Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Reviews: 282 | Ratings: 364
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 dbalsock
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: abundant amount of head, very appetizing. the beer itself is colored a light orange or yellow. rather cloudy beer, not as cloudy as some, but more cloudy than others... a nice middle ground.

smell: sweet, fruity... kinda belgiany

taste: bitter and citrusy with the fruit flavor being brought out nicely through the hops.

mouthfeel: light and swift along the palate, leaves me refreshed after the enticing initial bitterness.

drinkability: easily quaffed, but the carbonation takes its toll. if it was slightly less carbonated i would drink this all day long.

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

Very large initial head off the our Cloudy light orange. Honeyish citrus aroma. Well carbonated moderately sour wheat with citrus notes and orange aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Easy drink. Initially creamy mouthfeel, not as creamy as others I have had of the style. A nice one.

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

This was bottled on June 2nd, 2005 and enjoyed on Jan. 9th 2006. Part of a case that I bought apparently on sale at the victory brewery because it was getting old. Think it was only about $18.

Poured slowly into a weizen glass. For this one I decided to not add in the yeast. The first time I tried this beer I added the yeast and was dissappointed at how tart it was. Would prefer that the addition of yeast to a Hefe Weizen would enhance the flavor however... Anyway- it pours a cloudy very pale straw bordering on white color with a substantial white head. Lots of carbonation to feed that head keeping it bubbly.

Smells of banana and mild lemon fruityness.

Tastes can be very sour/tart when you get a bit of yeast. A sort of conservative amount of banana and citrus flavors, along with some nearly grainy-like wheat. Tingly mouthfeel with high carbonation. Would have scored slightly higher though if the yeast had contributed positively to the flavor.

*Update- Just drank this again and found that adding the yeast didn't make it tart and DID add a bit to the flavor. Not sure what happened before.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with a big but thin white head.

Smell: What a great smell. Cloves, Banana and Yeast. Just what a Hefe Weizen should smell like.

Taste: Starts of with cloves and then moves on to a slight sweetness and yeast. There is also a banana and wheat taste that is present. Also some slight citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium Mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight wheat and clove ending that does not last along time but is refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could easily drink a six pack of these on a hot summer’s day.

What a great example of the style. Once again a great beer from victory brewing. This taste good during the cold winter months but I can’t wait to try it on a hot summers day.

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Photo of bditty187
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale yellow-white in hue; the liquid looks warm and agreeable. White head, at the apex the foam was three-fingers tall. The head retention was fairly solid; it slowly and steadily faded to a thin soapy cap… and then a soapy ring. There was no subsequent lacing. Damn, otherwise this beer looks really good. Nitpicking, maybe but head retention and lacing are critical to the appearance of this style. Both areas could use a boost. Still, it is good-looking wheat beer.

The nose says clearly, “I am a Hefe Weizen and not some misguided American Wheat beer!” Hell yeah! Lightly citrusy with hints of cloves and bananas, it is wheat too. In the background are kisses of bubblegum and marshmallows. I am impressed; the nose is very well-rounded and tremendously articulate. This is easily one of the best domestic Hefes I have had the pleasure of smelling. Inviting… truly lovely!

The palate is special. Wheaty throughout, sometimes Hefes lack this quality. Sure, bready is nice but wheaty is wonderful! It is lightly clovey and faintly peppery at the back, with some bananas too, there is also a pleasant jolt of lemon zest. Very refreshing! It is hoppy for a Hefe, flowery and moderately bitter. IMO, this makes the beer even more invigorating then, say, Paulaner’s version. While both are good, Victory seems to have added a little extra layer of loveliness. The aftertaste is a bit short but I can live with it… cleansing. The lemony residue is really pleasant. There aren’t many areas this beer could improve in; it fits my mental image of a Hefe almost to the letter. If there were louder banana and bubblegum notes I would drool all over myself. It is really one of the better Hefes I have had, it is no Weihenstephaner but what is?

Medium in body, moderate levels of fizzy carbonation, which tickles my throat as it happily slides down. The carbonation aids the refreshing nature of the taste. The mouthfeel fits this beer well. What a great tasting, juicy beer that begs to be drank.

Which leads to the obvious fact, this beer is drinkable. What a great Summer Beer! It is kicking ass in December! I could kill a keg of this myself on any giving day. Just think… burgers, Victory Weiss, a lawn chair and shade. Oh my, that could be heaven. This beer is in great shape for a summer seasonal. I got my bottle via a trade with RedHaze. Thanks a bunch, this was a great Hefe and one of the best domestic interpretations I have had. If you haven’t tried it, do so!

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

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a two finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap that leaves thick lacing behind.

Smell; really nice lemon zest smell, along with cloves and just a little bit of banana.

Taste; the lemony citrus stand out up-front, then foloowed by the cloves. You do get the bananas, and maybe a little orange as well. Mouthfeel was pretty light and crisp, and slightly creamy. This style of beer is not one that I usually like, and would not seek out. However, I found myself really enjoying this, and I think I would actually buy some if it was available in my area.

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

Misty, pale morning sunshine yellow with bleached lemon edges. The humongous head of cotton white shares cotton's fluffy softness, yet is still sticky enough to deflate on its own terms... slowly and with style. A relative lack of lace is the only negative.

The nose is wonderfully fragrant and is one of the best hefe weizen noses that I've ever smelled. All of the requisite style elements are in place, with the addition of a lemon peel zestiness that sets it apart from some of the world's other great hefes. Clove spice is the other major contributor and provides the perfect counterpoint to the wheatiness and citrus fruitiness. Very well done.

The flavor doesn't quite measure up to the out-of-this-world nose, but it's a near thing. I can appreciate plenty of fresh, sun-baked wheat flavor, with a restrained amount of sweetness that is balanced by the bitterness of the flowery hops. This is definitely one of the hoppier versions of the style. Since that seems to be a Victory house characteristic and since I love hops, I don't mind a bit.

Because of the generous use of hop flowers, the flavor is at least as lemongrassy as it is banana estery. Ripe banana is easily appreciated, however, and earns a 2.5/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. Although clove spice comes through loud and clear, it's more of an accessory flavor than a dominant one. All in all, hops and yeast get equal billing; unusual for a hefe weizen, but a valid American twist on the style.

I usually like my hefes to be slightly sweeter and more lush (this one favors bitter, crisp, dry and clean), but it's still an outstanding, refreshing ale. The word 'refreshing' is often overused, but it fits this beer perfectly. The mouthfeel is light-medium and is well-carbonated, further contributing to the sense that downing a sixer on a hot July day would be no problem at all. Sessionable? Oh yeah.

Sunrise Weissbier is yet another quality offering from Victory. Are there any styles that these guys haven't nailed? From where I sit, it doesn't reach the stratospheric heights achieved by the German masters, but it's far and away the best domestic version of the style that I've run across so far.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: cloudy yellow color, large white head, sticky lacing

Smell: yeasty with banana and citrus and minor spiciness

Taste: light body, VERY crisp mouth feel, fruitness big way, citrus, banana, apple, spicy clove and yeast

Notes: highly refreshing and very good indeed

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This hefe poured a thick orange in color with a modest head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell – The light yeast aroma is mixed with some strong orange and banana. There are some powdery spices here as well in the background, but it’s the fruits that dominate.

Taste – Yes, this is a fruit bomb. The orange comes first followed closely by banana with some light yeast bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel – This Hefe Weizen is in between light and medium-bodied with some tangy carbonation.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

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

A very, very nice American example of the German style. I'm really impressed. Pours a hazy gold in color with a fizzy white to go with it. Nose is heavily spicy, hints of clove, a bit estery. Taste is definatly leaning more to the clove end of the spectrum with only a bit of banana to go with it. Very wel balanced and easily quaffable, I might seek this again on occasion.


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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 DavidJ710
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass nicely. There is no need to worry about getting a good head on this one. As the beer is unfiltered, you should swirl it about two-thirds of the way through the pour which generates all the head you need. Speaking of head. the beer's head is pure white and disappears quickly. When tipped, there isn't much lacing at all. Getting back to the "hefe," or with wheat part of the beer, the beer is nice and cloudy. I don't take my beer with fruit, so there is no lemon tainting this review. The smell is crisp and sweet. Banana is very prevelant to the nose, and apple is there to drive the scent home. After a few sips two thoughts came to mind... "Damn, this is dry," and "Good thing I have more." Sunrise is the perfect summer seasonal. Thin and crisp, good for serving at about 45 degrees. There you have it. Crisp, cold, and yummy. As always, Victory has produced another winner.

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

Pretty much a standard weiss beer, and I mean that in good way. Not so-so. Weiss-fruity, weiss-estery. Spot on.

Only negative was that the head was big, but thin. Coloring was cloudy yellow. Head and lacing went away quickly.

If you are in the mood for a textbook weiss beer, this is the one for you.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, pale yellow body with an enormous, dense, vanilla hued head. Excellent retention and plenty of sticky, patch lace. Aroma is lemon and clove, with a banana and wheat grain background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Taste is bready and wheaty, with lemon and clove accents. Banana notes emerge midway through. Light notes of white pepper and coriander make things interesting. Well constructed, and highly drinkable on a warm and sunny late summer day. Not exactly to style, but a very enjoyable sipper.

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

This refresher emerges clouded with particulate yeast and is quite golden. A nice white head develops in true robust wheat fashion, but does not last as long as the heads I recall from others of my typical wheat beer experiences. Lace in the shape of a snail appears making me crave garlic slathered escargot. Later as the snail shrinks as if salted, the remainder of the lacing clings for only seconds, then oozes back from whence it came as if alive. All the while active carbonation launches to the surface. The snail now looks bizarrely like a dog with a very long neck.

The smell is noticeably clove laiden at first sniff. There are traces of narn, that would be banana, and also a peculiar lemon meringue effect. Wheat aspects are abundant for reasons that do not seem hard to ascertain. Ultimately a wafting air biscuit of light and bouncy textures.

The taste holds the aforementioned clove in high prestige. There is a nice air fluffed wheatiness that is both a mouthfeel and a taste somehow simultaneously. Not a lot here to comment on, but just what I had presumed would make itself known. Typical light and watery, spice/clove, and weird fruit effects of the narn persuasion and lemon fluff.

Mouthfeel is light. Light and appropriate and nothing out of the usual.

Drinkability is good. Very gaseous and belch provoking at the same time which may prompt a cautionary advisory. Overall fine. Do not expect to be compelled into fits of joyous ranting and things of this nature. Not a bad little weiss thingy though.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle
Pours a light, hazy, golden color with a small but well formed white head. Retention is lacking and there is very little lacing.
Smell is pretty good. Loads of yeastiness, a bit of citrus, light wheatiness. Definite banana and clove aromas as well.
Taste is delicate and well balanced. A near perfect Weiss. Banana, clove, yeastiness, and just a bit of wheat sourness. A good blend of maltiness and bitter and spicy hops as well.
Mouthfeel is light, but that's what I want in this beer, it's easy drinking all the way.
Overall, a good Weiss beer. Definitely worth it on a hot summer day or night, or whenever. A great and refreshing beer.

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Photo of granger10
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Victory offering pours a very hazy golden color with a nice sturdy white head. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top. Aroma is not the best. Somewhat citric but also a bit funky and sour. Strong yeast aroma. But the rest of this beer is amazing. Lots of fruity flavors with banana leading the way. Clove underneath and some citric qualities. Wheat comes towards the end and provides a clean, somewhat sweeter finish. But the yeast really makes this beer. As bad as it seemed to smell, it's flavor offerings was amazing. And it gave the beer a great body along with the malts. Probably the best American hefe I have had to date.

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

appearance: yellow/straw and hazy, fluffy white head that laces

smell: yeasty, citrus, lemons, bananas. Standard but pleasant aromas

taste: bananas, orange, lemon peel, slight bread taste. Quite enjoyable

mouthfeel: light, nice carbonation, refreshing hefe brew

drinkability: goes down easy, feels great on the tongue, quite tasty

purchased these at brawleys in charlotte, would certainly buy again when looking for a refreshing session beer.

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

The pour produces a huge, fluffy white head that takes up all the space in the imperial pint that the liquid did not. After swirling the yeast out of the bottle, the color is a cloudy straw golden with some whitish tones. Bottling date of May 18, 2005

Smell is initially yeasty with some light hop notes. Under the strongly yeasty and citrus notes, a light wheat malt is evident. Noticeable overripe banana aromas are present.

The beer is highly carbonated, and body is medium thin

Tastes of light wheat malt and a strong yeastiness. Hops are kept low, but balance the beer plenty.

There were some characteristics of this beer that I would not usually associate with a hefe. Good wheat beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mdavis31481
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was exactly what was in order for a sweltering Saturday afternoon. Much thanks to AlexJ for the sample.

As the beer pours a cloudy, golden straw color, bubbles cascade up and a white fizzy head forms.

A yeasty aroma comes forth and is soon met by citrus fruits, orange peel and lemon.

At first taste, there is a slight hop bitterness. This is soon followed by orange peel and lemon. Subtle bready malt notes are also discernable. The sweet and refreshing finish calls out to you to take another sip.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with nice carbination.

Victory has created a great Hefe. This would be my regular choice in the style if I could obtain it in my area.

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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 silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow with a thick, frothy white head...nice hefe from the looks of it. The aroma is also very authentic; hints of banana, clove, wheat, and citrusy yeast. Flavor follows suit, begins with a bready malt flavor followed by the classic banana, clove and yeast flavor and a dry, crisp finish. Easily the best american Hefe i've had...another winner from Victory

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