Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #160
Ranked #25,063
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Jun 26, 2022
Aug 03, 2001
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
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Rated: 2.99 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MrsJenB

4.99/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I bought a bottle that looks different from what is shown here but it was very good. I'm a fan of Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat and this beer is just a tad less brash than that.
Mar 25, 2022
Rated: 3.12 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz brown bottle
Victory Whirlwind Ale poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A cloudy light-yellow body with a 1-finger white head appeared. The head dissipated quickly. The nose is dominated by citrus [i.e., orange and lemons], wheat malts also noted. The taste is similar to the nose but stronger with very light spices, banana, coriander and yeast. Mouth feel is light to light-medium with a fizzy carbonation.

Whirlwind is easy drinking that is good for a hot summer’s day. I wish it had just a little more spiciness.
Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 4 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 3.4 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by bgillespie from New Jersey

Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Rated: 3.33 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Reviewed by Jaasoares from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by paddywaggon from New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
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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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 3 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 3.27 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 09, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Rated: 3.71 by Swilliams987 from New Jersey

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2017
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Rated by Deano_53 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great taste but disappointed with the amount of foam when the beer is poured into a glass
Sep 18, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by bryantan from Pennsylvania

Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 22, 2017
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Reviewed by PatGreer from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Rated: 3.37 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Griggsy from Colorado

May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by wertschy from Pennsylvania

May 07, 2016
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Reviewed by BWED from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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
Rated: 3.5 by jeffthepony from Georgia

Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by DASA10 from New Jersey

Dec 07, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by h4ger from Connecticut

Sep 29, 2015
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