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:
132
Ratings:
718
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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16
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161
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Photo of dd43
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A holiday spiced hefe. Banana and clove in the aroma, as per the style. Spicing includes nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon, giving the beer a slight warming sensation as you drink it. Some bready yeasty qualities especially if you agitate the last ounce in the bottle before pouring into a glass.

Nice for the first half of a bottle but o fatigued on the spices after a while. Half pours would be great to share at a holiday party with other beer drinkers.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A winter hefeweizen! A beer we associate with balmy summer evenings...a nice change from the string of winter warmers, porters, stouts and old ales we've been handling lately. A typical hefe pour, cloudy straw color with a thick head and the aroma of bread, yeast and malt. Light with nice carbonation and clean aftertaste. A good one to have in rotation.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of hopflyer
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local Chili's

Light straw color yellow is the pour with a fluffy two finger head.

Smell is wheat bread and banana and some mild spice

Taste initially is dominated by banana and then melds into a spicy wheat bread flavor. A title bit of yeast. The coriander flavors also arrive midway.

Lighter side of medium body and ample carbonation.

Not a style I'm too familiar with or have that often. This one is a step on a different direction for me, but it is flavorful. I would have again but probably wouldn't go stocking my fridge with these.

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Photo of Myotus
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with 6 fingers (that's just too much head) worth of dense, white foam. After 1 minute, the foam head becomes spacious and rocky. At 2 minutes, it dissipates into 4 fingers leaving behind a moderate amount of very thick lacing. Finally at 3 minutes, two fingers worth of rocky foam is left with the center of the foam head remains at 4 fingers high creating a nice plateau of foam. There is an abundance of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. Lacing is high and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat, lemongrass, and black pepper entangle with mild aromas of grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines along with subtle aromas of cloves, bananas, and earthy yeast. A hint of alcohol can also be perceived.
TASTE: Strong lemongrass and black pepper flavors first strike the palate. Mild flavors of wheat, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and hints of bananas enter right after. Subtle earthy yeast flavors and hints of cloves enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for banana, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes crisp. This feels like something you would want to drink in the summer and not in the winter.
NOTE: What was somewhat balanced in the smell, was terribly unbalanced in the taste. The right flavors were in the wrong places with this one.

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Photo of Spiceboy
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hefeweizen for the Holidays?! I'm there. Good mouth feel,taste is mediumm, but spicy and full. smell is typical hefeweizen for me, I enjoy the pick for the season. Will buy again, after trying this year's "Celebration" by Sierra.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late October for $1.99. Best by 2-23-2016.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose has hints of light fruit esters.

Taste has hints of banana, clove, and apples.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer, an odd choice for the holiday season for sure!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty decent hefeweisen. The smell is yeasty and slightly spicy with an odd earthy quality. The taste is nice and smooth with a slightly tart finish. I don't get any winteriness from it though. yb

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, some juicyfruit , plus phenols when warm

T: Follows the nose, some white grape & pear up front. Band-aids, a little pear, a bit of cloves, once warm. Finishes fruity with a little bit of rubber-band

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks easy, not a bad hefe

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Apellonious
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by 3/8/16. Done.

A - Pale gold/yellow, with a one finger fluffy head, and a slight haze.

S - Clove/spice. Yeast esters.

T - Follows the nose. Lemon, cracker.

M - a tad sharp in the carbonation, fairly light

O - An interesting holiday hefe.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.45/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

**
01/11/2014
Aroma is banana,yeast,Wang. Color is pale yellow, pissy. Taste is banana , yeast, bread,"
**
12/2/2016
Piss. Some lemon. Really bad. I rated 19th of 19 in blind Xmas beer tasting. Somehow it managed 16th overall with all voters.
**

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Photo of puck1225
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A welcome addition to the holiday beers for me. Pours a clear yellow with a thick white head and beautiful lacing. Pleasant smell. The taste is what you expect for a good wheat beer with welcome holiday spice. Fairly high in carbonation. Something else to enjoy during the Christmas season!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11/6...draft. Pours pale gold, black tints, white foam ring. Hints of banana, citrus, and other spices (clove?). Wheat flavor with a tart citrus back. Tart pokes through the wheaty exterior. Subtle hop closes. Excellent.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked “Enjoy by 22 Mar 2016” at 33 degrees (hotel reefer) into shaker; allowed to warm to 42 degrees
Aroma of banana and clove and a hint of citrus
Head large (Seven cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular eight to 12 mm creamy ring and layer
Lacing partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy, effervescent
Flavor of generic citrus and wheat, slightly bitter and slightly sour; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, very lively carbonation, nearly fizzy

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 4. A pleasant change from those sticky sweet over spiced winter warmers that seem to be the norm.

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Photo of teromous
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The bottle says "Enjoy By: 06 MAR 2016" so it's anyone's guess as to when it was bottled.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw colored beer with a large white foamy head. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: A bit of a spicy aroma like herbal spicy hops and a bit of clove.

Taste: All of the flavors really hit at once; clove, herbal thyme-like hop flavor, and the taste of wheat is actually there. All of these are good signs that the beer is fresh. There is a bit of cedar right at the end.

Mouthfeel: It's perfect for this beer in both carbonation and body. There is a bit of bitterness at the end that merges with the wheat very nicely.

Overall: So here is where I'll say that overall this is an outstanding wheat beer. I would highly recommend it if you can get it fresh, and it appears that during this time of year it is fresh. Personally it doesn't feel like a winter beer at all. On the bottle it mentions that basically this is supposed to be a lighter beer to brighten up the darkness that winter brings. I'll bite...yeah it is an excellent beer and drinking a beer this well made really does brighten up my spirit...especially getting a fresh wheat beer at this time of the year...but I can't say that it would make me any less pleased if Victory made a well made high alcohol winter warmer or a spiced ale. I certainly won't dock any points on this beer because it's excellent in its own right...but there's a nostalgia that winter warmers and spiced ales bring to the table that this just doesn't deliver. Maybe it's just time to create some new memories to be nostalgic about down the line? Who knows. Again I highly recommend it if you want an excellent wheat beer during these winter months.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big foam in the Affligem chalice. Pale golden in color. Crisp and spritzy in the mouth. Light bodied. Deeply fragrant with the German esters and a lovely banana aroma.

Spicy with wheaty grain flavors, followed by the Hefeweizen esters. It's quite sweet as befits a winter beer. Seriously clove flavored with a malty taste, even a touch of vanilla. More warm malty flavors for the finish with a spicy nose. If they said this had a little pumpkin pie spice I'd believe it. Maybe there's a touch of hops.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barrons Marrket in San Diego. Another winner from one of America's most reliable big breweries. Oh, the aroma still perfumes every last sip. And it's sold in six packs!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nose here is full of banana and other fruits, I get some peah as well. There is a classic wheat taste underneath this, but it is jazzed up with a lively, fruity medley. I see why this is marketed as a Christmas beer, it is festively bright, fun, and easy to drink.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a thick, rocky head. Smells of banana, spice, a bit of wheat and grain. Tastes saison-like. Toasty, bready, spicy. Fruity yeast with banana and pineapple. Mouthfeel is sticky. It foams up in the mouth. Decent.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep golden color. Can smell the spiceyness. It wasn't all that much like a Hefe. More like a belgian with a really nice spicey taste. Would enjoy more in the future.

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Photo of jfugeman
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very fruity and sweet aroma. A nice hint of banana with a slight spice/tartness, finishes somewhat dry. Overall it's a nicely balanced beer that doesn't have too much of anything but also doesn't especially stand out.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana, wheat. Taste is very refreshing. Banana's, wheat, a bit of cloves, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly opaque almost clear deep straw/pale gold producing almost 3 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a heavy surface collar of lace reaching over 1/2 inch up the sides of the glass. There is quite a bit of white sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is wheat, delicate lemon & orange, faint butter & even more faint dried grass or hay. Taste is also delicate but more robust than the nose: wheat, bready, orange, thin lemon, some banana & spice with pepper throughout & some bitterness beginning in the finish. Aftertaste is citric & slightly bitter providing the only hop presence in the sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied with with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean being quite prickly & leaving a phenolic presence on the tongue. Listed as a Hefeweizen, to my taste it might be classed as a pale wheat ale or even a light wheat wine (if there is such a thing).

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.7 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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