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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
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
693
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
31.52%
 
 
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16
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Shoretalk
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of chip26
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TTripp725
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sobertramp
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Adam7m
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ledouge
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I am reviewing this as a Witbier, not a Hefeweizen as was listed when I wrote this review.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with massive white head of fine bubbles that are quite sticky.

Smell: Banana, clove, citrus, pepper and wheat.

Taste: Wheat backbone with lots of yeasty notes of banana, clove and white pepper. The citra hops are evident as well, with a strong citrus counterbalance, but no real bitterness.

Feel: Well carbonated with a fuller body than standard for the style. Fairly creamy and dry.

Overall: I am not sure what the deal is with the trend toward Winter Wheat beers, but at least this is an amped up version. Very nice beer, even if not quite ideal for the season.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of harryragg
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dcjeffreys
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange peel, banana and clove on the nose with a suspicion of bacon. Pours hazy straw under a moussey 2” off-white foam cap that leaves clingy lace. Very creamy, spicy palate with citrus, banana and clove over white bread.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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