Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
84
good
934 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
Read the review
Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
934
Reviews:
541
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 934 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of t00sl0w
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- yellow/pale gold, finger head that dissipates and leaves nice lacing

S- grassy, wheaty

t- wheaty, tad bit of hops.

m/d- mouthfeel was carbonated at first, but after it sits it becomes smoother. easy to drink, and stays that way when it warms up.

i like this beer, i have become partial to witbiers lately. i would recommend it for a hot day, or for when lounging and you want something simple yet enjoyable.

 416 characters

Photo of krausenman
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The beer poured a lightly hazy blonde color. As the beer was poured into it's glass it was capped with a foamy white head that disapated into a slender lace ring around the glass edge.

S-Initially, a spicy yeast note was strong but as the beer warmed, herbal and peach like aromas were present.

T-The beer is slightly sweet on the tounge with a very low bitterness level. There is a astringent aftertaste after the beer is swallowed. The beer has little to no hop flavor.

M-The beer has a light body that it accented with a low to moderate carbonation.

D-With the beer's light body and lower level of carbonation, it definately is drinkable but has a lackluster quality.

 676 characters

Photo of CSAsylum
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So here's a review of a beer, probably improperly stored for at least 6 months at a local package liquor store.

A: Pours a hazy straw with a rapidly disappearing pale ivory colored head of about 1/2 finger.

S: Wheat, coriander, slight citrusy tones and some Belgian lists.

T: Bananas hit first with a wheaty muskiness. The carbonation is crisp and helps cut through an otherwise medium bodies brew. Cloves follow. Not so much citrusy as straight-up lemony. Leave is sweet with a short-lived yeastiness.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of wits but this one is good and exceptionally good on a hot June afternoon. If this is an older beer as others in this batch have been it doesn't seem to have suffered any from improper storage.

 730 characters

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale yellow color with a fast receding head with a brilliant white ring..smell is wheat and bread with coriander and citrus peel.some belgian yeast bananas and other spices..the taste was clean and crisp with a clove and citrus peel hit followed by bananas and spices..mouth feel was light/medium and refreshing on this warm summer day..this white hit the spot after work..it had a nice Belgian yeast taste present with clove ,coriander, and bananas and a wheat bread finish.very refreshing..will drink again and recommend

 535 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory's Whirlwind Witbier was a light color, with a very small head that dissipated quickly. It had a spicey smell to it. It has a light taste, but very flavorful. There was alot of spices, and some hints of citrus, and bananas. It was very easy to drink. Overall a very good beer, a very different beer from victory. One of the better summer beers out there.

 361 characters

Photo of goblue3509
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale hazy straw yellow color with almost no head at all. The aroma is that of wheat backbone with hints of clove and a little banana present. The taste is good, nice wheat backbone with hints of clove, banana, and maybe some citrus. The taste is ever so slightly watery. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good, nothing to make you dislike this beer. The taste is good and strong, a nice summer beer.

 437 characters

Photo of nanertak
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16 oz bottle to tulip.

Appearance - pale, pale, pale straw. Poured less than 1 finger head, dissipated very quickly. Strikingly clear, looks like a decent amount of carbonation.

Nose - Sweet Belgian. Honey, some pleasant banana/clove esters. Was hoping for a little more punch to the smell, to be honest.

Taste - Pretty subdued, but pleasant. Again, was hoping for a little more, somewhat watery. Yeasty finish, which I like.

Mouthfeel - Some mild zip from carbonation up front, a little thin on the body, but it's a summer refresher they were aiming for.

Drinkability - Despite me wanting a little more to the flavor and smell, it's a very refreshing summer beer. Mild and understated, perhaps too easy to drink.

 726 characters

Photo of alleykatking
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle.

A- Poured a light golden yellow. One finger bright white head. Not the best retention and well it dies rather quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of banana and clove in the front end of this. There is some light citrus tones to this in the middle with some light malts in the ending. There is some funk in the middle to ending of this.

T- Nice big citrus blast in the front end of this. Banana and clove in the middle of this with some light Belgian yeast in the ending. Not much of anything else...simple and sweet.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is dead on for the style. Clove and banana left on the palate with some lemon sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors were crisp and well defined.

D- Nice crisp summertime beer. I liked the way this tasted all together. There was a ton of yeast in the beer which I could have done without. Overall crisp flavors and clean tasting. Do yourself a favor and try this beer out.

 969 characters

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the evertrusty Zatec fluted glass. Got 2 fingers of head from an aggressive pour. Smells like classic witbier, coriander, belgian yeast, corn tortilla. Flavor is kind of citrusy, flavorful, and a bit of the aforementioned corn tortilla/enchilada. Refreshing, savory, great example of style.

 302 characters

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light, sunny yellow with a nice haziness/cloudiness

S- Citrusy, fruity bready. Standard Witbier stuff.

T- More citrus than expected, which was a nice surprise. Definate bready/yeastyness to this beer.

M- Smooth, filling, inviting. Wanted to have more than just one based on mouthfeel alone

D- Easy to drink. great beer for warm weather. Spring/summer refreshment at its finest.

 384 characters

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

Pours a very nice, hazy yellow color, with a good amount of white foam on top. Aromas of wheat, lemon and orange zest. Flavors here are very similar to the aromas, with the citrusy flavors balancing nicely with the Belgian yeasts. A very good, refreshing summer beer. An excellent white beer.

 292 characters

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly vanished. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are aromas of coriander, lemons, orange peels and wheat malts in the nose.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell, but is a little stronger and also has some sweetness. There are some hints of spices in the flavors, but these don't really stand out, and are dominated by the flavors of citrus and wheat malt.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little prickly on the tongue.
D: The beer is very refreshing and drinkable. It's a good choice for relaxing on a hot summer day.

 641 characters

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very hazy, pale yellow...paper thin white head that fades quickly. The color is not strong at all...very weak

S- typical witbier smells...orange peel, some lemon, a hint of coriander...its a standby, and is very nice

T- its not overwhelming like most "Belgian whites" tend to be. Its very mild...orange peel is the first thing I get a mouthful of, with a little lemon. Nice and refreshing

M- light and airy. There is a good bit of carbonation that bites in the back of the mouth...but its fine. Nothing to really write home about, positively or negatively

D- *ridiculously* drinkable. Its got a very nice flavor, and doesn't overwhelm you or bog you down at all when you're drinking it

 741 characters

Photo of towersfall
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a frothy white head sitting up top that soon dissipates into a virtually nothing. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Banana and clove linger while the malts and citrus attack the senses. Not bad smelling but it does have a slight funky smell to it.

Taste: A little more mellow and bitter than I originally expected it to be. Certainly malty, but not too sweet. The clove and banana are present with a slight zest of lemon.

Mouthfeel: A little light, but appropriate for the style. Needs to be rounded out a little more, but the carbonation is ace.

Drinkability: A good summer beer and is a good way for your friends to kick that stupid Blue Moon trend. This is one beer that you don't need an orange slice in.

 745 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a coarse, 1 finger powdery white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-clear yellow with floaties in it. I've heard of unfiltered but this makes me scared to dirnk it... Very stringy, almost non-existant lacing.

S: Lemon, citrus, and ground wheat. Kind of corny but this one just smells like sunshine on a hot summer day. Big lemon nose gives it a lot of life.

T: Lemon, yeast, coriander, wheaty spice, and a slight twinge of hops at the end. Lemon tartness and sweetness dominate almost the whole experience. Finish is crystal clean. Leaves a wet aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, carbonated, and very coarse. Jumps on the tongue and is very lively the whole way through. Feel actually seems to add a new level of tartness that isn't achieved by the flavor. Finish is clean with a slight aftertaste.

D: A witbier that's more lively than most which makes up for the average taste and atrocious appearance. I'd definitely reach for this again on a hot summar day but I really hope it looks a bit better next time (ie. no floaties).

 1,121 characters

Photo of generalnotsew
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow lemon/lager coloring with no head. I sure did get a lot of floaties too.

S: Not sure of the date but it does have a skunky twange and doesn't really smell like a whitbier at all. Smells more like a pilsner.

T: Taste is much more like a whitbier. I get a sharper citrus lemon zing upfront with a pepperness and the banana backs it up more faintly. Actually pretty refreshing.

M: I do feel the carbonation on this could be brought down a few levels.

D: It has a good drinkability factor. Not as much sweetness as most of the style.

 551 characters

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whirlwind pours a hazy lemony yellow with some peachy highlights. A white as white can be frothy heads forms with the pour but falls and disappears completely soon after.

The aroma has a bit of funk (in a good way), lemony citrus with a hint of banana and clove along with a bit of bready malt.

The flavor improves after warming a bit from it's refrigerated temperature. Light bready malt, (not sweet) with a nice lemony twang. There is a also grainy bitterness along with the hints of banana and spicy clove noted in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, very smooth and seems about right in carbonation.

Whirlwind strikes me as a really nice thirst quencher for a warm Spring or Summer day or a backyard barbecue. It is bright, light in body, not overly sweet and a bit tart. Nice qualities for the season!

 818 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last beer of the night!

A - Cloudy yellow in color. Sticky white head that's fluffy.
S - Citrus and wheat are the backbone with a slight bread.
T - Smooth. The flavors are equally represented as citrus and wheat followed by a bready taste that dulls away with little bitter. Yummy.
M - Crisp and clean
D - I may have to have this again since I lost the bottle for my label collection but I enjoyed this just as much as other offerings by Victory. Go golden monkey!

 468 characters

Photo of Petrislav
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Looks like carbonated pineapple juice, completely cloudy and hazed through, and the head disappeared

S: Wheat/yeast, citrus and grass notes

T: Wheat, yeast, citrus peel, a clean wit

M: A bit light bodied for a wit

Pretty yellow...

 266 characters

Photo of scottyb88
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured a cloudy yellow color with one finger head that quickly disappeared, no lacing

S-lemon peel, maybe a little clove, wheat, and yeast

T-slight sweetness upfront with a mild spice flavor and a slight bitter dryness at the end; can taste the wheat

M-i always put the same thing here i never know what to write, but maybe a bit too carbonated for me, but it wasn't horrible

D-its a thirst quencher, great beer for anyone looking for a summer beer for bbq's, etc..although, probably my least favorite offering from Victory that I've tried, i prefer hefeweizen styles over witibier, although they are quite similar. the lack of head and lacing was a little disappointing. between this or Sam Adams summer ale, I'd choose this every time.

 743 characters

Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Blue Dust, 16oz pour into a standard pint glass

A - came to me with about half an inch of loose and lightly bubbly white foam. the beer is somewhat hazy, very light and musty bright golden colored.

S - scents of yeast, sweet wheat, some citrus (orange, lemon zest), grain, and just the slightest bit of spice.

T - very clean tasting, yeast mixes nicely with some orange and very sweet wheat.

M - thin but refreshing body, carbonation is about adequate. finishes very clean with some lingering yeast flavor.

D - not the best Wit but pretty nicely done, light and very easy to put down, highly drinkable.

 622 characters

Photo of zoso1967
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with plenty of yeast in suspension, but disappointingly little head and not the best lacing. I am a big fan of wit beers in the spring/summer, but the aroma on this let me down a little with much more prominent clove character than I usually prefer. Citrus and wheat malt were also there, but the clove seemed to jump out the most to me. The flavor was better. Still plenty of clove, but a lot more white pepper and other spices joined up with wheat malt sweetness and orange peel notes. Medium body with slightly spiky carbonation and a nice clean, slightly tart finish. A drinkable beer to be sure, but not my favorite representation of the style.

 661 characters

Photo of NA1NSXR
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Fairly white and opaque as a white should be. Small to no linger head, quite a lot of suspended particles. Carbonation is subdued. Thin coat type lacing.

Smell - Not really much smell, but what is there is typical witbeer. Citrusy, what malt, bit of spice. The smell is actually pretty good but its not very strong.

Taste - Citrus and wheat prevail and spice is subdued. Could use a touch more sweetness, but over all solid. Its needs more flavor overall though, even though the flavor it has isn't bad.

Mouthfeel - More carbonation than the appearance lets on. Medium-high which is within the fitting range for this style.

Drinkability - Overall very good. Its almost as good as the one from Maine, and that is pretty amazing in itself. However its priced similarly, at least where I buy my beer, so although this is very competitive, it is not a winner.

 872 characters

Photo of RickS95
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like grapefruit juice. A thin white head initially, but it's soon gone; however bubbles fill the sides of the glass.

There is a sweetness in the nose, but I can't identify it.

Wheat and flowery hops dance on the tongue, and I think there might be honey in the background.

with all the bubbles, there is a cleansing mouthfeel.

This is a light-bodied beer that is easy to drink. Not a great cold-weather beer, but nice for warm temperatures.

 449 characters

Photo of Tilley4
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a cloudy burnt orange with loads of sediment... I know witbiers have that yeasty look but this looks like my 4 year old has been backwashing crackers into my glass...not a good thing...

Aromas are a little milder than I would expect in a good wit... They're there but very faint... Orange, spices, a little yeast...

Rather bland taste of yeast and a little spices and fruitiness... Wonder if this one is past its prime here... Doesn't really pop like a good Wit should..

A rare disappointment from Victory... This could be old or something... As it is, I won't be going back for this one..

 607 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe