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Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow gold with a medium/small white head. The smell has banana and cloves, not bad but alittle light. The taste is crisp with clove,bisquits,banana,and wheat. Not bad. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A nice crisp summer beer,but I was expecting more from Victory. Still, a beer not to be missed.

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

Sampled 8/27. Reivew from notes.

A: Pours a peachish golden color with a fizzy half finger head. Ghost like faces of retention and lace.
S: Aromas of bananas, peaches, pears, and grass. Very refreshing smelling.
T/M: Initial fruity (banana) blast that gets zapped by carbonation. Finishes with a semi-dry wheatyness. Light body and a bit watery. The carbonation zap takes away from the flavors that this one could exude.
D: Drinkable, but this one has a lot more potential. Could be a bit more heavy duty and flavorful, but it's still one that worth checking out.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a swirl hefe glass. The liquid is a pale yellow with a fine carbonation. The head was big but not True Hefe big, Nice lace over a cloudy, fizzy base.

The smell is very faint lemon and citrus over a light and yeasty wheat body.

The taste is real close to but noy quite a Baverian Hefe. Small banana and clove taste over a light crisp liquid.

The mouthfeel is good, very smooth and enguaging.

Drinkability in very good, Crisp & Clean, A great thirst quencher. Prosit MK

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory- Sunrise Weiss

Appearance- lemon yellow with a small white head. Slighty heavy on the carbonaion.
Smell- light straw/ hay with a balance of lemon.
Taste- lemon, lemon grass, and straw. Evenly balanced without becoming cloying. Slight banana and clove detected with a peppery spice noted.
Mouthfeel- light sweetness with a citrus flavor. A definite summer offering.

Overall- An excellent summer beer!
I drank the 6 pack in about an hour/ hour 1/2.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a bright, almost neon, yellow, wispily cloudy and carbonated. Two fingers of tight white head lift puffily then ebb slowly. Waves of lacing surf the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, tart malted wheat flickers, but the dominant genes are held by banana, clove, coriander, and even some accompanying mint. Lemonty citrus glides along the periphery.

Upon sipping, a quick promise of malt sweetness promptly goes tangy, spotlighting a Blackjack clove and coriander duet, spicy and spirited. A bite of yeast is clipped by an adgy citrus character. Residual grain and a doughy note open the close before some remaining acidity and spicy bitterness dry and linger in the finish. There're no surpises, but it delivers a basic, enjoyable style profile.

Pretty much light bodied, the crispness and carbonation join the grain presence to conjur a nice impression on the palate.

It neither promises nor delivers the moon, but it grants a flavorful bounty of wheaty summer goodness. Even locally there are some beers that stand out more, but this is quite drinkable and more all purpose and sessionable than some of the stars. From sunrise to sunset and all times besides, this is one fun crafy beer.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find this beer at a small market near my house, as I really haven’t had any of Victory’s lighter beers. Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with a light head. Smell is very inviting with the sweetness of a hefe and the spices of a tripel. The taste is just what you’d expect from a summer ale. Nicely spiced with a citrusy lemon flavor that goes great with the sunshine. Pretty homogenous throughout, with no real surprises anywhere in there. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both terrific.

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Photo of agilis
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Having recently returned from a few weeks in Bavaria, I was looking for a something to replicate the great local brews...without the import prices back in the states (example: Schneider Weiss available in Germany for $14 (case of 20 1/2ltr bottles) would cost me $60 at the local shop).

Pour: The light yellow color, big - thin head that quickly fades, and abundance of carbonation was an instant indication of good things to come.

Taste: The first taste, with it's sweet, crisp feel was just like being back in Munchen. This beer holds up as the night goes on, and is the perfect beer for the 90+ degree days we here in the East are currently living through.

Just as important...my wife, who would opt for wine in almost all circumstances but really enjoyed the beer in Bavaria (finally!...a place she'll drink beer) truly enjoyed Sunrise. That's probably a more exacting review of the style and Victory's ability to reproduce it than my own.

All in all, a great summer beer. I'm going to head out later and get some more before it's gone for the season.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous light yellow color, somewhat cloudy. Very bright smell, light and fruity, very pleasant. Nice taste, not nearly as heavy as you would expect, which I like for a beer intended for summer. Quite drinkable, with minor, but certainly present bitterness. Great chewy mouthfeel. A refreshing summer offering that is definetely worth a try.

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

A delicious, easy drinking surprise. Finally, an east coast summer brew I enjoyed as much as the Oberon that escapes me.

Cloudy, golden yellow straw with a very smooth, soft, velvety head. Yum.

It even smells like a hefe! Hints of fruit and sweet spice amidst pale, delicate malt.

Drinks like butter. Without the butter taste. There's a flood of mild, balanced, fruitiness. Tastes of that hefeweizen standard banana/clove, but I found berries to be almost as predominant. Not fruit-beer berryness, just delicious yeasty goodness. There's distinct lemon citrus tones in here that bring a zesty tang to the table. Hops really aren't noticeable, but there's enough to (almost) cleanse the palate for a refreshing, dry finish that doesn't leave the slightly sweet notes to build on the tongue. It almost seems lighter and more delicate beer than many other's (think: Sam's Summer), but with a greater (meaning: deeper) flavor profile.

Still, ultimately, this doesn't have the body or substance to enter the realm of the truly great, but as summer beers go, as session beers go, as great pairings with all things heat-related go... Victory manages to provide yet another great beer to my fridge.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow leaving a thick white head frothy and stays with this brew all the way. The aroma is lemon, honey, wheat, fruit esters of banana, spiced cloves, and a bit of must. The taste is tart upfront, with a honey malt background, A smooth wheat twang refreshing feel on the palate that finishes crisp with a bitter hop presence that just rounds out this brew satisfying my summer cravings.

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Photo of Illinick
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit I like the label, it just says "Summer" to me...
A: Pale, cloudy yellow in color with a big, fluffy, sticky white head that slowly dissipates to a sticky ring and archipelago island-like head. Good lacing. A nice looking, typical hefe brew.
S: A bit light at times, but definate banana and creamy citrus and lemon scents. There's some clove in there as expected and the smell of summer wheat.
T: Nice, smooth banana, wheat, and creamy citrus flavors, especially lemon. Some tartness near the end of the sip. Slight pepper and some clove (although I'd like to see a bit more) with some slight yeasty earth flavors. Dead on hefe flavors.
MF: Medium light that finishes slightly dry, but smooth.
Overall: To be honest I was pleasantly surprised by this brew in a good way. So many brewers come out with a subpar hefe offerings for the summer months, but this one was top notch. It looks great, tastes great and the drinkability is through the roof. It would be tough not to have more than one. Extremely refreshing and flavorful. Kudos.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy light orange/yellow with a massive white head that melts slowly to a sticky white lacing.
Aroma is faintly clove, banana, biscuits, and white pepper. Maybe a hint of apple.
Taste is wonderfully light and refreshing....smooth apple, banana, cloves....soft wheat with a sharp pepper bite on the swallow.
Mouthfeel is full...especially for this style.
VERY drinkable....drying afterwards making you want another and another and another.
Thanks, Ev.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 68 oz German growler from the Victory brewpub. The beer poured a cloudy, yellow straw color with a nice thick white head. Nice carbonation. The aroma of this beer is pretty well dominated by the wheat smells and is complimented well by some citrus notes. The taste is more of the same with some very pleasant wheat taste for the summer and citrus which balances this out well and makes is very refreshing and light.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - thick orangy color, little head, usually disappeared quickly (drank a bunch of these)

Smell - lots of orange and bananas smell from this great beer body.

Taste - lots of fruit, some orange, more banana and yeast/wheat to follow up.

Mouthfeel - easy and smooth; very refreshing.

Drinkability - could easily have a few more of these and still respect beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefe weizen my ass. This is, at best, a pale wheat ale. That is not a put down, just my take on the beer.

Appearance: The ale pours with a nice three finger head that lingers and is a slighty hazy color that is just a shade or two from BMC territory.

Smell: Wheat is the predominant aroma, providing a light aroma. There are some fruits there, say oranges.

Taste: The wheat provides a nice bitterness. There is little malt presence, so not many hops are needed for the ale.

Mouthfeel: The spritziness of the carbonation and light wheat flavors are very pleasing and refreshing. The beer also has a dryness that forces you to go back for more.

Drinkability: Although it is no hefe, I like it. This beer is good at quenching thirst, even with a 5.7% abv tag.

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Photo of cbl2
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 1, 2007 clearly printed. 12 oz. bottle.


Pours a mainly clear though slightly hazy pale straw with rough carbonation and a thin white head on top.


Crisp grain and citrus aroma. Clean and refreshing.


Nice hints of tart lemon/orange coupled with a strong malt backbone. Finishes dry and appealing. An excellent American interpretation of the German classic. One of the better Hefeweizen's in the US.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well yes I can't lie I have an ongoing relationship with Victory that's clear and yes I'm not one of those craft brewing lover's who hate wheat beers. In this case I found a great representation of the American brewed hefeweizen quite the rare creation if you ask me. It appears a clouded golden hue that is reminiscient of one of the most promising hefeweizens with a large cloudy white head that leaves behind thick bands of lacing. Aroma contains thick billowing layers of banana and vanilla that could go on all day in my nostrils with a sharp wheat citrus toned quality about it, let's just say it's damn good. Taste consists of soft marshmellow, banana, and vanilla phenols strongly brought on by yeast characteristics along with more sharp wheat characteristics and citrus notes. Mouthfeel has an effervescent highly carbonated champagne mouthfeel very much like the best of the best German brewed hefeweizens I love it. Drinkability is over and over again one of my favorite domestic versions of this style bring more on thanks Bill C. and Ron B. good guys believe me I know.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks ed for the rec

with the two fingers of pillowy, thin foam, this bottle neatly fills a brooklyn wheat glass. thin yellow piss color to a sparkling gold in the fat parts. cruising bubbles add visions of refreshment to my already thirsty brain. looks spectacular for a lager.. questionably clear and light for a hefeweizen. let's see, shall we?

lemony aroma with a biscuit backer. not too spicy, nice and tart wheat complimenting a developed body. nothing extreme here, smells fresh like a wheat beer should without signs of age of overdoneness. yeast adds a pleasant cantaloupe fruitiness to the mix here.

creamy phenolic meets a vague spritzing of citrus rind and yellow cake mix inside this glass. finishes strangely botanical, but mild, and reeks of freshness. somewhat hennepin-y with the overactive yeast and funky flavored byproducts, but seems to quench my thirst awful good and goes down real easy. a decent wheat beer, and one i would be happy to pack away in my belly one after another. however, in the scope of the field, i probably wouldn't choose this one over some more traditional examples.

a good summer beer and that's pretty much the extent of sunrise's wonderment.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a four finger foamy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was rich with banana and clove. A substantial wheaty backbone as well.

The taste was a very spicy biscuity adventure. Excellent yeast presence and a minor lemony aftertaste. This was a very authentic hefe flavor.

The mouthfeel was excellent. Light and refreshing, as a hefe should be. Dry finish.

This is an excellent American version of the hefe. One of the best ones yet.

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Photo of InDreams
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen straight out of the bottle.

A: Nice white head about an inch thick, stuck around for quite some time with a decent amount of lacing. Beer was a clear golden color with a good amount of bubbles from the carbonation. Not as cloudy as you might expect from a hefe weizen. Typically, I love watching a freshly poured weizen, but this is kinda boring.

S: Something's not quite right in the smell here. I'm honestly not sure what it is, but there's something wrong. Almost chemical? Definitely have a decent amount of that citrusy lemon scent, but not as much as you expect.

T: I've had better hefe weizens. It's somewhat sweet, almost creamy with a good deal of the characteristic citrus flavors. Nice bready flavor as well from the malts, but all around, it seems to be lacking something. I keep thinking about that smell that I can't quite put my finger on, because I think it's making itself felt in the taste too. Not too much of an aftertaste, but the citrusy flavor does linger for a bit.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy I'd say, with minimal bite from the carbonation. Hefe weizen's uusally have more character in their mouthfeel, but this one is rather tame.

D: I haven't usually been disappointed by Victory but I'm not a huge fan. I mean, I love Hefe Weizens, as they are pretty drinkable in general, but after this six pack is through, I don't intend to get another. Rather weak hefe weizen in my book.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazed gold with a good sized large bubbled head. i expected more cloudiness.
the smell is a little sulfuric with a large acidic component. sorta like one of those goddamned lemons was already added. beneath that is some soft banana and clove, and a little bit more of a bready character than i expected, but it's more than welcomed. verdict on the smell: not bad, but i would reverse it's dominant and lesser qualities. ie. less sulfur and citrus, more banana, clove, bread. note the citrus goes away after a bit, form warmth or just breathing, i don't know.
the taste fares better than the aroma with mostly the same ingredients. no sulfur here, as thats usually just part ofthe aroma. the citrus is more subdued letting the traditional hefe flavors do their work, but adding a nice tang to the mix.
medium body with seltzer-y carbonation.
drinkability would is ok, but would be better with a more finely honed smell and a little bit better of a handle on the carbonation.

my final score is a 3.6, but it deserves closer to a 3.8 or so on a straight up 5 point scale, if that makes sense.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was a huge head on top which fizzed out quickly. The beer was golden yellow and clear. The lack of haze was strange for this style of beer.

Smelled and tasted all right, pretty good yeast and wheat combination. Not bad, I'd have it again.

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

Pours a cloudy gold, with a large coarse head. Lots of bubbles --fizzy almost like a soda. Mild wheat funk with strong banana notes in the aroma. Tastes just a bit tangy with the banana aroma coming through clearly. Bitterness is there, maybe a bit more than some hefes, but not strong. The balance here is carried by the tangy banana wheat flavors. Body is light and fizzy, going down with a pleasant fruity finish.

This hefe weizen is well-rounded, light bodied, and not overpowered by funky flavors like many wheat beers. It's refreshing and perfect for a warm day. Another strong showing from Victory, which is quickly rising on my list of favorite craft breweries. Be careful with this one, though; a whole six pack will disappear in no time!

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

Pale straw colored body, cloudy of course, with tons of visible carbonation. Creamy looking white head dissipates into a thin disk.

Aroma is very sweet, smooth and creamy, not as crisp and spicy as a classic Hefe, but still sports the banana and clove. Quite strong in the banana dept actually.

The flavor is much more malty than expected, and as the smell dictated, not as spicy as your average Hefe. Very wheaty and smooth. Spices are faint, but still there.

Surely not a bad Hefe, but just not as great as some others. Mad King Weis also from Victory for example is a much better Weizen in my opinion. If you're looking for a more mellow, smooth, Hefe... this is your brew. If you like crisp spices and sweetness, you might want to look elsewhere.

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Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 362 ratings
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