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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 587
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 34.24%
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: 92 | Hads: 587
Photo of bassboneman
1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
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 chinchill
2.34/5  rDev -36.4%
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 Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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 Radome
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
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 TheLibertyFlamesTaster
3/5  rDev -18.5%

I tasted about 4oz of this beer. It was a little flat when I got around to tasting it.
The color is light yellow and very cloudy.
Smell- A sweet fruity smell.
Taste-a light fruity taste with wheat and a kick of bitterness.
Mouthfeel-Great mouthfeel. It is super light in your mouth. almost feels lighter than air.
Overall a good beer. My pallet was very off the day I tasted the beer. probably due to me repeatedly burning my tongue drinking coffee.

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Not bad but not a great effort from Victory. Too much pepper, not enough balancing yeast character. Rather biting on the finish. Citrus hop bite does not, to me, play well with the yeast character, washing out the banana elements.

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Photo of Mattf55
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the beer tastes ok. when I think of a winter beer,I think of it being a dark beer. this beer is light colored and has some spices in it from which they probably consider winter related. this is more of an early fall beer in my opinion. all in all, the beer has a good smooth taste but it's not what I'm looking for in a winter beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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 taylor714914
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Was quite surprised when I saw the color of this guy, a pale cloudy straw with a finger of thick foam sitting on top. Smell is a boatload of banana, followed by clove. Taste reminds me of a straight Hefe. I don’t get any more spice out of this than a typical hefe. Straightforward wheat, clove, and banana. Velvet like mouth feel with ample carbonation carries the flavors well.

Conclusion is this…for a hefe, sure, but don’t go ordering this expecting to find a winter warmer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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 TastyFoodAndDrink
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Victory Winter Cheers pours a golden-yellow color with hints of little chunks of debris floating throughout. The bubbles are tight and plentiful, and propel the debris around the glass in big swirling patterns. The head is a nice thick white color that holds strong at about a centimeter. On the nose there’s a bready smell that’s complemented cloves, nutmeg, and banana notes. There’s a nice amount of lemon and citrus in there with a bit of honey. On the palate it gives off a nice brightness to a light body, with a degree of smoothing being provided by the smoothness of the bubbles. Flavors of clove, nutmeg, and spice come through on the top with banana and lemon backing up the fruit. Funny notes of bubblegum, light herbs, and a certain degree of wheat beer funk are all bouncing around. The ending is drying, slightly bitter, and a pop of lemon pith and wheat.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Pretty good retention, taking a while to fade and leaving streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some peppery spice , strong bread/yeast character, banana and citrus peel. Everything is somewhat muted making the nose a bit bland. As it warms, the bread/yeast and citrus notes stand out a bit more. Decent lemon peel and juicy citrus peel presence but it could use some more spice and less bubblegum/banana character.

Medium body with tight carbonation and dry, hop bitterness that lingers over the peppery spice, bread, banana and tart citrus into a dry finish. The hop flavor is a nice compliment to the peppery clove presence but it clashes a bit with the other wheat beer notes. Underneath the hops and spice, I'm picking up malted wheat and lots of bread flavored yeast as well as some banana and bubblegum. Lots of juicy citrus in the finish especially tart lemon juice and zesty lemon peel. Light and easy to drink with a well masked ABV but a bit too hoppy for my preference. Sessionable but I don't think I would want to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Straw colored with 2 fingers of white head that dissipates slowly. Slightly hazy and well carbonated.

Wheat, lemon zest, clove, sourdough and Fruity Pebbles.

Tangy wheat and sourdough bread. Lemon zest, clove and hints of Fruity Pebbles.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp and creamy.

Simple and straight forward. Goes down easy at 6.7%.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.35/5  rDev -9%

On-tap. Poured a hazy yellow color. Even a small sample brings a thick head. Smells of a holiday-spiced Hefeweizen. Wheat, banana, spices. Flavor is much of the same. Not sure if I am in love with the Hefe and holiday spice combo. Cloves and bananas are the two strongest flavors. The body of the beer is surprisingly light. The spices linger on the palate. Not for me.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head which seems to have good retention as well. The head is a pure cotton white will the body is a pale straw which appears as a weak lemon yellow in the light. Slight haziness but a bit clear for a hefeweizen.

Nose- Dominated by coriander and cloves, backed by small amounts of wheat and grain. Mostly just coriander from the glass. Notions of banana but that's about it. Very clean finish, almost soapy. Swirling adds a slight medicinal quality.

Taste- Starts off much as nose- with dominant notes of cloves and coriander. Slight touch of cinnamon that even suggests nutmeg. Maybe even a little mint. Very clean tasting. Some banana. Cloves are a little more prominent than they were on the nose and show notes of ash and bandaid. Pretty typical of a hefeweizen but I would enjoy it more if it showed more banana, coriander, and lemon. No flaws and is a pretty good representation of the style but nothing special. Above average. A little too medicinal and ashy for me. Some earthiness (I'm guessing from the Tettnang hops) but the Citra hops show almost nothing. I wish this wasn't the case.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with lots of a carbonation and a carbonic burn. A little much and definitely hurts the drinkability.

Drinkability- Decent flavor profile but piercing zing makes this an average drinker. Standard craft beer price but there are better hefeweizens out there. I want be buying this again.

Overall- Above average beer which is a pretty solid representation of the style but doesn't add anything new to the conversation. A little over carbonated but still worth a try.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.


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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Has a decent amount of head, though not fully hazy, like a hef typically is (not that Victory necessarily claims it to be one). Sedimenty chunks floating throughout, similarly to their Yakima Glory.

S: A little bit of spicy clove from the hef yeast used. A touch of fruit somewhere in there too, likely via the Citra dry-hopping.

T: Surprisingly crisp. Not a terrible amount of fruit there, regardless of hef yeast and Citra. Has a bite and not much of a lingering aftertaste. Really, in flavor, I find it closer to a farmhouse ale - a lot like Great Divide's Colette, actually.

M: Deceivingly light for how alcoholic it is, though very dry...just this side of tart.

I applaud the boys at Victory for setting out to make a spicy, fruity winter ale without the trappings of a typical winter warmer...and I did enjoy the 6er I picked up. But there's just something not there for me. Perhaps it's that I'm such a hef fan & this one, on face value, has a sort of an identity crisis that leaves me wishing it would lean more in one direction than another. But, whatever. It's an interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 fourstringer
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Czequershuus
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 amorette87
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw, hazy, bigger body white foam head

Smell- clove, citrus, banana

Taste- very strong banana and clove flavor upfront, very crisp finish

Mouth feel- Bubbly , light, creamy finish

Over all- nice light belgian style beer, reminds me of the carbonation in champagne

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Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : weizen glass

Clear, pale golden-yellow with a foamy, white head. Nice looking, but reminds me a bit more of an American Pale Wheat than a Hefe.

Nose and palate are certainly a Hefeweizen. Lots of clove, some spicy, coriander, wheat and citrus as well.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly fancy, just a solid, well done Hefeweizen with a well executed and easy drinking flavor profile.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.