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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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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 MJR
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one from the boys at Victory has the classic wit look with a cloudy, dull yellow body underneath a white cap. The head doesn't stay long, but leaves a bit of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice aroma of lemon peel, tart wheat, and chalky yeast. A hint of clove is in the background.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced with lots of lemon and earthy, chalky yeast. There's a touch of clove, as well as a faint suggestion of orange peel. Nice tartness from the wheat, along with some phenolic burps. Staying true to style, the hops were barely included in this recipe...

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is quite high, which gives it a tingly feel on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

Drinkability: This is a good example of a wit. It's by no means a great one, nor a bad one. It's just...good. Not the best American version, but still quite tasty. I could drink this anytime...

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Photo of Darkale
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fast-forming head leaves about as quickly. High, light yeasty aroma, fresh and spicy. Lacing is slight. Body is a cloudy, dim yellow.

Mouthfeel is also light and almost frothy, slick and sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Some pepper in the taste, and also apple.

This is a very pleasant beer. Complicated and yet refreshing.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good example of a Belgian style wit (or white) beer. It poured a nice cloudy transluscent colour with a nice, ample head. The aromas were of coriander, orange, other spices, belgian yeast and candy sugar. The taste was a nice melange of the above. This beer was very smooth and very refreshing. The mouthfeel was very creamy and well textured and the drinkability is almost perfect!

A great white beer from Victory!

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Photo of marcobrau
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that dissipates to a few little mounds of foam. The aroma of spices, especially coriander, is detected right away and then fades a bit. A bit of yeastiness is also dectected. A crisp tasting witbier that is medium bodied and moderately spiced. Finishes nice and dry. I'd say this is an example that is pretty true to style. A cute label that depicts a cartoonish wisp of foam that almost makes you think this should be a winter beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of maxpower
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing.

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Photo of goz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy yellow/peachy color, slowly diminishing large white head which leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sour, lemony, yeasty, some orange. Flavor has the sourness, lemon, orange, some apple pokes through towards the middle and end. Body is medium, a decent example of the style.

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Photo of pheurton
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden with a bright white fluffy head. the aroma is yeasty and spot on for a wit. taste: citrusy (not in a hoppy way) spicy and a bit medicinal. the sweetness of the citrus is abruptly chopped off with the spicyness. a solid example of the style, which is admitedly not my favorite. A good summer brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light white-ish yellow with a low white head and light carbonation (unfiltered). Yeasty Belgian aroma which I found pleasant but not really to style (was sour). Sour lambic-ish flavor and a bit spicy. Again sourness not to style. Light bodied and refreshing.

08/26/03 Tasting: Nicer white head and nicer Belgiany yeasty aroma. Little to no sour tones as in my last tasting ... Still a bit off-style but very drinkable when fresh !!

Label states: "A Belgian Style Wheat Ale" & "Imported Belgian Yeast" & "Bottle Conditioned Ale"

#1: "99" embossed on bottom of bottle (old)
Tasted: 04/15/03

#2: Enjoy By: 09/28/03
Tasted: 08/26/03

($1.34 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of far333
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having never been a fan of wheat beers, but having always been a fan of Victory beers, I figured that if I was going to learn to appreciate this style, then this brewer would be the one to show me how. Although I am still not enlightened as to the delights of wheat beers, I have to say that Victory seems to have nailed this style. The color was a deep golden yellow, with cloudiness that prevents seeing through the glass. The head is bright white and lingers for a little while. The aroma is strong, reminiscent of a belgian ale. The flavor attacks the senses immediately, and delivers that big round taste that envelops the tongue. There are hints of citrus and pine, no hop to speak of. It's a big flavor, just not one that I can gravitate toward. Victory seems to have done a masterful job with this style, but I can't seem to get through the entire glass.

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Photo of cbl2
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw

Smell: Bursting with citrus

Taste: Sharp and tangy; Refreshing, but not the best wheat.

Drinkability: Doesn't stack up to the other wheats out there, or the other beers produced by Victory. I had come to expect more from them, and was let down by this offering.

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Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow ochre color with a head that's as big as a Golden Monkey. Laces in flat sheets. Yeasty aroma, some notes of estery lemon and allspice. Pretty thick and carbonated mouthfeel , makes the swallow unsettling to me. There are some fruity flavors mid mouth, peach predominantly, but rather than a clean finish, there is a flattening -- despite the carbonation. OK, not a favorite in an already not-very favorite style for me.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat chill hazed golden yellow with an imposing white head, creamy in its consistency and the left over lace nice clinging sheets. As I noticed the dross clinging to the bottom, I was able to decoct the beer, allowing the yeast and other goodies to cap the head. Bread dough, lemon lime crisp and sweet nose that is very pleasant. Sweet malt start, the top a bit light, but the pertinence of the hops and the stinging acidic and tart finish make up for the lightness. Dry and long lasting aftertaste seals this most pleasing to the palate beer, and how lucky you East Coast “BA’ers are to have this readily available.

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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 MaineBeerMan
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange in color and clouded by yeast, with a big head of white foam that vanished within minutes. No lace at all which is unusual for this style. Aroma of lemon and clove with some musty yeast. The flavor was very wheaty with a citrus character that seemed more sour than bittersweet and fruity. Zippy carbonation on the tongue and a very quick clean finish. An okay wit, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is several months old... just lightly hazy even with a yeast swirl. The body is yellow with a peach cast, topped by a densely foamy white head that holds well as it's buoyed by a solid carbonation (probably because of the age of the bottle). The aroma is lightly tart, mildly spicy, brightly lemony and lightly yeasty. The body is light/medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that leaves a spritzy tingle on the tongue. The flavor is lightly sweet with a soft citrusy fruitiness (even some dark fruitiness... light cherry?) and gentle clovey spiciness. It finishes short and clean with just a mild lingering sweet citrus note. Incredibly refreshing and enjoyable. Flavorful but mellow with the yeast characteristics dominating over the spiciness. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.19/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sorry, not my kind of brew....the lemmony taste is interesting but the cloudiness of this product is not appealing. Lingering after taste, almost bitter sweet leaves me wanting something else to cut the taste. Medium body with ample carbonation.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good example of the style. It pours the color of lemonade and looks more refreshing. It has an average head, and the smell is of citrus, a little spice. The taste is really great and refreshing. The beer did seem to be more carbonated? Foamy? The bubbles were shooting up the sides of my pint. Drinkable, refreshing, crisp. This style and this beer specifically are perfect for warm weekend afternoons.

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma is slightly sour at first, then the spices start to come through as it warms up a bit. Color is pale yellow, fairly clear vs opaque. The spices really come through in the flavor as the beer warms up a bit. All in all, a pretty tasty brew, and very refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a healthy, fluffy snow-white head over cloudy white/yellow beer. Nose is lightly lemony, with a good dose of spiciness & yeast fruitiness...very appetizing. Taste is light and crisp, with elements of spice, fruit, clean tasting malts and just barely there hop bitterness. Finishes clean, light and delicious, one bottle is not enough! A very good interpretation from the Victory boys.

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Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty soild Wit, and a great refresher.
Throws a mildly hazy, pale yellow body. Creamy head settles out quickly.
Spicy nose with hints of citrus. Plenty of Yeast aroma.
Taste is big on the yeasty spice as well. Malted wheat provides substance. Peppery spice and lemon notes round things out. A faint doughiness rides under the spice.
Spritzy and light in the mouth. Very quaffable.
Probably a step below my elite Witbiers, but true to style and nice to drink.

Thanks for the hospitality, Bighuge!

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Showing a big foam is not a problem but the head only leaves a thin patchy lace, the beer was clear after pouring 2/3 of the bottle and the yeast had to be more than just swirled in to cloud the liquid.

Mildly peppery, hint of orange peel, powdery almost mildew-like yeast with a faint tart fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Ample carbonation with a moderate body. Vague maltiness is a shade grainy, big tart fruitiness with hints of plum and lemon. Tad nutty and musty from the yeast. Light spice character within … touch of clove and citric zest shows the most. Virtually clean after taste.

A decent attempt at the style, there is better out there and even the mass produced beers of this style are just as good if not better. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent white from a US brewer but not quite refined to be the velvety pleasure that some wits can be, and not bizarre enough to be the confounding nirvana that is Hitachino Nest, a strange but awesome Japanese interpretation of the style which you should definitely check out. While this Whirlwind is solid, it doesn't live up to Victory's other, better brews. On its own terms, it's a bit soapy, with some good spices, but the Belgian yeast overshadows everything -- it's off balance and a little unpleasant. As a scholarly exercise, it's a successful American interpretation of a tricky Belgian style, but as a beer-drinking experience it's merely so-so.

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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 ElGuapo
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours yellow and a bit cloudy. this is a white beer with a kick. i did not have this with lemon to tone it down, and it was just not for me. i am not a huge white beer fan, but the hacker-pschorr was much better

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