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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 586
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 34.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 586
Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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 teromous
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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 mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Czequershuus
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nose here is full of banana and other fruits, I get some peah as well. There is a classic wheat taste underneath this, but it is jazzed up with a lively, fruity medley. I see why this is marketed as a Christmas beer, it is festively bright, fun, and easy to drink.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a thick, rocky head. Smells of banana, spice, a bit of wheat and grain. Tastes saison-like. Toasty, bready, spicy. Fruity yeast with banana and pineapple. Mouthfeel is sticky. It foams up in the mouth. Decent.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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 jfugeman
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very fruity and sweet aroma. A nice hint of banana with a slight spice/tartness, finishes somewhat dry. Overall it's a nicely balanced beer that doesn't have too much of anything but also doesn't especially stand out.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 mothmanscott
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly opaque almost clear deep straw/pale gold producing almost 3 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a heavy surface collar of lace reaching over 1/2 inch up the sides of the glass. There is quite a bit of white sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is wheat, delicate lemon & orange, faint butter & even more faint dried grass or hay. Taste is also delicate but more robust than the nose: wheat, bready, orange, thin lemon, some banana & spice with pepper throughout & some bitterness beginning in the finish. Aftertaste is citric & slightly bitter providing the only hop presence in the sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied with with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean being quite prickly & leaving a phenolic presence on the tongue. Listed as a Hefeweizen, to my taste it might be classed as a pale wheat ale or even a light wheat wine (if there is such a thing).

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Photo of larryi86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy light golden color with a three finger head.

S- Wheat, bananas, cloves, some citrus hops, hints of earthy spices.

T- Citrus, bananas, wheat, cloves, earthy spices, tasty, but flavors are clashing some.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- This isn't a bad beer, but I feel Victory usually does a lot better. Flavors are just clashing too much for me.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another random Xmas gift, always nice to try a new Victory beer. A winter hefeweizen, hm....

A - Nice golden yellow pour with a creamy white head, slight haziness and rising carbonation bubbles. Mostly full cap is left along with bits of lace.

S - Toasted banana bread, lots of wheat, leafy and earthy tones, light and somewhat tart citrus.

T - A little more in the way of Citra hops coming through here with a good amount of earthy grass and peach. Still good wheat-y banana clove yeasts with a bit of bubblegum there as well.

M - Feel is on the bigger side, lots of foam and carbonation, a little on the abrasive side with hops, yeast and bubbles. Finishes dry.

O - Pretty good American hefe, though the extra hop addition doesn't do a whole lot for me. Kind of a puzzling choice for a winter ale but that's fine.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light and slightly clouded gold. The head is big and pillowy, with great retention. It has a nice light wheat aroma with fruity esters and some spices, as well. The taste is not bad but a little weak. Muffled, if that makes sense, with all the notes there but lacking depth. There is a nice weight and plenty of carbonation. Not sure what makes this a winter wheat beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a cloudy deep straw color. The aroma is full of wheat and spice. The taste has dry wheat elements with tons of herbal elements . Hoppy, spicy, with a semi dry hop bite. Spicy and grainy. Full bodied well carbonated. Overall, a bit harsh but interesting winter hoppy hefeweizen.

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light cloudy straw color with a big healthy head. The nose is funky and the light-bodied funk dominates the flavor profile

Typical wit but that last thing that I expect or want in the dead of winter is a summer-style beer.

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Photo of bassboneman
1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting so much more from this brew.
I love Victory products, generally.
This winter wheat beer is - well...wierd!
The color is really light, the flavor is a wine-cooler-ish.
I was looking for a break from the stouts and the porters - but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a clear straw color with a three finger fluffy white head, some of which remains as a collar until the end; good carbonation and heavy lacing.

The smell is strong on bananas and cloves, wheat, straw and fresh cut grass and some bubblegum.

The taste is kind of bland, which is a disappointment after the nice smell. The taste gives you bananas and wheat, some cloves but that is about it. The feel is kind of creamy and there is a slightly flat aftertaste.

Overall this brew promises a lot in the smell but does not deliver on the taste.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: December 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang Rare Vos shaker pint... OCCASION: awaiting the Kisatsky clan with the usual Christmas excitement... APPEARANCE: staunchly thick, glacially white head that sits a good three fingers above a rather light golden body that swirls with effervescence--tough to not find appealing; reasonable tracings as the glass finishes... AROMA: banana and clove--as expected of a wheat; some nutmeg and oat; tough to discern the citric notes... PALATE: a watery lightness at the tongue but slightly earthy on the throat; a neutral effect on the mouthfeel...TASTE: arresting clove and pepper mix with a malty finish that tamps down (out?) the lightness and refreshment of a usual wheat ale; see the attempt at adding more holiday to the party, but this is a slightly overwrought wheat for the season... OVERALL: a hit with our gathering last week, it pairs well with salsa and pub fare in spite of its initial insinuations; at 6.7% ABV, it maintains well as a compliment to a variety of finger foods; as a standalone, slightly abrasive as a mashup of styles that could pair if either more delicately or efficiently blended...

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a huge three finger head of billowing foam that rises above the sides of the glass and holds. Aroma is spicy, with clove and phenolic notes.

First sip is a nice rush of wheat malt flavor punctuated by a spicy phenolic aftertaste. I'm not picking up the more subtle notes of citrus and banana - this tastes more band-aidy to my palate.

An interesting change of pace winter beer, but not one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of chinchill
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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 bmeehan
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I like this more than most winter beers because it's a hefeweizen and not a typical winter lager that falls in the middle of things. It's wheaty like you'd expect, but it's also kind of sweet.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 DIM
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.