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 DannyDan
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a yellow hue with a thin whitehead that leaves minimal retention and some lacing. The aroma is yeast, lemon, wheat, and malts. The taste starts out with some lemon, wheat, yeast and follows with some spices and finishes off with more lemon and some grass. Mouthfeel is a nice crisp clean smooth feel that is very easy to drink and overall this is a nice crisp and tasty beer that is nice to drink on a warm summer day or whenever a beer this good sounds good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Potsdam IGA for 2.25$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, banana, lemon, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and some faint yeast. There is also some spicy notes mixed banana. It ends with a somewhat tart lemony and lightly spiced aftertaste.

Overall – I was expecting more from this brewer. It's very drinkable bot not very exciting. The fruit flavours come across as a touch artificial too. Nothing worth searching for.

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Photo of GuyNamedSid
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My very first time having Victory. I was impressed.

If you are a fan of the wheat ales or the dirty blondes, this is the one for you. Crisp & refreshing.

A very good brew for a novice to the beer drinking realm.

Overall: A great every day beer , must try!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Scherdel weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale, cloudy, golden yellow color with fierce carbonation to form a two-finger head of creamy white foam that reduces to a thin coating.

S: Bright, spicy citrus notes hit the nose along with a sweetened, malty, wheat twang. Herbal and floral with hints of lemongrass and pepper.

T: Sweet, juicy, peppery malts up front with flashes of lemon peel, coriander and other light, citrus flavors. The herbal, grassy hops kick n around mid palate to dry things a bit. The wheat malts add some complexity to the finish, with a bit of a tart and spicy yeast aftertaste.

M: Light and balanced with a sharp spiciness on the tongue and just a touch of lactic sweetness.

O: Not a bad Belgian-style wit at all and certainly more palatable than some of the popular macro versions out there. The 5% ABV is right on point with just a hint of American bravado in the malt bill and herbal hop flavor. I'd have another, especially on a scorcher like today. In fact...

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with just an inch of foam that leaves a strand or two behind

Smell: Wheat bread, orange peel, banana, brown sugar and a hint of spice

Taste: Sweet and bready malts, with brown sugar and banana, up front; the orange peel and spice blend makes an impact at mid-palate and then joins with the sweeter flavors into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but slightly spritzy, carbonation

Overall: Just an OK wit; drinkable but lacks something in the Belgian spice department

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Photo of larryi86
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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 HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, white head with some nice lacing. The beer is a hazy golden yellow.

Smells of wheat and banana yeast with various spices. The wheat smell mixes wonderfully with a lemon undertone. The spice is rather muted when compared to the rest of the beer.

A lemon undertaste and aftertaste. The certainly come out while the wheat is subdued compared to the rest of the beer.The flavors a little light and feel watered down but I guess it would be expected given the style.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

A good and refreshing beer, especially if it's hot outside.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 2/28/13. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a smallish creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lemon peel, pepper, bready malts and musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, citrus, some cloves and spice with an earthy yeast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent wit. A little much on the sweet and spicy side.

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Photo of JayQue
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A refreshing summer beer but not a great witbier. Pours a very light hazy yellow into a Bud Select flute. Weak head, delicate bubbles but not not enough and not enough staying power either. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly weak as well, some lemon zest and a little wheat.

Taste is pleasant enough but not that complex. Lemon zest and a bit of wheat bitterness are apparent but Belgian yeast and spices are lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A refreshing beer for the summer but that's about it. Lots of others in the same category.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: musty lemon custard and breads.

T: mild lemon note which is more sour than sweet. A little tart. Light on the wheat/malts.

M: light body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely drinkable and refreshing. Just not complex enough to separate it from others in the genre.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with just a small cap of white head.

The aroma has a nice grainy profile with some lemon zest in the background. Seems to have a trace of sulfur in the background that is a bit of putting, but it doesn't entirely ruin the aroma. Nice light flavor with some orange peel and some mace on the pallet. Nice amount of spice here with a little bit of a bitter hop finish and a touch of lemon.

The body is light with slightly low carbonation. Overall this one is solid. The aroma could be better but we can put this one the list of go-to summer brews for me.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a small 1/2" white head but it had decent lifespan. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color with ample tiny bubbles. It smells mildly of malt, grain, and citrus. The taste mirrors the smell but adds a special toastiness to the malt as well as a touch of sour. Decent finish focusing on the sour.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, somewhat watery yellow coloring with a steady, slow flow of carbonation and a slim ring of white film around the edge of the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, biscuits, and a slight tangy citrus highlight. Flavors are roasted, with a banana and clove backbone that supports the smooth, creamy body. A slight nutmeg and cinnamon highlight throughout, as well. The aftertaste is roasted and clove spiced, with a smooth, creamy finish. Extremely easy to drink, and decent flavor profiles, make this a great summer brew that is a bit heavier and more full than the average fare. Tasty!

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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 MONKandTUCK
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Big fuzzy foam cap, slight golden body. Mildly hazy - probably not enough to style.

A - Blast of lemon, slightest hint of continental malts. No coriander or white pepper, thank Christ.

T - Sharp lemon. Sharp Lemon. And a hint of... Sharp lemon. Nothing else? Where's that classic Victory malt bent.

M - Lean. I know this style is all about light and fluffy, but I am after beer, not lemon soda.

O - Wishing more Vienna malt was on scene. I am glad some of the more potent Witbier spices were restrained. And this is probably a blue-ribbon-worthy thrist-quencher on swamp-ass summer days. But it was a bit offensive towards the end. They say, life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Same, I think might begin to apply to Victory's Whirlwind Wit.... this would go great with sugar and water.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Dogfish Head goblet.

Victory is perhaps my favorite brewery, so I was looking forward to this. Appearance is cloudy and hazy yellow in color. Smells of wheat, yeast, and a touch of lemon, exactly what I would expect out of a Witbier. Some carbonation present.

Taste is top notch. I regret only buying one of these. This is perfect for this time of year - and it is a great time of year - the Celtics and Bruins are charging towards the playoffs and the Red Sox..nevermind.

Anyway, once again Victory comes through with a quality brew that I'll look forward to every year.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale and cloudy with some sediment in the glass. Plenty of white suds and an average amount of lace. Solid.

Aroma is soft and yeasty, with a wispy hint of fruit/citrus tang and a bit of muted spice. Refreshing, light, and delicious.

Absolutely an ideal Belgian-style witbier. Blue Moon wishes it could be so tasty. Another winner from Victory.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of wheat, lemon, and a very light yeast spiciness. Light elements of clove are also present.

T: The beer starts out with a very heavy presence of wheaty flavor followed by some yeast spiciness + clove and then finishing with some light lemon flavor which lingers on your palate.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very light and refreshing, a delicious beer that is very much sessionable. The beer would be amazing on a hot summer afternoon. Definitely one to have again - maybe a regular in the summer cook-out rotation.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-yellow color with a big white head. The head faded very fast giving very light lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heavy and yeasty with a nice wheaty backbone. A bit of lemon and some spice of clove and pepper is mixed throughout. Very classic witbier.

Taste – Wheaty up front with a nice yeastiness mixed in. Some spices are present up front but actually rather light. More toward the end the lemon in the nose becomes more pronounced in flavor and leaves a slightly bitter flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – It is a medium bodied brew with a slightly higher than normal carbonation level. This coupled to its lighter body and lower abv make it very drinkable.

Overall - As with most witbier in my opinion, it is good for a
good session brew while sitting and drinking outside on a nice warm sunny day.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by March 2, 2013. I believe that date is one year from bottling, so bottled about a week ago.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a bit of white head. The head dies quickly. Very little lacing. Pretty transparent for a wit.

S - Strong lemon, banana, clove, wheat, and spice. There is a bit of a salty meat funk that I don't really like.

T - Follows the nose with some lemon peel flavor coupled with wheat. Various spices, including cloves, black pepper, and cilantro. Some yeast on the finish. Pretty good.

M - Highly carbonated with a light body.

O - I saw this beer had just started appearing on the shelves for the season so I picked one up fresh. The appearance and smell were unimpressive, but the taste and mouthfeel were very refreshing. It is a very sessionable wit that goes down easy and doesn't pack much of a punch. It won't be a beer I turn to often but I suppose it could fill a tiny wit-niche in my repertoire.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy yellow with a quarter inch of soft, dense white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of grass, wheat, straw, coriander, and lemon zest. The flavor is similar. The straw and grassy notes open this one up followed by some spices primarily coriander and maybe black pepper. There are some citrusy notes as well some lemon zest and maybe some orange peel. The mouthfeel is a little crisp, but light and smooth.

This is a flavorful, balanced witbier. I really enjoyed it. Wits aren't a favorite of mine so I don't often get into them, but I would have this one again if I were in the mood for a Wit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy yellow, bubbly, very little head, no lacing

S - smelled like a pilsner (way to trow my taste buds off!)

T - very subtle citrus, very light tasting wheat beer

M - very light, carbonated but not too much

O - very light witbier, overall tasty but not overwhelming

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into Wiezen glass

A-Hazy straw yellow color with big/fast dissipating head with little lacing.

S-Citrus aroma with hint of lemon, not a strong aroma but subtle

T/M-A tangy citrus taste with a bready finish, again, pretty subtle but not unlike a witbier.

O-A typical Witbier, tasty but nothing godly. not a bad investment

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Photo of SickGnar
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Glowing golden, okay size white head, more clear than hazy, very few rising bubbles and minimal lace.

S: Nice, well-rounded coriander – herbal, soft lemon, touch peppery. Bready yeast, strongly wheat forward malts with a touch of sweetness. No hops.

T: Good solid wheat beer base – bready, doughy, crackery, wheaty, hint of toasted grain and a touch of low C malt sweetness. Coriander is very well balanced and well done. Mostly herbal with just a touch of lemon and peppery / spicy notes in the background. Not really getting any orange peel or citrus other than the lemon from the coriander (and that is more lemongrass / herbal). Yeast notes are present, but tame. More bready and neutral than Belgian. Some faint herbal / grassy hops sulk at the edges and in the finish. Less sweet and more herbal than many.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation just over. Works alright, especially for style. Refreshing and borderline crisp.

D: Shoots wide of the signature look. No hazy, no lace, and a touch dark. Taste is okay, if a bit more herbal – less sweet, not really any orange peel, and maybe more firmly hoppy than most. Mouthfeel is okay, if a bit drier. Belgian yeast aspect is rather pedestrian. Okay drinking, but not really a go to Wit.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Light yellow with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

The aroma was the best part about this beer, and it pretty much nailed the style dead on: citrus, lemon, yeast, clove, coriander.

Though the flavor was lacking. It had all the same elements that were present in the aroma, but they were very faint and faraway, even after significant warming. This is somewhat tasteless.

Thin to medium bodied.

A great smelling though ultimately dull witbier.

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