Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 98 | 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: 557 | Reviews: 103
Photo of FickleBeast
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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 MarkQ617
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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 Naudan
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Floral - Very Tasty on tap. Not a strong hefeweizen taste. Be careful of the ABV.

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 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 cmq103
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Freshly tapped 1/6 keg at my basement bar with three others on tap (Stone GoTo IPA, Flying Fish Oktoberfish and Harpoon UFO White). I bought this keg not knowing what to expect, as I never had this beer before. I have had plenty of Victory beers and they haven't disappointed my yet. This beer was poured into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Golden off-yellow murkiness is the best way to describe it. Almost non-existent head with lively carbonated lacing that disappears quickly.

S: Wheat and citrus get my attention from the start. Hints of clove, light banana follow. Belgian yeast dominates though in a good way.

T: Belgian yeast and citrus, unlike any typical winter ale but I like it a lot. So many flavors going on at once. Fruity, with minimal banana as with your typical "hefe" style. Peppery spices and cloves with a hint of lemon tartness. Interesting to say the least.

M: Very creamy texture with the carbonation being spot on. Not too lively, but enough to wake up the tongue. A swirl of the glass brings out the booziness in this beer. A tad higher ABV than your normal "hefe" style, but aligned with your typical winter beers.

O: As I mentioned before, I haven't had a beer from Victory that I didn't enjoy. Make no mistake, this is not your typical winter beer. If you are a "hefe" fan, as am I, then I would suggest you give this a try. You always roll the dice by committing to a keg without having tasted the beer first. I believe I chose well though with this keg. Enjoy...

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 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 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 pat61
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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.

Photo of MikeMcCl
2.75/5  rDev -23%

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

Photo of J-Tee
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

I enoyed this beer. Reminds me of Weinstaphauner....which just became available in Tallahassee. Nice light banana and clove notes.

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 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 EstebanH
3/5  rDev -16%

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

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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 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 Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.