Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by rebel1771 on 07-16-2002

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Reviews:
282
Ratings:
364
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
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28
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3
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefe weizen my ass. This is, at best, a pale wheat ale. That is not a put down, just my take on the beer.

Appearance: The ale pours with a nice three finger head that lingers and is a slighty hazy color that is just a shade or two from BMC territory.

Smell: Wheat is the predominant aroma, providing a light aroma. There are some fruits there, say oranges.

Taste: The wheat provides a nice bitterness. There is little malt presence, so not many hops are needed for the ale.

Mouthfeel: The spritziness of the carbonation and light wheat flavors are very pleasing and refreshing. The beer also has a dryness that forces you to go back for more.

Drinkability: Although it is no hefe, I like it. This beer is good at quenching thirst, even with a 5.7% abv tag.

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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 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 ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from santoslhalper as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" white head above the clear light golden (yellow?) brew. Head fades slowly, fueled by furious bubbling, with plentiful bits of frothy lacing. Patience isn't one of my virtues, but I'll try not to be faulting here. Aroma is wheat and spices. Taste is wheat, cloves, and spices. Mouthfeel is nice and light, to style, and drinkability is quite pleasing as well. This one has summertime written all over it. But a thirst-quencher other times as well, for sure.

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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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a good hefeweizen with a nice hazy bright yellow and at least two inches of foamy white head.

S - Smell was a bit discouraging like a blast of lemon and yeast on my nose with little hops or spice to balance. Hope it tastes ok.

T - Well I hated it at first. Lemon like biting into one and abrasive yeast finish had me wondering how this is even to style. Got no banana flavors or even spice from clove it was just yeasty lemon beer. After a while it balanced a bit but I still couldn't love it.

M - Light to medium easy drinking if you like it.

Overall I would say more of a Weissbier if anything and since I found this listed as a Hefeweizen I was kind of insulted. It even says it on the bottle!

Terrible Hefe but a fairly drinkable Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw yellow with a large, fizzy, bright white head. Some lace and fair head retention. Yeasty and bready aroma with a strong clove component and a bit of honey. The flavour is about the same, finishing with mild spiciness and a hint of lemony citrus. Moderately high carbonation composed of large, fizzy bubbles. The body's a bit thin, leaving it somewhat dull on the palate, but there's some creaminess that balances things out. Some dryness in the finish. Highly drinkable, this would be great in the summer. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When I poured this beer from a bottle to a weizen glass, it had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. It had the typically huge, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: There was a very sweet smell here, with some citrus and other fruits on hand.

T: Flavor consisted of some lemon, banana, some spices and that bubblegum taste you get with this style. Nicely done.

M: High carbonation level and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, to be sure. It's one of the best American examples of a hefeweizen. Very lively and refreshing.

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden white color with a two-finger head into my glass. Looks about right for the style but is actually closer to a witbier color.

Aroma is full of clove and slight banana as well. Wheat is also prominent as it should be. Very good.

Taste is slightly chewy with a good dollop of clove in the mouth. Full of flavor here. Just a slight hint of banana.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove. Nothing harsh. Refreshing.

Very good example and wonderful for a hot day. Victory knows their stuff with this style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, bright yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: lemon, Belgian spices, and banana

Taste: lemon, Belgian spices, and banana

Mouthfeel: sweet with a crisp aftertaste, very high carbonation and light bodied

Overall: A very good, refreshing, and clean hefeweizen. One of the better Victory beers I have had and one of the better hefes I have had in a while. I could do a six.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I grabbed today at State Line, best by May 14 2010. Into my hefeweizen glass.

A: A gorgeous hazy orange-yellow with a thick off-white head that occasionally bubbles and spits. Plenty of carbonation. Attractive

S: Citrus, mainly lemon with some orange, and clove dominate the nose up front with a distinct wheat aroma present. Refreshing.

T: Opens up with clove dominating the citrus. I am struck by how real the clove note is, it has the depth of the spice itself. Lemon juice character rounds out the spicy character up front, and there is some sweetness on the mid palate, bready in character. Drying on the finish, with more clove.

M: Crisply carbonated, light and tasty on the palate. Mildly watery mid palate before a pleasing, clove dominated finish takes over

D: The heavy clove note makes this interesting, but could be a chore for multiple bottles. That said, I enjoyed my bottle immensely.

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

Hooked up courtesy of aprilluvsbeer for BC2! Thanks April!

Uncaps with a loud pop, pours a hazy straw yellow, some gold highlights, thick white head forms, laces well, good retention. Smell is weissbier, strong banana clove, some bread, wheat, balanced, but pretty regular for the style. Taste is slightly sour, banana, clove and pepper, caramel, vanilla, bready, tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. I know its a weissbier but I found the carbonation a touch too high. The sour/tartness was a nice touch, whether intentional or not. Makes it very refreshing. Thanks April!

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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 Bung
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bright gold pour, finger or so of white head. Retention is not bad.

Spicy aroma, heavy clove. Light bready malt, barely a hint of citrus.

I really like this because the bannana is not overwhelming. Clove, nutmeg, ginger almost pumpkin ale like spices, with the lighter German Hefe tastes and body. The spice lingers in the finish.

Lively but smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Slightly higher abv for a hefeweizen, but not noticeable at all. Maybe makes it less drinkable than others in the category just because it will inevitably effect you more.

I don't think you can go wrong with this one.

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Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MMmmmm goood beer. Served with a nice, thick, foamy, frothy off white head that lasts a while and good lacing. Color is an almost clear yellow amber and lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a divine blend of malt, banana, spices, bubblegum, yeast. Flavor is classic Bavarian Weisse - malt, citrus, yeast, bit of sweet tart. Body is very good although still a little soft and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of good length, clean and slow taper. Very good, session beer.

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88 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.
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