Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #170
Ranked #38,848
3.71 | pDev: 12.67%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: A steady calm meets a whirlwind of flavor with notes of grapefruit in this crisp citrus wit.

Malt: Pilsner, Wheat
Hops: Tettnang:
Notes: Grapefruit, Orange Peel and Coriander added
Reviews: 551 | Ratings: 957 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy orange-yellow with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Aroma: It has a flowery type aroma with coriander and orange. There is a hint of honey in the background.

Taste: It is grainy sweet with orange and coriander. The flowery elements are lighter the flavor with a very light tartness and earthly element.

Feel: It has a medium light body with high carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinking flavorable beer.

Jun 20, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thick one finger head of white foam. Laces the glass well.

Aroma: Floral Coriander, peppery lemon peel, sweet orange sherbet and malted wheat.

Taste: Quite spicy with grapefruit peel and coriander upfront, transitions into a rich flavor of wheat and sweet orange midpalate featuring flavors of honey and nougat in the background. Ends on a clean, slightly spicy noble hop taste which fades out into more notes of sweet malted wheat.

Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable. Coriander level may be abrasive to some.

May 27, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy white head which turns to lacing after a little bit. Citrus on the nose, almost like a shandy. Taste is also shandy-like with big carbonated lemon zest, but also interestingly there's some spice in there, particularly cloves. Interesting and quite light and refreshing.

May 17, 2021
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paddywaggon from New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just posted because I didn't see any posts that tasted what I did: a strong aftertaste of cloves. Oops, now that I have read more reviews (not just the higher-rated ones), I see that some of my fellow beer drinkers got hit between the eyes with clove, too. Don't know what I am going to do with the rest of the 6 pack.

May 10, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/1/21

Wits have never really been my thing, but after a few good experiences lately I've found myself wanting to keep on trying more examples of the style. While this one isn't really highly rated, it still seems like one of the "classic" examples of the style, a zone that Victory seems to exist in for the most part aside from their newer experimental releases. Let's dive in

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

Right off the bat this is pleasing in the nose, giving more of a spicy yeast character than some others. I'm picking up on aromas of coriander, fresh baked bread, white pepper, clove, overripe banana, and orange rind

In taste, it seems a bit muted, even a bit stale on the back end unfortunately. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting fleshy grapefruit, coriander, orange rind, and bready malt. The swallow brings notes of banana, coriander, lemon peel, and a huge slow burn of stale cracker that kinda kills it

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a super crisp and drinkable beer. Finishes mostly dry despite the staleness

This one was interesting, the taste being the thing that weighs it down the most. I know it's not at the best by date yet, but I can safely say it's past it's freshness. I'll have to revisit it when I find it fresher

Apr 13, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No hiding the citrus aroma on this Victory Whirlwind citrus wit. The citrus is front and present on the nose in this hazy orange colored ale. I'd prefer a little less tang in the taste, but it's not awful. I could see this being enjoyable in the spring or summer warmth.

Apr 04, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by May 2nd 2021, so plenty fresh.

Looks standard in the glass. Cloudy dull yellow body. Good bright white head persists in decent form throughout leaving some nice lacing.

Wheaty aroma, with some citrus and even a light floral note.

A light touch of lemon, solid base, dont get the coriander, but I rarely do unless its strong.

Mouth above medium, finish clean wheat, no bitter or harsh sour notes.

Overall, extremely clean and drinkable. Nice of Victory to drag this one out of the vaults.

Jan 17, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has lemon zest hints
The taste follows the nose with a lemon zest and spice flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
An easy drinking refreshing wit beer

Jan 16, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this ages ago. Now rebranded in 2021 as "Whirlwind Citrus Wheat" the body still uses pils and wheat malts alongside noble hop tettnang, food coloring, spice alongside orange peel and coriander. Poured into a hefewieß glass, swirl and pour method though the bottom of the bottle showed little to no natural yeast settlement - likely due to its fairly new age. A 2 finger white head on-top of a beautiful lighter orange unfiltered presentation.

A large scent of coriander, orange notes, but mainly coriander. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, creamy in texture, very smooth and highly drinkable. At 5.2% there is enough alcohol to taste, but this is very well hidden. Front notes include a lot of orange acid character likely from the additionally grapefruit, the wheat notes are in the rears and the mids tend to have a bit of sweetness (as in a lot of beers) and coriander spice. A mild acidity lingers and the grapefruit is a bit pronounced between each sips.

Having had this as one of my first craft beers back in '07 I can say this is a delightful flavor packed seasonal, that when compared to Wittekerke comes off a little more bold and in your face, which is what I believe the two beers try to be compared to original Hoegäarden; however doesn't live up to the complexity of even the Americanized Celis Brewery or Allagash offerings by way of hop character. Wether Blue Moon inspired Whirlwind, or even Allagash, this Americanized witbier is delightful.

Jan 09, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Hazy, rich golden color. Medium head with ok retention and ok lacing.

S---Spicy (coriander). Citrus (orange & lemon). Wheat & yeast.

T---Follows the nose pretty closely. Coriander, orange, lemon banana. Strong wheat backbone.

F---Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Pleasant.

O---Huh, apparently, this beer has been around for twenty years and I've never seen it. I'll keep an eye out for it going forward.

Jan 07, 2021
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aged this one for 3 years. Develops surprisingly well. Almost takes on wild characteristics, but didn't become sour or funky. Dried and thinned out, coriander shines thru.

Aug 31, 2016
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BWED from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Pale straw color, and hazy. Doesn't have that classic "white" color. White head is weak but hangs around okay.

S- Coriander. Sweet tang, almost like a gose. Straw/grain malt aroma.

T- Straw, a little coriander. Slightly sweet, but fairly bland.

M- Light body. A little snappy coriander spice lingers in the finish.

O- Okay. Not the best wit I've had.

Apr 25, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/22/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of bananas, cloves, pepper, spice, wheat, bready malts, and dough. More flavor in the taste. Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a nice beer, worth checking out for a BBQ.

Aug 24, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy orange tinted straw under a thin white foam film. S: The aroma has a little bread from the malt and clove from the yeast with a touch of citrus. T: Light malt, spice, citrus and orange round out the palate. F: Light and effervescent. O: A refreshing, spicy wit.

Aug 17, 2015
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Nctide from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'll start by saying this isn't my favorite style but it came in a great 12 variety pack with prima, kolsch, and summer love. The nose is a combination of lemon and a sweet flower, maybe a gardenia off in the distance. The taste is light on the typical wheat taste but it's there and tasty. This seems to be a well-executed wit really well suited for sitting on a patio on a hot day.

Jul 27, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/29...pours hazy bright yellow with thick white foam. Soft citrus nose, wheat based aroma. Taste is clean, subtle orange lemon citrus. Some tart. Very mild bitter. Carbonated too.

Jul 19, 2015
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Cure_Tap from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of Allagash White, beacuse they both have the same sort of flavor profile. Lies on the spicier end of the style, but it's mild, it doesn't beat you over the head. Banana, clove, coriander, and a little orange/lemon peel as well. If you're a fan of yeasty beers, this packs a nice little punch there as well. Very tasty, very drinkable, soft feel. Well worth a try.

Jul 17, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BEER NUMBER 100! Belgian wheats aren't my thing. I wait until I'm really drunk to drink it so I don't taste the nastiness. Those and saisons. I'm more DIPA and Stouts. But then why drink this if you don't like it you say? Because it's beer and it was in their summer variety pack, that's why. But their variety pack was underwhelming for Victory standards. GO Bills!!

Jun 29, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Cloudy yellowish orange color with a tall white head. Belgian yeast dominates the aroma. Fruit/spice combo in the flavor but leaves a little bit to be desired. Medium bodied and pretty easy drinking but not something I wanted more of.

Jun 26, 2015
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dgmirelli from New York

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not a fan of the style at all, having tried Hoeegarden and Allagash I tried this figuring I will find one that satisfies, this did not satisfy at all. mouthful disappeared 1/4 of the way through and basically had no finish.....of the beers I enjoy I need an aftertaste.....others in my group had similar concerns.

Jun 21, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fruity wheat driven aroma with hints of spice and citrus fruit. Upfront wheat with bready hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, straw, and yeast. Big hints of coriander and clove along with some pepper. Citrus hints of orange and lemon zest along with some green apple. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid Wit aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, spicy, and bready wheat driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and spice. Upfront wheat with some notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, and straw. Lots of coriander along with some notes of clove and pepper. Fruit notes of orange juice, lemon zest, and green apple. Light background notes of spicy Euro hops. A pretty good Wit taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Witbier style. Good mix of spice and fruit notes.

Jun 09, 2015
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BigGeorge860 from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from the summer 12er. Okay, yes, i'm a Victory fanboy. I'll own it. But I like this beer. Slightly underrated here, IMHO. This is Golden Monkey light, if you know the brewery's offerings. Spicy and yeasty. Not my favorite style, but quality brew. Easy drinking.

May 30, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is nothing spectacular, but a good effort on Victory's part. Not my favorite style, but it ticks all of the witbier boxes; glad to see that the have released it in a mix-pack.

May 23, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a slightly hazy straw golden color.

The aroma offers grain, sweet crackery malt, some spice, a touch of orange.

On the flavor, the beer offers much more. A big punch of artificial banana, dried banana, a hint of clove and coriander spice, wheat, grain, a touch of citrus zest, a biscuit malt in the middle, a really simple and dry finish.

A great carbonation, a medium minus mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer for the style with a bit lacking in flavor.

May 16, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Truncated notes; my apologies:

Pours a finger-wide cap of white colour, which recedes within 4-5 minutes, leaving light lacing. Body colour is a surprisingly clear yellow-copper; why isn't this cloudy?

Smells of wheat, Belgian pale malts, and citrusy esters. No off-notes are detectable.

Has a simple wheat base with clean estery notes and a hint of banana. Lemon peel does make an appearance. The Belgian yeast is nice. It's estery for a witbier. It's balanced albeit simple, and doesn't have much in terms of subtlety. I like it, but there's plenty of room for more complexity and intricacy.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, crisp, refreshing, and wet, but not incredible. It suits the taste fine but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

This is a drinkable witbier from Victory which will scratch your itch for the style but won't impress. I'm glad this's widely available and affordable, but it's not amongst the best in the style. I wouldn't mind seeing it in a variety box in the future, but I wouldn't buy it specifically again in 6 pack form or anything. Fairly pedestrian, but definitely above average.


Nov 28, 2014
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