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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166
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Ratings: 726 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of cdwil
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrand2621
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JRoPA
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of baklo
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mtoogs
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light cloudy straw color with a big healthy head. The nose is funky and the light-bodied funk dominates the flavor profile

Typical wit but that last thing that I expect or want in the dead of winter is a summer-style beer.

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Photo of Dadoffour
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bassboneman
1.93/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting so much more from this brew.
I love Victory products, generally.
This winter wheat beer is - well...wierd!
The color is really light, the flavor is a wine-cooler-ish.
I was looking for a break from the stouts and the porters - but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mpenders
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of LennyBound
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Hefeweizen abused with hops. What happened to this Christmas ale? Drain-pour.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of microbrewlover
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a clear straw color with a three finger fluffy white head, some of which remains as a collar until the end; good carbonation and heavy lacing.

The smell is strong on bananas and cloves, wheat, straw and fresh cut grass and some bubblegum.

The taste is kind of bland, which is a disappointment after the nice smell. The taste gives you bananas and wheat, some cloves but that is about it. The feel is kind of creamy and there is a slightly flat aftertaste.

Overall this brew promises a lot in the smell but does not deliver on the taste.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: December 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang Rare Vos shaker pint... OCCASION: awaiting the Kisatsky clan with the usual Christmas excitement... APPEARANCE: staunchly thick, glacially white head that sits a good three fingers above a rather light golden body that swirls with effervescence--tough to not find appealing; reasonable tracings as the glass finishes... AROMA: banana and clove--as expected of a wheat; some nutmeg and oat; tough to discern the citric notes... PALATE: a watery lightness at the tongue but slightly earthy on the throat; a neutral effect on the mouthfeel...TASTE: arresting clove and pepper mix with a malty finish that tamps down (out?) the lightness and refreshment of a usual wheat ale; see the attempt at adding more holiday to the party, but this is a slightly overwrought wheat for the season... OVERALL: a hit with our gathering last week, it pairs well with salsa and pub fare in spite of its initial insinuations; at 6.7% ABV, it maintains well as a compliment to a variety of finger foods; as a standalone, slightly abrasive as a mashup of styles that could pair if either more delicately or efficiently blended...

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a huge three finger head of billowing foam that rises above the sides of the glass and holds. Aroma is spicy, with clove and phenolic notes.

First sip is a nice rush of wheat malt flavor punctuated by a spicy phenolic aftertaste. I'm not picking up the more subtle notes of citrus and banana - this tastes more band-aidy to my palate.

An interesting change of pace winter beer, but not one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of GFD400
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcattey
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrecknut
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarkQ617
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this poured into a weizen glass. Pours fairly clear for a wheat, but not too bad. Yellowish golden color. The taste is filled with bananas and cloves. Carbonation is intense for a wheat, but the color and mouthfeel are more than made up for by the flavor.

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Photo of pkjorgy
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.7 out of 5 based on 726 ratings.
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