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 Stopper
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a modestly sized hoary head, which recedes quickly to the rim. Aroma is of sweet citrus and clove with a very pronounced tartness. The body is light and initially has a touch of malt sweetness balanced nicely with a very fruity tartness. This lingers on the tongue into the aftertaste, and is joined by a sweet, subtle, slightly peppery spiciness.

This isn't as amazing as many of the beers from Victory, but it has character and is a nice refresher for a hot summer night like this one.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bubbly, carbonated and thin bodied Wit with a soft fading head. The aroma is very citrusy with coriander and orange peel. Taste is bubbly almost like champagne or more like a mimosa. It's an OK interpretation of the style, but there are better ones out there. There just doesn't seem to be oomph that most Victory beers have and this is one that is at almost all beer festivals.. thirst quenching yes.. highly drinkable so-so. Better on tap.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to francisweizen for this one. It pours a cloudy color with a 1/2 inch white head. The nose is clean and crisp. It is somewhat citrus-like. The flavor has the slight sourness that I'd expect in a Wit beer, but with the crispness that seals the deal.

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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 nixhecks
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful straw yellow color with a small sticky white head. The sediment is not visible whatsoever. The smell is full of banana and I thought i caught some black pepper in the background. The taste is very smooth and easy drinking, kind of sweet and surpisingly strong with banana, and a crisp finish that left me smacking my lips. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. I could drink these all summer if they weren't so expensive. One of my favorite wits along, right behind Hoegaarden.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very Hazy Color in bottle or when poured into a glass.
Somewhat of a fluffy head with retention to it.
It had more a spicey or lemony taste with a dry finish, nothing with the sweetness you may get from some, but like franzikaner, more spice.
Very good after a long day of work, I could polish off a case given the chance, mild and very recomended, enjoy

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Photo of 99bottles
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on tap at a local bar and must say I was very pleased with it. I had bought a case of Whirlwind bottles in May, and found them to be satisfactory, but having a freshly pulled pint was much better. The beer pours a deep golden color, with a very thin fluffy white head. Seems to have less haze/ clouds than other witbiers, but definitely unfiltered. Spice is present, but not oeverwhelming. I tasted good floral notes, and a prescence of orange, complexed by some spice. I assume it to be the typical corriander/clove mix, but it felt restrained somehow. Some sweetness, perhaps vanilla also. Because of the complexity, I found it to be incredibly drinkable, and very refreshing. A nice switch from say hoegaarden, if only for its unique spice character. A great summer beer.

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Photo of Boto
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Victory. It is a fine, cloudy yellow-golden color in the glass. Decent white, fluffy head. There is a somewhat spicy aroma. The corriander comes through. Many flavors come to the taste buds. It is very rich and full. An excellent example of the style. Not quite up to Hoegaarden or the Allagash, but still superb!

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Photo of moulefrite
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Though I am big fan of Victory, I think Great Lakes Brewing Co's Summer Seasonal, "Holy Moses" set such a precedent for Belgian style wheat beers, for my taste buds anyhow, that while I couldn't wait to try these guys witbier, I was not super crazy about the interpretation. To me the beer seemed to lean way too heavy on the ORANGE! I mean, that's the main thing I tasted here-like orange juice was added. I think I prefer a drier, more subtle example such as Gray's witbier or, of course, Holy Moses. I bet this would be spectacular however, with an order of teryaki sea bass!! Decent beer, but not my personal style.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a very, very light yellow - almost white. There's no head to speak of. Smells fantastic. Spicy and lemon scented, like a good white. Tastes chewy. A very nice wit.. clean, of course. Not too complex, but simple and too the point. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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

Pours with a hazy golden color with a flufyf white head. The aroma is very citrusy with coriander. Taste is spicy and lemony. Overall it's good for the style, but there are better ones out there. There just doesn't seem to be the abundant amount of flavor that's in most of Victory's beers.

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Photo of nomad
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with some size-varying intermittent carbonation. Had pillowy foam head that died fast and no lace or much else to speak of. Smell iss predominantly sweet, with yeast and wheat scents that wrapp around each other as banana and vanilla esters are strong while spices are light but refreshing. Underneath is a citric core.

Taste was easy, fruity, tart, and drying. Dominant flavors are a water smooth but highly citric and tart fruitiness. The body is a tasty wheat, though they are pretty neutral, and but light lemon and sour is balanced sweet malt and Belgian-style yeast. On this, it was enough to taste the lemon and refresh your palette, but not enough to overpower other flavors - good balance. Also, a noticeable amount of clove flavor toward the end, and some sourness developed in the fairly long finish.

Came across as a thin mouthfeel but actually had some good wheat firmness to it. This is beautiful served cold from a keg. Avoid bottles unless they're super fresh.

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

Appears a golden hazy hue with a vibrant white head not as pale of golden as a Hoegaarden, but this is a fairly authentic Belgian style wit using a Belgian yeast. The head doesn't billow as thickly as I was anticipating, but I am still impressed with the vibrant white head with fairly large bubbles. Aroma is very lucious with spices and cloves flowing through it, and the characteristic sharp sweetness from the malted wheat complement eachother very well lightly hopped to produce a favorable representation of the witbier. Taste is slightly acidic good carbonation cause the tingling mouthfeel from this lighter bodied beer, but the first thing that comes through is a rush of bitter sweetness balance with a faint trace of the yeast characteristics of citrus, cloves, and other spices in there. Very nice drinkable summer beer for any wheat beer lover like myself, yes I could drink quite a few of these. I still prefer Holy Moses, Allagash White, Hoegaarden, and Wittekerke over this, but it's still a great representation of a classic style by an amazing brewery like Victory.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was golden with a bit of sediment, and not much head for a wheat beer. The smell was of spices. The taste was wheat, and the spices (corriander) were just at the right amount. The mouthfeel was somewhat smooth. I could definitely have a couple.

Victory has made a fairly good witbier, and a good transition from people who had previously only had Blue Moon.

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Photo of aaronh
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, lemon-gold beer served with a fluffy white head. Head shows good retention and lacing. The aroma is a crisp coriander and wheat malt note, a touch of sweetness, and then nice cloves. The taste is a strong lemon, malt, and clove taste, reminiscent of Hoegaarden but taken to the next level. It is sweet and crisp, but then is slightly puckering on the finish. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy and feels like a much stronger, malty beer, but still refreshes. This beer is delicious and well balanced, making it a great summer refresher/session beer. Actually, the mouthfeel would take it well into the fall months. I've had this on tap and in bottles before, but I don't remember it being this good!

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Photo of jackndan
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory Whirl Wind: In a twelve ounce bottle, with an extremely long blurb about the beer on the side, which I did not bother to read. I swirled the bottle to get the yeast in the pour, so it was a hazy golden color. The head was a big disappointment: very small head that dissipated very quickly. The aroma was also a surprise, as it was missing the banana yeast aroma that I had expected. Instead, the aroma was very citrus, predominately orange.

The taste was not all that nice either. It had a fairly strong citrus taste, but not a traditional wit beer taste. The yeast taste was absent. The beer was OK, easy to drink and refreshing, but I’ve had lots and lots better wheat beers.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with slight carbonation. Creamy white head that settled quickly. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly little here. Smells more like a pilsner than a witbier. Slightly earthy and yeasty, but missing the traditional spicy, citrusy notes I expected.

Taste: Nice, but not great. Peppery, with fresh, tangy lemon juice. Creamy at first, but the hidden carbonation hits pretty hard in the middle. Definite drying citrus peel at the. I agree with VENOM about the salty finish, but I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable.

Decent wit, but I'd take Allagash's White over this any day.

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Photo of purplehops
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whirlwind pours a very pale straw yellow with a white head that has staying power and little to no lacing. The aroma is citrus, coriander, and honey with some notes of apple and allspice. The taste starts with a slightly astringent yet soft graininess and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. It quickly softens and proceeds to citrus and wheat malt flavors with spicy notes of mace, coriander, and cloves. The finish is dry with the first notes of spicy hops and growing spice flavors (clove, coriander, allspice, and mace) and receding citrus and malt flavors. Aftertaste dies quickly to a lingering very soft citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel starts with a ruckus carbonation and then turns soft and dry with a light body.
Overall a fine example of a Witbier. Pleanty of refreshing sensations for your tastebuds. If I could change anything it would be a wee bit more malt flavor up-front and a little less carbonation in the beginning of the taste profile. Come those dog days of August this is going to be a beer of choice.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep/hazy yellow color with real nice big rocky head.Aroma of lemon zest is most prevelant with some subtle spiciness,taste was spicey and a little smokey with a good lingering tartness to finish it off.A real nice wheat beer that is real easy to drink,well done Belgian style here.

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Photo of ZAP
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle on the discount rack so it may be old (but I really don't know for sure since there is no date on the bottle)..

Pretty inviting spicy, zesty nose with hints of orange peel and lemon...taste is sourish...lemonlike...the sourness retreats the deeper in you go and a subtle spicy yeast flavor emerges....Apperance is cloudy yellow, with a bunch of sperm like chinks of yeast floating throughout the glass....mouthfeel is dry...and drinkability would rate average at best...I've had better Whits..

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely magnificent. The best Wit I've ever had.

An inviting and intriguing aroma eminates from a hazy golden body with orange cloudy hues. A thick frothy head floats on top. Scent is lemony, bready, citrusy, a full of notes of mellowed malts. Taste is much the same with a combination of bread and sweetened lemon-like flavor in the forefront. Complex, light, and pleasing to the mouth this is a beer you could throw back all day on the couch or in the sun, shade, or bar.

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

Appearance: This one from the boys at Victory has the classic wit look with a cloudy, dull yellow body underneath a white cap. The head doesn't stay long, but leaves a bit of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice aroma of lemon peel, tart wheat, and chalky yeast. A hint of clove is in the background.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced with lots of lemon and earthy, chalky yeast. There's a touch of clove, as well as a faint suggestion of orange peel. Nice tartness from the wheat, along with some phenolic burps. Staying true to style, the hops were barely included in this recipe...

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is quite high, which gives it a tingly feel on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

Drinkability: This is a good example of a wit. It's by no means a great one, nor a bad one. It's just...good. Not the best American version, but still quite tasty. I could drink this anytime...

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Photo of Darkale
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fast-forming head leaves about as quickly. High, light yeasty aroma, fresh and spicy. Lacing is slight. Body is a cloudy, dim yellow.

Mouthfeel is also light and almost frothy, slick and sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Some pepper in the taste, and also apple.

This is a very pleasant beer. Complicated and yet refreshing.

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

This is a good example of a Belgian style wit (or white) beer. It poured a nice cloudy transluscent colour with a nice, ample head. The aromas were of coriander, orange, other spices, belgian yeast and candy sugar. The taste was a nice melange of the above. This beer was very smooth and very refreshing. The mouthfeel was very creamy and well textured and the drinkability is almost perfect!

A great white beer from Victory!

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Photo of marcobrau
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that dissipates to a few little mounds of foam. The aroma of spices, especially coriander, is detected right away and then fades a bit. A bit of yeastiness is also dectected. A crisp tasting witbier that is medium bodied and moderately spiced. Finishes nice and dry. I'd say this is an example that is pretty true to style. A cute label that depicts a cartoonish wisp of foam that almost makes you think this should be a winter beer. Worth seeking out.

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