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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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fruity wheat driven aroma with hints of spice and citrus fruit. Upfront wheat with bready hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, straw, and yeast. Big hints of coriander and clove along with some pepper. Citrus hints of orange and lemon zest along with some green apple. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid Wit aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, spicy, and bready wheat driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and spice. Upfront wheat with some notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, and straw. Lots of coriander along with some notes of clove and pepper. Fruit notes of orange juice, lemon zest, and green apple. Light background notes of spicy Euro hops. A pretty good Wit taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Witbier style. Good mix of spice and fruit notes.

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Photo of BigGeorge860
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from the summer 12er. Okay, yes, i'm a Victory fanboy. I'll own it. But I like this beer. Slightly underrated here, IMHO. This is Golden Monkey light, if you know the brewery's offerings. Spicy and yeasty. Not my favorite style, but quality brew. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is nothing spectacular, but a good effort on Victory's part. Not my favorite style, but it ticks all of the witbier boxes; glad to see that the have released it in a mix-pack.

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Photo of dar482
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a slightly hazy straw golden color.

The aroma offers grain, sweet crackery malt, some spice, a touch of orange.

On the flavor, the beer offers much more. A big punch of artificial banana, dried banana, a hint of clove and coriander spice, wheat, grain, a touch of citrus zest, a biscuit malt in the middle, a really simple and dry finish.

A great carbonation, a medium minus mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer for the style with a bit lacking in flavor.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Truncated notes; my apologies:

Pours a finger-wide cap of white colour, which recedes within 4-5 minutes, leaving light lacing. Body colour is a surprisingly clear yellow-copper; why isn't this cloudy?

Smells of wheat, Belgian pale malts, and citrusy esters. No off-notes are detectable.

Has a simple wheat base with clean estery notes and a hint of banana. Lemon peel does make an appearance. The Belgian yeast is nice. It's estery for a witbier. It's balanced albeit simple, and doesn't have much in terms of subtlety. I like it, but there's plenty of room for more complexity and intricacy.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, crisp, refreshing, and wet, but not incredible. It suits the taste fine but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

This is a drinkable witbier from Victory which will scratch your itch for the style but won't impress. I'm glad this's widely available and affordable, but it's not amongst the best in the style. I wouldn't mind seeing it in a variety box in the future, but I wouldn't buy it specifically again in 6 pack form or anything. Fairly pedestrian, but definitely above average.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Victory summer mix pack.

Pours a murky golden yellow, with a small half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like wheat, grainy malt, spices and Belgian yeast.

The taste is very similar, with strong, but not overly bitter, wheat flavor, the typical witbier spices- coriander, mainly, with orange and citrus flavors, with moderate Belgian yeast flavors- I like that it's not as strong as some other versions of the style.

Light bodied, almost airy, with a crisp, strongly carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Witbiers will never be my favorite style, but this is a pretty solid version of one. Nothing crazy or outstanding, but just eminently drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By: 09 MAY 2015

A: Pours a very lightly cloudy yellow color with almost no head that dies down to nearly nothing

S: Some nice banana and clove notes up front with a definite Belgian yeast influence. Some fruitiness under that, as well as the wheat malts with a bit of bubblegum sweetness

T: Starts off with the banana and clove, Belgian yeast, and fruitiness. The wheat comes through mid-way, along with the bubblegum sweetness. Finishes with lingering bubblegum notes and spices

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice American witbier that is very drinkable and great in the summer. Great part of the new summer mixed 12-pack. This and Summer Love alone make the pack worth picking up

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clearish straw color, a bit too clear for my witbier preferences, actually. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Retention isn't very good, but some webs of lacing are left on the glass.

S: There's a good amount of spicing here - lots of coriander, but not quite enough for it come off like a can of Underwood deviled ham. I'm also picking up some notes of orange peel and wheat. Basically, a typical witbier. Luckily all three elements come together fairly well.

T: Spices (read: coriander) hits the palate first. This quickly fades away, revealing some orange peel, cream, lemon, and wheat on the back end. It's simple, sure, but it's a freakin' witbier. It doesn't need six billion notes running around every which way.

M: It does the one thing a witbier should do more than anything: go down effortlessly. This manages to be soft (if a bit too astringent finishing) and dry all at the same time. Carbonation is on the lower side, as well.

O: Nothing here sets the world on fire - it's just a solid witbier that's so easy to kill. Actually, it's a bit more effortless than a lot of other wits. I could easily down two or three bottles of this on a hot day.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull straw yellow with a good amount of haze. Creamy white head settles into a thin wispy cap. Small dots of lacing.

S: Wheaty, whiff or citrus (orange), subtle peppery scent, doughy yeast. A little bland and muted.

T: Thin wheaty impression. Orange peel. Peppery coriander and black pepper. Oily and herbal hops punch through. A bit pithy too. Doughy yeast toward the back. Doughy and peppery finish with traces of pithy hops.

M: Light bodied. Creamy, wheaty feel. Light tingling carbonation. It does not feel full and frothy enough; it comes across a bit watery in the end.

O: Just an ok take on the style. There are no serious flaws, though the body could use some more substance. It just comes off as bland. A very middle of the pack offering.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours light golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, yeast, banana, citrus and spices. Body is medium and smooth. Wheat malt, spices, candy sugar, banana fill the mouth. Finish is medium, semi-dry.
Taste more like Hefe than Wit.

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