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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-14-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Coreynezy4, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +11.7%

rorjets, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Seabass1964
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Seabass1964, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.7%

enelson, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Zetcha7x
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of diverite
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

diverite, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  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-

kojevergas, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of angeepangie
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

angeepangie, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

fourstringer, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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

Bouleboubier, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Eighty
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of CaverDave
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

CaverDave, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +11.7%

jsh420, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of crowsnest
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

crowsnest, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of dank203
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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

dank203, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

nitter, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

imperialking, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +11.7%

ElijahRivera, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of dbaraniak
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

dbaraniak, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

IdrinkGas, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

chefhatt, Feb 11, 2014
Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.