Victory Winter Cheers
Brewed by: Victory Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Ale
- Variation: Wheat
- Seasonal: Winter
- ABV: 6.7%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation. Hoisted high in its golden glory, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, our celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights.
Hops: Whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops
Malts: German wheat and barley malts, and oats
More Victory Winter Cheers Images
Artwork: Festive “Winter Cheers” font appears over a snowy scene.
Color: Semi-hazy, yet vibrant gold.
Aroma: Mild clove with orange peel.
Arrived in: 12oz. Bottle
Served in: Short Tulip
Although one of their best beers (Golden Monkey) has Belgian roots, most of what Victory Brewing Company brews are German influenced. This “celebratory wheat ale” was no exception, but with the addition of Citra hops, we were anticipating a crisp and dry hop forward “American” wheat-based beer.
Victory Winter Cheers poured a semi-hazy, yet vibrant bright golden color. Although it was on the cloudy side, it was still clear enough to take note of how massively effervescent this beer was. There was no end to the bubble trails that helped maintain a resilient covering of pure white head.
Fluffy and soft whipped, its frothy topper stuck to our upper lips through the first half of the glass. Winter Cheers’ somewhat un-filtered medium body, in addition to its whisked covering, led to a creamy drinking experience at first that was quickly chased by sharp effervescence.
Up front Winter Cheers was all banana and clove. It transitioned over to mild citrus notes, but stayed a bit muddled from the yeast profile. This would have been a great time time for some of those bright Citra hops to jump out, but they never did.
As we alluded to earlier, we were expecting a light, bright, and hoppy wheat ale experience. Although Winter Cheers was crisp, and borderline over carbonated, it was still more of a traditional Hefeweizen. This beer became too phenolic and clovey after a while, with only a tease of citrus and muted hops.
Maybe our expectations led us into missing what Victory was trying to do here…
Final Score: 3/5
Victory Winter Cheers was “refreshing” in its concept of a wheat beer during the season of dark ales. Unfortunately the clove profile of Victory Winter Cheers stomped out the Citra we were looking forward to.