Whirlwind Witbier
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #149
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,009
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
545
Ratings:
945
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a slightly faded and battered label. Listed as Bottle-Conditioned and with ‘Enjoy By Aug 07 04’ on the bottom of the label. I may have just sneaked this one in!

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow golden color that has a slight hazed appearance. A finger thick white head forms from a fizzing mass, which depletes in thickness as time goes by to a thin whispy covering. Average carbonation, but nothing that causes any problems, its restrained conditioning adds to the overall Drinkability for me.

Nose: Thick lemony wheat’s, lime tartness with a sharp tangy nose. Light yeast feel with some fresh baked dough in the back end. Nice!

Taste: Soft ‘wit’ starts with an astringent lemon feel right throughout the experience. Sweet wheat feel, but balanced with some sharp lime acidity and a hint of Belgium wit yeast. This has a lovely refreshing body, clean inviting tastes and very drinkable. Lots of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect, completely right for the style, sharp, tart and smooth with some citric acidity that sits nicely in a talcum soft wheat body.

Drinkability: Did I just drink this 12 ounce bottle in about 3 minutes? Geez, guess so.

Overall: A damn fine Belgium Witbier, just what you would expect from the masters at Victory.

A Whirlwind Cheers to BigHuge for this sample!

Aug 16, 2004
More User Reviews:
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cubedbee from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 4/8/08. Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a finger of white fizzy head that quickly reduces to a ring of foam. Nose is nicely yeasty with a slight lemon zest and a bit of peppery spiciness. Taste is a nice smooth wheat overlaid with a slight lemon and citrus fruitiness, with a yeasty slightly clove finish. Medium bodied with a moderate/high carbonation, clean and smooth drinking. This is a pretty solid beer overall, easy drinking, and good for the warm weather.

May 13, 2007
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TheTrevor from New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a small head and some fairly aggressive carbonation. The smell is sweet fruitiness with a little spiciness. The taste starts off with some banana sweetness that gives way to a little bit of citrus and spice in the finish. The mouthfeel pleasant, with a decent thickness and less carbonation than I expected. This beer is a great example of the style, but lacks in complexity. I wouldn't mind having a couple more, this is a nice refreshing brew.

Aug 31, 2008
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, somewhat watery yellow coloring with a steady, slow flow of carbonation and a slim ring of white film around the edge of the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, biscuits, and a slight tangy citrus highlight. Flavors are roasted, with a banana and clove backbone that supports the smooth, creamy body. A slight nutmeg and cinnamon highlight throughout, as well. The aftertaste is roasted and clove spiced, with a smooth, creamy finish. Extremely easy to drink, and decent flavor profiles, make this a great summer brew that is a bit heavier and more full than the average fare. Tasty!

Apr 24, 2012
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rlovitt from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

Aug 24, 2014
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JackTheRipper from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light yellow in color. Head was pretty thin with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Heavy yeast smell right up front with a nice citrusy hoppy sort of smell below.

T: Astringent, yeast-like bitterness flashes quickly by. Finish mellows out quite nicely, with a nice amount of sweetness that has just a bit of a lemony zing to it. Nice balance of flavors here.

M: Full, quite hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is fairly sharp. Carbonation is fairly high, but I think that's ok for this style of beer. Alcohol feels stronger than the stated ABV%.

D&N: Very nice, tasty with a bit of a bite.

May 17, 2004
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Scherdel weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale, cloudy, golden yellow color with fierce carbonation to form a two-finger head of creamy white foam that reduces to a thin coating.

S: Bright, spicy citrus notes hit the nose along with a sweetened, malty, wheat twang. Herbal and floral with hints of lemongrass and pepper.

T: Sweet, juicy, peppery malts up front with flashes of lemon peel, coriander and other light, citrus flavors. The herbal, grassy hops kick n around mid palate to dry things a bit. The wheat malts add some complexity to the finish, with a bit of a tart and spicy yeast aftertaste.

M: Light and balanced with a sharp spiciness on the tongue and just a touch of lactic sweetness.

O: Not a bad Belgian-style wit at all and certainly more palatable than some of the popular macro versions out there. The 5% ABV is right on point with just a hint of American bravado in the malt bill and herbal hop flavor. I'd have another, especially on a scorcher like today. In fact...

Jun 21, 2012
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TheBrewo from New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of pale straw into our Bell’s Weizen glasses. It holds a hearty two finger head of white, well-retained bubbles, showing great retention. Thick shelves of lacing are left as it slowly fizzes away. No haze is noted, but tiny flecks of sediment are present throughout. Carbonation appears to be mild, but with fat bubbles rising to the top. The aroma gives bright zest of lemon and orange flesh and rind, with bright clovey phenols, chalky wheatiness, black pepper and cinnamon spice, light banana ester sweetness, rubbery bite, gingerbread warmth, sourdough and pumpernickel breadiness, authentic coconut milk, black licorice, fresh mint leaf, and vanilla wafer. Our first impression is that there is nice spice to the flavoring, but the beer is otherwise rather light and fluffy. As we sip, the taste begins with stark Belgian yeastiness, white and pale malt base, clove and cinnamon spiciness, chlorine chemical bite, sugared orange slices, sesame seed, green tea, mustard and fennel seed, and lemon wipes. The middle peaks with fresh squeezed lemon juice, white sugar, sloppy wet wheatiness, raw pine cones, aluminum metallics, cooked caramel sweetness, continued orange zest, phenolic plastics, margarita-tequila lime, and musk. Cinnamon and clovey spice, plastics, eucalyptus, chamomile tea herbals, wheaty breadiness, arugula, walnut oils, cork, herbal floral hops, bright lemon juiciness, and penicillin chemicals. The aftertaste breathes of wet and cold wheat, sweat, salt water taffy, dusty mineral, ginger and garlic powders, lure rubbers, cloying sweetness of iced banana bread, breakfast tea tannins, lemon wedges, tinny metallics, white sugar, and pink cotton candy. The body is light, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives decent cream and froth, with lesser slurp, smack, or cleanliness to its finishing pop. The mouth is watered and cooled, being left wet, with no real puck, chalk, or astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs back easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its aroma. Here things are kept in check with warmth of spice and heartiness of grain. These are lost a bit through the flavor, however, with things lightening up a touch too much, becoming diluted and lost amongst the wetness of the wheatiness. The spice base laid down through the aromatics is thus lost and depreciated. Otherwise, for a light sipper of a Wit, this guy goes back smooth, ultimately making it easy to appreciate. While this is not our new favorite Victory offering, it does the style well, and will sit against most of its competitors.

Nov 22, 2013
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StrayteEDGE from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 28, 2015
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necoadam from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy light orange color with some decent carbonation in this brew. Looks a little darker than some other wits on the market now. Smell consisted of some light spiciness, orange and a touch of lemon. Some yeast can be detected as well. Taste was pretty much the same as the nose. Light spice comes through with some orange and yeast blending in. Clove mixes into the action as well. Reminds me a hefe almost. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth and full-bodied. Even if you don't like the style, you have to admit that this is a damn good beer. It has a nice character but it's very controlled in the taste department. Excellent for the spring and summer months.

Apr 30, 2004
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hustlesworth from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- super white, very hazed pale lemon yellow that is, with a nice dense wheaty white head. good retention thanks to wheat, but little to no lace.

S- smells a bit skunked but is ok after it opens up. mostly coriander aromas, a hint of orange, and white bread.

T- sweet and wheaty, coriander and some banana-clove yeast esters. finishes bready and clean with no discernible hop flavor.

MF- velvety from the wheat, prickly over medium carbonation and a residual sticky feeling.

D- just average in my opinion, but extremely drinkable. no flavors lean to far to one side and nothing really stands out. thirst quenching and refreshing. great session beer.

Jul 08, 2009
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours light golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, yeast, banana, citrus and spices. Body is medium and smooth. Wheat malt, spices, candy sugar, banana fill the mouth. Finish is medium, semi-dry.
Taste more like Hefe than Wit.

Jun 30, 2014
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whojim from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 31, 2014
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CortexBomb from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is light yellow, nice white head on top. There are plenty of suspended particles present. The smell of this is absolutely textbook wit, yeast along with softly citrusy tones and a nice spicy edge on it, extremely appetizing.

Taste is also very solid, yeast, wheat, and light citrus all have their moments. Dominated by spice and citrus. There really isn't a lot of fancy depth to the flavour, but it just works well for me, this is my definition of a nice summer brew...tasty, refreshing, but not overly complex.

Mouth, simply average, it doesn't do anything exceptional for its style. Drinkability is rock solid, this is a very hard beer to set down for very long.

Overall, this isn't the deepest, most complex beer in town, but if you're looking for a basic summer beer with some craft touches, Victory's Whirlwind is a good place to start. This along with Arcadia's Whitsun are both great, reasonably priced options for summer quaffing.

Aug 06, 2006
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kell50 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 20, 2013
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Jul 20, 2014
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
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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wedge from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw yellow with ribbons of hazy yeast eventually dispersing to evenly cloud the beer. The head is pure white and more of a thin sheet over the top. Peppery lemon aroma, coriander, solid wheat in the middle, bready, and lightly sweet. Taste is pleasantly sweet lemon, wheaty graininess, with herbal qualities and hints of tartness on the sides of the tongue. Crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Good take on the style - love that belgian yeast. Refreshing but not weak.

Jun 14, 2006
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass with a pale straw color. Generous, white foamy head dissipated quickly. Subtle smells of cloves, yeast and wheat. Taste was somewhat thin - definitely a witbier in presentation, but lacking the flavor of other wits out there. Nicely carbonated and somewhat lively in the mouth, with a slightly bitter finish. Not bad, but I've had better.

Nov 11, 2007
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cbgbslev from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Dec 28, 2011
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Lambdon from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 24, 2015
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Dithyramb from Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased this weekend.
Hazy, but bright yellow with the appropriate murky yeast and fluffy head. Not much carbonation going on in the glass, but there is some nice lacing.
Definite wheat aromas, made slightly more complicated with lemon and coriander.
Chalky wheat and malt flavoring. Other than that, mostly lemony, with just a hint of spices and other citrus notes.

Extremely light in body, finishing slightly lemony.
This would be nice on a hot summer day, very drinkable, just not overly complicated.

Jun 06, 2005
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adamette from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $1.50 a few weeks ago into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass. "Enjoy by April 8 10" written on label.

A Hazy, light yellow body that is difficult to see through but it glows a bit in front of direct light under a brief but creamy white head. There is visible carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Appropriate to the style without too much to extend beyond that. 3.5

S Nice but basic Witbier smell with some light citrus notes. 3.5

T/M Very nice, smooth feel with the right Witbier tastes with gentle spicing in the mid taste, fading to a nice soft Witbier aftertaste. Mature, right on target with style. I think that this is better than Ommegang Witte. 4.0

D Very good indeed. I drank this 12 oz. bottle (from the glass of course) in about 3 minutes and was not even aware of how fast I was doing that. 4.5

Notes: Victory is simply a solid brewery, probably one of my top 5 favorites.

Sep 07, 2009
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PEIhop from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jul 08, 2014
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WallstreetB from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 18, 2015
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 945 ratings