Winter Cheers
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #256
Ranked #26,742
3.6 | pDev: 13.33%
Feb 06, 2023
Oct 14, 2013
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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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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
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Trboley from Ohio

Jan 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Caveworm from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Winter Cheers seasonal hefeweizen by Victory Brewing Company, a gift from the homie @nicholas2121 Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick and lumpy, with webbed lacing, and a hazed deep golden body.

I smell brighter grains along with the wheat. Definitely not much going on with hops, which isn't a bad thing.

Tastes like cracker malts and lighter notes of citrus as one may come to expect with a brew within this style. Clean, lively, and refreshing.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with fair carbonation.

I'll go ahead and rate Winter Cheers seasonal hefeweizen by Victory Brewing Company with a 4.
Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by taigor from New York

Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Navanation from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Expected a dark, malty, winter warmer. Surprised with a winter wheat. Cloudy yellow with a big white head draft pour. Very reminiscent of Allagash. Tasty. Easy drinking.
Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 3.19 by chiefz1 from New York

Jan 10, 2020
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look and aroma is classic Hefeweizen. Taste has alot more hop/bitter balance, which actually works for me as many Hefs are overly sweet. I'm good with this. Kinda surprised by the low scores. Perhaps using citra hops, this really should be classified as an American Wheat ale. Not sure, but its good.
Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
"Enjoy by 09Mar2020"

Slightly hazy gold, with one finger of quickly-dissipating white head, that leaves a ring widely-scattered lacing.

Smell is banana , bready malt, slight bits of honey ,straw, a mix of flowers.

Taste is honey, apple juice, pear juice, slight clove, cracker, sweet golden bread, and a balancing light-moderate bitterness, that starts about halfway through, and lingers for awhile after finish.

Feel is initially smooth, and slightly oily , becoming a little watery as some fine carbonation tingle kicks in. The carbonation + bitterness dries the finish somewhat.

Overall , I like it, and wouldn't mind having it again.
Dec 20, 2019
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Winter Cheers brewed by Victory Brewing Company ,Downingtown. This German Hefeweizen pours out of a 12 oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. This brew has an ABV of 6.70% The color of this brew is a nice hazy cloudy amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with flavors. You pick up on mild citrus notes mixed with grains and malts. There is also a slight sourness in the smell, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Rich with flavors. You pick up a lot of Rich grains and malts. There is also a nice bitter sweetness about this brew, that is a nice touch. The body of Winter Cheers is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.70% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with lunch or dinner. The mouth feel of Winter Cheers is Bold, Rich, Clean, Sweet, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give this brew a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown did a super nice job with this German Hefeweizen.
Dec 18, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by cgrunin from Texas

Dec 13, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a translucent light lemon yellow with a fast receding head, Smell is reminiscent of mild hops,some earthiness. Taste is reminiscent of Lemon zest, mild banana,A clove like aftertaste. Feels bright and crisp. Super refreshing like lemon sorbet. Ample carbonation, light bodied finishes juicy. Overall I am not sure where the "winter warmer" comes to play. Revision 12/11/2019 : After pouring into a Spieglau wheat beer glass the "winter spices" are much more perceptible. This might be too much for the hot days of summer actually.
Dec 10, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 06, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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!
Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by jmc65267 from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.
Dec 04, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 3.57 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by csnyder83 from Maryland

Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 2.47 by Vjhillsr from Maryland

Nov 17, 2019
Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 839 ratings