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:
#37,856
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
738
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
171
Trade:
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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of ChrisG523
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thoglund
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavetotheB
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spiced beers aren't really my thing but this wasn't too bad.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy, a bit clear for the style, straw color. A giant white fluffy head retains well. The lacing is foamy and sticky. The carbonation is both visible and audible.
The aroma kicks of with fruity esters; banana, pear, and a zesty whiff of orange peel. There is a touch of herbal hops. Midway, an earthy touch of straw and grass top things off.
First impressions of the taste: smooth wheat texture with a bubblegum like malt feel, banana flavored sweetness and with a tangy citrus finish. Soon, a gentle and earthy hops kick, combined with flavors of cloves, begins to emerge. It develops along and adds quite a spicy bite, yet the sweetness remains throughout. The malt and wheat is redolent of straw and grass. A slightly tart and dry apple finish also begins to develop. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation, that once it settles, becomes more silky, smooth and light.
A nice example of Hefeweizen

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Photo of haines710
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Yellowy color with nice head. Smell is not strong but a little clove is apparent to me. Taste is stronger and very clovey and overly carbonated for my taste. I did not enjoy drinking this beer. But think it probably would appeal to others that appreciate the taste. Nice bottle design and very festive but not one I will seek out again.

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Photo of generalraider
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Weizen glass. No date.

L: Slight haze, straw yellow, two and a half finger head has great retention.

S: Yeast, bready, not much spice but faint coriander is there. Disappointing aroma.

T: Again it's bready and yeasty, with low amounts of spice, really disappointing.

F: Light, crisp, smooth.

O: Bad beer.

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Photo of Beerucee
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent wheat beer

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Photo of drtth
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy, pale golden colored beer pours, using a controlled pour, into a Duvel glass with a 2" finely bubbled snow white head that recedes very slowly to a thin cap of foam and leaves lots of lacing and sheets of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small scattered patches and a few legs of lacing.

The aromas include some clove and lemon with a bit of banana. There's also with a mild bready and floral character in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and this is clearly a wheat beer. There's a bit of spicy character from the clove and the fruitiness of the banana remains in the background. There's also some additional fruitiness that is fairly complex. Some lemony tartness keeps the malt sweetness very much in the background with both some bitterness and pepper showing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some clean pirickly crispness from the moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the fruity flavors begin to fade away leaving the more slowly receding spicyness to lead into the slightly peppery and bitter dry ending.

Overall I've enjoyed this beer and think it's an interesting version of an Hefeweizen, so I'll probably pick up another. If I find that second one as enjoyable as this bottle I'll probably also get a 6 pack to have in the fridge for the coming holidays.

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Photo of Curt3
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a straw yellow color with nice clarity and thick white, creamy white lacing.

S - Bready, yeasty, lemon, peppery, cloves, mild banana.

T - Peppery cloves, banana, yeasty, and lemon with a lingering peppery clove finish with a little bit of lemon resin buried underneath.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation.

O - Flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mrfrancis
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with a sticky bone white head. Aroma is big wheat, bubblegum and a dash of sweetness. Flavor is a pretty straightforward wheat beer with a noticeable sweetness. Feel is prickly with almost a cola-like carbonation fizzle. Light and dry otherwise. An okay wheat beer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattyrubes
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_ski
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmalpha1
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy golden with few carb bubbles. Thick, fairly bubbly off-white head. Fair lacing.
S- Subtle spice smell. Not overpowering.
T - Wheat undertones. Almost like a Heffe-lite. Banana.
F - Fairly smooth but has a biting aftertaste.
O - Pretty nice beer. A drinkable Heffe for me (most I've had in past were more wheat-strong).

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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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