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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
934
Reviews:
541
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.1%
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 -15.9%
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 +21.3%
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 -1.6%
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 +2.4%
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%
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 -1.3%
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 -21.8%
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%
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 -7.8%
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 +1.1%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 -13.2%
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.

Cheer!

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Photo of macpapi
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +17.3%
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 -10.2%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of sabrills70
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with drink before date of 10/26/06. Pours a cloudy light gold with minimal head and OK lace. Nice tart yeasty smells. Aromas of orange and honey. Standard wit flavor. Tarness with hints of banana, clove orange and honey. Crisp and easy drinking. Not the best example of the style but still a decent and good summertime brew.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light apple juicy color with minimal head that forms a ring, but no lace, around the top. The nose is very lemony, with a low-end and subdued coriander note; the effect here is not nearly as aromatic as many other witbiers. Plenty of acidity up front that tickles the sides of the tongue, followed by a slightly bready and spicy finish. The taste emphasis is much more on acidity and cleanliness, it seems, than robust taste. Overall it's fine but nothing special -- refreshing but a bit boring.

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Photo of AltBock
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a light blue label and on this label is a funky smiling white cloud with weird hair and pumping his gun while whirling around a pint glass filled with yellow beer. There is no back label because all of the information is on the front. On the front is the Govt. warning, information about the beer, a date clearly marked on the left (Best Before Oct. 25 06), and it says it's a bottle conditioned ale. Funny but somewhat funky label.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was a hazy bubbly light yellow color with an 1 finger head of foam. The head of foam dissipated away faster than most and left just little amount of foamy rings and just a trace of lace around the glass.

Smell: Smelled like a Witbier is suppose to smell like, to me. It had plenty of cloves sitting next to some citrus fruits and all of this was Whirling around the aroma of the yeast. What more can I ask for from an American Witbier?

Taste: I noticed that the initial taste was that of the cloves and some spices, followed by the lemons and the other varieties of citrus fruits and this all ended with a taste of yeast and sometimes bread. This tastes weren't exactly Whirling around, but it was still pretty good.

Mouthfeel: It was very light, crisp, and smooth with a slight aftertaste of yeast and bread.

Drinkability: Something that I would have to buy and try again on a hot Summers day. As of now, this would have to be one of the best Summer beers I've tried lately. Another winner from the brewery form Downingtown, PA!

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Mr. Bottle Beverage in Berwyn, PA; new shipment so freshness expected. It pours to a slightly hazy golden, with only a small quarter inch of a very white head. Aromas are brisk and quickly noticeable; lemon zest, orange peel, general citrus, cloves. Carbonation is on the lighter side, tangy citrus predominates followed by a clove flavor that combines with a smooth mouthfeel. Lemon takes the cake for aftertaste without being overtly forceful at all. Easily drinkable in warmer weather, especially now on a hot, humid, and very rainy day. This would be one of my choice brews to watch a ballgame with.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory- Whirlwind

Appearance- cloudy light yellow with very little soapy white head.
Smell- strong clove aroma, not much else.
Taste- Strong clove and rose hips/ flowers?! No banana not alot going on in here.
Mouthfeel- slighty tart but easy to gulp down.

Overall- nothing special here. Has a nice tart flavor.

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