Winter Cheers | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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Reviews:
133
Ratings:
727
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 727
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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Photo of larryi86
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy light golden color with a three finger head.

S- Wheat, bananas, cloves, some citrus hops, hints of earthy spices.

T- Citrus, bananas, wheat, cloves, earthy spices, tasty, but flavors are clashing some.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- This isn't a bad beer, but I feel Victory usually does a lot better. Flavors are just clashing too much for me.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another random Xmas gift, always nice to try a new Victory beer. A winter hefeweizen, hm....

A - Nice golden yellow pour with a creamy white head, slight haziness and rising carbonation bubbles. Mostly full cap is left along with bits of lace.

S - Toasted banana bread, lots of wheat, leafy and earthy tones, light and somewhat tart citrus.

T - A little more in the way of Citra hops coming through here with a good amount of earthy grass and peach. Still good wheat-y banana clove yeasts with a bit of bubblegum there as well.

M - Feel is on the bigger side, lots of foam and carbonation, a little on the abrasive side with hops, yeast and bubbles. Finishes dry.

O - Pretty good American hefe, though the extra hop addition doesn't do a whole lot for me. Kind of a puzzling choice for a winter ale but that's fine.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light and slightly clouded gold. The head is big and pillowy, with great retention. It has a nice light wheat aroma with fruity esters and some spices, as well. The taste is not bad but a little weak. Muffled, if that makes sense, with all the notes there but lacking depth. There is a nice weight and plenty of carbonation. Not sure what makes this a winter wheat beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a cloudy deep straw color. The aroma is full of wheat and spice. The taste has dry wheat elements with tons of herbal elements . Hoppy, spicy, with a semi dry hop bite. Spicy and grainy. Full bodied well carbonated. Overall, a bit harsh but interesting winter hoppy hefeweizen.

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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 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 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 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 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 tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of bmeehan
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I like this more than most winter beers because it's a hefeweizen and not a typical winter lager that falls in the middle of things. It's wheaty like you'd expect, but it's also kind of sweet.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Pours a beautiful thick, frothy head that was 3 fingers long. Cloudy blonde color that left no lacing or collar.
S: Beautiful clove characteristics with some overripe banana.
T: Deliciously wheaty with lots of banana and cloves
M: Only the slightest felt carbonation.
O: Delicious and deserving of a much higher rating.

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Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, very pale straw color; pours with a lumpy, whipped cream like head.

My first whiff brings a sense of relief, this is not a holiday spice bomb. I smelled enticingly fresh citrus, sweet grains, and a delicate layer potpourri like spice. A bit more sweetness on the tongue than the smell suggested. Stewed banana and zesty citrus. The finish is sweet graininess and lightly peppery clove. The body is oddly thin, thinner than the average hefe anyway.

Overall this exceeded my expectations by far.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Victory Winter Cheers pours a golden-yellow color with hints of little chunks of debris floating throughout. The bubbles are tight and plentiful, and propel the debris around the glass in big swirling patterns. The head is a nice thick white color that holds strong at about a centimeter. On the nose there’s a bready smell that’s complemented cloves, nutmeg, and banana notes. There’s a nice amount of lemon and citrus in there with a bit of honey. On the palate it gives off a nice brightness to a light body, with a degree of smoothing being provided by the smoothness of the bubbles. Flavors of clove, nutmeg, and spice come through on the top with banana and lemon backing up the fruit. Funny notes of bubblegum, light herbs, and a certain degree of wheat beer funk are all bouncing around. The ending is drying, slightly bitter, and a pop of lemon pith and wheat.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All Hefeweizens are wheat bears but not all wheat beers are hefeweizens . . . ok. This is is a decent take on a wheat beer as I would expect from Victory.

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

I had this on tap at Quaker steak and lube, served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is golden with hazed appearance thin white head with a fine bead and spots of lace stick in a ring. The smell is very yeast dominant with a mild sulfuric and spice aroma with wheat and slight banana scent with a mild alcohol odor. The feel is very good with moderate spice and mild wheat sweetness and body with toasted texture and medium high carbonation with slightly dry finish.

The flavor of wheat is goodd with strong yeast flavor with weizen qualities adding spice taste and mild fruitiness with subtle pepper and gentle alcohol mid palate. The taste is pleasant yet warming with slight yeast and wheat toastiness continuing into the finish. This is a good strong wheat ale with very drinkable quality but something I don't want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of cmq103
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Freshly tapped 1/6 keg at my basement bar with three others on tap (Stone GoTo IPA, Flying Fish Oktoberfish and Harpoon UFO White). I bought this keg not knowing what to expect, as I never had this beer before. I have had plenty of Victory beers and they haven't disappointed my yet. This beer was poured into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Golden off-yellow murkiness is the best way to describe it. Almost non-existent head with lively carbonated lacing that disappears quickly.

S: Wheat and citrus get my attention from the start. Hints of clove, light banana follow. Belgian yeast dominates though in a good way.

T: Belgian yeast and citrus, unlike any typical winter ale but I like it a lot. So many flavors going on at once. Fruity, with minimal banana as with your typical "hefe" style. Peppery spices and cloves with a hint of lemon tartness. Interesting to say the least.

M: Very creamy texture with the carbonation being spot on. Not too lively, but enough to wake up the tongue. A swirl of the glass brings out the booziness in this beer. A tad higher ABV than your normal "hefe" style, but aligned with your typical winter beers.

O: As I mentioned before, I haven't had a beer from Victory that I didn't enjoy. Make no mistake, this is not your typical winter beer. If you are a "hefe" fan, as am I, then I would suggest you give this a try. You always roll the dice by committing to a keg without having tasted the beer first. I believe I chose well though with this keg. Enjoy...

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Not bad but not a great effort from Victory. Too much pepper, not enough balancing yeast character. Rather biting on the finish. Citrus hop bite does not, to me, play well with the yeast character, washing out the banana elements.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Resiny aroma, grassy and citrusy, with a moderate wheat character. Flavor is wheat backbone, with citrus and clove dominating. Not your typical winter ale.

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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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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange peel, banana and clove on the nose with a suspicion of bacon. Pours hazy straw under a moussey 2” off-white foam cap that leaves clingy lace. Very creamy, spicy palate with citrus, banana and clove over white bread.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of wheat, clove, orange, light lemon. Flavor is sweet wheat, spicy clove and coriander; finishes semi-sweet with spice and hop bitterness, slight butteriness, wheat. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. An interesting take on a wheat beer, with a bit more sweetness and alcohol than a normal hefeweizen. Clove and coriander forward, which does give it bit of a winter holiday feel. Too much body and alcohol for a hereweizen, but interesting as a holiday wheat beer, of which there aren't too many.

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Winter Cheers from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.7 out of 5 based on 727 ratings.
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