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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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 BeerBoss
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from a beer tasting at my local package store-Victory was the host and I had to bring some of this yummy delight home for consumption.

A: A deep hazy straw color with a generous head.

S: Noticeable sweet/citrusy notes.

T: sdsss oops..sorry spilt some on the keyboard. Many complex layers going on here. Starts off with a citrusy pallat with hints of grass and clove and then moves on to finsih with a sweet bubble gum notes.

M: Creamy, smooth, yummy

O: A very drinkable of my favorite wheat beers

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, bright yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: lemon, Belgian spices, and banana

Taste: lemon, Belgian spices, and banana

Mouthfeel: sweet with a crisp aftertaste, very high carbonation and light bodied

Overall: A very good, refreshing, and clean hefeweizen. One of the better Victory beers I have had and one of the better hefes I have had in a while. I could do a six.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that fades quickly.

S: Strong aroma of coriander, banana, with a bit of citrus thrown in.

T: Coriander comes through strong as does the citrus flavor. There's a good deal of bitterness as well.

O: Overall this is a good solid brew. Mark down another good beer from Victory.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a bright transparent golden yellow hue. A good inch of crisp white foam creates a head. Sits an opaque light gold hue after pouring in yeast. Foamy layer stayed through whole beer.

S- Aroma is lots of hay and crisp citrus zest (lemon mostly). A light musk is present along with a good deal of lighter yeasty aroma. Real fresh, bright & refreshing smelling. Really good.

T- Very similar to aroma. The citrus zest and hay notes are the strongest. the yeast becomes more mild and the lighter musk is basically gone. Much simpler then aroma. Good.

M- Quite light. Very easy to drink. Some sharp zest on palate. Lightly lingers for a short bit. Could have some more body on this one to balance, especially with how zesty it is. A thicker then water feel, but not much.

O- Very much on the lighter side for a Hefeweizen. A really good take on the still that leans more towards a wit or belgian pale in some regards. A great summer brew.

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Photo of zimm421
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bodega on 6/9/11 in a standard pint glass. Appears a hazy pale yellow color with a decent bubbly white head. Not a great amount of lacing, but this beer still looks wonderful.

The aroma is full of wheat and other light malts and nice wheat hints. There are also nice fruity scents, mostly citrus. The taste is very similar. Very tangy on the tongue with the wheat and the fruit. There are nice clove spices as well. Everything seems to fit together well and really works great.

The mouthfeel is just right, medium to light bodied, good amounts of carbonation and it goes down very smoothly and easily. Overall, this is a great beer. It is easy drinking, very flavorful and is something that works great on a hot day.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Brews Bros, Mt Lebanon, PA.

First of all, I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens. So I am going to try to rate this for what it is, and not comparing to other types of beers that I prefer.

Definitely has that weizen smell. Lemon, pepper, banana...Smells like most of them.

That's where it ends. This one is pretty good (for a Hefeweizen). Just like the smell, lemon, banana, honey, but this has a real nice body...not full, but medium, and not too much carbonation. I could definitely throw these down on a hot summer day.

Congrats to Victory for making the best Hefeweizen I have tried. I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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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 mpyle
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

app - straw colored and cloudy. Aggressive pour produced a 3" head of tightly bubbled goodness.

smell - sweet clovey aroma, much more clove than any banana-like fruit smells.

Taste - Nice clove taste with a distinct tangy flavor from the wheat. Dries out nicely in the finish and ends quite clean. Yeast character isn't overpowering, and favors cloves, so likely fermented relatively cool.

MF - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. No astringency or warming

Overall - A decent American example of the style that is clean and highly drinkable. Non hefeweizen fans might even enjoy this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours out as a hazy orange yellow color. The aromas have some lemon grass in there along with some fresh cut wheat and yeast. The taste isnt too bad the citrus from the hops come forward and then The wheat nellies the whole thing out in the aftertaste. This beer is great for the summer, it's light body and smooth texture on the tongue gives off some a refreshed feeling in your mouth. It's notmmymfavorite wheat beer but it could be much worse.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a medium DEEP yellow with a small white fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had fair lacing. the aroma was heavy of wheat and grain malts, leathery yeasty with a nice hint of citrus hops and notes of banana. It tasted quite yeasty and mildly bitter from beginning to end with the finish having a nice yeasty/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a strong fizzy carbonation. Overall a nice refreshing brew that is very drinkable, but very light.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: I should preface this by saying that Hefeweizens in a weizen glass is the greatest looking beer in the world to me. That being said, this one falls short. The pour is a hazy golden color with a billowing two finger head that dissipates quickly and does not lace very well.

S: Very peppery yeast, lemon, strong doughy bread notes, and a little banana.

T: Lemon, graham cracker, honey, and peppery yeast (which is quite subdued compared to the smell).

M: It has a medium-light body with some prickly carbonation but a mostly clean finish.

D: This is solid drinking and the best American hefeweizen I've had thus far.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden color. Lots of head retention. Very nice.

S - Wonderful. Lemon, wheat. Strong aromas. Exactly what you expect in a good Hefe.

T - I am not a huge wheat beer/Hefeweizen fan. However, Victory has sold me on this one. Very mild flavors of lemon, wheat.

M - Very smooth. Nice carbonation and light bodied.

D - As good as this style gets in my opinion. Poor another round!

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 7/9/10*

Best before date: May 14 2011

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a big foamy had that fades quickly leaving behind some light lacing. Lemon scents are the first thing that hits my nose, along with some clove and banana notes. Everything in the nose is detected in the taste (more clove and citrus than banana), but magnified - also get some nice bready / yeast flavors in the finish. Really flavorful American Hefe. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, extremely refreshing and drinkable.

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

A- Pale slightly hazy straw yellow with a huge creamy white head that has great retention. Pretty nice spots of lace coat the glass from a foamy pillow.

S- Notes of clove and banana atop a bready/wheat, light malt base. Good overall strength. Slight barnyard funk(hmm).

T- A lighter end, balanced flavor with all of the above. Clove, banana and straw come to mind first. Certainly some yeast influence and wheat in the finish. Some hops in the finish as well as apple.

MF- Hugely carbonated light body that has a nice creamy feel to it. Very slight bitterness.

DB- Really has a better flavor than I was expecting from an American Hefeweizen. Drinks easily and has a balanced flavor.

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Photo of jlandis
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear (with a slight chill haze) light golden color with HUGE fluffy white head. It took a few pours to get the whole thing in the glass. I expect my hefeweizens to be a bit hazy.

Beautiful coriander, clove, lemon, and spice. This is the epitome of hefeweizen aroma!

Tart lemon right up front with the classic coriander an clove. Slight earthy hop bitterness with nice floral characteristics. This is a nice blend of modern and classic styles.

There is a nice solid carbonation with a moderate mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer. The aromas are spot on for the classic style and the flavors add a nice American flare. I think I like the whirlwind wit a bit more than this one, but I'll be sure to pick this one up again next year when it's back in season.

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Photo of scootny
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew. Head is a decent, maybe a little small but the color is straw gold and cloudy. Bits of lace. Nose has all the usual suspects with excellent banana, clove, and lemon. Taste has the added elements of cinnamon and pepper. Good wheat malt core in the body. Mild hops and lovely banana in lingering in the finish. Dry crisp feel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and a good summer refresher. Not bad on this night in November as well.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Some lace, tons of bubbles.

Yeast, wheat, some candied/bubblegum/tropical fruit notes. Strength is the issue. Light scented.

Sweet wheat, yeast, dusty husk, some fruity notes, some white pepper spice. Decent.

Lighter bodied and a bit thinner than I'd like. On the verge of being watery.

Decent drinkability. I liked it though there are plenty better. Mild complexity, meaning it is there, just mild form. That holds this one back. Still, very very decent.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with a nice white head. A fair amount of lacing as it goes down. Nose is clove, banana, and some citrus. Maybe a hint of pepper. Taste is a bit sweet and fruity with a bit of spice. Nice, light and cremy feel with good carbonation levels. Overall, a very nice summer beer.

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

A: Cloudy, banana-yellow in color, mucho carbonation, and massive head. Whoa!

S: Tangy wheat scent with upfront Victory taste profile.

T: Refreshing, mildly spiced concoction, with a smooth finish. It can almost taste bubble gum in the aftertaste - but that is probably just my imagination.

M: Smooth, with a bit of unfiltered thickness, and tingly carbonation.

D: The 5.70% ABV is perfect. In my opinion, Victory makes some of the best session beers on the planet.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Color was a straw amber color with a white 1 finger head. Small amount of cling, with a fair stream of constant carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly olivey, prevalent aroma was yeast. Tasted of yeast and banana. Felt a little off in the mouth, a tad watery, but just not quite right. Fairly easy to drink, and pleasant as well.

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

12 oz. Bright gold pour, finger or so of white head. Retention is not bad.

Spicy aroma, heavy clove. Light bready malt, barely a hint of citrus.

I really like this because the bannana is not overwhelming. Clove, nutmeg, ginger almost pumpkin ale like spices, with the lighter German Hefe tastes and body. The spice lingers in the finish.

Lively but smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Slightly higher abv for a hefeweizen, but not noticeable at all. Maybe makes it less drinkable than others in the category just because it will inevitably effect you more.

I don't think you can go wrong with this one.

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Photo of grizzly700
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into twenty ounce beer glass.. Pours pale yellow with about inch head.. Smells of banana and clove are present.. Pretty smooth for a somewhat strong beer. Goes down nice and easy on hot sunny days... Will buy again next year along with troegs dreamweaver...

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a hazy appearance and some small particulates suspended in it.

S: There's a smell of honey and oranges with a definate yeast characteristic also.

T: While the smell tends towards the sweet side the taste is more on the dry end. There are flavors of spice and citrus...along with the same bready yeast flavor present in the aroma

M: Medium bodied with a reasonable amout of carbonation. Overall the feeling is crisp and refreshing.

D: Very high as this beer is a good example of the style and very enjoyable to drink. I wondered how it would compare to Whirlwind Wit and I must say I enjoy them both greatly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Any excuse to bust out my DB weizen glass is quickly embraced. This one pours a partially hazy pale straw topped by a mountain of white froth. The nose is your standard hefeweizen smell: banana, clove, orange peel, wheat, and a touch of flowers; nothing amiss here. The taste holds the same elements, plus a bit more orange-rind and floral bitterness. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice little hefe, nothing mind-blowing, but tasty enough and very easy to drink.

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