Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.
I get it. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises clove, light coriander, black pepper, cracked wheat, mild orange zest, and a hint of banana in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the wheat and pepper taking firm precedence. A touch of soapiness worms its way through near the finish, but it doesn't cause much of a ruckus at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda crisp finish. Overall, a nice winter wheat, nothing to write home about, but I could drink another if given one.
08-26-2014 16:27:45 | More by TMoney2591
2.93/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
07-19-2014 03:46:56 | More by Radome
3.56/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
04-05-2014 17:23:17 | More by DavoleBomb
Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.