Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 561
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Orange peel, banana and clove on the nose with a suspicion of bacon. Pours hazy straw under a moussey 2” off-white foam cap that leaves clingy lace. Very creamy, spicy palate with citrus, banana and clove over white bread. (224 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

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. (369 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow color; slightly hazy. Has a thick foamy head. Very carbonated. Head retention and lacing are very good. Aroma of cloves, coriander and orange peel. Standard for a Hefe. I do enjoy the aroma, though. German yeast taste at the beginning, ending in a clove and coriander aftertaste. Slightly bitter hops. Carbonation high. It is a good beer, as I have come to expect from Victory. Not the best Hefe around, but it will definitely satisfy. (466 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant Beer Garden in Hampden Township

A- cloudy yellow green with a fluffy one finger head that leaves a splotchy lacing on the pint.

S- german malts dominate the nose as well faint hints of citrus and floral hops.

F- floral hops come through more prominent in the palate and the german malts are more on the back end. its interesting. I also get the banana and clove.

M- banana and clove become more yeasty in the mouth and it tends to linger. a light hefe but decent.

O- not bad....the color and smell are down but the flavor and mouth pick it up. (560 characters)

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Just tried this. Great winter beer, that surprises the palate. This has spice notes that you would expect in a winter brew, but it is golden in color rather than dark. It is evident that this is a wheat beer after the first taste, but it is followed up by a hop profile that resembles a pale ale. All around a surprising, and delicious beer. (341 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a hazy dark yellow almost orange. The thought of a hefeweizen for a winter is a bit odd, but the nose is full of dark malts with a lot of flavor. The taste was a crisp bite in the beginning and then very mellow tones of almost nutty flavor come through. An off the wall hefe, was very good and would definitely grab another six. (334 characters)

Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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. (451 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory has made a hefeweizen and called it a winter beer. Now that's a surprise. This is one beautiful beer. Hazy, turbid and yellow. Soft pastel lemon yellow. A cream colored head of foam sits atop this beer and lasts and leaves lace.

It's subtle and has an overall softness to the nose and to the palate. There is a delicate hoppiness to the middle of the beer that is a mere touch of lemon citrus, and what I can only call hop succulence. Dry crisp wheat with it's golden sweetness, a crisp cracker. Light banana, soft clove, light bubblegum. The mouthfeel is creamy and there is a slight bite form carbonation. There is lemon grass here and rather than become green with herbal it seems to stay yellow and drier with the lemon grass. The finish is spicy and has a touch of mild white pepper with a nice maltiness to linger. It's only in the very last moments of the beer that you notice a faint bitterness from hops. Again, perfectly soft, perfectly subtle and 100% under control.

Gosh I like this so much. It does not crowd the palate with over ripe fruit or with too much citrus so that you would question it's true nature as a hefe. This beer would compliment a variety of holiday cookies and cakes and that was one of my first thoughts. (1,250 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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. (643 characters)

Photo of Radome
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (615 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,418 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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- (2,644 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Prost! (838 characters)

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

(was told by the bartender this was a "blonde ale" - having never heard of this one, I went along with it)

A: looked like a Wit wit it's pale yellow color, but only half as cloudy.... the foam wasn't quite a match for a Wit either, looking more open-structured and falling rapidly

S: a bit weak, blurry... bright, neutral citrus overtone.... malt aromas - white cake or shortbread

T: lemon, honeydew, spicy pink grapefruit.... shortbread undertone.... actually, a fairly bold spicy hop zip and tingle

M: strange, protein-ous, jellyfish or breast implant-like roll - beta glucans? the effect was mild and confined to the center-middle of the tongue - the finish was more that of a hefeweizen....kind of airy light overall

O: reminded me, flavor-wise, of some American-made, Belgian style blonde ales (Great Divide Samurai, for one...but not as distinct and delicious).... pretty good overall - i would recommend it (918 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

has all the usual hefe aromas and flavors. hazy yellow orange pour with white head. aroma is banana, spicy grain . spice front of the tongue that follows through, with a bit of lemon lime. crispy, a tad watery. overall isn't bad, alcohol hid well, heavier than most hefeweizens (277 characters)

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

This beer when poured has a light golden color body with a small head. The aroma has a strong smell of clove. The taste has a clove, banana flavors and some hop on the finish. It has a nice spicy finish to it.
Mouthful is good and overall a good winter beer. (259 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice fresh aroma of soft fruit, wheat, a touch of sourness, a little bubblegum and overall hefe goodness.
Huge very white head (I'm glad I used an over-sized reidel glass) and slightly cloudy yellow body (before I poured the bottle of the bottle).
Slightly heavier feel that I suppose is consistent with slightly bigger abv. Takes away a bit from the clean and crispness of smaller hefes. Nice tingling on the tongue with fruit, tartness, wheat and a little clove. Quite a bit of dryness and a long lingering finish.
I do appreciate a nice wheat in the winter and this one is fine. Somehow not as enjoyable in the flavor as in the aroma, but still pretty darn nice and goes well with snow outside and an afternoon of winter olympics. (742 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clearish bright yellow, some carbonation. one finger head.

S-Some metallic notes, wheat, clove, banana and some spice.

T-Kinda bland. The wheat, banana, clove and other spices are there, they are balanced well. But not that intense. Weak flavors.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, not much carbonation.

O-Still not sure why this style was chosen for a winter beer. Then on top of that it wasn't a good beer from the style. (422 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light yellow, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation rising from the bottom. A 1 finger head that hung around for quite a while. Aroma was a slightly bitter banana with a hint of spicy tang. Flavor had a bit of pepper kick, but also slightly sweet as well. Felt good in the mouth, a bit of carbonation and coating. Overall, not bad at all. Didn't hit me as a winter beer however, more just a solid wheat beer. (418 characters)

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.