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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Added by rebel1771 on 07-16-2002

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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of saintwarrick
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The German's do it best, but it's always nice to see a homegrown hefe. This brewery has some great beers, so I'm expecting no less here.
Pours a clear gold, not as cloudy as your unfiltered hefe's. Decent head that thins down to a nice lace.
Aroma is nice and citrusy with a good biscuity malt in there as well. taste is lemony and fruity with some bubblegum and pepper backdrop, but not the banana that exists in its German brethren.
A nice American brew for the style. Eminently drinkable, refreshing, you can't go wrong in the summer months drinking this brew.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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 scoobybrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It has a cloudy golden straw-like color with a wonderful head that is very well retained. The aroma is malted wheat with strong banana and clove accents with a faint trace of hops. The taste is very similar to the aroma, but the wheat malt is a little more pronounced. It has a wonderful creamy medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a wonderful version of a German Weissbier. Actually, it's hard to believe it wasn't brewed in Bavaria it's so well done. This is my first experience with any of Victory's beer, mostly due to my location, but this hefeweizen has me itching to try some more! (especially that pils!)

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Photo of BBM
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy, bright yellow, with a nice white head resting atop it. The nose was clean, with hints of spices, pepper, and citrus.

In the nature of the style, this Hefe had a big banana flavor up front, along with cloves, coriander, and other Belgian spices. A very subtle hop presence was also detectable. Fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel was fizzy and on the thin side. And the beer certainly went down smoothly. Overall this is a solid American example of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of waboone
2.74/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - dingy yellow like a good hefe weizen should be. I don't know if I got a bad batch, but the head rocketed out of the glass. I had 1/4 beer and 3/4 head in my glass and I had pour from the bottle several times to finish it.

s - the most predominate smell I got was apricot, but my smeller is not to keen.

t - a really balance of banana and wheat. It wasn't great, but it wasn't offensive.

m - okay, perhaps a bit too carbonated for my taste.

d - this beer is drinkable. I've got another in the fridge and will probably be consumed in the next week.

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Photo of psinderson
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear light amber, yellow with a huge hite pillow like head, and tons of carbonation. Very lively aroma, lots of grains and cereal hints, with some subtle fruit like flavors mixed in. Bananas and apples were the most prominant. Taste was exhilirating. Such a lively, frothy and light flavor. Quite possibly the best warm weather beer I have ever tried. Flavor just exploded in your mouth and the lightness of it along with the remarkable carbonation are unmatched. This is now going to be summer beer of choice until or if something can uproute it. Really a phenomanal brew.

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Photo of Abita45
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, there was an average head and good lacing. The aroma is sweet with wheat and citrus, straw and earth tones. The name and label are appropriate enough as it reminds me of fields of long grass.

The color is silty and gold, bordering on straw yellow. Its taste is very good, with a citric sweet taste combined with the relative tartness of wheat and yeast. The citrus provides a pleasant bite to the beer.

While medium in body, it is very refreshing and while it is somewhat heavy on the carbonation, the tastes are so distinct and strong, that the carbonation only makes for a more refreshing beer, rather than obscuring the taste.

Once again, I am impressed with Victory's efforts. This is a fine wheat beer and I think a much more nuanced version than some other examples. It is, ultimately, refreshing and satisfying on a hot, spring day.

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Photo of Stimack
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefe poured to a nice yellow golden color that had a slight haze to it. Had a nice sized white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is nice as the wheat comes out mixing with a well defined spice scent which seems to mix with a fair amount of banana. The taste is also very nice, this is a good beer during the warm months. Noticeable flavors of banana, clove, spices and wheat mix well and seem to finish with a slight lemon taste. Overall this is a very well put together American version of a hefe.

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one courtesy of VBC on the 5th annual Philly area BA bar crawl. It’s nice to see Victory taking care of their fans.

Initially, this one looks a murky gold, but when held to the light, a lovely pasty white (or Weiss, if you would) comes through. The aggressive streams of carbonation sustain a creamy, craterous, meringue-like head. Very nice.

Smells of a delicate, creamy sourness that carries with it hints of coriander, cranberry and pear backed by a little marshmallow. I like the crispness to this one.

The flavor begins with a sour, but smooth fruit, like the smell but with a little lemon, but picks up a great Belgian yeast strain that wonderfully blends with the fruity nature of the beer by adding a dinner-roll sweetness and just a hint of musky spice. Sadly, a little copper creeps into the finish.

Feels light and airy, but ever-so-slightly creamy. The carbonation borders on being excessive, but manages to go down with out a fight.

Over all a tasty representation of the style. Another good beer from Victory.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. Purchased at total Wine in Greenville, SC for $8.99/six. Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and bready with some banana fruitiness and clove spiciness. Taste is bready with hints of citrus and spice with just a little banana in the background. A very tasty brew for summertime consumption.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy straw yellow with a decent head. The aroma was nice and sweet, some bubble gum and nice fresh fruits complement a slight amount of spice. The taste was nice and crisp with a good sweet citrus flavor that was complimented by a nice yeast bite. The beer was well carbonated and very light on the palate. This is a very enjoyable hefe weizen.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice hefe with some extra bite. Great session brew. More medium bodied and full of fruity esthers. Almost between a true German Weiss and a Belgian Wit. Very interesting beer. Some lemon and cloves swirling around, with a decent pillowy head and sweet drinkability. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of macpapi
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before Jun 09 07, 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy dull yellow color. Thick fluffy white head holds together fairly well. Some bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass indicating a good amount of carbonation. Hints of bananas, citrus fruits and herbal hops in the aroma. Tart, but also a bit sweet. Hops seem a bit grassy and herbal. Good carbonation, maybe a bit thin. Not enough of the banana, clove, or bubblegum flavor for me. A decent beer, but not to the same class as the German ones.

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Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow straw body, yeasty haze, and a tall, puffy, marshmallowy white head. Good lacing. Yeasty bread aroma with white grapes and banana fruitiness. Light clove and bubblegum. Citric edge. Nice. Tangy wheat bread malt flavors up front. Protein-rich, medium-full body, with rocky, effervescent carbonation. Banana puree, lemon, and grapes with a sweet tart quality. Cloves and yeast in the slightly citrusy finish. Tasty wheat beer and would be even better in the summertime!

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Photo of oelergud
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy sunny gold body, low carbonation, white mostly creamy head with small bubbles with good retention and lace.
Scent is wheat and yeast, mildly spiced and fresh.
Mild, sweet and refreshing taste. Malts and hops are wellbalanced in this appropriately named sunny experience of a beer.
Aftertaste is a gently rolling wheat field in your mouth.
Full body, wetting and refreshing.
Highly drinkable and a brew I'll remember for next summer as a thirst quencher.


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Photo of theformula
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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 JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a very foamy, white head. Melts away, leaving a rather large residue for quite some time.

S - Cloves and grapefruits dominate the summertime aroma.

T - Spices and bananas are the first flavors that come out, giving way to a grassy-wheat note.

M - Light body that seems to thicken up...good amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry, but flavorful, taste on the tongue.

D - A very enjoyable summertime brew. Although it was cold when I tried mine...

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Photo of nlmartin
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy straw yellow coloration. The carbonation is tight and steadily streams to the top of the glass. The head is thick with good retention and white colored.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet wheat and banana smell. A very nice crisp citrus lemon compliments the beer.

Taste: The beer delivers a major clove and banana bread like flavor. A bit of pepperyness from coriander perhaps? The lemon provides a zippy complement to the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body and is well carbonated. This is a super easy to drink and is a very refreshing hefe. I will buy this one again next year.

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Photo of AzAleC
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy blonde, rich 2" head with decent retention in the 20 oz.

S: Rich citrus and banana esters, slightly sharp on the nose. Belgian yeast can be smelled as soon as it's set down in front of you, still a few feet from your nose.

T: Strong banana flavor, light and citrusy, toasty and biscuty hints roll over the tongue. A slight alcohol can be tasted as the carbonation pops in your mouth.

M: Smooth and creamy in that unfiltered hefe sort of way. Carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing.

D: It brought me back to the Hefes and Wits I was drinking just a few months back in the summer. Wonderfully crisp and refreshing, just like a brew of the style should be.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There isnt much that I can say about this beer that hasn't been said about good examples of the style as a whole. Light, spicy, well balanced with lemon, ginger, corriander, banana and clove all living in the taste and scent in happy harmony. Going through a six pack of these isn't a problem at all.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Clear yellow-gold color with a medium and foamy white head with pretty good retention. Pleasant aroma of wheat, spice and banana. Light-bodied and effervescent with a sweet character of fruit and wheat. Clove and citrus flavors are evident as well. The finish is short and spicy. Overally this is pretty well done.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory Sunrise Weissbier
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Seems like a fitting way to say goodbye to summer. A Weissbier from Victory....

Pours a cloudy yellow color with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the weisse glass. A big time fluffy and puffy head forms. Almost looks like cotton as it sets upon the top of the beer. Spotted trails of sticky lacings cling to the glass.

Pleasant nose with light whiffs of grains and citrus. The nose also provides some clovey notes.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a soft body. Sweet grains, apple fruit flavors and citrus twang. Strong hints of a lemon-orange citrus blend, ripe banana flavors, dry grass and spicey cloves. Just a touch of hops for bite on the finish provides a nice balance for this American Hefe Weizen.

Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable. I downed two of these in a matter of minutes. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Another winner from Victory's menu of beers.

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Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 73.5% out of 100 with 362 ratings
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