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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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Ratings: 939 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of doppelmeup
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +21.7%
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 +15.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clear, well, until I swirled and poured the ol yeasters off the bottom – NOW I have a hazy banana yellow brew, topped by a lazy white head. Yum. Thin lace rings around the brew top.

Bubblegum and citrus in the nose. A mellow yellow bouquet of banana and sweet pears mixed with winter spices, of all things, in the taste. A tad thin, but expected in a Wit. This is a brew made for summer, drink these all day and night – quite refreshing and tasty.

I tip my hat to beerbeing for the brew!

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Photo of Illinick
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, straw yellow that is semi opaque. Some rising carbonation. A medium sized fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a small ring and small island. Little lacing.
S: Some musty yeast and earthy scents, banana and some spicy pepper dominate the nose. Some tart citrus peel scents also.
T: Follows the nose. Good amount of carbonation. Musty, earthy, yeasty flavors up front matched with banana and tart citrus peel. Some pepper and sour citrus as well as some grainy malt flavors. As it warms the sour fruit comes out more and more.
MF: Medium and finishes semi dry.
Overall: A good amount of carbonation in this brew. Qaulity flavors, but nothing above and beyond. Still a refreshing, true to style wit.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. real pale light yellow color, very good carbonation. Nice creamy 2 finger head, slowly fade to a respectable lace.

The smell it citrus lemon and lots of spice.

The taste is very citrusy, Lemon lime and orange. Lots of spices.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium body, good carbonation, not notable other wise.

Drinkability is good, not high, no complaints, but nothing to draw my back. Prosit MK

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You see lots of tiny suspended sediments of yeast amidst three columns of bubbles and a pale yellow mixed with frost covered glass. Ther smell is as pale as the look, but in a not so good way. Hints of spices but very muted and some slightly sweet wheat mixed with very pale and crystal malts. The flavor really reflects the aroma well. Light wheat and pronounced malt character with mixes of spice. Very sessionable beer if it had better flavor.

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

Pours a pale pale yellow with a two finger white head that melts quickly to fine lacing. Aggressive bubbling from the bottom of the glass continues to rise to the top.
Aroma is purely dry wheat malts, white pepper, and light, light banana or bubble gum.
Taste is definately a bready wheat with a little peppery bite on the end with the faintest of banana ester remaining on the tongue.
Very light and refreshing with a palette cleaning dryness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Liquids
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear? Pale, no cloudy, with no head as it fizzes out and leaves scum. Odd for a wit. That stick, sweet wheat aroma, and little for hops. Taste is pretty good surprisingly, dry and not ultra sweet, somewhere between SA and Hoegaarden. Drinable and refreshing on a hot day. Does the job. Mouthfeel is not milky nor heavy, bit of tang from the carbonation. Despite defying typical rules, this one wins. Finding it fresh required traveling a way, and it's not one I'll seek out, but it's a good drinker for a style I have a hard time finding selections I enjoy.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler, appearance wasn't as pale white as the style demands. More of a golden yellow color with lots of carbonation.

The smell is about right, a little yeast aroma with some spicy tones. The flavor is mostly spices I can't name, but they work ok.

I think this is one of the blander witbiers I've tried, and it hurts me to say it. Victory is so good at most beer styles...

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden, small white head forms, but goes fast, a few lace spots. Smell is sweet, wheat, citrus/vanilla, and banana/spice. Taste is sweet up front, some spices, citrus and wheat, vanilla and banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Not a bad wit, thanks DrJay!

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Photo of smurphy77
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the perfect summer session beer. Light and effervescent, without much flavor. The problem: without much flavor. The taste is in the zesty mouthfeel more than in the aroma. Maybe a hint of some spices.

Pours a hazy golden color with little head. It's a nice beer and certainly refreshing, but there's nothing memorable about it.

Paired well with a simple baked cod dish served with couscous and wax beans. Not strong enough to overpower either the fish or the sides, but bubbly enough to cleanse the palate.

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Photo of jwc215
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Best enjoyed before Oct. 14 06"

Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head that quickly disappeared.
The smell was a bit musty - some subtle spices are in the background, as is the yeast.
Clove and a touch of other spices are present, but are taken over somewhat by a mildewy yeast. A slight touch of hops is noticeable.
It was a bit too thin - watery. Leaves a cleaner, and more refreshing, feel than I had expected considering the taste and smell.
Overall, it's not terrible by any means, but it's disappointing nevertheless. It's not a very good example of the style.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light and hazy pale yellow color with the yeast swirled and poured into the brew. Not much head or lacing, though, unfortunately.

Smell: Heavy on the citrus, grass, yeast, and earthiness. With the spices at the back, coriander is certainly and obviously evident. Some orange and lemon zest. Mild mild phenolic characteristics and mustiness. Also some fruitiness like cherries or apple skin creeps up sometimes too.

Taste: Good balance of the wheat and citrus with a moderate body. The citrus characteristics and spices are balanced pretty harmoniously and some earthiness and lemon stays on the palate after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a good citrus snap and a fairly moderate body due to the wheat. Carbonation's fairly full and zings the palate near the finish.

Drinkability: One of the better and more readily available (in the summer that is) domestic Wits in my opinion. Perfect for this ridiculously hot weather we're having in mid-July.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, milky lemon/straw color. The head is somewhat shallow, but bright white. It’s an average looking Wit. The liquid is very effervescent. It presents a grassy aroma, full of coriander and citrus. Spice, lemon, orange peel, and esters. The taste is fresh and citric. There’s plenty of coriander and citrus in the aroma, along with a mildly tart acidity. It’s not very complex, however, and (despite just a little twang) lacks real wheat flavor. It’s slightly sweet in the foretaste, which provides a nice balance to the tartness. There’s a little yeast flavor in the brew as well. The beer gets a little bitter near the finish. It’s fairly refreshing and pretty easy to drink. I’ve had this one in the past, but this current experience didn’t hold up to my memory.

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Photo of Higravity
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory brewpub. The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a medium white head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma of this beer has some yeast and wheat notes and noticable touches of orange and spice. The taste is refreshing and has the same year notes and citrus tones that make for a very drinkable summertime beer.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear pale yellow with a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly. Nose is a bit yeasty with light lemon notes. Taste is a good balance of sourness, light maltiness, and refreshing citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, no lacing and sort of flat. Overall, an enjoyable easy drinking witbier.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle no fresh date, pours a cloudy lemon yellow color. A white head that melts fast to a thin ring of white bubbles in the glass. Aroma like a sour fruit salad, lemon, apples, grapes, banana.Malted wheat, pepper, clove, and yeast smells as well. Thin on the palate with a light fruity sweetness. Very faint malt taste with flavors of lemon zest and cinnamon. No hop bitterness or aftertaste, clean and refreshing. Spicy but not overpowering. Nice wit.


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

As the summer weather continues to shine here, it seems the perfect time for an acclaimed American Witbeer. Victory Whirlwind would fit the bill.

Whirlwind pours a somewhat hazy, pale yellow color. It has little head and no lacing.

Smells very nice and intriguing. There is the initial pull of wheat, followed by the presence of orange and spices. This is one to sniff multiple times to gain full appreciation. The mix of sweet and spiciness along with the obvious wheat whiff is very pleasant and well done.

Taste is again very pleasant. Wheat taste is not as strong as expected. But the citrus and banana kick adds presence along with the obvious clove snap on the tongue. There is a tinge of bitterness at the back of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp. Bitterness adds good balance.

Overall, I am very impressed by this effort. This is a well-balanced and eminently drinkable beer. Perfect for sitting out in the summer sun, sipping while catching rays or any other seasonal activity.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden straw with lots of haze giving it that typical Wit hue.
s: fruity yeast
t: powery yeast. Sweet but not over sweet. Some light bitterness follows behind.
m: light mouth with good fizz, but not too much fizz.
d: very enjoyable. Something to be enjoyed on a very hot day (as I did).

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Photo of wingman14
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, plenty of haze, a small white head. I had tons of carbonation, but it faded after a few minutes. Smell is mostly of yeast, as expected for the style. Maybe a hint of citrus, but the yeast dominates. The taste is the same, a very light mouthfeel, not a very potent flavor but good for a nice hot summer day. A tart almost fruit flavor rounds out the end with no big aftertaste. A good brew, easy to gulp and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge July 3. Served in a pint glass without a lemon.

Translucent gold-yellow. Minimal, very thin white head. There was a lemony aroma, with some residual yeast notes.

My first thought was, this is quite light on the palate. An easy-drinking thirst-quencher with tastes of lemon, coriander, and honey-like sweetness. Very lightly carbonated, nearly flat. Tiny bit of hoppiness at the end.

Definitely worth a try in the summer.

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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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