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 stephenjmoore
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with a sticky bone white head. Aroma is big wheat, bubblegum and a dash of sweetness. Flavor is a pretty straightforward wheat beer with a noticeable sweetness. Feel is prickly with almost a cola-like carbonation fizzle. Light and dry otherwise. An okay wheat beer.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy golden with few carb bubbles. Thick, fairly bubbly off-white head. Fair lacing.
S- Subtle spice smell. Not overpowering.
T - Wheat undertones. Almost like a Heffe-lite. Banana.
F - Fairly smooth but has a biting aftertaste.
O - Pretty nice beer. A drinkable Heffe for me (most I've had in past were more wheat-strong).

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Photo of FBarber
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color. Thin white head dissipates quickly leaving some bubbly white foam on top of the beer.

Smell is very subtle and faint. Aromas of wheat, yeast, apple and pepper are noted.

Taste follows the nose with some wheat, yeast and pepper. Touch of hops presents some lemon, citrus, and apple notes. Lacks much in the way of the traditional hefe flavors here - no bubblegum, banana or clove. Its more in the line of a blonde belgian pale ale. There is a slight metallic flavor on the back.

Feel is actually alright for the style. Full bodied from the wheat. Prickly carbonation.

Overall this is not a great example of a hefe, but its a perfectly fine beer otherwise.

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Photo of Spaz0id
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pour in weizen glass
Pale golden color, hazy but,not as cloudy as expected from a heffe. Moderate fluffy near white head. Moderate carbonation
smells of mild yeast, some phenol, very light hop. Definitely a wheat brew.
taste- wheat beer with notes of lemon, no banana or bubblegum, lightly hoppy finish.
feel- well I believe I am used to a chewier heffe. Slightly fizzy, but not astringent.
over all... hummm... perhaps it's not a heffe, closer to a golden ale. and surprisingly to me, missing anything that would claim a winter title, be it a warmer, or winter seasonal. It is nice. missing spice that aren't directly yeast or hop related. Nice wheat beer, but not anything else.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, straightforward, real deal hefeweizen coming from Victory here. Semi-opaque, pinky head holding golden ale.

Smell coming out the bottle is straight Bavarian yeast. The taste fits that description perfectly - this is a classic take on a German staple beer.

Medium-low carbonation, nice ability to hide that alcohol content which is uncharacteristically for this style. A very pleasing beer, and I love the fact that it is branded as a winter hefeweizen. It indeed warms you up and doesn't have that cooler, cool you down after a summer day feeling that many hefeweizens carry. This is a cool beer and a unique one too. I always love Victory's beers!

Great banana, coriander, clove flavor. Not getting as much citrus but it is excellent.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yellow gold color, thin head with decent lacing, it smells a lot more single noted than it tastes, bright munich yeast. Delicious, bavarian clove banana, EXACTLY what you are looking for in a hefe, with a hidden percentage and a tinge of citrus. The feel is medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation in my opinion, though my fiancé begs to differ. To me, this beer can go either way, summer or winter. Very happy he was able to find and bring this one home to me. :)

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy pale gold with a modest head.
S: Nice hefe aroma, on the phenolic side.
T: Yep, this is a yeast that tends more toward the phenols than the esters. Very spicy, clovey notes, though it doesn't disappoint on the fruit. Bitterness is low, but there is some pleasant hop flavor that gives hints of citrus.
M: Lots of carbonation, a bit more body than a typical hefe.
O: Quite decent beer! I'm going to enjoy this six pack a lot.

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Photo of timobkg
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at 55° poured into a Chimay goblet.

Look - golden, sightly hazy, with a white head that quickly thins but never dissipates.

Smell - lemony with a hint of spice, maybe white pepper and cardamom. It reminds me of a Belgian golden ale.

Taste - like the aroma, lemony and peppery with a backing of spice, and a depth of flavor that I associate with Belgian yeast. It again reminds of a Belgian ale. Initially slightly bland, the flavors quickly emerge as it warms - my impression improves with every sip.

Feel - delightfully effervescent with a nice mouthfeel.

Overall - a very solid, if not amazing, take on the Belgian light golden ale. While a wheat ale, I feel the wheat is relegated to the background. If I closed my eyes, I'd swear I was drinking a beer straight out of Belgium.

I feel the Winter Cheers moniker does this beer a disservice as it creates expectations that run contrary to what the beer is. Instead of a winter beer with the associated winter spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise, clove, etc. - it's a solid year-round Belgian pale/golden ale.

Victory, rename it Cheers from Brussels and you'll have yourselves a solid year-round offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had another great day at work, probably signifying that I am going to be let go at the first opportunity. The best part was that as a B&N Bookseller, I am getting a whopping discount during the holidays. I just bought 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die and the latest update of Stephen Beaumont & Tim Webb's Encyclopedia of Beer and now, I want to drink a beer & do some reading. Cheers!

From the bottle: "A Victory for your taste"; "Chase Winter's Chill with this celebratory Wheat Ale. Luscious notes of fruit and spice make Winter Cheers the perfect brew to fuel festive time and taste Victory! Brewmasters' Approval [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron".

I have a very nice V-20 pint glass standing by for this beer, so all that remains is the Pop!ping of the cap & I can get things started. We are still approximately two weeks away from the official start of Winter 2016-'17, but I am only going to hold off on my Christmas beers until Christmas. Winter bites enough as it is without having to wait for it to arrive. Plus, it is more like Winter than Fall anyway. I am not sure that it is actually a Hefeweizen as opposed to a Witbier or well, never mind. Over three years on this site with no updates tells me something. My heavy handed pour caused the formation of three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head that resembled soft-serve vanilla ice cream. The head retention was so fabulous that I began to contemplate sending out for ice cream. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a definite citrus bent, like grapefruit rind, orange peel and a light clove & black pepper bite. Witbier? Just asking. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more spicy than banana, suggestive of coriander or even something in the yeast. I got a light banana flavor on the extreme finish, but prior to that, it was very spicy with undertones of citrus. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its spiciness. If this truly is a Hefeweizen, I am very impressed! I usually disdain the style because of its emphasis on banana esters, but this was very good. I will inquire of Mr. Covaleski & report back.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Pours a nice hazy golden color with a lot of festive effervescence. Slight whitish head and faint, pleasant lacing.

S: All I got on the nose was yeast. The aroma was the most disappoint aspect of this beer.

T: The flavor is very solid--not overly spiced like so many winter/holiday brews. A little sweet malt and some tropical notes. Maybe a little coriander or cinnamon.

F: Light- to medium-bodied and on the drier side.

O: It's certainly not my favorite of the type. While many overdo the spice, this one incorporates too little, and the result is that it reminds me of a summer beer, but it's still fairly solid. I would probably buy it again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a large foamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A fair, somewhat underwhelming aroma of wheat , fruit, and some spices.

T: Tasted of some of the typical hefeweizen fruits (banana, of course), a little bit of citrus (lemon), spices (coriander, cloves), a bit of wheat, and some malt as well. Certainly not a bad flavor, but it seems a little on the thin side. Not as vibrant as other hefeweizens, but decent enough.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, if a little watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole this is a drinkable beer, in spite of its flaws. Could have been better, though.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another tasty brew from Victory. Very much a yeasty banana smell on the nose. What I really like about the taste is they didn't hop it up. I'm getting a very wheat beer taste the same on the lingering finish. Well carbonated. Good beer !

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Photo of akolb
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked interesting. A strong winter Hefe. Nice yeasty banana aroma sets things off on the right foot. Also a bit of coriander and pepper. Almost has some saison and Tripel elements to the aroma. This beer has a truly prodigious head. Taste has wheat and mild coriander. Very well balanced. This is a very well done beer that's definately not a traditional Hefe, but is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +8.6%
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 +5.9%
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 -1.1%
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%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -20.8%
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 +8.9%
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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