Winter Cheers
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #382
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,098
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.22%
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
806
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: 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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a yellow-gold with a modest head, quickly reducing to a thin layer and robust ring. In the nose, it is a touch of bready malt with some spice. In the mouth, it is spicy with a bit of malt - nice for the season!

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Photo of jmc65267
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice wheat ale. Quite enjoyable this is my first time having it and I would buy again if given the opportunity. 6.7% but doesn’t feel like it which is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy yellow. Huge, three-finger white head of foam with decent retention.

Smell: Citrus, wheat and barley malt, banana, cloves, and sugar.

Taste: Very mild wheat malt with a little citrus backing. Tiny amount of hops, but otherwise mostly wheat and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and decently carbonated.

Overall: A refreshing, delicious beer. Like a lawnmower beer on steroids.

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Photo of mj24053
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this one. It does not taste like a winter ale at all. It tastes like a Belgian blond. But a really good one. I didn't really taste any spices or anything that would make me think this is a winter ale, but as a Belgian blond it is good LOL

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Photo of bushwack
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This thing has a mouthfeel like nothing I've ever had. Small head that dissipates quickly, no bubbles, just looks flat with a slight haze. But once it enters the mouth, it releases all it's energy and becomes bubbly like foamy cream.

Winter is pretty much over and got this on a whim. I was not disappointed and will be looking forward to this next snow fall. Well, if we ever get any here in Alabama.

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Photo of Bird_Priest
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually go for hef's, but this one seemed quite unique to me as a choice for a winter seasonal. To my surprise, this was a very well constructed beer, you get the usual banana bread with a lining of spice to drive it home. This might have been a better fall seasonal, but it's an extremely solid beer all around.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky , cloudy yellowish color. Around a medium body with around the same carbonation.
Aroma was wheat,grain with clove,banana and a little spice
Taste was more wheat and grain but clove and banana show up. Spice is light and hard to describe specifically.
Had it on tap while out to eat and was very enjoyable

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Photo of Nass
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wow a winter german hefeweizen this sounds interesting let's see how it goes. Yep it does taste like a hefeweizen maybe not as good as your german hefeweizens but it's okay, although it does not mesh well with the other winter ales I had tonight. A German Hefeweizen is more of a spring/summer type of beer so I don't know what they were thinking with this beer. Cheers! B-

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Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. enjoy by 3/9/19, so plenty fresh.

Slightly hazy light yellow body with a small white head that leaves some lacing. steady streams of carbonation.

Banana, cloves, and yeast on the nose.

Upon tasting, banana & yeast fight it out, while the cloves and any other fruit flavors are absent. the overall taste, which is odd, manages to be both flavorful yet completely uninspiring. weird.

Mouth slightly above medium, finish banana.

Overall, one of those beers which looks and smells much better than it tastes. Not a bad beer per se, but just doesn't grab you.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear beer, almost the color of a coors light. Light and crisp. Smooth taste with a semi funky smell. Easy to drink with a smooth taste. Wouldn’t drink another one of these probably.

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Photo of Lucular
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle split with my brother-in-law. This is a solid hefeweizen. Aroma and taste is wheat, banana, and clove. Maybe a hint of bubblegum. For a winter spice beer this doesn't seem anything unusual for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into small chalice. No date.
Look is semi clear yellow. Smell typical Hefe banana notes. Taste was hoping for more spices for winter, but was fairly a hefe with a little spice. Feel is light. Overall I was expecting more spice but its a nice hefe.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Almost clear, pale golden color. Ridiculous head. Large, white & fluffy with great retention. Lacing was very good. Strong effervescence bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. If the lacing was a little better, this would rate a 5.

S---As advertised, banana & clove. Some tartness is apparent also.

T---Tastes like a proper hefeweizen. Banana backed by spiciness and clove. There's also the necessary wheat/bread flavor, although it's pretty far in the background.

F---Light & bubbly from the full carbonation. Quenching & refreshing. ABV is high for a hefe, but is not noticeable.

O---Excellent effort. I don't know what makes it a winter/celebratory beer, though. Other than the high ABV for a hefe, it's just a damn good hefeweizen. I wish I'd bought more.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a weizen glass. I couldn’t find a date on it, but after tasting and smelling, I figured it was okay to continue on. The appearance was a nice looking somewhat hazy yellow to orange color with a three finger white foamy head that hung around for a good two minutes before gracefully dieing into the glass. The lacing is spotty and somewhat clingy. The aroma smelled just like a real hefeweizen, nice banana esters with a gentle rolling spicy clove accompanied by a light wheaty/breadiness. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined intricately yet subtly. There’s no aftertaste nor finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice little kick of wheat bite on the back end. Overall, I dig it as a hefeweizen, good for the style but I don’t get the extra "winter" spices that’s supposedly in there.

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Photo of stpracer
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Not a big winter beer fan but this one ticks all the check boxes for me
Lighter flavor with banana hints almost a summer type beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy, mostly clear deep gold with a fluffy white head. Very retention, with some spotty lacing.

S: Green banana, clove, hay, pineapple, orange peel, lemon, white grape, pear, warm doughy malt.

T: Green apple skin, lemon oil, pear, banana, cracker, doughy malt, hay, orange peel, clove.

F: Medium. Moderately carbonated. Finishes lightly dry, with some oils sticking in the mouth.

O: An enjoyable hoppy hefeweizen. I'd happily recommend to someone as an alternative to dark winter beers.

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Photo of erk0607
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark golden body with white head of medium bubbles that lingers
Smell: Apple, pear, orange, clove, earthy funk, almost a bit medicinial
Taste: More traditional wheatbeer like, with banana and clove, followed by the tanginess of citrus and other fresh fruits. Zesty. Also some earthiness from the smell carrying over from the hops.
Feel: Heavy and thick, foams up nicely, goes down slick. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: At first sniff it was somewhat nasty smelling, but after it offgassed (maybe?) or I got used to the smell, it's not quite as bad. Interesting holiday beer considering the bright fruit flavor instead of the traditional dark spices.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is light in appearance. First sip was quite agreeable and it remained so. Nice lacing on the glass, refreshing, very drinkable, and has a very well balanced taste with light spice and grains. Very nice

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Photo of Gajo74
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy, a bit clear for the style, straw color. A giant white fluffy head retains well. The lacing is foamy and sticky. The carbonation is both visible and audible.
The aroma kicks of with fruity esters; banana, pear, and a zesty whiff of orange peel. There is a touch of herbal hops. Midway, an earthy touch of straw and grass top things off.
First impressions of the taste: smooth wheat texture with a bubblegum like malt feel, banana flavored sweetness and with a tangy citrus finish. Soon, a gentle and earthy hops kick, combined with flavors of cloves, begins to emerge. It develops along and adds quite a spicy bite, yet the sweetness remains throughout. The malt and wheat is redolent of straw and grass. A slightly tart and dry apple finish also begins to develop. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation, that once it settles, becomes more silky, smooth and light.
A nice example of Hefeweizen

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Photo of haines710
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Yellowy color with nice head. Smell is not strong but a little clove is apparent to me. Taste is stronger and very clovey and overly carbonated for my taste. I did not enjoy drinking this beer. But think it probably would appeal to others that appreciate the taste. Nice bottle design and very festive but not one I will seek out again.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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 drtth
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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 jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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 stephenjmoore
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +2.5%
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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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 806 ratings