I poured a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.79 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright banana-skin yellow hue. Nearly crystal clear with
plenty of steady carbonation visible. Pours to a large, bright white,
foamy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Mostly typical Bavarian yeast esters but with significant black pepper or other dry spice.
Taste: You don’t tend to see wheat beers, even weizenbocks, as winter or
Christmas seasonals. Ironic since these type of beers tend to have a
natural spicy character to them that would complement the cold weather
well. Victory Winter Cheers is a good attempt at making use of the
situational pairing, but doesn’t quite go as far as it should. A good
The palette here is akin to that of a summer beer as it seems to be
brewed in the authentic German style of wheat beers. Right away there’s a
lightly fruity taste of lemon and banana peels. Yes, their peels as
it’s more a dry, rustic character and nothing especially juicy. The
second half becomes much more zesty with a strong flavor of fresh ground
black pepper and a hint of clove. There’s also dry bitterness and a
hint of astringency, but that’s probably the point. I’d prefer something
more intense without the overt dryness, but the taste here is pretty
Drinkability: What surprised me about Victory Winter Cheers was how
refreshing the beer was. This is odd considering it’s a winter beer, and
the fact it’s much heavier than your average wheat beer at 6.7% ABV.
Yet, the body was on the lighter side and it finished clean. It seems to
be a little too weight for its weight, which makes it tempting to drink
in succession, though one serving is definitely satisfying and not