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 garuda
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 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 u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a big head. Thin and sticky lacing. Hazy. Gold with orange tones in color.
S) Banana. Wheaty. Light citrus notes and just a bit of malt.
T) Wheaty. Just a slight malt sweetness in the front end. Some orange and citrus notes.
M) Fizzy and creamy. Tannin feel. Medium body. Some grittiness.
D) A decent hefeweizen, has some Belgian-esque characteristics.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 DavoleBomb
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Cloudy darkish yellow color. I guess I didn't give it enough of a twirl as there is some yeast clumps at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of frothy white head. Most of it falls quickly, but the last 1/4 inch is stalwart. Leaves behind only a touch of lacing.

5.0 S: What a lovely aroma! Pleasant throughtout with a neutral wheat backbone and spicy yeastiness. There's plenty of banana phenols and, lemon zest, and peppery yeastiness.

3.0 T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't measure up to the nose. In fact, it's rather bland. The wheat comes through, but there's a lack of other flavors than you'd come to expect. The spicy peppery yeast is gone. No hints of banana, straw, or lemon zest. Too bad.

3.5 M: Light body. Good full carbonation. No flaws, but just average.

3.0 D: I want more flavor in a hefe.

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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 Hop2it
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fits the form of the usual weiss beer, cloudy and a little bit of white foamy head. Despite the cloudiness, it lacks the deeper, more amber color of the finer weiss beers out there.

Nothing too notable about the smell, other than the general yeasty and mildly hoppy aroma that most weiss beers provide.

Unlike other American weiss beers, this seems to have a light malt base in way of a hoppier, more upfront style fitting of Victory. It is pleasantly crisp and easy going, but does not stretch the boundaries of taste the way I expected.

As far as mouthfeel and drinkability - it succeeds in its ability to go down easy like a good summer seasonal should. Won't let you down for a session weiss.

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild haze considering the style. Foamy, but quickly dissipating near white head. Leaves no lace. Straw color.

Strong wheat aroma with a notable dollop of yeast in the nose.

A dry beer with a sour aftertaste. Good wheat presence in the taste. Thin bodied--not filling at all; high level of carbonation. A good summer beer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasing beer indeed. Pouring into a tall weizen glass brings up a big spongy head over a pale straw body, with a light haze. A big, big lemony taste, but not sour, and some light spiciness, add to a crisp, clean wheat taste. There a lovely fizziness like a foundain soda, and then a bit of a tart finish.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 IMincedTheKing
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a white head.

The aroma is yeasty and candied with notes of banana, cinnamon, and clove. A sweet vanilla fragrance warms the brew.

In the mouth, it's loose and bubbly, with flavors of banana and candy prominent. Spices sneak through, and a citric edge is noted. It's creamy with a dirty, yeasty finish.

I don't think I see myself coming back to this, but it wouldn't be a bad brew in the heat of the summer.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Did the whole pour half, swirl and pour the rest trick. The appearance is a mostly hazy yellowish orange color. A big soft white head, no surprise, and good staying power. Eventually did hide to the edge of the glass and ok lacing.

The nose is limited. Mostly malty with some wheaty and minor hefe characteristics. To start there is more of a grainy aroma. Some spicy wheat notes, but would like more. The yeast character is limited, more on par with a US hefe than anything. Some bubblegum and rose peddles and just a feint nose of cloaves. A nice pepper in the background but seems odd with everything so light.

The taste is a little bit more on par but is definitely an American hefe. The wheat comes out nicely with a light spicey flavor on the backend. Sweet overall, I would have liked it a bit drier &/or a sour twinge on the back end. Esters come out more as well. A nice balance with banana but still lacking that cloves finish. Pepper backs off, but there is a herbal hop flavor in the finish that is just a bit off.

The body is a bit sweet. Carbonation is a bit low, but I think its ok for style. Overall a decent hefe but missing some key notes here for be to be good. Very easy drinking though.

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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 scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pouurs a thre finger head but fades into nothing, not even a filmy surface foam. Pours a hazy banana peel mixed with sunny dried hay with lots of suspended sediment. Lack luster lacing lacing for a weiss.

Smell- Grass, lighty malts, cloves, and little hops.

Taste- Stoarst out with some very nright malts mixed withits distant cousin hops in for a weekend visit. I then noticed a little horse barn hay mixed with bubble gum and cloves.

Mouthfeel- Like any regular weiss, pretty light, as well as very versatile with food. I would use this beer from venison to a pizza.

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Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, nice effervescent head. Smells of classic Bavarian beer smells, clove, cinnamon, some banana, wheat tartness. Tastes of spicy clove maltiness, some wheat graininess and astringency. Moderate bitterness with some more clove spice finishing fairly dry. Touch of grassy and fruity notes. Decent mouthfeel.

An ok Hefe, i felt bad because i had a Wiehenstephaner right after this and it completely blew it out of the water. I think this is a cross between a Hefe and an American wheat as i found this a lot lighter and more crisp than a traditional Bavarian hefe. Not bad for a summer day though.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack from Avalon Liquors on Friday, with none left by Sunday. Nice labeling with the sun rising off a farmhouse scene. No best before date, but some sort of lot code ink jetted on the back label.

Pours a hazy pale yellow--just like a nice hot/hazy/humid summer sunrise--with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
Faint citrus notes--predominantly banana rinds and some oranges--with a large amount of clove.

Hmm. Very light mouthfeel to the brew with a zestiness from the carbonation and citrus. Became the best and worst properties. Some medicinal/clovey yeast phenols finish off the flavor. The finish itself is rather clean.
It's a nicely balanced combination that expresses the yeasty esters of a weizen but doesn't hammer them home. No real bitterness to speak of. Sweet malt rides along throughout the tongue ride.

Very drinkable summertime brew. If only the citrus/banana notes were turned up, and the cloves turned down, this one would be outstanding. Enjoyed on the boat, with dinner, and just sitting around. Actually used one on Sunday as the sun rose over the atlantic and we travelled out fishing. Severly hungover, I attempted the "shampoo effect." It didn't work. A little gatorade and a cheesesteak helped later...

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 5/14/10

A- a cloudy pale gold with a HUUUGE 4 finger white head. Head fades rather quickly, good lacing. Very foamy

S- lemony aroma with some clove in there and maybe a slight hint of banana. Very nice, makes me think of summer!

T- tastes...I guess a good word might be fresh. Its a very refreshing beer. Mild lemon taste with a touch of banana and clove. Its almost a little too subtle for my tastes.

M- its got a really nice feel. As I mentioned, its very refreshing, almost has a texture of a nice cold summer non-alcoholic beverage, like a lemonade.

D- very drinkable. Dare I say, its one of those summer beers that I could see myself drinking a lot. Impressive performance

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Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle

A: Cloudy pale straw yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly

S: Spicy, lemony smell. Orange zesty and fruity.

T: Spicy lemon and fruity wheat flavor

M: Thin light mouthfeel but refreshingly crisp and clean.

D: A nice hefeweisen from victory. Very refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring about 75% of the bottle into my Harpoon weizen glass, stirring up the yummies in the bottle, and dumping the remainder in the glass, appears a super cloudy pale, muted yellow color with about an inch of fluffy bone white head. All the usual aromas of a hefe are present - clove, banana, spicy peppery yeast, bubblegum, grassy, earthy wheat. Maybe a notch above medium in both body and carbonation. My glass was emptied rather quickly. Worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at DD Peckers in Charleston, SC
Poured a hazy orangish with a nice fluffy head that faded slowley.
Rings of lacing left behind.
Smells of sweet wheat malts, slight citrus and bready.
Flavor was nice. Hints of wheat and hefe yeast dominated. Nice flow on the palate resulting in a good mouthfeel

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear golden straw color with an off white one finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Banana and clove is in there, which is sometimes hard to find in American version of the style. Some clean wheat malt is in the background.

Tart wheat grains with a little bit of the banana, with a touch of spices. Low hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering spices and banana.

This one is a little spicier and less creamy than the German counterpart. Though, it's less citrusy like most American Pale Wheat Ales. Sort of an inbetween beer.

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

Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a huge bright white head that hangs around a bit with little lacing.

Scent is of lightly sweet malts cloves, bananas and yeast.

Taste is of sweet malts, yeast, cloves, slight pear, citrus and bananas. It finishes dry with a subtle citrus tang.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing and smooth.

Another very good offering from Victory. It is perfect for a nice sunny summer day. Would I enjoy another? Yes, I do believe I will take myself up on that.

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Sunrise Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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