Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best-by date's sometime in 2011. I'm safe.

Leaves a tiny ugly pad of head immediately after the pour, but it don't stick around long. Really lovely yellow-moon color with seemingly millions of star-like specks suspended within.

The aroma bursts forth straight from the bottle, and is good. Best element of the beer, at first. Maybe I quickly got numb to it, but it didn't maintain the magic. That's life. The coriander and orange zest are perhaps shown strongest here.

Kind of cool (as in cold) meringue notes and creaminess. The acidity, though appropriately moderate, is a little out of balance with the spices, which seem pushed to the back. Peppery in the aftertaste. Overall, it's tasty, if not as spicy and complex as I hoped.

There's a good bit of zip when it hits tip of the tongue, but I'm having trouble telling whether the lactic acid or the carbonation is the prime provider. The tangy burn slowly, but briefly, permeates the bottom half of the mouth while a wave of delicately sticky sweetness rolls to the sides and up and back, leaving a orangey (as in an orange) film. Light-medium body and finishes somewhat dry.

Among the better domestic wits. I'll be pairing this up with some grilled chicken and salad (as in not-grilled).

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Photo of roadhouse
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a one inch white head. It holds up fairly well and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is typical of the style. Some citrusy orange scent, bready wheat, and a bit of spiciness.

Taste is citusy up front with orange peel and then some breadiness comes in. Slight phenolic spiciness in the finish but it's much lighter than many witbiers.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, but it comes off kind of flat and slightly watery. Seems to need a bit more carbonation to me.

Overall a middle of the pack witbier. I wouldn't get it again just because I know there are better options.

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Photo of larryi86
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A fairly hazy yellow straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Lemon zest mixed with earthy spices and pepper, yeast.

T- Tart lemon zest, pepper, earthy spices, some yeast, a little watery.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- Not a bad beer, but doesn't blow me away, easy to drink, but it is a little weak, seem like it would be perfect after a long hot summer day.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is from back in May '08.

Appearance is a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a barely existent head that very quickly dissolved to a thin ring. There's lots of mini bubble strands floating around.

Smell is yeasty, sweet, perfumey banana and clove spice.

Taste is very clovey and bready with a hint of orange and/or lemon zest.

This beer has lots of bubbly carbonation. It is a bit thin-bodied, which makes it a good hot weather beer, but it seems to lack complexity for the style. The sweetness coats my mouth and hurts the drinkability a bit. Overall, not the best from Victory, but an enjoyable summer offering.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a cloudy bright yellow color with two fingers of fluffy bone white foam. The head leaves little to no lacing. Smells and tastes of lemon, orange, a hint of cloves, slightly spicy yeast, and some bready, wheaty grains. This witbier is medium in both body and carbonation with a crisp dry finish. Quite quenching.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy, golden yellow color with lots of suspended yeast visible. The white head quickly dissipated to nothing, and only scant traces of lacing remained. The aroma was a pleasing blend of dry wheat, light spices (coriander in particular), hints of vanilla and traces of orange peel. The flavors were refreshing and very similar to the aroma but the core seemed flat. Balanced and appropriate for the style but aside from the distinct coriander on the finish, the malt and the hops profiles were light and rather uninspired. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/light and the carbonation fine.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

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Photo of Amalak
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't too impressed at first. It had NO head or lace, yellow, slightly opaque. It had a kind of sourish, wheat scent.

This taste made up for the original observations, though. It was crisp and clean in its taste. Had a punchyness to it. Carbonated and bubbly.

This beer does a very good job of mixing carbonation and zest with clean, wheat taste. It is not near the top of Witbiers that I had tried, but it is definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - glowing yellow cloudy beer witn minimal to no head.

S- slight malt and lemon but not much here

Taste - Refreshingly light with slight lemon tartness with some grain flavorings slightly noticed as well.

M - flat and watery but ok for the style

Overall - A nice change of pace summer drinker. Sessionable and pleasant.

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Photo of bryanbrick
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like the Belgian interpretation of wheat based beers. There is something about the creamy texture, the interplay of spice and fruit and the sheer drinkability of the beers. So with that in mind I picked up a 6-er of the Whirlwind Wit from what is becoming one of my favorite new-to-me breweries, Victory

An "Enjoy by Apr 15 10" date on the bottle. I opened this at about cellar temp.

Hazy straw color with a light ring of head around the edges of the glass.

The nose is nice with the typical apricot, orange flesh, cracked white pepper and lemon. And do I did not put one in there. And while this is pleasing, and appropiate for the style, it dosen't push any limits or go beyond what others do.

I like the earthy stone like flavors that persist through out here, when added to the light weight citrus and stone fruit flavors it really adds dimension to them. With the slight alfalfa like bitterness in the finish and the return of pepper this gets its point across nicely.

The lasting flavors here really linger nicely on the palate and with the natural delicate acid and the creamy finish the way this feels may be its best quality.

But it is not, the best quality of this beer is simply how incredibly drinkable it is. At 5.0% a 6pack of this would be no problem. And with its subtle but spot on flavors this wouldn't get cloying like a lot of other beers of this style do.

If your are a fan of the style, surely try this.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head and solid lacing.

S: Typically sweet witbier smell of bananas, cloves, coriander and citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, pepper, coriander and some bananas. There was a slight graininess about it that seemed out of place.

M: Lots of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer with some good attributes, but there are definitely better examples of of the style out there.

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Photo of andyj
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd give this one a try after I noticed one of the local HB clubs had a clone contest for it. I figured it had to be special. The interesting thing about this wit is the spice kick. Can you say pepper? What a wonderful surprise to taste a sharp twang of pepper in a wit. While I am not sure they use pepper precisely, it is nice to see someone breaking away from the style barriers a bit to offer our palates something different from this great style. It had a steady citrus aroma coupled with a cloudy appearance. Overall this is a beer I will take a drive to find.

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, light yellow/gold colour with a thin whisp of white head that falls to a solid ring. Aromas of coriander, sharp lemon, yeasty bread and floral hops. Coriander is quite strong in the flavour and the malt is crackery and wheaty. Low bitterness lets the lemon character show through in the finish. Lightish body with moderate carbonation. Slightly drying, fairly crisp on the palate. A nice beer for summertime.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: Wheat, yeast, coriander, banana,

taste: banana, yeast, wheat,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice summer beer. refreshing and crisp. I think I'm going to go have another.


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Photo of ski271
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Slightly hazy medium gold with a small, white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Some very light lacing early. Smell is fruity, crisp and mild. Taste follows, with its fruitiness being most notable, but some spice shows up halfway through. Lemon, coriander, green apple, and some spicy, bready yeast toward the finish. It has a medium-light body, lightly dry texture, and moderate carbonation. At the time, I really enjoyed this beer because it was very refreshing and easy-drinking. In retrospect, I would have liked a little more character in there. It was a very mild beer, but good nevertheless.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly clear yellow/golden body with a small wismpy white head that disappears quickly.

Smells of coriander and bubble gum.

Good wheat flavors, lots of coriander. Bubble gum throughout, but especially on the finish. A solid white. Body feels a little too thin, but average mouthfeel.

Good drinkability, a smooth wheat beer that isn't amazing, but great to drink.

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Photo of mbjb0720
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review form notes.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles released to the top. A one finger foamy heady formed and had a slow fade. Moderate lacing.

S: Light fruit, mostly banana and some apricot with a good level of spices to compliment - nutmeg, pepper, and a little bit of cinnamon.

T: Similar to the aroma. A little bit of yeast, some banana, and some light grains. The spices are subtle, and meld nicely with the fruit.

M: Light and crisp, very. refreshing. Pretty carbed up, lots of small bubbles.

O: A solid witbier. Look forward to cracking more of these this summer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of wheat and bananas. The flavor was of bananas and had a wheat bite as an aftertaste. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a not a bad Witbier. Needs more complex flavors to be the greatest of its type, but it does pretty well with what it has currently.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LaLaSnite
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.71 out of 5 based on 937 ratings.
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