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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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#30,441
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
940
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 940 |  Reviews: 541
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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Photo of cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 4/8/08. Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a finger of white fizzy head that quickly reduces to a ring of foam. Nose is nicely yeasty with a slight lemon zest and a bit of peppery spiciness. Taste is a nice smooth wheat overlaid with a slight lemon and citrus fruitiness, with a yeasty slightly clove finish. Medium bodied with a moderate/high carbonation, clean and smooth drinking. This is a pretty solid beer overall, easy drinking, and good for the warm weather.

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Photo of hammer09
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a cloudy, straw color with fine carbonation rising to the surface. Head development is moderate, yet dense.

S - Citrus with a delicate spice aroma. Smell is definitely characteristic of a belgian-style ale with an underlying, somewhat grass-like odor. Overall, very pleasant.

T - Simply excellent. Mildly sweet with enough lemon/citrus to give this beer a slight tartness.

M - Very carbonated, crisp, and dry.

D - Exceptionally good, this beer is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory brewery in Downingtown, PA.

Body is a hazy straw yellow color with a beautifully thick foamy white head. Just a perfect look to this beer.

Not at all impressed with the aroma, though the style isn't particularly known for having a big nose. Faint with only hints of citrus and spices.

Flavor is light and very crisp. Light malt and substantial lemons. Yeast comes through after swallowing. I would have liked less citrus and slightly more spices in the clove and black pepper.

Drinkability is good as is expected with the style, though it suffers a bit for me with the overstatement of lemons.

I am a bit let down by this beer, but only because I expect so much whenever I try a Victory beer for the first time, and I have heard some great things about this particular beer. I think it is a bit too heavy on the lemon for my taste. I'm sure I'll give it another shot in the future however.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall wheat glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Very pale,hazy,straw color with a tall creamy white head falls a bit quickly to a coating. The carbination the same livey at first,but dies down quickly never looks flat at all though.

Delicate aromas mostly clove,some bannana with spicy yeast character.


Lots of clove in the taste,very grassy with some spice and yeast tastes. Tastes like a clove flavored water,just a bit light on taste for me.

Very light watery mouthfeel,almost like drinking water. Lacks taste to be drinkable for me. Not offensive in any way,just nothing to keep me interested. Would be a good starter beer for the ladies.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 it’s balances perfectly with the rest of the palate.

Tasty and very drinkable.

Recommended.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- opaque straw body with bubbles rising to the top.

S-citrus and spices. very light.

T- strong citrus and spice flavor. It masks the wheat/yeast flavor. Yeast aftertaste.

M- high carbonation. medium weight body.

D- This is a good session beer. I will probably get this one again but its not my favorite witbier. It is very good and tasty though.

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Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very cloudy straw color and formed a small white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and yeast/bread. This defininately smells like a hefe style beer. The flavor was of hops, citrus and a small bit of dough. The body is light and the finish a touch sprite. A nice hefe, it's just a shame it's hard to get in Columbus.

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Photo of ericj551
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Whirlwind Witbier pours a cloudy light yellow with a fizzy head. Aroma is sharp and grainy, with a good amount of chalky yeast and just a hint of coriander. Taste is almost dry, with a nice light spicy flavor. Yeast flavor is there but not overdone. It was so nice out today, I felt like I had to have a good easy drinking summer beer tonight and this beer did not disappoint.

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Photo of rowew
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, best by date printed on the label.

Appearance: Yellowish white, cloudy. Thin head fades very quickly.

Smell: Yeasty and a bit of spice. Also some citrus.

Taste: Flavor is domintaed by the yeast characteristics .. a bit of peppery flavor in the finish. Some banana and clove flavor.

Overall impression: Decent wit - plenty drinkable, but certainly not the most interesting I've tried.

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Photo of psinderson
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw golden as you'd expect, but a very thin and weak head. Lots of little champagne-like bubbles.

Smell: Very yeasty and citrusy with a strong coriander/orange background.

Taste: Yeasty with strong coriander flavor...stronger than most wheats. Good overall witbier flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and refreshing.

Drinkability: Tastes good and drinkable...like a wheat beer should be!

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Photo of Braudog
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with a "enjoy by" date of 25 Oct 06 ... oops, I’m a little late. Light yellow with a nice strata of bubbles rising to a thin airy head. The aroma is slightly yeasty, somewhat sweet and inviting. The first swallow was nicely fruity, lemony without any citric acidity. The characteristics carry thru the whole glass. Don’t think the somewhat lack of freshness hurt this one at all. Nice light Wit. (#2737, 3/7/2007)

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Photo of MEANxOLDxTOM
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very light hazy yet still clear yellow...2/3 of an inch bubbly white head, no lace....yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass.
S-Spice (clove, allspice, and cinnamon), banana, light citrus(orange and lemon), Belgian yeast (giving a slight fruitiness), and sweet wheat malts.
T-Big sweet wheat malts...banana, citrus, a little bit of red fruit...and of course the clove comes through as well....nice slightly spiced finish.
M/D- Easy to drink, light, crisp, bubbly....nice domestic wit....also a good one for people trying to get into craft beer.

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Photo of ubermunkey
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Witbier, so bare with me.

Poured a light gold color with a heavy haze, i had followed my assumptions and swirled before pouring. No head to speak of, but a light lace that stayed til the end. The smell reminded me of finished wood and farm fields. Initial taste was kind of grassy and even a bit of pine, which gave way to a slightly sweet, but mostly sour, citrus backing. A standard body, but with plenty of carbonation. Finished dry with the sourness lingering, very easy to drink. Definitly more interesting flavor-wise than the standard IPA's i'm used to. i'll have to pick up a few other brands to compare this to.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

A - Cloudy straw-yellow color that developed a creamy white head with good retention. Beautiful color.

S - Cloves and orange/lemon zest work well together. Wheat background with mild sweetness.

T - Wheat & spices are the dominant spices with a lingering punch of citrus (oranges & lemons mostly). Cloves and coriander are the key spices that come out. Very quenching taste!

M - Very highly carbonated and a light body results in an extremely crisp finish.

D - It's not going to dethrone Hoegaarden...but the Whirlwind is going to right by its side! One of the most refreshing summer beers I've sampled.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Breeze-Thru liquor in Wauwatosa, and drank one day after its expiration date.

Appearance reminded me of a carbonated lemonade. It was vaguely cloudy and rather yellow. Not a lot of head, and what was there didn't stick around for too long. Not as enticing to the eye as say a Wittekerke I had awhile back, but fortunately there is more to the story.

Smell was pretty good. I thought I picked up coriander notes and definitely something citrusy/sour, which indicated good things were ahead.

Taste was also pretty good. Tasted like a wit should (from what I know), and I tasted spice and coriander. Not the best witbier I've had, but pretty good. There wasn't anything artificial-tasting in this wit, which can't be said for others (Blue Moon). The label claimed Belgian yeast...but I'm not refined enough to detect those sorts of things.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's cloudy! It's foggy! It... looks like a witbier should, though it could have used some more head.
The scent has pretty strong witbier odors. A perfume of corriander bubblegum splashed with clove.
Doesn't drink quite like perfume, though there are moments when it might seem like it; it rounds out well, though.
A little oily on the palate, which works out well. Smooth, easy drinkin.
Pleasing and tasty all around.
Victory makes the tasties.

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Photo of phisig137
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy light gold color, with a one finger head that quickly falls. Ring is left around the glass. Beer catches the light, and has a wide range of gold/yellow colors up and down the glass. Looks quite nice.

Aroma is very nice. Incredibly yeasty, backed by a whirlwind of spices. Yeast esters are typical wheat notes, and heavy on the cloves and bubblegum. The spice is mostly a smooth coriander note, with only a hint of citrus. All of the traditional Wit aromas you would expect, but "turned up to eleven" in a typical American fashion. I love it.

Flavor is light and refreshing. The wheat shines through on the palate, and the citrus shows up here, along with some of the yeast spice. Light and refreshing. Aggressive carbonation gives this a light mouthfeel, and keeps it refreshing. Drinkability is excellent.

Another incredible beer from Victory. This is my quintessential summer beer. On a hot day, sitting outside, this is pretty hard to beat.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One good thing about living in the south is that wheat beer season lasts longer (conversely, stout and porter time is farther away and shorter, but them the breaks). This wit pours a straw color with almost no head and only the slightest cloudiness. The nose is strong citrus and wheat with backing sugars.

The texture is about right, maybe a touch too much carbonation. Taste is decent but unspectacular. It has the citrus and wheat trappings; there's just isn't any zing like when I pop a Southampton or a Hoegaarden. I've got 32 days on the drink by date so that's not it. I guess it's just a fairly uninspired offering from Victory. Oh well, guys, get 'em next time.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a terrific example of a belgian style done well here in the USA. This beer pours a light yellow color with a moderate head. The smell is exceedingly sweet, and you can tell there is not much more to it than spices and malts. The taste is strikingly similar to beers i've had in Europe of a similar style, most notably Hoegaarden. A perfect blend of spices make this an ideal beer for just wanting to have a solid witte beer.

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Photo of addmorehops
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the few seasonals I look forward to when summer approaches. It's complex and full bodied with great spices, e.g. coriander, but not heavy or sweet.

I've had it on tap at the brewery in Downington and can confidently say it's equally great in a bottle.

I just bought a case fearing the end of its summer distribution. Still solid with an 11/04/06 best by date.

Cheers!

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

This beer pours with an initially aggressive head, which receeds rather quickly. It has a full mouth-feel, both from a relatively robust body (for this style) and from its ample carbonation.

Clean taste, with the typical wheat flavor throughout. Bit of a lemony tone. Clean aftertaste. No real taste flaws, but no outstanding or unique flavor profile either.

Overall, quite thirst-quenching and drinkable. You could certainly put down 2-3 of these before you realized it. Which I believe I will proceed to do....

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Photo of malthead
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before Oct 25. Light color, slightly cloudy, little head. Nice clean smell, bit of Belgium, but not outstanding. Grain, straw, maybe a little grassy taste. Really nice mouthfeel and drinkability. I'd prefer something a little more bitter for sessions, but this is a great summer thirst-quencher.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a pale hazy yellow with a thin head that dissipates immediately leaving nothing. The smell is in your face with the wheat with some lingering sweetness. The taste is where the beer is most impressive. It is of course strong with wheat flavor but there is more to it. There is also a lemony flavor as well as something that I cannot describe as anything other than cake batter? Anyways the beer has a light body and is a tad overcarbonated. Overall, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of jhollick
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is seriously the palest beer I have ever senn, and that includes BMC and its bretheren. It was a pale yellow, and poured with little head. There was minimal lacing througout the beer, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

The smell was another story. It was a nice mix of aromas, with banana, citrus, apple, pepper, and the yeasts typical of the style. I could smell it all day and not get sick of it.

As it turns out, the smell was the high point of the beer for me. As expected based on the appearance of the pour, the mouthfeel was very watery; not impressive at all. The taste mirrored the mouthfeel somewhat. There is some decent stuff in there, but overall the flavor is lacking in both strength and quality. It was noticably watery going down, especially in the aftertaste. The mix of flavors before that were also pretty subdued. There just isn't a lot going on here.

Its drinkable and not offensive, but it is a very mediocre beer. I'm hoping that I got a bad batch, because I typically expect a lot more from Victory than this.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 940 ratings
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