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 PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +10.5%
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 +6.7%
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 -13.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +4.6%
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 jameaterblues
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -3.5%
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 +3.2%
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 -3.2%
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%
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 +14.3%
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 -6.5%
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%
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 +10.2%
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.


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Photo of irish
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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 +2.4%
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 -1.3%
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 -17.5%
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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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 doppelmeup
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Not really impressive looking. Barely any head and it vanished, leaving little no lacing at all on the glass. Pale, cloudy light yellow color.

Aroma strongest part of this beer. Typical Belgian scents of clove, banana, yeast, bubble gum.

Taste was okay. Cloves, yeast, a bit of lemon/citrus.

Mouthfeel was kind of watery with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer has a ways to go to match Hoeggarden and Blanche de Chambly, two witbiers I tried this past weekend.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a semi-cloudy gold with a hint of peach to it. The head was just a thin collar.

Smells of fresh sour apple, coriander, bananas, lime, and gooseberries with a base of organic honey and fresh bread dough. This concoction of smells was both enticing and dizzying.

The coriander really comes through in the taste along with some raspberry, cantaloupe, plumb and peaches with a root of light and doughy ambiguous grains. There’s also a creamy, milky yeast that’s very earthy and pasty.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a big swarm of carbonation that kinda got in the way.

This one’s tasty for sure on tap. Seek it out. The fruits in this one really steal the show.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw color with a fizzy head. Slight retention on the sides. A bit hazy.
S: Lemon, orange peel, banana, sweet bubblegum aromas entice the senses.
T/M: Good banana notes intiailly. Grassy notes follow and fade away into a smooth refreshing finish. Slight lemony tart flavors are noticeable on the tip of the tongue. All flavors are subtle, but show up. Very easy drinking, smooth, and thirst quenching. Light body, but a bit creamy. Good level of carbonation makes this a session beer, and, dare I say possibly a lawn mower (of the highest quality of course).
D: Very tasty. I'd recommend this as a summer offering any day. Goes down very fast.

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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 CortexBomb
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is light yellow, nice white head on top. There are plenty of suspended particles present. The smell of this is absolutely textbook wit, yeast along with softly citrusy tones and a nice spicy edge on it, extremely appetizing.

Taste is also very solid, yeast, wheat, and light citrus all have their moments. Dominated by spice and citrus. There really isn't a lot of fancy depth to the flavour, but it just works well for me, this is my definition of a nice summer brew...tasty, refreshing, but not overly complex.

Mouth, simply average, it doesn't do anything exceptional for its style. Drinkability is rock solid, this is a very hard beer to set down for very long.

Overall, this isn't the deepest, most complex beer in town, but if you're looking for a basic summer beer with some craft touches, Victory's Whirlwind is a good place to start. This along with Arcadia's Whitsun are both great, reasonably priced options for summer quaffing.

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