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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing.

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Photo of goz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy yellow/peachy color, slowly diminishing large white head which leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sour, lemony, yeasty, some orange. Flavor has the sourness, lemon, orange, some apple pokes through towards the middle and end. Body is medium, a decent example of the style.

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Photo of pheurton
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden with a bright white fluffy head. the aroma is yeasty and spot on for a wit. taste: citrusy (not in a hoppy way) spicy and a bit medicinal. the sweetness of the citrus is abruptly chopped off with the spicyness. a solid example of the style, which is admitedly not my favorite. A good summer brew.

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

Light white-ish yellow with a low white head and light carbonation (unfiltered). Yeasty Belgian aroma which I found pleasant but not really to style (was sour). Sour lambic-ish flavor and a bit spicy. Again sourness not to style. Light bodied and refreshing.

08/26/03 Tasting: Nicer white head and nicer Belgiany yeasty aroma. Little to no sour tones as in my last tasting ... Still a bit off-style but very drinkable when fresh !!

Label states: "A Belgian Style Wheat Ale" & "Imported Belgian Yeast" & "Bottle Conditioned Ale"

#1: "99" embossed on bottom of bottle (old)
Tasted: 04/15/03

#2: Enjoy By: 09/28/03
Tasted: 08/26/03

($1.34 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of far333
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having never been a fan of wheat beers, but having always been a fan of Victory beers, I figured that if I was going to learn to appreciate this style, then this brewer would be the one to show me how. Although I am still not enlightened as to the delights of wheat beers, I have to say that Victory seems to have nailed this style. The color was a deep golden yellow, with cloudiness that prevents seeing through the glass. The head is bright white and lingers for a little while. The aroma is strong, reminiscent of a belgian ale. The flavor attacks the senses immediately, and delivers that big round taste that envelops the tongue. There are hints of citrus and pine, no hop to speak of. It's a big flavor, just not one that I can gravitate toward. Victory seems to have done a masterful job with this style, but I can't seem to get through the entire glass.

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Photo of cbl2
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw

Smell: Bursting with citrus

Taste: Sharp and tangy; Refreshing, but not the best wheat.

Drinkability: Doesn't stack up to the other wheats out there, or the other beers produced by Victory. I had come to expect more from them, and was let down by this offering.

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Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow ochre color with a head that's as big as a Golden Monkey. Laces in flat sheets. Yeasty aroma, some notes of estery lemon and allspice. Pretty thick and carbonated mouthfeel , makes the swallow unsettling to me. There are some fruity flavors mid mouth, peach predominantly, but rather than a clean finish, there is a flattening -- despite the carbonation. OK, not a favorite in an already not-very favorite style for me.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat chill hazed golden yellow with an imposing white head, creamy in its consistency and the left over lace nice clinging sheets. As I noticed the dross clinging to the bottom, I was able to decoct the beer, allowing the yeast and other goodies to cap the head. Bread dough, lemon lime crisp and sweet nose that is very pleasant. Sweet malt start, the top a bit light, but the pertinence of the hops and the stinging acidic and tart finish make up for the lightness. Dry and long lasting aftertaste seals this most pleasing to the palate beer, and how lucky you East Coast “BA’ers are to have this readily available.

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

Big, beautiful head, white as driven snow, lemony color. And there's the aroma, right away, all those fresh and delightful notes we love in a witbier-the lemon, the orange, the spice.Light, but substantial texture. So fresh! Alc. content not given, and not detected. Hoppy as all get-out! The ultimate summer beer, and a note-perfect interpretation.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange in color and clouded by yeast, with a big head of white foam that vanished within minutes. No lace at all which is unusual for this style. Aroma of lemon and clove with some musty yeast. The flavor was very wheaty with a citrus character that seemed more sour than bittersweet and fruity. Zippy carbonation on the tongue and a very quick clean finish. An okay wit, but there are better ones out there.

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