this time of the year...but I can't say that it would make me any less pleased if Victory made a well made high alcohol winter warmer or a spiced ale. I certainly won't dock any points on this beer because it's excellent in its own right...but there's a nostalgia that winter warmers and spiced ales bring to the table that this just doesn't deliver. Maybe it's just time to create some new memories to be nostalgic about down the line? Who knows. Again I highly recommend it if you want an excellent wheat beer during these winter months.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11/6...draft. Pours pale gold, black tints, white foam ring. Hints of banana, citrus, and other spices (clove?). Wheat flavor with a tart citrus back. Tart pokes through the wheaty exterior. Subtle hop closes. Excellent.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow glass: color is straw, head is bright white and presents at least 1/2 inch thick with some light lacing on the glass.

Smell is feint at first, but the flavors present as it warms with light bread and malt that transitions to clove, spice and some citrus.

Taste is very good, crisp malt and then some softer toast and bread, then transitions to the flavorful spiciness with some light clove, hints of banana.

Mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer, very soft at first, then a crisper and bright finish with some nice lingering flavors.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, a somewhat crisp hefeweizen with a bit of strength, but some unique qualities and a great drinkability.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow color; slightly hazy. Has a thick foamy head. Very carbonated. Head retention and lacing are very good. Aroma of cloves, coriander and orange peel. Standard for a Hefe. I do enjoy the aroma, though. German yeast taste at the beginning, ending in a clove and coriander aftertaste. Slightly bitter hops. Carbonation high. It is a good beer, as I have come to expect from Victory. Not the best Hefe around, but it will definitely satisfy.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden; huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves awesome lacing and retention. The aromas are full of banana, bubblegum, and cloves. The yeast is prominent and there are some subtle spices. There's also some cherries in the mix. The flavors seem to really match the nose. Lots of banana. Lots of malts. It's not too spicy. Lots of bubblegum. Nice amount of sweet cherries. There's a bit of an earthiness to this one. There's an extremely subtle fruity bitterness to this one. The citra hops seem to take a backseat, which is okay considering the style. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has body to it. It's creamy and fluffy; active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's fun and easy to drink.

This is a nice beer from Victory. It's a nice change of pace compared to the usual spice bomb winter beers. It's not a mindblower, but it's very nice and enjoyable. Victory always makes solid interpretations of German styles.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big foam in the Affligem chalice. Pale golden in color. Crisp and spritzy in the mouth. Light bodied. Deeply fragrant with the German esters and a lovely banana aroma.

Spicy with wheaty grain flavors, followed by the Hefeweizen esters. It's quite sweet as befits a winter beer. Seriously clove flavored with a malty taste, even a touch of vanilla. More warm malty flavors for the finish with a spicy nose. If they said this had a little pumpkin pie spice I'd believe it. Maybe there's a touch of hops.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barrons Marrket in San Diego. Another winner from one of America's most reliable big breweries. Oh, the aroma still perfumes every last sip. And it's sold in six packs!

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like a hefe. Golden with a fluffy white head.

Smell- Wheat, clove, banana.

Taste follows the nose. Not particularly hoppy. Just a straightforward hefe.

Overall it is a decent hefe but I wouldn't really consider it a unique take on one. It's a respectably done hefe with decent flavor.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Brewing Company "Winter Cheers"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 23 MAR 2016"

I'm going to take a different approach for this review... what's wrong with you BeerAdvocates? A current score of 83 for this beer? Ridiculous!

It might not be what you think of as a "winter beer", but it remains spicy and fruity and interesting, even in it's grainy maltiness. I find it almost compellingly drinkable! I couldn't put it down - it turned me into Barney from the Simpsons except that I wasn't just drinking any bland beer in excess, I just couldn't stop trying to find more flavor components in it - and I was just basking in its fruitiness! Ohhhhhhh sooo nice!

It's wheaty, grainy and oaty... cereal-like - and spicy, but not "spice"y - with lots of fruit (apple, citrus, peach, lychee... tropical). Perhaps I'm wooed by the Citra hops, my favorite, or is it the yeast with its spice and fruit? Or is it, as I'm tending to believe, that it's actually a combination of the three that somehow just creates magic? And on that note, I'm quite sure that if this was a beer coming out of Belgium it'd be getting a lot more love here.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 23 Feb 2016

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear pale golden color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger creamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, grassy, wheaty, with some banana/coriander notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, grassy, wheaty, nice banana/coriander notes. Medium body. Overall, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of bananas, caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
83 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.