Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
363 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Sunrise WeissSunrise Weiss

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rebel1771 on 07-16-2002

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 363 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by fisherman34, it's been sitting around a while, I'd better get to drinking! Poured into a weiss glass.

Beautiful pour, almost three inches of fluffy head off a relatively mild pour. Pale gold-straw yellow, medium carbonation, hazey and full of sediment. Tasty looking. Aroma is spicy, a little musty with banana and pear fruitiness. Peppery noble hops, a bit of earth and foliage.

Taste is fairly well balanced, with a Granny Smith apple tartness, a bit of lemon all backing up a mellow wheaty/yeasty fruity backbone. Lots of peppery zippiness all over the palate. Floral sweetness as well. This is a very flavourful weiss, leaning a bit more to the sour than I prefer, but it does keep you coming back for more. Medium body, fairly wet but buzzing on the tongue. This is drinkable in quantity, very enjoyable, it's a little out of season but I'm still liking it very much.

 901 characters

Photo of psurandy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsener glass and had a small amount of sediment on the bottom which I swirled and poured in the glass. Very nice looking beer with a light golden color and nice white head of about an inch or so which dissipated to a small layer on top. It smells like your normal hefe with a bit of banana and clove, but is not overpowering. As far as hefes go I think it tastes about average. A bit lighter on flavor than I was expecting and the mouthfeel wasn't as smooth as I was anticipating. Flavors are banana, clove, a bit lemony but not very strong or especially pronounced. This is a good beer for a hot day and I could see it being something good as a gateway beer for someone who is unfamiliar with craft beer due to the high drinkability and lack of overpowering flavors. Good beer, I'll have another.

 834 characters

Photo of AzAleC
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy blonde, rich 2" head with decent retention in the 20 oz.

S: Rich citrus and banana esters, slightly sharp on the nose. Belgian yeast can be smelled as soon as it's set down in front of you, still a few feet from your nose.

T: Strong banana flavor, light and citrusy, toasty and biscuty hints roll over the tongue. A slight alcohol can be tasted as the carbonation pops in your mouth.

M: Smooth and creamy in that unfiltered hefe sort of way. Carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing.

D: It brought me back to the Hefes and Wits I was drinking just a few months back in the summer. Wonderfully crisp and refreshing, just like a brew of the style should be.

 699 characters

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear golden straw color with an off white one finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Banana and clove is in there, which is sometimes hard to find in American version of the style. Some clean wheat malt is in the background.

Tart wheat grains with a little bit of the banana, with a touch of spices. Low hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering spices and banana.

This one is a little spicier and less creamy than the German counterpart. Though, it's less citrusy like most American Pale Wheat Ales. Sort of an inbetween beer.

 634 characters

Photo of trumick
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a huge bright white head that hangs around a bit with little lacing.

Scent is of lightly sweet malts cloves, bananas and yeast.

Taste is of sweet malts, yeast, cloves, slight pear, citrus and bananas. It finishes dry with a subtle citrus tang.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing and smooth.

Another very good offering from Victory. It is perfect for a nice sunny summer day. Would I enjoy another? Yes, I do believe I will take myself up on that.

 495 characters

Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Color was a straw amber color with a white 1 finger head. Small amount of cling, with a fair stream of constant carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly olivey, prevalent aroma was yeast. Tasted of yeast and banana. Felt a little off in the mouth, a tad watery, but just not quite right. Fairly easy to drink, and pleasant as well.

 387 characters

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour, swirl, pour (the heck with the instructions on the bottle). This leads to a nice cloudy golden colored beer in my pils glass, with a thick bubbly white head. Carbonation is visibly strong, almost violent.

Tangy wheat aroma with some banana. Taste is mildly fruity, with citrus and banana, some mild spice and a nice twang from the wheat. This is very tasty and easy to drink.

Good body, with a nice substantial feel and just buzzing with carbonation. This baby tickles the back of the threat and most of the way down.

 526 characters

Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 8/27. Reivew from notes.

A: Pours a peachish golden color with a fizzy half finger head. Ghost like faces of retention and lace.
S: Aromas of bananas, peaches, pears, and grass. Very refreshing smelling.
T/M: Initial fruity (banana) blast that gets zapped by carbonation. Finishes with a semi-dry wheatyness. Light body and a bit watery. The carbonation zap takes away from the flavors that this one could exude.
D: Drinkable, but this one has a lot more potential. Could be a bit more heavy duty and flavorful, but it's still one that worth checking out.

 569 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a big fluffy white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing.

Smells wheaty and slightly spicy like coriander.

Coriander flavor definitely dominates this hefe. Some bannana in the background here. Mostly a snappy coriander though. A thin, well-carbonated body.

Pretty drinkable, a good weiss beer.

 321 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served to my end of the bar a clearish, light gold body with a small, white head.

Smell: A nose smelling predominately of husky, grainy wheat malt and cloves paired with lighter, though noted sniffs of lemon and Noble hops.

Taste: A start of anticipated tangy wheat malt with an integrated lemon citrus character and slight sweetness. Enter the cracked cloves which really push aside the other tastes. A light backing of Noble hops provides an additional spiciness and light bitterness. As it warms, the lemon flavor increases slightly. Finishes dry with a final mix of malted wheat and cracked cloves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Positively acceptable! While not the most wondrous weiss it still makes for fine, tasty summertime drinking.

 848 characters

Photo of adamette
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought as a single last week from Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $1.52 into my “The Second City” Weizen glass. “Enjoy by May 20 2012” stamped ever so lightly on the front of the label.

A White meringue like head over a nice lemon yellow hazy body with several streams of bubbles rising up from below. I really like the look of this beer. 4.0

S Lemon carries into the smell with the light citrus notes along with some light wheat barley malt and very little hops if any. Nice, light smell and true to the style. 4.0

T Very solid tasting Weissbier with the light citrus and wheat barley predominating. Repeated sips reveal a tasty albeit thin tasting beer. 3.5

M Effervescent feel with the carbonation flowing about as one sips this beer. Overall the feel is light which is to style. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is quite high and overall this is a pleasantly done beer. 3.5

 930 characters

Photo of dmamiano
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at DD Peckers in Charleston, SC
Poured a hazy orangish with a nice fluffy head that faded slowley.
Rings of lacing left behind.
Smells of sweet wheat malts, slight citrus and bready.
Flavor was nice. Hints of wheat and hefe yeast dominated. Nice flow on the palate resulting in a good mouthfeel

 307 characters

Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, nice effervescent head. Smells of classic Bavarian beer smells, clove, cinnamon, some banana, wheat tartness. Tastes of spicy clove maltiness, some wheat graininess and astringency. Moderate bitterness with some more clove spice finishing fairly dry. Touch of grassy and fruity notes. Decent mouthfeel.

An ok Hefe, i felt bad because i had a Wiehenstephaner right after this and it completely blew it out of the water. I think this is a cross between a Hefe and an American wheat as i found this a lot lighter and more crisp than a traditional Bavarian hefe. Not bad for a summer day though.

 628 characters

Photo of Dithyramb
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack from Avalon Liquors on Friday, with none left by Sunday. Nice labeling with the sun rising off a farmhouse scene. No best before date, but some sort of lot code ink jetted on the back label.

Pours a hazy pale yellow--just like a nice hot/hazy/humid summer sunrise--with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
Faint citrus notes--predominantly banana rinds and some oranges--with a large amount of clove.

Hmm. Very light mouthfeel to the brew with a zestiness from the carbonation and citrus. Became the best and worst properties. Some medicinal/clovey yeast phenols finish off the flavor. The finish itself is rather clean.
It's a nicely balanced combination that expresses the yeasty esters of a weizen but doesn't hammer them home. No real bitterness to speak of. Sweet malt rides along throughout the tongue ride.

Very drinkable summertime brew. If only the citrus/banana notes were turned up, and the cloves turned down, this one would be outstanding. Enjoyed on the boat, with dinner, and just sitting around. Actually used one on Sunday as the sun rose over the atlantic and we travelled out fishing. Severly hungover, I attempted the "shampoo effect." It didn't work. A little gatorade and a cheesesteak helped later...

 1,276 characters

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 5/14/10

A- a cloudy pale gold with a HUUUGE 4 finger white head. Head fades rather quickly, good lacing. Very foamy

S- lemony aroma with some clove in there and maybe a slight hint of banana. Very nice, makes me think of summer!

T- tastes...I guess a good word might be fresh. Its a very refreshing beer. Mild lemon taste with a touch of banana and clove. Its almost a little too subtle for my tastes.

M- its got a really nice feel. As I mentioned, its very refreshing, almost has a texture of a nice cold summer non-alcoholic beverage, like a lemonade.

D- very drinkable. Dare I say, its one of those summer beers that I could see myself drinking a lot. Impressive performance

 737 characters

Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle

A: Cloudy pale straw yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly

S: Spicy, lemony smell. Orange zesty and fruity.

T: Spicy lemon and fruity wheat flavor

M: Thin light mouthfeel but refreshingly crisp and clean.

D: A nice hefeweisen from victory. Very refreshing on a summer day.

 319 characters

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring about 75% of the bottle into my Harpoon weizen glass, stirring up the yummies in the bottle, and dumping the remainder in the glass, appears a super cloudy pale, muted yellow color with about an inch of fluffy bone white head. All the usual aromas of a hefe are present - clove, banana, spicy peppery yeast, bubblegum, grassy, earthy wheat. Maybe a notch above medium in both body and carbonation. My glass was emptied rather quickly. Worth a try if you see it.

 474 characters

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has this on tap the other night at Lizardville, and it was a very tasty, pretty brew. Curious to see how it would translate to the bottle, I decided to pick one up and give it a try.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a very pale, hazy yellow, with a two finger white head that quickly reduces. This is one big difference from how it was on tap; the bartender at Lizardville poured this with a three finger head that just lasted and lasted.

Smells of banana, clove, honey and grass. Floral, almost light in texture, this has a sweet, delicate aroma, with only the slightest hint of a tangy undertone.

Starts slightly tangy, with ample banana, malt, and hints of lemon. There's a slightly yeasty middle to the beer, before yielding to a gentle, dry finish. Frankly, it had a much better taste on tap that it does bottled.

Light bodied, rather clean with a drying finish. Almost a delicate feel to it, punctuated by a slight tanginess.

A nice hefeweizen, though this is much better on tap than it is from the bottle. While it starts promising with a great aroma, the taste doesn't quite live up to its smell. Decent and drinkable enough, but if I can't find it on draft, I won't bother.

 1,209 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pouurs a thre finger head but fades into nothing, not even a filmy surface foam. Pours a hazy banana peel mixed with sunny dried hay with lots of suspended sediment. Lack luster lacing lacing for a weiss.

Smell- Grass, lighty malts, cloves, and little hops.

Taste- Stoarst out with some very nright malts mixed withits distant cousin hops in for a weekend visit. I then noticed a little horse barn hay mixed with bubble gum and cloves.

Mouthfeel- Like any regular weiss, pretty light, as well as very versatile with food. I would use this beer from venison to a pizza.

 591 characters

Photo of Oxymoron
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Did the whole pour half, swirl and pour the rest trick. The appearance is a mostly hazy yellowish orange color. A big soft white head, no surprise, and good staying power. Eventually did hide to the edge of the glass and ok lacing.

The nose is limited. Mostly malty with some wheaty and minor hefe characteristics. To start there is more of a grainy aroma. Some spicy wheat notes, but would like more. The yeast character is limited, more on par with a US hefe than anything. Some bubblegum and rose peddles and just a feint nose of cloaves. A nice pepper in the background but seems odd with everything so light.

The taste is a little bit more on par but is definitely an American hefe. The wheat comes out nicely with a light spicey flavor on the backend. Sweet overall, I would have liked it a bit drier &/or a sour twinge on the back end. Esters come out more as well. A nice balance with banana but still lacking that cloves finish. Pepper backs off, but there is a herbal hop flavor in the finish that is just a bit off.

The body is a bit sweet. Carbonation is a bit low, but I think its ok for style. Overall a decent hefe but missing some key notes here for be to be good. Very easy drinking though.

 1,210 characters

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a white head.

The aroma is yeasty and candied with notes of banana, cinnamon, and clove. A sweet vanilla fragrance warms the brew.

In the mouth, it's loose and bubbly, with flavors of banana and candy prominent. Spices sneak through, and a citric edge is noted. It's creamy with a dirty, yeasty finish.

I don't think I see myself coming back to this, but it wouldn't be a bad brew in the heat of the summer.

 442 characters

Photo of kmo1030
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazed gold with a good sized large bubbled head. i expected more cloudiness.
the smell is a little sulfuric with a large acidic component. sorta like one of those goddamned lemons was already added. beneath that is some soft banana and clove, and a little bit more of a bready character than i expected, but it's more than welcomed. verdict on the smell: not bad, but i would reverse it's dominant and lesser qualities. ie. less sulfur and citrus, more banana, clove, bread. note the citrus goes away after a bit, form warmth or just breathing, i don't know.
the taste fares better than the aroma with mostly the same ingredients. no sulfur here, as thats usually just part ofthe aroma. the citrus is more subdued letting the traditional hefe flavors do their work, but adding a nice tang to the mix.
medium body with seltzer-y carbonation.
drinkability would is ok, but would be better with a more finely honed smell and a little bit better of a handle on the carbonation.

my final score is a 3.6, but it deserves closer to a 3.8 or so on a straight up 5 point scale, if that makes sense.

 1,096 characters

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasing beer indeed. Pouring into a tall weizen glass brings up a big spongy head over a pale straw body, with a light haze. A big, big lemony taste, but not sour, and some light spiciness, add to a crisp, clean wheat taste. There a lovely fizziness like a foundain soda, and then a bit of a tart finish.

 312 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild haze considering the style. Foamy, but quickly dissipating near white head. Leaves no lace. Straw color.

Strong wheat aroma with a notable dollop of yeast in the nose.

A dry beer with a sour aftertaste. Good wheat presence in the taste. Thin bodied--not filling at all; high level of carbonation. A good summer beer.

 323 characters

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One fingers worth of frothy white colored foam... Decent retention gives way to splotchy lopsided lace... The color is a muted medium gold... A moderate amount of fairly quick paced carbonation...

S - Fairly muted aroma all the way around... A touch of yeast... Some grassy notes... Wheat... Very slight touches of orange and lemon zest...

T - Some wheat and grassy notes to start... Some faint lemon zest... Some slight hints of clove...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizzy carbonation... Nothing to exciting going on here...

D - An average at best Hefeweizen who's most redeeming quality is its appearance... There's nothing terribly wrong wtih this Victory offering, but there also isn't anything to get to excited about...

 760 characters

Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.