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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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Ratings: 939 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cdizinno
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light gold color with a thin layered head that dies quickly. Lots of floaties!

S: Smells like bananas,clove and honey.

T&M: The taste is much like the smell. Mild spicy and fruity. Mild sweetness and fairly smooth. Light to medium bodied.

Very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of argock
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pale peach-yellow with light haze and foamy, 1-finger white head with average retention and one small teardrop of lace.

S: Classic banana, lemon, tangy wheat, pepper, clove and coriander without being overly perfumey

T: Solid but unspectacular with more fruity banana flavors cut with lemon and yeasty dryness and accented with pepper and clove. Hops make a small but meaningful contribution. There is a hint of graininess which I don't mind and gives this brew a little edge -- something it could use more of.

M: Medium body, clean aftertaste, very prickly carbonation that enhances the flavor and feel.

D: A drinkable and quality wit, but a bit ho-hum.

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Photo of h4ger
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle with no glass.

Appearance: Seemed pretty clear. The yeast and sediment were weird little flakes that didn't easily stay in suspension when swirled.

Smell: A subtle fruity smell.

Taste: A touch of wheatiness, and a nice, understated fruitiness. Soft orange flavor. Very nicely balanced with nothing unplesant. Flavors are nice, but not bold.

Mouthfeel: Pretty clean with a medium body. This is no milkshake.

Drinkability: This beer won't kick you in the teeth with flavor, which makes it pretty sessionable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/22/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of bananas, cloves, pepper, spice, wheat, bready malts, and dough. More flavor in the taste. Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a nice beer, worth checking out for a BBQ.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a solid but light yellow with a bit of a disappointing head. There isn't much lace, either, but the color is nice enough.

The smell is dominated by citrus and yeast. The taste is somewhat plain, being entirely of lemon and light malt, but it still comes out fairly well. The mouthfeel is nice while the drinkability is pretty high.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle.

A- Poured a light golden yellow. One finger bright white head. Not the best retention and well it dies rather quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of banana and clove in the front end of this. There is some light citrus tones to this in the middle with some light malts in the ending. There is some funk in the middle to ending of this.

T- Nice big citrus blast in the front end of this. Banana and clove in the middle of this with some light Belgian yeast in the ending. Not much of anything else...simple and sweet.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is dead on for the style. Clove and banana left on the palate with some lemon sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors were crisp and well defined.

D- Nice crisp summertime beer. I liked the way this tasted all together. There was a ton of yeast in the beer which I could have done without. Overall crisp flavors and clean tasting. Do yourself a favor and try this beer out.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that falls fast and leaves some light lace.

Aroma is citrusy lemon, grassy hops on a light wheat malt base with some spicey pepper and clove underneath.

Taste is wheat malt with a good dose of lemon finish is light pepper with some clove. Overall a pretty weak witbier, really expected more from Victory.

Mouthfeel is on the light side even for a witbier.

Drinkability is good could have many of these at one sitting not that I would really want to though.

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Photo of BBM
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow into a glass with a thick, chunky white head. Aroma was sweet and malty, with hints of banana and earth.

The flavor starts out rather tame, with the wheat and malt up front. Banana flavor along with some earthy spices round out the flavor. Not exactly a whirlwind of flavor, but it's nicely crafted. Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin, but not too watery. This is a decent session beer for those who enjoy wits.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the bright (almost glowingly) yellow brew. Head disappears relatively quickly, with ok lacing. Aroma is nicely wheaty, as expected. Taste is upfront wheat grains, and then as that fades, some citrus notes make their presence known. Mouthfeel is thin, more so than I would expect for the style, but have to give it props for being smooth going down. Drinkability is good, and although this is not a beer I personally would go out of my way for again, it is an acceptable brew for the style.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with almost no head.

Nose is yeasty and estery.

Flavor has a solid yeasty wheat foundation. Some clove and spices too. it's a good drinkable Witbier. Would be very nice on a warm summer day.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, not too much carbonation.

Drinkability could be very good on the right occasion.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best-by date's sometime in 2011. I'm safe.

Leaves a tiny ugly pad of head immediately after the pour, but it don't stick around long. Really lovely yellow-moon color with seemingly millions of star-like specks suspended within.

The aroma bursts forth straight from the bottle, and is good. Best element of the beer, at first. Maybe I quickly got numb to it, but it didn't maintain the magic. That's life. The coriander and orange zest are perhaps shown strongest here.

Kind of cool (as in cold) meringue notes and creaminess. The acidity, though appropriately moderate, is a little out of balance with the spices, which seem pushed to the back. Peppery in the aftertaste. Overall, it's tasty, if not as spicy and complex as I hoped.

There's a good bit of zip when it hits tip of the tongue, but I'm having trouble telling whether the lactic acid or the carbonation is the prime provider. The tangy burn slowly, but briefly, permeates the bottom half of the mouth while a wave of delicately sticky sweetness rolls to the sides and up and back, leaving a orangey (as in an orange) film. Light-medium body and finishes somewhat dry.

Among the better domestic wits. I'll be pairing this up with some grilled chicken and salad (as in not-grilled).

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Photo of roadhouse
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a one inch white head. It holds up fairly well and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is typical of the style. Some citrusy orange scent, bready wheat, and a bit of spiciness.

Taste is citusy up front with orange peel and then some breadiness comes in. Slight phenolic spiciness in the finish but it's much lighter than many witbiers.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, but it comes off kind of flat and slightly watery. Seems to need a bit more carbonation to me.

Overall a middle of the pack witbier. I wouldn't get it again just because I know there are better options.

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Photo of larryi86
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A fairly hazy yellow straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Lemon zest mixed with earthy spices and pepper, yeast.

T- Tart lemon zest, pepper, earthy spices, some yeast, a little watery.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- Not a bad beer, but doesn't blow me away, easy to drink, but it is a little weak, seem like it would be perfect after a long hot summer day.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is from back in May '08.

Appearance is a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a barely existent head that very quickly dissolved to a thin ring. There's lots of mini bubble strands floating around.

Smell is yeasty, sweet, perfumey banana and clove spice.

Taste is very clovey and bready with a hint of orange and/or lemon zest.

This beer has lots of bubbly carbonation. It is a bit thin-bodied, which makes it a good hot weather beer, but it seems to lack complexity for the style. The sweetness coats my mouth and hurts the drinkability a bit. Overall, not the best from Victory, but an enjoyable summer offering.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a cloudy bright yellow color with two fingers of fluffy bone white foam. The head leaves little to no lacing. Smells and tastes of lemon, orange, a hint of cloves, slightly spicy yeast, and some bready, wheaty grains. This witbier is medium in both body and carbonation with a crisp dry finish. Quite quenching.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy, golden yellow color with lots of suspended yeast visible. The white head quickly dissipated to nothing, and only scant traces of lacing remained. The aroma was a pleasing blend of dry wheat, light spices (coriander in particular), hints of vanilla and traces of orange peel. The flavors were refreshing and very similar to the aroma but the core seemed flat. Balanced and appropriate for the style but aside from the distinct coriander on the finish, the malt and the hops profiles were light and rather uninspired. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/light and the carbonation fine.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very thin layer of slightly off-white colored froth quickly fades leaving on the faintest veil of lacing and a very slight color... The color is a pale gold... A very slight haze... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wheat... Lemon zest... Some raisins... Even a hint of peach... Just the most subtle of spicy notes...

T - Lots of cracker... Banana... Perhaps even some bubblegum... Lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied... Slight carbonation.. Clean... Crisp...

D - Quite sessionable... Easy sipper... Simple, straight-forward and well executed... Not my favorite Witbier and not my favorite victory offering, but it will do just fine in a pinch...

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Photo of Amalak
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't too impressed at first. It had NO head or lace, yellow, slightly opaque. It had a kind of sourish, wheat scent.

This taste made up for the original observations, though. It was crisp and clean in its taste. Had a punchyness to it. Carbonated and bubbly.

This beer does a very good job of mixing carbonation and zest with clean, wheat taste. It is not near the top of Witbiers that I had tried, but it is definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - glowing yellow cloudy beer witn minimal to no head.

S- slight malt and lemon but not much here

Taste - Refreshingly light with slight lemon tartness with some grain flavorings slightly noticed as well.

M - flat and watery but ok for the style

Overall - A nice change of pace summer drinker. Sessionable and pleasant.

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Photo of bryanbrick
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like the Belgian interpretation of wheat based beers. There is something about the creamy texture, the interplay of spice and fruit and the sheer drinkability of the beers. So with that in mind I picked up a 6-er of the Whirlwind Wit from what is becoming one of my favorite new-to-me breweries, Victory

An "Enjoy by Apr 15 10" date on the bottle. I opened this at about cellar temp.

Hazy straw color with a light ring of head around the edges of the glass.

The nose is nice with the typical apricot, orange flesh, cracked white pepper and lemon. And do I did not put one in there. And while this is pleasing, and appropiate for the style, it dosen't push any limits or go beyond what others do.

I like the earthy stone like flavors that persist through out here, when added to the light weight citrus and stone fruit flavors it really adds dimension to them. With the slight alfalfa like bitterness in the finish and the return of pepper this gets its point across nicely.

The lasting flavors here really linger nicely on the palate and with the natural delicate acid and the creamy finish the way this feels may be its best quality.

But it is not, the best quality of this beer is simply how incredibly drinkable it is. At 5.0% a 6pack of this would be no problem. And with its subtle but spot on flavors this wouldn't get cloying like a lot of other beers of this style do.

If your are a fan of the style, surely try this.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head and solid lacing.

S: Typically sweet witbier smell of bananas, cloves, coriander and citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, pepper, coriander and some bananas. There was a slight graininess about it that seemed out of place.

M: Lots of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer with some good attributes, but there are definitely better examples of of the style out there.

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Photo of andyj
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd give this one a try after I noticed one of the local HB clubs had a clone contest for it. I figured it had to be special. The interesting thing about this wit is the spice kick. Can you say pepper? What a wonderful surprise to taste a sharp twang of pepper in a wit. While I am not sure they use pepper precisely, it is nice to see someone breaking away from the style barriers a bit to offer our palates something different from this great style. It had a steady citrus aroma coupled with a cloudy appearance. Overall this is a beer I will take a drive to find.

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, light yellow/gold colour with a thin whisp of white head that falls to a solid ring. Aromas of coriander, sharp lemon, yeasty bread and floral hops. Coriander is quite strong in the flavour and the malt is crackery and wheaty. Low bitterness lets the lemon character show through in the finish. Lightish body with moderate carbonation. Slightly drying, fairly crisp on the palate. A nice beer for summertime.

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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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