Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
933
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.44%
 
 
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75
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Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale pale yellow with a two finger white head that melts quickly to fine lacing. Aggressive bubbling from the bottom of the glass continues to rise to the top.
Aroma is purely dry wheat malts, white pepper, and light, light banana or bubble gum.
Taste is definately a bready wheat with a little peppery bite on the end with the faintest of banana ester remaining on the tongue.
Very light and refreshing with a palette cleaning dryness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of marcpal
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This one seemed to have some pretty subpar reviews setting my expectations low, but I loved every sip of it. Im not a big fan of Victory's biggest beers, but they knock another session beer out of the park - great outlook for this summer.

12oz bottle poured into hefe glass for the first night of breaking out the grill in 08.

A: Cloudy, sediment filled belgian looking yellow with an ample head and slight lacing. Not the prettiest start.

N: This is where things look up. Citrus and a boatload of creamy ripe bananas. A bit of coriander with some hop aromas. The yeast and the wheat smells really are resounding for such a pale looking 'belgian'.

T: Citrus lemon and a sting of spices, mostly coriander. The lemon and orange peel flavors come out as it warms up and this proves to be delicious. Sweet matched with wheat makes this a terrific one for the season and grilling.

M: Light bodied, spicy kick and an overall thin beer that goes down crisply.

D: Went superbly with grilled eggplant and grilled soft shell crab. This is one Im going to be having several of through the summer in the back yard. Thanks Victory.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle from Springfield IL Friar Tuck has enjoy by Oct 25, '06.

Pours a chill hazed light golden/yellow with white head dimished by age.
Aroma is an inviting combination of coriander/bitter orange, bready wheat and Belgian yeast notes. So Good at 10 am on a late summer Saturday morning as I contemplate the yard word I need to do following the sever thunderstorm that brought down branches from my 100 Oak trees in the front yard. I sweep the deck of the leaves from the 15 minute marble size hail that preceeded the 2" down pour. The etch ring at the bottome of Samuel Adams "Ideal" glass brings up a cylinder of fine beading (reminding me of the bubble curtains used by baleen whales to herd krill into a dense column before the ascend - mouths agape - and breach the surface with a full mouth of crustaceans. I hunger for more of this amazing Belgian Wit and quaff a full mouth like the whales - the efferescence and citrus tingles my pallate like a million krill trapped in the baleen. The broom rests against the deck rail. The deck remains unswept as I let the joy of beer sweep away my desire to do any work.

Awesome mouthfeel is surpassed by an ultimate clean finish that would bring me back to this again for that quality.

Session beer? You Bet!

I yearn for a trip to Downington, PA for a freash pint from the source.
Maybe next year after the AHA Nationial conference in Cinncinatti, OH.

Beer is good - Victory brews some of the best!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a semi-cloudy gold with a hint of peach to it. The head was just a thin collar.

Smells of fresh sour apple, coriander, bananas, lime, and gooseberries with a base of organic honey and fresh bread dough. This concoction of smells was both enticing and dizzying.

The coriander really comes through in the taste along with some raspberry, cantaloupe, plumb and peaches with a root of light and doughy ambiguous grains. There’s also a creamy, milky yeast that’s very earthy and pasty.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a big swarm of carbonation that kinda got in the way.

This one’s tasty for sure on tap. Seek it out. The fruits in this one really steal the show.

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Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow color with a short white head with some lace not a lot. aromas a lot better spicy with clove and pepper and lemon. peppery tasting up front wheat and tangy yeast hits you next ending with spice and clove great taste. lots of carbonation which just adds to the taste. only thing is could not get all the sediment off the bottom which i think would also have added a little more to it. just added to my list of good witbier.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition purchased at the brewery. Poured a hazy amber color with moderate white head. The smell is absolutely fantastic, a mixture of cloves and spices that won't quit. The taste follows though and is absolutely fantastic. Leaves an thorougly enjoyable taste in the mouth. A superb drinkable beer. I've waited since last fall to have this beer again and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely magnificent. The best Wit I've ever had.

An inviting and intriguing aroma eminates from a hazy golden body with orange cloudy hues. A thick frothy head floats on top. Scent is lemony, bready, citrusy, a full of notes of mellowed malts. Taste is much the same with a combination of bread and sweetened lemon-like flavor in the forefront. Complex, light, and pleasing to the mouth this is a beer you could throw back all day on the couch or in the sun, shade, or bar.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, beautiful head, white as driven snow, lemony color. And there's the aroma, right away, all those fresh and delightful notes we love in a witbier-the lemon, the orange, the spice.Light, but substantial texture. So fresh! Alc. content not given, and not detected. Hoppy as all get-out! The ultimate summer beer, and a note-perfect interpretation.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This six pack was purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits for $7.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: This is a good looking beer in my glass. The beer is a cloudy straw yellow coloration. The beer has active tight bubbling carbonation. The head was a short lived creamy white coloration. The beer leaves patchy lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet wheat malty smell. The beer has a nice duo of coriander and lemon citrus smells.

Taste: The beer plays out with a sweet wheat malty lead in. The beer then goes to a slightly lemon and peppery coriander taste. The beer has undertones of salt and cloves. The beer has a balancing bitterness to play off of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is well balanced. This beer may have replaced my previous favorite summer brew. This is most definately a beer treat. This will definately be my summer go to brew.

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Photo of nomad
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with some size-varying intermittent carbonation. Had pillowy foam head that died fast and no lace or much else to speak of. Smell iss predominantly sweet, with yeast and wheat scents that wrapp around each other as banana and vanilla esters are strong while spices are light but refreshing. Underneath is a citric core.

Taste was easy, fruity, tart, and drying. Dominant flavors are a water smooth but highly citric and tart fruitiness. The body is a tasty wheat, though they are pretty neutral, and but light lemon and sour is balanced sweet malt and Belgian-style yeast. On this, it was enough to taste the lemon and refresh your palette, but not enough to overpower other flavors - good balance. Also, a noticeable amount of clove flavor toward the end, and some sourness developed in the fairly long finish.

Came across as a thin mouthfeel but actually had some good wheat firmness to it. This is beautiful served cold from a keg. Avoid bottles unless they're super fresh.

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Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, but glowing, banana yellow body with two fingers of soapy white head. Retention is average, but lacing is magnificent...sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aroma: Very fragrant! Spicy pepper, coriander, and clove lead into a fruity merangue of banana citrus, fresh lime, lemonzest, and woodsy yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied, with spritzy, yet relaxed, carbonation.
Taste: Mouthwatering wheat grain flavors mingle with spicy notes of clove, lemongrass, and pepper. Fresh lime and smooth banana esters really make this one a standout. Soft carbonation is just right.
Drinkability: Are you kidding? This is one of the best wheat brews I've ever sampled. Excellent taste and a smooth, well rounded profile, all around. This is one to stock up on for the summer. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer's a hazy glowing yellow color. Particles are in suspension. Very nice nose. Nice wheat malt aroma with spices like cinamon, nutmeg and corriander mixed in. The taste is excellent. I am starting to enjoy good wits more and more. Great wheat base. A little bit of a Belgian-like tanginess. Refreshing. Spiced to perfection. Very good Wit.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-transparent golden amber; there is a fair amount of cloudiness apparent. Aroma is rich, malty and wheaty, with a very strong lemon component. Flavor is well-rounded, malty with a decided citrus overtone. Texture is smooth and pleasing. Perfect for a warm afternoon or with a light dinner.

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Photo of Winter
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with white cap which disappeared after the first sip. Aroma consisted of orange peel, wheat malt and some banana. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp carbonated middle and softness around the edges. Malty wheat upfront transitions to a spiced middle. Spcies and citrus takeover here. Finish features a return of the wheat flavor along with vanilla and banana. Some slight hop bitterness thrown in there balances the dominant malt sweetness. A truly refreshing summer offer and one of the top-notch wit biers out there.

Thanks goes out to Bighuge for the hook-up.

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Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...Victory sure knows how to make a good brew...this offering presented the nice cloudiness assocaited with this type. Smell was nice and citrusy, with a mellow tone. Taste was extremely nice...citrus...wheat...in a beautiful balance. Well rounded in mouthfeel, with a crisp citrus quality that was extremely refreshing...right upn there with Paulaner.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden straw with lots of haze giving it that typical Wit hue.
s: fruity yeast
t: powery yeast. Sweet but not over sweet. Some light bitterness follows behind.
m: light mouth with good fizz, but not too much fizz.
d: very enjoyable. Something to be enjoyed on a very hot day (as I did).

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Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big notes of spice, orange and sweetness here. Powerful. I like it.

And the taste...ah, delicious. There's absolutely no discernable hop bitterness in this beer, so I wouldn't bother looking for it. What we do have though, is a fine wit.

Some orange mixes with big notes of clove/coriander (spice) in the body here. Reminds me a little bit of Hoegaarden but not as "in your face" with the spices and orange. Finish turns a bit citrusy and tart and allows the beer to be quite dry in the finish. A slight bit of wheat can be picked up in the finish as well if you try. Aftertaste is rather minimal. A good quenching beer.

One of my favorites of the style...and this a favorite style of mine. That says something!

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a thin head that receded to the rim. The aroma is very floral, with strongs notes of citrus and spice. This is an extremely crisp and refreshing beer. The coriander and bitterness that is noted by the tongue is followed by a slight sourness after swallowing. The citrus flavor provides a nice balance. The spice lingers on the tongue for quite a bit. Extremely drinkable, as several can be enjoyed without getting bored. One of my favorites in this style.

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Photo of aracauna
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wow witbier. Cloudy yellow with tendencies toward something darker, more orange. The head is a little flat, though. There's a good flowery perfume aroma. Soft citrus, light coriander come up front wiht a good dry wheat in the finish. This is a little heftier than the supposed style stalwart, Hoegaarden, but the soft, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this a surprisingly satisfying beer without being heavy. Tasty beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Draft)
pale orange color with much cloudyness. fruity nose. White head and lace. Sparklely feel with citrus yeast notes. Excellent summer beer. A keg of this will be on order for my brothers pre-wedding event the last weekend of june. Quality ..mmmm

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is spicy and fruity, with a strong earthy character from the wheat and yeast.

The beer goes down full and smooth, wheat and coriander dominating the palate. Citrus sneaks in on the finish, and the hop bitterness, while mild, is pleasantly noticable.

Highly drinkable. Whirlwind is sweetly grainy, mild, and dry, and the combination makes a great beverage.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle served in a goblet. Very cool label design. "Enjoy by" date was Aug. 07 04.

Really nice 1 inch head. Cloudiness from the wheat. Nice looking beer.

Spicy and slight fruit notes vary in each tasting.If you like Belgian Wheat Ales, you'll enjoy this brew. Victory states that Belgian Yeast is used in this beer.

I think this is an excellent interpretation of this style. This is one drinkable and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This baby pours a beautiful opaque golden yellow. A small head forms and then slowly subsides. The smell is quite complex....pepper, coriander, some cloves, a bit of banana. Has an almost earthy, barnyard scent that I'm guessing is coming from the Belgian yeast.

The first sip is an explosion on my tastebuds...wow...the cloves are coming through first, along with some pepper. This is a spicy brew. A bready maltiness runs in the background. There's a subtle fruitiness and wheat tones in there as well. Overall, quite tasty and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel is good, it rolls over the tounge nicely. The drinkability on this one is pretty good too...I think I might tire of style after awhile...but a few would be nice. It's a nice lighter brew that will give your palate a workout. Overall, I'd say this is a quality witbier from Victory and it's worth it to hunt this one down.

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Photo of wbickerton
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught.

Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates quickly. Hazy yellow color. Slight lacing. Banana and citrus aroma. Sweet citrus flavor. Reminiscent of Celis White and Hoegaarden White, but even fresher and better. Starts to lose its flavor after three weeks.

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Photo of dfried
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is average for a witbier, pale golden with an average head that didn't persist through the whole beer. I am not keen on witbier with too much coriander, the scent is a bit stronger on coriander than the taste was, but it was still quite wheaty and zesty. I thought the taste and aftertaste were the standout qualites of this beer. Sweet, refreshing wheat malt is what dominates the taste, but there are many undertones from coriander and nutmeg flavors, to orange and lemon zest. The spice in this beer creates a zing in your mouth, like mint would for instance, as you have one or two. That mouthfeel, along with the light bodied character make for a very drinkable beer. I had trouble not giving it a 5 for drinkability. One of my favorite hot day brews I have come across.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.
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