Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Sunrise WeissSunrise Weiss

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

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

This is the end of my light beer weekend. Like the others, it is refreshing. There is little head, may be it should be warmer. But the color is nice and it is fairly clear. It's clean tasting.

I would buy this again if I were looking for a light summer wheat beer with a clean and easy taste. Otherwise, I would not seek it out.

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

12oz bottle into short (16oz) weiss glass

A - pale gold/straw yellow; pours with a nice fluffy head that quickly dissipates; no lacing, poor retention (though I might blame the glass for this)

S - lean wheat and phenolic nose; has a few edges; shows some tertiary tropical fruit - banana, guava, and some citrus;

T - follows nose pretty closely; has a honeyed aspect to the palate - still firm and refreshing; clipped in the middle; decent length showing some heat and spiciness;

M - firm, crisp and refreshing; lively but managed CO2

O - good summer beer and a fine example all around

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending this one, Dyan.

A: The beer pours a hazy light golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with a nice aroma of clove and white pepper. There is a touch of nutmeg along with the sweet banana notes. Fairly sweet with some wheat, bread, and a fair amount of bubblegum.

T: The flavor has quite a bit of bubblegum to it along with a nice banana note. The clove flavor is a bit more subdued than I had hoped, but it is there, particularly on the finish. A bit too carbonated, unfortunately, which kills a bit of the malt flavor.

M: Light in body with a medium to high carbonation and a really crisp feeling on the tongue.

O: An easy to drink hefeweizen (as they should be). Could have used a bit more yeast contribution to it, but still alright.

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

12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of May 2012 printed on the label.

Pours yellow-orange in color with a slight haze. Substantial amount of carbonation bubbles rushing up towards a fluffy white head that stands about a forth of an inch tall after several minutes.

Smell is somewhat fruity with hints of sourdough and wheat coming through as well. Very clean finish on the aroma.

Carbonation delivers a blow to the kisser right of the bat. Once the palate recovers, the familiar fruity flavors start to make themselves known. Clove, lemon, apricot, and a touch of cumin. Wheat helps to smooth things out on the back end.

Thin to medium bodied with an agressive carbonation. Maybe just a touch too agressive (even for the style).

This is an enjoyable summer beer for sure, but the carbonated kick cuts down on the drinkability a bit in my opinion.

Morey's Bottom Line: Been waiting to try this for a while. Definitely good, but I've had better examples of the style.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge a few weeks back. If this was half as good as the Summer Love, then I'd be satisfied with a bottle of this during the dog days of August. From the moment I poured it out and beheld the golden, cloudy hue and the hordes of bubbles racing towards the top of the glass, I knew that this beer was another winner in Victory's portfolio.

The pour to this was wonderful, with a bright and cloudy golden hue and a decent head to match. Because this wasn't that thick a beer, there wasn't much lacing but the carbonation that I mentioned before lasted throughout my whole session, going well with the taste of the beer. There was lots of straw and grass to the taste with banana and clove underneath that. The back was a bit sour and also had just a bit of lemon rind in it. All of this was nearly enough to cancel out the wheat, but the mouthfeel still felt pretty balanced.

As for the alcohol, there wasn't much of a taste of that here and it would be easy to have a few in a session. While this isn't the best Hefeweizen out there, this is another solid offering from Victory and a great addition to their lineup of beers. It's not as easygoing as others that I've had, but it's fitting for the late summer and worth a try for anyone who loves lighter beers with some body to them.

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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Super RACING carbonation cola bubbles from the bottom shoot out and hit a tiny bubble bath foam head that falls rather normally. Color is a dull cloudy lemon juice body.

Bouquet is strong. Classic estery mild fruit sense and chewy wheat, but a sweet almost creme brulle smell. Very clove spicy but also a sweet condensed milk also. Interesting I like it.

Taste brings classic Hefe flavor of sharp clove and creamy texture that is sweet tasting on the finish. Nice carbonation that gives just some gas but nothing overpowering that diminishes the palate. The feel is a great mix of cream and fizz pop.

Overall pretty solid, a unique tasting Hefeweizen I like this sweet angle that it has. Well done.

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

Growler poured into a Victory Tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin white head that leaves a slight ring and haze.
S - Big wheat aromas, lots of banana and clove with a touch of sweet bubblegum.
T - Follows the nose nicely, the clove really starts to pop in the finish as this warms up slightly. Nice and balanced.
M - Crisp, with a medium-thin body and sharp carbonation.
O - Incredibly drinkable, this was a great Summer session beer that disappeared quickly!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Poured a clear very pale straw yellow color with a one finger soapy head. Tons of carbonation streaming up.

S- Banana, bubblegum, and yeast

T- Lots of Banana and bubblegum, some clove, yeast, very strong mineral taste,

M- Smooth, prickly carbonation

O- A pretty good wheat beer with dominant bubblegum and banana notes. Does not look like a hefeweizen I have ever seen, they advertise it as a bavarian style wheat ale. Looks like a kristallweizen. Had this on tap at the Winking Lizard last month and decided to pick up a six pack. Not quite as good as it was on tap, but a pretty good beer.

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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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass

A- A clear pale golden color with a three finger white head that fades quickly.

S- Bananas, spices, yeast, wheat.

T- Very close to the smell, well balanced.

M- Medium body, smooth.

O- A nice beer and very enjoyable on a hot day, right price, I will pick this up again.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange hazy color with lots of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom. Big almost untameable white head that dissapates slowly down to a foamy head on top. It actually looks like the sun on the bottle. Big and pleasant smells of wheat and tangy fruits like lemon and orange. Soft and easy on the nose.

Highly carbonated, accentuating the flavors of the wheat malt and tanginess of the lemon. There's a nice sourness that gives the beer a clean and refreshing feel. Definitely a nice little kick from the sour and tangy qualities. A slight hit of hops wiggles its way in between the tanginess and wheat malts. Its really enjoyable in the heat and definitely a thirst quencher. A good beer, which is expected from Victory.

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Photo of mocktm
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Centennial for the growler as part of the Locals BIF. This is probably my third glass or so out of it, and it still pops with an aggressive hiss. Love the art on the glass as well.

Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze. Plenty of carbonation bubbles slowly making their way to the top, where sits a frothy white head. Not quite as cloudy as I anticipated, but I also don't see a whole lot of sediment floating around either.

Smells of banana and spice with a touch of wheat, although a bit restrained. Not as a robust as a Bavarian Hefe, but still a pleasant and pleasing aroma.

Taste matches the nose well. Traditional Hefe flavors, though a bit conservative: banana, lemon zest, clove and substantial wheat. Still a very refreshing summer brew.

Slightly creamy texture, matched by an appropriate medium body. Probably this beers best quality. Again, an astounding summer beer.

Overall, not the best Hefe I've ever had, but definitely enjoyable. Always love to try new brews from Victory. Cheers!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden sunshine color with a tall dense head, very mousse like. Foam fades leaving nice lacing down the glass, Its extremely well carbonated.

Very aromatic with banana and cloves although its not as aromatic as your typical Bavarian style.

Taste is excedllent with banana and cloves coming through nicely although flavor wise it is weaker then Bavarian counterparts.
Ther beer finishes with a malty yeasty finish.

Feels thin in the mouth and is tart and spritzy.

Overall this is a good beer and could drink many at an outdoor barbaque.
I also think it is an excellent example of the style

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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 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...

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Photo of BeerBoss
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from a beer tasting at my local package store-Victory was the host and I had to bring some of this yummy delight home for consumption.

A: A deep hazy straw color with a generous head.

S: Noticeable sweet/citrusy notes.

T: sdsss oops..sorry spilt some on the keyboard. Many complex layers going on here. Starts off with a citrusy pallat with hints of grass and clove and then moves on to finsih with a sweet bubble gum notes.

M: Creamy, smooth, yummy

O: A very drinkable of my favorite wheat beers

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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 rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that fades quickly.

S: Strong aroma of coriander, banana, with a bit of citrus thrown in.

T: Coriander comes through strong as does the citrus flavor. There's a good deal of bitterness as well.

O: Overall this is a good solid brew. Mark down another good beer from Victory.

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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 zimm421
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bodega on 6/9/11 in a standard pint glass. Appears a hazy pale yellow color with a decent bubbly white head. Not a great amount of lacing, but this beer still looks wonderful.

The aroma is full of wheat and other light malts and nice wheat hints. There are also nice fruity scents, mostly citrus. The taste is very similar. Very tangy on the tongue with the wheat and the fruit. There are nice clove spices as well. Everything seems to fit together well and really works great.

The mouthfeel is just right, medium to light bodied, good amounts of carbonation and it goes down very smoothly and easily. Overall, this is a great beer. It is easy drinking, very flavorful and is something that works great on a hot day.

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

app - straw colored and cloudy. Aggressive pour produced a 3" head of tightly bubbled goodness.

smell - sweet clovey aroma, much more clove than any banana-like fruit smells.

Taste - Nice clove taste with a distinct tangy flavor from the wheat. Dries out nicely in the finish and ends quite clean. Yeast character isn't overpowering, and favors cloves, so likely fermented relatively cool.

MF - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. No astringency or warming

Overall - A decent American example of the style that is clean and highly drinkable. Non hefeweizen fans might even enjoy this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours out as a hazy orange yellow color. The aromas have some lemon grass in there along with some fresh cut wheat and yeast. The taste isnt too bad the citrus from the hops come forward and then The wheat nellies the whole thing out in the aftertaste. This beer is great for the summer, it's light body and smooth texture on the tongue gives off some a refreshed feeling in your mouth. It's notmmymfavorite wheat beer but it could be much worse.

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