Sunrise Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Sunrise WeissSunrise Weiss

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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 BeerImmediately
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a massive 4F full of frothy white head, over a fairly cloudy - but not opaque - dirty gold color. Tons of tiny bubbles floating up. Lacing is really nice.

Sweet spices, wheat, and citrus hop aroma. Not terribly strong, but good.

Prickly on the palate, with lemon, wheat crackers, and celery - lacked most of the clove-like spice characteristics of a good hefeweizen.

Good carbonation. Finishes dry, and pretty thin / watery for the style.

Fairly easy drinking, but again, the lack of some punch took away from the overall enjoyment.

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Photo of mrgrinch
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bright yellow, active carbonation short even head. Vibrant and cloudy.

Smell - perfumy, almost piney.

Taste - spicy, strong clove flavor. Tastes almost like a Necco candy. Has a finish that makes your mouth water.

Mouthfeel - This beer has a texture on the thinner side. It produces a zing in your mouth that lasts throughout.

Drinkability - Not having a lot of experience with this style of beer, it is hard to say how it measures up to other Weiss bier. This one is pleasant enough and I enjoy the effervescence. The spice is in the forefront of its flavor but the rest of the body of the beer seems to complement it well.

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Photo of runner72
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type: 12 oz bottle, with a enjoy by May 14, 2011 date

Pours a cloudy blond hue. Head is white and about 3 fingers tall. Aroma is nice, very yeasty, with citrus and a hint of grapefruit. Smooth, malty feel in the mouth. Taste is slightly citrus with a touch of banana. Very drinkable for a summer beer. Overall, pretty good hefeweizen.

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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 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 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 Jesstyr
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at Ninety9 Bottles as part of a pick 6 - one of the best hefeweizen's I've had in a long while.

Pale yellow, hazy, pretty standard looking hefeweizen. Head is bright full white and lingers nicely throughout. No real lacing that I noticed. Smell is light, but includes some citrus fruit, and maybe a bit of banana.

Taste is lightly citrus, banana, wheat. Really enjoyable hefe, not as strong in the banana realm as some germans, but its quite good. Medium body, very smooth. Goes down easy, no guess at its fairly high ABV.

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

A - Pale yellow color with large white head. Bubbly.

S - Fresh hay and grass and wheat. Spice notes.

T - As it tastes. A bit more hoppiness than I expected. Pleasant.

M - Crisp and clean. Dry finish.

D - Highly drinkable. A great summer beer that I'd love to session with. There is nothing about this brew that would make me not want another. The last would be just as good as the first.

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

appearance: golden cloudy with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: some fruity aroma, is banana and tropical fruits

taste: huge banana flavor and some good earthy tones. A good drinking wheat ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: If I want a good hefe, I'd rather have this than a oudtaed German one with no date on it. Nice beer

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Aroma consists of generous wheat, banana, and clove; very traditional of the style.

The immediate flavor is citrus, likely lemon, followed by clove, and wheat and as the beer warms banana begins to appear.

This Hefe is medium in body and light in carbonation and quite crisp.

Quite refreshing and a great example of the style, this is another winner from Victory.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Superior Milky head with a clouds golden color. Text book Hefeweizen. I just love seeing that collection of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
S: Sweet Malty, wheat and bread.
T: Nice wheat malt flavor covers your tongue and you get a slight hint of a citrusy sweetness as well.
DM: Good carbonation, very nice and silky. Refreshing beer, great for summer.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, light straw-orange with a very effervescent and big head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is okay, retention is average.

Aroma is very yeasty, and almost too-much so: I get a lot of phenolic, bready notes as opposed to the fruity esters most Hefes seem to have.

Flavor is top-notch. This is an excellent American-made hefeweizen loaded with sweet bready malt and fruity, banana-like flavors. Very authentic tasting. Aftertaste is bready and yeasty, with a tiny touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was effervescent and light, but lacked some creaminess. High carbonation, but also high drinkability. This goes down real easy. It's a joy to pour one and a half or two bottles into a big Weizen glass and quaff away.

Victory makes excellent German stylings, and Sunrise Weissbier is no exception.

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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 DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 6/4/10.

This is your standard good tasting hefeweizen. Pale lemon body, light cloudiness, with a well formed, foamy white head. Touches of lace here and there. A burst of oranges, clove, and bubblegum. Perhaps a hint of ginger? Biscuity and wheaty backbone, followed by a lovely citrus fruitiness and finishes with a tiniest bit of bitterness. Light and bubbly, quite smooth and something you can fill a boot with and quaff for an hour.

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden white color with a two-finger head into my glass. Looks about right for the style but is actually closer to a witbier color.

Aroma is full of clove and slight banana as well. Wheat is also prominent as it should be. Very good.

Taste is slightly chewy with a good dollop of clove in the mouth. Full of flavor here. Just a slight hint of banana.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove. Nothing harsh. Refreshing.

Very good example and wonderful for a hot day. Victory knows their stuff with this style.

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Photo of confer
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale gold and cloudy, but not as cloudy as many other hefeweizena. Fluffy white head that lingers.
S-Typical hefeweizen smell but heavier on the banana than the cloves. Smells like banana bread.
T- Taste is very good, but unlike the smell the cloves dominate over the banana.
M- A little on the thin side.
D- Very easy, this is a fantastic summer beer and I think one of the better American made hefeweizens
Victory has another great offering here. They really do a great job on everything.

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Photo of malty
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. longneck bottle with a date stamp that I cannot read. Only '2010' is clear.

Pours a murky dark beige golden color that is a shade darker than a typical Hefe. THe bright white head stood 2" for a few seconds, then quickly dissipated to maybe 1/8". There is visible sediment that has settled onto the bottom of my glass with visible uprising carbonation.

This thing smells sweet from 2 ft. away. As it's drawn near, the sour/acidic elements are apparent. Vanilla creme frosting and fresh from the oven pastries are what come to mind. It smells a little 'heavier' than most authentic Bavarian Hefes I've tried.

The sour/tart/acidic flavors hit my tongue with a quick snap. I was expecting a malt concert from what I got out of the scent, but no way - the lemon/citrus rocked the house. As a matter of fact, I'm getting no clove but a white pepper spice. No bubblegum either. A lot of quenching tartness delivered with a crisp hit.

The mouthfeel is a little flat feeling. Between light-medium bodied with very little staying carbonation. The citrus twang is nice in the finish.

Drinkability is good. Nothing over-the-top or offensive.

Overall an okay rendition of a Bavarian style wheat beer (per the label). No lacing and a thin head. Low level of carbonation. The zesty citrus notes really sang in this beer though. I'd like to try this ultra fresh on tap to reserve final judgement. For now I'll stay away from this bottled version as there are more satisfying examples on the shelves IMHO. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of spices and banana. Taste is good, banana, spices, fruits, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this makes for a high quality brew.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes. Lightly hazy, active, pale yellow/golden with short lived fizzy white head and no lacing.

A little more banana than spicy clove, but pretty well balanced. Some sweetness as well. Like a good Weiss beer should smell.

Light hop bitterness and citrus hop flavors mix well with the aforementioned banana and clove yeasty influences. A bit sharper and more spicy than the nose.

Somewhat distracting tingly bite up front, then thin-ish medium body with pleasant texture and clean finish.

Very quaffable and tasty. Good summer brew. Very well done American made German style wheat beer. I have a soft spot for a good German style wheat, and this one fits the description.

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

Pour, swirl, pour (the heck with the instructions on the bottle). This leads to a nice cloudy golden colored beer in my pils glass, with a thick bubbly white head. Carbonation is visibly strong, almost violent.

Tangy wheat aroma with some banana. Taste is mildly fruity, with citrus and banana, some mild spice and a nice twang from the wheat. This is very tasty and easy to drink.

Good body, with a nice substantial feel and just buzzing with carbonation. This baby tickles the back of the threat and most of the way down.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-very pale straw color with lots of bubbles and mostly clear. The head is thin and bubbly fizzling a lot. It actually lingers for a little as it fizzles with no lacing on the glass

S-the nose is quite big and enjoyable. A soft apple and notes of pear come to the nose right off the bat, a spicy clove with a touch of pepper come in with a nice aroma of banana in the very back

T-the taste is more bitter and lighter than the nose. A lot of clove and spice attack the tongue with just a touch of banana in the back. It is phenolic with a light hop bitterness that lingers at the finish

M-light body and rough on the palate. Too much carbonation makes this burn on the back of the throat and it doesn't go down smooth

D-par at best, the nose was a real delight but the flavor went spicy and harsh. The feel was rough and biting. Not what I was looking for in a hefe.

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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 tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into a Paulaner Weizen glass. Even with a delicate pour, there was a massive, 4 plus finger head....which sucks because now i can barely sip the beer. I dont know, this would be great if it were duvel, but hefeweizens should not have monster heads like this. cloudy bright golden color with strong carbonation. I didn't shake up the yeast on the bottom, so it's not quite as hazy as it could be.

s: strong hints of citrus, lemon and maybe some clove. really reminds me of a genuine german hefeweizen, kind of like a frazkiskaner or something. great stuff.

t: luckily, the aroma is similar to the flavor. reminds me of an authentic german hefeweizen. lots of citrus and herbal flavors, with a small touch of hops. kind of reminds me of a paulaner hefeweizen. really authentic, and therefore deserves a high score.

m&d: mouthfeel is typical of a hefe. smooth and creamy, well carbonated. drinkability is high, because its pretty cheap and is easy to come by. it also doesn't hurt that it's a joy to quaff.

be sure to give this a try.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, citrus (banana), wheat, slight hop, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus (banana), slight hop, and slight wheat. Overall, good body, blend, complexity, and drinkability.

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