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Winter Cheers | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by rab53 on 10-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,558
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
731
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
168
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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Weizen glass. No date.

L: Slight haze, straw yellow, two and a half finger head has great retention.

S: Yeast, bready, not much spice but faint coriander is there. Disappointing aroma.

T: Again it's bready and yeasty, with low amounts of spice, really disappointing.

F: Light, crisp, smooth.

O: Bad beer.

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Photo of Beerucee
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent wheat beer

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Photo of drtth
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy, pale golden colored beer pours, using a controlled pour, into a Duvel glass with a 2" finely bubbled snow white head that recedes very slowly to a thin cap of foam and leaves lots of lacing and sheets of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small scattered patches and a few legs of lacing.

The aromas include some clove and lemon with a bit of banana. There's also with a mild bready and floral character in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and this is clearly a wheat beer. There's a bit of spicy character from the clove and the fruitiness of the banana remains in the background. There's also some additional fruitiness that is fairly complex. Some lemony tartness keeps the malt sweetness very much in the background with both some bitterness and pepper showing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some clean pirickly crispness from the moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the fruity flavors begin to fade away leaving the more slowly receding spicyness to lead into the slightly peppery and bitter dry ending.

Overall I've enjoyed this beer and think it's an interesting version of an Hefeweizen, so I'll probably pick up another. If I find that second one as enjoyable as this bottle I'll probably also get a 6 pack to have in the fridge for the coming holidays.

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Photo of Curt3
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a straw yellow color with nice clarity and thick white, creamy white lacing.

S - Bready, yeasty, lemon, peppery, cloves, mild banana.

T - Peppery cloves, banana, yeasty, and lemon with a lingering peppery clove finish with a little bit of lemon resin buried underneath.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation.

O - Flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mrfrancis
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 SFC21
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattyrubes
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_ski
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmalpha1
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Juicyjay0731
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JC333
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjbrandt18
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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 The_Grantula
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keng1343
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 731 ratings
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