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Winter Cheers | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Winter CheersWinter Cheers

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wheat ale, combining German wheat and barley malts, oats, torrified wheat and whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops, this fruity and warming holiday brew delivers a refreshing finish, with spicy hints of banana, clove and citrus.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle into ale glass
Enjoy By: 23 March 2016
A clear golden color, good carbonation, a foamy 3-finger head from a somewhat aggressive pour. Coriander and citrus (lemon) stand out the most. Delightful brew that could cross over to Spring Cheers and even Summer Cheers. Purchased it in a 6-pack sampler. Hope the rest are as good as this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 23 Feb 2016

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear pale golden color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger creamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, grassy, wheaty, with some banana/coriander notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, grassy, wheaty, nice banana/coriander notes. Medium body. Overall, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow body; thick and rocky, foamy, sticky head. Pungent, spicy aroma with a touch of light fruit; watermelon. Honey and light caramel malt flavors; mildly toasted bread crusts; citrus notes; lemon. Medium-heavy body; creamy; crisp and dry finish.

A very flavorful, full-bodied yet easy drinking winter ale. I see this is a wheat ale and now many elements of the smell and taste fall into place. There is a hefeweizen quality to this beer and probably would be fine as a warm weather thirst quencher, too. Regardless, this is one fine beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is lively wheat, spices and lemon.
The taste mild fruit sweet tempered by lemon bitter.
The texture is crisp, but a bit too much carbonation.
It has great aroma and good flavor.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Phila International Airport, so possibly it was fresh. Pours a cloudy pale straw color, with a moderate white head. Initial impression is citrus, orange peel, grapefruit juice hops, banana, and a hint of clove and slight bitterness in the finish. Medium-thin mouthfeel. I couldn't consume a whole lot of this, but it's quite refreshing in moderation.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer. Drinks very light and refreshing. Lacking in the characteristic hefeweizen phenol/ester profile. Look is a pretty clear golden yellow with a pillowy white head, leaves considerable lacing. Nose is rather weak though smells of sweetness. No typical banana or clove on the nose or palate. Tastes sweet and mildly grainy. The body is somewhat remincient of whipped cream, very smooth and airy, though it feels full. In other words, the body is full though not dense, making it light.
Overall a good beer, I feel like Victory always nails it when it comes to making a light and approachable beer with incredible mouthfeel, though just felt it was somewhat lacking in other departments. Would drink again

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by Feb 23, 2016.

Pouring into a weissbier glass allows ample room for the large, fluffy, white head to sit on top of a pale gold body. Great clarity initially, then slightly hazy after adding some of the yeast from the bottle. Good head retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is mild with spicy yeast and citrusy hops. Bready malts provide the base for the flavor. Bright and clean with a light pepper and clove spice kick at the end. Its light body and lively carbonation makes it very easy to drink.

Love the idea by Victory here to go with a bright, fruity, spicy beer for the Winter instead of your usual big, complex, malt monster. A little more mild and hoppier than your typical hefeweizen, but I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with date

Hazy yellow in color white head. Typical yeast spicy herbal aroma for the style. Dominates taste as well on top of the wheat. Thinner bodied, high carbonation

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Photo of ajm5108
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory has a propensity, I think, of producing very pedestrian, inoffensive beers, which can be both a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. Winter Cheer is everything you'd expect from a hefeweizen, and commits none of the mistakes lots of other of the style make, but it is anonymous. Nothing distinct. You've got the banana and clove, a little esters floating in the background. It's a tad thin, but that is really the only thing that stands out as a negative, but there isn't anything that jumps out and stakes it claim either.

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Photo of 88caprice
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This didn't strike me as a strong hefeweizen.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.
A hazy, light yellow brew (almost ripe pear colored) with a one-finger foamy head that stuck around til the end.
Smell was closer to a Belgian wheat than a hefe. Mostly a grassy, bitter smell. Not picking up characteristic banana/clove phenols.
Taste is similar with lots of bitter grass and some tartness. Nothing really standing out.
A medium light mouthfeel. Quite sparkly and very carbonated.

OK, but not a great hefe example IMO.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like a hefe. Golden with a fluffy white head.

Smell- Wheat, clove, banana.

Taste follows the nose. Not particularly hoppy. Just a straightforward hefe.

Overall it is a decent hefe but I wouldn't really consider it a unique take on one. It's a respectably done hefe with decent flavor.

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Photo of classixIII
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great variation from the expected heavy spiced, higher ABV winter warmers and ales. Love Hefes and the Winter Warmers so Victory gives us a combination that works well for me. Nice cloudy straw pour with fluffy head. Wheat, bananas, fruit and spices. Extremely drinkable, so I had a few. Good job Victory!

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Photo of Antc2382
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy holidays indeed!
A: golden with a slight hint of orange. This beer prides itself on it's golden color. Huge white head that stays a inch throughout. Nice lacing. This is a foamy brew. S: Nothing offensive. Some banana peel in there. T: deceptively complex. Light dried fruit. Mild spices. It's a drinkable wit/hefenweizen. F: previously noted, it's foamy. Carbonated nicely, little to no alcohol detected. O: another quality seasonal from victory. Cheers!

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Photo of dd43
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A holiday spiced hefe. Banana and clove in the aroma, as per the style. Spicing includes nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon, giving the beer a slight warming sensation as you drink it. Some bready yeasty qualities especially if you agitate the last ounce in the bottle before pouring into a glass.

Nice for the first half of a bottle but o fatigued on the spices after a while. Half pours would be great to share at a holiday party with other beer drinkers.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A winter hefeweizen! A beer we associate with balmy summer evenings...a nice change from the string of winter warmers, porters, stouts and old ales we've been handling lately. A typical hefe pour, cloudy straw color with a thick head and the aroma of bread, yeast and malt. Light with nice carbonation and clean aftertaste. A good one to have in rotation.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful light color about an inch and a half while head... Smell some spice and a little bit of fruit but wow as u sip. So refreshing... So much spice.. So much fruit... Kinda surprised this only has an 83 on here. Maybe it's because it's typically not what I think of for a winter beer. But if I was chugging these down in the snow I would definetely feel a little bit warmer

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Photo of hopflyer
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local Chili's

Light straw color yellow is the pour with a fluffy two finger head.

Smell is wheat bread and banana and some mild spice

Taste initially is dominated by banana and then melds into a spicy wheat bread flavor. A title bit of yeast. The coriander flavors also arrive midway.

Lighter side of medium body and ample carbonation.

Not a style I'm too familiar with or have that often. This one is a step on a different direction for me, but it is flavorful. I would have again but probably wouldn't go stocking my fridge with these.

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Photo of Myotus
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with 6 fingers (that's just too much head) worth of dense, white foam. After 1 minute, the foam head becomes spacious and rocky. At 2 minutes, it dissipates into 4 fingers leaving behind a moderate amount of very thick lacing. Finally at 3 minutes, two fingers worth of rocky foam is left with the center of the foam head remains at 4 fingers high creating a nice plateau of foam. There is an abundance of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. Lacing is high and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat, lemongrass, and black pepper entangle with mild aromas of grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines along with subtle aromas of cloves, bananas, and earthy yeast. A hint of alcohol can also be perceived.
TASTE: Strong lemongrass and black pepper flavors first strike the palate. Mild flavors of wheat, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and hints of bananas enter right after. Subtle earthy yeast flavors and hints of cloves enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for banana, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes crisp. This feels like something you would want to drink in the summer and not in the winter.
NOTE: What was somewhat balanced in the smell, was terribly unbalanced in the taste. The right flavors were in the wrong places with this one.

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Photo of Spiceboy
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the most Refreshing Beer I've ever had...which is why I hope they offer it Year Round b/c it would taste Great in the summer too:) I've had it both in Draft and Bottle and they both taste great. Interestingly, the Bottle says it's unpasteurized which is unique for Bottles as most are "pasteurized". Since Draft Beer is also unpasteurized this beer bottled tastes the same as it does on tap:)

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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hefeweizen for the Holidays?! I'm there. Good mouth feel,taste is mediumm, but spicy and full. smell is typical hefeweizen for me, I enjoy the pick for the season. Will buy again, after trying this year's "Celebration" by Sierra.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late October for $1.99. Best by 2-23-2016.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose has hints of light fruit esters.

Taste has hints of banana, clove, and apples.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer, an odd choice for the holiday season for sure!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Brewing Company "Winter Cheers"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 23 MAR 2016"

I'm going to take a different approach for this review... what's wrong with you BeerAdvocates? A current score of 83 for this beer? Ridiculous!

It might not be what you think of as a "winter beer", but it remains spicy and fruity and interesting, even in it's grainy maltiness. I find it almost compellingly drinkable! I couldn't put it down - it turned me into Barney from the Simpsons except that I wasn't just drinking any bland beer in excess, I just couldn't stop trying to find more flavor components in it - and I was just basking in its fruitiness! Ohhhhhhh sooo nice!

It's wheaty, grainy and oaty... cereal-like - and spicy, but not "spice"y - with lots of fruit (apple, citrus, peach, lychee... tropical). Perhaps I'm wooed by the Citra hops, my favorite, or is it the yeast with its spice and fruit? Or is it, as I'm tending to believe, that it's actually a combination of the three that somehow just creates magic? And on that note, I'm quite sure that if this was a beer coming out of Belgium it'd be getting a lot more love here.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent hefeweisen. The smell is yeasty and slightly spicy with an odd earthy quality. The taste is nice and smooth with a slightly tart finish. I don't get any winteriness from it though. nb

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, some juicyfruit , plus phenols when warm

T: Follows the nose, some white grape & pear up front. Band-aids, a little pear, a bit of cloves, once warm. Finishes fruity with a little bit of rubber-band

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks easy, not a bad hefe

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow glass: color is straw, head is bright white and presents at least 1/2 inch thick with some light lacing on the glass.

Smell is feint at first, but the flavors present as it warms with light bread and malt that transitions to clove, spice and some citrus.

Taste is very good, crisp malt and then some softer toast and bread, then transitions to the flavorful spiciness with some light clove, hints of banana.

Mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer, very soft at first, then a crisper and bright finish with some nice lingering flavors.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, a somewhat crisp hefeweizen with a bit of strength, but some unique qualities and a great drinkability.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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