Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 98 | 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.
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Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Just tried this. Great winter beer, that surprises the palate. This has spice notes that you would expect in a winter brew, but it is golden in color rather than dark. It is evident that this is a wheat beer after the first taste, but it is followed up by a hop profile that resembles a pale ale. All around a surprising, and delicious beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 2/19/15.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but reminds me more of a saison than a hefeweizen with the aromas and flavors that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

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 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 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 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 DavoleBomb
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  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-

Photo of fourstringer
3.47/5  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!

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice fresh aroma of soft fruit, wheat, a touch of sourness, a little bubblegum and overall hefe goodness.
Huge very white head (I'm glad I used an over-sized reidel glass) and slightly cloudy yellow body (before I poured the bottle of the bottle).
Slightly heavier feel that I suppose is consistent with slightly bigger abv. Takes away a bit from the clean and crispness of smaller hefes. Nice tingling on the tongue with fruit, tartness, wheat and a little clove. Quite a bit of dryness and a long lingering finish.
I do appreciate a nice wheat in the winter and this one is fine. Somehow not as enjoyable in the flavor as in the aroma, but still pretty darn nice and goes well with snow outside and an afternoon of winter olympics.

Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clearish bright yellow, some carbonation. one finger head.

S-Some metallic notes, wheat, clove, banana and some spice.

T-Kinda bland. The wheat, banana, clove and other spices are there, they are balanced well. But not that intense. Weak flavors.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, not much carbonation.

O-Still not sure why this style was chosen for a winter beer. Then on top of that it wasn't a good beer from the style.

Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light yellow, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation rising from the bottom. A 1 finger head that hung around for quite a while. Aroma was a slightly bitter banana with a hint of spicy tang. Flavor had a bit of pepper kick, but also slightly sweet as well. Felt good in the mouth, a bit of carbonation and coating. Overall, not bad at all. Didn't hit me as a winter beer however, more just a solid wheat beer.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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. . . .

Photo of Mattf55
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | 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
Hefeweizen .
Update: 12/21/2014
More specifics.
Three fingers of long lasting white head with excellent lacing.
Smell is bold bananas and clove.
Taste is again bananas and clove. Hops are just right.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation is fine.
Finishes light refreshing and perfectly balanced.
Overall I highly recommend this beer if you want to try a well crafted American take on the heffe style.

Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -0.8%
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.

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.