1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Winter CheersWinter Cheers

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

540 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 540
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 88 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 540 | Reviews: 97 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of James_NelsonIV
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Dyeus
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
3/5  rDev -16%

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.

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Scott_Thomas
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of cardinals22
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of ThE_MaD_HoPpEr
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of audioserf
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of RRC03
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Radome
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of mskiddo
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of glass_house
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of pat_usher
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JPowell712
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Shandycan
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.