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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of wjbaxteriv
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall Bells Brewery pilsner glass. I should really improve my glassware selection...

Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with very active carbonation. Tall, billowy eggshell colored head with decent endurance and lacing. Definitely looks the part of a wheat beer!

The smell is delicate. The usual suspects of clove and banana with some estery elements from the weizen yeast. Smells ok but not strong enough IMO. Also don't get much from the Citra hops used for flavoring.

A tasty and refreshing brew! Tastes like it smells with significant spicy clove and light banana presence. A nice restrained peppery kick accented by the crisp carbonation and finishes very clean with just a bit of yeasty flavors lingering.

The mouthfeel is impressive. Fuller than average for the style and provides a perception of heartiness that makes this beer stand up to the cold weather.

Winter Cheers is an interesting and welcome change from most winter seasonals. Fairly high alcohol (for the style) and a full mouthfeel give the beer the strength to stand up to winter's chill while retaining easy drinkability and a good level of refreshment. As usual, Victory Brewing Co. impresses with its mastery of German styles. Well done folks!

wjbaxteriv, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of bvlaminck
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

bvlaminck, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -16.2%

gwiedman1, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Gatordaddy, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Sturmthis, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ShanePB, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of pottergator
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

pottergator, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Tiernan, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

RobertColianni, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

csmartin6, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Darkmagus82, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ptat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ptat, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Kerne
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Kerne, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ChipMurray, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

2dogbrew, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -16.2%

woodchipper, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

prototypic, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Newkie
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Newkie, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BigMike, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JTomczak, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mquinn919, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy head, minor lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, , orange, lemon, banana, some pale malts. Yeasts, a little farmhouse/floral. Some added spices, Coriander? Lemon peel? Is this a summer beer?

Taste - Well, this new brew from victory starts out very tart with grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. Victory is very rooted in german style ales, and ingredients, so pale malts, yeasts are featured. Plenty of spices along with orange, banana, clove and coriander are noticeable. Some grapes and cherries come out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets a lot of the malts, tart fruits and spices, where the palate gets more malts along with yeasts and spices. The aftertaste is a little tart/sour and bitter.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but hardly gives me a holiday/xmas feeling drinking it. If it was sweeter, and not as tart/bitter I would enjoy it a little more as a winter ale. Still, not bad, and worth a drink.

wvsabbath, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Morey, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

nyyfanatic213, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

IPAchris, Oct 26, 2013
Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.