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Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mmcave
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states enjoy by may 23-08.
Chilled and poured straight down the center of a newly cleaned nonic glass, when it settled the head stood about a centimeter from the surface pure white, it fizzed very loudly. The retention was minimal and lacing not present at all (could be my glass wear). The color is typical of whits maybe a tad more straw golden though. Body is hazy pale rust color with straw gold tones, reminds me of fall.

Aroma is quite reminiscent of belgian whits. I get that sort of yogurt like smell I always attribute to the creaminess of yeast on wheat. Of course there is a subtle but pleasant hint of coriander and orange peel, which is easily over done, but well done in this. I get notes of lemon, peach and berries with some minor phenolics, slightly bready notes with yeast goodness.

Taste is mild and pleasant with a clean start onto a more creamy mouthfeel then a slightly more fruity finish. In my opinion the finish and back end of this beer are where it shines. Those hints of berry, orange, lemon, round, yet peppery coriander, are present. Lingers on the sides of the tongue making you want more. Good, subtle, quaffable beer, very quenching and pleasant.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle from Springfield IL Friar Tuck has enjoy by Oct 25, '06.

Pours a chill hazed light golden/yellow with white head dimished by age.
Aroma is an inviting combination of coriander/bitter orange, bready wheat and Belgian yeast notes. So Good at 10 am on a late summer Saturday morning as I contemplate the yard word I need to do following the sever thunderstorm that brought down branches from my 100 Oak trees in the front yard. I sweep the deck of the leaves from the 15 minute marble size hail that preceeded the 2" down pour. The etch ring at the bottome of Samuel Adams "Ideal" glass brings up a cylinder of fine beading (reminding me of the bubble curtains used by baleen whales to herd krill into a dense column before the ascend - mouths agape - and breach the surface with a full mouth of crustaceans. I hunger for more of this amazing Belgian Wit and quaff a full mouth like the whales - the efferescence and citrus tingles my pallate like a million krill trapped in the baleen. The broom rests against the deck rail. The deck remains unswept as I let the joy of beer sweep away my desire to do any work.

Awesome mouthfeel is surpassed by an ultimate clean finish that would bring me back to this again for that quality.

Session beer? You Bet!

I yearn for a trip to Downington, PA for a freash pint from the source.
Maybe next year after the AHA Nationial conference in Cinncinatti, OH.

Beer is good - Victory brews some of the best!

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on draught a few weeks ago at the Taco Mac on E/W Connector, but wanted to have a go at it in a bottle. I must say, it is quite different. Appearance is much more on par with style guidelines from the bottle, with a pale yellow, cloudy look remenicent of Hoegaarden or Wittekerke. Smell on draught was very *average*, while smell from the bottle seemed a bit richer, and thus, a little more impressive. Taste on draught is very good with loads of spice and delicious flavours. Taste in the bottle was muted spices and seems a bit thinner. Mouthfeel in the bottle seemed a bit less impressive than draught, as well, and likewise, drinkability. I enjoied this for sure, and would probably buy it again, but it's a bit better on draught.

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Photo of cichief
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours very cloudy yellow, with a thick snow-white head.

S- Very spicy and citrus-like, strong scent of cardamom and clove.

T- Very spicy, a very refreshing taste, very strong orange-cardamom flavor.

M- Very carbonated, but within style parameters, thin to medium in body.

D- Very refreshing, a good example of the style, especially from the US.

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Photo of jmalex
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up right from the brewery, but sadly this is the last one I have left. Time to make it count.

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a small head that drops somewhat quickly. A thick collar and scant patches of foam are all that remains.

SMELL: Mostly yeasty with a clean smell of oranges. Coriander is present but only very slightly.

TASTE: A surprisingly neutral flavor profile. Light on the citrus and not too much spice. Yeast flavor is the most prominent, but even the light, sweet flavor of wheat doesn't stand out.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body is pretty nice though I can help but think it feels a bit thinner than it should be. Carbonation level is low as the head has all but disappeared.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is good. A fine beer on a summer day. This would definitely be a refreshing drink. And it's something to drink all night with the low ABV.

I expected a bit more from Whirlwind Wit, but it's not bad. I get it if I see it on tap at a bar or at the brewery, but I probably won't buy anymore bottles.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Straw hue. Cloudy and opaque - hazy. No head whatsoever. Visible effervescence.

S: Creamy sweet vanilla aroma with a citrusy lemon scent and some coriander. Malt aroma pokes through. Very floral and sweet. Missing spicy notes.

T: A very disappointing taste. Dry tart finish is the only flavor characteristic that makes this taste like a witbier. No underscoring sweetness. No spicy flavors. Orange/citrus flavor is flat, weak, and funky.

MF: Medium body. Highly carbonated. Creamy from high carbonation.

D: This is a disappointing offering from Victory, which is one of my favorite breweries. It's missing most of the good things about a witbier. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - drink by April 2008.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color - light gold. Light amount of head. Very bubbly though, may indicate lots of carbonation.

S - Not an overpowering smell. Very light. I'd say the wheat is the most dominant.

T - Taste is very light wheaty flavor, with some backdrop of coriander and orange peel. The more I drink it the more I can pick up on the spicy flavors.

M - Has a bit of carbonation to it - can be a crisp.

D - I could drink alot of these. Especially on a warm summer day (like today). In fact, its so good I might drink em way too fast.

Overall - I love this beer. Its right up there with Hoegaarden as my favorite of this style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

This pours from 12oz bottle(Best by Apr 30 08) a cloudy yellow with a small head of foam. Not much is left after a few minutes other than a ring around the edge of my glass and some lacing.

The smell is of yeast and citrus and wheat and clove and banana. It's not a bit shy on the nose. ;^)

The taste is big and citrusy up front with flavours of clove and some banana but it all works up front only..the flavours fall off quickly midway through and it finishes really watery. If at least some of the flavour lasted, I'd have liked it more. Pretty disappointing for me and I'll not revisit this brew.

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Photo of Dalem
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory's Whirlwind is a witbeer in the style of Belgium greats like Hoegaarden. Unlike a Hoegaarden though, which can be a bit too grainy and murky at times for the superheat the season is giving us right now, this may be unfiltered but delivers a much cleaner presentation from start to finish. Scents of citrus and bananas, a nice fizziness on the tongue with a nice balance of lemon peel and light bitter hops to keep it from being too sweet (the downfall of many an American made wheat style for me) and general earthiness. The aftertaste reminds me of something a little spicy and is that blueberries I'm thinking as well too? This is a damn good twist on the summer wheat styles. Completely thirst quenching and refreshing especially on a doing yard work in a scorcher of a day like today. If this is any indication of Victory's does with they're other brews I will be sure to try some of the other things they make soon and (hopefully) on a regular basis.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Cloudy yellow color, with small head that faded out.

smell - Citrus, and bananna.

taste - Nice witbier, citrus, bananna, refreshing.

mouthfeel - Light, with some carbination.

drinkability - One of the best Wiribier beers I have tried, nice for a hot day.

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Photo of malcontent
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BigMart42
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm certainly not a huge victory drinker, but I really enjoyed this one. From my experience, its highly recommended if its a hot day and your using a lawn-mower.

This is descent Witbier, very crisp and highly carbonated. Pours a very light and hazy gold. It has a citrus taste with a slight spice and bitter mouth feel. I'd say overall very drinkable, just about everyone can enjoy this style of beer. Cheers!

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a voluminous white head in a seidel glass, but this dissipated rather quickly to a faint ring of bubbles. Color was a hazy goldenrod hue.

S: Has a banana and yeast scent, wheat is definitely the first thing I noticed. Smells sweet and mild, should be an interesting Witbier.

T: Subtle hints of, well.. everything. Malts not really making any showing, wheat being rather coy with the banana taste, hops only providing a slight bitterness at the very end into the aftertaste. I mean, I recognize that the style doesn't call for anything crazy, but I was surprised that Victory would make a beer that falls short on flavor.

M: Light-bodied, low carbonation, but still watery. I know a Witbier shouldn't be carbonated and heavy, but this one seemed like it missed the mark. Its consistency doesn't exactly speak to me, as the aforementioned flavor trouble hinted at.

D: Overall, not as impressive as I'd have liked. With the summer having already rolled around, I've been keeping my eye out for Wits, Hefeweizens, Pilsners, etc. that would be great to drink on a hot day. This one lacks too much in the flavor and mouthfeel departments for me, so I'll probably keep searching.

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Photo of oelergud
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy straw body. Low retention and lace. White head mostly of small bubbles.
Sweet light grass, yeast and flowery scent.
Taste is sweet grass, yeast and hay. Mild sweet aftertaste with just abit of pepper and spice, very pleasant.
Light medium body with a prickly sensantion and some coating.
Very drinkable, one is not enough.


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Photo of techdiver
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a modest head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Wheat, pear and lemon to the nose.

Wheat and citrus taste. Well balanced and refreshing.

Medium bodied and displays the carbonation I had hoped would still be there. One of our party got this yesterday at Victory and the carbonation was truly a whirlwind. Figured a growler would hold up well, and it did.

Very drinkable, smooth, and thirst quenching.

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Photo of eberkman
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light amber with a fairly thick, solid white head that reduces to a surface covering fairly quickly. Nice nose of tart fleshy fruit and citrus with a bit of a spice aroma. The taste is a wheaty, bready, doughy maltiness that lingers in the back of the throat as tangy fruits make their way in. Exceptionally smooth. Crisp, light, fizzy mouthfeel that was just a bit thinner than I would have wanted. A very nice quenching beer that goes down easy and has some complexity. It might not hold my interest over the course of an entire evening, but it's a perfect summer refreshment. Particularly with a lighter meal like a salad nicoise or shrimp, mozzarella, tomato and basil salad.

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Photo of cixelsydima
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at home...Rather,it was!As of now,my dictionary lists Victory Whirlwind Wit as being synonmous with, SUMMER! Purchased this 1/6 keg 12 days ago,and,well..."where'd it go"? Damn,this is now my favorite summer brew.Velvety mouthfeel,beautiful 2 finger creamy head,slightly hazy appearance, subtle lemon,citrus flavors,very well balanced!....Homer Simpson's toes would be curled,his eyes rolled back,while exclaiming,....MMM,YUMMY!!!
Goes down too smoothly.Highly recommended.
Treat yourself right.
Go and get some.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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 lehows
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy yellow color with a fizzy white head. The head snapped and popped like a soda...and then fizzled to nothing. Mild aromas of dough, citrus, and grain. Taste was very mild, but citrus lemon dominated the palate with grassy and earthy undertones. Thin mouthfeel. Overall this is disapointing compared to Victory's other brews. Definitely sessionable, but there are so many better Witbiers out there.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear yellow with a white head that settled some but came back with a swirl of the glass.

S - lemon zest aroma.

T - light malted wheat with a citrusy finish.

M - light body, mild cabonation.

D - ok drinkability.

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Photo of boelker62
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 5-24-07 from a pint glass on a warm spring night.

A - Cloudy, hazy, without seeming 'dirty', yellow brew that has a fizzy little head that diminishes completely, leaving no lacing on the way down.

S - coriander is the name of the game. Bursting citrus notes that flutter through your nose, leaving a hint of banana.

T - a fine, proper witbier with all the fruits and simple combination of flavors that define this style well.

M - slight carbonation lets you know it's not juice, and you feel none of the 5% ABV, but it does leave a slightly dry finish on the palate.

D - certianly, it's a light session beer, and one of my wife's favorites, which means when spring hits, it's more than drinkable in our household.

Good price by the case as well. I have had this on tap at the brewery, and it is even better, fresher, I encourage all to give it a try.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-23-07
Best before 3-6-08

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a head that bubbles away quickly.

Smell is sweet, with lots of spice and little bit of Belgian.

Taste is very much like the smell, sweet with a prominent Belgian character. The finish is also sweet, with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and flavorful.

Drinkability is decent, a good example of the style but a little plain.

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Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazey-golden in color, appears almost white (and quite opaque) in the muted light of the bar. Thin whisp of a head and minimal lacing. Light wheat malt and a hint of subtle aromatic spice on the nose . . . peppery. Tangy and zesty on the first sip, with coriander being the dominant (albeit not overpowering) spice. Lightly tangy-sour,and with just enough crystal malt sweetness to counterbalance the yeast and spice. Although this was served rather cold, it tends to open up nicely as it warms. Lighter in body and mouthfeel, Whirlwind seems almost watery at first, but the body, too, tends to develop as this warms. Ample carbonation, and combined with the zesty, spicey, yeasty aspects makes this a cleansing and almost brisk drink. Lemony (lemon rind?) aftertaste lingers and augments the light, aromatic hops used, definitely not very bitter. Insanely drinkable . . . Whirlwind Wit has been a very consistent brew over the years, and for that reason remains my favorite American rendition of the Witbier style.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a bottle on a make-your-own-sixer. Pours a straw color, a one finger of head with some oddly large bubbles that didn't stick around. No lacing to speak of. Basically it looks alright. Nose is wheat, some yeast, and fruitiness; mostly lemon and a little apricot. Taste is strong and interesting for a witbier. In no particular order: breadiness, citrus (lemon mainly), good amount of yeast and coriander. Feel is medium to thin body, solid carbonation. Worst part of this one is definitely the look; after about 10 seconds, there's basically no head; it seems like this might be a bottling issue. In any case, it's tasty, although not necessarily one of Victory's best. Could be sessionable, although I might go for Hoegaarden over this one.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 939 ratings
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