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
Ratings:
726
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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17
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 2/19/15.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but reminds me more of a saison than a hefeweizen with the aromas and flavors that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bananas, citrus and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has strong notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little spicier and stronger compared to other hefeweizens so it works well for drinking during the cold weather.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

True to Bavarian wheat ale, the soothing taste of wheat sets the tone while noble German hops offer slim balance. But its the strong tone of yeast flavors that command the session with fruit and spice character.

Delightfully cloudy with a deeply hazed golden, bready appearance, its lathery froth captures the illusive aromatics of bread dough, cookie dough and tropical fruit. While banana and papaya swirl above, the early sweetness of powdered sugar sets a malty tone.

The steady undertow of fresh baking bread fuses with angel food cake for a rich and understated taste. They the layering begins- first of banana bread, pawpaw and sugar cookie; just ahead of a peppery bite that's reminescent of perfumy white pepper, clove, peppermint, basil and coriander. Citrusy as the middle concludes, notions of vinous white grape, lemon and apple pull forth.

Waning sweetness is patient and deliberate, keeping the taste malt-focused but drying for refreshment. Its medium bodied texture remains creamy but the spice, alcohol and minty hop cooling signals the beer's eventual close.

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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery store and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. 6.7% ABV according to the bottle. Reviewed as a wheat ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3.5 finger wide head of white colour. Thickness is okay. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear transparent translucent yellow of below average vibrance. Thin and weak looking. Not hazy or cloudy; this doesn't look anything like a hefeweizen if that's what they were after. But as a simple wheat ale, it's not a bad appearance per se. Just an underwhelming one. Far from unique or special.

Sm: Clove, wheat, clean barley, floral hop character, banana, and lemon peel.

A clean, fresh, appealing aroma of average strength.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

T: Wheat forms the core of this brew, with complementary notes of clove, faint banana, clean barley, and light lemon peel filling out the body. The yeast is a bit too doughy for a wheat ale, but it's forgivable. I want more banana and clove. Hop presence is minimal, but there is some light floral character there.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Good amplitude.

It's a well-balanced if simple wheat ale with a lot of likable characteristics. Good cohesion, but the build isn't quite gestalt. I really like it, but there isn't much complexity or intricacy here. It does boast some notable subtlety, especially where the lemon peel is concerned.

Very approachable pleasant stuff. I'm enjoying it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Soft. Approachable. Clean. Crisp. Overcarbonated. Light to medium in body. Has a good weight on the palate for the style. Presence on the palate is good overall; this is comforting and goes down easy just like a wheat beer should.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

The texture complements the taste well.

Dr: A very drinkable wheat ale from Victory. Why it's a winter seasonal is beyond me. I'll enjoy finishing this bottle and I'd recommend this to fans of the style. It's not a world class offering by any means, but it'll please the discerning drinker. More good work from the cats over at Victory.

B-

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3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/16/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pear, apple, banana, wheat, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; very a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hefeweizen. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Brewing Company "Winter Cheers"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 23 MAR 2016"

I'm going to take a different approach for this review... what's wrong with you BeerAdvocates? A current score of 83 for this beer? Ridiculous!

It might not be what you think of as a "winter beer", but it remains spicy and fruity and interesting, even in it's grainy maltiness. I find it almost compellingly drinkable! I couldn't put it down - it turned me into Barney from the Simpsons except that I wasn't just drinking any bland beer in excess, I just couldn't stop trying to find more flavor components in it - and I was just basking in its fruitiness! Ohhhhhhh sooo nice!

It's wheaty, grainy and oaty... cereal-like - and spicy, but not "spice"y - with lots of fruit (apple, citrus, peach, lychee... tropical). Perhaps I'm wooed by the Citra hops, my favorite, or is it the yeast with its spice and fruit? Or is it, as I'm tending to believe, that it's actually a combination of the three that somehow just creates magic? And on that note, I'm quite sure that if this was a beer coming out of Belgium it'd be getting a lot more love here.

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2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottles with BB date stamp of March 2015 and March 2016. Compromise ratings, but more reflective of the 2nd (better) sample.

A gentle pour still created an over-sized head that, with bottle #1, came over the top even though nearly half of the beer remained in the bottle.

The aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of bananas and more than a hint of cloves, as well as some less pleasant notes. The 2nd bottle lacked the unpleasant notes. The flavor is similar but more fruity with clear citrus and banana notes. Spicy and bready aftertaste.

O: bottle #1 (2014) was probably sub-par and perhaps contaminated, and the 2015 sample was definitely better.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of bananas, caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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