Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Sunrise WeissSunrise Weiss

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 282 | Ratings: 364
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a thick fluffy white heading that doesn't stick around very long.

Smell is mainly of spice followed up by a lemon zest. Clove is there as well.

Taste is again lemony at first. Then a nice refreshing clove and spice pretty much throughout. A peppery kind of finish with a nice touching of hop.

Mouth is very fizzy. Seltzer like feel. Light bodied and finishes peppery.

Drink is ok nothing spectacular but a very sessionable and solid tasting wheat beer.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice hazy gold-yellow, more yellow on the spectrum. Nice big white wheat head. On for the style.

Smell is mostly clove for me. Some banana. Just barely a touch of citrus. The aroma isn't too powerful though.

Taste is exactly as the smell. Clovey up front then a bit of nanners with a crisp citrus end. All the flavors are a bit muted though. But it is the end of october...

Great Weiss carbonation and and drinkability.

Overall ok Hefe. Not too great but not bad. Just enjoy fresh

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

Poured a hazy gold into a weizen glass, with a finger of white head, decent carbonation, and spotty lacing. The smell was standard fare for a weissbier...clove, lemon, and subtle banana, but very, very mild. The taste confirmed this; if the flavor was measured on a volume scale of 1-10, it probably would be a 4. Needs more strength. The feel was a nice light carbonated feel, and very sessionable. If the intensity could be kicked up a few notches, this could be a great beer.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always, thanks to jdmek9!

A: A massive head results from the pour. It sits atop an unfiltered golden yellow. The head is the consistency and color of frothed milk (ivory and whipped!).
S: Clove, banana, wheat, spice, bubblegum and citrus. It's all there, baby!
T: The aromas led me to believe this would be big in taste. Unfortunately, everything is so subdued here. The emphasis is on the bubblegum. There's a bit of clove, and I'm picking up some spices, which eventually come out sans effort with warmth.
M: high carbonation and a low to medium body. not bad!
D: This was a terribly refreshing beer, and I would easily grab another. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of Casey10
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked this a nice mellow Weiss that had some nice things going for it.

A hazy yello with a thin head.

S - cloves faint bananas

T - nice clean wheat and banana tast typical of the weiss style.

M - Not bad has a nice mellow feel.

D - Would drink a lot exspecailly on a hot night like tonight.

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

Chilled and poured into a weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a cloudy yellow-gold color with a 2" thick white creamy head that recedes slowly. Sipping produces some nice lacing at first and some lacing remains on sipping for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma has a touch of citrus along with the banana and the clove and some sweetness from the grains.

Taste: The flavor shows off sweet wheat, along with banana, clove and some lemon. The hops also show up quite well in this hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium-bodied and soft, with good carbonation. The finish begins with sweetness from the grains and then turns bitter and dry for the ending.

Drinkability: This is great for easy summer drinking and I'm glad I have got most of a case to enjoy over the next few weeks of warm temps and high humidity. I'll be happy to revisit this one next year as well.

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

12 oz bottle, wheat glass

Pours a cloudy golden color, slight orange tint. Head is fizzy, but decent and leaves some lacing.

Aroma of cloves, banana, orange peel & maybe some other citrus.

Classic clove and fruity taste, bananas and orange. This was also a little tangy for me which may separate it slightly from other hefe's.

Mouthfeel is good, very crisp & clean for a hefe. Thought this was very drinkable and refreshing. Nice and smooth and forgiving. I could easily do a few of these during the night.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always been a big fan of Victory beers... now time to try their summer seasonal, which I never saw offered at my local beer store last year. Pours a nice cloudy golden color, nice head to it.. moderate amount of lacing. Nice pungent banana/clove smell to it. Taste is very flavorful.. nice snap of taste to it (moreso than most hefe's) and a great smoothness and body to this beer. Very drinkable and flavorful, an above average Hefe for sure... definitely has a lot of them beat int he flavor profile department. Solid summer seasonal here.. definitely will be coming back to this one.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass. The second of my many spoils from PA.

A - Prototypical pale yellow, turning more brown towards the center. A good bit of haze. 1-2 finger white head rises with moderate retention and settles to a thin cap. No lacing.

S - Immediately I am reminded of Flying Dog's In Heat Wheat. Sunrise strikes a decent balance between banana and creamed corn with a smidge of lemon juice thrown in. Vanilla hides in the corners as well, but there's no clove or phenolic aspect that's needed for a 4 or better rating.

T - Right now I am really on the fence between 3.5 and 4. Great sweet flavor of bananas pulls through from the beginning with a healthy dose of grain that I assume must be the creamed corn aroma I picked up on in the nose. Moderate sweetness is restrained by mild citric notes of lemon peel. A sourness approaching phenolic territory creeps in on the sides of the tongue late palate making for a crisp and refreshing finish. I've settled on 3.5 due to the absolute lack of clove/medicinal flavors.

M - No problems here. Light to medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D - In terms of sheer drinkability, this is one of the best, perfect to drink all day/night. Victory's Sunrise Weiss is a great beer, certainly one of the best in it's class when it comes to American interpretations. I loved the taste but in some ways, while better than a lot of so-called hefeweizens, it really can't match it's German ancestors. It's not the banana slam that is Franziskaner, it's not the harmony than defines Weihenstephaner, it doesn't quite touch the elegance of Paulaner, and it certainly doesn't deliver much sourness and hardly any phenolic character found in so many of the style. Here's a case of personal preference vs. stylistic limitaions. Sunrise Weiss is a fantastic tasting beer, but it lacks some key elements of a hefeweizen. I'm not a fan of overly sour and/or medicinal hefes, so it tastes great to me, but it's lacking some of the balance that makes the style interesting. Still, I would be thrilled if I could purchase this beer regularly. Not quite a match for the giants out there, but a very worthy and tasty effort.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this ontap at at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, Pa. It came is a tumbler.
A: The body is a cloudy dark straw color. The head is 2 fingers tall, is a bright white color, great retention, small sized bubbles and tons of thin lacing.
S: The aromas are orange, generic esters and sparge.
T: The flavors are orange, candy sugar and a late strong wheat presence.
M: The mouthfeel is clean, not very dry, kind of crisp.
D: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of JMD
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy light peach color with big frothy head that dissipated very slowly and left a nice cap in the bottom of my glass.

S: Great hefe aroma. Bananas and bubblegum, followed by wheat and some citrus. Hints of clove and peppery spices.

T: Huge blast of bananas and spices. Grass and wheat notes, and nice touch of citrus with fresh-squeezed oranges and lemon zest. Great flavor.

M: Ample carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

D: Excellent Hefe from and American brewer. A great summer beer, but I could easily drink these all year long. Another great offering from Victory. They hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a big head. Thin and sticky lacing. Hazy. Gold with orange tones in color.
S) Banana. Wheaty. Light citrus notes and just a bit of malt.
T) Wheaty. Just a slight malt sweetness in the front end. Some orange and citrus notes.
M) Fizzy and creamy. Tannin feel. Medium body. Some grittiness.
D) A decent hefeweizen, has some Belgian-esque characteristics.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying this wheat beer from Victory. Seems like a sensible beer for summer in the Northeast.

Pours a clean, clear light gold/straw color with a good inch plus of fluffy white head.

The aroma of this is quite strong and spicy! Lots of clove, cinnamon, bubblegum etc. All the spicy, yeasty notes you'd expect from a great hefeweizen!

Taste is a big mouthful of warm spices, like a pumpkin pie almost but without the pumpkin. Its a little intense I must say. I like my hefeweizens maybe a tad less spicy. That being said, this one is full of flavor. The finish is quite dry and sharp, almost metallic. This is a pretty damn good American wheat beer I must say.

This is the type of beer that gets lost in the sea of Imperial IPAs and Russian Imperial Stouts. The lowly hefeweizen simply doesn't pack enough heat. This is however a great choice for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I am enjoying some Hefe's this season. Have really developed a taste for them. Since Victory is one of my favorite brewers, I figured it was time to try their version.

Pours with a pillowy/fluffy white head that stays for a bit then settles to a ring of thick foam around the glass. Thick clumps of lacing stick all inside the glass. Cloudy pale straw colored beer. Spot on look for the style.

Aroma is very fresh, slighty earthy, some yeast and pepper. Yes Banana.

Flavor is very nice and spicy. Lots of wheat grains, banana, coriander, white pepper.. Some decent spice to this.

Mouth feel is effervescent, refreshing and light.

Love this and it's very drinkable. Great summer beer. Love it.

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is varied...definitely some heavy spice notes in there...a bit of sweetness also noticeable with some citric notes in the background. Very inviting though, I really like it.

Very light and cloudy as expected for style.

Taste isn't nearly as sweet as I'd expected. In actuality, it's fairly citric and a tad tart but pretty darn loaded with a clove-like spice. The spice seems to predominate the taste. Any other notes are somewhat subdued by the very heavy carbonation here. I find the level of carbonation to be a distraction here, actually.

Finish is really clean and dry. Little spice notes are left after the swallow. No hop presence noted here. Mouthfeel is rather thin, as expected.

This is definitely a very drinkable brew. The fact that it's more toward having a tart citric character than a sweet, fruity ester character makes it very crisp and able to be drank in heavier quantities. High marks.

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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.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pors a cloudy yellow with a 1 finger head. Some clingy lace

Smell is clove, banana, coriander, and wheat.

Taste was the same with a high carbonation. Smooth with fairly high drinkability. None of the flavors overpower the others and it has just the right hop bite. Would tip these back anytime.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so I'm with older daughter Caitlin at the Victory brewpub last weekend (06JUN09). I'm enjoying a small sampler of biers. Caitlin, not being legal (2 more months!) is reading the sescriptions of their biers... and loves what the Sunrise is described as... I have 2 growlers with me to fill... we finish eating, and I plan to get a growler of St. Boisterous, and another of Baltic Thunder. This produces lots of protestations.... after some haggling, I agree to get the 2nd growler filled with Sunrise. I suppose you could ring me up on buying for a minor. Have at it, chumps! ;-)

So here we are today, 14JUN09. Caitlin is home from her shift at the nursing home and says it's Sunrise time! Ok, let's go!! The growler still emits a nice "hiss" upon opening. Caitlin gets hers in a weissbier glass, while I get "stuck" with a stange. Oh well...

Color is pale straw and hazy. Carbo is strong and steady, helping maintain the creamy, fine white layer of bubbles topping the liquid. There's some lacing here, not a lot, but decent. Aroma is solidly in the Bayerisch banana/clove category, right where it should be. Body is right in the middle, and the feel on the tongue is fairly smooth, even with an airy, bubbliness present.

Flavor has a subtle sweetness, with a bit of crackery malt. Banana is predominant, yet never overpowering. Clove creeps in, and the wheat gives Sunrise a crisp dryness. There's also a bit of yeastiness present. Solidly Bavarian.... and an easy-drinker...

Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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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.

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

A: Cloudy yellow color. Huge inch to inch and a half head. Fell apart fairly quickly and left some slight lacing.

S: The smell didn't blow me away. Just heavy on banana with a hint of lemon and wheat. Pretty standard though for Hefeweizens.

T: Light taste. Not as heavy on banana as the smell indicated. The lemon is also highly present. Actually the more I drink it, the more lemon I taste than banana. Not a bad taste, but I think I would like it a bit more if it were heavier on the banana and lighter on the lemon. There are some hints of spice and grain on the finish. Pretty fruity taste for the most part though which I did enjoy.

M: Feels pretty thick actually, but it's probably due to the above average carbonation which is nice for a change. The bubbly feel is great.

D: Drinkability is pretty good. I could drink a couple of these one right after another without having anything else in between.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

RE-REVIEW, 4/5/10:
12oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Stop! Let me get this on the table - I feel like this year's batch of Sunrise is a bit off. When I first tried this beer 2 years ago I was in heaven, but this year I've been "meh". Okay, enough general bitching. Back to the review... An impressive head of medium sized creamy bubbling stacks the entire height of the glass. 8 fingers in height. My freaky 3 eyed, 8 fingered buddy measured it for me. Impressive. Orange golden hue and completely hazy. It gives a powerful, pretty visage.

On the nose it doesn't approach the lemony zip of some Hefes, instead Sunrise has full, sweet tangerine notes. Behind that we pick up a spiced rye, wheat and wild dandelions.

On the tongue there's a great orange and tangerine tinged refreshment up front. Steady through the middle, then I feel the body build towards the back. This beer almost resembles a juice at points - which isn't necessarily a ding on the beer, it is a unique approach. But I'd rather get more 'light lemony kick' instead of the full orange notes. Luckily there's plenty of bready yeast (but only hints of clove and no banana) to anchor this down towards the finish. The real problem with this sweetness is the fact that there's not nearly enough carbonation held in the beer to carry this load. I need some zip on the tongue to keep this show moving. Instead it's slow and slick... not cloying but certainly loses that refreshing edge that the best Hefe's command. Drinkability suffers. Finishes with a spicy rye kick that is welcome. And behind that the beer fades with just a hint of tart lemon... A nice finish!

I'm a huge fan of Victory. I know they are adept brewers of traditional styles (actually one of THE BEST in the US for this, IMO), but I believe Sunrise is ripe to be retooled.

4/19/09, 12 oz pour into a tulip. a breathing group of bubbles emerges and grows into a one finger head, sit for a minute and then dissipate almost as quickly as they came, leaving behind a cap-less brew. The head is a disappointment - a hefe should froth for many minutes IMO. It is slightly hazy, and colored an orange, golden hue - a few shades deeper than the sunshine straw color invoked by the name.

Smell starts with a biting hop, which grows into some fresh dug earth. A big dallop of banana and honey back this up. Even with that backbone, the smell is crisp with the hops up front, instead of round like many other hefes.

The mouthfeel dominates the beer - its immediately crisp as the carbonation explodes on the tongue. I really enjoy how this combines with the hops - extremely clean and refreshing. By the time I can process the tastes, the beer is halfway down my throat. It starts with just a bit of sweet corn... then brightens up quickly on the middle and back of my tongue with a towering dose of banana yeast, followed by soft, sweet honey, ending with a well packaged earthy spice. This is certainly due to the nice hop presence, which ushers this beer along. In fact this beer pulls off a great balance of "cloudy" yeast and carbonated hop crispness. Minutes later I pick up lurking sweet notes. A nice finish.

Super refreshing. Bright banana notes all wrapped up by well above average carbonation and hoppiness leave me thirsting for more.

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Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
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