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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy honey-colored body with a thin layer of head and streams of active bubbles feeding the head from below.

Mostly clove on the front end but there's a bit of lemon afterward. However, the lemon scent turns into a spicier, almost Saaz-like hop nose which, however appetizing, seems wrong for the style. The yeast rescues the smell on the finish, returning it to the classic Belgian clove/citrus peel duality.

Extraordinarily light, almost lacking in flavor. The citrus (lemon) is there on the front, but it's almost as if contained in a club soda instead of beer. The yeast, once again, steps up to round out the brew and carries it through the spice on the finish. Ends spic'n'span clean with a mineral dryness as a final touch.

Starts a touch fizzy but fleshes out with some good thickness on the finish. Refreshment is not a quality lacking in this beer as, regardless of how true to the witbier style it is or isn't, this goes down easy. This could be a bore in the winter but it's more than welcome in the heat.

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Photo of Higravity
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than the Weiss bier they make and better every year I have had it. The sulfury smell and taste is not in this beer any longer and they seemed to have tuned back the spices. The smell and the flavor of the corriander and/or zest melds well with the wheat and yeast flavors. The hazy beer leaves good lace and has a solid body for style. Very drinkable for long enjoyment all day.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very Hazy Color in bottle or when poured into a glass.
Somewhat of a fluffy head with retention to it.
It had more a spicey or lemony taste with a dry finish, nothing with the sweetness you may get from some, but like franzikaner, more spice.
Very good after a long day of work, I could polish off a case given the chance, mild and very recomended, enjoy

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Victory summer mix pack.

Pours a murky golden yellow, with a small half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like wheat, grainy malt, spices and Belgian yeast.

The taste is very similar, with strong, but not overly bitter, wheat flavor, the typical witbier spices- coriander, mainly, with orange and citrus flavors, with moderate Belgian yeast flavors- I like that it's not as strong as some other versions of the style.

Light bodied, almost airy, with a crisp, strongly carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Witbiers will never be my favorite style, but this is a pretty solid version of one. Nothing crazy or outstanding, but just eminently drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of BeenTired
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BARFLYB
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- WW is a bright yellow color with some cloudiness within. A nicely layered bright white head was on top. No lacing.

S- A typical wit with some belgian influence. A bunch of yeast with banana and clove. And some good ol wheat.

T- Getting some citrus lemon with a nice jolt of wheat and belgian yeast. Spice such as clove and some orange peel in there as well.

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation that is felt. No problems here.

D- A drinkable wit at a low abv(5%) i could drink a few of these in some warm weather. Good flavor from a local company, good enough for a return.

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Photo of rodcom
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid wheat beer from Victory. Classic cloudy gold color when poured from the bottle. Initial taste is crisp and clean taste with a hint of grass in the taste. Limited after taste. Great beer for the summer time after mowing the line. No reason not to go buy a six pack.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, one finger head, some carbonation.

S-Lemon, orange, spice, grass and wheat.

T-Wheat, grass and spice. Good but a step down from the nose. Not much bitterness.

M-Light, some carbonation but watery.

O-A nice summer beer however it is downhill after the nose.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, white head with some nice lacing. The beer is a hazy golden yellow.

Smells of wheat and banana yeast with various spices. The wheat smell mixes wonderfully with a lemon undertone. The spice is rather muted when compared to the rest of the beer.

A lemon undertaste and aftertaste. The certainly come out while the wheat is subdued compared to the rest of the beer.The flavors a little light and feel watered down but I guess it would be expected given the style.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

A good and refreshing beer, especially if it's hot outside.

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Photo of smb71481
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.71 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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