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 bum732
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Orange peel, coriander floralness, wheat, some dough

L: Hazy light yellow, tight creamy white head that dissipates

T: Orange and wheat spiciness leading to a soft bitterness. This leads to a grainy dryness

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation

Drinkable but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat hazy, and very bright golden yellow then came out of over me. Very nice carbonation was visible, with the chains of bubbles really just reaching up toward the top throughout the session. There was a good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away, and even once it was gone there was tons of side glass lace present. Pretty much a very good look for the style, I really thought it looked very nice indeed.

The aroma was somewhat light, but once you let it warm up it started to come out at you a little bit better. Very nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. The flavor followed suit just the same, with a very nice, light body ale. Tons of carbonation and a really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together. I could have kept drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Really a very nice, high quality ale.

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Photo of Blanco
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellow color with pure white head. not very cloudy even after making sure to get all the yeast in there. smell is of belgian spice and that slightly musty aroma that comes from Hoegaarden. taste is heavy on lemon-like citrus and tastes very much of the wheat. less spicey than many belgian whites. It's almost like an American Wheat with some lemon added in. It's decent, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 Ty1erC
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: the beer is a pale yellow/gold color with some haziness caused by the bottle's sediment becoming suspended. good retention, little lacing.

s: this stuff smells of summertime (unfortunately it's january as i write this). wheat, lemon, spice... a very clean smelling ale.

t: it tastes of sweet, bready malt and citrus.

m: light, effervescent, slightly dry.

d: this beer goes down quickly. i'll buy it again when the weather becomes more conducive to witbier enjoyment.

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Photo of mirish72
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber with visible yeast and a nice fluffy white head. Had a nice aroma of banana, clove and bubble gum going on. Slightly sweeter taste than I expected, with a nice floral nose and slight citrus taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink, a great summer beer. Probably not the best witbier I have ever has, but pretty tasty and affordable.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy and bright golden color with a small creamy white head with below average retention and lacing.
Smell is mildly faint with lemon, orange, coriander and yeast.
Taste is very light with some plain malt upfront spiced with citrussy notes of lemon/ orange and finishing with some coriander. Lots of yeast and spice notes in the aftertaste.
Body is very light and watery with lots of sparkling carbonation.
Mouthfeel is sort of astringent and extremely dry. Drinkability is high.
Overall a very average witbier. Although it sure is a refreshing beer, I found it too light bodied. This definitely needs more malt, more spices and less water and carbonation.

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

Slightly hazy and golden in color, this is a beer that just looks like it is going to be refreshing. The first taste brings a bit of spice (coriander) with hints of banana, lemongrass, clove and yeast. The beer finishes with a tartness that just calls you back for another sip... another glass... another two glasses, and at 5% Abv this is a beer where you can have a few of in one sitting and still feel fine the next morning. The flavor is so light and refreshing that it never feels heavy on your stomach.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at a bar by udel. review from notes.

Pours with a pale yellow color which immediately turns cloudy with a medium, fluffy head. The retention is pretty strong, leaving a nice lacing along the side of the glass.

The nose is pleasant, but not overwhelming with scents of wheat and lemon grass. There's also a light touch of spice and hops.

Upon the first sip, there's a very crisp, yet smooth feeling which quickly refreshes the palate. A malted wheat taste slices through upfront, with a nice punch of fruit on the back end. Not overly sweet and still satisfies the tongue without overdoing it. However, there is a slightly odd tinge in the aftertaste which kept derailing the flavor for me.

The carbonation is bubbly and pleasant, adding to the overall crispness of the beer. Easy drinking and sessionable, but there's definitely better American interpretations of the style.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours ugly yellow with no head, lots of sediment.

Light citrus, the usual suspects - belgian yeast, spice and fruits albeit died down.

Astringent, plenty of spice and subtle fruits. Dulled lemon flavor and sedimentiness. Watery.

Dry, muted finish

Not too refreshing for a witbier, didn't really like this one.

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Photo of Rayek
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy straw, with a fair amount of particulates. A dense white cap forms quickly and then rapidly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves no lace.

S: A clove and coriander do most of the work. A light lemon and sourdough mix backs them up.

T: Light, crisp, but a bit thin. Starts out with a sourdough bread quality. The spices kick in right away with a light clove and coriander spike. A lemon tartness comes in late as the beer finishes tart and dry.

M: The light body is grainy from the yeast and could use more carbonation.

D: This beer is light and goes down easily. It simply feels too thin. More carbonation and would help.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 chefkevlar
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy light gold color with a thin layer of head which quickly receeded. There are a lot of suspended particulates in this beer.

S: Smells like banana and clove and honey...pretty much on par for a witbier

T: The taste is very much what I expected from the smell. There are notes of honey and spice overlapping with a main note of banana and yeasty bread flavors

M: Light carbonation over a medium body give this beer a very nice mouthfeel

D: This beer is very drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says best by April 28, 2011, so I'm in the clear there.

Appearance: hazy, clean, silvery-white body with a thick finger of creamy white foam. A nice looking wit.

Smell: slightly sweet, slightly dry; there's a nice Belgian yeast character here of light pear and apple flavor. Quite good indeed, though there's not much of the coriander or citrus that I normally think of with a wit.

Taste: slightly tart, citrusy notes complement a good, smooth wheat flavor. Some of that yeast character remains, but is unfortunately subdued. Still, a well-balanced and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a pleasing creaminess. I could stand even a little more, but this was pretty good.

Drinkability: this is a very pleasing witbier. Victory rarely disappoints me, and this beer is no exception. I have thoroughly enjoyed consuming it; now if only it were available in six packs around here.

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Photo of Pencible
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent light gold with quickly disapating white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and creamy yeast, with some earthy bread crust.
T: It tasted like light lemon and creamy yeast, with some bready malt and a bit of honey. It had a mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of light carbonation.
D: This was not super clean and tasty, but it wasn't bad either. Easy to drink but boring. There are better summer beers out there.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mynameisbuzz
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks pale and cloudy (I had to shake it up a bit first to incorporate the completely precipitated yeast). Nice head that dissipates too quickly.

Smells pretty typical, citrusy and pleasant. Not too strong.

The taste is a lot more peppery than I expected. Fairly full and not too watered down as many of the style are. I'd like it to be a bit fruitier.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full.

You could drink 100 of them if it tasted a little better.

Overall an okay beer. Not impressive by any standards especially for a Victory.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears cloudy yellow gold color with a weak quickly dissipating head.

Smells like some very sweet malts. Not much smell overall.

Tastes like cotton candy, this beer is very sweet. There is a bit of a honey taste in with the malts. No hop bitterness detected.

Feels a bit light and under carbonated. I would not drink more than a few of these.

What happened Victory? first the pils then this one.... hmmmm, maybe there is some funk in the brewery that bothers me...

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Photo of jhammel01
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with no head at all. Keeps nicely carbonated as it sits.

Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, banana and some sour fruits. A bit spicey too...

Tastes just as it smells! Strong begian yeast, lemon zest, fruit, banana, spicy notes. Finishes dry

Decent mouthfeel, bit thin, but suits the style. Nicely carbonated

Great beer for a humid night like tonight!

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7-26-10.

A: Yellowish-gold with no head of which to speak. The most important aspect to note is the crazy amount of tiny yeast chunks suspended in the body. In all, this is sort of a flat, hazy, and somewhat uninspired looking beer.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast is the dominant aroma. Banana, clove, coriander, cumin, and other sweeter spices abound. A bit of a cider character is also present. This is a bold Witbier bouquet.

T: Spicy-banana-clove-wheat. This is really very flavorful with a big presence. The clove and coriander spice notes sizzle on the sides of my mouth while the banana creaminess disperses over my tongue. Quite yummy.

M: This is an exciting MF with the spicy yeast as the main player. Whirlwind is light bodied with just the right amount of zesty kick on my palate.

D: I enjoyed this Witbier, which is usually not my favorite style. The spicy yeast character won me over and I would have another.

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Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass:Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Pale, slightly hazy, yellow without much head or lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, slightly sour wheat,and dry clove & coriander.

Taste: Slightly sour wheat and orange peel upfront before drying out with clove and coriander. As expected for a Witbier but quite well done.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, dry souring finish.

Drinkability: Fairly standard Wit but very refreshing. While definitely good, I had expected a little more from Victory.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour starts cloudy golden. Large fluffy head. Then the clouds go away leaving some floaties. Head settles to a light collar.

Aroma is fruity and sweet. More than a hint of cream corn. Seems a bit chalky too. Could be me. The downside is the corn-ness.

The corn does not come through in the taste, which is a tad lemony and persimmon. Softly toasted biscuit with sweet breadiness. An orange like twang and the carbonation gives it a refreshing crispness. Bite lasts a bit longer than usual, and I like it.

Very drinkable. Good hot summer day.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a nice yellowish golden color with a big fluffy head. Has very nice retention but no lacing to speak of. Aroma is very appealing. Has a banana clove thing going on with some lemon peel. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Has that banana flavor. Very smooth. Really an easy drinking beer. Overall this is really a nice beer. Really god drinkability on this one. A great summer beer especially on a hot humid day like today. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of wheat and bananas. The flavor was of bananas and had a wheat bite as an aftertaste. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a not a bad Witbier. Needs more complex flavors to be the greatest of its type, but it does pretty well with what it has currently.

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Photo of garuda
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy straw with a one finger white head that has minimal retention and no lacing.

S - Dominated by dry coriander spiciness, with maybe a touch of lemongrass.

T - More spicy yeast, and finishes with a clean dry tartness.

M - Light body, high carbonation and finishes clean and dry.

D - Tasty drink, something you can consume a lot of in the summer months, but has nothing that really makes it stand out from the crowd.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.71 out of 5 based on 937 ratings.
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