Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 562
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 34.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Joe_Duvel
5/5  rDev +36.6%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
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 tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +16.9%
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 HunterSBeerson
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 +13.9%
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 +13.7%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +10.9%
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 gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +10.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 1/20/14 poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy yellow with a solid two-finger head
S: Coriander, wheat & yeast
T: Matches the nose. A touch sweet. Spice/wheat/yeast/orange, maybe a hint of bubblegum on the finish
M: Light-bodied, a bit sweet, fairly smooth but some pleasant carbonation
O: Really not sure why this beer's average score is so low. I think it's tasty & on par with any decent wheat beer

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here comes a nice, good sized hefeweizen being marketed as a holiday beer. I guess there's nothing wrong with that, and it's a good one too.

I just bought a single and didn't look closely at what I had, so I was a bit surprised (pleasantly) to open a classic wheat - yellow, foamy and aromatic. Nice.

The taste is full and authentic, but well balanced and not overpowering. This would go great with a turkey dinner (and some white wine on the side). The aftertaste is similarly well behaved yeasty wheat. The whole thing tastes like a much weaker beer than it is, so watch out if you have a few. Overall this is a nice beer and I recommend it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

victory gets a little guilty of being generic sometimes, or resting on the great beers they have already made, but who doesnt in this day and age? its nice to see them come back with a really cool winter seasonal here. they list it as a hefe, but for me it was like a creamy wheatwine, and i dug it hard. one of the best mouthfeels of the early winter beers so far this year, frothy and almost milk based, whipped and thick, perfect for cold weather. the wheat base is so fat, i mean stacked up, all kinds of body and texture, heaps of flavor, no tannins at all, no weirdness in the finish. yeast is kind of hard to pick, maybe hefe type, but lacking any of the clove side of the banana, and pretty light on the esters too. i get vanilla and cream with the wheat, like a dessert i want to have. its pretty sweet, but it finishes cleaner than it starts, and its incredibly satisfying, especially when its ice cold. i think these are the kinds of beers victory does best, and i am a huge fan of this one.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy sunset golden yellow color. Beautiful stuff.

The aroma shows off the citra in this. Tons of sweet orange, nectarine, apple, bready yeast, wheat, spicy clove, white pepper.

The flavor follows with a kristalweizen character. Banana, orange peel, clove, white pepper spice, a bit of candy bubble gum. The flavor moves onto some oat and wheat, along grain on the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation to clean up the beer.

A wonderful beginner beer, yet also good for craft beer lovers. I'm not sure I would consider this a "winter" beer, but the spices do somewhat shine through. Well crafted, easy drinking, simple.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Quaker steak and lube, served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is golden with hazed appearance thin white head with a fine bead and spots of lace stick in a ring. The smell is very yeast dominant with a mild sulfuric and spice aroma with wheat and slight banana scent with a mild alcohol odor. The feel is very good with moderate spice and mild wheat sweetness and body with toasted texture and medium high carbonation with slightly dry finish.

The flavor of wheat is goodd with strong yeast flavor with weizen qualities adding spice taste and mild fruitiness with subtle pepper and gentle alcohol mid palate. The taste is pleasant yet warming with slight yeast and wheat toastiness continuing into the finish. This is a good strong wheat ale with very drinkable quality but something I don't want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this poured into a weizen glass. Pours fairly clear for a wheat, but not too bad. Yellowish golden color. The taste is filled with bananas and cloves. Carbonation is intense for a wheat, but the color and mouthfeel are more than made up for by the flavor.

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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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 DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid about 2.50 for the single at Carnavores. Pretty close seeing as this is 11.99 for the single.

A - Very hazy light yellow in color with more than an inch of head that sticks around forever. Very sticky lacing.
S - Very wheat and fruity yeast. Almost berry like with a bit of hops.
T+M - Very smooth and crisp I actually can't believe its almost 7%. Not very dry or hoppy kind of basic but I like it. Smooth light to medium body. Session able.

Overall worth picking up it's an overall decent hefeweizen. Not sure if I would seek it out again.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.