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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Ratings: 937 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of santoslhalper
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy, unfiltered blonde with a creamy, thin white head.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent mix of spices, coriander, malts, yeast, and nice floral hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a pleasently spiced mix of coriander and creamy yeast. The flavor is pretty authentic to the Belgian style, yet has an odd, almost popcornish malty aftertaste that I feel is a little uncalled for. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This a wonderfully refreshing summer beer. Damn near perfect for the upcoming warmth, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying many of these throughout the season. If you enjoy this, I'd say give Allagash's White a try as well. Go Victory.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I always like the look of a nice hazed-golden Belgian wheat style beer. This beer holds true to that look and feel in a glass. No head retention, just a thin ring around the inside of the glass...a bit disappointing.

Smell: a weak, sweet, wheat scent with hints of banana and caramel mixed with spice. Nothing to really brag about.

Taste: wheat is the most prominent and a caramel fruit texture sits softly on the tongue. Sweetened bananas/lemons come thru a bit paired with a clove/cinnamon spice ...very mild however. A bit thin overall and a slight watery finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: goes down smooth and easy but lacks in overall complexity. In my capacity for understanding Belgian style brews this is a fairly average attempt. But Victory brewing still has my vote...I like their brews! Whirlwind is "worth a try" in my book!

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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 Shnanign
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Pale straw color, and hazy. Doesn't have that classic "white" color. White head is weak but hangs around okay.

S- Coriander. Sweet tang, almost like a gose. Straw/grain malt aroma.

T- Straw, a little coriander. Slightly sweet, but fairly bland.

M- Light body. A little snappy coriander spice lingers in the finish.

O- Okay. Not the best wit I've had.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a pint glass yields semi-cloudy light amber-yellow body under a two-finger quickly-fading head. Noticeable bits of floating yeast. Pretty. Head fades to a thin cap within about three minutes. Slight lacing.

Smell is fruity: front-loaded with pear, citrus, sweet apple over a base of crackers and grass. Really pleasant. Hope it tastes this good.

Taste is spot-on with the smell. Really quite pleasant. Sufficient metallic hops bitterness to keep it from being overtly sweet. Crisp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full without being sticky. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is light enough to be sessionable, interesting enough to keep your attention thru two or three.

I'll have more of this. Very drinkable. Perfect for a summer refresher. Spot on for style, and not as yeasty as its German cousin the Hefeweizen.

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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 Citadel82
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious and crisply refreshing summer-time quencher. Pours hazy sunshine yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma is bready citrus with flowery hop notes. Taste is bready wheat malts, slightly spicy, citrusy hops and notes of summer fruit (berries) from the yeast??? Refreshingly tingly on the palate with abundant fine carbonation. Light mouthfeel, combined with overall refreshing character makes this a very drinkable summer treat.

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Photo of NoProblem
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Anthony1
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a weissen glass

I was hoping for such a nice and welcoming beer because the whirlwind on the bottle looked so cheery and enjoyable.

Started off with the basic cloudy gold color with a white head. Not much lace.

Starts off with zesty leomon and orange mixed together with a spoon of spice. the taste left a bit more to be desired, felt like watered down citrus. still, felt good with a medium body and some carbonation to leave me refreshed

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Photo of AWB3
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Number3red
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of AGB
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of malcontent
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 TonyJ815
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I start off my beer tasting awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Isabel, and I thought this the most appropriate beer to kick it off with.

12 oz. bottle with a "enjoy by date" of 9/28/2003, so I'm having this towards the tail end of its guaranteed freshness. Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow topped by a modest head of foam. Very tight bubbles. Little head retention and not lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour lemon taste, slight hints of pepper and coriander. Taste is very ephemeral. No aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, just like it should be. I think I've had water with more body than this.

Drinkability: The 6 pack I purchased will not live to see the "drink by" date, let me tell you what. I'll definitely give this one a shot the next time it's released. If it's quite good a few weeks shy of possibly being stale, I'd love to see what it would be closer to its release.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw with the yeast pour, thin one finger head quickly dissapears and leaves no lacing. Mild aroma of wheat, coriander and orange peel. Sweet extra pale malt and tannic wheat upfront, followed by a pleasently acidic clovey yeast bite and weak orange peel and coriander spice. Aftertaste of light herbal hops and spice that balance the flavor and dry the tounge. Thin, almost watery body and lively carbonation make this a bit too crisp even for the style. This is a light summer beer with a nice overall flavor, superb drinkability, and a few mild nuances, but I have come to expect more from such an over-the-top brewery.

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

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow into a glass with a thick, chunky white head. Aroma was sweet and malty, with hints of banana and earth.

The flavor starts out rather tame, with the wheat and malt up front. Banana flavor along with some earthy spices round out the flavor. Not exactly a whirlwind of flavor, but it's nicely crafted. Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin, but not too watery. This is a decent session beer for those who enjoy wits.

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

A solid American wit with a great lemony character. The yeasty earthiness is there too (like any good wit) but is smoother and more restrained. The spice profile is slightly receded too, but itÂ’s balances perfectly with the rest of the palate.

Tasty and very drinkable.


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

12 ounce bottle dated best-before May 28, 2008.

Pours into the tumbler a highly-carbonated pale yellow. A bit clear for a wheat beer and not much head evident, but there is good lace left on the glass. The smell is loaded with creamy wheat, soft orange, and sharp clove notes as you'd expect for the style. Superbly creamy body is light and effervescent. Tastes super smooth and subtly integrated. The soft wheat tones blend right into the creamy orange and clove spices. Not especially adventurous, but spot-on for the style.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to surface skim that lingered until the end. Not too much lacing. Color was a cloudy pale yellow-gold.

Smell - bready malts, spicey yeasts. Spices are of slight coriander, and some lavender.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Bready, caramel malts upfront, then there's the coriander and lavender.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, chewy, very slight slickness, low carbonation.

Drinkablity - goes down very easy and is good beer. Very sessionable.

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Photo of HopBrain
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Yellow golden color, with cloudy murky appearance,

Smell- Slight citrus smell and ton of wheat and slight hops on the nose

Taste- Good wheat style beer, full flavored wheat and slight lemon or citrus tones, slight hops, good overall full flavored beer enjoyed the finish on this one

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with mod carbonation nothing very overwhelming

Drinkability- very drinkable and refreshing, would make a nice summer wheat beer on a hot evening with a barbecue worth another try

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

Hazy yellow with almost no head.

Nose is yeasty and estery.

Flavor has a solid yeasty wheat foundation. Some clove and spices too. it's a good drinkable Witbier. Would be very nice on a warm summer day.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, not too much carbonation.

Drinkability could be very good on the right occasion.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.71 out of 5 based on 937 ratings.
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