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 JednoPivoProsim
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 09 MAY 2015.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy pale body with an almost non-existent head. Nice carbonation.

Smell: Sweet pale malt and tart/funky/sour aroma from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Not overly sour nor tart. Sweet bready wheat malt. Nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with massive amounts of carbonation. Very refreshing!

Overall: One of the better Witbiers in my opinion as I am not a big fan of overly funky sour Belgian beers.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in Victory summer 12 pk. First off going in I knew this would be probably be the lest favorite brew in this pack for me, just not witbier guy. Anyways been awhile since reviewing but here goes.

A: Pours a clear watered down yellow, gold color beer with a tightly bubbled head. It didn't quite have that wheat beer head you usually get. Also being clear was a bit of a surprise. Further inspection indicates it also has stuff floating all threw the beer.

S: Green apples, wheat tang, citrus, mint herbal smell going on. Overall smells like apple cider.

T: Starts out yummy bubble gum, wheat and flows into the herbal citrus in the nose and ends with a bit of banana. The banana stay in the the back of the palate throughout, really coats your mouth.

M: A bit thin for style I'm partial to that wheat beer creaminess, i think filtering this took some of that away. I'm also enjoying the dryness this beer puts on your palate makes you drink it down wanting more.

O: A good witbier for sure here way better than I was expecting even for a company as well respected as Victory. The orange was subdued and coriander just didn't get it, was in the smell but wasn't in the taste, which probably helped this beer to my taste. Nice stab at a style that is my least favorite wheat style beer. Also glad it smelled like green apples but doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance; color is a very light, very clear amber. pours a half inch of foam that quickly dissipates. lots of scattered carbonation evident within the beer.

smell; orange juice, wheat, yeast, coriander.

taste;blood orange, wheat, yeast, faint spice

mouthfeel; light body, medium carbonation, juiciness which is then followed by an unpleasant chalkiness, not sure if that comes from wheat or yeast particles.

overall; this could have been a truly great wheat beer. but the chalkiness in the mouthfeel really ruins the experience. i wish i could say it's worth trying anyways but i really don't think it is. really a shame.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a thick white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Wheat malt, bubble gum, yeast and unripened banana aromas with hints of mint and floral hops. Medium bodied, with a smooth oily feel down the middle, and light tangy, slightly subdued carbonation on the edges.Wheat malt and light lemon flavors up front with tangy pepper flavors through the middle turning yeasty toward the end. Finished cleanly with a light bready and yeasty aftertaste. Refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow with a thick, foamy 1 inch head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Lemon, wheat, pilsner-ish bitter malt notes. Orange, Grapes, some Belgian yeasts and spices.

Taste - A old classic, re-released in victorys new summer sampler pack. First sip brings some light wheat with orange, lemon and Belgian yeast sweetness. Grapes, some cherries and faint wheat at the finish.

Motuhfeel - Very light, wheat and citric fruits coat the tongue. Palate gets Belgian yeasts, more wheat and grassy notes. Aftertaste is very light, wheat and a little watery.

Overall - A decent wit with some Belgian flavors. A little too light and bland for its own good. A think a little more hop kick, and more floral fruits could relaly kick this up a notch. Nice to drink again but this just reminds me why victory maybe stopped making this annually.

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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 dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date tasted: July 5, 2013... Glassware: Rare Vos shaker... Occasion: camp week #1 in the books, and reviewing an old friend....Appearance: pale straw haze; thin off-white head that stills quickly; appears easy-drinking but not overly attractive ... Aroma: tart citric bouquet, with orange and lemon scents softly against some pepper--more intriguing combination than the average summer wit... Palate: a soft yet firm mouthfeel, smooth at the teeth and lacking all (any?) presence at the throat--mega-refreshing, as recalled... Taste: a bit of pepper sneaks in, but far and away a doughy, orange twist that easily sifts down the throat; not complex, but enough profile to compel... Overall: An old friend indeed--this was the first beer I found that fit the easy-drinking summer plan once out of college; surprised I had not reviewed it yet, I had to go back to it; for better (or worse), a case of this could vanish in a mere day or two; better than the sum of its parts....

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Photo of sweemzander
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a light and pale yet hazy yellow color. Produced a nice cap of frothy white foam that stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Some good lacing left behind too.

(S)- A very dry and chalky aroma overall. Bits of a grainy wheat meet a dense yeast and subtle lemon citrus notes.

(T)- A nice crisp body to it with focus on the wheat and yeast characters. Subtle bitterness with lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level with a nice crisp and smooth feel. The balance is definitely focused on the malt and grain bill, which lends nicely to let some of the lemon citrus to speak up here and there in the mouthfeel.

(O)- Its a good witbier, but there are simply far superior beers out there for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/8/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, grain, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a slight citrus flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a dark straw color with a white head that disappears quickly leaving just an arc around the rim in memory. Lace? No.
Smell is malt, citrus, spices (mostly clove), wheat and a light but odd sweetness.
Taste is spot on the nose with malt, clove, citrus, wheat and a sweet bubblegum note. Not entirely off-putting but still a bit odd.
Mostly full bodied for the style with a nice wheat/malt aftertaste. Overall a good beer but nothing makes it stand out to me.

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Photo of sommersb
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-24-2012
Freshness: Best before 02-07-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Hexagonal
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Yellow and semi-hazy, topped with a modest white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Aromas are spicy plus fruity, with lemons and orange zest.

T/M: Taste is big on lemon and orange citrus notes, along with coriander and other spices. Zesty mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The body is thin and light, with a lightly sweet finish with a bit of a twang.

Overall a solid witbier.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color and pours a good head but dissipates over time with little lacing on the glass. Nose is lemon and honey. Decent carbonation on the front end. Lemon, orange and other subtle citrus flavors give this witbier a refreshing summer heat flavor.

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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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a small fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, grass, earth, and yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, grass, pepper, tangy wheat, orange zest, earth, bread, clove, and yeast spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, wheat, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Good amount of flavor, with nice balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a nice crisp and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is very nice witbier. Good amount of flavor and nice balance; and extremely easy to drink. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of Atev
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy against the light - with visible small particles floating. Lively white head that dissipates quickly.

S: On-point for what I expected: Belgian yeast and wheat.

T: Hard to describe as anything but "subdued wit". Aftertaste of pasteurized orange juice.

M: Very watery, the initial hit of carbonation is very refreshing, but then it all goes away.

O: A good thirst quencher for a very hot day, but not on par with other brews from Victory. Reminded me of Vedett Extra White, minus the atmosphere of Café Belga in Ixelles (which adds a +5 to any beer)

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Photo of DannyDan
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a yellow hue with a thin whitehead that leaves minimal retention and some lacing. The aroma is yeast, lemon, wheat, and malts. The taste starts out with some lemon, wheat, yeast and follows with some spices and finishes off with more lemon and some grass. Mouthfeel is a nice crisp clean smooth feel that is very easy to drink and overall this is a nice crisp and tasty beer that is nice to drink on a warm summer day or whenever a beer this good sounds good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Potsdam IGA for 2.25$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, banana, lemon, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and some faint yeast. There is also some spicy notes mixed banana. It ends with a somewhat tart lemony and lightly spiced aftertaste.

Overall – I was expecting more from this brewer. It's very drinkable bot not very exciting. The fruit flavours come across as a touch artificial too. Nothing worth searching for.

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Photo of GuyNamedSid
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My very first time having Victory. I was impressed.

If you are a fan of the wheat ales or the dirty blondes, this is the one for you. Crisp & refreshing.

A very good brew for a novice to the beer drinking realm.

Overall: A great every day beer , must try!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Scherdel weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale, cloudy, golden yellow color with fierce carbonation to form a two-finger head of creamy white foam that reduces to a thin coating.

S: Bright, spicy citrus notes hit the nose along with a sweetened, malty, wheat twang. Herbal and floral with hints of lemongrass and pepper.

T: Sweet, juicy, peppery malts up front with flashes of lemon peel, coriander and other light, citrus flavors. The herbal, grassy hops kick n around mid palate to dry things a bit. The wheat malts add some complexity to the finish, with a bit of a tart and spicy yeast aftertaste.

M: Light and balanced with a sharp spiciness on the tongue and just a touch of lactic sweetness.

O: Not a bad Belgian-style wit at all and certainly more palatable than some of the popular macro versions out there. The 5% ABV is right on point with just a hint of American bravado in the malt bill and herbal hop flavor. I'd have another, especially on a scorcher like today. In fact...

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with just an inch of foam that leaves a strand or two behind

Smell: Wheat bread, orange peel, banana, brown sugar and a hint of spice

Taste: Sweet and bready malts, with brown sugar and banana, up front; the orange peel and spice blend makes an impact at mid-palate and then joins with the sweeter flavors into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but slightly spritzy, carbonation

Overall: Just an OK wit; drinkable but lacks something in the Belgian spice department

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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 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 Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 2/28/13. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a smallish creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lemon peel, pepper, bready malts and musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, citrus, some cloves and spice with an earthy yeast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent wit. A little much on the sweet and spicy side.

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Photo of JayQue
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A refreshing summer beer but not a great witbier. Pours a very light hazy yellow into a Bud Select flute. Weak head, delicate bubbles but not not enough and not enough staying power either. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly weak as well, some lemon zest and a little wheat.

Taste is pleasant enough but not that complex. Lemon zest and a bit of wheat bitterness are apparent but Belgian yeast and spices are lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A refreshing beer for the summer but that's about it. Lots of others in the same category.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: musty lemon custard and breads.

T: mild lemon note which is more sour than sweet. A little tart. Light on the wheat/malts.

M: light body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely drinkable and refreshing. Just not complex enough to separate it from others in the genre.

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