Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I picked up a bottle of Victory's Winter Cheers a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was picking up a couple of other winter seasonals at the time and I thought I should give this one a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.
A- The label looks nice and it's got a slight holiday theme to it with a mistletoe on the label. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow color that took on more of golden hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very good looking HefeWeizen, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts that typical blend of spicy, banana, and bubble gum aromas with the spices and bananas sticking out the most. Up next comes the hops which are nice and citrusy and fruity with some citrus rind and pineapple like aromas. Up next comes the malts which impart a slight grainy, wheaty and very bready aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, the citrus hops worked well with the Hefeweizen yeast.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a great citrus and fruity hop flavors with citrus rinds and pineapple still sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready aspect still sticking out the most. On the finish comes the yeast that is a little on the milder side and it imparts all those Hefeweizen yeast aspects that I got in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most and there's just the right amount of spices in the background with a low amount of bitterness and citrus hop and a pretty yeasty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer and I thought the balance between the yeast and the citrus hops were really nice.
M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer while being pretty Heferweizen like.
Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a good example of a hoppy Hefeweizen, I can't say that I've had very many Hoppy Heferweizen's that I can I remember, but I like the concept since I thought the hops did a good good job at balancing out the yeast and the hops impart some nice flavor with hardly any bitterness which I liked. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these, but I think I would rather have this beer in the summer. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance between the yeast and the hops, I thought it was very good. What I liked the least about this beer is that it's a winter seasonal, I think this beer is much more suited for the summer and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy on the beach. I might buy this beer again, but the time of year that it's released isn't really the time that I drink this style, so I don't know if I will get any more. I would recommend this to most Hefeweizen fans. Overall I enjoyed this beer, I wasn't expecting much but this beer turned out to be pretty nice and I liked the way that the citrus hop complimented the Hefe yeast. I like this concept of a hoppy Hefeweizen and I hope to see more. Good job guys, this was a pretty nice beer, I just wish I could enjoy it in the summer.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 22:44:30 | More by StoutHunter
4.46/5 rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
6.7% ABV, Enjoy by March 21 2014
A - Poured into a Bruery tulip, this beer looks exactly like the warm, friendly label portrays! Hazy pale yellow in color, Winter Cheers looks like a witbier, pouring with a tall white head that decorates the glass in chunky lacing as it slowly recedes.
S - Victory has crafted a unique amalgam from the very beginning as Winter Cheers has a forward aroma of citrusy hops that impart lemongrass which melds perfectly with a decent dose of clove and finish of fresh bubble gum Big League Chew! Grainy pale malt, soft wheat, and flaked oats provide this beer with a round and seductive appeal.
T - Hoppy citrus character leads the holiday cheer with melodies of lemon oil drizzled on the yeast's plentiful clove spiciness; bubble gum not far behind. Wheat's softness balances the pale grains for a smooth and playful base that acts as a springboard for the zestiness.
M - Winter Cheers' smooth and soft body provides the perfect entry, and finish, to this wheat beer that's laded with dry spice and citrus and a completely invisible alcohol level.
O - Victory Winter Cheers' label screams holiday cheer and while the beer itself (forgetting about the label) works as a holiday beer, this would be an exceptional summer beer as well! Bright citrus and glowing spicy notes swirl together above a smooth and drinkable body for a totally cohesive wheat beer that incorporates wonderfully clean German ingredients and drinkability with American ingenuity.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 23:47:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.76/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured - somewhat aggressively - from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy pale yellow with a 1.5-finger bubbly white head on top. Some lace clings to the glass from that large head.
S: Cereal grains & wheat, with a touch of spice. Mild nose overall.
T: Grain and wheat twang is there for foundation, along with some general fruitiness. A touch of lemony bitterness is there on the finish. Modest spice throughout. Heat from the nearly 7% ABV is felt in the belly, but not noted on the palate.
M: Light in heft, active carbonation. Appropriate for the style.
O: Good. An interesting change-of-pace for the winter, as it's light and effervescent instead of the usual heavy winter offerings. I'm enjoying this as a "pregame" start to the evening on what's shaping up to be the warmest night of the winter in awhile. . . .
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 14:50:54 | More by Kendo
3.05/5 rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
the beer tastes ok. when I think of a winter beer,I think of it being a dark beer. this beer is light colored and has some spices in it from which they probably consider winter related. this is more of an early fall beer in my opinion. all in all, the beer has a good smooth taste but it's not what I'm looking for in a winter beer.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2014 20:07:09 | More by Mattf55
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle, with best by date of March 22, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new winter seasonal to me from Victory Brewing Co., this time a hefeweizen.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a pale murky lemon lime color with two fingers of fluffy bubbly white head. Nice fat bubbly lacing. Fits the style.
S - Smell is comprised of the usual suspects, musty earthy yeast, citric lemon / lime, grass, wheat, clove, bubblegum, & some banana. Maybe some brett, but not too much.
T - Again, the usual suspects are all here: crisp wheat, husky grains / corn, lemongrass, some tart citrus, clove spice, floral coriander, and some mashed banana. Solid amount of piney / bitter hops to keep the malts in check.
M - Feel is crisp, light, refreshing, and slightly tart. A bit of a grainy / bubblegum malt finish.
Overall, a fair example of the style, but nothing outstanding. Smells pretty nice, and it drinks good, but there isn't a whole lot to set it apart from the others. A hefeweizen isn't exactly what I think of when I hear winter beer either, but it is a nice change of pace from all these dark winter warmers.
Victory Winter Cheers ---3.5/5
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 00:11:21 | More by mfnmbvp
4/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big well made Hefeweizen not what was expected of a Winter Warmer.
Well recommended for fans of this style.
Is it an Impy Hefeweizen ? Not quite but it is a tasty uber Hefeweizen. So if you are a fan of this style get some now!
Looks great, smells just right, tastes perfect plus, mouthfeel is good, Overall an excellent big
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 09:01:36 | More by Spikester
Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
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