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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

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BA SCORE
84
good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001)
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Dogfish Head goblet.

Victory is perhaps my favorite brewery, so I was looking forward to this. Appearance is cloudy and hazy yellow in color. Smells of wheat, yeast, and a touch of lemon, exactly what I would expect out of a Witbier. Some carbonation present.

Taste is top notch. I regret only buying one of these. This is perfect for this time of year - and it is a great time of year - the Celtics and Bruins are charging towards the playoffs and the Red Sox..nevermind.

Anyway, once again Victory comes through with a quality brew that I'll look forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:04:21 | More by Celtics76
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secondtooth

Indiana

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

Very pale and cloudy with some sediment in the glass. Plenty of white suds and an average amount of lace. Solid.

Aroma is soft and yeasty, with a wispy hint of fruit/citrus tang and a bit of muted spice. Refreshing, light, and delicious.

Absolutely an ideal Belgian-style witbier. Blue Moon wishes it could be so tasty. Another winner from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 04:06:29 | More by secondtooth
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of wheat, lemon, and a very light yeast spiciness. Light elements of clove are also present.

T: The beer starts out with a very heavy presence of wheaty flavor followed by some yeast spiciness + clove and then finishing with some light lemon flavor which lingers on your palate.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very light and refreshing, a delicious beer that is very much sessionable. The beer would be amazing on a hot summer afternoon. Definitely one to have again - maybe a regular in the summer cook-out rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:53:40 | More by dbrauneis
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-yellow color with a big white head. The head faded very fast giving very light lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heavy and yeasty with a nice wheaty backbone. A bit of lemon and some spice of clove and pepper is mixed throughout. Very classic witbier.

Taste – Wheaty up front with a nice yeastiness mixed in. Some spices are present up front but actually rather light. More toward the end the lemon in the nose becomes more pronounced in flavor and leaves a slightly bitter flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – It is a medium bodied brew with a slightly higher than normal carbonation level. This coupled to its lighter body and lower abv make it very drinkable.

Overall - As with most witbier in my opinion, it is good for a
good session brew while sitting and drinking outside on a nice warm sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 00:04:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by March 2, 2013. I believe that date is one year from bottling, so bottled about a week ago.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a bit of white head. The head dies quickly. Very little lacing. Pretty transparent for a wit.

S - Strong lemon, banana, clove, wheat, and spice. There is a bit of a salty meat funk that I don't really like.

T - Follows the nose with some lemon peel flavor coupled with wheat. Various spices, including cloves, black pepper, and cilantro. Some yeast on the finish. Pretty good.

M - Highly carbonated with a light body.

O - I saw this beer had just started appearing on the shelves for the season so I picked one up fresh. The appearance and smell were unimpressive, but the taste and mouthfeel were very refreshing. It is a very sessionable wit that goes down easy and doesn't pack much of a punch. It won't be a beer I turn to often but I suppose it could fill a tiny wit-niche in my repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 05:09:07 | More by NoLeafClover44
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy yellow with a quarter inch of soft, dense white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of grass, wheat, straw, coriander, and lemon zest. The flavor is similar. The straw and grassy notes open this one up followed by some spices primarily coriander and maybe black pepper. There are some citrusy notes as well some lemon zest and maybe some orange peel. The mouthfeel is a little crisp, but light and smooth.

This is a flavorful, balanced witbier. I really enjoyed it. Wits aren't a favorite of mine so I don't often get into them, but I would have this one again if I were in the mood for a Wit.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:10:01 | More by tdm168
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy yellow, bubbly, very little head, no lacing

S - smelled like a pilsner (way to trow my taste buds off!)

T - very subtle citrus, very light tasting wheat beer

M - very light, carbonated but not too much

O - very light witbier, overall tasty but not overwhelming

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 22:45:31 | More by facundoCNB
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Innocentexile

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into Wiezen glass

A-Hazy straw yellow color with big/fast dissipating head with little lacing.

S-Citrus aroma with hint of lemon, not a strong aroma but subtle

T/M-A tangy citrus taste with a bready finish, again, pretty subtle but not unlike a witbier.

O-A typical Witbier, tasty but nothing godly. not a bad investment

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:35:41 | More by Innocentexile
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Glowing golden, okay size white head, more clear than hazy, very few rising bubbles and minimal lace.

S: Nice, well-rounded coriander – herbal, soft lemon, touch peppery. Bready yeast, strongly wheat forward malts with a touch of sweetness. No hops.

T: Good solid wheat beer base – bready, doughy, crackery, wheaty, hint of toasted grain and a touch of low C malt sweetness. Coriander is very well balanced and well done. Mostly herbal with just a touch of lemon and peppery / spicy notes in the background. Not really getting any orange peel or citrus other than the lemon from the coriander (and that is more lemongrass / herbal). Yeast notes are present, but tame. More bready and neutral than Belgian. Some faint herbal / grassy hops sulk at the edges and in the finish. Less sweet and more herbal than many.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation just over. Works alright, especially for style. Refreshing and borderline crisp.

D: Shoots wide of the signature look. No hazy, no lace, and a touch dark. Taste is okay, if a bit more herbal – less sweet, not really any orange peel, and maybe more firmly hoppy than most. Mouthfeel is okay, if a bit drier. Belgian yeast aspect is rather pedestrian. Okay drinking, but not really a go to Wit.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 17:00:33 | More by SickGnar
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ehammond1


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Light yellow with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

The aroma was the best part about this beer, and it pretty much nailed the style dead on: citrus, lemon, yeast, clove, coriander.

Though the flavor was lacking. It had all the same elements that were present in the aroma, but they were very faint and faraway, even after significant warming. This is somewhat tasteless.

Thin to medium bodied.

A great smelling though ultimately dull witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:39:04 | More by ehammond1
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel. Pours a hazed, light yellow color with a fluffy, small-bubbled head. Retention is ok and leaves a nice sudsy film and collar.

Nose is cloves, lemongrass, coriander and a hint of orange. Nice, fairly classic witbier nose with a little more zest to it than some of the softer, imported versions.

Coriander has a little edge to it here, I also am still getting the lemongrass...I wonder if Victory uses it in this one? Theres also a blood orange citric presence that is cool. Nice balance of sweet and spice, neither dry nor cloying...I like it quite a bit. Im a sucker for a good wit, and this one is one of the best new ones I have tried in quite some time. Its always a good thing if my beer is empty before I can finish typing my thoughts!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 18:48:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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cjgator3

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy whitish yellow color that you would expect from a beer this style with a fizzy off-white head that eventually fizzes away. 

S- The aroma features some wheat malt, citrus, spices and yeast. Everything I expect from a witbier so far.

T- The taste is light bodied, crisp and refreshing but has a good amount of flavor. The citrus flavors are noticeable up front with the spices making their presence felt next and a very refreshing finish rounds this one out. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Whirlwind Wit is a very solid wittier that is very quaffable. Would purchase again. 

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:04:42 | More by cjgator3
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a pretty clear and sightly hazy yellow. No real head appeared and no lacing.

S: Banana, spices (coriander, clove), and the yeasty dominate the nose.

T: The taste is close to the aroma. Banana and spices and the Belgian yeast is very evident in the flavor. Not a truly distinct beer, but not a bad taste by any standards.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, maybe a little harsh with carbonation bite, but not too bad.

O: A solid beer, but not one I would really seek out. This is one of Victory's weaker attempts (and this is my favorite brewery.)

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:02:08 | More by jifigz
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output01x

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 03/08/12) into a pilsener glass.

A delicate pour yields a 1-finger off-white energetic head that fizzes to nothing in less than a minute. The body is a pale straw with tiny floaties giving it a cloudy appearance. A good amount of carbonation bubbles quickly ascend from every conceivable point of origin. No lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Fruit and spices are the basic components of the aroma. Coriander, clove, banana, and lemon oil are mainly what jump out, but there is a lot going on in this nose.

Very similar to the nose, a lemon zest twang starts each sip. Banana with a myriad of spices follows quickly after. An oily lemon, but not acidic, aftertaste comes in at the end of each sip. The flavors are neither mild nor bold, but noticeable and interesting.

Light bodied with great carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The strong carbonation causes this beer to literally fizzle away in your mouth. Luckily, the strong carbonation does not seem detrimental to the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:22:39 | More by output01x
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FosterJM

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

709th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
12oz

I think I F***ed up and got a bottle with a best by Mar 26th, 2011 If I can read that tiny white print.

App- So out of the bottle it was very light and very hazy with about an 1/8" of an inch of head. No cling, no lace, no legs.

Smell- A bit bright with a little bit of lemon and some wheat behind it. little bit of hefe smell to it with some bubblegum, banana and yeast just smelled thin to me.

Taste- A pretty average witbier even if this one was a bit old. Seems to be a bit watery with a little issue of flavor pop. The flavors just seem to be there and a bit underwhelming. Probably my own fault for the old bottle.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. A bit too thin even for this style. More like an alcoholic
lemonade.

Drink- It's an average beer with it's place in the market for a good summer beer to cool you down and not get you too buzzed. A little lacking in flavor but oh well. Only a single 12, not a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:24:39 | More by FosterJM
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this form Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a wheat glass.

The color is a deep golden with amber accents.The clarity is gently hazed with visible carbonation and thick white smooth cap. The lace clings in a wave pattern. The smell is pretty spicy with some fragrant citrus accents and mild yeast earthiness. I enjoy the refreshingly effervescent body with somewhat higher than average spice which seems to detract a bit from the yeast, the feel in general is good for the style.

The wit has a nice flavor of belgian yeast with some slight citrus accents it seems to be a little on the floral side with the hops and almost soapy with a creamy wheat flavor in the middle and only mildly sweet but there is enough peppery and lemony quality to make my taste buds take notice. Overall this is a standard wit, pretty tasty, but lacks a little depth in the malt and yeast.I found it a good beer to go with orange chicken I paired it with.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 15:55:10 | More by Slatetank
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed one of these at the sterling Sun Singer after picking up some Rare Vos. Very good call.

One lush finger of white foam atop a hazy orange body with lemon yellow trim; nice body, good duration and lacing. Nice, moderate aromas, orange, ginger, a hint of coriander.

Better taste than smell, smooth and rich. The orange is a bit zesty, with a sour bite to offset the sweetness, with a lemon zest nicely mixed in. Spicy, with coriander and a dash of ginger in fine accompaniment. Fantastic mouthfeel, effervescent with smooth texture, just right for a Wit.

It is no surprise that Victory has nailed this style, for everything of theirs that I have tried is superb. This is an excellent testament to the style, very accessible, easy on the palate, amply flavored, a fine session beer on a hot day like today.

Excellent, one of my favorite Witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:04:07 | More by Gehrig
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with not much visible carbonation but little bits of sediment floating around. Not a ton of head from a fairly aggressive pour and retention is a thin sheet of white on top. Smells nice, coriander and orange coming to mind first. Light wheat malt comes through as well.

Medium to light body with lots of flavor. Oranges and wheat malt come through the most, with a slight taste of coriander. A certain sourness and tanginess is detected, leading to a quick and clean finish and dry mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little off I think. It causes a weird spritziness that distracts me from the taste a little. Its not annoying, but curious and interesting. Overall, this is a nice summery witbier with just enough tang to satisfy those taste buds and enough flavor to back it up. Its a decent brew, but I think I prefer Victory's Sunrise to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:56:47 | More by chodinheaven
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, banana, clove and wheat.

T - It had a very spicy first sip.Good clove and cracked wheat flavor. Some fruity yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale that had a clean, crisp finish.

O - This is a very good witbier. I'm glad I finally broke down and bought some of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:00:34 | More by zeff80
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very thin layer of slightly off-white colored froth quickly fades leaving on the faintest veil of lacing and a very slight color... The color is a pale gold... A very slight haze... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wheat... Lemon zest... Some raisins... Even a hint of peach... Just the most subtle of spicy notes...

T - Lots of cracker... Banana... Perhaps even some bubblegum... Lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied... Slight carbonation.. Clean... Crisp...

D - Quite sessionable... Easy sipper... Simple, straight-forward and well executed... Not my favorite Witbier and not my favorite victory offering, but it will do just fine in a pinch...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:30:40 | More by philbe311
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witster18

Tennessee

2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of Victory's stronger offerings.

Whirlwind is anything but. It's a very basic witbier with not much in the spice/fruit tones. The alcohol is the dominant flavor here. It's not an awful beer by any means, but it's definitely a 'safe' offering. Nothing to write home about.

Pours with a whispy white head -true to the style but not as hazy as I'd like, and the viscocity and lacing leave a bit to be desired.

Smell is faint lemon/sugar. Taste is tart lemon/alcohol heat. Not much spice in this... both the intial taste and aftertaste/belches come off as near sprite-ish... Maybe it's better on tap, but I'm not too crazy about this...

I bought 7 bottles of beer. 2 bottles of this. That 2nd bottle will be sitting around for a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:46:16 | More by witster18
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grittybrews

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw-orange into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding white head. Relatively mild aroma of grassy lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth wheat up front with hints of orange peel, lemon, and honey.

Light and refreshing with some very pleasant flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:40:47 | More by grittybrews
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Lolli1315

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden yellow color with a finger of thick white creamy head. Lace sticks very prominently to the glass as a constant stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S- Hints of clove and lemon make a quick appearance in the nose with a complimenting bread and yeast character. With the fruity smell there was also an accompanying mild tart note. Malty smell prevails throughout the beer with a spicy slightly peppery finish that is most likely a combination of the coriander and yeast products. The smell is a bit diluted in my opinion and lacks some of the boldness of a great witbier.

T- The clove phenols make a very brief appearance with the slightest hint of bubblegum before being whisked away in favor of a lemon and malt forward middle with only slight traces of it noticeable in the background. Middle of the beer also introduces more of the bread character as well. The taste ends in a rather dull spicy and low bitterness of the coriander.

M- Medium light body with slightly creamy carbonation that smooths out each sip. Slightly dry finish.

O- Nothing too special about this beer, only thing that really stands out is my constantly wanting more from the beer whether it be flavor or smell. Really lacked the strong yeast characteristics that the style is known for and left me quite bored.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:04:25 | More by Lolli1315
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow color, it's got a fluffy white head that settles into just a thin white lacing over the beer. The smell has a pretty good citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste had some bready yeast along with the citrus from the nose coming in on the flavor. The spices settle into place in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good Wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:29:14 | More by Knapp85
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kershner23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass showing a almost pure yellow haze. Very light, white head that lasted all of a few seconds.

Aroma of zest and light spice. Little bit of hop too?

Nice balance of the zesty fruit, spices, and hops. Nothing was overpowering and it all seemed to just fall into place. Very nice for the warmer spring and summer days. I was paired beautifully with the BBQ chicken I grilled and the potatoes.

Not as carbonated as expected. Light and bubbly, medium body. Nice finish with the citrus trailing off for a few seconds after swallowing, kind of begging for another sip. Easy to drink, especially sitting outside on a nice day.

Good Wit Beer. One of the better I've sampled, looking forward to more after this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 16:57:17 | More by kershner23
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
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