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Winter Cheers - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 562
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 34.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 102 | 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 rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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. . . .

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Photo of Mattf55
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of Joe_Duvel
5/5  rDev +36.6%
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!

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Photo of jettjon
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold body with good head on top of an aroma that is sharp, citrusy, spicy (clove and pepper). This isn't exactly a textbook hefe but it gets the job done and I enjoyed it. Smooth, yeasty body that is counterbalanced with some sharp citric hoppy notes and touches of spiciness. The citric hops and sometimes sour patches of this beer eclipse the rest at the end and at times I found this beer offbalance, though.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bananas, citrus and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has strong notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little spicier and stronger compared to other hefeweizens so it works well for drinking during the cold weather.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here comes a nice, good sized hefeweizen being marketed as a holiday beer. I guess there's nothing wrong with that, and it's a good one too.

I just bought a single and didn't look closely at what I had, so I was a bit surprised (pleasantly) to open a classic wheat - yellow, foamy and aromatic. Nice.

The taste is full and authentic, but well balanced and not overpowering. This would go great with a turkey dinner (and some white wine on the side). The aftertaste is similarly well behaved yeasty wheat. The whole thing tastes like a much weaker beer than it is, so watch out if you have a few. Overall this is a nice beer and I recommend it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell:A yeasty, fruity, and spicy wheat driven Hefeweizen style aroma. Wheat and pale malt upfront with bready hints of cereal grains, hefeweizen yeast, straw, and crackers. Spice hints of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Fruity hints of banana and dried apple. Slight hint of bubblegum. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Light background hints of grassy hops. A pretty solid hef style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and pretty fruity wheat hefeweizen like taste. Bready taste of wheat and pale malt with notes of hefeweizen yeast, cereal grains, straw, cracker, and hay. Spice notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Taste of banana and apple fruits along with some bubblegum. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Slight earthy hop note of grass in the background. A pretty nice crisp wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and nicely spicy and fruity.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Hefeweizen style wheat beer. A nice change of pace from the typical winter seasonals.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid about 2.50 for the single at Carnavores. Pretty close seeing as this is 11.99 for the single.

A - Very hazy light yellow in color with more than an inch of head that sticks around forever. Very sticky lacing.
S - Very wheat and fruity yeast. Almost berry like with a bit of hops.
T+M - Very smooth and crisp I actually can't believe its almost 7%. Not very dry or hoppy kind of basic but I like it. Smooth light to medium body. Session able.

Overall worth picking up it's an overall decent hefeweizen. Not sure if I would seek it out again.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Has a decent amount of head, though not fully hazy, like a hef typically is (not that Victory necessarily claims it to be one). Sedimenty chunks floating throughout, similarly to their Yakima Glory.

S: A little bit of spicy clove from the hef yeast used. A touch of fruit somewhere in there too, likely via the Citra dry-hopping.

T: Surprisingly crisp. Not a terrible amount of fruit there, regardless of hef yeast and Citra. Has a bite and not much of a lingering aftertaste. Really, in flavor, I find it closer to a farmhouse ale - a lot like Great Divide's Colette, actually.

M: Deceivingly light for how alcoholic it is, though very dry...just this side of tart.

I applaud the boys at Victory for setting out to make a spicy, fruity winter ale without the trappings of a typical winter warmer...and I did enjoy the 6er I picked up. But there's just something not there for me. Perhaps it's that I'm such a hef fan & this one, on face value, has a sort of an identity crisis that leaves me wishing it would lean more in one direction than another. But, whatever. It's an interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By Mar 22 2014

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that somewhat quickly fades down to a fingers worth of cap that very slowly fades down to a layer of fine, tiny bubbles

S: Wheat, some spices, a bit of fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol

T: Starts off with a good bit of fruitiness and spices, which then fades into wheat and lingering spices (mostly clove). Alcohol slips by unnoticed

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and bubbly

O: Not sure why this isn't listed under American Pale Wheat Ale, but whatever. It's good for what it is and provides some nice subtle spiciness. I don't get the push towards winter wheat beers, but again, whatever. This is quite quaffable and easy to drink for being nearly 7%

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Photo of amorette87
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw, hazy, bigger body white foam head

Smell- clove, citrus, banana

Taste- very strong banana and clove flavor upfront, very crisp finish

Mouth feel- Bubbly , light, creamy finish

Over all- nice light belgian style beer, reminds me of the carbonation in champagne

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Photo of taylor714914
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Was quite surprised when I saw the color of this guy, a pale cloudy straw with a finger of thick foam sitting on top. Smell is a boatload of banana, followed by clove. Taste reminds me of a straight Hefe. I don’t get any more spice out of this than a typical hefe. Straightforward wheat, clove, and banana. Velvet like mouth feel with ample carbonation carries the flavors well.

Conclusion is this…for a hefe, sure, but don’t go ordering this expecting to find a winter warmer.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Pretty good retention, taking a while to fade and leaving streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some peppery spice , strong bread/yeast character, banana and citrus peel. Everything is somewhat muted making the nose a bit bland. As it warms, the bread/yeast and citrus notes stand out a bit more. Decent lemon peel and juicy citrus peel presence but it could use some more spice and less bubblegum/banana character.

Medium body with tight carbonation and dry, hop bitterness that lingers over the peppery spice, bread, banana and tart citrus into a dry finish. The hop flavor is a nice compliment to the peppery clove presence but it clashes a bit with the other wheat beer notes. Underneath the hops and spice, I'm picking up malted wheat and lots of bread flavored yeast as well as some banana and bubblegum. Lots of juicy citrus in the finish especially tart lemon juice and zesty lemon peel. Light and easy to drink with a well masked ABV but a bit too hoppy for my preference. Sessionable but I don't think I would want to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.