Winter Cheers
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #385
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,534
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.22%
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
821
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Winter
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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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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory has made a hefeweizen and called it a winter beer. Now that's a surprise. This is one beautiful beer. Hazy, turbid and yellow. Soft pastel lemon yellow. A cream colored head of foam sits atop this beer and lasts and leaves lace.

It's subtle and has an overall softness to the nose and to the palate. There is a delicate hoppiness to the middle of the beer that is a mere touch of lemon citrus, and what I can only call hop succulence. Dry crisp wheat with it's golden sweetness, a crisp cracker. Light banana, soft clove, light bubblegum. The mouthfeel is creamy and there is a slight bite form carbonation. There is lemon grass here and rather than become green with herbal it seems to stay yellow and drier with the lemon grass. The finish is spicy and has a touch of mild white pepper with a nice maltiness to linger. It's only in the very last moments of the beer that you notice a faint bitterness from hops. Again, perfectly soft, perfectly subtle and 100% under control.

Gosh I like this so much. It does not crowd the palate with over ripe fruit or with too much citrus so that you would question it's true nature as a hefe. This beer would compliment a variety of holiday cookies and cakes and that was one of my first thoughts.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of wheat, clove, orange, light lemon. Flavor is sweet wheat, spicy clove and coriander; finishes semi-sweet with spice and hop bitterness, slight butteriness, wheat. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. An interesting take on a wheat beer, with a bit more sweetness and alcohol than a normal hefeweizen. Clove and coriander forward, which does give it bit of a winter holiday feel. Too much body and alcohol for a hereweizen, but interesting as a holiday wheat beer, of which there aren't too many.

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Not bad but not a great effort from Victory. Too much pepper, not enough balancing yeast character. Rather biting on the finish. Citrus hop bite does not, to me, play well with the yeast character, washing out the banana elements.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

victory gets a little guilty of being generic sometimes, or resting on the great beers they have already made, but who doesnt in this day and age? its nice to see them come back with a really cool winter seasonal here. they list it as a hefe, but for me it was like a creamy wheatwine, and i dug it hard. one of the best mouthfeels of the early winter beers so far this year, frothy and almost milk based, whipped and thick, perfect for cold weather. the wheat base is so fat, i mean stacked up, all kinds of body and texture, heaps of flavor, no tannins at all, no weirdness in the finish. yeast is kind of hard to pick, maybe hefe type, but lacking any of the clove side of the banana, and pretty light on the esters too. i get vanilla and cream with the wheat, like a dessert i want to have. its pretty sweet, but it finishes cleaner than it starts, and its incredibly satisfying, especially when its ice cold. i think these are the kinds of beers victory does best, and i am a huge fan of this one.

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Photo of beerrat
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not the best rather have a Shootgun Betty

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Photo of david18
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of stortore
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a hazy dark yellow almost orange. The thought of a hefeweizen for a winter is a bit odd, but the nose is full of dark malts with a lot of flavor. The taste was a crisp bite in the beginning and then very mellow tones of almost nutty flavor come through. An off the wall hefe, was very good and would definitely grab another six.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RWACKO
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of amorette87
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw, hazy, bigger body white foam head

Smell- clove, citrus, banana

Taste- very strong banana and clove flavor upfront, very crisp finish

Mouth feel- Bubbly , light, creamy finish

Over all- nice light belgian style beer, reminds me of the carbonation in champagne

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Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Taologic
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow glass: color is straw, head is bright white and presents at least 1/2 inch thick with some light lacing on the glass.

Smell is feint at first, but the flavors present as it warms with light bread and malt that transitions to clove, spice and some citrus.

Taste is very good, crisp malt and then some softer toast and bread, then transitions to the flavorful spiciness with some light clove, hints of banana.

Mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer, very soft at first, then a crisper and bright finish with some nice lingering flavors.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, a somewhat crisp hefeweizen with a bit of strength, but some unique qualities and a great drinkability.

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Photo of KMcG
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of coriander, white pepper, straw, yeast, bananas, lemon; Saison like! Taste sweet wheat, citrus, pepper, lemon. Winter ale; Not!

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Photo of PStriedl
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured - somewhat aggressively - from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy pale yellow with a 1.5-finger bubbly white head on top. Some lace clings to the glass from that large head.

S: Cereal grains & wheat, with a touch of spice. Mild nose overall.

T: Grain and wheat twang is there for foundation, along with some general fruitiness. A touch of lemony bitterness is there on the finish. Modest spice throughout. Heat from the nearly 7% ABV is felt in the belly, but not noted on the palate.

M: Light in heft, active carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

O: Good. An interesting change-of-pace for the winter, as it's light and effervescent instead of the usual heavy winter offerings. I'm enjoying this as a "pregame" start to the evening on what's shaping up to be the warmest night of the winter in awhile. . . .

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Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of DirDirDIrty
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 821 ratings