Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by rebel1771 on 07-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
363
Reviews:
282
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 363 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded yellow with a weak white head. Nose is what you'd expect. Banana, clove, funk. A bit airy on the flavor really. Just nice and fluffy shall we say. Almost seems like a hefe and a wit got together to procreate and this is what came out. Real smooth feel. Extremely drinkable. The quintessential warm weather brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded light golden yellow with a 2 finger white creamy head that thins and stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana/clove, some floral notes, a slight hint of smoke. Quite robust - very fragrant.

The taste is of banana/clove over a wheat tang. Subtle floral notes and slight subtle, distant smokiness add to depth and complexity. Semi-sweet turns into a dry-ish, crisp finish.

Light-to-medium-bodied. This has the hallmark flavors of a traditional Bavarian HW with a bit of heft to it. Quite complex for the style. A great American interpretation of a Bavarian HW.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, citrus (banana), wheat, slight hop, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus (banana), slight hop, and slight wheat. Overall, good body, blend, complexity, and drinkability.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed and nearly white, a pearish appearance, going on green, nearly, with a puffy, active crown of foam above.

Sweet, then tart nose, loaded with citrus and spice...tons of orange and lemon, with that banana & clove kick in their, too....nice.

Very refreshing, a blast of flavor, bitter, tart, then sweet and smooth. Plenty more hops in this than your average German Weissbier. Tart from the citrus flavors in the hops, bitter a bit, then just refreshing and delicious.

Long, tart, citric, hoppy finish, medium bodied...

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of spices and banana. Taste is good, banana, spices, fruits, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this makes for a high quality brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow color with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles. The head was two fingers thick, and some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was of wheat, banana, clove, and citrus. The flavor followed the nose, as the banana, clove, lemon, and general spiciness were nicely balanced with some light bitterness and grainy wheat.

Mouthfeel was very crisp at the start and finish, and the finish was also slightly dry and refreshing. Superb drinkability, as several of these can be enoyed in a single session. One of my more favorite hefe's on the market today.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly a hefeweizen...Umm....I mean at the time of this review this is the #30 hefeweizen on the best of beeradvocate.com best of lists. yay!

Beer is yellow and mostly clear, oops, thin white head, small bubbles, oops, and some lacing, low carboantion (oops).

The aroma is mildly yeasty (oops) and grainy (oops). It doesn't smell bad but this is suppose to be a hefeweizen right?

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front and finishes a little dry with a mildly grainy aftertaste. I'm tired and kind of sick of this beer. game over.

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Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, I don't know, it's very clean, but there doesn't seem to be much personality here. The aroma is mild with sweet wheat malt with a touch of banana cream. The flavor has a touch of lemon zest and white pepper, but the flavors are all too mellow. This is a 5.7% beer, the flavors need to be bigger.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy light gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a beautiful pale and wheat malt scent along with a very yeasty aroma. It's loaded with esters. The taste is great as well. It's smooth and tastey with a bit of citrus and lots of banana/clove flavors. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This nails the hefe profile. It's flavorful with a citrus edge, lots of yeast esters and a wonderful malt bill; well done Victory.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a four finger foamy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was rich with banana and clove. A substantial wheaty backbone as well.

The taste was a very spicy biscuity adventure. Excellent yeast presence and a minor lemony aftertaste. This was a very authentic hefe flavor.

The mouthfeel was excellent. Light and refreshing, as a hefe should be. Dry finish.

This is an excellent American version of the hefe. One of the best ones yet.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap in a pint glass at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: a nice yellow orange hue with a touch of haze and a finger of creamy white foam. Nice, but frankly it could be hazier -- a definitive quality in a weissbier.

Smell: slightly banana-ey and citrusy wheat aroma. Better than most pale wheat ales, but not quite on the order of a good German weiss.

Taste: decent flavor with some authentic weissbier notes. Citrus and wheat character are well-represented. Not quite an authentic hefeweizen, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a somewhat disappointing level of carbonation. Not insipid or anything, just nothing interesting happening here.

Overall: not a bad beer. Closer to an authentic weissbier than most pale wheat ales, I still don't know if I'd really classify this as an authentic German-style hefeweizen. Still, it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden in color. No lacing.
Aroma is of haystack, burlap sack.
The flavors of bubblegum, banana, even a bit of clove all dial in here. Also a slight lemony componant, no I did not have a lemon wedge in this beer, this flavor must be the hop.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.
A good, servicable hefeweizen here. Drinks easy enough. Reccommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden with a slight haze. Pure white head. Smell is fresh and grassy, and quite clean. Slight banana and apple aromas. Taste is fairly similar with apple peel, banana and light spice up front and a creamy finish. Mouthfeel is spritzy and light and quite creamy for the style. Not very complex and light rather than deep flavors, but for all that it is a nice summer refresher and the creaminess is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple of pints from a fresh growler into a Victory glass.

A- sunrise looks like liquid honey with a nice mix of bright gold mixed with hazy orange. It looks gorgeous under some light, cant really see through it. A nice frothy white foam that fades leaving no lace.

S- A big blast of ripe bananers and spices mainly clove. Some wheat and yeast plus some earthy hops. A low dose of mild malts. Pretty much everything you need in a hefe.

T- The smell pretty much sums this up but this is one good tasting fresh hefe. Fresh ripe bananers straight off the vine. After that the spices come in with cloves up front. Than a small taste of sweet sugar or candy. This is backed by yeast and light malts.

M- A light bodied beer perfect for the summer. Sunrise has a nice carb going for it and that's fine by me, makes it much smoother than other versions i've had. A sweet aftertaste with more bananers.

D- At 5.7%% a few would suffice. I wish I would pick this up more often, but since hefe's are not my thing I thought a few would do. I would gladly pick up a case of this for a party, a excellent summer quaff.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy straw yellow. Poured a coarse 2 inch white head with fair retention. Ample lacing. Lightly decanted.

S: Banana and slicy clove aroma. Wholesome bready character.

T: Banana and clove flavor comes through with clove being much more pronounced as it warmed. Pleasant bitternes in the finish.

MF: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smoothness from wheat.

D: Crisp refreshing beer, easy to drink.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

This one pours from 12oz bottle(best by May 24 08) a hazy straw colour with a good head of foam. After a few minutes there's just some spotting of foam and it does have some lacing.

The smell has a strong nose of clove and banana and is nice.

The taste follows the nose with a heaping helping of both clove and banana with a good citric background. Further sips in and I'm getting some good yeast flavour that hits my palate very well and the finish has a nice bitter-sour twang to it. Great summertime brew!! Now *this* is a very tasty Hefe and I'd be more than pleased if this was available locally. I recommend it!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/5/11

Thanks, Dyan.

A: Straw gold with a massive sea foam head. Retention is very good and there's lacing left on the glass.

S: Aromatic banana and spicy clove with wheat and a dash of bubblegum. I get some ripe apple. Smells nice.

T: Lightly spicy clove up front with a smooth bread and wheat malt profile. Banana melds with clove and a low bitterness. Finishes lightly spicy with lingering apple.

M: Medium in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A good Hefeweizen. Perfect for a blistering summer day, though it's cool and early in the morning at this time.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lemon/orange color with some cloudiness and a nice frothy white head.

S: Sour lemons and oranges on nose along with light bread notes.

T: Nice lemon bread flavor, tart citrusy hops and a good yeasty touch with a clean palate throughout.

M: Fizzy mouthful from lots of carbonation, perhaps a tad much per style.

D: Nice summer beer, moderate per style, with a zesty lemony tang, and light bananas make a decent summer brew.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a 1 finger white head that fades into a mild white collar. Spotty lacing.
Smell is of wheat, banana, citrus, and spice.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with a sestiness and a slight yeasty breadiness.
Mouthfeel...fills the mouth and pops with carbonation and sweet and sour notes with yeasty breadiness.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy white-ish gold with a decent ivory head, lower carbonation than normal, and light lace. Fruity bubble-gum yeasty aroma with a light burnt plastic/rubber over time (?) sulpher (?). Tangy fruity citrusy taste but not your typical banana-clove hefe-weizen. Nice creamy but light mouthfeel.

Refreshing but not one of my picks for a hefe-weizen. I know this was fresh as it came from the brewpub; bought by a co-worker.

Label states "Unfiltered Wheat Beer"

Enjoy By: 10/05/03
Tasted: 06/20/03

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold hazy color. Nice large head.

Smell: Oranges and lemon with yeasty overtones. Maybe some cloves.

Taste: Mild yeast with some nice fruit balance.

Mouthfeel: Light. Mild carbonation. Refreshing

Drinkability: A higher ABV hefe. Very refreshing. Good american version.

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