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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

843 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 17
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001)
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Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish/ orange color with a very thin head. Spicy aroma with hints of citrus orange and lemon peel and banana. Very smooth and crisp with spicy pepper, lemon zest, citrus peel and banana flavor. Slight malt presence as well. Aftertast is a bit metallic and soapy though.

corby112, Nov 21, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

oberon, May 28, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

aszatk01, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.

TCHopCraver, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MadScientist, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Tiernan, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Shakerman, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold and clear with pretty decent 1/2" white head for a Witbier. Zero lacing.

S: An abundance of that bubblegum wheat smell on the nose.

T&M: Lots of wheat and malt are prevalent right off the bat. This has some sweetness but the overall flavor is just a bit dry. Weight is light but is quite flavorful of malt. There is some bittering here but it doesn't seem to be a noticeable flavoring component. Carbonation is light but persistent. The finish is relatively short but has that typical "wheat chaffe" linger that I personally don't care for.

D: This is a decent wheat beer. It has all of the typical characteristics, including the aftertaste on the finish. There is nothing particularly interesting that sets this brew apart from so many others. It's a decent summer drink and it will probably be more palatable to those that appreciate a decent witbier.

SIRIUS2, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This baby pours a beautiful opaque golden yellow. A small head forms and then slowly subsides. The smell is quite complex....pepper, coriander, some cloves, a bit of banana. Has an almost earthy, barnyard scent that I'm guessing is coming from the Belgian yeast.

The first sip is an explosion on my tastebuds...wow...the cloves are coming through first, along with some pepper. This is a spicy brew. A bready maltiness runs in the background. There's a subtle fruitiness and wheat tones in there as well. Overall, quite tasty and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel is good, it rolls over the tounge nicely. The drinkability on this one is pretty good too...I think I might tire of style after awhile...but a few would be nice. It's a nice lighter brew that will give your palate a workout. Overall, I'd say this is a quality witbier from Victory and it's worth it to hunt this one down.

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy (expected for an unfilterd, bottle condition ale) pale straw liquid with a pure white creamy head -- nice head retention too.

Smell: Spicy, clove aromas with some jerky/meaty smells way in the back.

Taste: Upfront, a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that immediately quells any thirst with a spicy and lemon puckering flavour. The beer's carbonation is tight and very active -- adding to the overall crispness. As everything calms down, husk tannins pull thru to create a bit of a dry palate, but the feel is soft throughout. Some grass and _extremely_ faint jerky-like flavours follow and linger into the aftertaste.

Notes: $8.99 a 6-pak in Massachusetts, and worth every damn penny. Whirlwind Witbier could hands-down become one of my favourite "gotta quench my monster thirst" beers. A prime example of a Belgian-style Witbier in all respects.

Todd, Aug 03, 2001
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Beaver13, May 16, 2012
Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Fcip78, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Doomcifer, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Showing a big foam is not a problem but the head only leaves a thin patchy lace, the beer was clear after pouring 2/3 of the bottle and the yeast had to be more than just swirled in to cloud the liquid.

Mildly peppery, hint of orange peel, powdery almost mildew-like yeast with a faint tart fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Ample carbonation with a moderate body. Vague maltiness is a shade grainy, big tart fruitiness with hints of plum and lemon. Tad nutty and musty from the yeast. Light spice character within … touch of clove and citric zest shows the most. Virtually clean after taste.

A decent attempt at the style, there is better out there and even the mass produced beers of this style are just as good if not better. Still worth a try.

Jason, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, but glowing, banana yellow body with two fingers of soapy white head. Retention is average, but lacing is magnificent...sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aroma: Very fragrant! Spicy pepper, coriander, and clove lead into a fruity merangue of banana citrus, fresh lime, lemonzest, and woodsy yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied, with spritzy, yet relaxed, carbonation.
Taste: Mouthwatering wheat grain flavors mingle with spicy notes of clove, lemongrass, and pepper. Fresh lime and smooth banana esters really make this one a standout. Soft carbonation is just right.
Drinkability: Are you kidding? This is one of the best wheat brews I've ever sampled. Excellent taste and a smooth, well rounded profile, all around. This is one to stock up on for the summer. Very highly recommended!

merlin48, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, poured a nice cloudy light orangy/yellow. White head. fruity, citrus nose. Medium carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Moderatly spiced. Great style for summer quaffing and wictory's attempt was crisp and refreshing on tap. Very enjoyable.

Billolick, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of Hoops4life511
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook location.

Arrived at the table sporting a cloudy pineapple juice color. Thin layer of bright white head soon fades to a edge-only circle. Some lacing of the glass is noted. Aromas are yeasty, spicy, orange zesty, and a bready/doughy note as well. Flavor is like a cross between a mild Belgian ale and a hefeweizen. There's the wheaty flavor from the hefe mixed with the zippy spices of the Belgian. Different, and it comes off well. Crisply-carbonated and slides down the gullet quite easily. Finishes with a clean palate and just a dash of "wheatness" on the palate. Superb summer beer for these soon-to-be-arriving hot and humid Richmond summer days.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of jakester
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

OK, these numbers are going to seem strange, but this beer is a little schizophrenic.

A-Pours a slightly hazy, light yellow with a thin 1/2" white head, which drops off to almost nothing after 2-3 minutes. Not much carbonation for a beer of this style. No lacing on the glass was seen.

S-A nice, funky, Belgiany coriander and orange in the nose. Also a musty, earthy smell. Bananas and clove are also present. This smell seems to increase as I drink the beer.

T-Some thin bread-like malt flavor, followed by a pleasant sour-ish orange/pineapple/banana, which is on style. Slight hop bittering, which is true to style. The malt seems lacking. A lingering, pleasant, sour-like flavor of banana/clove in the finish. This beer has a long, pleasant finish.

M-The mouthfeel is thin. Thin malt, and not nearly carbonated enough for style. Hard to believe they were aiming for this.

D-Having said all that, this is one thirst-quenching sumbitch. Really hits the spot when you're in the need for a fire-putter-outer. I assume that is what Victory was striving for when they made this.
Victory is one of my favorite breweries; a lot of their beers are world class. When they decide to get serious about Belgians, this one will be too.

jakester, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

bsp77, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Poured hazy, bright yellow with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Fresh wheat and bubblegum nose, perfumey. Some spice, but the bubblegum is strong, almost like a German hefe. Clean, refreshing taste. Lemon, orangepeel, and wheat abound. Nice spiced back. Coriander and yeast esters are strong without overpowering. Clean, tart finish. Lighter mouthfeel, but kind of flat. Good beer.

magictrokini, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall wheat glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Very pale,hazy,straw color with a tall creamy white head falls a bit quickly to a coating. The carbination the same livey at first,but dies down quickly never looks flat at all though.

Delicate aromas mostly clove,some bannana with spicy yeast character.


Lots of clove in the taste,very grassy with some spice and yeast tastes. Tastes like a clove flavored water,just a bit light on taste for me.

Very light watery mouthfeel,almost like drinking water. Lacks taste to be drinkable for me. Not offensive in any way,just nothing to keep me interested. Would be a good starter beer for the ladies.

jcdiflorio, May 05, 2007
Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.