Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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%
 
 
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28
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3
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Photo of montageman
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Weizen glass.

Pours a bright golden yellow reminds me of the sun in the summer - very nice color. Lots of carbonation is immediately noticeable as the head disappears quickly, but bubbles continue to rush to the top of the glass. Smells like wheat, citrus, and a bit of corriander. Taste is citrusy with a bit of banana and a mildly bitter aftertaste - not the best tasting Hefe, but totally passable. Mouthfeel is interesting due to the high carbonation seems like it detracts from the flavor. Not a bad brew, but could stand to lose some of the carbonation...

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Photo of deejaydan
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billed as a hefewiezen. Poured into my standard pint glass and is a cloudy yellow. Not bad, but a bit to yellow. Could stand to be a touch darker and have a better head and head retention. Aroma is slight banana, but I pick up some lemon with it as well. The lemon is interesting, but not quite to style. Mouthfeel is light, and heavily carbonated. I think too carbonated, almost prickly in the mouth. It's a drinkable beer, no doubt, but not the best of the style I've had.

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

Victory Sunrise Weiss pours a yellor or light-orange color. It has a large and fizzy, white head that quickly dissipates. There are a ton of bubbles at the top of this beer.

Smells of wheat and oranges. A nice, fresh aroma.

Taste is light and dominated by citrus fruits. A bit of a hop bite at the back of the swallow. Not terribly balanced.

In the mouth V.S.W. is crisp and somewhat bitter. Highly carbonated.

This is a pretty drinkable and refreshing summer-type beer. Not spectacular but would be thirst quenching.

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

Grabbed a bottle of this at Ninety9 Bottles as part of a pick 6 - one of the best hefeweizen's I've had in a long while.

Pale yellow, hazy, pretty standard looking hefeweizen. Head is bright full white and lingers nicely throughout. No real lacing that I noticed. Smell is light, but includes some citrus fruit, and maybe a bit of banana.

Taste is lightly citrus, banana, wheat. Really enjoyable hefe, not as strong in the banana realm as some germans, but its quite good. Medium body, very smooth. Goes down easy, no guess at its fairly high ABV.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy light golden color with a nice thick 3 finger head that runs away scared, i wish i had drank this one in the summer, this has a nice ballance to it, the wheet is crisp and their is a great sweet and sour flavor through out this one, the last taste is a spicy hit of cloves that has my mouth screaming for more. my friend evil jay was right, i was screwing up all summer long in not trying this one, and now that i took his last bottle for this review we both have to wate for more next summer. damm i cant wate

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Photo of orsulacp
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at home from 1/6 in my keg fridge. Very cloudy appearance, copper color, big bright white head. Loads of fruit smell, banana and some lemon and a hint of clove. The taste is great; it started with the fruit and ended with the spicy cloves. The beer is slightly creamy, but that didn't hang around, it finishes very dry. A very refreshing beer, a great example of a hefe-weizen.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pale yellow color with large white head. Bubbly.

S - Fresh hay and grass and wheat. Spice notes.

T - As it tastes. A bit more hoppiness than I expected. Pleasant.

M - Crisp and clean. Dry finish.

D - Highly drinkable. A great summer beer that I'd love to session with. There is nothing about this brew that would make me not want another. The last would be just as good as the first.

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Photo of psinderson
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light golden color. Thick white head that slowly recedes. Lots of tiny rising bubbles. Looks like it needs a bit more yeasty cloudiness for a true Hefe.

Smell: Some characteristic banana/clove aroma, but it is very light. Maybe some light citrus as well.

Taste: Some fruity tartness present. Not as yeasty as I'd like a Hefe to be. This is tasting more like an American Wheat rather than a Hefe. A little bit of a grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Just about right. The carbonation is high like a Hefe should be.

Drinkability: Decently clean and smooth. Good for a summer day.

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Photo of CoCambria
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

One of the first Victory brews I have been thoroughly disappointed with. Pours a ridiculously thin yellow with a huge head. Color reminded me of Corona (read: not a good thing). Very little haze. Flavor was meek - very little to it. Frankly, this is a fine session beer in replace of Bud Light, because it has very little flavor but no crappy aftertaste. Victory - put a little more effort in to a hefe please!

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Photo of gcare02
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of irishking1977
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden hue. Moderate head that disappears quickly, leaving almost no lacing. Decent.

S: Orange and coriander. Wait, this is a hefeweizen? No, it's not, at least not from the aromas I'm getting; no banana or clove, which is usually found in hefes.

T: Yes, I don't think this can be categorized as a hefe. It's a wheat beer, yes, but it's more of the "Witbier" style as opposed to the German Hefe. Spicy citrus twang with that familiar coriander bite and a somewhat peppery finish. That's not the normal description of a hefeweizen. This one reminded me of Hogaarden, and also Whirlwind, and then I realized Whirlwind is MADE by Victory. Is this whirlwind in a different bottle. Seems very similar.

M: Somewhat thick, but also slightly watered down, at least in comparison to Hogaarden and other top of the line witbiers. Still, it's very good; as for American interpretations of Witbiers, this one is near the top along with Whirlwind.

D: I used to be able to drink Hoegaarden's like water. This one would also fall into that category, most likely. But I get bored of this after 3 or 4, so drinkability is relatively high, but it also can be tiresome after a moderate amount. Definitely not disappointed and will have this again, but won't bend over backwards to get it.

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Photo of mgironta
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dmarch
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color. Aroma is citrusy with a hint of banana. Taste is of spices and citrus fruits. Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. Quite refreshing after a days work in the hot summer weather. Maybe I won't enjoy this beer so much if it was winter, but right now it's 95 degrees outside and this is what I needed.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge Hefe fan and have tried every German Hefe I have been able to get my hands on. Unfortunately so far I have been dissapointed by most American Hefes so far. I have been impressed with this brewerys other efforts so I was excited to try their Hefe.

A 12 oz bottle poured into my faithful weizen glass. A clear straw yellow with little cloudiness despite my best efforts to agitate the yeast. A robust head that quickly dissipates.

S. Crisp citrusly clove aroma. Very refreshing.

T. Not as robust as my favorite Hefe, Wiehenstephaner, but very good. Holds it's own with the crowd of it's German counterparts.

M. The carbonation is lighter than most Hefes but still a very good Hefe.

D. A great bridge beer. I would love to serve this at my July 4th barbecue. Definitely a great way to baptize BMC drinkers to good beer.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle:

Pours a light, cloudy golden color with a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Banana, banana, banana, interspersed with a bready, yeasty aroma.

Taste: Banana flavors dominate with hints of spice, clove and yeast. Very crisp and refreshing. I like this one a lot.

Mouthfeel is sort of bready and smooth.

This is a very good Hefe, I like this better than a Franziskaner. An easy drinker that would be a great session brew. Victory comes out on top of the Hefe. Seek and enjoy. Perfect for a hot summer night.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Brews Bros, Mt Lebanon, PA.

First of all, I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens. So I am going to try to rate this for what it is, and not comparing to other types of beers that I prefer.

Definitely has that weizen smell. Lemon, pepper, banana...Smells like most of them.

That's where it ends. This one is pretty good (for a Hefeweizen). Just like the smell, lemon, banana, honey, but this has a real nice body...not full, but medium, and not too much carbonation. I could definitely throw these down on a hot summer day.

Congrats to Victory for making the best Hefeweizen I have tried. I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of runner72
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type: 12 oz bottle, with a enjoy by May 14, 2011 date

Pours a cloudy blond hue. Head is white and about 3 fingers tall. Aroma is nice, very yeasty, with citrus and a hint of grapefruit. Smooth, malty feel in the mouth. Taste is slightly citrus with a touch of banana. Very drinkable for a summer beer. Overall, pretty good hefeweizen.

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Photo of joshtrich
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of theformula
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmmm, weissbier.

A: Lemony yellow, very light hay hue w/ a semi-cloudy body and visible yeast particles. Big white, fluffy head w/ good retention.

S: Classic aroma; sour wheat, hay-like wheat with a dough-like scent. Crisp citrus, lemon in the middle w/ a soft, subtle hop aroma. Also honey, orange and floral esters noticeable.

M: Smooth, light body w/ nice crisp carbonation.

T: For a US craft beer, it mimics the German very well IMO. Wheat, baked bread flavors glides throughout the beer w/ a little hay/barn-yard note from yeast. Stong citrus layers, banana and spicy clove that makes this a very easy one to drink no matter what the weather's like.

D: Very good German-style weissebier I thought. Crisp, refreshing, tart and yeasty. Needs a little more body IMO, but excellent.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a bright transparent golden yellow hue. A good inch of crisp white foam creates a head. Sits an opaque light gold hue after pouring in yeast. Foamy layer stayed through whole beer.

S- Aroma is lots of hay and crisp citrus zest (lemon mostly). A light musk is present along with a good deal of lighter yeasty aroma. Real fresh, bright & refreshing smelling. Really good.

T- Very similar to aroma. The citrus zest and hay notes are the strongest. the yeast becomes more mild and the lighter musk is basically gone. Much simpler then aroma. Good.

M- Quite light. Very easy to drink. Some sharp zest on palate. Lightly lingers for a short bit. Could have some more body on this one to balance, especially with how zesty it is. A thicker then water feel, but not much.

O- Very much on the lighter side for a Hefeweizen. A really good take on the still that leans more towards a wit or belgian pale in some regards. A great summer brew.

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Photo of tmhoye
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of felixljr
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of praufs01
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a tall creamy white head.

Aroma - Smells just like a banana nut muffin to me.

Palate - Light fizzy carbonation.

Flavor - Semi sweet banana flavors up front with a clove taste in the middle that ends with a nice banana and citrus finish.

Final thoughts - Very nice brew from Victory.

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