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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is golden yellow with a 1/2-finger white head that settles pretty quickly to a slight film. Slow-rising bubbles start small at the bottom of the glass, become larger as they drift to the top. Nice effect.

S: Pretty strong scent and about what you'd expect from a witbier: cloves dominate, but there's some yeasty banana and lemony wheat in there too, along with a touch of generic "spice."

T: First impression is "light in flavor." There's wheat with a bit of clove and a lemony dryness. As it warms I get more of a buttery (diacetyl, perhaps?) flavor towards the middle/back of the mouth.

M: Light in heft as you'd expect for the style; maybe a little too thin, in fact. Nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty good. Light but with some flavor to keep it interesting. It was finished pretty quickly. . . .

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy honey-colored body with a thin layer of head and streams of active bubbles feeding the head from below.

Mostly clove on the front end but there's a bit of lemon afterward. However, the lemon scent turns into a spicier, almost Saaz-like hop nose which, however appetizing, seems wrong for the style. The yeast rescues the smell on the finish, returning it to the classic Belgian clove/citrus peel duality.

Extraordinarily light, almost lacking in flavor. The citrus (lemon) is there on the front, but it's almost as if contained in a club soda instead of beer. The yeast, once again, steps up to round out the brew and carries it through the spice on the finish. Ends spic'n'span clean with a mineral dryness as a final touch.

Starts a touch fizzy but fleshes out with some good thickness on the finish. Refreshment is not a quality lacking in this beer as, regardless of how true to the witbier style it is or isn't, this goes down easy. This could be a bore in the winter but it's more than welcome in the heat.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than the Weiss bier they make and better every year I have had it. The sulfury smell and taste is not in this beer any longer and they seemed to have tuned back the spices. The smell and the flavor of the corriander and/or zest melds well with the wheat and yeast flavors. The hazy beer leaves good lace and has a solid body for style. Very drinkable for long enjoyment all day.

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Very Hazy Color in bottle or when poured into a glass.
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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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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.71 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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