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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Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a big fluffy white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing.

Smells wheaty and slightly spicy like coriander.

Coriander flavor definitely dominates this hefe. Some bannana in the background here. Mostly a snappy coriander though. A thin, well-carbonated body.

Pretty drinkable, a good weiss beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served to my end of the bar a clearish, light gold body with a small, white head.

Smell: A nose smelling predominately of husky, grainy wheat malt and cloves paired with lighter, though noted sniffs of lemon and Noble hops.

Taste: A start of anticipated tangy wheat malt with an integrated lemon citrus character and slight sweetness. Enter the cracked cloves which really push aside the other tastes. A light backing of Noble hops provides an additional spiciness and light bitterness. As it warms, the lemon flavor increases slightly. Finishes dry with a final mix of malted wheat and cracked cloves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Positively acceptable! While not the most wondrous weiss it still makes for fine, tasty summertime drinking.

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Photo of adamette
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought as a single last week from Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $1.52 into my “The Second City” Weizen glass. “Enjoy by May 20 2012” stamped ever so lightly on the front of the label.

A White meringue like head over a nice lemon yellow hazy body with several streams of bubbles rising up from below. I really like the look of this beer. 4.0

S Lemon carries into the smell with the light citrus notes along with some light wheat barley malt and very little hops if any. Nice, light smell and true to the style. 4.0

T Very solid tasting Weissbier with the light citrus and wheat barley predominating. Repeated sips reveal a tasty albeit thin tasting beer. 3.5

M Effervescent feel with the carbonation flowing about as one sips this beer. Overall the feel is light which is to style. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is quite high and overall this is a pleasantly done beer. 3.5

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

12oz bottle given to me by fisherman34, it's been sitting around a while, I'd better get to drinking! Poured into a weiss glass.

Beautiful pour, almost three inches of fluffy head off a relatively mild pour. Pale gold-straw yellow, medium carbonation, hazey and full of sediment. Tasty looking. Aroma is spicy, a little musty with banana and pear fruitiness. Peppery noble hops, a bit of earth and foliage.

Taste is fairly well balanced, with a Granny Smith apple tartness, a bit of lemon all backing up a mellow wheaty/yeasty fruity backbone. Lots of peppery zippiness all over the palate. Floral sweetness as well. This is a very flavourful weiss, leaning a bit more to the sour than I prefer, but it does keep you coming back for more. Medium body, fairly wet but buzzing on the tongue. This is drinkable in quantity, very enjoyable, it's a little out of season but I'm still liking it very much.

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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 phisig137
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light cloudy golden color with a 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, but little left behind on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mild, yet dominated by the clove esters from the yeast. Very clean tart wheat presence. Nice, but not great.

Flavor is better. Big banana esters up front, followed by a hint of bubblegum, and finishes with a pleasant mild tartness from the wheat. Extremely aggressive carbonation seem to hurt the mouthfeel on this a bit, making it almost sting the tonguw upon swallowing. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, not bad at all. That being said, this is not nearly as god as some of Victory's other wheat based beers (Mad King, MoonGlow) . I feel that less carbonation and a slightly higher ferment temperature could make this beer amazing. But in the end, for $8.99 a sixer, I enjoyed this beer, and will likely buy it again.

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw yellow with a large, fizzy, bright white head. Some lace and fair head retention. Yeasty and bready aroma with a strong clove component and a bit of honey. The flavour is about the same, finishing with mild spiciness and a hint of lemony citrus. Moderately high carbonation composed of large, fizzy bubbles. The body's a bit thin, leaving it somewhat dull on the palate, but there's some creaminess that balances things out. Some dryness in the finish. Highly drinkable, this would be great in the summer. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of francisweizen
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: Wheat-like yellow colour, cloudy and with a big head at first, but it fastly goes to the grave. Aromas are all cloves, spices, and wheat, the taste is the same. Your atypical American styled German wheat beer if you ask me. More tame and timid than even the whirlwind, but not horrible. Mouthfeel is a bit dead to me, but drinkability is high. A good, cheaper, six pack to pair up with your white pizza...Other than that...yawn.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden hue. Moderate head that disappears quickly, leaving almost no lacing. Decent.

S: Orange and coriander. Wait, this is a hefeweizen? No, it's not, at least not from the aromas I'm getting; no banana or clove, which is usually found in hefes.

T: Yes, I don't think this can be categorized as a hefe. It's a wheat beer, yes, but it's more of the "Witbier" style as opposed to the German Hefe. Spicy citrus twang with that familiar coriander bite and a somewhat peppery finish. That's not the normal description of a hefeweizen. This one reminded me of Hogaarden, and also Whirlwind, and then I realized Whirlwind is MADE by Victory. Is this whirlwind in a different bottle. Seems very similar.

M: Somewhat thick, but also slightly watered down, at least in comparison to Hogaarden and other top of the line witbiers. Still, it's very good; as for American interpretations of Witbiers, this one is near the top along with Whirlwind.

D: I used to be able to drink Hoegaarden's like water. This one would also fall into that category, most likely. But I get bored of this after 3 or 4, so drinkability is relatively high, but it also can be tiresome after a moderate amount. Definitely not disappointed and will have this again, but won't bend over backwards to get it.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 goodbyeohio
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 allergictomacros
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thick, but fizzy head of white foam. Wheaty nose, with some citrus, cloves, and chalky notes. Flavour is quite dry, with a bitter orange and metallic tone. Light bodied and vaguely astringent. Very crisp and clean with a relatively bitter finish. Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy light golden color with a nice thick 3 finger head that runs away scared, i wish i had drank this one in the summer, this has a nice ballance to it, the wheet is crisp and their is a great sweet and sour flavor through out this one, the last taste is a spicy hit of cloves that has my mouth screaming for more. my friend evil jay was right, i was screwing up all summer long in not trying this one, and now that i took his last bottle for this review we both have to wate for more next summer. damm i cant wate

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Photo of krisandajt
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just because Christmas is less than a week away it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice summer beer!

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, yellowish color with some sediment on the bottom (to be expected). About a half-inch of head with only slight lacing.

Smell: Classic wheat beer smell. Spicy, fruity, with hints of yeast.

Taste: Light, crisp, very refreshing. Starts off smooth and fruity, finishes off with hints of spice and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonated feel, goes down nicely.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite summer beers, and my wife's favorite beer overall. Absolutely perfect for those warm summer nights, or those cold winter nights when there's a snow storm brewing outside. Very drinkable.

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

A: Hazy yellow with a moderate white head.

S: Citrus, wheat and banana power forward

T: Lemon-Wheat standard for a hefeweizen with a hint of spice that adds some charm

M: Light and smooth.. goes down clean

O: Refreshing and drinkable when the weather is mild/warm

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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 FuzzyGuy84
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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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Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
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