Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
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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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, clove spice, Belgian yeast a lot of wheat.

T: The taste is full of wheat, lemon and spice, with a touch of Belgian yeast. There’s a good amount of sweetness but the malt character is pretty thin and there’s a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down as easily, not filling at all, very good representation of style, it’s a good lighter beer to drink a lot of, but I would pick a several other Witbiers that I’d choose first.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of wheat, lemon, and a very light yeast spiciness. Light elements of clove are also present.

T: The beer starts out with a very heavy presence of wheaty flavor followed by some yeast spiciness + clove and then finishing with some light lemon flavor which lingers on your palate.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very light and refreshing, a delicious beer that is very much sessionable. The beer would be amazing on a hot summer afternoon. Definitely one to have again - maybe a regular in the summer cook-out rotation.

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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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of billab914
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a light, golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of the coriander and orange peel to it. I get some of the sweeter, bready wheat coming through as well, but it feels a little light overall. Not bad, but also not great.

The taste also has a good dose of the citrusy, orange peel, coriander, and a bit of a lemony zest to it. Like the aroma suggested, the wheat malt is there but feels a little light. Again, something just feels light, or missing to it.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a drinkable beer, but not a great one of the style. It was A little weak overall, almost feels like a light wit beer if there were such a thing, or a light beer with coriander and orange peel added. An easy drinking summer beer, but not one that scores great against it's peers.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the corner booth a lightly hazed, dark yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a light malt presence, vague touches of unmalted wheat, vaguer hints of citrus, and even vaguer bits of spice.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness with a touch of tangy wheat and an overall subtle sweetness. Meager pinches of lemon and orange zest. Minimal hints of banana and spice character. Tiny blip of hop bitterness. It's at this stage the body and flavor begins to thin considerably as you approach the light, fast finish with a final showing of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body that teeters dangerously on the edge of being watery. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A revitalizing, refreshing witbier that positively makes you want to leap out of your seat with a renewed burst of energy to go find your server and order another beer. It makes a trade-off for less body and overall flavor for an added bonus in ease of drinking and refreshment.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial white head dies far too quickly. The liquid is dirty gold color and appropriately cloudy. Minimal lace.

Strong, clean wheaty smell; what I would expect from the style.

Dry. Lots of wheat, but none of the traditional spice notes that normally come out.

Very much a middle of the road Wit.

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

Daffodil yellow with light flurries of yeast that quickly settle into suspended animation. A thick chunk of pearl colored foam looks pretty good up top. It could have more character and it could leave more lace. That aside, with respect to the beer itself, this is how a wit should look.

The nose is enjoyable and hits every one of its style marks. Citrus and spice are bold and balanced, which tells me that the flavor profile should be right on the money. I expected nothing less from the master brewers at Victory.

I've waited a long time to get ahold of a fresh bottle of Whirlwind Witbier. Several times I brought singles home and found out they were past the 'best by' date, and once I got an extra in a trade that was as well. I'm glad that I resisted the impulse to review anyway, because this fresh bottle is lovely stuff.

Where the flavor profile is concerned, there's nothing new or different here, just the usual things done right. Malt and hops don't contribute much (nor do they need to). It's all about tangy orange peel, spicy coriander and Belgian yeast. This would be delicious beer at any time of the year, but especially in the warm weather months.

The mouthfeel does what it needs to do and does it well. It's closer to light than medium and has carbonation that contributes the exact right amount of lift and energy.

Whirlwind Witbier may not be Victory's most impressive beer, but it's a rock-solid example of the style and is as drinkable as a midsummer day is long. There aren't many American wits better than this.

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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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat hazy, and very bright golden yellow then came out of over me. Very nice carbonation was visible, with the chains of bubbles really just reaching up toward the top throughout the session. There was a good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away, and even once it was gone there was tons of side glass lace present. Pretty much a very good look for the style, I really thought it looked very nice indeed.

The aroma was somewhat light, but once you let it warm up it started to come out at you a little bit better. Very nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. The flavor followed suit just the same, with a very nice, light body ale. Tons of carbonation and a really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together. I could have kept drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Really a very nice, high quality ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this form Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a wheat glass.

The color is a deep golden with amber accents.The clarity is gently hazed with visible carbonation and thick white smooth cap. The lace clings in a wave pattern. The smell is pretty spicy with some fragrant citrus accents and mild yeast earthiness. I enjoy the refreshingly effervescent body with somewhat higher than average spice which seems to detract a bit from the yeast, the feel in general is good for the style.

The wit has a nice flavor of belgian yeast with some slight citrus accents it seems to be a little on the floral side with the hops and almost soapy with a creamy wheat flavor in the middle and only mildly sweet but there is enough peppery and lemony quality to make my taste buds take notice. Overall this is a standard wit, pretty tasty, but lacks a little depth in the malt and yeast.I found it a good beer to go with orange chicken I paired it with.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank yous to afatty and shapudding for this beer.

It poured with a large, white head above a cloudy, straw-blonde liquid. The color was somewhat unusual for a wit, putting me in mind of something else not worth mentioning. The nose was a very pleasant mix of orange, lemon, and black pepper. It had a good, thick mouthfeel with a nice tanginess on the tongue. The finish was definitely one of pepper.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/22/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of bananas, cloves, pepper, spice, wheat, bready malts, and dough. More flavor in the taste. Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a nice beer, worth checking out for a BBQ.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

The second beer this eveing was the Victory Worldwind Witbeir! The color was a cloudy golden with thin white head. The nose included hints of clove and citrus. The taste was decent...was not overpowered by clove or citrus...very good balance. There seemed to be an additional spice, but I could not name it. The mouthfeel was good enough to enjoy.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Appears a golden hazy hue with a vibrant white head not as pale of golden as a Hoegaarden, but this is a fairly authentic Belgian style wit using a Belgian yeast. The head doesn't billow as thickly as I was anticipating, but I am still impressed with the vibrant white head with fairly large bubbles. Aroma is very lucious with spices and cloves flowing through it, and the characteristic sharp sweetness from the malted wheat complement eachother very well lightly hopped to produce a favorable representation of the witbier. Taste is slightly acidic good carbonation cause the tingling mouthfeel from this lighter bodied beer, but the first thing that comes through is a rush of bitter sweetness balance with a faint trace of the yeast characteristics of citrus, cloves, and other spices in there. Very nice drinkable summer beer for any wheat beer lover like myself, yes I could drink quite a few of these. I still prefer Holy Moses, Allagash White, Hoegaarden, and Wittekerke over this, but it's still a great representation of a classic style by an amazing brewery like Victory.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy yellow with a quarter inch of soft, dense white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of grass, wheat, straw, coriander, and lemon zest. The flavor is similar. The straw and grassy notes open this one up followed by some spices primarily coriander and maybe black pepper. There are some citrusy notes as well some lemon zest and maybe some orange peel. The mouthfeel is a little crisp, but light and smooth.

This is a flavorful, balanced witbier. I really enjoyed it. Wits aren't a favorite of mine so I don't often get into them, but I would have this one again if I were in the mood for a Wit.

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