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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
Ranking:
#37,864
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
738
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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18
Gots:
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Joe_Duvel
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. To me it tastes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and a Hefeweizen. I had it at a friends house and then looked all over for a six pack. When I couldn't find a six pack I went and bought a case. It's a great beer! Weihenstephaner Hefe Weisse is my favorite Hefeweizen and Duvel is my favorite strong Belgian pale ale. It's like if those two had a baby. I hope Victory decides to keep this on as a seasonal. I'll buy every year! Heck put it out year around!

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Photo of Charlie_Rubis
4.86/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely amazing beer !!! My favorite winter beer!

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Photo of arthur220
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of Wolge92
4.76/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beep71
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Spiceboy
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the most Refreshing Beer I've ever had...which is why I hope they offer it Year Round b/c it would taste Great in the summer too:) I've had it both in Draft and Bottle and they both taste great. Interestingly, the Bottle says it's unpasteurized which is unique for Bottles as most are "pasteurized". Since Draft Beer is also unpasteurized this beer bottled tastes the same as it does on tap:)

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of princessbay710
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yellow gold color, thin head with decent lacing, it smells a lot more single noted than it tastes, bright munich yeast. Delicious, bavarian clove banana, EXACTLY what you are looking for in a hefe, with a hidden percentage and a tinge of citrus. The feel is medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation in my opinion, though my fiancé begs to differ. To me, this beer can go either way, summer or winter. Very happy he was able to find and bring this one home to me. :)

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4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, straightforward, real deal hefeweizen coming from Victory here. Semi-opaque, pinky head holding golden ale.

Smell coming out the bottle is straight Bavarian yeast. The taste fits that description perfectly - this is a classic take on a German staple beer.

Medium-low carbonation, nice ability to hide that alcohol content which is uncharacteristically for this style. A very pleasing beer, and I love the fact that it is branded as a winter hefeweizen. It indeed warms you up and doesn't have that cooler, cool you down after a summer day feeling that many hefeweizens carry. This is a cool beer and a unique one too. I always love Victory's beers!

Great banana, coriander, clove flavor. Not getting as much citrus but it is excellent.

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4.56/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of J-Tee
4.5/5  rDev +25%

I enoyed this beer. Reminds me of Weinstaphauner....which just became available in Tallahassee. Nice light banana and clove notes.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
6.7% ABV, Enjoy by March 21 2014

A - Poured into a Bruery tulip, this beer looks exactly like the warm, friendly label portrays! Hazy pale yellow in color, Winter Cheers looks like a witbier, pouring with a tall white head that decorates the glass in chunky lacing as it slowly recedes.

S - Victory has crafted a unique amalgam from the very beginning as Winter Cheers has a forward aroma of citrusy hops that impart lemongrass which melds perfectly with a decent dose of clove and finish of fresh bubble gum Big League Chew! Grainy pale malt, soft wheat, and flaked oats provide this beer with a round and seductive appeal.

T - Hoppy citrus character leads the holiday cheer with melodies of lemon oil drizzled on the yeast's plentiful clove spiciness; bubble gum not far behind. Wheat's softness balances the pale grains for a smooth and playful base that acts as a springboard for the zestiness.

M - Winter Cheers' smooth and soft body provides the perfect entry, and finish, to this wheat beer that's laded with dry spice and citrus and a completely invisible alcohol level.

O - Victory Winter Cheers' label screams holiday cheer and while the beer itself (forgetting about the label) works as a holiday beer, this would be an exceptional summer beer as well! Bright citrus and glowing spicy notes swirl together above a smooth and drinkable body for a totally cohesive wheat beer that incorporates wonderfully clean German ingredients and drinkability with American ingenuity.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful light color about an inch and a half while head... Smell some spice and a little bit of fruit but wow as u sip. So refreshing... So much spice.. So much fruit... Kinda surprised this only has an 83 on here. Maybe it's because it's typically not what I think of for a winter beer. But if I was chugging these down in the snow I would definetely feel a little bit warmer

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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of mongo83bg
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taologic
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

EBD 2/19/15. Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden with some flocculation. World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of tropical hops, with a lemon rind note, over light biscuit. Quite nice elements of banana and clove are also evident and become predominate as it warms and the head finally dissipates (which took about 12 minutes). Light medium body with a slick texture that approaches oily. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish. The flavor profile is World Class - intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a burst of very slightly bitter clove, tropical fruit and slowly fades to a pepper note in the middle over a light biscuit sweetness with just a hint of hop bitterness. As the finish begins, banana is evident and a lemon like tartness puckers the tongue. It finishes a bit dry and is slightly crisp. This is a very flavorful Hefe. Victory hit this one outta da park.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 738 ratings
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