Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 99 | 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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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 104
Photo of LennyBound
1.25/5  rDev -65%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Hefeweizen abused with hops. What happened to this Christmas ale? Drain-pour.

Photo of bassboneman
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

Photo of Paul432_1
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is incredibly to sweet. Kind if a strange aftertaste. I do not recommend this beer

Photo of Iamthebeerbaron
2/5  rDev -44%

Wheat beer all the way, but the spices do nothing to enhance the bland nature of the beer.

Photo of jwosh01
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not my favorite beer ever

Photo of chinchill
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light spicy wheat. Not my thing.

Photo of MikeMcCl
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Kinda like a Hoegaarden, not especially Christmassy. Not bad, just not what I expected.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Radome
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of microbrewlover
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
3/5  rDev -16%

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.

Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -16%

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.

Photo of EstebanH
3/5  rDev -16%

A little too much "Winter," not quite enough "Cheers."

Photo of Mattf55
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
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...

Photo of taylor714914
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Dr_Farts
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden, hoppy winter ale

Photo of Sonofalime
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes of spicy cloves. Smells of malts and hops. Great winter brew.

Photo of ThomasJ25
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had one of these over the holidays a couple of months ago. It was easy to drink but don't think I would search it out.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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).

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

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

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

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp and creamy.

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

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.