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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 2/19/15.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but reminds me more of a saison than a hefeweizen with the aromas and flavors that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bananas, citrus and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has strong notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little spicier and stronger compared to other hefeweizens so it works well for drinking during the cold weather.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

True to Bavarian wheat ale, the soothing taste of wheat sets the tone while noble German hops offer slim balance. But its the strong tone of yeast flavors that command the session with fruit and spice character.

Delightfully cloudy with a deeply hazed golden, bready appearance, its lathery froth captures the illusive aromatics of bread dough, cookie dough and tropical fruit. While banana and papaya swirl above, the early sweetness of powdered sugar sets a malty tone.

The steady undertow of fresh baking bread fuses with angel food cake for a rich and understated taste. They the layering begins- first of banana bread, pawpaw and sugar cookie; just ahead of a peppery bite that's reminescent of perfumy white pepper, clove, peppermint, basil and coriander. Citrusy as the middle concludes, notions of vinous white grape, lemon and apple pull forth.

Waning sweetness is patient and deliberate, keeping the taste malt-focused but drying for refreshment. Its medium bodied texture remains creamy but the spice, alcohol and minty hop cooling signals the beer's eventual close.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of coriander, white pepper, straw, yeast, bananas, lemon; Saison like! Taste sweet wheat, citrus, pepper, lemon. Winter ale; Not!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pale golden almost a light peach color with suspended yeast floating through the body, big fine carbonation creamy smooth cloudy white head. Chunky uneven lacing settles as the head dwindles down to the collar. Aroma mild grassy character, citrus, bubblegum, and clove this is a classic German style hefeweizen with a bit more alcohol and a tad more body than an average hefe...they labeled it a celebratory winter wheat ale. Flavor is sharp with a citrus spice combo that is settled by a combination of the wheat and yeast characteristics, I'm not sure if this has spice additions...I'm willing to bet it's just ester heavy from the authentic German yeast strain and the high alcohol. Still quite tasty and smooth going down as long as you enjoy that sturdy carbonation that a true hefeweizen offers. The only mildly cloying aspect is that initial acidity between the sharp citrus/spice combo. Overall a beer that I'm glad I picked up a six to try versus splurging on the whole case that was available at a local wholesaler. This will be enjoyed throughout the winter months, and definitely a nice change of pace from the average overly spiced winter warmer/Christmas ale monotony.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

B-

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/16/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, wheat, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; very a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hefeweizen. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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 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 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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of wheat, clove, orange, light lemon. Flavor is sweet wheat, spicy clove and coriander; finishes semi-sweet with spice and hop bitterness, slight butteriness, wheat. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. An interesting take on a wheat beer, with a bit more sweetness and alcohol than a normal hefeweizen. Clove and coriander forward, which does give it bit of a winter holiday feel. Too much body and alcohol for a hereweizen, but interesting as a holiday wheat beer, of which there aren't too many.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draught at the Brklyn Beergarden in JFK, Winter Cheers is cloudy gold with a small white collar leaving light lace.

Smell is big hefe esters, both clove and bananas. Yeasty and phenolic as well.

Taste is right in line as well, pure hefe; if it wasn't for knowing the ABV, I wouldn't notice this is bigger than normal.

Mouthfeel is slippery, medium light bodied, a touch flacid.

Drinkability is solid, this is a nice hefe any time of year by my book. Nothing really holiday about it other than being a little stronger then normal.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold body with good head on top of an aroma that is sharp, citrusy, spicy (clove and pepper). This isn't exactly a textbook hefe but it gets the job done and I enjoyed it. Smooth, yeasty body that is counterbalanced with some sharp citric hoppy notes and touches of spiciness. The citric hops and sometimes sour patches of this beer eclipse the rest at the end and at times I found this beer offbalance, though.

Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep straw-golden color with tons of little carbonation bubbles streaming through the brew. Upon pouring there is a nice two finger thick and foamy white head that slowly fades over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very Belgian like, with a big fruity smell, largest of banana but containing some lighter fruit smells of apricot and peach. Other traditional Belgian smells of yeast and wheat are there as well. Spice aromas of clove and coriander are quite strong but are also joined by some lighter aromas of peppercorn and a bit of grass. Overall a nice fruity, spiced and yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and fruity flavor with lots of banana and yeast. Some spice is present upfront with a decent level of clove and coriander. The yeast gets more potent with the wheat fading a bit as the taste moves on. Like the yeast, the spice gets more potent as well, with the new arrival of some pepper. The fruit tastes increase as well as the flavor advances with the banana being joined by a little bit of a citrus and apricot. Toward the end some grassy and hay-like flavors come to the tongue producing a pleasant and balanced, witbier flavor with a lighter citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are fantastic for the yeast and spice as well as the wheaty flavors of the brew making for a very nice easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather tasty brew. While I see it really as a wit and really don’t see how it is a holiday beer (except for maybe the spice of Belgian flavors), it is very easy drinking and certainly one to grab and give a try.

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

Resiny aroma, grassy and citrusy, with a moderate wheat character. Flavor is wheat backbone, with citrus and clove dominating. Not your typical winter ale.

Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.