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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Winter CheersWinter Cheers

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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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Photo of ccrida
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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 vkv822
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : weizen glass

Clear, pale golden-yellow with a foamy, white head. Nice looking, but reminds me a bit more of an American Pale Wheat than a Hefe.

Nose and palate are certainly a Hefeweizen. Lots of clove, some spicy, coriander, wheat and citrus as well.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly fancy, just a solid, well done Hefeweizen with a well executed and easy drinking flavor profile.

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 1/20/14 poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy yellow with a solid two-finger head
S: Coriander, wheat & yeast
T: Matches the nose. A touch sweet. Spice/wheat/yeast/orange, maybe a hint of bubblegum on the finish
M: Light-bodied, a bit sweet, fairly smooth but some pleasant carbonation
O: Really not sure why this beer's average score is so low. I think it's tasty & on par with any decent wheat beer

Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SlidersAce814
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head which seems to have good retention as well. The head is a pure cotton white will the body is a pale straw which appears as a weak lemon yellow in the light. Slight haziness but a bit clear for a hefeweizen.

Nose- Dominated by coriander and cloves, backed by small amounts of wheat and grain. Mostly just coriander from the glass. Notions of banana but that's about it. Very clean finish, almost soapy. Swirling adds a slight medicinal quality.

Taste- Starts off much as nose- with dominant notes of cloves and coriander. Slight touch of cinnamon that even suggests nutmeg. Maybe even a little mint. Very clean tasting. Some banana. Cloves are a little more prominent than they were on the nose and show notes of ash and bandaid. Pretty typical of a hefeweizen but I would enjoy it more if it showed more banana, coriander, and lemon. No flaws and is a pretty good representation of the style but nothing special. Above average. A little too medicinal and ashy for me. Some earthiness (I'm guessing from the Tettnang hops) but the Citra hops show almost nothing. I wish this wasn't the case.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with lots of a carbonation and a carbonic burn. A little much and definitely hurts the drinkability.

Drinkability- Decent flavor profile but piercing zing makes this an average drinker. Standard craft beer price but there are better hefeweizens out there. I want be buying this again.

Overall- Above average beer which is a pretty solid representation of the style but doesn't add anything new to the conversation. A little over carbonated but still worth a try.

Photo of DirDirDIrty
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Sipchue
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of KMcG
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Theheroguy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Joe_Duvel
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. To me it tastes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and a Hefeweizen. I had it at a friends house and then looked all over for a six pack. When I couldn't find a six pack I went and bought a case. It's a great beer! Weihenstephaner Hefe Weisse is my favorite Hefeweizen and Duvel is my favorite strong Belgian pale ale. It's like if those two had a baby. I hope Victory decides to keep this on as a seasonal. I'll buy every year! Heck put it out year around!

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of maxk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ubenumber2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of RWACKO
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle from a sixer purchased at a gas station for a reasonable price, into a mug. Miniscule “best by” date reads March 22, 2014, consumed on 12/21/13. Quite surprisingly, this beer pours a hazy straw color with a copious foamy white cap that towers over the beer slowly fading leaving lots of lacing. OK, this is not a “winter warmer.” Nose reminiscent of a tripel with spicy notes and hints of alcohol along with bready wheat. In the mouth it’s more of the same with cloves and spice against a bready backbone and hints of boozy alcohol. Mouth is quite pleasing with plenty of carbonation and a semi-chewy feel that makes this beer enjoyable to quaff. Overall: A surprising choice for a “winter” ale, and probably at the very upper limits for style for hefeweizen, this one is a solid choice any time of year and I would "cheerfully" have another.

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.