Winter Cheers
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #393
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,649
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.22%
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
837
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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82
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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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Manta200 from Kentucky

3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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Hooded from Texas

1/5  rDev -72.5%
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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Peach63 from New York

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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Caveworm from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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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mikeinportc from New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Dec 04, 2019
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jmc65267 from Georgia

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.

Dec 04, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

Apr 04, 2019
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mj24053 from North Carolina

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

Mar 13, 2019
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bushwack from Alabama

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.

Mar 02, 2019
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Bird_Priest from New York

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.

Feb 19, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Dec 25, 2018
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Nass from Florida

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-

Dec 16, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 15, 2018
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 11, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Nov 26, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 26, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 15, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Feb 10, 2018
Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 837 ratings