Winter Cheers
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Hefeweizen
Ranked #263
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #24,841
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 13.33%
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
839
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 06, 2023
Added:
Oct 14, 2013
Wants:
  21
Gots:
  193
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Not my favorite style, but also aware that Victory is top notch. Clear golden body with soft fluffy white head. Aroma and taste are pure grain, mildly sweet, about as far from any seasonal as I can imagine. Very summery. Drinkable
Feb 06, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by ATS9K from Illinois

Nov 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Single bottle from Party Town
Hazy pale gold in color with vivid carbonation, supporting a nice thick fluffy head for a long time.
Banana, clove and some spicy aroma. Taste follows the nose with a hint of citrus.
Medium body, a nice mouthfeel.
Certainly a different winter beer.
Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow body, crowned by a large, white, fairly coarse head, which soon collapses to a mere dusting of foam on the surface. Fine-beaded carbonation drifts lazily to the surface, fed by numerous streams. Think, chunky lacing adorns the glass wall.

Aroma: Notably spicy clove and pepper open the aroma, with ripe bananas and white bread notes. There are notes of bitter apple as well, bubblegum and spicy alcohol, and a slight earthy character from the yeast.

Taste: Opens with a tart wheat note, and spicy alcohol. Soon after, ripe banana, bitter apple, and white pepper present. White bread malt notes with hints of cracker follow. The hops offer a spicy note of lemon and orange rind. The yeast provides a mildly earthy finish.

Mouth feel: Rich and full, with moderate zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A quite nice example of a style not commonly associated with the winter holidays. A pleasing departure from typical Christmas beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Duvel chalice.
Dec 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.69 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland

Dec 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Dec 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by trickynicky from Maryland

Nov 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.96 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by nasharm from New York

Nov 16, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.61 by patre_tim from Thailand

Oct 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.35 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

1/5  rDev -72.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Notes from 5/2/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is a somewhat hazy pale yellow with 1/4in of white foam. I have had many Hefeweizens in this glass that have at least 3 fingers of beautiful pillowy white head. This has the worst appearence of any Hefeweizen I have had.
The level of aroma is low. This is another bad sign. There is a grassy note which I have not found in any other Hefeweizen. There are also the typical banana and clove notes but they are weak.
The intensity of taste is medium. The taste begins with grass, then the banana and clove make a brief appearence. Then a above medium bitterness dominates.
The level of thickness is somewhat below medium. The feel is creamy and then a medium-high astringency level assults the tongue.
Overall, I hate this beer. Hefeweizens are my favorite style. This is just another unimaginative brewer thinking it would make their beer stand out by giving it a big bitter finish.
May 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by elamb106 from New York

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Certainly a different type of Hefe I have had...

...and not one that I overly enjoyed, either. The look was relatively bland, hazy as expected with a short-lived head. The smell was mostly unremarkable - mostly malty, if nothing else. Mouthfeel was carbonated to the point of distraction, but the taste had a surprising hint of sweetness at the back-end. Overall, though not special, it's a decent enough brew.
Feb 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours pale yellow, with a 1 inch thick, foamy head. Heavy lacing.

Smell is estery, banana, cloves.

Taste is banana, cloves, citrus.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Not the best of the wheat beers, just ok.
Feb 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.18 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.47 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Feb 02, 2020